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‘The Clapper’ Interviews: Tracy Morgan, Brenda Vaccaro and more

8 May 2017 2:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Previously, we sat down in an exclusive interview with The Clapper writer (of the novel and film) and director Dito Montiel and star Russell Peters. Here are other interviews we grabbed with Tracy Morgan, Brenda Vaccaro, and Russell Peters as well.

The Clapper held its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23rd in New York where actors and even guest stars (cough, Mark Cuban, cough) lined the red carpet. The film follows Eddie Krumble, a professional audience clapper in a talk show who loses his job and reevaluates his life. Ed Helms stars as Krumble opposite Amanda Seyfried, who plays his love interest Judy, with his nemisis Jayme Stillerman played by Russell Peters and his mother played by Brenda Vaccaro. Among the rest of the cast include P.J. Byrne, Adam Levine, Leah Ramini, and even Alan Thicke’s last film.

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Tribeca 2017 Exclusive Interview: Dito Montiel & Russell Peters of ‘The Clapper’

2 May 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Clapper tells the story of Eddie Krumble, a professional audience clapper in a talk show who loses his job and reevaluates his life. The film stars Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Peters, Tracy Morgan, Alan Thicke (his last film), Brenda Vaccaro, Pj Byrne, and more. Dito Montiel directed the film as well as writing the screenplay, based off his novel, Eddie Krumble is the Clapper.

We got an exclusive sit down with both Montiel and Peters at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere on April 23. Read our interview below and be sure to check back for video interviews with Tracy Morgan, Brenda Vaccaro, and Russell Peters.

What was it like working with Tracy after Son of No One?

Dito: We stayed friends and the accident was of course terrifying and I was sure that he would die. Just hearing about how terrible it was. »

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The Clapper Review [Tribeca 2017]

27 April 2017 9:28 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em. Dito Montiel’s disarmingly sweet comedy The Clapper is about a man who not only has greatness thrust upon him, but is desperate to avoid greatness altogether.

Ed Helms is Eddie Krumble, a quiet little man who makes his living playing an audience member for infomercials, alongside his best friend Chris (Tracy Morgan) and a host of other oddballs. Eddie and Chris fill seats, clap, laugh, and ask those rote questions that no one ever doubted were scripted. And Eddie is pretty comfortable in that life – he has a sweet flirtation with Judy (Amanda Seyfried), a girl who works at a gas station and whom Eddie visits daily, just to see her. While this might not be the life that everyone dreams of, Eddie muddles along, if not quite happily then at least with increasing contentment. »

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Ed Helms Comedy ‘The Clapper’ Dives Into The World Of Professional Applauding – Tribeca Studio

24 April 2017 12:41 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Professional clapper is actually a job in Hollywood. Yes, we all know about studio audiences for TV shows – no L.A. tourist gets paid for that (though it could be argued that those visiting New York would pay to sit in the audience of Saturday Night Live if they could), but on informercials, you can make as much as $75 per taping. Director Dito Montiel – who in the past has directed everyone including Dwayne Johnson (Empire State), Robert Downey, Jr. (A Guide to Recognizin… »

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Clapper’

24 April 2017 8:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A curious thing has happened to indie movies since the year 2000. In the ’90s, practically all the heroes were hit men. Now, they hold some of the quirkiest jobs imaginable — baking specialty pies (“Waitress”), building bathtubs (“The Voices”), writing greeting-card poetry (“500 Days of Summer”), etc. — in movies where a quirky profession serves as a stand-in for an actual personality.

The title character in Dito Montiel’s “The Clapper” takes the cake: He makes a living as a professional audience member, popping up in countless infomercials too “ooh” and “aah” and occasionally ask questions like, “Are you trying to tell me with no money down I can get a house?” Unlike the hundreds of would-be actors who move to Los Angeles every year with dreams of becoming stars, Eddie Krumble (Ed Helms) and best friend Chris (Tracy Morgan) are content to be invisible, doing their best to look nondescript, while mixing »

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Tribeca 2017 Slideshow: Tracy Morgan and Sting on the Red Carpet for 'The Clapper'

24 April 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Previous | Image 1 of 7 | NextTracy Morgan on the Red Carpet at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

New York City – The Red Carpet is always a wild ride with the free-wheeling Tracy Morgan. He was at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival representing his role in the new film “The Clapper,” starring Ed Helms and featuring Brenda Vaccaro, who also walked the carpet. Joining them were surprise guests Mark Cuban and the musician known as Sting.

The Clapper” is directed by Dito Montiel, from his novel, and stars Helms as a down-and-out divorced man, who moves to Los Angeles and becomes a professional audience member for various shows, with Tracy Morgan portraying his best friend. When the “Clapper” finally meets the girl of his dreams (Amanda Seyfried), his life as an audience professional is about to be exposed by the producer (Adam Levine) of a notorious talk show.

Patrick McDonald of was at the Red Carpet opening, »

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Zdf Enterprises, Belladonna Productions Team For ‘Genesis’ (Exclusive)

21 April 2017 2:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris — Rene Bastian’s New York-based Belladonna Productions, producer of Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games Us” and Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York,” is teaming with Germany’s Zdf Enterprises, the expanding commercial arm of the German broadcast network, to develop “Genesis,” an English-language sci-fi thriller.

“Genesis” is created by Narina Jabari, a young Canadian scientist-turned-screenwriter. Zdfe is handling sales rights to the series.

A film company with a distinguished pedigree, Belladonna moved into TV series production with the Sundance Channel-aired “Hap & Leonard,” now in its second season, executive produced by Belladonna principal Linda Moran. For Zdfe, “Genesis” represents one of its earliest series in English and linkup with a U.S. production company as Zdfe acquires world sales rights not only to Zdf drama but third-party productions drawn from Europe and beyond.

“Genesis” also joins a fast-growing cannon of sci-fi drama – think “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “Humans” – as the genre returns towards the mainstream, diversifies »

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Tribeca Film Festival to Live-Stream 12 Panels Free on Facebook, Including ‘Godfather’ Cast Reunion

19 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Can’t make it to the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival? This year, the New York fest is bringing a dozen live sessions to internet users — for free — via an exclusive pact with Facebook, including the much-anticipated cast reunion of “The Godfather” films.

While Tribeca live-streamed a few panels on Facebook from the 2016 festival and has made other sessions available free online in past years, organizers say the Facebook Live lineup this year is unprecedented in scope.

For the first time in Tribeca’s history, internet users worldwide will be able to watch the festival’s closing-night event on April 29, with a panel discussion about “The Godfather” and “The Godfather: Part II” with director Francis Ford Coppola and actors Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert De Niro. (“Godfather” star Marlon Brando died in 2004.)

Other sessions to be available include conversations featuring Kobe Bryant, Lena Dunham, Ron Howard, »

- Todd Spangler

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

17 April 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now in its sixteenth year, New York City’s own Tribeca Film Festival kicks off every spring with a wide variety of programming on offer, from an ever-expanding Vr installation to an enviable television lineup, but the bread and butter of the annual festival is still in its film slate. This year’s festival offers up plenty of returning favorites with new projects, alongside fresh faces itching to break out. From insightful documentaries to fanciful features, with a heavy dose of Gotham-centric films (hey, it is Tribeca after all), there’s plenty to dive into here, so we’ve culled the schedule for a few surefire hits.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 20 – 30. Check out some of our must-see picks below.

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“A Gray State”

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‘The Clapper’ Tribeca Clip: Ed Helms & Amanda Seyfried Get Flirty At A Gas Station

11 April 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Here’s an exclusive clip from Dito Montiel’s comedy The Clapper, which is gearing up for for its Tribeca Film fest world premiere April 23. The film, adapted from Montiel’s novel of the same name, is about people living a simple and content life before unexpected circumstances thrust them into Hollywood's limelight. Led by Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried, the pic follows a professional television clapper, who is begrudgingly thrust into the spotlight, which ends… »

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Shia Labeouf's New Movie Only Sold One Ticket in the U.K.

5 April 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Shia Labeouf's latest movie is a certified flop. Man Down opened in theaters this past December, and came and went without nary a whisper. But now, the drama is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. What could have just been shuffled off into the dustbin of cinematic history without much fanfare is getting some attention this week, as it managed to sell only one single ticket in the UK.

Yes, according to Entertainment Weekly, overseas fans were in no rush to see Shia Labeouf play an ex-marine with family issues. The drama premiered in the United Kingdom this past weekend, and it managed to earn just seven pounds. That equals $8.71 in American dollars. The price of a single movie ticket.

Dito Montiel, who previously worked with Labeouf on A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, directed the movie. The story follows U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia Labeouf), who »

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‘Man Down’: Shia Labeouf’s War Drama Increased UK Profit by 200% After Selling 2 More Tickets

5 April 2017 10:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Shia Labeouf’s war drama “Man Down” made headlines Tuesday after selling only one ticket during its UK opening weekend, grossing a total of £7 ($8.73), per ComScore. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has sold an extra two tickets, making its total gross $26.19.

Read More: ‘Man Down’ Review: A Great Shia Labeouf Performance Is Wasted On a Misbegotten Genre Mash-Up About the Perils of Ptsd

Man Down” was being screened at only one theater in the UK, the Reel Cinema branch in Burnley, and only once a day. “I think we’ve sold three tickets in total,” the theater manager told THR, adding that she had not “experienced anything like it before.” She also said that the film would “highly likely” end its run.

Read More: Why Shia Labeouf Needs a Career Reboot

Directed by Dito Montiel (“A guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” “The Son of No One”), “Man Down »

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Shia Labeouf’s ‘Man Down’ Sells Additional Two Tickets

5 April 2017 7:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Shia Labeouf thriller “Man Down” has managed to triple the number of general-public paid admissions in Britain – from one ticket sold to three. 

During its U.K. opening weekend last weekend, it sold a single ticket in its only venue, the Reel Cinema in Burnley, northern England, taking in a whopping £7 ($8.73), according to data tracker comScore. That admission is believed to have been a single student ticket priced at £6.90 (comScore rounds its data up to the nearest pound). 

The cinema is since confirmed to have sold a further two tickets since its dismal opening weekend.

The film has seen a slight boost, however, from a specialist theater chain that provides films for military personnel and their dependents in the U.K. and overseas. Ssvc Forces Cinemas has eight theaters in the U.K.


Shia Labeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office

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Shia Labeouf’s new film Man Down sells just one ticket during UK opening weekend

4 April 2017 2:05 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Shia Labeouf’s latest film Man Down opened in the UK this past Friday, and according to THR, it managed to gross just £7 over the weekend, selling a single ticket in a cinema in Burnley.

The thriller – which received a limited theatrical release and also hit VOD the same day – is directed by Dito Montiel and sees Labeouf’s U.S. Marine searching for his estranged wife and son in post-apocalyptic America. Labeouf is joined in the cast by Kate Mara, Jai Courtney and Gary Oldman.

Man Down’s opening weekend echoes that of the Emma Watson / Daniel Bruhl film The Colony (a.k.a. Colonia), which earned just £47 during its opening weekend last year, , while the Al Pacino / Anthony Hopkins thriller Misconduct also pulled in just £97 last summer. »

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Shia Labeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office

4 April 2017 10:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »


Man Down,” a war thriller with Shia Labeouf, grossed just £7 ($8.70) when it premiered in a single U.K. theater over the weekend, according to ComScore. That’s the equivalent of selling a single ticket, given that the U.K. Cinema Association puts the average movie admission cost in the country at £7.21.

“Poor Shia,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. “That opening could be in the Guinness World Records or something.”

The film played in one location, Reel Cinema in Burnley. It was simultaneously released digitally on demand, making the theatrical release something of an afterthought. It launches on DVD and Blu-ray next month, according to the Guardian.


How Shia Labeouf Stopped Drinking and Found the Career He Wanted

After scoring in big studio blockbusters such as “Transformers” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” Labeouf has focused on more indie projects with mixed success. »

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Man Down review – even Shia Labeouf can’t save him

2 April 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Labeouf is compelling as a former marine with Ptsd but the film is irredeemable

Here’s a conundrum. Shia Labeouf delivers a superb performance in a film that is otherwise misjudged on almost every level. All panic sweats and jitters, he is a grenade about to go off, a man whose mind still ricochets with the gunfire he took as a marine in Afghanistan. But is Laboeuf alone reason enough to watch Dito Montiel’s crude study of Ptsd? I rather think not – it’s a film with a laboured twist and a horribly over-designed aesthetic. A scorched, coffee-stained colour palette is meant to evoke a post-apocalyptic future, while elsewhere there is so much soft focus, you start to wonder if there’s something wrong with your eyes.

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Movie Review – Man Down (2017)

30 March 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Man Down, 2017.

Directed by Dito Montiel.

Starring Shia Labeouf, Kate Mara, Gary Oldman and Jai Courtney.


A former Us Marine returns home after a traumatic tour of duty in Afghanistan and finds an America that’s just as much a battlefield as the country he’s left.

“America, we have a problem!” is scrawled in red paint across a ruined building.  If it’s the message of Dito Montiel’s Man Down, it’s sorely lacking in subtlety.  Which means it’s right at home here.

The film aims to lift the lid on a major issue, both in the States and over here, that of Ptsd among war veterans.  According to the captions at the end, one in five of American soldiers suffer from it, 20,000 war veterans sleep rough every single night because they have nowhere else to go and every day 20 veterans commit suicide as a result of the condition. »

- Freda Cooper

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Second Opinion – Man Down (2015)

29 March 2017 8:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Man Down, 2015.

Directed by Dito Montiel

Starring Shia Labeouf, Jai Courtney, Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Clifton Collins Jr.


In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.

Man Down is the latest in a long line of disappointments from filmmaker Dito Montiel, who exploded onto the indie scene with 2006’s widely-acclaimed A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and has struggled to recapture that same slice-of-life honesty in his five subsequent features. Sadly, his most recent effort, finally releasing some 18 months after its Venice Film Festival premiere, is probably his worst to date, and certainly his most creatively hapless.

Fleeting between the past and present, we follow Gabriel Drummer (Shia Labeouf), as he reconciles his traumatic past serving overseas in the U.S. Army, and his current hunt for his wife and son, »

- Shaun Munro

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Movie Review – Man Down (2015)

28 March 2017 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Man Down, 2015.

Directed by Dito Montiel.

Starring Shia Labeouf, Kate Mara, Jai Courtney, and Gary Oldman.


In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.

There’s a twist late on in Man Down so gob-smackingly insincere and unearned that it caused clearly audible cursed mutterings. The previous 80 minutes had been a turgid, maddeningly irksome post-apocalyptic road movie with umpteen detours to meat-headed flashbacks all with the aesthetic of a Syfy level production. Then as the rug is pulled, what was once little more than a rather dull, if well performed, straight-to-video, wholly forgettable bargain bin flick, transcended all sense of self-worth becoming something truly hypocritical and disingenuous.

Plotting, of which there is a hell of a lot, is messy and trivial. Shia Labeouf stars as Gabriel Drummer, an all American patriot »

- Amie Cranswick

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Giveaway – Win a military bundle with Man Down

18 March 2017 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Signature Entertainment presents powerful new war movie Man Down, starring Shia Labeouf, Kate Mara, Jai Courtney and Gary Oldman, at Cinemas and on Digital from 31st March, and to celebrate the release we have a military bundle to give away featuring a back-pack, t-shirt, hat and water-can.

In a savage post-apocalyptic America, U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia Labeouf, Fury), searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son, Jonathan and wife, Natalie (Kate Mara, The Martian). Accompanied by his best friend Devin (Jai Courtney, Suicide Squad), a hardnosed marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, the two intercept a survivor who carries vital information about the whereabouts of Gabriel’s family. As we revisit Garbriel’s traumatic past through a debrief with military counsellor Peyton (Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight), we are guided in unraveling the puzzle of his life and the origin of this war torn America. »

- Gary Collinson

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