“Eight million people in New York, and it seems like everyone knows everyone.” Here’s the new trailer for the first film Peter Bogdanovich has directed in 13 years — not counting that four-hour Tom Petty documentary. The actor-helmer’s She’s Funny That Way, which he co-wrote with Louise Stratton, is a screwball comedy set behind the scenes of a Broadway show: A director (Owen Wilson) falls for a hooker-actress (Imogen Poots) and casts her in his new play — opposite his wife (Kathryn Hahn) and her former flame (Rhys Ifans). Meanwhile, the director’s therapist (Jennifer Aniston) is obsessed with her just-ended relationship with his playwright (Will Forte), who is dating the call girl. What could go wrong, right? (See the face-smack montage for your answer.) And watch for a Dangerfield-esque one-liner from cop Michael Shannon.
The flick, which reteams Marley & Me stars Wilson and Aniston, got lots of laughs when it played out of competition at Venice in August then earned buzz after a hush-hush screening for buyers at Toronto two weeks later. Lionsgate Premiere opens the film August 14 in theaters and on demand. Have a look and tell us what you think.