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Interview: ‘Ideal Home’ Director Andrew Fleming

Ideal Home review

Out today is Ideal Home, a comedy-drama starring Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd as Erasmus and Paul. This gay couple’s lives are turned upside down by the arrival of a little boy (Jack Gore), who it turns out is Erasmus’s grandson.

The writer/director of the movie is Andrew Fleming, a filmmaker who doesn’t stand still when it comes to his craft. Speaking of which, one of his best-known films is The Craft (1996). He also helmed Threesome (1994), Nancy Drew (2007) and the remake of The In-Laws with Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks (2003).

We sat down with him to chat about his eclectic career and how he brought this non-typical family story to the screen…

Thn: Where did the story come from?

Andrew Fleming: It kind of came from a couple of different places. I outlined a script that featured Paul and Erasmus, but it didn
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‘Ideal Home’ Film Review: Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan Become Unlikely Dads, Hilariously

‘Ideal Home’ Film Review: Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan Become Unlikely Dads, Hilariously
Writer-director Andrew Fleming is one of the best and most underrated makers of comedies today, and his new film “Ideal Home” is delightful in spite of a premise that sounds un-promising.

Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd play Erasmus and Paul, a gay couple who are saddled with Erasmus’s grandson after Erasmus’ ne’er-do-well son Beau is arrested. Trying to evade the police in the first scene, Beau gets stuck in a window, and Fleming lingers on a shot of his behind in tighty-whities in a way that somehow feels more kindly than lecherous; certainly there are worse ways to enliven a basically expository sequence.

Erasmus is a popular and snobby TV food show host based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Paul is his producer; they have been together for ten years and they bicker near-constantly. “Part of me wants to stick around just to watch him die,” Paul tells one of their crew,
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Film Review: ‘Ideal Home’

Film Review: ‘Ideal Home’
“Ideal Home,” a featherweight big-screen sitcom in which Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd play testy romantic partners who wind up as parental caretakers of a 10-year-old boy, is the perfect example of how a movie can be progressive and retrograde at the same time. It’s supposed to feel cutting edge that Coogan and Rudd, who are both terrific actors, adopt a no-big-deal posture toward portraying a gay couple. If only the movie itself were as nonchalant about it! Written and directed by Andrew Fleming, who has had a fluky, hit-or-miss career but built a good comic pedestal for Coogan a decade ago with the dementedly funny “Hamlet 2,” “Ideal Home” is never not painfully aware that its two main characters are gay. It’s a cozy duet of tit-for-tat bitchery that, at times, carries the nagging whisper of a liberal minstrel show.

Instead of treating Erasmus (Coogan), a grandiose
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Santa Barbara Film Festival Announces 2018 Slate, Will Open with Emilio Estevez’s ‘the public’

Despite the devastating mudslides that overwhelmed the Santa Barbara, California community of Montecito last week — resulting in at least 20 deaths and the destruction of 100-plus homes — the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff) will go on as usual. A reason to celebrate is “needed now more than ever,” wrote Sbiff director Roger Durling in a letter soon to be shared with festival-goers. He continued, “It is an opportunity for people to gather – reflect – experience – feel – and process,” noting that cinema attendance was strong during the Great Depression.

Launched in 1986, this year’s Sbiff will include films from 58 countries. Numbered among its 45 world premieres is opening night film “the public,” the first feature written and directed by Emilio Estevez since 2010’s “The Way.” Set at a Cincinnati public library, the film follows its homeless and marginalized patrons during a dangerous cold spell. The cast includes Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone (“Neon Demon
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Alexis Arquette's Vibrant Life on and off Screen: Inside the Late Star's Rise to Fame and Evolving Gender Identity

Alexis Arquette's Vibrant Life on and off Screen: Inside the Late Star's Rise to Fame and Evolving Gender Identity
Alexis Arquette died on Sunday, surrounded by friends and family – which is exactly how the transgender icon lived her life.

Breaking on the Hollywood scene at a young age, Alexis appeared in around 70 projects, starring in popular films like The Wedding Singer and Bride of Chucky. Likely destined for stardom, Alexis was one of many performers in her large and storied family.

Alexis was born Robert Arquette in July 1969. Family patriarch, Lewis, acted in commercials while Lewis' wife, Mardi, was a stage performer.

Like their parents, all of Alexis' siblings were involved in show business, including oldest sister Rosanna, brother Richmond,
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Inside Alexis Arquette's Rise to Fame and Evolving Gender Identity

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Inside Alexis Arquette's Rise to Fame and Evolving Gender Identity
Alexis Arquette died on Sunday, surrounded by friends and family - which is exactly how the transgender icon lived her life. Breaking on the Hollywood scene at a young age, Alexis appeared in around 70 projects, starring in popular films like The Wedding Singer and Bride of Chucky. Likely destined for stardom, Alexis was one of many performers in her large and storied family. Alexis was born Robert Arquette in July 1969. Family patriarch, Lewis, acted in commercials while Lewis' wife, Mardi, was a stage performer. Like their parents, all of Alexis' siblings were involved in show business, including oldest sister Rosanna,
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Alexis Arquette, Transgender Actress, Dead at 47

Alexis Arquette, Transgender Actress, Dead at 47
Alexis Arquette, transgender actress and member of the Arquette acting family, died Sunday morning following a lengthy illness, her brother Richmond Arquette posted on Facebook, Us Weekly reports. She was 47.

"Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning September 11, at 12:32 am," Richmond wrote. "He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones. We were playing music for him and he passed during David Bowie's Starman.
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Alexis Arquette, Transgender Actress and Activist, Dies at 47

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Alexis Arquette, Transgender Actress and Activist, Dies at 47
Transgender actress and activist Alexis Arquette, best known for her performance as a Boy George impersonator in the Adam Sandler comedy “The Wedding Singer,” has died at the age of 47, according to her brother Richmond Arquette. She is survived by her siblings Patricia, Rosanna, David, and Richmond Arquette. As of now, her cause of death has not been confirmed.

Read More: Patricia Arquette Reveals She Lost Work by Advocating for Equal Pay for Women

Richmond posted the following statement on Facebook: “Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning September 11, at 12:32 am. He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones. We were playing music for him and he passed during David Bowie’s ‘Starman.’ As per his wishes, we cheered at the moment that he transitioned to another dimension.
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Alexis Arquette Dead at 47

Alexis Arquette Dead at 47
Actress-singer Alexis Arquette, whose TV work included guest stints on Roseanne, Friends and Californication, died Sunday morning in the presence of her family and friends, TMZ is reporting.

Arquette’s resume also included the films Threesome (1994) and The Wedding Singer (1998), the latter of which found her playing a Boy George impersonator, as well as Season 6 of VH1’s reality show The Surreal Life.

Arquette, the sister of actors Rosanna, Patricia and David, lent visibility to the transgender community long before Caitlyn Jenner arrived on the scene. She documented her transition from male to female in the 2007 film Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother.
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Shane/Taker/Vince Showdown! Roman Reigns Returns! – WWE Raw 03/14/16…In About 4 Minutes

In this week’s episode of WrestleTalk’s WWE Monday Night Raw …in about 4 minutes, Shane McMahon, The Undertaker and Vince in the same ring for the first time since their Wrestlemania 32 feud began, Dean Ambrose gets some hardcore words from Mick Foley ahead of his Brock Lesnar street-fight, Roman Reigns returns to throw a TV set at Triple H (which is how most WWE viewers feel sometimes), and more…

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The New Day Beat Rusev And Alberto Del Rio

Raw opened on a match for once! Well, kind of. The New Day were involved so there was the standard 5 minutes of booty chat, but then we got into their tag title match against Rusev and Alberto del Rio.

The crowd didn’t really know who to cheer for,
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Emmy Screening Room: Masters of Sex's Caitlin FitzGerald Is Seen

Emmy Screening Room: Masters of Sex's Caitlin FitzGerald Is Seen
June 26 — the cutoff date for the 2015 Emmy Awards nomination voting — is only a day away. And that’s a source of both great anticipation and nameless dread for those of us obsessed with quality television.

RelatedTVLine’s Full Lineup of 2015 Dream Emmy Nominees

Team TVLine has already brought you our Dream Emmy Ballots in 10 key Emmy races — click here to see our picks! — but we wanted to make one last push on behalf of a few favorites whose work was so outstanding this year that the possibility of a snub makes us want to get in touch with our inner
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‘Mad Men’ Season 7, Episode 5 Recap: Sex, Drugs and Self-Mutilation

The menage-a-trois has a long and storied history. I’m assuming that’s the case, anyway, because few historians have bothered to write down when and where people first started doing R-rated things to each other in threes rather than twos. There are surprisingly few cave paintings on the matter. But we do know that by the fifth century, the idea of three people romantically entangled was not entirely unheard of, to the point where three-way situations were a small but recognizable part of pop culture (on the ancient Greek equivalent of the E! network). And by the 1700s, three-way sex was all the rage with upper crust Europeans in powdered wigs (wig powder, naturally, is a potent aphrodisiac). Famed Italian loverboy Giacomo Casanova first lost his virginity in such an arrangement. Various dukes (William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire) and Counts (Adolf Frederik Munck) are also famous for committing this salacious act. And
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1996

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01

We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...

Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.

Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.

As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...

25. The Cable Guy

We can't sit here and
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1994

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:29

Here are 25 more great, unsung films - this time, from the year 1994...

Yes, 1994. The year cinemas were dominated by such whimsical wonders as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Mask and, erm, True Lies. It was also the year Gump dominated the Academy Awards, and Four Weddings And A Funeral loomed large at the Baftas.

As ever, there was so much more to the year's cinematic landscape than Tom Hanks' park bench ramblings or Hugh Grant mithering from beneath his gorgously crafted hair. To prove it, here's a list of 25 films that, in our estimation, are among its most underappreciated. There's much horror, drama, tears and laughter, plus a couple of classic documentaries, too.

25. Phantasm III: Lord Of The Dead

The Phantasm series was quite unusual, in that writer and director Don Coscarelli made all four of them. This means that,
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Top 50 underappreciated comedy films of the past 30 years

Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14

They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...

For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.

As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or
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Hahn, Charles Join "Walter Mitty" Remake

Kathryn Hahn ("Crossing Jordan," "Parks and Recreation") and Josh Charles ("The Good Wife," "Threesome") have joined the fantastical comedy "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" at Fox says The Hollywood Reporter.

A remake of the classic 1947 Danny Kaye movie, Stiller plays a timid magazine photo manager who daydreams of exciting adventures, only to find himself in an adventure of his own.

Hahn plays Stiller’s flighty sister who is overseeing their mother (Shirley MacLaine) as she is moved into a retirement home. Charles will play the ex-husband of Cheryl (Kristen Wiig), Stiller's co-worker and the girl of his fantasies.

Adam Scott also stars in the film which will be shot this Spring in Vancouver.
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Clip joint: manhole covers

Apparently prosaic, these grids hide portals to the underworld. Follow us down into the sewers of a cinematic obsession

On the face of it, a manhole cover isn't particularly romantic. It keeps a lid on the sewer and a floor on the road. The only time you notice them is when there's steam pouring out around them … or when they're simply not there at all and you fall into the hole one was covering. They're not as interesting as what's above or below, or what happens going between the two.

Pause for just a moment, though, and the cover becomes something far less prosaic. It's covering up a slim, mysterious passage that's already been opened up. Either someone needs access to the sombre underbelly of the street or to preserve an exit route from it. The cover itself means you have to make the decision to get in or out
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For Your Consideration: The 2011 Golden Globe Awards

What Happens When A Dog Eats A Bottle Of Glitter Olive Wilde (ps Loved this dress) So You’Re Telling Me There’S A Chance-Iest Dot Jones and Mark Salling Remember Remember The 5th Of November Kim Kardashian Coming Up On A Very Special Seinfeld: Elaine Drops Acid Helena Bonham Carter Jewish Mom Hair-iest Al “Judge Judy” Pacino Proudest African American Woman Hayden Panettiere And Yet The Pastiest Hayden Panettiere Most Likely To Be Murdered Ricky Gervais Allow Us To Minority Report This One And Say We Found The Killer Tom Cruise Zac Posen For The Cameras Eva Longoria-Parker (Fave Gown of the Evening) Boy, Impregnating Natalie Portman Has Really Gone To His Head Benjamin Millepied Finest Party Crasher Guy Pearce, Probably Not Invited Most Beautiful Snooki Christina Aguilera Madame Tussaud Called, She Wants Her Flawless Figurines Back Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Spoiler Alert Re: Carpets Matching
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Lara Flynn Boyle Lands Reality Show

Los Angeles, California (X17online) - Lara Flynn Boyle is joining the reality show game. Boyle, who was once linked with Jack Nicholson, is getting her own show on the E! Network. The cable network has ordered a pilot for the upcoming project, which would focus on her life in Texas, her marriage to a real estate investor and her crazy life in Hollywood. Boyle is best known for her work on Twin Peaks, The Practice and Threesome.
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Stars in Rewind: Restoring Stephen Baldwin

Stars in Rewind: Restoring Stephen Baldwin
Oh Stephen Baldwin.... Back in the day, 1989 to be exact, he grabbed roles in Casualties of War, Last Exit to Brooklyn, and Born on the Fourth of July. By 1994-1995, he was pretty big name, grabbing spots on Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, The Usual Suspects, and the sexuality-bending Threesome. It's hard to believe that the same guy, some 15 years and 60 projects later, needs to be restored.

THR's Risky Business has shared this little ditty (which our own Peter Hall presented the other night): there's a new website called "Restore Stephen Baldwin." With the A-ok of his ministry President Daniel Southern, the website hopes to elicit donations from folks so that Baldwin can soar up to new heights. You see, when he became Born Again and spoke out about his beliefs, it lost him jobs and resulted in bankruptcy, because, you know, he'd no longer act in sexy,
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