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She is tipped to play the love interest of Driver's character.
Watching his films, you might get the impression that director Noah Baumbach is a dyed in the wool pessimist. While movies like “Greenberg,” “The Squid and the Whale,” and my personal favorite, the underrated “Kicking and Screaming,” have sharp bitter edges, his latest, “Frances Ha,” is his most hopeful, least combative work to date. The fact that this is collaboration with star Greta Gerwig might have something to do with that, and the events are largely autobiographical on her side of the equation. If a purportedly true-to-life tale about aimless upper middle class twenty-somethings striving to find direction in their lives makes you want to run screaming for the hills, then by all means, avoid “Frances Ha” like a pox-ridden leper. Because that’s exactly what this movie is, and it embodies the inherent positives and negatives in such a scenario. At the core, the story is about friendship, chiefly »
- Brent McKnight
Having appeared in such projects as the HBO series "Bored to Death" and the Noah Baumbach films "Margot at the Wedding" and "The Squid and the Whale," actress Halley Feiffer is way more famous than a lot of people. That just doesn't necessarily translate to Twitter.
"I really don't have that many Twitter followers, which I'm really sad about," Feiffer, 28, joked during a recent interview with HuffPost Entertainment. "I really want people to think I'm more famous, and that happens when you have more Twitter followers."
That could happen soon enough. Feiffer co-wrote and stars in the indie comedy "He's Way More Famous Than You," a caustic film about Feiffer's alcoholic alter ego, an actress also named Halley Feiffer. Directed by former "Ugly Betty" star Michael Urie (who also appears as "himself" in the film) and featuring cameo appearances from Jesse Eisenberg and Ben Stiller, "He's Way More Famous Than You »
- Christopher Rosen
Exhilarating. Grand. Generous. None of those are words anybody would have previously associated with movies by Noah Baumbach, whose acerbic, sometimes brutal humor could verge straight into meanness in films like The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding and especially the recent Greenberg, which had me accusing Baumbach of being "nearly as self-absorbed and naive as the character himself." Lucky for me, then, that Baumbach was still willing to talk to me about his new movie Frances Ha, which is indeed all those adjectives promised on the film's poster. Baumbach co-wrote Frances Ha with the film's star, Greta Gerwig, who I also spoke to in the same Union Square hotel last week (read more here). In a recent extensive profile in the New Yorker Baumbach explained that he sought out unusual financing to make Frances Ha, allowing himself more time to experiment with the film's style and to »
Noah Baumbach, who made an impressive directorial debut with The Squid and the Whale, continues to blaze his own trail with an effervescent little film called Frances Ha, which he wrote with its star, Greta Gerwig. A tribute to the spirit of French New Wave cinema, it’s shot in black & white and scored by the music of Georges Delerue, a lovely homage in itself—but Baumbach never positions form over content, and there isn’t an ounce of pretension here. Indie darling Gerwig has a great deal to do with the picture’s success: she’s disarmingly likable, even though her character isn’t terribly bright or focused. Frances is a young woman trying to get along in New York City,...
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- Leonard Maltin
Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" seemingly came out of nowhere to charm viewers at Telluride and Toronto last fall. The Brooklyn-born director, whose previous films include "Kicking and Screaming," "The Squid and the Whale" and "Margot at the Wedding," made the made the movie quietly, co-writing it with his "Greenberg" leading lady Greta Gerwig and filming it in luminous black and white on the streets and in the subways and apartments of New York City. The film follows Gerwig's title character, a 27-year-old aspiring dancer who's never quite gotten her life together; by »
- Steve Pond
This weekend, moviegoers of all ages and levels of geekdom will be Trek-king to theaters for the further space adventures of Kirk and Spock. But for those of you craving a more humorous, earthbound tale, we recommend you check out this week’s “Sleeper to See.” The Movie: Frances Ha The Director: Indie stalwart Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale) The Cast: Rising starlet Greta Gerwig (To Rome with Love, No Strings Attached), who co-wrote the script; Adam Driver, best known for playing Lena Dunham’s quirky boyfriend Adam on HBO’s Girls; Mickey Sumner (Girl Most Likely, Cbgb), daughter of rocker Sting; and Grace Gummer (Larry Crowne, Margin Call), daughter of actress Meryl. (Streep, that is.) The Story: In this bittersweet...
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Frances Ha is new territory for writer-director Noah Baumbach. To briefly pigeonhole him as a filmmaker, he’s not the type of storyteller we expect to show someone joyously running down the street cued to David Bowie’s “Modern Love.” We’d expect to see a character breaking down talking about how much they hate the poppiness of that Bowie song and the people who love it. Roger Greenberg or Bernard Berkman wouldn’t have been a fan of that song or the character at the center of Frances Ha, Frances (Greta Gerwig). She’s Baumbach’s most conventionally likable character yet. She has plenty of financial and career drama, but, even with some of that despair, Baumach’s picture, which he co-wrote with Gerwig, has a happy personality to it. Happiness is not the a feeling generally associated with Baumbach’s directorial work, but he seems comfortable with that new territory. Here »
- Jack Giroux
"Spock, I do not know too much about these little Tribbles yet, but there is one thing that I have discovered. I like them … better than I like you." –Dr. McCoy, "Star Trek" (1967)
Greetings from the apocalypse! The trouble with Tribbles is not how cute they are but how much they multiply, or in the case of "Star Trek Into Darkness," the silly plot point for which they cameo. That's the only thing I'll spoil from that movie (besides that it stinks), but luckily there's some sweet alternatives this week that boldly go where no J.J. Abrams movie has gone before … coherence.
Friday, May 17
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Oh boy. "Star Trek Into Dumbness" finally fulfills J.J. Abrams' five-year mission to run this franchise through a Cuisinart of stupidity. I would need a spoiler avalanche to make a proper case for how this sequel squanders classic characters and scenarios from »
- Max Evry
Greta Gerwig makes "hapless" a happening thing in "Frances Ha." Which is no surprise, because she's spent her brief career mastering variations on a hapless theme.
Gerwig ("Lola Versus," "Greenberg") and director Noah Baumbach ("Greenberg," "The Squid and the Whale") team up to give us the quintessential Greta time-capsule picture, a movie that sums up the navel gazing of Generation Y and summons up every Gerwig character from the era in one giddy yet wistful package.
Frances (Gerwig) is an exemplar of a sort of age-specific form of denial. A Sacramento native, she's settled in New York to become a modern dancer. She's gawky and a little awkward, so that isn't really working out. She can't commit to her boyfriend because she won't leave behind her "same person with different hair" best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner), her true other half. But Sophie moves out on her.
Frances is 27, under-employed, and »
One of the most anticipated movies of the summer opens this weekend. Besides Star Trek Into Darkness, that is. It's called Frances Ha, and it's the latest from Noah Baumbach, writer and director of The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding as well as cowriter of the Wes Anderson films Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. And it stars and is cowritten by his girlfriend, indie darling Greta Gerwig, who previously collaborated with the filmmaker on Greenberg. With stellar reviews and otherwise strong buzz since its festival appearances at Telluride, Toronto and New York last fall, it's long been a dependable film to look forward to. Many of the summer's small movies, the counterprogramming alternatives to tentpoles like Star Trek and all...
- Christopher Campbell
The way a Noah Baumbach film unfolds entails how you can expect an interview with the director of indie darlings like Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale and Greenberg to transpire: precise and thoughtful, yet still utterly vulnerable and personal. Baumbach is a New York City-bred filmmaker with a sensibility much like the metropolis that raised him - every conversation about his film is direct, and every question must be stated in a way that fosters its forward momentum. In that vein, it's interesting to be a New York lady of a “certain age” speaking to Baumbach about his latest film, Frances Ha ,which was cowritten with his lead actress Greta Gerwig (who also happens to be -- like her character Frances -- a New York lady of a “certain...
- Katie Calautti
Noah Baumbach has been a polarizing filmmaker since he burst onto the scene with his first high-profile feature, 2005's The Squid and the Whale. Aside from launching Jesse Eisenberg's career, that effort also familiarized the film world with Baumbach's quirky indie voice. While like nails on a chalkboard to some -- see critical reaction to Margot at the Wedding and Greenberg -- Baumbach's minimalist, self-deprecating style has been emulated by many in the years that have followed. His latest, Frances Ha, is every bit as Baumbachian as his previous work, yet feels somehow more accessible as well, aside, perhaps, from the black-and-white photography, which, at times, evokes early Woody Allen or the French New Wave. It is up for debate whether this is because of...
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-- On paper it sounds unbearably precious and solipsistic – a cliche, even. Middle-class, college-educated white girl in her mid-20s wanders around New York City with no real home, job or purpose. She has no idea where she's going or what she's doing, and as she struggles to find herself, she ends up even more lost.
But as it turns out, "Frances Ha" is absolutely charming: funny, sad, cringe-inducing and heartbreaking but, above all, brimming with authenticity, thanks in large part to a winning star turn from indie darling Greta Gerwig. This is a great showcase for Gerwig's abiding naturalism; not a single moment from her feels cutesy, self-conscious or false.
She and director Noah Baumbach, who worked together on the 2010 comedy "Greenberg," co-wrote the script, creating a sense of realism through a series of absurd moments. Frances is goofy and guileless, awkward and affectionate but clearly decent-hearted to the core, »
Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she¹s not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. Frances Ha is a modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption.
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- Movie Geeks
It looks like former California Governor and Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to co-star in a reboot of the 1984 series The Toxic Avenger. His would be the supporting mentor role according to a press release, but the role truly sounds perfect for him.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release over at Deadline.
Los Angeles, CA (May, 2013) –Action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator series, Total Recall) is in negotiations to star in writer/director Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2) big budget action comedy The Toxic Avenger produced by Akiva Goldsman (Constantine, I Am Legend, Mr And Mrs Smith), Richard Saperstein (Hancock, 1408, SE7EN), Charlie Corwin (Half Nelson, The Squid And The Whale), Stephen Kessler and Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call). Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will executive produce. The announcement was made today by International Film Trust’s (Ift) President Ariel Veneziano who will handle all international rights »
- Jess Orso
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator series, Total Recall) is in negotiations to star in writer/director Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2) big budget action comedy The Toxic Avenger produced by Akiva Goldsman (Constantine, I Am Legend, Mr And Mrs Smith), Richard Saperstein (Hancock, 1408, SE7EN), Charlie Corwin (Half Nelson, The Squid And The Whale), Stephen Kessler and Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call). Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will executive produce. The announcement was made today by International Film Trust’s President Ariel Veneziano who will handle all international rights to the film alongside Ift’s Head of Sales Christian de Gallegos.
Set to be introduced to buyers at Cannes 2013, The Toxic Avenger is currently in pre-production and scheduled to start principal photography this fall.
- Michelle McCue
Here’s some casting news most people didn’t see coming. A big budget remake of The Toxic Avenger has been in the works for quite some time, but it just got a big boost with the announcement that Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to join the cast:
Los Angeles, CA (May, 2013) –Action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator series, Total Recall) is in negotiations to star in writer/director Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2) big budget action comedy The Toxic Avenger produced by Akiva Goldsman (Constantine, I Am Legend, Mr And Mrs Smith), Richard Saperstein (Hancock, 1408, SE7EN), Charlie Corwin (Half Nelson, The Squid And The Whale), Stephen Kessler and Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call). Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will executive produce. The announcement was made today by International Film Trust’s (Ift) President Ariel Veneziano who will handle all international rights to the film alongside Ift’s Head of Sales Christian de Gallegos. »
- Jonathan James
Well now. Can't say we saw this one coming. Some pretty strange news is coming out of Hollyweird today as Arnold Schwarzenegger, yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is in talks to star in Troma's remake of The Toxic Avenger.
From the Press Release
Action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator series, Total Recall) is in negotiations to star in writer/director Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2) big budget action comedy The Toxic Avenger produced by Akiva Goldsman (Constantine, I Am Legend, Mr And Mrs Smith), Richard Saperstein (Hancock, 1408, SE7EN), Charlie Corwin (Half Nelson, The Squid And The Whale), Stephen Kessler, and Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call). Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will executive produce. The announcement was made today by International Film Trust’s (Ift) President Ariel Veneziano, who will handle all international rights to the film alongside Ift’s Head of Sales Christian de Gallegos.
Set to be introduced to buyers »
- Uncle Creepy
Halley Feiffer is waiting for me outside Planned Parenthood on Bleecker and Margaret Sanger Square in Manhattan. Nearby, two teenage boys, presumably waiting on teenage girls, hang awkwardly. "I'm a little scared," Feiffer says. "I'm so glad I have you here with me." We walk into the lobby, where a stern guard behind bullet-proof glass stops us. "Only one of you can come in," he says. When we explain we only want free condoms, he brightens up. "You can have as many as you like," he says, handing us two lunch bags of city-issued Lifestyles. We stuff these into even bigger bags we've brought with us, since our plan is to collect as many condoms as possible. Feiffer, best known for playing Jesse Eisenberg's girlfriend in The Squid and the Whale, wants them to promote her new film, He's Way More Famous Than You: With laborious dedication, she'll »
- Jennifer Vineyard
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