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Exclusive: Poster For TIFF Thriller 'Proxy' Starring Alexia Rasmussen & Joe Swanberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 11:03 AM
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The Toronto International Film Festival is just weeks away, with literally hundreds of movies slated to premiere, making their first appearances to both the public and critics. And while there are plenty of high profile titles many will be flocking, one of the true pleasures of the festival going experience is discovering under the radar movies that surprise. Will "Proxy" be one of those movies? Slated in the Vanguard program of the fest that promises "provocative, sexy...and possibly dangerous" entries, it's one to keep an eye on.

Stream This: 'Mud,' Hugh Jackman In 'The Fountain,' Woody Allen's 'The Purple Rose Of Cairo' & More on VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 26, 2013 12:56 PM
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Stream This
Hello streamers, and welcome back to our weekly search for the best of what's available to watch on the World Wide Web. The home entertainment system reigns supreme for another day, as two late summer flicks appear on VOD before their big screen release and a well-received picture, fresh off its theatrical run, hits the streaming services in advance of its DVD debut. Of course, there's plenty going on at the cinema too—this is blockbuster season, after all. Observing the premier of "The Wolverine," we have a much better alternative: an early-ish Hugh Jackman film, you know, before all the singing and all the muscles. And with the newest Woody Allen movie in theaters, starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett, we have celebrations of both artists. It could be that two-for-one which put us over, but with so many good VOD choices, we decided to forgo a Criterion selection for this week. Hulu Plus remains, however, and that section will be back next time, we promise. Now, let's get to the picks.

New Poster & Images From Joe Swanberg's 'Drinking Buddies' With Anna Kendrick & Olivia Wilde

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 17, 2013 2:10 PM
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Joe Swanberg may have directed over a dozen films in the past eight years, but none of them have ever really gotten as much mainstream attention as his latest. “Drinking Buddies” premiered at SXSW this spring and it showcased Swanberg’s ability to make a more mainstream film with a starrier cast that recalls the most recent works of his mumblecore contemporaries, such as Lynn Shelton and the Duplass Brothers. Magnolia Pictures picked the film up for distribution shortly afterward and now we have a couple of new images as well as the first official poster for the film.

Ti West’s 'The Sacrament' Lines Up Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz & More For The Slaughter

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 29, 2012 3:53 PM
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Already three weeks into production in Savannah, Georgia, it was puzzling many who would actually be rounding out the cast of “House of the Devil” and “The Innkeepers” helmer Ti West’s latest venture into the horror genre, “The Sacrament.” Perhaps as a Halloween gift of sorts, Worldview Entertainment – who is financing and producing this film along with a whole slate of projects including Eli Roth’s directorial comeback “The Green Inferno”— has announced the cast of the film, and it’s an altogether familiar but enticing one.

Review: Meta 'Art History' Is NOT Recommended For Joe Swanberg Newbies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 27, 2011 6:45 AM
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The very first shot of “Art History” features a close-up of a woman’s hand placing a condom on an erection. If you needed any further clues that prolific indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg has no intention of going mainstream any time soon, the director has a cock for you to look at. While his “mumble core” allies are moving on to more broad or genre interests (Mark Duplass and Greta Gerwig might as well star in a CBS sitcom at this point), Swanberg soldiers on, approaching the academic depths usually plumbed by late-career artists freed by their lower budgets.

Sundance '11 Review: 'Uncle Kent' Sees Joe Swanberg Entering New Territory But Doesn't Go Far Enough

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 23, 2011 2:22 AM
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It's hard to believe that this is the first year a Joe Swanberg joint found its way to Park City. Festival circuits tend to consume these micro-indies like they'll expire the next morning, so why hasn't one of the godfathers of the movement received an invitation until now? The same goes for fellow "leader" Andrew Bujalski and another very talented colleague Aaron Katz. If there's room for terrible lot like the pre-"Carey Mulligan" Carey Mulligan sap-drama "The Greatest" and barely mediocre "Holy Rollers," surely they could squeeze in one of these pint-sized features. They lack stars, but are a good representation of what's going on in underground American film.

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