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Tom Hardy and Lake Bell Are Topless on the Cover of Esquire

Check out Brit babe Tom Hardy and indie dream queen Lake Bell topless on the dual cover of Esquire's May issue, which hits newsstands April 22.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 15, 2014 3:37 PM
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WATCH: Triple Threat Lake Bell Talks Feminist Comedy 'In a World'

I had the pleasure and privilege last week to host a Q&A with Lake Bell -- the writer, director and star of the hugely entertaining "In a World..." -- after a screening of her film in Downtown H-Town at the Sundance Cinemas.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • August 20, 2013 6:39 PM
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Women Flock to Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' and Lake Bell's 'In a World,' '20 Feet from Stardom' Tops Year's Docs

Lake Bell's Sundance prize-winner "In a World" (Roadside Attractions) had the best initial showing this weekend in limited openings. Films directed by women have gone from rare to almost non-existent: only two woman directors were among all of 2013's wide release studio openings thus far. With the female segment of the specialized audience continuing to be underserved, Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," about two sisters' troubled relationship, continued its impressive slow rollout. It almost landed in the weekend top 10 despite playing at fewer than 2,000 theaters. Already at $6.2 million after three weekends, it will easily become the most successful specialized release of 2013 as it expands in weeks ahead.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 11, 2013 1:08 PM
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This Weekend: See 'In a World,' 'Prince Avalanche,' Smart but Uneven 'Elysium,'; Skip 'Lovelace,' 'Planes,' 'We're the Millers'

Indies are your best bet this weekend. Don't miss Lake Bell's hilarious feminist comedy "In a World," skewering the macho trailer voice-over business; and David Gordon Green's return to independent filmmaking, the well-reviewed "Prince Avalanche," a two-hander starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2013 3:45 PM
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Review: Lake Bell's 'In a World' a Hilarious Feminist Comedy About the Power of Voice

What’s in a voice? Power, for one thing. The power to tell people things -- anything from an update on a global crisis to the general gist of a young adult movie franchise. This idea is at the center of Lake Bell’s hilarious, sincere and boldly feminist comedy “In a World,” which she wrote, directed and stars in. The film recently scored an Indie Spirit nomination for Best First Screenplay.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 6, 2013 11:46 AM
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Trailer Watch: Lake Bell Tries to Break Into Movie-Trailer Voiceovers in Feminist Comedy 'In a World'

Check out the first trailer for Lake Bell's directorial debut, "In a World," which follows a vocal coach (Bell) trying to break into the male-dominated realm of movie-trailer voiceovers. The film, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance and has upcoming screenings at the Los Angeles Film Festival, is peppered with a cast of funny actors and comedians alike, including Fred Melamed ("A Serious Man") Ken Marino ("Burning Love"), Rob Corddry ("Hot Tub Time Machine"), Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation") and Tig Notaro ("The Sarah Silverman Program").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2013 12:07 PM
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Montclair Film Festival Announces 2013 Program, Includes 'In a World' and 'Frances Ha'

  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2013 8:54 PM
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Roadside Attractions Takes 'In a World...' with Sony Worldwide

Triple-threat Lake Bell, who wrote, directed, and starred in "In a World..." which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance, has sold her movie to Roadside Attractions (U.S.) and Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group (foreign). Roadside Attractions is planning a summer 2013 release for the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2013 3:18 PM
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