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Casting: Ving Rhames Back For 'Mission: Impossible 5,' Paul Giamatti Joins N.W.A. Biopic And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 18, 2014 9:42 AM
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Mission: Impossible III Ving Rhames
In case you were worried about the continuity of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, never fear: Ving Rhames will be back once again for "Mission: Impossible 5." Director Christopher McQuarrie confirmed the actor's return on Twitter, with Rhames reprising his Luther Stickell role.

Review: 'The Fault in Our Stars' Starring Shailene Woodley And Ansel Elgort

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • June 4, 2014 10:05 AM
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The Fault in Our Stars
You should probably not see "The Fault in Our Stars" with anyone you're trying to impress. You'll either end up a puffy, sniffling mess of tears, or you'll finish the movie dry-eyed and convince that person you're a psychopath. Those are the only two options. This drama is an outstanding entry in its sub-genre, sadly dominated to date largely by films like "Love Story" and Nicholas Sparks adaptations. Based on John Green's young adult novel, "The Fault in Our Stars" manages to transcend those films with solid direction from Josh Boone ("Stuck in Love"), a spot-on script from Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ("The Spectacular Now"), near-perfect casting, deftly created characters and often hilarious dialogue that feels closer to vintage Cameron Crowe than Sparks.

Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Orlando Bloom, Sam Rockwell & More Join Joe Swanberg's New Film ‘Digging For Fire’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 30, 2014 5:35 PM
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Drinking Buddies
For the uninitiated, indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg’s career kind of runs like this (reductively of course): 8 bazillion indies, about 10 a year, from 2005 to 2012 (ok, maybe more like 13 features in seven years with a bunch of shorts thrown in for good measure). They are… ok. But the SXSW Film Festival loves them, dubs them mumblecore and his positioned as the next great white hope for indie filmmaking. People like Noah Baumbach throw some endorsements (and exec-produce a film), but as the heir apparent of anything, well, buzz is always impractical anyhow.

"DVD Is The New Vinyl" Podcast: Kathleen Hanna, Mike Birbiglia & Joshua Rothkopf

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • November 25, 2013 3:44 PM
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DVD Is the New Vinyl, podcast
With this freshly remastered edition of "DVD Is the New Vinyl," another format war has been fought and won. But rather than the skirmish between Blu-ray and HD DVD (remember that one?) or VHS and Betamax (now we're really dating ourselves), the podcast has trumped the listicle, two words that weren't even around a decade ago. Beginning now and once a month, your somewhat humble video-store proprietor will be chatting with a trio of renowned guests about the grooviest new DVD and Blu-ray releases. Listen up!

Casting: Kurt Russell Tanks Up 'Fast & Furious 7'; Olga Kurylenko Visits 'Yves Saint Laurent' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 9:43 AM
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We hope you're fully rested after the long Labor Day weekend because we're flying headlong into TIFF with more reviews and coverage to come. But first, a bit of catchup on some casting you might have missed over the past few days as you savored the last long weekend of summer.

Mike Birbiglia Talks Adapting 'My Girlfriend's Boyfriend'; Says It Might Be A "Completely Different Story"

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • June 10, 2013 2:52 PM
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Comedian/actor Mike Birbiglia cemented his position as an up-and-coming director after his 2012 debut film, “Sleepwalk With Me,” nabbed an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Earlier this year, Birbiglia revealed that he was on track to adapt another one of his stand-up shows, "My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend," into a movie, which he believed would transform into an entirely different movie upon release.

‘Sleepwalk With Me’ Director & Star Mike Birbiglia Writing A New Movie Based On His Stand Up Act ‘My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 19, 2013 10:22 AM
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Last year was a big one for comedian Mike Birbiglia, who won an Audience Award at Sundance for his film “Sleepwalk With Me,” an autobiographical story starring himself and based on his stand-up comedy act by the same title that had also spawned a "This American Life" radio segment and a book. The purportedly unembellished story about Birbiglia’s stagnant comedy career, his ailing relationship, and his worsening sleepwalking problems charmed critics and earned him a name in the world of indie filmmaking, and now it looks like he’s about to apply the same comedy routine-to-screen formula again.

Watch: The Trailer For Mike Birbiglia’s Sundance-Celebrated 'Sleepwalk With Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2012 3:18 PM
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A little bit meta, melancholy and yes, funny, "Sleepwalk With Me" has been building a quiet storm of buzz ever since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and earned more praise in Texas at SXSW. And arriving at the end of the summer, it will serve as a nice way to wash out the glut of tentpole fare clogging your brain.

BAMcinemaFest Kicks Off Its Opening Night With A Celebration Of Brooklyn Featuring Mike Birbiglia's 'Sleepwalk With Me'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 22, 2012 11:00 AM
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On Wednesday night the Brooklyn Academy of Music kicked off its 4th annual BAMcinemaFest, a 10-day showcase of independent films culled from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, and other festivals from around the world. Highlights from this year’s line-up include Sundance sensation “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” controversial true crime story “Compliance,” found-footage horror anthology “V/H/S,” psychosexual comedy “Nobody Walks” and many, many more. Check out the full line-up here. While some might have guessed ‘Beasts’ to be an obvious choice to open the fest as it's the film coming off the festival circuit with the most deafening buzz, BAM instead selected Mike Birbiglia’s “Sleepwalk With Me.” After seeing the film, which set and filmed in Brooklyn, it was clear that it was the perfect choice. Based on Birbiglia’s autobiographical one-man show, the story follows Matt Pandamiglio, (a proxy for the comedian), a struggling stand-up who moves in with his long term girlfriend and develops a sleeping disorder that causes him to act out his dreams. Both hilarious and surprisingly sincere, the film is a triumph for Birbiglia who directed, co-wrote and stars in the film.

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