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'Another Happy Day': Ellen Barkin on working with father, son

October 28, 2011 |  7:00 am

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Ellen Barkin's breakout role was back in 1982 when she costarred in Barry Levinson's theatrical directorial debut "Diner." The film role was an impactful role for the actress, one she was always trying to replicate in Hollywood. And it wasn't until 30 years later that she found a role with equal magnitude, ironically written by Levinson's son Sam, who penned the script "Another Happy Day" in three weeks time.

In this clip from the Envelope Screening Series Q&A, Barkin tells about her shock working on a "B-genre" comedy that she was inspired to do -- after having daily discussions with the young writer, she finally realized he was Barry Levinson's son.

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Photo: Ellen Barkin in "Another Happy Day." Credit: Phase 4 Films


'Another Happy Day': Sam Levinson, a natural-born director [video]

October 27, 2011 |  2:16 pm

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Despite "Another Happy Day" being Sam Levinson's first feature film, the 26-year-old writer and director was never intimidated by his seasoned cast, which included Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore and Academy Award winners Ellen Burstyn and George Kennedy, nor the magnitude of his endeavor. Rather, Levinson approached the filmmaking process with a lot of discussion and preparation so that when the cameras rolled, he could sit back and watch the actors perform.

But that doesn't mean he didn't stay involved and appreciate his team's efforts. Barkin, who also produced the movie, said that Levinson would take an extra 45 minutes at the end of each day of filming shaking the hands of his entire crew — something she had not ever seen a director do in her career.

In this clip from the Envelope Screening Series Q&A, Levinson discusses his process.

 

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Photo: Ellen Barkin, Sam Levinson and Kate Bosworth at the Deauville Film Festival. Photo credit: Francois Durand/Getty Images.


'Another Happy Day': Ellen Barkin and the mistakes of motherhood

October 25, 2011 |  6:52 pm

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"Do you think Mom is hot?" is not a conventional first line in a film, but perhaps that's why Ellen Barkin was willing to stick with Sam Levinson's script "Another Happy Day" for more than three years helping the now 26-year-old writer-director get his first film into production.

Barkin stars in the film as the overly sensitive, wildly misunderstood Lynn, who has to return home to her parents' house to attend her son's wedding and tend to her ailing father while taking care of her other children: the self-medicating son (Ezra Miller), the self-mutilating daughter (Kate Bosworth) and the pre-teen son with Aspergers.

In this clip from Monday night's Envelope Screening Series Q&A after the film, Barkin and Levinson discuss the origins of the script — which he wrote in just three weeks — and her decision to take on a rather unlikable leading lady.

Check back Wednesday for more highlights from the Q&A.

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— Nicole Sperling

Photo: Ellen Barkin in "Another Happy Day." Credit: Phase 4 Films.


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