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Starz announced today it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to The Family Fang, and is planning a significant 2016 theatrical release through Starz Digital, its multi-platform releasing team.
A comedic family drama directed by Jason Bateman (Bad Words) The Family Fang stars Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole, The Hours, Moulin Rouge!); Bateman (The Gift, Horrible Bosses, “Arrested Development”), and co-stars Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken (Jersey Boys, Catch Me If You Can, Wedding Crashers) and Maryann Plunkett (“House of Cards,” Blue Valentine, The Squid and the Whale).
The film was well received by critics and audiences at its recent premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Wilson, The Family Fang was written by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Following the theatrical release, The Family Fang will have an on-demand release, and an exclusive TV premiere on Starz. The deal was »
- Michelle McCue
Chiwetel Ejiofor was on hand in Toronto in 2013 – for “Half of a Yellow Sun” and his Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave.” Scott is here for what he said was his fourth time "and this is the biggest reaction I’ve ever had." Jeff Daniels, who plays the head of Nasa in Scott’s bring-Matt-back-from-Mars adventure, has been here so many times he’s lost count (“The Squid and the Whale," "Fly Away Home," "something else”). “The reaction for me, compared to those other three movies was a sense of relief that it worked,” Daniels said. “It’s all guesswork, even with someone as great as Ridley a portion of what we’re throwing up there, we’re crossing our fingers, hoping an audience takes to it. That’s the payoff for us.” What audiences often forget is that what the performers are putting on screen, they executed a year or more before. »
- John Anderson
We need more movies about dysfunctional families like we need more movies about the tortured inner lives of artists, which is all the more reason to be unexpectedly grateful for “The Family Fang,” a sharply drawn portrait of a dysfunctional, tortured artistic family that speaks affectingly to the troubled legacy that all parents inevitably bequeath to their children. Following his raucous and foul-mouthed directorial debut with “Bad Words,” Jason Bateman shows marked progress and deepening maturity as a filmmaker with this cleverly structured but never arch or mechanical adaptation of Kevin Wilson’s 2011 comic novel, with Bateman and Nicole Kidman nicely inhabiting one of the more tender and persuasive brother-sister relationships in recent movie memory. With its rich vein of melancholy and intricate but entirely accessible narrative layers, “Fang” will require shrewd distributor positioning to sink its teeth into the arthouse market; solid critical response and cast names should help. »
- Justin Chang
When Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it made instant sense. Not because he was bald, not because he looks like or Gene Hackman or anything, but just because he’s one of those actors whose screen presence is so perfectly formed. You know exactly what they’re going for with their Luthor, just by Eisenberg’s name. It’s Mark Zuckerberg vs Superman, the supergod vs the awkward genius.
But that’s not the only big action movie he’s got coming up. First he’s going to be in American Ultra, a unique stoner/sci-fi mash-up where he stars alongside Kristen Stewart (it's released in the UK on September 4th). Eisenberg first really burst into our consciousness in 2009 and 2010, where »
The story starts at a baby shower that’s disrupted when a meteor turns men into blood-hungry aliens, forcing women to band together to save the world. Schaeffer’s script was named to the Blacklist last year.
- Dave McNary
The producers are out to filmmakers. Schaeffer’s debut film TiMER premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
XLRator Media has provided us with an exclusive clip for their new documentary entitled Mateo, which opened in limited release last weekend and debuts on VOD and iTunes formats August 25. This clip showcases the vocal skills of Matthew Stoneman, America's first white mariachi singer, as he records his song "The Virtue of Cuba." XLRator acquired the rights to the film earlier this month, following its critically-acclaimed debut at the South By Southwest Festival back in March.
Mateo follows America's most notorious gringo mariachi singer on his misadventures in Cuba. Matthew Stoneman dreamed of pop stardom. Instead, he went to jail, learned Spanish, and emerged as Mateo, America's first white mariachi singer. Mateo is on the brink of completing an album of original songs in Havana. But his estrangement from friends and family, his criminal past, and his love for Cuban women could derail him on his quest for fame. Here's »
Film makers wishing to explore the life of celebrated individuals can often be thwarted by the lack of material, particularly when said individual is a most private person who did not make themselves easily accessible. And often those closest, be they family or long-time friends “circle the wagons” around this potential cinematic subject. This may have been a big problem for the people behind this new film, a look at the all-too brief life of celebrated, but very private, writer David Foster Wallace. Fortunately access was granted via David Lipsky and his best seller “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself”. But as you’ll see, this film is not the standard movie bio, not a “rags to riches”, birth to stardom tale. It’s the story of the friendship between the two Daves, struck up in just a few short days, specifically at The End Of The Tour. »
- Jim Batts
The ferocious rhymes of hip-hop icons N.W.A.’s controversial 1988 anthem “F–k tha Police” scarcely seem to have aged when they blast on to the soundtrack of “Straight Outta Compton,” echoing into a world where the abuse of black Americans at the hands of law-enforcement officials remains common headline news. But if “Compton” is undeniably of the moment, it’s also timeless in its depiction of how artists and writers transform the world around them into angry, profane, vibrant and singular personal expression. A conventional music-world biopic in outline, but intensely human and personal in its characterizations and attention to detail, director F. Gary Gray’s movie is a feast for hip-hop connoisseurs and novices alike as it charts the West Coast rap superstars’ meteoric rise, fractious in-fighting and discovery that the music business can be as savage as the inner-city streets. A very smart piece of »
- Variety Staff
A spiritual follow-up to 2012’s Frances Ha, Mistress America reteams director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Fantastic Mr. Fox) with his leading lady and writing partner, Greta Gerwig (Eden). In Mistress America, however, Greta’s character has grown older, but she hasn’t necessarily grown up.
Tracy (Lola Kirke), a college freshman, is rescued from her less-than-fulfilling creative writing classes by Times Square resident Brooke (Gerwig) – yes, she actually lives in Times Square – after the pair’s parents decide to get married.
Brooke is as quirky as her choice in residence, casually balancing a number of half-careers including restaurateur, cycling instructor, interior designer, and occasional lead singer of indie bands. She seems to know everything and everyone, and always has a pithy remark at the ready. To nineteen-year-old Tracy, her new stepsister is a revelation, something to which to aspire – but Brooke’s maybe not as put together as she Tracy assumes. »
- Sasha James
Whether he realizes it or not, a gravitational nexus has been pulling filmmaker Noah Baumbach (“The Squid And The Whale”) towards some similar ideas. March’s “While We’re Young” explores notions about the evolution of authenticity in art and the schism of age, but it also examines when protege/mentor relationships go wrong and the dark side of ambition. Very similar ideas pop up in “Mistress America,” the second film that Baumbach has released in 2015 (yep, he’s been working at a quick clip of late). But hardly anyone can accuse him of making the same film. If “Where We’re Young” is perhaps a send-up of aging hipsters and opportunistic millennials, “Mistress America” is very different. For one, it has female leads at its center, in Greta Gerwig and up-and-comer Lola Kirke (“Gone Girl”), a dreamy synth sheen by Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham, and it’s arguably »
- Rodrigo Perez
If you love the films of Noah Baumbach, you love them with the desperate urgency of a friend you want to shake. His characters, from Jeff Daniels' narcissist father in "The Squid and the Whale" to Nicole Kidman's bitter short story writer in "Margot at the Wedding," are all frittered edges and vanishing hopes. But along came Greta Gerwig, a graduate of the mumblecore school of filmmaking, who shined light and whimsy onto Baumbach's cinematic world. They've now written two films together, "Frances Ha" and "Mistress America," out this week from Fox Searchlight, and are romantic partners, too. The easy-breezy screwball comedy "Mistress America," Baumbach's mostly tightly calibrated universe yet, stars Gerwig as Brooke, a flighty, flaky hustler who lives in a commercial building in Times Square, dreams of opening a restaurant and is better at being a character in a book than a person in real life. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
New York director Noah Baumbach, the child of writers, writes consistently smart screenplays about that urban intellectual milieu, from his debut "Kicking and Screaming" to his Oscar-nominated "The Squid and the Whale," arguably his most fully realized film to date, which broke out Jesse Eisenberg, followed by less well-received "Margot at the Wedding," which was a dark, dead-on accurate portrait of a family of narcissists. Baumbach is willing to show characters who are lost and flailing. Ben Stiller has portrayed his alter-ego twice now, in L.A.-set "Greenberg," co-starring Greta Gerwig, which made me squirm with discomfort, and in "While We're Young." This Friday, Fox Searchlight opens enchanting comedy "Mistress America," which Baumbauch wrote with his partner and actress muse Greta Gerwig (who collaborated with him memorably on "Frances Ha"), creating Brooke, the most entertaining screwball heroine since »
- Anne Thompson
"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »
- Greg Gerke
It’s exciting to watch a filmmaker working in a seemingly new form at a very quick clip. You could argue there have been two stages to director Noah Baumbach’s career —namely, before and after 2005's “The Squid And The Whale." Recently, Baumbach entered a looser and off-the-cuff phase after 2012’s “Frances Ha.” Shot in secret and on the fly, ‘Frances’ injected a kind of B-12 shot into the director, and 2015 finds the filmmaker releasing two films released in one year. March saw the release of the effervescent and observant “While We’re Young,” which will be followed by “Mistress America.” Read More: Review: Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young' Starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver & Amanda Seyfried “Mistress America” is another tale concerning cross-generational friendship, namely with a college freshman and a 30-something career woman. Here’s the official synopsis: In Mistress America, Tracy (Lola Kirke »
- Edward Davis
The film screened in January at the Sundance Film Festival. In his review, Variety’s Scott Foundas wrote, “Greta Gerwig shines in a tailor-made role in her and Noah Baumbach’s spirited screwball follow-up to ‘Frances Ha.'”
In Mistress America, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes.
- Michelle McCue
Noah Baumbach is on a creative tear these days, seemingly rejuvenated from the off-the-cuff shooting style of “Frances Ha.” In 2015, “The Squid And The Whale” director will be the rare filmmaker to have two movies released in the same year. In March, A24 Films released “While We’re Young,” and later this summer Fox Searchlight will release his second effort of the year, “Mistress America.” Baumbach’s films are always wry, sharply observed comedies with humanist tendencies, often centering on youth, ambition, and aging out of cultural relevance. “Mistress America” certainly tackles many of these topics too, but it’s a bit like Baumbach on amphetamines, with a sped-up screwball approach to his already delightful and insightful comedies. Our review from Sundance earlier this year says the movie is another keeper: "Baumbach’s breezy hot streak continues with another contemporary classic New York tale." Read More: Sundance Review: Noah Baumbach’s ‘Mistress America’ Starring. »
- Edward Davis
Furious 7 fended off solid newcomers Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended to top the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row.More importantly, the movie had another stunning weekend overseas. Specifically, it continued to do massive business in China, where its earned nearly $250 million through its first eight days.Furious 7 has now grossed $1.15 billion worldwide, which ranks seventh all-time. Even if it falls off quickly from here, it still has a real chance of making it past $1.4 billion by the end of its run.Domestically, Furious 7 fell 51 percent to $29.2 million. In comparison, the last two Fast movies dropped 44 percent and 37 percent at the same point. To date, Furious 7 has earned $294.5 million; it could still reach $350 million, but would need to hold up well against Avengers: Age of Ultron in two weeks.Playing at 3,633 locations, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened to $23.8 million this weekend. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
While We’re Young finds Oscar-nominated writer-director Noah Baumbach delivering some of his funniest lines through some of his most relatable characters. With a star-studded cast at its center, his latest film stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver; and promises to be one of the filmmaker’s biggest hits to date. Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding) may not be a household name among casual moviegoers, but his films have continued to garner critical praise over the years. With the upcoming release of While We’re Young, Rock-It Promotions is allowing us to give away ten double passes to residents of Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa,
to see the movie ahead of the theatrical release.
To be entered into a draw to win passes to an advance screening, simply email us at email@example.com. Please make sure to indicate which city you live in. »
- Kyle Reese
Noah Baumbach’s latest comedy, While We’re Young, is one of his funniest and most accessible efforts yet in a vibrant 20-year filmmaking career. The entertaining social satire explores what happens when a fortysomething couple (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) facing a midlife crisis befriends a young hipster couple half their age (Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried) whose passion for life reinvigorates their humdrum existence. Trouble begins when Stiller’s character, a once promising documentary filmmaker whose career has stalled, realizes he’s been eclipsed by his talented and ambitious protégé (Driver). Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horovitz also star. In this exclusive interview, Baumbach talked about what drew him to the project, the intergenerational aspect of the story and its rich thematic elements, the ability to reinvent oneself at any age, how Henrik Ibsen’s play The Master Builder inspired him, what the cast brought to the film, his »
- Sheila Roberts
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