The Baxter (2005)
His debut feature as director was 2005’s “The Baxter,” which he also wrote and starred in. Though it grossed less than $200,000 in theatrical release, it showcased Showalter as a director to watch. But he didn’t direct another film until last year’s Sally Field starrer, “Hello, My Name Is Doris.” “It wasn’t like I had a script I was peddling and couldn’t get made,” he says of the break following “The Baxter.” “But I think maybe I was hoping that it would open some doors for me to be in consideration to direct some movies. And that didn’t happen.”
Not that he wasn’t keeping busy, creating shows like “Search Party” and “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” in addition to writing, directing and acting on a variety of programs. He also taught a screenwriting course at Nyu, which eventually led to “Doris”—his cowriter Laura Terruso was someone he met through the college. But in addition, he says he learned about “practicing what I preach in my teaching.”
Producer Judd Apatow says Showalter landed the “Big Sick” directing gig after an impressive presentation, and it helped that he was already a friend to writer-star Kumail Nanjiani. “I always think when people are tight, you can get better work,” Apatow says. “It’s easy to tell your secrets to people you care about.”
With praise for his work on “Sick” rolling in, Showalter promises it won’t be another 12 years before he directs his next feature. “I’m making up for lost time,” he notes. He’s about to shoot Season Two of “Search Party” and already has “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later” in the can. “It’s 1991 and all the characters are in their mid-twenties,” Showalter reveals. “We’ll see what kind of people they’ve blossomed into.”
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Showalter’s third feature as a director, “The Big Sick,” is one of the most anticipated movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A dramatic comedy written by actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon and based on their real-life courtship, the film stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, and Anupam Kher.
Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, “The Big Sick” centers on aspiring comedian Kumail and grad student Emily (Kazan), whose romance causes a rift with Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents. Emily then discovers she has a mysterious illness, leaving Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents Beth and Terry (Hunter and
The actor posted an epic picture of him and costarÂ Elizabeth BanksÂ from their 2005 film The Baxter, in which they playedÂ teenagers in love.
“Fake #tbt to fake high school sweetheart, for fake set photo with the very real @elizabethbanks. #ogÂ #badombres #whiteturtlneckanddenimpoppedcollarsosweetdudeyeahiknowÂ #baxter,” Theroux, 45, captioned on Instagram.
And as the Leftovers star duly noted he’s wearing a white turtleneck and denim jacket that has its collar popped. Noticeably, young Theroux donned faux braces and modeled an
Doris is a data entry worker in accounting working at a hipster fashion magazine who is suddenly smitten when she meets a handsome young new co-worker named John Fremont, a nice Midwestern who is new to the city. But Doris is no sexy cougar; she is an oddball character that would have been out of his league even if she were 20 years younger.
Hello, My Name Is Doris reverses the gender of the standard movie male fantasy of an older
We said in our review, “The second feature directed by Showalter, adapted from a short film by Laura Terruso, the director marries themes previously explored in his 2005 feature The Baxter with a more nuanced character study. Masterfully portrayed by Field, Doris Miller is out of place despite harboring tenancies and wardrobes that the 20/30-something hipsters of Williamsburg around her aspire to have. Simply put, she fits in more easily than the
Rumors about a sequel and other ways to revisit the source material circulated for years. In May 2014, Variety exclusively confirmed Netflix’s interest in returning to the fictional Camp Firewood. Now, with the July 31 debut of an eight-episode prequel series, the talent and execs recount 15 years of false starts, creative hurdles and scheduling snafus leading to “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”
Wain (director): It first came out in New York. It grossed seven thousand dollars that weekend and we were like, “That’s not bad!” because it was only in one theater.
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The New Girl actor revealed that the movie will centre on his character beginning a romance with a much older woman.
"It's a story about Doris, this character, she's an older woman," Greenfield told The Wrap.
"Her mother passes away and she's then forced to kind of find a new life in the city, and she meets this younger guy and thinks that he's the answer."
Greenfield added that the screenplay is "very funny", and also disclosed that the female lead has yet to be cast.
The actor earned a Golden Globe nomination this year for playing womaniser Schmidt in New Girl, and also recently reprised his role as Leo D'Amato in the Veronica Mars movie.
Hello My Name Is Doris writer-director Showalter was a cast member of the influential sketch comedy group The State.
After my love letter to Noah Taylor I thought it might be kind of fun to write to some people for The Film Experience and ask Them who they'd want to write a love letter to. Hopefully this is making some kind of sense. So I made a little dream list of people I respect and admire beyond all reason and I sent them a little e-mail saying:
I've seen you do work that has made me want to write you a love letter because it's moved me so deeply. Who or what would you like to write a love letter to? What piece of art or artist or feeling has moved you in this way?"
Here are a few amazing responses I got from these talented and passionate individuals!
To the magnificent & unique Zachary Quinto "my love letter to you is mostly me obsessing about: Angels In America!
Safe Haven is based on the novel of the same name, by Nicholas Sparks, and follows protagonist, Katie (Julianne Hough) as she settles into a new life in a small North Carolina town. However, Katie has a dark past that initially puts up a barrier between her and the townsfolk. Soon she must decide whether to move on and continue her transient ways, or to face her demons. The film, which is being directed by Lasse Hallström (Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
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