6 Things You Need To Know About Ed Burns’ THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMASDecember 10, 2012

6 Things You Need To Know About Ed Burns’ THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS

Tribeca Film

With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen. Reuniting with McMullen co-stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), and Mike McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (Little Children, Beautiful Girls) and Kerry Bishé (Newlyweds, Red State), Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, The Artist, The Longest Yard) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics. Alliances form, old wounds are reopened or glossed over, and the possibility for a new hope and forgiveness emerges.


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6 Things You Need To Know About Ed Burns' THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS


1. Anita Gillette, who portrays matriarch Rosie Fitzgerald is one of film’s most dependable moms, having played mother to Jennifer Aniston, Mary-Louise Parker, Jack Black, and John Goodman.
2. Writer/director/star Ed Burns’ first time acting for a director other than himself was when he appeared in Steven Spielberg’s SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.
3. Ed Lauter, who plays Big Jim Fitzgerald is the only actor other than Burt Reynolds to appear in both the original LONGEST YARD and the remake.


Ed Lauter and Mike McGlone


4. In addition to doing a spot-on Rod Serling impression in the GEICO commercials, Michael McGlone, who plays Fitzgerald brother Quinn, is the author of three novels.
5. Joyce Van Patten, who plays family friend Mrs. McGowan, is not only a member of the Van Patten acting dynasty, she is the mother of MAD MEN co-star Talia Balsam.
6. Kerry Bishé, who has been in Burn’s last 3 movies (NICE GUY JOHNNY, NEWLWEDS & TFFC) can currently be seen in ARGO.


Kerry Bishé and Noah Emmerich


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VOD Spotlight on Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe (BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY)April 23, 2014

VOD Spotlight on Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe (BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY)


Casper (Emory Cohen, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES) and Dominic (Callan McAuliffe, THE GREAT GATSBY) have been fiercely loyal friends since childhood. Desperate for a way out of their quiet town on the Maine-Canada border, the boys make a pact to pool their earnings on a car and hit the road. But when Casper is drawn into drug smuggling with his outlaw father (Aidan Gillen, "The Wire," "Game of Thrones") to pay his share, their friendship is pushed to the brink and adult choices forced on them all too soon. A standout narrative debut from Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (THE WAY WE GET BY), BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY is a gripping coming-of-age thriller set against an authentic portrait of small-town American life.

A moving story like BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY deserves talented actors to bring its complex and authentic characters to life. Luckily Gaudet and Pullapilly found Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe, both of whom delivered amazing performances as the film’s main characters. I had the pleasure of interviewing the actors who shared their experiences on set and then some.


VOD Spotlight on Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe (BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY) 


On Demand Weekly (ODW): The filmmakers, Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, described this film as sort of their transition into fiction film from a documentary background. Would you say you noticed any differences in the way they worked toward authenticity compared to filmmakers who work purely in fiction?

Callan McAuliffe, Dominic (CM): I can’t tell if it was because of their background or if it was the nature of the film or if it was just generally a very different experience for me in terms of filmmaking, but it was a very unique process. That may come from that background, but I’ve never worked with documentary filmmakers before so I have no experience with that, but it was certainly a very different experience. 


Callan McAuliffe


ODW: I know they did extensive research on the area and the people living there, and a lot of the movie was based on the true stories they were told, how did this affect your preparation for the part?
Emory Cohen, Casper (EC):
We were up there for 3 weeks before we started shooting and we met some people who had done [the harvest] and they let us put that into the script too and sometimes we just threw the script away and improvised.


Emory Cohen


ODW: Which scene was the most memorable to shoot?
The scene that will stick with me for the rest of my life is the moose safari scene, just because it was such a wild ride literally and figuratively to shoot and I’ve never done anything of that kind before for a film - and there’s good reason for that (laughs). But it was an extraordinary experience and I’ll remember that for the rest of my life. Just chasing a moose down a road in the back of a flatbed truck, screaming and hollering in the middle of nowhere, it was wonderful.


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Will LISTEN UP PHILIP Get Your Attention?October 16, 2014

Will LISTEN UP PHILIP Get Your Attention?


On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today's review: LISTEN UP PHILIP (Tribeca).

Considering that writing is such a singular pursuit, it’s ironic that chasing the elusive muse has long been fodder for film fiction. From WONDER BOYS to BARTON FINK to MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, writers toiling over their works have populated film since the birth of the medium. The life of the scribe is examined once again in Alex Ross Perry’s LISTEN UP PHILIP.

Perry’s film focuses on one Philip Lewis Friedman, (Jason Schwartzman, THE DARJEELING LIMITED) a Brooklyn-based novelist living with his increasingly disengaged photographer girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss, THE ONE I LOVE).

Once something of an enfant terrible and now just a terrible adult, Philip is a narcissistic, self-obsessed writer methodically destroying every one of his relationships, whether romantic, platonic or professional. In need of both a place to work and and an escape valve, Philip accepts an invitation from once-great novelist Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END), to stay at Zimmerman’s country house for a spell.



Jonathan Pryce and Jason Schwartzman in Listen Up Philip distributed by Tribeca Film.

Once Perry places the two scribes within close proximity of one another, it becomes clear that literary talent isn’t the only thing they have in common. The bitterness and dissatisfaction that both Philip and Ike exude makes them kindred assholes, with each considered such by Ike’s angry daughter (Krysten Ritter, "Breaking Bad"). Her encounters with the two novelists are marked by a surly churlishness that Ritter conveys without alienating herself to the audience.



Krysten Ritter in Listen Up Philip distributed by Tribeca Film.

Schwartzman imbues Philip with a measure of vulnerability that keeps him from being totally irredeemable; he employs the same inflated sense of self that we saw from him in RUSHMORE, keeping the world at arm’s length as a defense mechanism. It’s a daring, if not altogether pleasant performance.

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