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Venice Review: 'She's Funny That Way' Starring Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, Jennifer Aniston & Many Surprise Cameos

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 29, 2014 12:27 PM
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She's Funny That Way aka Squirrel To The Nuts
If you've so much as read the headline of this review, you're probably already thinking too hard about Peter Bogdanovich's star-studded "She's Funny That Way," which is but a trifle, designed to melt in your mouth like candy floss. In fact, it goes out of its way to avoid anything that even faintly smacks of realism or meaningfulness; it just wants you to like it.

Watch: First 2 Clips From Peter Bogdanovich's Screwball Comedy 'She's Funny That Way'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2014 4:25 PM
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She's Funny That Way
Peter Bogdanovich is back, and he's bringing a helluva ensemble with him. Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Tatum O'Neal, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte and Lucy Punch all appear in the director's first feature in a decade, "She's Funny That Way. With the screwball comedy set to unspool at the Venice Film Festival, the first two clips are here to provide a zany look at the upcoming film.

The Playlist's 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Venice Film Festival

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 25, 2014 2:25 PM
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The Playlist's 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Venice Film Festival
Last week we ran down our 20 Most Anticipated Films of the fall season, excluding those that only have festival berths planned and no wider releases as yet. But this week, the Venice Film Festival kicks off, initiating the first phase of the fall festival season, which runs into the tiny but mighty Telluride and the huge but also mighty Toronto International Film Festival. After that, everyone catches their breath for a couple of weeks before launching back into the fray for the New York Film Festival, which overlaps a little with the BFI London Film Festival, before AFI Fest takes us into mid-November and we all start to fret about the holidays.

Venice First Look: Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots & Jennifer Aniston In Peter Bogdanovich's 'She's Funny That Way'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2014 10:32 AM
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She's Funny That Way aka Squirrel To The Nuts
It's been over a decade since Peter Bogdanovich directed a feature film. Since "The Cat's Meow" in 2001, the filmmaker has helmed an episode of "The Sopranos," the TV sports drama "Hustle" and the documentary "Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down A Dream." Now, he's returned with a full length effort, "She's Funny That's Way" (formerly known as "Squirrel To The Nuts").

Venice 2014 Line-Up: New Films By David Gordon Green, Ramin Bahrani, Andrew Niccol & Peter Bogdanovich

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 24, 2014 5:30 AM
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Venice 2014
It feels like film festival announcements get earlier and earlier every year. There's still a week of July left, and we've already had major announcements from TIFF, NYFF and even London and Tokyo (which don't happen until November, and will be opening with "The Imitation Game" and "Big Hero 6" respectively). But before any of those arrive, we've got the 71st Venice Film Festival, and after unveiling their big-ticket opener with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman," the rest of the line-up for the official competition was announced in Rome this morning.

Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Talks 'Cold Turkey,' Endless Frustration Of Orson Welles' 'The Other Side Of The Wind' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 20, 2013 11:45 AM
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As far as living legends go, Peter Bogdanovich is right up there. As one of the influential "New Hollywood" directors of the '70s, he reshaped stuffy Hollywood in part by paying homage to it, crafting deeply personal, beautifully photographed films that served as odes to other places and times (in movies like "The Last Picture Show" and "Paper Moon"). This month he returns to his first love, acting, for a new independent comedy called "Cold Turkey." In the film (which was originally entitled "Pasadena" and played recently at the Sarasota Film Festival), Bogdanovich plays a patriarch who is put to the test when family secrets are revealed, seemingly all at once, over a painfully honest Thanksgiving weekend. It's a subtle, nuanced performance, and proof positive that, at the tender age of 74, Bogdanovich has still got it.

Interview: 'Afternoon Delight' Star Kathryn Hahn Talks Motherhood, Unhinged Silver Lake Book Clubs & Peter Bogdanovich's 'Squirrel To The Nuts'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 27, 2013 3:29 PM
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Afternoon Delight
Even though her scenes in “Step Brothers,” “Anchorman,” and most recently “We're The Millers” rank among those films' finest and funniest moments, actress Kathryn Hahn had, until recently, never landed a proper starring vehicle to showcase her considerable chops. The occasion took another talented presence looking to branch out — “Six Feet Under” writer/producer Jill Soloway with her feature directorial debut, “Afternoon Delight” — to see Hahn not just in a comedic lead role, but one that presents her stunning dramatic range as well.

Will Forte, Rhys Ifans, Lucy Punch & Tatum O'Neal Join Peter Bogdanovich's 'Squirrel To The Nuts'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • July 26, 2013 4:50 PM
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Have you noticed pictures of Jennifer Aniston filming a movie rocking a brunette bob? Keep an eye on it because the film is director Peter Bogdanovich’s (“Last Picture Show“) return to filmmaking after a twelve-year hiatus— his last film was the criminally under-seen 2001 biopic “The Cat’s Meow.” The film is a stage comedy titled “Squirrels to the Nuts.” We reported on the casting of Imogen Poots a few days back, and she joins a cadre of comic actors including Kathryn Hahn and Owen Wilson.

Brie Larson Out, Imogen Poots In For Peter Bogdanovich's 'Squirrel To The Nuts' Produced By Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 23, 2013 9:05 AM
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Imogen Poots
Though the producing team of Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach would seem a fast-track into existence for any project, director Peter Bogdanovich has still encountered a wave of woes in mounting his latest Lubitsch-inspired effort, “Squirrel To The Nuts.” Luckily, the screwball comedy gained new life with news of its two cast leads, Owen Wilson and Brie Larson, but now it appears one-half of that lineup will swap out with another player.

Noah Baumbach Says 'The Corrections' Is Unlikely To See The Light Of Day, 'While We're Young' Won't Be Next

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 10, 2012 10:03 AM
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HBO might be turning into something of a safe haven for the kind of smart, adult programming that's increasingly rare in theaters, but not everything gets to make the cut. With shows like "True Blood" and "Game Of Thrones" becoming long-running hits, and newcomers like "Girls" and "The Newsroom" getting second season pickups, there's only so much room on the schedule, and it means that even high-profile shows aren't necessarily getting the go-ahead.

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