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Matthew Broderick to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot

Matthew Broderick has signed on as the lead in CBS‘ untitled Tad Quill multi-camera comedy pilot directed by James Burrows. The multicamera comedy centers on Jack (Broderick), a recently widowed father raising his 12-year-old son while jumping back into the dating pool. So, Broderick will play Jack, a confident, effortlessly charming and self-aware dad who’s completely committed to his son, Sebastian. When the advertising executive finds himself pushed back into the dating scene by his well-intentioned son and married colleague, he’s initially hesitant but surprised when it goes well and he opts to sow his wild oats again. According to Deadline, CBS originally developed the...

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Movie Trailer: The Romantics

Movie Trailer: The Romantics
Paramount Famous Productions has released the first movie trailer for The Romantics. Director and screenwriter Galt Niederhoffer has adapted her own novel, The Romantics, a "zeitgeist love story and generational comedy, takes place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding." The cast includes Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood, Candice Bergen, Jeremy Strong, and Dianna Agron. Niederhoffer received the 2007 Sundance Audience Award for producing Grace is Gone. She also produced the Sundance Film Festival films Lonesome Jim, Dedication, Diminished Capacity, Birds of America, and Hurricane. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below. Click below to watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple: Official Plot Synopsis: Over the course of one raucous night at a seaside wedding seven close friends, all members of a tight, eclectic college clique, reconvene to watch
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The Summer of Louie on FX, along with Rescue Me

The summer of 1973 was awash in the chorus of Louie, Louie, Louie.. Loo-wee, as the Stories' cover of the Hot Chocolate hit single "Brother Louie" took off in the States. This coming summer, FX president John Landgraf will hope to hear people singing the praises of Louis again: Louis C.K., a brilliant comic who had a short-lived but enjoyable series "Lucky Louie" on HBO with Pam Adlon (Californication) cast as his wife, and he is a bright spot in films like The Invention of Lying and Diminished Capacity. FX has postponed the premiere to create a more impactful Tuesday night package of the double red-headed comedic biffbangpow of Denis Leary as the tortured Tommy, and Louis
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TV Bites: Virginia Madsen Finds Her Inner Scoundrel

· Just yesterday, Matthew Broderick announced his transition to series television, and today, his Diminished Capacity co-star Virginia Madsen does the same. The one-time Oscar-nominee has signed on to lead ABC's drama series Scoundrels. Based on New Zealand's Outrageous Fortune, the show centers on the matriarch of a family of criminals who decides that it is time for the brood to go straight after her husband is sentenced to a long prison term. ABC tried to remake the series in 2008 with Catherine O'Hara as the lead. The show is scheduled for an eight-episode run this summer. [Reuters]

Your favorite early '90s teen stars reunite, Oprah recycles her show, and more TV Bites after the jump.
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Matthew Broderick's Wonderful World

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Matthew Broderick's Wonderful World
Still boyishly handsome at 47, actor Matthew Broderick ("The Producers," "Election," and, lest anyone forget, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off") continues to split his workload between stage and screen. In the last few years, however, his film career has been more low-key, from voiceover work ("Bee Movie," "The Tale of Despereaux") to indies like "Then She Found Me," "Diminished Capacity" and "Finding Amanda." Could it be that "Inspector Gadget" himself no longer finds Hollywood roles as satisfying to the soul?

His next stop in Indiewood is writer-director Josh Goldin's bittersweet debut "Wonderful World," which premiered at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. Broderick stars as bitter misanthrope Ben Singer, a failed children's folk singer and divorced dad who only seems to find solace in smoking too much pot and playing chess with his Senegalese roomie Ibou (Michael Kenneth Williams). After Ibou is hospitalized, Ben begins a heartfelt but frivolous lawsuit against the city for "depraved indifference,
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Sundance announces additions to '10 slate

Sundance announces additions to '10 slate
The Sundance Institute announced Monday three late additions to the 2010 Sundance film festival program, running Jan. 21-31.

The new films are "It's a Wonderful Afterlife," a comedy directed by Gurinder Chadha and written by Paul Mayeda Berges and Chadha; "The Romantics," a comedy directed by Galt Niederhoffer, who adapted the script from her own novel; and "The Kids Are Alright," directed by Lisa Cholodenko, who wrote the screenplay with Stuart Blumberg.

All three films are world premieres that will screen out of competition, and all three filmmakers have had their work screened at Sundance in the past.

"When the opportunity to screen the latest films from three extremely innovative storytellers presented itself, we knew we could not deny our audiences," said festival director John Cooper. "As an added bonus, all three are alumni of the festival, so we are thrilled to be able to support them returning to Sundance with their newest work.
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Slideshow: Chicago Premiere of Documentary ‘I Know a Woman Like That’ With Virginia Madsen

Chicago – This three-image slideshow contains our red-carpet photography for the Chicago premiere of the documentary “I Know a Woman Like That” as part of the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival.

I Know a Woman Like That” stars the Oscar-nominated Virginia Madsen. The film is produced by Virginia Madsen, Elaine Madsen and Karly Meola and directed by Elaine Madsen (Virginia Madsen’s mother). Virginia Madsen has been featured in “The Haunting in Connecticut,” “Diminished Capacity,” “The Number 23,” “The Astronaut Farmer,” “Sideways” and more.

You can click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through this slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos are credited to Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto and HollywoodChicago.com. All rights reserved.

virginiamadsen1: Chicago actress and producer Virginia Madsen smiles for the HollywoodChicago.com camera following the Chicago International Film Festival premiere and audience Q&A of the documentary “I Know A Woman Like That
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Scenes We Love: The Four Seasons

Where is Alan Alda? Okay sure, we all know where he is, keeping busy with the likes of Diminished Capacity, Flash of Genius, and Nothing But the Truth. But where is Alan Alda, leading man? He might be in his '70s, but he's still got his classic Aldaness. It's great that he's still around, but the world hasn't seen him nab the lead big-screen credit in 19 years -- since he wrote, directed, and starred in Betsy's Wedding in 1990.

The world needs more leading-man Alda. But I'll take it a step further: We need another film starring Alda and Carol Burnett. Below you can watch a clip from one of his own -- The Four Seasons, where Alan and Carol lay in bed while their friend and his younger lover get much too vocal in an adjacent room, if you know what I mean. (The clip also features Rita Moreno and the late Jack Weston.
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Paramount has 'Diminished Capacity'

Paramount Pictures has bought "Diminished Capacity" from Myriad Pictures and the comedy will be released theatrically."Diminished Capacity" is be adapted from the novel by Sherwood Kiraly. Starring are Matthew Broderick, Virginia Madsen and Alan Alda and follows a man and his uncle, both dealing with memory problems, trying to sell a valuable baseball card. Director Terry Kinney's delightfully poignant and bittersweet comedy poses the question: How much is a good memory worth? That's the question that faces newspaper editor Cooper (Matthew Broderick) after a debilitating concussion takes him from the political pages to comic strip detail. Looking for answers, he travels home to Missouri where his now senile Uncle Rollie (Alan Alda) is on the verge of losing his home.   When a valuable baseball card is thrown into the mix, these two men along with a motley group of hometown friends, including Cooper's high school sweetheart, Charlotte (Virginia Madsen
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Paramount has 'Diminished Capacity'

Paramount Pictures has bought "Diminished Capacity" from Myriad Pictures and the comedy will be released theatrically."Diminished Capacity" is be adapted from the novel by Sherwood Kiraly. Starring are Matthew Broderick, Virginia Madsen and Alan Alda and follows a man and his uncle, both dealing with memory problems, trying to sell a valuable baseball card. Director Terry Kinney's delightfully poignant and bittersweet comedy poses the question: How much is a good memory worth? That's the qu...
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Paramount has 'Diminished Capacity'

Paramount Pictures has bought "Diminished Capacity" from Myriad Pictures and the comedy will be released theatrically."Diminished Capacity" is be adapted from the novel by Sherwood Kiraly. Starring are Matthew Broderick, Virginia Madsen and Alan Alda and follows a man and his uncle, both dealing with memory problems, trying to sell a valuable baseball card. Director Terry Kinney's delightfully poignant and bittersweet comedy poses the question: How much is a good memory worth? That's the qu...
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'Hancock' a hero at the boxoffice

'Hancock' a hero at the boxoffice
"Hancock" parked itself atop the domestic boxoffice for the Fourth of July weekend as Sony's Will Smith-starring superhero film registered an impressive $66 million in estimated Friday-Sunday grosses and $107.3 million since bowing Tuesday night.

"Hancock" is Smith's fifth movie to open at No. 1 over the Fourth of July. The others were "Men in Black" and its sequel, "Independence Day" and "Wild Wild West."

"Kit Kittredge: An American Girl," the penultimate release from soon-to-shut Picturehouse, expanded to 1,843 theaters during the weekend after two frames in limited release but fetched a disappointing $3.6 million. That put the Abigail Breslin-toplined family film in eighth place on the session and yielded a $6.1 million cume.

Disney/Pixar's feature animation "Wall-e" finished in second place during its sophomore session, with a skimpy 47% drop from first-weekend grosses producing a $33.4 million frame and a 10-day cume of $128.1 million.

Universal's action film "Wanted" took the weekend's bronze-medal position, with the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy starrer falling a big 60% from its week-earlier opening grosses to $20.6 million. Its cume is $90.8 million.

Industrywide, the weekend was off 7% from the comparable frame a year earlier at $162 million, data service Nielsen Edi estimated.

The year-over-year downtick came despite the Independence Day holiday's falling on a Friday, compared with a Wednesday last year, and halted the theatrical marketplace's recent hot streak.

The seasonal boxoffice is now tracking roughly even with summer 2007. But year-to-date 2008 is off 1% from the same portion of last year, at $4.75 billion.

With "Hancock" and "Wall-e," nine openers have grossed more than $100 million domestically this year, compared with 14 crossing that benchmark by this time in 2007, Edi said.

In a limited bow on the weekend, Sony Pictures Classics' Ben Kingsley starrer "The Wackness" grossed $145,064 from six theaters, or an impressive $24,177 per venue, with a cume of $178,843 since unspooling Thursday.

IFC Films' drama "Diminished Capacity" opened in four locations and grossed $12,472, or an acceptable $3,118 per site.

IFC also upped runs on its period drama "The Last Mistress" by 17 to a total of 19 and grossed $124,694, or a solid $6,562 per venue, with a cume of $209,388.

Spc's literary adaptation "Brick Lane" expanded from 18 engagements to 31 and grossed $106,534, or a sturdy $3,437 per playdate, with a cume of $279,196.

"Trumbo," a Samuel Goldwyn/Idp documentary about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, added three theaters for a total of six and grossed $25,440, or a sturdy $4,240 per venue, with a cume of $68,988.

And ThinkFilm/Image's "Encounter at the End of the World," a Werner Herzog-helmed Antarctica documentary, added eight playdates for a total of 19 and grossed $80,550, or $4,240 per engagement, with a cume of $242,042.

Rated PG-13, "Hancock" co-stars Charlize Theron in a well-received performance amid mixed reviews for the film. Its Monday-Friday haul compares with the $70.5 million rung up last year by the DreamWorks/Paramount actioner "Transformers" during the post-July 4 weekend.

For Smith, the opening is his second-best inaugural weekend, after the $77.2 million registered by December's "I Am Legend."

"It doesn't get any better than having Will Smith," Sony distribution president Rory Bruer said. "People just love him and everything he does."

Based on a graphic-novel series and directed by Peter Berg ("The Kingdom"), "Hancock" centers on a superhero whose human frailties compete with his super-human attributes. Sony has been eyeing the material as a possible film franchise, but there was no immediate confirmation of a sequel.

"I don't think any decision has been made on that, but there would seem to be an opportunity," Bruer said. "The character of Hancock was just something very fresh, and audiences responded to it."

Opening-weekend audiences for "Hancock" were well-balanced demographically, with 52% male and 52% under age 25.

Inspired by the American Girl chain of doll stores, "Kittredge" drew audiences comprising 65% girls aged 7-9. Among kids attending with a parent, 70% of the time it was their mother, according to exit surveys.

Picturehouse expanded the G-rated film to 1,753 theaters Wednesday from a previous five venues and added 90 more playdates Friday. In a bit of intrafamily film rivalry, the "Kittredge" cast included Willow Smith, the daughter of Will Smith.

"Word-of-mouth is going to take awhile," Picturehouse president Bob Berney said after the soft weekend.

The last release for Warner Bros.-owned Picturehouse will be "The Women," a remake of the classic comedy that's set to open Sept. 12 in about 2,000 theaters.

Looking ahead, this weekend looks like a busy boxoffice frame as three wide openers enter a recently robust marketplace. Those include Universal's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," a comic book-spawned action sequel that will preoccupy many young males; Fox's Eddie Murphy starrer "Meet Dave," a comedy targeting the date-night crowd and broader demos; and "Journey to the Center of the Earth," a 3-D family film that New Line produced and Warners will distribute.
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Diminished Capacity

Didn't we invent film festivals so we could sequester all the star-studded "how I spent my summer vacation" indie film projects and keep them out of our arthouses? Who let Diminished Capacity escape? Based on a novel by Sherwood Kiraly, and directed by character actor (and Steppenwolf Theater vet) Terry Kinney, Diminished Capacity stars Matthew Broderick as a Chicago newspaper editor who's busted down to proofreading the comics page after a car accident leaves him with short-term memory issues. Ordered to take a vacation, Broderick heads to Missouri to visit his uncle (Alan Alda), an Alzheimer's-afflicted eccentric who's invented a device that translates the movements of fish into typewritten poetry. No sooner does Broderick arrive than he's heading back, accompanying Alda on a mission to sell a rare baseball card. The addled duo is joined by Virginia Madsen, Broderick's childhood sweetheart, who has her own appointment in Chicago with a.
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Opening This Week

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By Neil Pedley

This 4th of July week finds Will Smith's belligerent man of steel sending the rest of the summer tentpole movies running scared, leaving only the indies to offer any alternative.

"Brutal Massacre"

Does the horror genre need its own "This Is Spinal Tap"? Ready or not, here comes "Brutal Massacre," a mockumentary comedy about a once-successful horror director (played by "An American Werewolf in London"'s David Naughton) attempting to make his big comeback film against increasingly insurmountable odds. Be on the lookout for appearances by Gunnar Hansen ("The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"'s Leatherface), Ellen Sandweiss ("The Evil Dead") and other horror movie stalwarts.

Opens in limited release.

"Diminished Capacity"

Terry Kinney made a name for himself as Tim McManus, the idealistic but world-weary warden of Emerald City in the hard-hitting prison drama "Oz." "Diminished Capacity," his debut as a director, also finds Matthew Broderick
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Matthew Broderick's Big Little Summer Push

Isn't it remarkable how little Matthew Broderick has changed over the years? I mean, yes, he's considerably heavier than he was when he made Ferris Bueller, but give him a break: He was already 23! He shouldn't have had the build of a 17-year-old anymore.

Fast forward a dozen years and there's Broderick in Godzilla, a little puffier but definitely not nearing 40. Ditto Election, although he was supposed to look a little older in that, because his character is so worn-down. Jump to the here and now and Broderick, who's 46 years old now, still has a very boyish, almost Jerry Mathers-like quality.

To counter that, he's taken roles that paint him in a negative light, like Election, like his recent turn as a completely selfish manchild in Helen Hunt's Then She Found Me, and his upcoming work in Finding Amanda and Diminished Capacity.

In the first, Broderick plays
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Madsen Moving Up and Up, Boards 'Amelia'

[/link]'s career was flipped 'Sideways' and has been headed in a pretty good direction ever since. The Oscar-nominated role marked a move for the actress from heroines in telefilms to leading ladies opposite some of Hollywood's most respected actors. Projects that followed include Firewall opposite Harrison Ford, A Prairie Home Companion, The Astronaut Farmer with Billy Bob Thorton and The Number 23 opposite Jim Carrey. Madsen also recently starred in the short Cutlass alongside Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell, which marked Kate Hudson's directorial premier. Variety reports that the blonde beauty has signed on to co-star in Amelia, the Amelia Earhart biopic directed by Mira Nair and starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere. Swank, who is also exec producing, will be flying high as the aviatress herself, with Gere as her publisher-promoter husband George Putnam. Madsen will be playing Putnam's first wife, Dorothy Binney.
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'Capacity' to open Gen Art

'Capacity' to open Gen Art
The 13th annual Gen Art Film Festival will kick off this year's event with the Matthew Broderick starrer Diminished Capacity.

The comedy, which in February had its North American rights picked up by IFC Entertainment, was directed by Terry Kinney and also stars Alan Alda and Virginia Madsen. It's one of the seven features and seven short films that comprise what's designed to be one of the year's more intimate festivals, where young professional filmmakers take part in screening committees and consumers are encouraged to connect with the filmmakers.

Closing this year's festival, which runs April 3-8 in New York, is The Take, directed by Brad Furman and starring John Leguizamo, Tyrese Gibson, Bobby Cannavale and Rosie Perez.

Other movies premiering include the short-film Nosebleed, directed by Jeff Vespa and starring David Arquette; and Frost, starring Jason Behr, Krysten Ritter and Monet Mazur.

"The slate represents a common theme: of overcoming adversity and finding inner peace in a complicated world through humor, action and exploration," said Jeff Abramson, film division vp at Gen Art.

IFC find themselves in a 'Diminished Capacity'

  • With Sundance cometh and goith, there remains a ton of high profile titles that have yet to be picked up (The Great Buck Howard (2008)The Great Buck Howard
[/link], Sunshine Cleaning, Pretty Bird, Phoebe in Wonderland and What Just Happened?), but with today's buy, I expect that many of these titles will slowly be picked up as prices go down, few parties are intrested and producers fight hard to get them to sign on the line that is dotted. Today, Variety reports that IFC Films have picked up the comedy Diminished Capacity. Based on his novel of the same name, Broderick plays a man who suffers memory loss after getting hit on the head. He then takes a trip with his Alzheimer's-addled uncle (Alda) and his high school sweetheart (Madsen) to a memorabilia show as the group concocts a scheme to sell a rare baseball card. This sounds like a goofy recipe and perhaps
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IFC picks up 'Capacity'

IFC picks up 'Capacity'
NEW YORK - IFC Entertainment has picked up all North American rights to Terry Kinney's quirky Sundance comedy Diminished Capacity starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, Virginia Madsen and Dylan Baker.

The Plum Pictures feature, which premiered Jan. 21 at the Park City fest, stars Broderick as a Chicago newspaper editor who suffers a concussion and loses his memory. He takes a break to visit his senile uncle (Alda) in Missouri, and the pair end up on a road trip with his high school girlfriend (Madsen).

Celine Rattray, Galt Niederhoffer and Daniela Tapling Lundberg of Plum Pictures produced the film with Tim Evans.

Capacity was one of several Sundance films whose big-name stars held the promise of a fast sale for a high price. Most of them ended up in a slow-burn sales process, or at smaller distributors than expected.

IFC Films will release Capacity simultaneously in theaters and via video-on demand under its day-and-date First Take banner

IFC's Arianna Bocco negotiated the sale with Cinetic, which repped the filmmakers.

Diminished Capacity

Sundance Film Festival

PARK CITY -- In Diminished Capacity, actor-turned-first-time director Terry Kinney has a solid premise and two intriguing characters but only the lamest story to tell. Consequently, the film plays like diminished comedy.

The extremely talented Matthew Broderick and Alan Alda play a respective nephew and uncle, each struggling with memory loss, thereby creating a team Broderick calls, in one of the movie's few witty lines, Slow and slower. But yielding to the story demands of a novel by Sherwood Kiraly (who co-authored the script), these two are thrust into the world of baseball cards and sports memorabilia shows, an arcane and, as it works out, mirthless arena for these potentially compelling characters.

The project from Steppenwolf Films, a division of the famed Chicago theater company, did attract a stellar cast including Virginia Madsen, Bobby Cannavale and the great Lois Smith. But from the start, the film fails to get any comic traction. Boxoffice appeal is limited to those eager to see Broderick and Alda in unusual roles -- and possibly Chicago Cubs fans whose long-suffering fate is the butt of many jokes.

A head trauma has short-circuited the brain of Chicago journalist Cooper (Broderick). He must write notes to himself to aid his memory, and his newspaper job is tenuous as best. One problem here is that the film lacks the courage to really deal with "dimcap" symptoms. The film's star still gets his share of funny lines, he remembers everything he needs to and this supposedly scrambled memory plays no real role here as it did in a film like Memento.

Cooper's mom (Smith) summons him to his small Missouri hometown to help her settle Uncle Rollie (Alda), who shows signs of senile dementia. Here, too, you get not the pain and misery of an ailing elder -- as with the mentally fogged father in The Savages -- but a comically pixilated oldster obsessed about drying socks and tying baited fishing lines to typewriter keys so the fish can write poetry.

One of Uncle Rollie's obsessions proves downright intelligent. He possesses a rare baseball card, dating back to the last Cubs' World Championship, that is worth a fortune. So Slow and Slower take off for a Chicago baseball memorabilia show to sell the card. Along for the ride are Cooper's high school sweetheart, Charlotte (Madsen), who is now divorced and available again, and her son, Dillon (Jimmy Bennett).

All the characters that converge on this convention center seemingly suffer from "dimcap." The town drunk (Jim True-Frost), who follows the card-sellers, Cooper's Chicago buddy (comic Louis C.K.), a rabid Cubs fan (Dylan Baker) and a crooked dealer (Cannavale) are nothing more than cartoons. The theft of the card, a duplicate card and a few badly staged chases and fights are slapstick at its worst.

Alda actually is kind of interesting as the mentally unstable uncle, but Broderick appears to be sleepwalking. Madsen has little to do, and everyone else plays things far too broadly.

Cubs fans deserve a better tribute than this, but then again they are long suffering.


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Director: Terry Kinney

Screenwriters: Sherwood Kiraly, Doug Bost

Based on the novel by: Sherwood Kiraly

Producers: Celine Rattray, Galt Niederhoffer, Tim Evans, Daniela Tapling Lundberg

Executive producers: Bill Benenson, Pamela Hirsch, Bruce Lunsford

Scott Hanson, John Allen, Ed Hart, Eric Warren Goldman

Director of photography: Vanja Cernjul

Production designer: Dan Davis

Music: Robert Burger

Costume designer: Sarah Holden

Editor: Tim Streeto


Cooper: Matthew Broderick

Rollie: Alan Alda

Charlotte: Virginia Madsen

Mad Dog McClure: Dylan Baker

Big Stan: Louis C.K.

Lee: Bobby Cannavale

Dillon: Jimmy Bennett

Donny: Jim True-Frost

Belle: Lois Smith

Running time -- 89 minutes

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