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Mike Birbiglia's "overnight success" began way back in 2008, when he performed his one man show, "Sleepwalk With Me" to critical and commercial acclaim in New York City. Four years later, Birbiglia wrote and directed a same-titled semi-autobiographical screen adaptation and simultaneously broke out with strong supporting roles in "Girls," "Orange is the New Black," and most recently, "Trainwreck" (as Amy Schumer's schlubby, but well-intentioned brother-in-law, Tom). After enjoying an equally forceful auxiliary role in John Green's tearjerker adaptation of "The Fault in Our Stars," Birbiglia is once again testing his comedic and dramatic chops to produce a brand new feature length comedy, centering on an improv group who's loyalty is put to the test when they learn that one of their own might have an actual shot at TV stardom. While success lies at the very core of many great Hollywood spectacles, few rarely »
- Ruben Guevara
If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, I hope that you’ve discovered the work of Mike Birbiglia. If not, Netflix Instant currently has two of his comedy specials, What I Should Have Said Was Nothing: Tales from My Secret Public Journal and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and I recommend watching them immediately. In addition, Birbiglia also […]
- Ethan Anderton
Birbiglia ("Sleepwalk With Me," "Trainwreck") also co-stars and produces the project which revolves around an improv group that loses its lease on its home theater. At the same time, one of its cast members gets chosen for the biggest sketch-comedy show on TV, leading to bitterness and backstabbing.
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- Garth Franklin
My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend won’t be his next feature film project. Moving from the page to the stage and to the silver screen with Sleepwalk With Me, Mike Birbiglia will follow up his Sundance selected debut film with a sophomore film that promises to poke some serious fun at professional infighting and jealousy. Directing from his own script, Variety reports that Birbiglia’s the show-business dramedy titled Don’t Think Twice has began lensing in NYC with a cast comprised of Birbiglia himself, Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard. Producers are Birbiglia, Cold Iron Pictures’ Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall (they knocked it out of the Park City park with The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and executive producers Ira Glass (who produced Birbiglia’s debut) and the mostly distributor, but sometimes production co. in Film Arcade’s J. Beck and Andy Bohn.
- Eric Lavallee
Johnny Simmons, Maria Bello, Brittany Snow, Jane Lynch and Jk Simmons star in the biopic about journalist Ken Baker, who suffered from a tumor that prevented him from going through puberty until he was 27.
Production on The Late Bloomer will also shoot in Bulgaria.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
You may not have seen comedian Mike Birbiglia’s first film, Sleepwalk With Me, but chances are you’ll recognise him from guest roles in Trainwreck, The Fault In Our Stars or the most recent season of Orange Is The New Black. He has a new film in the works, Don't Think Twice, and Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard are starring in it.In addition to writing the script and calling the shots, Birbiglia will co-star in the film, which details what happens when an improv comedy group loses the lease on its theatre base of operations at the same time that one of its number is chosen for the cast of a Saturday Night Live-style sketch comedy on TV, a huge break. The comedy drama explores the bitterness and back-stabbing that erupts between the close-knit unit of friends when one of them »
Mike Birbiglia has begun production on his second feature film, Don't Think Twice. Starring Birbiglia alongside Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key and Community's Gillian Jacobs, as well as Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher, and Chris Gethard, the movie bills itself as a dramedy about an improv group that begins to fall apart when a few of the members make it onto the biggest TV sketch show. After co-writing Birbiglia's feature film debut, Sleepwalk With Me, "This American Life" host Ira Glass is back this time around, acting as producer to Birbiglia's writer/director. According to the logline, "It’s about the bitterness and backstabbing that occur between friends when they realize that maybe not everyone’s gonna make it after all." The film will essentially be torture for the people who used to be on improv teams with members of the cast. »
- E. Alex Jung
“Don’t Think Twice” is financed by Cold Iron Pictures and the Film Arcade. Producers are Birbiglia, Cold Iron Pictures’ Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall. Executive producers are Ira Glass and the Film Arcade’s J. Beck and Andy Bohn.
Birbiglia will also appear in the film and is directing from his own script, in which an improv group loses the lease on their home theater at the same time that one of their cast members gets chosen for the biggest sketch comedy show on TV — leading to bitterness and backstabbing between friends when they realize that maybe not everyone’s gonna make it after all.
- Dave McNary
Production has started in New York this week on Don’t Think Twice, a comedy that Mike Birbiglia wrote and is directing. He also stars with Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard. Cold Iron Pictures and The Film Arcade are financing. Birbiglia is best known for his one-man shows Sleepwalk With Me and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and he most recently was onscreen in Trainwreck and The Fault In Our Stars, as well as TV’s Girls and Orange… »
Mike Birbiglia (“Sleepwalk With Me”) has started production on his new dramatic comedy “Don’t Think Twice,” in which he’ll star alongside Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”), Gillian Jacobs (“Community”), Kate Micucci (“Garfunkel and Oates”), Tami Sagher (“Inside Amy Schumer” writer) and Chris Gethard (“Broad City”). Birbiglia is writing and directing the film, which will be financed by Cold Iron Pictures and The Film Arcade. Birbiglia is also producing with Cold Iron’s Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall, while Ira Glass is executive producing with the Film Arcade’s J. Beck and Andy Bohn. Production is under way in New York. »
- Jeff Sneider
It’s nice to see that as Joe Swanberg is able to attract more robust, big-name casts, his no-frills style of filmmaking still remains focused. Presumably, that’s what drives these actors to collaborate with Swanberg. He gives them a chance to create drama, tension, romance, and – most importantly – a sense of realism, through nothing but sharpened character work. Swanberg forces actors to bring their A-game, which translates into heartfelt and sincere performances yet again in his latest film, Digging For Fire - an exploration of yet another conflicting crossroads that most of us will eventually come to, told with the understanding and beauty of life’s purity.
Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt star as a couple in need of some relief, so they seek sanctuary at a desolate hideaway owned by one of Lee’s (DeWitt) clients. Tim (Johnson) should be spending the weekend finalizing taxes, but when Lee »
- Matt Donato
Dem Bones: Swanberg’s Mellow Examination of Married Life
A married couple’s weekend apart turns into the sort of mildly enterprising exploration of what happens when the cat’s away in Digging For Fire as two people fantasize about the possibilities now mostly unavailable after time delivers them into the routine of marriage and the presence of children. At times grasping a sort of quiet wisdom in its representation of identities rebelling against the sanctions of social expectations, Joe Swanberg’s film is also equal parts breezy and ominous (thanks to a central metaphor used to appealing effect) in its suggestions. A cast packed to the gills with notable indie names, comedians, and stars of more enduring celebrity, Swanberg’s managed to move well beyond the roughhewn Mumblecore technical trappings for which he’s been routinely criticized and has lodged himself firmly as a notable name in the American indie scene. »
- Nicholas Bell
To celebrate the release of Judd Apatow’s new comedy Trainwreck – which is out here in the UK this Friday, August 14th – we’ve got an exclusive merchandise up for grabs courtesy of Universal Pictures. Read on for details of how to enter…
Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s head by her rascal of a dad that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo – enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment – but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners, Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.
Trainwreck features »
- Gary Collinson
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First off, I want to apologize for this column's absence this past couple of weeks. When It Follows and Ex Machina arrived on Blu-ray back on July 14 I honestly completely spaced and forgot all about this column, which is a shame considering those are two of my top three movies of 2015 so far. That said, if you weren't aware they were released you can click on either title and purchase them now. Otherwise, here are this week's new DVD and Blu-ray releases along with a boatload of new release dates including Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Duke of Burgundy (another one of this year's best films), Mad Max: Fury Road (probably my favorite film of 2015 so far) and Furious 7.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent Not a good movie and I'm pretty sure everyone knows it, though they may say something different so »
- Brad Brevet
It may not have had all the trappings of a major studio comedy, but it had talent. This year's indie comedy wonder "Adult Beginners" brought together the talent of Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Jane Krakowski, Bobby Moynihan, Joel McHale, Mike Birbiglia and more for a sweet tale of arrested development. And if you missed it, we've got several Blu-ray copies for some lucky readers. Directed by Ross Katz, the story follows a young, hipster entrepreneur who crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and three year-old nephew in the suburbs—only to become their manny. Faced with real responsibility, he may finally have to grow up—but not without some bad behavior first. The movie is funny and charming (read our review) and it's worth carving some time out for. »
- Edward Davis
Read More: Tiff Review: 'Adult Beginners' Starring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale "Adult Beginners," a comedy about being forced to grow up all over again, is gearing up for its DVD release and Indiewire is excited to premiere an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip about the script of the film. The comedy follows a young entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) whose business suddenly fails, forcing him to visit his pregnant sister (Rose Byrne) in the suburbs to live with her and her husband (Bobby Cannavale) and to nanny their child. "Adult Beginners" also features Jane Krakowski, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Josh Charles and Joel McHale. Nick Kroll and Rose Byrne discuss deviating from the script in the "Making Of" clip above -- in one scene, the siblings video chat with their parents in a relatable Skype talk, one that was mostly improvised according to the actors. "Adult Beginners" will be on DVD on August. »
- Meredith Mattlin
Nothing like a good three minute gag reel to make you smile on a Friday. Universal Pictures released some outtakes from Trainwreck today, the new Amy Schumer comedy that’s been making waves. Directed by Judd Apatow and written by Amy Schumer, the film presents a version of Schumer’s own life and is branded with her signature style of comedy: plenty of sexual humor and constant improvisation.
Comedy stars Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park and Mike Birbiglia are great contributors to the film and make appearances in the outtakes. Obviously Amy Schumer is an improv machine, riffing non-stop to Bill Hader and Brie Larson (and to a guy’s man parts). But the one who really steals the show is LeBron James. Seeing the basketball star riff with the best of them is strange but wonderful. It makes you hope that directors like Apatow will recruit LeBron James for their own comedy films. »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
It's only fitting in a season defined by its relentless desire to challenge the faith of its characters, for the third season finale of "Orange is the New Black" to present the inmates with an actual miracle. Obviously the hole in the fence has a very good reason for being there and there is also a very good reason the inmates are able to take advantage of it, but they make the narrative feat executed by Jenji Kohan and the other writers no less miraculous. Those reasons might even make the final scene more special when you stop to consider all of the events that had to transpire to make it possible. "Trust No Bitch" begins not long after the closing moments of the previous episode and lets Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) and Big Boo (Lea DeLaria) come to terms with not fully exacting their revenge on Coates (James McMenamin). The »
- Michael Hindle
If you are someone who uses Netflix Instant as your sole source for TV and movie entertainment, then you know how easy it is to fall into a rut. It can be so hard to find quality movies after a while and you end up watching the same stuff over and over. Well, search no more! Here are 6 often overlooked movies that you may not have seen or had a chance to watch yet. (Or you may not know whether they are worth your time but trust me they are!)
Starring Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” fame and Mark Duplass from “The League.” This film is… surprising. I can’t give too much away because the film was specifically advertised with misdirection. The actual premise sneaks up on you and you is one of the most clever films released in 2014. Also these two actors are the »
- Sarah Sommer
“Nope. No way. Not after Ghostbusters 2.”
The sequel to the live-action/animation Looney Tunes movie Space Jam (Michael Jordan, Bill Murray) has had the cliff face disappear from underneath it more times than Wild E. Coyote in pursuit of Road Runner. After today’s Warner Bros. Entertainment’s announcement that they’re partnering with NBA player LeBron James and his production company SpringHill Entertainment, however, the sequel might be back on/believe it can fly again.
In a piece of speculative connect-the-dots investigating, Capital New York reporter Alex Weprin noticed the following:
The plot thickens. Just a month ago, Warner Bros. filed new trademarks for Space Jam. Today they announce the LeBron James partnership. Warner Bros. CEO and Chairman Kevin Tsujihara said of the partnership:
“LeBron James has one of the most powerful, well-known brands in the world and we are excited to be in business with him and his partner, »
- Oli Davis
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