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Excited For the Charmed Reboot? You Probably Already Know 1 of the New Sisters

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When The CW's reboot of the cult favorite TV series Charmed was announced, the first question on everyone's minds was who would be playing the "Charmed Ones," the trio of supernaturally chosen sister witches. Instead of casting big-name actresses, the network chose instead to select three actresses who have worked steadily but haven't had breakout roles just yet. The middle sister, Mel Vera, is played by Melonie Diaz, a longtime staple of the indie film world.

Diaz began her career in the New York theater scene, appearing in off-Broadway plays and fringe festivals. This work led to her entry into the film world, with supporting roles in small and independent films. Her early-career credits include the direct-to-video dramedy Double Whammy and 2002's Raising Victor Vargas, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.

Although she briefly appeared on TV (in an episode of Law & Order and in a
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Ideal Home Review

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Three decades into a diverse career across TV and film, director Andrew Fleming (he of The Craft and Hamlet 2 fame) has finally finished his ten-years-in-the-making passion project, something he calls “a gay romantic comedy about two men who are drinking and arguing.”

TV celebrity chef Erasmus (Coogan) is an insufferable snob and the face of his own TV show, directed by his long-suffering boyfriend, Paul (Rudd). The pair live in a sprawling ranch in Santa Fe, entertaining friends with lavish parties and celebrating their own freedom with abandon.

That is until Angel (Gore) comes along. The troubled ten-year-old grandson Erasmus didn’t know existed, Angel has seen his loser father Beau (Mcdorman) end up in jail one too many times, and has sought shelter with the only family he has left.

Shocked, Erasmus is reluctant to let a child spoil his idyllic, borderline hedonistic lifestyle, while his lover Paul,
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‘Ideal Home’ Review

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Stars: Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd, Jack Gore, Kate Walsh, Alison Pill, Jake McDorman, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Frances Lee McCain | Written and Directed by Andrew Fleming

Flamboyant TV chef Erasmus Brumble (Coogan) along with his director and long-term partner Paul (Rudd), are happy going through life playing as hard as they work. But suddenly they have to decide whether to grow-up or continue down their well-trodden path, when Erasmus’s estranged grandson, Bill (played by Jack Gore), unexpectedly turns up at their door, after his father is taken away to serve time in prison. Having another mouth to feed can always come with its strains, but the couple’s fears that they are not yet cut out to be devoted parents become apparent very quickly, with their lavish social lifestyle getting in the way of their duties as responsible guardians. As unsuited as this small family may initially seem, the loving bond
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Review: Ideal Home

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Plot: A flamboyantly gay couple, made up of a small-time TV foodie (Steve Coogan) and his producer (Paul Rudd) inherit a young boy, and do their best to raise him, while the specter of their losing custody hovers over them. Review: Andrew Fleming gets my vote as one of the most underrated comedy writer-directors of his time. His Hamlet 2, to me anyways, ranks as one of the best comedies of the last decade, while his... Read More...
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‘Ideal Home’ Review: Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan Play Gay Parents in a Sweet but Retrograde Comedy

‘Ideal Home’ Review: Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan Play Gay Parents in a Sweet but Retrograde Comedy
A lot can happen in 10 years. That’s how long it’s been since writer-director Andrew Fleming first hatched the concept for “Ideal Home,” the idea coming to him when he was on the set of his arid Sundance hit, “Hamlet 2.” The world has come pretty damn far since then, if not quite far enough.

Back in 2008, a casually disposable comedy about the virtues of queer parenthood might have seemed progressive, even if it starred two straight actors and made their characters into human cartoons whose sexuality is used as the punchline of almost every joke. In 2018, that same comedy feels like a time capsule that someone forgot to bury — you can still get a laugh or two from looking at the stuff inside, but it’s hard to know what we’re supposed to do with it now that the future that “Ideal Home” wants is already behind us.
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‘Ideal Home’ Film Review: Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan Become Unlikely Dads, Hilariously

‘Ideal Home’ Film Review: Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan Become Unlikely Dads, Hilariously
Writer-director Andrew Fleming is one of the best and most underrated makers of comedies today, and his new film “Ideal Home” is delightful in spite of a premise that sounds un-promising.

Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd play Erasmus and Paul, a gay couple who are saddled with Erasmus’s grandson after Erasmus’ ne’er-do-well son Beau is arrested. Trying to evade the police in the first scene, Beau gets stuck in a window, and Fleming lingers on a shot of his behind in tighty-whities in a way that somehow feels more kindly than lecherous; certainly there are worse ways to enliven a basically expository sequence.

Erasmus is a popular and snobby TV food show host based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Paul is his producer; they have been together for ten years and they bicker near-constantly. “Part of me wants to stick around just to watch him die,” Paul tells one of their crew,
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Film Review: ‘Ideal Home’

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Film Review: ‘Ideal Home’
“Ideal Home,” a featherweight big-screen sitcom in which Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd play testy romantic partners who wind up as parental caretakers of a 10-year-old boy, is the perfect example of how a movie can be progressive and retrograde at the same time. It’s supposed to feel cutting edge that Coogan and Rudd, who are both terrific actors, adopt a no-big-deal posture toward portraying a gay couple. If only the movie itself were as nonchalant about it! Written and directed by Andrew Fleming, who has had a fluky, hit-or-miss career but built a good comic pedestal for Coogan a decade ago with the dementedly funny “Hamlet 2,” “Ideal Home” is never not painfully aware that its two main characters are gay. It’s a cozy duet of tit-for-tat bitchery that, at times, carries the nagging whisper of a liberal minstrel show.

Instead of treating Erasmus (Coogan), a grandiose
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Signature Strikes UK Distribution Deals For Movie Trio Including Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike Thriller ‘Beirut’

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UK distributor Signature Entertainment has finalized deals for three movies, including Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike thriller Beirut and Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd comedy Ideal Home, I can reveal.

In Beirut, which Signature picked up from Trumbo and Captain Fantastic production outfit ShivHans Pictures, a U.S. diplomat flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by a CIA operative to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. Brad Anderson (The Machinist) directs the spy-thriller starring Baby Driver actor Hamm and Gone Girl star Pike. Script comes from Bourne scribe Tony Gilroy. Good Universe handles international sales on the Sundance 2018 title which was picked up by Bleecker Street for the U.S.

Separately, Signature has struck a deal with Fortitude International for comedy Ideal Home in which Philomena and Alan Partridge star Steve Coogan
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Steve Coogan & Paul Rudd in Amusing Trailer for Comedy 'Ideal Home'

"You have the biggest heart of any man I know." An international trailer has debuted for the indie comedy Ideal Home, the latest feature made by Hamlet 2 (remember that one?) director Andrew Fleming. Ideal Home is both written and directed by Fleming, and is about a wealthy, bickering gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a ten-year old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus' grandson. This is a familiar story, but the twist is the two dads aspect. Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd star as Erasmus and Paul, and the cast also includes Jake McDorman, Jesse Luken, Jack Gore, and Alison Pill. This looks surprisingly warm-hearted, not as overtly comedic as I was expecting from that description. Give it a watch. Here's the first international trailer for Andrew Fleming's Ideal Home, direct from YouTube:
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Horror Highlights: Camera Obscura, The Bigfoot Project, Splathouse Productions’ Blue Caveman, Justice Served, Black Rose

This summer, the fine folks over at Chiller Films will release Aaron B. Koontz's feature directorial debut, Camera Obscura, in theaters on June 9th and on VOD and Digital on June 13th. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have release details for The Bigfoot Project, Justice Served, and Black Rose, as well as information on Splathouse Productions' Blue Caveman Indiegogo campaign.

Camera Obscura Release Details: Press Release: "New York, NY – April 11, 2017 – Chiller Films is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated horror thriller Camera Obscura, in theaters on June 9 and on VOD and Digital HD on June 13. The film is written by Aaron B. Koontz and Cameron Burns and marks the theatrical directing debut of Koontz. The cast includes Christopher Denham (“Billions,” “Argo”), Nadja Bobyleva (“Bridge of Spies”), Catherine Curtin (“Stranger Things,” “Orange is the New Black”), Chase Williamson (Siren, “Beyond the Gates”) and Noah Segan (“The Mind’s Eye,
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Sundance 2017: Amazon Picks Up Grateful Dead Doc ‘Long Strange Trip’

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Sundance 2017: Amazon Picks Up Grateful Dead Doc ‘Long Strange Trip’
Amazon Studios has acquired “Long Strange Trip,” the four hour documentary about the Grateful Dead playing in the Documentary Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story”) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Netflix, Vertical Acquire ‘Berlin Syndrome’

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead,” Scorsese said in a statement. “They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force—a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans. This film will entertain and educate audiences about one of the most innovative and groundbreaking American bands of the 20th century.”

Amazon will release the movie on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK as a six-part documentary. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir, as
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Jake McDorman joins Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd in Ideal Home

For those who haven’t yet heard, Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan are teaming up for new dramedy from Hamlet 2 writer and director Andrew Fleming , entitled Ideal Home. It has now just been announced that Jake McDorman, star of Limitless, will be joining the comedic duo for the forthcoming film.

Ideal Home will follow Paul (Rudd) and Erasmus (Coogan), a bickering married couple living an extravagant life until the latter’s grandson — who he didn’t know existed — shows up at their high-class dinner party, after which they reluctantly decide to take him in. According to Deadline, McDorman will be playing a character who goes by the name of Beau, “a drifter father who losses custody of his son to his estranged dad Erasmus and partner Paul.”

McDorman’s credits run all the way back to 2003. He has appeared in a number of TV series’ including Showtime’s Shameless
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'Ideal Home' lands with Remstar for Canada

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The distributor has acquired all Canadian rights from Fortitude International to the comedy Ideal Home starring Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan.

Andrew Fleming, who reunites with his Hamlet 2 star Coogan, directs what is the first project co-financed by Remstar Films’ sister company Remstar Studios alongside the National Bank Of Canada.

Principal photography began on May 11 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The story centres on a bickering gay couple who are left with no choice but to take in a young man who claims one of them is his grandfather.

Gabriella Tana, Maria Theresa Arida, Aaron Ryder, and Remstar Studio’s Clark Peterson and Maxime Remillard produce, while Lisa Wolofsky of the National Bank Of Canada serves as executive producer.

Fortitude International is in talks with international buyers in Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group and Wme Global represents Us rights.
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Paul Rudd And Steve Coogan Settle Into An Ideal Home

Ant-Man and Alan Partridge are set to join forces for a second time in An Ideal Home – a new comedy drama, written and directed by Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, Dick). Marvel’s newest star, Paul Rudd, and British star Steve Coogan already starred opposite each other in 2011’s Our Idiot Brother, but this latest collaboration will see the pair united in marriage.

Coogan will play a famous celebrity, while Rudd will play his more reclusive, shy spouse. Their extravagant, public lifestyle places their relationship under considerable strain, which is amplified by the unexpected arrival of a young man claiming to be the grandson Coogan never realized he had. With his grandson in dire straits, with nowhere else to go, the couple agree to welcome him into their home, in the secret hope that his presence will heal the rifts forming in their marriage.

The film is currently being packaged for sale by Fortitude International,
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Movie News: 'The Revenant' Leads BAFTA Winners; Watch First 'Ghostbusters' Teaser

BAFTA Winners: The Revenant won five British Academy Film Awards last night, including best film and leading actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. Brie Larson took home the leading actress award for Room, while Mad Max: Fury Road received four awards. Supporting performance awards went to Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) and Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies). Fourteen films received at least one award. [Movie City News]   An Ideal Home: Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan will star as a married couple in An Ideal Home, to be directed by Andrew Fleming. The comedy/drama follows what happens when the grandson of a celebrity (Coogan) unexpectedly shows up. Rudd and Coogan appeared together in Our Idiot Brother (2011, above), while Coogan and Fleming previously worked together on 2008's Hamlet 2...

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Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan To Star In An Ideal Home

Paul Rudd (Ant-man, Anchorman 1 & 2) and Oscar nominee Steve Coogan (Philomena) are set to star in drama/comedy An Ideal Home written and directed by Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, The Craft).

In pre-production, Remstar Studios and National Bank of Canada are co- financing the film, which is being produced by Gabriella Tana (Philomena, The Duchess), Maria Theresa Arida (Arbitrage, City Island), Maxime Remillard and Aaron Ryder (Founder, Mud). Clark Peterson and Lisa Wolofsky are executive producing the film.

Fortitude International is handling foreign rights and sales at the European Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group and Wme are repping Us rights.

Paul (Rudd) and Erasmus (Coogan) are a bickering couple with an extravagant life. Erasmus is a demanding, popular celebrity, and Paul is his more hesitant partner and sidekick. But when Bill, the grandson Erasmus never knew he had, shows up at their high class dinner party with nowhere else to go,
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Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd to star in 'An Ideal Home'

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Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd to star in 'An Ideal Home'
Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd will play a bickering couple in the drama-comedy that Fortitude International has introduced to Efm buyers.

Coogan’s Hamlet 2 director Andrew Fleming will helm the story about a celebrity and his more reserved partner who are hosting a dinner party when a youngster turns up claiming to be the grandson the celebrity never knew he had.

UTA Independent Film Group and Wme Global jointly represent Us rights.

Remstar Studios and National Bank Of Canada are co- financing the film, which Gabriella Tana, Maria Theresa Arida, Maxime Remillard, and Aaron Ryder are producing.

Clark Peterson and Lisa Wolofsky serve as executive producers.

Coogan stars in Panorama selection Shepherds And Butchers. Rudd will next be seen in Marvel StudiosCaptain America: Civil War that opens worldwide around the May 6 Us release date.
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Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan To Share ‘An Ideal Home’ – Berlin

Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan To Share ‘An Ideal Home’ – Berlin
Ant-Man and Alan Partridge are moving in together, sort of. Fortitude International has added dramedy An Ideal Home to its Efm slate with Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan starring. Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, The Craft) wrote and is directing. Pre-production is currently underway with Remstar Studios and National Bank of Canada co-financing. UTA Independent Film Group and Wme are repping U.S. rights. Rudd and Coogan play a bickering couple leading an extravagant life. Coogan’s…
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Now and Then: Sundance’s Biggest Breakouts

Park City may be icy cold, but the film acquisitions are piping hot at this year Sundance Film Festival. Fox Searchlight secured world rights to “The Birth of a Nation” in a record-breaking deal totaling $17.5 million. Actor-writer Nate Parker’s (“Beyond the Lights”) directorial debut is one of the festival’s most acclaimed films to play the fest this year. This purchase rivals the $10.5 million paid out for “Little Miss Sunshine” in 2006 and the $10 million sum for “Hamlet 2” in 2008. Parker portrays former slave Nat Turner, who led one of the biggest slave rebellions in United States history. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, and Gabrielle Union. Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature, “Manchester by the Sea,” also lit Park City up this week. Amazon acquired the drama for $10 million. The pic stars Casey Affleck as a man who returns to his
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13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s

Hollywood went hunting for lots of British comedy talent in the 1990s - and lured the likes of Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson...

For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.

Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...

Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians

Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with
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