Okay, it’s August now, so I guess I can officially begin the Hannah Takes the Stairs/”New Talkies” onslaught of blog posts in earnest. What, you thought I already had? You ain’t seen nothing yet… I wasn’t gonna blog anything mumblerelated today, until Dan Brown made me realize that a mutual friend of ours is included on Premiere‘s latest list, “The 20 Hottest New Faces of Comedy.” Deep inside a list that includes a bunch of smart but predictable choices (like Seth Rogen, Justin Long, Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, and Bill Hader, etc.) comes number 17: Hannah Takes the Stairs director Joe Swanberg. Wow, who knew Joe’s “hot new face” was so popular? Kudos to Premiere, for throwing in a more obscure candidate amid a bevy of talented Apatow apostles. From their write-up:
An August celebration of Swanberg’s work at the IFC Center in New York cements the regional filmmaker’s status as one to watch, beginning with the actor/writer/director’s latest, Hannah Takes the Stairs, a loose-limbed romantic comedy about an aimless young woman that would make Richard Linklater proud.