April 19, 2014

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TIFF ’10: Zach Galifianakis in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We continue to preview anticipated titles screening at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival in our “Road to Toronto” feature.
The fest kicks off on Sept. 9, and HollywoodNews.com will be on the ground bringing you reviews, interviews, and a clearer glimpse at the ever-shifting Oscar race.
To read our previous preview columns, punch “TIFF” into our search window. Today, we’re moving on to Focus Features’ suicidal comedy-drama, which they hope becomes a serious Oscar contender. And that’s no joke.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story

The Plot: Craig (Keir Gilchrist) is a 16-year old who checks himself into a mental health clinic filled with colorful characters. He even falls for fellow teenage patient Noelle (Emma Roberts).
The Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson,” “Sugar”)
The Cast: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Zoe Kravitz, Lauren Graham, Jim Gaffigan, Jeremy Davies
The Scoop: Hollywood’s celebration of all things “Galifianakis” continues as the “Hangover” star appears in another anticipated film. (He’ll also share the screen with Robert Downey Jr. in “Due Date,” out later this year.) Gilchrist isn’t a household name yet, though he has earned some cred with fine performances on Showtime’s “The United States of Tara.” And while the supporting cast is rock solid – from Viola Davis to Jeremy Davies – we’re most interested in the directing duo of Boden and Fleck, who have made two very durable pictures and seem poised to break into the mainstream with this lighter flight over the “Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Awards Potential: The Academy could respond favorably to Galifianakis playing against type (his role, based on trailers, seems more serious that, say, Alan Garner from “Hangover”). We’ll know more about Roberts and Gilchrist’s chances at breaking into the supporting categories once we’ve seen the film. Of course, with a very strong performance, “Funny Story” could easily slip into the Adapted Screenplay (it’s based on Ned Vizzini’s novel of the same name) and/or the Best Director categories.
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Zach Galifianakis’ ‘It’s a Kind of a Funny Story’ releases trailer

HollywoodNews.com: Zach Galifianakis’ latest film “It’s a Kind of a Funny Story” has just released a trailer for the film. The movie also stars Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Zoë Kravitz, Lauren Graham, Jim Gaffigan and is about the following:
In this New York City-set comedy-drama, 16-year-old Craig (Keir Gilchrist of “United States of Tara”), stressed out from the demands of being a teenager, checks himself into a mental health clinic. There he learns that the youth ward is closed – and finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis of “The Hangover”), soon becomes both Craig’s mentor and protégé. Craig is also drawn to another 16-year-old, Noelle (Emma Roberts of “Valentine’s Day”). With a minimum five days’ stay imposed on him, Craig is sustained by friendships on both the inside and the outside as he learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up.
The film is slated to hit theaters on September 24, 2010.
Watch the trailer below:
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Focus’s “Funny Story,” with Zach Galifianakis, could find way into the Oscar race

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Focus Features sent us a list of the next few pictures they’d be handling. And while I immediately gravitated toward Anton Corbijn’s “The American,” because it looks to feature George Clooney in both a cool and lethal role (it opens Sept. 1), it turns out we’re learning more about Focus’ next comedy this afternoon, instead.
The title is “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” and it will platform in multiple cities beginning Sept. 24. Set in New York City, the film follows Craig (Keir Gilchrist), a teenager who is so stressed he checks himself into a mental health clinic. Because the youth ward is closed, Craig lands in the adult ward, where he is mentored by fellow patient Bobby (Zach Galifianakis of “The Hangover” and “Dinner for Schmucks”).
The reason I’m so interested? It’s the latest picture from filmmaking team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who delivered the devastating “Half Nelson,” with Ryan Gosling, and the earnest “Sugar,” about an up-and-coming baseball player struggling to survive in the minor leagues.
Focus tends to put their focus (sorry) on Oscar contenders in the second half of the year, so I’m wondering if “Funny” has that kind of potential. Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Zoë Kravitz, Lauren Graham, and Jim Gaffigan co-star, lending suitable heft to the ensemble. And MTV recently posted a few new pics from the film to help introduce the cast.
The interesting movie season is right around the corner. Truthfully, it can’t get here soon enough.
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