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Jane Fonda Joins Aaron Sorkin's Newsroom as...

14 December 2011 4:07 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Jane Fonda Joins Aaron Sorkin's Newsroom as...

TV Line is reporting that Aaron Sorkin's upcoming HBO drama Newsroom may have just landed its biggest get yet. After expressing a desire to head to cable thanks to its edgy writing, Jane Fonda (Coming Home) will be joining the backstage look at cable news program "News Night" as Leona Lansing, ruthless CEO of the show's parent company. We'll learn more about her character the closer it gets to Newsroom's debut, which is currently to be determined.

It'll be two-time Oscar winner Fonda's first TV appearance since 1984's The Dollmaker (a TV movie) and first series appearance since 1982's Nine to Five. Fonda retired from the cinema in 1991 after a highly successful 30 year career before returning to acting in 2005. She eventually earned a Tony nomination in 2009 while penning a second memoir and releasing another exercise video since that time. Fonda »

- Shilo Adams

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted movie trailer and poster

8 December 2011 8:27 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Trailer, poster for Madagascar 3, starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen. DreamWorks' third installment in the hilarious animated franchise opens June 8th, 2012 in Readl 3D and Digital 3D. Eric Darnell, director and scribe of the first two films, returns to the helm, directing from the screenplay by Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg). In Madagascar 3, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett-Smith) join a traveling circus in an effort to get back home to New York. Also in the cast are Frances McDormand, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd, Andy Richter and André Benjamin. »

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted movie trailer and poster

8 December 2011 8:27 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Trailer, poster for Madagascar 3, starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen. DreamWorks' third installment in the hilarious animated franchise opens June 8th, 2012 in Readl 3D and Digital 3D. Eric Darnell, director and scribe of the first two films, returns to the helm, directing from the screenplay by Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg). In Madagascar 3, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett-Smith) join a traveling circus in an effort to get back home to New York. Also in the cast are Frances McDormand, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd, Andy Richter and André Benjamin. »

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted movie trailer and poster

8 December 2011 8:27 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Trailer, poster for Madagascar 3, starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen. DreamWorks' third installment in the hilarious animated franchise opens June 8th, 2012 in Readl 3D and Digital 3D. Eric Darnell, director and scribe of the first two films, returns to the helm, directing from the screenplay by Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg). In Madagascar 3, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett-Smith) join a traveling circus in an effort to get back home to New York. Also in the cast are Frances McDormand, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd, Andy Richter and André Benjamin. »

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‘Squid and the Whale’ Producers Acquire Baseball-Centered Script ‘The Unnatural’

30 November 2011 9:38 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The “baseball movie,” if you can call it that, felt like a dead subgenre after multiple entries struck out (sorry) at the box office for several years straight. But, just this fall, it received a shot in the arm through Moneyball, a film that’s earned critical acclaim and the oh-so-important recognition of awards season. Though not atypical of a sports picture, it’s exactly what was needed; next year, Clint Eastwood will try to do the same in Trouble With the Curve.

The minor renaissance continues, with THR informing us that The Squid and the Whale‘s Andrew Lauren Productions have optioned The Unnatural (because, you know), a script that’s been penned by Ashley S. Meyers and Nathan Ives. As they say, the screenplay follows “an aspiring baseball player who has no athletic talent but refuses to let that stop him from trying to become a professional star. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Ewan McGregor Joins Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest in Noah Baumbach’s HBO Pilot ‘The Corrections’

22 November 2011 1:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Hollywood's had a long history with botched adaptations of beloved novels, but from here it looks like fans of Jonathan Franzen's acclaimed book The Corrections have nothing to worry about. After years of attempting to bring the story to the big screen, producer Scott Rudin eventually turned to HBO -- and things have been shaping up nicely from there. The Squid and the Whale writer-director Noah Baumbach signed on [2] to helm and (with Franzen) pen the drama pilot earlier this fall, while Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest joined the project [3] several weeks later. Now Ewan McGregor has boarded the series as well, in the role of Cooper and Wiest's screwup middle child. More details after the jump. Franzen's novel received high critical praise when it was first published in 2001, winning the National Book Award and landing on Time Magazine's list of the top 100 English-language novels since 1923. The plot revolves »

- Angie Han

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Ewan McGregor to star in pilot for HBO's 'The Corrections'

22 November 2011 10:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HBO's ambitious adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's best-selling novel "The Corrections" has just landed its biggest name yet. Ewan McGregor has signed on to join Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest in the drama pilot for the cable network.  The project is being produced by Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") and Scott Rudin ("The Hours"). Baumbach is directing the pilot. He and Franzen co-wrote the adaptation, about an aging small town couple (Cooper and Wiest) who reunite with their three grown children and recall past experiences together as they prepare for a final Christmas holiday together.  According to Deadline.com, McGregor will play the middle »

- HitFix Staff

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Promo Poster for Jake Paltrow’s Sci-Fi Flick Young Ones

5 November 2011 1:28 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Straight from the American Film Market, we’ve got the first promo poster for the sci-fi pic Young Ones. The film is director Jake Paltrow’s (yes, the brother of Gwyneth) first since his 2006 feature directorial debut The Good Night. While info on the pic is scarce, the film is said to have Elle Fanning attached to star in a story set in the not too distant future where water is a scarce commodity (per Ion Cinema). The film centers on a cowboy grieving over the death of his father when he finds out that his father’s killer has just moved in with his sister. Greenberg and The Squid and the Whale writer-director Noah Baumbach may or may not be producing the pic, which sounds like an intense character drama highlighted by touches of sci-fi. The promo poster boasts the tagline “Not all children have a childhood” and features »

- Adam Chitwood

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Sunlight Jr. Begins Production

31 October 2011 5:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Principal photography has begun on Sunlight Jr., it was announced today by Original Media's Charlie Corwin and Freight Yard Films' Andrea Roa. Filmed on location in southern Florida, the independent film stars Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon.

Sunlight Jr. is written and directed by Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby) and produced by Charlie Corwin (Half Nelson, The Squid and the Whale), Andrea Roa (Booster) and Ariel Elia, who will produce on behalf of Empyrean. Joshua Skurla is on board as an Executive Producer, as are Billy Dietrich and Simon Fawcett, who arranged the financing.&#160

The film follows two&#160have-nots who have fallen through the cracks of society. Hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa (Naomi Watts) and her paraplegic boyfriend, Richie (Matt Dillon), are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty and ignorance. They are genuinely excited when they learn that Melissa is pregnant. But when she loses her job and they are »

- MovieWeb

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Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon to Star in Sunlight, Jr.

31 October 2011 1:41 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon will star in the independent film Sunlight Jr. Written and directed by Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby), the movie follows convenience store clerk Melissa (Watts) and her paraplegic boyfriend, Richie (Dillon).  The two "are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty and ignorance. They are genuinely excited when they learn that Melissa is pregnant. But when she loses her job and they are evicted from the motel where they live, things go from bad to worse."  The press release doesn't say whether or not the film is a dark comedy or an overwrought, depressing-as-hell drama.  If it turns out to be a drama, the premise sound like it could end up veering into darkly comic territory anyway, but it would be unintentional. Hit the jump for the press release.  Watts will next be seen in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, and Dillon is set to co-star in »

- Matt Goldberg

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Afm: Naomi Watts And Matt Dillon On ‘Sunlight Jr’

31 October 2011 11:29 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

New York, NY – October 31, 2011 – Principal photography has begun on Sunlight Jr., it was announced today by Original Media’s Charlie Corwin and Freight Yard Films’ Andrea Roa. Filmed on location in southern Florida, the independent film stars Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon. Sunlight Jr. is written and directed by Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby) and produced by Charlie Corwin (Half Nelson, The Squid And The Whale), Andrea Roa (Booster) and Ariel Elia, who will produce on behalf of Empyrean. Joshua Skurla is on board as an Executive Producer, as are Billy Dietrich and Simon Fawcett, who arranged the financing. The film follows two have-nots who have fallen through the cracks of society. Hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa (Naomi Watts) and her paraplegic boyfriend, Richie (Matt Dillon), are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty and ignorance. They are genuinely excited when they learn that Melissa is pregnant. But when she loses her »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Principal Photography Starts on Sunlight Jr.

31 October 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Principal photography has begun on Sunlight Jr. , it was announced today by Original Media's Charlie Corwin and Freight Yard Films' Andrea Roa. Filmed on location in southern Florida, the independent film stars Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon. Sunlight Jr. is written and directed by Laurie Collyer ( SherryBaby ) and produced by Charlie Corwin ( Half Nelson , The Squid and the Whale ), Andrea Roa ( Booster ) and Ariel Elia, who will produce on behalf of Empyrean. Joshua Skurla is on board as an Executive Producer, as are Billy Dietrich and Simon Fawcett, who arranged the financing. The film follows two have-nots who have fallen through the cracks of society. Hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa (Watts) and her paraplegic boyfriend, Richie (Dillon), are trapped in a »

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Miranda July – doyenne of art-house chic or epitome of trendy indulgence?

31 October 2011 2:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Miranda July has been described as a leading talent of the Us avant garde. Her quirky style has caused vitriol, but her new film The Future is being hailed as a left-field masterpiece

A film about two annoying, self-absorbed thirtysomethings living in Los Angeles and struggling with the idea of mortality hardly sounds like the stuff of great cinema. Throw in the fact that the movie is narrated in part by an injured talking cat called Paw-Paw and the project sounds like one for the celluloid scrap heap.

Yet The Future, which deals with the impact Paw-Paw has on the couple after they agree to look after him, has been one of the cult hits of America's art-house scene this summer and its creator, Miranda July, has been hailed as one of the hottest names in independent cinema.

The praise heaped on The Future far outstrips its seemingly flimsy and self-consciously odd plot outline. »

- Paul Harris

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‘Crazy Heart’ Director Scott Cooper Reunites With Fox Searchlight for ‘Rockefeller’

21 October 2011 12:09 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Things are looking pretty good for director Scott Cooper. Known for his 2009 Oscar-winning Crazy Heart, which he wrote and directed, Cooper is teaming up with Fox Searchlight once again. This time it’s for an adaptation of Mark Seal’s nonfiction novel, The Man in the Rockefeller Suit. Donald de Line will produce the picture, through his De Line Pictures. [Deadline]

As of right now, Cooper is set to direct and possibly write the script. However, his title as writer all depends on the future casting of his latest project, The Emperor’s Children, which is an adaptation of Claire Messud‘s 2006 novel of the same name. Just last week Cooper replaced Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) as director for the project.

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit details the life of German-born conman, Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who climbs the social pyramid by impersonating a member of the Rockefeller clan. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Dianne Wiest Boards Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Corrections’ for HBO; Chris Cooper in Talks

19 October 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Last month, I got very excited about reports [2] that Noah Baumbach would be adapting The Corrections for HBO. The Squid and the Whale director struck me as a perfect pick to bring Jonathan Franzen's unhappy family tome to life. Today's news makes me even more certain that HBO will do right by Franzen. The project, which is being directed by Baumbach and penned by Baumbach and Franzen, has now moved into casting -- and the first two choices seem like truly fantastic ones. Dianne Wiest has signed on to play the part of put-upon wife Enid, while Chris Cooper has entered talks to play her husband Alfred, who suffers from Parkinson's disease. More details after the jump. Franzen's novel earned glowing reviews upon its 2001 release, picking up the National Book Award and earning a spot on Time's list of the top 100 English-language novels since 1923. The plot revolves around an »

- Angie Han

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Cooper Replaces Baumbach On "Children"

12 October 2011 9:22 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Crazy Heart" writer-director Scott Cooper is set to replace "The Squid and the Whale" writer-director Noah Baumbach at the helm of the film adaptation of Claire Messud's novel "The Emperor's Children" for Imagine Entertainment reports Twitchfilm.

The story focuses on three Brown graduates in their late 20's struggling to make something of themselves in New York's Upper West Side in the months before and after 9/11. These include an 'it girl' finishing her first book, a quiet but pretty television producer and a struggling freelance critic.

Baumbach scripted the adaptation. His departure is likely due to a scheduling conflict with two other projects in the works next year. Cooper's involvement raises questions as to the fate of Relativity's "Out Of The Furnace" to which he was attached.

Keira Knightley, Eric Bana, and Richard Gere were all previously linked with the project last year while Michelle Williams was in pursuit of the TV producer role. »

- Garth Franklin

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Exclusive Interview – Writer Tamzin Rafn Talks Albatross

11 October 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Premiering at the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival in June to – mostly – rapturous applause, Albatross is a coming-of-age comedy-drama centring on verbose, would-be writer Emilia’s incendiary effect on a struggling author, Jonathan (Sebastian Koch), and his respective family, including wife Joa (Julia Ormond) and daughter Beth (Felicity Jones.

Last week, HeyUGuys had the opportunity to speak to the films riotous writer Tamzin Rafn about Albatross’ inspiration, the trials and tribulations letting her script be made into a film, how she felt about Niall MacCormick as a director, her neglected yet brilliantly titled rom-com and her plans for the future.

Here is said interview in its full, unabridged glory.

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HeyUGuys: Firstly, what was your inspiration behind Albatross?

Tamzin Rafn: Albatross wasn’t my first screenplay. My first ever screenplay was a rom-com called Audrey Disorderly – a great title given the disorderly mess of the writing in it – and it »

- Jamie Neish

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Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret"

30 September 2011 6:36 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"What a glorious mess!" exclaims Keith Uhlich in Time Out New York. "Kenneth Lonergan's long-delayed follow-up to 2000's revered brother-sister drama You Can Count On Me finally arrives in theaters with little fanfare and the bitter air of failure around it. Don't believe the scuttlebutt… This is frayed-edges filmmaking at its finest."

"The last hour is a fiasco, full of mismatched shots, subplots from nowhere, and 360-degree pans that make you want to ship the director to film school," writes David Edelstein in New York. "But the first hour and change is jaw-dropping in a good way — that distinctive Lonergan way, the characters given their tongues and allowed to go wherever their fancies (and neuroses) take them, story structure be damned."

Alison Willmore in Movieline: "Margaret is the story of Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin), who belongs squarely to two groups known for their capacity for noisy self-centeredness and unthinking entitlement — New Yorkers and teenagers. »

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30 Minutes or Less – review

17 September 2011 3:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The always engaging Jesse Eisenberg, who has had a succession of rewarding roles, mostly as bright social misfits in such movies as Roger Dodger, The Squid and the Whale and The Social Network, has a rather underwritten part in this heist comedy. He plays Nick, a college dropout working as a pizza delivery guy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, hometown to Gerald Ford, 38th president of the Us and known as Furniture City for its cabinet-making.

For rather messy reasons, Nick is strapped up with a time bomb and forced to rob a bank to pay for an inept crook (Danny McBride) to hire a hitman. The intended victim of the assassination is his father, an overbearing ex-us Marine Corps officer (Fred Ward) who's won the state lottery. More frenetic than funny, the film bumbles along with three sets of characters endlessly swapping obscene insults. It ends with a deliberately unpleasant, »

- Philip French

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Norway’S Oscar Hopeful Happy Happy Opens This Week!

12 September 2011 11:36 AM, PDT | Film Independent | See recent Film Independent news »

Anne Sewitsky, director of Happy Happy

Norwegian filmmaker Anne Sewitsky will make her directorial debut and World Cinema Jury winner at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival this week in Los Angeles and New York with Happy Happy; a film about an eternal optimist forced to re-examine her life when the perfect couple moves in next door.  Curious about the new comer and her inspirations, we asked her to give us her five favorite relationship comedies, films that may have influenced Happy Happy.  She was certainly up for the challenge, in fact -- she had trouble choosing just five, so we let her have six -- who’s counting?

 

 

Terms of Endearment (dir. James L. Brooks)

I remember crying hard to this film, because of the drama and the fantastic characters. When I saw it again, I was supprised to notice how much of a comedy it was. The director insisted on »

- Film Independent

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