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Stillman is writing six more The Cosmopolitans episodes, but is making changes from the pilot.
Attending Jerusalem with his latest feature, period comedy Love & Friendship, writer-director Whit Stillman updated Screen on his ongoing TV series project The Cosmopolitans, which he is working on with Amazon Studios.
Stillman created a pilot for the show back in 2014, featuring Chloe Sevigny (who also stars in Love & Friendship opposite Kate Beckinsale) and Adam Brody in the story of a group of young ex-pats living in Paris.
Amazon Studios, which distributed Love & Friendship in the Us, has commissioned six more scripts, which Stillman is now writing. However, the series will see changes from the pilot.
“It’s been two years since I did the pilot so I’m no longer interested in that story, but I really like the actors and the characters. It’s going to go in a new geographical and story direction, but with some »
In “Viral,” a mysterious virus called Worm Flu strikes the human population, infecting large swaths of people and making them aggressive and violent. In a suburban neighborhood, two teenaged sisters Emma (Sofia Black-d’Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) struggle in quarantine as the infection spreads around the town. But when the virus enters their home, the sisters must choose between protecting each other or surviving the virus. Watch the film’s trailer below.
“Viral” is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. The duo previously directed the acclaimed 2010 documentary “Catfish,” about a young man who builds a romantic relationship with a young woman online only to discover the numerous lies therein; it led to a MTV reality TV show of the same name that’s executive produced by Joost and Schulman. The two also directed “Paranormal Activity 3” and “Paranormal Activity 4. »
- Vikram Murthi
Love & Friendship, 2016.
Directed by Whit Stillman.
Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.
Those who dread the prospect of yet another Jane Austen movie frock fest would do well to be pointed in the direction of Love & Friendship, director Whit Stillman’s deliciously acerbic Regency romp in which the clothes and decor support the satire, not vice versa. Too often, Austen adaptations are cosseted, corseted and more than a little bland; under Stillman’s typically deadpan direction, the author’s deliciously spiky sense of humour is joyously restored.
Not only is the reputation of »
- Sean Wilson
There’s always been more than a touch of Jane Austen about the films of Whit Stillman, the incisive social satirist behind 1998’s The Last Days of Disco and 2011’s Damsels in Distress. Stillman’s 1990 debut feature Metropolitan drew inspiration from Mansfield Park, and his subsequent studies of social manners have all possessed an arch observational tone that one imagines Austen might have appreciated. In 2003, he was reported to be working on a project called Winchester Races, which would marry material from the unfinished Austen novels The Watsons and Sanditon. Here, he draws on the title and plot respectively of two early epistolary works; Love and Freindship (Stillman duly standardises the young Austen’s spelling) and Lady Susan. The subtitle of the former was Deceived in Freindship and Betrayed in Love, »
- Mark Kermode
Chicago – Say the name Whit Stillman in certain cinema circles, and a rush of admiration soon follows. The director made a name for himself with his debut film “Metropolitan’ (1990), and followed with the same emotional pallette in “Barcelona” (1994). He is back with an adaptation of a Jane Austin novel, entitled “Love & Friendship.”
The title is taken from one of Jane Austin’s short stories, but the narrative is from her novel “Lady Susan,” published 60 years after her death. It involves the title character (portrayed in the film by Kate Beckinsale), a widow without fortune, who is looking to marry again to wealth, and wishes the same for her daughter. She visits the estate of her sister-in-law and brother-in-law – Charles and Catherine Vernon – in the hopes of making a match for her lovely child Frederica, or at least herself.
Photo credit: Roadside Attractions »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Anyone who’s seen a film by Whit Stillman knows him to be an accomplished social satirist, continuing the legacy of authors like Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker, and of course Jane Austen. In fact, the English writer is at the center of one the most sardonic exchanges in all of his films, when one of the characters expresses “I don't read novels. I prefer good literary criticism” when asked if he has read any of Austen’s works. Like the Romantic author, Stillman captures the wants, desires and fears of the haves as they desperately try to grab onto a world the have-nots are trying to infiltrate. In films like Metropolitan, Stillman wonders if the upper classes only let someone from a lower class to share their space as means of experimenting, or amusing them in their endless ennui. In Damsels in Distress he explores the notion of people constructing »
There is something inherently frustrating about the prospect of university life. As a college student, you can feel as if you’re stuck in limbo. You’re obviously no longer a child as sex, drugs and alcohol pervade your everyday world, yet you’re not really an adult — totally free of the burdens of the 9-to-5 rat race for at least a few more years. A feeling of unease can fall over you, as there’s always a kegger or a party to attend while lovers change partners more often than bed-sheets.
Everybody Wants Some!!, the long-awaited spiritual sequel to Richard Linklater‘s classic comedy Dazed & Confused is now out in theaters. In the film, a college freshman (Blake Jenner) arrives at school to find that his new baseball teammates are an out-of-control, alcohol-fueled army of irresponsible party-dudes.
To celebrate, we compiled ten of the finest college movies, all ranging wildly in style and tone. »
- Tony Hinds
Despite a three-movie takeover of the ’90s, Whit Stilman isn’t a name that offers much draw to those who weren’t around to fall in love with his comedies of manners.
Now Stilman is back again, and he’s offering up Jane Austen this time around. In a perfect blend of styles and sensibilities, Stilman directs and wrote the screenplay based on one of Austen’s less-appreciated works, Lady Susan.
Kate Beckinsale has never looked more impressive, and Chloë Sevigny, while she doesn’t have a lot of chance to show off in the trailer, has shown that this is right in her wheelhouse. Plus, the trailer gives you the chance to catch a glimpse of the supporting cast members, »
- Marc Eastman
Vixen has arrived! Last year, this DC Comics character was introduced in a short animated series on The CW Seed. Now she gets the live-action treatment in next week's all-new episode of Arrow. And she's even cooler than we expected.
The Vixen web series featured both Arrow and The Flash, voiced by Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin. But it was Vixen who was at the forefront of all the action, voiced by actress Megalyn Echikunwoke, best known for her roles in A Good Day to Die Hard and Damsels in Distress. She returns to reprise her role in the flesh, looking every bit like her cartoon alter ego. And we have a new gallery that spotlights her first TV appearance.
★★★★☆Whit Stillman's films are often concerned with the absurdities of human interactions. His latest, Love & Friendship, is no different - except that it's based on a Jane Austen novella. Yet Stillman, whose previous work like 2009's Damsels in Distress focuses in a skew-eyed perspective of modern America, is the perfect fit. Based on the Austen's epistolary Lady Susan, written in 1794 but not published until fifty years after her death, Stillman's period comedy centres on Kate Beckinsale's Lady Susan Vernon, a recently widowed socialite whose gallivanting around London since her husband's death has caused her reputation to plummet. She's a Machiavellian schemer who succeeds through arrogance and flirtation, wanting nothing more than a comfortable life but with the chance for some seduction on the side.
- CineVue UK
Amsterdam-based Cineart has acquired Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, which received its European premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) this week following its Sundance debut.
Cineart will release in Benelux this summer, after negotiating a deal with the film’s French producer Lauranne Bourrachot of Chic Films and Dutch co-producer Raymond van der Kaaij. Amazon Studios secured Us rights last year and Curzon Artificial Eye has taken the film for the UK. Protagonist reps world sales rights.
The film is screening this week at Iffr, where it is nominated for the Vpro Big Screen Award.
Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry and Emma Greenwell star in Love & Friendship, which reunites the two lead actresses with Stillman for the first time since 1998 cult classic The Last Days Of Disco.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Ever since his indie breakout Metropolitan in 1990, Whit Stillman has built a specific kind of comedy within class structure. From the strait-laced businessmen struggling to break free of themselves in Barcelona to the ambitious, two-faced college girls in Damsels in Distress, Stillman finds the laughter in the deviousness of human nature.
Love & Friendship, his fifth film, premiered at Sundance and is set to be released by Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions this spring. Adapted from Jane Austen‘s little-read, barely-published novella ‘Lady Susan,’ the costume-drama setting and biting social commentary allows for some of the funniest moments in Stillman’s career. It’s as though Austen was writing for a filmmaker like Stillman to adapt her. It’s a true match made in heaven.
Check out conversation with the director from Sundance 2016 below.
The Film Stage: Was this adaptation something that you had in your back pocket for some time? »
- Dan Mecca
Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival Filmmaker Whit Stillman is a modern master of comedies of manners, from "Metropolitan" to "Damsels in Distress" -- funny films that hinge on the unique personalities and behaviors of their indelible characters, which makes it a bit of a surprise that his Sundance premiere, "Love & Friendship," is his first attempt to adapt the work of another famous humorist known for her character work: Jane Austen. With "Love & Friendship," Stillman takes on Austen's novella "Lady Susan," arguably her least well-known work, and infuses it with quick wit and snappy storytelling. The film is also a reunion of sorts, with his "Last Days of Disco" leading ladies Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny again playing best friends in the feature, as Beckinsale takes on the Lady Susan role, with Sevigny serving as her wry American pal »
- Kate Erbland
Whit Stillman and Jane Austen are a match as well-made as any in one of Austen’s books. And Austen’s novella, Lady Susan — probably her least-appreciated piece of work; this is the first time it’s ever been adapted to film — proves to be especially fruitful material for Stillman. His dry sense and cutting sensibility are suited to the meaner edge this story has in comparison with the rest of Austen’s oeuvre.
In contrast to the usual Austen heroine, namesake Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) is middle-aged and decidedly darker in outlook and intent. Not long after her husband’s death, she seeks a new husband for herself and one for her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark), in order to avoid poverty. To this end, she employs all manner of secretive scheming, social backstabbing, and bald-faced lies, all while continually insulting every person around her. She’s rather delightful, »
- Daniel Schindel
Whit Stillman, expert chronicler of privileged youth, adapts the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan for his first period film, Love & Friendship. The material is a perfect fit for the film-maker behind the elegant comedies Metropolitan, Barcelona and most recently, Damsels in Distress. His pantheon of highly literate heroines would be at home in Austen’s world of manners and unrequited passions.
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- Nigel M Smith in Park City, Utah
“He’s very silly, but he has a charm of a kind.” “He’s lively; he brings a new angle to things.” The man being described thusly is an extremely foolish if conveniently wealthy 18th-century gentleman by the name of Sir James Martin, but the kind words might just as well apply — without a hint of euphemism, and with far more honest approbation — to the director of “Love & Friendship,” a supremely elegant and delicately filigreed adaptation of Jane Austen’s epistolary novella “Lady Susan.” With his love of fine clothes and finer diction, Whit Stillman proves an unsurprisingly intuitive fit for Austen, but he also knows just how to give her pointed social satire an extra stab of wink-wink postmodern drollery without breaking the spell. Starring Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan, the most irresistibly devious of Austen protagonists, this inspired marriage of two distinctive stylists should become a delectable arthouse »
- Justin Chang
Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry and Emma Greenwell star in the feature, which reunites Beckinsale and Sevigny with Stillman for the first time since 1998 cult classic The Last Days Of Disco.
Based on the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan and set in the 1790s, the story follows beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) who has come to Churchill, the estate of her in-laws, to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society.
Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and for her eligible but reluctant schoolgirl daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark).
The waters are troubled by the arrival of the handsome, eligible Reginald DeCourcy (Samuel) and silly but cheerful - and very »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
17 items from 2016
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