Noah Baumbach
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Noah Baumbach
Noah Baumbach is an American writer, director and independent filmmaker.
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What to Watch Saturday
NYTimes - about 1 year
Live vicariously through Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s “Mistress America.” Roll with the punches from Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Then gaze at Ryan Gosling on “S.N.L.”
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Five Varieties of Love
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Five Varieties of Love Romance, and more, in the films of 2015. By Adrian Martin 'The Academy of Muses' Love in its many, diverse forms and manifestations--family love, romantic love, carnal love--rules the cinema, offering one of the handiest yardsticks for its division into easily recognizable genres (family dramas, romantic comedies, pornography...). 2015 brought us an intense, melancholic concentration on the difficult bonds of love within family relations--parent and child, or sibling to sibling--in films as different as Chantal Akerman's final feature No Home Movie, Sergio Oksman's intriguing doco-fiction hybrid On Football, Nanni Moretti's Mia madre, and Margot Nash's autobiographical essay from Australia, The Silences. There was a variety of love as discourse and seduction in José Luis Guerín's The Academy of Muses, and love intertwined with work (especially the work of filmmaking itself) in Philippe Garrel's The Shadow of Women and Noah Baumbach's While We're Young. A ...
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Lake Bell Talks Directing The Long-Awaited 'Emperor's Children' Adaptation
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Fans of "The Emperor's Children" have been anticipating the film adaptation since the novel's 2006 release, and after much limbo, it looks as though they'll be finally getting it. Lake Bell, who's directing the film, spoke to HuffPost Live about the still-nascent project, which now has an attached lead (Jeff Bridges) and a completed script by veteran screenwriter Noah Baumbach. "[I'm] a big fan of his," Bell said. "He wrote a beautiful script... [of] a beautifully penned novel to begin with. A very New York story." The "Childrens Hospital" star is more widely known for her acting, having starred in the HBO series "How To Make It In America," as well as her directorial debut "In A World..," which she also wrote. Bell is eager to continue her foray into directing with Claire Messud's bestseller, a work she particularly connected with. "Because I love the story so much and I love the project, I feel the responsibility ... to adhere to the story and honor it," she said. Wat ...
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Noah Baumbach Is the Naked Emperor
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
It should be noted, anyone who can get a movie made in this climate of super hero sequels and animated blockbusters deserves a pat on the back. That being said, it seems I'm definitely in the minority - given the adulation and praise his work normally receives -, when I say I simply do not understand what audiences, and, more to the point, critics, see in any of Noah Baumbach's films. Greenberg (2010), which featured Ben Stiller as a failed musician who's left alone while house-sitting for his brother in L.A., was one of the most pointless studies in futility I've witnessed, and, although the acting was good, The Squid and the Whale (2005) was, in my opinion, another waste of time. Even The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which won Baumbach, and director Wes Anderson, numerous awards and accolades for its animation, was turned off halfway through due to droopy eyelids. Before you come after me with the hi-brow, "You just don't appreciate character studies," defense - if, by character studie ...
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“5 to 7″ and “It Follows”: The Best of the First Quarter of 2015
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
Time flies. Believe it or not, we’re now three full months into the 2015 movie calendar, which means we’re literally a quarter of the way through the film slate. That got me thinking about what the best of the bunch so far this year has been. Since now is the time when the film slate begins to transition into summer flicks (cough, Furious 7, cough) and counter programming independent fare, I thought it was the perfect time to praise the best of 2015 so far. Basically, anything that hit screens between January 1st and March 31st will be up for grabs here for my personal honors. I do have one release from this weekend that I’ve included, but only because of how eager I am to talk about it. Other than that, there’s no cheating…I swear! Below you’ll find my top ten of the year so far, along with my awards for the first quarter of 2015. Here you go, and enjoy: 10. The Rewrite – A charming and simple Hugh Grant film, it likely would have been a hit had it come out a decade ago. Grant is at h ...
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Writer-director Noah Baumbach on youth, old age and hats
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
It's not a movie about hats, but writer-director Noah Baumbach's latest comedy, "While We're Young," occasionally becomes one anyway. The sight of compact, hunchy Ben Stiller and hipster beanpole Adam Driver in the same frame, wearing retro-hip fedoras, says a lot without saying anything.
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Noah Baumbach: 'In my 20s, I felt like time was running out'
Guardian (UK) - almost 2 years
In While We’re Young, Baumbach’s most accessible comedy yet, the Frances Ha film-maker sets his sights on the generation gap and getting to grips with ageing. We meet the new king of bourgeois angst Noah Baumbach is getting on a bit. He knows he is because his doctor actually listens to him now. “I used to have hypochondriacal things of like, ‘I’m worried about these headaches’, and my doctor used to always laugh it off,” says the director, as I nod in solemn recognition. “And there’s a certain point – which unfortunately you’ll get to at some point, too – where they actually start taking you seriously: ‘Why don’t we get you an MRI?’ and you’re like, ‘No, I’m joking! I thought we do this and I leave feeling better!’” Fortunately, life’s tragicomic trajectory is always good for a bit of material, and in Baumbach’s new film, While We’re Young, the director has transposed the experience of being in his mid-40s on to Ben Stiller’s documentarian Josh, who halfway through the action (and j ...
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Movie Review: 'While We're Young'
NPR - almost 2 years
Writer-director Noah Baumbach has made some of the most talked about indie films. He's back with: "While We're Young." Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic Kenneth Turan says its one of his best. » E-Mail This
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Noah Baumbach Discusses a Scene From ‘While We’re Young’
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The writer and director talks about his comedy, including a scene with Ben Stiller and Adam Driver.
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Filmmaker Noah Baumbach is hitting that middle-age groove
LATimes - almost 2 years
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Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller Unite to Make 'While We're Young'
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young” stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a 40-something couple who bond with 20-somethings Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried.
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Filmmaker Noah Baumbach brings new film to Music Box
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
Filmmaker Noah Baumbach, whose latest feature “While We’re Young” opens this month, comes to Chicago for a career retrospective at the Music Box Theatre starting this weekend.
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The Best Movies of 2013
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
It was a good year for film. A really good year. by Erik Henriksen "IT IS OUR basic human right to be fuck-ups!" shouted Simon Pegg in The World's End. "This civilization was founded on fuck-ups!" Truer words were never spoken—but as far as 2013's movies go, it actually feels like civilization might have its shit together. 2013 was a fantastic year for movies—a better one, in fact, than we've had for a long, long time. It was also a good year for Portland's independent theaters, which left behind 35mm film and adapted to the expensive new reality of digital distribution and projection, often with help from their patrons: McMenamins gave the Bagdad Theater a renovation that respected the movie palace's history, while updating its sound and projection. Portland's quintessential arthouse, Cinema 21, expanded from one to three screens. Newberg's 99W Drive-In won a digital projector in a Honda-sponsored contest; Vancouver's Kiggins Theat ...
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'The Crisis' and Art in Greece (and NY)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The Greek economic crisis, is, among other things, a crisis of confidence. Investors, worried about the country's finances, pulled out their capital, and in doing so drove up interest rates and drove down the Greek economy to a near depression, provoking the default they so feared. Economists call this reversal of capital flows "a sudden stop." It is a vulnerability shared by all countries that have to borrow in a foreign currency, which effectively describes the Euro from Greece's perspective. Such economies are classified as financially "fragile." These surprisingly emotional terms from economics -- "crisis of confidence", "fragile" -- describe Greek society today. This sudden stop is the reality Greek artists must work under. And this year's Athens Biennale, titled AGORA, has responded to this bleak situation by taking as its theme the question: "Now What?" The abandoned Athens Stock Exchange, site of the Biennale (Kyklos Ensemble photo by Mariana Bisti) The Biennal ...
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The Mercury's Holiday Wish List!
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
The ultimate list of perfect holiday gifts—for US. Not YOU. EVERY DAY the Mercury editorial staff produces great, entertaining, and informative content for you, the reader. And what do you give us in return? (Other than mean internet comments?) BUPKIS! That's why, during this holiday season of giving, you should think about giving something to US. To make it extremely easy, we've provided a "wish list" of perfect holiday prezzies to purchase for us—and perhaps they would also make terrific gifts for your loved ones as well! (BUT BUY US OURS FIRST. WE DESERVE IT.) ___________________________________________________________ EDITOR IN CHIEF WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY'S WISH LIST 1. Glamour Photo Session It's been years since my last "glamour photo" (see inset), and while I have not aged one iota, I still love seeing my face in every possible permutation! That's why I'd love for you to buy me (or yourself, or a loved one) a photo ...
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Tales of <i>The Hitcher</i> -- The Long Version
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's odd the way the mind works, making random connections. The other day, I was flipping past the Hallmark Channel. That made me think of a Hallmark Hall of Fame production from 15 years ago that I only caught the end of and had been very impressed by. It was called The Love Letter and starred Campbell Scott and Jennifer Jason Leigh. (Based on a short story that, from what little of the plot I saw, made it seem along the lines of the later feature film, The Lake House, with a mystical love affair over many years through the exchange of letters.) I went on Netflix to rent it - but it was only available to save, not watch. Either it's not available on DVD yet, or Netflix hasn't gotten around to ordering it yet. Whoever's responsible, I hope they fix this. But I digress. But then, this whole long tale is pretty much going to be a long digression. So, I guess it fits. Anyway, all of this, from flipping past the Hallmark Channel to The Love Letter to Jennifer Jason Leigh got me to ...
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Amanda Seyfried Wears Orange Bikini Bottoms Running Around Movie Set
US Magazine - over 3 years
While she's still young, Amanda Seyfried is flaunting her sexy figure -- and doffing her pants! The 27-year-old actress was spotted running around the Brooklyn set of her upcoming movie, While We're Young, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, wearing orange bikini bottoms and a white shirt. PHOTOS: Stars without pants Seyfried showed off her thin legs in the revealing outfit while appearing to film a block party scene. The blonde beauty styled a white sleeveless sweater top with a stain on the front over her knit bikini, and wore brown clog heels. Looking carefree, she skipped around set and sipped a beverage alongside costar Naomi Watts. PHOTOS: Amanda's red carpet style While We're Young, directed by Noah Baumbach, is about an uptight documentary filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Watts) who befriend a free-spirited younger couple (Seyfried and Adam Driver.) Though Seyfried is busy with filming, she's carving out free time for her new boyfriend Justin Long, which Us Weekly exc ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Noah Baumbach
  • 2015
    Age 45
    His next film is a documentary about filmmaker Brian De Palma that he co-directed with Jake Paltrow. It premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.
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    He also directed and co-wrote the 2015 comedy Mistress America, starring Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke.
    More Details Hide Details The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was released to general audiences on August 14.
    A24 Films released the film on March 27, 2015, and the film went on grossing more than all of Baumbach's previous films in the United States box office.
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  • 2012
    Age 42
    The Toronto International Film Festival's 2012 line-up included Baumbach's film Frances Ha, co-written by Greta Gerwig.
    More Details Hide Details Baumbach has "shown an affinity for writing about the East Coast elite." Baumbach has also written an adaptation of Curtis Sittenfeld's novel Prep. He also co-wrote a screenplay for DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. He worked on HBO's adaptation of the Jonathan Franzen novel The Corrections, but the pilot was never completed and HBO passed on the project. Baumbach wrote and directed the 2014 comedy-drama While We're Young, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Amanda Seyfried.
  • 2010
    Age 40
    His film Greenberg was released March 2010, and was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.
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  • 2007
    Age 37
    Baumbach wrote and directed the 2007 comedy-drama Margot at the Wedding, starring his wife Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nicole Kidman, Jack Black and John Turturro.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, Kidman plays a woman named Margot who spends several days visiting her sister Pauline (Leigh) on the eve of Pauline's wedding to Black's character. It was shot in April/May 2006 in Hampton Bays and City Island, Bronx. The film was released in the United States by Paramount Vantage on November 16, 2007. Baumbach helped to write and direct the short films "Clearing the Air" and "New York Underground" which aired on Saturday Night Live. The films were co-written and co-produced by cast-members Fred Armisen and Bill Hader. "New York Underground" featured Hader as a British rock journalist doing a piece on quirky underground musician Joshua Rainhorne (Armisen has performed as Joshua at numerous live events). "Clearing the Air" featured Hader, Armisen, and Paul Rudd (who was the guest host for that week) trying to clear the air over a girl they all slept with. Both pieces aired on SNL in the fall of 2008.
  • 2005
    Age 35
    The couple married on September 2, 2005. They have one son. Leigh filed for divorce from Baumbach on November 15, 2010, in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in September 2013. Baumbach's romantic and creative collaboration with actress/writer Greta Gerwig, which began late in 2011, is described in an April 2013 profile in The New Yorker.
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    The Squid and the Whale was a sleeper hit and a critical success, earning Baumbach two awards at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
    More Details Hide Details It also received six Independent Spirit Award nominations, three Golden Globe nominations and the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review all voted it the year’s best screenplay.
    His 2005 film The Squid and the Whale was a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about his childhood in Brooklyn and the effect of his parents' divorce on the family in the mid-1980s.
    More Details Hide Details The film stars Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney in the parent roles. In an interview with author Jonathan Lethem in BOMB Magazine, Baumbach said of the film, "Sometimes when I think about the whole experience of this, it starts to become a joke within a joke within a joke. The film is not only inspired by my childhood and my parents’ divorce, but it was also the first script I didn’t show to my parents while I was working on it. It’s not that I wanted to protect them from anything. I just wanted to keep it my own experience."
  • 1997
    Age 27
    In 1997 he wrote and directed Mr. Jealousy, a film about a young writer so jealous about his girlfriend that he sneaks into the group therapy sessions of her ex-boyfriend to discover what kind of relationship they had.
    More Details Hide Details He then co-wrote (under the name Jesse Carter) and directed (under the name Ernie Fusco) the New York-set comedy of manners Highball. He co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) with Wes Anderson.
  • 1995
    Age 25
    The film starred Josh Hamilton, Chris Eigeman, and Carlos Jacott and premiered in 1995 at the New York Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Baumbach was chosen as one of Newsweeks "Ten New Faces of 1996".
    Baumbach made his writing and directing debut at the age of 26 with Kicking and Screaming in 1995, a comedy about four young men who graduate from college and refuse to move on with their lives.
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  • 1987
    Age 17
    Baumbach, the third of four siblings, was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of novelist/film critic Jonathan Baumbach and Village Voice critic Georgia Brown. He graduated from Brooklyn's Midwood High School in 1987 and received his BA in English from Vassar College in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after, he briefly worked as a messenger at The New Yorker magazine. His father is Jewish and his mother is Protestant.
  • 1969
    Born on September 3, 1969.
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