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Presidential Debate 2016: Hollywood Reacts to Trump and Hillary

26 September 2016 6:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The moment America has been waiting for (and/or dreading) is here: The first 2016 Presidential Debate. Moderated by NBC Nighty News anchor Lester Holt, the debate is the first of three face-offs between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Tonight’s debate is divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes, with the candidates being asked questions on topics involving immigration, national security, domestic terrorism, health care, the economy and more.

Read More: Donald Trump: By Roasting Him, We May Have Validated Him

No doubt many Americans will be tuning in, and that includes Hollywood’s biggest starts, many of whom have hit the campaign trail in recent months. Clinton has easily emerged as Hollywood’s de facto candidate, with digital endorsements ranging from Elisabeth Banks’ convention lip-synch video to Joss Whedon’s star-studded Super Pac, which hit the web to much fanfare last week. Clinton recently got a boost in »

- Zack Sharf

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Presidential Debate 2016: Hollywood Reacts to Trump and Hillary

26 September 2016 6:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The moment America has been waiting for (and/or dreading) is here: The first 2016 Presidential Debate. Moderated by NBC Nighty News anchor Lester Holt, the debate is the first of three face-offs between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Tonight’s debate is divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes, with the candidates being asked questions on topics involving immigration, national security, domestic terrorism, health care, the economy and more.

Read More: Donald Trump: By Roasting Him, We May Have Validated Him

No doubt many Americans will be tuning in, and that includes Hollywood’s biggest starts, many of whom have hit the campaign trail in recent months. Clinton has easily emerged as Hollywood’s de facto candidate, with digital endorsements ranging from Elisabeth Banks’ convention lip-synch video to Joss Whedon’s star-studded Super Pac, which hit the web to much fanfare last week. Clinton recently got a boost in »

- Zack Sharf

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Queen of Katwe’ and ‘The Dressmaker’ Start Slow in Multiple Theaters

25 September 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Rather than take the high-end prime specialty route with initial New York/Los Angeles dates, this week’s top two releases—Mira Nair’s well-reviewed “Queen of Katwe” (Disney) and Jocelyn Moorhouse’s less welcomed “The Dressmaker” (Broad Green)—both jumped to multiple top cities.

Two of the leading Sundance 2016 films – “The Lovers and the Despot” (Magnolia) and “Goat” (The Film Arcade”) took the national bookings with day-and-date Video on Demand strategy. A third, documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” debuted on Netflix along with some minimal unreported theatrical dates (to get it reviewed in the movie section and Oscar qualified).

None of these popped with particularly impressive grosses. No doubt some of the big titles ahead will go the more conventional route and score big results. But the lay of the land gets more complicated for art houses as both their exclusivity and theatrical-only patterns are at risk.

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Queen of Katwe »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Netflix Picks Up Worldwide Rights to Adam Leon’s ‘Tramps’

19 September 2016 9:23 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Adam Leon’s new film “Tramps” following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, TheWrap has learned. The romantic-heist film follows a small-time criminal and his driver who screw up a drop and must sort things out or face dire consequences. The film stars Callum Turner and Grace Van Patten. Leon directed in addition to writing the screenplay, based off a story by himself and Jamund Washington. Comedian Mike Birbiglia also appears. Also Read: 'La La Land' Wins Toronto Audience Award Joshua Astrachan, David Kaplan, Andrea Roa and Washington produced the film. »

- Joe Otterson

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Arthouse Audit: ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ Concert Doc Soars in Hybrid Release

18 September 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Reaching back over a half century, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” thrived with a contemporary mix of theaters and Hulu home viewing availability to become a major grossing event this weekend. The Ron Howard concert doc led an otherwise bleak set of new openers as audiences wait for top titles from festivals to reach theaters.

Included among the openers are two films from directors of Best Picture winners that got little attention: “Mr. Church” from Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”) and “Finding Altamira” from Hugh Hudson (“Chariots of Fire”). Fortunes take different paths. Ron Howard directed “Eight Days a Week,” while Clint Eastwood and Oliver Stone are nabbing attention with “Sully” at #1 and “Snowden” farther back in the pack, respectively.

Opening

“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” (Abramorama) – Metacritic: 72

$615,632 in 88 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $7,243 ; Cumulative: $772,467

Ron Howard is the latest Oscar-winner (see Eastwood, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Tramps’ Review: A Charming New York Tale That Might Save the Romantic Comedy — Toronto

13 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There have been few first features in recent years as charming as Adam Leon’s “Gimme the Loot,” and now that quality is starting to look like a motif. “Tramps,” Leon’s follow-up to his prize-winning debut, delivers another brisk and scrappy tale of lovable young hooligans on the cusp of a busy inner city world and searching for their place within it. “Tramps” doesn’t break new ground or offer much in the way of surprise developments; its cutesy setup adheres to familiar rules. At the same time, Leon’s sophomore effort has more polish to its entertainment value, matched by playful energy indicative of a mature storyteller in tune with his material. It’s certainly one of the better American romcoms in recent memory, although the competition’s not especially fierce.

Leon’s a knowledgable cineaste who draws from the right stuff with the shrewd hand of a »

- Eric Kohn

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[Tiff Review] Tramps

12 September 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The romantic comedy formula is one that can’t help but become redundant in premise. How many different scenarios are there for two people to converge? Even so, Adam Leon may have found a new one with his meet-cute during a dead-drop gone wrong called Tramps. It should have been a painless exchange: Ellie (Grace Van Patten) picks up Danny (Callum Turner), they retrieve a briefcase with unknown contents, and deliver said case to a woman with a green purse at the train station. She may have second thoughts and he may be pinch-hitting for brother Darren (Michal Vondel) who’s currently in jail, but how could anyone screw this up?

Easy: two women with green purses might be on the platform. And being the less than smooth operator Danny’s amateur chef proves, he takes the wrong one’s bag before quickly boarding the nearest train for escape. Only »

- Jared Mobarak

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Arthouse Audit: ‘For the Love of Spock’ Leads the Pack, Thanks To VOD

11 September 2016 10:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As the specialized film industry concentrates on the Toronto International Film Festival, new movies do continue to open around the country.

The leading opener this weekend, Gravitas Ventures’ “For the Love of Spock,” had a strong initial take via Video on Demand home-viewing venues.

Opening

For the Love of Spock” (Gravitas Ventures) – Metacritic: 74; Festivals include: Tribeca 2016; also available on Video on Demand

$42,000 in 34 theaters; PTA: $1,235

The key number isn’t the slight theatrical take. It’s the reported $400,000 initial take on streaming platforms, where it is ranked best among independent and documentary releases. “Star Trek” and Leonard Nimoy fans found the vehicle to connect with for the 50th anniversary of the original TV show’s debut.

What comes next: Expect ongoing interest for this, mostly in home viewing.

Author: The Jt Leroy Story” (Magnolia) – Metacritic: 74; Festivals include: Sundance, San Francisco, Seattle 2016

$25,000 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $5,000

A disappointing »

- Tom Brueggemann

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/Filmcast Ep. 382 – The Light Between Oceans

7 September 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

David and Devindra go Jeff-less for this week’s episode (Congratulations, Jeff!), and discuss Mike Birbiglia’s latest film, as well as if/how to confront parents with rowdy kids in a movie theater. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Download or Play Now in your Browser: Subscribe to […]

The post /Filmcast Ep. 382 – The Light Between Oceans appeared first on /Film. »

- David Chen

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‘White Girl’ Opens Strong, Kevin Smith and Jerry Lewis Not So Much: Arthouse Audit

4 September 2016 11:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Labor Day weekend has never been the home for prime specialized releases, but it is a spot where well-positioned films going broader can thrive. That was the case for “Hell or High Water” (Lionsgate), which gained momentum and looks to be a dominant film for weeks ahead — perhaps even into the awards season. Don’t be surprised if it outgrosses many of the highly touted premieres at Telluride and Toronto.

However, the weekend was unkind to veteran comedy creators; both Kevin Smith’s “Yoga Hosers” (Invincible) and “Max Rose” (Paladin) starring Jerry Lewis received mostly negative reviews and little interest in their initial regular theatrical dates.

Opening

No Manches Frida” (Lionsgate)

$3,650,000 in 362 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $10,083; Cumulative: $3,650,000

Lionsgate’s most recent release of a Spanish-language film from production partner Pantelion looks to be their best opener yet. A typical Mexican comedy involving a complicated scheme to recover stolen loot, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Joel McHale Talks ‘Community,’ Moving to Multi-Camera in ‘Great Indoors’ and Playing Chevy Chase

30 August 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Joel McHale is just settling in on “The Great Indoors.” He has taped the second episode of the new CBS multi-camera sitcom and is prepping to film the third, and his dressing room on the CBS Radford lot in Studio City is still sparse. There’s a couch, a chair, a few books.

It’s a little early to make it a home. “The Great Indoors” won’t premiere in its Thursday timeslot, post-“The Big Bang Theory,” until Oct. 27 (two days after the release of his comedic memoir “Thanks For the Money”), and though that’s one of TV’s most coveted slots, there’s no guarantee of success.

McHale, whose cult-favorite series “Community” was on the verge of cancellation for five seasons at NBC (and earned one more season anchoring the ill-fated streaming slate at Yahoo), knows that all too well. But he’s placing his bets on the broad appeal of CBS, the »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Summer Movie Winners and Losers: A Critic’s Round-Up

28 August 2016 12:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the movie world, the difference between success and failure will always be measured, to a degree, at the box office. But that can’t be the only measure. What follows is a semi-objective (as in: let’s tote up a few numbers and see what they mean) and critically subjective (as in: here’s what was good, whether or not it made money) compilation of the highlights and lowlights of the 2016 summer movie season. Please feel free to agree, disagree, or call out your own favorites and duds.

Winner: The way to get animated  Twenty-one years ago, the launch of Pixar didn’t just herald the age of digital animation. It kicked off a renaissance in mainstream animated filmmaking that, miraculously, has only grown. Nearly all of these films are products for children, yet it’s an exhilarating paradox that the best of them are defined by what we »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Hell or High Water’ Tops ‘Southside With You’ and ‘Hands of Stone’

28 August 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This weekend brings a rare event as three very different specialty films face off nationally on between 800-900 theaters. Debuting “Southside With You” (Roadside Attractions) and “Hands of Stone” (Weinstein) go up against “Hell or High Water” (Lionsgate) in its third week.

The winner is “Hell or High Water,” which after this weekend’s success could wind up the year’s highest-grossing specialized release.  “Southside With You” also scored high numbers, with “Hands of Stone” not up to its level.

Five Sundance releases are among this week’s new films, ranging from relatively wide opener “Southside” to Video on Demand entry “The Intervention.” As the Toronto Film Festival looms, the Park City event, despite offering half as many films, remains the biggest festival for acquisition titles.

Opening

Southside With You” (Roadside Attractions) – Metacritic: 75; Festivals include: Sundance, San Francisco, Seattle 2016

$3,065,000 in 813 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $3,762

A strong initial result »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Movie Review – Don’t Think Twice (2016)

26 August 2016 8:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Don’t Think Twice, 2016.

Written and Directed by Mike Birbiglia.

Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher, and Kate Micucci.

Synopsis:

Just when the theater they regularly perform at is about to close down, two members of an improv group are given the chance to be on an SNL-like variety show.

If “don’t think twice” is the motto of improv, and the title of writer-director-actor Mike Birbiglia’s new movie, my motto is “Tell yourself you’ll stop thinking at twice. Allow one more think. Then think again anyway.”

Birbiglia drives in on the opposite impulse, with a film that lovingly and specifically portraits the improv community of NYC. Centered on a fictional group called the Commune, most of the cast come from comedy backgrounds and the characters they play frequently merge with real life, adding to the authenticity. Keegan-Michael Key’s Obama impression, »

- Rachel Bellwoar

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Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Thank God For Jokes’ (Likely) Headed To Netflix & 8 Other Ama Reveals

25 August 2016 1:40 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Occasioned by the recent release of “Don’t Think Twice,” Mike Birbiglia took to reddit for an Ama yesterday. The biggest reveal is that he’ll (hopefully) be filming a performance from his “Thank God for Jokes” tour for Netflix, though the comedian/actor/filmmaker had plenty else to say as well:

 

On the interplay between sadness and comedy: “I’m just trying to dig into the sadness and hopefully find some comedy so that hopefully you can too. I mean, that’s the goal. I’m doing my best.”

 

On people pronouncing his name wrong: “People keep telling me that local NPR ads for Don’T Think Twice keep saying ‘Mike Ber-Beehl-ia’s movie…’ etc. I think some names are never meant to be learned. Sincerely, Mike Birbigilbug”

Read More: SXSW 2016 Review: Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’ is a Wise Meditation on Improv Comedy

On the sometimes »

- Michael Nordine

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Today in Movie Culture: Jason Statham Kicking Butt, How to Film Sex Scenes and More

24 August 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Supercut of the Day:  With Mechanic: Resurrection out this Friday, Burger Fiction compiled every Jason Statham kick ever:    Viral Video of the Day:  We had to share this viral video promoting Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice or we would all be murdered (via /Film):    Fan Art of the Day:  Illustrator George Evangelista offers another look at how Henry Cavill could look when Superman returns in Justice League (via Geek Tyrant):   Film History Lesson of the Day:  With Kubo and the Two Strings now in theaters, check out a great video on the evolution of stop-motion animation (via...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Lol: The ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Cast Gets Infected with the Viral Video Virus

24 August 2016 5:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Playing in 100 locations around the country right now is the sophomore writing/directing effort of comedian turned filmmaker Mike Birbiglia. He made a splash at Sundance a few years ago with the charming, semi-autobiographical Sleepwalk with Me, and now he’s back with a movie called Don’t Think Twice, focusing on a group of tight-knit friends […]

The post Lol: The ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Cast Gets Infected with the Viral Video Virus appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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‘Don’t Think Twice’ Cast Gets Infected With the Viral Video Virus in Funny or Die Clip

23 August 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last month Mike Birbiglia’s comedy “Don’t Think Twice” was released in theaters. The dramedy starring Birbiglia, Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci and a slew of other comedians centers around a member of a popular New York City improv troupe who gets a huge break and suddenly the rest of his best friends in the group start to realize that not everyone is going to make it.

Now, the cast teamed up with Funny or Die to create a hilarious video where they all turn against each other after they’ve been infected with a nasty case of the Viral Video Virus.

Read More: ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Stars Gillian Jacobs and Kate Micucci On How to Maneuver The Wilds of Hollywood

The clip starts with the cast promoting their upcoming movie, when all of a sudden Birbiglia tells them that the producers want them to create a viral video. »

- Liz Calvario

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Arthouse Audit: Natalie Portman’s ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Tops Limited Openers

21 August 2016 10:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Late August is not prime release time for top-end specialized films. While the quality of new entries this week is better than usual, two Sundance premieres, A24’s “Morris from America” and Werner Herzog’s documentary “Lo and Behold” are also hitting prime exposure on Video on Demand.

The best limited theatrical opening went to rookie director Natalie Portman’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness” (Focus), shot in her native Israel. The breakout of the month is CBS Films’ second-week expanding “Hell or High Water” (Lionsgate), which looks headed for Top Ten-level grosses over upcoming weeks.

Opening

A Tale of Love and Darkness” (Focus World) – Metacritic: 55; Festivals include: Cannes, Toronto 2015

$36,000 in 2 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $18,000

Natalie Portman’s Israeli-made drama did not garner strong critical response at its Cannes debut last year. But the movie star is campaigning hard to make it work, with appearances on both »

- Tom Brueggemann

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#fav7films: Mindy Kaling and Other Indie Stars Reveal Their Favorite Movies on Twitter

16 August 2016 9:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Whether you wanted to or not, you probably learned a lot of people’s seven favorite films yesterday. #fav7films was the hashtag du jour, presumably because a standard top 10 would have been more likely to go over Twitter’s 140-character limit, and among the many civvies chiming in were a number of actors and filmmakers. Here, for your perusing pleasure, is a sampling of their favorites.

Read More: Emmy Nominees React To Snubs And Surprises On Twitter

 

#fav7films

(I can’t resist)

24 hr Party People

The Man Who Would Be King

Diner

Sound of Music

Office Space

Kung Fu Hustle

La Dolce Vita

Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) August 16, 2016

#fav7films Jesus’s son. Shortcuts. Royal tenenbaums. Best in show. City of God. Personal Velocity. The big Lebowski.

Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 16, 2016

 

#fav7films

Singin’ in the Rain

Squid and the Whale

Broadcast News

Hannah and Her Sisters

Bob & Carol »

- Michael Nordine

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