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Golden Globes: 'Frances Ha' star Greta Gerwig is 'just very happy right now. I can't make sense!'

Everyone is excited about their respective Golden Globes nominations, but Frances Ha star Greta Gerwig can be forgiven for being even more excited than most. “I’m sorry if this is incoherent, I’m just really happy!” she gushed to EW on the phone this afternoon while celebrating her first nomination.

Her Lead Actress in a Comedy nod was something of a surprise, given the small scale of the film and the May theatrical release date, but voters were clearly impressed by her portrayal of  the titular Frances, a twenty-something dancer who’s struggling with friend drama and career aspirations that are seeming less and less likely. If you’re a woman with a tell-everything-in-the-world-to best friend, you can easily relate to Frances’ co-dependent friendship struggles once guys enter the picture.

In addition to starring, Gerwig also co-wrote the script with her boyfriend, director Noah Baumbach. “It sounds goofy artistic, but we really did let the character tell us what the story was supposed to be,” Gerwig explained. “I really wanted to make something that was an anthem for female friendship and the last part of youth. That moment right before you start living your life in way that’s going to be OK for the next 10 years. And I love all the characters and I think we wanted to treat everyone in the film with honesty but also dignity. I think that’s what always inspires me to make things, to give people their due. Because I love people and being to create them onscreen in a story is the most fun I have doing anything.”
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Watch trailer for Noah Baumbach's 'Frances Ha' -- VIDEO

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig — who first worked together on Greenberg — are back together again with Frances Ha, a black-and-white comedy about two best friends living in New York, trying—or not—to get their charming! awkward! endearing! klutzy! lives together. Directed by Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding) and co-written by Baumbach and Gerwig, who also stars, the movie was a hit on the festival circuit this past fall. A programming note from the Toronto Film Festival says the film, which explores friendship, ambition and failure, “perfectly captures the rhythms of an over-educated, underemployed generation more intimate with their friends than their lovers.”

Speaking of “over-educated and underemployed,” check out Girls’ Adam (Adam Driver) making an appearance in the trailer at 1:19. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Noah Baumbach's 'Frances Ha': Greta Gerwig is feeling old -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER AND VIDEO

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In Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg, Ben Stiller played a depressed and embittered never-was rocker whose life had stalled. It’s a theme that the New York auteur revisits in Frances Ha, his upcoming black-and-white film that stars Stiller’s Greenberg co-star Greta Gerwig. Baumbach and Gerwig co-wrote the script, which tells the story of a 27-year-old aspiring dancer in Brooklyn whose life has failed to take off since graduating from Vassar. She’s still stuck in Girls mode, clinging to a girlfriend (Mickey Sumner) and career aspirations that drift further away with every false step. (Even Adam Driver has a supporting role!)

The minimalist looking film, shot by Wendy & Lucy cinematographer Sam Levy, debuted at last September’s Telluride Film Festival and is currently screening at the Berlin International Film Festival. Judging from an exclusive clip, Frances Ha has all the brutal truth and uncomfortable exchanges that fans of Margot at the Wedding and The Squid and the Whale have come to expect from Baumbach. READ FULL STORY

Harris Savides, cinematographer for 'Milk' and 'Zodiac,' dies at 55

Harris Savides, the cinematographer behind some of the most visually striking films and music videos of the last 20 years, passed away today. He was 55.

A native New Yorker, Savides started out his career as a fashion photographer. Moving into music videos, he collaborated with director Mark Romanek on his iconic videos for Madonna’s “Rain” (for which Savides won a Video Music Award), Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream,” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” — giving each video its own sleek, burnished cinematic bearing.

Harris also worked on music videos and commercials with David Fincher and Gus Van Sant, a partnership that would continue into feature films, including Fincher’s The Game and Zodiac, and six movies with Van Sant: Finding ForresterGerryElephantLast DaysMilk, and Restless. READ FULL STORY

Telluride Film Festival announces line-up: 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' 'Amour,' 'Love, Marilyn'

The 39th Telluride Film Festival announced the lineup of its main program today, featuring a mix of premieres and previous festival favorites. The 25 films include Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt (directed by Roger Michell); At Any Price, starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron as father and son farmers (directed by Ramin Bahrani); Frances Ha, starring Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote the screenplay with director Noah Baumbach; Love, Marilyn, a documentary featuring a roster of actresses reading notes, letters, and poems penned by Marilyn Monroe (directed by Liz Garbus); and the Cannes Palme d’Or winner Amour (directed by Michael Haneke).  READ FULL STORY

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