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HBO has announced the star-studded supporting cast for its upcoming mini-series adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Olive Kitteridge". Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") will helm the four-part mini-series which debuts on the network in November.
Set over a 25 year period in a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, the story follows a middle-school math teacher named Olive (Frances McDormand) who uses a wicked wit and harsh demeanor to mask a warm but troubled heart .
Richard Jenkins ("Burn After Reading") portrays Olive’s kind-hearted pharmacist husband, Henry. John Gallagher, Jr. ("The Newsroom") is their son Christopher, Peter Mullan ("Top of the Lake") plays fellow teacher Jim O’Casey, Rosemarie DeWitt ("Mad Men") as a shut-in named Rachel Coulson, Zoe Kazan ("Ruby Sparks") as the pharmacist worker Denise Thibodeau, Ann Dowd ("Side Effects") as a family friend.
Also onboard are Cory Michael Smith »
- Garth Franklin
CBS Films has released the first trailer for What If (formerly The F Word), director Michael Dowse’s (Goon) romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) alongside Rafe Spall (Life of Pi), Adam Driver (Girls), Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment), Megan Park (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Oona Chaplin (Quantum of Solace). Take a look after the official synopsis…
What If is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there »
- Gary Collinson
One of the problems with romantic comedies that ask questions like “Can men and women just be friends?” or “Can friends have sex without it becoming romantic?” is that, no matter how subversive things might get along the way, the answer is almost always “No.” Movies like Friends With Benefits, When Harry Met Sally and No Strings Attached have tried to break the mold, but ultimately Hollywood romantic comedies always end up gravitating towards a happy ending where the couple falls into each other’s arms.
It would be nice to think that What If - a new romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) – will have the guts to break this pattern. Based on the new trailer, however, it seems likely to follow a more traditional formula. Radcliffe plays Wallace, ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
But prepping for his first romantic lead required more than just dropping his drawers. In the film, from director Michael Dowse (Goon, Take Me Home Tonight), Radcliffe, 24, had to get comfortable acting in modern times. After Harry Potter and period films such as The Woman in Black, What If — about a med-school dropout (Radcliffe) who falls for an already attached art director (Ruby Sparks’ Zoe Kazan) — is Radcliffe’s “first foray into the 21st century,” he notes. To prep, »
- Nicole Sperling
The film centres around medical school dropout Wallace (Radcliffe) who falls for animator Chantry (Kazan).
Unfortunately, she lives with her long-term boyfriend, and as their friendship deepens they begin to question where they go next.
Radcliffe will next be seen in Joe Hill adaptation Horns.
Buzz has been quietly building for a little while around Michael Dowse's upcoming movie “What If,” which screened at Tiff last year to generally good reviews (though we missed it). That buzz was only slightly deadened by a confusing last-minute title change from “The F Word,” because that would have been too naughty, or something. It stars Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”) and Daniel Radcliffe (nope, can't think what he's been in off the top of our heads—something quite big, though), along with Adam Driver and Rafe Spall, following a young man who's stuck in the friend zone with a girl who likes a lot more than that. And now, the first clip from the film has arrived.It looks ... well, it looks like an indie romcom in which a sadsack dude meets an affirming, quirky young lady and is awkward about it. It remains to be seen if »
- Ben Brock
Already available to watch on Vimeo (for $5), Joss Whedon’s newest story of supernatural romance, "In Your Eyes," now has a trailer. The soft, pretty images reveal two loners on opposite sides of the country -- played by Zoe Kazan (writer and star of "Ruby Sparks") and Michael Stahl-David ("Cloverfield") -- who can somehow see through each other’s eyes. They become fast friends, coaching each other through life, and presumably eventually fall in love, wanting to abandon the gimmick for the real thing. Directed by Brin Hill, "In Your Eyes" appears to be a standard and sweet romance, which will have us rooting for the two to finally come together. In his lukewarm review for Indiewire, Eric Kohn sums it up thus: "It's cheesy and slight, but persistently smart and entertaining within those narrow parameters." You can read more about its method of release (as well as watch Whedon »
- Melina Gills
Review Andrew Blair 23 Apr 2014 - 06:31
Ousting the Peter Gabriel song from the top of search engine results, Bellwether Pictures second film (after 2012's Much Ado About Nothing) is notable for its release strategy (digital rental) and for being from a new script by Joss Whedon (with Brin Hill directing). Many will doubtless choose to rent it for this reason alone. For those who are on the fence, consider the following:
Say 'Paranormal Romance' and there's still a residual image of a greased-up buff guy standing next to a wolf on a book cover. Say 'Romantic Comedy' and there's still an image of two self-obsessed own-fart-sniffers trampling over other people's lives to get married. Whedon has concocted a paranormal romantic comedy, though the emphasis is on the romance.
Romantic comedies are, by their very nature, »
Joss Whedon wrote and produced a sweet little supernatural romance for your geeky pleasure, and you don’t even have to pirate it: he released it instantly on Vimeo. I’m “biast” (pro): love Joss Whedon
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Joss Whedon has a new movie. You cannot see it in theaters… but you can rent it right now, online, at Vimeo, from anywhere on the planet, for the ridiculously low price of five American bucks. Is it worth five bucks? It sure is. It would be worth twice that to see it on a big screen, but this is one of those little indie-style dramedies that hardly ever end up on big screens anymore. It has no superheroes, and it has no space cowboys.
What it does have are two gently, identifiably screwed-up 30-ish folks in Rebecca »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Just days after the first footage arrived online, Joss Whedon has announced that his latest film, the paranormal romance In Your Eyes, has been released online, coinciding with its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Whedon took a break from filming on Avengers: Age of Ultron to make the announcement in the following video:
The second release from Whedon’s “micro-studio” Bellweather Pictures after the low-budget Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing, In Your Eyes has been written by Whedon, with Brin Hill directing a cast that includes Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield), Nikki Reed (Twilight), Steve Harris (Awake), Steve Howey (Shameless), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) and Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing). Here’s the official synopsis:
In the frozen East Coast winter, Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) is withering away in a life of cocktail parties and lonely nights as the sheltered, soft-spoken wife of a successful doctor. Across the country in sun-drenched, »
- Gary Collinson
The Avengers director Joss Whedon wrote and produced a new film called In Your Eyes, and today we have a clip to share from the supernatural thriller. The clip is the opening scene from the film, and it completely hooked me! Whedon is such a great storyteller, I loved what I saw here and I'm excited to see more.
The film stars Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) and Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) and the story "takes place in the winter and tells the story of Rebecca, a soft-spoken doctor’s wife living on the East Coast, and Dylan, an ex-con struggling to make a fresh start in New Mexico, who somehow find themselves inexplicably and metaphysically connected."
- Joey Paur
Joss Whedon was a busy man with The Avengers. But in between the writing and the shooting and the wrangling of a real, live Hulk (I’m assuming that was the real Hulk, right?), he also shot Much Ado About Nothing on his days off. Apparently Much Ado wasn’t enough, because Whedon actually had a third project in the works at the same time. In the early months of 2012, Whedon’s screenplay for In Your Eyes was being shot in New Hampshire. Not by Whedon, mind you, but by Brin Hill – and before you say, “Who?” Hill is known mostly for writing the competitive b-boy flick Battle of the Year. Somehow, Whedon found a way to oversee the production anyway, even if it was just through a tenuous psychic connection. Which, conveniently enough, is the very same plot device at the center of In Your Eyes. Starring Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) and Michael Stahl-David (the lead »
- Adam Bellotto
Though he’s best known for horror, sci-fi, and/or superhero genre fare like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers, those who grew up watching Buffy’s troubled romantic entanglements with Angel and Spike will know that Joss Whedon has a bit of a soft spot for a supernatural love story.
Cue In Your Eyes, a romantic drama with a metaphysical edge that was penned by Whedon and directed by Brin Hill (Balls Don’t Lie). In Your Eyes stars Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) and Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) as Rebecca and Dylan, two people who couldn’t have more different lives but who seem ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
While Joss Whedon is currently directing the blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, he hasn't forgotten about indie fare. His previous film was the microbudget adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing, and he also wrote the upcoming drama In Your Eyes. Directed by Brin Hill, In Your Eyes is "about two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined." The opening scene has gone online, and if it's focused on the younger versions of the two "polar opposities", then this scene reveals their intriguing, supernatural connection. Even though there is a supernatural twist, I almost got a Snow Angels vibe when it comes to an idyllic school environment being disrupted by a distant tragedy. I'm definitely curious to check out more of this film. Hit the jump to check out the In Your Eyes opening scene. The film stars Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), Michael Stahl-David »
- Matt Goldberg
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have the opening scene from the upcoming "In Your Eyes" sci-fi film, which was written by "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon. Check out the clip below. The new movie tells a metaphysical love story about two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined. It stars Zoe Kasan (Ruby Sparks), Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield), Nikki Reed (Twilight) and Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing). "In Your Eyes" is directed by Brin Hill, the writer of "Battle of the Year" and "Won't Back Down." It's set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. Clip: »
Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers) puts a supernatural twist on the timeless boy-meets-girl storyline for In Your Eyes, which he wrote and executive produced. Now, you can watch the first three minutes of the film before it premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend.
Starring Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) and Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield), In Your Eyes takes place in the winter and tells the story of Rebecca, a soft-spoken doctor’s wife living on the East Coast, and Dylan, an ex-con struggling to make a fresh start in New Mexico, who somehow find themselves inexplicably and metaphysically connected. »
- Pamela Gocobachi
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival begins Wednesday, April 16 with a lineup featuring over 50 world premieres and even more must-see films.
This year’s Tribeca line-up begins Wednesday, April 16 with a screening of Time Is Illmatic, a documentary celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic. After the screening, Nas himself will perform songs from his legendary album.
Features Premiering At Tribeca
TV comedies collide in About Alex, which stars Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza and New Girl’s Max Greenfield – not to mention Jane Levy (Subergatory), Max Minghella (The Mindy Project, The Social Network), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Nate Parker and Maggie Grace (Taken, Lost). Written and directed by Jesse Zwick, this The Big Chill homage takes place during a weekend away, as old friends in their mi-twenties come together to help one in the group who is suicidal.
Another TV-star driven film premiering at Tribeca is Life Partners, starring »
• Jason Statham is set to team up with Melissa McCarthy in the secret agent comedy Susan Cooper. The action star, best known for roles in high-octane projects like The Transporter and Crank, had been circling the project for some time, but was reportedly weighing other options before committing. Paul Feig, who worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat, is set to direct the pic for 20th Century Fox. Statham will appear next in The Expendables 3 (out Aug. 15). He’s also reprising his role as Ian Shaw in Fast & Furious 7. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
After winning the Best Actress Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for Bradley Rust Gray’s “The Exploding Girl,” Zoe Kazan added a big-budget rom-com (“It’s Complicated”) and more indie dramas (“Meek’s Cutoff”) to her resume, starred on Broadway (“A Behanding in Spokane”) with Christopher Walken, and wrote the charming (and underrated) screenplay for “Ruby Sparks,” in which she starred with her longtime partner Paul Dano. As if that’s not enough, the 29-year-old is back, this time playing identical twin sisters in “The Pretty One.” First-time writer/director Jenée Lamarque’s quirky film also stars Jake Johnson (“New Girl,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Drinking Buddies”), Ron Livingston (“Office Space,” “Swingers”), and John Carroll Lynch (“Fargo”), but the film centers around Kazan’s layered performance as Laurel and Audrey, sisters whose similarity stops at genetics. Laurel is an eccentric wallflower who has never blossomed; she lives at home, cares »
- Kristin McCracken
Feature James Clayton 14 Feb 2014 - 05:49
With Her out on Valentines Day, James considers the topic of romance in the movies, and love in the techno-savvy 21st century...
Happy Valentine's Day! Hip hip hooray for the over-commercial super-sappy celebration of romance and close personal relationships! I hope that this column finds you all swept up in sweet emotions and lovely feelings. I hope that you're now breathless and gasping for air having been submerged beneath a sea of affectionate greeting cards, chocolate boxes and sexual propositions from attractive strangers.
If not, use your imagination - it's so much better than reality, especially if reality is disappointing you on Valentine's Day. Today you should be feeling the love and experiencing things that are 'romantic'. Romantic action might be quite rare for many and that probably makes this novel - albeit, suspect - cultural event all the more worthwhile. Love needs to »
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