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‘The Ride’ Trailer: Mark Duplass Shares the Real-Life Inspirations Behind the Sundance Comedy — Watch

‘The Ride’ Trailer: Mark Duplass Shares the Real-Life Inspirations Behind the Sundance Comedy — Watch
Whether on foot or behind the wheel, Linas Phillips knows how to make an impression. The writer, director, and star’s first documentary, “Walking to Werner,” chronicled his 1,200-mile walk to meet Werner Herzog, and now he’s back with the new short-form series, “The Ride,” playing a rideshare driver who not only wants to take his passengers on a five-star trip, but send them on a spiritual journey to boot.

While “The Ride” is a scripted comedy, it too emerged from a true story about Phillips’ daily grind — as executive producer Mark Duplass told IndieWire in the below statement.

“Linas had been Lyft driving since recently moving back to L.A. a couple years ago — and not loving it,” Duplass said. “One day, Jay [Duplass] called him and asked if he wanted to make a show about a very sad guy who was struggling with being a rideshare driver, kinda
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Hillary Clinton Doc, Two Lin-Manuel Miranda Films Added to Sundance 2020 Lineup

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The Sundance Institute has announced the works selected across the Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, which will include documentaries on Hillary Clinton and Lance Armstrong, and two Lin-Manuel Miranda films.

“Authenticity and independent voices resonate across formats – and that’s evident across the full spectrum of this year’s Indie Episodic and Special Events slates,” Kim Yutani, the Festival’s Director or Programming, said. “Defined by distinctive voices and enlightening viewpoints, these are riveting projects that find inspiration in the urgent stories and extraordinary individuals of our times.”

Of the projects announced on Tuesday, 48% were directed or created by one or more women, 33% were directed or created by one or more filmmakers of color and 19% by one or more people who identify as Lgbtqia. Seven films were supported by Sundance Institute in development.

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Marina Zenovich, Steve James among Sundance 2020 Indie Episodics, Special Events line-up

Marina Zenovich, Steve James among Sundance 2020 Indie Episodics, Special Events line-up
New Frontier selections to be announced on Thursday (12).

Sundance Film Festival top brass announced on Tuesday (10) content in the Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections featuring new work by Marina Zenovich, Steve James, and Matthew Heineman.

James (City So Real) and Sarah Polley (Hey Lady!) are among the Indie Episodics line-up, while Special Events selections include Zenovich’s (Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired) Lance Armstrong profile Lance, Matthew Heineman’s sex trafficking exposé Trade, and Love Fraud, the latest film from Jesus Camp and The Boys Of Baraka filmmaking team Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing.

All selections appear below.
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Watch: Sun Worshiper Comedy Short 'Bronzed' Directed by Mike Egan

"Now you just soak up the sun here, Sheryl Crowe." There's nothing like a dark comedy to lighten up the mood, right? Bronzed is a short film straight out of the SXSW Film Festival earlier this month, from the Midnight category. Written and directed by Mike Egan, the short stars fellow filmmaker Linas Phillips, with Johnny Pemberton. What is it about? Neo-sun worshiper Martin prepares to appease the solar Gods with ritual human sacrifice. But first he needs a spray tan. This is another one of those super wacky, Wtf dark comedy short films that is totally twisted but amusing, and a bit wacky but humorous. And it's worth a watch. Executive produced by David Gordon Green. Shorts are a great way for filmmakers to experiment and play with fun ideas, showing us just how silly and twisted and weird they can be, all for our amusement. Thanks to Short
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Now That La Film Fest Is No More, AFI Fest Is More Important Than Ever — and These 10 Movies Prove It

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Now That La Film Fest Is No More, AFI Fest Is More Important Than Ever — and These 10 Movies Prove It
Now that the Los Angeles Film Festival is no more, AFI Fest is more important than ever. It was the premier event of its kind even before its crosstown rival announced its permanent closure late last month, but now that it’s the only game in town, it’s unmissable. This year’s edition of the last major festival of the calendar year comes with a handful world premieres — “On the Basis of Sex,” “Mary Queen of Scots,” and “Bird Box” — and a robust slate of offerings from the likes of Berlin, Cannes, and Venice.

AFI Fest’s strength has always been the way it eschews world premieres in favor of high-quality films that premiered elsewhere on the festival circuit; Jacqueline Lyanga, whose eight-year tenure as Festival Director came to an end this summer, likened it to an “almanac of the year in cinema.” With that in mind, seek out
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‘Living Room Coffin’ VOD Review

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Stars: Jennifer Prediger, Blake Berris, Irene Roseen, Remy Bennett, Mark Boone Junior, Johnny Pemberton, Eden Riegel, Linas Phillips, Johnny Pemberton | Written and Directed by Michael Sarrow

Its no secret that I am nothing if not a sucker for what I call the “indie darling.” By this I mean the movies that sneak out under everyone’s radar and tend to revolve around a day in the life of our central characters, not a massive great deal is going on but we are suckered into spending an hour and a half with these people, usually due to well written dialogue and well rounded performances. Living Room Coffin, at first glance, looked like it would definitely be in that category – which made it a definite watch for me!

I am going to get into Living Room Coffin‘s story in a moment but first of all I want to highlight the performance of our female lead,
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Sophia Mitri Schloss Stars in Trailer for Coming-of-Age Film 'Lane 1974'

"You have to understand, sometimes things in life don't happen the way you want them to..." The Orchard has premiered an official trailer for an indie coming-of-age film titled Lane 1974, set in 1974 telling the story of a young teenage girl raised in the communes and dusty back woods of Northern California. Sophia Mitri Schloss stars as Lane, with a cast including Katherine Moennig, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sara Coates, Linas Phillips, Annette Toutonghi, Sarah-Eve Gazitt, and Erik Braa. This almost seems like the all-woman version of Captain Fantastic, about a mother who is raising her family in the woods, free from the typical capitalistic amenities of modern society. It also reminds me a bit of The Glass Castle, about a woman raised by weird parents. I'm still intrigued by this, just not sure if it will have much else to offer. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for S.J. Chiro's Lane 1974,
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"Twin Peaks," Episode 11 Recap: I Want To Get Us There In One Piece

Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.A study in contrasts. That's the best way to describe Part 11 of Mark Frost and David Lynch's revived Twin Peaks, which opens with a brief moment of doom-laden calm—three young boys playing catch happening upon the bruised and beaten but very much alive Miriam Sullivan (Sarah Jean Long)—then details, for its first half, the many ways in which the titular town, as well as the few-states-over locale of Buckhorn, South Dakota, are coming unglued. But this is dramatic incident Lynch-style, which means that the narrative rhythms are always shifting (violently, unpredictably), as if someone was continually revving a car engine into the red, but never in a calculable way.There's madness in such extremity, as there's insanity in the blood-curdling scream
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‘My Pretty Pony’ Casts ‘Saw’ Alum Tobin Bell as Lead In Stephen King Adaptation (Exclusive)

‘My Pretty Pony’ Casts ‘Saw’ Alum Tobin Bell as Lead In Stephen King Adaptation (Exclusive)
Saw” star Tobin Bell and child actor Noah Jupe will star in the drama “My Pretty Pony,” a short film set to start shooting in Michigan this spring. The story follows an elderly man on his deathbed who gives his young grandson a pocket watch and warns the boy against the dangers of letting time slip away.

Luke Jaden is directing the from a script he adapted based on a short story by Stephen King. Phil Wurtzel of Friel Films is producing. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Loving,” “Midnight Special”) and Josh Boone (“The Fault in Our Stars”) are executive producing.

Read More: ‘It’ Trailer Breakdown: The 6 Best Parts That Perfectly Capture the Novel’s Brilliance

Bell is best known to horror fans as the demented John Kramer/Jigsaw character from all seven “Saw” films, but his acting credits date back to 1988’s “Mississippi Burning,” and he had small roles in “Goodfellas” and “The Firm.
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15 Good Dark Comedies to Watch on Netflix in April 2017

This is no festive prank, these movies are hilarious.

Let’s face it, the world is a wreck. Every day things look bleaker than they did the day before. It’s gotten to the point where, if you can’t learn to laugh at our misery, you’re finished. If you need some help figuring out how to find humor in even the worst bits of the human experience, dark comedies work, Netflix has them, and we’ve made a list of the good ones. Click on the films’ titles to be taken to their Netflix pages.

Pick of the Month: This Must Be the Place (2011)

I can’t think of another movie in recent times that’s been so good and gotten so little love and attention in return. Maybe that’s because the concept of a former 80s glam rocker who still wears his makeup (Sean Penn) tracking down the Nazi concentration camp guard who
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Rainbow Time Review

In Rainbow Time, writer/director Linas Phillips tackles more than just romantic unrest. Throughout his relationship dramedy, characters wallow in post-divorce uncertainty, but also tussle with the bonds of family and mental disability. An idealistic reality of perfection floats loftily out of reach in Phillips’ world, as characters valiantly strive for their “best” – a situational imprisonment that shuns individuality.

Or, Rainbow Time is about two brothers coming to terms with their more one-sided connection, where Todd (Timm Sharp) stops brushing his brother Shonzi (Linas Phillips) off as his “slower” brother. There is love between the two, buried under Todd’s more pertinent desire to keep girlfriend Lindsay (Melanie Lynskey) happy. But where Todd plays bad cop to Shonzi’s short-sighted take on life, Lindsay sees minunderstanding. She tries to transform his obsession with making home movies into a learning experience about treating women with respect, not as sexual objects. Shonzi
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‘Rainbow Time’ Starring Melanie Lynskey Is A Complex Examination of Brotherly Love, Boundaries & Relationships [Review]

While the film industry still has quite a distance to go in the production of films that do not feature Caucasian, male, straight, developmentally typical protagonists, there has been incremental progress over the past thirty years. However, more often people who would have been relegated to one-bit stock characters or stereotypes are now multifaceted subjects and protagonists in their own films, creating a larger diaspora of representation in film. Linas Phillips’ sophomore feature “Rainbow Time,” centers around an immature, developmentally delayed man and leaves me cautiously optimistic that the industry has at the very least improved depictions of developmentally challenged individuals since the days of “I Am Sam” and “Rain Man.”

Read More: Exclusive: Poster & Clip For Duplass Brothers Produced Indie Comedy ‘Rainbow Time’ Starring Melanie Lynskey

The film begins with Todd (Timm Sharp) introducing his girlfriend of six months Lindsay (Melanie Lynskey) to his family, including his developmentally challenged
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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for November 2016

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for November 2016
It’s November – a time for Thanksgiving, feasts, and the presence of relatives. If you have some time off (or are trying to grab some much-needed alone time), here is a list of films opening throughout the coming weeks, separated into categories of wide and limited runs. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

Each week we will have more updates and information, so be sure to keep coming back. You can also check our calendar page, which has releases for the rest of the year. Eat well and keep watching!

Week of November 4 Wide


Director: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Gwen Stefani, Icona Pop, James Corden, Jeffrey Tambor, John Cleese, Justin Timberlake, Kunal Nayyar, Quvenzhané Wallis, Ron Funches, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel

Synopsis: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch set off
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Review: ‘Rainbow Time’ Is Like a Duplass Brothers Remake of ‘Freddy Got Fingered’

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Review: ‘Rainbow Time’ Is Like a Duplass Brothers Remake of ‘Freddy Got Fingered’
The Duplass enerothers have become so synonymous with a certain strain of warmed over indie dramedy that it’s easy to overlook just how twisted they can be, and often are. Directorial efforts like “Baghead” and “Cyrus” have been sliced through with genuinely disturbing behavior, and many of the movies they’ve produced or presented (e.g. “Tangerine” or “The Overnight”) have pushed boundaries of one kind or another, albeit it with such a gentle touch that these transgressions seem as natural as breathing. It’s a helpful way of reframing the modesty of their work and the speed at which they churn it out — it’s not that the Duplai prioritize quantity over quality, but rather that their kooky ideas (and those of the filmmakers they’re eager to support) are too dangerously delicate to support anything bigger than a micro-budget project that’s shot in nine days and destined for VOD.
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First Trailer for Indie Comedy 'Rainbow Time' Directed by Linas Phillips

"I'm jealous of what you have." The Orchard has debuted a trailer for an odd indie comedy titled Rainbow Time, written, directed by and starring Linas Phillips. The film is about a mentally challenged man named Shonzi, played by Linas Phillips, who moves in with his brother Todd, played by Timm Sharp. He now lives with his girlfriend Lindsay, played by the always wonderful Melanie Lynskey, and things become awkward when Shonzi wants to get more involved in their relationship, threatening to reveal secrets about Todd's past. As weird as this sounds, the trailer actually promises a charming, quirky, enjoyably unique film. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Linas Phillips' Rainbow Time, direct from YouTube: A developmentally delayed 40 year old man named Shonzi is sent to live with his brother Todd. But when Shonzi develops a crush on Todd's new girlfriend Lindsay, he threatens to reveal past secrets
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Exclusive: Poster & Clip For Duplass Brothers Produced Indie Comedy ‘Rainbow Time’ Starring Melanie Lynskey

The bond between siblings can be as complicated as it is strongly knit, and as time passes, in certain situations, that relationship can only grow more fraught. And in the upcoming “Rainbow Time,” two brothers are forced to face their past when a woman enter their lives. And today we have an exclusive poster and clip from the film to give you a taste of what it’s all about.

Read More: Exclusive: Sarah Paulson & Mark Duplass Step Into A Time Capsule In Clip From ‘Blue Jay

Produced by the Duplass Brothers, and starring Melanie Lynskey, Timm Sharp, and Linas Phillips (who also wrote and directed the movie), “Rainbow Time” follows Todd, who grew up under the strange shadow of his older mentally challenged brother Shonzi.

Continue reading Exclusive: Poster & Clip For Duplass Brothers Produced Indie Comedy ‘Rainbow Time’ Starring Melanie Lynskey at The Playlist.
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Us Briefs: Open Road sets 'Bleed For This' for November

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Us Briefs: Open Road sets 'Bleed For This' for November
Plus: The Orchard acquires Rainbow Time; FilmRise takes My Father Die; and more…

Open Road will open Bleed For This, the Miles Teller starrer about boxing champion Vinny ‘The Pazmanian Devil’ Pazienza, in limited release on November 4 and expand wide on November 23.

Pazienza famously recovered from a near-fatal car accident to reclaim his world title belt. Aaron Eckhart also stars. Ben Younger directs.

Open Road paid $4m for Us rights after watching the promo last year in Cannes, when the Solution Entertainment Group cut a multiple-territory del with Sony.

The Orchard has acquired worldwide rights to Linas Phillips’ SXSW comedy Rainbow Time starring Phillips, Melanie Lynskey, Timm Sharp, Artemis Pebdani, Jay Duplass, and Tobin Bell. ICM Partners and Submarine Entertainment represented the film-makers.FilmRise has picked up exclusive worldwide distribution rights from CAA to Sean Brosnan’s debut feature My Father Die. The revenge thriller premiered at SXSW and will receive a theatrical release this winter. Brosnan
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SXSW Pic ‘Rainbow Time’ Lands At The Orchard

SXSW Pic ‘Rainbow Time’ Lands At The Orchard
The Orchard has acquired worldwide theatrical and ancillary distribution rights to Linas Phillips' Rainbow Time, the drama executive produced by the Duplass brothers that bowed in March at SXSW. Phillips, Melanie Lynskey, Timm Sharp, Artemis Pebdani, Jay Duplass and Tobin Bell starred in the pic, about a mentally challenged 40-year-old man named Shonzi (Phillips) who is sent to live with his brother Todd ( Sharp). When Shonzi develops a crush on Todd’s new girlfriend…
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Filming Wraps on Showtime’s Twin Peaks Revival, Full Cast Revealed

Showtime announced today that filming has finished on David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks revival series. Ahead of its 2017 premiere, the series’ complete cast—including returning actors as well as those who are new to the series—has been revealed.

Newcomers to the series include Monica Bellucci, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, Jeremy Davies, Laura Dern, Sky Ferreira, Robert Forster, Meg Foster, Ashley Judd, David Koechner, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Matthew Lillard, Derek Mears, Sara Paxton, Ernie Hudson, Naomi Watts, Trent Reznor, The Walking Dead‘s Josh McDermitt, and many more.

Returning actors include Kyle MacLachlan, Ray Wise, Harry Dean Stanton, Alicia Witt, and more. Below, we have the official press release and full cast list:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – April 25, 2016 – Principal photography has concluded on the highly-anticipated new Twin Peaks for Showtime. And today, Showtime, David Lynch and Mark Frost are revealing a key piece of the mystery:
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The 'Twins Peaks' Revival Cast List Is Insane (and Insanely Long)

Showtime revealed the full cast list for its upcoming "Twin Peaks" revival, and it's nothing short of insane -- and insanely long.

The ensemble includes a whopping 217 actors -- yes, you read that right -- and amid all the returning faces, there are also a bunch of surprising, big-name newbies along for the ride this time around. (We've embedded the entire list at the end of this post.)

Original cast members that will be back include many previously-announced people, and the ensemble will feature the likes of Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, Madchen Amick, Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook, David Duchovny, Miguel Ferrer, Grace Zabriskie, Peggy Lipton, Ray Wise, Wendy Robie, Russ Tamblyn, and Catherine E. Coulson, among many others.

As for the newcomers, some of the bold names that stand out include Monica Bellucci, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, Laura Dern, Jay R. Ferguson (a.k.a. Stan from "Mad Men"), Ernie Hudson ("Ghostbusters"), Ashley Judd,
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