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Hannah Fidell’s “The Long Dumb Road’ Acquired by Universal Pics Group

“The Long Dumb Road”

Hannah Fidell’s latest film has found a home. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group snagged the North American rights to “The Long Dumb Road,” Deadline reports. The road trip comedy made its world premiere at Sundance in January.

Co-written and directed by Fidell, the pic follows a college-bound teen who offers a thirtysomething mechanic a ride during a stop-over in Texas. The unlikely pair share little in common but are both at personal crossroads and find themselves bonding as they travel through the American Southwest.

A day-and-date theatrical and VOD release is planned for November.

“6 Years” and “A Teacher” are among Fidell’s previous features. “It’s been my experience that the indie/festival world is very female-director friendly. It’s those higher-budgeted projects where it seems to be harder to break through,” she told us. The writer-director added, “Even though this will come off
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Universal Nabs Jason Mantzoukas Movie 'The Long Dumb Road'

Universal Studios' home entertainment arm has closed a deal for North American rights to the Sundance road-trip movie The Long Dumb Road, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

A limited theatrical release is planned alongside a wider home entertainment play by the Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group for the rollout of the Jason Mantzoukas and Tony Revolori starrer.

The Hannah Fidell-directed movie pairs Revolori and Mantzoukas as two mismatched guys coming together for an unplanned road trip across the American Southwest. The cast also includes Taissa Farmiga, Pamela Reed and Grace Gummer.

Jacqueline E. Ingram, Fidell, Kelly Williams and Jonathan Duffy...
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Jason Mantzoukas’ Sundance Comedy ‘The Long Dumb Road’ Acquired by Universal

Jason Mantzoukas’ Sundance Comedy ‘The Long Dumb Road’ Acquired by Universal
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group has purchased North American rights to Hannah Fidell’s road trip comedy “The Long Dumb Road,” starring Jason Mantzoukas and Tony Revolori.

The film made its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Fidell and co-written by Fidell and Carson Mell, the film also stars Taissa Farmiga, Grace Gummer, and Ron Livingston.

Revolori plays a college-bound teenager who offers an itinerant 30-something mechanic (Mantzoukas) a ride during a stop-over in small-town Texas. As they travel through the American Southwest, both passengers come alive through the myriad possibilities of the open road as they find connection, comfort and chaos in their shared journey.

In her review for Variety, Amy Nicholson said, “Fidell’s third film after her darker dramas ‘A Teacher’ and ‘6 Years’ is a light-fingered diversion. She keeps an eye on class. People continually offer each other small amounts of cash
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Sundance Road Trip Comedy ‘The Long Dumb Road’ Acquired By Universal Pics Group

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group has acquired North American rights to The Long Dumb Road, Hannah Fidell's road trip comedy that bowed earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. A November day-and-date theatrical and VOD release is planned. Tony Revolori and Jason Mantzoukas star as college-bound teenager Nat (Revolori), who offers itinerant thirtysomething mechanic Richard (Mantzoukas) a ride during a stop-over in small-town Texas. As they travel…
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Stars Come Out For 16th Annual Mptf Night Before Party

A star-studded host committee, Academy Awards nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together on March 3rd, 2018 for the 16th annual ‘Night Before’ party to benefit Mptf.

George Clooney, Leslie Bibb, Sam Rockwell, and Jack Black

Credit/Copyright: George Pimentel/Getty Images for Mptf

Funds raised during the legendary evening will be used to support Mptf in providing social services and financial assistance to the entertainment community, as well as it’s renowned retirement community and innovative programs for seniors and those who care for them. The organization impacts thousands of people each year who have committed their lives to a career in entertainment. The annual event raised $5 million last night, totaling just over $80 million in the event’s history.

The 2018 host committee included a lineup of the industry’s most elite talent, including Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Tanya Haden Black & Jack Black,
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Aubrey Plaza, Nhmc President Call Out Under-Representation of Latinos at Impact Awards

National Hispanic Media Coalition president and CEO Alex Nogales took aim at movie studio executives Friday night, at his organization’s 21st Annual Impact Awards, an event recognizing the activism and screen work of prominent Hollywood Latinos and their allies.

The annual black-tie gala comes just eight days before the 90th Annual Academy Awards, which have become the subject of protest by the Latino media-advocacy group. Nogales’ organization for the first time in its more than 30-year history is targeting the film industry, after years of focusing on television networks and local news media stations.

Nogales’ organization has planned a protest on March 3 — the day before the Oscars ceremony — to decry the lack of inclusion of Latinos in more lead and speaking roles in film, saying that the disparity ultimately shuts Latinos out of awards contention year after year.

“Tonight is a show of people that are working in film and television. This is about
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'The Long Dumb Road': Film Review | Sundance 2018

A mismatched-travelers yarn that could well have been financed by Aaa's marketing department, Hannah Fidell's The Long Dumb Road observes the trouble that follows when a stranded cross-country driver gets roadside assistance from a less than reputable vendor. Life lessons emerge alongside the mishaps, of course: This and every other law of the road-movie genre will be followed by the likable but familiar comedy. Best served here is Jason Mantzoukas, whose performance as the voyage's designated troublemaker suggests he should graduate from his accustomed place in support roles.

Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) plays Nathan, a 19 year-old driving...
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‘The Long Dumb Road’: Jason Mantzoukas Discovers Some Mindblowing Details About The ‘Fast & Furious’ Pics – Sundance Clip

‘The Long Dumb Road’: Jason Mantzoukas Discovers Some Mindblowing Details About The ‘Fast & Furious’ Pics – Sundance Clip
Exclusive: Hannah Fidell’s The Long Dumb Road finds teenage Nathan (Tony Revolori) finding an unusual road mate in Richard (Jason Mantzoukas) as they traverse the southern United States to Los Angeles after the latter assists with car problems. Both are trying to find their way in life through bar fights, dope smoking and lost loves in this fish-out-of-water comedy, with Mantzoukas playing a mix of wisdom and idiocy to its zenith. This Nsfw scene is one such wonderful…
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Film Review: ‘Please Stand By’

Film Review: ‘Please Stand By’
“Do you know how hard it is to write something? All the thinking and planning and rewriting … because the story you want to tell means so much to you.” If we were to accuse Ben Lewin’s “Please Stand By” of a cunning it doesn’t otherwise display, we might think this impassioned speech, uttered by the film’s intrepid autistic heroine, might be a kind of sly safeguard against harsher critical judgments. After all, there’s no denying the strenuously decent motivations behind this kitten-soft story of obstacles surmounted, limitations exceeded and quirks winsomely mined.

In fact intentions this good, and executions this solidly indie, used to pave the way to Sundance, as they did with Lewin’s far superior last film, the award-winning “The Sessions.” So it’s perhaps its own kind of critique, and a reflection of the changing times with which “Please Stand By” feels curiously out of step, that this Lewin
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Sundance review: Jason Mantzoukas is more than comic relief in The Long Dumb Road

The Long Dumb Road is the long awaited starring role for Jason Mantzoukas, by me at least. Mantzoukas totally delivers as a compelling leading man with heart and tough love. Nat (Tony Revolori) is driving from Texas to Los Angeles for college. His car breaks down and Richard (Mantzoukas) is able to fix it, so Nat gives Richard a ride. On the road, Richard teaches Nat a thing or two about life and street smarts. This is a coming of age story for Nat to break out of his sheltered childhood. What I love about Richard is he’s not a...read more
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‘The Long Dumb Road’ Director Hannah Fidell On Capturing “The Great American Road Trip” — Sundance Studio

‘The Long Dumb Road’ Director Hannah Fidell On Capturing “The Great American Road Trip” — Sundance Studio
Taking on her first comedy with the Sundance-premiering The Long Dumb Road, Sundance alum Hannah Fidell (A Teacher) found a game cast who would go with her on a classic journey through the American Southwest. Fidell’s film centers on Nathan (Tony Revolori), whose car breaks down on the road as he journeys to Los Angeles for his freshman year of college. At this transformative juncture, Nathan meets Richard (Jason Mantzoukas), a rowdy local mechanic who ends up joining him…
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Sundance Review: ‘The Long Dumb Road’ Makes the Case for Jason Mantzoukas as a Leading Man

Welcome to the Jason Mantzoukas show. The Long Dumb Road, directed by Hannah Fidell, leans full-tilt into the anarchic charm of the long-time cult comedian to decidedly mixed results. Though it’s hard to blame the actor. Co-starring Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), the film concerns two strangers brought together on the… road. One is Nat (Revolori), an art school-bound teen lacking in experience; the other a recently-fired, middle-aged wanderer named Richard (Mantzoukas). On the way to Los Angeles, the duo become fast friends before it all starts to get complicated. Running 90 minutes and featuring some lovely southwestern scenery (courtesy of Andrew Droz Palermo), the film moves along at a nice clip until it begins to run out of steam.

Revolori’s doing fine work here, but the bulk of the weight lies on Mantzoukas. As written by Fidell and Carson D. Mell, the script demands a lot from the actor.
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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Long Dumb Road’

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Long Dumb Road’
Freshman photography student Nathan (Tony Revolori) is on a quest to find the real America. On “The Long Dumb Road” of director Hannah Fidell’s title, his trek from Texas to Los Angeles, he pulls over to shoot shuttered movie theaters and American flags drooping over drive-thrus, the kind of cynical corporate salute a kid like him considers deep. He’s too snobby to actually eat a fast-food burger, but when his purple minivan breaks down in Fort Stockton, the real America — or at least, an alcoholic mechanic (Jason Mantzoukas) drifting through it — takes the wheel of his trip, with several disastrous detours and stretches of pleasant pointlessness.

The normcore-meets-nutcase road comedy is older than Route 66, and the film’s destination could have been plotted by Google Maps, as well as the familiar screen sight of two men companionably peeing together in the wilderness. Along the way, Nathan and Richard bond and bicker while navigating, and detonating
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‘The Long Dumb Road’ Film Review: Buddy Comedy Travels Familiar Path, But the Company’s Great

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‘The Long Dumb Road’ Film Review: Buddy Comedy Travels Familiar Path, But the Company’s Great
It’s not always a compliment to note that a movie feels like the right fit for Sundance. Festival faves often deflate when they reach the real world, unable to survive without the eager enthusiasm of film fans. The Sundance premiere “The Long Dumb Road” is undeniably cut from familiar cloth. But it’s got enough charm to keep it buoyant long after Robert Redford waves the last blogger goodbye. As with all road movies, its success rides on the company we’re required to keep. Happily, our two leads are unflaggingly delightful companions. The trip begins when naïve teen Nat (Tony Revolori, “The...
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Flickering Myth’s Top Ten Movies of 2017

Flickering Myth’s writing team present our top ten movies of 2017…

With 2017 drawing to a close in just a few hours, the writers here at Flickering Myth have been voting on our favourite films of the past twelve months, in order to present our top ten movies of the year.

As with previous years, our writers each presented their own individual top tens, which we used to collate the overall list. We’ve gone by U.S. release dates, and as many of our writers are U.K. based, films such as The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri may well have featured much higher had we all had a chance to see them.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the Top Ten…

The Disaster Artist

Directed by James Franco.

Starring Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Josh Hutcherson, Sharon Stone,
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'Lords Of Chaos' joins Sundance 2018 slate

RuPaul named inaugural and sole Next juror.

Jonas Åkerlund’s Lords Of Chaos, a drama about the tumultuous career of Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, is one of eight features announced on Tuesday (December 19) as late additions to the Sundance Film festival line-up.

Festival top brass are adding a Vr experience and said RuPaul will serve as the inaugural and sole Next Innovator Award juror, and convene a retrospective of VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race on the heels of its 10th season and host a panel alongside executive producers and Sundance veterans Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey.

Hearts Beat Loud, announced previously in thePremieres section, is now confirmed as a closing night film.

The additions bring the number of features in play to 121, representing 29 countries and 53 first-time filmmakers, including 30 in competition. Selections were culled from 13,468 submissions including 3,901 feature-length films and 8,740 short films. The Sundance Film Festival is set to
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'Lords Of Chaos' joins Sundance 2018 slate

'Lords Of Chaos' joins Sundance 2018 slate
RuPaul named inaugural and sole Next juror.

Jonas Åkerlund’s Lords Of Chaos, a drama about the tumultuous career of Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, is one of eight features announced on Tuesday (December 19) as late additions to the Sundance Film festival line-up.

Festival top brass are adding a Vr experience and said RuPaul will serve as the inaugural and sole Next Innovator Award juror, and convene a retrospective of VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race on the heels of its 10th season and host a panel alongside executive producers and Sundance veterans Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey.

Hearts Beat Loud, announced previously in thePremieres section, is now confirmed as a closing night film.

The additions bring the number of features in play to 121, representing 29 countries and 53 first-time filmmakers, including 30 in competition. Selections were culled from 13,468 submissions including 3,901 feature-length films and 8,740 short films. The Sundance Film Festival is set to run from January 18-28.

The late additions
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‘Please Stand By’ Trailer: Dakota Fanning Writes A ‘Star Trek’ Script

Is it time for the Dakota Fanning-aissance? The actress held the Fanning family limelight for a quite a while, but it has since been overtaken by her sister Elle Fanning. However, with a hotly buzzed new series coming soon with “The Alienist,” and now this movie, perhaps it’s time for Dakota Fanning to regain a bit of shine.

Co-starring Toni Collette, Alice Eve, Patton Oswalt, and Tony Revolori, and directed Ben Lewin (“The Sessions,” the upcoming “The Catcher Was A Spy” which is headed to Sundance), the unique premise follows a young, autistic woman who has written an epic “Star Trek” script.

Continue reading ‘Please Stand By’ Trailer: Dakota Fanning Writes A ‘Star Trek’ Script at The Playlist.
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Dakota Fanning Is Star Trek's Biggest Fan in Please Stand By Trailer

Dakota Fanning Is Star Trek's Biggest Fan in Please Stand By Trailer
Magnolia Pictures has released the first trailer and photo for Please Stand By, which tells the epic story of one big Star Trek fan trying to get her story out into the world. The film had its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival in October, while also screening at the Rome Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival over the last few months. While this isn't exactly a Star Trek movie, it will be interesting to see how Star Trek fans spark to this unique story.

A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in order to boldly go and deliver her 500-page Star Trek script to a writing competition in Hollywood. On an adventure full of laughter and tears, Wendy, played with exquisite delicacy by Dakota Fanning, follows the guiding spirit of Mr. Spock on her journey into the unknown. "It is there for us to conquer,
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5 Reasons why you need to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (again)

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5 Reasons why you need to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (again)5 Reasons why you need to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (again)Adriana Floridia10/17/2017 10:11:00 Am

We never knew how badly we needed a new Spider-Man until we saw Spider-Man: Homecoming.

One of the most beloved superheroes in existence, there's a reason why Spidey keeps making it back to the big screen. Now available at the Cineplex Store, this time, Peter officially joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe (not including his scene-stealing appearance in Captain America: Civil War last year), and it's this union of Spider-Man with the rest of The Avengers (well, really just his mentor Iron Man) that sets Spider-Man: Homecoming apart from the past iterations of this character.

We loved Spider-Man: Homecoming so much that we're giving you 5 reasons why you need to see the film for the first or second time (because we'll be heading back to relive the fun
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