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Rolling out it’s fifth edition and growing beyond just Park City (Los Angeles hosted a summer event this year) the Next section has grown in size, has found plenty of distrib buyer interest and has a strong voice of its own. Becoming a home for low budget indie we like: smaller budgets sometimes bring out impressive creative outputs, in 2011 we had Sound of My Voice, Restless City and Bellflower. 2012 saw Compliance, I’m Not a Hipster and Sleepwalk With Me, while last year we were impressed by the likes of It Felt Like Love and Blue Caprice. This year we have eleven, instead of ten selections – the plus one bump might have to do with Madeleine Olnek’s The Foxy Merkins – she got to show off her film this summer in the Next Weekend L.A event (we mentioned above). In the coming-of-agers working with a different vibe and »
- Eric Lavallee
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schumer will play “a basket case who tries to rebuild her life.” Roles that have yet to be cast include the boyfriend, the best friend/co-worker and a parent. Before coming aboard as director, Apatow was set to produce the pic with Barry Mendel.
The script was written by Schumer, who is best known for her hit Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer. She has also appeared in films such as Sleepwalk with Me, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and Price Check.
- Laura Frances
The story follows a young woman (Amy Schumer) whose life is a complete mess, as she tries to get back on the right track. The director is currently seeking actors to play the lead's boyfriend, best friend/co-worker and one of her parents. Insiders claim that the director has met with actors in Los Angeles throughout the month of November, while Amy Schumer and producer Barry Mendel are also holding casting sessions in New York.
While Judd Apatow has produced several projects he hasn't written or directed, this would mark his first feature directorial effort that he didn't write by himself. It isn't known when production may begin. Judd Apatow serves as producer on the upcoming comedy sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and he executive produces the musical Can a Song Save Your Life? »
Stand-up comedian and This American Life regular Mike Birbiglia had a major breakthrough in 2012 when his film Sleepwalk With Me became a critical smash, and he followed that up with the award-winning one-man show My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (which you can stream on Netflix and will be available on CD, DVD, and iTunes on November 26). In 2014, he’s heading back out on the road again, this time on a multi-city trek he’s dubbing Thank God for Jokes.
“This is honestly the most excited I’ve been to go on tour my whole career,” Birbiglia told EW. “Well, partly because »
- Kyle Anderson
• Rooney Mara (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) just signed on to work with another modern auteur, Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven), for Carol, and adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt. She’ll star alongside the venerable Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) in the film about two women in 1950s New York. Mara will play the part of Therese, a young shopgirl with dreams of the future, and Blanchett, an elegant thirtysomething woman in an unhappy marriage. Their relationship escalates when the two decide to take a road trip west. Mia Wasikowska was previously attached to the role. »
- Lindsey Bahr
"The Fault in Our Stars" has found its Patrick. The film is currently shooting in Pittsburgh, and author John Green has announced that comedian Mike Birbiglia will play the previously uncast role of Patrick.
"So excited to announce that one of my all-time favorite comedians/humans, Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs), will play Patrick in the TFiOS movie," Green tweets. Birbiglia adds, "['The Fault in Our Stars'] by @realjohngreen is incredible. They're making a movie of it and I'm playing Patrick. Literally."
In "The Fault in Our Stars," Patrick is the leader of the cancer support group that main characters Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) both attend. Patrick is a survivor of testicular cancer, but his overwhelming enthusiasm during the support meetings it met by skepticism from both Hazel and Gus. Considering his track record with films like "Sleepwalk with Me" and "Your Sister's Sister," Birbiglia seems like the perfect man for this job.
Awesome comedian and actor Mike Birbiglia has been added to the cast of "The Fault in Our Stars," this according to author John Green who tweeted the news on Wednesday. Birbiglia will play Patrick in the film, the leader of a cancer patient support group that's attended by the story's protagonists, Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus (Ansel Elgort).
So excited to announce that one of my all-time favorite comedians/humans, Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs), will play Patrick in the TFiOS movie.
— John Green (@realjohngreen) August 28, 2013
Birbiglia is best known for "Sleepwalk With Me," his one-man off-Broadway show turned book, stand-up special, "This American Life" segment and feature film. He's also appeared on "Girls" and in the films "Cedar Rapids" and "Your Sister's Sister." Another Birbiglia stand-up special, "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend," is currently available on Netflix.
"The Fault in Our Stars" is already positioned as one of next year's must-see Ya films. »
- The Huffington Post
Here's today's round of casting announcements: Jessica Alba (Sin City) will play the villain in Kyle Newman's comedy, Barely Lethal, starring Hailee Steinfeld and Samuel L. Jackson. Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me) has joined Josh Boone's The Fault in Our Stars. Kathrine Narducci (The Sopranos) joins Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys adaptation. Hit the jump for more on each story. Screen Daily reports that not only will Alba join Barely Lethal, she'll be playing the villain. The picture centers on "Megan (Steinfeld), a teenage assassin who is hunted by a former associate after she fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school." Alba will play Victoria Knox, the aforementioned huntress. She's also got a rather busy release schedule ahead of her, as she'll soon be seen in A.C.O.D., Stretch, and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The Fault in Our Stars author John Green »
- Dave Trumbore
Frank And Cindy, the new project from young filmmaker G.J. Echternkamp, has added Oliver Platt, Jane Levy, Marc Maron and Johnny Simmons to its’ cast as production nears its’ beginning. The film will document the story of Frank Garcia and his wife Cindy Brown. Garcia was the bassist of American dance-rock band Oxo who had one Top 40 hit in 1983 with ‘Whirly Girl’ and director G.J. Echternkamp is Cindy Brown’s son who also directed the 2007 documentary of the same name.
Oliver Platt, nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his supporting role in Huff will play Frank Garcia with Rene Russo (The Thomas Crown Affair) already confirmed to play Cindy. Johnny Simmons will play the director himself with Jane Levy and Marc Maron’s characters yet to be revealed. Simmons has held small roles in indie pics Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower »
- Victoria Bull
At Thursday night's Saturn Awards, we landed an exclusive video interview with Joss Whedon on the red carpet before the show. During the extended conversation, Whedon talked about if he's been able to get more strong female characters in future Marvel movies, why more people don't write those types of characters, his "feud" with the filmmakers of Sleepwalk With Me, the status of the Dr. Horrible sequel, his involvement in the Marvel universe, and a lot more. In addition, Whedon reveals that when he first heard about Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy movie, he was unsure if it would work. But after Marvel hired James Gunn and he saw what they were planning to do, he did a complete "180 on that one." Hit the jump to watch the interview and look for more Saturn Award interviews all weekend. A big thank you to Hunter Daniels, Tommy Cook, and Jeff Morreale »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
What sweets do fighter pilots eat? Can pigs' rectums be passed off as squid? These are the sort of questions that have made This American Life an internet sensation. Henry Barnes meets Ira Glass as he comes searching for British stories
Ira Glass is looking for a story. The host of This American Life, the phenomenally successful Us public radio show, has flown into Sheffield for one night. He has come to the city's documentary festival, hoping all the assembled film-makers will pitch him ideas for Tal, which boasts 1.8 million listeners in the Us, and produces a weekly podcast that's downloaded by 900,000 fans worldwide. His first UK appearance doesn't seem to be going too well, though. "I don't feel like people here know who I am," he says.
Tal is all about surprising, character-driven stories. It's an hour-long show divided into acts, each one taking a broad theme. Episode 484, called Doppelgänger, »
- Henry Barnes
Comedian/actor Mike Birbiglia cemented his position as an up-and-coming director after his 2012 debut film, “Sleepwalk With Me,” nabbed an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Earlier this year, Birbiglia revealed that he was on track to adapt another one of his stand-up shows, "My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend," into a movie, which he believed would transform into an entirely different movie upon release.Recently concluding his comedy tour where he performed “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” Birbiglia spoke to various sites about the continually-evolving screenplay, and what audiences could end up seeing. Birbiglia has described “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” as “incredibly optimistic which I think is rare in comedy.” Just wrapping up a 70-city tour, he isn’t planning on stopping before jumping into the script for the adaptation. He admits that he’s written at least two drafts of the script, but still has a fear that it won »
- Kristen Lopez
It's official: the Girl With the Yellow Umbrella" is in fact "How I Met Your Mother's" titular mother. Fans have been waiting eight long seasons to learn who the woman Ted Mosby settles down with is, and after countless fakeouts and teases, the Season 8 finale revealed actress Cristin Milioti is that woman.
"Part of what helped us is our casting director Marisa [Ross], she sort of has been talking about Cristin for two years now," Bays tells Entertainment Weekly. "It helped that she turned us onto her and then the more we got to know Cristin and see her work, the more we realized, Yeah, she's the right choice. So that definitely helped, because we didn't »
Bottoms up, everyone. We’ve come a long way, perhaps longer than we would’ve liked, but it was (in part) for this moment. We finally met the mother. I’m not sure how I feel about having done so before Ted. I’m not sure I even know how to react to her. To put it in perspective: I perked up more while watching The Mindy Project (another show I’ve been feeling slightly ambivalent about but in favor of) when I discovered that Chloë Sevigny was Danny Castellano’s ex-wife than I did when Cristin Milioti (a.k.a. the Mother) bought her ticket to Farhampton.I didn’t recognize the actress from 30 Rock or Sleepwalk with Me or the Broadway musical Once, but I understand and respect Carter and Bays’s decision to avoid stunt casting. It was impossible to keep Rachel Bilson and Jennifer Morrison’s roles a secret, »
- Phoebe Reilly
So, who is the girl with the yellow umbrella?
Her name is Cristin Milioti, a 27-year-old New Jersey actress who’s shown up on Broadway, in films, and on television: The Broadway set will know Milioti as “Girl” in the musical version of Once, a role which earned her a Tony nomination last year; film buffs will recognize her from movies like 2012′s Mike Birbiglia comedy Sleepwalk with Me; and TV fans may remember her from The Sopranos, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, or — most notably — 30 Rock. (Milioti showed up in 2011 as a baby-voiced comedy writer whom Liz Lemon (Tina Fey »
- Tanner Stransky
Now you know, Himym fans. After eight seasons and 184 episodes, you finally know. You don't know much yet — like how Ted Mosby actually met his children's mother, or anything about her, but you know who she is. If you were hoping for someone big and famous, you might be nursing a sting of disappointment. ("The whole idea is that Ted’s never seen this woman before, so it better feel that way to the audience," series co-creator Craig Thomas tells EW.) But if you were hoping for someone lovely, you've got reason to be thrilled. Watch the spoilery reveal after the jump.That's her, Cristin Milioti, as introduced by the Shins's "Simple Song." She was nominated for a Tony for Broadway's Once. Milioti appeared on an episode of 30 Rock, when she told Liz Lemon she's a very sexy baby. You may have also seen her on Nurse Jackie, in Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me, »
- Zach Dionne
Luke Owen and Oli Davis sit down to discuss the movies of Sundance London 2013...
Your second podcast for the first week of May 2013.
With Sundance London 2013 all wrapped up, Luke Owen and Oli Davis look back at the movies that they were lucky enough to catch up with, including:
Upstream Colour - Read our ★★★★★ review here.
In a World... - Read our ★★★★ review here.
Sleepwalk With Me - Read our ★★★★ review here.
Blood Brother - Read our ★★★★★ review here.
Kings of Summer - Read our ★★★ review here.
Metro Manila - Read our ★★★★ review here.
A.C.O.D - Read our ★★ review here.
Peaches Does Herself - Read our ★★ review here.
Mud - Read our ★★★★ review here.
In Fear - Read our ★★★★ review here.
The episode is now live so if you refresh your iTunes or RSS feed it should automatically update. However, you can also listen »
It’s fitting that Sleepwalk with Me should play at Sundance London. It’s the kind of film which is reminiscent of the intimate, warmly humorous and sharply perceptive indie cinema which really came to personify the festival during the early 90s.
The brainchild of Us comedian Mike Birbiglia, it’s a film whose cinematic roots actually reach even further back than that Sundance era. It uses a similar template of surrealist fantasy interludes combined with achingly honest and all-too-painful moments of relationship fragility found in Woody Allen’s earlier work, particular his 1977 masterpiece Annie Hall.
Like Allen, Birbiglia places himself front and centre as both the main star and narrator (this is via a frequently amusing cutaway device of having his character comment on the story, whilst he’s driving). He goes even further in aping his idol by making the character a stand up, although when we first meet him in the film, »
- Adam Lowes
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comic Mike Birbiglia has adapted his 2008 one-man show into a riveting, hilarious and clearly somewhat autobiographical venture that, at 81 minutes long, doesn’t outstay its welcome for even a second.
Sleepwalk with Me focuses on long-time couple Matt (Birbiglia) and Abby (Lauren Ambrose), who despite being together for almost a decade, still haven’t tied the knot. Matt is a comedian who works as a bartender to make ends meet, while struggling to light up comedy lounges with barely 10 minutes of sub-standard material. Abby, meanwhile, knows what she wants – to get married, and then have a baby – but doesn’t want to have to beg Matt for it.
The irony is that as Matt fesses up to the difficulties facing his relationship, his comic routine improves, as he begins to incorporate anecdotes about himself and Abby into his shtick. The opposition is clear; Matt’s career »
- Shaun Munro
Sleepwalk with Me, 2012
A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
As someone who suffers from a mild version of Rem Sleep Disorder, the idea of Sleepwalk with Me appealed. It tells the story of struggling stand-up comedian Matt Pandamiglio (writer/director Mike Birbiglia, who based the character on himself) who doesn’t have the confidence or material to make it big with his dream profession. Not only that, but he’s unsure about his relationship with long-time girlfriend Abby and he has started acting out his dreams.
Some people will tell you that using narration is a lazy form of script writing »
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