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Haaaaaave you ever wondered how How I Met Your Dad might have turned out had it snagged a series order? Well, now you don’t have to!
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The “kindred spirit” to How I Met Your Mother was shelved by CBS after being developed in 2014, but the script has made its way online. The pilot, which starred indie film darling Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) and was narrated by rom-com vet Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally), is not an exact replica of the Mothership’s own pilot episode, »
NBC’s Game of Silence will stay quiet for a while longer.
Initially slated to premiere April 7, the rookie drama will now debut on Tuesday, April 12, at 10/9c, with a sneak preview episode airing after The Voice. It will then make its time-slot premiere on Thursday, April 14, at 10/9c.
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Adapted from the Turkish series Suskunlar, Game of Silence stars David Lyons (Revolution) as a rising star attorney whose perfect life is at risk of being upended when two childhood pals, Gil and Shawn (played by Once Upon »
Two FriendsThough known primarily as an actor, Louis Garrel has been conducting appreciable efforts behind the camera as well. After directing three short films, including a César-nominated Petit tailleur, and most recently La règle de trois, Louis Garrel expands upon his fascination of threes with his first feature length film, Two Friends (Les deux amis), in which he also stars. Based loosely on the French play The Moods of Marianne, Garrel's film finds professional movie extra Vincent (Vincent Macaigne) in frenzied love with Mona (Goldshifteh Farahani), who cannot and will not give in to his romantic advances due in part to her restrictive situation, which she keeps secret. She works behind a pastry counter by day, but every evening must return to prison for curfew, not unlike an incarcerated Cinderella. Vincent enlists his best friend, the caddish Abel (Louis Garrel), to help win her over or at least understand her cooling passion. »
- Elissa Suh
Two acclaimed indie filmmakers have just setup their next projects.
First up, "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway will co-write and direct Amazon Studios' original coming-of-age feature "Ten Aker Wood". Sarah Gubbins will co-write the film with Soloway, and Andrea Sperling and Robin Ruzan will produce.
The partly autobiographical story centers on a woman in a failing marriage who leaves Los Angeles to live on a pot farm in Northern California. There she falls in love with a biker and embraces an outlaw lifestyle.
Meanwhile "Frances Ha" director Noah Baumbach has reportedly secured Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman for his latest film "Yen Din Ka Kissa" which has already begun filming.
The story follows an estranged New York family coming together in preparation of artist & patriarch Harold's career retrospective. Thompson will reportedly play a "dreadful, passive-aggressive alcoholic" in the film.
No word on release dates yet for either film. »
- Garth Franklin
It looks like Noah Baumbach is back to his secretive ways. The director shot "Frances Ha" and "Mistress America" off the grid, at least as far as Hollywood goes, eschewing formal announcements in the Hollywood trades. And though "While We're Young" followed a more traditional path into production, it looks like Baumbach is back to working on the down-low, as much one can in New York City. Read More: Retrospective: The Films Of Noah Baumbach The director has started production on his next feature film, which is using the title "Yen Din Ka Kissa" in production notices on the streets of NYC. The Film Stage reveals that Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson are in the movie that tells the story of an estranged New York family coming together in preparation of artist and patriarch Harold’s career retrospective. Speaking with USA Today (who refer to the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Indie stalwart seeks investment or buyer amid challenging climate.
UK distribution firm Metrodome Group is seeking new owners or significant strategic investment, the company has confirmed to Screen.
The indie stalwart, which comprises Metrodome Distribution, Hollywood Classics and Metrodome International, has been in talks with potential investors who are understood to include UK and international media companies.
“We are looking at all options,” Metrodome Group CEO Mark Webster told Screen. “We are looking at a sale or strategic investment. There are a number of conversations going on.”
“The distribution business model is changing. We need more vertical integration and scale and a partner or two on the production side. Owning IP and partnerships are increasingly important.”
Current major shareholders include Atp board member Webster, city broker Charles Peel and Dutch holding and investment company Metrodome Bv.
In business since 1995, the company’s distribution arm has handled hit English-language titles including Donnie Darko and Monster as well »
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To find one of the biggest impact players on the American indie scene, you have to go to Sao Paulo.
Rodrigo Teixeira’s Brazil-based Rt Features has produced Sundance hits “Indignation” by director James Schamus and “Little Men” by Ira Sachs, and heading to Berlin, it’s also behind James Gray’s sci-fier “To the Stars,” and has inked a joint production venture with Martin Scorsese.
Teixeira’s track record is extraordinary for any producer, no matter the nationality: Rt has developed work with Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha,” “Mistress America”), Kelly Reichardt (“Night Moves”), Sachs (“Love Is Strange”), Robert Eggers (2015 Sundance award-winner “The Witch”) and Gaspar Noe (Cannes competition player “Love”). The company is also firing up movies from a new generation of Brazilian directors.
Teixeira says co-production deals have infused money into the market, and afforded independent filmmakers the freedom to create their own stories.
But, he adds, while »
- John Hopewell
Grief is a terrible animal, red of claw and tooth, and once it gets hold of you, there is no way of knowing what it will do to you. Over the last year, I've watched a dear friend of mine struggle with back to back losses of two of the most important people in her life, and at times, I've genuinely worried that it would be too much for her to take. This is a strong, vibrant person, and grief landed on her in a way that very nearly crushed all of that joy and vitality right out of her. I've had my own bouts with profound sorrow over the last year as a result of the end of my marriage, and while I feel like I've reached the other side of all of that, I remain shaken by just how damaged I was by things. For the first time in my adult life, »
- Drew McWeeny
It was inevitable that Hollywood would remake Jacques Audiard’s stylish gangster classic A Prophet, but at least there’s considerable talent gathering behind the scenes. It’s been reported that famed crime novelist and The Drop scribe Dennis Lehane will pen the script, while Sam Raimi has eyed the director’s chair. Raimi’s late filmography has been spotty, but his last foray into crime, A Simple Plan, fit like a glove. Audiard’s original film follows a man in prison who’s taken under the tutelage of a crime boss. [Deadline]
After co-writing credits on Noah Baumbach efforts Frances Ha and Mistress America, Greta Gerwig is finally stepping behind the camera herself. Gerwig will direct fellow “it girl” and Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird. The film will follow a high school senior spending her last year at home in Sacramento. [Deadline]
Darius Marder isn’t a well-known name, »
- Michael Snydel
Two-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, who has fast become one of the frontrunners going into next month’s Academy Awards following her heart-wrenching turn in Brooklyn, has joined the cast of Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird.
Working from her own script, Gerwig’s first trip behind the lens will have the Irish actress play the part of a high-school senior living in Sacramento. Beyond that, though, details of the plot are being kept under lock and key.
Deadline broke the news and reveals that Iac Films is lending financial support to the feature film, which will be produced by Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill. That’ll pave the way for something of a reunion for Rudin and Ronan, given that the pair will collaborate later this year when the latter makes her Broadway debut for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Gerwig, on the other hand, »
- Michael Briers
Greta Gerwig's been floating around independent films for some time now, although she made some serious waves when she co-wrote and starred in 2012's Frances Ha. Last year she re-teamed with director Noah Baumbach to bring us Mistress America, although it looks as though as the bird is fina'lly leaving the nest, so to speak. Gerwig will make her directorial debut with Lady Bird, of which she's also... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Ronan is playing a high-school senior in the film set in Sacramento. Gerwig will direct from her own script. Iac Films is financing “Lady Bird” with Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill producing.
The 21-year-old Ronan just receiving an Academy Award best actress nomination. She also nabbed Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nods for “Brooklyn,” in which she portrays a young Irish woman who emigrates to New York City in the early 1950s. She also received an Oscar nom for best supporting actress for the 2007 drama “Atonement.”
Ronan’s other credits include “I Could Never Be Your Woman,” “City of Ember,” “The Way Back,” “The Host,” “How I Live Now” and Wes Anderson’s comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Ronan will make her Broadway debut this spring in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” which Rudin is also producing. »
- Dave McNary
From starring roles in films such as The Man Who Fell to Earth and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence to smaller parts in the likes of The Last Temptation of Christ and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, David Bowie made as much a mark on the world of film as it did on music and fashion. But it wasn’t just his acting that left an impression on movie-going audiences; numerous films have made use of his music to powerful effect. In honor of his recent passing, here are a few of our favorite appearances of David Bowie songs in the movies. We’ll miss you, starman.
I’m not much of a fan of Quentin Tarantino or his movies, but I still love this scene from 2009’s World War II fantasy Inglourious Basterds. Not only does “Cat People,” which Bowie originally penned »
- Nathan Smith
Monday, January 18th, has unfortunately been bestowed the most depressing day of the year, now referred to as “Blue Monday.” It’s true that January isn’t usually the happiest time—Christmas has passed, it’s cold and gross outside, and the fun, care-free moments of the holidays are over. In case you're succumbing to those winter blues, however, we have the perfect pick-me-up.
On Blue Monday, you can redeem only 500 Scene points to see any film currently in theatres! That's already one step to making our day better. The next is to check out the below 10 moments in film, where a smile is guaranteed, and if you're lucky, maybe even a laugh or two. You also may find yourself jumping into a song and dance. Take that, Blue Monday!
Here are 10 of our favourite uplifting moments in film, spoilers and all:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986); Directed by John Hughes »
- Adriana Floridia
New Indie: The actress and director behind one of my favorite movies of the decade, Frances Ha, reteamed for Mistress America (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), another comedy about a woman old enough to know better but still hanging on to the flibbertigibbetiness of her early 20s. Hey, if Seth Rogen can make a career out of aging slackers who find it challenging to put down the bong and pick up a diaper bag, why shouldn’t Greta Gerwig be able to make the most of out of the female equivalent? Gerwig co-wrote this charming tale with director Noah Baumbach, and it’s a smart and breezy look at two fascinating characters: the slightly madcap Brooke (Gerwig), who’s always got big plans, and college student Tracy (Lola Kirke), who’s not above exploiting...
- Alonso Duralde
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