April 23, 2014

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DRINKING BUDDIES starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick acquired by Magnolia

Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to writer-director Joe Swanberg’s DRINKING BUDDIES, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston.
Produced by Dark Arts’ Alicia Van Couvering and Andrea Roa; Burn Later?s Paul M. Bernon and Sam Slater; and Swanberg, the film premiered this month at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. The film was executive produced by Mike Witherill, Ashley Bernon, Jessica Klapman, David Kaplan, Anish Savjani, and Wilde. Magnolia Pictures is planning a theatrical release for later this year.
DRINKING BUDDIES follows the lives of Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) who work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick). And Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage. The answer to that question becomes crystal clear when Luke and Kate unexpectedly find themselves alone for a weekend.
“Joe Swanberg has been evolving steadily as a filmmaker, and with DRINKING BUDDIES, he’s delivered his best work yet?a truly funny, smart and insightful film about real adult relationships,? said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson and the rest of the cast also deliver some of the best work of their careers. We’re raising an imperial pint in celebration.?
“I feel tremendously privileged to work with such a smart, energetic and exciting company,” said Swanberg. “I had an amazing time working with the Magnolia family on V/H/S and I can’t wait to be their drinking buddy again. I just know they will do great things with the film.?
The deal for the film was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Director of Acquisitions Peter van Steemberg, with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers and producers.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks one disappointment in filming ’50/50′

HollywoodNews.com: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s latest film, ’50/50,’ has been getting rave reviews, but it seems there was one thing about filming it that disappointed him a bit.
The young actor revealed that he was let down about one thing that wasn’t filmed in the end, states MTV. Those involved in the film decided that Gordon-Levitt shouldn’t have a kiss with love interest Anna Kendrick because the film should be about his cancer battle and not a romance.
However, Gordon-Levitt recently joked that he would have liked it differently: “It’s a travesty. It’s a horrible injustice, and I’m writing a letter.”
Do you wish there had been a kiss?
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David O. Russell, Whoopi Goldberg among Tribeca Film Fest jurors

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: David O. Russell, Nora Ephron, Rainn Wilson, Paul Dano, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Whoopi Goldberg and Dianne Wiest are some of the celebrity names added to the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Jury, announced today.
The jurors have been divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in those categories at the TFF Awards Night ceremony on April 28.
The 2011 Festival runs from April 20 – May 1.
“This year’s jury is made up of a range of accomplished individuals in their respective fields, bringing a fresh and well-rounded perspective,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. “It’s an honor to have a jury of such caliber watching and discussing the films in competition this year.”
Following is a list of all 2011 Festival jurors and their respective categories.
World Competition Categories:

The jurors for the 2011 World Narrative Competition are:
• Souleymane Cissé: Noted Malian director; films include the 1995 Cannes Palme d’Or nominee Waati, 1987 Cannes Jury Prize Winner Brightness and Tell Me Who You Are.
• Scott Glenn: Actor; films include The Right Stuff, The Silence of the Lambs, The Virgin Suicides, Freedom Writers, The Bourne Ultimatum, W., Secretariat, Sucker Punch and TFF 2011 selection Magic Valley.
• David Gordon Green: Independent Spirit Award nominated director/producer; films include George Washington, All the Real Girls, Great World of Sound, Pineapple Express, the recently released Your Highness and the upcoming film The Sitter.
• Rula Jebreal: Journalist, author, screenwriter and actress: books include The Bride From Assuan, Rejected and Miral, which was adapted into a film of the same name.
• Art Linson: Gotham award winning producer; films include Singles, Fight Club, Lords of Dogtown, Into the Wild, What Just Happened and The Runaways.
• Jason Sudeikis: Actor. Best known for roles in Going the Distance, Hall Pass and 2011 TFF selection A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. Also a cast member on television’s Saturday Night Live.
• Dianne Wiest: Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG award winning actress; films include Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands, Bullets Over Broadway, Synecdoche, New York and the upcoming The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
The jurors for the 2011 World Documentary Competition are:
• Amir Bar-Lev: Documentary filmmaker and producer; films include Fighter, My Kid Could Paint That, The Tillman Story and the upcoming Garcia.
• Michael Cera: BAFTA and SAG Award nominated actor; films include Superbad, Juno, Youth In Revolt, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Currently filming The Untitled Mark [...]

‘Breaking Dawn’ cast gathers for wedding scene

HollywoodNews.com: The cast of ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ is gathering in Canada in preparation of the wedding scene involving Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s characters.
It is reported that Anna Kendrick, Justin Chon, Gil Birmingham, Christian Serratos and Ashley Greene have landed to start going through wardrobe fittings, states People.
Kellen Lutz and Taylor Lautner have also reportedly been spotted in the area grabbing bites to eat.
Which scene in ‘Breaking Dawn’ are you most excited for?
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Anna Kendrick talks movies, musicals, and stalkers

HollywoodNews.com: After stealing scenes in “Twilight” and stealing hearts in “Up in the Air,” Anna Kendrick made a memorable appearance as Scott’s barista sister in boyfriend Edgar Wright’s film “Scott Pilgrim”. Now, the 25-year-old actress is all about humility.
“I’ve just been really lucky to work with very good people,” she tells RTE Ten. “In the last year, I’ve turned things down that a year ago I would have killed for. It’s a weird position to be in, because I would rather be on a film set making a movie than not making a movie but I don’t want to keep doing the same role and I tend to get offered the same sort of things.”
But in an ideal world, where does Anna see her career taking her next? “The truth is, I desperately want to do a movie musical but I have to be careful because desperation doesn’t always lead to good choices,” she admits. “I want to do a musical for the right reasons and not just because I’m anxious to perform in one.”
In the meantime, dealing with paparazzi brings a different sort of anxiety. Describing an instance of a paparazzo appearing outside her house, Anna says, “It was essentially a guy in his 40s stalking a girl in her 20s and in most places, that’s bordering on criminal activity. It was definitely really weird but, touch wood, they’ve left me alone after that. I also think that the more boring you are, the less they follow you, so all I had to do was to be myself for a week and they were like, this girl doesn’t do anything cool
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Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Expendables’ preys on Julia Roberts, ‘Scott Pilgrim’

HollywoodNews.com: This weekend is being heralded as a battle of the sexes at the multiplex as testosterone actioner “The Expendables” takes on Julia Roberts’ headliner “Eat Pray Love.”
There’s also another wide release in the mix vying for the male teen demo, the Michael Cera fantasy romantic comedy “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”
A throwback to the ‘80s action genre, “Expendables,” directed, written and starring Sylvester Stallone, rounds up the big screen’s favorite gunslingers – Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger – in a tale about mercenaries infiltrating a South American country in an effort to off its ruthless dictator. “Expendables” was financed by Millennium/NuImage for $82 million and is expected to come in at number one this weekend with $35 million.
Currently, “Expendables” has a 42% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes; however, critics always have a hard time taking action films seriously. Among those who love the film, Ty Burr of the Boston Globe screams, “’Expendables’ is the closest thing to movie Viagra yet invented. It’s reprehensible. It’s stoopid violent. It’s a lot of unholy fun.”

Similar to 2006’s “The Devil Wears Prada” a few years ago, Sony is looking to attract ladies who are huge fans of the Elizabeth Gilbert novel, “Eat Pray Love.” The summer has offered up few chick pics beyond “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” so look for “Eat Pray Love” to munch up a sizable amount of cash down the road. Julia Roberts plays Liz Gilbert who sets to solve her mid-life crisis with a spiritual and bountiful journey to Italy, India and Bali. Film also stars Billy Crudup, Viola Davis, James Franco, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins. Sony made “Eat Pray Love” at a cheap price next to other summer titles — $60 million – and the film looks to pull in about $25 million in the next three days. Mike La Salle of the San Francisco Chronicle liked the Julia Roberts headliner saying, “It’s about something important, the search for meaning and happiness, about finding one’s inner life amid the clutter and confusion of modern existence.” Most critics, as seen on Rotten Tomatoes, are giving it a 36% sour score.

Lastly, Universal’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley stars Michael Cera as a twenty something rocker who has gone head [...]

‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ is deeply rooted in pubescent romantic fantasy

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: In many ways, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is the equivalent of the “Twilight Saga” for boys. It is deeply rooted in pubescent romantic fantasy, albeit this time from the male’s point of view. It is foolish and shallow about the ways of relationships, pandering to the basest instincts of the target audience. Like the “Twilight Saga,” one could argue that the lessons imparted from this film could be almost dangerous if applied to the real world, although I will again remark that it’s only an escapist fantasy. And like that blockbuster series, I genuinely enjoyed nearly everything about it except for the core love triangle. The film is visually dazzling, often stunningly imaginative and playful. It is bright and colorful and filled to the brim with delightful and intelligent supporting characters. I just couldn’t stand to spend any real time with Bella, Edward, and Jacob… I mean Scott Pilgrim, Romona Flowers, and Knives Chou.
A token amount of plot: Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is an aimless 22-year old rocker who is still heartbroken after his girlfriend ‘kicked his heart in the ass’ (broke up with him and then became a successful rock star) well over a year ago. He’s currently involved with Knives Chou (Ellen Wong), a seventeen-year old Asian Catholic schoolgirl who worships the ground he walks on while he barely gives her the time of day or any real affection. None the less, he is instantly smitten when he spots Romona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) at a party and quickly begins to date her as well. Alas, Flowers has neglected to mention that in order to date her, Scott must defeat her seven ‘evil’ exes in glorious ‘mortal kombat’. Can Scott Pilgrim defeat the exes, be honest with Knives, win the girl, and help his band make it big?
First the good news: the film is an audio/visual wonderland, as the simple narrative gives way to a potent mash up between comic book and video game worlds. Sound effects are spelled out onscreen, the film is edited together like a ‘cut scene’ from an 80s video game, and the action scenes are bursting with larger than life moments from any given video game over the last thirty years (defeated foes explode into a pile of gold coins). The film is filled with colorful dialogue and quirky supporting characters. Kieren Culkin has a star-making turn as Scott’s [...]

Anna Kendrick “standing in” for Reese Witherspoon

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Twilight’ star Anna Kendrick has revealed she will not be featured in a new movie with Tom Cruise and Will Smith, but Reese Witherspoon is.
The 24-year-old was recently spotted at a meeting with stars such as Cruise, Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith at the ‘Saddle Ranch’ in West Hollywood but she admitted she isn’t involved.
She said to Access Hollywood: “It was just a table read. And you know, it’s a movie that’s in production so I’m not really at liberty to talk about it.”
However she added: “I think I can safely say I’m not in it. I’m just standing in for Reese Witherspoon. They just asked me to do it and I was like: ‘Hell, yeah!’ It was fun, it was really fun.”
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‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ Review: Everyman wins hearts, laughs

By Anthony D’Alessandro
HollywoodNews.com: Quite quickly over the last seven years, Michael Cera has become the iconic millennial’s straight man, and to his strength, is continually surrounded by acerbic, off-kilter fools onscreen. With an angelic face, Cera’s hysterical alter egos puff their lines with circumspect and struggle to keep up with life’s crazy tide. Often times, Cera archetypes must go out of their way to get the girl of their dreams, i.e. enduring work at a beachside frozen banana stand (Fox’s blessed sitcom series “Arrested Development), hoarding beer into the wrong party (“Superbad”) and transforming into an evil, hip French personality (This year’s underrated “Youth in Revolt”).
In director Edgar Wright’s charming feature adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” Cera, as the ad spots exclaim, must defeat the seven evil ex-boyfriends of Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), the girl whose hand he so desires.
Like Charles Grodin, Bill Murray, Fred Willard and Ray Romano, Cera can satirically knock at the everyman without knocking him completely down. Cera’s performances are infectious and well beyond his twentysomething years in timing and nuance. Many burgeoning actors at his age continue to search for their sense of character, or vie to exhibit multiple emotional levels; but Cera is completely in tune to his undertone strengths and he is the grease which spins the comedic wheels in “Scott Pilgrim.”
In the Cera canon, Scott is an evolution from the high school squares the actor has portrayed. Pilgrim, a slacker and bass guitarist for the wannabe Toronto apartment grunge band Sex-Bob-Omb, doesn’t have to worry about getting girls; he’s broken plenty of hearts which is a decent score considering Envy Adams (Brie Larson), his ex-girlfriend and established glam rocker, “kicked his heart in the ass.” As one character calls Scott, he’s “a total lady killer and wannabe jerky jerk.”
Scott takes gleeful solace in Knives Chau (vivacious newcomer Ellen Wong), a Catholic high schooler much younger than him. The two are like peas in a pod, playing ninja videogames in perfect choreographed unison. Scott is an impressionable force on Knives, and in return she becomes the band’s number one groupie. But Knives, given her innocence, is an easy fetch for Scott.
Scott lives his wrinkled life with his gay, suave roommate Wallace Wells (a wonderfully blunt Kieran Culkin), a dude [...]

Seth Rogen comedy “I’m With Cancer” receives name change

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Will a name change make cancer any funnier?
That has to be the concern of director Jonathan Levine, as news breaks that the title of his upcoming cancer comedy — previously known as “I’m With Cancer” — has been changed to the semi-generic, less-challenging “Live With It,” RamaScreen.com reports.
The title, alone, isn’t going to lure people to the theater … but Levine’s spectacular cast might. The amazing Joseph-Gordon-Levitt reportedly has been tapped to replace James McAvoy in the lead role of this adaptation of Will Reisner’s novel, about a twenty-something who is stricken with the disease. The ensemble is expected to include Seth Rogen, Angelica Huston, Philip Baker Hall, and “Twilight” veterans Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard.
According to The Playlist, the film focuses on the relationship between best friends Gordon-Levitt and Rogen. We’re hoping it’s funnier than Rogen’s other death-and-dying comedy, “Funny People.” The Playlist estimates that we’ll finally see this film in 2011. And with this cast in place, we certainly can “Live With” a title change.
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