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Director Lynn Shelton was a stage actress and photographer before she decided to make movies. With well-regarded indies Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister under her belt, she’s moving more mainstream with Laggies. This is the first film she’s directed she hasn’t written herself, but Laggies still retains the trademark of a Shelton film: unlikely relationships with complex characters.

Banner Image: Director Lynn Shelton on the set of Laggies

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 7 MIN, 1 SEC

Kim Masters is joined by Michael Schneider, Executive Editor of TV Guide Magazine to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

- Major changes in the TV landscape in the past week.
- HBO announces a forthcoming over-the-top subscription service that will allow viewers to access some amount of HBO content online without a cable subscription.
- CBS then says they’ll do the same thing, and their service is available now, for around $6 a month.
- Warner Bros. announces 10 DC superhero movies will debut between now and 2020.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

More:
HBO Plans New Streaming Service, With Eye on Cord Cutters
CBS Offers Web Service as TV Unbundles Itself
Netflix is Short on Subscriber Growth But Beats Earnings Estimates
Warner Bros. Announces 10 DC Movies, 3 Lego Movies and 3 'Harry Potter' Spinoffs

‘Laggies’ 20 MIN, 32 SEC

Lynn Shelton’s films typically have been indies featuring just a few youngish and slightly adrift men and women who talk a lot. Their conversations feel natural and improvised, because often, they are.

When Shelton sat down to talk with us about her career, she said she had not originally set out to make movies. She earned a masters degree in photography and before that, she studied acting in college. Eventually she transitioned from off of the stage to behind a camera, where she started making short experimental documentaries.

One of those documentaries caught the attention of The Film Company, a unique non-profit studio in Seattle. They gave Shelton the funding, crew and equipment to make another movie about anything she wanted. The result was the 2006 narrative feature We Go Way Back. Later, she collaborated with Mark Duplass for Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister, both of which had heavily improvised dialogue.

With her newest film Laggies, Shelton took a more structured approach. It’s the first film she’s made that she didn’t write herself--Andrea Seigel wrote the screenplay. Still, as in her earlier movies, the focus of Laggies is a relationship.

Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley in Lynn Shelton's new movie Laggies

In this case, an oddball friendship that forms when Keira Knightley as an overeducated but underachieving 28-year-old starts hanging out with a 16 year old high school student played by Chloe Grace Moretz.

Laggies gives Shelton the chance to bring her layered characters and quirky on-screen relationships to a more mainstream audience, a change, she tells us, she’s happy to embrace.

Guests:
Lynn Shelton, director, 'Laggies' (@lynnsheltonfilm)

More:
'Laggies' Official Website
The Film Company

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