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September 12th 2020   Posted by: admin   Leave A Comment

‘Blithe Spirit’ drive-in screening opens 2020 Mill Valley Film Festival

When’s the last time a big film made it’s world premiere at a drive-in?

“Blithe Spirit,” a new adaptation of Noel Coward’s 1941 play starring Judi Dench, Leslie Mann, Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens, is slated to open the 43rd Mill Valley Film Festival, which is ready to roll despite the coronavirus pandemic.

“Blithe Spirit,” an IFC Films release, kicks off 10 nights of drive-in screenings at a specially constructed, studio-grade facility at the Lagoon Park-Marin Center in San Rafael, the California Film Institute announced Thursday, Sept. 10.

The event runs through Oct. 8-18, and opening night includes five films screening virtually. MVFF43 will run in tandem with CFI’s DocLands Documentary Film Festival, which was postponed from May because of the pandemic.

“Although MVFF43 will not look the same as in previous years, what initially seemed like a challenge now feels like an opportunity to bring us together in an unexpected way, during an unprecedented time,” Mark Fishkin, Mill Valley Film Festival director and founder said in a statement. “We will continue to boast the year’s best films from all corners of the globe.”

Films screening virtually on opening night are “Sweet Thing,” the latest from longtime American indie director Alexandre Rockwell (“In the Soup”); “The Heist of the Century (El Robo Del Siglo),” about one of the most notorious bank heists in Argentina; “Veins of the World,” in which a young Mongolian boy turns grief into a source of power after the death of his father; Bay Area filmmaker Judith Erlich’s documentary of anti-Vietnam War activism, “The Boys Who Said No!”; and “Public Trust,” the DocLands opening night film about conflict over public lands in the United States.

The full schedule will be announced at a later date.

Tickets can be purchased online only starting at noon Sept. 23, for California Film Institute members, and noon Sept. 27 for the general public.

The 43rd annual Mill Valley Film Festival: Oct.8-18. Virtual screening tickets are $10 general admission, $8.50 California Film Institute members. Drive-in tickets are $40 per vehicle, $35 members. www.mvff.com

(sfchronicle.com)


August 8th 2020   Posted by: admin   Leave A Comment

CBS All Access Eyes Fall & Late 2020 Premieres For Richard Linklater Docuseries, ‘The Stand’, More

CBS All Access has unveiled its premiere plans for previously announced The Stand limited event series, a Richard Linklater animal rescue docuseries, and new original series The Man Who Fell To Earth, The Harper House and Guilty Party.

The Untitled Richard Linklater Project hails from the Boyhood and Where’d You Go Bernadette director and Knife Fight helmer Bill Guttentag. The 10-episode docuseries takes place in and around Linklater’s hometown of Austin, Texas, and looks at the colorful and diverse world of animal rescue through the stories of the animals and the humans who love them. It’s set for premiere this fall.

The Stand, a limited-series adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel, is slated for a late 2020 premiere. Written by Josh Boone and Ben Cavell and starring Alexander Skarsgard, The Stand is King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil.

Additionally, The Man Who Fell to Earth, a series based on the Walter Tevis novel and the cult classic 1976 film, animated series The Harper House, from China, IL creator Brad Neely, and Guilty Party, a half-hour dark comedy starring and executive produced by Isla Fisher, are all slated to roll out on the streaming service beginning in 2021.

The premieres were announced Thursday by ViacomCBS as part of a preview of the upcoming expansion of the CBS All Access streaming service in early 2021.

(Deadline)


July 5th 2020   Posted by: admin   Leave A Comment

Whilst promoting their new Netflix comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams teased some news on a possible Wedding Crashers sequel:

Will Ferrell & Rachel McAdams Talk Wedding Crashers Sequel, Reuniting for Eurovision & More

What would a Wedding Crashers 2 look like?

E! News co-host Scott Tweedie made sure to ask all about the potential sequel during his exclusive chat with Wedding Crashers alums Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. While Tweedie was eager for details about the Wedding Crashers follow-up film, the two actors—who have reunited for a new Netflix movie, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga—stayed relatively tight-lipped.

“Wedding Crashers 2, yeah. I think we can just say it’s being written,” Ferrell told E! News.

As Tweedie joked about potential plot lines, Ferrell jokingly suggested that the sequel should be a drama about the characters’ subsequent divorces.

“How about if it’s just the lawyers representing everyone in divorce court? Wedding Crashers 2,” he quipped. “And just make it like a legal courtroom drama, not funny at all.”

For McAdams, she too thought divorce was in the cards for the characters of Wedding Crashers.

“Are we all getting divorced?” she pondered.

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June 28th 2020   Posted by: admin   Leave A Comment

Isla’s upcoming supernatural comedy Blithe Spirit has found a US distributor, although there is no release date planned as yet other than ‘in the Fall’. And the UK distributor, Studio Canal, announce that the film will be released in the UK on December 26th this year. The first few stills from the film were released recently too, and you can find them in our Gallery.


IFC Films Acquires Comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’ Starring Leslie Mann, Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher And Judi Dench

IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to Blithe Spirit starring Leslie Mann (This is 40, The Other Woman), Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, Legion), Isla Fisher (The Beach Bum, Confessions of a Shopaholic) and Judi Dench (Philomena, Skyfall).

Edward Hall (Downton Abbey, Restless) directs a script written by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth which is based on the play of the same name by Noel Coward. The film also stars Julian Rhind-Tutt (Rush, Stardust), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness, Delicious), Adil Ray (Beecham Hosue) and James Fleet (Outlander, Four Weddings and a Funeral).

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May 8th 2020   Posted by: admin   Leave A Comment

Greed is now available on digital, DVD & blu-ray in the US – find it through iTunes or Amazon.com. Sony Pictures Classics have released an ‘extended preview’ to promote this, which you can watch below.

The film will be available in the UK on digital on June 15th, and blu-ray/DVD on June 29th.

We’ll have HD screencaptures from the film for you soon 🙂



May 2nd 2020   Posted by: admin   Leave A Comment

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher send planeload of PPE to NHS workers

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher partnered with Salesforce mogul Marc Benioff to send 20 tons of PPE supplies to front-line healthcare workers in the UK.

After Benioff revealed that Cohen was part of the donation in a tweet, the comedy star responded to the post: “Isla and I are so happy to have such persistent and generous partners in getting this done. Businesses please follow and get PPE in through.”

The shipment included 50,000 coveralls and 100,000 masks.

Cohen and Fisher are two of many celebrities using their resources for pandemic relief.

(The Independent)



March 9th 2020   Posted by: admin   Leave A Comment

Isla Fisher to Star in Dark Comedy ‘Guilty Party’ at CBS All Access

CBS All Access has given out a series order to the dark comedy series “Guilty Party” with Isla Fisher set to star, Variety has learned.

In the half-hour series, Fisher plays Beth Baker, a discredited journalist desperate to salvage her career by latching on to the story of a young mother sentenced to life in prison for maiming and murdering her husband, crimes she claims she didn’t commit. In trying to uncover the truth, Beth finds herself in over her head as she contends with Colorado gun-smugglers, clickbait culture, the doldrums of marriage and her own tarnished past.

Fisher will serve as executive producer in addition to starring. Rebecca Addelman serves as writer and executive producer. Sam Hansen, Jimmy Miller and Funny Or Die’s Joe Farrell, Jim Ziegler, and Mike Farah will also executive produce, with Joe Hardesty co-executive producing. Trent O’Donnell is set to direct and executive produce. CBS Television Studios will produce in association with Funny or Die and Mosaic.

“’Guilty Party’ is a wild ride fueled by Beth’s grit, passionate heart and desperation to redeem herself,” said Julie McNamara, executive vice president and head of programming for CBS All Access. “We knew we needed a magnetic, versatile talent in the role, and Isla perfectly embodies the wholly original character Rebecca created. We are thrilled to add ‘Guilty Party’ to our growing comedy slate which includes ‘Why Women Kill,’ ‘No Activity’ and the upcoming animated ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks.’”

Her role in the series will mark the first regular television role for Fisher since she appeared on the Australian show “Home and Away” in the 1990s. She is known for her roles in films like “Wedding Crashers,” “The Beach Bum,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” and “Confessions of a Shopaholic.” Her other past TV roles include “Arrested Development,” “Bored to Death,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

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January 11th 2020   Posted by: admin   Leave A Comment

Jillian Bell, Isla Fisher to Star in Disney+ Comedy ‘Godmothered’

Isla Fisher and Jillian Bell are set to star in Godmothered, a comedy for Disney+.

Sharon McGuire, best known for directing the Bridget Jones movies, is helming the feature project that is being developed by Disney’s live-action team run by motion picture production president Sean Bailey.

Justin Springer and Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures are producing.

The story tells of a young and unskilled fairy godmother (Bell) that ventures out on her own to prove her worth by tracking down a young girl whose request for help was ignored. What she discovers is that the girl has now become a grown woman (Fisher) in need of something very different than a “Prince Charming.”

Kari Granlund (Lady and the Tramp) and Melissa Stack wrote the script.

Production is due to begin later this month in Boston. Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikman are overseeing for Disney.

Bell toplined the well-regarded comedy Brittany Runs a Marathon, which she also executive produced. Prior to that, the actress did scene-stealing work in a slew of comedies ranging from 22 Jump Street and Rough Night to Fist Fight and Goosebumps. She also worked with Paul Thomas Anderson in Inherent Vice and The Master.

Fisher is coming off shooting a leading role in Blithe Spirit opposite Dan Stevens and Judi Dench, and last year appeared opposite Matthew McConaughey in Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum. She also appears with Steve Coogan in the upcoming satire Greed, which will be released by Sony Pictures Classics.

Fisher is repped by UTA and Sloane Offer; Bell is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Stone Genow.

(THR)