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Jennifer Aniston Gets Back To Work With She's Funny That Way


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After she surprised everyone by getting married to Justin Theroux on August 5th, Jennifer Aniston was back on the red carpet this week in for the premiere of her new comedy She's Funny That Way. This was her first public appearance after the couple's wedding and honeymoon in Bora Bora. Theroux was also back at work this week, heading to Texas to shoot the second season of The Leftovers.

Owen Wilson and others in She's Funny That WayShe's Funny That Way also stars Owen Wilson and Rhys Ifans

Aniston and Theroux even kept their wedding a secret from their guests, who thought the event was Theroux's birthday party. "And it was," Aniston says, matter-of-factly adding that she managed to keep the marriage part of the day out of the news because, "Where there is a will, there is a way."

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Los Angeles premiere 'She's Funny That Way'

Peter Bogdanovich - Los Angeles premiere 'She's Funny That Way' at Harmony Gold - Arrivals at Harmony Gold - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 19th August 2015

She's Funny That Way - Clips


Highly respected theatre director Arnold Albertson could not have made more of a mistake when he spends the night with a young and attractive escort named Izzy; now determined to become an actress, she turns up at auditions for his next big Broadway show the following day. To make matters even more awkward, his wife Delta is already cast in the upcoming play and Izzy's remarkable skill leaves him no choice but to take her on to avoid suspicion from the rest of the impressed cast. Unfortunately, it isn't long before Delta's co-star and ex-boyfriend Seth (who happens to still be in love with Delta) finds out about Arnold's brazen infidelity, and with this hanging over him, Arnold has no idea if show will go on if the truth comes out. Izzy is also causing a stir in other people's love lives; her therapist Jane has fallen head over heels for Arnold's playwright Joshua, but he only has eyes for Izzy. Who knew one girl could be so much trouble?

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She's Funny That Way Review

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Wacky enough to make us smile but never laugh out loud, this screwball comedy harks back to those nutty 1970s farces Woody Allen used to make about a group of neurotic urbanites. Actually, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich used to make those kinds of movies too (1972's What's Up Doc is a classic). But he gives this film an oddly muted tone and uneven cast, which leaves it enjoyably silly even though it's never very funny.

It's set in a version of Manhattan where everyone sees the same shrink, eats in the same restaurant and stays at the same hotel, conveniently. Isabella (Imogen Poots) is working as a hooker, and her next john is Arnold (Owen Wilson), who offers her $30,000 if she gives up being a call girl after tonight and pursues her dream of becoming an actress. Then when she goes for her first Broadway audition, she's shocked to discover that Arnold is the director, and her costars would be his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and leery actor Seth (Rhys Ifans), who knows what she used to do for a living. Another ex-client (Austin Pendleton) is obsessing because Isabella has vanished, so he visits the tetchy therapist Jane (Jennifer Aniston), who not only happens to also be counselling Isabella but is dating the playwright Joshua (Will Forte) who fell for Isabella at her audition.

The entanglement between these seven characters is recounted in flashback as Isabella is interviewed by a jaded Hollywood reporter (Illeana Douglas), so the film has a rather episodic structure as it traces each slapstick encounter between these people. With the plot so ludicrously convoluted, it's up to the actors keep us entertained, and they're a mixed bag. Aniston is surprisingly funny as the short-tempered psychologist who really should be in therapy herself, and Hahn gets the balance just right between the manic emotion and the darker comedy. Ifans has his moments as well, creeping around the corners of most scenes. But Poots never quite convinces in the focal role, while Wilson merely recycles his usual hapless routine and Forte gets lost in the shuffle as the token nice guy.

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She's Funny That Way Trailer


With preparation well underway for his latest Broadway show, director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) heads to New York to begin casting. While there, he has a one-night-stand with a young starlet named Izzy (Imogen Poots). He is then shocked to discover her attending his audition the next day, where she performs alongside his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and performs so well that he has to give her the part. As if that wasn't enough, Abertson's leading man (Rhys Ifans) knows about the affair, and also is in love with Delta. And if THAT wasn't enough, Izzy's therapist Jane (Jennifer Aniston), has fallen in love with the show's playwright Josh (Will Forte), who in turn has fallen in love with Izzy. All that remains, is to find out if the play with succeed with so many forces acing against it.

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Owen Wilson and Peter Bogdanovich Bring ‘She’s Funny That Way’ To Venice Film Festival


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Owen Wilson is back! Well he kind of never really went away, but the actor appears to be back to his best in She’s Funny That Way, a new comedy which has just debuted at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, who is definitely back after over 13 years away from the director’s chair, the film has been generally well received by critics since premiering at the annunal event on Friday.

Owen WilsonOwen Wilson was in attendance for the She's Funny That Way premiere

Wilson stars as Arnold Albertson, a Broadway director who enjoys charming call girls using lines stolen from old Ernst Lubitsch films. But at the same time Alberston also considers himself a hopeless romantic who tries to rescue his escorts, giving them money in the hope they’ll turn their life around.

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71st Venice International Film Festival

Kathryn Hahn, Peter Bogdanovich and Owen Wilson - 71st Venice International Film Festival - 'She's Funny That Way' - Photocall - Venice, Italy - Friday 29th August 2014

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Are You Here Trailer


Steve Dallas may have a high-flying career as a TV weather man, but it hasn't affected his feelings for his distinctly less successful best buddy Ben Baker. The pair have been joined at the hip since their childhood, despite their vast personal differences, so when Ben attempts to barge into the studio to speak to Steve, the latter is by his side immediately. Ben's father has passed away and thus needs someone around who understands him and who can pull him through one of the toughest times of his life. Things get complicated though when Mr Baker Sr.'s last will and testament requests Ben be the receiver of his house, business and estate. Unfortunately, though, Ben is less than up to the task of taking on the family business and so Steve helps him find a way to get him back on his feet emotionally.

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Video - Eddie Van Halen Spotted At The Esquire 80th Anniversary And Network Launch - Part 1


Esquire celebrated its 80th anniversary in New York as well as the launch of its new network. Rocker EDDIE VAN HALEN with wife Janie Liszewski was among the stars to appear at the event alongside the Esquire magazine editor David Granger.

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Esquire 80th Anniversary And Esquire Network Launch Celebration

Peter Bogdanovich - Esquire 80th Anniversary And Esquire Network Launch Celebration - New York, NY, United States - Tuesday 17th September 2013

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Filming takes place for the movie 'Squirrels to the Nuts'

Peter Bogdanovich - Filming takes place for the movie 'Squirrels to the Nuts' on location in Manhattan - New York, NY, United States - Wednesday 17th July 2013

Filming On Location 'Squirrels to the Nuts'

Peter Bogdanovich - Filming on loaction in Manhattan for the comedy movie 'Squirrels to the Nuts' - New York City, NY, United States - Wednesday 17th July 2013

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Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Review


Excellent
An essential documentary for movie fans, this exploration of the work of iconic filmmaker Roger Corman revels in the joy of exploitation movies made on a minuscule budget with lashings of gore, explosions and nudity. It's a glowing portrait of a man who changed filmmaking forever.

Corman's 400 films have tapped into youth culture in ways that studios never could. This documentary traces his career with interviews and clips, but also explores his impact on the industry at large. Clearly, he's not only an important filmmaker, but he's also a genuinely nice man (at one point, Nicholson breaks down and cries while talking about him). We also get glimpses behind-the-scenes on 2010's hilarious-looking Dinoshark, proving that his filmmaking methods haven't changed much in nearly 60 years. And we discover that his favourite filmmakers include Bergman, Fellini and Truffaut, whose films he distributed in America.

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The Last Picture Show Review


Extraordinary
Peter Bogdanovich's seminal The Last Picture Show is a world where the parental figures are never the real parents and almost everyone in plain view is still in some way a kid, regardless of the number of years they've lived. Set in some dustbin town on the edge of Texas, there's a smattering of heckles about an incapable football player in the film's initial measures that rightly anticipates both the town's maturity level and its gossipy nature. The only true adult's name -- Sam the Lion -- suggests mythical lore, if not majestic royalty.

The town where Sam (Ben Johnson) reigns is one of complete despair. He owns a pool hall where they sell candy and soda pop; he also owns the local movie theater where they play Father of the Bride, Sands of Iwo Jima, and John Ford movies. He looks after Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and a retarded boy named Billie (Sam Bottoms, Tim's younger brother) who spends all his time uselessly sweeping the streets and watching the picture shows. There is one pretty girl, Jacey (Cybill Shepard), but she dates Sonny's dough-brained buddy Duane (Jeff Bridges). Jacey acts exactly like her mother (Ellen Burstyn) which is a dreadful fate in both cases. There's also Ruth Popper (an excellent Cloris Leachman), the PE teacher's wife who begins a quicksilver affair with Sonny.

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Humboldt County Review


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Writer-directors Danny Jacobs and Darren Grodsky cite Bob Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces as a major inspiration behind their debut feature Humboldt County. Indeed, both films involve lost young men who feel alienated from their fathers, and who find themselves on a soul-searching road trip in which they confront their innermost insecurities. But beneath these cosmetic similarities, Humboldt County is less the raw and daring cinema in the vein of Five Easy Pieces, and more just another Sundance-friendly "indie" flick, a slightly more off-kilter version of, say, Garden State.

Like the mentally-stunted protagonist of Garden State, we have Peter, Humboldt County's med school flunkie. Jeremy Strong's performance as Peter gives Zach Braff's in Garden State a run for its money for its sheer criminal blandness. Strong plays Peter as a cipher, wavering between the emotional blankness of a borderline catatonic and the comic dithering of a nebbish. Peter's identity has been neutered by a domineering father (Peter Bogdanovich), a UCLA medical professor who one day tells his underperforming son, who's also his student, that he's going to flunk him.

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