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Adam Scott, Terry Crews Join Rob Huebel’s ‘Do You Want to See a Dead Body?’ (Exclusive)

Adam Scott, Terry Crews Join Rob Huebel’s ‘Do You Want to See a Dead Body?’ (Exclusive)
Rob Huebel has recruited some live ones for his new Comedy Central pilot. The sketch comedian’s “Do You Want to See a Dead Body?” has grabbed Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”) and Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) to be its first guests, TheWrap has learned. “Dead Body” is a half-hour scripted pilot that follows Huebel as he embarks on a bizarre quest/adventure to see a dead body with a different celebrity guest each week. Also Read: Tony Hale and Adam Pally Do Battle as 'Captain America: Civil War' Reenactors (Video) Written by Huebel and directed by Nick Jasenovec,
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Broad City, Ep. 2.10, “St. Mark’s” ends the season strong

Broad City, Season 2, Episode 10, “St. Mark’s”

Written by Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer

Directed by Nicholas Jasenovec

Airs Wednesdays at 10:30pm Et on Comedy Central

This has been an extremely strong season of Broad City, and though this episode is a somewhat strange one to use as a finale, it ultimately feels like an inspired choice. We have no sense of closure with Ilana and Lincoln’s relationship, which was anticipated. No arc is particularly remarked upon or addressed. It is essentially just an episode of Abbi and Ilana walking down the street in New York City as they decide what to do for Ilana’s 23rd birthday. It feels as defiant as the beautiful moment before the title card when a man walks by and tells them to smile, so they turn around and force a fake smile with their middle fingers.

The opening sequence is a brilliant display of direction and production,
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Season finale review: 'Broad City' - 'St. Mark's': Stop, we're the FBI!

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Season finale review: 'Broad City' - 'St. Mark's': Stop, we're the FBI!
A few thoughts on tonight's "Broad City" finale — and season 2 as a whole — coming up just as soon as I get distracted by this business Guido... The only thing that I didn't absolutely love about "St. Mark's" was the fact that it's the last episode of "Broad City" we're going to get in 2015. Even by the standards of the 10-episode season that's becoming the new normal in cable, this season seemed to just fly by, perhaps because I was having so much damn fun watching it. I would rather Abbi and Ilana keep the quality high rather than being overextended (and even with only 10 episodes, they did turn out one semi-dud with the largely forgettable party boat outing), but I'm going to miss those two and the explosive laughter they so often generated this season. And it's not even like the show took some huge creative leap after season 1. That
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'Let's Be Cops' stars Johnson, Wayans and Riggle on how far is too far in comedy

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'Let's Be Cops' stars Johnson, Wayans and Riggle on how far is too far in comedy
When I first became aware of Jake Johnson's work, it was in the film "Paper Heart," and it's a very canny performance, an interesting one to see as somebody's first work. In the film, directed by Nicholas Jasenovec, Johnson played Nicholas Jasenovec, the director of a documentary about Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera falling in love. I saw it first at Sundance, then ended up moderating a Comic-Con panel for the film with Johnson, Cera, Yi, and Jasenovec all participating. Over the course of those encounters that year, I saw a good deal of Johnson, and he invariably made me laugh like an idiot at least once per conversation. "New Girl" appears to have been the thing that finally opened the door for Johnson in terms of audiences understanding him and seeing him showcased properly. In the pilot, he was paired with Damon Wayans Jr. and Max Greenfield as his two roommates,
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Nine Feel-Good Documentaries to Lift Your Spirits after the Devastating Dear Zachary

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On Monday, we presented you with the 9 Most Devastatingly Sad Documentaries of All Time, a list that was topped by Dear Zachary. It seems like, whenever we mention Dear Zachary and how devastatingly sad it is, a few people see it as a challenge. They think, "Nooooo. How sad can it really be?"

It's not a challenge you will win, folks. Dear Zachary will pummel you every single time. But, if you're recently watched it, or for another reason feel as though the world has stacked its deck against you, we've got you covered. Choose one or more among these 9 documentaries, and the air that life knocked out of you will re-enter and flow through your lungs again. Or at least, put a smile on your face and a lump in your throat.

9. Paper Heart: Finally the hipsters have gone full circle and consumed themselves like an ouroborus recycled from an old Pac-Man t-shirt.
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[Tiff Video Review] Ceremony

Max Winkler, known for his work on one of my favorite web series Clark and Michael, premiered his debut feature at Tiff this year. The comedy/drama Ceremony stars Michael Angarano (Snow Angels, Gentleman Broncos), Uma Thurman (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction), and Reece Thompson (Rocket Science, Assassination of a High School President).

Sam David (Angarano) is planning a weekend trip with his best friend, who hasn’t talked with for over a year, Marshall (Thompson). When they get to their vacation location, the truth comes out that Sam actually planned the whole trip to get closer to an ex-girlfriend who is getting married that weekend, Zoe (Thurman).

Right off the bat, Winkler sets a very hyper-realistic tone. The dialogue is a little too perfect and Sam is a character that acts way older than he is. Once one gets used to the style, the film really gets in a groove
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SFIFF53 In Conversation: Derek Waters

A conversation with comedian Derek Waters as he prepares for his largest show ever at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Weston: Why the San Francisco Film Festival for a ‘Night with Derek Waters’ event?

Derek: Well, I chose San Francisco because I got asked to come here and I said, “Yes please.” Yeah, and in all seriousness it’s really exciting because “Wholphin” is the best DVD ever and that’s how Brent and I met ‘cause he asked me to do their show and it’s just cool, ‘cause none of these videos were really made for anyone to see who wasn’t sitting in front of a computer.

Seeing all these people sitting in front of their computers in a theater is gonna be pretty cool. I should have given everyone a laptop, sit down and just played it on the laptop, not on the screen. It’s a big deal tonight,
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Paper Heart Director Nicholas Jasenovec: My Fave Five for 2009

Paper Heart Director Nicholas Jasenovec: My Fave Five for 2009
The year-end Fave Five brigade continues with director Nicholas Jasenovec, who picked up a screenwriting award at Sundance this year for the comedy Paper Heart, starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera. The 30-year-old director will return to Park City in January to debut his short film Para Fuera, a documentary portrait of noted cardiologist Dr. Richard J. Bing on his 100th birthday. So what were Nicholas's five favorites of 2009? Read on!
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Sundance 2010 Shorts: Jonze, Sachs, Jasenovec and Sundance Alumni Fill Shorts Sections

One look at the filmmaker names below, and it appears as if the Sundance alumni have come out in droves. We find a known variety of filmmakers such as Spike Jonze (Being John Malcovich), Ira Sachs (Married Life), Nicholas Jasenovec (Paper Hearts), James Franco and the Zellner bros. who have dabbled this year in the short form while working in between their feature film projects. - I'd be willing to bet that its the commonly available digital filmmaking and editing technologies that is the core reason for the record breaking amount of short films submitted (6,092) to Sundance this year. Personally, you'll only hear me complain that watching movies is a tough job come day 8 of a major film festival, but imagine being one the programmers having to plow threw hundreds of pieces of crap in order to find something worth watching over a second time. One look at the filmmaker names below,
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DVD Review: ‘Paper Heart’ Intriguingly Blurs Line Between Reality, Fiction

Chicago – Some actors are so good that it’s easy to take their work for granted. Take Michael Cera, the veteran child actor-turned-unlikely teen heartthrob. From his breakout work in “Arrested Development,” to his crowd-pleasing performances in “Superbad” and “Juno,” Cera has created a comic persona as indelible as Woody Allen’s.

The sweetly neurotic vulnerability he exudes is so authentic, it’s easy for audiences to confuse the actor with the characters he regularly portrays. Is he a brilliant actor, or is he simply playing himself (which itself is no easy feat)? Such questions lie at the deceptive heart of Nicholas Jasenovec’s intriguing and infuriating romantic comedy.

DVD Rating: 3.0/5.0

Paper Heart” purports itself to be documentary about one young woman’s quest to discover the nature of love. The woman is Charlyne Yi, a comedian and performance artist not unlike Cera (she’s best known for her scene-stealing
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Paper Heart

Reviewer: James van Maanen

Rating (out of 5): ***½

How long can you play "adorable" before it curdles? I suspect each viewer will have his own limit.

For me, Charlyne Yi, whose adorable quotient is somewhere off the charts, hasn't come close to souring yet. From the first moments right through the finale of Paper Heart, the film that she stars in and has co-written (with director Nicholas Jasenovec), I just wanted to pull her to me, hug her ever so gently, tell her I love her and make everything aw-wight. Of course, she would run fleeing from this, as she probably would from most people's declarations. Which is part of her charm -- and believability. I am unfamiliar with her stand-up routine (we see a little of it in the film), but I venture to guess that this persona she shows us – sweet and innocent yet not that naïve – is
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Sundance Announces 2010 Short Film Program

Sundance has announced the short films that will be playing at this year’s Festival. Some of the notable filmmakers include James Franco, Spike Jonze, Rory Kennedy, Patrik Eklund and Paper Heart director Nicholas Jasenovec.

Also, as Sundance points out in the press reelease:

The Sundance Film Festival’s shorts program has long been established as a discovery for directors, including: Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O Russell, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Tamara Jenkins, Ted Demme, Tim Blake Nelson, Alexander Payne, Paul Dinello, Martin McDonagh, and Jason Reitman.

Since there are so many short films playing at the Festival, hit the jump for the full press release, which lists the categories, the films, and the synopses.

2010 Sundance Film Festival Announces Short Film Program

70 Short Films Chosen from a Record 6,092 Submissions

Program of Four Short Films by Spike Jonze, Rory Kennedy, Patrik Eklund; and François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy,
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2010 Sundance Film Festival Short Films Announced

2010 Sundance Film Festival Short Films Announced
The Sundance Institute have announced the short films selected to screen at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Movieline was the first to break the story, but the press release is now public. Some of the notable films include Spike Jonze’s robot love short film I’m Here which stars Andrew Garfield, Herbert White, a short film he directed earlier this year by James Franco, who is already at the fest with his feature-length film Howl, Rory Kennedy’s The Fence, as well as short films from Nicholas Jasenovec, Ira Sachs, and Patrik Eklund. This year the Festival's Short Film Program comprises 70 short films from U.S. and international filmmakers selected from 6,092 submissions up 8% over 2009. So, yes, for the most part the program is made up of filmmakers you've never heard of -- but that's exactly why you should care. The Sundance Film Festival's shorts program has long been established as
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Paper Heart DVD Giveaway

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Paper Heart DVD Giveaway
In celebration of the DVD release of “Paper Heart” starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera, Anchor Bay Entertainment and are giving away a free copy of the film to one lucky facebook fan! Click Here to become a fan. Hurry, the contest ends December 15th, 2009. Synopsis: Charlyne Yi does not believe in love. Or so she says. Well, at the very least, she doesn’t believe in fairy-tale love or the Hollywood mythology of love, and her own experiences have turned her into yet another modern-day skeptic. Follow Charlyne across America as she and her good friend (and director) Nicholas Jasenovec search for answers and advice about love, [...]
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Exclusive Interview – Charlyne Yi & Nicholas Jasenovec on Paper Heart

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Paper Heart, which is released this week, is part documentary, part romantic comedy. It follows Charlyne Yi, as she tries to prove to herself that love exists. HeyUGuys were invited to a café in Carnaby Street to chat to Yi, along with her co-writer, and the film’s director, Nicholas Jasenovec. Check out our exclusive interview below.

Paper Heart is out Now in UK Cinemas.
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Win Tickets to the London Film Festival Gala Screening

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We’ve got the chance for one lucky person to win a pair of tickets to the London Film Festival Gala Screening of Paper Heart tomorrow night at (Friday, 16th October) Vue West End (Leicester Square).

Not only that but you’ll also get to see a Q&A with the director, Nicholas Jasenovec and the leading lady, from the movie.

To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, all you need to do is send an email to with the answer to the following question:

Last night the BFI’s 53rd London Film Festival opened with a Fantastic premiere, but what was the movie called?

The Small Print:

You must be free to attend the screening tomorrow evening which begins at 18.45 in Leicester Sq. This competition is only open to UK residents and only one entry per person will be counted The competition will close tonight,
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Lff: Hearts Made of Paper, Stone, or Perhaps Petrol

Dave here with Tuesday's report from the London Film Festival, and it's been my best day yet. Excited?

What is love? It's an age-old question, and you can probably guarantee someone's already made some sort of documentary on the subject. But that doesn't stop filmmaker Nicholas Jasenovec and comedienne Charlyne Yi from giving it their own shot. Paper Heart is a self-conscious quirky film that mixes actual documentary footage of Yi's journey around America interviewing various people on how they'd define love with a strange interpolated story of Jasenovec (actually played by Jake Johnson) picking up on the romantic seeds between Yi and Michael Cera (as 'himself') and filming every aspect of their blossoming relationship to see if Yi finally succumbs to this mysterious thing called love. This latter thread is really quite strange in how transparently fake it is, and it seems quite unnecessary when the interviewees provide much more entertainment,
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Full Programme announced for the 2009 London Film Festival

The programme for The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, has been announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron. The line-ip includes a diverse selection of world and international premieres with a total of 191 features and 113 shorts screening alongside an exciting line-up of special events and expected guests. Opening Night film, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, is one of the Festival's 15 world premieres and will be presented by the director and cast members including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Helen McCrory. Other films celebrating their world premieres include Sam Taylor-Wood's Closing Night Gala Nowhere Boy and the Festival's first ever Archive Gala, the BFI's new restoration of Anthony Asquith's Underground, with live music accompaniment by the Prima Vista Social Club, led by Neil Brand. The Festival will also host 23 European premieres, including Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs, Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back and Robert Connolly's Balibo,
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/Filmcast Ep. 64 - Inglourious Basterds (Guest: Nicholas Jasenovec, Director of Paper Heart)

In this week's /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley debate the merits of Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, reflect on the Avatar trailer/hype, try to figure out what a new director means for the Bioshock film, and lament the financial state of the entertainment industry. Special guest director Nicholas Jasenovec joins us for this episode. Nick's film, Paper Heart, starring Charlyne Yi, is out in theaters now. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Monday at 10 Pm Est / 7 Pm Pst at Slashfilm's live page for our next broadcast. Download or Play Now in your Browser: [audio:] Subscribe to the /Filmcast: Shownotes Introduction (00:40) Nicholas Jasenovec, Director of Paper Heart What Have We Watched David Chen (02:23): 50 Dead Men Walking Nick (08:20): Ponyo, Planes Trains and Automobiles Devindra (10:02): Mad Men
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Behind The Lens: Charlyne Yi, Co-Writer and Star of Paper Heart

Behind the Lens [1] is a feature where we pose a series of short, offbeat questions to inspiring filmmakers, actors and artists in order to get to know them a little better. Charlyne Yi [2] is a comedienne, musician and actress who up until now was best known for her small role in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up, but with the release of the indie comedy Paper Heart this month in select theatres, she is finally getting her chance to be in the spotlight. We loved the movie when we saw it at Sundance earlier this year (you can read my review here [3]), as Charlyne and director Nicholas Jasenovec use a hilarious and charming blend of documentary and fictional storytelling to explore what it means to be in love. Paper Heart is currently playing in select theatres in North America. For more info on where you can see the film, visit the
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