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Watch: Peculiar Short Film 'Lightningface' Starring Oscar Isaac in Full

"I thought I knew who I was. But I knew nothing... And then it happened." Let's kick off this week with a short film we've been waiting to watch for over a year. After playing at film festivals all around, Vimeo Staff Picks has finally premiered the short film Lightningface online in full, from director Brian Petsos. The short film stars Oscar Isaac as a man named Basil Stitt who goes through a transformative experience after being struck by lightning one day. We originally posted a trailer for this short more than a year ago, and now that it has played at fests exclusively, it's available online. This is a very strange, intriguing short that goes to some trippy places at the end. It's great to see Oscar Isaac in this, but I'm not sure what to make of it. You? Official synopsis: Lightningface stars Oscar Isaac as Basil, a
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Kristen Wiig Kisses Boyfriend Avi Rothman During Hawaiian Vacation, Source Says 'They've Been Secretly Dating for Months'

Kristen Wiig Kisses Boyfriend Avi Rothman During Hawaiian Vacation, Source Says 'They've Been Secretly Dating for Months'
Kristen Wiig has a new man! The Ghostbusters star was spotted on a romantic getaway with new boyfriend Avi Rothman, People exclusively reveals, on Wednesday in Kauai, Hawaii. Wiig, 42, dressed in a strapless black bikini top and patterned navy bottoms while her writer/actor beau displayed plenty of Pda also sported printed swim trunks. The couple showed plenty of Pda during their beach trip, kissing and walking hand-in-hand. "They've been secretly dating for a few months," a source tells People exclusively. "He's her boyfriend. They're really happy together." According to Rothman's IMDb page, he has been featured on several TV series,
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‘Lightningface’ Trailer: Oscar Isaac Is Kind of Freaking Out in This Short Film

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‘Lightningface’ Trailer: Oscar Isaac Is Kind of Freaking Out in This Short Film
Ever heard of a movie called Revenge for Jolly!? If you have seen it, you’d probably remember, not only because it’s about a man trying to find out who’s behind his dog’s mysterious death, but mainly because the film stars Oscar Isaac, Kristen Wiig, Elijah Wood, Kevin Corrigan, Ryan Phillippe, Garrett Dillahunt, Amy Seimetz, Bobby Monyihan, Adam Brody, Gillian Jacobs, and the film’s screenwriter, Brian Petsos. Great […]

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Trailer for Brian Petsos' Short Film 'Lightningface' Starring Oscar Isaac

"Just one week ago, everything was so different." This looks a bit crazy. I'm not usually fond of posting trailers for short films, but I couldn't help it with this one - it has Poe Dameron in it! An official trailer has debuted for a short film called Lightningface, starring actor Oscar Isaac as Basil Stitt. The description says that "in the aftermath of an inexplicable incident", he locks himself in his apartment goes through one helluva transformation. This trailer has definitely piqued my interest, I'm just curious when we'll be able to actually see the full short film and how long it will be. Hoping this film has quite a bit to say. Watch below. Here's the official trailer for Brian Petsos' Lightningface, direct from Vimeo (found via The Playlist): Official synopsis: An origin story, of sorts--Lightningface stars Oscar Isaac as Basil Stitt, who in the aftermath of an inexplicable incident,
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First trailer for Oscar Isaac-starring short Lightningface

A new trailer has arrived today for upcoming short film Lightningface, starring Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), which you can view in the player below…

Written and directed by Brian Petsos, the story “follows a man who starts to seriously unravel after an incident, leading to a transformation.” Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters) also lends her voice to the film.

After starring as Poe Dameron in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and currently reprising the role for Star Wars: Episode VIII), Isaac returns this summer as the evil En Sabah Nur (a.k.a. Apocalypse) in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, due for release on May 18th.
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Watch: Oscar Isaac Freaks Out In Trailer For 'Lightningface'

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With Oscar Isaac becoming the pilot we all want to be total buds with in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and set wreak havoc this summer as the villain in "X-Men: Apocalypse," here's a little reminder of why he got those gigs: he's a great actor. And Isaac has taken a moment out of his busy schedule to make the short "Lightningface." Read More: J.J. Abrams Explains How Oscar Isaac Convinced Him To Let Poe Live Written and directed by Brian Petsos, the story follows a man who starts to seriously unravel after an incident, leading to a transformation. If you listen closely, you can hear the voice of the film's other big star, Kristen Wiig. All told, this looks like a quirky bit of fun. No release date yet, but I presume I'll show up on the festival circuit. Watch below. [Live For Films]
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Watch: This Violent Short Film Features the Most Insane Oscar Isaac Performance Yet

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Watch: This Violent Short Film Features the Most Insane Oscar Isaac Performance Yet
You've seen him sing his heart out in "Inside Llewyn Davis," keep his cool under pressure in "A Most Violent Year" and fly the hell out of an X-Wing in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but now you can see the great Oscar Isaac like you never have before: out of his mind and thirsty for bloody revenge. Read More: Watch: Eddie Alcazar and Flying Lotus' Mesmerizing Short Film is So Nsfw We Can't Even Say Its Name Written and directed by Brian Petsos, the dark comedy short film "Ticky Tacky" takes place in one stunningly-designed office over three crucial days in the life of a wealthy and powerful man. On the first day, he finds out his wife is cheating on him with his cousin. On the second, his young henchman and spy delivers a suitcase full of guns. On the third, well, let's just say that the
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Warner Bros. Puts Sundays In Its Diary

Warner Bros. Puts Sundays In Its Diary
Crafting an impressive short with ideas to burn is becoming an ever-more popular means for first-time filmmakers to get their foot in the studio door. Dracula Untold’s Gary Shore got his start that way, and this year’s Pixels was born from Patrick Jean’s video game-referencing work. Now Dutch ads and short film director Mischa Rozema has scored a deal with Warner Bros. on the back of his pitch film, Sundays, which you can watch below. Rozema’s concept, which he wrote with Kevin Koehler, finds Brian Petsos as a man who begins to realise that he himself and the world around him are not what they seem – indeed, the whole universe appears to be slowly falling apart. But can he trust even his own senses? The short definitely has overtones of The Matrix, Inception and even District 9 in its use of grungy visual style and dystopian ideas.
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Dystopic Sundays Is a Jaw Dropper [Full Short]

This week's must see video comes at us care of Dutch commercials producer PostPanic. The company has been making visually stylish commercials for years but they recently launched a film and television division and with it, a nearly 15 minute proof of concept video that has more wow moments than anything you've seen since Ruairi Robinson's breathtaking, and soon to be feature film, The Leviathan.

Directed by Mischa Rozema, the co-founder and creative director of PostPanic, Sundays is an ambitious pensive bit of sci-fi, the story of Ben (Brian Petsos), a man who slowly begins to realise that Isabelle (Sofia Sisniega), the only woman he has ever l [Continued ...]
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Watch Gorgeous SciFi Short Sundays Now!

We've been following the progress of Mischa Rozema's ultra ambitious scifi short Sundays for quite some time now here at Twitch. From the earliest days of the crowd funding support to send the crew to shoot on location in Mexico - a fund raising effort we happily supported - through to trailers and other materials hitting the public eye, we've just been more and more impressed by everything we've seen. And now we get to see it all.Set in Mexico City sometime in the future and starring Us actor Brian Petsos and Mexican actress Sofia Sisniega, Sundays is an ambitious philosophical science-fiction proof-of-concept short. The end of the world seems like a nightmare to Ben. A memory of a past life that doesn't belong to...

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Watch: Trailer For Short Film 'Ticky Tacky' Starring Oscar Isaac

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It seems Oscar Isaac likes keeping busy. With two movies out in 2013 ("Inside Llewyn Davis" and "In Secret" which premiered at Cannes and Tiff respectively), and three more coming in 2014 ("Mojave," "Ex Machina" and "A Most Violent Year"), the actor has even made time to star in a short film. And the first trailer is here. "Ticky Tacky" comes from writer/director Brian Petsos and follows a wealthy and powerful man who discovers his cousin/best friend slept with his girlfriend. The brief trailer provides a little taste, and there's definitely a nod to Wes Anderson in some of the staging/framing/set design but the tone is definitely far more hysterical, and it'll be interesting to see what the final shape of it looks like. There's no release date yet, but "Ticky Tacky" is expected to have a festival bow at some point, so keep your eyes peeled. Until then,
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DVD Review – Revenge for Jolly! (2012)

Revenge for Jolly!, 2012.

Directed by Chadd Harbold.

Starring: Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Gillian Jacobs, Kristen Wiig, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Garret Dillahunt and Ryan Phillippe.


Owing some money to some bad men, Harry (Pestos) finds his dog, Jolly, dead when he can’t pay up. He sets about avenging his best friend’s death, with the help of his cousin Cecil (Isaac).

May I direct your gaze to that cast list above. Look at it. That’s an exemplary set of names – a heap of in demand dramatic, comedic and method actors. It’s Revenge For Jolly!’s main pull, especially with Oscar Isaac in the supporting role, fresh off the critical success of Inside Llewyn Davis. The film will be noticed, but you can’t expect a great deal of praise coming off that word-of-mouth. Sadly, that cast cannot inject any life into Brian Petsos’ lacklustre script.

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‘Revenge For Jolly’ Review

Stars: Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Amy Seimetz, Elijah Wood, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, Adam Brody | Written by Brian Petsos | Directed by Chadd Harbold

Who doesn’t love a good revenge movie? From the likes of Charles Bronson in Death Wish to Camille Keaton in I Spit on Your Grave, revenge movies have been a staple of “the movies” for years. But there’s never been a revenge movie quite like Revenge For Jolly!

Everyone knows‘man’s best friend is his dog. But in Harry’s case his dog Jolly is not just his best friend, he is his only source of joy in life. In debt to the wrong kind of people Harry is thinking of skipping town and taking his dog Jolly with him. As a last hurrah before leaving he visits his cousin Cecil for dinner, returning home in the morning to pack up his life
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Revenge For Jolly! Blu-ray Review

Director: Chadd Harbold

Starring: Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wood, Kristen Wiig, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillipe, Garret Dillahunt, Kevin Corrigan, Gillian Jacobs

Running Time: 84 minutes

Certificate: 18

If blockbusters have taught us one thing it’s that the dog has to survive. Classic interpretations of the law have been found in such genre classics as Volcanoe and Independence Dance. Therefore it makes sense to build a revenge thriller around the murder of a dog, as every viewer will be able to root for the hero of the film. At least, that’s how it should be. If Revenge For Jolly! teaches us one thing, it’s that a surprisingly horrific act can result in absolutely no feeling and absolutely no involvement in a star-filled but messy and empty dark comedy. That’s a self-labelled ‘dark comedy’ by the way, as the humour seems to be non-existent.

Brian Petsos plays Harry, an emotionally distant,
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Giveaway – Win WWE Royal Rumble 2014 on DVD

All the action from the Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh as 30 WWE Superstars competed in the Royal Rumble match for the chance to face the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania 30!

As well as the Rumble itself this year’s event also features WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton, defending his title against John Cena, Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show, Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt, and Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws!

To support the release of Royal Rumble 2014 (out on DVD and Blu-ray from 14th April), we have a copy on DVD to give away to one lucky winner (courtesy of FremantleMedia International). Visit the official Royal Rumble 2014 page here and read on for details of how to enter…

With an all star cast that includes Ryan Philippe, Elijah Wood and Kristen Wiig, Revenge for Jolly is an all out action revenge thriller. Harry (Brian Petsos) is having a very,
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Giveaway – Win Revenge For Jolly on DVD

To celebrate the release of Revenge For Jolly on DVD and Blu-Ray from Anchor Bay, we have a fantastic opportunity for you to win a DVD copy for yourself!

Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Ryan Phillippe (Damages) and Elijah Wood (Maniac) star in the ultra-violent and gratuitously gory actioner, Revenge For Jolly, from the executive producer of Machete and Black Swan.

Don’t miss your chance to win the action-packed, hilariously violent and boasting a subtle, cynical wit, Revenge For Jolly which features a killer cast and some of the blackest humour we’ve ever come across. Almost certainly destined for cult status, this is a great “late-night, kicking back with your friends and going along for the ride” kind of movie. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…

With an all star cast that includes Ryan Philippe, Elijah Wood and Kristen Wiig, Revenge for Jolly is an all out action revenge thriller.
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Watch The Gorgeous Teaser For SciFi Short Sundays

It was all the way back in June of 2012 that we first wrote about Mischa Rozema's scifi short Sundays.The occasion was the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to back the creation of the film and I was impressed enough with the visuals and pitch package that I threw down a few bucks myself and encouraged others to do the same. Money well spent. The first teaser for Rozema's creation has just arrived online and it looks every bit as good as I could have hoped.Shot on location in Mexico City with Brian Petsos in the lead the film posits a future in which computer power overtakes human intelligence and the consequences of that moment. Take a look at the fabulous teaser below and keep...

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Girl Most Likely Blu-ray Review

After the blockbuster success of Bridesmaids, actress Kristen Wiig announced she’d be skipping the requisite sequel to try her hand at a more darkly comic role in a black comedy then-titled Imogene. Its basic storyline – a failed playwright (Wiig) moves in with her gambling addict mother (Annette Bening) after faking her own suicide – sounded teasingly reminiscent of beloved ‘90s seriocomedy Postcards from the Edge. But any hopes I had that Wiig and Bening might recapture that classic Streep/MacLaine chemistry quickly went out the window as the finished film – blandly re-titled Girl Most Likely ­- unspooled. Less a mother/daughter story than a young woman/weird world yarn, Girl Most Likely is a meandering film that fails as black comedy (it’s not black enough) or plain comedy (it’s not funny enough). Instead, it plays as 104 minutes of quirk, with Wiig stuck in the mediocre middle playing against her strengths.
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"Girl Most Likely" To Kind Of Suck

From the moment the film starts with a disjointed flashback, Girl Most Likely feels like a trite and clichéd attempt at comedy. Obscurely named Imogene (Kristin Wiig) is down on her luck after her fiancé Peter (Brian Petsos) dumps her and she loses her job. In a desperate attempt to win back Peter, Imogene stages a suicide attempt. But it isn’t Peter who discovers her; it is their vapid, self-absorbed friend Dara (June Diane Raphael) who finds her, leading to her admittance into the psychiatric ward.

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Adventures in the Sin Bin Featurette 'Name Game'

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Adventures in the Sin Bin Featurette 'Name Game'
On behalf of Phase 4 Films, we're excited to share a new featurette from the upcoming comedy Adventures in the Sin Bin starring Bo Burnham, Michael Seater, Emily Meade, Gillian Jacobs, Jeff Garlin and Tim Blake Nelson! As you can see from this video, everybody in town know's Brian (Michael Seater), who lends out his van dubbed The Sin Bin for friends and acquaintances to have sex in. Watch this amusing video as several characters talk about Brian, Suzie (Emily Meade), Tony (Bo Burnham) and many more. Directed by Billy Federighi, Adventures in the Sin Bin debuts in theaters and on VOD formats October 18.

Adventures in the Sin Bin comes to theaters October 18th, 2013 and stars Michael Seater, Emily Meade, Bo Burnham, Ben McKenzie, Jeff Garlin, Gillian Jacobs, Tim Blake Nelson, Brian Petsos. The film is directed by Billy Federighi.
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