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Stranger Things: The Other Places You've Seen Aunt Becky

Image Source: Netflix Fans were in for a surprise in Stranger Things season two when Eleven leaves Hawkins about halfway through the season to find her mom, Terry. Of course, viewers know from season one that there's nothing but heartbreak for Eleven (real name: Jane). She arrives at her mother's house and meets her Aunt Becky, who tells her about Terry's condition. Becky is played by Amy Seimetz, who may not be a very mainstream actor but is well-known on the indie circuit. She got her start directing and producing short and independent films, including associate producing Medicine for Melancholy, which was nominated for both Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards. RelatedLet's Take a Moment to Appreciate the Perfectly Preppy Style Choices of Stranger Things' Nancy Wheeler Her acting career really took off when she starred in three of Joe Swanberg's independent films: Alexander the Last, Silver Bullets, and Autoerotic.
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Locarno Festival’s StepIn Program Explores New Business Models for Indies

The recent controversy in Cannes over Netflix’s stringent theatrical release policy only scratched the surface of pressing issues the global indie film industry is facing as it scrambles to contend with the disruptive effect of giant streaming platforms.

Besides the perceived threat posed by Netflix to the theatrical experience, the big VOD players are prompting new production and distribution models, and raising a wide range of crucial questions. These will be thrashed out at the upcoming Locarno Film Festival’s StepIn initiative, which is positioning itself as the prime European forum to take this timely conversation to the next level.

The one-day event on Aug. 3 will explore the theatrical experience and the future of arthouse cinema in the age of global streaming and social networks. StepIn, organized in partnership with Variety, is conceived as a think tank “meant to spark new ideas, strategies, solutions and opportunities,” says Locarno deputy artistic director Nadia Dresti.

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Anna Kendrick Ruins The Holidays For Melanie Lynskey In Happy Christmas Trailer

Giving us all a dose of the holidays this summer is Anna Kendrick in Happy Christmas, an indie dramedy about the ways family can drive us crazy, but also push us to be better people. Check out the trailer now. Written and directed by mumblecore auteur Joe Swanberg, Happy Christmas stars Anna Kendrick as Jenny, a reckless and aimless 20-something who crashes the holidays and home of her older filmmaker brother Jeff (Swanberg) and his loving novelist wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey). Jenny is meant to help out by playing babysitter to their toddler when need be. When her hard-partying ways prove she's unreliable, a manny (a male nanny played by indie darling Mark Webber) is called in. But amidst all the waves she's causing, Jenny also sparks a creative evolution for Kelly. Though a prolific filmmaker with titles like Hannah Takes the Stairs, Alexander The Last and Nights and Weekends
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'Hung' star Jane Adams talks about her new comedy-drama, 'All the Light in the Sky'

'Hung' star Jane Adams talks about her new comedy-drama, 'All the Light in the Sky'
Is the new independent comedy-drama All the Light in the Sky about a Malibu-dwelling, 45-year-old actress called Marie and her dealings with the film industry? Or is it about why we need to accept, and engage with, change — be it personal or global? Actually, this latest film from prolific writer-director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) is technically both. However, star Jane Adams, who cowrote All the Light in the Sky with Swanberg, insists the movie is much more a philosophical rumination rather than a Tinseltown dissection.

“It’s got nothing to do with a Hollywood actress,” says Adams, whose credits include the Todd Solondz-directed Happiness,
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Drinking Buddies interview with director Joe Swanberg

Indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg is not selling out. He just wants bigger audiences. Filmmaker Joe Swanberg is a familiar name to art-house buffs thanks to a steady stream of indie dramas like Hannah Takes the Stairs, Nights and Weekends and Alexander the Last. Everything changes for the 31-year-old filmmaker as he shifts from no-budget, chatty “mumblecore” dramas featuring friends to the celebrity-driven romance Drinking Buddies, about Luke (Jake Johnson) and Jill (Anna Kendrick), and Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Chris (Ron Livingston), two Chicago couples who crisscross over a weekend at a lake house with funny and heartbreaking results.
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Drinking Buddies Review (4/5 stars) - Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick deliver laughs and heartache in standout relationship drama

Review: Indie veteran Joe Swanberg delivers his best movie yet with relationship drama Drinking Buddies Two Chicago couples, Luke (Jake Johnson) and Jill (Anna Kendrick), and Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Chris (Ron Livingston) crisscross over a weekend at a lake house and the results are choice laughs and lots of heartache in writer/director Joe Swanberg’s entertaining, so-familiar-it-hurts, relationship drama Drinking Buddies. Swanberg is a familiar name to art-house buffs thanks to a steady stream of indie dramas like Hannah Takes the Stairs, Nights and Weekends and Alexander the Last. Select fans (myself included) that know Swanberg
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Fantasia 2013: Second Wave Titles Announced Including Miike's Shield of Straw, You're Next, Big Ass Spider!, Plus One, Missionary, and More

The full Fantasia 2013 lineup will be announced next Tuesday, July 9th, but in the meantime we have the second wave of titles to share, and per usual, it's a doozy!

From the Press Release:

Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil several additional highlights to warm you up for our July 9th Press Conference, where we’ll be unveiling of our full 120+ film lineup. The festival runs from July 18 to August 6.

Official Opening Night Film – Takashi Miike’s Shield Of Straw (North American Premiere)

Hot off its screening in official completion at the Cannes Film Festival, Takashi Miike’s riveting crime thriller Shield Of Straw will be kicking off Fantasia’s 2013 edition with its first screening on the North American continent. Shield Of Straw stars Takao Osawa, Nanako Matsushima, and Tatsuya Fujiwara. Fantasia’s 1997 screening of Fudoh marked the
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Fantasia 2013: Opening Film, Plus Bryan Singer and Simon Boswell Announced As Guests

From the press release:

Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil several additional highlights, before their July 9th Press Conference, where they’ll be unveiling the full 120+ film lineup!

Official Opening Night Film – Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw

(North American Premiere)

Hot off its screening in official completion at the Cannes Film Festival, Takashi Miike’s riveting crime thriller Shield of Straw will be kicking off Fantasia’s 2013 edition with its first screening on the North American continent. Shield of Straw stars Takao Osawa, Nanako Matsushima, and Tatsuya Fujiwara. Fantasia’s 1997 screening of Fudoh marked the first time that a Miike film had ever been shown in North America, making it all the more joyous to open our 2013 festival with his latest work.

Extensive Artist Talks with Bryan Singer and Simon Boswell

Fantasia will once again offer audiences
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Olivia Wilde And Jake Johnson Get Sloppy In Drinking Buddies Trailer

Joe Swanberg is a polarizing figure in independent film. Since his first feature in 2005 (Kissing on the Mouth), he's proved quickly prolific, directing eighteen full-length features in just eight years. Let me say that again: eighteen films in eight years! Within that intense output are such critically praised pictures as Silver Bullets, Alexander The Last and Nights and Weekends. But to some critics, Swanberg's typical mumblecore approach is too rushed and slapdash or.in the opinion of outspoken critic Devin Faraci, who literally fought with Swanberg at last year's Fantastic Fest."the laziest form of filmmaking." But even Swanberg's harshest critics might be wooed by his latest Drinking Buddies, as its trailer suggests it may be his most commercially appealing effort yet. Written and directed by Swanberg, Drinking Buddies boasts a remarkable foursome as its leads: Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, and Ron Livingston. We first got word of
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Amy Seimetz Discusses Her Busy Year and Why She Hates Being Labeled a 'Breakout'

Amy Seimetz Discusses Her Busy Year and Why She Hates Being Labeled a 'Breakout'
Amy Seimetz is having a moment. The writer-actress-filmmaker has for the better part of a decade been making a name for herself on the indie film circuit by working with everyone from Lena Dunham on "Tiny Furniture" to Joe Swanberg" in "Alexander the Last" to anchoring Megan Griffith's acclaimed Sundance character study "The Off Hours." This year, however, marks Seimetz biggest one yet. First came Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color," in which she co-starred with the writer-director in one of the most perplexing indies to come along in ages. Friday sees the theatrical release of her directorial debut "Sun Don't Shine," a 16mm shot, micro-budget portrait of a couple (Kentucker Audley and Kate Lyn Sheil) on the run for murder. In August you can catch her in Adam Wingard's acclaimed horror pic "You're Next," opposite Ti West and Swanberg. And on the small screen, she can soon be
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Watch: Indie Western 'Dead Man's Burden' Gets a Moody, Gorgeous Trailer

Watch: Indie Western 'Dead Man's Burden' Gets a Moody, Gorgeous Trailer
Barlow Jacobs first caught our attention when he appeared opposite Michael Shannon in Jeff Nichols' feature film debut "Shotgun Stories." While Shannon's profile has risen to huge heights since the 2007 drama, Jacobs has remained relatively below the radar, continuing to deliver solid work in films as varied as the Sundance hit comedy "Great World of Sound," Joe Swanberg's "Alexander the Last" and the experimental horror film "The Oregonian." For more trailers, be sure to visit Indiewire's Indie Trailer Page. His latest film, the indie post Civil War western "Dead Man's Burden," drew rave reviews at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it world last year. In his glowing review out of Laff, Indiewire's Eric Kohn said the film did "justice to its western roots." The directorial debut of indie producer Jared Moshé is a spectacular looking drama in which Jacobs gives a commanding turn as Wade, a former
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Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies Acquired by Magnolia Pictures

Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies Acquired by Magnolia Pictures
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to writer-director Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. Produced by Dark Arts' Alicia Van Couvering and Andrea Roa; Burn Later's Paul M. Bernon and Sam Slater; and Swanberg, the film premiered this month at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. The film was executive produced by Mike Witherill, Ashley Bernon, Jessica Klapman, David Kaplan, Anish Savjani, and Wilde. Magnolia Pictures is planning a theatrical release for later this year.

Drinking Buddies follows the lives of Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) who work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick). And Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage.
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Drinking Buddies starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick acquired by Magnolia

Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to writer-director Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. Produced by Dark Arts’ Alicia Van Couvering and Andrea Roa; Burn Later?s Paul M. Bernon and Sam Slater; and Swanberg, the film premiered this month at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. The film was executive produced by Mike Witherill, Ashley Bernon, Jessica Klapman, David Kaplan, Anish Savjani, and Wilde. Magnolia Pictures is planning a theatrical release for later this year. Drinking Buddies follows the lives of Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) who work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick). And Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage.
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Watch: Nick Offerman in Indie 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' Trailer

"You know how you know when you're old?" Tribeca Films has debuted a trailer for an indie comedy called Somebody Up There Likes Me, written and directed by Bob Byington. I haven't heard of this film before, but it stars a few charming actors, including funnyman Nick Offerman in a fatherly role, as well as the lovely Jess Weixler (seen in Teeth, Alexander the Last, The Normals). This looks like a rather charming, funny, quirky indie romantic comedy of sorts, filled with all kinds of pretty faces. Keith Poulson is the young male lead, joined by Stephanie Hunt, Kate Lyn Sheil & Jonathan Togo. Take a look, have fun! Here's the official trailer for Bob Byington's Somebody Up There Likes Me, in high def from Apple: Nick Offerman (seen on "Parks & Rec", 21 Jump Street) stars in this smart, subversive comedy about a man, his best friend (Keith Poulson), and the
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Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick & More Join 'Drinking Buddies' Comedy

As Comic-Con 2012 gets underway, one of the con's biggest most recent stars has locked down a casting role in a non-geek property. According to Deadline, Olivia Wilde, who wowed the nerd crowd with her performance in the otherwise mediocre Cowboys & Aliens, has signed on with Safety Not Guaranteed star Jake M. Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Office Space's Ron Livingston in a comedy called Drinking Buddies. It's an indie improv comedy from director Joe Swanberg, who has helmed mumblecore flicks like Hannah Take The Stairs and Alexander The Last and even slipped into the horror genre with V/H/S. The story follows a guy, played by Livingston, who has a flirtatious friendship with a girl that ends up falling apart. There's no word yet on the roles that Wilde, Kendrick, and Johnson would play, but it seems that Wilde is more age-appropriate for Livingston than Kendrick, so we'll see
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Cameras Will Roll On Arie Posin.s Look Of Love Starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, And Robin Williams

Academy Award-nominated actors Annette Bening and Ed Harris, and Academy Award-winner Robin Williams will be joined by Amy Brenneman and Jess Weixler in Arie Posin.s romantic drama Look Of Love. Posin is directing the project that he co-wrote with scribe Matthew McDuffie. Mockingbird Pictures. Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis are producers. Principal photography begins shooting in Los Angeles on April 9.

The majority of financing for the project was found in Dallas, Texas, where Curtis and Lynn previously sourced funds for the critically acclaimed Albert Nobbs, which earned three Academy Award nominations this past season including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Glenn Close.

Look Of Love is the story of a widow named Nikki (Bening) who, several years after the loss of her husband Garrett, meets a man named Tom (Harris) who looks exactly like her deceased spouse. Suddenly, a flood of old feelings rush
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What to Buy This Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for March 19th 2012

Another week, another Monday. So it’s time for the rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s another packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, March 19th 2012.

Pick(S) Of The Week

Tower Heist (DVD/Blu-ray)

A group of disgruntled luxury apartment employees, lead by Ben Stiller, attempt to take down their wealthiest resident (Alan Alda), who defrauded all of them from their pension plans. With the help of a recently-released ex-con (Eddie Murphy) who has a knack for robberies, a plan is in place to nab $20 million. Of course, what high-stakes, ensemble comedy would be complete without plenty of shenanigans to boot? The fantastic supporting cast includes Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Gabourey Sidibe, Tia Leoni and Michael Pena.
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Joe Swanberg: Ten Films in Two Years

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"Even Joe Swanberg has to stop to count the number of Joe Swanberg movies out there right now," writes Mark Olsen in the Los Angeles Times. Uncle Kent premiered at Sundance, Silver Bullets and Art History in Berlin. He's collaborating with Factory 25 on Joe Swanberg: Collected Films 2011, a box set of four films on DVD plus an unusual array of bonus material — records, photo books, posters. Autoerotic, made with Adam Wingard, is available on demand from IFC. And the AFI Fest, opening on Thursday, will be screening Silver Bullets and Art History and hosting the premiere of The Zone, which, as Olsen tells us, "traces the interrelationships of a trio of roommates once an outsider enters their dynamic, before revealing additional layers of psycho-emotional complexity…. If one were to make a diagram of contemporary American independent filmmaking, Swanberg would be somewhere near the center, if for no other reason
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Interview: Joe Swanberg Pays Visit to ‘Uncle Kent’

Chicago – Few filmmakers have proven to be as effortlessly prolific as Chicago-based writer/director/producer/actor Joe Swanberg. Since 2005, he’s released one directorial feature per year, with the exception of 2010. This year, he could potentially release seven pictures (three of them have already made the festival rounds). “Uncle Kent” played at Sundance, while “Silver Bullets” and “Art History” were screened at Berlinale.

“Kent,” which opens April 29 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, stars Kent Osborne (of “Hannah Takes the Stairs”) as a fortysomething animator who falls for the woman (Jennifer Prediger) he met on Chatroulette. It’s Swanberg’s latest exploration of relationships enhanced and hindered by technology, as well as one of the filmmaker’s most singular character portraits. Both “Bullets” and “History” are about the creative process of filmmaking, with Swanberg and his crew playing semi-fictionalized versions of themselves. Hollywood Chicago spoke with Swanberg about his various new projects,
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From the shadows of mumblecore

The poster girl of Us indie film "schlumped up" for her first major role in Noah Baumbach's new movie but how will she cope alongside Russell Brand?

One of Greta Gerwig's favourite stories is about the time the young Marlon Brando first walked on stage, apparently looking so natural some of the audience assumed he was a stagehand or some guy off the street who'd just wandered up there accidentally. "People thought, 'What's happening? Is that acting?'" she says. "Not that I'm comparing myself to Marlon Brando but that's so exciting to me."

We've become accustomed to seeing people do things in the movies that we never do in real life, like walking away from explosions without turning around, dancing alone in the street when they get good news, or delivering inspirational speeches off the cuff. We know it's not real. We don't want it to be real.
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