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The Inaugural Greenwich International Film Festival Will Debut in Summer 2015

This first-ever Greenwich International Film Festival (Giff) is coming next June and will showcase over 25 films, world premieres, parties and an award ceremony. Created by Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer, and Wendy Stapleton Reyes, the Connecticut festival will use its downtown areas to show the best in film. Although the lineup has yet to be announced, Giff will have exciting events that will take place throughout the year, including a screening of Emily Wachtel’s comedy film "Lucky Them," directed by Megan Griffiths. A Q&A with the filmmakers will be held on June 16th at Avon Theatre in Stamford, Ct. “The possibilities for the Greenwich International Film Festival are limitless," said Founders Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer and Wendy Stapleton Reyes. "It is our goal that the Festival will build a reputation for the caliber of films we showcase and the unique charitable aspect that we will bring to the forefront each year.
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Conversation with Emily Wachtel, Thomas Haden Church, Toni Collette and Ryan Eggold about Lucky Them

Toni Collette as Ellie on Charlie: "The fact that we are so opposite. The thing that I live for, you despise."

On the afternoon before the Us Premiere of Megan Griffiths' spirited comedy Lucky Them at the Tribeca Film Festival, screenwriter/producer Emily Wachtel, stars Thomas Haden Church and Toni Collette and Ryan Eggold met the media at the Regency Hotel on Park Avenue.

Wachtel spoke about transitioning over from Sam Shepard and what it's like to see a version of herself come to life. Tom and Toni talked drinks, Sam Raimi's favourite, Bryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and the importance of limes, while I gave Ryan Eggold a T-shirt idea.

Lucky Them screenwriter/producer Emily Wachtel on seeing a version of herself portrayed: "Some things were literal, some more metaphorical, honestly." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Lucky Them is set in the world of Seattle music
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Conversation with Megan Griffiths about Lucky Them

Thomas Haden Church as Charlie with Toni Collette as Ellie: "I think he just riffs on what's there. It's extended rather than shifted."

Following the Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper - Adaptation & Creation panel with filmmakers Amy Berg, Adam Rapp, Stephen Belber and Megan Griffiths held at Barnes & Noble Union Square over Easter weekend, I spoke with Lucky Them director Griffiths about the mystery of her film. On the panel, she spoke about the roles Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward played in the making of her film.

Lucky Them director Megan Griffiths. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Thomas Haden Church steals the show in Megan Griffiths' spirited comedy set in the world of Seattle music journalism and hankering for love stories past. Based in part on adventures in co-screenwriter Emily Wachtel's life, Toni Collette plays music journalist Ellie Klug who likes her whiskey straight and her life uncomplicated. The magazine
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‘Lucky Them’, with Toni Collette, releases its first trailer

With a career that has spanned both film and television, Toni Collette has garnered a number of fans from appearances in In Her Shoes, About a Boy, and Little Miss Sunshine, as well as a leading role in the series United States of Tara. Her addition to a project thus brings with it the interest of those who follow her work, which held true for her latest feature as well. Titled Lucky Them, the film is directed by Megan Griffiths, with a screenplay by Emily Wachtel and Huck Botko. Collette stars in the film alongside Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, and Ryan Eggold. The first trailer for the movie has now been released, and can be seen below. Sound on Sight also saw this film at Tiff 2013, and our review can be read here.

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Tribeca 2014: Katie Holmes, Robin Williams, and Patrick Stewart headline world premieres

Tribeca 2014: Katie Holmes, Robin Williams, and Patrick Stewart headline world premieres
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we
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The Works boards Lucky Them

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The Works boards Lucky Them
Romantic comedy, starring Toni Collette, heading for the American Film Market.

The Works International has come on board comedy romance Lucky Them for worldwide sales.

Set within the world of Seattle’s indie music scene, the film centres on music journalist Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) who reluctantly agrees to take an assignment to investigate the disappearance of a revered local musician who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend.

Collette co-stars with Thomas Haden Church, who plays a music-hating, aspiring documentarian that accompanies Ellie on the ensuing road trip.

The company will commence sales at the Afm. IFC previously picked up Us rights.

The deal was brokered between Clare Crean and Andy Ordonez of The Works International and John Sloss of Cinetic.

Lucky Them is directed by Megan Griffiths, produced by Emily Wachtel, Amy Hobby and Adam Gibbs and executive produced by Joanne Woodward and Peer Pedersen.

The film, which received its world premiere at the Toronto International
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IFC finds Lucky Them

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IFC finds Lucky Them
IFC Films has picked up Us rights from Cinetic Media to the recent Toronto world premiere Lucky Them starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church and Oliver Platt. Separately, Distrib Films has acquired Just A Sigh while D Fims will release My Old Lady in Canada.

Megan Griffiths, directed Lucky Them from a screenplay by Emily Wachtel and Huck Botko about a rock journalist who embarks on a cathartic autobiographical assignment.

The film is presented by MyMy Productions in association with Tangerine Entertainment. Wachtel, Amy Hobby produced with Adam Gibbs, while Joanne Woodward and Peer Pedersen served as executive producers.

D Films has acquired Canadian rights in all media from Cohen Media Group to Israel HorovitzMy Old Lady starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and Jane Birkin. My Old Lady is currently shooting in Paris and tells of a down-and-out New Yorker who travels to Paris to liquidate a huge apartment and encounters his father
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Toni Collette’s ‘Lucky Them’ Gets U.S. Distribution

IFC Films is acquiring U.S. rights to Toni Collette’s romantic comedy “Lucky Them,” a month after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Fetsival.

Lucky Them” is from MyMy Productions in association with Tangerine Entertainment. Directed by Megan Griffiths, and co-written by Emily Wachtel and Huck Botko, the film also stars Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, Nina Arianda, Ryan Eggold, and Ahna O’Reilly.

Producers are Wachtel, Amy Hobby, and Adam Gibbs. Joanne Woodward and Peer Pedersen exec produced.

Collette plays a rock journalist who dates musicians, assigned to explore her own past by her magazine’s editor (Platt) with a would-be documentarian, portrayed by Haden Church.

Justin Chang gave the film a strong review at Toronto: “The journey proves as rewarding as the destination in “Lucky Them,” a low-key charmer starring Toni Collette as a rock critic searching for the musician who mysteriously vanished 10 years earlier, abandoning
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Toronto: IFC Films Nabs U.S. Rights to Toni Collette Starrer 'Lucky Them'

Toronto: IFC Films Nabs U.S. Rights to Toni Collette Starrer 'Lucky Them'
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Megan Griffiths' Lucky Them. The film, presented by MyMy Productions in association with Tangerine Entertainment, stars Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, Nina Arianda, Ryan Eggold and Ahna O’Reilly. Film Review: Lucky Them Written by Emily Wachtel and Huck Botko, Lucky Them centers on Ellie Klug (Collette), an unconventional rock journalist who dates musicians. She is given the important assignment of exploring her own past by her magazine's editor (Platt). Joined by eccentric would-be documentarian Charlie (Church), Ellie sets out on an emotional treasure hunt in order to finally rid herself of her ghosts and get on with life. The film

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IFC Acquires U.S. On ‘Lucky Them’

IFC Films acquired U.S. rights to Lucky Them, the Megan Griffiths-directed pic that stars Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church and Oliver Platt. Scripted by Emily Wachtel and Huck Botko, the pic premiered at Toronto last month. Collette plays an unconventional rock journalist who dates musicians and is assigned to explore her own pasts. It’s a cathartic assignment. IFC’s Arianna Bocco made the deal with Cinetic Media’s John Sloss.
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Tiff 2013: ‘Lucky Them’ is a winningly charming story about love and the effects of unresolved relationships

Lucky Them

Written by Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel

Directed by Megan Griffiths

USA, 2013

Stories about love are always difficult to tell; the cinema landscape is filled with such stories that didn’t work for numerous possible reasons, which makes an effective story that much more rewarding to watch. Rather than focus on the love story, however, Lucky Them screenwriters Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel explore the effects of the abrupt end of a relationship on a woman, and alongside director Megan Griffiths, manage to tell a story that earns its emotional reactions while still offering laughs.

The movie provides an excellent showcase for the often underrated Toni Collette. By its very nature of being a character study of lead character Ellie Klug, much of the burden ends up on Collette’s shoulders, and she carries it admirably, portraying the character with equal parts sadness, denial, and pessimism, all while
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Lucky Them’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Lucky Them’
The journey proves as rewarding as the destination in “Lucky Them,” a low-key charmer starring Toni Collette as a rock critic searching for the musician who mysteriously vanished 10 years earlier, abandoning her and his many fans. That may sound like a too-tidy road-trip setup on paper, but any excuse to stick Collette in an Rv with Thomas Haden Church (as an amateur documentary filmmaker who tags along) turns out to be a good one in this terrifically acted dramedy directed by rising talent Megan Griffiths. Spiked with humor and lovingly set against Seattle’s indie-music scene, the film should enjoy a modest theatrical run before settling into smallscreen rotation.

The script was loosely drawn from the experiences of actress-turned-writer Emily Wachtel (who co-wrote with Huck Botko), whose alter ego here is Ellie Klug (Collette), a critic and feature writer for Seattle-based rock magazine Stax. Getting on in years and stuck
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Toronto: Toni Collette Starrer ‘Lucky Them’ Finds Winning Team

Lucky Them,” the latest from “Eden” helmer Megan Griffiths, charmed auds and potential buyers at its world premiere in Toronto Friday night, thanks to its breezy banter and the appealing, oddball pairing of Toni Collette — as a whiskey-drinking rock scribe with an edge — and Thomas Hayden Church as her blithely upbeat music-hating pal and wannabe documentarian.

Shot in and around Seattle on a $1-million budget, the pic, which also features Oliver Platt, Ryan Eggold and Nina Arianda, lands in Toronto after an often bumpy 11-year journey for writer-producer Emily Wachtel, who co-penned the script with Huck Botko.

Wachtel was sustained early on by encouragement from family friend Paul Newman, who liked the script and sent a draft to several actors in 2007.

“Around that time I connected with Thomas Hayden Church, who ended up calling me once a month for seven years to ask me what was going on,” recalled Wachtel the day after the preem.
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First Look At Toni Collette In Lucky Them

Lucky Them, the latest movie from director Megan Griffiths, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. Today, we’re here to share the first (official) pics with Toni Collette who (in case you’re not so familiar with the project) stars as a rock journalist assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend. Sounds… a little bit weird? Head inside to check her out… Griffiths directed the whole thing from a script written by Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel, which follows a rock journalist named Ellie Klug, who is tasked with the painful assignment of exploring her own past. Joined by eccentric would-be...

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Ampav Announces Cannes 2013 Programming

Well-known filmmakers, movie executives and journalists will be among those featured during the upcoming Industry In Focus Series at The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival for its 25th Anniversary, it was announced by Julie Sisk, Founder and Director of The American Pavilion.

Among those scheduled to participate in relevant and timely industry panels, seminars and “In Conversation” one-on-one dialogues are: James Toback, Randy Quaid, Will Forte, Stephen Frears, Cliff Martinez and many more. There will also be discussions with top executives from such film companies as RADiUS-twc and Participant Media, as well as representatives from ICM, Wme, Paradigm and The Sundance Institute. Journalists from The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline Hollywood and The Los Angeles Times, among others, will serve as moderators for the Series. The diverse topics being covered in the Series include: 3D Content Creation, Women in Film,Marketing and Distribution, Digital Hollywood, American Directors in Film, Music In Film,The State of the Indie Film Industry, American Producers, An Emerging Filmmaker Showcase,In Conversation talks with Randy Quaid and Will Forte and a special critic’s panel in honor of Roger Ebert. The following is the full programming schedule. All Schedule, panels and guests are subject to changes and additions.

The American Pavilion- Full Cannes 2013 Programming Line Up

Schedule · Thursday, May 16 at 3pm - Industry In Focus: 3D Content Creation: From Script to Business· Friday, May 17 at 3pm – Industry In Focus: Women in Film – moderated by Jacqueline Lyanga· Saturday, May 18 at 11am – Industry In Focus: Marketing and Distribution – moderated by Dana Harris· Saturday, May 18 at 3pm – Industry In Focus: Digital Hollywood – moderated by Kevin Winston· Sunday, May 19 at 3pm – In Conversation: American Directors in Film – moderated by Aaron Hillis· Sunday, May 19 at 9pm - Queer Night Party· Monday, May 20 at 11am - Industry In Focus: Finance - moderated by Pam McClintock· Monday, May 20 at 3pm - Industry In Focus: State of the Indie Film Industry - moderated by Pete Hammond· Tuesday, May 21 at 2pm - Industry In Focus: American Producers - moderated by Scott Macaulay· Tuesday, May 21 at 3pm- Music In Film-moderated by Thom Powers.· Wednesday, May 22 at 2pm – In Conversation with Randy Quaid – moderated by Logan Hill· Wednesday, May 22 at 3:30pm – In Conversation with Will Forte – moderated by Kyle Buchanan· Thursday, May 23 – 10:30am- Emerging Filmmaker Showcase· Thursday, May 23 at 3pm – Roger Ebert –Special Critics Panel – Moderated by Annette Insdorf

Thursday, May 16 3Pm3D Content Creation: From Script to BusinessWorkshop and reception sponsored by 3D Stereo Media and Xpand, with participation of the International 3D Society 4:40Pm-6Pm 3D Networking Reception _______________________________________________________________________________

Friday, May 17

3PmIndustry In Focus: Women In Film· Kate Gerova (Creative Director, Birds Eye View) · Rosie Wong (Sundance Institute)· Anne Hubbell (Tangerine EntertainmentAmy Hobby (Producer, Shepard & Dark)· Moderated by: Jacqueline Lyanga (Director, AFI Fest)________________________________________________________________________________ Saturday, May 18

11AmIndustry In Focus: Getting Your Film To Market: Marketing + Distribution Tips From The Experts· Ryan Werner· Marian Koltai-Levine (Pmk-bnc)· Michael Benaroya (CEO, Benaroya Pictures) · Lisa Perkins (VP, International Marketing & Publicity, Exclusive Media)· Moderated by: Dana Harris (Editor-in-Chief, Indiewire)

3PmIndustry In Focus: Digital Hollywood· Col Needham (Founder & CEO, IMDb)· Jonathan Marlow (Co-founder/Chief Content Officer, Fandor)· Steve Beckman (FilmBuff)· Amy McGee (Zefr/Movieclips.com)· Moderated by: Kevin Winston (Digital La)_______________________________________________________________________________ Sunday, May 19 3PmIn Conversation: American Directors In Cannes· Jim Mickle (We Are What We AreDavid Lassiter (The Opportunist) · David Lowery – (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints)· James Toback (Seduced and Abandoned)· Moderated by: Aaron Hillis (Video Free Brooklyn)_______________________________________________________________________________

Monday, May 20 11AmIndustry In Focus: Financing A Film In 2013· Nick LoPiccolo (ParadigmPeter Trinh (ICM PartnersDeborah McIntosh (WmePaul Miller (Film Financing, Doha Film Institute)· Bill Lischak (Co-President of OddLot Entertainment)· Moderated by: Pamela McClintock (The Hollywood Reporter)

3PmIndustry In Focus: State Of The Indie Film Industry· Tom Quinn (Radius-twcMichael Sugar (Anonymous ContentRena Ronson (UTA)· Jim Berk (Participant Media)· John Cooper (Sundance Institute)· Moderated by: Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood)________________________________________________________________________________ Tuesday, May 21

2PmIndustry In Focus: American Producers In Cannes· David Lancaster (Only God Forgives)· Nick Schumaker (We Are What We Are) · Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) · Emily Wachtel (Shepard & Dark)· Moderated by: Scott Macaulay (Filmmaker Magazine) 3PmIndustry In Focus: Music In FilmCliff Martinez (Composer, Only God Forgives)Gingger Shankar (Composer, Monsoon Shootout)Moderated by: Thom Powers (Tiff)________________________________________________________________________________ Wednesday, May 22 2PmIn Conversation With Randy Quaid:Moderated by: Logan Hill 3:30PmIn Conversation With Will Forte (Nebraska): Moderated by: Kyle Buchanan (Vulture)__________________________________________________________________________

Thursday, May 23

3PmSpecial Film Critics Panel – In Honor Of Roger Ebert

· Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune)· Kenneth Turan (La Times)· Eric Kohn (IndieWire)· Moderated by: Annette Insdorf (Director of Undergraduate Film Studies, Columbia University) Emerging Filmmaker Showcase

10:30Am - 1:00Pm-Student Short Films & Student Documentaries

4:30Pm - 6:15Pm-Emerging Short Films & Documentaries ****** About The American Pavilion Celebrating our 25th year as the center of American hospitality for the film industry in Cannes, The Pavilion brings professionals and emerging filmmakers together. The American Pavilion is the center of activity at the Cannes International Film Festival for the American film community, offering membership for professionals, provocative and insightful programming, immersive student programs, the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase and more. Serving as a communication and hospitality center for the thousands of Americans in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival, The American Pavilion provides an impressive array of facilities and services to the international film community. Since its debut at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, The Pavilion has become a permanent fixture on the Cannes landscape. For the corporate sponsors of The American Pavilion, the dozens of exhibitors and office holders, and the thousands of American participants, The American Pavilion accommodates the need for information, orientation and recreation. For the duration of the Festival, The American Pavilion provides both a dynamic business environment and an opportunity to relax in comfortable surroundings. Just a few steps from the Palais des Festivals, where all the major Festival films are premiered, and with a panoramic view of the Bay of Cannes, The American Pavilion is the perfect place to transact business, share ideas and effectively reach the thousands of affluent international business travelers who attend the Festival every year.
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Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, and Allison Janney Will Star In Paul Newman’s Final Project, ‘Lucky Them’

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As far as I’m concerned, anything that brings up the late, great Paul Newman warrants your attention — regardless of any finer details. Fortunately, this story pertains to something that might end up being good in its own right, with Deadline informing us that Newman‘s widow, Joanne Woodward, has helped assemble the cast for Lucky Them. What does this have to do with Fast Eddie Felson? As I learned whilst reading the article — and as you’ll learn when you’re done reading this interjection — Lucky Them inspired strong interest in and attention from the actor before his death.

Some years later, Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, and Allison Janney are set to star for Huck Botko — who, along with Emily Wachtel, wrote the screenplay, which focuses on “a fortysomething rock journalist who gets an assignment to find her ex-boyfriend.” Turns out this “late bloomers coming-of-age romantic comedy” is semi-autobiographical for Wachtel,
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Joanne Woodward Presses On With Paul Newman’s Final Film Project ‘Lucky Them’

Joanne Woodward Presses On With Paul Newman’s Final Film Project ‘Lucky Them’
Exclusive: Joanne Woodward has become executive producer on Lucky Them, a film that was begun by her late husband, movie immortal Paul Newman, before he passed away in 2008. Woodward has Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church and Allison Janney attached to star. Scripted by Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel and to be directed by Botko (he co-wrote The Last Exorcism and co-directed The Virginity Hit), the film is about a fortysomething rock journalist who gets an assignment to find her ex-boyfriend. It’s a late bloomers coming-of-age quirky romantic comedy, and a semi-autobiographical tale about the writer’s life in NYC, dating musicians and finding herself when most of her friends have settled down. Newman helped the filmmakers early on, giving them notes and sending the script to actors. He wanted to do a cameo in the film. Since Newman liked the project so much, Woodward put her name on it to help the cause,
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Lucky Them Finds Investor in Boston Red Sox Owner; Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, and Alec Baldwin Attached to Star

Over the weekend, the late Paul Newman's final production project, Lucky Them, made an investor out of Boston Red Sox owner John Henry. The indie flick, now being exec. produced by Newman's widow Joanne Woodward, was written by Huck Botko (The Virginity Hit) and Emily Wachtel. According to Variety, Botko will helm the pic which tells the story of a "rock-music journalist assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend." Currently, Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, and Alec Baldwin are attached to the project in unspecified roles. Shooting on Lucky Them is expected to begin later this year.
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Baldwin, Tomei, Church Join "Lucky Them"

Alec Baldwin, Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church and Allison Janney are all joining the cast of indie feature “Lucky Them” reports Variety.

Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel penned the script which follows a female rock journalist who sets out to find her ex-boyfriend.

The project was initially planned as a television series almost a decade ago called “Off The Record” and the late Paul Newman was set to produce.

Re-conceived as a feature, Joanna Woodward will serve as executive producer on the film and shooting kicks off later this year.
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Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, Allison Janney & Alec Baldwin To Star In 'Lucky Them'

Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, Allison Janney & Alec Baldwin To Star In 'Lucky Them'
While "The Last Exorcism" couldn't muster up a decent scare and "The Virginity Hit" was a non-starter, Huck Botko--who wrote the former and wrote/directed the latter--seems to be making a step into feature films that have a budget that requires more than running around with a handheld camera. Variety reports that Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, Allison Janney and Alec Baldwin (who recently bailed on "Men In Black 3" and is likely filling up his calendar) are set to star in "Lucky Them" which boasts a pretty intriguing premise. Co-written by Botko and Emily Wachtel, the story centers on a…
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