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Magnolia Snaps Up Joe Swanberg's SXSW Hit 'Drinking Buddies'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 19, 2013 at 2:51PM

Magnolia Pictures has taken North American rights to Joe Swanberg's hilarious and sharply observant relationship comedy "Drinking Buddies," which had its premiere at SXSW on March 9.
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Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson in "Drinking Buddies"
Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson in "Drinking Buddies"

Magnolia Pictures has taken North American rights to Joe Swanberg's hilarious and sharply observant relationship comedy "Drinking Buddies," which had its premiere at SXSW on March 9. 

The film stars Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson ("Safety Not Guaranteed," "New Girl") and Ron Livingston ("Office Space") -- the first of Swanberg's works to feature major stars. The director foregoes his usual multi-hyphenate role as cinematographer and taps "Beasts of the Southern Wild" DP Ben Richardson for a more polished look.

Reviewing the film out of the fest, I wrote that it rivals what I think is Swanberg's best work, 2007's "Hannah Takes the Stairs."

Magnolia is planning a theatrical release for later in the year, but no word yet on specifics.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.