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Mike Birbiglia: 'You can't direct a film if you're not ambitious'

6 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The standup comic and film-maker discusses Don’t Think Twice – his follow-up to Sleepwalk With Me – and why nixing a potential TV show was the right call

For his directorial debut, Sleepwalk With Me, Mike Birbiglia did what so many comics do when assembling their crossover calling card: he made it about himself.

Following loosely in the footsteps of Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, and countless others, Birbiglia pulled from what he knew best in his 2012 film to play a comic who, like himself, suffers a severe sleepwalking disorder. The movie was culled from his one-man off-Broadway show and book of the same name.

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- Nigel M Smith

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

8 hours ago | 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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Interview: Philosopher King Mike Birbiglia of ‘Don’t Think Twice’

9 hours ago | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – When comedian/writer/director Mike Birbiglia is in his element, as during the interviews he conducted at The iO Theater in Chicago, he is relaxed and ardently philosophical. He has written and directed a new film, “Don’t Think Twice,” which is about a improvisation comedy troupe, but it’s also about life.

“Don’t Think Twice” – besides being a clever play on the famous Bob Dylan song title – is essentially about the stages of life, and how we react to our own ambitions. The members of the comedy troupe – portrayed by (clockwise in the picture below, starting top left) Mike Birbiglia, Kate Miccuci, Chris Gethard, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key and Tami Sagner – are at a crossroads in their professional and personal lives, and have to deal with the sudden uptick of fame to one of their members. As Birbiglia did with his first feature, ‘Sleepwalk with Me,’ he »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Mike Birbiglia on ‘Don’t Think Twice,’ Envy, And Why Improv is Nicer Than Stand-Up

25 July 2016 12:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mike Birbiglia is pulling back the curtain on the feuds and resentments that consume comedians when one of their own hits it big.

In his second feature, “Don’t Think Twice,” Birbiglia depicts a tight-knit improv troop that starts to unravel when one of its members gets cast on a popular comedy program that seems a lot like “Saturday Night Live.”It’s an opportunity for the stand-up comic to explore the nature of success, the fear of failure, and the way that people in their thirties began to grapple with the realization that they may not make it after all.

Birbiglia not only directs, he wrote the film, produced it, and stars alongside Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs. Best known for his stand-up comedy and one-man shows, he previously directed 2012’s “Sleepwalk With Me,” an autobiographical look at his sleepwalking disorder. “Don’t Think Twice” opened in a single »

- Brent Lang

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South By Southwest Announces Select Speakers For 2017

25 July 2016 8:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Today, South by Southwest has announced its first group of speakers for the 2017 event. The diverse array of speakers cut across tech, entertainment, and journalism, but all reflect SXSW’s spirit of championing emerging talent.

Read More: SXSW 2016: How This Year’s Films Found Their Financing

The 2017 speakers include two keynotes from Jill Soloway, creator of Amazon’s original series “Transparent,” and Jennifer Doudna, co-inventor of Crispr-Cas9, a groundbreaking new technology for editing genes. Soloway will be a part of the Film conference and Doudna for the Interactive conference.

Other speakers for the 2017 conference include Dan Lyons, author of the New York Times best-seller, “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble,” and a former writer on HBO’s “Silicon Valley”; Adam Savage, internationally renowned television producer, and former host of “MythBusters” and “Unchained Reaction”; and Nadya Tolokonnikova, political activist and member of punk rock group Pussy Riot.

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- Vikram Murthi

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Dramedy ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Bests ‘Cafe Society’ for Limited Opening Record

24 July 2016 1:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Mike Birbiglia, best known as a standup comic and for small roles in films like “Trainwreck,” is making his mark as a writer-director with the dramatic comedy “Don’t Think Twice.” Off glowing reviews, the film’s New York-only opening grossed $90,126 from one screen at the city’s Landmark Sunshine. With a per-screen average of exactly that amount, the film bested the 2016 record set just last weekend by Woody Allen‘s “Café Society.” The Film Arcade, which is distributing the film, cited dozens of sold out showtimes for the buzzy title, which has a perfect current Rotten Tomatoes score of 100 percent. »

- Meriah Doty

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Is More Than Alright

24 July 2016 10:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice” (The Film Arcade) is the latest mid-summer hit, joining the recent turnaround in art house fortunes. Following his template for “Sleepwalk With Me,” Birbiglia & Co. boosted box office via frequent appearances at their New York cinema. The already strong film surged to a huge initial $90,000 number with many sold out shows on multiple screens.

Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (Lionsgate) continued to improve on the director’s recent performance, and could end up besting two other recent strong openers. “Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street) and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (The Orchard) continue to have strong expansions; both could end up over $10 million as well.

Asian wide-audience commercial releases are performing well in domestic play, with entries from South Korea, India, the Philippines along with China continuing to deliver strong niche results.

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“Don’t Think Twice” (Film Arcade) – Metacritic: 83; Festivals include: South by Southwest, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Mike Birbiglia’s ’Don’t Think Twice’ Tops $90K In Exclusive Run; ‘Hillary’s America’ Grabs $3.7M: Specialty Box Office

24 July 2016 10:20 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice bowed in just a single theater, but moviegoers clearly found it, pushing the title to claim the year's top per theater average at over $90K, beating the benchmark made just last week by Café Society, which played 50 runs in its second frame this sizzling weekend in a robust expansion. Fox Searchlight's Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie did decently in its start in 313 theaters, while last week's doc opener Hillary's America did solid… »

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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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Box Office: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Racks Up Solid $59.6 Million, ‘Lights Out’ Scores

24 July 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star Trek Beyond” debuted to a solid $59.6 million this weekend, signaling that after six television series, 13 movies and 50 years in the pop culture conversation, there’s still life left in one of Hollywood’s most durable franchises.

And there are more intergalactic missions to come. As boon to Trekkies, Paramount took the unusual step of announcing yet another sequel was in the works even before this latest USS Enterprise adventure sailed into theaters. The studio has lined up Chris Hemsworth to reprise his role as Capt. Kirk’s father despite the fact that he was incinerated in a spaceship disaster in a previous film. In science-fiction, it seems, death is merely a temporary predicament.

“You can count on one hand the brands that have this kind of longevity and viability over time,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “These characters are so clearly defined and people just respond to their sense of camaraderie. »

- Brent Lang

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Review: Don't Think Twice

23 July 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel here with a review of Don’t Think Twice, which is out in Limited release this weekend.

Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice is a movie about failure. Or rather, about what happens (and the choices we make) when success is not just elusive but altogether unattainable. It’s a film that papers over those platitudes about believing in yourself and following your dreams no matter what (terrible advice by itself) and presents us a story about what happens to those who can’t or won’t succeed at what they’re talented at.

The film, focused on an Improv group (“The Commune”) boasts a stellar ensemble led by Birbiglia himself. As the oldest member of the troupe, Miles—who was “inches away” from nabbing a coveted spot on the cast of the SNL-ish Weekend Live years ago and who’s seen friends actually get on the show, »

- Manuel Betancourt

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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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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (107): Trekking Towards Comic-Con

22 July 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This week, Kate Erbland joins Anne Thompson for a look at the summer movies. Does a single-star beach horror flick signal a return to mid-budget hits? Can a “Star Trek” movie find something new to offer? How does Mike Birbiglia’s latest, “Don’t Think Twice” stack up against its blockbuster competition?

Read More: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Justin Lin Finds the Human in the Epic 

Plus, a preview of this year’s #Sdcc, a quick post-dust-settling chat about Paul Feig’s femme “Ghostbusters” vs. the Ivan Reitman/Harold Ramis original, and some thoughts on the rapidly accelerating career of Margot Robbie. All that and more on this week’s episode of Screen Talk.

Listen to the full episode above.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, »

- Indiewire Staff

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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (107): Trekking Towards Comic-Con

22 July 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This week, Kate Erbland joins Anne Thompson for a look at the summer movies. Does a single-star beach horror flick signal a return to mid-budget hits? Can a “Star Trek” movie find something new to offer? How does Mike Birbiglia’s latest, “Don’t Think Twice” stack up against its blockbuster competition?

Read More: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Justin Lin Finds the Human in the Epic 

Plus, a preview of this year’s #Sdcc, a quick post-dust-settling chat about Paul Feig’s femme “Ghostbusters” vs. the Ivan Reitman/Harold Ramis original, and some thoughts on the rapidly accelerating career of Margot Robbie. All that and more on this week’s episode of Screen Talk.

Listen to the full episode above.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, »

- Indiewire Staff

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‘Don’t Think Twice’ Review: Mike Birbiglia Charms on Both Sides of the Camera

21 July 2016 4:44 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Don’t Think Twice” is a candid film about the division between enthusiasm and talent, the unbridled passion for an art form versus one’s actual ability. Within Mike Birbiglia‘s latest moving and tender directorial effort, the art in question is improvisational comedy. True to the comedy scenes scattered across the country today, gifts within this fictional troupe vary. Birbiglia plays Miles, the ringleader of the group that had two seconds of fame a decade prior when he auditioned for “Weekend Live.” Like Kevin Costner in “Bull Durham” regaling his fellow minor-league teammates with tales from the Mlb, Miles touts how he. »

- Sam Fragoso

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Weekend Box Office Preview: ‘Star Trek Beyond,’ ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ Lead Summer Surge

21 July 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Led by Paramount franchise sequel “Star Trek Beyond,” the box office should soar back into summer blockbuster territory.

After a 16% drop off from 2015 last weekend caused by the sole new wide studio release “Ghostbusters” doing decent but not stellar business, the late summer surge could finally arrive. Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” should be the easy #1 film, but two other new entries, animated sequel “Ice Age: Collision Course” (20th Century Fox) and horror flick “Lights Out” (Warner Bros.) —the genre has been rebounding — along with some decent holdovers should elevate the totals ahead above both last year and last weekend.

Year to date numbers remain a scant 1% ahead of 2015, which means that with slightly higher ticket prices, fewer people have attended movies this year. The big shortfall runs from May through summer. Through April grosses had increased over 9%, momentum reversed over the last two months.

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- Tom Brueggemann

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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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'Don't Think Twice': Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Birbiglia and More on Showbiz Fails

21 July 2016 12:18 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Let's say you're a six-person improv group — we'll call you "The Commune" — and you've been kicking around the New York City comedy scene for a while. You're drawing a decent crowd, playing the good nights in a Ucb-level venue downtown, and because you've been doing this together for so long, you're hitting maximum performer mind-meld onstage. Then one of your members gets recruited for an SNL-like show called Weekend Live. The rest of you are still left living gig to gig. What's a troupe to do?

That's the central premise of Don't Think Twice, »

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