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Fox International Backs Australian Comedy From Marion Pilowsky

Fox International Backs Australian Comedy From Marion Pilowsky
Fox International Productions and 20th Century Fox Australia are backing a new feature comedy, The Call Back, from producer turned writer-director Marion Pilowsky.

Pilowsky, who has had a lengthy career in the U.K. and Australia as a producer on such titles as Kenneth Branagh's Sleuth and My Last Five Girlfriends, has returned home to South Australia to make her directorial debut. She will also co-produce alongside Sue Murray and David Willing through Corner Table Productions.

The Call Back taps into the madness inflicted upon us when visitors overstay their welcome. Based on an original idea, it was written by Pilowsky...
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My Last Five Girlfriends Movie Review – Tribeca Film Festival

There's a pretty clear quasi-joke that comes through in Alain de Botton's first novel On Love, but it's delivered better in the film loosely based on that work (and Essays in Love), My Last Five Girlfriends . This is perhaps because it is actually delivered in the film, but that's to split hairs really. de Botton's novel, which was dealt with rather harshly by a good many critics upon its initial release, came to popularity in rather backwards fashion. With the quite serious success of How Proust Can Change Your Life, and The Consolations of Philosophy (titles to books I might have penned myself frankly), fans began exploring his earlier efforts, and On Love found new legs. My Last Five Girlfriends follows Duncan (Brendan Patricks) as he first commits suicide, then begins examining what went wrong with his last five relationships. There's a deliciously unfun, uninteresting motif at play in the film,
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Faces of Tribeca Film:[p]Julian Kemp

See My Last Five Girlfriends on the beach - for Free! - at Caesars Atlantic City on Sunday, July 11! My Last Five Girlfriends is a fresh twist on the romantic comedy, reviewing a series of failed relationships from the man's perspective. One part John Cusack in High Fidelity and one part Jane Austen comedy of manners, the breezy British import first made a splash at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. And now, after a successful theatrical run in the UK, Tribeca Film has made it available to U.S. audiences On Demand via cable providers and online platforms. Watch it tonight! We recently caught up with director Julian Kemp via email. Enjoy! TribecaFilm.com: Tell us a little about My Last Five Girlfriends. Julian Kemp: My Last Five Girlfriends is a romantic comedy based on Alain De Botton's novel On Love. It tells the story of a young man's
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Let's hear it for the black romcom queens

Hollywood makes plenty of romantic comedies with black stars – not that you ever hear much about it

The romantic comedy season is almost at an end, as it makes way for summer's action blockbusters. But of the dozen or so romcoms that have been released this year in the UK, only one has had a black lead – Naomie Harris in Julian Kemp's My Last Five Girlfriends. (Two, if you count Disney's The Princess and The Frog.) Us film site Gordon and the Whale has released a list of contenders for the title of new Romantic Comedy Queen – but there are no black actors. Where are Sanaa Lathan, Gabrielle Union and Thandie Newton?

The studios' reluctance to cast black leads seems strange when you consider that the romcom with the biggest ever opening weekend was Will Smith's Hitch, in 2005. But Smith is an exception. He has acted in pretty much every genre and,
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Films out this week

I Love You Phillip Morris (15)

(Glen Ficarra, John Requa, 2009, Us) Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor. 97 mins

Jim Carrey doesn't just play gay here, he plays flaming, in-your-face, heels-and-hotpants gay. And it kind of suits him. A police officer-turned-con man, his character is led even further astray when he falls for a fellow prison inmate (McGregor), and their courtship is treated like a traditional Hollywood love affair – albeit one full of prison breaks, audacious deceptions and outrageous accessorising. Gleefully trashy, at times exhaustingly unpredictable, it's certainly a brave move.

The Scouting Book For Boys (15)

(Tom Harper, 2009, UK) Thomas Turgoose, Holly Grainger, Rafe Spall. 93 mins

High hopes have been pinned on this, with Skins scribe Jack Thorne and plenty of young talent on board. Set in a Norfolk caravan camp, it's the tale of a boy-girl friendship developing into something else – quite what is up for grabs when they hatch a fake-kidnapping plan.
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Review: My Last Five Girlfriends

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After seeing the gritty but flawed British film ‘The Scouting Book for Boys’, Reviewed here, I was looking forward to witnessing another British film in ‘My Last Five Girlfriends’ and hoped for another example of what British Cinema has to offer. Unfortunately it turned out to be a flat, underwhelming Rom-Com but something that would have definitely worked as a TV series.

Taken from Alain de Botton’s book ‘Essays On Love’ and made for the screen by Director Julian Kemp, the film introduces us to impending suicider Duncan (Brendan Patricks) who narrates and carries us through his story of looking back at his Last Five Girlfriends to try and understand what went wrong with each one. We venture through an abundance of flashy filming techniques and visual relationship metaphors in a fantasy dream like imaginary world learning of each girlfriend on the list, their plus and minus points and what caused it to fail.
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Competition: My Last Five Girlfriends – Soundtrack

To celebrate the release of My Last Five Girlfriends we're is giving away five copies of the film's soundtrack.

To celebrate the release of My Last Five Girlfriends (at cinemas March 19, cert 12A) Pure Movies is giving away five copies of the film’s soundtrack.

Devastated when his latest relationship hits the rocks, Duncan Anderson (Brendan Patricks) is on the brink of giving it all up. In a final attempt to find out where it all went wrong (and right) Duncan audits his last five girlfriends and the journey he takes is poignant, funny and at times, deeply bizarre.

Over the last two years Duncan has seen and tried it all; moulding himself into what he thinks is the perfect boyfriend, pretending not to care about ex-boyfriends that haven’t quite disappeared and letting go of his British reserve in the hope of becoming more appealing.
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Trailer: My Last Five Girlfriends

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The trailer for Brit self proclaimed non-rom-com has been released over on Empire. The movie stars Brendan Patricks who decide that the best way to find true love is to quiz his last five girlfriends on why their relationships didn’t work out.

My Last Five Girlfriends is directed by Julian Kemp and is based on the novel by Alain de Botton. It also stars Naomie Harris, Kelly Adams, Jane Marsh, Edith Bukovics, Cecile Cassel and Michael Sheen and is released 19th March.
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Trailer For My Last Five Girlfriends

Trailer For My Last Five Girlfriends
It promises to be a comedy about romance but not a romantic comedy, but you can judge for yourself from the trailer for My Last Five Girlfriends, which we've got for you exclusively.It stars relative newcomer Brendan Patricks as a likeable schmo who decides to quiz his last five girlfriends on what went wrong in order to figure out how to find love.The cast also includes Naomie Harris, Kelly Adams, Jane MarshEdith Bukovics, Cecile Cassel and the great Michael Sheen.My Last Five Girlfriends is out on March 19 here in the UK
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Paramount picks up 'Five Girlfriends'

London -- Paramount Pictures International, the studio's overseas releasing arm, has wooed the U.K. rights to "My Last Five Girlfriends," a romantic comedy from British production label Willing Pilowsky Media.

Ppi said it plans to roll the Julian Kemp-directed movie in March next year.

The film took a bow at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and unspooled in the U.K. at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.

It is the first production from Willing Pilowsky, a partnership between David Willing and Marion Pilowsky. L.A.-based Media 8 is handling international sales and will show the title during next month's American Film Market.

The film stars newcomer Brendan Patricks with Naomie Harris, Jane March and Cecile Cassel in the story of a man looking back at his former loves.

Ppi president Andrew Cripps said: "We are always on the look out for smart, locally produced films
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More Good News:[p]My Last Five Girlfriends

ML5G star Brendan Patricks with fans at a Tff 2009 afterparty. Credit: Tanya Codispodi And the hits keep on coming! More good news today on the distribution deals coming out of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. This time around, word from Screen Daily that My Last Five Girlfriends has been picked up by Media 8 Entertainment. The second feature from writer/director Julian Kemp is a clever adaptation of the international bestseller On Love (by the entertaining French muser Alain de Botton), in which Duncan (newcomer Brendan Patricks) is a young man determined to find the secret to a healthy, strong relationship. Along the way, he mines his last five doomed romances for clues. The film was a crowd-pleaser at Tff '09, and we are delighted that a broader audience will get to enjoy this 'poignant and whimsical tale.' The La-based Media 8 has not released any details about the distribution plan,
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Joe Wright to preside over Edinburgh jury

Joe Wright to preside over Edinburgh jury
London -- Director Joe Wright will preside over this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival Michael Powell Jury, organizers said Monday.

Wright will be president of the festival's main jury alongside actor Frank Langella, USA Today film critic Claudia Puig, journalist, broadcaster and author Janet Street-Porter and Australian actor Sacha Horler.

Wright said he was delighted to be returning to the Scottish shindig, describing it as a place "which has always been the greatest melting pot of the British film industry and culture."

Named in homage to one of Britain's most original filmmakers and inaugurated in 1993, the Michael Powell Award is sponsored by the U.K. Film Council and carries a purse of £20,000 ($32,700).

The jury will pick a winner from Brian Percival's "A Boy Called Dad," Duncan Ward's "Boogie Woogie," Jan Dunn's "The Calling," Justin Molotnikov's "Crying With Laughter," Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" Lindy Heymann's "Kicks,
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My Last Five Girlfriends - Tribeca Movie Review

Some very different cinematic methods and above-average acting and direction make this entourage of beautiful people a rom-com worth watching Writer/director Julian Kemp is best known for his 1997 BAFTA award winning children's tale "Roger and the Rotten Trolls,. which he shared with Phil Partridge and his second award for "Wise Up" shared with Mick Robertson. Although this film is hardly for children he has maintained a very playful style in dealing with the ups and downs of love and, well, being a dolt. But he is a loving dolt and finally starts to see the light at the end of the tunnel by the end of this cross-channel treatment of Alain de Botton.s international best seller, .On Love..
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Tribeca Film Festival 2009 - Naomie Harris (My Last Five Girlfriends) Has Different Rules Around Sex Than Her Character

Who hasn't wanted to autopsy a past relationship gone wrong? That's the premise of Julian Kemp's My Last Five Girlfriends in which a man tells us about his former loves, among them one played by Naomie Harris who the main character believes to be "The One."Harris will be familiar to fans of 28 Days Later and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Girlfriends is her first time in a romance, and
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Twilight Saga Daily Dosage - 04/13/09

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The 2009 MTV Movie Awards just announced the nominees and Twilight is the category leader by far! It's Anne Hathaway vs. Kate Hudson vs. Robert Pattinson and Cam Gigandet and we've got our money on Twilight, sorry girls. Also, have you heard a new actor is heading to Vancouver to begin filming The Twilight Saga: New Moon? We learned this weekend that Robert has fancy taste buds, plus you don't want to miss the dancing Brits in today's Twilight Daily Dosage. 2009 MTV Movie Awards Twilight is cleaning up the nominations at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards and with your help they will all take home the golden popcorn. Saturday Night Live funnyman Andy Samberg will be hosting this year's awards show and from his previous work on SNL we know he will do great! Eminem is slated to perform and we are pretty confident that the Twilight hotties will take a trip
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Twilight Saga Daily Dosage - 04/13/09

  • ScreenStar
The 2009 MTV Movie Awards just announced the nominees and Twilight is the category leader by far! It's Anne Hathaway vs. Kate Hudson vs. Robert Pattinson and Cam Gigandet and we've got our money on Twilight, sorry girls. Also, have you heard a new actor is heading to Vancouver to begin filming The Twilight Saga: New Moon? We learned this weekend that Robert has fancy taste buds, plus you don't want to miss the dancing Brits in today's Twilight Daily Dosage. 2009 MTV Movie Awards Twilight is cleaning up the nominations at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards and with your help they will all take home the golden popcorn. Saturday Night Live funnyman Andy Samberg will be hosting this year's awards show and from his previous work on SNL we know he will do great! Eminem is slated to perform and we are pretty confident that the Twilight hotties will take a trip
See full article at ScreenStar »

Tribeca Film Fest unveils partial lineup

I know it looks dire as it's 28% lighter (at least so far) and minus an artistic director, but no fear, there's still more to come, and with what's been announced theirs some interesting sounding stuff, especially a film we wrote about briefly called Accidents Happen. Also premiering is the comedy Stay Cool and the Danish film Original, along with the North American premier of The Exploding Girl which we also wrote about.

Check the narrative features, world documentary, and discovery lineups after the break!

World Narrative Feature Competition

A compelling cross-section of bold creative visions from every corner of the globe come together in this year’s World Narrative Feature Competition. Presenting a diverse array of unique voices, this international film collection includes premieres from a wide range of directors, such as U.S. indie veterans the Polish brothers and Tony-nominated Conor McPherson, as well as exciting newcomers. Together, these
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Tribeca announces competition lineup

Tribeca announces competition lineup
The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled its competition and discovery sections, revealing a streamlined but nonetheless eclectic list for its eighth annual edition.

In its competition section, the springtime fest will see a host of noted filmmakers mix with newer talents. Acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson will world premiere "The Eclipse," a drama about a widower prone to supernatural visions that stars Aidan Quinn, while indie stalwarts the Polish brothers will debut "Stay Cool," their high-school reunion dramedy that stars Winona Ryder.

Meanwhile, indie faves like Amir Naderi will return with dramas like "Vegas: Based on a True Story," while emerging Norweigan director Rune Denstad Langlo will mark the North American premiere at the fest of his "North," a comedy about a former ski champion who endures a mental breakdown.

"We think this slate plays to the strengths of the festival, which is a mix of foreign films and more recreational
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