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The last couple of years have been an amazing time for me, both professionally and personally.   A few years ago, one of my oldest and closest friends, Tom McCarthy (Writer/Director of The Station Agent, The Visitor), asked me to write a script with him.  We worked together for over two years and the end result is a film entitled “Win Win”.  Win Win is a Fox Searchlight and Everest Entertainment Production, starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Burt Young, Jeffrey Tambor and Alex Shafer.  The movie is due out in theaters on March 18, 2011.

For those that may not know, I am a practicing Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney with offices located in New Providence, NJ (which happens to be the same location as Mike Flaherty’s office, the lead character in Win Win).  I love practicing law in the area of Elder Law and Estate Planning, which I plan to do into the foreseeable future (so no, I have no plans to go to Hollywood and leave my practice).

For those who have not seen the movie, you may want to stop here before reading about the similarities between Mike and me, I don’t want to ruin anything for you.  For those of you who would like to know some cool trivia feel free to read on.

HOW I’M LIKE MIKE

The movie is loosely based on some of my experiences as an elder law and estate planning attorney in New Providence.  Some of these facts will make more sense after you see the movie. Read the rest of this entry »

Featured on FoxSearchLight.com, February 8, 2011

CameronCook on February 8th, 2011

The cast and crew of Tom McCarthy’s WIN WIN discuss the film with their Sundance audience.

Article on The Alternative Press, February 21, 2011

View article and pictures on TheAlternativePress.com

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – New Providence native and current resident Joe Tiboni wasn’t a good wrestler back in high school.  “Wrestling in high school when not good at it is one of the most humbling experiences.  You’re basically wearing tights and you get beat up in front of your friends and family,” he told The Alternative Press.  The humility that Joe was taught as a wrestler at New Providence High School is still evident today despite his successful law practice on South Street and his new-found stardom as the co-writer of Win-Win, set to hit theaters March 18th.  Tiboni co-wrote the story with childhood friend and wrestling teammate at New Providence High School Tom McCarthy, an award-winning screenwriter for films such as The Station Agent and The Visitor.  “We turned our wrestling humiliation into something positive – – it’s our own form of personal therapy,” Tiboni said.

Tiboni began gathering information for the screenplay several years ago at the encouragement of Tom who urged him to keep a notebook to record in general terms stories of Tiboni’s elder law clients.  “I have fascinating clients with terrific stories.  People who lived through World War II, Holocaust survivors, the Great Depression, people who fought in Vietnam, even the secretary to John Lennon,” Tiboni said.  “It’s a built-in story mill.  As a bonus for helping people, I get to hear their stories,” he added. Read the rest of this entry »

Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni create a movie starring award-winning actor Paul Giamatti — and New Providence itself.

Article on Patch.com, By Michelle Colandrea | February 18, 2011

Win Win movie trailer features numerous references to New Providence High School. The film will be out in limited release on March 18. Courtesy of You Tube.

If you aren’t already wearing your favorite New Providence logo high school sweatshirt, it’s time to dig yours out of the closet because this town and its landmark high school are about to be famous.

By now, you’ve probably heard the buzz about Win Win, a new film that features acclaimed actor Paul Giamatti in a hooded green-and-gold New Providence Pioneers sweatshirt and numerous scenes from an eerily familiar high-school gymnasium. Read the rest of this entry »

New Providence News at the Independent Press on NJ.com

By Liz Keill/Independent Press
Published: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 10:17 AM     Updated: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 2:21 PM

NEW PROVIDENCE — “Win Win,” a new movie that has received kudos at the Sundance Film Festival, is putting New Providence on the map far beyond the borders of New Jersey.

Joe Tiboni, a borough resident and attorney, combined his expertise in elder law with a love of writing to collaborate with his friend Tom McCarthy for “Win/Win.”

McCarthy, has has had major successes with “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor” as well as writing the script for the animated film, “Up.” McCarthy also grew up in New Providence and the two have been friends since they were 10 years old.

Liz Keill AUTHOR AT WORK — Joe Tiboni, screenwriter for “Win Win” is back at his “regular” job at his law office in New Providence.

“This is a little different from his other movies,” Tiboni said of McCarthy’s serious takes on illegal immigrants in “The Visitor” and a dwarf (Peter Dinklage of Mendham) who inherits an abandoned train station in “The Station Agent.” The new movie is a comedy, yet it also deals with the elderly and how they can be mistreated. Tiboni observed that laughter can often make a point better than tragedy can.

In the film, Paul Giamatti plays an eldercare lawyer, Mike Flaherty, much like Tiboni. They both have two daughters and enjoy wrestling. But there, the similarity ends. Flaherty puts his client in a nursing home in a scheme to save his own business, something Tiboni said he would never do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Win Win is based on the story by Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni. When a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach stumbles across a star athlete, things seem to be looking up. That is, until the boy's mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor.
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