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“Hollywood is a Town that Especially Wants Women to be… Not Human…”: Caitlin FitzGerald Talks Acting on She Does Podcast

Caitlin FitzGerald, writer and actor, is one of Hollywood’s emerging talents. She may be best known for her role as Libby Masters on Showtime Network’s Masters of Sex. The series, which is currently in its third season, is set in the late 1950s and is a drama centered around the true story of the pioneers of the science of human sexuality. You may have also seen FitzGerald in the feature films It’s Complicated, Damsels in Distress and Newlyweds, and TV shows including Gossip Girl, How to Make It In America, and Law & Order: Svu. Additionally, FitzGerald co-wrote and starred […]
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'Layover', the Discovery of a Hidden Gem

This time of year most everyone in the film world is talking about Oscar contenders, movies like Boyhood, Birdman, and Selma, which get more press each week as awards season marches on. However, I'm here today to provide a recommendation for a film you likely haven't heard of, which you can check out right now on VOD. The film is called Layover, and it is an impressive high-concept drama that took me completely by surprise. The first outing from writer-director Joshua Caldwell, Layover is very much in the vein of Richard Linklater's Before trilogy. Driven not by traditional plot mechanics but by the characters we see on screen and the way they interact with the world around them, Caldwell's primarily French-language film centers on a Parisian woman named Simone (Nathalie Fay) as she navigates the city of Los Angeles for a night after her connecting flight to Singapore is cancelled.
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Casting Net: Rosemarie DeWitt in talks to star opposite Jeremy Renner; Plus, Michael Pena, more

Casting Net: Rosemarie DeWitt in talks to star opposite Jeremy Renner; Plus, Michael Pena, more
Rosemarie DeWitt is in negotiations to star opposite Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) in Kill The Messenger, based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb and his reporting around the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking. DeWitt, who played Charmaine Craine in United States of Tara, is becoming more of a household name thanks to memorable roles in films such as Your Sister’s Sister and Rachel Getting Married. She can be seen next in Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely with Scoot McNairy and Ellen Page. [Deadline]

Michael Peña (Gangster Squad), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond), and Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove) have
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Ed Burns, Tom Rothman headline Sundance Film Festival juries

Ed Burns, whose debut film The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was announced today as a jury member for next month’s Sundance in Park City, Utah. Burns joins documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, executive Tom Rothman and 16 others named to five juries that will award prizes at independent film’s most high-profile showcase.

Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 22, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on Jan. 26. The festival runs this year from Jan. 17-27.

Click below for the entire Sundance jury list:

U.S. Documentary Jury

Liz Garbus is a prolific documentary filmmaker.
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Why We Need to Remember Our Diy Roots When Crowdfunding and Ask for More than Money

  • Indiewire
When Emily Best spoke to Indiewire last month about her new crowdfunding platform, Seed&Spark, which also allows for online distribution, we were intrigued by her story of receiving support for her film "Like the Water," in unexpected packages, namely in donated services, loaned locations, and goods needed for production. In the following first person article, Best explains the Diy lessons she learned from crowdfunding before crowdfunding was "a thing," and how that led her to found Seed&Spark. Towards the end of 2010, Caitlin FitzGerald was making "Newlyweds" with Ed Burns. She was also starring in a site-specific production of "Hedda Gabler." This is where I met her (playing Thea to her Hedda), along with Caroline von Kuhn and three other remarkable women who would change my life forever. Together we wanted to make more work, possibly theater. And over drinks one night Caitlin would convince us all, thanks to Eddie’s.
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Super Shorts: Doggy Bags

'Do me a favor? Next time you and Polite Guy are together - get the pigs in a blanket to go!' The latest film from Tribeca triple-threat Edward Burns, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, is now on VOD and digital platforms, so why not double your viewing pleasure with Doggy Bags, the writer/director's funny short from this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Made in partnership with American Express and based on cardholder Susan Brennan's idea from the company's My Movie Pitch contest, Doggy Bags is a delightfully layered comedy featuring Burns's signature style and a few familiar faces. Justin (Matt Bush, Nice Guy Johnny) and Hannah (Daniella Pineda, Newlyweds) are newly dating and decide to meet at one of New Jersey's delicious brunch places. Justin is smitten, but there is just one thing he can't figure out: the petite Hannah orders enough food for 3 people whenever they go out for a meal together,
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New Poster for The Fitzgerald Family Christmas with Ed Burns & Connie Britton

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Written and directed by, and starring the great Ed Burns, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas looks to be a solid drama worth heading out into the cold for this holiday season.

Arriving on VoD later this month, and released in Us theatres early next, the film sees Burns reuniting him with Connie Britton, who’s starred in a handful of Burns’ earlier films, and now EW have released a new poster for the film.

“With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen. Reuniting with McMullen co-stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), and Mike McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (Little Children, Beautiful Girls) and Kerry Bishe (Newlyweds, Red State), Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, The Artist, The Longest Yard) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he
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Tsr Exclusive: ‘A Royal Affair’ Interview with Co-Writer/Director Nikolaj Arcel

In 1760s Denmark, a woman (Alicia Viklander) married to the highly irresponsible King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) falls for his politically radical physician (Mads Mikkelsen). The two lovers conspire to manipulate the king into embracing the ideas of the Enlightenment, which leads to a revolution.

This is a famous story in Denmark, and has been recounted in books, plays, and an opera. However, this is the first time a full film adaptation has been made of such a tale. Co-writer/director Nikolaj Arcel’s successful A Royal Affair (executive produced by Lars von Trier) has now become the country’s official submission for the “Best Foreign Language Film” Academy Award. (Read our Ciff 2012 “7/10″ capsule review here.)

Though Affair required him to heavily research life in 1760s Denmark, Arcel comes from a much more contemporary filmmaking background, and is likely most recognizable for his co-writing credit on the first Girl
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Have Yourself a Merry Little (The Fitzgerald Family) Christmas

With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Edward Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen. Reuniting with McMullen co-stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Michael McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (Little Children, Beautiful Girls) and Kerry Bishe (Newlyweds, Red State), Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, The Artist, The Longest Yard) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics. Alliances form, old wounds are reopened or glossed over, and the possibility for a new hope and forgiveness emerges. Coming to VOD nationwide November 21, 2012. Search your zip code and cable provider below to see where Tribeca Film titles are available in your area. Also opening in select
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Edward Burns’ newest feature, ‘The Fitzgerald Family Christmas’, gets its first trailer

  • SoundOnSight
While Edward Burns is known to many for his film roles, including supporting turns in this year’s Man on a Ledge and the upcoming Alex Cross, he has made a significant mark behind the camera as well. A veteran in the independent film industry, Burns has produced, directed, and written ten feature films, all on shoestring budgets. Despite his last feature, Newlyweds, having been released only in 2011, Burns is already well into his next feature, titled The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, with a cast that includes Connie Britton, Kerry Bishé, Noah Emmerich, Tom Guiry, and Burns himself. The first trailer for the movie has now been released, and can be seen below.
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Trailer For Edward Burns’ ‘The Fitzgerald Family Christmas’

Since no major studio is doing so themselves, the prolific Edward Burns has taken it upon himself to create one of, if not the only, Christmas-themed film this holiday season. Coming off last year’s Newlyweds (and Nice Guy Johnny the previous year), The Fitzgerald Family Christmas sees the writer/director in a familiar low-budget independent drama arena, but this time [...]
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Edward Burns Signs With UTA (Exclusive)

Edward Burns Signs With UTA (Exclusive)
Edward Burns has signed with UTA. The multihyphenate is known for writing, directing, producing and acting in his debut film, The Brothers McMullen (1995). He has done the same four duties for She's the One, Sidewalks of New York and Newlyweds. Other acting credits include Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Holiday (2006) and this year's Man on a Ledge and Friends with Kids. Burns next will been seen in Summit Entertainment’s Alex Cross, which opens Oct. 19 and also features Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox. Burns' 11th film as a writer, director and actor, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, premiered at the

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Tribeca Film Acquires Edward Burns' 'The Fitzgerald Family Christmas' For Holiday Multi-Platform Release

Tribeca Film Acquires Edward Burns' 'The Fitzgerald Family Christmas' For Holiday Multi-Platform Release
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Toronto-bound "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," a domestic drama written, directed and starring Edward Burns. The distributor also released "Newlyweds" on multiple platforms. On this Irish-American working class family comedy, Burns brings back old pals Connie Britton and Michael McGlone, who co-starred in Burns' 1995 debut "The Brothers McMullen." Burns tells the tale of adult siblings who deal with the wish of their estranged father (Ed Lauter) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he ditched his family two decades ago. Noah Emmerich, Kerry Bishé and Caitlin FitzGerald also star. "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" will premiere in Toronto on September 9. Tribeca plans to release the film in the late November holiday season.
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[First Look] Edward Burns’ ‘Fitzgerald Family Christmas,’ Picked Up By Tribeca Films For November Release

  • The Film Stage
After not only appearing in Friends with Kids, Man on a Ledge and the upcoming Alex Cross, the prolific Edward Burns has already churned out another feature. His next family drama, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, is set to premiere at Tiff and has just announced acquisition today.

Tribeca Film have picked up the film, which stars The Brothers McMullen leads Connie Britton and Michael McGlone. The distributor plans to get the film out on VOD late-November following success of Burns’ last feature on the format, Newlyweds. Check out the first stills above and below, along with a synopsis for the film also starring Kerry Bishé, Heather Burns, Brian D’Arcy James, Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Dara Coleman, Noah Emmerich, Caitlin FitzGerald, Anita Gillette, Tom Guiry, Ed Lauter, Malachy McCourt, Daniella Pineda, Nick Sandow, John Solo, Joyce Van Patten and Burns himself.

Synopsis:

With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class,
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Ed Burns' 'Fitzgerald Family Christmas' Follows 'Newlyweds' to Tribeca Film

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Ed Burns' 'Fitzgerald Family Christmas' Follows 'Newlyweds' to Tribeca Film
Tribeca Film acquired North American rights to Ed Burns' "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," prior to its Toronto debut on September 9. Writer-director and star Burns is joined in the film by Connie Britton and Michael McGlone -- both of whom also starred with him in his debut "The Brothers McMullen," as well as Noah Emmerich, Kerry Bishe, Caitlin Fitzgerald and Ed Lauter. Tribeca, who also released Burns' "Newlyweds" last year, is eyeing a late November release via multiple platforms, maximizing the holiday-theme potential. Burns calls the film his "most personal work"; check out the synopsis below. Tribeca's Geoff Gilmore says, “Deeply felt performances from a strong ensemble cast make the Fitzgeralds a family that recalls the McMullen’s but with a fresh and wry perspective all its own.” With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen....
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Ed Burns' 'Fitzgerald Family Christmas' Follows 'Newlyweds' to Tribeca Film

Ed Burns' 'Fitzgerald Family Christmas' Follows 'Newlyweds' to Tribeca Film
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Ed Burns' "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," prior to its Toronto debut on September 9. Writer-director and star Burns is joined by Connie Britton and Michael McGlone -- both of whom also starred with him in his debut "The Brothers McMullen" -- as well as Noah Emmerich, Kerry Bishé, Caitlin FitzGerald and Ed Lauter. Tribeca, who also released Burns' "Newlyweds" last year, is eyeing a late November release via multiple platforms, maximizing the holiday-theme potential. Burns calls the film his "most personal work"; check out the synopsis below. Tribeca's Geoff Gilmore says, “Deeply felt performances from a strong ensemble cast make the Fitzgeralds a family that recalls the McMullen’s but with a fresh and wry perspective all its own.” With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers...
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Tribeca Film® and Edward Burns Get in the Holiday Spirit with “The Fitzgerald Family Christmas”

Building upon the success of Newlyweds - a breakout hit on VOD - Tribeca Film has acquired the rights to writer/director/actor Edward Burns' next film, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas. After its world premiere as an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 9, a holiday season release is set for late November. 'Having returned to my own filmmaking backyard with my most personal work, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, I'm thrilled to partner with my old friends at Tribeca,' said Edward Burns. 'We've been working closely together for over a decade and I'm happy to have their support to launch the film this holiday season.' In the film, Burns reunites with cast members Connie Britton and Michael McGlone from his award-winning debut film The Brothers McMullen (1995). (Britton is now best-known to audiences from her role as Tami Taylor in the television version of Friday Night Lights.
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‘For A Good Time, Call …’ Interview with Actress Ari Graynor, Actress/Co-Writer Lauren Miller, Co-Writer Katie Naylon & Director Jamie Travis

In For A Good Time, Call …, Katie (Ari Graynor) and Lauren (Lauren Miller) are two “frenemies” economically forced to live together in a New York apartment. When push comes to shove, they decide to work together to start a phone sex hot line, as originally privately pioneered by Katie.

The film is written by Lauren Miller and Katie Naylon, whose friendship inspired the script. It is directed by first-time helmer Jamie Travis, whose short films can be viewed on Vimeo here.

In a roundtable interview, I talked to this quartet about their film, the importance of shooting it in New York, what they kept from the colorful set, and more.

For A Good Time, Call … opens in Chicago on August 31.

This is a very New York movie, especially as indicated by the film’s opening credits. How important was it to you all to set this story in New York?
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Tsr Exclusive: ‘Hit and Run’ Interview with writer/co-director/actor Dax Shepard

In the fast-car comedy Hit and Run, actor Dax Shepard plays an ex-getaway driver named Charles Bronson who risks breaking Witness Protection by driving his girlfriend (played by Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles for an important interview. Things get crazy when they are chased by a bitter criminal associate (played by Bradley Cooper, in dreadlocks) looking for the money from their last failed robbery.

Gaining notoriety from his role as Ashton Kutcher’s sidekick on MTV’s show “Punk’d,” Shepard can currently be seen on the show “Parenthood.” Off-screen, he is engaged/basically married to actress Kristen Bell (they are not formally married out for the cause for equal marriage in California). Hit and Run marks his second time co-directing a feature film, his first being a mockumentary titled Brother’s Justice, also co-directed with collaborator David Palmer.

In an exclusive interview, I sat down with Shepard to discuss
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‘Red Lights’ Interview with actor Cillian Murphy and writer/director Rodrigo Cortés

Coming after his “thinking outside of the box” film Buried, (in which Ryan Reynolds played a man trapped in box with a cell phone with a long battery), writer/director Rodrigo Cortes challenges filmgoers with Red Lights, a movie about the debate over psychics. In the movie, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy play two investigators who make a career out of debunking fake psychics, calling out their earpieces and theatrics, etc. The two investigators meet their biggest challenge when they try to disprove blind Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), a blind psychic who has become a legend no one has been able to debunk.

I sat down with Cortés and Murphy in a roundtable interview to discuss the film, its reception, what it was like to act against Robert De Niro, and more.

Red Lights is now playing in select theaters.

One of the biggest scenes in the film is
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