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Film Review: ‘Brave New Jersey’

5 August 2017 12:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Long before Trump coined the term “fake news,” there was Orson Welles’ legendary 1938 radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds,” which convinced thousands (if not millions) of listeners they were hearing actual news bulletins about a Martian invasion. Several books and films (most notably, “The Night That Panicked America,” Joseph Sargent’s terrific 1975 TV movie, and “War of the Worlds,” Cathleen O’Connell’s shrewdly constructed 2013 PBS documentary) have emphasized the infectious terror that the broadcast inadvertently sparked among gullible folks who tuned in late and missed the introduction that clearly identified it as a presentation of Welles’ “Mercury Theatre on the Air.” But in the world according to “Brave New Jersey,” Jody Lambert’s uneven but ultimately winning comedy about small-town channel surfers who missed the intro and assumed the worst on the evening of Oct. 30, 1938, a little bit of terror might not be such a bad thing.

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- Joe Leydon

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Exclusive: 'Pitch Perfect' Star Anna Camp Prepares for an Alien Invasion in 'Brave New Jersey' Clip

2 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Long before Tom Cruise fended off extraterrestrial tripod fighting machines in 2005's War of the Worlds, there was Orson Welles' original radio drama, which was broadcast in 1938 and caused the world to falsely believe there was an impending alien invasion.

Brave New Jersey is about that very night in the small town of Lullaby, and, in this exclusive clip, Pitch Perfect 3 star Anna Camp plays Peg Prickett, a schoolteacher who is ready to stay and fight during an attack from Mars, which does not go over well with her tough-talking fiancé.

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The comedy is being billed as "the original Fake News story" about an alien invasion where the aliens never show up. It comes from director Jody Lambert (Chris Pine's People Like Us) and co-stars Veep's Tony Hale and Parenthood's Sam Jaeger.

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Tony Hale Combats Fake News of Alien Invasions in 'Brave New Jersey' Clip (Exclusive Video)

31 July 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Tony Hale tries to maintain control over a chaotic town meeting after hearing the "news" of a local alien attack in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive clip of Brave New Jersey.

Directed by Jody Lambert from a script co-written with Michael Dowling, the comedy — also starring Anna Camp, Sam Jaeger and Heather Burns — is an adaptation of Orson Welles’ legendary 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast and the consequential panic that ensued across America when millions believed aliens were invading Earth. "Of course they are coming for us, we've got the fourth tallest water tower in three counties," said »

- Victoria Berggren

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‘Brave New Jersey’ Trailer: New Comedy Reveals How Orson Welles Shook A Small Town

19 June 2017 10:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Gravitas Ventures has released the first trailer to the comedy “Brave New Jersey,” a film about a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast that sent millions of listeners into a panic, believing the U.S. was being invaded by Martians.

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The story follows the town’s mayor clerk (Tony Hale,“Veep”), an unhappy housewife (Heather Burns, “Manchester by the Sea”), a timid schoolteacher (Anna Camp, “Pitch Perfect”), a fearful sheriff (Mel Rodriguez, “The Last Man on Earth”), and an erratic reverend (Dan Bakkedahl, “Life in Pieces”) as they cope with the thought of this being their last night on earth and wonder how they’re going to spend it. With the help of the town’s reclusive war veteran (Raymond J. Barry, »

- Gabrielle Kiss

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Orson Welles Fools a Community in Trailer for ‘Brave New Jersey’

19 June 2017 5:55 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The first trailer has landed for Brave New Jersey, the cheekily-titled comedy that finds Arrested Development and Veep star Tony Hale as Clark Hill, one of many who experienced the now-legendary day where Orson Welles’ broadcast War of the Worlds over radio waves in 1938 and started a hysteria of massive proportions. Helmed by first time director Jody Lambert (who penned People Like Us), Brave New Jersey seems to be about the lies we believe, and the fun you might end up having along the way.

We said in our review, “Part of the pleasure is the film’s superb production design by Chloe Arbiture and art direction by Jonathan Bell, who have crafted an authentic and clean pre-World War II look that is a simple yet gorgeous. Depicting the last night of these characters’ lives, or so they think, Brave New Jersey is an elegant work of Americana with a »

- Mike Mazzanti

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The Martians Are Coming In First Trailer For Brave New Jersey

18 June 2017 6:39 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It was the original Fake News story.

In a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles’s legendary 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, the hoax that terrified millions into believing Martians were invading America, citizens face what they think is their last night on Earth.

Here’s a look at the upcoming film Brave New Jersey where the aliens never show up.

The over-worked town’s mayor Clark (Tony Hale, “Veep”) will take a chance on love. The neglected housewife, Lorraine (Heather Burns, “Manchester By The Sea”) will break free from her big-cheese husband (Sam Jaeger, “Parenthood”). The demure schoolteacher Peg (Anna Camp, “Pitch Perfect”) will become a warrior. The aimless reverend (Dan Bakkedahl, “Life in Pieces”) will rediscover his faith. The scared Sheriff (Mel Rodriguez, “The Last Man on Earth”) will find his courage. And the reclusive war veteran (Raymond J. Barry, “Training Day”) will »

- Michelle Hannett

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Trailer for 'Brave New Jersey' About the 'War of the Worlds' Broadcast

16 June 2017 11:23 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"So, what are we supposed to do now?" Gravitas Ventures has released the trailer for an indie comedy titled Brave New Jersey, from filmmaker Jody Lambert. The film tells the true story of a small town in New Jersey that freaked out during Orson Welles' legendary 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, believing it was real. They decided to make this a comedy, which may work better in the end since playing this serious would be a whole other thing. Brave New Jersey features an ensemble cast including Tony Hale, Heather Burns, Anna Camp, Sam Jaeger, Raymond J. Barry, Dan Bakkedahl, Mel Rodriguez, Grace Kaufman, Matt Oberg, and Erika Alexander. This looks totally goofy but still heartfelt and fun. Enjoy. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Jody Lambert's Brave New Jersey, direct from YouTube: "An alien invasion comedy where the aliens never show up." Brave New Jersey is »

- Alex Billington

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Solution, Vmi Worldwide to Launch VOD Genre Group at Cannes (Exclusive)

11 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

International sales-production companies the Solution Entertainment Group and Vmi Worldwide have joined forces to establish a VOD genre group.

The untitled partnership was announced Thursday by Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson of the Solution and Andre Relis of Vmi Worldwide. The alliance will launch at the Cannes Film Festival, which opens May 17, with the companies rolling the VOD genre slate at The Grand Hotel Cormoran II.

The new group will focus on developing high-quality genre-themed films that the companies will co-produce and co-finance for VOD distribution. The Solution and Vmi will continue to operate separately as independent production, financing and sales companies, but will also use their new strategic alliance to sell through their library over the upcoming years.

Lisa Wilson, co-founder and partner of the Solution, will maintain sales for the company and Jd Beaufils, head of sales at Vmi Worldwide, will continue to manage sales for Vmi’s slate. »

- Dave McNary

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Montclair Review: ‘Brave New Jersey’ is a Charming, Nostalgic Comedy

3 May 2017 8:26 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Welcome to Lullaby, NJ, population 506, the fictional town at the center of Jody Lambert’s delightful comedy Brave New Jersey “where strangers are friends and no one is a stranger.” Home of the Rotolactor, a robotic milking machine, the central New Jersey town is only a few hours from Grover’s Mills, the “epicenter” of the great October 1938 martian invasion chronicled in Orson Welles’ legendary War of the Worlds broadcast. Depicting this evening of misconstrued alien invasion, Lambert’s comedy is far more modest affair than the Tom Cruise film as Lullaby comes together for the biggest night in its history.

Reluctantly led by mayor Clark Hill (a restrained Tony Hale) who cautions against panic, he’s overruled by old Captain Collins (Raymond J. Barry), who is quick to formulate a plan based on his time in War War I. The do-or-die night also gives characters a chance at reflecting on their own lives, »

- John Fink

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