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"James Toback Humped My Leg In Central Park"

  • Cinelinx
An Interview with the makers of Infinity Baby

2017: The Weinstein’s, Toback’s, Spacey’s, C.K’s, Affleck’s, and Hoffman’s of the film world have, for the first time, been ousted from their Hollywood havens and floated down an assembly line into the best short-term rehab facilities movie money can buy.

The effect is all encompassing, not just for filmmakers & entertainers, but for politicians (George H.W Bush, Al Franken), and the civilians who consume them, too. The influence is so sweeping that, come the 40th Denver Film Festival, a Toback story derailed an interview organized between the cast and crew of the feature film Infinity Baby, that was held in a small corner of the city’s Civic Center.

In attendance: Infinity Baby’s director Bob Byington (7 Chinese Brothers, Harmony & Me), its writer Onur Tukel (Catfight, The Misogynists), and its star Trieste Kelly Dunn (Banshee,
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SXSW 2017: 13 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

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SXSW 2017: 13 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival
Brace yourself. The annual multi-pronged South By Southwest Conferences and Festivals — SXSW, of course — is hitting Austin, Texas later this week for days and days of fresh film offerings (and music and interactive stuff, too, but we can only do so much here). With it comes the promise of a brand new season of festival-going, along with a slew of films to get excited about finally checking out (and, because it’s Austin, lots of tasty barbecue to enjoy).

From SXSW regulars like Bob Byington and Joe Swanberg to rising stars like Nanfu Wang and Laura Terruso to marquee names like Terrence Malick and Edgar Wright — and just about everything in between — this year’s SXSW Film Festival is offering up its most robust slate yet. We’ve picked out a baker’s dozen of worthy new features to add to your SXSW schedule.

Check out 13 new films from this
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Watch: Jason Schwartzman Talks to Dogs in Exclusive 'Seven Chinese Brothers' SXSW Clips and Poster

  • Indiewire
Read More: SXSW Review: Bob Byington's Moving and Surreal 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' Is His Most Accessible Film to Date If you've ever wanted to watch a movie in which Jason Schwartzman confides in, yells at and gets lost with his dog, "Seven Chinese Brothers" is definitely for you. "Seven Chinese Brothers," set for a SXSW premiere next week, stars Schwartzman as Larry, a down-on-his-luck sad-sack balancing a lot: His affinity for booze, his affection for his boss (Eleanore Pienta), his irritation with his grandmother (Olympia Dukakis) and, most importantly, his dedication to his dog (Arrow, Schwartzman's real-life french bulldog). The loose and funny slice-of-life comes from director Bob Byington, whose recent credits include "Harmony and Me" and "Somebody Up There Likes Me." In the three exclusive clips of the film posted below, Larry gets lost on the road, goes for a walk and admits a
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Aff 2013: Spotlight on Austin and Texas Films

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Austin Film Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, features an eight-day program of panels and films specifically focused on screenwriters. Along with a handful of highly anticipated festival favorites bolstering the lineup (among them 12 Years a Slave and Inside Llewyn Davis), the film schedule contains dozens of features, documentaries and shorts chosen for their original points of view and creative storytelling techniques. Of course several of these have Austin or Texas ties -- they were either made by local filmmakers or were filmed in the state.

Here are a few potential gems found on this year's Aff Features lineup that happen to have strong Texas connections:

All of Me (Documentary Feature Competition) -- This documentary was filmed here in town and features a group of friends who met through Austin's Big Beautiful Women community. The dynamic of their social club begins to change when many of the women choose to undergo weight loss surgery,
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Bling Ring,' 'World War Z,' 'Behind the Candelabra'

  • Moviefone
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"The Bling Ring"

What's It About? Based on the real-life Bling Ring crew, Sofia Coppola's film tells the story of the Los Angeles teens whose claim to infamy was robbing the homes of celebrities. The teens who used the internet to track the whereabouts of rich celebs are portrayed by Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard, and Claire Julien.

Watch: Go behind-the-scenes with Taissa Farmiga (Video)

Why We're In: Coppola's approach to the tabloid-heavy story is one of the most compelling aspects of "The Bling Ring"," as she neither praises the characters, criticizes, or satirizes them. We get to watch the teens from an honest perspective and arrive at our own deduction of how technology and youth obsession with fame impact contemporary culture. "The Bling Ring" was also one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).

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Watch an Unseen Movie Starring a Young Louis C.K. and Nick Offerman

  • Vulture
Watch an Unseen Movie Starring a Young Louis C.K. and Nick Offerman
Thirteen years ago, Louis C.K. was not a name everyone knew. And even fewer people knew Nick Offerman. This provided them an opportunity to star in extremely indie movies like 2000's Tuna. What's Tuna? A movie written by Adam DeCoster (who by day is a successful Foley artist) and directed by Bob Byington (director of Offerman-featuring movies like Harmony and Me and Somebody Up There Likes Me) about people talking in their cars while driving around Los Angeles. DeCoster put the full film up on YouTube earlier this week. Watch a bleached-blond, fresh-faced Offerman, youngish C.K., and a cast that also features Kevin Corrigan, David Krumholtz, Jon Glaser, and a 4-year-old Angus T. Jones. Just to reiterate, before you complain about the production values, the thing is super-extremely indie.
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Somebody Up There Likes Me Trailer Starring Nick Offerman

  • FilmJunk
Just as this year's SXSW Film Festival line-up has been officially unveiled, a new trailer for one of last year's films has arrived online. Somebody Up There Likes Me stars Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation) as a man who is caught in a love triangle of sorts with his best friend Max (Keith Poulson) and their co-worker Lyla (Jess Weixler). While the movie received decent reviews, it seems that Offerman's presence and deadpan delivery are the main selling point. Writer / director Bob Byington (Harmony and Me) isn't particularly well-known, but the opening quote of the trailer does promise "a Todd Solondz film directed by Wes Anderson." How can you resist? Somebody Up There Likes Me hits theatres on March 8th; watch the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Watch: Nick Offerman Keeps It Deadpan In Trailer for SXSW Hit 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' (Video)

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Watch: Nick Offerman Keeps It Deadpan In Trailer for SXSW Hit 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' (Video)
Actor Nick Offerman is best known as the mustachioed boss Rick Swanson on "Parks and Recreation," and in the trailer for "Somebody Up There Likes Me" he sticks to the deadpan, situational comedy he does so well. An existential comedy about the small successes and failures that make up our existence, the film also stars Keith Pulson as his best friend and Jess Weixler as the beautiful girl who comes into their lives. Directed by Austin-based filmmaker Bob Byington ("Harmony and Me"), the film was a breakout hit at SXSW last year and is being distributed by Tribeca Films. Read More: 'Toy's House' Lovebirds Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman On Multi-Cam Vs. Single-Cam Sitcoms and How They Met "Somebody" opens theatrically March 8, 2013 and is available nationwide on VOD starting March 12, 2013. Watch the new trailer below:
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Somebody Up There Likes Me Trailer: Everybody Down Here Likes Nick Offerman

  • Vulture
Somebody Up There Likes Me Trailer: Everybody Down Here Likes Nick Offerman
Before becoming the iconic, gruff Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman was in plenty of offbeat indie comedies like Wristcutters: A Love Story and Harmony and Me. Offerman is back working with Harmony writer-director Bob Byington on Somebody Up There Likes Me. The film co-stars Megan Mullally, Kevin Corrigan, Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, and Friday Night Lights' Stephanie Hunt. It's perfect if you've ever been like, "I wish Ron Swanson were more twee and wore wire-frame glasses."
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Holiday Favorites 2012: Bob Byington, 'Bad Santa'

  • Slackerwood
Welcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise.

Austin filmmaker Bob Byington brings us today's Holiday Favorites. Byington's unique comedies include Harmony and Me and [Rso] Registered Sex Offender. His most recent film, Somebody Up There Likes Me, premiered at SXSW 2012 (Don's review), will be released in theaters in February 2013 ... we hear it will open in Austin on February 22 at Violet Crown, and will keep you posted. Here's what Byington has to say about his favorite movie at this time of year:

The first time I saw Bad Santa it didn't play for me, and like some of my other favorite movies, the second viewing went really well.

The chemistry between the kid (Brett Kelly) and Billy Bob Thornton is great. And the scene where Billy Bob talks about how hitting a kid
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Win Tickets to See 'In Our Nature' Next Week

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The indie drama In Our Nature, which premiered at SXSW in March, returns to Austin on Friday for a theatrical run. The movie stars Jena Malone, Gabrielle Union, Zach Gilford and John Slattery.

Look for Don's review this afternoon -- among other things, he's says it's "an astute film with much to say about family dynamics." It's about a father and son spending a weekend with their respective partners at a vacation home in upstate New York.

We have two pairs of tickets to give away to see In Our Nature at Regal Arbor 8. You can use these tickets to attend any screening of the movie at the Arbor from Monday 12/17 through Thursday 12/20. Tickets must be redeemed at the box office and seating is subject to availability.

If you can't wait for Monday and want to see the movie this weekend, I recommend going to the 7:30 pm screenings on
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Slackery News Tidbits, July 30

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Here's the latest in Austin and Texas film news.

Tribeca Film recently acquired all North American rights to Austin-based director Bob Byington's offbeat indie comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me (Don's review), Indiewire reported. Byington's follow-up to his 2009 film Harmony and Me stars Keith Poulson and Nick Offerman as best friends who are aided through life by a magic suitcase (Jette's interview with Byington and Offerman). The movie, which premiered at SXSW 2012, is scheduled to have a Spring 2013 theatrical release and will be available for rent on various video-on-demand platforms and iTunes. Austin independent film has another reason to rejoice with the recent announcement of part-time Austinite Treva Wurmfeld's appearance as one of 25 new faces of independent film by Filmmaker Magazine, Austin Movie Blog reported. Wurmfeld was chosen to be a part of the 15th annual list, which has included other local filmmakers such as Joe Nicolosi and Andrew Bujalski,
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Byington’S “Somebody” And Cassidy & Shatzky’S “Francine” Get Picked Up

Today two recent festival favorites, Bob Byington’s Somebody Up There Likes Me and Brian Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s Francine, found distribution.

Somebody, which stars Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman and former “25 New Face” Jess Weixler, premiered at SXSW earlier this year and has now been picked up by Tribeca Film, to be released in Spring 2013. The fifth feature from Byington (Harmony and Me, Rso [Registered Sex Offender]), it is about a trio of friends (Offerman, Weixler and regular Byington collaborator Keith Poulson) who waste their lives on meaningless relationships as time ebbs away. Geoff Gilmore, the former Sundance head who is now Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, said of the movie, “Somebody Up There Likes Me displays all the quirkiness, personality, and distinction that defines independent filmmaking. Infused with a biting, dry sense of humor and filled with wonderful performances from a talented cast, Bob Byington’s latest film
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Tribeca Film Picks Up Comedy 'Somebody Up There Likes Me,' with Rotoscoping and Music By Vampire Weekend

Tribeca Film Picks Up Comedy 'Somebody Up There Likes Me,'  with Rotoscoping and Music By Vampire Weekend
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.
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Nick Offerman & Alison Brie Toke Up In ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ Promo; Picked Up For March 2013 Release

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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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Tribeca Plans Spring Release for "Somebody Up There Likes Me," Starring Nick Offerman

Tribeca Film has acquired the North American rights to Somebody Up There Likes Me, the deadpan comedy from indie director Bob Byington that features remarkable performances from Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman and Jess Weixler. The film wowed audiences at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Byington's home-base, and Tribeca welcomes the chance to make it available to wider audiences. Byington's latest film follows Max (Poulson) and his best friend Sal (Offerman) who, together with Lyla (Weixler), the woman they both adore, stumble through 35 years of seemingly mandatory but unfulfilling entanglements. Somebody Up There Likes Me marks a more scripted approach to filmmaking for Byington, whose signature freeform style previously defined films like Rso [Registered Sex Offender] (2008) and Harmony and Me (2009). Even with this more disciplined process, Byington's wacky sensibilities make this comedic fable - about a man watching his life go by and wanting to do ...
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Slackery News Tidbits, July 16

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Here's the latest in Austin film news.

Austin Film Society recently received a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The nonprofit organization is one of 80 "Our Town" grantees in the nation. The grant will fund community engagement and design for Austin Studios' expansion as the organization incorporates and remodels the neighboring decommissioned National Guard Building into its current site.

Afs will involve the community in the new Austin Studios design, which includes creating affordable space for production and education; programming and design of a new exhibition and visitors center with a plaza/lobby for events; screening rooms for Afs's exhibition programs, artists, festivals and community organizations; and plans for signage, landscaping and other infrastructure that will allow the public to observe and interact with working filmmakers and other artists. The expansion will fulfill four major needs identified by the 2008 CreateAustin Cultural Master Plan commissioned by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.
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Slackery News Tidbits, May 23

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Here's the latest Austin film news.

Terrence Malick's new film, starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, has changed names, according to Joe M. O'Connell's blog. Formerly The Burial, the Bartlesville, Oklahoma-shot film about a love triangle is now called To the Wonder. The movie is still seeking U.S. distribution.Robert Rodriguez's movies have been in the news a lot lately. The Machete Kills production is looking for extras for next month's shoot. Distribution rights for the Machete sequel in other countries have been selling well at Cannes. And you can see the first teaser posters for Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For over at Movies.com.Austin-based writer/director Bob Byington's latest comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me (Don's review) will kick off the Cinema East summer film series on June 10, according to The Austin Chronicle. Byington's follow-up to his 2009 film Harmony and Me
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SXSW 2012 Review: Middling, Meandering ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ Wastes Its One Good Idea

Billed as “a deadpan fable about time sneaking up on and swerving right around us” by the SXSW programmers, Bob Byington‘s Somebody Up There Likes Me is boring twaddle masquerading as something more exiciting and more important, thanks to a barely hidden high concept conceit that frequently make the production just look sloppy and inattentive. The film and its often blank-faced lead, Keith Poulson, are without any of the charm and cheekiness of Byington’s previous films, namely the lovely and funny Harmony and Me. Poulson’s Max Youngman is a typical shiftless twentysomething – a waiter, he doesn’t appear to have many life or professional goals and, personally speaking, he’s not doing so hot either. His ex-wife (Kate Lyn Sheil) doesn’t want to get back together, which she proves handily by having sex with another dude within minutes of Max leaving her house. Max’s only friend is his waiter co-worker Sal (Nick Offerman
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SXSW '12 Review: 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' A Surprisingly Ambitious Deadpan Charmer

  • The Playlist
Bob Byington’s "Somebody Up There Likes Me" is about a guy who doesn’t grow up. In fact, he doesn’t even age over the film’s span of about three decades in his life. It may have something to do with a mysterious briefcase, the origins of which are only ever suggested by animated cloud interludes and the ethereal implications of the title itself. But that hardly matters, so long as Max (Keith Poulson) keeps bumbling through marriage, money and mortality.

Max is, at first, a disgruntled waiter at a generic steakhouse alongside best friend/only friend Sal (Nick Offerman). Over time, each man will have affections for new girl Lyla (Jess Weixler), but the freshly divorced Max gets there first – in fact, he impulsively proposes to the mealy-mouthed breadstick-muncher not long after they meet and she nonchalantly accepts.

Writer-director Byington then takes one of several five-year leaps forward into the narrative.
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