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"You ever spend the night with a stranger?" HBO has unveiled a trailer for a short film they're debuting this October. Tokyo Project is a 30-minute short from director Richard Shepard (Dom Hemingway, The Hunting Party, The Matador), produced by Lena Dunham. Ebon Moss-Bachrach stars as Sebastian, a man on a business trip to Tokyo. He keeps running into a mysterious woman named Claire, as played by Elisabeth Moss. They eventually hook up, but also end up dealing with their own sordid pasts. Co-starring Shu Kakizawa. This obviously reminds me of Lost in Translation, but hopefully it's a bit different. I am always up for anything with Elisabeth Moss, because she is so talented, and this looks like it could be good. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Richard Shepard's short film Tokyo Project, from YouTube: On a business trip to Tokyo, Japan, Sebastian explores the city with »
- Alex Billington
Shepard directed 12 episodes of HBO’s “Girls,” including the “One Man’s Trash,” “American Bitch,” and “Panic in Central Park.” He also directed the pilots for “Criminal Minds” and “Ugly Betty,” winning both an Emmy and Directors Guild award for the latter, and sold his short “Tokyo Project,” starring Elisabeth Moss, to HBO.
Miramax was sold by its private equity owners in 2015 to beIN Media Group, which »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Hot on the heels of its Toronto domestic rights sale of I, Tonya to 30West and Neon, Miramax Films has acquired The Perfection, which will be the next film directed by The Matador and Dom Hemingway helmer Richard Shepard. Shepard wrote the script with Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder. Pic is a horror-thriller about two cello prodigies and a sinister obsession that drives the dark pursuit of perfection. Miramax Films will finance, and CEO Bill Block will produce… »
Lena Dunham’s “Girls” didn’t go quietly into the night in its six and final season. Dunham and producing partner Jenni Konner continued to push the creative boundaries of the half-hour “comedy” format. One of their most impressive endeavors was “American Bitch” which was written by Dunham and directed by series veteran Richard Shepard (“The Matador,” “Dom Hemingway”).
The season’s third episode finds Hannah (Dunham) agreeing to meet a noted author Chuck Palmer (a fantastic Matthew Rhys) after she’s published a story with allegations that he coerced college students into having sex with him.
- Gregory Ellwood
An unexpected pleasure at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Tokyo Project is a romantic drama with a psychological twist starring Elisabeth Moss and Ebon Moss-Bacharach and directed by Richard Shepard, whose career traverses dark comedies like The Matador and Dom Hemingway as well as some of the most memorable episodes of TV’s Girls. But what’s unexpected about this story of two American wanderers who hook up in Tokyo while both seemingly escaping their normal lives is, simply, its existence. The half-hour work is beautifully acted and shot (by Giles Nuttgens), coursing with a kind of romantic cinephilia, and, unlike other […] »
- Scott Macaulay
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