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Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Gets Summer Release From Film Arcade (Exclusive)

18 April 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Don’t Think Twice,” Mike Birbiglia’s indie about a troupe of improv comedians, will be distributed by Film Arcade for a platform summer release, Variety has learned.

The movie debuted at SXSW last month to solid reviews, which resulted in bids from A24 and Roadside Attractions. But Film Arcade, which also financed the project, has decided to keep U.S. distribution rights.

“Film Arcade basically said if you release a movie with us, we’re going to let you tour the movie and not be day-and-date, and go as wide as the movie allows,” said Birbiglia, who wrote, direct and stars in the dramatic comedy.

“Don’t Think Twice” follows a group of New York comedians — played by Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard and Kate Micucci — who are trying to launch their careers on an “SNL”-like skit show. Cold Iron Pictures’ Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall produced the film. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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The Best Picture Oscar winners that had sequels

25 February 2016 11:50 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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More Best Picture Oscar winners have had sequels than you may think. This lot, in fact...

There’s still an element of snobbery where sequels to certain films is concerned. Whereas it’s now almost compulsory to greenlight a blockbuster with a view of a franchise in mind, it’s hard to think of most Best Picture Oscar winners being made with a follow-up in mind. Yet in perhaps a surprising number of cases, a sequel – or in the case of Rocky, lots of sequels – have followed.

These cases, in fact…

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

Followed by: The Road Back

Don’t be fooled into thinking sequels for prestigious movies are a relatively new phenomenon. Lewis Milestone’s 1930 war epic All Quiet On The Western Front, and its brutal account of World War I, is still regarded as something of a classic. A solid box office success, »

- simonbrew

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Can you pass HitFix's hard-harder-hardest Oscar Quiz?

24 February 2016 3:55 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last year HitFix threw down a 21-question quiz for Oscar fanatics, and this year we're at it again. Join us for an ultimate Oscar test featuring three tiers of difficulty: hard, harder, and hardest. Get out a notepad! The answers are on the next page. (Please note that the term "actor" can mean a man or a woman, and that any listed year refers to the time of the movie's release, not the year of the ceremony.)   Hard 1. What's the highest-grossing of this year's eight Best Picture nominees?      2. Jennifer Jason Leigh just received her first Oscar nomination for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Only two performances in Quentin Tarantino's filmography have earned Academy Awards. Who performed those roles? 3. Which of this year's Best Picture nominees stars a character named Joy?  4. Who's the only person in history to win both an acting Oscar and a songwriting Oscar?  5. Name one »

- Louis Virtel

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10 Multiple Oscar Nominees Who Have Yet to Take Home the Prize

24 February 2016 8:10 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

We're less than one week away from the Oscars, and while we're cheering on this year's talented nominees (oh hey, Eddie!), we're also thinking about those lauded actors who have continuously scored nominations over the years while simultaneously winning over audiences. Why, you ask? Well with five-time nominee Leonardo DiCaprio poised to probably take home his first-ever Oscar, we got to thinking about other talented stars who've been nominated several times in their careers and never won (how is this fair to Diane and Glenn?!). Read on to see who makes the surprising list: Glenn Close# of nominations: 6 Films: The World According to Garp, »

- Grace Gavilanes, @gracegavilanes

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15 Actors You Won't Believe Have Never Won an Oscar

20 February 2016 9:52 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Every year around Oscar time it seems like we always end up falling into the same debate: Who deserves to win best (Insert Category) here. There are many actors, directors, writers and others who have been nominated but have never taken home the gold statuette. Now, the reality is that films take a long time for directors to get made and writers take a long time to get a script right. But actors have a better set of odds, because they can make multiple films in any given year.

This isn't to say that acting is easier than any of the aforementioned jobs. It just means that, if the Academy likes an actor, and they make a lot of films, their chances to gain Oscar gold are that much better. A great case in point is how many times they has been nominated? 19. How many Oscars has she taken home? »

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Sundance: Why Newly-Minted Director Clea DuVall Finally Went Behind the Camera for 'The Intervention'

30 January 2016 10:23 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Paramount Lands Clea DuVall's Sundance Directorial Debut 'The Intervention' "I get a lot of 'you-look-familiars,'" Clea DuVall explains when asked if the long-time actress is often recognized on the street. Maybe that will change after her charming Sundance premiere, "The Intervention," starts rolling out on VOD, thanks to a freshly signed deal with Paramount Home Media. The film is DuVall's debut as a filmmaker, and she serves as writer, director, executive producer and star on the funny feature, which joins some of DuVall's real-life best pals (including Melanie Lynskey and Natasha Lyonne) with some newfound friends (like Vincent Piazza and Cobie Smulders) and indie stalwarts (Jason Ritter, Alia Shawkat, Ben Schwartz) for what's been compared to "The Big Chill" for a new generation. Led by Lynskey's Annie, "The Intervention" revolves around a group of long-time friends who attempt to stage a "relationship »

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[Sundance Review] The Intervention

30 January 2016 8:42 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While The Big Chill certainly wasn’t the first of its kind, Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 hit has become a cultural benchmark for the glut of features depicting a weekend outing between twenty/thirty-somethings in which insecurities are divulged amongst the entertaining banter. With their one-location setting and small-scale drama helping budget costs, Sundance seems to premiere a fair share of them. The latest is The Intervention, coming from actor-turned-director Clea DuVall, an enjoyable, if ultimately muddled character-focused diversion.

Jessie (DuVall) and her partner Sarah (Natasha Lyonne) have invited their friends to their family’s lavish summer home in Savannah in the hopes to confront Ruby (Cobie Smulders) and her work-obsessed, asshole of a husband Peter (Vincent Piazza) about getting a divorce so they can both have some peace. There to aid the intervention is also Annie (Melanie Lynskey), dealing with her own alcoholism and impending marriage to Matt (Jason Ritter »

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Sundance: Paramount Buys Clea Duvall’s ‘The Intervention’

28 January 2016 7:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Home Media is in negotiations to acquire worldwide rights for “The Intervention,” a relationship comedy that premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival, Variety has confirmed.

It marks the feature film directorial debut of actress Clea DuVall, who wrote the script and appears in the picture. The studio will partner with a theatrical distributor and will also release the film day-and-date on video-on-demand platforms.

The Intervention” centers on a group of friends who gather in a lakeside cabin to try to convince a married couple to get a divorce. In an interview with Variety, DuVall cited the film “The Big Chill” as an inspiration for “The Intervention.”

“I remember seeing that movie for the first time as a kid, even though I had no idea what anybody was talking about, I felt like I was being brought into this world,” she said.

In his review, Variety critic Dennis Harvey wrote, »

- Brent Lang

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Intervention’

27 January 2016 12:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Intervention” finds three couples gathered for a country weekend, where they’ve plotted to perform emergency surgery on a fourth duo’s trouble marriage. Naturally, this well-intentioned but very probably misguided effort goes awry, with everyone’s personal fault lines exposed to variably seriocomic effect. Actress Clea DuVall’s debut feature as writer-director is an ensemble piece that breaks no new ground in themes or execution, but is pleasingly accomplished on all levels. It may not be quite edgy or distinctive enough to make much of a splash in niche theatrical release, but should prove a viable home-format item.

The group of thirtysomething friends who gather at an expansive family summer residence outside Savannah, owened by Jessie (DuVall), haven’t met there for some years; life got in the way of what had been an annual tradition. But now Annie (Melanie Lynskey) has orchestrated a reunion, one with a »

- Dennis Harvey

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Why ‘The Big Chill,’ Therapy Inspired Clea DuVall to Make ‘The Intervention’

25 January 2016 10:14 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Clea DuVall has impressed audiences with performances in “Argo,” “Girl, Interrupted” and HBO’s “Carnivàle.” Now she moves behind the camera with “The Intervention,” a story of four couples gathering at a lakeside cabin, that premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Think of it as “The Big Chill” with a little more acid. Under the guise of vacationing,  the couples try to convince two of their friends to stop bickering and get a divorce. DuVall wrote the script for the film and co-stars along with Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”), Melanie Lynskey (“Heavenly Creatures”), Natasha Lyonne (“But I’m a Cheerleader”) and Jason Ritter (“Parenthood”).

DuVall spoke with Variety about how therapy, a certain ’80s classic and a new lease on life inspired her feature film directing debut.

What prompted you to tell this story?

It was really this moment of self awareness that I had. »

- Brent Lang

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Sundance: Paramount Nabs Clea DuVall's 'The Intervention'

23 January 2016 12:20 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paramount Home Media is in negotiations to acquire worldwide rights to Clea DuVall's drama The Intervention. The film will have a theatrical release via a third party to be determined with Paramount Home Media's day-and-date VOD release. The deal was pegged at just north of $2 million. Dubbed an homage to The Big Chill, The Intervention kicks off after a weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage. DuVall directed, wrote and co-starred in the film. Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat, Natasha

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