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Nantucket Film Festival to Fete Noah Baumbach, Morgan Neville

Nantucket Film Festival to Fete Noah Baumbach, Morgan Neville
The Nantucket Film Festival will honor filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Morgan Neville during the 23rd edition of the island festival that runs June 20-25.

Organizers also unveiled plans for Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Ben Stiller to join the fest’s annual comedy night, with a focus on improv this year.

Baumbach is known for his intimate character studies in such films as “Kicking and Screaming,” “The Squid and the Whale,” “Greenberg,” “Frances Ha,” and most recently, Netflix’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).”

Neville earned the feature documentary Oscar for 2013’s “20 Feet From Stardom.” His most recent doc, Focus Features’ “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” tells the story of TV legend Fred Rogers, who was a Nantucket regular and host of PBS’ “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

The fest’s New Voices in Screenwriting kudo will go to Andrew Heckler, writer and director of “Burden,” which revolves around
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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Director Noah Baumbach On His Personally Rooted Penchant For New York Stories

‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Director Noah Baumbach On His Personally Rooted Penchant For New York Stories
A defining voice in American independent cinema ever since his 1995 debut with Kicking and Screaming, Noah Baumbach has a natural knack for human observation and crafting sharp dialogue that feels entirely true. These talents are on display with The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), a Netflix pic which premiered at Cannes to great acclaim, centering on the three dysfunctional adult children of a narcissistic, artistic patriarch. Meyerowitz sees Baumbach working at…
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‘Get Out’ Deeper and Funnier Than Most ‘Serious’ Awards Contenders

‘Get Out’ Deeper and Funnier Than Most ‘Serious’ Awards Contenders
As our mothers told us, first impressions are lasting impressions. When Universal opened “Get Out” on Feb. 24, it was marketed as a horror movie. Now that the film is available for streaming, on HBO and on awards screeners (sent out Nov. 6), some industry folk are making a startling discovery: “Get Out” is Not a horror movie.

That was a good marketing hook, but the film, written and directed by Jordan Peele, is too original to pigeonhole: It’s a little Alfred Hitchcock, a little Mike Nichols, a little Rod Serling, but not really like any of them. It’s a deadpan social satire mixed with suspense. This week, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. agreed to consider it as a comedy for the Golden Globes; that was a good choice, because they don’t have a Too Complex To Label category.

The film was made by Blumhouse Prods. and Jason Blum says his company has two criteria: “Is it
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach is a screenwriter, producer, director, and filmmaker. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 3, 1969. He first worked as a messenger for The New Yorker magazine before making his writing and directing debut in 1995 with ‘Kicking and Screaming’. He has gone on to establish a successful career in many aspects of filmmaking. One of his best-known works is ‘The Squid and the Whale’. This 2005 comedy-drama film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Other notable films written and directed by Noah Baumbach include ‘Mistress America’, While We’re Young’, and ‘Frances

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Noah Baumbach
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Trailer For Netflix's New Film The Meyerwitz Stories with Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller

Netflix has released a new trailer and four new posters for their fantastic looking new film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). The film comes from writer and director Noah Baumbach and it stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Adam Driver, Judd Hirsch, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten and Emma Thompson.

The film is the "emotional and comic intergenerational tale of adult siblings (Sandler, Stiller, Marvel) contending with the long shadow their strong-willed father (Hoffman) has cast over their lives."

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) looks a wonderful and comical movie that I would enjoy. I've also enjoyed many of Baumbach's previous films which include Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg, While We’re Young and Mistress America.

The movie will be released on Netflix on October 13th.
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‘Carol’ Comes to Netflix: See the Full List of Films to Binge in September 2017

‘Carol’ Comes to Netflix: See the Full List of Films to Binge in September 2017
Netflix may be in massive debt, but that hasn’t changed much for the streaming giant, which announced a robust list of new additions today. Todd Haynes’ “Carol” is heading to Netflix, as well as two other masterpieces from provocative auteurs: Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream.” As the summer movie season winds down, Netflix has plenty of gems to carry you into fall.

Other titles heading to the streaming service include the entire “Jaws” franchise, Martin Scorsese’s Daniel Day Lewis vehicle “Gangs of New York,” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale.” Check out the complete list of all the new films joining Netflix in September, 2017 below, including our 7 must-see choices.

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September kicks off with “Amores Perros,” the breakout feature from “Birdman” and “The Revenant” director Alejandro González Iñárritu.
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Cannes 2017. Family Matters—Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

When a major artist finally makes it into the Cannes competition slate, despite consistently producing excellent work, the question becomes: what changed? Is it simply belated recognition? Or is the artist somehow pushing themselves in unprecedented ways, creating work deserving of a larger spotlight? Those are questions that one could ask regarding Noah Baumbach, who makes his first appearance at the Cannes Film Festival with The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), despite a filmography that goes back to 1995 with Kicking and Screaming. Oddly enough, the new film—a quiet New York-set drama on various members of the Meyerowitz clan—finds the Manhattan-based director in perfectly comfortable territory, far closer in spirit to his older work than his recent, more adventurous projects with Greta Gerwig. But familiar need not necessarily mean bad. And although it lacks the ambition that one typically associates with a Cannes Competition title (however much or little
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Before ‘The Meyerowitz Stories,’ Noah Baumbach’s ‘Kicking and Screaming’ Captured Adults Coming of Age — Cannes 2017

Before ‘The Meyerowitz Stories,’ Noah Baumbach’s ‘Kicking and Screaming’ Captured Adults Coming of Age — Cannes 2017
This is the latest installment of a series exploring significant films from the careers of directors showing new work at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Noah Baumbach characters are almost always enduring growing pains, even if they stopped growing years ago. One of his most defining characteristics as a filmmaker is his ability to create coming-of-age stories for any age group.

The Meyerowitz Stories’ First Look: Noah Baumbach and Adam Sandler Compete for the Palme d’Or

The Meyerowitz Stories,” Baumbach’s first film to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, sounds Baumbachian enough: It centers on an estranged family that convenes in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father. The film stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson.

Soured relationships and artistic achievement are recurring themes in Baumbach’s work, and are often directly related to the painful transitions that take his
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Noah Baumbach Tells All: 7 Things We Learned About His Craft During a Candid Tribeca Talk

Noah Baumbach Tells All: 7 Things We Learned About His Craft During a Candid Tribeca Talk
The Tribeca Film Festival has long boasted hot-ticket events under their “Tribeca Talks” banner, and last night’s hour-long discussion between filmmaker Noah Baumbach and his newly-minted star Dustin Hoffman (who leads the star-studded cast of Baumbach’s next film, the Cannes competitor “The Meyerowitz Stories”) was another insightful entry into one of their best series.

The pair took the stage at New York City’s own Bmcc Tribeca Performing Arts Center to chat about Baumbach’s life and work, and the surprising ways in which he’s changed and evolved as a filmmaker during his two-decade-long career. Her are the best bits (not including a small, but hilarious aside about how Baumbach initially bonded with fellow filmmaker Wes Anderson because they had the same notebook, the kind of detail even those two couldn’t make up).

Read More: Netflix Picks Up Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Starring Ben Stiller
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Netflix acquires Noah Baumbach’s 'The Meyerowitz Stories'

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Potential awards contender produced by Scott Rudin will get day-and-date theatrical release and worldwide streaming launch in late 2017.

Netflix has pulled off the kind of prestige buy more commonly associated with its streaming rival Amazon Studios, swooping on worldwide rights to Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).

Frequent Netflix collaborator Adam Sandler stars alongside Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel of Homeland and House Of Cards, Grace Van Patten and Emma Thompson.

The plot centres on adult siblings dealing with the influence of their aging father. A producer roster of Scott Rudin, Baumbach, Lila Yacoub and Eli Bush further bolsters the film’s prestige credentials and a day-and-date theatrical and worldwide streaming launch has been earmarked for late 2017.

Noah Baumbach is an important voice in American filmmaking and his films are always highly anticipated around the world,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, whose team brokered the deal with Iac Films, said.

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Netflix Buys Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ for 2017 Release

Netflix Buys Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ for 2017 Release
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories,” starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, and Emma Thompson.

The movie, which was shot last year in New York City, centers on adult brothers and sisters dealing with their father. Baumbach directed from his own script and produced along with Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub, and Eli Bush.

Netflix plans to premiere “The Meyerowitz Stories” in select theaters and on Netflix later this year.

Noah Baumbach is an important voice in American filmmaking and his films are always highly anticipated around the world,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “Noah is among the filmmakers that we were eager to work with, and I know that film enthusiasts everywhere will be as moved by this film as we were. We’re thrilled to be the avenue in which global audiences
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4 Must-Watch Films If You’re About to Graduate College and Feel Lost as F*ck

A cinematic guide to confronting postgrad malaise.Fox Searchlight Pictures

It’s getting to be that time of year where if you listen closely, you can hear millions of parents asking soon-to-be graduates about their plans for the future. Transitioning out of an academic setting can be tricky. And with it comes a very specific kind of funk; a strange and aimless limbo aggravated by the dreaded…so — now what?

I’ve heard that millennials are adult babies and back in the day dinosaurs walked uphill both ways and payed for their entire tuition with the quarters they earned selling lemonade during the summer. Which is to say: the financial and social pressures shouldered by recent graduates are very real existential threats. Thankfully, small comfort though it may be, the disenchanted former student has more than a few cinematic role models to choose from. The postgrad film, older sibling to the high school coming-of-age-movie, concerns
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Watch This: At Sundance ’96, Nicole Holofcener made an endearing (and enduring) debut

One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: With Sundance in full swing, we’re looking back at some of the best directorial debuts that premiered at the festival.

Walking And Talking (1996)

In the mid-’90s there was a boomlet of independent movies about young-ish, usually urban-dwelling neurotic types making small talk, cracking wise, and often making pop-culture references. Two of the very best of this batch had the misfortune to come out within about a year of each other with extremely similar titles: Noah Baumbach’s Kicking And Screaming and Nicole Holofcener’s Walking And Talking. Holofcener’s first film premiered at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, in a terrific class that included Welcome To The Dollhouse, Citizen Ruth, and Big Night.

Holofcener, a smart and perceptive writer, would go on to tell more complex stories ...
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Recommended Discs & Deals: Black Friday Edition

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Note: With Black Friday approaching and many deals already underway, this week’s column will be dedicated to the event as we highlight some of our favorite deals (see all of them here).

Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)

David McKenzie’s Hell or High Water is a gritty, darkly humorous, and fiendishly violent neo-western. Or, in other words, the type of film you might expect from a non-American director working in the United States. It borrows heavily
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Paul Thomas Anderson Brings ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ to The Criterion Collection This November

Paul Thomas Anderson Brings ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ to The Criterion Collection This November
November tends to be the biggest month of the year for the Criterion Collection, the boutique home video company releasing some of their most exciting releases in time for the holiday shopping season. And, lucky for us, that trend continues in 2016, as Criterion has just revealed this year’s batch of November titles, and the slate includes some absolutely major must-owns. From Paul Thomas Anderson finally joining the Collection (and bringing Adam Sandler along with him!) to a series of samurai films that have never gotten their proper due, these are movies that are worth stampeding for on Black Friday.

Check out Criterion’s full November 2016 slate below, listed in rough order of our excitement for each title. And be sure to visit Criterion’s website for full release info.

1. “Punch-Drunk Love” (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002). #843

It was only a matter of time before Paul Thomas Anderson finally joined the Criterion Collection,
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Head of the Class: 10 Great College Movies

There is something inherently frustrating about the prospect of university life. As a college student, you can feel as if you’re stuck in limbo. You’re obviously no longer a child as sex, drugs and alcohol pervade your everyday world, yet you’re not really an adult — totally free of the burdens of the 9-to-5 rat race for at least a few more years. A feeling of unease can fall over you, as there’s always a kegger or a party to attend while lovers change partners more often than bed-sheets.

Everybody Wants Some!!, the long-awaited spiritual sequel to Richard Linklater‘s classic comedy Dazed & Confused is now out in theaters. In the film, a college freshman (Blake Jenner) arrives at school to find that his new baseball teammates are an out-of-control, alcohol-fueled army of irresponsible party-dudes.

To celebrate, we compiled ten of the finest college movies, all ranging wildly in style and tone.
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Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To The Films Of Noah Baumbach

With nine films to his name before the age of 50, Noah Baumbach has time and time again proved himself to be a zealous, original auteur and screenwriter. Beginning with the acerbic, quick-witted ode to collegiate Neverland, “Kicking and Screaming,” in 1995, Baumbach’s films have been filled with spirited individuals yearning for significance, and there aren’t many other directors who can exfoliate such emotional animation. Read More: Retrospective: The Films Of Noah Baumbach A co-writing collaboration with Wes Anderson on 2004’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” and his Academy Award-nominated screenplay for his own directorial effort, 2005’s “The Squid and the Whale,” not only brought an avalanche of regurgitated childhood memories onto this author’s lap, but the semi-autobiographical picture made Baumbach a household name. In this new video essay, Fernando Andrés takes a look at Baumbach’s career, and focuses specifically on his achievements as a...
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Kent Jones & Noah Baumbach Chat About Hitchcock/Truffaut

Kent Jones’s new documentary, Hitchcock/Truffaut, based on the interview session between the two filmmakers, will open tomorrow from the Cohen Media Group.

In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting—used to produce the mythical book Hitchcock/Truffaut—this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo. Hitchcock’s incredibly modern art is elucidated and explained by today’s leading filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader.

Jones was joined by Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Kicking and Screaming) at the Film Society of Lincoln Center to discuss the documentary, and the Q&A is now available to watch online.
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The Magical Pas de Deux of Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig in 'Mistress America'

The Magical Pas de Deux of Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig in 'Mistress America'
New York director Noah Baumbach, the child of writers, writes consistently smart screenplays about that urban intellectual milieu, from his debut "Kicking and Screaming" to his Oscar-nominated "The Squid and the Whale," arguably his most fully realized film to date, which broke out Jesse Eisenberg, followed by less well-received "Margot at the Wedding," which was a dark, dead-on accurate portrait of a family of narcissists. Baumbach is willing to show characters who are lost and flailing. Ben Stiller has portrayed his alter-ego twice now, in L.A.-set "Greenberg," co-starring Greta Gerwig, which made me squirm with discomfort, and in "While We're Young." This Friday, Fox Searchlight opens enchanting comedy "Mistress America," which Baumbauch wrote with his partner and actress muse Greta Gerwig (who collaborated with him memorably on "Frances Ha"), creating Brooke, the most entertaining screwball heroine since...
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Exclusive Portraits: Woody Allen, Parker Posey on the Chicago Red Carpet for ‘Irrational Man’

Chicago – It was a Chicago moment for the legendary filmmaker Woody Allen, as he walked the Red Carpet on behalf of his latest film, “Irrational Man.” He was joined by a co-star in the film, Parker Posey, and was there to capture these Exclusive Portraits.

Woody Allen at the Chicago Preview of ‘Irrational Man,’ July 18th, 2015

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Irrational Man” is Woody Allen’s 47th film as director, an amazing output for an American filmmaker, and unlikely to be duplicated for mainstream releases in the future. He began with “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” in 1966, won an Oscar for directing Annie Hall (1977) and has written or co-written every screenplay he has ever filmed. “Irrational Man” is another Woody Allen contemplative film, set on a college campus, regarding a philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) who shakes himself out of a case of
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