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Giveaway: Win Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’ on Blu-ray

7 December 2016 9:01 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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.

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

6 December 2016 9:29 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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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. »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Totally Laime’ Comedy Based On Podcast Set At CBS From Elizabeth Laime & Tami Sagher

18 October 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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)

26 August 2016 8:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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, »

- Rachel Bellwoar

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Don’T Think Twice – Review

12 August 2016 3:28 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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. »

- Michael Haffner

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Interview with Mike Birbiglia, writer/director/star of Don’t Think Twice

9 August 2016 11:22 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

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 »

- Mike Tyrkus

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‘Don’t Think Twice’ Director Blasts MPAA Over ‘Suicide Squad’s’ PG-13 Rating

3 August 2016 2:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- Dave McNary

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Interview with Mike Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci and Keegan-Michael Key for Don't Think Twice

3 August 2016 12:06 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

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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- Gig Patta

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Don’t Think Twice Movie Review

2 August 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

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 ]

The post Don’t Think Twice Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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

31 July 2016 11:36 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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 KeyGillian JacobsKate 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: »

- Meriah Doty

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Film Review: Comedy is Humanity in Magnanimous ‘Don’t Think Twice’

30 July 2016 6:07 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Contest: Chicago, watch Don’t Think Twice on opening night for free

27 July 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

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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- Danette Chavez

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'Star Trek Beyond' Debuts at #1, 'Lights Out' Opens Strong and 'Ice Age 5' Bombs

24 July 2016 9:28 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

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 »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Reveal Why Making ‘Don’t Think Twice’ is Even Harder Than Improv (Video)

22 July 2016 2:35 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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, »

- Anne Thompson

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Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Reveal Why Making ‘Don’t Think Twice’ is Even Harder Than Improv (Video)

22 July 2016 2:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Don’t Think Twice’ Stars Gillian Jacobs and Kate Micucci On How to Maneuver The Wilds of Hollywood

22 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Give most any performer half a chance, and they’ll tell you how hard it is to be in show business. There’s the constant rejection, soul-crushing survival jobs and the unique hell of internet trolls. But Gillian Jacobs and Kate Micucci aren’t any performers. As they chiseled eccentric paths through the contemporary comedy landscape, both actresses have managed to keep their spirits high. And with the new showbiz dramedy “Don’t Think Twice,” the delightful duo finally had a chance to share the screen, much to our collective good fortune.

Written and directed by Mike Birbiglia, “Don’t Think Twice” centers on the improv The Commune. After years working together in a supportive and silly environment, the group and their dynamic are threatened as their comedy club is closing down, and one of their number gets a big break on a certain Saturday night sketch comedy show. Too »

- Kristy Puchko

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'Don't Think Twice' Review: Failure Is an Option

21 July 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Don't Think Twice looks at life inside an improv comedy group, which means it speaks to anyone on the periphery of success who dreams of taking the next step. It also speaks to the agony of watching one of your peers take that step and leave you behind. I can't get Mike Birbiglia's movie out of my head.

Birbiglia, 38, knows the drill: He's been doing improv and stand-up since forever. In 2012, he turned his semi-autobiographical one-man show, Sleepwalk With Me, into his feature film debut as writer, director and actor. »

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 22, 2016)

21 July 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 22. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Ice Age: Collision Course

Director: Galen T. Chu, Mike Thermeier

Cast: Adam DeVine, Jennifer Lopez, Melissa Rauch

Synopsis: Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. »

- Steve Greene

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Mike Birbiglia Says ‘Don’t Think Twice’ is ‘More Like Life’ Than a Movie

21 July 2016 9:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“I’ll be the sixth lead in the indie film and that’s ok,” joked comedian Chris Gethard Wednesday night at the Sunshine Landmark Cinema for the New York premiere of “Don’t Think Twice.”

“It’s easier for [photographers] to take pictures of me until Keegan[-Michael Key] gets here,” Gethard laughed – playing off the theme of the film, which follows a New York City improv troupe. When one member gets his big break, they begin to realize they can’t all make it in the business.

While the movie surrounds comedians played by Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher, and Mike Birbiglia, producer Miranda Bailey said the film is a “drama about comedy.”

“It’s more about friendship and life and it’s about an experience. What does success do to friendships and jealousy? It explores those kinds of things in a really funny way.”

Key, who jokingly crawled along »

- Sade Spence

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Newswire: Matt Damon “gets it,” but doesn’t support removing guns from Jason Bourne ads

20 July 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Earlier this month, producer Tami Sagher became frustrated with the level of gun imagery in the ads for Jason Bourne in light of all of these recent shootings. So she shared a photo on social media of a poster for the film with the gun ripped off, along with a caption telling people around New York to do the same thing. Lena Dunham, who worked with Sagher on Girls, shared the post and called it a “good idea.”

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Now, E! News has asked Jason Bourne stars Matt Damon and Julia Stiles about the “tear guns off of posters” movement, and though they don’t exactly support it, they’re not as opposed to the idea as you might think. Damon says he “totally” gets it and “doesn’t blame [Lena Dunham] at all,” adding that he understands why people might not want to see pictures of guns right ...

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- Sam Barsanti

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