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15 items from 2015


Sundance pair find Us buyers

24 February 2015 2:25 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Orchard has picked up North American rights to the recent Berlin European premiere Nasty Baby, while in a separate deal The Film Arcade will distribute People, Places, Things in the Us. Both films premiered in Park City.

Sebastian Silva directed and stars in Nasty Baby (pictured at left) with Kristen Wiig, Tunde Adebimpe, Reg E Cathey and Alia Shawkat.

The film received its world premiere in Sundance and tells of a gay couple who enlist their best friend’s help to make a baby.

Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Charlie Dibe, David Hinojosa and Julia Oh produced and Silva served as and executive producer alongside Christine Vachon, Peter Danner, Pape Boye and Violaine Pichon.

The Orchard will release the film later this year and brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group in association with the film’s international sales agent partners Versatile and Funny Balloons.

The Film Arcade has se a summer release for Jim »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Film Arcade to Release Jim Strouse's Film 'People, Places, Things'

24 February 2015 2:00 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Some good news for a great film out of the Sundance Film Festival. Director Jim Strouse, who last played Sundance with the films The Winning Season and Grace Is Gone, returned this year with a film called People, Places, Things starring Jemaine Clement as a graphic artist/illustrator. The charming film was quite enjoyable, I would actually recommend it and I hope people get a chance to see it, a very amusing little romantic comedy. Deadline is reporting that up-and-coming distributor The Film Arcade has picked up People, Places, Things for a Us release, sometime this summer. The indie distributor is also releasing Sundance faves A.C.O.D., Song One, The Voices, They Came Together and Dinosaur 13. So keep an eye out. People, Places, Things stars Jemaine Clement along with Stephanie Allynne, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Derrick Arthur and Celia Au. I saw the film at Sundance and enjoyed it quite a bit, »

- Alex Billington

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Sundance Pic ‘People, Places, Things’ Acquired By The Film Arcade

24 February 2015 7:18 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Film Arcade has acquired U.S. rights to People, Places, Things, the Jim Strouse scripted and directed pic that premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of Sundance. Pic, which stars Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Michael Chernus and Stephanie Allynne, will be released this summer. Alex Turtletaub and Michael B. Clark of Beachside produced and Summer Shelton is executive producer. In the film, a recently divorced father must navigate the… »

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People, Places, Things Movie Review

14 February 2015 7:15 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: People, Places, Things Director: Jim Strouse Starring: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, Jessica Williams, Michael Chernus An actor can be enough of a reason to see a movie. Jemaine Clement was one of the two members of New Zealand folk parody duo Flight of the Conchords and starred in the HBO show of the same name. Since then, he has appeared in films like Eagle vs. Shark and Gentlemen Broncos, portraying odd, sarcastic individuals whose lines are almost always entertaining. Now, Clement anchors another film, Jim Strouse’s People, Places, Things, but with a distinctly different performance, equally hilarious but playing a normal guy just trying to get through  [ Read More ]

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Sony boards People, Places, Things

6 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Studio picks up all territories outside the Us, except Australia and New Zealand, on Sundance premiere starring Jemaine Clement.

Visit Films and Sony have struck a major deal for the bulk of international rights on recent Sundance premiere People, Places, Things starring Jemaine Clement from Flight Of The Conchords.

The studio picked up all territories outside the Us except Australia and New Zealand, where Madman acquired rights.ICM and Cinetic represent Us rights.

Jim Strouse of Grace Is Gone fame directed the story of a cuckolded Brooklyn-based artist and professor who must come to grips with single fatherhood and dating.

Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, Jessica Williams, Gia Gadsby and Aundrea Gadsby round out the cast on the first film from La-based Beachside Films.

“People Places Things was a joy to make,” said Strouse. “And it’s been incredibly fun and gratifying to share it with audiences at Sundance. I can’t wait to share it with »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tig Notaro talks 'Tig,' falling in love on-screen and the joke she can't crack

4 February 2015 3:33 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Park City. At the moment, it's good to be Tig Notaro.  Up at Sundance for the debut of the documentary "Tig," as well as a stint as host of last weekend's Sundance Awards, Notaro is coming off a year characterized by some of the most rapturous write-ups for any stand-up comic this side of Louis C.K.  Long beloved within the stand-up community, Notaro's success has spread into the mainstream and you'll be able to see a lot of her in 2015, including "Tig" (assuming it finds distribution) and her Showtime documentary "Knock, Knock, It's Tig Notaro." Oh and she's also newly engaged to her "In a World" co-star Stephanie Allynne, who co-starred in the well-received Sundance comedy "People, Places, Things." But "Tig" starts with darker times. Directed by Krista Goolsby and Ashley York, it chronicles Notaro's battle with C.diff, the death of her mother and her cancer diagnosis, a one-two-three »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Sundance 2015: ‘People, Places, Things’ an awkwardly charming romantic comedy about a single dad

2 February 2015 7:19 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

People, Places, Things

Directed and written by James C. Strouse

USA, 2015

Light laughs, heartwarming moments, and a slightly snarky commentary make up the majority of James C. Strouse’s adorable People, Places, Things. This is the perfect vehicle for the expertly awkward comedic timing of Jermaine Clement (Flight of the ConchordsWhat We Do in the Shadows). His stilted mannerisms and witty line deliveries make him a lovingly believable oddball. It focuses on a good man who has to make tough choices after his life is thrown into chaos.

Following his wife’s infidelity, Will Henry (Clement) is left to pick up the tattered pieces of his ego. It’s rare to see a man as the protagonist in a romantic comedy, and while Clement is just as hapless as any woman in the same situation, it’s notable that his career enhances his character instead of it just being »

- Lane Scarberry

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Tig’

31 January 2015 3:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On Aug. 3, 2012, standup comedian Tig Notaro scrapped the set she was planning to deliver at Los Angeles’ Largo theater and instead tried something more personal. “Hello, I have cancer,” she told the audience, launching into what has become a legendary performance. Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York’s warm, cable-ready “Tig” picks up where that evening left off, capitalizing on the newfound interest in a comedian who, while always funny, had only a modest following before that show went viral. While it doesn’t actually go much deeper than Tig already does onstage, this generous-minded docu should be amusing enough to watch while folding laundry.

When it comes to standups, the best comedy comes from a place of extreme candor and vulnerability. For the vast majority, that amounts to a lifetime of awkwardness and unease or hardships experienced in childhood, digested and served back up as jokes for the audience’s benefit. »

- Peter Debruge

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Review: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall lift sitcom-y 'People, Places, Things'

29 January 2015 12:56 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Park City. Jim Strouse's "People, Places, Things" plays like an 86 minute pilot for an HBO comedy series and even in this age of "TV and Movies Have Achieved Parity," I doubt that's what anybody wants to hear. But if you know me, you know I mean it largely as a compliment.  And what does that mean? Well, not too much happens in "People, Places, Things." It's a low-incident narrative that's supposed to be about emotional truth mixed with humor, but a lot of the comedic beats are being played rather broadly.  It feels as if the basic plot elements and, particularly, characters are in place at the end of the film for an ongoing storyline that might be amusing. Give me this cast and some of these characters on a weekly basis for 10 or 13 half-hour episodes per season and I could grow to really like them. And speaking of growth, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Sundance Review: Charming And Delightful 'People, Places, Things' Starring Jemaine Clement

28 January 2015 2:18 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It would be a treat to watch Jemaine Clement read the phone book. Fortunately, “People, Places, Things,” in which he stars as a single dad, is much more charming and delightful than that. From writer-director Jim Strouse, ‘People’ allows Clement to at once be his distinctive self while also offering an opportunity for the “Flight of the Conchords” star to demonstrate his winning leading man abilities. With a dry and witty tone, it’s an amicable and appealing piece on love, both the romantic and family kind, and the ways in which it can change, evolve, and grow. At the 5th birthday party for their twin girls, Will (Clement) discovers his longtime girlfriend/baby mama, Charlie (Stephanie Allynne), in a compromising situation with a friend of theirs, Gary (Michael Chernus). She declares she wants out, and soon he is out, living in a tiny rathole apartment in Queens, teaching the »

- Katie Walsh

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Sundance Film Review: ‘People, Places, Things’

26 January 2015 2:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sporting the most absurdly universalizing title since “Men, Women & Children,” “People, Places, Things” contains no insights into the human condition so profound as to warrant staking a claim on the world’s nouns. The cutesy story of a New York comicbook artist grappling with parenting after a breakup had its world-preem audience chuckling appreciatively at one-liners, but this mild crowdpleaser won’t be able to count on critics’ help in reaching people and places.

Writer-director James C. Strouse, credited here as Jim (and sans middle initial), got something of a pass with his mopey grief drama “Grace Is Gone,” which had a topical Iraq War premise; it won the audience and screenwriting awards in the dramatic competition at Sundance 2007. The similarly credulity-straining “People, Places, Things” is another type of movie that, for better or worse, often earns the derisive moniker “Sundance film.” It centers on a 40-year-old man experiencing a »

- Ben Kenigsberg

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Tig Notaro Engaged to Stephanie Allynne

19 January 2015 5:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Looks like Tig Notaro rang in the New Year with a very special ring this year. The Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian got engaged to girlfriend Stephanie Allynne over the holiday, Notaro confirms on Facebook. "I have been officially engaged for 53 minutes, and so far things are going pretty great," she wrote Jan. 1. Last year, Notaro, 43, discussed her relationship with The Huffington Post, saying, "I think the one thing I haven't had is a relationship that fulfilled me and made me excited about being with that person forever, and I have that now, for the first time in my life." She added: »

- Alison Schwartz, @alisonbrooke

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Tig Notaro Engaged to Stephanie Allynne

19 January 2015 5:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Looks like Tig Notaro rang in the New Year with a very special ring this year. The Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian got engaged to girlfriend Stephanie Allynne over the holiday, Notaro confirms on Facebook. "I have been officially engaged for 53 minutes, and so far things are going pretty great," she wrote Jan. 1. Last year, Notaro, 43, discussed her relationship with The Huffington Post, saying, "I think the one thing I haven't had is a relationship that fulfilled me and made me excited about being with that person forever, and I have that now, for the first time in my life." She added: »

- Alison Schwartz, @alisonbrooke

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Tig Notaro Is Engaged to Stephanie Allynne!

18 January 2015 12:58 PM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

It's going to be a good year for Tig Notaro! The Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian and writer got engaged to her girlfriend Stephanie Allynne on Jan. 1.  "i have been officially engaged for 53 minutes and so far things are going pretty great," Notaro, 43, announced on New Year's Day in a Facebook post.  A source tells Us Weekly that the couple is "thrilled." The couple met on the set of 2013's In a World. Tig's documentary at Sundance features Allynne throughout, she's also hosting the closing awards at Sundance.  In [...] »

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Visit Films brings quartet to Sundance

12 January 2015 2:50 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Visit Films has filled out its Sundance sales slate, adding international rights to People, Places, Things and The Strongest Man as well as world rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to Sam Klemke’s Time Machine.

New York-based president Ryan Kampe and his team will represent the films in Park City next week where all three will receive their world premiere prior to market premieres at the Efm in Berlin.

The trio joins Visit’s previously announced sales title It Follows, David Robert Mitchell’s genre film that screens in Park City At Midnight.

Jim Strouse’s comedy People, Places, Things plays in the World Dramatic Competition and stars Jemaine Clement from Flight Of The Conchords as a graphic artist who must grapple with single fatherhood after he walks in on his girlfriend in bed with another man.

Stephanie Allyne, Regina Hall and Jessica Williams round out the key cast. ICM and Cinetic »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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