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IFC Acquires Save The Date

IFC has acquired North American rights to Save The Date:

IFC Films acquired North American rights to the Michael Mohan-directed romantic comedy Save The Date. The pic, scripted by Mohan and graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown and Egan Reich, stars Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend, and Mark Webber. Jordan Horowitz, Michael Roiff, and Michael Huffington produced the project, with Gary Gilbert executive producing. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

In Save The Date, fiercely independent Sarah (Caplan) breaks up with her overeager boyfriend Kevin (Arend) and finds herself caught up in an intense rebound relationship with new infatuation Jonathan (Webber). Always one to give life advice is Sarah’s sister Beth (Brie), who is diligently planning her upcoming wedding to apprehensive fiancé — and Kevin’s band mate — Andrew (Starr). With heart and humor, all five struggle with the trials, happiness, and pain of modern love. Simple and honest and always human, Save The Date is a contemporary story about the familial and romantic bonds that make us who we are.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Michael Mohan has made an emotionally moving and often very funny film about commitment, skillfully transplanting Jeffrey Brown’s graphic novels. We look forward toworking with the team and this amazing young ensemble cast to bring this film to the largest possible audience.” Deal was brokered by IFC’s Jeff Deutchman and CAA and XYZ.

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Newport Beach Film Fest announces winners

Lizzy received an acting achievement award for her role in Save The Date from Newport Beach Film Festival.

Outstanding achievement in filmmaking honors went to “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding,” “Songs for Amy” and “Broken Kingdom.” For acting, outstanding achievement awards went to Daniel Henney of “Shanghai Calling,” Ernest Borgnine of “The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez,” and Geoffrey Arend and Lizzy Caplan of “Save the Date.”

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Cannes 2012: Red Sea Media Nabs Sales Rights to Frankie Goes Boom

Some awesome news regarding Lizzy’s film, Frankie Goes Boom:

Red Sea Media has acquired international sales rights to Jordan Roberts’ Frankie Go Boom, which it will launch at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.

The romantic comedy, which Roberts wrote and directed, stars Charlie Hunnam as a young man who’s continually humiliated by his brother, played by Chris O’Dowd. The film also stars Ron Perlman, Lizzy Caplan, Whitney Cummings and Chris Noth. It was produced by Pavlina Hatoupis, Marcel Langenegger and Katayoun A. Marciano, and exec produced by Elliot Lewitt and Julie Kirkham.

“Jordan has created a wild and whimsical film that’s absolutely hysterical, and this original and heartfelt comedy will set itself apart from anything else being offered,” Red Sea Media chairman and CEO Roman Kopelevich said.

Earlier this year, Red Sea Media launched at the European Film Market with sales of David A. Armstrong‘s heist thriller Pawn, starring Michael Chiklis, Forest Whitaker and Ray Liotta, and Brian A Miller‘s revenge tale Officer Down, starring Stephen Dorff, Dominic Purcell, Stephen Lang and James Woods.

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DIFF: Michael Mohan Talks ‘Save The Date’

At a recent screening at the Dallas International Film Festival, writer-director Michael Mohan had to narrate the opening of his second feature film when it began with no sound: “Right now you’re hearing the sounds of a book store. There might be a car driving by, and that guy is about to drink coffee.” Fortunately the projectionist was able to restore sound by the time the title sequence started, but the botched and awkward opening set the mood for the equally awkward and uncomfortable situations that befall Lizzy Caplan in the romantic-comedy, “Save the Date.”

The light and endearing film (you can read our review from Sundance right here) follows a struggling illustrator and bookstore manager (Caplan) who struggles with emotional vulnerability and commitment in the run up to her sister’s wedding (played by “Community” and “Mad Men” star Alison Brie). And although the cast is rounded out by a trio of great male actors in Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend and Mark Webber in total swoon-worthy mode, it’s the girls’ story through and through.

The focus on the two sisters was an unintentional result of the writing process, which began with novelist-artist Jeffrey Brown and Egan Reich and ended with Mohan, who explained to us in an interview that “[with] a lot of Jeffrey Brown’s novels it’s sometimes about a whole group or [just about] specific people. Having Lizzy’s character be the center just happened [during the process] of trying to make the story modern.”

Another modern aspect of the film is its frankness about sex. Mohan is no stranger to sex scenes, having tackled them extensively in his short, “Ex-Sex,” which he joked “was NC-17.” To make filming the sex scenes for this film less awkward, Mohan “talked to the actors as clinically as possible. I’d tell them what shots we need and what we’ll see.” He also invited Caplan in the search for the actor that she would be spending her scenes with and they decided on Webber, an actor they were both fans of and who was Mohan’s first choice.

Despite its cast of rising stars and its focus on complex female characters, “Save the Date” is still without a distributor, and although many indies are going VOD, Mohan is a big proponent of the theater-going experience and photochemical film: “Obviously you just want as many people as possible to see the film[, but] we didn’t shoot for mobile phones, we shot it big, we shot long takes, wide shots, but it’s a changing world.” Mohan admitted that “[although] digital is what has allowed me to be a filmmaker, the instant I can afford to shoot film, that’s what I want to shoot on…For me, it’s about getting [the film] to as many people [as possible]…I’m broker than I’ve ever been in my life. I’m really struggling right now, [but] I’m more happy than I’ve ever been because I got to make something that I care about.”

To find out where “Save the Date” is screening next, visit the film’s Facebook page.

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Alison Brie’s New York Magazine Interview

Lizzy’s Save The Date co star, Alison Brie has her new movie The Five-Year Engagement out this Friday. During her interview with New York Magazine, she briefly talks about Lizzy:

She’s slightly truer to form in this month’s romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement, in which she plays Emily Blunt’s wacky, scene-stealing younger sister who gets knocked up and shotgun-married. But Brie insists, “Certain precautions can be taken to make sure that doesn’t happen. I am not as irresponsible as that character.” Also, while at the Sundance Film Festival for Save the Date, the other wedding comedy in which she ­appears this year, someone asked her and co-star Lizzy Caplan who would get married first. “Both of us were like, ‘Not it! Not it!,’ ” Brie says. “We’re on the same page about that.”

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‘Queens of Country’ kicks off nine-day event’s 10th year

The 10th annual Riverside International Film Festival, featuring 176 features and shorts from around the world, will get under way Friday with an opening night gala.

The festival spotlights films from Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

However, the curtain rises on the nine-day event with a screening of the American-made “Queens of Country,” a comedy-romance starring Lizzy Caplan and Ron Livingston.

Prior to the movie, invited guests will gather for a gala honoring longtime Hollywood fashion designer Randy McLaughlin.

The two-time Emmy- nominated costume artist will receive a lifetime achievement award, festival organizers said.

His Hollywood Graffiti Gown, a hand-beaded black piece displaying the names of more than 400 female stars who wished to be identified with it, will also be on display.

The garment is scheduled for the auction block, with all proceeds earmarked for HIV/AIDS awareness charities.

The opening night festivities will take place at the Culver Center and Fox Performing Arts Center downtown, while all screenings will be held at Regal Riverside Plaza Stadium 15.

“RIFF is organized by members of this community to showcase film as an important part of the Riverside arts network,” said Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge. “We are proud to welcome the international film community with features from some of the industry’s most innovative filmmakers and up-and-coming directors.”

The festival will include an Animation Night as well a High School Film Day, sporting documentaries and shorts made by or about teenagers.

Among the suspense films on the schedule is a 2012 indie from Australia titled “Searching for Sonny,” about a group of friends whose stage play becomes eerily similar to real life.

The Yugoslavian comedy-drama “Just Between Us,” showing Monday, explores the ramifications of infidelity, while the documentary “5 Days in Denver,” showing April 27, recalls clashes between protesters and police at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The festival will conclude April 29 with a “Best of the Fest” series of screenings.

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Q&A: Lizzy Caplan of ‘Queens of Country’

Check out a recent interview of Lizzy did for Queens Of Country with Red Eye Chicago:

Do not read this interview with “Queens of Country” star Lizzy Caplan and picture her as moody Janis Ian from “Mean Girls.”

This year Caplan becomes a leading lady, not a sidekick. She not only delivers a knockout turn in “Country,” which opens the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival Thursday, but stars in the anticipated romantic comedies /Sundance successes “Save the Date” (with Alison Brie) and “Bachelorette,” (with Kirsten Dunst), which some expect to be this year’s “Bridesmaids.”

In the funny, strange “Queens of Country,” Caplan (who participates in a Q&A following the 7 p.m. screening at the Wicker Park Arts Center) plays Jolene, who distracts herself from an unhappy life with her fiance (Ron Livingston) through a relentless search for the owner of a lost iPod. The device contains the old country music Jolene loves, and she’s sure the owner must be the man of her dreams.

From her home in L.A., the 29-year-old actress (also known for “New Girl,” “Party Down,” “Hot Tub Time Machine” and the upcoming Showtime series “Masters of Sex”) talked about being mocked for wearing a cowboy hat, her big year ahead and when life feels like a country song.

What were your thoughts on country music growing up, and how have they changed since making the movie?
For some reason it seems to be a popular thing to say that you like all kinds of music except country. I hear that a lot. And I think I used to say that when I was a kid, not knowing what the hell I was talking about. I wasn’t raised listening to these guys or girls so it was sort of new to me. They talk about it a little bit in the movie in a very odd way—like everything else in the movie—the difference between old country and new country. I haven’t found too much new country I’m a fan of, but that old stuff, man, I can listen to it all day.

If it makes you feel any better, I think my line used to be, “Everything but country and classical.”
[Laughs.] I never said that because I played classical. So I was clearly a much more highbrow child than you were.

I know you listened to a lot of old country preparing for the movie, and you commented on the “general badassery” of those singers. How much did that influence you? When I watch too many British movies, I almost start talking with an accent.
Oh, no, you’re that guy?

I said almost!
[Laughs.] OK good. I think it’s fun to get totally [immersed] in a role, and it was very easy to do that with this because we shot it in this little town in Arizona called Cave Creek that seemed almost stuck in time. They’ve very into country music. It’s like, the population is, you’re either a cowboy or a biker; that’s the vibe I got. It’s an amazing town. There’s no chain restaurants in Cave Creek. There’s nothing but these little mom and pop shops. It’s fantastic. So it was easy for us to soak up the feel of the time—the movie takes place now, but it’s supposed to feel like a throwback to a bygone era, and that’s exactly what that town feels like. Since we were there for so long—we were there for two months—we were staying in a resort in Carefree, Ariz., which is right next to Cave Creek. It was the off-season I guess because it was over 100 degrees and the weather was miserable. Only the movie people, we were the vast majority of the population of this resort, so we just kind of scooted around on golf carts and we would drink in the bar at the resort or the nearby bar. We just got fully into the whole culture. I wore a cowboy hat every day and then wore a cowboy hat for like a month when I got home until the teasing—I thought the teasing would subside and it didn’t so I [stopped wearing it].

What was the comment that broke the camel’s back?
It was just incessant. Like I know I’m not a cowgirl or whatever. [Laughs.] It was just me loving this movie that I had just finished and people were just rolling their eyes at me. I probably would have done the same thing to a friend. Like, “We get it, you just did a movie that had line-dancing and country singers in it. We get it. Now you’re wearing a cowboy hat. It’s so adorable.”
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Photoshoots Update

I have added a bunch of previous photoshoots of Lizzy including more from Sundance that are Save The Date related!

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