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7 items from 2015

David Cross comedy heads to BitTorrent

7 January 2015 10:26 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Honora Production’s Hits, the David Cross dark comedy that premiered in Sundance one year ago, will be released via BitTorrent Bundle.

The film will open on February 13 in what Honora founder Giles Andrew described as an unprecedented distribution agreement.

Viewers will also be able set their own pricing in theatres at pay-what-you-want screenings throughout the Us and Canada and on Vhx.

This will coincide with a traditional theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles as well as digital launch on iTunes, Google Play, Vimeo and other platforms.

Hits takes place in a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations.

“With the release of Hits, we’re giving audiences what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in and at a price that they choose,” said Andrew. 

“As far as we know, this experiment is the first of its kind and was borne out of »

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'Hits' Trailer Marks Directorial Debut of David Cross

7 January 2015 8:47 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Comedy legend David Cross, who created the classic skit series Mr. Show with Bob and David and the cult sitcom The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, marks his feature directorial debut with Hits. This timely expose examines Youtube cultural and the dangers of viral celebrity in our tech-based society. The first trailer has arrived, and it delivers an ensemble cast that is sure to get any comedy fan excited.

Hits takes a dark look at the nature of fame in 21st century YouTube America. David Cross brings his camera into a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations. It's a story in which fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them.

Watch the first footage, which finds one small-town girl with dreams of making it big on the internet fall into the shadow of her well-meaning »

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Watch Matt Walsh ‘go viral’ in trailer for David Cross’ directorial debut Hits

6 January 2015 11:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

David Cross’ new film Hits has received its first full trailer. Written and directed by Cross, the film has a killer cast, led by the always hilarious Matt Walsh (Veep), and appears to have all of the expected offbeat style and sense of humor that fans of the Arrested Development star have come to love.

Hits premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and then subsequently screened at the Sundance London Film Festival the following April. It is a dark comedy that explores the strange phenomenon of 21st century YouTube fame in America. The film takes place in a small town in upstate New York and deals with the townsfolk riddled with unrealistic expectations and delusions of grandeur. The trailer shows Walsh as a regular “Joe” as he hits sudden fame after his insane rant at the local town meeting goes viral on YouTube.

Alongside Walsh, the film stars Michael Cera, »

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David Cross’ Directorial Debut ‘Hits’ Trailer

5 January 2015 11:28 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

David Cross has been a constant presence in cinema and TV for quite some time now, though he usually seems more comfortable supporting bigger stars in their respective roles. He gained cult status with the likes of the brilliant Mr. Show and later as Tobias Funke in Arrested Development. Now Cross is darting behind the camera for his first film as director in Hits.

In Hits, an unsuspecting father becomes famous after lashing out at a town meeting concerning potholes. He’s embraced by the online community, much to the dismay of his daughter, who wishes to become famous herself. Obviously satirical, and already looking quite dark and funny, Cross’ debut seems to pinpoint the current state of online fame and people’s perception of achievement.

No word on an official release date at this time, but the film stars Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, »

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David Cross’s directorial debut ‘Hits’ gets its first trailer

5 January 2015 12:39 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A hit at 2014′s Sundance Film Festival, Hits is the story of a small-town dad (Matt Walsh) who becomes a viral video star overnight after ranting and getting arrested at a town hall meeting. Things escalate when a group of activists come to rally behind him and when his daughter, jealous at her own lack of fame, begins making a scene to capitalize on the media firestorm. David Cross is making his directorial debut with this screwball indie comedy about fame in the Internet age, bringing together all his comedian buddies like James Adomian, Wyatt Cenac, David Koechner, and Arrested Development co-star Michael Cera.

Hits doesn’t yet have a release date, but you can now watch the first trailer below, and read our review of the film from Sundance London. Let’s hope it goes viral.


The post David Cross’s directorial debut ‘Hits’ gets its first trailer appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

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First Hits Trailer: Matt Walsh Goes Viral in David Cross’ Feature Directorial Debut

5 January 2015 12:19 PM, PST | | See recent news »

It’s been a year since David Cross’ feature directorial debut premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, but a Hits trailer is finally here.  Meredith Hagner plays Katelyn Stuben, a fame-obsessed girl who’s convinced she’s going to be discovered by becoming a viral sensation.  Trouble is, her dad beats her to it.  Dave Stuben (Matt Walsh) frequents city council meetings to air his grievances and one outburst turns him into a YouTube sensation. Hits came out of the festival with mixed reviews, but as presented in this trailer, the timely concept, the sassy humor and snappy pace look like good fun so I lean towards taking the promo's pull quotes to heart.  Hit the jump to check the new Hits trailer for yourself.  No word on when the film will get a release, but according to the trailer, it’s coming soon and apparently via BitTorrent.  Hits also stars James Adomian, »

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Watch: Fame Is A Disease In First Trailer For David Cross' Directorial Debut 'Hits'

5 January 2015 7:23 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Remember Antoine Dodson? He was the guy who, after an impromptu appearance on a local news show, became an instant (internet) celebrity and for five hot minutes burned brightly around the world before fading away. Such is fame these days, and it's in that environment that "Arrested Development" star David Cross has delivered his feature length directorial debut, "Hits." Originally premiering at the Sundance Film Festival last year, Matt Walsh leads the movie as regular guy living in a small town in upstate New York who finds his rant at City Hall has suddenly gone viral, and soon, everyone wants a piece. As far as targets for comedy go, the current bar of fame is pretty low hanging fruit, though the film's ensemble of players, which includes Michael Cera, Amy Sedaris, Wyatt Cenac and David Koechner, is enough to capture our interest. No release date yet, but it looks like »

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