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Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz Goes to Magnolia for Summer 2012 Distribution; Williams & Rogen Star

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 17, 2011 at 6:56AM

Sarah Polley's sophomore feature, Take This Waltz, has gone to Magnolia Pictures for U.S. distribution, planned for Summer 2012. Starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, the film received mostly strong reviews at its Toronto premiere, as did Polley's 2006 Away from Her. Here is Meredith Brody's review from TIFF:
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Sarah Polley's sophomore feature, Take This Waltz, has gone to Magnolia Pictures for U.S. distribution, planned for Summer 2012. Starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, the film received mostly strong reviews at its Toronto premiere, as did Polley's 2006 Away from Her. Here is Meredith Brody's review from TIFF:

It’s the largest onstage crowd I've yet seen, at the Roy Thomson Hall gala of Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, where the not-yet-visibly-pregnant Polley introduces more than 16 of her fellow filmmakers, including a majestically pregnant Jennifer Podemsk, and comedians Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman in rare dramatic roles. Take This Waltz is a brightly-colored, slightly twee, rather too equable story of adultery and broken marriage (lightened up with some alcoholism and cheery glimpses of three-way sex). Polley is generous with her actors, and they with her, willing to stand around naked fairly unself-consciously and, in Rogen’s case, improvise at length for a breakup scene that’s ultimately unresolved. (I shudder a little at a private couples’ joke between Rogen and wife Michelle Williams that consists of lovingly telling the other how they want to gruesomely torture them. Sweet! You don’t have to be Dr. Freud of Vienna…)

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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.