Sony Pictures Pushes Matthew McConaughey’s ‘White Boy Rick’ Back a Month

Sony Pictures’ “White Boy Rick,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, will now be released wide Sept. 21, a month after its original release date of Aug. 17. The movie will also get a limited release on Sept. 14. This marks the second time “White Boy Rick” was delayed; it […]

Sony Pictures’ “White Boy Rick,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, will now be released wide Sept. 21, a month after its original release date of Aug. 17. The movie will also get a limited release on Sept. 14. This marks the second time “White Boy Rick” was delayed; it […]

Broadway Review: Chris Evans in Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Lobby Hero’

“Manchester By the Sea” didn’t come out of nowhere. The aching compassion for humanity in that 2016 Oscar winner is second nature to Kenneth Lonergan, going back at least to 2001, when Playwrights Horizons commissioned this bittersweet, people-friendly play.  Set in the lobby of a generic Manhattan apartment building, the play looks both kindly and […]

“Manchester By the Sea” didn’t come out of nowhere. The aching compassion for humanity in that 2016 Oscar winner is second nature to Kenneth Lonergan, going back at least to 2001, when Playwrights Horizons commissioned this bittersweet, people-friendly play.  Set in the lobby of a generic Manhattan apartment building, the play looks both kindly and […]

IFC Midnight Acquires Bel Powley’s Fantasy Horror ‘Wildling’ Ahead of SXSW

IFC Midnight has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to “Wildling” ahead of its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Festival.

Directed by Fritz Böhm and written by Böhm and Florian Eder, the film stars Bel Powley, Liv Tyler and Brad Dourif. James Le Gros, Collin Kelly-Sordelet and Mike Faist also star.

“Wildling” follows Anna (Powley), a woman who has spent her entire childhood locked in an attic, being cared for by a man whom she knows as Daddy. He tells her of a child-eating monster called the Wildling, and when she is freed from the attic, her nightmares of the Wildling return.

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“Wildling” will debut theatrically and on VOD on April 13. Producers on the film include Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray of Maven Pictures, and Charlotte Ubben. Film i Väst, Filmgate Films and ARRI Media coproduced in association with Global Road and Night Fox Entertainment.

IFC Midnight is owned by AMC Networks Inc. and is a sister label to IFC Films and Sundance Selects. Other films released by IFC Midnight include “The Babadook,” “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and “Room 237.”

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The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, executive vice president of acquisitions and production at Sundance Selects and IFC Films, with CAA representing the filmmakers. International sales will be handled by Global Road.

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IFC Midnight has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to “Wildling” ahead of its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Festival.

Directed by Fritz Böhm and written by Böhm and Florian Eder, the film stars Bel Powley, Liv Tyler and Brad Dourif. James Le Gros, Collin Kelly-Sordelet and Mike Faist also star.

“Wildling” follows Anna (Powley), a woman who has spent her entire childhood locked in an attic, being cared for by a man whom she knows as Daddy. He tells her of a child-eating monster called the Wildling, and when she is freed from the attic, her nightmares of the Wildling return.

“Wildling” will debut theatrically and on VOD on April 13. Producers on the film include Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray of Maven Pictures, and Charlotte Ubben. Film i Väst, Filmgate Films and ARRI Media coproduced in association with Global Road and Night Fox Entertainment.

IFC Midnight is owned by AMC Networks Inc. and is a sister label to IFC Films and Sundance Selects. Other films released by IFC Midnight include “The Babadook,” “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and “Room 237.”

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, executive vice president of acquisitions and production at Sundance Selects and IFC Films, with CAA representing the filmmakers. International sales will be handled by Global Road.

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Barry Jenkins Named SXSW Film Keynote Speaker for 2018

SXSW: IFC Midnight Nabs ‘Wildling’ Starring Bel Powley, Liv Tyler (EXCLUSIVE)

IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to “Wilding,” Variety has learned. The deal comes in advance of its world premiere at this year’s South by Southwest. The film follows Anna (Bel Powley), a woman who spent her entire childhood locked in the attic, under the care of a mysterious man she only knows […]

IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to “Wilding,” Variety has learned. The deal comes in advance of its world premiere at this year’s South by Southwest. The film follows Anna (Bel Powley), a woman who spent her entire childhood locked in the attic, under the care of a mysterious man she only knows […]

‘Carrie Pilby’ Review: Bel Powley Stars In Coming-Of-Age Comedy About a Young Genius Who Is Sexless in the City

A golden example of what happens when a coming-of-age story shares the same insecurities as its lead character.

The only remotely unpredictable thing about “Carrie Pilby,” a bland romantic drama that wastes and waters down the abundant charisma of its young star (“Diary of a Teenage Girl” breakout Bel Powley), is that it suffers from the exact same problem that turned last week’s “Power Rangers” into such a lifeless bore: By trying to provide a little something for everyone, it ultimately offers precious little to anyone. From low-budget stories of sex in the city to blockbuster reboots about teens who overcome their sexting scandals by fighting giant alien monsters made of liquid gold, it seems that even the most outwardly dissimilar of movies are united by their shared compulsion to sacrifice insight at the altar of accessibility (union agreements come and go, but mediocrity is forever).

But even that fatal flaw could be seen coming a mile away, especially by those who were already familiar with the Caren Lissner novel that inspired this disappointing new film. First published in 2003, when the well-received debut was positioned to take advantage of the “chick-lit” craze sparked by novels like “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” the book was yanked from the shelves in 2009, and then reintroduced to the market a year later through a YA imprint that targets a younger crowd. Maybe it was aspirational reading for one generation of readers and comfort reading for another, or maybe this marketing strategy was making the best of a story that fell into the same purgatorial void between adolescence and adulthood that ensnares its eponymous heroine. Whatever the case, this flimsy and frustratingly inauthentic adaptation is a golden example of what happens when a coming-of-age story shares the same insecurities as its lead character.

We’re introduced to Carrie as she’s slouched on a chair in her psychiatrist’s office and casually telling us how brilliant she is — this movie is 98 minutes long, and roughly half of its running time feels devoted to expository dialogue about its namesake’s precocious genius. A rich British girl with a trust fund as big as her brain, Carrie wrote “several strongly worded letters to an oil company” when she was six, she went to Harvard when she was 14, she prefers physical media to Netflix… she’s so smart, she even lost her virginity to a professor! (an ill-fated affair that plays out across a series of lugubrious flashbacks). But while Carrie’s intelligence allows her to read and reference all sorts of heavy books, it’s as much of a curse as it is a blessing. Skipping grades sounds fun when you’re in elementary school, but those missed years can catch up with you real fast; cut off from kids her age, but unprepared to live as an adult in New York City, she’s completely out of sync with the rest of the world.

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But her shrink (Nathan Lane) is going to fix that, he’s going to turn this 19-year-old grouch into a well-adjusted millennial. So, as a feeble plot device that the movie ignores whenever possible, he gives Carrie a list of tasks that might take her out of her shell. “Get a job.” “Make a friend.” “Go on a date with Jason Ritter” (great in an unflattering role). “Try to distract viewers from the overwhelmingly obvious fact that you’re going to end up with the handsome neighbor (William Moseley) who exists for no other reason than to be the nice guy who’s been right in front of you the whole time.” …He’s quite a perceptive therapist, really.

“Carrie Pilby”

Unfolding like an ABC Family movie that’s been graced with an unusually strong cast, “Carrie Pilby” bumbles its way towards personal growth with very little sense of self. Kara Holden’s screenplay may be thwarted by the source material, but it seldom manages to coalesce its heroine’s scattered mind — like Carrie herself, the film is heavy on banter but light on wit, and never seems to know where it’s going or why (subplots spiral in every direction and then die as abruptly as the pet Goldfish that Carrie names after Katherine Hepburn).

Directed by Susan Johnson, an accomplished producer whose directorial debut tries to keep things simple, the movie feels as though it’s constantly course-correcting; it’s one thing for Carrie to retreat towards childlike behavior whenever her romanticized sex history get a little too intense, but her story feels like an episode of “Girls” one minute, and an Amanda Bynes movie the next (try as she might to split the difference, Powley’s previous work never lets us lose sight of how well this needle can be thread in the right hands). The tawdry bits between Carrie and her academic ex play like childhood fantasies more than flashbacks, and while it’s tempting to rationalize these scenes as a story of corrupted innocence, the Hallmark chintziness of her new crush makes it really hard to see the film for its intentions.

Still, to its credit, the part where Carrie’s professor mansplains wine to her nails that quintessential teenage thing when being treated like an adult can make you feel like a baby, and Johnson finds her footing during the more grown-up scenes between Powley and Ritter, whose awkward dates result in the movie’s most nuanced moments of immaturity. But “Carrie Pilby” isn’t able to manufacture the same clarity for itself that it forces upon its title character; we’re told she’s growing up, but it feels like she’s just getting older.

Grade: C-

“Carrie Pilby” opens in theaters on March 31st, and on VOD on April 4.

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‘Carrie Pilby’ Trailer: Bel Powley Stars As A Recluse Young Genius

Going to Harvard at age 14 and writing “several strongly worded letters to oil companies” at age 6 doesn’t classify as normal, and from The Orchard’s newly released trailer for its upcoming film Carrie Pilby, Carrie’s life does indeed seem anything but conventional. The Susan Johnson-directed coming-of-age comedy is based on Caren Lissner’s bestseller and stars Bel Powley as a young genius who doesn’t necessarily know it all.
In the film, written by Kara Holden, Carrie…

Going to Harvard at age 14 and writing “several strongly worded letters to oil companies” at age 6 doesn’t classify as normal, and from The Orchard’s newly released trailer for its upcoming film Carrie Pilby, Carrie’s life does indeed seem anything but conventional. The Susan Johnson-directed coming-of-age comedy is based on Caren Lissner’s bestseller and stars Bel Powley as a young genius who doesn’t necessarily know it all. In the film, written by Kara Holden, Carrie…

‘Carrie Pilby’ Trailer: Bel Powley Takes On Another Offbeat YA Heroine With New Adaptation — Watch

The indie drama screened at TIFF last year and will have a limited release on March 31.

The first official international trailer for “Carrie Pilby” has been released. Following her 2015 big screen breakout, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” and the subsequent “A Royal Night Out,” Bel Powley returns with yet one more unconventional young adult role. The indie drama is an adaptation of Caren Lissner’s 2010 coming-of-age novel of the same name.

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In the film, Powley plays the eponymous Carrie Pilby, an extremely intelligent young woman, who, at age 19, speaks seven languages and has already graduated from Harvard. However, she doesn’t have any friends or a boyfriend, and has “a reputation for being a bit of a hermit.” But all that is about to change, as her therapist makes her create a list of goals that include making a friend and going on a date before the end of the year.

The film, which marks Susan Johnson’s directorial debut, premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. The rest of the very charming cast includes Jason Ritter, Gabriel Bryne, Nathan Lane, Vanessa Bayer, Colin O’Donoghue, and William Moseley.

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“Carrie Pilby” will have a limited release on March 31, before being released through video on demand on April 4.

Watch the trailer below.

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