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Amazon unveiled an audio commentary version of critically acclaimed new series “Transparent” on Wednesday, with participation from creator Jill Soloway and cast members Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. Amazon Prime members can use their Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected and mobile devices to experience the new offering. “People are always coming up and asking me questions about how the show came together,” said Soloway. “With this audio commentary, they can hear it for themselves — whether we’re reminiscing about the technicalities of production or just showcasing some of the chemistry we shared. »
- Tony Maglio
Amazon has now made audio commentary available on Transparent for its Amazon Prime users. Creator Jill Soloway, along with the rest of the cast, including Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann, and Amy Landecker will do the old watch-and-talk for the first season, and talk about the "technicalities of production" and the "chemistry" they shared as they shot their initial season. Soloway talks about some of her favorite moments, including the scene in the first episode when Maura changes after dinner and talks on the phone, to how certain lines like "My whole life I've been dressing like a man" came about. As if you needed another excuse to binge-watch Transparent. »
- E. Alex Jung
The Transparent cast is cheering on Caitlyn Jenner, just like the rest of the world. Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, and more stars from the Amazon original series opened up to Us Weekly about the former Olympian's historic Vanity Fair spread during the show's Fyc event at West Hollywood's Directors Guild of America Theater on Monday, June 1. Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman, a father of three who transitions into a woman. The series picked up a Golden Globe for Best Television Series Comedy or Musical [...] »
As far as hard-working filmmakers and actors go in this day and age, no pair has proliferated throughout the television and independent film landscapes quite like Mark and Jay Duplass. Indeed, mere months after their solid relationship dramedy series, Togetherness, received a second season order from HBO, THR is now reporting that the pair have landed a two-season order from the channel for Animals, an animated series that screened at Sundance and landed the Duplass brothers as executive producers. The series centers on talking animals, set largely in and around New York City, and the animation is courtesy of Starburns Industries, the production house behind cult animated hit Rick and Morty. In a statement about the two-season pick-up, Mark Duplass said that the deal continues his brother and he's want to bring "the principles of indie film to the TV space," describing the entire deal as "beyond belief." [caption id="attachment_465655" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via HBO[/caption] »
- Chris Cabin
FX’s Married will kick off its sophomore season with a family reunion, featuring two TV veterans.
The pair will play Janice and Ed, the mother and stepfather of Judy Greer’s Lina. When Lina and Russ visit her ‘rents — in the hopes of bringing Janice home to receive better care — things take an unexpected turn.
Married returns for Season 2 on Thursday, July 16, at 10:30 pm. »
The Brooklyn Film Festival, now in its 18th year, has announced their lineup of narrative and documentary films. 108 features and shorts were selected, from 26 countries and five continents. The festival will open with the East Coast premiere of J. Davis' "Manson Family Vacation," starring Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips. Read More: Duplass Brothers' 'Manson Family Vacation' To Open 18th Annual Brooklyn Film Fest The theme of this year's festival, "Illuminate," was described by Bff executive director Marco Ursino as an attempt to "spotlight storytelling without boundaries and welcome multi-layered stories, including the abstract and the inspirational, the intriguing and the ironic. The festival is simply looking for projects that reflect a creative, furious, explosive, and uncontainable intelligence." Many of the films screening at Bff also have a New York connection, including Ryan Carmicheal's "But Not For Me," the only »
- Becca Nadler
20th Century Fox has officially announced a September 23rd premiere date for the second season of its mega-rating hip hop soap opera "Empire".
Comedian Chris Rock, R&B superstar Alicia Keys and rocker Lenny Kravitz have all signed on for guest-starring roles during the second season which will expand from twelve to eighteen episodes. With that expansion though comes a winter break that will split the season. [Source: TV Line]
HBO has confirmed that its HBO Now service, the premium cable programmer's standalone Internet TV service, will soon be available on Google Play store. Previously available only through Apple TV and Cablevision Systems, the exclusivity window for those outlets seems to be finishing up with Google senior VP Sundar Pichai making this announcement at the Google I/O event Thursday in San Francisco. [Source: Engadget]
HBO has acquired worldwide rights to the first batch of episodes of the Mark and Jay Duplass »
- Garth Franklin
HBO has given a two-season pickup to the animated series “Animals” produced by the Duplass Brothers.
The first two episodes screened this year at Sundance, generating buzz that led to the HBO pickup. HBO has acquired worldwide rights to the first batch of episodes produced and has ordered a second season. The half-hour series is targeted for a 2016 debut.
“Animals” was created by New York-based advertising creatives Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano as a series of animated shorts revolving around downtrodden creatures — pigeons, rats, bedbugs, etc. — living in New York City.
“Animals” is exec produced by Mark and Jay Duplass through the pair’s Duplass Brothers Television banner. The brothers are already in business with HBO on the domestic comedy “Togetherness,” which wrapped its first season in March and is set to return next year.
“Jay and I have been excited about bringing the principles of indie film to the TV space, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Chicago – The showcase and respect given to filmmakers at the recently completed 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) meant that the top directors made appearances on behalf of their featured films. James Ponsoldt of “The End of the Tour” and Patrick Brice of “The Overnight” are two prime artists at the top of their game.
HollywoodChicago.com also got a chance to talk to Ponsoldt and Brice after their screenings at the Ccff, and the insights provided context to their art.
James Ponsoldt, Director of “The End of the Tour”
James Ponsoldt is a great friend to the festival, having screened his film “The Spectacular Now” at the first Ccff in 2013. He returned with “The End of of the Tour,” a superior and poignant understanding of author David Foster Wallace (a career-defining role for Jason Segel), as he takes his last book tour promoting his famous novel, “Infinite Jest.”
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
"Out here, it's all about our hustle – and that's it." Here's the decidedly Nsfw redband trailer for the first feature film shot entirely on iPhone. Magnolia Pictures picked up Tangerine at Sundance, where the gritty pic had its world premiere in the Next section. The Mark and Jay Duplass produced the film from director Sean Baker (Starlet), who co-wrote it with Chris Bergoch. It stars newcomers Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor. It’s Christmas Eve in Hollywood, and… »
Get ready Donut Time. Your 15 minutes of fame is right around the corner. The old school donut shop on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Highland Ave. is the beginning and end point for Sean Baker's triumphant drama "Tangerine" and the Sundance breakout is about to turn it into an La cinematic landmark. Executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, "Tangerine" follows one particularly dramatic day in the lives of transgender hookers Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and her Bff Alexandra (May Taylor). It's Christmas Eve and Sin-Dee has just gotten out of a stint in La County Jail. She's looking for her boyfriend/pimp Chester ("Treme's" James Ransone), but the day gets off to a rocky start when Alexandra slips that he's been cheating on her with another girl (a "real" fish). What then transpires is a roller coaster of drama and comedy which mostly takes »
- Gregory Ellwood
A children's playdate turns into a wild rave for adults in the trailer for The Overnight.
When it's time for the children to go to bed, Alex and Emily find themselves swept into a lust-filled romp with Kurt and his partner Charlotte (Judith Godrèche).
The Overnight earned positive reviews upon its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year.
The Orchard will release Scott's new comedy on June 19 in the Us. »
Maybe the major theater chains’ fear of Netflix was justified. The streaming service has become a formidable force in film acquisition over the past year, snagging buzzy awards pics like Beasts of No Nation and big names like Adam Sandler for various projects. Now, Netflix has struck again, making a deal with comedian Ricky Gervais to release his upcoming film Special Correspondents.
Eric Bana stars in the satirical comedy as a radio news reporter who fakes wartime correspondence from within his Manhattan apartment, setting up stages in order to pretend he is embedded abroad. Gervais wrote the film, directs and co-stars.
Netflix plans to release the pic for subscribers sometime next year. Announcing the deal, Gervais said:
- Isaac Feldberg
A familiar relational dynamic — the responsible square vs. the hopeless screw-up — gets an affecting workout in “Manson Family Vacation,” a tale of two bickersome brothers who find tentative reconciliation awaiting them at the end of a long, strange trip. With fewer bigscreen acting credits to his name than his own brother and frequent collaborator Mark, Jay Duplass makes a welcome co-lead here as an uptight family man dealing with the latest shenanigans cooked up by his visiting older sibling, a death-obsessed drifter played with equal assurance by Linas Phillips (“Bass Ackwards”). Their persuasive chemistry should generate modest attention for writer-director J. Davis’ slender but engaging seriocomedy, while providing an early test of Netflix’s potential in the feature-distribution arena.
Hard-working Los Angeles attorney Nick (Duplass) isn’t thrilled to learn that his older brother, Conrad (Phillips), is coming to town for a visit on typically short notice. After the obligatory »
- Justin Chang
During the 2015 SXSW Film Festival last week, writer/director J. Davis celebrated the premiere of his debut directorial effort, Manson Family Vacation, and to mark the occasion, Daily Dead had the chance to chat briefly with the up-and-coming filmmaker about the inspiration behind the story, collaborating with co-stars Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips as well as working with Saw alum (and proverbial genre favorite) Tobin Bell.
Fantastic job on the film, J; it was really enjoyable and I thought the ending was perfect. This was such an unusual approach to one of the most infamous people ever- had Charles Manson been someone you had been interested in for a while then?
- Heather Wixson
While not a horror movie by any means, Manson Family Vacation piqued my interests during the 2015 SXSW Film Festival due to its subject matter (the notorious Charles Manson) and the fact that it co-starred Saw alum Tobin Bell. And while I had no real expectations going into the film, what I came away with was one of the more surprisingly ingenious and heartfelt examinations of Manson and his continuing influence I’ve ever seen as well as a story that does an incredible job of intelligently deconstructing the idea of what family really means.
For his directorial debut, writer/director J. Davis introduces us to a hapless loner by the name of Conrad (Linas Phillips) who travels to Los Angeles to visit his little brother, Nick (Jay Duplass), the sensible one of the pair. Adopted when he was just an infant, Conrad has always been a bit of a family outcast, »
- Heather Wixson
Earlier this week we brought you a gallery of images from the studio we set up at SXSW in partnership with photographer Daniel Bergeron and Movies on Demand. As the 2015 edition of the festival comes to a close, we have put together a gallery of select images pulled from the second two days of our four-day shoot. Click here to access the first gallery. Read More: SXSW 2015 Portraits of Sally Field, Nick Kroll, Jason Schwartzman and More "Wild Horses" writer-director Robert Duvall."Manson Family Vacation" executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass."Creative Control" director Benjamin Dickinson, actress Alexia Rasmussen and actor Dan Gill."Brand: A Second Coming" director Ondi Timoner.Read More: The 2015 Indiewire SXSW Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival "Breaking a Monster" subjects Unlocking the Truth bandmates Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins."Love and Mercy" »
- Shipra Gupta
The Duplass brothers break the mold as far as family filmmaker teams go. They seem to have a knack for stories that are zany, yet peppered with flecks of true humanity. Even as producers, no two of their projects seem to be like one another. It therefore was no surprise (to me, at least) that they were part of the team behind writer/director J. Davis's premiere narrative feature film, Manson Family Vacation.
Jay Duplass takes the acting lead in this film as Nick, an anally neurotic lawyer who lives a structured life with his wife and son. When his off-the-wall adopted brother Conrad (Linas Phillips) passes through town on his way to a mysterious new job, Nick gives in to Conrad's plea of spending some quality time together. But Conrad's idea of brotherly bonding isn't quite normal: he wants to visit all of the landmarks and sites of the Charles Manson murders. »
- Marcelena Mayhorn
They first made a huge splash with the 12 million dollar deal, and with their four-film pact with the Duplass Bros., they’re essentially dipping their toes into the micro indie sphere. Hours after landing Hannah Fidell’s 6 Years, Variety reports that J. Davis’ Manson Family Vacation is the second in line for VOD, now theatrical player Netflix.
Gist: Nick Morgan (Jay Duplass) is a successful lawyer who’s devoted to his wife and young son. His adopted brother Conrad (Linas Phillips) is a wayward soul who shows up in Los Angeles unannounced. Together they embark on embark on a road trip to the site of the Manson Family murders.
Do We Care?: Among the many Sundance predictions that I got wrong, but would end up premiering at the just completed SXSW film fest, the Playlist »
- Eric Lavallee
Some films have catchy titles going for them and not much else. Fortunately, in the case of the brilliantly titled “Manson Family Vacation,” there’s much more going on than just tossed off allusions to the ‘60s psychopath. In fact, Charles Manson permeates the entire fabric of this film, which is a surprising gem of a brotherly love charmer that explores the real meanings of “family.” Just with, you know, notorious imprisoned cult leaders to guide the way. Nick (Jay Duplass) is a successful L.A. lawyer with a house in Beechwood Canyon, a supportive wife, and a quirky kid with a dark streak. His brother, Conrad (Linas Phillips), is the opposite: he has literally nothing and he’s just hitchhiked to his brother’s house en route to his new gig at an environmental non-profit in the desert (this movie and this review are scattered with Easter eggs for Manson aficionados out there, »
- Katie Walsh
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