Josh Radnor, star of CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother,” has had his first film as a director reach a deal.
Myriad pictures has acquired the international rights to his directorial film debut “happythankyoumoreplease,” which premiered Friday, Jan. 22 at the Sundance Film Festival, for its EFM slate, reports Screen Daily.
The ensemble crowd pleaser set in New York stars Radnor as Sam, an aspiring novelist-playboy who tries to help a boy lost on the subway, but then the two end up hanging out together as Sam goes about his day. The film also stars Malin Ackerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan and Tony Hale.
Other acquisitions news:
– “Entourage” star Adrien Grenier’s documentary, “Teenage Paparazzo” has been acquired by T&C Pictures International. The film follows Grenier as he attempts to mentor a 13-year-old paparazzo and examines society’s celebrity culture. [Screen Daily]
– “The Kids Are All Right” by director Lisa Chodolenko is being courted by several studios, among them Focus Features and Summit Entertainment. In the film, the teenage kids (Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson) of a lesbian couple Nic and Jules (Julianne Moore and Annette Bening) seek out their sperm donor bio-dad. [LA Times]
– “Howl,” starring James Franco as the beat poet Allen Ginsberg, is a “tough, challenging, artistically experimental film” that examines Ginsberg’s obscenity trial after he published the titular poem. [Miami Herald]
– “Skateland” is set in the early 1980s and stars Shiloh Hernandez as a budding writer who’s also the manager of a local skating rink that’s closing down. “Twilight’s” Ashley Green plays his girlfriend, and the film is a fun and earnest look back at the ’80s. [LA Times]
– The sci-fi horror film “Splice” stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley has two scientists who splice human and animal DNA to create a new organism named “Dren,” who naturally, isn’t the perfect, innocuous creation they’d intended. The humor is “jet-black” and “any time you mix sexuality into a horror film, people get weird about it.” [HitFix]
– The “sweetly lethal” comedy “Cyrus” stars John C. Reilly as a man who meets Molly (Marisa Tomei), the woman of his dreams, but doesn’t take into account her son Cyrus (Jonah Hill), who will do anything to keep them from moving in together. [NPR’s Monkey See blog]
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