Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Lynn Shelton made her name with intimate, improvised dramedies like Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister. But her latest, Touchy Feely, sees her taking a broader, more traditionally scripted approach, to mixed reactions.
The new film reunites Shelton with her Your Sister’s Sister star Rosemarie DeWitt, who’s playing warm, free-spirited masseuse Abby this time around. Her life turns upside-down when she develops a sudden and inexplicable aversion to human touch, putting not just her career but her relationship with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy) in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, her uptight dentist brother Paul (Josh Pais) journeys in precisely the opposite direction, as he mysteriously gains a “healing touch” that sends new patients flocking to his practice. Ellen Page, Allison Janney, and Ron Livingston round out the cast. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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The cast of this summer’s independent comedy The Way, Way Back is insane: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, and Rob Corddry… and none of them are the star of the film. That honor goes to Liam James, a young actor best known for roles on The Killing and Psych. He’s the main character in this sweet and hilarious coming of age comedy from Oscar-winners Nat Faxon & Jim Rash.
Faxon and Rash won an Oscar for writing The Descendants, but you likely know them best as Ben from Ben & Kate and Dean Pelton from Community. They pop up in this film too, which they wrote, and directed. The movie opens July 5. The first trailer is below. Read More »
Jason Reitman has once again decided to completely flip the cast for his February Live Read, presented by Film Independent at LACMA. This time around, the film is Glengarry Glen Ross. Best known as a 1992 movie starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin and Ed Harris, Glengarry Glen Ross is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Mamet. Mamet adapted the screenplay for the film and that script is what Reitman’s Live Read will be based on.
The twist, though, is that he’s doing it with an all-female cast. The ladies will A – always, B- be, C- closing on February 21 in Los Angeles. Read the cast below. Read More »
Briefly: When a pissed off adult decides to exploit a loophole and compete in a children’s spelling bee, he’s got to have some antagonists. Who better than Allison Janney and Phillip Baker Hall? That’s who Jason Bateman just cast in his directorial debut, Bad Words, which starts filming in Los Angeles this week. Bateman play the lead in the film and will also be joined by Kathryn Hahn, Ben Falcone and Rohan Chandz. The script was written by Andrew Dodge. Expect this comedy sometime in 2013. [Deadline]
How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor made his feature writing and directorial debut with Happythankyoumoreplease. The film is charming and “cutesy” and while it won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival that year, I didn’t love it (the film was later critically panned, receiving a 40% on Rotten tomatoes).
Radnor’s second feature Liberal Arts premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and impressed me much more. The film stars Radnor as a 35-year old bookworm who develops a relationship with a College sophomore played by Elizabeth Olsen. The movie also features Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, and Elizabeth Reaser. It was met with a long standing ovation at the premiere. Germain Lussier, who was at the festival with me, compared Radnor to Cameron Crowe. High praise, eh? Good enough to earn a quote in the official trailer, which is now online and can be consumed embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
Dating can be a tricky proposition under even the best of circumstances, but in The Oranges, Hugh Laurie‘s divorced dad David Walling finds himself in a particularly sticky situation when he falls for the much younger daughter (Leighton Meester) of his best friend (Oliver Platt). Toss in a jealous ex-wife (Catherine Keener) and a son (Adam Brody) who’s also crushing on the same girl, and “clusterfuck” doesn’t even begin to describe it.
There are a number of different directions that premise could go, from wacky sitcom to soapy melodrama to psychological thriller. Fortunately for David Walling, The Oranges doesn’t seem to be the kind of movie that ends with him getting buried in a shallow grave by his former BFF. Instead, it looks like a modest but well-acted character piece that mines the situation for both humor and pathos. Allison Janney and Alia Shawkat round out the excellent cast. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
After a decade of false starts on the big screen, an adaptation Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections looked to finally be making some headway on the small screen. HBO began developing it as a series with producer Scott Rudin last fall, and quickly signed director Noah Baumbach as well as a high-profile cast including Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest. The novel, which won the National Book Award in 2001, centers around an elderly couple and three adult children as they gather for “one last Christmas” near the turn of the millennium.
But alas, it seems this incarnation of the project isn’t going anywhere, either. After viewing the pilot, the premium cable has chosen to pass on the series. While HBO apparently liked the episode and the performances, it was concerned about the long-term sustainability of the premise. The book’s plot jumps back and forth through time, filling in the characters’ backstories, and HBO worried that it would be difficult for viewers to follow. The decision was not related to this week’s straight-to-series order of True Detective; with Luck off its plate, HBO would have had the resources to do both. [Deadline]
After the jump, the West Wing gang prove they’ve still got their walk-and-talk skills.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Rachel Berry may be the Glee character known for her outsized dreams of superstardom, but it’s Kurt Hummel who’s taking Hollywood by storm at the moment. Or Chris Colfer, the actor who plays him, is, at any rate. Not content with simply earning a Golden Globe, two Emmy nominations, and a spot on the Time 100 for his role on the hit Fox series, Colfer has spent his time away from McKinley High penning feature screenplays, selling a Disney pilot, and landing a book deal — all by the age of 21.
The first of those scripts, Struck By Lightning, shot this past summer with Brian Dannelly (Saved!) at the helm, and we have an early trailer now. Colfer stars as an ambitious high school senior who blackmails his peers into contributing to his literary magazine before he is, you guessed it, struck by lightning and killed. The dark comedy also boasts some other notable stars, including Christina Hendricks, Allison Janney, Sarah Hyland, Angela Kinsey, Dermot Mulroney, and Rebel Wilson. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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There’s a scene in Josh Radnor’s sophomore effort, Liberal Arts, where a 35-year-old admissions officer is mathematically analyzing what it means to date a 19-year-old. No words are uttered, it’s all simple math written on screen, yet it’s filled with more humor, poise and philosophy in two minutes than some movies have in two hours. The scene spawned a round of applause mid-movie. Not bad for a writer/director who most people know as a sitcom star.
With Liberal Arts, Radnor positions himself as a mini-Cameron Crowe, mixing joy, life lessons and a love of culture into a perfect, crowd pleasing film. Co-starring Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney and Zac Efron, Liberal Arts had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and received a well-deserved standing ovation. Read more after the jump. Read More »