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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Punching Henry Blu-ray

In the hyper-intelligent comedy Punching Henry, a journeyman comedian is lured to Los Angeles by a TV producer who wants to make him a reality star. As reality sets in, he must decide whether his legacy will be to tell jokes for a living or become the butt of them. With an all-star cast, including Henry Phillips (Punching the Clown), stand-up comics Tig Notaro, Jim Jefferies and Doug Stanhope; Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim), with Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor, Whiplash, 2014),

Punching Henry is a hilarious and heartwarming glimpse behind the curtain of the weird world of comedy. The film debuts on Blu-ray™ April 18 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Now you can own Punching Henry. We Are Movie Geeks has two copies of the Punching Henry Blu-ray to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this
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Film Review: ‘Punching Henry’

Film Review: ‘Punching Henry’
Comic singer-songwriter Henry Phillips continues to engage as a likable loser in “Punching Henry,” a sharply observed and understatedly amusing follow-up to “Punching the Clown,” the prize-winning 2009 indie in which he played a chronically luckless character modeled, and named, after himself. Mind you, it’s not absolutely necessary to have seen that earlier film for you to appreciate this one (which, like its predecessor, Phillips co-wrote with director Gregori Viens). But if you are familiar with the 2009 opus, your enjoyment here may be laced with melancholy, since it appears that Phillips — or at least his on-screen alter ego — is still going nowhere fast while doggedly chasing his dream.

As “Punching Henry” begins, Phillips remains stuck in the lower depths of show business, telling jokes and performing tongue-in-cheek tunes before small audiences (and, sometimes, aggressive hecklers) at second- and third-tier comedy clubs in flyover country. Five years after inadvertently blowing a big break in L.
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Review: Punching Henry, Highly Charming and Deadpan Comedy

With the likes of Sarah Silverman and Moby singing the film's praise, Punching Henry (formerly titled Punching the Clown) certainly is a huge industry in-joke, yet it is also accessible for general fans of comedy. Aspiring -- and frankly hopeless -- comedian Henry Phillips (as himself) plays the lamest and most inappropriate venues for his specific form of dark comedy folk music. He moves to La and in with his brother (Matt Walker), a wannabe actor -- think Batman at kids parties -- picks up an amiable agent and gets noticed for all the wrong reasons at a high profile event. Before long he is caught up in a lie even he is not fully aware of as he commits to record contracts and gets...

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The Weekend Warrior 2/24/17: Get Out, Collide, Rock Dog

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

Presidents' Day weekend was an interesting one at the box office, and as with most holiday weekends, it was particularly difficult to figure out how things might fare, other than The Lego Batman Movie, which remained at #1 with almost $45 million over the four-day weekend. Fifty Shades Darker followed with $21.3 million, about a 50% drop. Last week, I thought that the Ice Cub comedy Fist Fight would beat The Great Wall, although it seemed like it could be a close race. Nope. Matt Damon’s action epic came in third place with $21.6 million, which is a couple million more than my original prediction, but The Fist Fight fell short of my prediction by almost $10 million, grossing $14.5 million in its first four days.
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Official Trailer for Dramedy 'Punching Henry' Starring Henry Phillips

"I think I'm failing very well doing what I love." Well Go USA has debuted a quirky trailer for an indie dramedy titled Punching Henry, a semi-autobiographical look at the life of comedian Henry Phillips. Henry is self-described as a "rambling troubadour extraordinaire" who combines folk music with stand up comedy in an awkward little act. Lured to Los Angeles by a veteran TV producer, Henry ends up making tough decisions about chasing fame and success. The cast includes J.K. Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Jim Jefferies, Doug Stanhope, and more. This looks like a heartwarming, amusing little gem that hopefully profiles Henry Phillips in the best light, even if he doesn't achieve success. It's worth a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Gregori Viens' Punching Henry, direct from YouTube: In this semi-autobiographical, hyper-intelligent comedy, a journeyman comedian (played by Henry Phillips himself) is lured to L.
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Comedian Henry Phillips writes and stars in the trailer for Punching Henry

  • JoBlo
Hapless satirical songwriter Henry Phillips is lured to La by renowned TV producer Jay Warren, who wants to make a show about the life of a struggling performer. When Jay sees Henry bomb at a local club, he is convinced that this story must be told. It's time to feel sorry for comedians in the trailer for Punching Henry! I think there is an interesting story to tell about comedians. Some of... Read More...
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Afm: Former Premiere Entertainment exec launches Octane Entertainment

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Exclusive: Jack Campbell’s Octane brings nine titles to Afm

Former Premiere Entertainment Group executive Jack Campbell has launched Octane Entertainment with nine titles for Afm buyers led by This Is Your Death starring Josh Duhamel.

Backed by a Silicon Valley-based investment fund, Octane plans to finance and produce one to two cast-driven, globally appealing features a year and acquire 15-20 third-party titles a year.

This Is Your Death from producers Great Point Media centres on a lethal game show. Giancarlo Esposito directs and stars alongside Duhamel and Famke Janssen. Great Point represents Us rights.

The slate includes comedy And Punching The Clown with Henry Phillips, Sarah Silverman and J.K. Simmons, action title Cops And Robbers with Michael Jai White and Tom Berenger, and thriller Tell Me How I Die starring YouTube comedy sensation Ryan Higa.

Company president Campbell will be joined at the Afm by vice-president Tamara Nagahiro and acquisitions executive Tanya Thanadpojanamart.

“With so many
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American Film Market to Screen Films From James Franco, Noomi Rapace, Kit Harington

American Film Market to Screen Films From James Franco, Noomi Rapace, Kit Harington
The American Film Market has announced more than 250 market premieres, plus 71 films that have never before screened, at the Nov. 2-9 conference in Santa Monica. More than 300 films will screen in all.

World market premieres include sci fi thriller “What Happened to Monday” from Snd M6, with Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, and William Dafoe; animated musical, “Charming,” with voices by former Disney stars Demi Lovato and Ashley Tisdale and Avril Lavigne and animated feature “Ballerina,” with voices by Elle Fanning and Dane DeHaan.

Films that will make their market debuts include “Coming Through The Rye,” from Bleiberg Entertainment, starring Alex Wolff and Chris Cooper; “Brimstone,” from Embankment Films, starring Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce and Kit Harington, and “And Punching The Clown,” from Octane Entertainment, starring Henry Phillips, J.K. Simmons, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman. James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle” will also screen.

Other stars featured in films screening at the market include Alec Baldwin,
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'What Happened To Monday', 'Ballerina' on Afm screening roster

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'What Happened To Monday', 'Ballerina' on Afm screening roster
World premieres of the Noomi Rapace and Willem Dafoe sci-fi from Snd M6 Group and Gaumont’s animation featuring Elle Fanning will screen at the Santa Monica market next month.

Afm top brass said on Tuesday there will be 71 world premiere screenings and more than 250 market premiere screenings from November 2-9, with more likely to be confirmed in the weeks ahead.

Sc Films International’s Charming 3D featuring the voices of Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale and Avril Lavigne is also on the world premiere line-up with Vmi Worldwide’s Swing State with Taryn Manning, Billy Zane, Sean Astin and Angela Kinsey.

There are market debuts for: Protagonist Pictures’ recent Toronto hit Lady Macbeth starring Screen Star Of Tomorrow Florence Pugh; Little Film Company’s animation Ethel & Ernest voiced by Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway; Bleiberg Entertainment’s coming-of-age drama Coming Through The Rye with Alex Wolff and Chris Cooper; and HanWay FilmsTheir Finest from Lone Scherfig
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'What Happened To Monday', 'Shimmer Lake' on Afm screening roster

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'What Happened To Monday', 'Shimmer Lake' on Afm screening roster
World premieres of the Noomi Rapace and Willem Dafoe sci-fi from Snd M6 Group and The Exchange’s crime mystery starring Benjamin Walker, Stephanie Sigman, Wyatt Russell and Rainn Wilson will screen at the Santa Monica market next month.

Afm top brass said on Tuesday there will be 71 world premiere screenings and more than 250 market premiere screenings from November 2-9, with more likely to be confirmed in the weeks ahead.

Gaumont’s animation Ballerina featuring Elle Fanning is also on the world premiere line-up, with Sc Films International’s Charming 3D featuring the voices of Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale and Avril Lavigne, and Vmi Worldwide’s Swing State with Taryn Manning, Billy Zane, Sean Astin and Angela Kinsey.

There are market debuts for: Protagonist Pictures’ recent Toronto hit Lady Macbeth starring Screen Star Of Tomorrow Florence Pugh; Little Film Company’s animation Ethel & Ernest voiced by Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway; Bleiberg Entertainment’s coming-of-age
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'What Happened To Monday', 'Simmer Lake' on Afm screening roster

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'What Happened To Monday', 'Simmer Lake' on Afm screening roster
World premieres of the Noomi Rapace and Willem Dafoe sci-fi from Snd M6 Group and The Exchange’s crime mystery starring Benjamin Walker, Stephanie Sigman, Wyatt Russell and Rainn Wilson will screen at the Santa Monica market next month.

Afm top brass said on Tuesday there will be 71 world premiere screenings and more than 250 market premiere screenings from November 2-9, with more likely to be confirmed in the weeks ahead.

Gaumont’s animation Ballerina featuring Elle Fanning is also on the world premiere line-up, with Sc Films International’s Charming 3D featuring the voices of Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale and Avril Lavigne, and Vmi Worldwide’s Swing State with Taryn Manning, Billy Zane, Sean Astin and Angela Kinsey.

There are market debuts for: Protagonist Pictures’ recent Toronto hit Lady Macbeth starring Screen Star Of Tomorrow Florence Pugh; Little Film Company’s animation Ethel & Ernest voiced by Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway; Bleiberg Entertainment’s coming-of-age
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‘And Punching The Clown’ First Look: SXSW Comedy With Sarah Silverman & Jk Simmons

‘And Punching The Clown’ First Look: SXSW Comedy With Sarah Silverman & Jk Simmons
Here’s a first look at And Punching The Clown, the comedy starring Henry Phillips, Sarah Silverman, J.K. Simmons, Jim Jefferies, Tig Notaro and Ellen Ratner. It makes its world premiere during next month’s SXSW in Austin in the fest’s 24 Beats Per Second section. Co-written and starring Phillips, the pic centers on the comedian-songwriter who is lured to L.A. by a renowned TV producer (Simmons), who hopes to create a TV series about the life of a struggling performer…
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J.K. Simmons, Sarah Silverman & Others Stand up For ‘Still Punching The Clown’

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J.K. Simmons, Sarah Silverman & Others Stand up For ‘Still Punching The Clown’
Exclusive: Nearly six years after Punching The Clown won Best Narrative Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival, a sequel is in the works. Henry Phillips returns to star in Still Punching The Clown, which he again co-wrote with director Gregori Viens. David Permut, Matt Ratner and Rick Rosenthal are producing the pic, which also stars J.K. Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Mike Judge, Jim Jefferies, Derek Waters, Ellen Ratner, Ginger Gonzaga and stand-up comedians Tig Notaro, Nikki Glaser and Doug Stanhope.

Still Punching The Clown follows Phillips’ misadventures as a stand-up comic attempting to make a name for himself amid myriad trials and tribulations as he tries to balance success with artistic integrity. Watch the trailer for the original 2009 pic above.

The film is a co-production of Permut Presentations, Tilted Windmill Productions and Whitewater Films, in association with Tunnel Post, Kandoo Films and Lola’s Productions. It’s the second teaming of Permut,
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Review: Punching The Clown Is Pure Comedy

With the likes of Sarah Silverman and Moby singing the film's praise Punching the Clown certainly is a huge industry in-joke yet it is also accessible for general fans of comedy. Aspiring - and frankly hopeless-  muso comedian Henry Phillips (as himself) plays the lamest and most inappropriate venues for his specific form of dark comedy folk music. He moves to La and in with his wannabe actor - think 'Batman at kids' parties - brother (Matt Walker) , picks up an amiable agent and gets noticed for all the wrong reasons at a high profile event. Before long he is caught up in a lie even he is not fully aware of as he commits to record contracts and gets booked into packed gigs....

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Sleepwalk With Me In St. Louis

Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It’s also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by “This American Life.” The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents.

Sleepwalk With Me features Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”), Carol Kane (“Taxi”), James Rebhorn (“Meet the Parents”), Cristin Milioti (star of Broadway’s “Once”), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jesse Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain.

“A funny and insightful movie. I could have watched it for ten hours.”

- Judd Apatow

IFC Films and Wamg invite you to enter to win passes to the advance screening of Sleepwalk With Me in St.
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Slamdance Award-Winner 'Punching the Clown' Being Developed as a Showtime Series

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Slamdance Award-Winner 'Punching the Clown' Being Developed as a Showtime Series
Director Gregori Viens' indie comedy/future cult film "Punching the Clown" won the audience award for best narrative feature at Slamdance in 2009 before a small self-distributed theatrical release in 2010. The film, which Viens co-wrote with star Henry Phillips, is loosely based on Phillips' life as a writer and performer of comedic songs, and follows him as he navigates sudden showbiz success and a just as sudden fall from grace in Los Angeles. Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, "Punching the Clown" is being developed into a TV series at Showtime, with Viens, Phillips and Chuck Martin ("Arrested Development") serving as writers, and all three attached as executive producers alongside Sarah Silverman and David Permut ("Youth in Revolt"). Viens and Phillips have been working on variations of this story for years -- before "Punching the Close" was a narrative feature, they reportedly made...
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Showtime Developing Comedy from Sarah Silverman, 'Arrested Development' Writer (Exclusive)

Showtime Developing Comedy from Sarah Silverman, 'Arrested Development' Writer (Exclusive)
Showtime is developing Slamdance Film Festival winner Punching the Clown for the small screen. The comedy from writer-director Gregori Viens had focused on comic singer-songwriter Henry Phillips, whose dumb-luck rise to Hollywood fame and fortune quickly goes bust. In the TV iteration, Phillips will be living with his struggling-actor brother and dealing with various romantic entanglements. Photos: The Hollywood Reporter Celebrates 'The Mindy Project' Viens, Phillips and Arrested Development's Chuck Martin will serve as writers and executive producers on the project, with comedian Sarah Silverman and David Permut (Face/Off, Farce of the Penguins) attached as EPs.

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[Interview] Mike Birbiglia On Crafting His Directorial Debut ‘Sleepwalk With Me’

  • The Film Stage
Many already know Mike Birbiglia from his stand-up specials and comedy tours, but his first feature, Sleepwalk With Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Stepping into the acting spotlight, while also writing and directing the film, Birbiglia makes first-time filmmaking look seamless and easy. Sleepwalk With Me also debuted at South By Southwest where Birbiglia and the producer of the film, Brian Bedol, were kind enough to sit down with me to discuss this very endearing and funny film. Check out our conversation below.

Can you tell us more about the script writing process?

Mike Birbiglia: The script process was about two years. There was a bunch of shifts. My brother Joe Birbiglia, Seth Barrish, who directed the one man show, and Ira Glass, who I developed a lot of stories with over the years for This American Life. Yeah, it was interesting because as
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Hilarious Trailer for Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me

Here's a funny ass trailer for an autobiographical romantic comedy from comedian Mike Birbiglia called Sleepwalk With Me. Birbiglia co-wrote, directed, and stars in the film that tells the story of an aspiring comedian who's been in a long relationship, feeling the pressures of marriage, and to top things off... he sleepwalks.

The movie won the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and it also stars Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, James Rebhorn, and Marc Maron.

Here's the synopsis:

Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It’s also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by “This American Life.” The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents.
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2010 Holiday Movie Guide - Theaters

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2010 Holiday Movie Guide - Theaters
Good things come to those who wait and for those who feel as though they've suffered through a year of largely uninspired films up to now will likely breathe a sigh of relief at the sound of names like Darren Aronofsky, Sofia Coppola and Peter Weir. 'Tis the season for Jim Carrey to take a pay cut to star in a gay romance like "I Love You Phillip Morris" or Javier Bardem is whispering sweet nothings to spirits in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu's "Biutiful" rather than Julia Roberts.

There is the naughty -- Kristen Stewart stripping in "Welcome to the Rileys," the would-be terrorists of the Brit comedy "Four Lions," or the evil Santa in "Rare Exports" -- and the nice -- the tap-dancing lovers in "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench," the glory of James Franco's daredevil surviving "127 Hours" and Colin Firth's verbally-challenged royal conquering his stutter in "The King's Speech.
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