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Nick Damici and Morgan Spector Play a Dangerous Game in First Look at ‘Man With Van’

Nick Damici and Morgan Spector Play a Dangerous Game in First Look at ‘Man With Van’
Few conversations that start with “I got this friend” tend to end well, especially in the world of crime-centric filmmaking. In Ed Blythe’s upcoming “Man With Van,” that proves true from the jump.

The film follows down-on-his-luck construction electrician Kier Sawicki (Morgan Spector, “The Mist”), who bumbles into professional arson to provide for his daughter (Ursula Parker, “Louie”) amidst a bitter custody dispute. It’s clearly a fraught idea from the start — as seen in our exclusive clip below — but Kier is hopeful that the so-called victimless crime will pay. It doesn’t, and there is definitely a victim.

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Blythe’s film explodes out Kier’s bad luck, pitting him against his best friend and their bad-mannered boss, forcing his ex-wife to go to wild legal ends, and pushing him into yet another ill-fated scheme.
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July 2017 Film Preview

Girls Trip

As “Wonder Woman” becomes the highest-grossing live action film directed by a woman, July promises to bring even more interesting, powerful women to the big screen — whether they are in front of camera or behind it. July starts with a fascinating documentary from director Lara Stolman. “Swim Team” follows swim athletes on the autism spectrum and explores how the team gives its young men a chance to feel included and in control, sometimes for the first time ever.

The second weekend in July brings a pair of noteworthy women-centric films. Netflix’s “To the Bone” is inspired by writer-director Marti Noxon’s own struggles with anorexia, and charts her unconventional road to recovery. And Shakespeare gets an update from writer Alice Birch in “Lady Macbeth,” whose titular character discovers her own power after engaging in a dangerous affair.

Things get a bit lighter on July 21, with a pair of comedies about the complex ties between women. In Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” two sisters unexpectedly bond after discovering their father’s affair. “Girls Trip” sees four lifelong friends reconnecting at a rowdy, unforgettable weekend in New Orleans.

The month closes with a female-led action flick, and an urgent documentary sequel. Charlize Theron stars in “Atomic Blonde,” the story of an extremely talented MI6 agent who is sent to deliver a sensitive dossier to the destabilized city of Berlin. “An Inconvenient Sequel,” a follow-up to 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” is a potent reminder of the imminent danger of climate change, greed, and the apathy of those in power. Co-director Bonni Cohen follows Al Gore as he makes climate change’s dangers known to the entire world — and the film is being updated to include the United States’ decision to retreat from the Paris Climate treaty.

Here are all of the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films debuting in July. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

July 5

“7 From Etheria” (Anthology) — Written and Directed by Karen Lam, Heidi Lee Douglas, Arantxa Echevarria, Martha Goddard, Anna Elizabeth James, Barbara Stepansky, and Rebecca Thomson

Etheria is the world’s most respected showcase of the best new horror, comedy, science fiction, fantasy, action, and thriller films made by emerging women directors. Terrifying home invasions, unexpected carjackings, and hilarious jelly wrestling are just the start; before you’re through watching this anthology, you’ll visit a Tasmanian penal colony in 1829, prove Kurt Gödel’s time-travel theorem, be victimized by strange alien substances, and dare to venture out into a devastated nuclear wasteland. “7 From Etheria” is a wild ride, so please strap on your seat belt for your own safety.

July 7

Swim Team” (Documentary) — Directed by Lara Stolman (Opens in NY; Opens in La July 21)

Swim Team

In New Jersey the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. What happens next alters the course of the boys’ lives. “Swim Team” chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence, and a life that feels winning.

Austin Found” — Co-Written by Brenna Graziano (Also Available on VOD)

Austin Found

Leanne Miller (Linda Cardellini, “Freaks and Geeks”) is a 36-year-old wife and mother whose hunger for fame and fortune leads her down a dangerous path. A former beauty queen and prom queen, Leanne is fed up with her unglamorously average lifestyle and decides to take matters into her own hands by plotting a scheme to make her family instant celebrities. Teaming up with her ex-boyfriend, Billy (Skeet Ulrich, “Riverdale”), and his ex-con buddy, Jebidiah (Craig Robinson, “The Office”), Leanne conspires to have her 11-year-old daughter, Patty (Ursula Parker, “Louie”), kidnapped for just a month or two. All Leanne has to do is keep the local press (Kristen Schaal, “Bob’s Burgers”) and Sheriff (Patrick Warburton, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”) focused on the case at hand and off hers. What could go wrong?

The Rehearsal” — Directed by Alison Maclean; Written by Alison Maclean and Emily Perkins

The Rehearsal

New York-based filmmaker Alison Maclean returns to her native New Zealand to tell this potent, emotionally textured coming-of-age story set among a group of budding acting students. Stanley (James Rolleston), a naïve first-year student, meets Isolde (Ella Edward) and begins a sweet, first love affair. Goaded by Hannah (Kerry Fox, “An Angel at My Table”), the charismatic, domineering Head of Acting, Stanley uncovers a talent and ambition he didn’t know he had. When his group hits on a sex scandal that involves Isolde’s tennis prodigy sister as fertile material for their end-of-year show, Stanley finds himself profoundly torn.

July 12

“500 Years” (Documentary) — Directed by Pamela Yates (Opens in NY)

“500 Years”: Daniel Hernández-Salazar

From a historic genocide trial to the overthrow of a president, “500 Years” tells a sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala’s recent history, through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society.

Bronx Gothic” (Documentary) (Opens in NY; Opens in La July 28)

Bronx Gothic

An electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show, “Bronx Gothic.” Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui — who’s worked with conceptual artists like Ralph Lemon and Julie Taymor — fuses dance, song, drama, and comedy to create a mesmerizing space in which audiences can engage with a story about two 12-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s. With intimate vérité access to Okwui and her audiences off the stage, “Bronx Gothic” allows for unparalleled insight into her creative process as well as the complex social issues embodied in it.

Julius Caesar” (Filmed Stage Production) — Directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Opens in the UK)

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Julius Caesar” depicts the catastrophic consequences of a political leader’s extension of his powers beyond the remit of the constitution. As Brutus (Harriet Walter) wrestles with his moral conscience over the assassination of Julius Caesar (Jackie Clune), Mark Antony (Jade Anouka) manipulates the crowd through his subtle and incendiary rhetoric.

July 14

To the Bone” — Written and Directed by Marti Noxon (Available on Netflix)

To the Bone

Based on the real-life experiences of writer-director Marti Noxon, “To the Bone” shares the story of 20-year-old Ellen (Lily Collins) and her battle with anorexia. Ellen enters a group home run by an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves) where she and the other residents go on a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing journey — navigating their addictions and finding the path to choosing life.

Lady Macbeth” — Written by Alice Birch

Lady Macbeth

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family is cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Birthright: A War Story” (Documentary) — Directed by Civia Tamarkin; Written by Civia Tamarkin and Luchina Fisher (Opens in NY; Opens in La July 28)

Birthright: A War Story

Birthright: A War Story” is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated, and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts, and religious doctrine to govern whether, when, and how women will bear children. This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Wish Upon” — Written by Barbara Marshall

Wish Upon

Twelve years after discovering her mother’s suicide, 17-year-old Clare Shannon (Joey King) is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her manic, hoarder father Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe), and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her father comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes. While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can’t help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she’s always wanted and everything seems perfect — until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish. Clare realizes that she must get rid of the box, but finds herself unable and unwilling to part with her new-and-improved life — leading her down a dark and dangerous path.

“The Midwife” (Opens in NY)

“The Midwife”

Two of French cinema’s biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together in this sharp character study from director Martin Provost (“Séraphine”).



Footnotes” is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie (Pauline Etienne), a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France’s radically changing economy. Living out of a backpack, Julie spends her days jumping from job to job until she’s finally offered a temporary stockroom position at a women’s luxury shoe factory. After making friends with the boss’s spunky receptionist Sophie (Julie Victor) and the ever-charming factory truck driver Samy (Olivier Chantreau), Julie thinks the hard times are behind her. But Julie’s dreams of stability collapse when management threatens to close down the factory.

Chasing Coral” (Documentary)— Co-Written by Vickie Curtis (Available on Netflix)

Chasing Coral

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

False Confessions” — Co-Directed by Marie-Louise Bischofberger (Opens in NY; Opens in La July 21)

False Confessions

Isabelle Huppert commands the screen as Araminte, the wealthy widow who unwittingly hires the smitten Dorante (Louis Garrel) as her accountant. Secrets and lies accumulate as Dorante and his accomplice, Araminte’s manservant Dubois (Yves Jacques), manipulate not only the good-hearted Araminte, but also her friend and confidante, Marton (Manon Combes). Dorante, by turns pitiable and proficient, but always deferential to his social better, walks a fine line in his quest to arouse an equal desire in the object of his affections.

Blind” — Co-Written by Diane Fisher

A novelist blinded in the car crash (Alec Baldwin) that killed his wife rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife (Demi Moore) of an indicted businessman (Dylan McDermott).

July 19

Desert Hearts” (Theatrical Re-Release)— Directed Donna Deitch; Written by Natalie Cooper (Opens in NY)

Desert Hearts

Based on Jane Rule’s 1964 novel, Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) and repressed university professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was… complicated. Landmark in its positive portrayal of sapphic romance and celebrated for its passionate, sensual bedroom scenes that nearly fog the camera’s lens, Deitch’s vision for Cay and Vivian’s nuanced onscreen relationship explores the tension inherent in a sheltered woman accepting her newfound sexual self.

July 21

Landline” — Directed by Gillian Robespierre; Written by Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm


When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco) and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process. Set in 1990s Manhattan, “Landline” is a warm, insightful, and comedic drama about a family united by secrets and lies.

Girls Trip” — Co-Written by Tracy Oliver

Girls Trip

When four lifelong friends — Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish — travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

The Untamed” (Opens in NY)

The Untamed

Alejandra (Ruth Ramos) is a young mother and housewife who raises her children with her husband, Angel (Jesús Meza), in a small town. His brother Fabian (Eden Villavicencio) is a nurse at a local hospital. Their provincial lives are altered with the arrival of the mysterious Veronica (Simone Bucio). Sex and love are fragile in certain regions where family values ​​exist and hypocrisy, homophobia, and sexism are strong. Veronica convinces them that in the nearby forest, in a secluded cabin, there is something that is not of this world but that is the answer to all their problems.

Scales: Mermaids Are Real

Siren Phillips (Emmy Perry) has lived her life thinking she’s an ordinary girl, in an ordinary town. On the eve of her birthday, however, she learns that she is far from ordinary. Destined to turn into a mermaid at the age of 12, Siren must struggle with her new reality, saying goodbye to her mother and friends, while she transitions into the water. To make matters worse, a group of hunters are after her. When Siren’s mother is taken, the town must rally behind her and help her make a peaceful transition into the water, before the hunters can find her.

“The Fencer” — Written by Anna Heinämaa

“The Fencer”

A young man, Endel Nelis (Märt Avandi), arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion — fencing. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children and Endel becomes a role model. The children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice: risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them.

July 26

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” (Documentary) — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Catherine Bainbridge

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

“Rumble” tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, “Rumble” shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

July 28

Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde

Oscar-winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in “Atomic Blonde,” a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

The Incredible Jessica James” (Available on Netflix)

The Incredible Jessica James

Jessica Williams (“The Daily Show”) stars as a young, aspiring playwright in New York City who is struggling to get over a recent breakup. She is forced to go on a date with the recently divorced Boone, played by Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”), and the unlikely duo discover how to make it through the tough times in a social media obsessed post-relationship universe. Lakeith Stanfield (“Atlanta”, “Get Out”) and Noël Wells (“Master of None”) co-star.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (Documentary)— Co-Directed by Bonni Cohen

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”: Paramount Pictures and Participant Media

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Strange Weather” — Written and Directed by Katherine Dieckmann (Also Available on VOD)

Strange Weather

Academy Award winner Holly Hunter gets behind the wheel in this engrossing story of a woman’s quest for rectitude in the wake of harrowing loss. Steeped in a strong sense of place and peopled by convention-defying characters, Katherine Dieckmann’s “Strange Weather” draws you into its sultry Southern milieu and takes you on a backroads trek you won’t soon forget.

“From the Land of the Moon” — Co-Written and Directed by Nicole Garcia

“From the Land of the Moon”

In 1950s France, Gabrielle (Marion Cottilard) is a passionate, free-spirited woman in a loveless marriage, and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André (Louis Garrel).

It Stains the Sands Red

It Stains the Sands Red

In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, Molly (Brittany Allen) — a troubled woman from Las Vegas with a dark past — finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone and ravenous zombie on her tail (Juan Riedinger). Easily able to outpace her un-dead pursuer at first, things quickly become a nightmare when it dawns on her that the zombie will never need to stop and rest. This is the epic story of one woman’s journey to outrun not only the immediate threat that follows her, but the demons who have chased her all her life.

July 2017 Film Preview was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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First trailer for comedy Austin Found starring Linda Cardellini, Craig Robinson and Skeet Ulrich

The first trailer has arrived online for director Will Raee’s upcoming comedy drama Austin Found which stars Linda Cardellini, Kristen Schaal, Craig Robinson, Skeet Ulrich, Ursula Parker, Patrick Warburton, Jon Daly, Chris Parnell, and Matt Jones; check it out below after the official synopsis…

Leanne Miller (Linda Cardellini, “Freaks and Geeks”) is a 36-year-old wife and mother whose hunger for fame and fortune leads her down a dangerous path. A former beauty queen and prom queen, Leanne is fed up with her unglamorously average lifestyle when she decides to take matters into her own hands by plotting a scheme to make her family instant celebrities. Teaming up with her ex-boyfriend, Billy (Skeet Ulrich, “Riverdale”), and his ex-con buddy, Jebidiah (Craig Robinson, “The Office”), Leanne conspires to have her 11-year-old daughter, Patty (Urusula Parker, “Louie”), kidnapped for just for a month or two. All Leanne has to do is keep the local press (Kristen Schaal,
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TV News Roundup: Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘StarTalk’ Reupped, Sloane Morgan Siegel Joins Fox Pilot


National Geographic series “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” will return this fall with 20 new episodes. The hourlong, weekly science-driven talk show series is derived from Tyson’s popular podcast of the same name, and each episode features an intimate interview between Tyson and a guest from pop culture, politics or news, discussing how science and technology have affected their lives and careers. The new season will include conversations with Janelle Monáe, director Ted Melfi, cyclist Lance Armstrong, and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Travel Channel has renewed its series “Expedition Unknown” for a 14-episode fourth season. The new episodes start production this spring, continuing host and explorer Josh Gates’ global journey to find the truth behind captivating stories, digging through years of historical evidence, facts and myths.


Sloane Morgan Siegel has been added to the cast of Fox‘s comedy pilot “Amy’s Brother.” Siegel will play the role of Zach in the series, the
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‘Amy’s Brother’: Ursula Parker & Miguel Pinzon Cast In Fox Comedy Pilot

Louie‘s Ursula Parker and Miguel Pinzon (Mystery Girls) are set as series regulars opposite Annie Mumolo in Amy's Brother, Fox's single-camera comedy produced by the husband-and-wife duo of Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone and Warner Bros TV. Written and co-executive produced by Jim Cashman (Saturday Night Live) and Mitch Silpa (Bridesmaids), and directed by Beth McCarthy Miller, Amy's Brother is about an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-a man…
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Spectral Review

When it comes to their original television, Netflix is killing it. Whether it’s House of Cards or BoJack Horseman, the streaming site has continued to provide astounding, award-winning television on a near monthly basis. If only their original movies stood as high. While they’ve acquired some noteworthy features, including Beasts of No Nation and The Little Prince, the films they’ve produced themselves from the ground-up continuously fail to live up to their impeccable television standards. While it’s encouraging to see them venture into the sci-fi genre with Spectral, unfortunately, it doesn’t fare much better as it’s yet another rousing disappointment for the multi-platform company.

When a mysterious force kills some of the world’s most powerful soldiers, Dr. Clyne (James Badge Dale), who’s among the top in his field, is sent to Europe by the government in order to discover what the disturbance might be.
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Ghostly Aliens Attack in First Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Spectral’

Once set to be a wide release this past summer from Universal, they handed over the supernatural war film Spectral to Netflix, who will drop it next week. Not one for extensive marketing campaigns, the company has now released the first trailer for the film which follows a group of soldiers who are defending a city from an otherworldly force.

While its different elements look familiar, seeing sci-fi mashed up with a Black Hawk Down-esque scenario may prove to be entertaining. Add in the talents of James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, and Bruce Greenwood, and maybe this can be a respite from the fairly lackluster year of action cinema.

Directing by Nic Mathieu and also starring Max Martini, Clayne Crawford, Cory Hardict, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Jimmy Akingbola, Dylan Smith, Philip Bulcock, Royce Pierreson, Ursula Parker, and Mark O’Neal, check out the trailer below ahead of next week’s release.
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Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s Supernatural Combat Film Spectral

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Soldiers face a supernatural threat that's difficult to gun down in the official trailer for the paranormal military thriller Spectral.

Synopsis: "When an otherworldly force wreaks havoc on a war-torn European city, an engineer teams up with an elite Special Ops unit to stop it."

Directed by Nic Mathieu from a screenplay by Ian Fried, John Gatins, Jamie Moss, and George Nolfi, Spectral stars James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Emily Mortimer, Bruce Greenwood, Dylan Smith, Clayne Crawford, Royce Pierreson, Cory Hardict, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Jimmy Akingbola, Philip Bulcock, Ursula Parker, and Mark O’Neal.

Spectral will be released on the streaming service Netflix on Friday, December 9th.

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Take Me to the River | Review

River of No Return: Sobel Brings Scent of Southern Gothic to the Mid-West with Stellar Debut

Family reunions have tremendous potential as battlefields for dysfunctional reparations, and provide easy arenas for comedy or drama to flourish. Director Matt Sobel draws upon the decidedly uncomfortable sort with his debut, Take Me to the River, an astute collision of adolescent anguish, coming-out suppression, and rural redneck nightmare all rolled into a flammable powder keg that leaks incendiary fumes but never builds to explosive relief. Age old juxtapositions, such as the sinful worldliness of Californians vs. corn-fed Midwestern white values, are enhanced by the dramatic charge of queer tensions Sobel compellingly conjures. Sure to make you squirm thanks to a reservoir of debauched sexuality lurking underneath the thin veneer of respectable propriety, Sobel culls a handful of startlingly realistic performances from a fine cast.

17-year-old Ryder (Logan Miller) is on his way
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Dread Builds in Trailer For Sundance Drama ‘Take Me to the River’

To give you a sense of the usually extended process it takes from some independent features to make their way to screens, we just wrapped up 2016’s Sundance Film Festival, but today brings news of one from last year finally set to arrive. Take Me to The River marks the first feature from Matt Sobel, depicting a strange family reunion with twists and turns. Starring Logan Miller, Robin Weigert, Josh Hamilton, Ursula Parker, Richard Schiff, and Azura Skye, we also have the first trailer ahead of a release next month.

We said in our review, “A strong, quiet and confident debut feature, Take Me to the River announces the arrival of its writer-director Matt Sobel, whose first feature shows quite a command of his storytelling. Aided by the editing of Jacob Secher Schulsinger (Force Majeure), each scene builds a unique rhythm and tension and we’re not quite sure where
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Watch: Tension Rises In New Trailer For 'Take Me To The River'

At last year's Sundance Film Festival, writer/director Matt Sobel debuted "Take Me To The River," a picture that has gotten under the skin of anyone who saw it —the drama centers around a family reunion where something has undeniably gone wrong. Read More: Sundance Review: 'Take Me To The River' Features Solid Performances In A Genuinely Peculiar Film Starring Logan Miller, Robin Weigert, Josh Hamilton, Richard Schiff, Ursula Parker and Azura Skye, the film follows Ryder, who is not yet out of the closet due to his buttoned down extended family. However, when an incident happens with nine year-old Molly, accusations and assumptions regarding Ryder soon start flying. Here's the synopsis: Sobel's assured directorial debut is the story of Ryder, an artsy, confident California teen who is heading to Nebraska for a family reunion. After planning to come out to his conservative relatives, he holds off at his mother's.
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Sundance Pic ‘Take Me To The River’ Lands At Film Movement

Film Movement has acquired North American rights to Take Me To The River, the debut feature of Matt Sobel that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A theatrical release is planned for January 2016. Sobel's coming-of-age drama follows a California teen (Logan Miller) who travels to a family reunion in Nebraska where a series of events places him in the middle of a dark family secret. Robin Weigert, Josh Hamilton, Richard Schiff and Ursula Parker co-star. The…
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Production begins in New York state on ‘Amy Makes Three’

Production begins in New York state on ‘Amy Makes Three’
Torrey DeVitto of The Vampire Diaries, Mike Doyle and Ursula Parker have joined Monolith Pictures’ psychological thriller that has commenced principal photography in Dutchess County in upstate New York.

Josh Sternfeld directs Amy Makes Three from his screenplay about a grief-stricken young couple who confront the ghost of their first child.

Michael Goodin produces for Monolith and Scott Kluge for Tremendous Entertainment.

Sternfeld’s previous works includes the 2010 crime thriller Meskada and 2004 drama Winter Solstice.

Devitto (pictured) is best known for her roles in Army Wives, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries.

Doyle has appeared in Jersey Boys and Green Lantern, while Parker’s credits include Louie.
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Production begins in New York state on ‘Amy Make Three’

Production begins in New York state on ‘Amy Make Three’
Torrey DeVitto of The Vampire Diaries, Mike Doyle and Ursula Parker have joined Monolith Pictures’ psychological thriller that has commenced principal photography in Dutchess County in upstate New York.

Josh Sternfeld directs Amy Make Three from his screenplay about a grief-stricken young couple who confront the ghost of their first child.

Michael Goodin produces for Monolith and Scott Kluge for Tremendous Entertainment.

Sternfeld’s previous works includes the 2010 crime thriller Meskada and 2004 drama Winter Solstice.

Devitto (pictured) is best known for her roles in Army Wives, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries.

Doyle has appeared in Jersey Boys and Green Lantern, while Parker’s credits include Louie.
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How ‘Louie’ got a shorter season because Louis C.K. got high

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How ‘Louie’ got a shorter season because Louis C.K. got high
The network TV season ended last week, which means we're diving deep into Emmy campaigning season. The official Emmy ballot gets sent to TV Academy members in early June, and in the meantime, networks and studios are doing their best to put on good faces for potential voters, sometimes with elaborate screener packages, sometimes with For Your Consideration panels featuring the creators and stars of their shows. Last week, I moderated one of those for "Transparent," and last night, I got to do the same for "Louie," sitting down for a conversation with Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon after the audience got to watch this season's "Bobby's House" and the nightmare-fueled "Untitled." While some of these panels are recorded and later made available to the public (I believe that's the plan with the "Transparent" one), FX didn't film this. But it was memorable enough — particularly since C.K. doesn't do
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Louie, Ep. 5.02: “A La Carte” resumes the ballad of Louie and Pamela

Louie, Season 5, Episode 2: “A La Carte”

Written by Louis C.K. (story by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K.)

Directed by Louis C.K.

Airs Thursdays at 10:30pm Et on FX

The whole point of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl archetype is that she can’t exist without a vapid man to mythologize her first; she can’t be pictured in an empty room. She materializes, either as a concept or a flesh-and-blood person, when the man in question requires definition, meaning, purpose, to fill the void of his otherwise meaningless existence. Her quirkiness and idiosyncrasies make her a “challenge” to be conquered; his successful pursuit of the Mpdg acts as an imagined trial-by-fire, with him as the admirably wounded victor. Like most archetypal stories, the Mpdg quest/relationship reveals a lot about some elements of straight male society. The need to gamify and narrativize the act of falling in love,
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Louie Season 5 Review

Four episodes of the fifth season of “Louie” were provided for review purposes prior to broadcast.

The fourth season of Louie, which aired last spring, should have been a shoo-in for the top Emmy; however, it may have been a more appropriate winner for drama series than comedy. That collection of 14 episodes was wildly different from anything creator Louis C.K. had ever attempted on his FX sitcom, which was already wildly different from any other scripted comedy on television. With episodes making brutally honest observations about teenage drug use, sexual assault and plus-sized people, Louie experimented with subject matter and style each week. It was both the most indulgent and most intelligent that the show had ever been, with several benchmarks of unflinching, bruised humor (such as “In the Woods,” his 70-minute opus) that C.K. may never touch again.

Where season four was audacious, season five – returning for a shorter,
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‘Louie’ Celebrates April Fools’ Day by Streaming Season 4 on Fxnow

‘Louie’ Celebrates April Fools’ Day by Streaming Season 4 on Fxnow
Louis C.K. does not suffer fools, but he does have a treat for those celebrating April Fools’ Day.

Before season five of “Louie” bows on FX on April 9, every episode from season four of the series will be available to stream on Fxnow from April 1 through 9.

Fans of the standup comedian can get caught up on C.K.’s cynicism. Each episode puts a spotlight on Louie’s hectic life as a comedian and single father who shares custody of his two daughters, Lilly (Hadley Delaney) and Jane (Ursula Parker). The single-camera comedy is a mix of Louie’s standup comedy and scripted films. The series deals with everyday life issues including work, parenting and relationships, and has touched on topics ranging from religion to politics to social behavior. While many of the episodes are stand alone, the series has also included many serialized episodes, which will hold true again in season five.
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Ten unacquired Sundance 2015 films we still hope to see someday

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Every year, the Sundance Film Festival finds itself packed with several promising features, filled with established performers and breakout stars, and filmmakers screening their first feature alongside veterans of the profession. One of the unfortunate downsides of such a rich array of features, however, is that not every film is able to secure a distributor during the length of the festival, regardless of how intriguing or well-made they are. Here are ten features from the 2015 incarnation of the festival that found themselves without distribution, but which hopefully do become available to the non-festival viewing audience at some point. As with past incarnations of this list, the films are in alphabetical order.

1) Advantageous

The science fiction genre has often allowed filmmakers to explore current day issues in allegory form, allowing them to dig into what causes societal concerns by viewing it from a different perspective. In that sense, Jennifer Phang
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Film Review: Take Me To The River: The Family Reunion From Hell [Sff 2015]

Take Me To The River (2015) Film Review from the 37th Annual Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Matt Sobel, starring Logan Miller, Robin Weigert, Josh Hamilton, Richard Schiff, Ursula Parker, and Azura Skye. In the world created by director and screenwriter, Matt Sobel, what’s most important is what’s [...]

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