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Tribeca Film Picks Up Comedy 'Somebody Up There Likes Me,' with Rotoscoping and Music By Vampire Weekend

25 July 2012 10:06 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Tribeca Film has aquired SXSW comedy "Somebody Up There Likes Me," starring Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman ("Parks & Recreation") and Jess Weixler ("Teeth"), and featuring rotoscoped sequences courtesy of Bob Sabiston ("A Scanner Darkly"). Check out the trailer below. In the film, Bob Byington ("Harmony and Me,"  "Rso [Registered Sex Offender]") mixes actors with non-pros in this fable about a man watching his life pass by. Max (Keith Poulson) and his chum Sal (Nick Offerman) and the woman they love, Lyla (Jess Weixler), stumble through thirty-five years of various unsatisfying relationships. Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio provides the score for the film, which is produced by Offerman. Tribeca Films plans a spring 2013 theatrical release date, with the usual on-demand platforms of iTunes, Amazon, et al. »

- Beth Hanna

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Nick Offerman & Alison Brie Toke Up In ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ Promo; Picked Up For March 2013 Release

25 July 2012 9:17 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Movie studios, take note. Here’s how you announce a film is being made available to an audience. With today’s announcement that Tribeca Films have picked up Bob Byington’s comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me for a March 2013 video-on-demand and theatrical run, some of the stars of the film (and other acquaintances) got together to celebrate, or something to that effect.

In the below video one can find star Nick Offerman (Parks & Recs‘ Ron Swanson) with wife Megan Mullally and Community‘s Alison Brie (the latter is not involved in the film) partaking in some celebratory festivities and trying to remember details of said film. It’s hilarious and best of all, a bit different from most stale announcements. We quite liked the film, also starring Keith Poulson and Jess Weixler, at SXSW saying, “Byington is fully in control and has crafted the most detached comedy of the year thus far. »

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Listen to Vampire Weekend Bassist Chris Baio's Ep Sunburn

29 May 2012 1:16 PM, PDT | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Chris Baio, who usually provides basslines to Vampire Weekend songs, took his first foray into a solo career with a three-track Ep titled Sunburn. The songs are only a brief glimpse into Baio’s musical tastes as the Ep detours from Vampire Weekend’s college-friendly aura and explores more electronic and tribal beats with a mixture of choral voices thrown in for good measure. »

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10 SXSW Soundtracks To Look Out For Including Scores By Members Of Pearl Jam, Vampire Weekend, Menomena, Tortoise & More

8 March 2012 11:31 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

SXSW is barely 24 hours away from starting (catch up with part one and part two of our preview pieces here), and at this point, it's important to be reminded that one of the things that makes the festival unique is a particular focus on the crossover between music and film, something that's been a special interest of ours since the very earliest days of The Playlist. SXSW doesn't just have a whole sidebar dedicated to music documentaries (with this year's batch including films centered on LCD Soundsystem, Paul Simon and Big Star), and a music festival that runs alongside, but the films screened seem to attract a disproportionate number of scores by indie and rock musicians.

And with more and more names who broke out from the pop and rock world -- from veteran composers like Danny Elfman and Clint Mansell to newbies like Trent Reznor and The Chemical Brothers -- moving into composition, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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