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  • Toronto Film Festival: Aubrey Plaza & Hal Hartley aim for 'Ned Rifle'

    Toronto Film Festival: Aubrey Plaza & Hal Hartley aim for 'Ned Rifle'
    Many of the filmmakers who emerged from the wave of American independent filmmaking of the late 1980s and early '90s, such as Richard Linklater, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch and Steven Soderbergh, have remained active.  Filmmaker Hal Hartley was once spoken of as part of that group with a run of films at that time that included “The Unbelievable Truth,” “Trust,” “Simple Men” and “Flirt,” which mixed irony and romance, comedy and drama. In a recent interview, Hartley joked that his influence is largest among “people who were young and impressionable in the early '90s.”
  • Toronto Film Review: 'Ned Rifle'

    Still Hal Hartley's best and most popular film, 1997's "Henry Fool" seemed the beginning of a new phase; unfortunately, the phase turned out to be a dismaying long slide from that artistic and commercial peak, one not particularly slowed by the silly...

    Toronto: Fortissimo Shoots Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle,' 'Theeb'

    Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films has picked up international sales rights to Hal Hartley's comedy drama "Ned Rifle" and to Middle Eastern action film "Theeb." "Ned Rifle," is the final instalment in Hartley's dysfunctional family trilogy...

    Aubrey Plaza Joins Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Aubrey Plaza will play the lead female role in Hal Hartley's long-planned dark comedy "Ned Rifle." Production is scheduled to begin in April in New York City. Plaza will play Susan, the long lost flame of Henry Fool in the third and final chapter of...

    Roxanna Hope Stars In Hartford Stage' "Hedda Gabler"

    Roxanna Hope Stars In Hartford Stage' "Hedda Gabler"
    Roxanna Hope, who played Caroline Cushing in Frost/Nixon on Broadway will play the title role in Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler"," the season opener at Hartford Stage. The show, directed by Jennifer Tarver (the Canadian director who staged "Krapp's Last...