Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Mike Birbiglia started out as a stand-up comedian before transitioning into filmmaking with 2011’s loosely autobiographical Sleepwalk With Me, based on one of his stand-up acts. It was solid and sweet and lots of fun, but it’s his second film, Don’t Think Twice, that should really mark him as an indie director to watch.
The dramedy, which premiered at SXSW this spring and is now headed for a summer release, follows the members of a scrappy New York improv troupe played by Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci, and Tami Sagher. The close-knit circle finds itself in disarray when one of their number gets catches a huge break. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious and painfully honest and above all, deeply empathetic, and it’ll ring all too true to anyone who’s ever found themselves feeling stuck in life. Watch the Don’t Think Twice trailer after the jump. Read More »
Good comedy is the result of long-simmering pain. A comedian struggles on stage, bombing in front of impatient audiences, for years before learning how to be funny. A hilarious actor waits tables while desperately hoping to get cast in that first defining role. And even after so much suffering and so much hard work, the vast majority of talented people still slip through the cracks, watching as others, sometimes friends, stumble into big breaks.
This is the world of Mike Birbiglia‘s Don’t Think Twice, a thoughtful comedy tinged with both melancholy and hope. Set within the New York City improv comedy scene, Birbiglia’s sophomore effort as a director captures the joy of creation and the agony of creative stagnation – anyone who has ever struggled to make something will laugh and cry and find a great deal of the film hitting very close to home.
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Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Now that we’ve met Mickey and Gus, the first full-length Love trailer has arrived to show us what they’re like together. The upcoming Netflix series from Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!) centers on two very different young adults trying, with very mixed results, to navigate the complexities of modern love. Rust himself plays nice guy Gus, and Gillian Jacobs is wild-child Mickey. Watch the new Love trailer after the jump. Read More »
Netflix must be happy with its upcoming series Love, because they’ve already given the show a two-season order. Judd Apatow is one of the creators and executive producers of the show, which is about two youngish people named Gus and Mickey struggling to find love. The Netflix original program stars Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper).
Watch the Love trailers after the jump.
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After directing Trainwreck starring and written by Amy Schumer last year, Judd Apatow doesn’t have a comedy feature coming up just yet. But that’s mostly because he’s been busy with his new Netflix series Love, which has just been given a premiere date next month along with a teaser and a couple of first-look photos. Find out more about the new series below! Read More »
If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, I hope that you’ve discovered the work of Mike Birbiglia. If not, Netflix Instant currently has two of his comedy specials, What I Should Have Said Was Nothing: Tales from My Secret Public Journal and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and I recommend watching them immediately.
In addition, Birbiglia also made his directorial debut with his auto-biographical indie comedy Sleepwalk with Me, which played at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2012. Like Birbiglia’s comedy, it’s definitely worth watching. And now Birbiglia has just started production on his sophomore directing effort, a movie set in the world of improv called Don’t Think Twice. Read More »
Blumhouse Productions has two great films out this summer: Creep, with Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice, and this week’s The Gift, with Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman, and Rebecca Hall. Now add Visions to the list of Blumhouse films with great if somewhat unlikely casts. The movie features Isla Fisher, Gillian Jacobs and Jim Parsons, and the first international Visions trailer will show you some of the particular horrors created for this film as the characters deal with pregnancy and a new house that seems to have echoes of really bad old stuff. Read More »
Update: Yahoo has released the first Community season 6 clip, we’ve added that after the jump.
Greendale Community College is opening its doors once again, and you can see the Community S6 trailer via the show’s new home… at Yahoo. The former NBC sitcom movies to Yahoo for it’s unlikely but possibly always-destined new season, and this first trailer teases not only the pilot, but seemingly the much of the first half of the season.
You’ve got Paget Brewster introduced as “the new Shirley,” and Keith David dropping the best Ghostbusters joke I’ve heard this year. (By the way, Keith David! Reason enough to watch right there.) And of course most of the show’s familiar characters are on hand to lend their own notes to the manic proceedings. Oh, and the whole trailer is an Avengers trailer parody, kind of, as if that image above didn’t clue you in. Watch the Community season 6 trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Before films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him the new king of big-screen comedy, Judd Apatow was best known for small-screen cult faves like Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. He took a step back into TV a couple of years ago with Lena Dunham’s Girls, and now he’s taking another with Love.
The new comedy already has a two-season commitment from Netflix, and some great pedigree on its side. Apatow created the show with Girls writer Lesley Arfin, and Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust are set to play the leads. Hit the jump for all the details on the Netflix Judd Apatow show.
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Lena Dunham‘s Girls has had its share of notable guest starring roles: Patrick Wilson as Joshua, June Squibb as Grandma Flo, Donald Glover as Sandy, Gaby Hoffman as Caroline Sackler, Chris O’Dowd as Thomas-John, Colin Quinn as Ray’s cranky boss, John Cameron Mitchell as Hannah’s editor and Rita Wilson as a believably uptight mother to Marnie. HBO has already signed quite a few bigger name guest stars for Season 4 of the comedy series. The list so far includes Gillian Jacobs as Mimi-Rose, Jason Ritter as Scott, Zachary Quinto as unannounced and Natasha Lyonne as Rickey. Today we learn that filmmaker Spike Jonze has been added to that list. Learn more about Spike Jonze Girls guest starring role on, after the jump.
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