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Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently streaming on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to War Horse, Pariah, & A Separation.
With the Academy Awards eligibility deadline about to hit, three Oscar hopefuls do battle at the box office, including Steven Spielberg‘s latest epic, a gritty indie from Brooklyn, NY, and an Iranian thriller that’s drawing worldwide notice.
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel and its resulting Broadway hit, Spielberg’s War Horse centers on the bond between a young man and his horse. With its posh pedigree, this drama is looking to win more than audience attention. [Full Review.]
Oscar loves a good war story:
The English Patient (1996) This epic World War II-set romance scored 12 Oscar nominations and took home nine, including honors for writer-director Anthony Minghella and star Juliette Binoche, not to mention Best Picture. »
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When only four percent of scripted TV shows feature Lgbt characters, what's a gay girl to do? Why, strap on your gay goggles and watch TV along with us, of course! Our handy appraisal scale is better than any old letter grade. Other sites A+. We say, "What about our lezzy-lady feelings?"
Hey, Captain Dean! Yeah, you, with the pilot's hat and that one self-congratulatory facial expression. Did you happen to see the note I wrote to Co-captain Ted last week? The one where I talked about how he should give the show back to the ladies due to my boredom? Well, I was going to write you a similar note this week, but by the second scene you were supposed to be carrying — ZZZzzzzz.
Oh, look at that: Just talking about your scenes triggers a narcoleptic reaction inside my brain. Weird.
You guys, what the hell? Pan Am »
- Heather Hogan
At this year's Toronto Film Festival, I was able to sit down with Adam Scott for an exclusive interview about Friends With Kids. Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), the plot centers on a pair of thirtysomething best friends who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people. Scott and Westfeldt play the lead couple, while Jon Hamm (who also produced), Kristen Wiig, Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph play the couples with kids. Edward Burns and Megan Fox are also in the film. During the interview, Scott talked about what the last few years have been like as he's started landing some high profile gigs, how he got cast in the film, the short production schedule, being the lead with this great cast, future projects like Bachelorette, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Friends with Kids boasts a terrific cast that elevates the laughs above that of your average romantic comedy, but the story can't help but devolve from unique and entertaining to inevitable and generic, which is a shame considering the first 80 minutes or so are really quite strong.
Making her directorial debut on top of writing and starring in the film, Jennifer Westfeldt shows some promise after largely being known as a character actor on such television shows as "24", "Grey's Anatomy" and "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place". Here she plays Julie, an ambitious businesswoman who's managed to maintain a long term friendship with Manhattan playboy, Jason (Adam Scott). When we meet them, the free-wheeling Jason and Julie are faced with the proposition of losing their four closest friends as they remain the lone singles in a group of married couples preparing to start families.
Playing Jason and Julie's married friends, »
- Brad Brevet
Company Acquires Jennifer Westfeldt.s Directorial Debut
Out Of The Toronto International Film Festival
Stellar Ensemble Cast Includes
Santa Monica, CA (September 21, 2011) – Lionsgate today announced the acquisition of Red Granite Pictures. Friends With Kids, directed by Jennifer Westfeldt, following its debut screenings at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The announcement was made jointly by Steve Beeks, Lionsgate.s President and co-coo, Joe Drake, co-coo and Motion Picture Group President, and Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.
The release will be handled jointly by Lionsgate and partner company Roadside Attractions, similarly to past collaborations such as Everything Must Go, and the upcoming Margin Call, with Roadside Attractions spearheading domestic theatrical distribution and Lionsgate handling all other U.S. rights including home entertainment and television.
- Michelle McCue
Lionsgate has snapped up the distribution rights "You're Next" and "Friends With Kids," the studio announced on Wednesday. The two films screened at the Toronto Film Festival. "Friends" is the bigger bauble, boasting strong critical notices and a cast that includes Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd and Edward Burns. It marks the directorial debut of Jessica Westfeldt, the screenwriter of "Kissing Jessica Stein." The film centers on a group of friends who become parents. The release will be handled jointly by Lionsgate and partner company Roadside Attractions. Lionsgate acquired it from Red »
- Brent Lang
Deadline revealed during the festival that Lionsgate was bearing down on a deal to release the Jennifer Westfeldt-directed comedy Friends With Kids, in partnership with Roadside Attractions in a deal made by Cinetic and Red Granite. Lionsgate has just issued the press release: Santa Monica, CA (September 21, 2011) – Lionsgate® (NYSE: Lgf), a leading global entertainment company today announced the acquisition of Red Granite Pictures’ Friends With Kids, directed by Jennifer Westfeldt, following its debut screenings at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The announcement was made jointly by Steve Beeks, Lionsgate’s President and co-coo, Joe Drake, co-coo and Motion Picture Group President, and Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. The release will be handled jointly by Lionsgate and partner company Roadside Attractions, similarly to past collaborations such as Everything Must Go, and the upcoming Margin Call, with Roadside Attractions spearheading domestic theatrical distribution and Lionsgate handling all other U. »
- MIKE FLEMING
It was once the neglected housewife of romcom topics, but no one could accuse today's Hollywood of ignoring what happens after "I do". Fortysomething actresses are falling over each other to look adorably dishevelled while multitasking in films like I Don't Know How She Does It and last year's Motherhood, while fiftysomething divorcees are loudly rediscovering their va-va-voom in Last Chance Harvey and It's Complicated.
The similarly middle-aged Friends With Kids will no doubt receive a boost in both box office and credibility from a marketing campaign which highlights the Bridesmaids cast reunion. But if the audiences at the Toronto premiere expected uproarious comedy, they were quickly disappointed. Not only is Friends with Kids light on toilet-set set-pieces, it also makes little use of that impressive ensemble cast.
Kristen Wiig, »
Last night, as Jon Hamm and his long-time lady-friend Jennifer Westfeldt enjoyed the flash and glamour of the Emmy Awards, their latest collaboration Friends With Kids was in final negotiations for a distribution deal with Lionsgate. It was Westfeldt, (the film’s writer/director/lead) who broke the news to Deadline saying, “The sale just closed while the Emmys were going on. We’re thrilled.”
They’re not alone. Word has it Millennium and CBS Films entered the bidding war for the hot property that boasts positive reviews (read ours here) and a buzz-building cast that includes Hamm’s Bridesmaids’ co-stars Chris O’Dowd, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, as well as Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott (…and Megan Fox). It’s little wonder Lionsgate was eager to buy. Westfeldt suspects the comedy, which is currently screening at Tiff, could be released as soon as next Spring. Perhaps Lionsgate is »
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Deadline is confirming their earlier report that Lionsgate has picked up the distribution rights for Jennifer Westfeldt's hot Toronto Film Festival title Friends with Kids , a romantic comedy that teams the Kissing Jessica Stein star with Adam Scott, playing best friends who decide to have a baby together while dating other people. This decision is done in reaction to their married friends having kids and being miserable, those friends being played essentially by the cast of the summer comedy hit Bridesmaids : Kristin Wiig, Jon Hamm (Westfeldt's husband), Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd. You can read our review here . »
At this year's Toronto Film Festival, I was able to sit down with Jon Hamm for an exclusive interview about Friends With Kids. Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), the plot centers on a pair of thirtysomething best friends who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people. Adam Scott and Westfeldt play the lead couple, while Hamm (who also produced), Kristen Wiig, Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph play the couples with kids. Edward Burns and Megan Fox are also in the film. During the interview, Hamm talked about being back at Tiff (he was there last year for The Town), was it tough to get Friends with Kids made and how did the project come together, his recent comedic work on 30 Rock, Bridesmaids and Funny or Die, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
As we continue our coverage of Tiff, here's a blast from this past weekend. We somehow managed to see three movies on Tiff Day 4--that was three more movies than we watched on Day 3--and they all seemed to share an unintentional link in that all three are by women filmmakers who got a lot of attention with their previous movies and were coming to Tiff with movies that would be getting a lot of attention due to expectations for their follow-ups. The screenplay for Sarah Polley's drama Away from Her received an Oscar nomination and she returns with Take This Waltz , an original drama starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Luke Kirby. It's been quite a bit longer since Jennifer Westfeldt starred in Kissing Jessica Stein and she brought Tiff her directorial debut Friends with »
Global economic worries didn’t effect business at the Toronto International Film Festival, which closes this Sunday. But, by all accounts, less than stellar box office receipts and technological changes in the industry from video-on-demand to piracy has kept the buying and selling of movies at a less frenzied pace than what was expected.
In past years, Toronto selections such as “The Hurt Locker »
- Anthony Kaufman
Jennifer Westfeldt's sort-of romantic comedy Friends with Kids is on to something, even if in the end it suffers from a failure of nerve. This is actor and screenwriter Westfeldt's directorial debut (she co-wrote and starred in the 2001 feature Kissing Jessica Stein), and it's polished to the point of shallow glossiness -- it could benefit from being a little rougher, a little messier. »
“Friends With Kids,” writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt’s new romantic dramedy premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, ends with a killer punch line. As a family publication, Speakeasy can’t reprint the line here, but rest assured it’s raunchy and romantic at the same time, and perfectly in sync with the tone of Ms. Westfeldt’s latest rumination on love, friends and relationships.
“I realize it’s a daring ending, »
- Michelle Kung
HollywoodNews.com: For the last few years, Jennifer Westfeldt has been tagged as the girlfriend of Jon Hamm. Ever since “Mad Men” hit it big, Westfeldt–who had starred in and wrote “Kissing Jessica Stein”–sort of got lost in the mix. No more. She’s directed “Friends with Kids” from her own screenplay, and stars in this top notch, moving romantic comedy. The movie has just blown away everyone who’s seen it this weekend. Hamm can now be known as Westfeldt’s boyfriend.
“Friends with Kids” also finally elevates the very talented Adam Scott from sideman to main player. He and Jennifer play long time friends who are not attracted to each other but feel like they should have a child. All their friends have married and have kids with varying degrees of success. Hamm and Kristen Wiig play one couple; Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd are the other. »
- Roger Friedman
Buyers are lining up for the more commercial-looking movies on display at Toronto, from horror flicks The Raid and The Incident, about cooks left behind in an insane asylum, to relationship comedies Friends with Kids and The Oranges. Partners Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein, Ira & Abby) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) produced and co-star in Manhattan-set Friends with Kids, which Westfelt also wrote and directed. Westfeldt approached Jake Kasdan to direct, but he and many others told her that this project was so personal that she should take the helm. She's a better filmmaker than she is a movie star; the sharply observed comedy about a group of friends, two married couples with kids and two single best friends who decide to have a »
Jennifer Westfeldt has always been a queen of romantic comedy, but her vision of comedic love is much different from the rest of Hollywood's. Her pen always takes the formulaic setup and offers progressive twists that never fall victim to the trite cliches that usually plague the form. First, she questioned sexuality and the divide between straight and gay with Kissing Jessica Stein, then she challenged the all-too-neat notion of happily ever after with Ira & Abby. Now she returns to Tiff on the tenth anniversary of her first film to offer her directorial debut, Friends with Kids, a film that is both her most daring setup and her most mainstream offering to date. Once again wearing multiple hats in the production, Westfeldt stars as Julie, one of those single...
- Monika Bartyzel
Toronto - When Jon Hamm sits down into the hotel room chair to begin our interview he's obviously very tired. The "Mad Men" icon has had a roller coaster of a 24 hours after the premiere of his new film "Friends with Kids" at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. Directed by his longtime companion Jennifer Westfeldt (co-star and co-screenwriter of "Kissing Jessica Stein"), the ensemble comedy stars Adam Scott (an old friend), Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Ed Burns, Megan Fox as well as Hamm and Westfeldt. It's a funny and dramatic look at how two friends (Scott and Westfeldt) deal with »
Jennifer Westfeldt's directorial debut Friends with Kids shares some key qualities with her 2001 film Kissing Jessica Stein (which she wrote). Both films are funny, harmless comedies that take an emotionally satisfying and challenging conceit before scampering back to the status quo. Westfeldt puts an interesting twist on the parenting-and-marriage sub-genre by rethinking conventional notions of fidelity. She even goes so far as to examine why the convention exists in the first place. But ultimately her movie becomes lethargic, predictable, and bland despite the Westfeldts' strong chemistry with co-star Adam Scott. Best friends Jason (Scott) and Julie (Westfeldt) are the oblivious single people without kids who don't understand why their friends are having such a hard time with the marriage and children thing. They see the stress of couples Leslie (Maya Rudolph) and Alex (Chris O’Dowd) and Ben (Jon Hamm) and Missy (Kristen Wiig), and think they can do better. »
- Matt Goldberg
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