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Interview with Mike Birbiglia, writer/director/star of Don’t Think Twice

  • CinemaNerdz
For years, an improve group called The Commune have been the stars of their small New York improv theater. The members of the group, Mile (Mike Birbiglia), Samantha (Gillian Jacobs), Jack (Keegan-Michael Key), Allison (Kate Micucci), Bill (Chris Gethard), and Lindsay (Tami Sagher) entertain audiences night after night by performing as a finely-tuned troop. But, by day, they have to support themselves by working soul-crushing menial jobs.

Then, after they learn that their beloved theater is closing down and a hit comedy television show, ala Saturday Night Live, is looking for talent, the group dynamic begins to fracture and it may be time for the group to stop dreaming and get on with their lives.

Such is the premise of writer/director/star Mike Birbiglia’s new film Don’t Think Twice. While Birbiglia’s first film, Sleepwalk with Me (2012), was based on his work as a stand-up comedian, his
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Fred Savage Signs Overall Deal with 20th Century Fox TV

Fred Savage Signs Overall Deal with 20th Century Fox TV
Fred Savage has inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, Variety has learned.

Under the pact, Savage will write, produce and direct projects for the studio, though acting isn’t off the table. The deal is for an initial two years, with an option to extend for another 12 months.

Savage most recently co-starred with Rob Lowe on “The Grinder” on Fox, which was produced by 20th Century Fox TV. Prior to being cast in “The Grinder,” Savage had taken a lengthy hiatus from acting to focus on directing and producing.

With “The Grinder” cancelled after one season, the deal will keep Savage in the Fox family. “Fred is quite simply one of the most talented, creative forces out there, he can literally do it all,” 20th president of creative services Jonnie Davis said in a statement. “While that show sadly ended, we knew we wanted to stay in business with Fred for the long haul
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Vimeo Announces Its Second Slate Of Original Programming With Jake And Amir, Garfunkel And Oates

Through comedy special Bianca Del Rio’s Rolodex of Hate, short film Darby Forever, and upcoming web series The Outs (which will premiere on March 30th), Vimeo has cobbled together its first full slate of original programming. Now, at South By Southwest, the online video platform has added to its library. It has announced a second round of original programming, including contributions from Jake and Amir, Garfunkel and Oates, and other notable content creators.

Jake and Amir, a comedy duo consisting of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfield, are best known for their work with CollegeHumor, and while much of that work has been distributed on YouTube, some of it has showed up on Vimeo as well. The duo’s upcoming series will be titled Lonely and Horny, and it will star Blumenfeld as a thirty-something with sex on his mind. Lonely and Horny will serve as Jake and Amir’s
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The Grinder Series Premiere Recap: Thanks for Watching

  • Vulture
The Grinder Series Premiere Recap: Thanks for Watching
In a network fall that’s once again loaded with indifferent, focus-grouped comedies that seem to have been conceived and made in an entirely different dimension from the likes of Broad City, Louie, and Veep, the first installment of The Grinder isn’t a groundbreaking entry, but it at least shows some signs of life. It snapped up Parks and Recreation’s freshly liberated Rob Lowe, who brings back some of the jazz-hands-concealing-clawing-pain act he deployed so avidly in his portrayal of Chris Traeger. But it’s also brought Fred Savage back to the other side of the camera, after more than a decade as the go-to director for the likes of Party Down, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Garfunkel and Oates, among other entries with a bit more edge than those who’ve tuned him out since The Wonder Years cut bait more than two decades ago might be used to.
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What Indie Film and Web Series Taught 'Wet Hot American Summer' Super-Producer Jonathan Stern

What Indie Film and Web Series Taught 'Wet Hot American Summer' Super-Producer Jonathan Stern
You might not immediately recognize Jonathan Stern's name, but if you've watched anything funny over the last 10 years, you've more than likely seen his work. The incredibly prolific producer has collaborated with David Wain, Paul Scheer, Rob Corddry and more to help produce shows including Hulu's "Hotwives" series, "Burning Love," "Children's Hospital," "Garfunkel and Oates" and "Wet Hot American Summer." Read More: What Brings Comedians Together? According to 'Hotwives of Orlando' Creators, 'We Want to Feel Like We're Still in That Old Porn Theater' Working behind the scenes, Stern took the experience he gained working in the New York independent film scene and applied it to producing comedy on a platform-agnostic level. This means that in an industry where tons of potential films and TV shows die unseen, he actually gets projects made. Which, as he explains below, is why comedians keep coming back to work with him. ...

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What Indie Film and Web Series Taught 'Wet Hot American Summer' Super-Producer Jonathan Stern

  • Indiewire
What Indie Film and Web Series Taught 'Wet Hot American Summer' Super-Producer Jonathan Stern
You might not immediately recognize Jonathan Stern's name, but if you've watched anything funny over the last 10 years, you've more than likely seen his work. The incredibly prolific producer has collaborated with David Wain, Paul Scheer, Rob Corddry and more to help produce shows including Hulu's "Hotwives" series, "Burning Love," "Children's Hospital," "Garfunkel and Oates" and "Wet Hot American Summer." Read More: What Brings Comedians Together? According to 'Hotwives of Orlando' Creators, 'We Want to Feel Like We're Still in That Old Porn Theater' Working behind the scenes, Stern took the experience he gained working in the New York independent film scene and applied it to producing comedy on a platform-agnostic level. This means that in an industry where tons of potential films and TV shows die unseen, he actually gets projects made. Which, as he explains below, is why comedians keep coming back to work with him. ...
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Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan, Kenan Thompson Join PBS Kids Series ‘Nature Cat’

  • The Wrap
Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan, Kenan Thompson Join PBS Kids Series ‘Nature Cat’
PBS Kids is purr-loining some talent from “Saturday Night Live” for its upcoming series “Nature Cat.” “SNL” veterans Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan and Kenan Thompson have been tapped for the voice cast of the series, which is scheduled for a November 25 premiere. Kate Micucci, of “Garfunkel and Oates” renown, has also been cat on “Nature Cat,” which is created by “Sesame Street” duo David and Adam Rudman. See video: 'SNL' Doc 'Live From New York!' Trailer Chronicles 'Strange Canadian' Lorne Michaels' 'Weird Idea' The series will follow Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors.
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: March 30 - April 5

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Interstellar"

The Blu-ray edition of Christopher Nolan's sprawling space pic is packed with featurettes about the making of "Interstellar," including a 50-minute special narrated by Matthew McConaughey about the scientific research behind the story.

"The Imitation Game"

Benedict Cumberbatch's star turn as Alan Turing doesn't quite elevate this pic above Oscar bait, but it's big and glossy and worth a look.

"Wild"

Reese Witherspoon stars in the big-screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Witherspoon was nominated for an Oscar for her performance, as was Laura Dern, who has an extra-special role as Cheryl's late mom.

TV Worth Watching

"The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber" (Monday on Comedy Central at 10 p.m.
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IFC Cancels ‘Garfunkel and Oates’ After One Season

IFC Cancels ‘Garfunkel and Oates’ After One Season
IFC has canceled comedy “Garfunkel and Oates” after one season.

The eight-episode series revolved around the fictional alter-egos of actresses Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci (pictured), who perform as the folk-singing duo Garfunkel and Oates. The pair exec produced the IFC comedy with Dennis McNicholas, Fred Savage (who also directed) and Jonathan Stern.

Garfunkel and Oates” wrapped its run last September.
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“My Apartment’s Very Clean Without You” Is The Song Of The Animated Cats Summer

Here’s an animated video for “My Apartment’s Very Clean Without You,” a two-minute ditty from the Kate Micucci / Riki Lindhome musical duo Garfunkel And Oates. The video involves a bunch of cartoon cats in various increasingly distressing roles, thus confirming the video’s admittance to Internet University, and the song itself is catchy, adorable, and very, very deceptively touching. More touching than “Go Kart Racing (Accidentally Masturbating)”? That’ll be for rock historians to decide: (via Nerdist)
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