15 items from 2016
Much to my surprise, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising turned out to be a *gasp* feminist film . . . and I loved it. It made my heart sing as I sat in the theater watching the story unfold, complete with plenty of "you go, girl" moments. Much like Trainwreck or Bridesmaids, these young leading ladies (led by Chloë Grace Moretz, Kiersey Clemons, and Beanie Feldstein) finally played just as dirty as the boys. From selling weed to launching used tampons, the girls embrace bad behavior as they fight for their right to party. But why are they fighting exactly? "We don't throw parties here," a perky Selena Gomez tells her pledges at the beginning of the film. "In the United States, sororities are not allowed to throw parties in their own houses. Only frats can." She encourages everyone to google it. They do. This prompts Moretz's character and her friends to start their »
- Lindzi Scharf
Ellison and Chelsea Barnard will produce for Annapurna Pictures, and Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum will produce for Gloria Sanchez Productions. They are currently out to writers to adapt the story.
“The Hustlers at Scores” was published as a modern twist on the Robin Hood tale, in which a crew of savvy former strip club employees band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. The first sentence reads: “In another life, Roselyn Keo might have liked to work on Wall Street.”
In February, McKay won the Oscar for »
- Dave McNary
Freeform has ordered a pilot for “Issues,” a scripted series inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, the editor of “Cosmopolitan” magazine, Variety has learned exclusively.
The project had previously been in development with NBC, and hails from Universal Television.
“Issues” gives a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine. Their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart broken, all while wearing the perfect jeans to flatter any body type. The potential series is not specifically a “Cosmopolitan” show, but rather inspired by Coles’ experiences.
Sarah Watson (“Parenthood”) created “Issues” and will exec produce with Coles, David Bernad (“Superstore”) and Ruben Fleischer (“Superstore,” “Zombieland”). Holly Whidden is a co-executive producer. Universal TV will produce with The District.
Aside from being on NBC’s development slate — but never getting picked up to pilot — “Issues” is not the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
With its diverse landscapes and tax shelter, Belgium has long been known as a hotspot for European and international shoots, but the country has mostly been making headlines in the last few months for its nest of Isis-trained jihadis who are behind the Paris and Brussels attacks.
As it labors under the grip of not only terrorism but also counter-terrorist reaction, the current situation of Belgium is already inspiring TV and film coverage. “Waltz With Bashir” director Ari Folman is preparing a TV series set in Brussels immediately after the four-day lockdown that authorities launched in November during a manhunt for the perpetrators of the Paris attacks. Spanish-Belgian director José Luis de la Fuente, meanwhile, is making a documentary about Molenbeek, the Brussels neighborhood that harbored the terrorist cell behind the Paris and Brussels assaults that killed 130 people and 32 people, respectively.
In recent years, Belgium has been welcoming a wide »
- Elsa Keslassy
Flashpoint alumna Tattiawna Jones has landed the female lead opposite Andy Ridings in ABC's untitled Weeks/Mackay comedy pilot. Written by The Mindy Project co-star Ed Weeks & Hannah Mackay and directed by Leslye Headland, the single-camera project centers on lesbian Hilda (Jones) and her best friend Randall (Ridings), a neurotic straight guy, as they navigate their dysfunctional, co-dependent friendship and the world of dating. Jones’s Hilda is an intelligent and… »
Andy Ridings (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) is set as the male lead in ABC’s untitled Weeks/Mackay comedy pilot. Written by The Mindy Project co-star Ed Weeks & Brit Mackay (Peep Show) and directed by Leslye Headland, the single-camera project centers on lesbian Hilda and her best friend Randall (Ridlings), a neurotic straight guy, as they navigate their dysfunctional, co-dependent friendship and the world of dating. Weeks and Mackay co-executive produce. Andrew Reich, who… »
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Jordan Carlos, Margarita Levieva, Charles Cain, Adam Brody, Michael Cyril Creighton, Billy Eichner, Jason Mantzoukas, Margaret Odette, Amanda Peet, Victoria Frings, Adam Scott, Natasha Lyonne | Written and Directed by Leslye Headland
When it comes to romantic comedies these days you tend to either get the big Hollywood films with big names and often a lack of real connection, or you get the indie ones with lots of talking. Sleeping with Other People finds its place between these styles, with surprising success.
Jake (Jason Sudeikis) is a good-natured man who is a womaniser, and Lainey (Alison Brie) is obsessed with her first love (or at least the one she planned to lose her virginity to). When the two form a platonic relationship to help them deal with their disastrous love lives the signs are all there that an attraction between the two are forming.
When I »
- Paul Metcalf
Sleeping with Other People, 2015.
Written and Directed by Leslye Headland.
A good-natured womaniser and a serial cheater form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in.
Another week, another rom-com, at least that’s how it always seems to be throughout the many weeks of a cinematic year. But whilst the Nicholas Spark train keeps chugging along, it’s about time we had a romantic comedy that wasn’t all fairytale and schmaltz. Sleeping with Other People, produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (Anchorman), is such a film to shake up the genre with its look at relationships and love in 2015/6, and if the age-old question of whether men all women can just be friends is still as ripe »
- Scott J. Davis
Written and Directed by Leslye Headland and starring Jason Sudeikis (The Last Man on Earth), Alison Brie (Mad Men), Sleeping With With other People is a re-imagining of the classic Rom-Com genre touching on themes of friendship and sexual undercurrents.
Jake (Sudeikis) and Lainey (Brie) lose their virginity to each other in college. When their paths cross twelve years later in New York City, they realise they both have become serial cheaters. Bonding over their chronic commitment issues, they form a platonic friendship to support each other in their quests for healthy romantic relationships.
Sleeping With Other People will be on DVD on February 22
The DVD will also be available to order on Amazon.
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- Dan Powell
Director: Leslye Headland
Every once a while during the film festival circuit you will get that runaway romantic comedy smash that gets all the stuffy old reviewers by the heart. In 2015 it was Leslye Headland’s Sleeping With Other People that captured the heart of Sundance, and now you can experience some hype for yourself.
Sleeping With Other People tells the story of Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis), an accidental meeting that happens when Lainey tries to lose her virginity with her T.A. named Matthew (Adam Scott) just down the hall from Jake. Instead Lainey and Jake drown their sorrows together, thus losing their virginities to each other instead. From there we see that the pair have grown up, and have become as bad as each other with their love lives, with Lainey still »
- Lucy Cave
Leslye Headland, the writer-director whose latest feature film was this summer’s Jason Sudeikis-Alison Brie romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People, is set to make her pilot directing debut. She has closed to helm ABC’s untitled Weeks/Mackay pilot, a lesbian-straight duo comedy from writers Ed Weeks and Hannah Mackay and executive producer Andrew Reich. The ABC Studios-produced pilot centers on an unapologetic lesbian and her best friend, a neurotic straight male, as… »
New Indie: The Manhattan romantic comedy has become such a cliché that it’s even spawned its own spoof film, the erratic They Came Together. But just when you thought there was no new way to show New Yorkers falling in love, along comes the intelligently outrageous Sleeping With Other People (Paramount Home Entertainment), where two people who hooked up disastrously in college meet up again years later – at a sex-addiction 12-step meeting. That synopsis might sound a little grim, but in the hands of writer-director Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) and with the engaging, charismatic lead performances of Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, the results are both credible and hilarious. (And the scene where Sudeikis explains to Brie the mechanics of female self-pleasure...
- Alonso Duralde
Writer and director Leslye Headland has quickly established herself as a unique comedy voice. She made her directorial debut with 2012's "Bachelorette," and last year she returned with "Sleeping With Other People," a rom-com with its own unique flavor. And if you missed it in cinemas, today we've got copies of the movie on DVD for some lucky readers. Read More: Review: Refreshingly Funny & Romantic 'Sleeping With Other People' Starring Alison Brie, Jason Sudekis, Natasha Lyonne, Adam Scott, and Amanda Peet, the movie follows two people who can't keep a partner, who wind up falling for each other. Here's the full synopsis: Can two serial cheaters get a second chance at love? After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance twelve years later and discover they each have the same problem: because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship. »
- Edward Davis
★☆☆☆☆ American playwright turned writer-director Leslye Headland received a fair amount of critical praise for her debut feature Bachelorette (2012), which saw a trio of women asked to be bridesmaids to a former victim of their school bullying. Her sophomore effort, Sleeping with Other People (2015), is an unfortunately hideous affair. Toplined by two skilled comedic actors who both deserve more than the trite script awards them, the crudity builds throughout, resulting in a film that's deeply unpleasant. Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) lose their virginity to one another when the latter breaks into Columbia University and strikes up an unexpected bond with Jake.
- CineVue UK
A smart New York comedy of sexual manners between ex-lovers
Alison Brie deserves to sleep with whomever she wants, having spent seven seasons of Mad Men married to the lizard-like Pete Campbell. In this brisk New York comedy of sexual manners, Brie and Jason Sudeikis play Lainey and Jake, who slept together years ago but now enjoy a platonic if implicitly unchaste friendship; they’re sufficiently comfortable with each other to discuss a masturbation technique named the “Dirty DJ”.
Brie’s air of smart, startled prissiness nicely offsets the grit, while Sudeikis works those labrador jowls to amiable effect. Gags about Aaron Sorkin and Malcolm Gladwell make Leslye Headland’s script sometimes feel more like a 2015 zeitgeist-capsule than an organic piece of comedy, but the mix of sophistication and unabashed raunch has a definite light charm.
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- Jonathan Romney
15 items from 2016
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