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Joshua Reviews Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate [Theatrical Review]

With SXSW 2016 beginning this weekend, film fans will descend upon Austin, Texas to see some of the latest, and hopefully greatest, films that studios and distributors have come down the pipeline. However, not every film that plays this prestigious festival, even those that become buzzed about hits, end up getting a speedy release. Take Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate for example.

Becoming something of a small hit at last year’s festival, Lerner’s new film is finally arriving in theaters on March 11 thanks to Film Movement, and will hopefully find an eager audience going forward.

His follow-up to 2010’s oddly magnetic Girlfriend, a film that’s an engaging piece of craft more than it is a genuinely great narrative feature, Automatic Hate is a beast of a different color. Davis Green (played by Joseph Cross) is an unassuming chef in the throes of what may or may not
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‘The Automatic Hate’ Trailer: Adelaide Clemens, Joseph Cross & Forbidden Love

‘The Automatic Hate’ Trailer: Adelaide Clemens, Joseph Cross & Forbidden Love
Here’s one of the more intriguing indie trailers to come across the transom: The Automatic Hate, from Emmy- and Gotham Award-winning director Justin Lerner (Girlfriend), starring Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Joseph Cross (Born To Race) and Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood). Lerner and co-screenwriter Katharine O’Brien dig into forbidden-love territory as country mouse Alexis (Clemens) shows up at the Boston restaurant where David (Cross) is chef, revealing that they’re…
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Film Review: ‘The Automatic Hate’

Film Review: ‘The Automatic Hate’
The family you never knew you had turns out to be the family you may wish you never met in Justin Lerner’s “The Automatic Hate.” This arresting seriocomedy deftly walks a tightrope between droll and tense, over a gaping pit of crazy. It will require very careful handling to access appreciative audiences, not least because broadcasting some of its more marketable aspects would amount to major plot spoilage. Film Movement currently plans a limited theatrical release early next year.

Domestic life is already bumpy enough for mild-mannered Bostonian Davis (Joseph Cross): We meet him just as he’s returning from the bathroom to find himself locked out of his own bedroom because (for reasons that are only made clear much later) his professional-dancer girlfriend, Cassie (Deborah Ann Woll), abruptly needs some “alone time.” He’s a successful chef, yet his emotionally distant parents, both academics (Richard Schiff and
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SXSW 2015 Interview: The Automatic Hate’s Justin Lerner, Katharine O’Brien and Joseph Cross

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Testing the boundaries of your seemingly loving relationships with the most important people in your life, from your parents to your long-term significant other, can be a revealing insight into how strongly you trust them and believe in their commitment to protecting your well-being. That enticing process of engaging in seemingly dangerous situations is captivatingly showcased in director Justin Lerner’s second feature film directorial effort, ‘The Automatic Hate,’ the follow-up to his debut movie, the 2010 drama, ‘Girlfriend.’ The helmer, who co-wrote the script to his latest film with Katharine O’Brien, grippingly cast actor Joseph Cross to portray a seemingly successful young man who willingly put his connections with his [ Read More ]

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Temptation Overpowers in Exclusive SXSW Debut Poster for 'The Automatic Hate'

Temptation Overpowers in Exclusive SXSW Debut Poster for 'The Automatic Hate'
Read More: Closted Muslim Teens 'Naz & Maalik' Unveiled in Exclusive Poster Debut Five years after his award-winning debut feature "Girlfriend," writer-director Justin Lerner is back with his anticipated sophomore effort. The official synopsis for "The Automatic Hate" reads: "Davis Green's (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens of "Rectify") appears on his doorstep one night, and he discovers that his father has kept a side of his family secret for 30 years. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet his other cousins. Quickly developing a strong connection with them, he sets out with Alexis to reunite their broken family. But in getting to know each other, Davis and Alexis realize they are perhaps more like their own fathers than they thought. As the pair uncovers the incident that tore their family apart, the two cousins must resist the temptation to keep their fathers
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'Catherine the Great' Tops 2014 Black List

'Catherine the Great' Tops 2014 Black List
The Black List celebrated 10 years of bringing screenwriters closer to their dreams at Palihouse in West Hollywood on Sunday evening and unveiled the title that tops the annual list of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays. After an evening of hors d'oeuvres and entertainment from Kcrw’s DJ Garth Trinidad and Fantastic Negrito, founder Franklin Leonard announced that Kristina Lauren Anderson took the number one spot on this year's list for her screenplay Catherine the Great. Anderson previously produced Girlfriend, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and took home the audience award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. Starting Monday

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‘Bone Tomahawk’ Adds Five To Cast; Kristina Lauren Anderson To Adapt Ya Novel ‘Invisibility’

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‘Bone Tomahawk’ Adds Five To Cast; Kristina Lauren Anderson To Adapt Ya Novel ‘Invisibility’
Lili Simmons, David Arquette, Sid Haig, Kathryn Morris and Evan Jonigkeit have joined the cast of writer-director S. Craig Zahler’s Bone Tomahawk. Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins star in the brutal tale of four men attempting to rescue captives from a band of cannibals who live on the edge of civilization. Simmons (True Detective) will play Samantha O’Dwyer, the de facto town doctor and dedicated wife Wilson’s character. Arquette (the Scream films) and Haig (The Devil’s Rejects) play a couple of filthy brigands whose actions set off a string of violent repercussions. Morris (Cold Case) will play the wife of Russell’s Sheriff Hunt, and Jonigkeit (Girls) will play a young deputy sheriff. Caliber Media’s Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller are producing the film.

Kristina Lauren Anderson has been tapped to adapt the Warner Bros feature Invisibility from the supernatural romance
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Girlfriend | Exclusive Footage

Strand Releasing recently released writer-director Justin Lerner’s Girlfriend on DVD in the United States. The DVD release includes a BBC Interview with writer-director Justin Lerner and a couple of behind-the-scenes features: "The Making of Girlfriend' and "The Scoring of Girlfriend". Winner of the Audience Award at Gotham Independent Film Awards, Girlfriend is a moving, coming-of-age drama that explores the nature of love and human compassion. Evan (Evan Sneider), a young adult with Down Syndrome, lives with his mother (Amanda Plummer) in a poor, working-class town. He unexpectedly inherits a large sum of money and decides to use it to help out his friend, Candy (Shannon Woodward), a single mother in dire financial straights. Girlfriend subverts conventions, presenting a fresh take on love, struggle and family in contemporary society. Strand Releasing provided Smells Like Screen Spirit with this exclusive 2:15 clip from Girlfriend for our loyal readers to enjoy.
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Twilight Breaking Dawn Star Jackson Rathbone Is Having A Baby With Girlfriend Sheila

Twilight Breaking Dawn star Jackson Rathbone is having a baby with girlfriend Sheila. According to a new report from, Twilight Saga, Jasper Hale, star Jackson Rathbone reportedly knocked up his girlfriend Sheila Hafsadi,and so now they're expecting a baby within the next 4 months or less,since she's reportedly 5 months prego. I'm guessing Sheila is quite ecstatic,because now,she gets some of that Twilight cash. Oh, and she also gets a beautiful and stuff too. They say, his rep confirmed the news with Us Weekly magazine,and gave a statement from Jackson and his girl,which stated, they are "thrilled and excited to be expecting their first child." Insiders claimed that Sheila is about 5 months pregnant,and Jackson is making preparations. He traded in two sedan cars for a family-friendly SUV.

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Ifp Gotham Awards: Reflections From Audience Award Winner Justin Lerner

In early 2009 I took my childhood friend Evan Sneider, a 31 year-old with Down Syndrome, out to lunch to see whether he’d be interested in letting me write a feature length film for him to star in, Girlfriend.

“It’s going to be a little dark, Evan,” I said to him. “There’s going to be violence, and maybe even a little sex.”

“That’s fine with me,” Evan said with a smile while finishing a steak and cheese pizza. “Sounds like fun.”

Five months after that lunch we were casting the other roles and had found three willing actors – Shannon Woodward, Amanda Plummer, and Jackson Rathbone – to act alongside Evan and a group of non-professionals I hand-picked from our hometown of Wayland, Massachusetts.

Four months after that we were shooting, and year after that we were world premiering at the 2010 Toronto Int’l Film Festival.

And then, another year and some film festivals later,
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Beginners and The Tree of Life tie for Best Feature at the Gotham Independent Film Awards 2011

Awards season got underway on Monday night as the stars gathered in New York City for the 21st Annual Gotham Awards, with Mike Mills' comedy drama Beginners sharing the top honour - Best Feature - with Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winner The Tree of Life, after fending off competition from The Descendants, Meek's Cutoff and Take Shelter. The award for Best Breakthrough Actor / Actress went to rising English actress Felicity Jones for Like Crazy, while Dee Rees was named Best Breakthrough Director for her debut feature Pariah.

Along with Best Feature, Beginners took home a second award as the likes of Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent were honoured with Best Ensemble Performance, while special tribute awards were also given to Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, David Cronenberg and Tom Rothman, CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Take a look at the full list of winners (and nominees) right here.
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“Beginners” & “The Tree Of Life” Split Top Prize At Gotham Awards

At last night’s 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards Mike MillsBeginners and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life split the Best Feature prize, closing a night filled with shocking outcomes that included the films with the most nominations, The Descendants and Martha Marcy May Marlene, getting shut out.

Along with the eight awards handed out, see full list of winners below, there were also sightings by some of the most respected talents working today, including Tilda Swinton, Jim Jarmusch, Christopher Plummer and the co-hosts for the night Oliver Platt and Edie Falco.

In addition, career tribute awards were handed out to Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, Tom Rothman and David Cronenberg.

Read news, features and reviews on many of the winners and nominees at our dedicated Gothams Awards page.

2011 Gotham Award winners:

Best Feature: The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick and Beginners, directed by Mike Mills

Best Documentary: Better This World,
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Gotham Awards Cop Out and Declare a Tie Between 'Beginners' and 'Tree of Life' for Best Feature

I hate ties when it comes to handing out awards, especially if you're going to hold an actual awards show. What's the point in declaring the best of something if you can't determine what the best is? That said, I guess it can be looked at as something of a surprise when the 21st annual Gotham Independent Awards hand Best Feature to The Tree of Life and Beginners considering I think most felt The Descendants had it in the bag. And yet, that's not the end of the surprises. Beginners also scored Best Ensemble over the likes of The Descendants and Margin Call, both of which have been praised for their ensemble performances. The buzz this generates for Beginners should certainly help it on its way through Oscar season, hopefully keeping Christopher Plummer's supporting performance a front-runner for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars. Breakthrough Actor is a bit
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‘Beginners’ and ‘Tree Of Life’ Split The Honours For Best Feature At The 2011 Gotham Awards

While the reviews for Beginners were almost all positive, very few people have had a chance to see the film. I myself watch over 100 new releases each year and it still took me a few months to catch up on the movie. I finally got around to seeing Beginners this week and called it the most overlooked film of 2011. I guess I can no longer say this. Last night, the Gotham Independent Film Awards surprised everyone with a tie for Best Feature Film with Mike MillsBeginners and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life taking the top prize. Who would have ever guessed?

Best Feature winners from the past several years include Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, and The Hurt Locker. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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Gotham Independent Film Awards™

Winners Announced

New York, NY (November 28, 2011) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), the nation
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"Tree of Life," "Beginners" Tie for Gotham Independent Film Awards! See Complete List of Winners and Nominees!

"The Tree of Life" and "Beginners" emerged as the big winners for the 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards. "The Descendants" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" led the pack with three nominations each but in the end, Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" and Mike Mills' "Beginners" ruled the night.

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Ewan McGregor interview for "Beginners" right here

Mike Mills interview for "Beginners right here

The Gotham Independent Film Awards officially kicks off the 2011-12 award season which of course, leads to the granddaddy of the awards season, the Academy Awards!

Hosted by Edie Falco and Oliver Platt, the Gotham Awards also gave career tributes to Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, David Cronenberg and Tom Rothman.

"Beginners" also took home the Best Ensemble Performance Award, "Better This World" won Best Documentary, Dee Rees who gave us the wonderful "Pariah" won Breakthrough Director, Felicity Jones for "Like Crazy" won Breakthrough Actor,
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"Beginners" and "The Tree of Life" tie for Best Film at the Gotham Awards

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The Gotham Awards mark the unofficial beginning of awards season so it's actually kind of appropriate that the big winner at this year's Gothams was a movie called "Beginners." Mike Mills' autobiographical story of a dying father and his grieving son scored two awards at tonight's Gotham Awards: one for Best Ensemble Performance and one for Best Film. In an usual twist, "Beginners"' Best Film award was actually shared with another movie, Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life." The oh-so-rare awards season tie was a result of the way the Gothams use small juries of filmmakers and industry professionals rather than a large body of voters to select their winners. According to indieWIRE, the Best Film jurors deliberated for two and a half hours before finally settling on the cinematic equivalent of a hung jury.

In general, it was a night of many surprises at the show.
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‘Beginners’ & ‘The Tree of Life’ Tie For Best Feature at 2011 Gotham Awards

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They couldn’t choose between just two. At the 2011 Gotham Awards the jury announced they couldn’t possible choose one over the other and made the unprecedented decision to award Best Feature to Mike MillsBeginners and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, the latter of which topped Sight & Sound’s year-end list. The duo beat out Alexander Payne‘s The Descendants, widely considered a frontrunner and take the prize that Debra Granik picked up last year for Winter’s Bone.

Mills’ film also picked up best ensemble, which included Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller and Keegan Boos. In a disappointing turn, Felicity Jones in Like Crazy beat out my personal best actress pick of Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene. Check out the full list of winners below thanks to indieWIRE.

Best Feature: Tie: The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick and Beginners,
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Gotham Award Winners

The Gotham Awards are going on at Cipriani's even as I type this. As you know Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, David Cronenberg, and Tom Rothman are being honored with career tributes but competitive prizes are also being handed out.  

Tilda, Charlize, and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) glam up the event


Breakthrough Actor Felicity Jones (Like Crazy)  

Breakthrough Director Dee Rees (Pariah

Ensemble Performance Beginners 

So it hasn't been a good night for Martha Marcy May Marlene which was nominated for all three of those prizes despite no Best Feature nomination.

Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You Scenes of a Crime directed by Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock

Audience Choice Girlfriend directed by Justin Lerner 

Best Documentary Better This World

Best Feature ***Tie*** Beginners and The Tree Of Life

The tie between Beginners and Tree of Life is a strange development. According to IndieWire the jury debated for 2½ hours.
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Oliver Platt & Edie Falco Named Co-hosts Of Gotham Awards And Audience Award Nominees Announced

In a release sent out today, the Ifp has announced that actors Oliver Platt and Edie Falco will serve as co-hosts for this year’s Gotham Independent Film Awards, which take place this year on Nov. 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

This is the second straight year two actors known for their work in indie films will be hosting the event. Last year Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson did the honors.

Also announced today are the five finalists for this year’s Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. Comprising 29 audience award winners from the top 50 Us and Canadian film festivals, the top vote-getters from the online voting that took place Oct. 18 – Nov. 2 are:

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Dir. Constance Marks


Dir. Cindy Meehl

The First Grader

Dir. Justin Chadwick


Dir. Justin Lerner

Wild Horse, Wild Ride

Dirs. Alex Dawson & Greg Gricus

Voting is now open at gotham.
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Oliver Platt and Edie Falco to host 2011 Gotham Independent Film Awards

Gotham Awards find hosts in Edie Falco, Oliver Platt The actors who co-star in Gods Behaving Badly, are tapped to host, reports Variety. Also, Audience Award winners have been announced and include Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey directed by Philip Shan, Buck directed by Cindy Meehl, Greg Gricus and Alex Dawson's Wild Horse, Wild Ride, The First Grader from Justin Chadwick and Justin Lerner's Girlfriend. These were pulled from 29 films which won audience awards around the U.S. Falco of The Sopranos, is currently in the critically-acclaimed series Nurse Jackie. Film-wise, she played in Eric Mendelsohn's drama 3 Backyards with Embeth Davidtz and Alias Koteas.
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