Okay, I know it’s fake. I know Joss Whedon, Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass are all friends, but I don’t care. This fabricated Internet war between The Avengers and Sleepwalk With Me is really clever and fun. It started earlier this week when Whedon, director of the third largest film of all time The Avengers, called for a boycott to the delightful, Sundance audience award winner directed by Birbiglia and co-written by Birbiglia and Glass (This American Life). Whedon’s quarrel was that The Avengers was in danger of losing screens to Sleepwalk and, therefore, fans should boycott the movie. But not before he gave it several flattering compliments.

Now Birbiglia and Glass has responded with their plan on how Sleepwalk With Me is going to outgross The Avengers. Not only is it funny, it’s one of those eye-opening realizations just how successful a movie can be. Check it out below. Read More »

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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 Birbigliawon 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.

It’s hilarious. Check it out below. Read More »

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 »

There’s a ton of TV news coming down the pipeline, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • The Newsroom and True Blood get premiere dates
  •  Fox will celebrate its 25th birthday with its biggest stars
  •  Elisha Cuthbert says she’s “on standby” for the 24 movie
  •  Is Saturday Night Live losing three of its cast members?
  •  The CW’s Supernatural finds a new co-showrunner
  •  A This American Life segment turns into an HBO drama
  •  Funny or Die’s Drunk History heads to Comedy Central
  •  Is this really the script of Breaking Bad‘s season premiere?
  •  Jimmy Smits turns to the dark side on FX’s Sons of Anarchy

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There’s a running joke amongst comedians that people get into stand-up just so they can be TV stars. It works for some but for others, it seems like stand-up might be a better route to get into film directing. It worked for Woody Allen, Louis CK and now it’s worked for Mike Birbiglia, a successful touring comedian who turned his one man autobiographical off-Broadway show Sleepwalk With Me into a feature film. The movie just had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Birbiglia stars as Matt, a struggling stand-up comedian who has been with his girlfriend Abby (Lauren Ambrose) for eight years. When the couple begins to have problems, Matt uses that to finally find his voice, which in turn makes the relationship even more difficult. Then there’s the tiny matter of Matt dangerously sleepwalking every night, all of which actually happened in Birbiglia’s life.

Co-starring James Rebhorn, Carol Kane, Marc Maron and produced by Ira Glass (This American Life), Sleepwalk With Me is incredibly clever, well-directed and laugh out loud hilarious. The message isn’t all that new, but the journey there definitely is.

Watch a clip from the movie as well as a video blog featuring myself and Jordan Raup from The Film Stage after the jump. Read More »

Whether or not Kristen Wiig decides to do Bridesmaids 2, what’s obvious is that she’s not wanting for work. The actress-writer-producer is already involved with several intriguing projects, and she may soon be attached to one more.

Wiig, along with Owen Wilson and Christopher Walken, are circling roles in Errol MorrisFreezing People is Easy, based on Robert F. Nelson‘s memoir We Froze the First Man and a This American Life segment titled “You’re as Cold as Ice.” Paul Rudd has been set for the lead role of Nelson since last year. More details after the jump.

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Paul Rudd to Star in Next Errol Morris Film

Back in April of 2009 acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris announced his intent to make his second non-doc feature. The film was being written by Stranger Than Fiction scripter Zach Helm, based on two sources:  Robert F. Nelson’s memoir We Froze the First Man and a This American Life segment called ‘You’re Cold As Ice,’ which jointly follow the story of Robert Nelson, a TV repairman who developed his own cryogenic preservation technology in the mid-’60s.

We haven’t heard much about the film in some time, but it isn’t dead. (Resist the puns. Resist the puns.) Now, while promoting his recent documentary Tabloid, Errol Morris has revealed that Paul Rudd will play Bob Nelson. Read More »

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Over the past couple years, the radio and sometime TV show This American Life has become a launching pad for a few potential film stories. A number of different segments from the show, which follows through on the title to document odd and interesting tales from America, are currently in development to possibly become feature films.

The latest is a segment called Heretics, “based on the life of a fallen star in the evangelical movement,” with Marc Forster attached to direct. Read More »

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