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The Clapper – Review

Ed Helm (center, with hat) as Eddie and Tracy Morgan (to right) as Chris, in The Clapper. Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures ©

The Clapper is an indie film about a different side of Hollywood, a kind of romantic comedy about an anonymous worker in Los Angeles who ekes out a living as a paid face in the crowd for audiences for infomercials. It is a job kind of like a movie extra but ranked much lower, as clappers are impersonating ordinary people in audiences in advertisements impersonating television programs. Clappers are part of the background that creates the illusion that producers are selling to their real audience.

Director Dito Montiel adapted the script from his novel “Eddie Krumble is the Clapper,” his second book after “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” which was also made into an indie film.. The story is semi-autobiographical, based on Montiel’s experiences after moving to L.
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Film Review: ‘Freak Show’

Film Review: ‘Freak Show’
“Buckle up, darlings,” warns Billy Bloom, the adolescent protagonist of “Freak Show,” with his most salacious Bette Davis sneer. “I’m gonna take you on a little ride I call my life.” For a second, you sense some affectionate irony in Trudie Styler’s well-intentioned but woolly directorial debut: After all, many’s the privileged suburban teenager who has declared their life wilder and wackier than anyone else’s.

It doesn’t take long to realize, however, that “Freak Show” takes Billy (gamely played by British rising star Alex Lawther) entirely at his word. An out-and-proud, drag-loving high-schooler who delights in subverting masculine norms — and wears his resulting social isolation as a badge of honor — he’s certainly a beautiful misfit. Yet Styler’s surface-level adaptation of James St. James’ queer bildungsroman shows us more of Billy’s eye-popping wardrobe than his soul, as his superficially defined exceptionalism tilts ever less endearingly into narcissism; we leave this carnival-colored
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Ed Helms & Amanda Seyfried in First Trailer for Comedy 'The Clapper'

"Who is The Clapper?" Momentum Pictures has debuted an official trailer for an indie comedy titled The Clapper, the latest from director Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fighting, The Son of No One, Man Down). The Clapper is about a man, played by Ed Helms, who enjoys his job to be paid to fill seats in infomercial audiences. But when a talk late night TV talk show host discovers and makes fun of him, his whole life gets turned upside-down. Very weird concept for a film, but this trailer actually makes it look kind of amusing, with a sweet side. The cast includes Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, P.J. Byrne, Charles Halford, and Leah Remini. This probably isn't what you're expecting, but doesn't look too bad. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Dito Montiel's The Clapper, direct from YouTube: Eddie is a guy who gets paid
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‘The Clapper’ Trailer: Ed Helms & Amanda Seyfried Fall In Love

Over a decade ago, Dito Montiel made a well received indie movie, “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints,” but ever since has largely been failing upwards. A string of movies have followed, that find him working with decent names (Dwayne Johnson, Shia Labeouf, Kate Mara, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Juliette Binoche) but all them have failed critically or commercially or both (“The Son Of No One,” “Empire State,” “Boulevard,” “Man Down“).

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Tribeca 2017 Exclusive Interview: Dito Montiel & Russell Peters of ‘The Clapper’

The Clapper tells the story of Eddie Krumble, a professional audience clapper in a talk show who loses his job and reevaluates his life. The film stars Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Peters, Tracy Morgan, Alan Thicke (his last film), Brenda Vaccaro, Pj Byrne, and more. Dito Montiel directed the film as well as writing the screenplay, based off his novel, Eddie Krumble is the Clapper.

We got an exclusive sit down with both Montiel and Peters at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere on April 23. Read our interview below and be sure to check back for video interviews with Tracy Morgan, Brenda Vaccaro, and Russell Peters.

What was it like working with Tracy after Son of No One?

Dito: We stayed friends and the accident was of course terrifying and I was sure that he would die. Just hearing about how terrible it was.
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Clapper’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Clapper’
A curious thing has happened to indie movies since the year 2000. In the ’90s, practically all the heroes were hit men. Now, they hold some of the quirkiest jobs imaginable — baking specialty pies (“Waitress”), building bathtubs (“The Voices”), writing greeting-card poetry (“500 Days of Summer”), etc. — in movies where a quirky profession serves as a stand-in for an actual personality.

The title character in Dito Montiel’s “The Clapper” takes the cake: He makes a living as a professional audience member, popping up in countless infomercials too “ooh” and “aah” and occasionally ask questions like, “Are you trying to tell me with no money down I can get a house?” Unlike the hundreds of would-be actors who move to Los Angeles every year with dreams of becoming stars, Eddie Krumble (Ed Helms) and best friend Chris (Tracy Morgan) are content to be invisible, doing their best to look nondescript, while mixing
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Zdf Enterprises, Belladonna Productions Team For ‘Genesis’ (Exclusive)

Paris — Rene Bastian’s New York-based Belladonna Productions, producer of Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games Us” and Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York,” is teaming with Germany’s Zdf Enterprises, the expanding commercial arm of the German broadcast network, to develop “Genesis,” an English-language sci-fi thriller.

“Genesis” is created by Narina Jabari, a young Canadian scientist-turned-screenwriter. Zdfe is handling sales rights to the series.

A film company with a distinguished pedigree, Belladonna moved into TV series production with the Sundance Channel-aired “Hap & Leonard,” now in its second season, executive produced by Belladonna principal Linda Moran. For Zdfe, “Genesis” represents one of its earliest series in English and linkup with a U.S. production company as Zdfe acquires world sales rights not only to Zdf drama but third-party productions drawn from Europe and beyond.

“Genesis” also joins a fast-growing cannon of sci-fi drama – think “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “Humans” – as the genre returns towards the mainstream, diversifies
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Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival

Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival
Now in its sixteenth year, New York City’s own Tribeca Film Festival kicks off every spring with a wide variety of programming on offer, from an ever-expanding Vr installation to an enviable television lineup, but the bread and butter of the annual festival is still in its film slate. This year’s festival offers up plenty of returning favorites with new projects, alongside fresh faces itching to break out. From insightful documentaries to fanciful features, with a heavy dose of Gotham-centric films (hey, it is Tribeca after all), there’s plenty to dive into here, so we’ve culled the schedule for a few surefire hits.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 20 – 30. Check out some of our must-see picks below.

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Shia Labeouf's New Movie Only Sold One Ticket in the U.K.

Shia Labeouf's New Movie Only Sold One Ticket in the U.K.
Shia Labeouf's latest movie is a certified flop. Man Down opened in theaters this past December, and came and went without nary a whisper. But now, the drama is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. What could have just been shuffled off into the dustbin of cinematic history without much fanfare is getting some attention this week, as it managed to sell only one single ticket in the UK.

Yes, according to Entertainment Weekly, overseas fans were in no rush to see Shia Labeouf play an ex-marine with family issues. The drama premiered in the United Kingdom this past weekend, and it managed to earn just seven pounds. That equals $8.71 in American dollars. The price of a single movie ticket.

Dito Montiel, who previously worked with Labeouf on A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, directed the movie. The story follows U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia Labeouf), who
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‘Man Down’: Shia Labeouf’s War Drama Increased UK Profit by 200% After Selling 2 More Tickets

‘Man Down’: Shia Labeouf’s War Drama Increased UK Profit by 200% After Selling 2 More Tickets
Shia Labeouf’s war drama “Man Down” made headlines Tuesday after selling only one ticket during its UK opening weekend, grossing a total of £7 ($8.73), per ComScore. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has sold an extra two tickets, making its total gross $26.19.

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Man Down” was being screened at only one theater in the UK, the Reel Cinema branch in Burnley, and only once a day. “I think we’ve sold three tickets in total,” the theater manager told THR, adding that she had not “experienced anything like it before.” She also said that the film would “highly likely” end its run.

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Directed by Dito Montiel (“A guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” “The Son of No One”), “Man Down
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Shia Labeouf’s ‘Man Down’ Sells Additional Two Tickets

Shia Labeouf’s ‘Man Down’ Sells Additional Two Tickets
The Shia Labeouf thriller “Man Down” has managed to triple the number of general-public paid admissions in Britain – from one ticket sold to three.

During its U.K. opening weekend last weekend, it sold a single ticket in its only venue, the Reel Cinema in Burnley, northern England, taking in a whopping £7 ($8.73), according to data tracker comScore. That admission is believed to have been a single student ticket priced at £6.90 (comScore rounds its data up to the nearest pound).

The cinema is since confirmed to have sold a further two tickets since its dismal opening weekend.

The film has seen a slight boost, however, from a specialist theater chain that provides films for military personnel and their dependents in the U.K. and overseas. Ssvc Forces Cinemas has eight theaters in the U.K.

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Shia Labeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office

Shia Labeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office
Ouch.

Man Down,” a war thriller with Shia Labeouf, grossed just £7 ($8.70) when it premiered in a single U.K. theater over the weekend, according to ComScore. That’s the equivalent of selling a single ticket, given that the U.K. Cinema Association puts the average movie admission cost in the country at £7.21.

“Poor Shia,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. “That opening could be in the Guinness World Records or something.”

The film played in one location, Reel Cinema in Burnley. It was simultaneously released digitally on demand, making the theatrical release something of an afterthought. It launches on DVD and Blu-ray next month, according to the Guardian.

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Second Opinion – Man Down (2015)

Man Down, 2015.

Directed by Dito Montiel

Starring Shia Labeouf, Jai Courtney, Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Clifton Collins Jr.

Synopsis:

In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.

Man Down is the latest in a long line of disappointments from filmmaker Dito Montiel, who exploded onto the indie scene with 2006’s widely-acclaimed A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and has struggled to recapture that same slice-of-life honesty in his five subsequent features. Sadly, his most recent effort, finally releasing some 18 months after its Venice Film Festival premiere, is probably his worst to date, and certainly his most creatively hapless.

Fleeting between the past and present, we follow Gabriel Drummer (Shia Labeouf), as he reconciles his traumatic past serving overseas in the U.S. Army, and his current hunt for his wife and son,
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Movie Review – Man Down (2015)

Man Down, 2015.

Directed by Dito Montiel.

Starring Shia Labeouf, Kate Mara, Jai Courtney, and Gary Oldman.

Synopsis:

In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.

There’s a twist late on in Man Down so gob-smackingly insincere and unearned that it caused clearly audible cursed mutterings. The previous 80 minutes had been a turgid, maddeningly irksome post-apocalyptic road movie with umpteen detours to meat-headed flashbacks all with the aesthetic of a Syfy level production. Then as the rug is pulled, what was once little more than a rather dull, if well performed, straight-to-video, wholly forgettable bargain bin flick, transcended all sense of self-worth becoming something truly hypocritical and disingenuous.

Plotting, of which there is a hell of a lot, is messy and trivial. Shia Labeouf stars as Gabriel Drummer, an all American patriot
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When Did Channing Tatum Start To Rock?

 At some point Channing Tatum went from man-candy (what? It's been said) to movie star. His star rose when Step Up stole the hearts of romantic comedy lovers that had waited too long for a new dance film. Seemed like Save The Last Dance had been decades before, despite the fact it actually released only five years prior. But, let's take a look back at Channing's filmography and see exactly where Tatum became something more.

CSI: Miami - Bob Davenport (2004) Never saw it, lets assume he was "okay."Coach Carter - Jason Lyle (2005) Same as CSI: Miami, watching Samuel L. Jackson as a coach just seemed too easy. Yell. Throw Notebook. Win baby, win.War of the Worlds - Boy in Church (uncredited, 2005) Wuh? Did they know he was just in Coach Carter?Havoc - Nick (2005) Is this the Havoc with Anne Hatheway's nude scene? Must go back and pay
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Self-Serious ‘Man Down’ Starring Shia Labeouf Squanders Its B-Movie Potential [Review]

The world is a vast and wonderful place, filled with inexplicable and peculiar things, and one of them is the career of musician-turned-model-turned-author-turned-director Dito Montiel. Perhaps with a backstory as colorful as his it’s inevitable that the first Dito Montiel film, “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints,” which was adapted by Dito Montiel from a book by Dito Montiel based on the life of 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer — naw, just kidding, based on the life of Dito Montiel — was going to be his best.

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Man Down – Review

With just a few weeks to go in 2016, it’s time to hit the sand with another film set in the (seems like) ongoing hotspot of the world, the Middle East. And while the recent Allied was set in the days of the second world war, this one deals with the current conflict. This time of year has been the release time for several of those armed forces features. Winter of 2013 had Lone Survivor while the following year American Sniper was a surprise box office smash. Odd, that this year we’ve seen three comedies use the war as a backdrop. There was Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, War Dogs, and Billy Lynn’S Long Halftime Walk (it might be a comedy, who knows?). But things are very grim and dour as Shia La Beouf reunites with writer/director Dito Montiel nearly ten years after A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints for the drama Man Down.
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‘Man Down’ Review: A Great Shia Labeouf Performance Is Wasted On a Misbegotten Genre Mash-Up About the Perils of Ptsd

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‘Man Down’ Review: A Great Shia Labeouf Performance Is Wasted On a Misbegotten Genre Mash-Up About the Perils of Ptsd
Some people struggle to find sympathy for Shia Labeouf, a talented young actor whose career has so violently careened from studio blockbusters to outsider art projects that it often seems like he’s trolling the entire planet, but to watch him in Dito Montiel’s disastrous “Man Down” — to see how hard he throws himself even into a movie that nothing else going for it — is to recognize once and for all that Labeouf is a performer who never shows up without the full courage of his convictions.

A well-intentioned but woefully misconceived genre mishmash, “Man Down” positions itself as a quasi-allegorical plea for Americans to take better care of their veterans, but even its best ideas are half-baked, and Montiel’s direct-to-video budget has no hope of affording his ambition. And yet, Labeouf doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo; he leans into every line like he’s
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The Weekend Warrior 12/2/16: Incarnate, Jackie, Old Stone

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

It wasn’t a bad Thanksgiving weekend, especially for the Weekend Warrior who pretty much nailed two of his predictions for the weekend! Disney Animation’s Moana indeed at opened at #1 with $55.5 million for the three-day weekend (exactly my prediction), although it ended up with more--$81.1 million--in its first five days. The Brad Pitt-Marion Cotillard spy thriller, Allied (Paramount), directed by Robert Zemeckis, also opened with $18 million, right on track with my prediction. I guess I could take some comfort on being spot on with two of the Thanksgiving releases—like I said last week, that holiday weekend is a bear to predict—but I way overestimated the other two movies as sequelitis indeed hit Billy Bob Thornton
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‘Man Down’ Trailer: Shia Labeouf and Jai Courtney Star in Dito Montiel’s Post-Apocalyptic War Drama

‘Man Down’ Trailer: Shia Labeouf and Jai Courtney Star in Dito Montiel’s Post-Apocalyptic War Drama
A decade ago writer/director Dito Montiel made a strong impression with his directorial debut, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, based on his memoir of the same name. Since 2006, he hasn’t made a movie that’s struck a similar chord with audiences and critics. He’s collaborated with some great talent over the years, including Al Pacino and the […]

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