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‘Possibilia’ Trailer: Catch a Glimpse of ‘Swiss Army Man’ Directors Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert’s Interactive Short Film

‘Possibilia’ Trailer: Catch a Glimpse of ‘Swiss Army Man’ Directors Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert’s Interactive Short Film
Now that “Swiss Army Man” has considerably raised the collective cachet of Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert (known together as Daniels), one of their earlier works is being brought to greater attention. “Possibilia” first premiered at Tribeca in 2014 before being spotlighted as part of Sundance’s New Frontiers the next year, and now the “interactive love story set in the multiverse” is set to be released online. Watch its trailer below.

Read More: How the ‘Swiss Army Man’ Directors Went From Working With Lil Jon to Daniel Radcliffe

Alex Karpovsky (“Girls,” “Red Flag,” “Hail Caesar!”) and Zoe Jarman (“The Office,” “Modern Family”) star as a couple on the verge of breaking up. Per the official synopsis, “the viewer is able to slide between these possible outcomes even as they multiply, following the couple in the kitchen or the living room, in a raucous fight or tender embrace. Eventually the storyline fragments
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Video: Carson Mell, Pippa Bianco & Kevin Phillips Talk Shop

Those who had the chance to catch the excellent shorts program of Memory Presents: Program No. 1 during the Toronto Int. Film Festival saw quite a number of emerging filmmaking artists (see the entire list after the jump below) and their short film work. In exclusive the snip-it of video, we find future all-stars Carson Mell, Pippa Bianco and Kevin Phillips discuss their work and inspiration. Now the traveling road show is making it’s next stop in Montreal (October 6th – 7:15Pm Phi Centre) with upcoming dates to be set up in the U.S.

Memory Presents “Program No.1″, an exclusive never before seen collection of 10 short films by emerging filmmakers from the Us and Canada. This 90 minute one night only event consists of award winning films from festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, and SXSW, as well as exclusive premieres. Three of the directors featured in the program recently premiered
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Kahlil Joseph, Robert Eggers, Patrick Brice & Celia Rowlson-Hall Part of Inaugural Memory Presents: Program #1

Indie producers Riel Roch Decter and Sebastian Pardo’s prod company label Memory is sprouting a new branch in the shape of a curated traveling short film series. Taking place in Toronto during Tiff on September 12th, the inaugural card for Memory Presents is a talent heavy who’s who of upcoming helmers that we’ve seen, and/or will be seeing at major fests such as Sundance, SXSW, Cannes and Venice/Tiff. The 90-minute-ish program will include world premiere showings from Robert Eggers, Kahlil Joseph (both will already be at Tiff presenting their feature length films) and Patrick Brice (from Creep and The Overnight) along with Sammy Harkham. Noteworthy female filmmakers include SXSW & Cannes-winning short from Pippa Bianco (see still of Share above) and Celia Rowlson-Hall who’ll next to featuring her debut feature Ma at the Venice Film Festival will have her previous short shown as well. We
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Interview: Brady Bluhm on Dumb and Dumber To

Scott Davis chats with Dumb and Dumber To star Brady Bluhm

Twenty years after the original grossed over $240 million, Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and The Farrelly Brothers are back with a bang. Dumb and Dumber To was released to huge box office takings this last weekend, landing straight into the No.1 spot in the States with a huge $36million bow. But Carrey and Daniels aren’t the only people reprising their roles from the original, as actor Brady Bluhm returns to the Dumb-verse as Billy in 4C, the “blind kid” who Lloyd so famously sold Harry’s dead parakeet to in the original.

In an exclusive interview with Flickering Myth, Staff Writer Scott J. Davis was able to talk with Brady about all things Dumb, and what it was like to be back two decades later….

Scott Davis: What have you been up to in the two decades since Dumb and Dumber?
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Watch 5 New Clips from Dumb And Dumber To, Plus Over 15 Images Tease Further Shenanigans from Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels

Universal Pictures has released a batch of new Dumb and Dumber To clips as well as some new images from directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s upcoming comedy sequel. The follow-up takes place 20 years after the original, as Jim Carrey’s Lloyd and Jeff Daniels’ Harry set off on a road trip in order to find a child Harry never knew he had. Comedy sequels are very hard to pull off. The problem with many of them is that they rely too heavily on revisiting jokes that worked well in the first movie, resulting in something that feels tired or too familiar. There look to be some callbacks to the first Dumb and Dumber in this sequel (Brad Bluhm returns as Billy “Pretty Bird”, for one), but I’m hoping that they’re limited to a minimum. Carrey and Daniels appear to be having a lot of fun reprising their roles,
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Briefs: “Dumb & Dumber To,” James Marsden Is Hot, and Italy’s First Coming-Out Ad

Birthday shoutouts go to Joshua Jackson (above), who is 36, Hugh Laurie is 55, Peter Dinklage is 45, and the faboo Adrienne Barbeau is 69.

Now this is the Glee episode we’ve all been waiting for. Oh wait a minute … didn’t Glee already do this episode?

Life after Westboro: Libby Phelps Alvarez poses for ‘No H8′

48 Hours in Brunei: Hollywood Reporter Infiltrates the Underground Gay Scene

Stop the press! James Marsden is hot.

Here’s the trailer for Dumb & Dumber To. Will anything compare to the parakeet scene from the original? Pretty birdPretty bird ..

Well, this was inevitable. Lifetime is producing the holiday tv-movie Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, which “tells the story of a pet-store cat (Grumpy Cat) who can somehow communicate with a 12-year-old girl.” Hmm … it’ll have to do something magical to top this classic from icon David Decoteau.

Here’s the trailer for the new horror film All Cheerleaders Die.
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Clips & Screening Dates For Drafthouse Films’ The Visitor!

Want a glimpse inside the cinematic madness that 1979 couldn’t handle? Drafthouse Films have kindly sent over three clips of their latest re-release, The Visitor, that promises to collectively turn our brains into mush. If you dig what you see, be sure to check out the full release schedule to see when this phantasmagoric ride will be making a stop in your town!


In this unforgettable assault on reality–restored and presented uncut theatrically for the first time ever in the U.S.–legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced…
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A Writer Tells Her Life Story Through Her Pets

Susan Orlean Leo the cat and his chicken relatives

Susan Orlean loves animals. Over the last several years she has devoted a good deal of her energy to living among them and writing about them — 15,300-plus tweets to 188,000-plus followers, blog entries, New Yorker magazine articles and now a book.

Last week, Simon & Schuster published her new book, “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend,” a biography of the famous German Shepherd. “I grew up loving animals and reading about animals,
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Top 6 Animated Villain Songs + Win "Rio" on DVD

The story of a hero battling evil has hit the screen time and time again and with varying degrees of success. With animated films, the villain isn't always so pronounced (Bambi - forest fire or hunter, you decide), but when they are, you can usually get a pretty solid song out of them. And isn't that all anyone ever wanted out of their villain? A song?

Today, Rio, the story of macaws Blu and Jewel in their quest to get home (wherever that may be), hits DVD. As if fully aware of the value added by a singing villain, Rio sees Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords* cast as Nigel, a psychotic cockatoo and former television actor who hates exotic birds, after being replaced by a parakeet. Unfortunately, Rio (both the movie and location) are filled with exotic birds, and thus his ire is never ending. To capitalize on his hatred,
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Rio Soundtrack

The Rio soundtrack. It might not have seemed like it at the time, but Sacha Baron Cohen’s actually-quite-funny turn as a megalomaniacal ring-tailed lemur in Madagascar set a new paradigm. I refer not to the tactic of casting talented comedians in supporting roles in family-friendly anthropomorphic animations and letting them run wild, although this practice has become more common since then. I refer to the short sequence in the middle of that film (and the brain-poundingly long closing credits) when Sacha Baron Cohen’s king lemur repeatedly sings the I Like To Move It Move It chorus from Soul II Soul’s early 90s dancefloor classic. Those of you who do not have small children may have heard from those gape-eyed sleep-deprived friends of yours how the maniacal infant overlords of their newly toy-strewn homes took to this like repetitive quacking ducks to particularly annoying water. Strangely Soul II Soul
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New Release: Barney’s Version Blu-ray/DVD details

We were right about Barney’s Version coming out only as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has confirmed the details and set the release date for June 28.

Looks like Sony is trying out the Blu-ray/DVD combo-only release strategy with its smaller but acclaimed films. The studio is issuing Another Year only on Blu-ray/DVD on June 7. Lionsgate tried out the strategy with Buried back in January.

R-rated comedy drama Barney’s Version, which was nominated for an Oscar for best makeup, won a Golden Globe award for Paul Giamatti’s perfomance. Giamatti (Pretty Bird) plays a 65-year-old, politically incorrect, foulmouthed hockey fanatic and television producer who meets the love of his life at his wedding — and she’s not the bride. Throughout the film, Giamatti’s Barney reflects on his life and wives, including Minnie Driver (Conviction), Rosamund Pike (An Education) and Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight Saga: New Moon
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Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez

Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date: April 15, 2011

Plot: Blue Macaw, Blu (Eisenberg) lives a quiet life with his owner in Minnesota. Until a Brazilian scientist brings them to Rio in an effort to save Blu’s species, it seems he and Jewel (Hathaway) are the last of their kind. Then things really come unglued when Blu and Jewel are birdnapped by an smuggler and his nefarious cockatoo, Nigel (Clement).

Who’S It For? The film is going for a general audience of adults and children.

Expectations: I thought the trailers looked cute, but I’ve been kind of hit or miss with Blue Sky Studios. The first few Ice Age films were great, but I haven’t really enjoyed anything else.

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Jesse Eisenberg as Blu (voice): If you’ve seen The Social Network or Zombieland,
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'Rio' Soundtrack: Brazilian Rhythms & Blue Sky

We've been begging and pleading with our girlfriends to let us go to Rio de Janeiro, but something about the bounty of thongs and beaches has always thwarted our travel attempts. C'est la vie.

In lieu of a spontaneous vacation, though, the best we could get is the soundtrack to Blue Sky's "Rio," the upcoming animated film about a rare macaw (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) who travels to South America to find his female counterpart and revitalize his dying species. Man, even the birds think about sex down there.

As you'd expect, the soundtrack leans heavy on the Brazilian theme, melding updated versions of classic songs with new tracks by R&B and pop superstars. Jamie Foxx and's "Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)" should – intentionally or not – please any 8-year-old, with Foxx singing "I wanna fly just like a bird" before being reminded, "But you are a bird.
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Jamie Foxx, headline “Rio” movie soundtrack

By Sean O’Connell How is it possible the upcoming “Rio” soundtrack doesn’t feature Duran Duran singing their smash hit?

Well, there’s still plenty of talent on deck for the “Rio” record, which will arrive in stores April 5 on Fox Music/Interscope Records. of The Black Eyed Peas, Jamie Foxx, Bebel Gilberto, Taio Cruz, Ester Dean, Siedah Garrett, Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords), and Brazilian sensation Carlinhos Brown collaborate with film composer John Powell to juice up the song track for the anticipated animated hit.

From the release:

From the makers of the hit Ice Age series comes Rio, a comedy adventure about taking a walk on the wild side. Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda (Leslie Mann) in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota.
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Pretty Bird DVD Review

Though a great film essentially requires fantastic performances from its actors, those performances and their respective actors alone cannot make the film great. Herein lies the problem with Pretty Bird, an official selection from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The good news is that Billy Crudup and Paul Giamatti shine in this story of invention that combines the eccentricities of The Aviator with the peculiarity and silliness of The Men Who Stare at Goats. However, a messy story (not to mention a poorly conceived title) tends to overshadow their performances in a film that doesn’t come together as easily as the infamous rocket belt on which the story is focused. After the jump, find out why Pretty Bird just doesn’t quite take flight.

It is said that inventors have a flash of genius before they set off on making their dreams and ideas a reality. For Curtis Prentiss (Billy Crudup
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DVD Playhouse: July 2010

DVD Playhouse—July 2010


Allen Gardner

Two From Powell/Pressburger Criterion releases gorgeous new transfers of two of the greatest films to come out of post-war Britain, from that period’s greatest filmmaking team: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Black Narcissus was originally released in 1947 and caused a sensation with its explosive story about a nun (Deborah Kerr), cloistered in a remote convent in the Himalayas, who must battle elements both external (the punishing weather) and internal (temptations of the flesh over duty to the spirit). Also features stellar turns by England’s greatest actresses at the time: Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron and a young Jean Simmons. One of the most dazzling films ever made, bolstered by Oscar-winning cinematography from Jack Cardiff. Bonuses: New transfer, supervised by Cardiff, editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell; Introduction by filmmaker Bernard Tavernier; Commentary by Powell and Martin Scorsese; Featurettes; Documentaries and interviews; Trailer. The Red Shoes,
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[DVD Review] Pretty Bird

Pretty Bird is a hard film to get a handle on, and it’s hard to say exactly why. At it’s base, the story is sound (and it’s clear that, despite its ‘inspired by actual events’ tag, it was more than willing to make the necessary adjustments to make itself entertaining), and its leads are well-cast (particularly Paul Giamatti). But in some nebulous film ozone, some open space between story and character, the film has failed to engage the mysterious x factor that creative people like to think that they understand, but is really the professional equivalent of the golden goose that could start laying rotten eggs at any moment. It doesn't work, but there's no single facet that can be pointed to on which to blame its failure, which is a slightly longer way of saying that you're never sure why you're not entertained.

Curtis Prentiss (Billy Crudup
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Paul Giamatti Was Never Involved With The Three Stooges

The Farrelly brother's Three Stooges project has seemed doomed from the start. Originally getting Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro to play the roles of Larry, Moe and Curly, the casting process has seen more dropouts than an inner-city high school. One spot of good luck the production seemed to have temporarily was after Sean Penn announced he was taking a hiatus from acting, it was announced that Paul Giamatti had taken his place in the role of Larry. While the news had come directly from the mouth of co-director Peter Farrelly, it was apparently all bull. MTV recently caught up with Giamatti, who is currently promoting the DVD for his film Pretty Bird, and asked him about the rumor. Turns out that it all started as a joke: "My involvement in that was some completely flukey thing...I was never supposed to be doing that movie." "Somebody
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Exclusive: Paul Giamatti Sets The Record Straight On 'The Three Stooges'

Exclusive: Paul Giamatti Sets The Record Straight On 'The Three Stooges'
A little less than a year ago, there was news that Paul Giamatti had emerged to replace Sean Penn as Larry in a big-screen update of "The Three Stooges." The news was quickly put down by Giamatti, but fans remained curious. After all, it's a perfect bit of casting.

I spoke to the actor last week as he was doing press for the DVD release of the dark comedy "Pretty Bird," in which he stars with Billy Crudup and David Hornsby. Since I already had him on the phone, I had to pry a little into exactly what went down with that whole "Three Stooges" thing.

"My involvement in that was some completely flukey thing," he said. "I was never supposed to be doing that movie." Soooooooooo... if that's the case, what happened?

"Somebody said something to me at Sundance, and I thought [they] were kidding. They said to me, 'Are
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Weekend Shopping Guide 7/2/10: Transform & Roll Out

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The weekend’s here. You’ve just been paid, and it’s burning a hole in your pocket. What’s a pop culture geek to do? In hopes of steering you in the right direction to blow some of that hard-earned cash, it’s time for the Fred Weekend Shopping Guide - your spotlight on the things you didn’t even know you wanted…

(Please support Fred by using the links below to make any impulse purchases - it helps to keep us going…)

After a pair of, to be blunt, piss-poor films from Michael Bay, the Transformers franchise has finally been beautifully redeemed in video game form with Transformers: War For Cybertron (Activision, PS3-$59.99 Srp, Xbox-$59.99 Srp), which brings players to the frontlines of the struggle between the Autobots and Decepticons on their home planet, that instantly brings players back to the franchise’s 80’s glory. Spinning
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