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Interview: Philosopher King Mike Birbiglia of ‘Don’t Think Twice’

1 hour ago | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – When comedian/writer/director Mike Birbiglia is in his element, as during the interviews he conducted at The iO Theater in Chicago, he is relaxed and ardently philosophical. He has written and directed a new film, “Don’t Think Twice,” which is about a improvisation comedy troupe, but it’s also about life.

“Don’t Think Twice” – besides being a clever play on the famous Bob Dylan song title – is essentially about the stages of life, and how we react to our own ambitions. The members of the comedy troupe – portrayed by (clockwise in the picture below, starting top left) Mike Birbiglia, Kate Miccuci, Chris Gethard, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key and Tami Sagner – are at a crossroads in their professional and personal lives, and have to deal with the sudden uptick of fame to one of their members. As Birbiglia did with his first feature, ‘Sleepwalk with Me,’ he »

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5 cars made famous by TV and film

18 July 2016 11:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

 

The cars we see in TV and film can put them on the map for those who don’t follow updates in the world of four wheels. So which cars have been made famous by TV and film, that you can perhaps pick up yourself from LeaseCar UK and take for a spin? Let’s take a look…

Hyundai Tucson

Made famous by: The Walking Dead

There was a lot of debate over the vehicle Rick Grimes and co decided to use to get around during the zombie apocalypse – many people believe the show is set in 2003-4 which is when the comic was originally printed, but the car used is a 2011 model. However, creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, stated that he doesn’t want to limit the show to a timeframe but the car model used definitely got people talking.

However, as this article points out, the »

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Saluting geek TV's "Zeppo" episodes

27 April 2016 2:49 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Buffy, Doctor Who, Star Trek and more have all devoted episodes to members of their supporting cast...

Over an extended run, some television shows give off the impression that all life in their universe revolves around a small number of characters, but if they run long enough, writers and producers will invariably have to look elsewhere every once in a whle. Maybe on another day to every other episode, when the forces of evil rally and all seems lost, the good guys are... otherwise occupied, leaving someone else to pick up the slack.

As a dramatic convention in pop culture, foregrounding minor characters dates at least as far back as Tom Stoppard's 1966 play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, which takes place “in the wings” of Shakespeare's Hamlet as the two minor characters have little comprehension of the tragic events going on concurrently. But over the years, geek »

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France’s Other Angle Moves Into Production with ‘Don’t Tell Her’

12 January 2016 3:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, has entered movie production, boarding Solange Cicurel’s contempo relationship comedy “Don’t Tell Her,” boasting a French-Belgian ensemble cast including French singer Jenifer Bartoli, one-woman show star Camille Chamoux (“Les Francis”) and comedy actor Arie Elmaleh (“Caged”).

In another sign of growth at Other Angle, which launched in 2008, one of its comedy flagships, Gerard Depardieu-starrer “A Mighty Team,” will open 2016’s 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.

Pushing from the get-go its brand as the go-to sales company for French comedic movies. The Other Angle diversified into English-language movies selling John Hay’s post World War II espionage thriller “Lives in Secret,” with Tim Roth and Kelly Reilly, Zoe Cassavetes’ “Day Out of Days,” starring Alexia Landau and Eddie Izzard; and Sam Friedlander’s “Larry Gaye, Renegade Male Flight,” starring “Royal PainsMark Feuerstein, Rebecca Romijn and Stanley Tucci. »

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