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Netflix’s ‘Irreplaceable You’ Trailer: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Christopher Walken, and Kate McKinnon Attend Group Therapy — Watch

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Netflix’s ‘Irreplaceable You’ Trailer: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Christopher Walken, and Kate McKinnon Attend Group Therapy — Watch
The upcoming Netflix film “Irreplaceable You” boasts a female director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and star, a combination that worked well for the streaming service’s three-time Oscar nominee, “Mudbound.” Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Beauty and the Beast”) plays Abbie, a woman thrilled to finally be marrying her elementary school sweetheart, Sam (Michiel Huisman from “Game of Thrones”), with whom she is expecting a child. At a doctor’s appointment, the couple is devastated to learn that Abbie actually isn’t pregnant: she’s given a terminal cancer diagnosis instead.

Read More:‘Beauty and the Beast’ Is a Technological Marvel, But for Its Actors, the Challenge Was Daunting

Bucking the film’s title, Abbie then resigns to auditioning stand-ins to share a life with Sam. She also attends patient group therapy alongside the alter-egos of Christopher Walken, Kate McKinnon, Steve Coogan, and Tami Sagher (“Don’t Think Twice”). “Irreplaceable You” features sympathetic turns from
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First Trailer for True Crime Podcasters Indie Comedy 'Women Who Kill'

"Hottest female serial killer ever? That's a tough call." FilmRise has debuted an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Women Who Kill, which first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year. The film is inspired by podcasts like "Serial" and tells the story of two women who run a podcast about serial killers called "Women Who Kill". Writer/director Ingrid Jungermann stars as Morgan, and Ann Carr plays her co-host Jean. They used to be in a relationship but not anymore. When Morgan meets a new girl at the local Food Coop, she falls for her but it turns out she may actually be a serial killer. The cast includes Sheila Vand, Annette O'Toole, Deborah Rush, Tami Sagher, Grace Rex, and Shannon Patricia O'Neill. This looks quirky and entertaining in a very Brooklyn way, with some deep Brooklyn humor, but that's cool. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster
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How a ‘Nightmare’ Audition Finally Paid Off for Andrew Rannells

How a ‘Nightmare’ Audition Finally Paid Off for Andrew Rannells
Girls,” HBO / Season 6 ep. 7, “The Bounce”

Written by Murray Miller and Tami Sagher, Directed by Richard Shepard

Andrew Rannells’ character Elijah Krantz, the narcissistic, wry and insightful gay ex-boyfriend-cum-roommate of Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) on “Girls,” has been a scene-stealer since season one of the Emmy-winning HBO series. In “The Bounce,” former love Dill (Corey Stoll) comes racing back into Elijah’s arms just as he musters the courage to audition for the Broadway musical adaptation of the big-screen comedy “White Men Can’t Jump.”

Elijah belts out a rousing, pitch-perfect rendition of “Let Me Be Your Star,” from the defunct NBC series “Smash.” He seems poised to become a star. And then they bring in the basketballs.

Rannells: “Lena [Dunham] had said she wanted to explore this idea of Elijah getting into musical theater and that was something we had sort of teased in the past. In the first season we had talked about how he had
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“Women Who Kill” and “Woman on Fire” Acquired by FilmRise

“Woman on Fire”

FilmRise has acquired two female-led films directed by women in the span of a couple of days. Variety reports that the Brooklyn-based company has secured worldwide VOD and digital rights to Ingrid Jungermann’s award-winning “Women Who Kill” and a press release announced that they’ve also nabbed exclusive worldwide rights to Julie Sokolow’s “Woman On Fire,” a portrait of a history-making trans woman.

Women Who Kill” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, where the comedy-thriller took home the narrative feature screenplay award. The film is “a love triangle between two true crime podcasters and a potential murderer,” writer-director Jungermann told us. The story was inspired by her “unhealthy obsession with ‘Serial,’ … history of failed relationships, and a desire to deconstruct romantic comedy structure. I wanted to make a movie that felt both familiar and foreign and tap into the universal problem of loneliness,” she explained.

Jungermann co-created “The Slope” and created “F to 7th,” both of which are web series.

Women Who Kill” stars Annette O’Toole (“Halt and Catch Fire”), Tami Sagher (“Inside Amy Schumer”), Sheila Vand (“24: Legacy”), and Jungermann, and will be released theatrically by Film Collaborative, a non-profit. No word on when it will hit theaters.

“It is an honor to work with FilmRise and The Film Collaborative and we are all thrilled to share ‘Women Who Kill’ with audiences everywhere,” said Jungermann. “I wanted to make a film that took my appreciation of classic film genres — romantic comedies, mysteries, and a dash of horror — and twist it up into something that resembles a heightened version of my own life experience.”

Woman On Fire” made its world premiere at Doc NYC in 2016. The film follows Brooke Guinan, New York City’s first openly transgender firefighter. The doc “captures Brooke’s transition and her struggle for acceptance in what is still an overwhelmingly male-dominated profession,” according to its official synopsis.

“I first learned about Brooke when a photo of her went viral. She’s standing tall in her firefighting helmet and a shirt that reads, ‘So Trans So What,’ Sokolow recalled in an interview with us. “The photo was accompanied by interviews with Brooke and her father George, a respected Fdny lieutenant with 35 years on the job. He’s also a devout Christian and Republican.” The director explained, “Brooke and her father’s relationship seemed to embody the polarized political forces in America today. I wanted to explore what it was like for them to coexist in the same family and workplace.”

Sokolow’s other directing credits include docs “The John Show” and “Aspie Seeks Love.”

To coincide with Pride Month, “Woman On Fire” will have a public screening June 5 at Bam Rose Cinemas. Guinan will be honored as a Grand Marshal of this year’s Lgbt Pride March in NYC.

“We feel privileged to be able to share Brooke Guinan’s remarkable story of strength and resilience,” said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise. “Julie Sokolow has crafted a sincere and timely documentary that we believe will resonate with viewers everywhere.”

Further release info about “Woman On Fire” has yet to be announced.

Women Who Kill” and “Woman on Fire” Acquired by FilmRise was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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The Who Was? Show: Netflix Orders Family Variety Series for 2018

Although its not yet posted to the press site, Netflix has ordered the 13-episode first season of The Who Was? Show. The half-hour series is inspired by Penguin Books Who Was? children's series. Showrunner Rich Korson will executive produce with Bob Higgins, Jay Peterson, and Penguin Workshop publisher and president, Francesco Sedita. Penguin Workshop developed The Who Was? Show, and FremantleMedia Kids & Family is producing. Deadline reports, "The series where comedy and history collide" will debut in 2018. Brian McCann, Elliott Kalan, Eric Gilliland, Delaney Yeager, and Tami Sagher are writing the new Netflix series. Read More…
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‘Girls’ Star Andrew Rannells Has Some Tips on Auditioning With Balls and ‘Smash’ Songs

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‘Girls’ Star Andrew Rannells Has Some Tips on Auditioning With Balls and ‘Smash’ Songs
Tony-nominated actor Andrew Rannells projects the confidence of a man who can do it all — but this Sunday, we found out that he can’t jump.

That is, if he’s auditioning for a role in “White Men Can’t Jump: The Musical,” a fictional Broadway musical within the world of “Girls.” It’s an opportunity that represents a real chance for Elijah (Rannells) to ascend to a new level of success, just as everyone else on the show finds themselves growing up.

Read More: ‘Girls’ Review: A Baby Daddy Surfaces While Another Character Grows Up

When it comes to Season 6, Episode 7 of “Girls,” titled “The Bounce,” Rannells was quick to give credit for the hilarious audition sequence to director Richard Shepard and choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall (the latter of whom has been working with the series for years, stretching back to the Season 3 episode “Beach House”). But Rannells also revealed
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Giveaway: Win Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’ on Blu-ray

Arriving on Blu-ray/DVD this week is Mike Birbiglia‘s impressive sophomore feature, Don’t Think Twice, starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard, and Tami Sagher. We’ve now teamed with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to give away one Blu-ray to a reader. All entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, December 11th.

To enter, do the first two steps and then each additional one counts as another entry into the contest.

1. Like The Film Stage on Facebook

2. Follow The Film Stage on Twitter

Follow @TheFilmStage

3. Comment in the box on Facebook with your favorite comedy of the year so far.

4. Retweet the following tweet:

We're giving away @birbigs' #DontThinkTwice on Blu-ray. Rt this & follow us to enter. Details: https://t.co/JlILglmeYe pic.twitter.com/uO2WDtlXFO

— The Film Stage
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Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Is A Wise Indie Film That Deserves Awards Attention — IndieWire On Demand

Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Is A Wise Indie Film That Deserves Awards Attention — IndieWire On Demand
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Comedian Mike Birbiglia first showed his filmmaking chops with his 2012 debut “Sleepwalk With Me,” which won the Best of Next Audience Award at Sundance, but he truly came into his own as a director with this year’s wonderful “Don’t Think Twice.” A favorite at SXSW and Tribeca, the comedy-drama opened to rave reviews over the summer and continues to chart on the list of the highest grossing indies of 2016.

Birbiglia plays an improv comedian along with other favorites like Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard. Their group is shaken up by a “Saturday Night Live”-style sketch comedy show that could give certain members a next leg up on the road to success, which creates tension among the members and forces each to get self-relfective about their artistry.
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‘Totally Laime’ Comedy Based On Podcast Set At CBS From Elizabeth Laime & Tami Sagher

CBS has put in development hybrid comedy Totally Laime, inspired by Elizabeth Laime’s popular podcast, from Inside Amy Schumer scribe Tami Sagher and Thruline Entertainment. Co-written and executive produced by Laime and Sagher inspired by Laime and her husband Andy, Totally Laime focuses on a young couple who document their relationship through a podcast. Thruline’s Willie Mercer and Jb Roberts also executive produce. CBS Television Studios is the studio. Laime got her…
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Movie Review – Don’t Think Twice (2016)

Don’t Think Twice, 2016.

Written and Directed by Mike Birbiglia.

Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher, and Kate Micucci.

Synopsis:

Just when the theater they regularly perform at is about to close down, two members of an improv group are given the chance to be on an SNL-like variety show.

If “don’t think twice” is the motto of improv, and the title of writer-director-actor Mike Birbiglia’s new movie, my motto is “Tell yourself you’ll stop thinking at twice. Allow one more think. Then think again anyway.”

Birbiglia drives in on the opposite impulse, with a film that lovingly and specifically portraits the improv community of NYC. Centered on a fictional group called the Commune, most of the cast come from comedy backgrounds and the characters they play frequently merge with real life, adding to the authenticity. Keegan-Michael Key’s Obama impression,
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Don’T Think Twice – Review

It’s not easy being thirty. At least that seems like the case for Mike Birbiglia. The comedian, actor, writer, and now director isn’t quite at the level of Eeyore, but he’s definitely one of indie cinema’s recent favorite sad sacks. A consistent theme in his work is a male character (always himself) self-analyzing his life and career and pining after the “shoulda been me” moments that could have propelled his career. Part of this introspection is centered around how the thirties is ultimately the final nail in your budding professional career. At that point you might as well turn off the microphone and settle down into a life of domesticity. Well… at least in the eyes of Birbiglia.

I admit that I wasn’t much of a fan of his previous film – the directorial debut Sleepwalk With Me. It’s consistent down beat tone became a slog to get through.
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Interview with Mike Birbiglia, writer/director/star of Don’t Think Twice

For years, an improve group called The Commune have been the stars of their small New York improv theater. The members of the group, Mile (Mike Birbiglia), Samantha (Gillian Jacobs), Jack (Keegan-Michael Key), Allison (Kate Micucci), Bill (Chris Gethard), and Lindsay (Tami Sagher) entertain audiences night after night by performing as a finely-tuned troop. But, by day, they have to support themselves by working soul-crushing menial jobs.

Then, after they learn that their beloved theater is closing down and a hit comedy television show, ala Saturday Night Live, is looking for talent, the group dynamic begins to fracture and it may be time for the group to stop dreaming and get on with their lives.

Such is the premise of writer/director/star Mike Birbiglia’s new film Don’t Think Twice. While Birbiglia’s first film, Sleepwalk with Me (2012), was based on his work as a stand-up comedian, his
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‘Don’t Think Twice’ Director Blasts MPAA Over ‘Suicide Squad’s’ PG-13 Rating

‘Don’t Think Twice’ Director Blasts MPAA Over ‘Suicide Squad’s’ PG-13 Rating
Filmmaker and comedian Mike Birbiglia doesn’t understand why the MPAA gave his new movie “Don’t Think Twice” an R-rating while allowing the violence-laden “Suicide Squad” a PG-13.

Suicide Squad has machine gun killings and bombings and got a PG-13 rating. @Dontthinkmovie gets an R because adults smoke pot. Confusing?” Birbiglia said on Wednesday.

He later wrote “F— the MPAA” but deleted the tweet.

A spokesman for the MPAA told Variety the org declined to comment on the matter.

Filmmaker Judd Apatow, who directed and produced “Trainwreck,” “Knocked Up,” “Funny People,” “This Is 40” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin, responded sympathetically to Birbiglia on Twitter:

“Studios own the ratings board. Violence sells so they make pot and sex the scary thing so they seem caring.”

Birbiglia responded: “That makes a lot of sense and is insane.”

Film Arcade released “Don’t Think Twice,” which currently has a 100% fresh rating on
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Interview with Mike Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci and Keegan-Michael Key for Don't Think Twice

Friendships are tested with a New York City improv troupe after one gets a huge break for television in Don’T Think Twice.

In this refreshing comedy from actor/director Mike Birbiglia, it follows a group of friends who acted together for an improv show for many years. Until one day, one of the members successfully received a part in a popular television and the group started to fall apart.

The film also stars Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher and Keegan-Michael Key.

Lrm sat down with Birbiglia, Jacobs, Micucci and Key at a press event late last month to talk about acting, improv and the relatable story with this movie.

Don’T Think Twice is currently showing in limited release in select cities.

Watch the interview below.
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Don’t Think Twice Movie Review

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Don’t Think Twice Movie Review
Don’T Think Twice The Film Arcade Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Mike Birbiglia Written by: Mike Birbiglia Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 7/14/16 Opens: July 22, 2016 When you were growing up, you likely played basketball and videogames with your pals. As years go by, your friends got their CPAs, their MDs, their Juris Doctors–and all you got was a lousy T-shirt. Wedding bells are breaking up that old gang of mine, but success can do the same. You’re envious of the others, you’re left behind, you’re depressed. Mike Birbiglia knows what success can do for [ Read More ]

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‘Don’t Think Twice’ Wins Specialty Box Office Second Weekend in a Row

‘Don’t Think Twice’ Wins Specialty Box Office Second Weekend in a Row
Mike Birbiglia‘s critical hit “Don’t Think Twice” played to sold-out showings in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, ending the weekend with the highest per-screen average for its second consecutive week. The film, distributed by The Film Arcade, ended the three-day frame with an estimated strong average of $30,084 per screen. “Don’t Think Twice,” written, directed and starring Birbiglia, also features Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard. It follows the ups and downs of an improv comedy troupe on a long-running sketch-comedy show and has a perfect 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. Also Read:
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Film Review: Comedy is Humanity in Magnanimous ‘Don’t Think Twice’

Chicago – Comedian/writer/director Mike Birbiglia is breaking out as a filmmaker, and he adds a deft and emotional touch to a story of an improvisation comedy troupe split apart by change they didn’t expect. That sounds a lot like life, and it’s best to “Don’t Think Twice.”

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Part backstage show business story, part understanding of creative (and other types of) partnering, “Don’t Think Twice” blends the elements through the centerpiece of the improvisation stage – a particular kind of comedy presentation that relies on those stage partners and an individual’s ability to make a quick decision. Sometimes – like in life – those partners have your back, or can just as quickly and suddenly leave you behind. This is Mike Birbiglia’s second film, and it shows a progress and maturity as a director that is reaching true heights of comedy and the challenges of being human.
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Contest: Chicago, watch Don’t Think Twice on opening night for free

Even the most tightly-knit improv groups can unravel when a nationally-broadcast sketch show beckons. That’s the central story of Don’t Think Twice, a dramedy directed by Mike Birbiglia, who co-stars with Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci, and Tami Sagher. They all play members of The Commune, a well-liked improv group that’s nonetheless becoming too small a pond for its members.

Don’t Think Twice hits theaters on July 29, and The A.V. Club is giving Chicagoans a chance to see it on opening night. For your chance to win a pair of passes to the premiere screening, simply enter your information here. Remember: Advance screenings are often intentionally overbooked, so be sure to arrive early if you want to secure a seat. You can watch the trailer for Don’t Think Twice below.
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'Star Trek Beyond' Debuts at #1, 'Lights Out' Opens Strong and 'Ice Age 5' Bombs

'Star Trek Beyond' Debuts at #1, 'Lights Out' Opens Strong and 'Ice Age 5' Bombs
Topped by Star Trek Beyond, five films grossed over $20 million this weekend for the first time since May 24, 2015 and for only the sixth time ever*. In the five previous instances $45.6 million was the largest gross for the #1 film when Monsters University topped the weekend back on June 30, 2013, which separates this weekend from the rest thanks to the estimated $59.6 million Beyond delivered in its debut performance. Also opening this weekend, and topping the $20 million threshold, was the impressive performance from New Line and Warner's Lights Out along with the rather disappointing opening for Ice Age: Collision Course. Overall, the top twelve grossed over $183 million, up 29.4% when compared to the same weekend last year. The estimated $59.6 million opening for Star Trek Beyond is enough to take #1 for the weekend, but that's a 15% drop compared to the $70.1 million opening for Star Trek Into Darkness, and that's not including the $13.5 million it carried into
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Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Reveal Why Making ‘Don’t Think Twice’ is Even Harder Than Improv (Video)

Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Reveal Why Making ‘Don’t Think Twice’ is Even Harder Than Improv (Video)
Ira Glass thinks it’s crazy for anyone to make a film. Ever.

But when his “This American Life” contributor Mike Birbiglia wanted to follow their 2012 collaboration “Sleepwalk with Me” with a film about an improv comedy troupe, Glass went along for another ride.

“It’s very hard for anybody who tries to make things for a living,” Glass said in our video interview at SXSW the morning after the film’s rousing premiere. “It’s hard to make anything that’s good… It struck me even more this time how many things have to go right, in every scene, every sound cue, it’s almost like every minute of the film is another 15 things that you can screw up.”

But Birbiglia, who learned a lot writing, directing, starring, and releasing “Sleepwalk with Me,” was up for the challenge. “It’s like nine art forms — you’ve got photography, acting,
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