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Toying With Memories – The Use of Alzheimer’s In Modern Day Cinema

11 December 2011 6:37 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Recently there seems to be a trend emerging in Hollywood. The depiction of Alzheimer’s disease is increasing on our screens. The worrying issue being that it isn’t visible in an educational manner but rather as a source for some kind of heart-rending tap;

‘Film seeming too upbeat? Need a quick emotional mood change, try Alzheimer’s, the disease which can assure tears’

This year has seen two comedies adopt this mantra, Friends with Benefits and 50/50. The consensus now being that comedies need to be funny whilst also maintaining a dramatic core to them, thus attracting two kinds of audiences. Unfortunately, gone are the days of Airplane and The Life of Brian. So now every comedy comes with a readymade moral attachment, and I’m fine with that. However, when a disease such as Alzheimer’s is brought into a picture as a mere footnote to get a contrasting reaction from the audience, »

- Dan Lewis

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A Special Project of the Day: "Empyrean" from Indiewire's Sophia Savage

7 December 2011 7:41 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This isn't your usual daily dose of an indie film in progress, nor is it up for the weekly competition. Today's project is from Thompson on Hollywood and Indiewire contributor Sophia Savage.  Check out her new, personal film "Empyrean." "Empyrean" Tweetable Logline: We hold on to the idea that there is a right way to say goodbye. "Empyrean" is a short film about the grace in letting go.   Elevator Pitch:   We've got all the right ingredients to make movie magic -- amazing script inspired by a true story, talented people, an amazing location, a series of fortuitous events -- all we need is money. It's "Tree of Life" meets "Away From Her"...in 25 minutes or less.   Production Team:   Writer/Director/Producer:  Sophia Savage Cinematography: Chayse Irvin Producer: Randy Ross »

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Distant Relatives: Make Way For Tomorrow and Away From Her

24 November 2011 5:01 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Robert here w/ Distant Relatives, exploring the connections between one classic and one contemporary film.

Like your dear old Ma and Pa

Since it's Thanksgiving week and many of us are spending time with family, an activity that pop culture tell us should leave us mostly frustrated and annoyed, I thought I'd present an entry that might get us thinking about our parents or grandparents. It's the film Errol Morris has dubbed "the most depressing movie ever made, providing reassurance that everything will definitely end badly" and one if its close descendants. Films about aging people are a rare breed. Hollywood doesn't much care for stories about anyone over the age of thirty-five. When on rare occassion it does, they're almost definitely stories about "old people" whose defining characteristic is that they're old. If they're romances, they're about old people coming together and finding love. There's a cute "even grandma »

- Robert

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IFC Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights To ‘Edwin Boyd’

27 October 2011 9:55 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

IFC Films has acquired from Myriad Pictures the U.S. distribution rights to director Nathan Morlando’s elegant bank robber action/drama Edwin Boyd, starring Scott Speedman (Underworld, Barney’s Version, Good Neighbours), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Me and Orson Welles ), Kevin Durand (Real Steel, Legion) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, X-Men 2). Based on true events, Speedman plays title character Edwin Boyd, one of Canada’s most notorious bank robbers, who became famous and a pop-culture hero for his charm, good looks and ability to elude the police and break out of jail. The film is produced by Allison Black, Morlando’s partner in their company euclid 431 pictures. Myriad Picture’s CEO Kirk D’Amico (Margin Call) and Daniel Iron (Away From Her) are Executive Producers. The deal was negotiated by D’Amico, Cassian Elwes, and Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Production, for Sundance Selects/IFC Films. Edwin Boyd »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Magnolia Takes Us Rights to Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz

18 October 2011 4:23 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Wagner/Cuban Company.s Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired Us rights to Take This Waltz, the eagerly anticipated new film written, directed and produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and acclaimed actress Sarah Polley. Starring two-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman, Take This Waltz is an insightful, sophisticated film about a young woman struggling to choose between a husband that she loves and another man that she has fallen passionately in love with. Magnolia did the deal with TF1 International.

Take This Waltz was produced by Susan Cavan along with Sarah Polley, and premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. Michelle Williams plays twenty-eight-year-old Margot, happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), a handsome artist that lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable. Warmly human, funny and bittersweet, »

- Melissa Howland

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Michelle Williams And Seth Rogen's Take This Waltz Picked Up By Magnolia

17 October 2011 3:13 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When Take This Waltz premiered at the Toronto INternational Film Festival last month, it was easy to lump it in with all the other Oscar hopefuls at the festival. After all, Sarah Polley's debut film Away From Her earned Julie Christie a Best Actress nomination (and if you ask some people, a near-win), and Take This Waltz stars Michelle Williams, an actress who pretty much does no wrong. But once the film actually premiered, it became clear it was something different, a pricklier and much more polarizing movie, both passionate in telling its sotry and a little hard to grasp for some people. Take This Waltz, it became clear, was not your typical fall release, but luckily its found a distributor that knows that. Magnolia Pictures announced today that they've picked the film up for a release early next summer, both theatrically and on-demand. They also plan to bring »

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DiCaprio’s ‘Gatsby’ Against ‘Django’ Next Christmas; ‘Take This Waltz’ Acquired By Magnolia for Spring 2012 Release

17 October 2011 1:52 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

2012 will be a great year for Leonardo DiCaprio: According to BoxOfficeMojo, The Great Gatsby will hit on Christmas day of that year, with Baz Luhrmann‘s F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation facing off with Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained. Excellent news for him — for Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Company, not so much.

It seems entirely likely that one will make the shift to a somewhat earlier or later date, although I’m betting one only goes earlier; judging by past history, a release past Christmas can be something of a concession to the Oscar race. HitFix points out that neither studio is likely to give up this date, but one might have to if they don’t want lose any money. And with DiCaprio playing major roles in both movies, it’s fair to assume that studios are expecting some cash to roll in. Add in what a crowded month December of 2012 is, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz Picked up by Magnolia for Early Summer 2012 Release

17 October 2011 12:57 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It's a sad truth that you can't see everything you want at a major film festival and I was bummed that I missed Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz when I was at Tiff.  However, I rested easy in the knowledge that movie starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen would probably find distribution and now it has.  Magnolia has sent out a press release announcing their acquisition of the relationship drama and plan to run it through the festival circuit before releasing it into theaters in early summer 2012. For those unfamiliar with the film, Williams plays a woman who's married to a good-natured cookbook author (Rogen) but then she finds herself attracted to a handsome artist (Luke Kirby).  I really enjoyed Polley's previous flim, Away from Her, and I'm glad I'll be seeing Take This Waltz in the not-too-distant future.  Hit the jump for the full press release. Here's the »

- Matt Goldberg

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Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz Goes to Magnolia for Summer 2012 Distribution; Williams & Rogen Star

17 October 2011 11:56 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sarah Polley's sophomore feature, Take This Waltz, has gone to Magnolia Pictures for U.S. distribution, planned for Summer 2012. Starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, the film received mostly strong reviews at its Toronto premiere, as did Polley's 2006 Away from Her. Here is Meredith Brody's review from Tiff: It’s the largest onstage crowd I've yet seen, at the Roy Thomson Hall gala of Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, where the not-yet-visibly-pregnant Polley introduces more than 16 of her fellow filmmakers, including a majestically pregnant Jennifer Podemsk, and comedians Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman in rare dramatic roles. Take This Waltz is a brightly-colored, slightly twee, rather too equable story of adultery and broken marriage (lightened up with some alcoholism and cheery glimpses of three-way »

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Take This Waltz Lands at Magnolia Pictures

17 October 2011 11:54 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired Us rights to Take This Waltz, the eagerly anticipated new film written, directed and produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and acclaimed actress Sarah Polley. Starring two-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman, Take This Waltz is an insightful, sophisticated film about a young woman struggling to choose between a husband that she loves and another man that she has fallen passionately in love with. Magnolia did the deal with TF1 International.

Take This Waltz was produced by Susan Cavan along with Sarah Polley, and premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. Michelle Williams plays twenty-eight-year-old Margot, happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), a handsome artist that lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable. Warmly human, funny and bittersweet, »

- MovieWeb

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Magnolia lines up Sarah Polley's 'Take This Waltz'

17 October 2011 11:23 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, a bittersweet drama about a love triangle that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Polley (Away From Her) wrote, directed and produced the movie, about a young woman (Michelle Williams) struggling to choose between the husband she loves (Seth Rogen) and a handsome artist who moves in across the street (Luke Kirby).

“Magnolia has distributed some of my favorite films of the last few years,” said Polley, in a statement. “It is an honor to have our film counted among their incredible list of titles. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Magnolia Picks Up 'Take This Waltz' With Michelle Williams & Seth Rogen For Summer 2012 Release

17 October 2011 11:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Five years after the excellent drama "Away From Her," Sarah Polley delivered her sophomore directorial effort "Take This Waltz," premiering it to critics and audiences at Tiff last month and the reception was mixed. Described by James Rocchi--who gave the movie an A grade review-- as "a modernist version of a late ‘60s or early ‘70s relationship film," the film stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, as a young couple who struggle with monogamy and fidelity, as the former is torn between her husband and a new man. Sarah Silverman and Luke Kirby round out the film that has been… »

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Magnolia Takes To Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz"

17 October 2011 10:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Sarah Polley's follow up to "Away From Her," "Take This Waltz." The film, which world premiered in Toronto, stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen as a married couple whose bond is threatened when Williams' character meets a handsome artist (Luke Kirby) that lives across the street. The company plans to release the film theatrically in all major U.S. markets by next summer. It »

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[Viff Review] Take This Waltz

8 October 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Films dealing with break-ups have the trouble of easily falling into two camps. Either the work is genuine and emotionally devastating like a Blue Valentine or faux romantic and absolutely trite like The Break-Up. Having already wowed the world with her debut feature of complete authenticity dealing with Alzheimer’s destructive power on love, Away From Her, I hoped Sarah Polley had her finger on the pulse of heartache and would carry it through to her sophomore work, Take This Waltz. Unfortunately, although it is brilliantly acted and contains some amazingly beautiful passages, it never was able to prevent itself from eventually ringing false.

Perhaps I’m too much of a romantic, but it’s hard to get behind a work that holds cheating as a commonplace activity we should simply shrug our shoulders at and believe the hollow words, ‘new things get old’, as gospel. Old doesn’t necessarily connote bad, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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[Viff Review] Miss Bala

5 October 2011 4:14 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If you ever have a daughter that begs you for entrance into a beauty pageant and you can’t bring yourself to comply, pop on Miss Bala and she’ll never ask again. Taking place in Mexico amidst an unwinnable war on drugs, Gerardo Naranjo’s film portrays a never-ending series of impossible situations for its star. All Laura Guerrero (Stephanie Sigman) wanted was to have fun, wear beautiful dresses, and flaunt her body. But like twenty-somethings in any culture, kids who enjoy partying get mixed up in things out of their control. When her friend Suzu’s quasi-boyfriend Javi takes them to a club, no one could have anticipated the world of pain to follow. The girls finally decide to leave, but not before a militant group of criminals descends into the women’s bathroom to ambush what is a DEA soiree, unloading machineguns into the crowded room.

Caught »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Viff – Take This Waltz Review

4 October 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Vancouver, Canada – On her way home from a business trip, Margot (two-time Academy Award-nominee Michelle Williams) meets a handsome stranger (Luke Kirby) whom she shares an intense and immediate attraction. When she discovers they are actually neighbours, Margot can’t let go of their initial chemistry and is forced to confront uncertainties about marriage, and about herself.

The second feature film by Canadian director, Sarah Polley, Take this Waltz, is a bittersweet story about a married woman struggling to choose between the long comfortable relationship with her husband (Seth Rogen) and the handsome stranger, who represents something shiny and new.

Sarah Silverman plays her sister-in-law and is the only one who seems to notice this new man in Margot’s life but initially doesn’t confront her about it.

Margot is at a point in her life where she finds a gap and fills it with the possibility of a new relationship, »

- Marie Ferrer

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Atlantic Film Festival 2011, Day Two: ‘Breakaway’ and ‘Take This Waltz’

18 September 2011 2:18 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The thing that the Atlantic Film Festival always has going for it is that they show a lot of Canadian films. This means that we get to see a lot of films by promising new Canadian filmmakers that wouldn’t necessarily make it into the cinema. Especially in Halifax, where the cinema selection can be rather measly. Sometimes, however, this means that films are shown purely because they’re Canadian and not because of their merit as films. Tonight’s double feature at the Oxford Theatre were two very different movies. Comedian Russell Peters’ pet project Breakaway and Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley’s long awaited follow up to Away from Her.  

 

Take This Waltz 

My third film at this year’s festival, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz is a refreshing reminder that women in film are alive and kicking. Both Higher Ground and Sleeping Beauty were directed by »

- Laura Holtebrinck

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The 2011 Atlantic Film Festival Preview

16 September 2011 3:51 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Following on the heels of big cousin Tiff, the Atlantic Film Festival may be smaller in scope but not in variety. Each year the film festival taking place in late September in Halifax, manages to strike a delicate balance between international arthouse and smaller, Canadian and even local films. Some of my favourites from last year’s festival included Mike Leigh’s quiet drama Another Year, Michael Goldbach’s appropriately dreamy Daydream Nation, Jacob Tierney’s follow up to his hit The Trotsky, Good Neighbours and legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker’s thrilling doc Kings of Pastry. While all engaging and dynamic films, they vary in subject matter, genre and scope. Some boast big names, others introduce us to previously unknown names but they were all found playing side-by-side at last year’s festival. After coming away from last year’s festival feeling positive about what it had to offer, I »

- Laura Holtebrinck

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TIFF11 Reviews: Take This Waltz , Friends with Kids , Your Sister's Sister

16 September 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

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 »

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Tiff '11 Review: Sarah Polley's 'Take This Waltz' Has Insights And Edges Sharp Enough To Stab

12 September 2011 8:15 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In Sarah Polley's Toronto-set drama "Take this Waltz," Margo (Michelle Williams) stumbles across Daniel (Luke Kirby) on a business trip, only to find he lives across the street; despite being married to Lou (Seth Rogen), Margo can't stop thinking of Daniel. Or maybe it's because she's married to Lou that she can't stop thinking of Daniel … Following up "Away from Her," Polley's second film is sharply dividing critics and audience in Toronto: Many find it simultaneously exhilarating and depressing; others find it ugly and hateful; a third faction seems to be kicking against the film not for how it… »

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