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Overture Films acquires 'Paper Heart' starring and written by Charlyne Yi

Mar 7, 2015

Overture Has 'Paper Heart'

Overture Films has announced that it will be distributing and marketing Paper Heart, winner of the Waldo Salt Award for best screenplay at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film, directed by Nicholas Jasenovec and co-written/starring Charlyne Yi alongside Michael Cera, combines elements of documentary and traditional storytelling. The film follows Yi as Overture describes, 'she embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand: Love.' Cera becomes the object of her affection.

'This is so exciting! I'm one step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming this generation's Shirley Temple,' said Yi in a statement. Paper Heart will be debuting in theatres in Los Angeles and New York on August 7, 2009 and expanding on August 14. Overture will handle worldwide distribution of the film including the North American theatrical release. Its affiliated company, Anchor Bay Entertainment, will distribute the film in the home entertainment market in North America, Australia and the United Kingdom.

'By blending a narrative storyline with documentary support, Charlyne and Nick have created something really unique,' said Overture CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett, in a statement. 'We cannot help but be excited to be involved with a film that effectively redefines the classic love story.'

In a review for the Sundance Film Festival, indieWIRE critic Steve Ramos wrote of the film: 'If the great comedian Bob Newhart had an Asian American love child it would be Charlyne Yi. She's the drollest comic working today and her deadpan style makes the comic documentary Paper Heart, premiering in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival, a fresh, irreverent road comedy.'

Charlyne performs a monthly show at UCBTLA. Check her performer page for upcoming dates.
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Amy Poehler, Sarah Burns named two of 'The 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood' by Entertainment Weekly

Mar 7, 2015

The 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood 

Here are the ladies -- newcomers and veterans alike, from Tina Fey to Sarah Silverman -- whom we can count on to make us laugh

AGE: 37
CATCH HER ON: Parks and Recreation
SCHTICK: Chameleonlike transformations (from Hillary Clinton to Dakota Fanning on Saturday Night Live); indomitable perkiness.

AGE: It's a trade secret
CATCH HER IN: I Love You, Man, as Rashida Jones' confidant, who crushes hard on Jason Segel.
SCHTICK: With a hyper-expressive face reminiscent of Molly Shannon, Burns steals scenes from Jones and Jaime Pressly by gagging at the thought of Pressly and her husband (Jon Favreau) making a baby.
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Charlyne Yi & Abby Elliott named on Venus Zine's "25 Under 25"

Mar 6, 2015

Abby Elliott
25 Under 25 
From scaling Mt. Everest to topping the charts, the women on Venus Zine's first ever "25 Under 25" list have each packed a lifetime's worth of achievements into a handful of years.

Charlyne Yi: Funnier than you

Comedian and actress Charlyne Yi's fate was revealed to her through a sign -- literally.  Before becoming a performer and actress in films and television shows such as Knocked Up and Miss Guided, Yi had comedic aspirations.  But it wasn't until seeing a sign outside a comedy club that read, "You can do comedy, too!" that she decided to pursue them.

Though not a household name just yet, Yi made her starring debut this year in the feature film Paper Heart, a half-documentary, half-narrative film starring herself and real-life love interest Michael Cera.  The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Venus Zine talked to Yi about her new film, her real age, and why women are definitely funny.

VZ: You were chosen to be in our "25 Under 25" issue, but your MySpace page says you are 32.  Care to clear up that misconception?

CY: I don't know how it started. I think someone after a show asked me how old I was as a joke, 'cause they were like, "you're so cute" or something, and they go, "How old are you?"  I don't know how old they said I was, like 18, and I was like, 'No, I'm 32.'  It was just kind of like a joke at first ... somehow it spread around.  I think my agent said that she saw on IMDB that I was 32, and I thought that was really funny so I changed it on my MySpace.

VZ: Around two years ago, Christopher Hitchens wrote an essay for Vanity Fair entitled, "Why Women Aren't Funny."  Why do you think they are?

I think that there so many men out there doing comedy there so few women that the ratio of funny women is very slim compared to the men.  I think women are funny and guys are funny too, and I don't think either of them is better than the other.

VZ: What can you tell us about Paper Heart?  You and Michael Cera are both well-known for your comedic styles -- will this film follow suit?

: It's about the meaning of love and I interview all sorts of people like bikers and an Elvis impersonator and a couple that's been together for over 50 years.  I think the purpose, to me, was that everyone is searching for love and hopefully people can connect with us. I don't think we're ever searching for laughs. I think if it is funny, it's not like we're making fun of the people we're interviewing, it's not like Borat or anything ... if the laugh comes, it comes genuinely.

VZ: You are pretty well-known for your brief role in Knocked Up. Katherine Heigl came out and said that was sexist. What is your perspective on this comment as one of the film's female cast members?

I definitely thought were funny in it.  I'll tell you that. I was like, 'Wow, Katherine Heigl is so good, I'm so glad she's playing this part.' And same thing with Leslie Mann, I thought was extremely funny.  But as far as it being sexist?  I don't know, I'm not sure. I definitely think they were the naggy in the movie, that's true, but I don't know if that qualifies as being sexist or not.

Abby Elliott: Live from New York

The latest in the Elliott linage to take the stage with the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" -- her father Chris Elliott was a cast member for the '94 and '95 seasons and her grandfather was featured on the show in '79 -- 21-year-old Abby Elliott is the youngest woman ever to grace the illustrious late-night cast of Saturday Night Live.  She and fellow newbie Michaela Watkins are charged with the daunting task of filling the comedic chasms formed by the departures of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

It may seem that Elliott's screen credentials are a bit too slim for such a weighty endeavor: prior to joining the SNL cast, she played a bit part on You've Reached the Elliotts and did voice-over work for King of the Hill, The Goode Family, and Minoriteam.  But it isn't her IMDB page that excites us, it's the young Elliott's improv work with the Upright Citizens Brigade and LA's Groundlings.  We're hoping that the signature quick wit of these legendary troupes, combined with Elliott's youth, will finally breathe some life back into this comedy dinosaur.

Elliott made her SNL debut on the November 15th Paul Rudd-hosted episode of the show.  Her major contributions thus far have included impersonations of teen-mom Jamie Lynn Spears and Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.  As 2009 seems to be shaping up as "The Year of Maddow," we can't help but wonder how brightly Elliott's star will shine.
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