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To celebrate the release of the excellent The Skeleton Twins starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, we’ve got an exclusive interview with the latter to share you with as he talks more about the movie, improv and that remarkably entertaining Lip Sync moment. There’s a lot to this film though and on many different levels, check out Dan’s 4-star review by clicking here.
For those who don’t know, the film is based around twins Maggie (Wiig) and Milo (Hader), who lead separate lives on opposite sides of the country. When both feel that they’re at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront how their lives went so wrong. It’s equally understated and says a lot about everything we all think about in our lives, through changes and more. Enjoy…
Q. International audiences probably know you best from Saturday Night Live »
- David Agnew
Director: Craig Johnson
Run Time: 93 Minutes
Extras: Gag Reel, Outtakes, Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, “To Whom it May Concern: Making The Skeleton Twins” Featurette, “Sweet Moves” Featurette, Audio Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, Audio Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, Co-Writer Mark Heyman and Producer/Editor Jennifer Lee
The Skeleton Twins is a down-to-earth real portrayal of two people, in this regard brother and sister, who are trying to find their place in the world with all the combinations of their imperfection and talents. Although this might sound like your usual lo-fi comedy-drama, that would be understating the pure relationship that builds as the story progresses thanks to the wonderful lead cast of Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.
The pair are estranged twins Maggie (Wiig) and Milo »
- Dan Bullock
Harrison Pierce: Can you talk a little bit about the genesis of this project?
Craig Johnson: I co-wrote it with my buddy, Mark Heyman, while we were still grad students at N.Y.U. [New York University]. Mark actually knew someone who was involved in a student-teacher relationship [and] we thought that was fertile ground for a movie. In the finished version of the movie, that story is more backstory but, in our original drafts, that element was kind of the whole story. But once we gave the “student” character a sister, we started falling in love with this brother-sister relationship and that became the heart of the movie. And that really came from my relationship with my own sister; the way [we] connect is through a dark, macabre, somewhat twisted sense of humor. And we wanted the [characters] connecting through their sense of humor, especially considering that »
- Gary Collinson
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment present two of the best comedy-drama actors around as they take on the story about two estranged siblings who are reunited after ten years apart. Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, The Skeleton Twins was directed by Craig Johnson (True Adolescents), written by Johnson and Mark Heyman (Black Swan), and co-stars Luke Wilson (Old School), Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”), Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Joanna Gleason (Last Vegas).
The DVD also features a whole host of extras which includes a Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, “To Whom it May Concern: Making The Skeleton Twins” Featurette, “Sweet Moves” Featurette, a load of audio commentary and this exclusive outtake clip, »
- Dan Bullock
Read More: 10 Cool and Crazy Must-See Films at SXSW 2015 The 15th Annual Texas Film Awards unofficially kicked off South By Southwest last night by honoring Texans who contribute to film. Animator and filmmaker Mike Judge hosted the ceremony, which honored the 2015 inductees into the Texas Film Hall of Fame, including Tommy Lee Jones, Luke Wilson, Bonnie Curtis, Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Evan Welch and L.M. Kit Carson. During producer Bonnie Curtis' segment, her 17-year partner Stephen Spielberg popped up on the screen to offer her congratulations and many thanks for her hard work over the years. "We've shared some of the greatest moments of our careers together," said Spielberg. Curtis has worked with Spielberg on his films "Saving Private Ryan," A.I," "Minority Report" and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." Take a look at Spielberg's touching tribute above. Is it us, or does he give himself a little pause after saying. »
- Casey Cipriani
The Austin Film Society, organizers of the Texas Film Awards, have more than a few milestones to celebrate this year. Not only the 30th anniversary of the Society and the 15th anniversary of the Awards themselves, it’s also the capper on a banner year for Texans in film, with Lone Star natives Wes Anderson and Society cofounder Richard Linklater both nominated for director at last month’s Oscars.
As part of the Texas Film Hall of Fame induction ceremony, hosted by Mike Judge, Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos will present a creative achievement award to Linklater’s “Boyhood,” along with posthumous honors to Christopher Evan Welch and L.M. Kit Carson.
Variety Creative Impact in Cinema Award
- Andrew Barker
On Thursday night, the Austin Film Society will hold its 15th annual Texas Film Awards ceremony, which traditionally takes place the night before the SXSW Film Festival. Honorees this year include famous Texans Tommy Lee Jones, Guillermo Del Toro, Bonnie Curtis and Luke Wilson, alongside a posthumous tribute to Austin film guru L.M. Kit Carson. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” will also receive a special award. But Linklater will have more than one reason to celebrate: This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of Afs, the non-profit film organization that he co-founded with cinematographer Lee Daniel in 1985. Over the years, as Linklater’s filmmaking career has blossomed, he has retained a prominent role at Afs — shaping Austin’s thriving film culture in the process. Now, the Film Society has its own theater and a successful grant program that has so far awarded a cumulative total of $1.6 million to filmmakers. Indiewire reached out »
- Eric Kohn
Helen Hunt is undergoing a major exploration of self-discovery in the newly released trailer, poster and stills from her upcoming comedy, ‘Ride.’ The film’s assets have been released by the comedy’s distribution company, Screen Media Films, in anticipation of its release on May 1 in theaters and on VOD. ‘Ride’ marks the second feature film the Academy Award-winning actress has written and directed, after the 2007 romantic comedy-drama, ‘Then She Found Me.’ She also stars in her writing and directorial follow-up movie, which also features Luke Wilson, Brenton Thwaites, and David Zayas. The following synopsis for ‘Ride’ has been released by Screen Media Films: In ‘Ride,’ when an editor from [ Read More ]
The post Helen Hunt’s Life Goes For a Ride In Comedy’s Trailer, Poster and Stills appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
Yeah, I didn't know Helen Hunt had written and directed a new movie either, and a surf comedy no less, but indeed she has. It's a sophomore feature effort, though she has helmed a handful of television episodes too, and the first trailer has arrived for "Ride" promising a movie so breezy it might just float away. Hunt stars in the movie along with Brenton Thwaites, Luke Wilson, and that cop from "Dexter," in a story about a stuck up New York woman who has to grapple with her son's shocking decision to drop out of college and surf. She doesn't understand the allure until she hits the water herself, meets a hunky guy, and learns to let her son fly from the nest. Sure, the premise is a bit wonky, but it seems to have a decent amount of heart at the core. "Ride" arrives on May 1st. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This year’s World Narrative program brings an accessible universality to its international viewpoints and showcase a strong sense of familial locales, crises, and lone-wolf connective longing in a variety of styles. From two brothers surviving the Kentucky Civil War in Men Go To Battle to a wealthy eccentric who ingratiates himself with the family of his dead friend in Franny and The Survivalist’s struggle with post-apocalyptic self-preservation, the 12 stories and voices will resonate with discerning and diverse audiences.
“We were inspired by, and really admire the ambition and risk-taking of the filmmakers who are striving to capture the emotions and complexities of everyday life in this year’s submissions,” said Frederic Boyer, Artistic Director Tribeca Film Festival.
Let’s take a look at the slate for the World Narrative Features program:
Pamela Romanowsky (USA) – World Premiere
Elliott (James Franco), a once-successful novelist inflicted with writer »
- Sacha Hall
Contracted, originally screened at Frightfest back in 2013, stars Najarra Townsend as Samantha, a young woman who contracts something nasty after being date-raped at a party. Over the course of a few short days, she begins bleeding from pretty much every orifice and quite literally falling to bits. Her already fragile relationships with her friends, colleagues and mother (Caroline Williams) also start to break down as she refuses to seek help and becomes increasingly isolated.
The body horror elements within the film were really well done – that is to say, very icky. Cronenberg fans will be well satisfied with the deterioration of the flesh on display here. The film’s portrayal of an insular and personal crisis is well done. Samantha is on a self-destructive path in addition to the horrifying illness she finds herself with. »
- Phil Wheat
'When her son dropped out, she dropped in.' Academy Award winning actress Helen Hunt returns to the big screen in the coming-of-age comedy Ride, which finds her rediscovering herself while learning to take on the ocean. We have the first poster for this funny and heartbreaking release, heading to theaters just in time for summer. Helen Hunt is wet suited up, and ready for the next big wave life has to offer.
In Ride, when an editor from The New Yorker (Helen Hunt) follows her son (Brenton Thwaites) to La after he drops out of college to surf and find himself, she ends up being the one thrust into a sea change of self-discovery.  In this comedy written and directed by Helen Hunt, she befriends a limo driver (David Zayas), rediscovers her sexuality with a younger surf instructor (Luke Wilson), and begins to heal her fractured relationship with her son and herself. »
Who will be taking over TV next season?
Television stars, movie stars, reality personalities, comedians and a even late-night host are heading into the scripted small screen.
Click through the gallery to find out who’s been cast this pilot season, and keep checking back for the latest updates.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Andrew Renzi‘s directorial debut about a third wheel starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James, Reed Morano‘s relationship testing drama featuring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson, Onur Tukel‘s secret unleashed on the airwaves and Gregory Kohn‘s hallucinatory tale with Eléonore Hendricks topling are part of the American independent offerings at the 14th Tribeca Film Festival. Renzi’s Franny and Morano’s Meadowland will be competing in the dozen selected in the World Narrative Competition while Tukel’s Applesauce and Kohn’s Come Down Molly are among the in the Viewpoints sidebar. Here are the selected titles below sans synopsis.
World Narrative Feature Competition (12)
- Eric Lavallee
If the city of New York can defrost themselves enough by April 15, the spring film festival season will kick into high gear on the isle of Manhattan with the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. We've got the first plethora of titles for you today, which included their World Narrative & Documentary sections, as well as Viewpoints.Titles of note that I've spotted include Meadowland, Frozen River cinematorgapher Reed Morano's directorial debut with Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson, the Berlin selected Sworn Virgin, with rising European star Alba Rohrwacher as a Albanian woman who has lived as a man for the last 15 years under an ancient virginal law. Meanwhile, Sundance docs (T)Error and The Wolfpack appear in Viewpoints. The full list of titles can be found...
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The Tribeca Film Festival has announced half of its 2015 slate of 97 feature films, setting a lineup that includes the world premiere of features including James Franco starrer “The Adderall Diaries,” Olivia Wilde-Luke Wilson drama “Meadowland,” Richard Gere topliner “Franny” and “In My Father’s House,” a documentary about Che “Rhymefest” Smith, who recently won an Oscar for co-writing the song “Glory” from “Selma.”
Competitive titles in the dozen-film competition categories for world narrative feature and world documentary feature were among the first batch of 2015 movies that Tribeca announced, as were the 27 films on tap for the non-competitive Viewpoints section, focusing on notable perspectives and voices.
Programmers said the emphasis this year has been on risky films, new visions and talent discovery. Festival director Genna Terranova pointed out that in the past, “Whiplash” writer-director Damian Chazelle premiered his first film at the fest, and four Tribeca alumni made the »
- Gordon Cox
There’s no rest for the wicked when it comes to film festival season. SXSW Film hits next week, and there’s barely a reprieve until the Tribeca Film Festival which begins next month. And today Tff announced its World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with the films selected for the Viewpoints section, which recognizes new voices in international and American independent cinema. All and all, 51 pictures were announced today. Let’s go straight to the highlights. They include the already announced Bao Nguyen-directed “Saturday Night Live”-doc “Live From New York!, an exploration of 40 years of American politics, tragedy, and popular culture through the comedic lens of SNL, which will open the festival. From there you have “The Adderall Diaries” with James Franco and Ed Harris; celebrated Dp Reed Morano’s directorial debut “Meadowland” starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson alongside Elizabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi and Juno Temple; Kate Lyn Sheil. »
- The Playlist Staff
Stars: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Iaon Gruffudd, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Aubrey Plaza, Patrick Warburton, Martin Starr, Luke Wilson, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Tisdale, Philip Baker Hall | Written by Chris Shafer, Paul Vicknair | Directed by Justin Reardon
Imagine if love was easy, we’d have less rom-coms for a start. These comedies that look at the complications of love tend to make themselves out to be the only movie that does the re-tread tale in this certain way, the truth being most follow a similar structure (because it works). The success of the film relies on making the audience care for the characters and charming the hopeless romantic in them into submission. The question is can Chris “Captain America” Evans charm you by Playing it Cool? The answer is probably yes.
Chris Evans plays a screenwriter given the task of writing a script for a rom-com. Being the jaded type he »
- Paul Metcalf
Mike Judge, the creator of “Silicon Valley” and “King of the Hill,” will emcee the 15th annual Texas Film Awards, during which he’ll honor “Silicon Valley” actor Christopher Evan Welch with a posthumous award.
Welch, the stage and screen veteran who attracted Hollywood notice as an eccentric billionaire in the first season of “Silicon Valley,” died of lung cancer in late 2013. Judge will present the posthumous award to Welch’s family during the ceremony.
Held on the eve of SXSW in Austin, Tex., the Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Awards already sports a list of honorees that includes Guillermo del Toro, Tommy Lee Jones, Luke Wilson and Bonnie Curtis. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” will receive Variety’s Creative Impact in Cinema Award.
The 2015 Texas Film Awards are set for March 12 at Austin Studios.
- Gordon Cox
Playing It Cool, 2015
Directed by Justin Reardon
Unrequited love motivates a guy to write about his experiences.
First time director Justin Reardon clearly has a lot of friends in high places. Along with first time writers Chris Shafter and Paul Vicknair, they have managed to amass a cast that includes Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie, Spider-Man 3‘s Topher Grace, Fantastic Four‘s Ioan Gruffudd and Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza, as well as Martin Starr, Luke Wilson and Michelle Monaghan. Now a cast list wouldn’t seem that out of the ordinary for most motion pictures, this is for Playing It Cool (formally A Many Splintered Thing), a simple rom-com that is now available on VOD. Is it a bad movie? »
- Luke Owen
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