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
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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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
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 Horovitz’ My 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
“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
Written by Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel
Directed by Megan Griffiths
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
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
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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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,
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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