20 items from 2015
Fandango Movieclips will join the YouTube Space L.A. residency program to produce original video content for online audiences. The program gives the online ticketer extensive access to YouTube’s production facilities, which it will use to unveil a new video series, “Movie3Some.”
The program, which will take a humorous approach to movie news, will be hosted by Fandango Fangirl Tiffany Smith and Kristian Harloff, from the “Schmoes Know” movie show. The series will feature different celebrities as a third co-host, completing the “3Some” each week.
NBA star Dwight Howard, “Napoleon Dynamite’s” Jon Heder, “Hellboy” director Guillermo del Toro, “The Sixth Sense” maestro M. Night Shyamalan, “The Purge” producer Jason Blum, and YouTubers Whitney Rice and Haley Mancini will serve as the show’s first guests.
Fandango Movieclips was formed after Fandango bought the movie trailer channel in 2014. YouTube Spaces are located in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, New York, »
- Brent Lang
“Attack of the Show” alum Tiffany Smith and Kristian Harloff (“Schmoes Know”) will co-host the digital video series “Movie3Some.” The show, which will feature a third celebrity co-host who changes each week, is the first in a series of movie-themed video shows jointly produced by Fandango Movieclips and YouTube Space La, the companies announced Thursday. First guests will include Dwight Howard, Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”), Guillermo Del Toro, M. Night Shyamalan and Jason Blum. Also Read: Fandango Launches Star-Studded 'We Love Movies' Video Series Thursday’s pilot episode discusses “Minions” and “Ant-Man,” as well as news from Comic-Con, and »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The film, written and directed by Rafael Palacio Illingworth, has been kept under wraps with a 20-day, Los Angeles-based shoot wrapping June 26. It also stars Adam Goldberg, Analeigh Tipton, Scott Haze, Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Bogdanovich, Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad”), John Ross Bowie (“The Big Bang Theory”), Jon Heder and Alison Sudol (“Transparent”).
Producers are Eleonore Meier of Nora Films and Madeline Samit and Bert Hamelinck of Caviar. Executive producers are Caviar’s Michael Sagol, Benito Mueller and Wolfgang Mueller of Barry Films, Michel Merkt and Allen Norin.
Thirlby and Feldman play a couple confronted by the fear that settling down and getting married means their carefree days as city-dwelling young adults coming to an abrupt and depressing end. Both are tempted by the »
- Dave McNary
A younger generation of viewers likely know siblings Aly and Aj Michalka from the stints on Disney television, or as the musical duo 78violet, but the sisters have taken a confident step into the world of indie filmmaking with "Weepah Way For Now." Inspired after watching Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" to try something in a similar spirit, their effort arrives soon at the L.A. Film Festival and today we have an exclusive clip. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes the Michalkas along with Mimi Rogers, Dan Byrd, Amanda Crew, Madeline Zima, Liam Aiken, Jon Heder, Tyler Labine, Gil Bellows, Ryan Donowho, Gale Harold, Erin Cummings, plus narration by Saoirse Ronan, the story follows musical sisters Elle and Joy, who spend their last week before going on tour visiting friends and preparing for the going away party they intend to host. Their apprehensions about throwing the party is universally »
- Edward Davis
When Quentin Dupieux arrived on the scene with his surreal (and Very weird)”slasher tire” film, Rubber, it was instantly apparent that this was a filmmaker who had absolutely no intention in making a point A to point B kind of film. It was a breath of fresh air, and his following films, Wrong, Wrong Cops both full explored that marriage of humor, satire and an imagination that feels almost like it was straight from the mind of a child. Continuing that approach once again, in in the most effective way to date, Dupieux’s Reality (which opened in NY/VOD on May 1st and here in La on May 15th via IFC Films) is quite easily Dupieux’s most accomplished piece of work to date, a laugh out loud surrealist comedy filled to the brim with wit and intelligence.
A series of scenes involving characters that seemingly have nothing »
- Jerry Smith
The director of Wrong and that killer tire movie you've heard so much about, Rubber, has another surreal art-house favourite out called Reality.
Reality opens in Los Angeles today, May 15th, and has been available on VOD since May 1 so be sure to track it down.
A quiet cameraman, dreams of directing his first horror movie. Bob Marshal, a wealthy producer, accepts to finance his movie on one condition: Jason has 48 hours to find the perfect scream in the history of film. During his search, Jason gradually gets lost in a nightmare.
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Read More: Trailer: "Walt Before Mickey" The Skyway Film Festival has shared with Indiewire the opening and closing night films for the 2015 incarnation of the festival, which will run from June 12-14. The opening night feature will be the world premiere of "Walt Before Mickey," which stars Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jon Heder, David Henrie and Jodie Sweetin. It chronicles the life of Walt Disney from his childhood in Missouri to his start as an animator. Directed by Khoa Lee, the film is based on the book by Timothy S. Susanna. "There isn't a better film for Opening Night to kick off our inaugural film festival. A story that follows the origins of Walt Disney, one of the most impactful entertainment pioneers in the history of film," said Joe Restaino, artistic Director of Skyway Film Festival. The closing night film marks the Florida premiere of the romantic comedy "No Stranger Than Love, »
- Casey Cipriani
"Reality" unfolds as a tapestry of very strange story strands that casually intersect and bleed into each other. They're hard to parse, which makes Quentin Dupieux's latest oddity a uniquely playful kind of moviegoing experience, much like his earlier cult comedies "Rubber" (2010) and "Wrong" (2012). It goes something like this: A precocious little girl named Reality (Kyla Kenedy) finds a videotape inside the guts of a hog her father has slaughtered; a cooking show host (Jon Heder of "Napoleon Dynamite") dressed in a giant rat suit has a form of eczema only he can see; French camera-operator Jason (Alain Chabat) wants to make a film about murderous television sets; and Reality's school principal (Eric Wareheim) is plagued by dreams of cross-dressing. Are these episodic flights of fantasy reality, or wish-fulfillment? Though shot around Los Angeles, where Dupieux is now based, the film exists somewhere outside time and place, similar to. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Read More: Watch: First International Trailer For Quentin Dupieux's Oddball 'Reality' [Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Ride," is available now On Demand.] Since his unrepentantly weird "Rubber" in 2010, Quentin Dupieux has obsessively returned to the same themes and motifs in his films: the art and craft of filmmaking; voyeurism; artifice and manipulating viewers; and, most of all, dreams. The house musician and filmmaker makes films that perform self-vivisections, cutting themselves open and examining their own innards. His newest, "Reality," depicts a filmmaker struggling with inspiration. It also has Jon Heder in a giant rat suit. Dupieux writes, edits, shoots, directs, and—until "Reality"—scores all of his films, making him a true auteur. Indiewire sat down with the French filmmaker to talk about movies, music and »
- Greg Cwik
As you know, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" arrives in theaters this weekend and will obliterate box office records. But if you're looking for something far off the beaten path, unpredictable, and just a little weird, you might want to track down Quentin Dupieux's "Reality." And today we have an exclusive clip to underscore the distinct comedy the oddball movie delivers. The story follows a little girl named Reality (Kyla Kenedy), who finds a VHS tape inside the carcass of a boar her father is planning to stuff. Meanwhile, the cameraman (Alain Chabat) of a show hosted by a man in a bear suit (Jon Heder) needs to record the perfect scream for his pet project, a film about killer TVs. Yes, this is completely unique stuff, with its own calibrated sense of humor, as seen in the sequence below in which Reality faces off against the school Superintendent, played by Eric Wareheim, »
- Edward Davis
French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux has made a career out of blurring the lines between ambition and utter lunacy, vouching for those who argue that beauty and chaos go hand-in-hand. I’ll confess that Rubber and Wrong hold a special place in my heart, but his latest film, aptly titled Reality, might be where I hop off this gonzo train of absurd, nonconforming, dreamlike voyeurism. As you can assume, Dupieux’s hazily overexposed interpretation of reality is anything but “normal,” as we’re once again caught in multiple character arcs that are pieced together by – well, I can finally say I have no ‘effing idea how everything comes together. Rubber addresses cinematic cultures, and Wrong chases a dog, but Reality introduces a nightmare that we never wake up from no matter how hard we try.
There’s no point in explaining a plot that’s non-existent, but here’s the short-hand version. »
- Matt Donato
Before she sang “Galavaaant” across the castles and fields of England, actress Karen David was filming in London for Atul Malhotra’s Brit Indie film Amar, Akbar & Tony. Amar, Akbar & Tony are three best friends who all are from different backgrounds. It is about the camaraderie and love between these three friends through trials, tribulations, predicaments they face and the happy times as they grow up and come of age.
In the comedy/drama, Karen plays the mysterious character of Meera, but that is all we know! What we do know is that according to director Atul, she has done an incredible job.
Stacey got the chance to catch up with Karen and had a fun, fabulous chat about the challenges playing Meera, what she thinks is so special about this Indie film and more! Enjoy!
I know when we last talked, you were telling me that filming was in the middle of your wedding? »
- Stacey Yount
Jason, a quiet cameraman, dreams of directing his first horror movie. Bob Marshall, a wealthy producer, accepts to finance his movie on one condition : Jason has 48 hours to find the best scream in the history of film. During his search, Jason gradually gets lost in a nightmare.
- Gary Collinson
Quentin Dupieux broke out onto the film scene with his wacko cult hit Rubber, a tongue-in-cheek horror story about a killer car tire. Now he’s made four films in the last five years, and his latest, which Dupieux has been writing on and off while making his other films, has just received a trailer that deliberately seeks to defy explanation.
Reality stars Alain Chabat as a film director given 48 hours to find the perfect scream, or shriek of pain, before he receives funding for his schlocky horror film. In our review from back in October, we compared it to David Lynch and older French surrealist films, admiring its absurdist, comedic charms. Here’s the log line from IMDb:
A wanna-be director is given 48 hours by a producer to find the best groan of pain, worthy of an Oscar, as the only condition to back his film.
Jon Heder and »
- Brian Welk
It's not every day that you'd expect to find the likes of Alain Chabat, Jon Heder and Eric Wareheim in the same movie. Then again, films from French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux don't come down the pike every day. Hold on to your hats —your Friday is about to get pretty weird. From the man who brought you "Rubber" and "Wrong Cops" comes a picture about the business of making movies. When young cameraman Jason decides to make a horror movie, he finds a benefactor in a wealthy producer who agrees to help him out on one condition: he must find the most perfect scream in 48 hours. And so begins Jason's journey, which turns into the stuff of nightmares in which reality and surreality blend and overlap. "Reality" opens in limited release and on VOD on May 8th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When you think of blockbuster movies, you think of huge budgets, astronomical paydays for its stars, and a mammoth press tour. But every once and awhile, a smaller movie proves that all wrong. As we gear up for the spring and summer movie extravaganzas, we wanted to take a look back at the films that were made on a shoestring budget (at least by Hollywood standards) and wound up making some serious bank. You don’t always need A-listers and commercial tie-ins for a movie to be a box office hit, and these 10 classics (which are listed in no particular order) prove just that.
Note: all box office estimates are courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Estimated Budget: $15,000
Box Office Tally: $108 million
Thanks to strong word of mouth and a viral campaign, this spooky found footage horror flick (sound familiar?) about a couple being haunted by spirits in the wee »
- Aly Semigran
One of the hardest bouts of growing pains experienced by adolescents is that rite of passage known as the high school experience. In high school one is subject to discovering their own sense of self-identity and purpose. In fact, sometimes the social factor is crucial because the cost of belonging in social-related circles is vital in a four-year commitment to belonging among your peers.
The tension is high to belong and get along as your search for excellence in good grades, social interaction and the overall learning experience is important. However, not every youngster can cope with what they are faced as the obstacles to excel are demanding in high school. Hence, the potential to become “an outsider” is inevitable and the unlikeliest label that no one can overcome no matter how much they try.
The movies have been instrumental in capturing such heavy-handed angst and frustration of the tortured »
- Frank Ochieng
Ah, the sweet sound of success! Even more relevant in this movie article is the sweet movement of success. Thus, Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies will highlight some of the top-notch dance steps where moving your feet to the music is essential. Now this does not have to necessary be exclusive to musical-oriented films or dance-related flicks but hey…it could not hurt either, right?
Nevertheless folks, how about we take a free-wheeling look at some of the selections that were memorable (some more than others) spotlighted here in Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies were your finger-snapping, feet-stomping urges overcome you. Perhaps you have your brand of acceptable dance moments not included in this group? Well, let your thoughts be known if you feel compelled to do so. In the meantime, sit back and check out some of »
- Frank Ochieng
Whether you love him or hate him there's no arguing the fact that there's simply nobody else quite like Rubber and Wrong director Quentin Dupieux these days. The musician turned director has been baffling and / or delighting audiences around the globe with his drily absurd sense of humor for a good few years now and he did the same at the Venice film festival this past year when he premiered his latest effort, Realite.Boasting an international cast that includes Alain Chabat, Eric Wareheim and Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder. As usual for Dupieux this one resists meaningful synopsis - plot points really aren't the point of a Dupieux film - but here's how Venice described it:Jason, a quiet cameraman, dreams of directing his first horror...
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In the above clip, Danny McBride, who plays Tony Lazarus attempts to proposition biblical archaeologist Don Verdean (Sam Rockwell) to come work for his church the Lazarus fellowship. After offering to bankroll his endeavors, Leslie Bibb who plays Joylinda Lazarus, helps drive the nail in the coffin, so to speak. After very little actual convincing, Verdean willingly obliges. “I think it’s fair to say this might be a match made in heaven,” says Verdean with an obviously bad religious pun.
Don Verdean follows the title character (Sam Rockwell), a Biblical archaeologist hired by the local church pastor to find faith-promoting relics in the Holy Land. After proving unsuccessful in his attempts to find anything of substance, »
- William Fanelli
20 items from 2015
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