The couple was spotted getting cosy at an afterparty for Brad Pitt's new film Killing Them Softly in New York City last Monday (26Nov12) and the stars have reportedly been dating for a few months.
A source tells UsMagazine.com, "They were sitting in a booth and he had his arm around her and they would kiss from time to time. They definitely tried to keep a low profile."
Exes of the Bridesmaids beauty include director Brandon Cowell and writer Gregor Jordan, while Cannavale, who split from his actress wife Jenny Lumet in 2003, has since romanced Alison Pill and Sutton Foster.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced Damon at the bash, which celebrates those who have made "significant contributions" to the Big Apple's entertainment industry.
As he accepted his prize, Damon, who grew up in Boston, Massachusetts but now lives in New York, told the crowd how he and his childhood pal Ben Affleck used to travel to the city for auditions when they were younger: "Our dream was... to actually get a movie someday that shot in New York... I'm just so proud to live here."
Damon has shot a handful of films in New York including 1998 movie Rounders and his recent thriller The Adjustment Bureau.
Colombian-born Leguizamo, who moved to New York City when he was four, took a night off from his Broadway show Ghetto Klown to pick up a prize in recognition of his theatre work.
The evening's most emotional moment came as Sidney Lumet's daughter Jenny accepted the late filmmaker's Lifetime Achievement accolade on his behalf.
She said, "I haven't spoken about Dad in public yet. I miss him."
Lumet, who based many of his movies in New York, passed away in the city in April (11), aged 86.
Robert Pattinson will star in a new Summit production, the romantic drama Remember Me, ScreenDaily.com reports.
Allen Coulter will direct the film that Summit chief Patrick Wachsberger described as this generation's Love Story. A female lead is being cast. Rachel Getting Married writer Jenny Lumet has finished the latest draft of the screenplay.
Pattinson will shoot the film this summer in New York in between Twilight sequels New Moon and Eclipse. Nick Osborne and Trevor Engelson of Underground Films are producing.
Further, Screen reports that Gary Winick is directing Letters to Juliet, with Amanda Seyfried.
The actress will play an American girl in Italy who discovers the legend of the love letters visitors leave in the wall of Juliet's (Capulet of Romeo and Juliet) courtyard in Verona and which are individually answered by a group of women called the Secretaries of Juliet.
While at the wall, she discovers a letter written in 1958 which has never been picked up and goes on a quest to find the lovers in question.
Tim Sullivan wrote the screenplay from an original draft by Jose Rivera. Ellen Barkin, whose Applehead Productions originally brought the concept to Summit's attention, is producing alongside Mark Canton, says Screen.
The rest of the casting is underway while Wachsberger told Screen the tone was in the vein of Four Weddings and a Funeral, but with "a lot of emotion."
Summit will handle domestic distribution on both films and is selling them at Cannes.
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The Independent Spirit Awards kicked off the night with prizes going out to James Franco and Penelope Cruz for their supporting roles in Milk and Vicky Cristina Barcelona respectively.
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The night ended with The Wrestler and Mickey Rourke taking took top honors for best film and lead actor. Melissa Leo, who some may have seen as the under dog, rounded out the night winning best female lead for her performance in Frozen River.
The complete list of nominations & winners:
Rachel Getting Married
Wendy and Lucy
The Wrestler -- WINNER!
Ramin Bahrani, Chop Shop
Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married
Lance Hammer, Ballast
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Thomas McCarthy, The Visitor -- WINNER!
Best First Feature
Medicine for Melancholy
Sangre de Mi Sangre
Synecdoche, New York -- WINNER!
John Cassavetes Award
In Search of a Midnight Kiss -- WINNER!
Prince of Broadway
Turn the River
Best First Screenplay
Dustin Lance Black, Milk -- WINNER!
Lance Hammer, Ballast
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Jonathan Levine, The Wackness
Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married
Woody Allen, Vicky Christina Barcelona -- WINNER!
Anna Fleck and Ryan Boden, Sugar
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York
Howard A. Rodman, Savage Grace
Christopher Zalla, Sangre de Mi Sangre
Best Female Lead
Summer Bishil, Towelhead
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Melissa Leo, Frozen River -- WINNER!
Tarra Riggs, Ballast
Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
Best Male Lead
Javier Bardem, Vicky Christina Barcelona
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Sean Penn, Milk
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler -- WINNER!
Best Supporting Female
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona -- WINNER!
Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
Rosie Perez, The Take
Misty Upham, Frozen River
Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married
Best Supporting Male
James Franco, Milk -- WINNER!
Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker
Charlie McDermott, Frozen River
JimMyron Ross, Ballast
Haaz Sleiman, The Visitor
Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler -- WINNER!
Lol Crowley, Ballast
James Laxton, Medicine for Melancholy
Harris Savides, Milk
Michael Simmonds, Chop Shop
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
Man on Wire -- WINNER!
The Order of Myths
Up the Yangtze
Best Foreign Film
The Class (France) -- WINNER!
Secret of the Grain (France)
Silent Light (Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany)
Robert Altman Award: (Given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast)
Synecdoche, New York
Director: Charlie Kaufman Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy
Ensemble Cast: Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Williams
Someone to Watch Award
Barry Jenkins, Medicine for Melancholy
Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues
Lynn Shelton, My Effortless Brilliance -- WINNER!
Truer Than Fiction Award
Margaret Brown, The Order of Myths -- The WINNER!
Sacha Gervasi, Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Darius Marder, Loot
Lars Knudsen and Joy Van Hoy, Tireless Mountain and I'll Come Running
Jason Orans, Goodbye Solo and Year of the Fish
Heather Rae, Frozen River and Ibid -- WINNER!
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It has been a long, hot, bone-dry summer at America’s arthouses.
There were a few specialty hits in the spring like The Visitor, Then She Found Me and Young @ Heart, and a pair of Penelope Cruz movies this summer, Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Elegy. But the drought finally ended this past weekend.
Rachel Getting Married has the makings of an arthouse blockbuster, and screenwriter Jenny Lumet says, as a result, she's quickly learning about the concept of Per Theatre Average (PTA). “Is there such a thing as a boffo arthouse movie?" she asks. "I know that when a Will Smith movie comes out and grosses $40 million, it’s a hit, but I don’t know how to measure the success of my movie.”
Indeed, the Jonathan Demme-directed character-driven comedy generated $32,59 per theater on nine screens last weekend, which is the 5th-best PTA of 2008. The IMAX-only Magnificent Desolation scored a $51,592 PTA last month, and Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus Best of Both Worlds in 3D delivered $45,561 on its meteoric first weekend back in February. Among non-IMAX, non-3D theatrical releases this year, only Kit Kittredge: An American Girl ($44,059) and the mega-hit The Dark Knight ($36,238) managed stronger opening weekend PTA’s than Rachel Getting Married.
Jenny Lumet is of royal film pedigree. Her father Sidney is a five-time Academy Award nominated screenwriter and director with a film resume that includes Network, The Verdict, Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men and Serpico. Instead of viewing her father’s success as a tough act to follow, she says that she's grateful because “there are probably three screenwriters on my street that have written great pieces. I think it would be a tough business to get into without any connection at all. I’m the luckiest chick on the planet to have gotten where I am.”
With an almost certain-to-be-Oscar nominated performance from Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married tells the uncomfortable but funny story of a young woman who has spent a decade in and out of rehab and the turmoil she causes when she returns home for her sister’s wedding. Like her father’s best work, all of the action in Rachel flows from character, but Lumet points out that her father’s movies are different “because everybody’s a cop or a lawyer.” Still she admits that some of his “stuff may have seeped in through osmosis.”
Meanwhile, Lumet has her hands full with a 13-year-old son and a 5-month-old baby . She’d love to see her first produced screenplay on the big screen with a paying audience, she says, but she’s busy. “I have to yank my kid off Facebook and wipe my baby’s mouth,” and she adds, “It’s hard to find a sitter.”
Shot in a nervous intrusive style Rachel Getting Married is a blistering portrait of a family during a tension-filled wedding weekend. The long-simmering conflicts come to the surface at an event that’s supposed to be about good times. Actually the title is a bit of a misnomer since although it is indeed Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt) getting hitched the plot really revolves around her troubled sister Kym (Hathaway) who comes straight from a stint in rehab to the family gathering. In attending the wedding she brings a boatload of personal issues--sibling and parental resentments and a whole host of other problems guaranteed to make everyone in the room uncomfortable. This all comes to a head early on at the pre-wedding dinner at which she makes an awkward piercing toast that puts the entire place on edge. It doesn’t help that her father (Bill Irwin) is rather weak and overprotective and her mother (Debra Winger) is now remarried and has moved on to a different kind of life--disconnected from her daughters emotionally. The wedding a Hindu ceremony becomes a catalyst for personal confrontations that finally break out into the open. The ensemble cast assembled by director Jonathan Demme is simply unbeatable--led by a breakthrough performance from Hathaway. Her wry ironic humor internal self-loathing seething conflicts and heartbreaking emotional vulnerability are all the by-products of a young woman who desperately needs to be embraced. This is a major acting turn and those who only think of Hathaway from Ella Enchanted and The Princess Diaries are going to be surprised to see the emergence of an actress who is the real thing. As her sister Rachel DeWitt who also was impressive as the mistress in season one of Mad Men doesn’t get to take center stage but has several strong moments. Watch out for this one. Irwin and Winger prove the meaning of the word “pro” in their limited screen time. In just a couple of big scenes Winger totally nails the mother and her need to distance her relationship with her own family. You only wish the part was fleshed out a little more especially since great roles for Winger seem to be few and far between these days. Irwin is equally impressive likeable but clueless as far as the real drama playing out between his daughters. This Tony-winning Broadway veteran gives us a lifetime of information about his character in just a few scattered moments. The Oscar-winning Demme (Silence of the Lambs Philadelphia) has spent the last few years doing documentaries and concert films so it’s nice to report he’s got his mojo back with his first narrative film since 2004’s The Manchurian Candidate remake. Actually Rachel seems influenced by some of his recent non-fictional work with a documentary style approach to screenwriter Jenny Lumet’s somewhat conventional scripting. The use of hand-held cameras is pervasive and has the intended effect of bringing out raw emotions in the kind of cinema verite Robert Altman often employed. In a nod to the obvious inspiration the late Altman is thanked in the end credits. Demme’s in-your-face filmmaking might be oft-putting to some members of the audience but it effectively heightens the reality of the piece separating Rachel from the pack. Ultimately this is a performance piece and Demme has brought out the best of his cast of fine actors gaining award-worthy turns.