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Twelve years ago, Jessica Elbaum was Will Ferrell’s assistant, a post she admits is already “the best job ever.” Her first day on the job was on the set of reshoots for the first “Anchorman” film. Nine years later, on the set of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” of which she was an executive producer, she approached the Gary Sanchez team with the idea of a female-centric counterpart, Gloria Sanchez Prods.
“From the start, they liked the idea,” Elbaum recalls. “They said, ‘let’s do it.’ Never once did they doubt it.”
“Jess is an awesome producer and we thought it was a great idea,” concurs Ferrell. But more than that, says Gary Sanchez topper Adam McKay: “It’s selfishly good business. Women have been taking over comedy for the past 10 years. Jessica was establishing all these great relationships with female directors and writers, it just made sense. »
- Jenelle Riley
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana lead a band of brothers on the high sea in this action thriller based on the true story of a 1952 U.S. Coast Guard rescue. Check it out on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and On-Demand on May 24. There's a ton of great bonus footage including the new documentary "Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story"; "Brotherhood," with the cast members reflecting on the bonds they forged during the shoot; "Two Crews," with Chris Pine and Casey Affleck sharing insights into Bernie Webber and Ray Sybert; behind-the-scenes interviews with real U.S. Coast Guard members; and new deleted scenes.
- Gina Carbone
With its diverse landscapes and tax shelter, Belgium has long been known as a hotspot for European and international shoots, but the country has mostly been making headlines in the last few months for its nest of Isis-trained jihadis who are behind the Paris and Brussels attacks.
As it labors under the grip of not only terrorism but also counter-terrorist reaction, the current situation of Belgium is already inspiring TV and film coverage. “Waltz With Bashir” director Ari Folman is preparing a TV series set in Brussels immediately after the four-day lockdown that authorities launched in November during a manhunt for the perpetrators of the Paris attacks. Spanish-Belgian director José Luis de la Fuente, meanwhile, is making a documentary about Molenbeek, the Brussels neighborhood that harbored the terrorist cell behind the Paris and Brussels assaults that killed 130 people and 32 people, respectively.
In recent years, Belgium has been welcoming a wide »
- Elsa Keslassy
The team behind acclaimed films like "It Follows" and "Citizenfour" is no longer in business with Harvey Weinstein, but he still controls their company. As Tom Quinn and Jason Janego prepare to announce the name of their new distribution partnership with Alamo's Tim League — which they launched with Michael Moore's first film in six years, "Where To Invade Next?," in theaters around the country — The Weinstein Co. is reconfiguring the company they left behind, three-year old multi-platform distributor RADiUS. After Quinn and Janego left Magnolia Pictures in fall 2011 to launch autonomous boutique distributor RADiUS at TWC, they had a great run, from their first film "Bachelorette" (which scored over $8 million on VOD) and horror breakout "It Follows" (which went wide to $14 million domestic) to their last release, "Goodnight Mommy" (the Austrian Oscar submission). Notably, they nabbed three »
- Anne Thompson
Sleeping with Other People, 2015.
Written and Directed by Leslye Headland.
A good-natured womaniser and a serial cheater form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in.
Another week, another rom-com, at least that’s how it always seems to be throughout the many weeks of a cinematic year. But whilst the Nicholas Spark train keeps chugging along, it’s about time we had a romantic comedy that wasn’t all fairytale and schmaltz. Sleeping with Other People, produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (Anchorman), is such a film to shake up the genre with its look at relationships and love in 2015/6, and if the age-old question of whether men all women can just be friends is still as ripe »
- Scott J. Davis
Director: Leslye Headland
Every once a while during the film festival circuit you will get that runaway romantic comedy smash that gets all the stuffy old reviewers by the heart. In 2015 it was Leslye Headland’s Sleeping With Other People that captured the heart of Sundance, and now you can experience some hype for yourself.
Sleeping With Other People tells the story of Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis), an accidental meeting that happens when Lainey tries to lose her virginity with her T.A. named Matthew (Adam Scott) just down the hall from Jake. Instead Lainey and Jake drown their sorrows together, thus losing their virginities to each other instead. From there we see that the pair have grown up, and have become as bad as each other with their love lives, with Lainey still »
- Lucy Cave
New Indie: The Manhattan romantic comedy has become such a cliché that it’s even spawned its own spoof film, the erratic They Came Together. But just when you thought there was no new way to show New Yorkers falling in love, along comes the intelligently outrageous Sleeping With Other People (Paramount Home Entertainment), where two people who hooked up disastrously in college meet up again years later – at a sex-addiction 12-step meeting. That synopsis might sound a little grim, but in the hands of writer-director Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) and with the engaging, charismatic lead performances of Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, the results are both credible and hilarious. (And the scene where Sudeikis explains to Brie the mechanics of female self-pleasure...
- Alonso Duralde
Writer and director Leslye Headland has quickly established herself as a unique comedy voice. She made her directorial debut with 2012's "Bachelorette," and last year she returned with "Sleeping With Other People," a rom-com with its own unique flavor. And if you missed it in cinemas, today we've got copies of the movie on DVD for some lucky readers. Read More: Review: Refreshingly Funny & Romantic 'Sleeping With Other People' Starring Alison Brie, Jason Sudekis, Natasha Lyonne, Adam Scott, and Amanda Peet, the movie follows two people who can't keep a partner, who wind up falling for each other. Here's the full synopsis: Can two serial cheaters get a second chance at love? After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance twelve years later and discover they each have the same problem: because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship. »
- Edward Davis
★☆☆☆☆ American playwright turned writer-director Leslye Headland received a fair amount of critical praise for her debut feature Bachelorette (2012), which saw a trio of women asked to be bridesmaids to a former victim of their school bullying. Her sophomore effort, Sleeping with Other People (2015), is an unfortunately hideous affair. Toplined by two skilled comedic actors who both deserve more than the trite script awards them, the crudity builds throughout, resulting in a film that's deeply unpleasant. Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) lose their virginity to one another when the latter breaks into Columbia University and strikes up an unexpected bond with Jake.
- CineVue UK
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