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Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.
It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble »
- Alfie Nobes
The Screen Actors Guild handed out the 21st annual SAG Awards Sunday night live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is a rundown of all the nominees and winners as they are announced. And be sure to re-live our live blog of the show here! Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell / John du Pont – "Foxcatcher" (Sony Pictures Classics) Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – "The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Company) Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – "Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films) Michael Keaton / Riggan – "Birdman" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) **Eddie Redmayne / Stephen Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features)** - Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jennifer Aniston / Claire Bennett – "Cake" (Cinelou Films) Felicity Jones / Jane Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) **Julianne Moore / Alice Howland-Jones – "Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics)** - Winner Rosamund Pike / Amy Dunne – "Gone Girl »
- Kristopher Tapley
Game of Thrones fans anxiously awaiting news of when the series will return for Season 5 were finally rewarded for their patience today. We're only four months away from the premiere, which will arrive along with two other hit series this spring. HBO has confirmed that the new seasons of Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep will debut back-to-back on Sunday, April 12, starting at 9:00 p.m. (Et/Pt).
Game of Thrones begins its ten-episode fifth season Sunday, April 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m.). Based on the popular book series "A Song of Ice and Fire," by George R.R. Martin, this hit Emmy®-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. The ensemble cast for the fourth season included Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner. Executive producers, »
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team, »
- Matt Patches
David Cross is betting online video audiences will pay to download his film as well as see it in theaters. The Arrested Development actor plans to release his directorial debut Hits via BitTorrent Bundle on February 13, 2015, making it the first feature film released through the Bundle format.
Hits looks at the enigmatic nature of YouTube fame by telling the story of a family from small town New York whose father becomes recognized nation-wide due to a video of his city council rant going viral. The film stars Amy Sedaris, Michael Cera, Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, and Jason Ritter. David Cross originally debuted the independent comedy at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014.
But instead of seeking a larger, Hollywood-level distributor, Cross has chosen to sell Hits using BitTorrent’s unique file-sharing system. The torrent site’s Bundles essentially put several files together in a large group and allow users to download »
- Bree Brouwer
I think we can all agree David Cross is a comedic master. From his stand up to sketch work (if you haven't seen "Mr. Show with Bob and David", what's wrong with youc) to various acting performances, we know Cross is capable of being the funny. Now, he has taken the challenge of writing and directing his first feature film, a fame in the social media age satire entitled Hits, which has a new trailer for you to watch below. The film premiered at Sundance last year to not the greatest reviews, but it was still being sought for distribution. Cross was not happy with any of distribution options laid out for him coming out of Sundance and decided to take distribution into his own hands. You will be able to pay what you want for the film through BitTorrent, and Cross has set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 for theatrical distribution, »
- Mike Shutt
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 »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
After years of acting in films both awesome and terrible, David Cross is finally making his directorial debut with Hits. The indie comedy centers on a small-town girl (Meredith Hagner) who dreams of fame, while her father (Matt Walsh) accidentally stumbles into it. Cross has stuffed the cast with familiar faces, including Michael Cera, Wyatt Cenac, […]
- Angie Han
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, »
- William Fanelli
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.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
In his directorial debut, Arrested Development star, David Cross brings together a hilarious cast to explore what it means to famous in our modern, YouTube trending world in his new film, Hits. And among his hysterical cast (who must.ve been so much fun to direct) is the comedic genius, Matt Walsh. Watch as Walsh reaches his ultimate stardom, YouTube fame, in the trailer below: Matt Walsh plays Dave, an average guy in a small town who just wants to see the potholes on his street fixed. But when his rants at City Hall get recorded and go viral on YouTube, he becomes a symbol of fame in the isolated town. The film explores this unrealistic expectation of fame, and how people.s obsession with it can completely disrupt their lives around them. The town goes insane along with Dave.s .fame. and they all want a piece of the »
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.
- Brian Welk
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, »
- Perri Nemiroff
If the endless rise and fall of internet celebrities has you continually shaking your head, then "Arrested Development" star David Cross might have the comedy for you. The comedian makes his feature directing and writing debut with Hits, a film that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival nearly a year ago, and skewers the concept of internet celebrity. Matt Walsh ("Veep") plays a man whose City Hall rant goes viral online, and his 15 minutes of fame begins. But soon everyone wants to ride that wave to their own fame. Michael Cera and Amy Sedaris also star in the film, which doesn't look great, but could be funny. Here's the first trailer for David Cross' Hits from Honora (via SplitSider): Hits is written and directed by David Cross ("Arrested Development," "Mr. Show with Bob & David"). The comedy follows a paranoid municipal worker named Dave (Matt Walsh), his "The Voice"–obsessed 19-year-old daughter, »
- Ethan Anderton
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 »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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