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November 24, 2015

Mike and the cast of 'Don't Think Twice'
Don't Think Twice Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and starred in 2012's acclaimed Sleepwalk with Me. He's got a new movie in the works, titled Don't Think Twice about an improv troupe that includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates), Tami Sagher (Inside Amy Schumer) and Chris Gethard. The official synopsis:

The comedy is about an improv group that loses the lease on its home theater at the same time that one of its cast members gets chosen for the biggest sketch-comedy show on TV. It's about the bitterness and backstabbing that occurs among friends when they realize that maybe not everyone's gonna make it after all.
Filming in NYC is currently underway, so stay tuned.

In other news, Mike is part of charity event "The 2nd Annual Talent Show" which happens at NYC's New World Stages / Stage 3 on December 1. Also part of this are Bleachers, Sara Bareilles, Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Elle King, Andrew Dost, John Early, Roy Wood Jr, Jacqueline Novak, with host Rachel Antonoff and JD Samson as your DJ for the evening. Tickets are on sale and all proceeds go support New Alternatives' work with LGBTQ Youth. Poster for the show is below.

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November 20, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


Tara Subkoff's new film #Horror, starring Chloe Sevigny & Natasha Lyonne, is out today. The music was done by EMA and her frequent collaborator Leif Shackelford, and EMA says the following:

Film work and scoring is fun for me because I get to make all this music that wouldn't necessarily fit on an EMA record. 'Amnesia Haze' is so pop, so cinematic. I get to kind of step out of myself and play the part.

We worked really closely with Tara (Subkoff) on the music. She definitely always had an opinion on what she liked and what she didn't. It was my first score, so I'm not sure if all composers end up spending weeks in a room with the director, but that's how we did it.

Leif (Shackelford) and I kind of ended up dividing the work, with him doing all the string parts and me writing the main themes. We were going for something modern that also recalled classic horror genre music. I love the eeriness of the vocal synth samples and I think it gives the score a very uncanny vibe that matches the themes of the film.

The soundtrack is out on December 11 but EMA's streaming the song "Amnesia Haze" now. If you liked the avant-pop of her last album The Future's Void, you're probably gonna like this too. Listen and watch the #Horror trailers below...

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November 17, 2015

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Entertainment Neil Hamburger

Rick Alverson's new movie Entertainment stars Gregg Turkington aka Neil Hamburger, and the film essentially finds him playing a version of Hamburger as he struggles through life as a low-level performer, on-stage and off. It co-stars Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker, and has a cameo from David Yow of The Jesus Lizard. Entertainment was just released last week, and is available on-demand, and at Amazon and iTunes. It's also in limited theatrical release, screening in NYC at Film Society of Lincoln Center now through November 26. Check out showtimes and tickets here.

You may know director Alverson from his music videos for acts like Strand of Oaks, Sharon Van Etten, and others, or perhaps the polarizing 2012 film The Comedy with Heidecker, Turkington, and James Murphy, or New Jerusalem with Will Oldham.

Turkington is a busy man, having recently appeared in Ant Man and with frequent tours as Neil Hamburger. He also co-hosts the excellent long-running web series On Cinema for Adult Swim with Heidecker, which just wrapped up its 7th season and features Gregg and Tim as two film critics who love every movie they see (there's also a lot more to it than that). You can watch the whole thing at Adult Swim.

Check out the trailer for Entertainment and an On Cinema episode below.

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November 13, 2015

photo by Jimmy King
David Bowie

We already knew David Bowie is set to release his new album '★' (pronounced "Blackstar") on January 8, and on November 19 he'll also premiere an accompanying short film for the album. If you're in Brooklyn, there are five screenings from 3:30 to 5:50 PM at Nitehawk Cinema. The screenings are free but you do need tickets. It also premieres on at 3:50 PM. Watch the trailer below.

The next day, the album's title track will be out. Until then, you can listen to a two-minute preview below...

Will this film be as long as the 20-minute "Jazzin' For Blue Jean" "film" he made in 1984? You can watch that below too.

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November 12, 2015

photo: Blur @ MSG (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Blur at MSG

Blur's new documentary/concert film New World Towers will have its U.S. premiere this weekend as part of the DOC NYC festival, playing Sunday (11/15) at the SVA Theater. Tickets are still available. Here's the synopsis:

Earlier this year, iconic Britpop band Blur surprised their legion of fans with the release of a new album, The Magic Whip, their first as a foursome in 16 years. Blur: New World Towers goes behind the scenes to reveal how an unexpected break in Hong Kong during their 2013 reunion tour inspired the chart-topping album, recorded in secret, and the particularly pivotal role guitarist Graham Coxon played in the process. Sam Wrench's intimate film explores the band members' enduring friendship, spontaneous creativity, and candid reflections on celebrity and the band's future while showcasing more than a dozen of their songs in spectacular concert performances in Hong Kong and Hyde Park.
Blur have shared a new clip from the film where they band talk about what it's like being Blur again after so long apart, and you can watch that, along with the trailer for the film, below.

Blur: New World Towers will be released in UK theaters on December 2. The band promise an international release, stay tuned for details.

You can check out pics from Blur's show at MSG last month here.

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November 5, 2015

Winehouse @ Bowery Ballroom, 2007 (more ) / Noomi Rapace

Amy Winehouse's life returns to the big screen after documentary Amy with a biopic with the working title Amy Winehouse. The Hollywood Reporter announced today that the film will be written and directed by Irish Academy Award nominee Kristen Sheridan (August Rush, In America) and produced by Alexandra Whitlin.

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, of the foreign language The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo films, is in talks to star in the film as the late English singer. It will also not be the only influential singer in her filmography, as she's also set to portray opera legend Maria Callas in Niko Caro's upcoming Callas. The Winehouse film's producers are currently in talks with Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse, for music rights to Amy's songs.

Mitch, who was unhappy with his portrayal in Asif Kapadia's documentary Amy, is also planning to create his own documentary showing his side of the story. Stay tuned.

November 3, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Peelander-Z Mad Tiger

The saga of Japanese outer space heroes / rock band Peelander-Z has played out on stage and on albums for nearly two decades. You can now go behind the flying kicks and action comic riffs with a new documentary, Mad Tiger, directed by Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein:

MAD TIGER is a feature length documentary that follows the relationship of two Japanese men, Yellow and Red, who have been best friends, band mates, and business partners touring the United States in a performance-art punk band called Peelander-Z for the last fifteen years. When Red decides to quit, their relationship is tested by life beyond the band. It's a movie about friendship, creative partnerships, letting go of the past, forgiveness, and the sacrifices people make in creating art.
BrooklynVegan is premiering the trailer for Mad Tiger and you can watch that below.

Mad Tiger makes its world premiere at the 2016 DOC NYC festival. The screening happens November 13 at IFC Center at 11:45 PM. Both Peelander-Yellow and former member Peelander-Red will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Tickets are on sale now. The film has also been picked up by distributor Film Movement who will release the film theatrically in spring 2016.

The soundtrack for Mad Tiger was composed by Seattle post-rock band, Joy Wants Eternity, and it's out now on limited edition picture disc vinyl. You can stream the soundtrack below.

In other news, Peelander-Z start a fall tour tonight in Columbus, Ohio and will wrap up on November 21 at Alphaville in Brooklyn. Tickets for Alphaville are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

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DOC NYC 2016

The 2016 DOC NYC Festival happens from November 12 - 19 and includes a number of music films on this year's roster, including Peelander-Z's Mad Tiger and Miss Sharon Jones!. Other screenings include: the US premiere of Blur: New World Towers (11/15 @ SVA Theatre) which follows the band as they make this year's The Magic Whip; the NYC premiere of  Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents (11/14 @ IFC Center) which peeks behind the curtain (but not the masks) of one of the most enigmatic and weird groups ever; and Janis Joplin documentary, Janis: Little Blue Girl (11/15 @ SVA Theatre). There are also screenings of Amy and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, a 45th anniversary screening of Rolling Stones doc Gimme Shelter, and more.

There's lots more than music, obviously, at DOC NYC and you can check out their full 2016 lineup and schedule. Tickets and passes are on sale now.

October 26, 2015

photo: Cat Power @ Modern Sky Festival 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall), whose last album was 2012's Sun, recently released a a new song, "Anthem," that is featured in the short documentary Skateboarding in Pine Ridge. The documentary, which was produced by Levi's Skateboarding and directed by Greg Hunt, follows young skaters in two South Dakota skateparks, including a young teenage girl named Emily. "Anthem" is an acoustic track featuring lyrics about freedom, which align with footage of Emily skating and discussing the freedom she feels while skating. The film also features an original score by Slint's David Pajo. Watch Skateboarding in Pine Ridge below.

Speaking of Cat Power and documentaries, she's also narrating an upcoming Janis Joplin documentary .

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October 19, 2015


We're less than two months away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 18) and a new trailer was just released, giving us our first real a glimpse of what writer-director JJ Abrams has in store. There's also Han Solo, Chewbacca, Leia, R2D2, what seems to be Darth Vader's son (?). It all looks pretty promising. Watch the trailer below.

For those who are planning their life around the release of this, advance tickets are on sale now.

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