Joss Whedon Talks Strong Female Characters, the Superhero Genre, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and More; Says He Was Originally Unsure of a GUARDIANS Movie

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At Thursday night’s Saturn Awards, we landed an exclusive video interview with Joss Whedon on the red carpet before the show.  During the extended conversation, Whedon talked about if he’s been able to get more strong female characters in future Marvel movies, why more people don’t write those types of characters, his “feud” with the filmmakers of Sleepwalk With Me, the status of the Dr. Horrible sequel, his involvement in the Marvel universe, and a lot more.  In addition, Whedon reveals that when he first heard about Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie, he was unsure if it would work.  But after Marvel hired James Gunn and he saw what they were planning to do, he did a complete “180 on that one.”  Hit the jump to watch the interview and look for more Saturn Award interviews all weekend.

THE COLLISION: Episode 32 – Looking Back at 2012 and Looking Ahead to 2013

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This week on The Collision, we’ll be looking back at 2012 and looking ahead to 2013.  We’ll reflect on last year’s disappointments, sleeper hits, and the challenge of knowing what could be the hits and misses of the coming year.  We’ll also comment on what we’re looking forward to, and as always, finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Race and Django Unchained), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

New to Blu-ray: PITCH PERFECT, TOTAL RECALL, RESIDENT EVIL Collection, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Trilogy, and More

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This week on Blu-ray we’ve got quite a few 2012 releases—some big, some small—as well as the HD upgrade of the kid-favorite Ninja Turtles trilogy.  Here’s a look at what hits shelves this week:

SLEEPWALK WITH ME Now Available on VOD; Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Will Video Chat to Your Pizza Party on October 12th

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Mike Birbiglia and Ira GlassSleepwalk with Me is one of the year’s must-see films.  It takes a fascinating look into the world of stand-up comedy, but it also provides a great conflict between loving your work and loving a person, and how moving towards one can cause painful revelations about the other.  It’s heavy stuff that never weighs down the picture because Birbiglia, a stand-up comic, has created a hilarious, honest story.

The movie had a limited run in theaters, but now it’s available on VOD, and I highly encourage you to check it out.  As a bonus, Birbiglia and Glass will be hosting a video chat on Friday for your pizza party if you want to gather your friends and watch the movie.  Hit the jump to check out a message from Birbiglia and Glass, and for details on how you can get them to video chat with your pizza party.

Director Mike Birbiglia and Producer Ira Glass Talk SLEEPWALK WITH ME and Joss Whedon’s “Attack” on Their Film

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There aren’t enough movies like Sleepwalk with Me.  Mike Birbiglia’s one-man-show-performance now turned narrative feature is smart, funny, sad and just downright great.  Birbiglia uses his own autobiographical experiences dealing with a sleepwalking disorder to comment on the uncertainties of forming a career and the dissolution of a relationship.  It’s a film that isn’t afraid to paint Birbiglia in a less than flattering light – and it feels all the more honest and true because of it. Sleepwalk with Me is easily among the best indies released this year and one of the best of the now winding down summer – which is why it’s unfortunate that Joss Whedon, director of the biggest film of the year (i.e. The Avengers), has put it upon himself to take down this little film.  See here for filmic proof.  I guess the multiplexes just aren’t big enough for the both of them. And to add insult to injury – the week Sleepwalk with Me opens in twenty-five cities (check your local listings), Marvel re-releases The Avengers. Coincidence – I think not.

In the following interview, Birbiglia and producer Ira Glass (This American Life) respond to Whedon’s promotions (err… attacks) on their film, challenge the billion dollar gross of The Avengers and discuss the plight of taking your shirt off on film for a buck or two.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Joss Whedon Asks People to Boycott Mike Birbiglia’s Excellent Film SLEEPWALK WITH ME

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Mike Birbiglia‘s superb film Sleepwalk with Me is due to hit theaters on August 24th, and I highly encourage you to check it out.  It was one of the best flicks I saw at the SXSW Film Festival, and the movie does a wonderful job of giving you a glimpse into the world of stand-up comedy, but also explores the larger picture of what we have to sacrifice in the pursuit of perfecting our art.  It’s also quite moving and painfully funny, and I can’t wait to see it again.  But Joss Whedon doesn’t want anyone to see it at all.  The Avengers is only on 500 screens, and Sleepwalk with Me is poised to take 80 of them.  This will not stand, and Whedon has provided a humorous video about why you should avoid Birbiglia’s movie.

Hit the jump to check out the video.  Sleepwalk with Me also stars Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, and Carol KaneClick here to try and get the movie into your local theater.

First Trailer for SLEEPWALK WITH ME Starring Stand-Up Comedian Mike Birbiglia

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The first trailer for stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk with Me has gone online.  Birbiglia both directed and starred in the piece which tells the tale of a struggling comedian who faces a career slump and a failing relationship, amidst increasingly dangerous bouts of sleepwalking.  Fans of Birbiglia will recognize some of his signature jokes from his stand-up act by the same name.  It’s at once a humorous and touching tale that features the comedians signature Birbiglian style.  Sleepwalk with Me, also starring Lauren Ambrose, Kristen Schaal, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane , Cristin Milioti, Aya Cash, Lucy DeVito and David Wain, opens August 24th.  Hit the jump to view the trailer.

New Poster for Mike Birbiglia’s SLEEPWALK WITH ME

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Fans of stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia (Cedar Rapids) and This American Life host Ira Glass will want to check out Sleepwalk with Me when it debuts later this summer.  The film, co-written and co-directed by Birbiglia, follows a struggling stand-up comic who is trying to balance a failing career, a rocky relationship and uncontrollable bouts of sleepwalking.  Glass co-wrote and produced the film, based on Birbiglia’s sucessful one-man show.  Sleepwalk with Me also stars Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, James Rebhorn and Cristin Milioti. Look for it in theaters August 24th.  Hit the jump to check out the synopsis and new poster for Sleepwalk with Me.

SXSW 2012: SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, SLEEPWALK WITH ME, the Premiere of Todd Rohal’s NATURE CALLS, and More Added to Line-Up

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The 2012 SXSW Film Festival has announced some exciting additions to their already-stellar line-up.  The Sundance flicks Searching for Sugar Man, Chasing Ice, Monsieur Lazhar (my review), Safety Not Guaranteed (my review), Shut Up and Play the Hits, and Sleepwalk with Me will all be showing up at this year’s SXSW.  I heard nothing but good things about Chasing Ice and Sleepwalk with Me, and I’m glad I’ll have a second chance to see them.  SXSW 2012 will also have the world premiere of Steve Taylor‘s Blue Like Jazz, and Todd Rohal‘s Nature Calls starring Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, and Rob Riggle.  

Hit the jump for more on all of the new additions.  The 2012 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 9 – 17th.

Sundance 2012 Awards Winners Include BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, THE SURROGATE, SLEEPWALK WITH ME, and THE HOUSE I LIVE IN

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If you have followed our Sundance coverage over the last week and a half, you know how massive the festival can feel from afar.  These are the movies that will fill arthouses over the next year, so perhaps the best place for those who could not make it to Park City to start is at the end, with the announcement of the awards.  In terms of the major awards, the Grand Jury Prizes went to  Beasts of the Southern Wild (Dramatic), The House I Live In (in the Documentary category), Violeta Went to Heaven (World Dramatic), and The Law in These Parts (World Documentary).  Beasts of the Southern Wild, the consensus critical darling, also won for cinematography and a producers’ award.  Thankfully Fox Searchlight made a deal to bring Beasts to a theater near you soon.

The Audience Awards went to The Surrogate (Dramatic), The Invisible War (Documentary), Valley of Saints (World Dramatic), and Searching for Sugar Man (World Documentary).  The cast of The Surrogates—led by John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy—doubled up with the Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting.  Fox Searchlight also picked up The Surrogates.  Love that studio.  Hit the jump for the press release with the expansive list of award winners.

Sundance 2012: Line-Ups for SPOTLIGHT, PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT, NEXT <=>, and NEW FRONTIER Announced

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Yesterday, Sundance announced the line-ups for the in-competition categories.  Today, we’re moving into the out-of-competition films and just because they’re not competing for an award, doesn’t mean they won’t be great.  Sundance has announced their line-ups for the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=>, and New Frontier categories.  There are a lot of exciting films in these categories, but I’m over the moon that Sundance will be getting The Raid.  The movie got massive love coming out of TIFF this year, Sony Pictures Classics picked up the distribution rights, and I’m going to make sure there’s a spot for it in my Sundance schedule.  Other noteworthy movies include Monsieur Lazhar, Wuthering Heights, and Black Rock (a horror film from The Freebie director Katie Aselton and her husband/Cyrus co-writer-director Mark Duplass).

Hit the jump for the line-ups.  The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.

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