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Marrakech, Morocco– Tine Klint’s LevelK, a leading indie sales outfit based in Denmark, has closed a raft of deals across its slate of international productions, including “Best Man Down,” “Sex, Drugs & Taxation” and “The Rocket.”
Justin Long starrer “Best Man Down,” the first U.S. project repped by LevelK, was picked up for the U.K. (Sky Entertainment), Middle East (Krisco Media Fzc), Turkey (Calinos Entertainment), Hong Kong (Encore) and Poland (HBO).
Magnolia released the movie Stateside on Nov. 7, and Madman released it in Australia.
Pic tells the tale of a groom (Long) and bride (Jess Weixler) who cancel their honeymoon following the unexpected death of their best man and head back to the Midwest to arrange the funeral. Koda Entertainment produced.
Deals were unveiled at the Marrakech Film Festival, where LevelK is attending along with a large Scandinavian delegation in town to be feted on Dec. 4 as part »
- Elsa Keslassy
Today’s film is the 2011 short The Man Who Never Cried. The film is written and directed by Bradley Jackson, and stars Heather Kafka, Keir O’Donnell, and Jess Weixler. Weixler is a 10-year veteran of the acting industry, appearing in tv shows such as Everwood, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and The Good Wife. Her newest feature, titled Best Man Down, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend, and is already available through online streaming sources.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Dramedies are pretty commonplace this day and age. They are perhaps, the best genre to imitate real life since life is usually a crazy blend of drama and comedy. The two genres can mesh either beautifully or tragically. Best Man Down is a perfect example of this phenomenon and while it doesn’t really know whether it’s comedy or drama, that is just the point and the results are actually pretty solid.
Scott (Justin Long) and Kristin (Jess Weixler) are getting married. They are a very cute couple about to tie the knot and things just couldn’t be better. That is until Scott’s obnoxious yet lovable best man Lumpy (Tyler Labine) dies in a freak accident. Lumpy’s death causes the happy couple to cancel their honeymoon so that they can attend his funeral. Along the way, they encounter a teenage girl who was romantic with the »
- Randall Unger
Death be not proud nor funny nor moving nor remotely interesting in “Best Man Down,” a forgettable indie that shifts tone from comedy to drama without any feel for either. It’s a waste of a few talented actors, to say nothing of the audience’s time. At the Arizona wedding reception of Scott (Justin Long) and Kristin (Jess Weixler, “The Good Wife”), he’s worried about how much everything costs while she looks forward to lounging in Cabo with a cocktail. Scott’s best man Lumpy (Tyler Labine) quickly becomes a more pressing concern, spilling tequila on the bridal gown and generally getting. »
- Alonso Duralde
The worst thing to happen at someone’s wedding is when someone dies on that wonderful day.
“Best Man Down” is about a newlywed couple who cancels their honeymoon to make funeral arrangements for their best man after an unexpected death. However, upon returning to Minnesota, they soon discover many things about their old friend.
The independent film is written and directed by Ted Koland.
Latino-Review had an opportunity to interview Koland via telephone last month to discuss about this wonderful indie dramedy. We discussed the Minnesota culture, the casting and the real relationships with our friends and family in the digital age.
“Best Man Down” is currently in theaters and on VOD.
Read the full transcript below or listen to the audio of the interview.
Latino-Review: How did you get the idea for “Best Man Down?”
- Gig Patta
People are often quick to judge others based on their limited views and exposure of the person’s actions and personality, before evening getting to know them. What’s even more shocking is that this biased public labeling has grown to include people’s friends and family, particularly in this modern world of social media. But even with the growing technology that’s modeled to help make communication easier, people are continuously keeping their personal lives a secret. That fear of revealing who you truly are to even those closest to you is a significant theme featured in first-time feature film writer-director Ted Koland’s new comedy-drama, ‘Best Man Down,’ which is now playing in [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
The Man Who Wasn’t There: Koland’s Debut Lost In Its Own Drift
Poor Minnesota, it sure gets a bum rap when it comes to the movies. When its representation is not subjected to the Diablo Cody affect or used in name only (Contagion), it’s featured as the cold and isolated harbor of blandly unappealing stock types, at last as Ted Koland utilizes the state for his directorial debut, Best Man Down. A victim of title modification (originally, the film was to be known as Lumpy, which would have served it better in several ways, both good and bad), you wouldn’t be remiss in approaching the film as if it were a light, romantically tinged comedy, its new name suggesting or hinting that people like Ashley Judd should be littered throughout the cast. But Koland’s biggest, and only rewarding surprise, is that the film is decidedly »
- Nicholas Bell
10 months before Lumpy (Tyler Labine) suddenly dies at his best friend's wedding, he meets young Ramsey (Addison Timlin) in our exclusive clip from Best Man Down. Justin Long stars as Lumpy's best friend, who, along with his new wife (Jess Weixler), learn there was much more to lumpy than meets the eye, including his unique relationship with Ramsey. Director Ted Koland's dramatic comedy is currently available on VOD formats, and arrives in theaters today, November 8.
When their obnoxious and over-served best man, Lumpy (Labine) unexpectedly dies at their destination wedding in Phoenix, bride and groom Kristin (Weixler) and Scott (Long) are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for his funeral. But when they arrive they realize that there was a lot more to their friend than met the eye.
When we think about wedding comedies, death is rarely part of the equation – especially among younger characters. Maybe if an old-timer croaks for some insane reason, then Maybe we can find a little humor in a more timely death, but usually our wedding party is typically safe.
That’s far from the case in Ted Koland’s dramedy Best Man Down, telling the story of Scott (Justin Long) and Kristin (Jess Weixler), two newlyweds who must delay their honeymoon after Scott’s best man Lumpy (Tyler Labine) drops dead at their wedding. Trust me, it’s not as morbid as it sounds, and that’s largely due to Koland’s balance of laughs and sincerity.
I ended up liking the film quite a bit, as both Justin Long and Tyler Labine made such a sad situation very revealing and inspiring, but there were a few questions raised throughout Scott’s journey. »
- Matt Donato
In "Thor: The Dark World," Alan Taylor's sequel to 2011's "Thor," Chris Hemsworth returns as the titular Norse superhero. When the vengeful Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) threatens the fate of the universe, Thor must make an alliance with his enemy/brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), to save the day. If you're craving some cool CGI-packed action sequences and epic superhero fights, then this sequel is sure to quench your thirst.
From "Downton Abbey" director Brian Percival, "The Book Thief" stars newcomer Sophie Nelisse as Liesel, a young girl who finds solace in stealing books during WWII in Germany. Once Liesel comes to live with her new adoptive parents, played by Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, she soon discovers »
- Erin Whitney
While Hollywood seems content to churn out an endless stream of soulless romantic comedies brimming with too many stars, a string of low-budget rom-coms have recently hit theaters boasting more heart than Hollywood could ever handle. The latest is A Case of You, a touching, timely tale of Sam, a young writer (played by Justin Long) who, to land the love of his life; a free-spirit named Birdie (played by the luminous Evan Rachel Wood), engages in some reverse Catfishing.
To turn himself into the perfect man, Sam treats Birdie's Facebook page like an online Cyrano de Bergerac; telling him what to like, what to think and what kinds of dates to take her on. It's easily one of the year's most charming films and an absolute can't miss for all rom-com fans!
Pushing your boundaries and embracing the opportunity to explore your creative and emotional barriers can be both a frightening and exhilarating experience. But actor Justin Long is thriving in the new realistic and relatable turn his career has taken the past several years, as he explores the final maturing into responsible adulthood in his films. Between authentically portraying a newlywed struggling to keep the passion and trust open in his new marriage in the Ted Koland written and directed comedy-drama, ‘Best Man Down,’ or co-writing and starring in the telling tale of searching for true love in the romance comedy, ‘A Case of You,’ both of which are opening in [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
The Minnesota couple's Phoenix wedding would be perfect -- all the friends and relatives gathered, a lovely hotel, a beautiful bride, love in the air.
But the best man, the aptly-named "Lumpy" (Tyler Labine), is out of control -- binge drinking, singing along with every song, a sloppy drunk in every sense.
"Why don't you call it a night?" the groom (Justin Long) begs.
"You're cuttin' off the Best Man?"
No point. Lumpy carries the party to his room, injures himself, staggers out into the desert in the middle of the night and dies.
It's "Best Man Down," but the bride, Kristin (Jess Weixler), is upset -- that her honeymoon, "under a palm tree, in a kaftan, sipping Mai Tais," is ruined. She's a self-medicating ball of stress, and Lumpy's bull-in-a-china-shop stampede through her "big night" has stripped all the sympathy from her. She is irked as all get out »
Plot: After the untimely death of their best man, a newlywed couple must cancel their plans for a honeymoon in order to plan for a funeral. While trying to contact those who knew their friend best, they discover a secret relationship he shared with a teenage girl. Review: For the first half of the seriocomic feature film Best Man Down, it is nearly impossible to connect with any of the players involved. As newlywed couple Scott and Kristin, both Justin Long and Jess Weixler make for an »
Chicago – Another week of a hodge podge of new Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that we call What to Watch. Looking for something new? Something very old? Something rare? Something from TV? There’s a little bit of everything and even a story about porn too. Check it out, ranked in how interesting I find them.
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“Intolerance” would be a massive, amazing undertaking in 2013. Can you even put in perspective what it was like 100 years ago? Arguably one of the most important and influential silent films ever made, “Intolerance” runs almost three hours and covers centuries of storytelling. It’s a fascinating film both in the history of cinema and the way it addressed cultural concerns of the time. Cohen Media Group continues to expertly restore and highlight great films. They’re quickly rising the ranks of the most important Blu-ray studios working today. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Title: Best Man Down Director: Ted Koland Starring: Justin Long, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine and Addison Timlin Society is often quick to judge and place labels on people who seem to have come by less fortunate circumstances. People are often quick to criticize the seemingly erratic behavior of those around them, without knowing all of the circumstances of their situation. That’s certainly the case in the new comedy-drama ‘Best Man Down,’ which is currently available on VOD and is set to open in select theaters on Friday. The feature film directorial and writing debut of filmmaker Ted Koland shows that once people truly begin to investigate the motives of those [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Justin Long has been a busy man lately. That should be pretty evident by the fact that he had to movies to promote when he said down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz this week.
The first, "A Case of You," a film co-written by Long and his brother Christian with Keir O'Donnell, tells the story of a man who molds himself to be the perfect match for the girl he's fallen in love with.
The other is called "Best Man Down," a movie more serious than it's friendly title would have you believe. The day after his wedding, Scott (Long) finds that his best man and best friend Lumpy has died. The film was originally coming to be named after the deceased character, but it was changed recently.
Long explains during the chat how the story of the first movie resonates with him and why the original title of the »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
The 1985 comedy hit stars Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a teen who accidentally travels back in time to 1955 in a time machine invented by a slightly mad scientist (Christopher Lloyd). During his trip back in time, Marty must make sure his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love, in order for him to get back to the present day and avoid erasing his own existence.
Long, whose films "A Case of You" and "Best Man Down" open this month, is a huge fan of McFly and Friends, and has the Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox impressions to prove it. When Long sat down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz for "After Hours," he not only showed off his expert impersonations, but also totally geeked out, »
- Amala Nath
When we quizzed Justin Long about rom-coms earlier this year, he passed with flying colors. Because Justin Long doesn't just star in romantic comedies, Justin Long loves romantic comedies. He even co-wrote one of his own, A Case of You, while listening to Joni Mitchell. The movie, on VOD November 6, stars Long as a struggling writer who meets a girl (Evan Rachel Wood), consults her Facebook page, then pretends to like what she likes in order to impress her. Vulture spoke to the actor, who is also promoting a new non-rom-com indie, Best Man Down, about his latest projects, drinking less with age, and masturbating to pictures of present-day Carrie Fisher. Plus: some updates on Kevin Smith's Tusk, in which Long will play a walrus, and his response to hater Jonathan Franzen.Last time we talked, I quizzed you on romantic comedies. You killed it. Oh, yeah, that was fun. »
- Patti Greco
We’ve all been to a wedding where one of the guests gets a little too hammered for their own good, lighting up the dance floor with sloppy movements and encouraging dangerous amounts of shot-ripping – but what if he/she didn’t survive the night? The “Best Man” has a ton of duties in a wedding party, but staying alive typically isn’t a concern. Ted Koland’s Best Man Down introduces this nightmare scenario, tying together new beginnings and untimely ends in a way that’s both comical and emotionally revealing. There’s sometimes a difference between being someone’s “Best Man” and oldest friend, and Koland explores a friendship that is strong, but hasn’t been revisited for a brief period of time. Life can change in a heartbeat, even at the happiest of occasions.
- Matt Donato
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