Maggie's Plan trailer

It’s no secret that love has a way of complicating things, both in the movies and in life, but Maggie’s Plan takes these complications to the next level. Greta Gerwig stars as Maggie, a 30something New Yorker who’s decided the time is right for her to try and get pregnant on her own. Then she meets and falls for a professor named John (Ethan Hawke), who’s unhappily married to Georgette (Julianne Moore), and all of Maggie’s plans go out the window.

The Rebecca Miller-directed comedy has been making the rounds on the festival circuit for the past several months, and now it’s finally on its way into theaters. Watch the first Maggie’s Plan trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn

At 22, Saoirse Ronan has already built up a career to be envied. She’s worked with the likes of Joe Wright, Wes Anderson, and Peter Jackson, and she’s just snagged her second Oscar nomination for Brooklyn. Now for her next big-screen role, she’ll be teaming up with another hot young talent. Ronan is set to star in Lady Bird, the solo directing debut of Greta GerwigRead More »

Greta Gerwig directing

Greta Gerwig, who we just saw in the latest trailer for Mistress America, is prepping to tackle her first solo directorial gig. She previously co-directed Nights and Weekends (with Joe Swanberg, back in 2008) and has co-written films including the Swanberg-directed Hannah Takes the Stairs, Frances Ha, and the aforementioned Mistress America.

So we’re excited to see her take the directorial chair on Lady Bird, her own solo film. And with that primary duty hers, this will be a project for which Gerwig finds someone else to star. Read More »

Mistress America trailer

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig seem to have a great working relationship, in addition to their off-screen partnership, and their latest film together, Mistress America, features Gerwig as an unlikely mentor to a hesitant college freshman (Lola Kirke) who is also about to be her stepsister.

“Unlikely,” because despite a seemingly boundless enthusiasm for just about everything, Gerwig’s character almost seems as if she can’t quite get her own life lined up, much less provide direction for anyone else. But there may be more going on with the character than a first impression suggests, in Baumbach’s snappy comedy.

The new Mistress America trailer lights up with Gerwig’s natural charm and Baumbach’s calm directorial hand; check it out below. Read More »

Mistress America

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig are quietly becoming quite the force of nature. It started with Greenburg, they made magic with Francis Ha and now their latest collaboration, Mistress America, might be the best yet. Gerwig stars as the soon-to-be-step sister of a loney college freshman (Lola Kirke) just looking for a friend. The two hang out, hit it off, but they’re such incredibly different people you never quite know where the film will take you.

After its Sundance premiere, I said this about the movie: “Mistress America is by far Baumbach’s funniest film, anchored by a completely new sort of performance from Gerwig, and blessed with a script so smart and sharp, many of the film’s jokes don’t land for a few seconds because A) you’ve never heard anyone say anything like that and B) it’s just so damn intelligent.”

Now you can see what I mean. The first Mistress America trailer is out. Watch it below. Read More »

Mistress America review

Noah Baumbach’s movies have never been easy to describe. Each one blends so many different tones, sensibilities and genres that simply describing his movies as one thing doesn’t work. Calling The Squid and the Whale a family drama doesn’t seem right. Frances Ha isn’t just a coming of age story and Greenberg isn’t just a movie about self-discovery.

That lack of easy categorization is probably the only thing Baumbach’s latest film, Mistress America, shares with the director’s other films. Well, that and his co-writer and star Greta Gerwig. Mistress America is by far Baumbach’s funniest film, anchored by a completely new sort of performance from Gerwig, and blessed with a script so smart and sharp, many of the film’s jokes don’t land for a few seconds because A) you’ve never heard anyone say anything like that and B) it’s just so damn intelligent.

Mistress America had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and you can read the rest of our Mistress America review below. Read More »

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If that sounds like it should really be Woody Allen material, keep in mind that the film is an adaptation of the novel by Philip Roth, who could almost be considered Allen’s literary twin. Pacino picked up rights to the novel, reunited with Levinson, his You Don’t Know Jack director, and got Buck Henry and Michal Zebede to script. Check out Pacino in the first The Humbling trailer below. Read More »

Greta Gerwig to Lead ‘How I Met Your Dad’

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Greta Gerwig is the new Josh Radnor. The Frances Ha actress has just been cast as the lead in How I Met Your Dad, CBS’ upcoming sorta-spinoff of How I Met Your Mother. Like the original series, the new show will follow a young(ish) single person trying to find love in New York.

This should be familiar territory for Gerwig, who’s played free-spirited big city singletons in Frances Ha, Lola Versus, Greenberg, Arthur… Get more details on this particular incarnation of that archetype after the jump.

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