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Movies: “The Hollars” Star-Studded Premiere Hits Hollywood

John Krasinski and Margo Martindale introduce “The Hollars” at the film’s premiere in Hollywood on August 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

By Jenny Peters

From second-time film director John Krasinski to two-time Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale, the stars came out to the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood to celebrate “The Hollars.” Krasinski also stars in the comedy-drama, playing one of Martindale’s two sons in this tale of a close-knit family swept up into a series of life-changing crises.

Also on hand for the gala premiere were many of the other stars of the Sony Pictures Classics film, including Charlie Day, the always funny star of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” as well as not one, but two gorgeous actresses, Ashley Dyke and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Missing from the scene, but giving terrific performances in the movie were Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Anna Kendrick and Josh Groban.

Richard Jenkins as Don Hollar and Margo Martindale as Sally Hollar in the film “The Hollars.” Photo by Jonny Cournoyer, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Richard Jenkins as Don Hollar and Margo Martindale as Sally Hollar in the film “The Hollars.” Photo by Jonny Cournoyer, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Martindale, who is currently in the running once again for a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her outstanding work in “The Americans,” is happy to move between television and film (and even stage sometimes), finding good parts in both mediums.

“It so doesn’t matter whether I am doing a movie or a TV show,” she explained at the crowded pre-party. “Everything’s coming from the same place. Television, because often you don’t know where you are going, you are building the bridge as you go. But in movies, you know the beginning, middle and end.”

Richard Jenkins as Don Hollar, Sharlto Copley as Ron Hollar, John Krasinski as John Hollar and Anna Kendrick as Rebecca in the film “The Hollars.” Photo by Jonny Cournoyer, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Richard Jenkins as Don Hollar, Sharlto Copley as Ron Hollar, John Krasinski as John Hollar and Anna Kendrick as Rebecca in the film “The Hollars.” Photo by Jonny Cournoyer, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Martindale, whose previous Emmys are for her roles in “Justified” and “The Americans,” thinks “The Hollars” is a particularly special film.

“I took the role because I think the story is very honest and surprising. And it’s edgy and it’s very touching, too,” she said. “And it’s a great ensemble cast.”

And John Krasinski agreed with that assessment, saying “this movie is so special to me in every single way. It’s the most honest, specific, beautiful portrayal of family, written by Jim Strouse. He should be getting all the praise for this. It’s a small movie that feels so much bigger, mostly because it’s a universal idea that connects a lot of people. I think at some point you see that this family onscreen stops being the family onscreen and becomes projections of your own family. And I think that’s the magic trick of this movie.”

The premiere audience seemed to feel that way, too, for as the credits rolled, spontaneous cheering and applause broke out. See “The Hollars” in theaters beginning on August 26.

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