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Sony Pictures Classics Are ‘So Excited’ for New Almodovar Film; Tribeca Get ‘Struck By Lightning’

Posted by , on June 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm 

We first knew it as The Brief Lovers; then The Standby Lovers; and, now, it’s called I’m So Excited. Annoying though these sorts of changes always, always are, I’m more bothered by the incongruity between the second and third title — just not enough to truly care.

That’s not the story at hand, either. What you should really know — and what a press release primarily tells us — is that Sony Pictures Classics have bought domestic rights to Pedro Almodóvar‘s next picture, I’m So Excited, thus continuing a long-held, well-regarded relationship that the company and filmmaker have maintained over several films. In this new comedy, a bevy of airline passengers confess deep, personal secrets when their plane appears to be on the verge of crashing. (Or a Nervous Breakdown.) [ComingSoon]

Javier Cámara (Talk to Her), Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother), Lola Dueñas (Volver) José María Yazpik (The Burning Plain), Carlos Areces (Extraterrestrial), and Raúl Arévalo all star; Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, and Paz Vega will have what’s only referred to as “special collaborations.” Shooting begins in July, while a release has been scoped out for next spring.

Next up, Tribeca Films have announced the acquisition of Struck by Lightning, a comedy written by & starring Chris Colfer (Glee), and directed by Brian Dannelly; it’ll be arriving toward the end of this year, both in theaters and, day-and-date, through various VOD formats.

Despite a strong supporting cast — Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks, Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, and Angela Kinsey — and an interesting (which is to say, posthumous) take on the high school subgenre, a bad trailer and mediocre reviews only mean this won’t be getting my money anytime soon. Not that I’m the audience, or anything.

Is it reassuring to see Sony and Almodóvar back in cahoots once again? Does Struck by Lightning even vaguely grab your attention?


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