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Not Another Happy Ending to Close Edinburgh International Film Festival
The film, starring Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan, will have its World Premiere as the Closing Night film at the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 30. Gillan stars as a successful author who is suffering from writers' block. Her publisher, played by French actor Stanley Weber, hopes to break her situation by making her miserable, thereby rekindling her creative fire. But as he makes her feel worse, he falls in love. EIFF runs June 19 – 30, Screen Daily reports.
Tribeca Unveils Nora Ephron Prize
The new award includes $25,000 in recognition of a female writer or director with a “distinctive voice who embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer.” The inaugural prize will be presented at the annual Women’s Filmmaker Brunch at TFF on April 25 by co-founder Jane Rosenthal and Sally Singer, the creative digital director of Vogue. The prize will be awarded annually to a woman filmmaker with a North American, International or World Premiere at the festival. Tribeca runs April 17 – 28.
MPAA Tweaks Movie Ratings System
MPAA Chairman and former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd told a convention of theater owners that a new campaign will remind parents to “Check the Box” (that is, their ratings box) so they can make informed decisions about the content of a movie in order to decide if it's appropriate for children. Dodd said the descriptors on each ratings box will be made more prominent, TOH reports.
Sundance's A.C.O.D. Heads to Theaters
The film, which uses comedy to explore the world of “Adult Children of Divorce,” is the directorial debut of Stuart Zicherman. It stars comedy talents including Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers), Catherine O'Hara (For Your Consideration), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, Clark Duke (The Office) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). The Film Arcade will release A.C.O.D. theatrically at a later date in North America, while Paramount Home Media Distribution will handle domestic home entertainment, digital and international distribution.
Frances Ha and Crystal Fairy Among Rooftop Films Highlights
A sneak preview screening of Frances Ha will take place Saturday, May 11 at the 17th annual summer series Rooftop Films. New short films will actually kick off the series May 10th at Open Road Rooftop at New Design High School in the Lower East Side. Other sneaks and highlights include Crystal Fairy starring Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffman, documentary Brasslands, The Kings of Summer starring Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, and a sneak preview of Drinking Buddies directed by Joe Swanberg and starring Anna Kendrick and Olivia Wilde.