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(From L to R) Blythe Danner as “Ronnie” and John Lithgow as “Ed” in director Noble Jones’ The Tomorrow Man a Bleecker Street release. Credit: Courtesy of Bleecker Street

In The Tomorrow Man, John Lithgow plays Ed, a retiree doomsday prepper who lives alone and spends his days stocking up for the coming end of civilization and posting online to his like-minded followers, when he’s not on the phone arguing with his son, who does not get the whole prepper thing. One day at the grocery store, Ed spots a pretty older woman (Blythe Danner) buying the same kind of things he buys – batteries, canned tuna – and when she pays with cash, he thinks he has found a kindred spirit. Instantly smitten, he contrives a way to meet her.

The presence of Blythe Danner might bring to mind other late-life romantic films she’s recently starred in, but if
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Where Have All the Specialized Films Gone?

Where Have All the Specialized Films Gone?
News coming out of Cannes 2019 was upbeat for multiple acclaimed specialized titles. They are still months away from domestic view, per usual. What is different this year is the lack of summer releases to supply the theaters needed to sustain these later films. A year ago, within a week or so of this early June weekend, three notable narrative titles with strong reviews, “American Animals,” “First Reformed,” and “Hearts Beat Loud,” all played to decent business at core theaters. And then “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” burst into the mix, continuing the current wave of powerful documentary performers.

Whatever the varying quality, no limited opener this weekend is likely to amass a total gross of $250,000. That’s partly because they face serious competition from both “Booksmart” (United Artists) and “Rocketman” (Paramount), which debuted on thousands of screens after launching with splashy major festival attention. Both competed for the same pool of viewers.
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Openers Mostly Dormant While ‘Echo In the Canyon’ Croons To 2nd Weekend Expansion: Specialty Box Office

Openers Mostly Dormant While ‘Echo In the Canyon’ Croons To 2nd Weekend Expansion: Specialty Box Office
Specialties were mostly sidelined this weekend, as audiences turned to studio offerings. Some limited release holdovers, however, grabbed some attention from moviegoers looking for alternatives, including Greenwich Entertainment’s second weekend holdover, Echo In The Canyon, which took the best per theater average among the specialties in the three-day with added runs. The doc grossed an estimated $105,678 in 14 locations, averaging $7,548 bringing it cume to over $260K.

Greenwich reported “multiple sold-out shows” for the title’s second frame. The company said it added, “10 mostly mainstream locations” in the Los Angeles metro area with “stronger results in the dedicated arthouses.” Echo In the Canyon also expanded to the Angelika and Landmark 57 West in New York, buoyed by select Q&As and live performances featuring music from the documentary performed by executive producer/musician Jakob Dylan and accompanying band.

Greenwich will add over two dozen runs for the film next weekend with locations in San Francisco,
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Patrick Melrose: Season Two Talks Underway for Sky Atlantic and Showtime Series

Is Patrick Melrose pulling a Big Little Lies? Deadline reports there are talks to bring the Showtime and Sky Atlantic TV show back for a second season.

Based on the novels by Edward St Aubyn, the drama series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a wealthy, damaged man and follows him from his dreadful childhood, through his adult struggles with substance abuse, and later quest for recovery. The cast also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Anna Madeley, Pip Torrens, Jessica Raine, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma, and Celia Imrie.

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‘Patrick Melrose’ Season 2 in ‘the Exploratory Phase’ at Showtime

‘Patrick Melrose’ Season 2 in ‘the Exploratory Phase’ at Showtime
Showtime’s limited series “Patrick Melrose” may not be so limited anymore. The network is in early discussions to bring the Benedict Cumberbatch-led series back for a second season.

“It is very early in the exploratory phase, but Showtime would love the opportunity to work with Benedict, Edward, David, Teddy and the series’ producers again,” a Showtime spokesperson told TheWrap.

Based on the Patrick Melrose series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn, “Patrick Melrose” is an acerbic and fearless look at the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood to his remarkable survival as an adult, per Showtime’s description.

Each episode was devoted to one of St. Aubyn’s five novels, so a second season would not be based on any prior source material.

Cumberbatch, who also executive produces the miniseries, plays
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‘Patrick Melrose’: Creative Team In Talks To Bring Back Limited Series For Second Season

‘Patrick Melrose’: Creative Team In Talks To Bring Back Limited Series For Second Season
Exclusive: The creative team behind Patrick Melrose, the BAFTA-winning Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted drama, are in active discussions about bringing the limited series back for more episodes.

Patrick Melrose was originally set up as a five-episode order with each episode of the show based on one of Edward St Aubyn’s novels. Although all of the novels were used for the David Nicholls-penned adaptation, Deadline understands that Cumberbatch and the producers are looking at ways to carry on the story.

The series, which was directed by Edward Berger and produced by Michael Jackson’s Two Cities Television, Little Island Productions and Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch, aired on Showtime in the U.S. and Sky Atlantic in the UK in May 2018. Rachael Horovitz and Michael Jackson are lead exec producers alongside Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and Helen Flint.

Horovitz and Jackson said, “Our collective passion for Teddy’s novels and the joyful experience
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Eiff announces full programme by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-05-29 12:22:32

The Dead Don't Die Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle will be among the stars attending this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, it was announced today, taking part in an in person event and bringing his latest film Yesterday to the festival.

The film, which will screen alongside Joanna Hogg's lauded festival hit The Souvenir and a host of new directors in the Best of British strand at the festival, is a musical comedy, scripted by Richard Curtis, about a singer-songwriter who has an accident during a mysterious global blackout and wakes to a world where The Beatles never existed. Among the film's getting a world premiere in this section are Bittersweet Symphony, which stars Suki Waterhouse as a woman whose Hollywood dreams are about to become a reality, Emily Harris' supermatural love story Carmilla and Rowan Athale's noir thrillerStrange But True, that boasts a cast including Blythe Danner,
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‘Echo In the Canyon’ Gets Warm Hometown Welcome as Lone Specialty Box Office Standout

‘Echo In the Canyon’ Gets Warm Hometown Welcome as Lone Specialty Box Office Standout
Once again, with a huge opening in Los Angeles for music documentary “Echo in the Canyon” (Greenwich), the genre is playing a vital role in keeping arthouses healthy. With “The Biggest Little Farm” (Neon) leading the way among holdovers as it adds theaters, documentaries’ central role in the specialty market stands out in stark contrast to what should have been a strong narrative opener, smart-girl comedy “Booksmart” (United Artists).

Until recently, that well-reviewed SXSW breakout would have been likely to build buzz in limited and play at specialized theaters, but instead opened wide this weekend. Though many core theaters are able to play it, competing theaters lessen their grosses, and in many cases they find themselves replaced by major chain competitors.

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Echo in the Canyon (Greenwich) – Metacritic: 78; Festivals include: Los Angeles 2018

$103,716 in 2 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $51,858

Boomer appeal, top theater placement in Los Angeles, and special appearances
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‘Echo In The Canyon’ Rocks 2nd Best Average of 2019; ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Harvests 7-figure Cume: Specialty Box Office

‘Echo In The Canyon’ Rocks 2nd Best Average of 2019; ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Harvests 7-figure Cume: Specialty Box Office
Andrew Slater’s music documentary Echo In The Canyon opened with a bang in two Los Angeles theaters over the Memorial holiday weekend, crooning out the second-highest opening weekend per theater average of 2019, solidifying further non-fiction as the star genre among the specialties so far this year.

The Greenwich Entertainment release grossed a three-day estimate of $103,716 from its showings at the ArcLight Hollywood and The Landmark in West L.A., giving the title a $51,858 PTA. The year’s top debut average remains with Avengers: Endgame at $76,601 in over forty-six hundred theaters. It is also the best PTA for a doc this year.

Echo In The Canyon debuted at last year’s final Los Angeles Film Festival where Greenwich first viewed the feature. The film celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of La’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-’60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys,
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Movie Review – The Tomorrow Man (2019)

The Tomorrow Man, 2019.

Written and Directed by Noble Jones.

Starring John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton, Sophie Thatcher, Eve Harlow, and Wendy Makkena.

Synopsis:

Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small. These two people will try to find love.

They really do make movies for everyone. The Tomorrow Man could be accurately described as a romantic dramedy aimed squarely at fearful conservatives that spend their time perpetuating ridiculous conspiracy theories, creepily persisting to get to know women they fancy, and easily get baited into ranting about their asinine political beliefs over Thanksgiving dinner with the family. Not since Fifty Shades of Grey have I ever wanted to jump into the screen and steer a vulnerable and fragile woman away from such abnormal behavior.

Fortunately for first-time writer and director Noble Jones,
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John Lithgow, Blythe Danner’s ‘The Tomorrow Man’, ‘Halston’ Doc Target Memorial Day Weekend Screens – Specialty Box Office Preview

The Memorial Day holiday is a fairly busy one this year for Specialty films. Headlining the weekend’s new limited release titles is writer-director Noble Jones’ Sundance debut The Tomorrow Man, starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner via Bleecker Street. The title began its roll out on Wednesday. Following up his successful documentary Dior And I, director Frédéric Tcheng is out this Friday with Halston, about the famous American designer. 1091, known as The Orchard when it released Dior and I, is taking Halston to theaters Friday. Oscilloscope’s 2018 Tribeca fest doc, Jill Magid’s The Proposal about architect Luis Barragán, has an exclusive New York run before heading to L.A. next weekend, while Greenwich Entertainment will play L.A. exclusively with doc Echo In the Canyon before heading East in its second frame. Blue Fox Entertainment, meanwhile is opening Slamdance 2018 tragic comedy Funny Story day and date Friday.

Other
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‘The Tomorrow Man’ Film Review: Blythe Danner and John Lithgow Overcome Boundaries to Find Love

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‘The Tomorrow Man’ Film Review: Blythe Danner and John Lithgow Overcome Boundaries to Find Love
The Tomorrow Man” sounds like a 1970s sci-fi film about a guy who predicts the future, but Noble Jones’ feature debut is kind of exactly the opposite, the story a guy whose fixation on the future keeps him from fully experiencing the present.

It’s a mostly thoughtful character study that falters only by failing to scrutinize fully the central character’s toxic, paranoid worldview. Nevertheless, the film makes some astute observations about the coping mechanisms we use to protect ourselves from the world, with Jones eliciting solid performances from John Lithgow and Blythe Danner as two troubled senior citizens embarking on a tenuous courtship.

Lithgow plays Ed, a lonely forced retiree who fills his days preparing for a sociopolitical apocalypse both physically (filling a hidden panic room with canned goods and gasoline) and philosophically, presiding over dark-web chatrooms with ominous declarations. Desperate for real-world interaction after exhausting even his son Brian with endless,
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Eiff spotlight on Scots by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-05-20 10:33:25

Scheme Birds Edinburgh International Film Festival is putting Scottish films in the spotlight again this year, with stars including Shauna Macdonald, Jack Lowden, Angus Macfadyen, Peter Mullan and director Mark Cousins joining the line-up.

Among the films announced today is Dundee-shot Schemers, by writer/director David McLean. An autobiographical look at the director’s early years in the music business. Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin's Motherwell-set documentary Scheme Birds - which won the Albert Maysles Award and Best Documentary accolade at Tribeca Film Festival last month - will also screen.

Macfadyen reprises the role of Robert the Bruce, from Braveheart, in a retelling of the story, while Brian Cox stars alongside Blythe Danner in thriller Strange But True.

Scottish-born producer Sophia Shek brings comedy drama Go Back To China to this year’s Festival. Directed by Emily Ting, the film tells the story of Sasha Li, a spoiled rich kid whose father.
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The Tomorrow Man Movie Review

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The Tomorrow Man Bleecker Street Reviewed for Shockya.com & BigAppleReviews.net linked from Rotten Tomatoes by: Harvey Karten Director: Noble Jones Screenwriter: Noble Jones Cast: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton, Sophie Thatcher, Eve Harlow Screened at: Digital Arts, NYC, 4/8/19 Opens: May 22, 2019 Although two first-rate actors receive the focus of Noble […]

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John Lithgow To Star In HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series From Team Downey

John Lithgow To Star In HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series From Team Downey
John Lithgow is set for a lead role opposite Matthew Rhys and Tatiana Maslany in Perry Mason, HBO’s limited series from Team Downey.

Written and executive produced by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, who also will showrun, the reimagined Perry Mason is set in 1932 Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this limited series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason (Rhys). When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

Lithgow will play Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan, a personal attorney at the nadir of his career
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23 Famous Moms Getting Cute With Their Famous Kids

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23 Famous Moms Getting Cute With Their Famous Kids
Mother's Day is on Sunday, which got us thinking about all the famous moms out there who have given birth to celebrity kids. Some mothers, like Blythe Danner and Demi Moore, have appeared on screen with their offspring, while others, like Robin Wright and Maria Shriver, have supported their kids' careers of choice in other ways. See moms being cute with their famous not-so-little ones below, and don't forget to check out noncelebrity mothers getting adorable with their famous children!
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Film Review: ‘The Chaperone’ is Excellent Lesson in 1920s Identity

Chicago – Although mostly set in the early 1920s, “The Chaperone” has some pungent lessons regarding identity, and living life authentically. The story of former silent film star Louise Brooks and her first trip to New York City expresses both how we can live today and how they lived back then.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

A couple of actor punks from the 1980s/90s period, Elizabeth McGovern and Campbell Scott, portray a grown up flapper-era married couple from Kansas with welcome sensitivity. It is McGovern that shines, as the title character, as it is her journey that upends several lives, up to and including her young about-to-be-a-star responsibility. Haley Lu Richardson (“The Edge of Seventeen”) solidifies her up and coming status by creating a memorable Louise Brooks, a person ahead of her time. The pairing of chaperone and starlet makes for an absorbing narrative, combining the morality of the time with an emerging show business dynamo.
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Montclair Film Festival Premiering Restored ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

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Montclair Film Festival Premiering Restored ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’
The Montclair Film Festival will hold the world premiere of the restoration of the 1959 movie “The Diary of Anne Frank,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The black-and-white film, directed by George Stevens, has been restored by Twentieth Century Fox and the Film Foundation. The holocaust drama was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three, including best supporting actress for Shelly Winters.

The festival, now in its eighth year, will take place May 3-12 in Montclair, N.J., and features more than 150 films, events, discussions and parties. The festival had previously announced that it would open with a screening of Tom Harper’s “Wild Rose,” with star Jessie Buckley attending for a post-screening Q&A.

This year’s Storyteller Series will include A Conversation with Mindy Kaling, moderated by Stephen Colbert, taking place May 4 and A Conversation with Ben Stiller, moderated by Colbert, on May 5. Olympia Dukakis will attend for a
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James Franco’s Delayed ‘Zeroville’ Saved By myCinema; Distrib’s Slate Includes Julian Fellowes’ ‘The Chaperone’ – CinemaCon

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James Franco’s Delayed ‘Zeroville’ Saved By myCinema; Distrib’s Slate Includes Julian Fellowes’ ‘The Chaperone’ – CinemaCon
Exclusive: Nagra-kudelski’s myCinema digital content distribution system has announced its full slate of films a year after it’s launch, teed off by the James Franco feature Zeroville, which the actor both directed and headlines.

Originally, Alchemy took domestic rights at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival to Zeroville months before the company capsized due to bankruptcy. Since its pick-up at Tiff, Zeroville unfortunately became entangled in Alchemy’s financial woes and was thrown into distribution limbo until the Us distribution rights were recently acquired by Nagra. The pic will hit cinemas in September. The comedy based on Steve Erickson’s novel about a young actor who arrives in Hollywood during a transitional time also stars Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Joey King, Will Ferrell, Dave Franco, Danny McBride, and Jacki Weaver. myCinema delivers films over the internet which individual theaters can then licenses for any number of weeks of play.
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Elizabeth McGovern Brings ‘The Chaperone’; Steve Bannon Is On ‘The Brink’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Elizabeth McGovern Brings ‘The Chaperone’; Steve Bannon Is On ‘The Brink’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Veteran Actor Elizabeth McGovern steps out with her first producing gig in The Chaperone. The title is also the first narrative release for PBS Distribution, which had a who’s who screening earlier this week at MoMA in New York, hosted by publicity maven Peggy Siegal. McGovern stars opposite Haley Lu Richardson in the period drama, directed by Downton Abbey director, Michael Engler. It is a packed weekend of Specialty releases. Writer-director Kent Jones heads out with Diane, starring Mary Kay Place via IFC Films. Sundance debut doc The Brink opens via Magnolia Pictures, which financed the intimate feature profiling infamous right-winter Steve Bannon. Also opening is Israeli drama Working Woman from Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber. Greenwich Entertainment is maximizing the opening of the baseball season with doc Screwball. American Relapse is a self-distributed non-fiction title which captures 72 hours of two ex-addicts diving in to help others on the streets.
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