Super-duper comic book movieperson and all-around fandom favorite Joss Whedon has a bone to pick with you indie movie lovers. Enough is enough! It's time for the little guy to stop beating up the big guy. Whedon's mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore!
Well, sorta! You see, when it comes to comedy fans and comic book nerds, betwixt the two lies a bit of an overlap. So it's no surprise that super-duper funnyperson Mike Birbiglia teamed up with Whedon to make sure the world knows about his little film that could, Sleepwalk With Me. Based off the highly successful (and supremely hilarious) play and book of the same name, Sleepwalk is taking the steps it needs to maximize the movie's attention in the most earnest and hilarious ways possible. Take this tweet from Birbiglia himself this afternoon:
This sonafabitch Joss Whedon is trying to boycott my movie. youtu.be/pj6_020FFXU Not on my watch, Whedon. I will take you down.— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) August 14, 2012
It all started when Whedon noticed things were starting to slow down for his Avengers juggernaut. He got worried about the place major blockbusters have in the cinematic landscape; threatened by the honest and familiar hilarity of smaller films, and decided to take a stand against indie films everywhere. But where to start a campaign such as this? Why with the darlingest of them all (as it is produced by Ira Glass of This American Life/NPR fame), naturally! So he took off against Sleepwalk, lambasting it in public in the video below. But, you see, the movie is only playing in a few theaters--how can one properly boycott a movie with such a small potential audience? You can't do it very effectively, naturally. So Whedon called out to his fans to demand the movie be brought to MORE movie theaters so that it could be boycotted properly. Ready for your marching orders? See below:
For those of you unaware of the film, check out its full trailer below to see what all the fuss is about. Oh, and don't forget to boycott it once you get it into a theater near you.
We love a little comedic jousting, but what do you think of Whedon's proposal? Will you be seeing Sleepwalk With Me? Let us know in the comments.
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Writer Audre Lorde once said, "There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt." That's evident in today's spectrum of movies, with riffs and reboots of well-known stories making their way into theaters every weekend. Even at Sundance, it's a lot of the same: safe material reborn with fancy new production values.
But just when one thinks they've seen it all, Sleepwalk with Me, the new movie from comedian Mike Birbiglia and This American Life producer Ira Glass, sneaks up under the radar to break all the rules. The intimate story feels fresh—based on the true events of Birbiglia's rising stand-up career and battle with sleepwalking—and the execution borrows heavily from the This American Life style (Birbiglia often addresses the audience, delivering perspective directly to camera), Sleepwalk with Me feels like few other movies out there—Sundance or not. I sat down with Mr. Birbiglia to discuss bringing his fomer one-man show to the big screen, a task he pulls off with a unique blend of uproarious comedy and delicate drama, assembling a cast of amazing actors like Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane and James Rebhorn, and incite into the art of storytelling.
:15 - The evolution of the story and working with Ira Glass.
1:54 - Reacting to the first screening of Sleepwalk with Me at Sundance.
3:55 - Adapting the stageplay into a movie.
7:00 - Casting Lauren Ambrose, character actors and New York City comedians.
10:10 - What movies he watched to prepare.
12:13 - The makes a great story.
14:00 - What's next and if there are more movies in the works.
January 06, 2009 6:24am EST
Today marked a sunny day for The Dark Knight.
Also for a guy who grows younger as he gets older and a kid who beats all odds to win Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
The Producers Guild of America has announced its nominations for best movies, documentaries and TV shows. Nods in this movie category often foreshadow what’s to come by way of Oscar later on.
The 20th Annual PGA Awards will take place Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Paladium.
The complete list of nominees is as follows. First, for theatrical movies:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall
The Dark Knight
And for documenaries:
Man on Wire
Standard Operating Procedure
Julie Bilson Ahlberg
Trouble the Water
And for animation:
Kung Fu Panda
And for episodic TV/comedy:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Lori Jo Nemhauser
And for episodic TV/drama:
David E. Kelley
Mark A. Baker
Todd A. Kessler
Robert Lloyd Lewis
Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
And for "nonfiction" TV:
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List
Lisa M. Tucker
This American Life
And for "live and competition" TV:
Bertram van Munster
Hayma “Screech” Washington
The Colbert Report
Stephen T. Colbert, DFA
Real Time with Bill Maher
And for "long-form" TV"
Bernard and Doris
A Raisin in the Sun
Finally, honorary awards and recipients:
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
MySpace founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson
The Stanley Kramer Award
Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen
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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all...hell is about to break loose! It starts when a snowstorm grounds all planes at Chicago’s fictional Hoover International Airport. Nobody’s happy to be potentially spending Xmas at an airport but least of all are the Davenport siblings Spencer (Dyllan Christopher) and his little sis Katherine (Dominique Saldana) as well as airport security boss Oliver (Lewis Black). The two kids are escorted to the airport’s “Unaccompanied Minors Lounge ” where kids run wild and terrorize pushover Zach Van Bourke (Wilmer Valderrama) who acts as chief airport babysitter. One look at the madness is all it takes for Spencer and Katherine to bust out along with fellow kiddie anarchists Charlie (Tyler James Williams) Timothy (Brett Kelly) Donna (Quinn Shephard) and Grace (Gina Mantegna). They embark on a pratfall-heavy game of cat and mouse with Oliver who is the Grinch to their collective Santa Clause as they try and salvage Christmas--and their families. Unaccompanied Minors makes some odd but admirable choices when it comes to the cast with virtually every single actor attempting a “Frat Pack” mutiny--Daily Show mainstay Black is joined by “correspondent” Rob Corddry as the Davenports’ Hummer-hating dad not to mention parts from The Office’s B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling Arrested Development’s Tony Hale and Jessica Walter SNL’s Rob Riggle and Kristen Wiig Paget Brewster David Koechner and a rare Kids in the friggin’ Hall (Kevin McDonald Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney) sighting. But the “Who’s that?” cameos aside the screen time is hogged by Black Valderrama and the children. Black the notoriously vulgar curmudgeon of a comedian shows great range and skill by dulling his shtick down but not so much that the kids watching won’t crack up while Valderrama’s performance is the same as his role--that of a bumbling easily overmatched lackey. With all the proverbial child actors in the mix it can seem a little Star Search-y but Williams (Everybody Hates Chris) steals most scenes with his amazing overall talent while Mantegna (Joe’s daughter) fares well too. Kelly (the bullied kid in Bad Santa) is exploited for his physicality and Christopher will likely go on to be a great actor even if he seems too seasoned at such a young age. The reason for the off-the-beaten-path cast is simple: director Paul Feig. The occasional actor has in the past directed episodes of The Office and the late Arrested Development Undeclared and Freaks and Geeks. It also might explain why he fell for a script--by Jacob Meszaros and Mya Stark--that takes a few stabs at grown-up comedy (i.e. Corddry’s character has a car that runs on vegetable oil). Such jokes will be lost on the exclusively preadolescent audience but almost all else will reel them in. Feig also seems adept at making the oft-unfunny (physical pratfalls) somewhat funny and he does so with little mention of bodily functions. Of course he stays true to the formula but all kid flicks are the ultimate exercises in contrivance--Feig just chooses to treat the viewers like kids instead of idiots.
The tagline reads "The wives of Stepford have a secret " and boy do they ever. Of course Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman) a former tough-as-nails television network president doesn't know the secret. Not yet anyway. She just thinks she's moving to the peaceful upper-class suburbs of Stepford Connecticut with her attentive husband Walter (Matthew Broderick) and their two adorable children--to try to recover from a nervous breakdown after being summarily dismissed from her high-powered job. What Joanna finds instead is a group of eerie '50s-type perfect housewives lead by the ultra-coiffed Claire Wellington (Glenn Close) who tend to their beautiful spacious homes excel at crafts and cater to their geeky husbands' every whim. The women's behavior is more than a little odd to Joanna even if Walter thinks it's all very quaint as he rushes off to join the other men folk at the Stepford Men's Association lead by Claire's manly husband Mike (Christopher Walken). Luckily Joanne isn't entirely alone in her suspicions discovering allies in recent transplants Bobbie Markowitz (Bette Midler) a frumpy best-selling author and Roger Bannister (Roger Bart) a gay-and-proud-of-it architect. Together they try to unravel the mysterious of Stepford while also managing to learn how to make the perfect Christmas ornament from a pine cone.
Stepford Wives employs a stellar cast. The over-exposed Kidman finally gets to loosen up a bit after such downers as The Hours Cold Mountain and Dogville and has fun with Joanna. Her bitchy TV executive is particularly comical as it is realistic especially when she's spouting off ideas on how to turn a tragedy into "real" television. Honestly the Oscar-winning actress can do just about anything--but it may be time for her to take a vacation. As Joanna's husband Broderick is spot-on as the mousy Walter who eventually shows some backbone (of course he does). Close and Walken also have their roles down er perfectly as the masterminds of their own little version of heaven. But the real standouts are Midler as the caustic Bobbie and Broadway actor Bart as Roger who provokes the biggest laughs from the audience with his flare for the flamboyant. Yes it may be a tad stereotypical but he sells it girlfriend. Even country singer Faith Hill tries her hand at the whole acting thing making an appearance as one of the Stepford wives--come on she certainly looks the part doesn't she?
Trouble brewed on The Stepford Wives set. Director Frank Oz (In & Out) apparently had difficulties with producers over the direction of the film (which veers completely away from the suspenseful original) as well as run-ins with co-stars Midler and Walken--and the end product reflects it. Stepford is muddled and savvy moviegoers will no doubt scrutinize the film's glaring flaws especially the whole "robot" component (are they actual robots or what?) and the over-the-top maybe-you'll-guess-it twist at the end. But Stepford's intentional ribbing of social mores and quest for perfection comes shining through thanks to Paul Rudnick's campy script. There are more than a few hysterical scenes including one where Joanna Bobbie and Roger sneak into one of the Stepford houses and after hearing a particularly vigorous lovemaking session between perfect wife #34 and her husband Roger runs up the stairs because he's "got to get some of that" or the scene where Claire talks about the great things to make at Christmas while Bobbie throws out her own clever ideas on what to do with pine cones. The important thing is Stepford Wives doesn't take itself seriously--well not really--and neither should anyone else.
August 15, 2002 11:26am EST
Gwyneth Paltrow, who was in London for her West End stage debut in the play Proof from May through June, says she is surprised only two British men had the chutzpah to ask her out on a date. Paltrow told Now magazine, "I did get asked out a couple of times on my last trip to London, and I went out on both....I only go for the toffs," she said. "Toff" is a Brit term for the upper crust. "British people don't seem to ask each other out on dates," she continued. "If someone asks you out, they're really going out on a limb, whereas in America, it happens all the time." According to Sky News, one of the "toffs" she went out with was British actor James Purefoy, who starred in A Knight's Tale. The 29-year-old actress, who has had high-profile relationships with Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt, added that she wished there was less interest in her love life. "If there was one 30th birthday present I'd wish for myself, it's that in the future I can be known for my acting and less for my private life."
Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley had surgery Wednesday on his broken back and feet, The Associated Press reports. Priestley, who was seriously hurt Sunday when his race car hit a wall nearly head-on during a practice run for the Kentucky 100, is expected to make a full recovery. Besides fracturing his feet and spine, the 32-year-old actor also had a moderate concussion, a bruise around his left eye and cuts on his nose, left cheek and neck.
Tonight Show host Jay Leno will enter his 1928 Bugatti in this weekend's 52nd annual Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach, Calif. According to the AP, the comedian spent two years getting the car--the only American-bodied Bugatti ever made--ready for competition. "Pebble Beach is like a Faberge egg," he said. "It's flash, it's glittery, it's over the top."
The hot Spanish-language film Sex and Lucia, which is scheduled to open Friday in Seattle, is getting a chilly reception from the city's newspapers. According to Reuters, two major newspapers--the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer--will not accept ads for the film because of its racy content. Sex and Lucia, which took honors for best director and best screenplay at the June Seattle Film Festival, is unrated and contains several sexually explicit scenes.
Public radio's weekly show This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass, has signed a two-year first-look deal with Warner Bros. Pictures, Variety reports. Each Life broadcast contains three or more stories based on real-life events and threaded by a common theme. The deal includes a Warners option for feature rights for Life stories.
Don't count Michael J. Fox out yet. The former Spin City star may write and executive produce a pilot for ABC. The sitcom will revolve around a professional hockey player who gets to spend more time with his family after he is forced to retire, according to Variety. Fox left Spin City in 2000 after announcing he suffers from Parkinson's disease.
In preparation for the second season of the "real-time" drama 24 starring Kiefer Sutherland, Fox cable channel FX will run a 24-hour marathon of the show's first season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The marathon will begin Sept. 1 at midnight and end at midnight Labor Day, Sept. 2. The drama is scheduled to return for its second season Oct. 29.
David Williams, the 30-year-old lead singer of the rock band Drowning Pool, was found dead on the band's tour bus Wednesday, police said. The band had come from Indianapolis the night before with the Ozzfest concert tour and was scheduled to play Thursday in suburban Washington. According to the AP, bandmates found Williams after they had gone into a hotel to check in. When Williams didn't follow them in, they went back to the bus to check on him. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
Talks between Courtney Love and Universal Music to settle a breach of contract case are progressing so well that court hearings scheduled for next week could be called off, sources close to the dispute told Reuters on Wednesday. Sources, however, declined to give Reuters any further details and warned that talks could still fall apart. The case dates back to December 1999 when Love decided to stop recording for Universal Music label Geffen Records. Geffen/Universal sued Love last year, seeking millions of dollars in damages for five undelivered albums. Love countersued the same year, claiming she was cheated out of substantial royalties. The next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20.