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Wes Anderson, Whit Stillman, and More: Inspirations for Michelle Morgan’s Love Letter to Los Angeles, ‘It Happened in La’

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Wes Anderson, Whit Stillman, and More: Inspirations for Michelle Morgan’s Love Letter to Los Angeles, ‘It Happened in La’
Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles provided fertile inspiration for Michelle Morgan, director of the recent iTunes New Filmmaker Spotlight “It Happened in L.A.” (Click here to watch the film)

“I’m born and raised in La, so it’s a world that I know pretty well,” she said. “I lived in the city when I was a child and then I spent most of my young-adult years in the suburbs, so the city was always this mythical thing to us in the suburbs.”

It Happened in L.A.” follows thirtysomething Annette (Morgan), her boyfriend, Elliot (Jorma Taccone), and her Bff, Baker (Dree Hemingway), as they navigate the perils of the bleak dating scene in Los Angeles. Is there such a thing as a perfect couple, or is that an urban myth?

It Happened in L.A.,” which was Morgan’s feature directorial debut, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
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New to Streaming: ‘Logan Lucky,’ ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me,’ ‘Mudbound,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Allied (Robert Zemeckis)

That thing we can’t take for granted: a film whose many parts – period piece, war picture, blood-spattered actioner, deception-fueled espionage thriller, sexy romance, and, at certain turns, comedy – can gracefully move in conjunction and separate from each other, just as its labyrinthine-but-not-quite plot jumps from one setpiece to the next with little trouble in maintaining a consistency of overall pleasure. Another late-career triumph for Robert Zemeckis,
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Video: Michelle Morgan’s It Happened in L.A. (aka L.A. Times) – 2017 Sundance Film Fest Post Screening Q&A

The Sundance Film Festival programmed it (Next section) back when it was called L.A. Times. Produced by Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Ryland Aldrich and Jared Stern, surrounded by cast (Kentucker Audley, Dree Hemingway, Jorma Taccone, Margarita Levieva et al.) and crew attended the post screening Q&A, where Michelle Morgan (who directed, wrote, stars in the pic) detailed her love and hate relationship for the city.

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‘It Happened In L.A.’ Clip: Go Deep Into Nature [Exclusive]

The coming-of-age-in-Los-Angeles genre is populated with plenty of movies, but few are as fresh as “It Happened In L.A.” Earning strong buzz out of Sundance this year, as the weather is getting cooler, this warm comedy is on the way to brighten the season.

Written, directed, and starring Michelle Morgan with Jorma Taccone, Dree Hemingway, and Kentucker Audley in support, the story follows a neurotic couple who look to their friends to see how their relationship is going.

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‘It Happened in La’ Review: Here’s a Different Look at La La Land

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‘It Happened in La’ Review: Here’s a Different Look at La La Land
The best place to see “L.A. Times” is unquestionably L.A. — more to the point, probably the Los Feliz or the Vista theaters over by the hipster enclaves of Silver Lake and vicinity. But it’s safe to say that a very good second option would be the Sundance Film Festival, where writer-director-actor Michelle Morgan’s comedy had its world premiere on Friday night. “L.A. Times” is an indie rom-com for the 21st century, steeped in the trends and foibles of trendy Millennials who work in or around the entertainment industry. It’s a film made for audiences with personal experience negotiating Santa.
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November 2017 Film Preview

Lady Bird

November is here with collection of women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films that range from funny to heartbreaking to eye-opening to game-changing. On November 1, the month begins with “A Bad Moms Christmas.” This sequel follows three frustrated mothers as they try to conquer the upcoming holiday season. On the same day we have Jessica M. Thompson’s “The Light of the Moon,” a portrait of a sexual assault survivor.

November 3 follows with a blend of comedy and drama. First up is Michelle Morgan’s “It Happened in L.A.,” which follows two women navigating modern romance in Los Angeles. Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” traces the journey of the titular character, a self-mythologizing, rebellious teen living in Sacramento, CA. And Ana Asensio’s thriller “Most Beautiful Island” presents one hellish day in the life of an undocumented immigrant in New York.

November 10’s releases will see women making unexpected and bold moves. “Thelma” follows a college student falling in love while simultaneously developing supernatural powers. Marianna Palka’s “Bitch” centers on a stressed housewife adopting the psyche of a dog in order to cope with her life. And “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” stars a foul-mouthed Frances McDormand as a mother putting up signs on a highway in an effort to find her daughter’s murderer and draw attention to the local police’s ineptitude.

Among November’s documentary releases are Christina Herrera’s “No Dress Code Required,” about two men who become lightning rods in the process of getting married, and Alexandra Dean’s “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” which highlights the movie star’s hidden life as an inventor who trademarked an element found in all cell phones.

Here are all of the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films debuting in November. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

November 1

A Bad Moms Christmas

A Bad Moms Christmas”: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Stx Entertainment

A Bad Moms Christmas” follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn) as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon).

The Light of the Moon” — Written and Directed by Jessica M. Thompson

The Light of the Moon

Bonnie (Stephanie Beatriz), a young and successful architect, is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend Matt (Michael Stahl-David), but the truth quickly emerges. Bonnie emphatically denies the impact of what has just happened to her. Another attack in the neighborhood only drives Bonnie further into denial, before an encounter with an at-risk woman causes her to face the truth and confront her own self-blame.

November 3

Lady Bird” — Written and Directed by Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird

ChristineLady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated, and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, “Lady Bird” is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

It Happened in L.A.” — Written and Directed by Michelle Morgan (Opens in NY November 3; Opens in La November 10) (Available on VOD November 14)

It Happened in L.A.

Annette (Michelle Morgan) and Elliot (Jorma Taccone) are a mostly happy, moderately neurotic La couple. Maybe Annette doesn’t enjoy game nights or taco stands as much as Elliot does, but no relationship is perfect, right? Rather than embracing their differences, Annette can only compare their relationship to their happy couple friends. This cannot be endorsed by Annette’s beautiful but romantically troubled best friend, Baker (Dree Hemingway), who is very well-versed on the bleakness of the La dating scene. Taking its cues from classic mid-20th century comedies with a stylish and contemporary spin, “It Happened in L.A.” is an irreverent tale of life and the search for elusive love in the 21st century.

Most Beautiful Island” — Written and Directed by Ana Asensio (Also Available on VOD)

Most Beautiful Island

Most Beautiful Island” is a psychological thriller set in the world of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in New York City. Shot on Super 16mm with an intimate, voyeuristic sensibility, “Most Beautiful Island” chronicles one harrowing day in the life of Luciana (Ana Asensio), a young immigrant woman struggling to make ends meet while striving to escape her past. As Luciana’s day unfolds, she is whisked, physically and emotionally, through a series of troublesome and unforeseeable extremes. Before her day is done, she inadvertently finds herself a central participant in a cruel game where lives are placed at risk, and psyches are twisted and broken for the perverse entertainment of a privileged few.

“No Dress Code Required” (Documentary) — Directed by Christina Herrera (Opens in NY)

A rallying cry for equality, this loving documentary follows Victor and Fernando, two respected stylists from the Baja California border town of Mexicali who became the center of a social firestorm from their simple desire to get married.

“Wait for Your Laugh” (Documentary) (Opens in NY; Opens in La November 17)

Rose Marie’s rise to fame began at the age of four with her own NBC radio show. As she grew, she went from the stages of Vaudeville to the bright lights of Vegas to some of the most iconic television shows. But it’s not just credits like “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Hollywood Squares” that make her life so memorable. Characters like Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, and Jerry Lewis all played a part in this woman’s story of fame, love, tragedy, and success. A woman’s 90-year career is also the greatest untold story in show business.

Princess Cyd

Princess Cyd

Sixteen-year-old Cyd (Jessie Pinnick) decides to take a break from her depressive single father and spend a summer in Chicago with her aunt Miranda (Rebecca Spence), a well-known novelist. Soon after her arrival, Cyd encounters Katie (Malic White), a young barista behind the counter. The two make plans to meet up after Katie’s shift and a new, charged relationship begins. The Chicago landscape expands, and we navigate intimate and fragile moments between Cyd and Katie as they explore their new attraction. Miranda functions as a counterpart to young Cyd’s new explorations of sexuality and love, and as the summer continues, they develop a strong relationship founded on a shared openness and healthy criticism of particular personal moments.

Battlecreek” — Directed by Alison Eastwood; Written by Anthea Anka

Henry Pearl’s (Bill Skarsgård) rare skin disease has left him hiding from the sun in the shadows of small town Battlecreek. His overprotective mother,​ the local diner, and his night time job at the gas station provide him a nocturnal and mundane existence. When a beautiful, yet tormented girl (Claire van der Boom) becomes stranded in town, Henry is awakened by love, forcing them both to face their turbulent pasts in light of the future.

“11/8/16” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Sheena M. Joyce, Petra Epperlein, Alma Har’el, Alison Klayman, Ciara Lacy, Martha Shane, and Elaine Mcmillion Sheldon (Also Available on VOD)

On the morning of Election Day 2016, Americans of all stripes woke up and went about living their radically different lives. These were the hours leading up to Donald Trump’s unexpected, earth-shaking victory, but, of course, no one knew that yet. Featuring footage captured by a carefully curated group of some of America’s finest documentary filmmakers, “11/8/16” follows 16 subjects spanning the country’s geographic, socioeconomic, and political divides throughout the course of that history-altering day.

“Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride” (Documentary) — Directed by Robyn Symon (Available on VOD November 7)

“Uncle Gloria”

“Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride” recounts the astonishing true story of Butch, the macho owner of a South Florida auto-wrecking company, who in a desperate search of a way to hide from the law, transformed himself into a woman named Gloria. But what started out as a trick to beat the system ended up changing Butch’s life forever. Now in her 80s, Gloria’s stranger-than-fiction life has been filled with risky surgeries, sex work, family dysfunction, activism, and a gender-bending love story. Full of humor, warmth, and sass, “Uncle Gloria” is a rollicking ride that must be seen to be believed.

“Elliot the Littlest Reindeer” — Written and Directed by Jennifer Westcott

When Blitzen announces his retirement on December 21, a miniature horse (voiced by Josh Hutcherson) has three days to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa’s team at the North Pole tryouts.

November 7

The Journey Is the Destination” — Co-Written and Directed by Bronwen Hughes (Available on Netflix)

The Journey Is the Destination

Director Bronwen Hughes (“Stander”) and screenwriter Jan Sardi (“Shine”) recreate the inspiring life story of the late photojournalist, artist, and activist Dan Eldon, who documented the struggle, heartbreak, and hope of a war-torn and famine-ridden region of Africa.

November 10

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”: Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

“Thelma”

“Thelma”

A college student (Eli Harboe) starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable, and often dangerous, supernatural abilities.

Bitch” — Written and Directed by Marianna Palka (Also Available on VOD)

Bitch

Bitch” tells the powerful and darkly humorous story of a housewife (Marianna Palka) who, after her philandering husband (Jason Ritter) and unruly kids break her psyche, upends the family dynamic by assuming the persona of a vicious dog.

Gold Star” — Written and Directed by Victoria Negri (Opens in NY) (Also Available on VOD)

After dropping out of music school, Vicki (Victoria Negri) drifts aimlessly between her family’s house in Connecticut and an itinerant existence in New York. When her father suffers a debilitating stroke, she has to become his primary caretaker. Vicki resists connecting with him, and making peace with herself, but finds a way forward thanks to a new friend and a life-changing event.

Destination Unknown” (Documentary) — Directed by Claire Ferguson (Opens in NY and La)

Destination Unknown

Destination Unknown” blends intimate testimony with immersive archive to bring the stories of 12 Holocaust survivors to the screen. The survivors share their memories, some for the first time, some for the last, bringing their experiences to a new generation. They endured the death camps. They hid in remote farms. They fought as partisans in Polish forests. But when the war ended, those struggles were only just beginning.

November 15

Song of Granite” — Co-Written by Sharon Whooley

Song of Granite

Song of Granite” revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney. The harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables, and songs of his Connemara childhood helped shape this complex and fascinating character. Enigmatic and complex, Heaney’s devotion to his art came at a huge personal cost.

November 17

Mudbound” — Co-Written and Directed by Dee Rees — November 17 (Also Available on Netflix)

Mudbound

Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. “Mudbound” follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Meanwhile, Hap (Rob Morgan) and Florence Jackson (Mary J. Blige) — sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

“A Fantastic Woman”

“A Fantastic Woman”

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina (Daniela Vega) is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando (Francisco Reyes) is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. A detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando’s ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando’s son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando’s family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now — a complex, strong, forthright, and fantastic woman.

The Breadwinner” — Directed by Nora Twomey; Written by Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis

The Breadwinner

Parvana (Saara Chaudry) is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia (Soma Chhaya), Parvana discovers a new world of freedom — and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family.

“Cook Off!” — Co-Directed by Cathryn Michon; Co-Written by Cathryn Michon and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Also Available on VOD)

Reality-show shenanigans mix with the fiery-and-fierce world of competitive baking in the deliciously sly mockumentary “Cook Off!” As a buffet of quirky contestants prepare for the renowned Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest, the heat is on to win a one million-dollar prize. The filmmakers follow them as the foodie media and celebrity judges descend on a hotel convention area to see which contestants rise, which ones fall, who will reveal their true nature, and who will find love with the contest’s costumed Muffin Man mascot.

Big Sonia” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Leah Warshawski

Big Sonia

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski — great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor — runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, “Big Sonia” also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.

Soufra” (Documentary) (Opens in La)

Soufra

Soufra” follows the inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur Mariam Shaar — a refugee who has spent her entire life in the 69-year-old Burl El Barajneh refugee camp south of Beirut, Lebanon.

On the Beach at Night Alone”

On the Beach at Night Alone”

An actress (Min-hee Kim) wanders around a seaside town, pondering her relationship with a married man.

November 22

Mr. Roosevelt” — Written and Directed by Noël Wells (Opens in NY)

Mr. Roosevelt

Emily (Noël Wells), a talented but hard-to-classify comedic performer, left behind her home and boyfriend to pursue career opportunities in La. When a loved one falls ill, Emily rushes back to Austin where she’s forced to stay with her ex-boyfriend (Nick Thune) and his new-and-improved girlfriend (Britt Lower), a totally together woman with a five-year plan. Though Emily is the same, everything else is different: her house has been smartly redecorated, her rocker boyfriend is training to be a real estate agent, and her old haunts show serious signs of gentrification. Holed up in her own guest room, Emily — who has no idea what she’ll be doing five days from now, let alone five years — is forced to question everyone’s values: are they sell-outs or have they just figured out what makes them happy? And is she following her dreams or is she just a self-absorbed loser?

The Man Who Invented Christmas” — Written by Susan Coyne

The Man Who Invented Christmas”: Kerry Brown/Garlands Films

The Man Who Invented Christmas” tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and other classic characters from “A Christmas Carol.” The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

November 24

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (Documentary) — Directed by Alexandra Dean

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

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Michelle Morgan & Jorma Taccone in Trailer for 'It Happened In L.A.'

"You know, I've never really thought about it before, but palm trees are actually very condescending." The Orchard has revealed a trailer for another indie comedy titled It Happened in L.A., formerly known as L.A. Times when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Written and directed by Michelle Morgan, and starring Morgan, the film is a classically styled comedy of manners set in Los Angeles about relationships. A thirty-something couple, played by Morgan and Jorma Taccone, try to determine whether ideal happiness exists in coupledom or if the perfectly suited couple is actually just an urban myth. This is a very odd, kooky little film with some off-beat humor that you'll either like or hate. Some of you will laugh your ass off, others will be uncomfortable by this, but that's why it's a unique comedy. Check this out below. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Michelle Morgan
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Trailer Watch: No One Says What They Mean in Michelle Morgan’s “It Happened in L.A.”

It Happened in L.A.

Remember that episode of “30 Rock” where Liz and her boyfriend go to Ikea and suddenly every conversation they have about furniture turns into a metaphor for their relationship? Well, the couples of “It Happened in L.A.” are doing the same thing, but all the time. Michelle Morgan’s feature directorial debut centers on Annette (Morgan, “Girl Most Likely”), her boyfriend Elliot (Jorma Taccone, “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”), and their friends, all of whom talk about their relationships without actually talking about their relationships.

In one of their arguments, Annette complains about how Elliot bugs her to take walks with him. When he reminds her that walking is healthy, she yells, “But I don’t want to walk anymore!” Translation: Annette might not want to be with Elliot anymore.

One of the couple’s friends, Tom (Tate Donovan, “Elvis & Nixon”), has a conniption when his girlfriend plans to buy a new couch for their place. “I know what kind of couch I like and this is not it. And I’m not gonna be manipulated into making a huge decision.” Translation: Stop pressuring me to commit!

And, while hanging out with her best friend Baker (Dree Hemingway, “While We’re Young”), Annette announces, apropos of nothing, that “palm trees are actually very condescending.” Translation: Okay, that could just be her random opinion — or the palm trees in question are an Elliot stand-in.

Morgan previously wrote, directed, and starred in the short film “K.I.T.” a portrait of a yuppie determined to prove she is a good person. She has also penned the screenplays for 2008’s “Middle of Nowhere” and “Girl Most Likely.” Also an actress, Morgan has appeared in projects like “American Dreams” and “Cinema Verite.”

It Happened in L.A.” opens November 3 in New York and November 10 in La. You can catch it on VOD November 14.

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Trailer for ‘It Happened in L.A.’ Introduces a Whit Stillman-Esque Portrait of Los Angeles

One of my favorite discoveries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Michelle Morgan’s It Happened in L.A. (then going by the Seo-unfriendly title L.A. Times). As writer, director, and star, her voice was among the most unique I saw at the festival, mixing Whit Stillman’s sensibilities with a Wes Anderson-esque visual approach to deliver a sweet, distinct romantic comedy. Also starring Jorma Taccone, Dree Hemingway, and Kentucker Audley, the first trailer has now arrived ahead of a release next month.

“In an age where the modus operandi of love-seeking is ever-changing, a film can feel immediately dated on its journey from script to screen, yet Morgan’s voice feels like one of the freshest on this particular topic in some time,” I said in my review. “Eschewing the insufferable nature of the bulk of today’s romantic comedies, It Happened in L.A. stands apart with
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‘It Happened In L.A.’: The Orchard Unveils Trailer & Release Date For Michelle Morgan’s Dating Comedy

Exclusive: The Orchard has slated a release date for the Michelle Morgan written and directed comedy film, It Happened In L.A., which explores the ups and downs of a young dating couple. The pic will get a limited release beginning November 3 in New York and November 10 in Los Angles before its digital bow November 14. The company also dropped the first-look trailer, which can be viewed above. It follows Annette (Morgan) and Elliot (Jorma Taccone), a mostly happy…
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Michelle Morgan's Comedy 'It Happened in L.A.' Goes to The Orchard

Michelle Morgan's Comedy 'It Happened in L.A.' Goes to The Orchard
The Orchard has acquired domestic rights to It Happened in L.A.Michelle Morgan's feature directorial debut. It will get a limited theatrical release in New York on Nov. 3 and in Los Angeles on Nov.10, and will be released on digital platforms on Nov. 14.

Morgan wrote the screenplay and also stars in the ensemble comedy with Jorma Taccone, Dree Hemingway and Kentucker Audley. It Happened in L.A. centers on a handful of misguided thirtysomething Angelenos and their professional and personal pursuits, and explores the search for elusive love in the 21st century. The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film...
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‘Dirty John’: La Times True Crime Podcast Series is an Eerie, Timely Storytelling Experiment

‘Dirty John’: La Times True Crime Podcast Series is an Eerie, Timely Storytelling Experiment
The mere fact that “Dirty John” exists proves that John Michael Meehan is not the man we hear that he claimed to be. It’s part of the true crime series dilemma, knowing that the very fact that this story is being told means that trouble is on the way. But rather than approach the lives and times of “Dirty John” in a by-the-book manner, this long-form hybrid is another worthy addition to the ranks of true crime obsessions.

Meehan is the subject of the seven-part podcast feature series, produced by the La Times and distributed by Wondery, that looks at an unsettling past through the lens of his relationship with Debra Newell, a successful interior designer who made her home at different locations across southern California before and after meeting Meehan. As the story of Meehan’s past unfolds, the audience learns the truth along with Newell.

Newell’s story,
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New Podcast: Desperately Seeking Smackdowns

Nathaniel welcomes our first all Los Angeles panel for this discussion of the 1985 film year. Comedian/Writer Louis Virtel (Billy on the Street), Producer/Writer Abdi Nazemian ("The Authentics"), Actress Nora Zehetner and Director/Writer Michelle Morgan (It Happened in L.A.). We just wrote about the Supporting Actress nominated performances of 1985 but now it's time to zoom out on the films and the film year itself when Oprah Winfrey and Madonna began their global takeovers, Anjelica Huston became a third generation Oscar favorite, and Out of Africa eventually won Best Picture.

Smackdown '85 Companion Podcast

(58 minutes)

00:01 Anjelica vs Oprah with a little Amy Madigan on the side

10:00 Our entire group has a Jane Fonda "problem" - shout-outs to Klute and lots of head-scratching over the plot of Agnes of God

20:00 Meg Tilly and Jennifer Tilly and Oscar trivia

22:00 Should they remake The Color Purple?

28:00 Syphilitic Out of Africa,
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Quentin Tarantino among Sundance Next Fest honourees

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Quentin Tarantino among Sundance Next Fest honourees
Event to run in Los Angeles from August 10-13.

Seven films will screen at Sundance Next Fest at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles in August.

Quentin Tarantino and Mudbound and Pariah director Dee Rees will receive the Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Award.

The line-up features Janicza Bravo’s Lemon; the first seven episodes of Marvin Lemus’ comedic drama Gente-fied; Justin Chon’s Next 2017 audience award winner Gook; Marianna Palka’s Bitch starring Jason Ritter and Jaime King; documentary grand jury prize winner Dina from Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles; Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits; and Michelle Morgan’s L.A. Times.

Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper said: “This year’s weekend festival offers everything from a Sundance throwback to our first-ever Next Fest episodic screening; the perfect blend to give Angelenos a taste of our Park City festival. A majority of these movies, filmmakers and musicians are from Los Angeles, so it’s a
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Sundance Next Fest to Honor Quentin Tarantino, Dee Rees

Sundance Next Fest to Honor Quentin Tarantino, Dee Rees
Sundance Next Fest will honor Quentin Tarantino and Dee Rees with Vanguard Awards, and will include seven films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and three music performances.

The festival, now in its fifth year in Los Angeles, will take place Aug. 10-13 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles festival is an extension of the Sundance Next section in Park City, Utah, which has included “Obvious Child,” “Compliance,” “Appropriate Behavior,” “Tangerine,” and “Escape From Tomorrow.”

John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “This year’s weekend festival offers everything from a Sundance throwback to our first-ever Next Fest episodic screening; the perfect blend to give Angelenos a taste of our Park City Festival. A majority of these movies, filmmakers and musicians are from Los Angeles, so it’s a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate hometown talent.”

Tarantino will be presented
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The Works Boards Sundance’s ‘L.A. Times,’ Spy Thriller ‘The White Rabbit’

The Works Boards Sundance’s ‘L.A. Times,’ Spy Thriller ‘The White Rabbit’
Worldwide sales rights to relationship drama “L.A. Times” have been picked up by The Works International, which is introducing the film and also upcoming World War II spy thriller “The White Rabbit” to buyers at Cannes.

L.A. Times” (pictured) premiered at Sundance this year. The film is from writer-director-star Michelle Morgan (“Girl Most Likely”).

Variety‘s review said that “L.A. Times” explores the lives of three thirtysomething Angelenos “with a heavy dose of Whit Stillman and sprinklings of Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach, and Lena Dunham, among others.”

The Works is also kicking off global sales of “The White Rabbit,” which is loosely based on the British spy who partly inspired the creation of James Bond, and follows the British Secret Service’s covert operation in occupied France. Filming begins early next year for delivery in winter 2018 and global release in early 2019.

Torquil Deacon and Tom Radcliffe penned the screenplay.

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‘The Big Sick,’ ‘The Bad Batch’ and More Announced for Rooftop Films’ 2017 Summer Series

‘The Big Sick,’ ‘The Bad Batch’ and More Announced for Rooftop Films’ 2017 Summer Series
Rooftop Films has announced its lineup for the 2017 Summer Series. This year’s series will feature more than 45 outdoor screenings in more than 10 venues, including films like Michael Showalter’s Sundance hit “The Big SickAna Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch,” (dates still Tbd).

The series kicks off on Friday, May 19 with “This is What We Mean by Short Films,” a collection of some of the most innovative, new short films of the past year. The screening will take place on the roof of The Old American Can Factory, in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The following night, Saturday, May 20, Rooftop will present a sneak preview screening of Zoe Lister-Jones’ 2017 Sundance entry, “Band Aid,” free and outdoors at House of Vans in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The entire lineup so far is below. Tickets are already for sale.

Friday, May 19

“This is What We Mean by Short Films”

Saturday, May 20

Band Aid” (Zoe Lister-Jones)

Saturday,
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Sun Valley Film Festival Slides Into Its Sixth Year

Sun Valley Film Festival Slides Into Its Sixth Year
Heading into its sixth year, the Sun Valley Film Festival is a perfect confluence of everything one could possibly want in a celebration of cinema: compelling, thought-provoking movies, a snowy resort town filled with pristine ski runs, and whiskey-soaked saloons redolent of the Wild West. Add to that a relaxed crowd of Hollywood players, Idaho locals, and an eclectic batch of writers, directors, and cineastes.

The five-day fest will screen more than 30 films, including 14 narrative features and 16 documentaries, Rory Kennedy’s “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” among them. Also unspooling are several films that bowed at this year’s Sundance fest, including Michelle Morgan’s comedy “L.A. Times” starring Dree Hemingway.

The world premiere of “Blood Road,” a documentary starring Sun Valley-based endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch, will open the fest. Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”) will host this year’s Screenwriters Lab. The winner of the High Scribe screenwriting contest,
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Re-Release Trailer For Woody Allen’s Newly Restored ‘Manhattan’ Will Make Fall In Love With New York All Over Again

New York City might be one of the most photographed and filmed cities on the planet, but few movies have truly captured the essence of the city quite like the romantic opening prologue to Woody Allen‘s “Manhattan.” One of the finest films ever directed by the filmmaker, it’s now looking better than ever and headed back to the big screen.

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Following screenings last year at the Berlin Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival, Allen’s 1979 newly restored classic is now headed to the big screen in limited release.

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One-Third of the Films At Sundance Were Directed By Women, But That Shouldn’t Be Confused With the Real World

One-Third of the Films At Sundance Were Directed By Women, But That Shouldn’t Be Confused With the Real World
Change may be coming slowly to the entertainment industry, but at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a desire for diversity and inclusion amongst female filmmakers went beyond buzzwords.

Thirty-four percent of all films that screened at Sundance this year were directed by women – in years past, the average has hovered around 25 percent – and female filmmakers were prominent across all sections, with women debuting films in not just the competition sections, but also the forward-thinking Next section, the wild Midnight category (which played home to the long-gestating anthology “Xx,” featuring four shorts directed by women) and even the starry Premieres docket.

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The rise of female-directed films was particularly felt at this year’s awards ceremony as two of the four juried competition directing awards went to women: “Beach Rats” helmer Eliza Hittman picked up the award in the U.
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