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Real Steel centers around Charlie Kenton (Jackman) and his relationship with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo, Thor). When Max’s mother dies, Charlie agrees to give up custody — for a price — to Max’s aunt (Hope Davis, The Family Tree). But Max does have to spend a summer with his biological father, which ends up being quite the adventure.
While Charlie tries to make some money in tournaments with a new super robot, »
In its second full development cycle, Working Title Television has sold six series projects in broadcast and cable. This is the largest slate in the 21-month history of the TV production company, a joint venture between NBCUniversal International and Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner that in July tapped Daniel Pipski as its new head. Four of Working Title TV’s six projects are at NBC and Universal Television, which have a first-look deal with the company through the joint venture arrangement: dramas We, The Potters written by David Sussman, McMafia written by Matt Johnson & John Turman and Gypsy Tea Room written by Chris Monger, and comedy My Nuclear Family penned by Lucy Dahl. Universal TV also produces The Outside Man, a light drama Working Title TV has in the works at NBCU’s flagship cable network USA with Matt Johnson and John Turman writing. The company’s remaining project, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Racism is never an easy topic to tackle in any medium, so when you add class warfare and the peer pressure of gang culture to the story, it triples the difficulty of pulling off a believable and sincere film. Against the odds, this is precisely what first time writer and director Aimee Lagos has accomplished with 96 Minutes. Inspired by true events, 96 Minutes is a story of four young lives, each of them on separate paths which violently collide.
Brittany Snow (The Vicious Kind) plays Carley, an upper-middle class hard-working white college student studying law. Evan Ross (The Family Tree) plays Dre, a young black man from a gritty part of town whose determined not to fall into the gangster life, despite retaining his friendship with Kevin, played by Jonathan Michael Trautmann, a 16-year old white kid with a troubled home and dreams of becoming a gangster. Christian Serratos (Twilight Saga) plays Lena, »
- Travis Keune
Thursday, November 3, 2011, Santa Monica…… Myriad Pictures has acquired all rights outside North America to the comedy Freeloaders, directed by Dan Rosen (Dead Man’s Curve). The movie features a stellar ensemble cast including Jane Seymour (The Family Tree, Wedding Crashers), Dave Foley (“The Kids In The Hall”), Olivia Munn (Date Night, Iron Man 2) and Clifton Collins, Jr. (Star Trek, Mindhunters). Myriad is selling the finished film at the American Film Market. The story follows a group of slackers who are living for free in a rock star’s mansion. They discover their cherished lifestyle is threatened when the musician decides to sell his pad. The script was written by Rosen and Dave Gibbs. Producing for Broken Lizard are long-time lizard collaborator and producer Richard Perello and Julia Dray, under the five-member filmmaking comedy group’s shingle. Broken Lizard Industries is best known for the comedy titles Super Troopers, Beerfest, »
- MIKE FLEMING
Release Date: Nov. 22, 2011
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Entertainment One
A dysfunction quartet takes a breather in The Family Tree.
A bizarre accident leaves a desperate housewife with a case of amnesia and a family that turns their dysfunctional setting up to “11″ in the 2011 independent comedy film The Family Tree.
The housewife who sets the story into motion is Serenity, Ohio’s Bunny Burnett (Hope Davis, TV’s Mildred Pierce), and her family includes husband Jack (Dermot Mulroney, Jolene) and their twin 17-year-olds Eric (Max Theriot, Chloe) and Kelly (Britt Robertson, Scream 4). One wouldn’t think that Bunny’s amnesiac condition couldn’t make things any better — the family’s “problems” include a stew of past relationships, kids with guns, suicidal teachers, a very zealous religious club, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing and one very tricky mother-in-law — but, somehow, her loss of memory does wonders for everyone!
The first film directed by Vivi Friedman, »
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- Marc Eastman
This indie black comedy certainly kept me on my toes! The Family Tree is a twisted glimpse into the lives of a not so twisted family.
Jack Burnett (Dermot Mulroney) and his wife Bunnie (Hope Davis) are burnt out. They are unhappy in their marriage, find little thrill in life, and seem to have settled on their daily routine. What’s worse, is that this has affected their children.
Eric Burnett (Max Thieriot) is obsessed with religion, and shooting guns. His pastor, Reverend Diggs (Keith Carradine), has been his inspiration, teaching him how to shoot. And even giving him guns as gifts. Did I mention that Reverend Diggs is also quite the pot smoker? As for Kelly Burnett (Brittany Roberts), she is a good girl pretending to be bad. She has given herself a bad reputation, when in reality she’s a good girl.
Luck strikes this family (since therapy obviously didn’t work! »
- Melissa Howland
The week before Hurricane Irene struck, I viewed a film that certainly could have benefitted from some of that storm's gusts.
The American indie The Family Tree does, truthfully, blow about quite a bit thanks to its choice cast (e.g. Dermot Mulroney, Hope Davis, Selma Blair, Keith Carradine, Jane Seymour), but its overabundance of inane plot lines configured by screenwriter Mark Lisson and its unfocused direction by Vivi Friedman couldn't get a kite knee-level.
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- Brandon Judell
The world of modern American independent cinema is one with both many fans, and many critics. Often seen as either pretentious art house fair or broad, quirk-centric relationship-based dramadies, when films like Vivi Friedman’s The Family Tree pop up, comparisons to the works of auteurs like Wes Anderson or Jason Reitman are hard to both live up to, and also beat.
Seemingly cut from the same cloth that has bred films like The Darjeeling Limited or Juno, The Family Tree is the latest feature from Friedman, and features a top notch cast that does what they can with a relatively cliché script. However, the results are quite as memorable as either of its aforementioned brethren.
The Family Tree follows the story of a husband and wife, along with their two polar opposite children, as they deal with what life has dealt them. A God-fearing, gun loving son and a »
- Joshua Brunsting
It’s times like this that make one rue the day American Beauty made it big. While it introduced millions to the beautiful style of Sam Mendes and cemented both Kevin Spacey and Chris Cooper as two of the more talented thespians around town (not to mention reviving Annette Bening’s career), it also opened the door for more than a decade’s worth of satirical suburban dark comedy-retreads, The Family Tree not discounted.
And though it starts dark (and funny) enough – with a mysterious tree-top peeping tom slipping from his perch and accidentally hanging himself by binocular strap – Vivi Friedman‘s film never finds a balance between comedy and drama, populating the plot with far too many characters and far too little depth.
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Title: The Family Tree Director: Vivi Friedman (TV’s ‘Team Suomi’) Starring: Dermot Muloney, Hope Davis, Max Thieriot (‘My Soul to Take’), Brittany Robertson (TV’s ‘Life Unexpected’) People often wish they can re-set their lives to not only become happier, but to also get along better with their loved ones from whom they’ve become disconnected. This is one of the important life lessons presented in the new comedy-drama ‘The Family Tree,’ which presents a satirical view on a seemingly happy suburban American family, the Burnetts. While the Burnetts have what appears to be the perfect lifestyle, they’re really dealing with such serious issues as intolerance, infidelity, drugs and stereotypes, issues that »
Read our exclusive interview with filmmaker Vivi Friedman, who’s making her feature directorial debut with the comedy-drama ‘The Family Tree,’ which is now in select theaters. The film follows the dysfunctional Burnett family in suburban Serenity, Ohio, as wife and mother Bunnie, played by Hope Davis, develops short-term amnesia following an accident. She gets a second chance at happiness with her husband, Jack, portrayed by Dermot Mulroney, from who she was planning on divorcing before she was injured. Bunnie is also given a second chance to improve her relationships with her children, 17-year-old twins Kelly, played by Britt Robertson, and Eric, portrayed by Max Theriot. Friedman discusses with us, among »
Life in suburban Serenity, Ohio is never quite as serene as it appears. The dysfunctional Burnett family - Bunnie (Hope Davis), Jack (Dermot Mulroney) and their twin 17 year olds Eric (Max Thieriot) and Kelly (Brittany Robertson) - seem like a lost cause. When a freak accident leaves Bunnie with a case of amnesia, the Burnetts get an unexpected second chance at happiness. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Simon (Chi McBride) is relieved that his tryst gone wrong with Bunnie remains undetected, at least for the moment. Before long, a slew of past relationships, kids with guns, a suicidal teacher, a very zealous religious club, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing, and one fateful squirrel combine to create enough mayhem to test the resolve, sanity and future of any family!
We get our fair share of dysfunctional families on the big screen, but very few to the extent of the Burnetts in The Family Tree. Dermot Mulroney stars as the papa bear, Jack. When his wife, Bunnie (Hope Davis), gets knocked out during some naughty and unfaithful role-playing, Jack finds her at the hospital unable to remember anything that happened after they were married. While trying to bring Bunnie up-to-date, Jack also must keep an eye on his gun-loving and borderline religious fanatic of a son, Eric (Max Thieriot), and his daughter, Kelly (Britt Robertson), who.s enjoying exploring her romantic options. In honor of The Family Tree.s August 26th release in New York and Los Angeles, Mulroney took the time to talk a bit about making the film. With dozens of titles to his name, Mulroney.s experience working on set has undoubtedly changed over the years. Sure, »
Dermot Mulroney stars in the new comedy The Family Tree, which hits theaters this Friday, August 26th. While chatting with the guy, whom we love, about his role as a father going through a midlife crisis, we couldn't help but go back to Dirty Steve and his past exploits. As it turns out, Dermot Mulroney would love to see the character return in a spin-off called Young Guns: The Ghost of Dirty Steve.
"All the kids that were watching Young Guns when they were fourteen or fifteen, right when it came out, and everyone got VCRs? They watched it over and over again. You know what happened to them? They all grew up and got jobs. Now, when we talk, »
Meet the Burnetts. The first family to ever get fired by their own therapist. Mom Bunnie puts together charity events to raise money for terminal diseases (but she hates her entire family and presumably most of humanity). Dad Jack is a middle class loser and his ennui and dissatisfaction are not unique or special or sympathetic (neither is Dermot Mulroney in the role). Daughter Kelly wears tight clothes and chain-smokes and digs a dude with a mohawk (basically, she’s a teenager, imagine the horror). Son Eric is a gun-obsessed Christian who spends his free time punishing those who behave in un-Christian ways (which doesn’t seem very Christian, now does it). The Burnetts of The Family Tree are not happy. But they’re about to be. A wacky home accident leaves Bunnie (Hope Davis) with amnesia, mentally catapulting her back to when she and Jack were first married, and that Bunnie was much better at being »
- Kate Erbland
Directed by: Vivi Friedman
Release Date: August 26, 2011 (limited)
Trailer Score: 5/10
Thoughts by Tsr: Every year there are a number of films I love and a number of films I hate. Then, of course, there is the middling ground filled with films I feel entirely indifferent to. These are the movies I don’t hate sitting through, but begin to fade the minute the theater lights come up. If this trailer is any indication, The Family Tree is a film that will fit comfortably into that middle category.
There isn’t anything I’d say I actively dislike about this red band trailer, but there certainly isn’t anything that gives me a reason to be excited to see it either. This trailer is filled will sex from beginning to end, but in this case sex doesn’t sell. »
- Shane T. Nier
The Family Tree Review
The Family Tree, starring Dermot Mulroney and Hope Davis is nuts, in a really great way. This dysfunctional family comedy about a family going to pieces is populated by a wonderfully game all star cast that sacrifices dignity at every turn to deliver more than a few ridiculously funny moments.
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- Sean Kernan
Although Hope Davis, star of the new comedy feature "The Family Tree," was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for playing Hillary Clinton in the HBO film "The Special Relationship" and an Emmy for playing Mia on HBO's "In Treatment" and was named best actress by the New York Film Critics Circle for her work in "American Splendor" and "The Secret Lives of Dentists," theater is her first love. Even after more than 380 performances on Broadway and in Los Angeles as Annette in "God of Carnage"—for which she received a Tony nomination—Davis says she was sad to see the show end. That may be surprising for someone who claims that she once had stage fright so bad, she considered quitting acting.Back Stage talked with Davis about her fear of auditioning, how she got over it, what inspired her to become an actor, what she thinks about the. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jessica Gardner)
There’s not a whole lot of family friendly content in the new trailer for The Family Tree, although fans of the buxom Christina Hendricks will probably think the trailer is a little bit on the tame side (translation: sorry guys, she’s not nude) Ya gotta have an R-rated article to go with the red band trailer so don’t read any further if anything even remotely connected to S-e-x offends you… and definitely don’t watch the trailer.
We might not get to see Hendricks in all her natural glory, but we do get an interesting fantasy scene with her behind a desk with a guy that can’t be seen (because he’s on his knees). I’d guess she’s practicing saying her vowels, and the one she’s practicing now is “O”. If that’s not enough titillating fun for you, you can also experience »
- Marty Shaw
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