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Bridget Stokes and Vicky Wight’s Instant Pictures has acquired film rights to Katherine Center’s 2013 novel “The Lost Husband,” and is set to partner with 8th Day Pictures on a feature film production.
The novel from author and essayist Center follows Libby Moran, a recently widowed mother of two forced to move back in with her mother, who receives a letter from a presumed-crazy aunt offering her a place to stay and, more importantly, refuge from her mother.
Center was named a writer to watch by BookPage.com for her 2007 debut “The Bright Side of Disaster,” which was optioned by Varsity Pictures.
Wight and Stokes will produce the film alongside 8th Day Pictures’ Glenn German and Adam Rodgers, the pair behind this year’s “At Middleton,” starring Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia. The team is planning to begin production in May 2015.
- Kevin Noonan
"...'George' and 'Edith' are two strangers who meet on their children’s campus tour at the idyllic 'Middleton College'. Failing comically to connect with their kids, George and Edith play hooky together, ditching the official tour for a carefree adventure reminiscent of their own college years.
"But what begins as an afternoon of fun soon becomes a revealing and enlightening experience that will change their lives forever in a deeply moving portrait of roads not taken and the timelessness of youth..."
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- Michael Stevens
Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia flexes his comedic chops with Vera Farmiga in At Middleton, a light-hearted romance directed by Adam Rodgers about two people who fall in love while taking a college tour with their kids. When straight-laced George (Garcia) meets free-spirited Edith (Farmiga) at the idyllic Middleton College, the two unexpectedly hit it off and decide to ditch the official tour for a carefree adventure of their own. What begins as an afternoon of fun soon becomes a revealing and enlightening experience for both of them. Now in theaters, the film also stars Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, Peter Riegert and Tom Skerritt. In an exclusive interview backstage at the Queen Latifah Show where Garcia was promoting his new film, he talked about how he fell in love with the beautifully written script, his producing partnership with Glenn German, the film’s financing, being directed by Rodgers, working with »
- Sheila Roberts
Chicago – Since the world has been clamoring for a film about high school seniors touring a liberal arts college, “At Middleton” fills the bill, and throws in a symbolic midlife liaison between characters portrayed by Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga, tripping across their own “life campus.”
The set-up of the story is better than the result of that set up. Andy Garcia plays against his hunky type as a repressed physician who is desperate to have his son go to Middleton College. Vera Farmiga’s character is more flaky, the motivator to get herself and the good doctor off the beaten path. When they get together, they change each other in odd ways, that doesn’t allow for a natural relationship to develop. It’s as if writer/director Adam Rodgers walked around the college, and made up stuff for his characters to do based on how the campus is laid out, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
One Fine Day: Rodgers’ Debut Features Strong Script, Enjoyable Performances
In a saturated market of mediocrity, a slew of sub-par independent romantic dramedies often force some more attention worthy titles to get lost in the mix, which would be an unfortunate fate for Adam Rodgers’ directorial debut, At Middleton, which has been bouncing around on the festival circuit since a premiere at the Seattle Film Festival last year. While its aim isn’t to be extraordinary or overly ambitious in its intentions, it’s a confidently made, well written and handsomely performed scenario that gets a surprising amount of mileage from overly familiar dramatic tensions.
As the inevitability of their freshmen year at college looms near, a throng of people gather at the bucolic campus of Middleton, a prestigious Ivy League school. The severely anal retentive Audrey (Tessa Farmiga) has been dead set on the school, salivating at the »
- Nicholas Bell
Directed by Adam Rodgers
The new drama At Middleton appears to be both for and created by the stereotypical teenager’s worst nightmare, their stereotypically embarrassing parents. Andy Garcia (who co-produced) and Vera Farmiga, in their best moments, have a decent enough chemistry, but for some strange reason, the script steers away from being something like a collegiate-themed Before Midnight and instead clutters the action with various vignettes that run the gamut from cloying and sentimental to downright painful. At best, this film is pleasantly familiar, but these moments are few and far between.
Garcia is George, an uptight heart surgeon bringing his son Conrad to Middleton College for an admissions tour. Farmiga is the flighty and more carefree Edith, bringing her daughter Audrey (Taissa Farmiga, Vera Farmiga’s sister in real life, which makes this an odd bit of casting) to the same tour. »
- Josh Spiegel
Chicago – The actor Andy Garcia has been known throughout the years as a tough-guy leading man, with memorable roles in “The Godfather: Part III” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” series. He latest role is a gentle and comic turn, as a father doing a college tour with his son, and discovering more than expected in “At Middleton.”
Andy Garcia has experienced a brilliant American Dream story. He was born in Cuba, came to America as a child, where his father developed a successful perfume company. He was an athlete in high school, and turned to acting in his senior year. After graduating college, he moved to Los Angeles and began to move up the ladder. After doing “The Godfather: Part III,” Garcia continued with leading man roles in “Internal Affairs,” “Hero” and “When a Man Loves a Woman.” He is taking on more character parts at this point in his career, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Set on a fictional college campus and taking place over the course of a single day, Adam Rodgers's At Middleton zeros in on the tension between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and the way new environments and unease over the future draw people together, even when two of them are married.
Andy Garcia plays an uptight, bow-tie-wearing heart surgeon with an unenthused son, while Vera Farmiga is a considerably more with-it seller of high-end children's furniture whose daughter (played by Farmiga's much younger sister, Taissa) is eager but resentful.
The two adults reveal far too much of their latent unhappiness to one another and generally behave as only movie characters would, which is to say that At Middleton doesn't resemble the Before trilog »
At Middleton is both a light-hearted romance for adults and a deeply moving portrait of roads not taken and the timelessness of youth. Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star as straight-laced George and eccentric Edith, two strangers who meet on their children’s campus tour at the idyllic Middleton College. Failing comically to connect with their kids, George and Edith play hooky and ditch the official tour for a carefree adventure of their own. Opening January 31st, the romantic film directed by Adam Rodgers from a script co-written with Glenn German also stars Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, Peter Riegert and Tom Skerritt. At a recent roundtable interview, Farmiga, Rodgers and German talked about the challenges they encountered making an indie film, how the project came to life once Garcia was onboard, why Farmiga wanted the role the moment she read the script, her reaction to having her kid sister play her daughter, »
- Sheila Roberts
Romantic comedy At Middleton has released a new clip.
The pair, who are both married, soon leave their offspring and head off on their own tour of the campus.
At Middleton will have a limited Us release on January 31. No UK dates have been announced. »
Andy Garacia and Vera Farmiga lead an all-star cast of parents and families dealing with their children going to college in the upcoming film, ‘At Middleton.’ The romance movie, which was helmed by first-time feature film director Adam Rodgers, is set to be released in theaters, On Demand and on iTunes on January 31. Anchor Bay Films, which will be distributing ‘At Middleton,’ has released the following synopsis for the movie, which was co-written by Rodgers and Glenn German: Academy Award nominees Andy Garcia (‘Ocean’s 11, City Island’) and Vera Farmiga (A&E’s ‘Bates Motel,’ ‘Up in the Air’) star as straight-laced George and eccentric Edith, two strangers who meet on [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
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