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Nick Kroll Live...

EXCLUSIVE: NICK KROLL JOKES WITH AUDIENCE, TEASES PORTLAND CULTURE FOR ADULT BEGINNERS Q&A

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Appearing at 2 sold out shows, Nick Kroll was his usual hilarious self in answering audience member’s questions. Nick picked his first audience member and immediately asked, “are you vegan?” teasing Portland’s hipster food habits.

Nick shared that he really wants to do everything: produce, act, television, film, whatever. He said he was both too insecure but also filled with too much hubris to wait around for something to come along.

So with ADULT BEGINNERS it was a project he believed in and called in as many favors as he could. Joel McHale, Mike Birbiglia, Bobby Moynihan and others all had worked with Nick before and wanted to help.

But the biggest aid to the project was Nick’s co-star from THE LEAGUE, Mark Duplass. “I was shopping the script around to several producers and I realized the best producer in world for indie comedies was in the trailer next door.” With the Duplass brother’s help they were able to get the film going and with the casting of Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, they were able to get fully funded and start shooting.

Nick enjoyed working with Byrne and Cannavale, saying that almost every scene has some improvisation from every actor, but said Cannavale took their dramatic scenes very seriously, always wanting to work with the written material, which Nick really appreciated.

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Nick also discussed the future of his Kroll show characters, “they’ll show up in some form or another, maybe live, maybe somewhere else on TV.” Several audience members shouted out the characters they wanted to see the most, which Nick really enjoyed hearing.

When asked if there were any projects he wanted to do with girlfriend, Amy Poehler, he immediately joked “A reality show!” but elaborated that he doesn’t see any major projects with her, but does enjoy exchanging ideas and feedback with her.

The last question of the evening posed to Nick was how satisfied he was with his work in ADULT BEGINNERS compared to everything else he’s done. He replied that he rarely thinks any work he’s done is perfect. “I know everything I do could be better, I’m pleased with what I learned– this’ll help in doing more stuff, so I guess I’ll give myself a ‘B.’ But for a first film, yeah, I’m incredibly happy with what we got.”

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ADULT BEGINNERS opened at Living Room Theaters in downtown Portland on Friday, May 1st.

Age of Adaline & Clouds of Sils Maria...

Opening this week on 4/24: The timeless AGE OF ADALINE and the newest drama from Olivier Assayas CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA.

Blake Lively was made a star on TV’s GOSSIP GIRL, but now is in a quite literally grown up role in the AGE OF ADALINE, who decades ago suffered a mysterious accident that rendered her forever stuck at 29. She leaves town every decade to conceal her secret, and the only permanent relationships is with her daughter, by now a senior citizen and played by a scene stealing Ellen Burstyn. Joining the cast as Adaline’s love interest is Michiel Huisman as Ellis Jones and his father, played by the legendary Harrison Ford.

Kristen Stewart was the first American ever to win the Cesar award, the French academy award for her work in CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA. Stewart plays a young assistant to veteran Actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche). Their professional and personal relationship is put to the test when she’s cast against the meteoric up and comer Jo-Ann Ellis (Chloe Grace Moretz). The film was directed by Olivier Assays, who previously worked with Binoche on the critically acclaimed SUMMER HOURS.

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And in honor of CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA we have concocted the CHERRY SUNRISE. Tequila and White Peach infused with a special Cherry Grand Marnier, much like this international production infused with some special French assets.

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Don’t forget we’re also playing the Oscar Nominated WILD TALES, the FARGO inspired KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER and the canine epic WHITE GOD.

Help support a local filmmaker!...

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We’re very excited to share that local filmmaker (and Living Room Theater employee!) Ryan Graves is in the midst of completing his first feature film, “Emily”.  The film, which was directed by Graves, is about a young married couple struggling to stay together after the husband suffers a crisis of faith.

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“Emily” was produced by Stately and Spry Pictures which is co-owned by Graves and Producer Kelly McCrillis. This is their first feature film, you can learn more about them at their website http://www.statelyandspry.com/

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The film was shot here in Portland this past November and is now in Post-Production, but they need your help to finish it! The Stately and Spry team is raising funds via the crowdsourcing website Indiegogo.  They need to raise $10,000 in order to pay for post-production tasks such as editing, composing, color correction and festival submissions.

There are numerous incentives for donating, including digital copies of the final film, locally roasted coffee and movie passes to Living Room Theaters!

In addition to helping out a local filmmaker, five percent of your donation will be given to UNICEF.

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You can learn more about the film and donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/emily-a-feature-film-created-in-portland

Thank you!

Diplomacy...

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LRT Pick Review by Ryan Graves

Recommended Book Tense, riveting, and thoughtful, the newest film from Volker Schlöndorff is a compelling war drama about one diplomat’s urgent fight to save Paris from imminent destruction. Given it’s sterling quality and it’s reliable genre attraction (who doesn’t love a good WAR movie) I have no doubt that the film would be popular with our clientele.

The film begins in 1944 in Paris. Allied forces have surrounded the city and the German officers are holed up in a decadent hotel. Their order from the Fuhrer arrives: Raze Paris to the ground before the Allies can fight their way in. As soldiers line the streets with explosives, one diplomat sneaks into the bedroom of the commanding officer and begs for the mercy of Paris.

Based on a play of the same name, Schlondorff focus the drama on the contention between the two men. To follow orders or not? The film deals in grand questions of ethics but never falls into abstract philosophy. The film progresses almost completely in real time, and the urgency is apparent. To me it felt like Dial M For Murder, except Grace Kelly is played by Paris. And like a good Hitchcock film, it is both thoughtful and accessible. I give it my highest recommendation.3

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  1896947_1460853420831658_9142631893534485472_nLRT Pick Review by Ryan Graves.

At first a liberally polemic doc that paints a bleak portrait of worldwide dependence on natural oil, the film makes a clear and deliberate argument for the use and propitiation of alternative fuel sources: ethanol, methanol, hybrid fuel like e85 and Tesla’s pure electric solution.

The film traces the history of American oil dependence since the horseless carriage, to the newest oil demand from China, whose obsession with automobiles has created car ownership as serious  Louis Vuitton Handbags marriage eligibility! The film argues that the rapid automobile expansion in China and the dwindling supply of natural oil means that we as Americans must adapt or die. Citing Brazil as a success story through their use of ethanol as an energy source, the film makes the argument that Americans need choice at the gas pump, it’s the American way.

Well produced with voice over narration from Jason Bateman, Pump directly addresses  Cheap Louis Vuitton Bags issues that have been in the headlines for years now. It is highly recommended.

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Walking the Camino...

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Lydia Smith, director and producer of Walking the Camino will do a Q&A with audiences after the prime screening on Friday August 29th.

Walking the Camino is an up-close look at one of humanity’s most time-honored traditions. By following pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind, we witness the Camino’s magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and- Louis Vuitton Bags soul into their physical trek to Santiago and, most importantly, their personal journey to themselves.

Walking the Camino presents universal themes through personal stories for those seeking to redefine the way they live their lives, to deepen their relationship with themselves, and to rediscover their connection with the world in which they live. Many refer to the Camino as a ‘metaphor for life,’ in that each person must determine and find their own way – what is right for one may not be for another. There is no single right way to do the Camino, nor to live life.

The film speaks to young viewers in the process of self-formation, offers a way for retirees and mid-lifers to reflect on their past and possibilities for their future, and encourages our disabled population to think beyond their limits. Rather than merely entertaining with mental diversion, the film engages its audience in an active rumination on their own lives.

The Camino provides a structure with no agenda where one can develop themselves from the inside-out. Walking for miles with only nature and their thoughts for company, pilgrims are forced to step out of their comfort zones, look inward and examine their fears, insecurities and prejudices towards others. Out of such self-awareness inevitably emerges open-mindedness and generosity, as pilgrims help each other reach the finish line. Generosity emerges in touching  indielab moments of kindness: when one pilgrim suffers from a heavy load and cannot go on, another carries their backpack without a second thought; when one runs out of cash, another will loan even a complete stranger whatever they need. The Camino is a great equalizer, where our differences become irrelevant and our similarities more apparent.

The documentary, just like the Camino itself, creates a sense of global community and spark a dialogue about life’s biggest questions. Amidst a time of considerable social malaise, Walking the Camino will illuminate what enables us to transcend the perceived boundaries of race, language, social status, age, faith and nationality, and remind us of what is best about being human. Don’t miss it!

New movies starting July 18th...

Opening this week at Living Room Theaters on Friday, July 18th are the films “Venus in Fur” directed by Roman Polanski, and the French-Canadian drama “Gabrielle”.

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“Venus in Fur” is Director Roman Polanski’s 20th feature film, and was adapted from the play by David Ives. The film stars Mathieu Amalric as Thomas, a frustrated theater director disheartened in his search for the perfect actress to star in his revival of “Venus in Furs”. At the end of a fruitless open audition, Thomas is about to go home to his fiancée but is interrupted by a rain drenched actress begging to audition. Her name is Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski’s Wife), ominously sharing the name of the play’s main character. Thomas lets her read for the part, but what follows is a confusion of life imitating art, in which the director and actress plunge into the dark themes found within “Venus in Furs”; Sex , Power, Submission and Domination. Betsy Sharkly in the Los Angeles Times calls the film “a caustic, comic, cerebral romp for a long time before it hits you with its best shot — some Polanski-worthy darkness.”

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“Gabrielle” is a moving drama from French-Canadian writer-director Louise Archambault. The story is about the musically gifted and mentally handicapped Gabrielle. When she falls in love with a similarly diagnosed young man in her choir, her caretakers and sister are fraught with concern. And when Gabrielle’s sister is called away to India, Gabrielle soon finds her life falling apart. Liam Lacey in the Globe and Mail says of the film that “Instead of a message movie, Gabrielle is a romance and an unusual kind of musical that seamlessly integrates special needs actors with the other cast members.”

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And in order to keep everyone cool this week we are offering the Blood Orange Tequila Gimlet, a refreshing combination of Jose Cuervo, Blood Orange puree and muddled lime, shaken and served up in a sugar rimmed glass.  So come down to any of our air conditioned theaters and enjoy drinks, food, and a show!

-Ryan Graves

New movies starting July 11th...

Coming this week to Living Room Theaters on Friday July 11th, “The Last Sentence” from Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell and the indie mind-bender “Coherence”

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“The Last Sentence” is from Oscar nominated filmmaker Jan Troell. The film is inspired by the true story of Torgny Segerstedt, the Swedish journalist who bravely wrote against the rise of fascism in 1930’s Germany. Starring Jesper Christensen, who American audiences will recognize as the James Bond Villain Mr. White from “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace”. Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times calls the film “A more sophisticated work than it appears about a man whose life was more complicated than the world knew.”

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“Coherence” is the bizarre new film from James Ward Byrkit. The film is about a group of friends’ dinner party that’s interrupted by an astronomical anomaly, and they are forced to struggle together to uncover they mystery it leaves behind. A.A. Dowd in the A.V. Club calls it “[A]n uncommonly clever genre movie, reliant not on special effects-of which there are basically none-but on heavy doses of paranoia.”

Also continuing this week is the Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself”, the locally produced “Redwood Highway”, the German hit film “Coffee in Berlin”, teen melodrama “The Fault in Our Stars” and the Polish period drama “Ida”.

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Whatever you’re looking for this weekend we’re sure you’ll find it at Living Room Theaters!

-Ryan Graves

New movies starting July 4th...

Coming this week on Friday, the Fourth of July, are “Lucky Them” Starring Toni Collette and the Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself”. Also playing will be two special screenings of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s rendition of Henry IV Part 2.

“Lucky Them” follows Rock journalist Ellie Klug as she tries to save her dwindling journalism career by landing an interview with long lost Rock god (and ex-boyfriend) Matthew Smith. Starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church and Oliver Platt, Moira McDonald in the Seattle Times says that the film “has that rare gift: It leaves its audiences warm and happy, as the best romantic comedies do.”

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The director of “Lucky Them”, Megan Griffiths, will be in attendance conducting Q&A’s after the 7:30 and 9:50 shows on Saturday night (7/5) as well as the 2:40 show on Sunday (7/6).

“Life Itself” is the new documentary from Steve James, the acclaimed director of “Hoop Dreams”. The film is about legendary film critic Roger Ebert. Adapted from Ebert’s autobiography of the same name, the film is full of his life history as told by his closest friends and the esteemed filmmakers whom received the earliest support from Roger.

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Roger Ebert is arguably one of the most successful film critics of all time. One of the first film critics to receive the Pulitzer prize, Ebert began his career at the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967 as their chief film critic, a post he held there until his death. Most famous for coining the “Thumbs Up” rating, Ebert became a national figure thanks to his film review show, “At The Movies” with his contentious better half, the late Gene Siskel. Towards the end of his life, Ebert contracted thyroid cancer that years later would destroy his ability to speak. Despite great health challenges, Ebert maintained his position as film critic and continually updated his website with a variety essays and film reviews. Joe Neumaier writes in the New York Daily News that the film “is a joy. It celebrates colorful characters, an indomitable spirit and a generous mind.”

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If you want to read any of Roger Ebert’s reviews, you can find them at www.rogerebert.com. Maintained now by film critic heir apparent, Mathew Zoller Seitz, the website contains all of his reviews since 1967, as well as his collection of “Great Movies” essays and a handful of other writings.

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And don’t miss our showings for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s rendition of Henry IV Part 2. We have a matinee at noon on Sunday (7/6), and on Thursday (7/10) at 7 pm.

Get out of the heat, into any of our air conditioned theaters, and enjoy a movie with us!

-Ryan Graves

New movies starting June 27th...

Opening at Living Room Theaters on Friday, June 27th are the new German comedy, “A Coffee in Berlin” and the French bio-pic, “Violette”

In the tradition of Early Woody Allen and Jim Jarmusch, “A Coffee in Berlin” is about young twentysomething Niko, who’s one goal to find a cup of coffee is thwarted by a myriad of former lovers, ex-classmates and psychoanalysts. A major award winner at the German Oscars, this film is a wry dramedy that will please Millennials and anyone else who’s just had one of those days.

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“Violette” is about Violette Leduc, French novelist and memoir writer. Suffering a harsh childhood, Violette worked as a telephone operator until she eventually met famed feminist writer Simone De Beauvoir, and an intense friendship was then founded on Simone’s encouragements to write. Violette was one of the first women writers in France to tackle issues such as female sexuality, abortion and same-sex attraction head-on. Mahnola Dargis in the New York Times writes “Violette’s hold on life can be terrifying, at times ugly, but what she finally makes of that life is beautiful.”

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Continuing this week is our special Greek Pizza. Made with feta, arugula, black olives, artichoke hearts, roasted roma tomatoes and a special creamy béchamel sauce as the base, you can add bacon for one dollar or prosciutto wrapped chicken for three.

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Also continuing this week is the locally produced film “Redwood Highway”. In honor of the film’s smashing success this weekend we are continuing the specialty cocktail as well.  “The Bourbon Branch” is made with bourbon, grapefruit juice and maple syrup.

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Remember you can reserve your seats online for any show time. So book your tickets ahead of time,  come on in, have a drink and try our new greek pizza!

-Ryan Graves

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