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Oliver Stone Talks ‘Snowden’ Financing Struggle, Film vs. TV and Military ‘Adulation’ in Movies

25 June 2016 11:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nantucket, Mass. — Oliver Stone pulled no punches and named names in detailing the struggle to finance his new movie about National Security Administration whistleblower Edward Snowden during a Q&A Saturday with fellow director Bennett Miller.

During the wide-ranging discussion, held as part of the Nantucket Film Festival, Stone also weighed in on his lack of enthusiasm for most serialized TV dramas, his disdain for the “adulation” of the U.S. military in many contemporary films and how Dino De Laurentiis dashed his hopes for “Conan the Barbarian” to have blossomed as a long-running franchise.

The intimate gathering at a private home on the water included actor Zachary Quinto, who plays journalist Glenn Greenwald in “Snowden,” and numerous writer-directors with pics at the fest, such as Mike Birbiglia (“Don’t Think Twice”), Julia Hart (“Miss Stevens”), Clay Tweel (“Gleason”) and Chris Kelly (“Other People”). The Nantucket fest, which wraps Monday, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Quitters’ Exclusive Trailer & Poster: A Smart-Aleck Teen Escapes His Troubled Home For a New Family

16 June 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

 

In “Quitters,” young Clark (Ben Konigsberg) is a smart-aleck San Francisco teen who thinks he can outsmart the entire world, but his home life is a mess. His mother (Mira Sorvino) has a prescription pill addiction that lands her in rehab, and Clark doesn’t have much of a relationship with his impatient father (Gregg Germann).

So what does he do? He decides to find a new family, specifically the family of an attractive classmate Natalia (Morgan Turner) who lets Clark temporarily move in as a houseguest. When conflict inevitably arises, it’s up to Clark to face up to the reality of his situation. The film also stars Kara Hayward (“Moonrise Kingdom”), Kieran Culkin (“Margaret”), Saffron Burrows (“Mozart in the Jungle”), and Scott Lawrence (“Jag”). Watch an exclusive trailer for “Quitters” above.

Read More: Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #12: Noah Pritzker’s ‘Quitters’ Sees a Family Falling Apart

Quitters” is the debut feature from director Noah Pritzker who also co-wrote the script with Ben Tarnoff. Pritzker recently told IndieWire, “‘Quitters’ initially came out of a short I was writing while at film school. The short focused on Clark’s family, and I was eager to keep writing and see where Clark would go and show more of the San Francisco world he would travel through. At the time, Ben Tarnoff – who I wrote the movie with – was writing a book about 19th century San Francisco. We both grew up there, went to the same high school, and were both drawn to the idea of writing about the city.”

“My short film ‘Little Dad’ got into SXSW while we were finishing a draft of ‘Quitters,’ which helped us get the movie made,” he added. “One of the first people to come on board was our casting director Doug Aibel. He and his team looked far and wide for the main character, played by Ben Konigsberg, whose performance as Clark defines the film.”

The film premiered at last year’s South by Southwest Festival. Star Ben Konigsberg is best known for his role as Yusef on the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black” as well as Hal in Tim Blake Nelson’s latest film “Anesthesia.”

Quitters” opens in select theaters and VOD on July 22. Check out a poster from the film below.

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- Vikram Murthi

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Review

1 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

By way of musical mockumentary, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping delivers hilarity, stupidity, and a whole lot of other expected “-ity’s.” This is textbook SNL-alumn scripting. Direct parallels are drawn to Jon M. Chu’s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, The Lonely Island drops some raunchy new material, and celebrity cameos fight for top-billing. We’re talking about a movie that – in one moment – captures a fish-costume-wearing Justin Timberlake shredding guitar riffs while Tim Meadows plays saxophone and Michael Bolton backs up Andy Samberg (who is rapping about his silly thoughts). Take that comment for Exactly what it is, and prepare for The Lonely Island’s latest bit of glorious absurdity.

Andy Samberg stars as Connor4Real, a pop sensation who found tremendous solo success after his original band, the Style Boyz, parted ways. With bandmate Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer) gone, Connor and his DJ, Owen (Jorma Taccone), tear »

- Matt Donato

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Poster and trailer for comedy Don’t Think Twice

21 May 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first trailer has arrived online for writer-director Mike Birbiglia’s upcoming comedy drama Don’t Think Twice which stars Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci and Tami Sagher; check it out here along with the poster…

When a member of a popular New York City improv group gets selected for a hit TV show, the rest of the group—all best friends—start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all. The new dramatic comedy from Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me) features a stellar ensemble of comic actors in Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher and Birbiglia. Don’t Think Twice tells a hilarious and honest story about the lives of professionally funny people.

Don’t Think Twice is set for release on July 22nd.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Things Get Seriously Funny In New Trailer For Don’t Think Twice

20 May 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Like writing, acting, painting, or, uh, film criticism, making money as a comedian is not an easy road to take. In Mike Birbiglia’s new film Don’t Think Twice, the director looks at six disparate characters and comedians, all attempting to make their livings the hard way, and laughing about it at the same time.

Don’t Think Twice tells the story of six comedic performers in an improv troupe in New York City (where else?) who navigate personal lives, unemployment, and the slippery road to success while trying to maintain their friendships and keep their heads above water. It doesn’t hurt that the six include Keegan-Michael KeyChris Gethard, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher, and Birbiglia himself, all of whom are…well, very funny people. But things are not easy for these six, not with egos to contend with and stardom to chase. It’s one thing to be funny, »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Success, Jealousy, and New York Comedy Meet In Trailer for Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’

20 May 2016 11:33 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Mike Birbiglia continued his writing-directing-acting exploration of the comedian’s life and process by following 2012’s Sleepwalk with Me — one of the clearer recent examples of “far better than you’d have any right to expect” — with Don’t Think Twice, a dramedy concerning the world of New York City improv, late-night comedy, and the resentment that jealousy can breed among friends. Lending this story a bit of additional authenticity, Birbiglia surrounded himself with a row of genuine comedic talent: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard, and Tami Sagher.

Don’t Think Twice begins its theatrical run this summer, ahead of which there is now a trailer. At Tribeca, we were complimentary of the picture, saying, “As in his directorial debut, and comedy in general, Birbiglia — who, as well as writing the screenplay, serves as producer alongside Ira Glass — is astute in blending humor with life’s hardships. »

- Nick Newman

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Watch: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, And Mike Birbiglia In First Trailer For ‘Don’t Think Twice’

20 May 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Trying to making people laugh for a living can be tricky business. Standing in front of a microphone, or getting on stage to improv, puts any performer face to face with failure, or with success — there’s very little in between. And there are only a few types of people who can manage that kind […]

The post Watch: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, And Mike Birbiglia In First Trailer For ‘Don’t Think Twice’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Don’t Think Twice’ Trailer: Mike Birbiglia Goes Deep Into the World of Improv Comedy

20 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Mike Birbiglia started out as a stand-up comedian before transitioning into filmmaking with 2011’s loosely autobiographical Sleepwalk With Me, based on one of his stand-up acts. It was solid and sweet and lots of fun, but it’s his second film, Don’t Think Twice, that should really mark him as an indie director to watch. The […]

The post ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Trailer: Mike Birbiglia Goes Deep Into the World of Improv Comedy appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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First Trailer for Mike Birbiglia's Improv Indie Film 'Don't Think Twice'

19 May 2016 7:18 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Love improv comedy? This film is for you. Love good stories about friends? This film is for you. The Film Arcade has released the first trailer for Mike Birbiglia's second feature film, titled Don't Think Twice. It's about a six-person improv troupe that performs at a small venue in New York City. When things seem to be going bad for everyone, one of the members breaks out big and makes it onto the "Weekend Live" show (aka SNL) disrupting the friendship dynamic of the group. Mike Birbiglia stars, along with a cast of genuinely awesome comedians: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher and Kate Micucci. The film got rave reviews at Tribeca and is worth catching when it comes your way. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer for Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice, originally from Huffington Post: On SlashFilm, their review calls Don't Think Twice »

- Alex Billington

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Lonely Island Goes Wild in Popstar Trailer #2

18 May 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just over a year ago, Universal Pictures announced that production had gotten under way on a secret project from the comedic trio known as The Lonely Island, which is comprised of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. Very little was known about the project at the time, but it was eventually revealed to be a parody of the pop music world entitled Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which is set for release on June 3. Back in March, we got our first look at this comedy with the red band trailer, but now we have the second trailer that is suitable for all ages.

Universal Pictures' Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he's no longer the dopest star of all. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Don’t Think Twice’ Gets Summer Release Date

4 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Film Arcade said today that Don’t Think Twice will open July 22 in New York, followed by a national rollout. The film from writer-director-star Mike Birbiglia premiered at SXSW and also screened at Tribeca last month. The dramatic comedy revolves around an improv troupe made up of all best pals that loses the lease on its home theater just as one of its members gets chosen for the biggest sketch-comedy show on TV. It chronicles the fallout among the friends as they… »

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‘The Robber Bridegroom’ Among Off-Broadway Alliance Nominees

27 April 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The next “Hamilton” might be among this year’s crop of Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominees. Nominations for their 6th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, which honor commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened during the 2015–16 season, have been announced. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” won last year’s Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical. Mike Birbiglia (“Thank God for Jokes”), Staceyann Chin (“MotherStruck!”), James Lecesne (“The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey”), Joanna Rush (“Kick”), and Andrew Schneider (“Youarenowhere”) are among this year’s nominees for Best Solo Performance. Broadway publicist Merle Debuskey, Tony Award–winning performer Linda Lavin, director and Playwrights Horizons founder Robert Moss, and Tony-nominated actor Lois Smith are set to receive Legend of Off-Broadway honors. Meanwhile Hall of Fame Awards will be presented posthumously to longtime married actors Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach, actor and comedian Anne Meara, as well as writer, composer, musician, and theater director Elizabeth Swados. »

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LA Film Festival Unveils 42 World Premieres

26 April 2016 10:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The LA Film Festival has announced its competition lineup of 42 world premieres with 43% of the films directed by women and 38% of the films by people of color.

“Curating films for La audiences is so special because Angelenos have a uniquely homegrown love of cinema,” said Creative Director Jennifer Cochis. “It’s with true film lovers in mind that we program: from political theater to musical theater, we’re highlighting storytelling in all its forms.”

Festival director Stephanie Allain said the diversity numbers have risen from the 2015 festival. “It’s very much our mission to discover new voices and support diversity,” she added.

Among the notable titles unveiled Tuesday was Amber Tamblyn’s debut feature film “Paint It Black” in the U.S. fiction lineup and Ben Lear’s documentary “They Call Us Monsters.”

Director of programming Roya Rastegar told Variety, “We were looking above all for stories with a sense of urgency to them. »

- Dave McNary

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Mike Birbiglia & Keegan-Michael Key Get Serious About Comedy In ‘Don’t Think Twice’ – Tribeca Studio

23 April 2016 1:18 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Keegan-Michael Key had told his agents that he was taking the rest of the year off unless he came across a script that made him cry. And, he says, not just “verklempt – like, tears have to be coming down my face or I’m not doing it.” The time-out was scotched as soon as he read Mike Birbiglia’s script for Don’t Think Twice, a drama – with humor – about a group of young New York improv comics and the impact on their friendship when one of the gang makes the big time… »

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La Film Fest 2016 Announces First Titles

19 April 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Always a comfy stop on the summer fesitval circuit, the La Film Festival, announced today the first batch of titles for their 2016 edition, which takes place at the Culver City Arclight Cinemas, June 1 - 9. The Buzz section of programming features favorites from the 2016 fest circuit, including Mike Birbligia's Don't Think Twice (pictured) and The Music Of Strangers, from Morgan Neville, Oscar-winning director of 20 Feet From Stardom. Meanwhile, Limelight features world premieres of films with notable talent such as Idris Elba (A Hundred Streets), Topher Grace (Opening Night) and Teresa Palmer (Lights Out). Check out the full lineups for both sections below. Buzz: Don't Think Twice - USA (dir./writ. Mike Birbiglia; prod. Mike Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall; feat....

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LA Film Fest 2016 Announces First Titles

19 April 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Always a comfy stop on the summer festival circuit, the LA Film Festival, announced today the first batch of titles for their 2016 edition, which takes place at the Culver City Arclight Cinemas, June 1 - 9. The Buzz section of programming features favorites from the 2016 fest circuit, including Mike Birbligia's Don't Think Twice (pictured) and The Music Of Strangers, from Morgan Neville, Oscar-winning director of 20 Feet From Stardom. Meanwhile, Limelight features world premieres of films with notable talent such as Idris Elba (A Hundred Streets), Topher Grace (Opening Night) and Teresa Palmer (Lights Out). Check out the full lineups for both sections below. Buzz: Don't Think Twice - USA (dir./writ. Mike Birbiglia; prod. Mike Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall; feat....

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La Film Festival unveils Buzz, Limelight sections

19 April 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tribeca selection Kicks and the world premiere of horror tale Lights Out are among the films announced by festival organisers on Tuesday ahead of the June 1-9 run date.

The six non-competitive Buzz entries of films culled from other festivals include:

Don’t Think Twice from Mike Birbiglia; Equity by Meera Menon; Jean Of The Joneses by Stella Meghie; Kicks (pictured) from Justin Tipping; Life by Roger Ross Williams; and The Music Of Strangers from Morgan Neville.

All are Us films except Jean Of The Joneses, which hails from Canada.

The six non-competitive Limelight films “of fiction and documentary films featuring noteworthy talent” are all world premiere and include:

Free CeCe! by Jacqueline Gares; A Hundred Streets (UK) from Jim O’Hanlon; Lights Out David F. Sandberg; Opening Night (USA-Mexico) by Isaac Rentz; So B. It from Stephen Gyllenhaal; and The Sweet Life by Rob Spera.

All are Us films except those indicated otherwise.

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[Tribeca Review] Don’t Think Twice

19 April 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

For his first feature Sleepwalk with Me, comedian-turned-director Mike Birbiglia adapted his semi-autobiographical one-man show, picking apart his anxieties and fears when it comes to the most personal aspects of his life. His follow-up, Don’t Think Twice, presents a perhaps even more insular world, that of the New York improv comedy scene and more specifically, the shifting dynamics of a single group.

Made up of founding member Miles (Birbiglia), Jack (Keegan-Michael Key), Samantha (Gillian Jacobs), Allison (Kate Micucci), Lindsay (Tami Sagher), and Bill (Chris Gethard), the tight-knit troupe goes by the name of The Commune. Whether they succeed or fall flat on any given night, they don’t break any of their rules: always say “yes,” it’s all about the group, and don’t think. They may hold jobs as a delivery man, a hostess or a hummus sample provider, but they live and breathe for that small »

- Jordan Raup

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Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Gets Summer Release From Film Arcade (Exclusive)

18 April 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Don’t Think Twice,” Mike Birbiglia’s indie about a troupe of improv comedians, will be distributed by Film Arcade for a platform summer release, Variety has learned.

The movie debuted at SXSW last month to solid reviews, which resulted in bids from A24 and Roadside Attractions. But Film Arcade, which also financed the project, has decided to keep U.S. distribution rights.

“Film Arcade basically said if you release a movie with us, we’re going to let you tour the movie and not be day-and-date, and go as wide as the movie allows,” said Birbiglia, who wrote, direct and stars in the dramatic comedy.

“Don’t Think Twice” follows a group of New York comedians — played by Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard and Kate Micucci — who are trying to launch their careers on an “SNL”-like skit show. Cold Iron Pictures’ Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall produced the film. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Danny Glover, Chloe Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber Lead Tribeca Film Festival Jurors

6 April 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival (Tff) unveiled its jury pool today, which includes Danny Glover,Liev Schreiber and Chloe Grace Moretz, to name just a few. Jason BiggsSam Taylor-Johnson, Mike Birbiglia, Alan Yang, Rachael Leigh Cook, Judy Greer, Mark Conseulos and Mary Stuart Masterson are among some of the other bigger names involved. The jury will be divided among 11 competitive Tff categories. The winners will be announced at the Tff Awards Night ceremony on Thursday, Apr. 21, when the eight juries will award $155,000 in cash and prizes. The 2016 festival itself runs from Apr. 13-24. “The Festival’s goal is »

- Tony Maglio

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