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Tribeca Film acquires 'Listen Up Philip' with Jason Schwartzman, Elizabeth Moss

The movie is a dark comedy about a deteriorating romantic relationship.

By Annie Martin
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Tribeca Film acquires 'Listen Up Philip' with Jason Schwartzman, Elizabeth Moss
Cast member Jason Schwartzman attends the premiere of the biographical motion picture drama "Saving Mr. Banks" at TCL Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on November 7, 2013. Storyline: When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

NEW YORK, June 23 (UPI) -- Tribeca Film has acquired the North American rights to Listen Up Philip.

The film is a dark comedy that stars Jason Schwartzman (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men). Schwartzman portrays the title character Philip, a writer whose relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Moss) begins to deteriorate. Jonathan Pryce (Brazil) and Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) also appear as Philip's idol Ike and his daughter, Melanie.

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Alex Ross Perry wrote and directed the movie, which premiered at Sundance in January. Moss previously spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the film, and expressed her admiration for Schwartzman's acting ability.

"Jason has this knack for playing characters who are maybe not necessarily that likable," she says. "He doesn't try to make them likable, but there's something about the way he is that makes you just want to watch him. You're interested in what his character's doing even if he's being an [expletive]hole."

Listen Up Philip debuts in select theaters October 17. Schwartzman and Ritter will also appear in the new Tim Burton movie, Big Eyes, on December 25.

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