Im Global TV To Adapt Sci-Fi Drama ‘The Happiness Machine’ As Series

In a competitive situation, Im Global Television has optioned Katie Williams’ (Space Between Trees, Absent) soon-to-be-published science fiction drama The Happiness Machine to develop as a TV series. Cake screenwriter Patrick Tobin will pen the adaptation. The story is set in a world where a technology has been created that can determine, with nearly perfect accuracy, what someone needs to do to be happy. The device, called Apricity, reads a person's DNA and gives them a…
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Steve Martin, Screenwriters and the Stiller Family: 20 Years of the Nantucket Film Festival

Steve Martin, Screenwriters and the Stiller Family: 20 Years of the Nantucket Film Festival
Read More: Aaron Sorkin in Nantucket on How He Almost Didn't Pitch 'The West Wing' For 20 years, the Nantucket Film Festival has been bringing art house fare to the sunny Massachusetts island south of Cape Cod. Founded by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart, the festival has carved out its identity as a writer's festival. Since its first year, the festival has hosted the Tony Cox Screenplay Competition, which recognizes promising screenplays by emerging writers. Past winners include Patrick Tobin's "Cake," which went to be made into a film starring Jennifer Aniston, and "Down the Bone," Debra Granik's eventual directorial debut. In addition to a cash prize, winners receive an all-expenses paid, month-long artist-residency with the Screenwriters Colony, a mentorship program dedicated to supporting the next generation of writing talent. Past mentors have included the late Bingham Ray, writer-director Patty Jenkins and actor-writer-director Campbell.
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Night Watchman, Dead End Take Top Honours At Shanghai International Film Festival

Pierre Jolivet's The Night Watchman (aka Jamais De La Vie) was awarded the Golden Goblet for Best Film on Sunday night at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival, while Chinese crime drama The Dead End nabbed the Best Director prize for Cao Baoping and Best Actor, which was shared between the film's three leads: Deng Chao, Duan Yihong and Guo Tao. Best Actress went to Krista Kasonen, for her role in the Finnish drama Midwife (aka Katilo).The Jury Grand Prix was awarded to Jacek Lusinski's Carte Blanche, Patrick Tobin won Best Screenplay for the Jennifer Aniston starrer Cake, Vladislav Opeliyants won the Best Cinematography award for his work on the Russian film Sunstroke, while the Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement was presented to the South Korean...

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'Night Watchman' wins top prize in Shanghai

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'Night Watchman' wins top prize in Shanghai
Pierre Jolivet’s France-Belgium co-production The Night Watchman won best feature in the Golden Goblet competition of this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (June 13-21), while Cao Baoping’s The Dead End won best director and actor.

The acting prize for The Dead End was split between Deng Chao, Duan Yihong and Guo Tao. The Jury Grad Prix went to Polish filmmaker Jacek Lusinski’s Carte Blanche, while best actress went to Krista Kosonen in Antti Jokinen’ Finland-Lithuania co-production The Midwife (see full list of winners below)

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev headed the Golden Goblet jury, which also included Chinese director Cai Shangjun, Chinese actress Hao Lei, French filmmaker Philippe Muyl, Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi and Us producer Ron Yerxa.

Last Thursday, Iranian filmmaker Hooman Seyedi’s 13 won best film and cinematography at the Asian New Talent Awards. Best director went to Japan’s Momoko Ando for 0.5mm, while best actress
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Cake review: Jennifer Aniston's grey cardigan performance

Cake review: Jennifer Aniston's grey cardigan performance
Director: Daniel Barnz; Screenwriter: Patrick Tobin; Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Felicity Huffman, Chris Messina; Running time: 102 mins; Certificate: 15

Cake is a wry indie drama that hides a gooey centre beneath a brittle leading turn and Jennifer Aniston just about cracks it as a sufferer of chronic pain. This is a grey cardigan-clad performance with harsh lighting and no make-up which, arguably, isn't just a cry for help but a plea for awards attention. The Hollywood Foreign Press kindly obliged with a Golden Globe nomination and if Oscar wasn't that impressed, it may be because the film as a whole feels disingenuous.

Bitter sarcasm is one of the coping mechanisms that Claire (Aniston) depends on in the aftermath of a road accident, along with a pick 'n' mix of painkillers. Her Mexican maid Silvana (Adriana Barraza of Amores Perros) is also on hand to cook, clean
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Jennifer Aniston on Cake: 'It felt like an awesome acting class' – video interview

Jennifer Aniston stars in Cake, Patrick Tobin's indie drama about a depressed woman who relies on pain medication after a car crash. She tells Jonathan Bernstein why she loves making films that give her roles that break away from a certain character on a certain hit sitcom – although she doesn't get offered them that often.

Cake is released in UK cinemas on 20th February and was released in the Us on 23rd January

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‘Cake’ is a careless character study


Written by Patrick Tobin

Directed by Daniel Barnz

USA, 2014

In Cake, it takes about fifteen minutes for director Daniel Barnz to establish the ground rules for this familiar portrait of grief and addiction, followed up by another ninety minutes or so of dramatic clumsiness and eye-rolling clichés. Whether it is drugs, sex, or booze, each brings a routine numbing quality to the table for Claire Bennett (Aniston), a seemingly darkly comedic and scathing woman who we first meet in a support group for chronic physical pain. The group is discussing the recent suicide of one of their members, while Claire draws appalling gasps due to her candid sarcasm on the matter. Sporting facial and body scars as well as weedy hair, Aniston’s return to drama screams “I’m ready for recognition!” but Cake does a horrible job of providing Aniston with much to work with.

Claire has driven most people away from her,
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Film Review: ‘Cake’ Serves Emotionally Honest, Career-Growing Dramatic Role for Jennifer Aniston

Chicago – It’s been a while since I walked out of a screening so affected and feeling that I just experienced a truly honest, important film.

Sure, other ones have since, but back in 2007, “Once” especially made me feel that way long before the Oscars. I never would have expected it here and nor will you from this film you’ve probably heard little or nothing about, but a little engine that could called “Cake” has done that to me again. And you’d never guess who primarily made it possible: Jennifer Aniston in a visually unflattering, dramatic role.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

While “Cake” as a film is receiving mixed reception, Aniston is being recognized for the career-growing range it’s proving for her beyond the “Friends” comedic stigma she’s trying to grow beyond. Though she tried with the dramatic romance “Love Happens” in 2009, it bombed. “Horrible Bosses” in 2011 and “Horrible Bosses 2
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Cake Review

Jennifer Aniston does something completely different in this potboiler of a psychodrama and succeeds marvelously.From the opening shot of Jennifer Aniston in Daniel Barnz’ simmering psycho-drama you know you are not watching “Friends” anymore. Aniston is made up to the hilt with the best prosthetics since Steve Carell’s nose in “Foxcatcher” and when it comes to the acting she is load for bear.She plays Claire Bennett, a woman traumatized beyond belief by a devastating recent loss. It is to the credit of director Daniel Barnz and screenwriter Patrick Tobin that the reason for her trauma is not made immediately clear. […]
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Cake | Review

Let Them Have It: Barnz Banks on Adept Aniston

Grief is a prickly emotion to convey within the confines of the indie American melodrama, a place that audiences have come to expect a certain amount of imaginable tragedy causing rippling aftershocks for its protagonist that force him or her to grow once more into a healed, even enlightened being. Along the way, a checklist of unlikely supporting cast mates imbue these reflections on coping with a sense of wishful thinking—we want these heroes and heroines of life’s harsh blows to have access to magical members of disenfranchised, socio-economically compromised denizens to guide them through a series of growing pains so that it’s possible to get right back to where they started from. If this sounds familiar, then you’ll be able to plug into the familiarity of Cake from director Daniel Barnz, which unfortunately feels more like
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‘Cake’ Review: Jennifer Aniston Endures Chronic Pain in This Poignant Tale

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‘Cake’ Review: Jennifer Aniston Endures Chronic Pain in This Poignant Tale
Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Adriana Barraza co-star in this inexplicably panned drama (not a comedy!) that merits serious attention

Angry, depressed, self-pitying and desperate to lose herself in a pharmaceutical haze: no character is more relatable this awards season than Claire Bennett (Jennifer Aniston), a woman simply unable to cope after a semi-recent catastrophe leaves her with chronic pain and facial and bodily disfigurement.

The movies are full of noble sufferers, but Claire refuses to be one of them. Being difficult (by being herself) is the only way she knows how to insist that she and her pain matter — and
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Cake—A Movie Review

It’s not news that Jennifer Aniston is a good actress, but Cake does offer her a meatier, more serious role than she’s had in quite a while…and she delivers. What’s more, director Daniel Barnz has surrounded her with talented actors who bring out all the colors in Patrick Tobin’s dark, often sardonically funny screenplay. With all these ingredients it’s a shame that Cake overstays its welcome. Aniston plays a woman with chronic pain who is so hostile and abrasive that she’s asked to leave her support group. Her husband has left her, as well. The one person who is faithful to her, beyond all reason, is her Mexican housekeeper, played by the magnificent Adriana Barraza, whom you may ...

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Review: Jennifer Aniston's 'Cake' Is A Recipe For Self Pity

There’s been some recent talk about Jennifer Aniston’s performance in “Cake” as a potential dark horse for a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Allow us to put a stop this. Aniston digs deeper than she has in recent years, encroaching on territory much darker than people are accustomed to seeing her in, but thanks to a bloated screenplay from Patrick Tobin, and by-the-numbers direction from Daniel Barnz, “Cake” wallows in self-pity too much to sustain any true merit. This holds true for her performance, even though we still recommend the film to fans of her work because there are occasional moments of crackling wit and emotional investment. Claire Simmons (Aniston) attends a chronic pain support group as part of her therapy for getting over an overwhelming tragic event in her life. She is a broken woman, both physically, as presented with scars all over her body, and psychologically, seen
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Cake Review

Cake is a hard experience to stomach. That’s not because of Jennifer Aniston’s unflinching submersion into grief, not because filmmaker Daniel Barnz explores suicidal consequences through power, and not because we’re left quivering in an emotionally ravaged pile of marred feelings, but because Aniston’s character Claire Bennett deserves a brighter spotlight. Patrick Tobin’s screenplay attempts to blend darkly humorous encounters with a soul-searching dive into the deepest of deep ends, but there’s an invisible wall holding characters back from truly entering a realm of cinematic heartbreak.

Cake feels superficial – a flat story about exposing bottled emotions that never truly uncorks the essence of human spirituality – like buttercream-frosted discs of Styrofoam decoratively assembled to mimic something more succulent if bitten into. Barnz and Tobin only scratch the surface with their somber character piece, but watching Aniston embody a recovering victim provides a nice contrast to
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Jennifer Aniston says Justin Theroux won't tell her the secret of 'The Leftovers'

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Jennifer Aniston says Justin Theroux won't tell her the secret of 'The Leftovers'
We are in the middle of what could be a career-changing two-day span for Jennifer Aniston. The "Friends" icon and star of such blockbuster fare as "Marley & Me," "Bruce Almighty" and "We're the Millers" shocked many by earning a SAG Awards nomination Wednesday for her role in the indie drama "Cake." By Thursday morning she may have a Golden Globe nomination to go along with it. Directed by Daniel Barnz, "Cake" went somewhat under the radar after it earned a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival in September (although this pundit was certainly there). The movie finds Aniston playing Claire, a woman suffering from chronic pain who becomes strangely fascinated by the suicide of a young woman (Anna Kendrick) from her support group. Obviously, Claire is suffering from more than just physical pain and Aniston, as I wrote in my review, "makes you believe this character is at her
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Jennifer Aniston On Connecting With Her ‘Cake’ Character – The Contenders Video

Jennifer Aniston On Connecting With Her ‘Cake’ Character – The Contenders Video
In ‘Cake,’ Jennifer Aniston transforms herself into a woman wracked with both chronic pain and a resulting drug and alcohol addiction. Here, she and director Daniel Barnz talk with Deadline’s Pete Hammond about what attracted her to the role and helped her connect with the character, the joys of working with no makeup (other than fake scars for the role) and the inner changes she needed to make to play the part.

The film’s cast also includes Anna Kendrick, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Sam Worthington among others. The screenplay was written by Patrick Tobin. Producers are Mark Canton, Ben Barnz, Kristin Hahn and Courtney Solomon.

The film will receive an awards-qualifying limited release this month before going wide on Jan. 23. Distribution is being handled by Cinelou Releasing and Warner Bros.

The role marks a big departure for Aniston, who was speaking at Deadline’s annual Oscar showcase,
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Watch: Jennifer Aniston Enters the Oscar Race with First 'Cake' Trailer

Awards season is heating up, and one of the potential Best Actress contenders, believe it or not, may be Jennifer Aniston. The actress rarely goes down the indie road, but when she has before (The Good Girl), it's resulted in some solid work. This time she's getting plenty of acclaim for Cake, a film that strips down Aniston to being a plain, scarred, troubled woman, angry at the world and everyone around her. And there's an interesting supporting cast here too with Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington and Adriana Barraza appearing as well. The buzz indicates the film may not be as good as Aniston's performance, but we'll see. Here's the first trailer for Daniel Barnz's Cake, originally from ABC News: Cake is directed by Daniel Barnz (Beastly, Won't Back Down) from a script by Patrick Tobin (No Easy Way). Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston) is in pain. Her physical
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Jennifer Aniston hopes to score a Best Actress nomination with ‘Cake’

One of the more interesting things about film festivals is seeing how the various well regarded independent films are handled once the tests end. Some seek to capitalize on their buzz and open as soon as possible, while others strategically plan to begin their release later on in the year, or the next year entirely. In the case of Cake, the Jennifer Aniston led dark comedy was initially planning to be held back until 2015, but now it’s seeking to upend the Best Actress race with a late 2014 push. Aniston was snubbed once before for The Good Girl, so could Cake represent a chance for the Academy to make it up to her? It’s far from a sure thing, but something tells me that this isn’t something to sleep on. A long shot? Perhaps, but one to consider at the very least. Cake is a dark comedy/drama
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Jennifer Aniston’s 'Cake' performance sneaks into the Best Actress race

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Jennifer Aniston’s 'Cake' performance sneaks into the Best Actress race
With early, festival-driven campaigns already ramping up (see: Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”) and sleeper candidates generating buzz (major question marks like Amy Adams in “Big Eyes”), the 2015 Best Actress race is tightening up. Is there room for surprises? Jennifer Aniston hopes so. Words has arrived through the wire that Cinelou Films’ distribution fledgling Cinelou Releasing has picked up the actress’ dramedy vehicle “Cake” for release before the end of the year. The film played to mixed reviews at September’s Toronto Film Festival, but clearly Cinelou bigwigs Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon see awards potential. A press release indicates that the movie will have a one-week qualifying run in December before rolling out in January. Based on a blacklisted script by Patrick Tobin and directed by "Phoebe in Wonderland" and "Beastly" director Daniel Barnz, “Cake” follows Claire (Aniston), a divorcee suffering from chronic back pain, the lingering effects of
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Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Cake’ Sells To Upstart Cinelou As She Joins Best Actress Oscar Race

Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Cake’ Sells To Upstart Cinelou As She Joins Best Actress Oscar Race
Exclusive: After the dark comedy Cake set tongues wagging at Toronto about Jennifer Aniston’s performance, there has been speculation that the film’s makers would capitalize on that momentum by putting the movie out before year’s end to qualify for Oscar consideration. Cinelou Films’ producers Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon have launched a new prestige arm in Cinelou Releasing, and they have set Cake as their first film. The pic will have a one-week qualifying run in December before rolling out in January. Canton, Kristin Hahn and Ben Barnz produced with Solomon.

“When my life and producing partner Ben Barnz and I first read Cake just fourteen months ago, we knew we had to go to Jennifer Aniston. It was the most obvious un-obvious choice – she’s mega-talented, but we’ve never seen the whole range of her extraordinary comic and dramatic abilities showcased in one role,” said director/Ep Daniel Barnz.
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