12 items from 2015
If you’re just joining this recap, you may have very recently finished watching the final episode of Parenthood — the very, very last one ever. You probably need a minute to recover. Take that minute. Wipe away the ludicrously large tears still streaming down those cheeks. Breathe.Okay. Now let’s talk. Oh, wait, we’re still crying. It really is hard to stop, isn’t it? Most fans probably came to this episode pretty, shall we say, lubed up in advance. Most of us were well prepared to spend an hour wailing over the loss of our Bravermans while tossing Kleenexes haphazardly around the room just like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally. We probably would have bawled like wee babes if the entire episode had turned out to be an hour-long installment of Behind the Music: The Ashes of Rome Story. Fortunately for humanity, that is not what happened. »
- Jen Chaney
I am at my second Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews.
Sundance Film Festival 2015 Reviews
Director/Screenwriter: Leslye Headland
U.S.A., 2015, 92 min., color
Plot (courtesy of Sundance): Jake and Lainey impulsively lose their virginity to each other in college. When their paths cross 12 years later in New York, they realize they both have become serial cheaters. Bonding over their chronic infidelity, they form a platonic friendship to support each other in their quests for healthy romantic relationships.
Review: Right from the beginning, we know Lainey (Brie) is a train wreck. She tries to get a dorm door down, and Jake (Sudeikis) is somehow charmed by this mess. Mainly because we learn he’s a little messed up too. That was college, but now we’re in present day, »
- Jeff Bayer
Written & Directed by Leslye Headland
With each new inferior romantic-comedy, you come to appreciate the delicate brilliance of When Harry Met Sally just a little bit more. Sleeping with Other People is a particularly egregious offender because it borrows so heavily from the classic. Though it tries very hard (too hard) to please, it can’t overcome its faulty premise, miscast leads, and ill-conceived gags. This is a rom-com with very few laughs and even fewer romantic sparks.
From the first frames, it’s evident that Sleeping with Other People is saddled with a deeply flawed premise. Lainey (Alison Brie) is an uber-fox who remained sexless because she “wanted to be chosen” by a complete zero named Matthew Sobvechik (Adam Scott). Lainey’s virginal counterpart is Jake (Jason Sudeikis); an uncouth douchebag who “wanted his first time to be special.” Okay, that’s utter nonsense, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Sleeping with Other People
Directed and written by Leslye Headland
Lesyle Headland’s Sleeping with Other People is a R-rated romantic comedy that suffers from being a little too in love with itself but hits a few notes of authenticity and elicits enough raucous humor to make it a mostly worthwhile exercise in deciphering how love and sex fit together. Many years after losing his virginity to Lainey- Jake finds meets her again at a meeting for sex addicts and they begin a passionate friendship filled with over-sharing, co-dependency, and laughter. If you already think that the title is lacking nuance- you’d be right. It downplays the fact that only one of them has a problem directly with monogamy and the other one is hung up on one person in particular. Yes, they fill the gaps of meaning in their lives with sex but both still are seeking »
- Lane Scarberry
One of my favorite romantic comedies of all time is When Harry Met Sally. It's classic, timeless and delivers the perfect depiction of friendship between the opposite sexes, dating and relationships. And while countless films have tried to duplicate the brilliance of director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Eprhon, many of them fall tragically short. But thankfully, we have Sleeping with Other People from Bachelorette writer and director Leslye Headland, and this is hopefully as close as we'll get to what is essentially a remake of the aforementioned 1989 romantic comedy staple. But the film has a style and attitude all its own. Headland herself describes the film as When Harry Met Sally for assholes, and since the story follows Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie), two people who have problems committing to relationships and cheat to get out of them, that's pretty damn accurate. They meet in college and »
- Ethan Anderton
Park City, Utah -- Alison Brie feels supported. Not only did the actress refer to shooting her latest "Sleeping With Other People" as "the greatest experience I've ever known in film," but she is also feeling the love for her TV show "Community," which has moved from being network television on NBC to being run via Yahoo. "NBC kept us on the air for a long time and I'm very grateful, but being with Yahoo, we've never felt more supported as a show," Brie told HitFix from the red carpet at the Sundance Film Festival, where "Sleeping" premiered last night (Jan. 24). "Theyre excited to market the show, they're excited about the show, which I think is something we haven't felt in a long time." As for this comedy movie -- in which she starred opposite of Jason Sudeikis -- Brie experienced a couple of firsts: it was her first time filming with a female director, »
- Katie Hasty
Comedians Lena Dunham (Girls), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black, Weeds) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, SNL) spoke about women in television and film on Saturday (January 24) at the Serious Ladies panel.
New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum guided the panel through such topics as the rise of three-dimensional female characters, the different ways humour can eliminate stereotypes and the importance of sex within a narrative construct. The event was part of the Power Of Story series.
Female-driven series in television
After general references by the panel to the emergence of female-driven television series – Jill Soloway’s recent Golden Globe winner Transparent and Jane Campion’s Sundance 2013 selection Top Of The Lake arose as examples – Kohan turned to viewer demographics.
She cited the film industry’s catering to men aged 18-34 as a reason for the lack of strong female leads and television’s (seemingly) wider target audience for a more diverse »
At a time when audiences are more friendly to raunch-coms than to rom-coms, writer-director Leslye Headland tries to split the difference in “Sleeping With Other People.” Essentially an updated “When Harry Met Sally … ” with texting (or, as Headland described the characters at the Sundance preem, “with a–holes”), two quippy New Yorkers spend more than 90 minutes trying to answer whether a man and a woman can be friends without romance entering the picture. Adhering pretty strictly to romantic-comedy conventions, the pic feels too broad for the arthouse and too small for the multiplex, leaving it in an uncomfortable commercial gray area.
Headland gets the meet-cute out of the way in the first scene, as Lainey (Alison Brie) makes a spectacle in a college dorm yelling at the top of her lungs and banging on the door of the unseen object of her affection. Jake (Jason Sudeikis) pulls her away to »
- Geoff Berkshire
Is it love, is it like, and how much does adding sex to the equation really matter?
“Sleeping With Other People,” a romantic comedy for the 21st century, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to raucous laughter and genuine appreciation on Saturday for its empathetic look at how love, sex and intimacy work these days.
The answer seems to be: it’s complicated.
- Sharon Waxman
Times have certainly changed since When Harry Met Sally premiered in 1989, and so have sex scenes on camera! Billy Crystal, who once sat across from Meg Ryan during that iconic "I'll have what she's having" delicatessen scene, is not a prude by any means, but a comment he made Sunday during the Television Critics Association's winter press tour certainly got people talking... To backtrack a moment, Crystal was, per the Hollywood Reporter, asked if it was "difficult" playing one of TV's first openly gay characters on Soap in 1977. He was also asked if he had "any thoughts on what's happened to television since then..." Crystal admitted it was "awkward and »
Jamie Dornan stuns in Detail magazine's February issue, sporting a white tee and blue hues. The Irish model-turned-actor is no stranger to the camera, and in the interview, he talked about preparing for the role of Christian Grey, his newfound fear, and his favorite romantic comedies. With Fifty Shades of Grey's release coming soon, find out how Jamie remains grounded and why he thinks he's funnier than Dakota Johnson, who plays his love interest, Anastasia Steele. And if the photos below aren't enough eye candy, check out Jamie's hottest pictures and watch the sexiest sneak peeks from the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer. You can also read the entire Jamie Dornan feature at Details, and don't miss the behind-the-scenes video. On being labeled a sex symbol: "What does that even mean? When I think of sex symbols, I think of posters my two sisters had on their bedroom walls. »
The presentation of the union’s highest accolade will be the centerpiece of the annual ceremony which will be simulcast live on Sunday, Jan. 25 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. Et/ 5 p.m. Pt, the show’s executive producer Kathy Connell announced Tuesday.
SAG-aftra is honoring Debbie Reynolds for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments.
Also Read: SAG Awards 2015: The Nominees (Photos)
Fisher has been an actor, novelist, screenwriter and performance artist during her career. She »
- Todd Cunningham
12 items from 2015
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