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5 reasons to see Brad's Status5 reasons to see Brad's StatusAdriana Floridia9/26/2017 2:49:00 Pm
While Stiller is primarily known for his work in comedies, he's also ventured into the indie film world, and often plays a man having a mid-life crisis. No crisis has been quite as intense as the one we get from him in Brad's Status, the new film from Mike White that gets us deep inside of his protagonist's head. Stiller plays a father who is touring universities with his college-bound son in Boston, all the while realizing that his friends are more successful than him, and that his son likely will be too.
Brad's Status played at Tiff earlier this month, and it was one of our favourite films of the festival. Here are 5 reasons why »
- Adriana Floridia
Do you know a child actor, ready to stick it to the man on Broadway? The Main Stem's currently-running hit “School of Rock” is casting several young performers to join its cast in ensemble and understudying roles. Tara Rubin Casting will hold Equity Chorus Calls on Oct. 3, at New York City’s Pearl Studios. Male and female talent is sought to play the ensemble roles Sophia, Madison, and James, each of whom will also understudy more principal parts. Those interested in auditioning should wear clothes they can move in, as well as jazz shoes or sneakers. In addition to their Equity card, talent should also bring their pop/rock song selection, as well as a picture and résumé stapled together. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Along with Rubin, the creative team includes Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote the score, and Julian Fellowes, who penned the book of the stage adaptation, »
With awards season approaching it’s time to get serious at the multiplex, at least for some actors that may be best known for rowdy raunchy comedies. That may be the case for Ben Stiller who’s playing this flick’s title character. Mind you, there’s still some funny stuff in this story, we’re not in heavy, somber tragedy territory at all. It’s just that Ben is playing an “everyman”. a fellow that many of us know, or “down deep” the person staring back at us from the mirror. Oddly, this man is constantly reflecting on his past, his regrets, and choices. These concerns and worries make up the bulk of Brad’S Status.
- Jim Batts
Writer and director Mike White has built a career out of the eccentric neurosis that has been part of his persona since childhood. The 47-year-old filmmaker has a unique voice which can be seen and heard in HBO’s “Enlightened,” 2000’s indie sensation “Chuck and Buck, the screenplay for “The School of Rock” and just this month in a film he both wrote and directed entitled “Brad’s Status.”
In the latter, Ben Stiller plays Brad a middle-aged man going through a mid-life crisis as he tours his son (Austin Abrams) around prospective colleges in “Brad’s Status.” Narrating the film, Brad overthinks his status in life in comparison to those he went to college with.
- Jordan Ruimy
Some celebrities are coming to YouTube to star in large-scale projects, but Jack Black's goals are a lot simpler. The actor, comedian, and musician launched a YouTube channel on August 31, and he has since uploaded about one goofy video per day.
On his channel, Black presents a wide range of videos, most of them just a few seconds long, for his fans. He's shared clips from his concerts with his band Tenacious D and one-man a cappella covers of Nirvana's "Polly." Celebrities like Kevin Hart and Sarah Silverman have made cameo appearances. One of Black's uploads is a clip of his School of Rock character turning into one of Dragon Ball Z's Super Saiyans, repeated for a full hour. The video that finally landed him on YouTube's trending tab is called "hell yes," and rather than describing it I'm just going to let you watch it:
When it comes to YouTube, »
- Sam Gutelle
So you think a typical teen worries about getting into the right college. Get a load of Brad's Status, a high-anxiety satire from writer-director Mike White that focuses on a parent who thinks the process is far more traumatic for him. Enter Ben Stiller in one of his best and most acutely observed performances as Brad Sloan, a father taking his musical genius son, Troy (a standout Austin Abrams), on a tour of east-coast colleges. Mom Melanie (Jenna Fischer) had to work. Troy has the props to make the grade, »
Brad’s Status review by Paul Heath, September 2017.
Ben Stiller plays the titular character of Brad Sloan, a forty-something family man who is wrestling with a personal crisis in that he feels that his own life pails in comparison to that of his former university friends. We meet his as he is about to embark on a journey to Massachusetts where his 17-year-old son Troy (Austin Abrams) is interviewing for potential college placements.
His journey to the East Coast sees him having to interact with his former friends – political TV personality and best-selling author Craig Fisher (Michael Sheen), retired businessman Billy Wearslter (Jermaine Clement), who now spends his time on the sun-kissed island of Hawaii with his two girlfriends, »
- Paul Heath
9 September 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Writer-director Mike White has dabbled in mainstream studio entertainment (his screenplays for The School of Rock and, less happily, The Emoji Movie), but his specialty is that slipperier, spikier sub-genre: the comedy of discomfort. His debut behind the camera, Year of the Dog, and his late, great HBO series Enlightened, as well as three films he wrote, Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl and Beatriz at Dinner, were all squirm-inducing portraits of people stumbling — and sometimes sliding toward madness — in their quest for meaning.
White's work is deadpan, with sharp stabs of satire, but what distinguishes him from a »
- Jon Frosch
September is a month of new beginnings.
Summer fades into fall, school begins again, and the movie world is buzzing with the Toronto International Film Festival, which we're lucky to host here in Canada. However, even if you can't make it to Tiff, quite a few titles from the festival open in theatres across the country in September, so you can still be a part of the conversation.
Not only that, but there's plenty of highly-anticipated blockbusters opening this month, including the re-make of Stephen King's It, the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, and another Lego inspired animated adventure.
Check out our list of the movies you need to see this September!
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- Adriana Floridia
“School of Rock” was a critical and commercial success when it was released in 2003, but star Jack Black was not initially convinced that Richard Linklater was the right person to helm the comedy. In a clip from PBS’ upcoming film “American Masters: Richard Linklater — dream is destiny,” Black explains that he and screenwriter Mike White didn’t initially see Linklater — known at the time for 1990’s “Slacker,” 1993’s “Dazed and Confused” and 1995’s “Before Sunrise” — as their top pick. Luckily, producer Scott Rudin was able to change their minds. “We didn’t have Richard in mind,” Black says. “It. »
- Ryan Gajewski
Oscar nominees Salma Hayek (Frida, How to Be a Latin Lover) and John Lithgow (Terms of Endearment, “The Crown”) lead an all-star cast in Beatriz at Dinner, arriving on Digital HD on August 29 and on DVD and On Demand September 12 from Lionsgate. The provocative and sharply hilarious film about characters from vastly different sociopolitical backgrounds colliding over dinner is written by Mike White (School of Rock, TV’s “Enlightened”) and directed by Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt, The Good Girl), and also features Chloe Sevigny (TV’s “Big Love,” Boys Don’t Cry), Connie Britton (TV’s “Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville”), Amy Landecker (TV’s “Transparent,” Doctor Strange), and Jay Duplass (TV’s “Transparent,” “Togetherness”).
Salma Hayek shines in this provocatively funny fish-out-of-water comedy. Beatriz (Hayek), an immigrant from a poor Mexican town, draws upon her innate kindness as a spiritual health practitioner in L.A. Doug Strutt (Lithgow) is »
- Tom Stockman
In a career that began with “sex lies and videotape” in 1989, “Logan Lucky” is Steven Soderbergh’s 26th theatrical release. It will extend his record as the top-grossing American director to come out of the independent scene in its formative years — a period we’ll define as 1975 (Joan Micklin Silver’s “Hester Street”) through 1992 (Quentin Tarantino’s debut, “Reservoir Dogs”).
To be clear, Soderbergh’s an outlier; his billion-dollar box office dwarfs every other indie filmmaker. However, looking at the performance of his contemporaries who got their start in that indie film movement, you may be surprised at who’s on the list. (Note: “Outside wide release” means less than 1,000 screens. Also, the list doesn’t include directors like Sam Raimi and Abel Ferrara, who have independent roots but were not discovered via the film festival/arthouse pathway, or Alan Rudolph, another significant ’80s figure; he started in horror films in the early ’70s. »
- Tom Brueggemann
There are two dominant beats in play for the duration of School of Rock, the 2003 crowd-pleasing box office comedy smash. Most visible and memorable is frontman Jack Black. But just behind him, keeping perfect time and setting the thumping beat of the show is filmmaker Richard Linklater. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the music they make together is mighty good. It's got a driving bass line with clever hooks, like the best classic rock. Maybe you could even dance to it. (Why not?) Yet, from the vantage of point of ten-plus years later, it's been easy to forget and/or dismiss the true triumphs of the film. Jack Black stars as Dewey Finn, a local struggling rocker singularly focused on making it big. He's convinced that he will...
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All this week, IndieWire is rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up. First up: indie films and festival favorites.
“mother!” (September 15)
The return of Darren Aronofsky should be enough to get any cinephile back to the theater, but the fact that “mother!” has remained so secretive with just under a month to go has only made anticipation higher. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple whose lives are »
- Kate Erbland, Eric Kohn, Zack Sharf, Anne Thompson, Steve Greene, Michael Nordine, Chris O'Falt, Jude Dry and Jamie Righetti
To be honest, we kind of forgot “Brad’s Status” even existed. The new film from Mike White (“Enlightened,” “School of Rock,” “The Good Girl“) certainly has a great cast, but the entire endeavor feels a bit rote and familiar.
Starring Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement, Jenna Fischer and Austin Abrams, the movie follows the titular Brad, who deals with a mid-life crisis as his son gears up to head to college.
Continue reading ‘Brad’s Status’ Trailer: Ben Stiller Has A Breakdown at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ben Stiller has dabbled in the indie film world only twice this decade (three times if you count his small role as himself in Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice”), but both times have resulted in some of the best work of his career: Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg” and “While We’re Young.” He’s reuniting with Baumbach for a third time in the well-reviewed Cannes family drama “The Meyerowitz Stories,” which is one of two high profile speciality releases that guarantee fall 2017 is the season Stiller officially becomes an indie movie star.
Read More: Ben Stiller Explains the Importance of Celebrating Human Stories
Stiller’s other indie project is “Brad’s Status,” from writer-director Mike White. The comedian plays a suburban husband and father whose comfortable life is thrown into disarray when a trip to Boston to look at colleges with his son triggers a crisis of confidence. »
- Zack Sharf
The Emoji Movie's Patrick Stewart on switching it up to voice a character called Poop The Emoji Movie's Patrick Stewart on switching it up to voice a character called Poop Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine7/25/2017 9:28:00 Am
Verily, is there an English actor more worthy of respect than Sir Patrick Stewart?
The distinguished Shakespearean, birthed in Yorkshire in 1940, has wowed on the stage his whole career and continues to do so, most recently in a production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land that he and his buddy Ian McKellen mounted on Broadway and then brought across the pond to London.
Before that, his portrayal of cerebral starship captain Jean-Luc Picard in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" was a major factor in ensuring the longevity of one of pop culture’s greatest science-fiction franchises.
Speaking of franchises, the X-Men movies, which set the template for this century’s superhero genre, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver, J.B. Smoove, and Vanessa Bayer also star in the story of local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan. The movie is based on the Joshua Brown and John Mikulak documentary, “The Man Who Would be Polka King,” which detailed Lewan’s rise and fall after persuading fans to invest in a Ponzi scheme, which landed him in jail.
Producers are David Permut, Stuart Cornfeld, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, Wally Wolodarsky, Jack Black and Priyanka Mattoo. Production companies are ShivHans Pictures, Red Hour Film, Permut Presentations, and Electric Dynamite.
Dennis Harvey gave “The Polka King” a strong review at Sundance: “One of those conspicuously talented comics »
- Dave McNary
Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton on their new indie film Beatriz at DinnerSalma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton on their new indie film Beatriz at DinnerAdriana Floridia6/15/2017 11:17:00 Am
Beatriz at Dinner follows a holistic medicine practitioner who finds herself at a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down. It stars Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny and Jay Duplass, and is written by Mike White, the actor/screenwriter responsible for the scripts behind films like School of Rock, The Good Girl, and the incredible HBO series "Enlightened".
We had a chance to talk about the film with three of its stars, Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton. Discussions of spirituality, politics, class issues and more can be found below, and in the film, which opens at Cineplex theatres on Friday, June 16th. Check it out below and for tickets and showtimes, »
- Adriana Floridia
A guitar-playing Tibetan mastiff must prove himself in this shonky, haphazard animation that clearly couldn’t afford to get Jack Black involved
This makeweight, narratively haphazard digimation synthesises Kung Fu Panda and School of Rock, without going to the expense of hiring Jack Black. Guitar-toting Tibetan mastiff Bodi’s protection of a mountain sheep community proceeds via riffs and lifts: a furry Zootropolis-like menagerie, a robot knock-off of Wall-e and a Poundland reduction of the Sing songbook. (A few seconds of Foo Fighters and – unexpectedly – Radiohead is all we get.)
Going solo with shaky material, ex-Pixar man Ash Brannon (Toy Story 2) composes the odd amusing sight gag, but homogenises his notionally eastern backdrop terribly: compared with the artistry of last year’s Kubo and the Two Strings, Rock Dog is like the hastily assembled toy in a Happy Meal.
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- Mike McCahill
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