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Film News Roundup: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Aaron Paul in ‘The Parts You Lose’

Film News Roundup: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Aaron Paul in ‘The Parts You Lose’
In today’s film news roundup, Mary Elizabeth Winstead joins Aaron Paul in “The Parts You Lose,” “Kangaroo — A Love-Hate Story” gets a U.S. release, and Phillip Noyce is honored in his native Australia.

Casting

The H Collective has hired Mary Elizabeth Winstead to join Aaron Paul and newcomer Danny Murphy in Christopher Cantwell’s “The Parts You Lose.”

The dramatic-thriller is fully financed by the H Collective, with Mark Johnson producing under his Gran Via banner with Tom Williams and Paul. Principal photography began Tuesday in Winnipeg, Canada.

The Parts You Lose,” written by Darren Lemke, follows the unlikely friendship that unfolds between a young deaf boy and a fugitive criminal who takes refuge in an abandoned barn on the family’s rural North Dakota farm. After forming a deep bond with the man, the boy must decide where to place his allegiances when the authorities begin to close in on the fugitive. Winstead
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star in Eva Vives’ Feature Directorial Debut

Winstead in “Fargo”: FX Networks

Hot off the heels of her turn as con artist-with-a-heart-of-gold Nikki Swango on FX’s “Fargo,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead has booked her next role — and it’s in a woman-helmed film. Winstead is set to star in Eva Vives’ feature directorial debut, the semi-autobiographical “All About Nina.” The “Smashed” actress will portray the titular character, a professionally successful but personally dissatisfied stand-up comedian. Deadline broke the story.

“To escape a difficult ex and to prepare for a prospectively life-changing audition, Nina flees to Los Angeles where she meets Rafe (Common, ‘Selma’),” the source summarizes, “who challenges almost every preconception she has — including those around her own deeply troubled past.”

“All About Nina’s” supporting cast includes Kate Del Castillo (“Ingobernable”), Clea DuVall (“Veep”), Melonie Diaz (“Fruitvale Station”), Camryn Manheim (“Person of Interest”), Mindy Sterling (“Black-ish”), Angelique Cabral (“Band Aid”), Beau Bridges (“Masters of Sex”), Chace Crawford (“Gossip Girl”), and Jay Mohr (“Suburgatory”).

Deadline doesn’t specify, but it’s likely Vives will pen as well as direct the dark comedy, which originated at the 2016 Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs. Vives will also produce with Diablo Entertainment’s Natalie Qasabian, Eric B. Fleischman, and Sean Tabibian. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Joshua Astrachan are exec producing.

Vives has previously directed the shorts “Me, Myself, & I,” “She Pedals Fast (For a Girl),” and “Join the Club.” She worked as a producer, editor, and casting director on the Sundance and Cannes awarding-winning short “Five Feet High and Rising.”

Winstead was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for playing an alcoholic trying to stay sober in “Smashed.” Her recent credits include “Mercy Street,” “BrainDead,” and “10 Cloverfield Lane.” She received a Saturn Award for her work in the latter.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star in Eva Vives’ Feature Directorial Debut was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Mary Goes Round’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Mary Goes Round’
A prodigal daughter returns in “Mary Goes Round,” discovering that the personal problems she’s been studiously ignoring only grow more inescapable in the presence of the estranged family members who more or less caused them. Molly McGlynn’s somewhat autobiographically inspired debut feature bears a certain resemblance to James Ponsoldt’s 2012 “Smashed,” with a similar young, middle-class alcoholic as heroine. But this film is lighter in tone, successfully blending drama and humor in a way that skirts pat dramedy. This modest but winning effort should do well on the festival circuit, and possibly beyond.

Mary (Aya Cash) is a 29-year-old Toronto resident with a serious partying jones. When after a latest inebriate night we see her among an addicts’ support group, we assume she’s ready to mend her ways. Then we realize she’s the meeting’s (not very good) facilitator. Working as a professional substance-abuse counselor gives Mary additional incentive to deny she’s
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Los Angeles Film Festival Lures the Hometown Crowd

Los Angeles Film Festival Lures the Hometown Crowd
The Los Angeles Film Festival, taking place June 14-22, has always been an adaptive beast, changing over the years as it chases the moving target of exactly what it means to be a film festival in the capital of the film industry. This year, the biggest change is at the top, as Jennifer Cochis takes over for Stephanie Allain as director. Previously creative director and senior programmer at LAFF, Cochis has produced a number of L.A.-centric features (“Smashed,” “Los Wild Ones”). And she looks to continue and expand on much of the work of her predecessor, with the focus on spotlighting emerging directors and promoting a more inclusive view of the filmmaker community.

“I think our identity in terms of being a discovery festival isn’t something I’m going to alter. But I look forward to getting a little bit bigger,” she says.

Los Angeles Plays Itself
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As the Los Angeles Film Festival Struggles for Relevancy, a New Director Has Big Ideas For Change

As the Los Angeles Film Festival Struggles for Relevancy, a New Director Has Big Ideas For Change
The Los Angeles Film Festival starts June 14 with Colin Trevorrow’s “The Book of Henry” as its opening-night film, but in its 23rd year the festival still hasn’t found its proper place on the film calendar.

Produced by Film Independent, Laff has always been something of a feathered fish. Some of this stems from its summer timeframe: It arrives at mid-year, more than two months before new awards contenders reveal themselves at Telluride and long after acquisitions festivals like Toronto and Sundance have done their work (with support from SXSW and Tribeca that follow) .

Laff has tried to make lemons into organic lemonade: Under the direction of recently departed Stephanie Allain, the Laff moved away from the quality international fare favored by former programmer David Ansen to embrace its indie roots and chase world premieres from under-represented demographics.

It’s a worthy-minded strategy, but the result was a lineup
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As the Los Angeles Film Festival Struggles for Relevancy, a New Director Has Big Ideas For Change

As the Los Angeles Film Festival Struggles for Relevancy, a New Director Has Big Ideas For Change
The Los Angeles Film Festival starts June 14 with Colin Trevorrow’s “The Book of Henry” as its opening-night film, but in its 23rd year the festival still hasn’t found its proper place on the film calendar.

Produced by Film Independent, Laff has always been something of a feathered fish. Some of this stems from its summer timeframe: It arrives at mid-year, more than two months before new awards contenders reveal themselves at Telluride and long after acquisitions festivals like Toronto and Sundance have done their work (with support from SXSW and Tribeca that follow) .

Laff has tried to make lemons into organic lemonade: Under the direction of recently departed Stephanie Allain, the Laff moved away from the quality international fare favored by former programmer David Ansen to embrace its indie roots and chase world premieres from under-represented demographics.

It’s a worthy-minded strategy, but the result was a lineup
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The Circle Movie Review

I have to assume the novel that The Circle is based on delivers its story in a way that leaves the film adaptation nearly unrecognizable. That, or I have to believe that author Dave Eggers (Away We Go, Promised Land, A Hologram for the King) has completely lost his way. That may seem like a strange statement if you know that Eggers has co-writing credit on the film, along with director James Ponsoldt, but there’s a wide gulf between writing credit and responsibility for the writing.

I make this odd claim because Eggers’ writing has been sharp in the past, and The Circle is a boring, belabored, and insulting spin on a premise that might easily have been one of the year’s best films.

We don’t really need another run at privacy issues, or tech company domination (though that’s what people are scared of these days,
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‘The Circle’: 5 Reasons Why Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s Movie Bombed

‘The Circle’: 5 Reasons Why Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s Movie Bombed
Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. So why did cautionary tech thriller “The Circle” — adapted by lauded writer-director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now,” “The End of the Tour”) and beloved novelist Dave Eggers from his own 2013 bestseller — earn such negative reviews (43 on Metacritic, 17 on Rotten Tomatoes) and bomb at the box office ($9.3 million in 3,163 theaters)?

The movie went wrong in five significant ways.

1. The movie was foreign financed.

The Circle” was developed by A-list ex-DreamWorks producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald’s Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, which raised financing from Imagenation Abu Dhabi Fz and foreign sales company FilmNation on the power of Tom Hanks, who was the first star on board via his Playtone banner.

In order to raise an $18-million budget, globally bankable star Emma Watson was cast in a central leading role that demanded she be in every scene. Veering in tone from satiric comedy to naturalistic drama,
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

‘The Circle’: 5 Reasons Why Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s Movie Bombed

‘The Circle’: 5 Reasons Why Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s Movie Bombed
Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. So why did cautionary tech thriller “The Circle” — adapted by lauded writer-director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now,” “The End of the Tour”) and beloved novelist Dave Eggers from his own 2013 bestseller — earn such negative reviews (43 on Metacritic, 17 on Rotten Tomatoes) and bomb at the box office ($9.3 million in 3,163 theaters)?

The movie went wrong in five significant ways.

1. The movie was foreign financed.

The Circle” was developed by A-list ex-DreamWorks producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald’s Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, which raised financing from Imagenation Abu Dhabi Fz and foreign sales company FilmNation on the power of Tom Hanks, who was the first star on board via his Playtone banner.

In order to raise an $18-million budget, globally bankable star Emma Watson was cast in a central leading role that demanded she be in every scene. Veering in tone from satiric comedy to naturalistic drama,
See full article at Indiewire »

'The Circle' Review: Torn-From-Headlines Tech Thriller Is Cinematic Dead Link

'The Circle' Review: Torn-From-Headlines Tech Thriller Is Cinematic Dead Link
What we have here is one of those up-to-the-minute attacks on Internet atrocities that stopped being up-to-the-minute the second co-writer Dave Eggers, on whose 2013 novel The Circle is based, finished the script and hit "send." Fact trumps (I use the verb advisedly) fiction everywhere these days, especially with Congress giving Web providers a free hand to sell every little thing they know about us. What this movie needed was the satiric depth-charge of a Stanley Kubrick in his Dr. Strangelove period, a sort of How I Learned to Stop Worrying
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‘The Circle’ and ‘Latin Lover’ Open to Box Office That’s Already Counting Down to Marvel’s ‘Guardians Vol. 2’

‘The Circle’ and ‘Latin Lover’ Open to Box Office That’s Already Counting Down to Marvel’s ‘Guardians Vol. 2’
This weekend is all about the next one. The last weekend of April means next week is the annual May Marvel release — here, it’s Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” And that means rival studios are in duck-and-cover mode, clearing a path that extends a week in advance.

So, expect to see “The Fate of the Furious” (Universal) repeat for a third time at #1, with around $20 million gross. By Sunday, “Fate” will be around $190 million domestic on worldwide gross of $1 billion — a record-low domestic share for a film reaching these heights.

Meanwhile, “Guardians” will open in most of Europe and other territories (but not China, Japan, or Russia) ahead of its domestic May 4 debut. Going abroad first not only emphasizes the increased dominance of the international market in studio strategies, but it also can spike already-strong domestic interest.

We’re glad to have that to look forward
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Emma Watson’s The Circle Ends The Lame Spring Movie Season -- The Weekend Warrior

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

Even Emma Watson and Tom Hanks May Not Be Enough to Make a Mark As April Ends

The last weekend of April, and the “slower” spring movie season is ending this weekend, leading directly into the start of the lucrative summer box office next week. As has been the case in past years, the last couple weekends in April see a couple movies hoping to bring in any amount of money before the first big summer blockbuster, and other movies that will steal away their theaters. Last weekend was pretty sad, but hopefully a few of this weekend’s movies will fare better.

The movie that stands the best chance at finding an audience this weekend is the tech industry thriller The Circle
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15 Films to See in April

This month brings Amazonian exploration, shoot-’em-ups, boundary-pushing documentaries, kaiju battles, and more. Before the summer genuinely kicks off, and with it the Cannes Film Festival, there’s also a handful of films from last year’s outing. Check out our picks for what to see this month and chime in with what you’re most looking forward to.

Matinees to See: Win it All (4/7), Gifted (4/7), Mine (4/7), Their Finest (4/7), The Void (4/7), Aftermath (4/7), Salt and Fire (4/7), The Assignment (4/7), Queen of the Desert (4/7), The Student (4/14), By the Time it Gets Dark (4/14), Little Boxes (4/14), The Fate of the Furious (4/14), The Promise (4/21), Tramps (4/21), One Week and a Day (4/28), Obit (4/26), Buster’s Mal Heart (4/28), and Sleight (4/28)

15. The Circle (James Ponsoldt; April 28)

Synopsis: A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity.
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The Circle Watches All In New Trailer

When the first trailer for The Circle landed late last year, I didn't really get what the big deal was. It looked like a fairly straight forward thriller unfolding in the tech world but not being familiar with either Dave Eggers' novel or having read a long synopsis of the movie, that first trailer revealed very little of the story.

Directed by James Ponsoldt of Smashed, The Spectacular Now and End of Tour fame, the movie stars Emma Watson as an up-and-coming new employee at The Circle, an all encompassing tech company that treats its employees like family.

In the newly minted trailer which delves a bit deeper into the plot, Watson makes friends with fellow co [Continued ...]
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‘The Circle’: James Ponsoldt Explains Why His Dave Eggers Adaptation Isn’t Just Another Film About Dangers of Technology

‘The Circle’: James Ponsoldt Explains Why His Dave Eggers Adaptation Isn’t Just Another Film About Dangers of Technology
There’s one thing filmmaker James Ponsoldt just can’t seem to get away from: obsession. With films like “Smashed,” “The Spectacular Now” and “The End of the Tour” under his belt, Ponsoldt has a knack for humanizing characters with seemingly outsized needs, from addicts to recluses.

It’s that kind of obsession that also drives Ponsoldt’s next film, “The Circle.” Ponsoldt (who has always been a big believer in the power of the cinematic adaptation) has adapted Dave Eggers’ 2013 novel of the same name, which follows May (Emma Watson), a young woman who is hired by a powerful internet company (think Facebook, but bigger) and slowly falls down the rabbit hole of its many dark conspiracies and major secrets.

Read More: ‘The Circle’ Trailer: James Ponsoldt Throws Emma Watson and Tom Hanks Into A Corporate Conspiracy

“It’s rarely a conscious thing, in terms of the stories I’m attracted to,
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James Ponsoldt to team up with Arrival producers for Inconstant Moon adaptation

James Ponsoldt, director of The Spectacular Now, may still be in post-production on his latest cinematic effort, The Circle, but that hasn’t stopped him from committing to his next project.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ponsoldt will be directing a film adaptation of Inconstant Moon, an award-winning science fiction short story from author Larry Niven, for the big screen.

21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, who are responsible for this year’s eight-time Oscar-nominated sci-fi film Arrival, will produce the still-untitled film, along with Ponsoldt, Vince Gerardis and Gillian Bohrer for 1978 Pictures, Created By and Fox 2000, respectively.

Inconstant Moon takes place during Earth’s final night before a natural disaster potentially destroys it and follows a couple who tries to make sense of the madness.

Ponsoldt has stepped behind the camera a number of times now, including on such critically acclaimed movies as Smashed, the aforementioned Spectacular Now and The End of the Tour,
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The Circle Trailer: Emma Watson and Tom Hanks Enter a Tech Dystopia

The Circle Trailer: Emma Watson and Tom Hanks Enter a Tech Dystopia
A young woman goes to work for the biggest tech company in the world that truly believes "sharing is caring" in the first trailer for The Circle. While social media has certainly exploded in popularity within the past decade, this adaptation centers on a company that has a much different social media platform of transparency. This first trailer showcases a tech company that believes everything in the world deserves to be seen and shared by everyone.

Based on the international best-seller by Dave Eggers, The Circle is a thrilling modern morality tale starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega. As she rises through the ranks of the world's largest tech and social media company, The Circle, Mae (Emma Watson) is encouraged by company founder Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks) to live her life with complete transparency. But no one is really safe when everyone is watching.

In the original novel by Dave Eggers,
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‘The Circle’ Trailer: James Ponsoldt Throws Emma Watson and Tom Hanks Into A Corporate Conspiracy

‘The Circle’ Trailer: James Ponsoldt Throws Emma Watson and Tom Hanks Into A Corporate Conspiracy
James Ponsoldt has become one of the most reliable indie directors in the industry following dramas like “Smashed,” “The Spectacular Now” and “The End Of The Tour.” His sensitive touch explores the nature of relationships in ways that are profoundly reliable and authentic, and now he’s set to play on his biggest canvas yet with “The Circle.”

Read More: James Ponsoldt Teaming With Disney For Ambitious First Studio Film ‘Wild City

We’ve been looking forward to this one for quite some time, as production began well over a year ago with Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega, and now the first trailer has been released, courtesy of USA Today. The film is based on Dave Eggers’ 2013 novel of the same name, which centers around a young woman (Watson) who is hired by a powerful internet company and slowly falls down the rabbit hole of its dark conspiracies.
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’Come and Find Me’ Trailer: Aaron Paul and Annabelle Wallis Go ‘Gone Girl’ in Indie Thriller

’Come and Find Me’ Trailer: Aaron Paul and Annabelle Wallis Go ‘Gone Girl’ in Indie Thriller
Though Aaron Paul has been busy working on two TV shows — Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” and Hulu’s “The Path” — this past year, he still finds time to star in star in films this year, including “Triple 9,” “Central Intelligence” and the upcoming indie thriller “Come and Find Me.” The film follows David (Paul) whose idyllic relationship with Claire (Annabelle Wallis) comes to an abrupt end after she disappears without a trace. Incapable of letting her memory go, David follows Claire’s trail down a dangerous path and discovers she was leading a double life. Watch a trailer for the film below.

Read More: Aaron Paul to Produce Thriller ‘Blackmail’ at NBC

The film is written and directed by Zack Whedon, the brother of acclaimed screenwriter and director Joss Whedon. Zack is best known for writing episodes of such acclaimed TV shows as “Deadwood,” “Rubicon” and most recently, “Halt and Catch Fire.
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Aaron Paul Joins Olga Kurylenko in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Android’ (Exclusive)

Aaron Paul Joins Olga Kurylenko in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Android’ (Exclusive)
In a pre-American Film Market deal, Aaron Paul has come on board alongside Olga Kurylenko in the sci-fi thriller “Android.”

Niall Johnson is directing from a script he co-wrote with Matt O’Reilly. The film will be produced by Picture FilmsMargot Hand and Infinite Studios Singapore’s Mike Wiluan and Lindsey Martin.

Android” will begin shooting at Infinite Studios Singapore early next year. Fortitude International, co-founded by Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum, is handling foreign rights and will continue sales at the upcoming American Film Market.

Producers currently hold North American rights.

Android” is set on a lonely spaceship orbiting Neptune as Paul’s character fulfills his dream to rebuild his dead wife, portrayed by Kurylenko, and their son as androids. But when the androids begin demanding a life of their own, his life is suddenly in danger and a battle of wits and strength ensues.

“We
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