Josh Pais plays a buttoned-up dentist with social anxiety running a flagging dental practice with the assistance of his daughter (Ellen Page) in Lynn Shelton’s new indie dramedy, Touchy Feely. When rumors spread that he’s suddenly developed a “healing touch,” his practice as well as his life outside the office is miraculously reinvigorated and he discovers a whole new side of himself he never knew existed. Meanwhile, his sister (Rosemarie DeWitt), a popular massage therapist, undergoes a similar soul searching identity crisis. Now available on iTunes/On Demand, and in theaters September 6th, the film boasts a strong ensemble cast that also includes Allison Janney, Scoot McNairy, Ron Livingston and Tomo Nakayama.
At our recent interview, Pais talked about how Shelton approached him to do the movie, his research for the role, how he used his physicality to reveal his character’s transformation and allowed the voice of his character to inspire his improvisation, why he thrives on the unknown, how he had a blast acting opposite Janney, and what he enjoyed most about the experience of working with Shelton. He also discussed playing Stu Feldman in the Showtime series Ray Donovan, his upcoming comedy Are We Officially Dating? with Zac Efron, and his plans to direct Plum Island, a zombie comedy-adventure-thriller. Check out the interview after the jump.
The first trailer for writer-director Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely is now available. The family drama centers on a massage therapist who develops an aversion to physical contact, which complicates not only her profession but her romantic relationship. It’s not my thing, but as far as quirky self-discovery indies go, you could probably do worse. Touchy Feely stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy, Ron Livingston and Tomo Nakayama. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
The Sundance Film Festival recently announced the first round of programming, and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition:
- Mother of George - Directed by Andrew Dosunmu, starring Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa, Yaya Alafia, and Bukky Ajayi.
- The Lifeguard - Written and directed by Liz W. Garcia, starring Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Amy Madigan, and David Lambert.
- The Spectacular Now - Directed by James Ponsoldt, starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Kyle Chandler.
- Touchy Feely - Written and directed by Lynn Shelton, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page, and Josh Pais.
Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27.
Yesterday, Sundance announced the line-up for their Premiere’s category. This is where the biggest films will play but not necessarily the best. The best movies I saw at Sundance this year were Project Nim and Martha Marcy May Marlene and both have stayed with me the past 11 months. But there’s no reason great films can’t be part of the premieres category (Win Win was terrific), and hopefully 2012 will have more selections that leave a strong impression.
After the jump you’ll find images for Jake Schreier‘s Robot and Frank (starring Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon), Michael Walker‘s Price Check (starring Parker Posey), and Rodrigo Cortés‘ Red Lights (starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, and Toby Jones). The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.
Opening on October 30th is director Jared Hess’ (“Napoleon Dynamite”) new movie “Gentlemen Broncos”. While the reviews out of Fantastic Fest were not pretty, this is one of those movies I still want to see due to the cast. After all, who isn’t a fan of Sam Rockwell and Jemaine Clement. Anyway, Fox Searchlight has released two clips from the movie and you can watch them after the jump. I’ve also posted the synopsis if you’re not familiar with the film.