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Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
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Abby (DeWitt) is a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Pais) thrives on routine, running a failing dental practice with his assistant and daughter Jenny (Page). Suddenly, Abby develops an aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her unable to do her job, but also severely affects her relationship with her boyfriend (McNairy). As Abby navigates her way through an identity crisis, her brother’s dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his “healing touch.”
Written and directed by Lyn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister), the R-rated Touchy Feely premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, »
With a famous pair of acting parents, we imagine that his on-set apprenticeship qualifies as film school. The multi-talented (jury will be out on his first directing gig) Charlie McDowell (pictured above) shot in March of this year, and then he jumped on a book tour (Dear Girls Above Me) a couple of weeks later. Despite the busy schedule, this quirky comedy featuring trio Elisabeth Moss (will also be seen in Listen Up Philip), Ted Danson and Sundance favorite Mark Duplass should be in the can.
Gist: Written by Justin Lader and McDowell, this is about a couple (Moss and Duplass) trying to solve the problems plaguing their marriage take a romantic weekend getaway, only to discover a new set of problems waiting for them.
Prediction: An outside shot at a Premieres category preem with SXSW keen on claiming another world preem that Sundance might pass on. »
- Eric Lavallee
An integral part of the Sundance festivities ever since she premiered Humpday there in 2009 (she followed that up with a showing of Your Sister’s Sister, last year’s premiere of Touchy Feely and has shored up at the fest as an actress and even voice-over narrator), Seattleite Lynn Shelton didn’t spend much time resting on her laurels, snapped up some A-grade indie actors and started lensing this past June. Laggies sees Shelton reteaming with Cinematographer Benjamin Kasulke and editor Nat Sanders, and the dramedy features the solid ensemble of Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Tiya Sircar, Mark Webber and one of the current “it” indie actresses in Kaitlyn Dever.
Gist: Written by Andrea Seigel, a young woman Megan (Keira Knightley) reacts to her boyfriend’s (Mark Webber) marriage proposal by pretending to go on a business retreat but she actually hangs out with a new 16-year »
- Eric Lavallee
Rounding out a long weekend of eclectic programming, the 2013 edition of the Indie Memphis Film Festival fell to a close with its award ceremony yesterday evening. Among the films screening were a bevy of Sundance and SXSW selections --"Escape From Tomorrow," "Touchy Feely," "Computer Chess," and "Drinking Buddies," "White Reindeer," "Zero Charisma," among them -- two of which walked away with the festival's biggest prizes. Eliza Hittman's exquisitely rendered, sexual un-awakening, "It Felt Like Love," scooped up the Best Narrative Feature, while Destin Daniel Cretton's "Short Term 12" repeated its SXSW Narrative Feature Audience Award victory. Their documentary counterparts were "Brothers Hypnotic" and the relatively unseen, though highly deserving, "A Whole Lott More." The full list of winners can be found below. Festival AwardsNarrative Features Jury Awards","engine":"visual"}" data-block-type="2" id="block-edf50ac2834021f36cd9" class="sqs-block »
- Sarah Salovaara
Steve McQueen’s historic drama 12 Years a Slave is to open the Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 6-17) and is nominated in the Stockholm Xxiv Competition.
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, the drama about free black man kidnapped from his family and sold into slavery in the 1850s debuted at Telluride and has received positive reactions throughout its festival tour of Toronto, New York and London among others.
It will be released in Sweden on Dec 20 by Ab Svensk Filmindustri.
Screenwriter John Ridley, who will be present during the festival, is nominated for the Aluminum Horse in the category Best Script.
McQueen’s Hunger won Best Directorial Debut at Stockholm in 2008.
The 24th Siff includes more than 180 films from more than 50 countries.
As previously announced, the spotlight of this year’s festival is freedom but Chinese artist »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The fourth American Film Festival (Aff) in Wrocław, Poland is to feature 80 films comprising 42 Polish premieres; three European premieres and one world premiere.
The event, which is focused on independent Us cinema, will run from Oct 22-27.
Dutch experimental lutenist Jozef van Wissem will conduct a live performance of the soundtrack for Only Lovers Left Alive, which won the Cannes Soundtrack Award, on Oct 23 - the day after its opening night screening.
A total of 10 documentaries and 16 narrative feature films will compete »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
Dark Touch: an elegantly atmospheric movie that plumbs typically unseen depths of children’s coping mechanisms in the face of of terrible real-life experience [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Touchy Feely: lovely, warmly human dramedy about a massage therapist who loses her touch… and about how we all need to be cared for more than we are [at Amazon Instant Video] Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: oddly dreamy romance among criminals; like if Terrence Malick made Bonnie and Clyde [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Pacific Rim: a war movie in the richest tradition, set in an exciting and unforgettable near-future science fiction universe; we will be talking about this movie for a long time [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to stream
A Fierce Green Fire: a wonderfully necessary »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Allison Janney is one of Hollywood's most in-demand actresses. And for good reason. Her unique mixture of empathy and audacity has resulted in the creation of countless iconic characters (from The West Wing's C.J. Cregg to Loretta of Drop Dead Gorgeous fame) and this year will see her add, at least, seven to that ever-growing list!
Janney has already shone on the big screen in Touchy Feely and The Way Way Back (Trust Me and Bad Words have yet to be released) while small screen work on Veep, Masters of Sex and Mom ensures her fans will have endless conduits through which to enjoy Janney's brilliant brand of comedy. ETonline caught up with the actress at Showtime's Pre-Emmy party to talk about returning to television with Mom, her upcoming Masters of Sex gig and why it was such a coup to resurrect The Jackal!
ETonline: What are the chances we'll get some flashbacks on [link »
• Michael B. Jordan, who broke out this year with his role in the critical favorite Fruitvale Station, is reportedly being eyed for a role in the sequel to 1996′s Independence Day, ID Forever Part 1, which takes place 20 years after the first film. Currently on the schedule for a July 3, 2015 release, the Roland Emmerich-directed sequel will likely find Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman reprising their roles from the original. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
San Sebastian — U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures is making waves in the international distribution market by challenging the existing biz model.
At a panel discussion for independent distribs in Europe at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Laurence Gornall, CEO of The Works in the U.K., explained how Magnolia had wanted to sell pics for distribution in the U.K. but retain the VOD rights.
“One of the things that they said to me is: ‘Well, we are going to look for local distributors who we can hire to do maybe a one or two print release and then we will put the film out ourselves and we will control the rights,” Gornall said.
“The reality of it is that it is very hard to hire a distributor if you are not going to reward them at a level that is going to: first, cover their overhead; second, cover their »
- Leo Barraclough
Ellen Page is in talks to take on the role of British spy Tara Chace in an adaptation of the graphic novel series "Queen & Country." Fans of her "X-Men" character Kitty Pryde have been clamoring for the petite star to get her own major action flick, and goodness knows the comic book genre could use more high-profile ladies kicking butt -- is it possible Tara Chace is the big-screen heroine we've been waiting for?
According to "Variety," the idea to give Page her own franchise has been cooking at Fox for a while, and "[t]his property gives Page that and could do for Page what the Jason Bourne franchise did to lift Matt Damon's profile." That's an interesting comparison, given Damon's career trajectory: Like Page, he has the dramatic chops for work like "Behind the Candelabra" and "We Bought a Zoo," and the action abilities for big films like "Elysium" and "The Bourne Ultimatum. »
- Jenni Miller
Ellen Page has entered negotiations for Queen & Country.
Page will take on the role of MI6 operative Tara Chace whose cover is compromised after she carries out an assassination.
She will reprise another comic book role next year as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
20th Century Fox is heading the Queen & Country adaptation. »
• With a title like The Prince, die-hard Bruce Willis fans might worry that he’s decided to go from blue collar to blue blood. Thankfully, it’s a little misleading. Armenian director Sarik Andreasyan (American Heist) will tell the story of a retired Las Vegas mobster who must return to the city when he discovers that his teenage daughter is missing. Willis will play the man who has been cautiously awaiting the return of the mob enforcer. Filming will begin in New Orleans in October. Willis’s next scheduled release is Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which hits theaters Aug. »
- Lindsey Bahr
The story is based on Greg Rucka's independent comic book series that follows a British Sos agent named Tara Chace, whose identity is compromised after carrying out an assassination.
Ryan Condal (Hercules) wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, which was previously worked on by John Rogers and Greg Rucka. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing for 20th Century Fox, although the project doesn't have a director attached at this time.
The “Juno” thesp is in negotiations to star in the spy action pic “Queen & Country” for Fox.
Based on the comic book by Greg Rucka, the story follows Tara Chace, a British Intelligence agent who tries to stop an international terrorist plot after her identity is compromised and as her personal demons spiral out of control.
Sources tell Variety that Fox had long wanted give Page a franchise after working with the young actress in various Fox and Fox Searchlight projects. This property gives Page that and could do for Page what the Jason Bourne franchise did to lift Matt Damon’s profile. »
- Justin Kroll
Photo by Alicia Palaniuk Tomo Nakayama is used to performing, but the Grand Hallway lead singer usually does it with a guitar in his hand and a microphone at his mouth. Acting in a movie — and a movie by one of the most exciting emerging directors around — is a far different thing, altogether. The Japanese-Vietnamese-American talked with us recently to tell about falling in love with Ellen Page in Lynn Shelton’s new film Touchy Feely. »
Ellen Page is no amateur.
Not only has she starred in some of the most beloved and successful modern indies, including cult favorite Hard Candy and her star-making role in Juno, she’s also held her own in big-budget endeavors too, stealing scenes from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception. But on her first day on set for director Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, Page suddenly found herself paralyzed with fear and doubt.
Shelton, whose previous features include Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister, is known for crafting hyper personal narratives that rely heavily on improvisation from her actors. »
- Lindsey Bahr
In Lynn Shelton's Touchy Feely, Rosemarie DeWitt and Josh Pais play a sister and brother who kind of swap their mojo: She gets repulsed by skin (which as a masseuse, is a problem) just as he, a dentist, gets a magic touch and can seemingly cure temporomandibular joint disorder (Tmj). Caught in the middle of this is Ellen Page, as Pais's daughter and DeWitt's niece, who finds herself attracted to her aunt's now-ignored boyfriend. Page, who is looking to direct a film of her own starring Anna Faris, chatted with Vulture about improv, learning from her directors, and returning as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past.Lynn Shelton said that during the shoot, she was running around and giving you guys shoulder rubs.[Laughs.] I'm not really a massage person. But I feel like, that's Lynn, you know? Lynn is just like pure heart and could honestly not »
- Jennifer Vineyard
“Touchy Feely” is the kind of film that makes you wish they had perfected choose-your-own-adventure technology for movies, one that would allow you to ditch the central character and follow any number of the story’s more interesting second bananas. With her new film, Seattle-based writer-director Lynn Shelton (“Your Sister’s Sister,” “Humpday”) returns with another look at rainy-day people searching for love and stability. This time, though, she — like her massage-therapist protagonist — seems to have lost her touch for humanity. Rosemarie DeWitt stars as Abby, who’s great with her clients but more withholding when it comes to her relationship with. »
- Alonso Duralde
When Scoot McNairy isn't working, he's off the grid. The 35-year-old actor, who can soon be seen opposite Rosemarie DeWitt in Lynn Shelton's "Touchy Feely" (opening in select theaters this Friday), keeps a home with his wife, actress Whitney Able, in a rural town of about 15 people in his home state of Texas. Wait...15 people? "Yep," the actor says when calling in from London, where he's shooting "Black Sea," a submarine thriller with Jude Law, directed by Kevin Macdonald. "We live off a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. Our phones don't even work." McNairy doesn't divulge exactly where this town is, or what it's called, but he does say he owns a good bit of land off that dirt road, land that isn't just home to him and Able, his co-star from 2010's "Monsters," but "a bunch of cows," and whatever construction project the tried-and-true Southern boy might have in the works. »
- R. Kurt Osenlund
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