Lorene Scafaria
American singer, actor and writer
Lorene Scafaria
Lorene Scafaria is an American screenwriter, playwright, actress and singer. She is best known for her works on the films Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
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Lorene Scafaria Pays Tribute To Mother In 'The Meddler'
NPR - 10 months
Lorene Scafaria's new film is a valentine to her mother, and mothers everywhere. Rachel Martin talks to Scafaria about the film, which follows a widow remaking her life after the death of her husband.
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Lorene Scafaria Narrates a Scene From ‘The Meddler’
NYTimes - 10 months
The writer and director of “The Meddler” discusses a sequence from her film featuring Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne.
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New on DVD and Blu-ray, Oct. 26
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
New on DVD and Blu-ray, Oct. 26 Vampire Hunter This crazy mashup, based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, works because the filmmakers decided not to be smirky about the gimmick but to treat it with an illusion of seriousness: Gerrymandering While the tone is sometimes breezy, the content of this advocacy documentary by Jeff Reichert is likely to enrage the viewer - it's about how politicians thwart democracy at a very basic level. Much screen time is devoted to the 2008 California campaign for Proposition 11, which removed the redistricting power from the Legislature, and to its high-profile proponents, Kathay Feng of California Common Cause and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Magic Mike Steven Soderbergh's latest, about the friendship between two male strippers, played by Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer, is a well-written, smartly directed delight, one of the freshest films of the year so far. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World From writer-director Lorene S ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
In which we hit it and quit it. The Amazing Spider-Man The bewildering, frustrating, boring thing about The Amazing Spider-Man: It's a movie that stupidly thinks it needs to tell us—again—where Spider-Man came from. And once you get past its plodding redundancy, the rest of the script for The Amazing Spider-Man isn't that spectacular either—the plot's driven by farfetched coincidences, major events are forgotten as soon as they're over, and a half-dozen half-hearted tweaks that are supposed to convince audiences that this Spider-Man is different from the one we saw a few years ago are tacked on and trivial. HOWEVER. Just about everything else in The Amazing Spider-Man is remarkably, giddily great. The Social Network's Andrew Garfield is a far better Peter Parker/Spider-Man than Tobey Maguire, and director Mark Webb—whose only previous credit is 500 Days of Summer—maximizes the spectacle of superhero action and the excitement of web-s ...
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Now Playing
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Now Playing Vampire Hunter This crazy mashup, based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, works because the filmmakers decided not to be smirky about the gimmick but to treat it with an illusion of seriousness: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, is also an action hero dedicated to the proposition that the only good vampire is a destroyed vampire. The Amazing Spider-Man While you can argue that the last thing the world needs is another reboot of a comic-book movie franchise, the film gets off to a good start, with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the lead roles. Bel Ami Robert Pattinson stars as a poor boy trying to make good in 19th century Paris, getting by with the help of a series of wealthy women. Directed by Richard Linklater, this real-life character portrait of a Texas funeral director is a great slice of East Texas life, a bizarre mix of the comic and the serious, featuring Jack Black's best work. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel A top-shelf English cast (J ...
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Now Playing
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Now Playing Vampire Hunter This crazy mashup, based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, works because the film- makers decided not to be smirky about the gimmick but to treat it with an illusion of seriousness: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, is also an action hero dedicated to the proposition that the only good vampire is a destroyed vampire. Directed by Richard Linklater, this real-life character portrait of a Texas funeral director is a great slice of East Texas life, a bizarre mix of the comic and the serious, and it contains the best work of Jack Black's career. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel A top-shelf English cast (Judy Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith) highlights this story of adrift British retirees searching for something better in life in the Indian city of Jaipur. Brave Mother-daughter issues in fairy-tale Scotland take center stage in this story of a rebellious teenage girl who does something really terrible to her mother - but then ...
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Winners Announced For 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival
Business Review USA - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES, June 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2012 Festival at the Awards Brunch, hosted by CHAYA Downtown for the third year. Actors Jon Heder and Ari Graynor were on hand to present the awards. The LA Film Fest, presented by Film Independent and Host Venue Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 and presenting media sponsor Los Angeles Times, ran from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 24 in downtown Los Angeles.  "Every single filmmaker in this year's Festival deserves kudos for their artistry and compelling stories. Our juries had such gems to choose from in each competition and the winners truly represent what we hold dear—diversity and uniqueness of vision," said Festival Director Stephanie Allain. The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the Narrative Award and Documentary Award, each carry ...
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Gillian Jacobs & T.J. Miller Talk SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, Deleted Scenes, Improv, and More
Collider - over 4 years
Earlier this week I got to speak with Gillian Jacobs & T.J. Miller for Lorene Scafaria‘s offbeat romantic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.  The film focuses on two neighbors (played by Steve Carell and Keira Knightley) who bond during a road trip as they both try to reconnect with lost loves and family before a meteor destroys the Earth.  In the film, Jacobs and Miller play two of the offbeat characters they meet along the way.  For more on the film, click here for seven clips. During the interview Jacobs and Miller talked about how they made the characters their own, improv, how they prepare for their roles, future projects like How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and more.  Hit the jump to watch. Finally, here are Matt's video interviews with Carell, Knightley and Scafaria. Gillian Jacobs and T.J. Miller :08 They talk about how they read Collider :37 How much they were able to make the characters their ...
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Apocalypse Now
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World's biting comedy turns into romantic glop. by Ned Lannamann I CAN'T FIGURE OUT why Steve Carell keeps getting cast as the straight man. His two best roles—The Office's Michael Scott and Anchorman's Brick Tamland—had him playing outrageous, unbelievable, over-the-top characters, but here's the boring version of Carell again in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, in which he's the sad-sack romantic lead: mumbling, awkward, depressed, depressing Dodge Petersen. An asteroid is on a crash course with Earth, giving Dodge and the rest of humanity about three weeks before the apocalypse—and for the first half hour or so, writer/director Lorene Scafaria injects the film with scathing, unrepentantly dark humor. Scafaria's time writing for Childrens Hospital is in full effect (along with very funny cameos by Patton Oswalt, Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel, and others) as Dodge's pathetic qualities are played for l ...
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'Seeking a Friend' lost in dull characters, rushed romance
Daily Herald Blogs - over 4 years
Lorene Scafaria makes her directorial debut with "Seeking a Friend For the End of the World," a drama that makes us root for the end of days to spare us from wasting more time with two of the dullest people on this planet. In this apocalyptic romance, the earth will be destroyed in less than 21 days and who are we worried about the most? A cute little terrier doggy named Sorry, that's who.
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Is Chaos in 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' Realistic?
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Hollywood has tapped into the global upsurge in doomsday fear with a new film about life in the run-up to a world-ending asteroid collision. In "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, NASA's attempt to deflect an earthbound asteroid has failed, and the mile-wide space rock will surely be the end of us all. Steve Carell and Keira Knightley star as two people navigating the last month on Earth, as the rest of humanity goes a little off the rails.
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“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” review
Blast Magazine - over 4 years
If there have been three things that movies have had an excess of in the last ten years, it’s been Manic Pixie Dream Girls (“500 Days of Summer,” “Elizabethtown,” “Garden State”), Life Crisis Nice Guys (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Dan in Real Life,” “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) and Armageddon (“The Road,” “Terminator Salvation,” “Sunshine”). Now, when all three establishments seem to be in decline, Lorene Scafaria brings us “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” a film starring a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Keira Knightley) and a Life Crisis Nice Guy (Steve Carell) dealing with Armageddon. 2.5 out of 4 stars Written and Directed by: Lorene Scafaria Starring: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and Melanie Lynskey Rated: R “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” takes place in the near future, where all attempts to divert a cluster of meteors from striking earth have failed and scientists have given the human race three weeks till extinction. Insurance salesman Dodge’s (Care ...
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Summer movies: The dark horses
Nashua Telegraph - almost 5 years
Let’s play a game. I’ll describe a movie, and you tell me which season you think it will open in theaters. For instance, if I said “Meryl Streep portrays Eleanor Roosevelt,” you would say: “Oscar season.” See how easy that was? Here’s today’s brain-teaser: A 70-mile-wide asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the world will be destroyed in three weeks. If you answered: “summer movie season,” you would be correct. But “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” isn’t your typical apocalyptic summer movie. First, there are no scenes of asteroids hurtling toward Earth. Second, the White House is never shown blowing up. Third, there are no aliens in the movie. In fact, there are no special effects at all. Finally, there isn’t even a climactic scene in which Bruce Willis and a group of heroic astronauts save the planet. The movie, written by first-time director Lorene Scafaria, is a black comedy with serious overtones, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley as neighbors who set off on a r ...
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Summer movie preview: It’s a summer for superheroes
NewsOK.com Blogs - almost 5 years
From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman. This story is a collaborative effort of Gene Triplett of the Projections blog, Matt Price at Nerdage, George Lang of Staticblog and yours truly. It’s a summer for superheroes at the movies Comic book crime-fighters are aiming to clobber summer box office records. The booming success of “The Hunger Games” has Hollywood hoping for a record 2012. If it makes it there, it will be on the shoulders of some of the summer’s superheroes. Superhero films are expected to take the top spots this summer, with “Marvel’s The Avengers” opening in May, followed by “Amazing Spider-Man” in June and “The Dark Knight Rises” in July. “The Avengers” has already pre-sold more tickets than four of the Marvel films that preceded it, according to MovieTickets.com, so it’s likely to get the summer off with a bang. Spider-Man and Batman are responsible for the two highest-grossing superhero films of all time (2008’s “The Dark Knight” and 2002’s “Spid ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lorene Scafaria
    THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 30
    In 2009, Mandate Pictures picked up Scafaria's script Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, a romantic comedy that focused on one man's quest for a meaningful connection amid the "end of days". The film marked the directorial debut for Scafaria, and was released in June 2012.
    More Details Hide Details During the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, Scafaria recorded a voice-and-piano album called Garden Party. The 2009 Drew Barrymore film Whip It! features Scafaria's original song "28" in the closing credits. Scafaria recorded a second record available April 1, 2010 on iTunes called "Laughter and Forgetting."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on May 1, 1978.
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