Knockaround Guys (2001)
Known as one of the best readers and script advisers in Hollywood, she helped launch screenwriters including Steve Zaillian, Ron Shelton, Craig Bolotin, Blake Herron and Jordan Roberts.
As production executive at Orion, she worked on development and production of films including “Cherry 2000,” “At Close Range,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Breathless,” “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “Under Fire,” “RoboCop” and “The Terminator.” She later served as a production exec at A Band Apart and Lawrence Bender Productions, and had producing credits on “Knockaround Guys” and “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.”
After attending Princeton, the New York native started out as a script reader and worked at Ray Stark Productions and for TriStar. Kirkham was partnered with her husband, producer Elliot Lewitt, in Kirkham-Lewitt Productions.
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Indie Spotlight Review: Nobody Can Cool
by Heather Wixson
Nobody Can Cool is the rather impressive directorial debut from up-and-coming filmmaking duo Dpyx, Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, who crafted a blisteringly taut and thoughtful indie crime thriller with a palpable sense of tension from start to finish. A gritty and engaging tale of deceit, violence and desperation, Nobody Can Cool is anchored by a breakout performance by Nick Principe (best known from his work in the Laid to Rest series, Madison County and
This project has bumped from studio-to-studio. It was first at Columbia with Chris Weitz attached to direct, then it shacked up with Spyglass with D.B. Weiss writing. Later, Lionsgate made a pass at an incarnation with Rawson Marshall Thurber attached to helm. Fox Searchlight also flirted with the project, but Game has now made its way to MGM, with Chris and Paul Weitz are attached to produce.
You may have heard about the film Holy Rollers, which stars Jesse Eisenberg as a lovable Hasidic Jew who gets involved in the international drug trade. Or maybe you haven't. Holy Rollers, made in 2010, was shot before Eisenberg's breakthrough role in The Social Network. It falls into that category of motion pictures starring relatively or completely unknown young stars that get a wider theatrical release after the star has become famous: albatross cinema, if you want a genre name.
Alabatross cinema is not a well populated genre, but it does exist. An American Crime, which stars Ellen Page as a young girl tortured to death by a deranged midwestern housewife, was made the same year Page made her breakthrough with Juno. Unlike Juno, which is charming and life-affirming and sweet, An American Crime is revolting,
The Movies that Would be Available to Stream this week, without the Starz/Sony Contract Dispute
The Social Network – June 20th
Burlesque – June 20th
Punch Drunk Love – June 23rd
Tamara Drewe – June 23rd
According to Netflix, the contract issue will be fixed soon and is only “temporary.”
New to Netflix Streaming On Tuesday June 21th
The best show on all of TV right now, Louis C.K.’s “Louie” is available stream this week.
New to Netflix Streaming On Friday June 24thSlap Shot (R | 1977)
Date of Assessment: April 27, 2011
Positive Buzzwords: Franchise, franchise, franchise
Negative Buzzwords: Lack of range, directing, writing
The Case: It's hard to hate on someone who's made quite a lot of use out of very limited talent, and damn if Vin Diesel hasn't done just that in a very roundabout way. Back in 1994, Mark Vincent began his career as a writer and director of a short film called Multi-Facial (sadly, not a porn flick), in which he also starred. The short, which was a semi-autobiographical take on the life of a multi-racial actor, screened for the Cannes Film Festival but failed to make an impact with critics, distributors, or anywhere of even trivial importance. A few years later, Vincent made another lackluster attempt at cinematic triple duty with the feature-length Strays. At that point, someone in his life wisely encouraged him to just stick with acting,
Ben Kalmen (Michael Douglas) is a down-and-out car dealership owner who’s hit a roadblock. He’s lost touch with his family, he’s having business troubles and he’s nearly flat broke. Kalmen is a man only worried about living in the moment. Taking risks is of the greatest importance to him. After an early visit to a doctor, Ben learns he could be sick. When a major business deal falls through, he’s in the worst rut of his life.
The actor first came to notice with a small role in "Rebel Without a Cause" and went on to memorable roles in such films as "Easy Rider," "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," "Cool Hand Luke," "Hang 'Em High," "True Grit," "Mad Dog Morgan," "Reborn," "The Osterman Weekend," "Hoosiers," "Super Mario Bros.," "True Romance," "Speed," "Waterworld," "Basquiat," "EDtv," "Knockaround Guys," "Land of the Dead" and TV shows like "24," "Gunsmoke," "E-Ring," and "Crash".
Hopper died Saturday morning surrounded by friends and family at his home in Venice, California.
Cinematical sat down with Koppelman and Levien for an intimate chat about Solitary Man following a screening at the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival.
While Douglas is
Solitary Man tells the dryly funny yet all too relatable story of Ben Kalmen (Michael Douglas), a fifty-something New Yorker and former successful car dealer, who through his own bad choices lost his entire business. He’s also divorced from Nancy (Susan Sarandon), his college sweetheart and the one…
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Cinematical has just received this exclusive poster for Solitary Man, starring Michael Douglas as a former car dealership mogul whose life begins to unravel as he struggles to deal with multiple business problems, as well as balance his many relationships with the opposite sex. Directed by the team of Brian Koppelman and David Levien (and written by Koppelman), Solitary Man earned some good buzz back when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of '09. Surely some of that is due to the exceptional cast surrounding Douglas, including Jesse Eisenberg, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker, Jenna Fischer and Danny DeVito.
If the names Koppelman and Levien are familiar, it's because you recognize them as the guys who directed Knockaround Guys back in 2001. They also wrote Rounders, Ocean's 13 and, more recently, Steven Soderbergh's excellent fly-on-the-wall look at the risks and
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