Guest Speakers: Director Miguel Arteta, Producers Carol Baum and Matthew Greenfield and Casting Director Joanna Colbert Wednesday, November 15, at 7 PM at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre.
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a screening of the indie hit ‘The Good Girl‘ starring ‘Friends’ megastar Jennifer Aniston and Oscar nominees Jake Gyllenhaal and John C. Reilly. It was written by Mike White, the Emmy-winning creator of the smash hit series ‘The White Lotus,’ and directed by Miguel Arteta, who collaborated with White on ‘Chuck & Buck’ and ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ in addition to this movie.
‘Friends,’ the most successful sitcom in television history, was still going strong when Aniston demonstrated her versatility by starring as a dissatisfied store clerk in a small Texas town. She is unhappily married to Reilly when she begins a dangerous affair with a younger, mentally unstable coworker played by Gyllenhaal. The strong supporting cast includes a bevy of gifted performers, including Tim Blake Nelson, Zooey Deschanel, John Carroll Lynch, Deborah Rush, and White himself.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002 and later won an Independent Spirit award for best screenplay of the year. Critics appreciated Aniston’s determination to branch out and tackle a more complex role. As Ella Taylor wrote in L.A. Weekly, “it is especially gratifying to see her playing a woman who’s had it up to here with making nice and making do.” Roger Ebert praised the movie as “an independent film of satiric fire and emotional turmoil.” Writing in the Chicago Tribune, Michael Wilmington called the film “a dark comedy about false dreams and lost illusions—and, thanks to a fine cast and a smart script, it’s an effective one.” The Village Voice’s J. Hoberman acclaimed “a droll, well-acted character-driven comedy with unexpected deposits of feeling.”
Miguel Arteta’s other films include ‘Star Maps,’ ‘Youth in Revolt,’ ‘Duck Butter,’ and ‘Cedar Rapids.’ He has also directed for some of the most acclaimed TV series of recent years, including ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ ‘Six Feet Under,’ ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Succession,’ and Aniston’s current hit, ‘The Morning Show.’
Matthew Greenfield produced Arteta’s films ‘Star Maps,’ ‘Chuck & Buck,’ and ‘The Good Girl.’ He is currently president of Searchlight Pictures, the company that has produced Oscar-winning hits ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ and ‘Nomadland.’
Joanna Colbert has cast over 50 films and was head of casting at Universal Pictures. She produced the HBO documentary ‘Casting By,’ which called attention to the frequently underestimated but crucial role that casting directors play in creating successful movies.
Carol Baum has produced 34 movies, including ‘Father of the Bride’ with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, ‘I.Q.’ with Walter Matthau and Meg Ryan, ‘Dead Ringers’ with Jeremy Irons and Genevieve Bujold, ‘Jacknife’ with Robert De Niro and Ed Harris, ‘Straight Talk’ with Dolly Parton, Noah Baumbach’s directorial debut, ‘Kicking and Screaming,’ and the Oscar-winning documentary ‘Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.’ She will be discussing, selling and signing her new book, ‘Creative Producing: A Pitch-to-Picture Guide to Movie Development,’ written with her husband, screenwriter Tom Baum. The book offers practical tips into all the stages of movie production, along with candid anecdotes about her many movies and the stars and filmmakers she encountered. Mike White called Baum “one of the most astute, wise, kind, funny, and indefatigable producers in our business.”