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.
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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