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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Good Posture’

  • Variety
Tribeca Film Review: ‘Good Posture’
Friendships rarely start on terms more passive-aggressive than an intergenerational one does in “Good Posture,” writer-director Dolly Wells’ roughly drafted feature debut that manages to be just affable enough. Navigating the bookish streets of New York again after playing a kindhearted bookstore owner in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” — this time, behind the camera in present-day Brooklyn — Wells swaddles her film with her soft artistic spirit; an aura she also infused into Marielle Heller’s melancholic drama. The result is a genial slice-of-life comedy, a female-driven, late-coming-of-age tale in the tradition of Lynn Shelton’s “Laggies,” exclusively brewed and bottled among the tree-lined sidewalks of Bed-Stuy.

While sufficiently charming, “Good Posture” would have been mostly unremarkable if it weren’t for sensational “The Meyerowitz Stories” actor Grace Van Patten, who plays recent college graduate Lilian, an entitled and thoroughly privileged brat who hides her aimless existence behind her noticeable beauty.
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‘Good Posture’ Review: Dolly Wells’ Charming Directorial Debut — Tribeca

‘Good Posture’ Review: Dolly Wells’ Charming Directorial Debut — Tribeca
A sketchy comedic drama about two very different (yet oddly similar) women who harness the mystical powers of passive-aggressiveness in order to straighten each other out, Dolly Wells’ “Good Posture” struggles to find a central focus even as lived-in characters and an excellent cast help this debut capture life’s transitional phases with the kind of toothpaste-on-the-bathroom-mirror messiness they sometimes demand.

It helps that Wells is as humane behind the camera as she tends to be in front of it. A warm and casually brilliant actress whose performance in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is starting to merit her the attention she’s long deserved, the London native has always had a way of mining empathy from exasperation, and — even though she never appears onscreen — that’s still perhaps the greatest strength of her otherwise patchy first effort. Sure, the screenplay hinges on an entitled brat who constantly dares the
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Tribeca 2019: The Full Feature Film & Documentary Lineup

  • HeyUGuys
The 18th Tribeca Film Festival launches this Wednesday 24th April at New York’s iconic Apollo Theater with the world premiere of Oscar-winner Roger Ross Williams’s documentary The Apollo, which focuses on the history and legacy of that very venue. Before the 2019 edition of the festival closes on Sunday, the 5th of May with the world premiere of Danny Boyle’s comedy Yesterday, Tribeca audiences will be treated to a vast array of TV, short film, online work, narrative feature and documentary screenings, plus special musical performances, onstage talks, anniversary screenings and reunions, as well as podcasts, video games and Vr experiences.

Our man in Manhattan James Kleinmann will be at Tribeca once again for HeyUGuys and here he takes a look at this year’s full documentary and narrative feature film lineup. For the full festival schedule and to buy tickets head to the official Tribeca website.

Spotlight
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The New Romantic's Jessica Barden on Playing a Sugar Baby and the Secret Power of Rom-Coms

  • Popsugar
The New Romantic's Jessica Barden on Playing a Sugar Baby and the Secret Power of Rom-Coms
The real joy of watching Jessica Barden on screen comes from her willingness to get dirty - both metaphorically and literally, in some cases.

The 26-year-old The End of the F***ing World star isn't afraid to explore the messy, gritty aspects of life that young women endure day in and day out, from getting their periods at the worst possible moment to sexual encounters that fall into a slippery gray area of consent. The latter aspect features heavily in Barden's new romantic comedy, The New Romantic, which isn't your average uplifting romance. In fact, its edgier undertones are exactly why Barden signed onto the film in the first place.

Instead of a heroine with a glamorous job in fashion and a sprawling big-city apartment, Barden plays Blake, a near-broke college senior whose sex column at the school's newspaper is so boring that it's on the cusp of cancellation. That
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The New Romantic's Jessica Barden on Playing a Sugar Baby and the Secret Power of Rom-Coms

The real joy of watching Jessica Barden on screen comes from her willingness to get dirty - both metaphorically and literally, in some cases.

The 26-year-old The End of the F***ing World star isn't afraid to explore the messy, gritty aspects of life that young women endure day in and day out, from getting their periods at the worst possible moment to sexual encounters that fall into a slippery gray area of consent. The latter aspect features heavily in Barden's new romantic comedy, The New Romantic, which isn't your average uplifting romance. In fact, its edgier undertones are exactly why Barden signed onto the film in the first place.

Instead of a heroine with a glamorous job in fashion and a sprawling big-city apartment, Barden plays Blake, a near-broke college senior whose sex column at the school's newspaper is so boring that it's on the cusp of cancellation. That
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IFC Unveils Development Slate With Comedies From Margaret Cho, Funny Or Die & Others

  • Deadline
IFC is developing five comedy projects for series consideration, including one from exec producer Margaret Cho and another from Funny or Die.

The shows in the running at IFC are Almost Asian, which chronicles the life of a mixed-race millennial in Los Angeles; Annika Erotica, following a young Colorado pastor who harbors a secret passion for writing erotic novels under a pen name; Art Thieves, an adventure comedy following three misfit criminals who fancy themselves to be the Robin Hoods of the art world; Beth, about a happily agoraphobic man and his uneasy journey back to the outside world; and The Middle Passage, a satirical and politically provocative sketch comedy. Read details about the projects below.

The projects join two other previously announced series in development: How to Rig an Election and Ngo. All seven are vying to join the recently greenlighted Sherman’s Showcase and Year of the Rabbit on the schedule,
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Jessica Barden in Official Trailer for Indie Comedy 'The New Romantic'

"Maybe relationships aren't supposed to be for love...?" The Orchard has revealed the trailer for an indie romantic comedy titled The New Romantic, from first-time Canadian filmmaker Carly Stone. Jessica Barden (from "Penny Dreadful and "The End of the F***ing World") stars as Blake, a young college senior who decides to become a "sugar baby" and date an older man in exchange for gifts, rather than love. "As she documents the adventure in the hopes of winning a journalism award with a generous cash prize, she sets out on a quest to figure out if society is right to judge these woman and if her own self worth comes with a price." I'm sure we all know what lessons she's going to learn. The cast includes Hayley Law, Brett Dier, Timm Sharp, Avan Jogia, and Camila Mendes. This premiered at SXSW, and it looks spunky and cool. Here's the
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SXSW Review: ‘The New Romantic’ is an Authentic, Funny Drama about Mutually Beneficial Relationships

An indictment of modern hook-up culture, The New Romantic offers an often surprisingly funny look at one aspiring journalist’s experimentation with a sugar daddy relationship. Jessica Barden stars as Blake, an undergraduate who’s trying to win the $50,000 Hunter S. Thompson prize for Gonzo journalism that will help her pay off her student loans. Set on a small-town Ontario campus, The New Romantic offers an accurate look at college life as Blake finds her community and attempts to discover herself. The film echoes Blake in that just as she lacks some of the answers, so too does the narrative, as we see her naïveté perspective in scenes like Blake turning to YouTube tutorials to understand what a “sugar baby” relationship exactly entails.

As the film opens, Blake writes a hopeless romantic column aspiring for something more than just casual intimacy from Tinder, inspiring her roommate Nikki (Hayley Law) to
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‘The New Romantic’ Review: Jessica Barden Carries a Cute Millennial Rom-Com About the Price of Modern Love — SXSW 2018

A charming little nugget of a romantic-comedy that tentatively explores the existence of love stories in a world that seems to have outgrown them, Carly Stone’s “The New Romantic” is a movie for a generation that finds themselves uncomfortably wedged between “Sleepless in Seattle” and boning via Bumble — a generation that was raised on “Sex and the City,” but never got to live in Carrie Bradshaw’s New York. Blitzing through her feature debut in a quick 82 minutes, Stone doesn’t waste any time swirling all of those touchstones together and distilling them into the form of a girl named Blake (engagingly played by “The End of the F***ing World” star Jessica Barden).

The sex columnist for the newspaper at her sleepy Canadian college, Blake is introduced — in true Bradshaw fashion — via a voiceover reading of her latest article. Mentioning how she binged Nora Ephron movies when she had mono in high school,
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Women Directors Dominate SXSW Competition

Nijla Mu’min’s “Jinn” will screen at the fest: Mu’min’s official website

The lineup for the 2018 edition of South by Southwest Conference and Festival has been announced, and it’s cause for celebration. Of 10 films screening in the Narrative Feature Competition, eight are directed or co-directed by women, and four of 10 titles in the Documentary Feature Competition are helmed or co-helmed by women. All told, women directed or co-directed 12 of 20 features in competition, or 60 percent overall.

Films up for competition awards include Olivia Newman’s “First Match,” the story of a teenage girl who tries to reconnect with her estranged father by wrestling boys, Nijla Mu’min’s “Jinn,” a portrait of a black teen Instagram celebrity who is dealing with her mother’s conversion to Islam, and “TransMilitary,” a doc about transgender troops co-directed by Fiona Dawson.

Ana Asensio’s “Most Beautiful Island” was named Grand
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SXSW 2018 Lineup Includes New Films from Jody Hill, Andrew Bujalski, Julia Hart & More

With Sundance 2018 wrapped up, the next major American festival is South by Southwest Film Festival and today they’ve announced their lineup. Opening with John Krasinski’s horror film A Quiet Place, it also includes some of our most-anticipated films of the year: Jody Hill’s Observe & Report follow-up The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (which Netflix has announced they’ll release), Andrew Bujalski’s Support the Girls, and Julia Hart’s Miss Stevens follow-up, the sci-fi film Fast Color (pictured above) starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Check out the lineup below for the festival that takes place March 9-18 in Austin. It also includes many Sundance 2018 titles, and you can see our reviews of those here.

Narrative Feature Competition

Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,408 narrative feature submissions in 2018.

Family

Director/Screenwriter: Laura Steinel

When an emotionally stunted 30 year-old woman is tasked
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SXSW Film and TV 2018 Lineup: Jordan Peele, Female Directors, and More Lead Latest Announcement

SXSW Film and TV 2018 Lineup: Jordan Peele, Female Directors, and More Lead Latest Announcement
The SXSW Conference and Festivals has announced its features lineup and opening night film, plus a selection of episodic titles for the 25th edition of the Film Festival, running this March in Austin, Texas. This year’s festival will open with John Krasinski’s Paramount-produced “A Quiet Place,” playing as part of the festival’s Headliners section. Elsewhere, the film lineup is stacked with a number of offerings from female filmmakers, including its Narrative Feature Competition, which includes eight films (out of ten) directed or co-directed by women, from Megan Griffiths’ “Sadie” to Stacy Cochran’s “Write When You Get Work.”

Other sections of the festival also include a heavily female bent, including three films in the Headliners section (which currently includes five titles), and the Narrative Spotlight section, which includes new films from Lynn Shelton, Miranda Bailey, Julia Hart, and Suzi Yoonessi. Those titles are joined by a slew of other SXSW regulars,
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Emily Mortimer, Grace Van Patten wrap Us comedy-drama 'Good Posture' (exclusive)

Film is the directorial debut of Dolly Wells.

Emily Mortimer (The Party, Shutter Island) and Grace Van Patten (The Meyerowitz Stories) have finished shooting Good Posture, the directorial debut of UK filmmaker and actress Dolly Wells.

Source: Wikimedia Commons / 40West / Independent Talent Group

Emily Mortimer, Grace Van Patten, Dolly Wells

Wells, who also wrote the screenplay, is known for her roles in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Black Mountain Poets.

London-based Amp International is handling sales on her debut feature as a director. Producers are Maggie Monteith for Dignity Film Finance and Talland Films with Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets) for Twenty Dollar Pictures. Chris Reed of Freebie Films acts as executive producer.

Monteith, Adams and Reed also recently wrapped Tom Cullen’s directorial debut Pink Wall, which Amp is selling as well.

Principal Photography wrapped in Brooklyn, New York. Also starring are Timm Sharp (Enlightened
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Emily Mortimer, Grace Van Patten wrap Us comedy-drama 'Good Posture' (exclusive)

Emily Mortimer, Grace Van Patten wrap Us comedy-drama 'Good Posture' (exclusive)
Film is the directorial debut of Dolly Wells.

Emily Mortimer (The Party, Shutter Island) and Grace Van Patten (The Meyerowitz Stories) have finished shooting Good Posture, the directorial debut of UK filmmaker and actress Dolly Wells.

Source: Wikimedia Commons / 40West / Independent Talent Group

Emily Mortimer, Grace Van Patten, Dolly Wells

Wells, who also wrote the screenplay, is known for her roles in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Black Mountain Poets.

London-based Amp International is handling sales on her debut feature as a director. Producers are Maggie Monteith for Dignity Film Finance and Talland Films with Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets) for Twenty Dollar Pictures. Chris Reed of Freebie Films acts as executive producer.

Monteith, Adams and Reed also recently wrapped Tom Cullen’s directorial debut Pink Wall, which Amp is selling as well.

Principal Photography wrapped in Brooklyn, New York. Also starring are Timm Sharp (Enlightened), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls), John Early (Search Party) and Nat Wolff
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Tig Notaro Says Everything She Needs to Say About Louis C.K. in One Episode of ‘One Mississippi’

Tig Notaro Says Everything She Needs to Say About Louis C.K. in One Episode of ‘One Mississippi’
Tig Notaro and Louis C.K. aren’t speaking.

“I have not spoken to Louis in probably going on two years now. I will never hear from Louis C.K. again,” Notaro told The Hollywood Reporter.

But that doesn’t mean everything is quiet. Far from it.

The History

Rumors of sexual misconduct have been haunting C.K. for years, and they’re gaining traction in the public discourse. The popular stand-up comic, television producer, and filmmaker has been asked to respond to allegations that he has exposed himself and masturbated in front of unwilling participants. He’s refused to engage with the rumors, but the discussion persists because of, in part, Notaro’s statements and her show, “One Mississippi.”

Read More:‘One Mississippi’ Review: Season 2 Tells 3 Beautiful Love Stories with One Profound Point

Notaro has said there was “an incident” before “One Mississippi” went into production that kept C.K. from ever contributing to the series.
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Blunt Talk: Cancelled; No Season Three of Starz Comedy Series

Starz has cancelled the Blunt Talk TV show after just two seasons. Patrick Stewart starred in the live-action comedy, as broadcaster Walter Blunt. A Brit and veteran of the Falklands War, Blunt is hell-bent on succeeding in American cable news. Jacki Weaver, Adrian Scarborough, Dolly Wells, Mary Holland, Karan Soni, and Timm Sharp also starred.While Blunt Talk never earned big numbers for Starz, the ratings dropped sharply in season two. By the end of its second and final season, Blunt Talk averaged a .04 in the 18-49 demographic and drew an average total audience of fewer than 120,000 viewers. For comparison, Blunt Talk season one averaged a 0.08 in the demo and about 220,000 viewers.Read More…
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Patrick Stewart’s ‘Blunt Talk’ Canceled at Starz After 2 Seasons

  • The Wrap
Patrick Stewart’s ‘Blunt Talk’ Canceled at Starz After 2 Seasons
The Patrick Stewart comedy series “Blunt Talk” has been canceled at Starz after two seasons, TheWrap has learned. Stewart starred in the series as Walter Blunt, the booze-and-drug-fueled anchor of a cable news show. The cast also included Jacki Weaver as Rosalie; Adrian Scarborough as Harry; Dolly Wells as Celia; Timm Sharp as Jim; Mary Holland as Shelly; Romany Malco as Bob; and Karan Soni as Martin. Seth MacFarlane and Fuzzy Door Productions, Inc. executive produced. Jonathan Ames, who originated the idea for the series, served as executive producer, writer and showrunner. Tristram Shapeero and Stephanie Davisalso served as executive producers with.
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Rainbow Time Review

In Rainbow Time, writer/director Linas Phillips tackles more than just romantic unrest. Throughout his relationship dramedy, characters wallow in post-divorce uncertainty, but also tussle with the bonds of family and mental disability. An idealistic reality of perfection floats loftily out of reach in Phillips’ world, as characters valiantly strive for their “best” – a situational imprisonment that shuns individuality.

Or, Rainbow Time is about two brothers coming to terms with their more one-sided connection, where Todd (Timm Sharp) stops brushing his brother Shonzi (Linas Phillips) off as his “slower” brother. There is love between the two, buried under Todd’s more pertinent desire to keep girlfriend Lindsay (Melanie Lynskey) happy. But where Todd plays bad cop to Shonzi’s short-sighted take on life, Lindsay sees minunderstanding. She tries to transform his obsession with making home movies into a learning experience about treating women with respect, not as sexual objects. Shonzi
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‘Rainbow Time’ Starring Melanie Lynskey Is A Complex Examination of Brotherly Love, Boundaries & Relationships [Review]

While the film industry still has quite a distance to go in the production of films that do not feature Caucasian, male, straight, developmentally typical protagonists, there has been incremental progress over the past thirty years. However, more often people who would have been relegated to one-bit stock characters or stereotypes are now multifaceted subjects and protagonists in their own films, creating a larger diaspora of representation in film. Linas Phillips’ sophomore feature “Rainbow Time,” centers around an immature, developmentally delayed man and leaves me cautiously optimistic that the industry has at the very least improved depictions of developmentally challenged individuals since the days of “I Am Sam” and “Rain Man.”

Read More: Exclusive: Poster & Clip For Duplass Brothers Produced Indie Comedy ‘Rainbow Time’ Starring Melanie Lynskey

The film begins with Todd (Timm Sharp) introducing his girlfriend of six months Lindsay (Melanie Lynskey) to his family, including his developmentally challenged
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Life After ‘Heavenly Creatures’: How Melanie Lynskey Keeps Finding Original Roles

Life After ‘Heavenly Creatures’: How Melanie Lynskey Keeps Finding Original Roles
Surveying Melanie Lynskey’s diverse body of work, from her impressive debut in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” 20 years ago to the Duplass Brothers’ “Togetherness,” one thing is clear: Lynskey takes her project choices as seriously as she does her performances.

Over the last few years, Lynskey has appeared in a robust offering of indie films: Joe Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas,” Todd Louiso’s “Hello I Must Be Going,” and her friend Clea Duvall’s directorial debut, “The Intervention,” for which she received a special jury award from the Sundance Film Festival. She continues her winning streak with Linus Phillips’ “Rainbow Time,” an offbeat comedy that explores sensitive territory without devolving into cliche.

The film stars Phillips as Shonzi, a developmentally delayed jokester with a fondness for women, filmmaking, and his brother Todd (Timm Sharp). Lynskey plays Lyndsay, Todd’s idealistic girlfriend, who coddles Shonzi during trying moments when Todd would rather punch him.
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