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“Mad Men” Creator Matt Weiner First Film Goes to Toronto Film Fest


“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner will have a busy September. A week or so before the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Weiner will be in Toronto. His debut project as a feature film writer- director will be shown in the Special Presentations section of the Toronto Film Festival.

“You Are Here” stars Zach Galifiankis as a ne’er do well son who inherits the family fortune. He returns home with best friend Owen Wilson and takes on both a formidable sister (Amy Poehler) and his dad’s knockout 25 year old widow. “You are Here” has no distributor, which means a feeding frenzy at the first screening. Matthew Weiner couldn’t be hotter right now. This is his first project during “Mad Men.”

If it works, and it should, Weiner can transition from TV to film. Wouldn’t that be something? And listen, it’s not easy. I remember when Larry David tried it during “Seinfeld” with a feature film called “Sour Grapes.” Some people are still having their memories cleansed of that one. But Weiner is smart, and “You Are Here” is much anticipated.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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