15 items from 2016
A great many shows and movies are coming to Hulu next month, some more notable than others. To skip the chaff and go straight to the wheat, allow us to collate and curate a selection of the most notable titles available to stream in July:
“48 Hours” and “Another 48 Hours”
“‘Don’t Look Now”
“In the Loop”
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“Simon Killer »
- Michael Nordine
Wme has signed actor, writer and director Alex Karpovsky, Variety has learned exclusively.
The “Girls” star — who was previously repped by ICM — is best known for starring as Ray on the HBO series.
Prior to “Girls,” Karpovsky’s breakout role was in Lena Dunham’s indie feature “Tiny Furniture.” While starring on the HBO show, he has had roles in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” and George Clooney’s “Hail, Caesar.”
Behind the camera, Karpovsky’s television work includes directing an episode of “Girls” last season, plus an episode of Amazon Studios’ “The New Yorker Presents.” On the film side, he directed, wrote and starred in the dark comedy “Red Flag” and dramatic thriller “Rubberneck.”
“Girls” recently wrapped its fifth season, and has been renewed for its sixth and final season. As the critically-acclaimed comedy heads into its final round, Wme will help to guide Karpovsky into the next stage of his career. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Even native Angelenos may have trouble keeping up with the fast-changing nightlife in Culver City. Here are tips for visitors to the Los Angeles Film Festival, be they from Sao Paolo or Santa Monica.
Laff will open with “Lowriders,” a drama surrounding the re-emergence of SoCal low-rider Latino culture. “Opening Night,” a musical with N’Sync’s J.C. Chasez and Topher Grace, is quintessentially L.A., while documentary “Dying Laughing” features big-time comedians talking about what it’s like to bomb on stage. One senior programmer calls “Heis (Chronicles)” “the French ‘Tiny Furniture,’ ” referring to Lena Dunham’s indie debut.
Fest Goes West
Laff’s move to Culver City brings an added bonus with the historic Culver Hotel steps outside the main venue. Its nightly 4-7 happy hour gets crowded in the Grand Lobby, so arrive early for $9 cocktails, $6 beer/wine and eats under $10. By 8 p.m., live jazz fills the cavernous ceilings. »
- Valentina I. Valentini
Congratulations, Lena Dunham! The day you've been waiting for has finally arrived. After becoming a most welcome poster child for waving goodbye to your 20s with open arms, the Girls star finally turns 30 today—and a very happy birthday to her! Of course, one might be forgiven for thinking that Dunham's been around a little longer. At just 24 years old, the outspoken celeb wrote, directed and starred in Tiny Furniture, which led to a little wildly popular HBO series called Girls. Since then she's been nominated for three Emmys, won a Golden Globe, penned a best-selling memoir, advocated on the front lines of social justice issues and launched a weekly feminist newsletter. Quite a list of »
The Orchard has acquired North American rights to writer/director Kris Avedisian's dark comedy Donald Cried, which premiered this year at SXSW Film Festival. The company will be released theatrically early next year. With a story by Avedisian, Jesse Wakeman and Kyle Espeleta, the film was produced by Electric Chinoland's Kyle Martin (Tiny Furniture). After Donald Cried debuted at SXSW, the filmmaking team was signed by CAA and Cinetic. Jesse Wakeman stars in the film… »
There are some very fine films about emotionally and/or financially flailing college grads — think Reality Bites, The Last Days of Disco, Funny Ha Ha, Adventureland and Tiny Furniture. Get a Job, an unfortunate new comedy starring Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick, isn't one of them. To put things in starker context: The mediocre recent How to Be Single, in which Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson gal-palled around Manhattan, positively sparkles in comparison to this dimwitted and grindingly tedious chronicle of millennial angst. Get a Job was shot in 2012, and you can feel those four dust-collecting years
- Jon Frosch
“Furious 7” roared into last year’s South by Southwest Film Festival with a secret midnight screening that left crowds cheering and weeping, and Universal confident it had a global blockbuster on its hands.
It was a sign of the seismic shift at the Austin-based event, once best known for music and digital, with only a minimal interest in film and television. Those movies that did score a berth tended to be scraggly, micro-budgeted affairs.
But over the past five years, SXSW Film, which this year kicks off March 11, has undergone a facelift that’s left major studios, TV networks and big stars viewing the festival as a destination for premieres, panels and keynote speeches. Even the president and first lady of the United States are making a stop there.
In fact, SXSW is steadily gaining on Comic-Con at a time when executives privately complain that the San Diego fanboy gathering is too crowded, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Martin’s producing credits include “Bluebird”; “The Great Invisible,” which won best documentary in 2014 at South by Southwest; 2010 SXSW audience award winner “NY Export: Opus Jazz”; and Kris Avedisian’s “Donald Cried,” which will make its world premiere this month at SXSW. “Tiny Furniture” won best narrative feature at SXSW in 2010 and was a career breakthrough for Dunham.
Electric Chinoland will next produce “Mother Tongue Reader” — the first fiction feature film directed by Jody Lee Lipes, the cinematographer of “Tiny Furniture,” numerous episodes of HBO’s “Girls,” Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” and Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea.”
“I’m thrilled to announce the opening of Electric Chinoland, and to continue to bring new voices and new cinematic experiences to audiences under a unified banner, »
- Dave McNary
After announcing this year’s lineup, SXSW’s film head Janet Pierson noted that the lineup conformed to a characterization that had long been attributed to the fest. “We’ve been told we program the way real people watch movies,” she said, “sometimes for fun, sometimes for mind expansion, then there’s the art, and who doesn’t love a great surprise?”
It was, in many ways, precisely the descriptor that the festival had been lacking. The Austin confab’s film section has arguably suffered from a sort of middle-child syndrome. For all its growing maturity over the past decade, it’s found it hard to escape its reputation as the scrappier, lesser-storied younger sibling to SXSW’s foundational music offering, or as the more sedate counterpart to the flashy Interactive digital component.
- Andrew Barker
Bespoke clothing is an eye-opener for anyone of any gender persuasion: Only once you’ve worn a garment tailored specifically for your form do you realize how comparatively ill-fitting your regular store-bought wardrobe is. For transgender people, however, the upgrade is not just a luxury, but an affirmation of identity — a release from the unwelcoming cisgendered conventions of retail clothing. This little-considered niche takes center catwalk in “Suited,” Jason Benjamin’s short, sunnily illuminating profile of the Brooklyn-based tailoring outfit Bindle & Keep, which has cornered the market in suitmaking for those outside the gender binary. Slickly upbeat as it guides six contrasting clients through the measuring and fitting process, frosh helmer Benjamin’s film nonetheless gleans enough pointed personal testimonies along the way to add human weight to its makeover-tv format. The name presence of producer Lena Dunham, whose own sibling is among the subjects, will aid HBO’s promotion »
- Guy Lodge
The nine-day festival will screen 137 films, including 52 films from first-time filmmakers, 89 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and seven U.S. premieres. These films were selected from 2,455 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,467 U.S. and 990 international feature-length films from a total of 7,235 submissions.
Notable world premieres include Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice,” starring Keegan-Michael Key; Ti West’s “In a Valley of Violence,” starring Ethan Hawke and Taissa Farmiga; “The Master Cleanse,” starring Johnny Galecki and Anna Friel; Sophie Goodhart’s “My Blind Brother,” starring Adam Scott and Nick Kroll; “Shovel Buddies,” starring Bella Thorne; “The Trust,” starring Nicolas Cage and »
- Dave McNary
Dunham famously made her debut feature, Tiny Furniture, by setting most of it in her parents' New York loft..
Mathisen made hers in Paris, shooting in the three-storey apartment owned by the parents of her focus-puller. The space ended up doubling as two seperate apartments, plus a nightclub.
Mathisen, who also stars in the film, graduated from Vca as an actor, worked in theatre for a few years, then decamped to London for an Ma in acting for screen at London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama..
While in London she became increasingly interested in scriptwriting, and ended up writing scripts for her fellow students..
"When it came time to do my thesis, I pitched that instead of making a short I'd make a feature instead", Mathisen told If. »
- Harry Windsor
Shortly after the Sundance Institute named their January Screenwriter’s Lab roster, it’s another West coast entity that is offering some support to the next gen of producers. The San Francisco Film Society folks have bestowed the Producer Fellowships to Reena Dutt, Kyle Martin (who is know best from producing Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture and Lance Edmands’ Bluebird) and Kimberly Parker (who most recently produced Katie Says Goodbye – a title we had pegged for Sundance). Here is the press release.
This round of Sffs Producer Fellowships runs from January to June 2016, kicking off with a 5-day networking trip to the Sundance Film Festival. In addition to this excursion, over the course of the Fellowship each winner will receive:
A $25,000–$40,000 cash grant to be used for living expenses. Individual amounts depend on place of residence and estimated travel costs to participate in Bay Area fellowship components.
Placement in our »
- Eric Lavallee
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Brigade, the bi-coastal publicity and marketing agency that guided this season’s awards campaign for Sean Baker’s Tangerine, the first on record to promote a transgender performer for a major Oscar nom, is formally launching an awards consultation division, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The company, which was established in 2010 by publicist Adam Kersh, digital marketer Tom Cunha and social media strategist Jean McDowell, has provided traditional publicity services for many indies, including Lena Dunham‘s Tiny Furniture and the early Brie Larson vehicle Short Term 12, and awards-specific services for Compliance, starring Ann Dowd, and the doc How to Survive a Plague, among many others.
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- Patrick Shanley
An avid student of the depiction of youth in movies, I’ve taken to calling the twenties, as we live them nowadays, the benties, after the British word “bent,” for messed up. And, while I realize not everyone will have found this decade of late adolescence / imposed maturity as disconcerting as all that, I know for a fact that most Millennials will be hard-pressed to argue this point. It’s why we’re called the Me-Me-Me Generation after all: for us, the top-down pressure to grow up, move out and settle down rarely takes before the big 3-0 starts looming large. Perhaps, with a little less “luck” on our side, we too might look to the extraordinary lives of, say, Kelly Reichardt’s young female characters, and strive to fight adversity to heroic results. But, for the purposes of this list, we’ll concern ourselves with the simpler, not necessarily brighter, »
15 items from 2016
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