Distribution deals popped like champagne corks on New Year’s Eve yesterday in the snowy ski town of Park City, Utah. For your reading pleasure, we’ve scattered in Twitter responses to the movies.
Focus Features acquired worldwide rights to For a Good Time, Call..., a film starring Ari Graynor and Lauren Miller that debuted over the weekend to acclaim from our own Erik Davis. He described the film, pictured above, as “a hilariously filthy sex comedy from newbie screenwriters Lauren Miller and Katie Ann Naylon and first-time feature director Jamie Travis. … This is independent comedy at its best from a crop of up-and-coming talent you might not be familiar with yet, but you will be soon.” Erik also caught the cast discussing the film. (Via press release)
“The smart & silly girl power raunch-com you've been waiting for. Perfect summer counter programming.” @RylandAldrich (Film critic, Twitch)
Celeste and Jesse Forever has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. Rashida Jones, Ari Graynor (again!), Elijah Wood, Andy Samberg, and Emma Roberts star; the comedy with dramatic inclinations is “cute, comfortable and totally watchable,” according to the super-busy Erik Davis. It’s “the kind you can't help but flip to when it's on cable because you know it's guaranteed to make you smile and warm your heart.” (Thompson on Hollywood)
“@ericcolsen @woodelijah loved you both in Celeste and Jesse Forever. Congrats!!!” @M_E_Winstead (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, actress extraordinaire)
As rumored earlier, Fox Searchlight finally landed distribution rights to Beasts of the Southern Wild, the wildly buzzed-about drama about a girl and her father, and their life in the backwaters of the southern Delta. Benh Zeitlin directed; first-time actors Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry reportedly shine. (Indiewire)
“Okay, Buzz: "Beasts of the Southern Wild" does, indeed, warrant you. #Sundance #sff12 #Wow.” @ShawnLevy (Film critic, Portland Oregonian; book writer and soccer nut)
Red Lights, a psychological thriller about paranormal investigators that’s received mixed-to-negative reviews, nonetheless scored a distribution deal with Millenium Entertainment. The cast certainly helps: Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, Toby Jones, and Leonardo Sbaraglia. (Variety)
“If Ed Wood remade THE PRESTIGE it'd be something like RED LIGHTS.” @JHoffman6 (Jordan Hoffman, film critic)
Another film that received a mixed response, Lay the Favorite, is under pursuit by The Weinstein Company. The gambling-themed comedy / drama, directed by Stephen Frears, stars Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, and Laura Prepon; reportedly, the film’s producers are seeking a wide release. (Variety)
“Lay the Favorite: the most lifeless thing Frears has done in years. No other word for it.” @WilliamBGoss (film critic)
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