Match - Review
Writer-director Sean McGinly does wonders with the most minimalist of set-ups in the romantic drama Match. It’s quite the ballsy move to essentially have two actors talk to the camera for 90 minutes. But it pays off, thanks largely to two wonderful lead performances that run the emotional gamut and consequently amount to more than extended auditions. While highly theatrical, McGinly employs just enough subtle flourishes to emphasize the visual poem’s multitude of moods.
I'm on Fire - TIFF
TIFF announced its Short Cuts section today comprised of 39 live-action narrative, documentary, and animated short films from directors repping 18 countries.
Further broken down, the section includes 21 World Premieres and 15 North American Premieres presented in 20 different languages from countries such as Portugal, China, Colombia, Mongolia, Kenya, Ukraine, US, UK, and Canada.
Match - DTLA Film Festival
The 13th annual DTLA Film Festival, which is set to run from September 14th – 18th at Regal L.A. LIVE, announced its full lineup today. A total of 112 titles including 36 features and 76 short films are slated to screen, with virtually all making their world, West Coast, or Los Angeles premieres, and all eligible for awards.
Incoming - Press Release
Dave and John Chernin’s Incoming has begun production in Los Angeles, we’ve learned, with an ensemble cast that includes 2x Primetime Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale, Primetime Emmy nominee Kaitlin Olson, Scott MacArthuras well as Raphael Alejandro, Isabella Ferreira, Ali Gallo, Loren Gray, Ramon Reed (13:The Musical) and Bardia Seiri.
All of them join previously announced Mason Thames (The Black Phone).
My Old Ass - Press Release
Filmmaker Megan Park has written what will be her sophomore feature, My Old Ass, which LuckyChap Entertainment and Indian Paintbrush are producing.
The pic is being billed as a coming-of-age comedy and will begin casting soon. Cameras are expected to roll this summer.
All Fun & Games - Press Release
Asa Butterfield (Sex Education) and Natalia Dyer (Stranger Things) are leading the cast of All Fun And Games, a horror-thriller that will mark the feature directing debut of co-helmers Ari Costa and Eren Celeboglu.
The pic follows a group of siblings who find themselves in a game with a demonic twist. Costa and Celeboglu co-wrote the script based on JJ Braider’s original spec.
Love & Gelato - Press Release
Jenna Evans Welch’s ‘Love & Gelato’ Adaptation Headed to Netflix in June 2022
Brandon Camp is writing and directing the Netflix romance adaptation with Robin Tunney and Owen McDonnell set to star.
Filming has already wrapped, and the movie is set to release globally in June 2022. Here’s a very early look at what we know so far about the upcoming film.
Match - Press Release
Full-service sound and picture finishing facility Pace Pictures recently hosted Director Sean (The Great Buck Howard, Silver Lake) McGinly‘s feature length romantic comedy Match, using Pace’s groundbreaking virtual production technology, something that has become more common in the age of COVID.
Match is an adult take on intimacy and isolation in the modern world through the lens of online dating, starring Austin Nichols (Ray Donovan, The Walking Dead), Ahna O’Reilly (The Help, Fruitvale Station) and Spencer Garrett (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Bombshell).
Half Brothers - Review
Focus Features’ Broad Road-Trip Comedy Mixes Laughs With Heart. At times threatening to be completely overrun by its tendency to take the comedy very broad, the new Focus Features release Half Brothers, which aims to appeal not only to Latino markets but also possible crossover family audiences, is rescued by talented actors in the title roles as well as a great big dose of genuine heart that carries the day.
Lost Transmissions Sale - Press Release
Gravitas Ventures has obtained the North American rights to Katharine O’Brien’s directorial debut film, Lost Transmissions, starring Simon Pegg, Juno Temple, and Alexandra Daddario. Based on a true story, the pic premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and will get a day-and-date release in theaters and on demand March 13.
Crown Vic - Review
Definitely the more sober-sided of two new films involving cops and cop-killers, “Crown Vic” juggles slice-of-life observation and thriller elements as a grizzled LAPD veteran shepherds a newbie through his first patrol shift.
The film has a graceful visual consistency in DP Thomas Scott Stanton’s widescreen imagery, the slightly dreamy, color-rich nocturnal mood of which is like a toned-down version of the stylization in “Taxi Driver” or Michael Mann’s ’80s oeuvre.
Half Brothers - Press Release
New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced that the feature film “Half Brothers,” a moving comedy with heart in the vein of “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Green Book,” and “Rain Man,” will start production in New Mexico on July 15. The film is being directed by Luke Greenfield (“The Girl Next Door,” “Let’s Be Cops”) and produced by Jason Shuman (“Role Models,” “Lone Survivor”) and Eduardo Cisneros (“Instructions Not Included,” “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson”), from a screenplay written by Shuman and Cisneros. Focus Features will distribute the movie domestically, and Universal Pictures International will handle foreign distribution.
Crown Vic Sale - Press Release
Screen Media has bought North American rights to writer-director Joel Souza’s police crime-thriller “Crown Vic,” starring Thomas Jane and Luke Kleintank.
The distributor closed terms during the Cannes Film Festival amid a competitive bidding situation between seven other suitors. Screen Media plans to release the pic this fall.
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Crown Vic - Review
Cops. Nobody likes them until something happens and they can’t get to you fast enough. It’s not easy, either. You spend your days wondering if the next stop you make will be the one that takes you out until you finally get so jaded that everyone you see becomes a potential perpetrator. While there are definitely police who abuse their power, most are just people looking for a good wage and pension, maybe even to make a difference in their neighborhoods, never expecting to crack under the constant stress of their daily lives. In a fantastic feature debut, writer/director Joel Souza portrays the gritty reality of police work with Crown Vic.
Lost Transmissions - Review
Simon Pegg and Juno Temple play musicians whose friendship is overshadowed by mental illness in Katherine O'Brien's drama... Quite unlike the non-genre roles Pegg has taken in between appearances in big-budget franchise films, this part requires him to look inward; the modest but heartfelt picture clearly cares more about empathy than acting awards, and should play well with those who recognize loved ones' struggles on the screen.
Crown Vic & Lost Transmissions - Tribeca Film Festival
The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, unveiled its feature film lineup today. Continuing its tradition of elevating exceptional storytelling rooted in today’s global film communities, the 18th annual Festival will showcase debut works from emerging talent and new works from notable filmmakers. The program includes discoveries, comedies, music-centered, politically-minded, and social films. The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival takes place from April 24th to May 5th.
Crown Vic, directed and written by Joel Souza. Produced by Anjul Nigam, Gregg Bello, Alec Baldwin, Maxx Tsai. (USA) - World Premiere. Over the course of a single night, two police officers at opposite ends of their careers find themselves thrust into a violent hunt for two cop killers on the loose in the Olympic Division of Los Angeles. With Thomas Jane, Luke Kleintank, Gregg Bello, Josh Hopkins, David Krumholtz, Bridget Moynahan.
Lost Transmissions, directed and written by Katharine O'Brien. Produced by Filip Jan Rymsza, Tory Lenosky, Al Di, Olga Kagan. (USA) - World Premiere. After famed record producer Theo Ross goes off his schizophrenia meds, introverted songwriter Hannah dedicates herself to getting him the help he needs, perhaps at the cost of her own dreams. With Simon Pegg, Juno Temple, Alexandra Daddario, Tao Okamoto, Bria Vinaite, Robert Schwartzman.
Silver Lake - DTLA Film Festival
The 10th annual DTLA Film Festival, Oct. 17-21 at Regal L.A. LIVE and Hotel Figueroa, announced today its feature film programming All of the 11 documentary and 17 narrative feature-length movies in the line-up will be making their Los Angeles premiere screenings, and be eligible for awards.
Comedy and drama blur in several films screening at the festival. Director Sean McGinly uses a light touch to explore profound questions about life, love, friendship and family in “Silver Lake.”
Shady Friend - Press Release
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic is making his virtual reality (VR) debut in a new comedic short film called “Shady Friend” that is being produced exclusively for the Positron Voyager VR motion chair and that sounds even trippier than most of Yankovic’s vast catalog of oddball hits.
Crown Vic - Press Release
Thomas Jane and Luke Kleintank will star in the film “Crown Vic” for writer/director Joel Souza.
“Crown Vic” follows one explosive night in the life of a seasoned LAPD veteran as he takes a young cop out on patrol and shows him the brutal reality of life behind the wheel.
All About Nina Sale - Press Release
The Orchard has bought North American distribution rights to Eva Vives’ “All About Nina” at the Cannes Film Festival, Variety has learned.
The movie, which premiered at Tribeca last month, follows a stand-up comedian (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) as she tries to navigate adulthood and a new relationship. The rest of the cast includes Common, Chace Crawford and Beau Bridges.
All About Nina - Review
An emotionally damaged stand-up comic finds the catalyst she's not looking for in Eva Vives' All About Nina, a comedy world-set love story that's definitely not a rom-com. Having gone to Los Angeles in part to escape an abusive lover, our protagonist winds up facing her demons in public at the least opportune moment. The premise offers plenty of room for yet another impressive performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead; balancing its darker moments with humor and warmth, the picture has a broad enough appeal to — finally, movie gods? — get Winstead onto the first-choice lists of top-tier filmmakers. It also establishes Vives, making her directing debut after co-writing 2002's Raising Victor Vargas, as a filmmaker to watch.
All About Nina - Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival has set its full feature film slate for 2018, tapping 96 movies, including Drake Doremus’ “Zoe” and closing night offering “The Fourth Estate,” the first episode of Liz Garbus’ four-episode Showtime documentary series about the New York Times as it covered the first year of the Trump administration.
Of the almost 100 titles on the Tribeca docket, 75 are world premieres and 46% of the films are directed by women. Films lined up for competition have casts that include Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Common, and Beau Bridges (Eva Vives’ “All About Nina”); Alia Shawkat and Kumail Nanjiani (Miguel Arteta’s “Duck Butter”); and Matt Smith (Ondi Timoner’s “Mapplethorpe”).
All About Nina - Press Release
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Oscar-winner Common are set to star in the semi-autobiographical dark comedy, All About Nina, the directorial debut film from screenwriter Eva Vives (Raising Victor Vargas).
Silver Lake - Press Release
Silicon Valley actor Martin Starr and Daredevil's Deborah Ann Woll will star in Silver Lake, written and directed by Sean McGinly (The Great Buck Howard).
The ensemble cast also includes Rusty Joiner (Stuck in Love) and Justine Wachsberger (Divergent), with Starr producing the indie along with McGinly and Pace Pictures’ Heath Ryan.
Lost Transmissions - Press Release
Simon Pegg, the Brit actor best known for his roles in Shaun of the Dead, Mission: Impossible and Star Trek, is set to star in Katharine O’Brien’s Lost Transmissions. O’Brien will direct from her own script and story that follows Hannah, a shy songwriter who discovers that her friend, respected record producer Theo Ross, has lapsed on his medication for schizophrenia. Hannah rallies a group of friends to help commit Theo to a psychiatric facility, chasing him as he outruns his colorful delusions through the glamour and grit of Los Angeles. From the highs of rock ‘n’ roll to rock bottom, it’s a story of the unsung heroes behind the hits.