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Caliber Media Adds Jennifer Au, Laura Gibson (Exclusive)

19 December 2012 11:18 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

  Caliber Media Co., the management-production outfit run by Jack Heller and Dallas Sonnier, is in expansion mode, with Laura Gibson and Jennifer Au joining the fold as managers, Caliber has told TheWrap. Gibson previously served as a talent agent at ICM. Her clients include actors like Luke Arnold ("Black Sails"), Shelby Young ("American Horror Story") and "Terminales" star Abhi Sinha (pictured). Au, who spent the last four years at Untitled Entertainment, represents John Todd and Brusta Brown ("Natural 20"), Megan Griffiths ("Eden") and Jim Beggarly ("Free Samples"), among others. Gibson and Au join current Caliber managers Adam Marshall, Jared Schwartz, »

- Liza Foreman

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First Poster And Synopsis For The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby

11 December 2012 12:48 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

For my money, with lead actors like James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain there’s almost no way it could be a disappointing film, or films.

Ned Benson (In Defiance of Gravity) wrote the two scripts and will direct both films. The impressive cast also includes William Hurt (Into the Wild), Viola Davis (The Help), Jess Weixler (Free Samples), Bill Hader (SNL), Ciarán Hinds (Munich), and Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris).

The first poster and synopsis for the dramas told in two parts – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers have found their way online.

I assume that poster and synopsis may be an unofficial leak because they have been removed from the film’s websites at the request of the studio.

There’s no release date for the film just yet.

Here’s the teaser poster which looks like a bad Photoshop job. The »

- Nick Martin

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First Poster for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby with James McAvoy & Jessica Chastain

10 December 2012 5:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is one of the more intriguing projects coming our way next year.

Told in two parts – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers – the dramas see James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain star in the leads, and now the first poster has found its way online.

“Two films – interwoven to complete one story.  Set in the hip areas of New York City, we follow the paths of Eleanor Rigby and her husband Conor.  When Eleanor suddenly disappears back to her family home and avoids all contact with Conor, we question what broke down the relationship that once seemed so right.”

Starring alongside McAvoy and Chastain is an impressive cast, headed up by William Hurt (Into the Wild), Viola Davis (The Help), Jess Weixler (Free Samples), Bill Hader (SNL), Ciarán Hinds (Munich), and Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris).

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- Kenji Lloyd

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Jesse Eisenberg Is Haunting In First Images From Richard Ayoade's The Double

26 November 2012 6:17 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Even though he's not even two years removed from his Best Actor Oscar nomination for The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg has felt weirdly absent lately. It might because when he was playing Mark Zuckerberg he was absolutely everywhere, and since then he's appeared only in tiny movies (Free Samples, Why Stop Now) or small studio films that nobody saw (30 Minutes Or Less, To Rome With Love). Ok, he also voiced one of the birds in Rio, but that barely even counts. Anyway, Eisenberg is on his way back early next year in the magician heist thriller Now You See Me, but much more intriguing is his team-up with Submarine director Richard Ayoade for The Double, a loose adaptation of a novel by Dostoevsky. Eisenberg stars as an ordinary man who slowly loses his grip on reality when he encounters his doppelgänger, and we've now got our first look at »

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Free Samples and Sleeping Around Land at Red Sea Media

30 October 2012 5:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Red Sea Media has assembled a robust slate in the last few months, including two new projects that the sales company has acquired worldwide sales rights for. Red Sea will be introducing the projects at the upcoming Afm, which feature A-listers and rising stars such as Jesse Eisenberg, Michael McKean, Jason Ritter, and Jess Weixler. Red Sea Media's sales office will be located at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Suite 732.

Red Sea has acquired the offbeat romantic comedy Free Samples, which marks the feature film debut of director Jay Gammill. Written by Jim Beggarly (The Kitchen), and produced by Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKelheer for Film Harvest, the film tells the story of a law-school dropout who fills in as a server at her friend's ice cream truck, doling out free samples to locals and oddball friends alike, including a man courting her who she barely remembers from the night before. »

- MovieWeb

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Red Sea Media Takes Free Samples , Sleeping Around and More

30 October 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Red Sea Media has assembled a robust slate in the last few months, including two new projects that the sales company has acquired worldwide sales rights for. Red Sea will be introducing the projects at the upcoming Afm, which feature A-listers and rising stars such as Jesse Eisenberg, Michael McKean, Jason Ritter, and Jess Weixler. Red Sea has acquired the offbeat romantic comedy Free Samples , which marks the feature film debut of director Jay Gammill. Written by Jim Beggarly (.The Kitchen.), and produced by Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKelheer for Film Harvest, the film tells the story of a law-school dropout who fills in as a server at her friend.s ice cream truck, doling out free samples to locals and oddball friends alike, including a man courting her who she barely remembers »

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2012 Austin Film Festival Announces Titles, Including ‘Not Fade Away,’ ‘Flight,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ and More

19 September 2012 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

While most of Austin, Texas is currently busy gearing up for Fantastic Fest (including our own Fantastic Fest Death Squad), we’d be remiss to not mention that another one of Atx’s homegrown film festivals, the concisely-named Austin Film Festival, has just released their lineup. And it’s a real beauty! The festival, kicking off in just under a month, will open with David Chase’s Not Fade Away and will also include screenings of such buzzed-about titles as Flight, Silver Linings Playbook, The Sessions, Quartet, and The Sapphires. The festival has yet to announce their Closing Night Film, but with such an already-strong lineup, it should be a doozy. After the break, take a look at the current feature-length lineup for the 2012 Austin Film Festival and Conference, including listings for their comedy and documentary sections. Marquee Screenings: Not Fade AwayDavid Chase (Writer/Director); David Chase in attendance FlightJohn Gatins (Writer), Robert Zemeckis (Director »

- Kate Erbland

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First Poster and Images from The Kitchen with Laura Prepon & Bryan Greenberg

27 July 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Best known for their work on the small screen, Laura Prepon (That ’70s Show) and Bryan Greenberg (How to Make it in America) are both great in all I’ve seen them in to date, and after starring opposite each other in ABC’s short-lived October Road, they’re set to reunite for the big screen this year in The Kitchen.

The first poster and images have made their way online, giving us a nice first look at the main players of the ensemble comedy, set in its entirety within the titular room.

“In this ensemble comedy set entirely inside a kitchen in Silverlake, a birthday party is about to start.

The party belongs to that of Jennifer (Laura Prepon), who’s about to turn 30. But she is in no mood to party today. She has just left her job, as well as her cheating boyfriend, Paul (Bryan Greenberg). Her »

- Kenji Lloyd

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On The Rise '12: 5 Cinematographers Lighting Up Screens In Recent Years

26 June 2012 10:10 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Following our looks at actors, actresses, screenwriters and directors to watch in recent months, when the time came to put together a list of cinematographers (as we did two years ago), we went in with an open mind. But what was interesting is realizing, after the fact, that in an era where 35mm film is allegedly being phased out, that all five have done perhaps their most distinctive work on old-fashioned celluloid, rather than digital.

All have worked in digital of course, at least in the commercial world, and some have done hugely impressive work on new formats. But most of our five are fierce advocates for good 'ol 35mm, and it's another sign that the death knell shouldn't be rung for the old ways just yet. As long as there are talented DoPs like the ones below, and on the following pages, working closely with filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Trailer Trash – Issue 8

19 May 2012 4:14 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome to issue 8 of Trailer Trash our [more often than] weekly series showcasing the latest trailer releases – this issue once again features our all-new “excitement-o-meter” where we rate (in exclamation marks on a scale of 1 to 5) each and every trailer by how excited we are to see the film after watching it. This issue of Trailer Trash includes new trailers for Cosmopolis, Maniac, Bait 3D, The Thompsons and new trailers for Magic Mike and The Possession.

Cosmopolis

New York is in turmoil, the age of capitalism is drawing to a close and Eric Packer, a high finance golden boy is chauffeured across the city in his extravagant limousine to get a haircut. A visit from the President of the United States paralyses Manhattan and as the day goes by, an eruption of wild activity unfolds on the city’s streets. Eric watches helplessly as his empire collapses and as his paranoia intensifies during the 24-hour period, »

- Phil

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Tribeca 2012 Review: Free Samples

2 May 2012 4:39 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

I will throw myself onto the altar as a sacrificial lamb so that fellow critics much better than I do not fall prey to using the following super cheesy & painfully obvious opening statement in their future reviews of this film. Remember me as a hero…

Much like the parked ice cream truck Jess Weixler finds herself stuck in for the majority of the running time, Free Samples goes nowhere. Yes, I know that’s bad. It’s the sort of line your friendly neighborhood entertainment guru will say in his segment on the local news in attempt to be clever. Unfortunately it does perfectly apply to the film. Hungover and unsure of pretty much everything in her life, Jillian (Jess Weixler) finds herself working all day parked in a vacant lot handing out free samples of an ice cream-like substance to a cast of quirky characters. There are a few »

- Jerry Cavallaro

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Interview With Jason Ritter On Free Samples [Tribeca Film Festival]

2 May 2012 2:11 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Interview With Jason Ritter On Free Samples [Tribeca Film Festival]

The desire to control every personal relationship and learning to trust those who offer genuine friendship are daily struggles people often face as young adults. Once people can learn to make reasonable expectations for their relationships, they'll realize they can find their way in the world. Such is the case with the lead character Jillian in the new comedy-drama Free Samples, directed by first-time filmmaker Jay Gammill.

Thanks for reading We Got This Covered »

- Karen Benardello

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From Best To Worst: The Playlist's Complete Tribeca Film Festival Coverage

2 May 2012 12:38 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

That's it. It's a wrap. The Tribeca Film Festival is over for another 12 months. And while it was an improvement from years past, despite a promising line-up the festival proved to be somewhat disappointing: most of the best regarded films ("2 Days In New York," "Take This Waltz," Searching For Sugar Man" being three prime examples) had premiered elsewhere, while the more high-profile, star-laden of their world or North American exclusives landed with a thud.

However, even while the festival still grapples with its own identity, there were some real gems in the line-up: there are a few films that justify whatever else we had to sit through in the course of the last few weeks. And let's not forget the festival did secure "The Avengers" and "The Five-Year Engagement," two films we loved (though try and ask any civillian who got into either and you'll hear a lot of crickets). Below, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Interview With Jess Weixler On Free Samples [Tribeca Film Festival]

1 May 2012 8:11 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Interview With Jess Weixler On Free Samples [Tribeca Film Festival]

In today's tough economic market, recent college graduates often struggle to find their place in the professional world and figure out what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Life becomes even harder when people have difficulty learning to trust others who are offering genuine friendship and guidance. Sometimes it takes a glimpse into what life could be like for people to finally overcome their psychological struggles and learn to live again. This happens with lead character Jillian in the new comedy-drama Free Samples, as she begins to reevaluate her life when she's presented with the chance to let her guard down.

Thanks for reading We Got This Covered »

- Karen Benardello

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[Tribeca Review] Free Samples

27 April 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Free Samples, directed by Jay Gammill, feels like a short film stretched out in to feature length, to only a mild degree of success. Starring indie darling Jess Weixler as Jillian, the film serves as a chamber movie of sorts, if a desolate parking lot can be a chamber. We open with Jillian on another drunken night, bullshitting with friend Nancy (Halley Feiffer), Nancy’s dumbbell boyfriend Wally (Jason Ritter) and a charming stranger they call Tex (Jesse Eisenberg).

Cut to the morning after. Jillian wakes up naked and hungover in Nancy’s apartment, only to find out her friend needs a big favor: sub for her in handing out free samples of a new ice cream-esque type of dessert all day. Without much of a choice, Jillian concedes.

And so goes the remaining 70 minutes of the brief, 80-minute film. Jillian sits, and stands, in a truck handing out free »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Tribeca Dialogue: If Only We Could All Be As Frank As Jess Weixler’s Character in ‘Free Samples’

26 April 2012 7:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Warning: You don’t want to be anywhere near Jillian if she has a hangover, hasn’t had her morning coffee, has to work on an ice cream truck for the day or if you’re in need of stamps. Sure, it’s fun to watch Jillian torment all of the customers at Mike’s Dream with her sour attitude, but lucky for me, Jess Weixler herself was quite the opposite and thrilled to talk about her Tribeca Film Festival entry Free Samples. Weixler is Jillian, a law school dropout with little to do, but drink and give everyone around her a taste of her snarky personality. After a heavy night of drinking, Jillian’s best friend, Nancy (Halley Feiffer), wakes her far too early to beg her to operate her ice cream truck for the day so she can tend to family matters. While...

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- Perri Nemiroff

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Tribeca Film Festival 2012

25 April 2012 2:37 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Following up on last week's preview of the Tribeca Film Festival (site), this'll be the entry that'll carry us through to Sunday. Introducing Slant's package of reviews, Ed Gonzalez argues that Tribeca "has blossomed from a celebration of the Big Apple as a filmmaking center into a great facilitator and promoter of international film and video culture." The Los Angeles Times' Steven Zeitchik agrees that it's "a prime venue to discover international films." More packages and lists: Smithsonian Magazine's Daniel Eagan ("What to See"), indieWIRE ("12 New Films We're Excited For"), Filmmaker's Scott Macaulay ("25 Films I'm Looking Forward To"), Movies.com ("20 Most Anticipated Movies"), Time's Lily Rothman ("Top 15 Chatter-Worthy Films"), Time Out New York and Twitch ("Top 15 Picks").

Having previewed "30-odd films" for the Voice, Eric Hynes recommends 14, and Take This Waltz is one of them: "Sarah Polley's follow-up to her moving directorial debut, Away From Her, is a modern »

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Jason Ritter Takes His Pants Off for 'Free Samples' at Tribeca

25 April 2012 6:26 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

  Even the tiniest indie movies can get big publicity at a film festival like the Tribeca Film Festival. Over the weekend, reporters from outlets large and small congregated in the hallways on the 12th floor of the Manhattan hotel where the stars and director of “Free Samples” were doing interviews and photo sessions. The film, a slight indie comedy directed by first-timer Jay Gammill, stars Jess Wexler, Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Halley Feiffer and Tippi Hedren. It had its world premiere at  Tribeca over the weekend and will screen again later this week. Ritter, »

- Leah Rozen

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Tribeca Interview: Free Samples’ Jason Ritter

23 April 2012 4:40 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

A guy like Jason Ritter likely has a nice pick of leading role opportunities, but when the right material and collaborators come along, he’s got no problem taking on a supporting part like Wally in Free Samples. The film stars Jess Weixler as a law school dropout who bartends sporadically and indulges in booze herself far more regularly. After a hard night of drinking, she’s suckered into working on her friend’s ice cream truck for the day, a day that consists of no coffee, bad ice cream and a ton of customers that don’t go well with a hangover. However, a visit from her good friend Wally makes for a  [ Read More ] »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Free Samples Director Jay Gammill And Star Tippi Hedren

22 April 2012 9:30 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

A first feature is an intimidating task no matter what, but for Jay Gammill, the odds were in his favor in a lot of ways. Gammill.s film Free Samples stars Jess Weixler as Jillian, a recent law school dropout who.s drowning her sorrows in alcohol and letting anyone and everyone feel the wrath of her sour attitude. When her best friend suckers her into manning her ice cream truck for the day, Jess hands out some free samples, but not without giving every costumer a hard time. However, as the day progresses, not only does Jess encounter people she actually thinks deserve her respect, like Tippi Hedren.s former Hollywood starlet, Betty, but comes to some personal revelations as well. Not only was Gammill fortunate enough to find a writer he was totally in tune with, but he landed Weixler as his lead as well as Hedren, Jason »

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