Mindy Kaling knew Nisha Ganatra was the perfect choice to direct her new film LATE NIGHT (which had a record breaking $13M sale overnight). “We were at a fancy lunch and she pulled out her laptop and I was like ‘Oh, she’s an Indian nerd like me.’” pic.twitter.com/vL8kRmmQ5y— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) January 26, 2019
- The Mindy Kaling written Late Night made its debut at Sundance to excellent reviews and an immediate pickup by Amazon for a record breaking $13 million dollar sale for the North American rights.
- Kaling and Emma Thompson star in the Nisha Ganatra directed film. Thompson plays a long-running late night talk show host with slipping ratings. Her character thinks of herself as being from the old school, and hasn't caught up with the changes to the genre - which is where Kaling's character comes in.
- Ganatra understood Kaling's references and point-of-view, and brought her own images to the table, and they clicked right away.
- Mindy references the idea that used to permeate about women in writer's rooms as capuccino machines - "We already have one, why would we get another?" - and how that is slowly changing for the better.
Kaling at Sundance
Vanity Fair review
I really liked LATE NIGHT https://t.co/NS1gWZcgBx— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) January 26, 2019
Summary: The reviews for the film have been overall positive, saying that the film is funny, timely and heartfelt, taking on the sexism that pervades Hollywood without being preachy or dull. Critics note it doesn't break new ground, but that it doesn't really have to because it's still effective.
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Happy to see all the glowing reviews for this!