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‘Brad’s Status’ Trailer: Ben Stiller is Making 2017 The Year He Becomes An Indie Movie Star

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ben Stiller has dabbled in the indie film world only twice this decade (three times if you count his small role as himself in Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice”), but both times have resulted in some of the best work of his career: Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg” and “While We’re Young.” He’s reuniting with Baumbach for a third time in the well-reviewed Cannes family drama “The Meyerowitz Stories,” which is one of two high profile speciality releases that guarantee fall 2017 is the season Stiller officially becomes an indie movie star.

Read More: Ben Stiller Explains the Importance of Celebrating Human Stories

Stiller’s other indie project is “Brad’s Status,” from writer-director Mike White. The comedian plays a suburban husband and father whose comfortable life is thrown into disarray when a trip to Boston to look at colleges with his son  triggers a crisis of confidence. »

- Zack Sharf

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Chris Gethard: Seriously Dark Comedy

26 May 2017 11:15 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Over the course of his strange comedy career, Chris Gethard has hitchhiked to Bonnaroo for a Web series and dangled himself over a pellet-gun-toting audience while dressed as a duck. But no experience could have prepared him for Career Suicide, his new HBO comedy special. In it, the Jersey comic discusses his history with anxiety, alcoholism and depression. He details a suicide attempt at age 21, in which he tried to get hit by a truck but wound up crashing his car on someone's lawn. "I think I overestimated my ability to handle discussing it onstage, »

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Mike Birbiglia Bio: In His Own Words [Video Exclusive]

19 May 2017 12:24 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Writer/Director Mike Birbiglia on New Comedy… by Uinterview Mike Birgiglia is an American comedian, actor and filmmaker who is best known for his successful one-man shows such as My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. This Mike Birbiglia bio will let the comedian tell his story in his own words. Mike Birbiglia Bio: Early Life, Age, Education Mike Birbiglia […]

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- Catherine Valdez

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Exclusive clip from Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice

19 May 2017 8:27 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Adam Lowes

Us comedian and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia may not be a comedic household name here in the UK as yet, but he’s been slowly building up a strong reputation State-side, particularly with his stand-up specials and one-man shows. His breakthrough in the latter, Sleepwalk with Me, formed the basis for his directorial debut of the same name, which went on to win an award at 2012’s Sundance Film Festival.

He’s also parlayed his talents on stage into a burgeoning acting career, cropped up recently as a supporting player in high-profile works like Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck and the Ya adaptation The Fault in Our Stars. His small screen roles has seen him appear in popular fare such as Girls and Orange Is the New Black.

Birbiglia’s appealing mix of broad laughs and excruciating truths found in both his work under the spotlight and behind the camera, »

- Adam Lowes

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Folk Hero And Funny Guy: Filmmaker Jeff Grace And Wyatt Russell On The Road Comedy

11 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Every once in a while, a really special film comes along that you may have a chance to see at a film festival, but that may not have the biggest studio push behind it when it finally gets released. Jeff Grace’s Folk Hero and Funny Guy is one of those great festival movies that really deserves more attention.

The film stars Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street), and Alex Karpovsky (Girls) as two childhood friends whose lives went into very different directions in terms of fame and success. Russell’s Jason Black is a hugely-popular singer and songwriter i.e. the folk her of the title, while Karpovsky’s Paul is the funny guy, a struggling stand-up comic for many years. When Paul’s fiancé dumps him, Jason, feeling bad for his friend, throws out the idea of the two of them going on tour with Paul opening for him. The »

- Edward Douglas

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New to Streaming: ‘Things to Come,’ Jacques Rivette, ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ ‘Blow Out,’ and More

5 May 2017 4:48 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Blow Out (Brian De Palma)

In a career fixated on the machinations of filmmaking presented through both a carnal and political eye, Brian De Palma’s fascinations converged idyllically with Blow Out. In his ode to the conceit of Blow UpMichelangelo Antonioni’s deeply influential English-language debut, released 15 years prior — as well as the aural intrigue of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, De Palma constructs a conspiracy »

- The Film Stage

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Jonathan Demme Remembered: Barry Jenkins, Ron Howard, Edgar Wright & More Mourn On Twitter

26 April 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The film world was deeply saddened when news broke today that Oscar-winning “The Silence of the Lambs” director Jonathan Demme had died in New York at the age of 73. Demme was a brilliant and versatile auteur, traversing genres with rarely a misfire. He is remembered by those who worked with him, and those whom his work inspired.

Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a lawyer dying of AIDS in Demme’s “Philadelphia,” wrote: “Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men.” Meryl Streep, who worked with Demme on 2015’s “Ricki and the Flash,” said: “A big hearted, big tent, compassionate man- in full embrace in his life of people in need- and of the potential of art, music, poetry and film to »

- Jude Dry

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Hollywood Reacts to Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme’s Death

26 April 2017 8:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood was quick to mourn the loss of the acclaimed director Jonathan Demme, who died of cancer complications.

Demme made about as big a splash in Hollywood as anyone ever has with 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs” which earned five Oscars including best director for Demme. His follow-up, 1993’s “Philadelphia,” earned Tom Hanks his first Academy Award.

His most recent work behind the camera was an episode of the Fox police drama “Shots Fired,” which is scheduled to air on April 26 — the same day the director’s death was announced. He also recently filmed Justin Timberlake’s 2016 concert tour documentary “Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids.” His most recent feature was the Meryl Streep starrer, “Ricki and the Flash.”

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Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Director, Dies at 73

Hanks wrote in a statement, “Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide »

- Seth Kelley

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Tribeca 2017: 9 Breakout Talents From This Year’s Festival

19 April 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every festival offers up the possibility of discovering something new — new stars, new films, new shows, new platforms — and this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is no different. Now in its sixteenth year, the New York City-set festival continues to grow and change, while constantly embracing what’s new and what’s next. The 2017 edition of the festival includes plenty of rising names to get excited about, from writers and directors to actors and actual platforms for hot content delivery. Who’s going to change the industry in the coming years? We’ve got some ideas.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 19 – 30. Check out some of the hottest breakouts to watch out for at the fest.

Read More: Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival

Brian Shoaf, writer and director, “Aardvark

Not much is known about Brian Shoaf, whose IMDb page is currently topped »

- Indiewire Staff

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Tribeca 2017: 9 Breakout Talents From This Year’s Festival

19 April 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every festival offers up the possibility of discovering something new — new stars, new films, new shows, new platforms — and this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is no different. Now in its sixteenth year, the New York City-set festival continues to grow and change, while constantly embracing what’s new and what’s next. The 2017 edition of the festival includes plenty of rising names to get excited about, from writers and directors to actors and actual platforms for hot content delivery. Who’s going to change the industry in the coming years? We’ve got some ideas.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 19 – 30. Check out some of the hottest breakouts to watch out for at the fest.

Read More: Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival

Brian Shoaf, writer and director, “Aardvark

Not much is known about Brian Shoaf, whose IMDb page is currently topped »

- Indiewire Staff

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Official Trailer for Netflix Film 'Tramps' Made by Director Adam Leon

16 April 2017 3:54 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"We gotta get that briefcase." Netflix has debuted a trailer for indie romantic comedy Tramps, from writer & director Adam Leon, of the NYC film Gimme the Loot previously. The story follows an aspiring chef in NYC who gets caught up in a crazy adventure when he has to help his brother finish a drug deal. But when the briefcase exchange goes wrong, he ends up running all over the city trying to figure out how to get things back in order. Callum Turner stars, along with Grace Van Patten, Michal Vondel, Mike Birbiglia, Margaret Colin, Louis Cancelmi, and Rachel Zeiger-Haag. I guess the unique twist in this is that he falls for the driver girl, which is kind of nice to see. It definitely feels like an indie, but has lots of heart, too. Here's the first official trailer for Adam Leon's Tramps, direct from Netflix's YouTube: In Tramps, »

- Alex Billington

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Dave Chappelle: Key & Peele ‘Hurt My Feelings’ by Not Giving Me Credit for Their Show

20 March 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A version of this story originally appeared on EW.com.

Dave Chappelle says that while he’s a “fan” of erstwhile sketch comedy show Key & Peele, a lack of credit he received for its success has hurt his feelings.

Speaking to Gayle King during an interview on CBS This Morning to coincide with the release of Chappelle’s new Netflix comedy specials, Chappelle discussed the tension he feels with the Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key series, which aired on Comedy Central years after Chappelle’s Chappelle’s Show went off the air.

“When I did Chappelle’s Show, there were »

- Christian Holub

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Review — ‘Thank God For Jokes’ Cements Mike Birbiglia As Comedy Asmr

14 March 2017 3:52 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Soft-spoken and charming, Birbiglia owns his niche as a comedian-storyteller.

Fresh off the release of his second (and first non-autobiographical) film, Don’t Think Twice, Mike Birbiglia brings a new stand-up special to the usurping regent of filmed comedy hours, Netflix. Like Birbiglia’s other stand-up, especially the special My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Thank God For Jokes softly allows the comedian to barge non-threateningly into his audience’s hearts like an old roommate that you’d never thought you’d see again.

Birbiglia’s self-awareness of his own niche appeal, a sleepy introspectively intellectual goofball, is a hallmark of indie success. You have to know yourself before you know your market, but you have to know both to move forward. Birbiglia, a self-described niche comedian and independent filmmaker, has these two ends of an industry-wide production chain wrapped up. His comic anxiety and curtain-parting come from a place of professional savvy as well as personal aptitude. He »

- Jacob Oller

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Amy Schumer’s Netflix Special Slammed By Users: ‘She’s Lost Herself’

14 March 2017 1:58 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Amy Schumer’s new Netflix stand-up special is not being received well by the majority of users who left reviews on the streaming platform. The comedian’s hour-long special, titled “Amy Schumer: The Leather Special,” has received more than 900 ratings since it premiered a week ago. That’s more than double the number of reviews for Trevor Noah’s special “Afraid of the Dark,” which premiered on Feb. 21. Other recent stand-up specials, including Katherine Ryan’s “In Trouble,” Mike Birbiglia’s “Thank God for Jokes” and Cristela Alonzo’s “Lower Classy,” have received between 100 and 200 reviews. Also Read: Tracy Morgan »

- Reid Nakamura

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Keegan-Michael Key On Why Less Money Means Smarter Movies, and Why the Whole Country Needs Anger Translators — SXSW 2017

10 March 2017 12:07 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As half the duo who created the now-defunct comedy series “Key & Peele,” Keegan-Michael Key knows a lot about being funny. Perhaps just as notably, neither he nor longtime collaborator Jordan Peele will let themselves be defined by it.

While the pair co-wrote and starred in last year’s missing-cat romp “Keanu,” their more recent work shows considerable effort to work outside the confines of comedy. Peele recently made his directorial debut with the wildly successful racially themed horror film “Get Out,” and Key has cast a wide net with his acting gigs. Last year, he had a major role in Mike Birbiglia’s ensemble piece about an improv troupe, “Don’t Think Twice,” and he’s currently shooting Shane Black’s big-budget reboot “The Predator.” This month, he’ll surface in “Win It All,” Joe Swanberg’s latest effort, which is produced by Netflix and will premiere at the SXSW »

- Eric Kohn

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Two More Reasons Netflix Is King of Stand-Up Comedy: Mike Birbiglia and Louis C.K.

22 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Right now you’ll find a slew of stand-up comedy specials that are available exclusively on Netflix. The streaming service has become a stellar home for new stand-up specials from the best comedians working today. Over the past few months, they’ve only solidified their dedication to the craft by doling out new deals for Dave Chappelle, […]

The post Two More Reasons Netflix Is King of Stand-Up Comedy: Mike Birbiglia and Louis C.K. appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in February

24 January 2017 10:09 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it is indeed Netflix and chill season. But the streaming service has plenty of options to keep you indoors, regardless of your relationship status. New original content for February includes the ironic love-fest Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special and the gory suburban comedy Santa Clarita Diet. You can also finally get around to watching The People V. O.J. Simpson, if for some reason you missed The A.V. Club’s best show of 2016, or you can queue up a new special from Mike Birbiglia. Speaking of people named Mike, Magic Mike is also hitting on February 1. See the full list below.

Available February 1

Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies, And Cyber Attacks (2016)

Babe (1995)

Babe: Pig In The City (1998)

Balto (1995)

Balto 2: Wolf Quest (2001)

Balto 3: Wings Of Change (2004)

Contact (1997)

Corpse Bride (2005 ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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‘The Big Sick’ Review: Kumail Nanjiani’s Real-Life Story Is a Major Crowdpleaser — Sundance 2017

20 January 2017 10:38 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It took a while, but Kumail Nanjiani has worked his way into popular culture with a combination of sincerity and snarky charm. Even as he made his name in standup comedy and memorable television roles (most recently on “Silicon Valley”), he found acclaim for his one-man shows, which dig through his struggles as a Pakistani-American at odds with his traditional upbringing.

Now comes “The Big Sick,” which funnels the two sides of his career into a genuine crowdpleaser that juggles humor and pathos through a personal lens. Co-written with wife Emily V. Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan, who acts opposite Nanjiani as himself), the movie turns their bumpy courtship into a portrait of resilience that operates on both charm and depth.

The Big Sick” is directed by Michael Showalter, whose “Hello, My Name is Doris” was a genial tale of midlife vigor that now plays like a calling card for this bigger canvas. »

- Eric Kohn

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Donald Trump’s Inauguration: Patton Oswalt, Judd Apatow and More Indie Celebs Slam Him on Twitter

20 January 2017 10:18 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Since he won the election back in November, many in Hollywood have openly expressed their dislike for the businessman.

As Trump was sworn in, many continued to slam Trump, with some remembering President Obama and Hillary Clinton, while others made jokes and suggested alternative viewing options.

Read More: Trump Inauguration: 10 Powerful Images to Help You Power Through

Patton Oswalt wrote a lengthy Facebook post about what people should do instead of watching the inauguration, writing that citizens should support a struggling theater, music club or museum, or just completely turn off your phone and computer.

Michael Moore called the event a “tragedy for democracy.”

Here at the Inaugural. A tragedy for democracy. pic.twitter.com/Ev9cqcaYXB

Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 20, 2017

Judd Apatow advised everyone to register to vote for midterms and primaries.

Everyone needs »

- Liz Calvario

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Edward Norton, Bella Thorne and more join The Guardian Brothers

18 January 2017 11:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Weinstein Company has announced that Edward Norton, Bella Thorne, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia and Randall Park have joined the English-language voice cast of the animated film The Guardian Brothers, which was released in China last year under the title The Little Door Gods. The new additions join the previously announced Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Mel Brooks and Zendaya.

Directed by Gary Wang, The Guardian Brothers “follows a Chinese family in danger of losing its family owned business – a wonton soup shop that’s been passed down generation after generation for hundreds of years. When the family’s grandmother passes away, the restaurant is left in the hands of a little girl named Raindrop (Zendaya) and her mother (Kidman). Millions of miles away in the Spirit World, we meet The Guardians – who have watched over and protected the humans on Earth for centuries. Times are tough up in the Spirit »

- Gary Collinson

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