When I spent about 27 minutes in Peter Bogdanovich‘s immediate vicinity this past September (excuse the namedrop), I sort of regret not asking about Squirrels to the Nuts. When announced early last summer, it was a project that had me intrigued for reasons past its status as the writer-director’s return — a stellar cast (Brie Larson, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, and Olivia Wilde), an eye-catching pair of producers (Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach), as well as a premise that had something of an Old Hollywood feel to it. When a man who’s as much a cinema historian as he is a filmmaker finds that attraction, we’d be wise to consider it ourselves.
So, for the first time, I’m relieved by the casting of Jennifer Aniston. Coming out of Berlin, THR inform us the project — now titled She’s Funny That Way, since the use of the word “nuts” could raise some problems — has added her and a litany of other talent: Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn, and Bogdanovich‘s Last Picture Show star, Cybill Shepherd. Their place in the story remains unclear for the time being, but the aforementioned premise revolves around a married Broadway director (Wilson) falling in love with a prostitute / stage actress (Larson), then all the hijinks that ensue from thereon out.
It’s not at all unfair to ask why this has taken so long to fall together — it’ll begin shooting in June, over a year after the first announcement — but, this aside, She’s Funny That Way is looking mighty fine. Fingers crossed this one can really push forward.
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Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
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