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The Way We Get By Photo Call

Neil LaBute, Amanda Seyfried, Thomas Sadoski and Leigh Silverman - Photo call with the cast and creative team for The Way We Get By at the Second Stage Theatre. at Second Stage Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 1st May 2015

DirecTV's New Comedy 'Billy & Billie' Series

Neil LaBute - DirecTV's new comedy 'Billy & Billie' Series Premiere at The Lot at The Lot - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 25th February 2015

Adam Brody, Lisa Joyce and Neil LaBute
Adam Brody, Lisa Joyce and Neil LaBute
Adam Brody, Lisa Joyce and Neil LaBute
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Opening Night After Party For 'The Money Shot' - Arrivals

Gia Crovatin, Neil LaBute, Elizabeth Reaser, Frederick Weller and Callie Thorne - Opening night after party for 'The Money Shot' - Arrivals at Lortel Theatre, - New York, New York, United States - Monday 22nd September 2014

Frederick Weller and Neil LaBute
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Photocall For 'The Money Shot'

Neil LaBute, Frederick Weller, Callie Thorne, Heather Graham and Gia Crovatin - Photocall for the MCC Theater production of 'The Money Shot' held at the Second Stage Theatre - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 14th August 2014

Terry Kinney, Blake West, William Cantler, Frederick Weller, Callie Thorne, Heather Graham, Gia Crovatin, Bernard Telsey and Neil LaBute
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Neil LaBute and Terry Kinney
Blake West, William Cantler, Bernard Telsey, Neil LaBute and Terry Kinney

Some Girl(s) Review


Neil LaBute adapts his bracingly astute play into a series of scenes that make us question how men and women ever come together to make a relationship work. The central idea is that we hurt each other even when we don't mean to, and through a series of face-offs between a man and his ex-girlfriends, the film leaves us wondering what we might have done to our own partners along the way.

At the centre is a writer (Brody) in his 30s, who wants to clear away his relational baggage before he gets married. He flies first to Seattle to meet his school girlfriend Sam (Morrison). She's now married with kids, and he wants to talk about their break-up. "You ended it," she corrects him. And he finds his memories equally unreliable as he visits Tyler (Maestro) in Chicago, Lindsay (Watson) in Boston, Reggie (Kazan) back in Seattle again and Bobbi (Bell) in Los Angeles. While zig-zagging across America he begins to realise that he was always the problem.

As the scenes unfold, Brody's unnamed character reveals himself as weak, shallow and self-absorbed, but also relentlessly charming. it's a brave, transparent performance that takes on resonance as he begins to understand that he's flawed and, even worse, ordinary. Opposite him, the women are all variations on a fantasy: the good girl, the sex pot, the experienced older woman, the flirty little sister of his best friend, the brainy hottie. They're superbly well-played by these actresses; Watson's piercing honesty is the stand-out, while Kazan's role is the most haunting.

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Press Junket For MCC Theater's 'Reasons To Be Happy' Held At MTC Rehearsal Studios.

Blake West, Bernard Telsey, Fred Weller, Leslie Bibb, Jenna Fischer, Josh Hamilton, William Cantler and Neil LaBute - Press junket for MCC Theater's 'Reasons To Be Happy' held at MTC Rehearsal Studios. - New York, NY, United States - Tuesday 7th May 2013

Fred Weller, Leslie Bibb, Jenna Fischer, Josh Hamilton and Neil LaBute
Fred Weller
Fred Weller and Leslie Bibb
Fred Weller, Leslie Bibb, Jenna Fischer, Josh Hamilton and Neil LaBute
Fred Weller and Leslie Bibb

All In! DirecTV Gambles On 10 Episodes Of Neil LaBute's 'Full Circle'

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DirecTV has ordered ten episode of Neil LaBute's Full Circle, a modern take on La Ronde about 11 characters who are all connected to one another. It marks LaBute's first television project and only the satellite provider's second original series following on from 'Rogue'. Casting is already underway with production on the ten-episode order, scheduled for this summer in Los Angeles. 

DirecTV's confidence in the series appears to suggest the writing is pretty top draw, "Neil has written a piece of revolutionary television," said executive producer Nick Hamm in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. "I am honored and privileged to be able to bring it to the screen with such a forward-thinking and adventurous network as DirecTV." LaBute's work on the big-screen, notably In The Company Of Men, The Shape of Things and Fat Pig, have garnered high praise form audiences and critics and 'Full Circle' is likely to do the same. 

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Death At A Funeral Trailer

Death often brings a family together and this story is no exception. Aaron and his partner Michelle are finding it hard enough having to live with Aarons folks whilst they get their lives in order. When the death of Aaron's father happens, the whole family is sent into turmoil. A funeral is arranged and Aaron's brother Ryan returns home from LA where he lives and works as a successful writer.

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The Wicker Man (2006) Review

The new version of The Wicker Man is a surprisingly tony addition to the new class of horror remakes, adapted and directed not by a disgraced former action director or a newbie music-video director but arthouse mainstay Neil LaBute; starring not a WB star paying his or her dues, but Nicolas Cage.

I haven't seen the original Wicker Man (or read the novel on which it was based), but apparently the major change to the story - about a cop visiting a remote island commune to investigate the disappearance of a young girl - is, appropriate to LaBute's resume (In the Company of Men, The Shape of Things), a gender switch. Whereas the original island was overseen by Christopher Lee, this one has Ellen Burstyn as Sister Summersisle, who oversees a flock of women conducting themselves with creepy calm. Men are present, in tiny clusters, but seem resigned mainly to lifting things in silence.

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Bash Review

Get past Calista Flockhart's ghoulish visage and you'll find a memorable, if tough, movie in Bash, a videotaped version of LaBute's Broadway play. Bash comprises three vignettes of actors-speaking-to-audience. Two are monologues, and one is a duet (Flockhart plays two of the roles). All three revolve around Mormonism and violence (or murder) -- a dichotomy that must please LaBute to no end for its sheer ugliness. While Miss Flockhart's performance is a bit over-the-top ("big" as one newspaper described it recently), Rudd and Eldard are quite creepy as their unlikely evil-doers. Recommended for the strong of stomach.

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In The Company Of Men Review

Yikes! Turning the tables on political correctness, affirmative action, and especially, the feminist movement, never seemed so fun on film! In the Company of Men teaches you that everything you know is wrong and slaps you in the face for enjoying it. This phenomenal gem is, on the surface, a simple tale about two jilted male co-workers, who, on a six-week long business trip, decide to take revenge on all the females of the species by jointly finding a "corn-fed" wallflower, making feel like she's a beauty queen, then dumping her like a sack of bricks. Hard. Chad (Aaron Eckhart) is the smooth one. Howard (Matt Malloy) is a lovable Winnie the Pooh type. Together, they're devastating... until "the game" ends up having unpredictable effects on the both of them, as well as Christine (Stacy Edwards), their deaf victim. Unpredictable and wholly unique, In the Company of Men is a powerful moviegoing experience. Take my advice, and watch it with someone you love.

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Possession Review

A.S. Byatt's Booker Award-winning novel Possession might have provided some literary delight, following two academics who track the love letters of a Victorian poet and his free-spirited mistress. That doesn't translate well to cinema, though. Neil LaBute's film adaptation boils down to a buttoned-down Gwyneth Paltrow (sporting her Academy Award winning faux-Brit accent from Shakespeare in Love) and square-jawed Aaron Eckhart running from one Masterpiece Theater location to the next (the library, the moors, the waterfall, the gothic archway, the castle wall, and the moonlit graveyard) all the while reading aloud from the correspondence of dead Englishmen.

While it might make a charming book-on-tape for the Oprah crowd, this "love loves to love love" hokum masquerades as a real movie. The present day academics exist in counterpoint to the period movie flashbacks (basically Jeremy Northam donning his suit again and looking forlorn, intercut with shots of his beautiful mistress Jennifer Ehle looking voluptuous and forlorn). And they talk, talk, talk about subtext within the letters; but they're actually talking about each other. Yes, it's When Harry Met Sally in the Library. So help me God, Eckhart's emotional revelation is when he asks Paltrow, "Is there an Us in You and Me?" (If I were Paltrow, I'd say, "I'll call you.")

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The Shape Of Things Review

Neil LaBute, you're a cruel, cruel man.

After the somewhat senseless Your Friends and Neighbors and the bafflingly bad period piece Possession, LaBute has at last returned to his roots with the kind of story that made In the Company of Men such a kick in the nuts.

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Your Friends And Neighbors Review

What does anyone in Hollywood know? You can make a movie with absolutely no likeable characters.

Neil LaBute does exactly that with this highly anticipated follow-up to In the Company of Men, a film so anti-humanity it's practically a sequel.

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