To date, Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers has only grossed $617.3 million in the United States and Box Office Mojo reports it’s barely playing on 200 screens. That’s unacceptable, says the writer/director, who released a video damming the upcoming film Sleepwalk With Me from stealing some of those precious, and much needed screens.
The comedy, written and directed by Mike Birbiglia, won an audience award at Sundance earlier this year and begins to hit theaters later this month. Originally the film was only opening in a handful of cities, but fans have been demanding it on Twitter with the hashtag #bringsleepwalk and have so far doubled the amount of screens that will be showing the film. Whedon, whose little Marvel movie is still $40 million from being the number two film of all time, is obviously threatened and has chosen to speak out against the film.
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Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
The mantra that “sex sells” remains as true now as it ever did, but sometimes what sex is selling turns out not to be all that interesting. That appears to be the case with About Cherry, Stephen Elliott‘s flat-looking indie about a gorgeous 18-year-old who falls into the porn industry.
Ashley Hinshaw stars as said protagonist, who’s eager to escape a sad home life with an alcoholic mom (Lili Taylor) and an abusive stepdad (Stephen Wiig). She sees a way out when a rocker boyfriend (Jonny Weston) lures her into light porn, and before long she’s pursuing a more serious career under the guidance of star-turned-director Margaret (Heather Graham). Dev Patel and James Franco also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.
One of my favorite movies of the year so far is coming to theaters next month. The trailer came online late last week but got buried thanks to a little event called Comic-Con.
Now I’m happy to finally share the first trailer to Mike Birbiglia‘s Sleepwalk With Me, an autobiographical romantic comedy about a man’s struggle to become a stand-up comedian. Only thing is, he has a dangerous penchant to sleepwalk. Comedian Birbiglia co-wrote, stars in and directs the film which also features Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, James Rebhorn, Marc Maron and others. Sleepwalk With Me won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and hits theaters beginning August 24.
Check out the trailer, as well as my Sundance video blog review, after the jump. Read More »
If you’re looking for a film that offers a mystery, and a bracing dose of weird uncertainty, The Loneliest Planet may be just the thing.
The film follows an engaged couple, played by Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg, who are taking a trip backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. (That’s Georgia on the east side of Europe, not in the US, for those who aren’t totally up on their geography.) Traveling with them is a guide, and while on the trip something happens. What is that something? From watching the trailer we don’t know.
I’ll say this: while I’m sure there will be some who see this trailer as a too-obscure exercise in art, there will be others who really want to know what the hell is going on. Check it out below. Read More »
When the comedy Why Stop Now? premiered at Sundance back in January it was called Predisposed. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as a responsible young piano prodigy who holds the family reins because his mother (Melissa Leo) is a drug addict. Her need for drugs leads Eisenberg’s character to the home of her dealer (Tracy Morgan) and into an adventure that has elements reminiscent of Eisenberg’s film 30 Minutes or Less and the recent comedy The Sitter.
So does the film work? There’s a lot of Tracy Morgan doing what Tracy Morgan often does, but Leo and Eisenberg both look strong. Check out the new trailer after the break. Read More »
While Beasts of the Southern Wild was the movie everyone was talking about out of Sundance 2012, one of the movies we were really talking about was Josh Radnor‘s Liberal Arts, a joyus, fantastic follow-up to happythankyoumoreplease. The film, co-starring Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney and Zac Efron got picked up by IFC who has just announced a September 14 release date.
Mark it down, it’s a great movie and I cannot wait to see it again. Read my full review here. [Film Stage]
Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
After some thirty-odd years in development, On the Road is finally nearing the end of its long, long journey to the big screen. A week before the film’s scheduled debut at the Cannes Film Festival, IFC Films and Sundance Selects (subsets of AMC Networks) have closed a seven-figure deal for the U.S. distribution rights to the Walter Salles-directed adaptation, which features a strong roster of both rising and established stars.
Among them are leads Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund, who play Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty (understood to be the fictional alter egos of author Jack Kerouac and his pal Neal Cassady), as well as Kristen Stewart, who plays Dean’s wife Mary Lou. Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, and Viggo Mortensen round out the supporting cast. More details after the jump.
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If Sundance 2011 was the year of Brit Marling, Sundance 2012 was the year of Mark Duplass. Of course Marling was the new girl in town that year and Duplass had already been around the block, both as an actor and filmmaker, with movies like The Puffy Chair, Humpday and Baghead. Still, he came to Sundance in January with two movies that provided very different perspectives on his range. There was Safety Not Guaranteed, which showed his wacky, paranoid, lovable side. And then there was Your Sister’s Sister, where a rugged exterior and sensitive interior lead the audience to believe two sisters, played by Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt, can fall for him in the midst of a tragedy. That would be a struggle for any actor but Duplass pulls it off (in both films really) and ultimately is the heart of a unique romantic comedy.
Directed by Lynn Shelton, Your Sister’s Sister will be released June 15. The film avoids the typical romantic comedy tropes, instead focusing on authentic characters and unpredictable reality framed in a classic love triangle. Check out the trailer for the film below. Read More »
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