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The Weekend Warrior 9/23/16: The Magnificent Seven, Storks

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

Yikes. What a terrible weekend we just had, not only for the new movies released but also for the Weekend Warrior’s predictions. Clint Eastwood and Tom HanksSully won its second weekend in a row with just under $22 million, but as far as the new movies, neither Lionsgate’s Blair Witch nor Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby did very well, putting the last nail in the coffin (hopefully) for sequels/remakes trying to play upon nostalgia that just isn’t there. (Good luck to the Rings movie opening next month!) Blair Witch ended up with $9.6 million to take second place and both Bridget Jones’s Baby and Oliver Stone’s Snowden ended up with around $8 million, so
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'It's A Disaster' Actor/Producer Jeff Grace Launches Kickstarter For Alex Karpovsky Led 'Folk Hero & Funny Guy'

Last year, you may have caught the apocalypse dramedy "It's A Disaster," starring David Cross, America Ferrara, Julia Stiles, and the comedy troupe The Vactioneers, made up of Jeff Grace, Kevin M. Brennan, Blaise Miller, and writer/director Todd Berger (here's our review if you need to catch up). Well, now one of The Vacationeers, Jeff Grace, is embarking on his own filmmaking journey and launching a Kickstarter campaign to get the wheels moving on the road movie "Folk Hero & Funny Guy." As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, "Girls" actor and indie filmmaker Alex Karpovsky (who will next be seen in the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis") has signed on to co-star in the story of two longtime friends, a folk musician and a stand up comic (Karpovsky) who hit the road together. Actress/musician Liza Oppenheimer is also set to co-star. Grace, a stand up comedian, writer,
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DVD Review: ‘It’s a Disaster’ Sadly Lives Up to Its Name

Chicago – The summer movie season has barely begun, and I’m already sick to death of the apocalypse. It seems to have pervaded every mainstream genre, from action-packed thrillers to raunchy comedies. I’ll take a hilarious mess like “This Is the End” over grim sci-fi junk like “Oblivion” and “After Earth” any day, simply because it delivers its cautionary message with tongue-in-cheek exuberance.

What made “This Is the End” such a kick was the sight of watching beloved yet overexposed talents satirize their own media-fed personas. Their characters were all unsympathetic, but there wasn’t an instant in which the audience wasn’t in on the joke. It was rather endearing to see the men whose work played a big role in humanizing American comedy deflate the bloated vulgarity of modern celebrity culture.

DVD Rating: 1.5/5.0

The problem with Todd Berger’s ensemble face, “It’s a Disaster,” is that
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Contest: Win Copies Of Apocalyptic Comedy 'It’s A Disaster' On Blu-Ray & DVD

It’s pretty much impossible to avoid the end of the world this summer, and with the trend of blockbuster apocalypse movies showing no signs of abating any time soon, it’s good to have something a little more offbeat to throw into the mix. “It’s a Disaster,” the sophomore effort from up and coming director Todd Berger is exactly that, and to celebrate the DVD release we’ve got three copies on DVD and three copies on Blu-ray to give away to some lucky readers. It got a rapturous response from the packed houses it played to in Los Angeles and when we caught the film at the La Film Festival, we called it “a clever take on the apocalypse film...that takes a humorous look at the problems, both epic and trivial, that threaten to ruin lives” (our review here). With an ensemble cast featuring Julia Stiles,
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5 Questions with Rachel Boston

5 Questions with Rachel Boston
Once the world escaped 2012 unscathed, the apocalypse-themed cinematic offerings veered from dramatic to comedic, with 2013 offering up This Is the End, The World's End, Rapture-Palooza and It's a Disaster, starring Rachel Boston, American Ferrera, Julia Stiles and David Cross.

In the hilarious and heartfelt It's A Disaster, four couples meet for brunch only to learn halfway through the meal the world is ending, forcing each to re-examine their life choices. ETonline caught up with the delightful Boston to talk about this project, the special skill she brought to set and her dream end of world scenario!

ETonline: Was this movie as fun to make as it seemed?

Rachel Boston: It was an extraordinary experience. It was made on an indie budget, so we didn't have trailers. But the producers rented the house across the street, so we'd go from the house we were locked in all day to the house across the street where we spend
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‘It’s A Disaster’ Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: David Cross, Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brennan, Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, Erinn Hayes, Jeff Grace, Blaise Miller, Rob McGillivray | Written and Directed by Todd Berger

People have widely different ideas of how they would handle the end of the world. Some would utilize it as an opportunity to reflect amongst their love ones, while others would let their freak flag fly in a party of reckless abandon. Facing the reality of worldwide destruction is a common theme found in film. Some, like Armageddon, use universal disaster as a showcase for the capabilities of human bravery. Others, like 2012’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, use it as a philosophical dissection into the fatality of life. Todd Berger’s latest film It’s a Disaster takes an entirely different approach.

Similar to films like Another Earth or Safety Not Guaranteed, its high-concept is primarily a backdrop used frame more modest themes.
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FEARnet Movie Review: 'It's a Disaster'

  • FEARnet
FEARnet Movie Review: 'It's a Disaster'
 

The dark and acerbic new comedy called It's a Disaster may seem like a strange film to be reviewing at a horror site, but after watching the film and deciding it felt like a bizarre mixture of The Last Supper (1996) and Right at Your Door (2007), we felt it was more than suitable for FEARnet readers. The specter of death does hover over this odd comedy of apocalyptic manners, which means it qualifies as horror "enough," but also... I just really liked It's a Disaster and the boss said, "Sure, review it but play up the 'end of the world' angle a bit."

  Yes, that's right. It's a Disaster is an acidic farce about a Sunday brunch that's promptly interrupted by news of a nearby nuclear attack -- which means that a socially-awkward get-together is about to become the last meal this collection of four couples will ever eat. I leave
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Review: ‘It’s a Disaster’ Is Everything But

You wouldn’t think large-scale death and destruction would be good fodder for comedy, but last year’s Seeking a Friend For the End of the World proved otherwise with its sweet mix of laughs and heart. This year sees two higher profile attempts at the formula with Seth Rogen’s This Is the End and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, but the odds are both of these will lean far heavier on the comedy aspect. Unfairly allocated to the limited release indie circuit though is a little film that may just be the best of the bunch. Or should I say, the best of the brunch… (don’t worry, I didn’t write the movie). Pete and Emma (Blaise Miller & Erinn Hayes) host a regular “couples” brunch for their favorite fellow couples, but today’s get together won’t be going entirely to plan. Judging by how some of the regular attendees despise the
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It’s A Disaster Movie Review 2

  • ShockYa
It’s A Disaster Movie Review 2
Director: Todd Berger Title: It’s A Disaster Starring: Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, David Cross (TV’s ‘Arrested Development’), Rachel Boston (‘The Pill’), Blaise Miller (‘The Scencesters’), Erinn Hayes (TV’s ‘Children’s Hospital’), Jeff Grace (‘Super Zeroes’) and Kevin Brennan (‘The Lake House’) Maintaining the perfect public image, particularly with long-term friends who believe you have the perfect life, is an important goal many people set to maintain. Often times it takes a life altering, catastrophe event that forces people to publicly face the inevitable and admit their mistakes and shortcomings. Struggling to cope with such an sudden and unexpected change is the emotional conflict in the new comedy ‘It’s A Disaster.’ The [ Read More ]

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It's a Disaster: A Fitting Title for a Butchered Brunch-pocalypse

For folks searching for a knee-slapping comedy about a group of unlikely friends who find strength in each other during the oncoming apocalypse, you will not find it in It's a Disaster. For those searching for a slow-paced, mildly amusing comedy where almost nothing of interest happens, Todd Berger's It's a Disaster is right up your alley.

The film has a fairly simple premise: eight characters with no chemistry gather for a monthly couples brunch and slowly realize that the world outside their bacon- scented house is coming to an end.

It's a Disaster has one set, and almost no external characters outside the main eight, making it so that the weight of the movie rests on the dialog between characters. But the dialog falls flat even with a cast led by David Cross, despite his uncanny ability to turn truly awful lines into comedy gold.

Maybe if the
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Julia Stiles Talks Comedy 'It's A Disaster,' Career Choices & 'Bourne'

This is an edited reprint of our interview from the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. "It's a Disaster" opens on in New York and La on April 12th. It's currently available on VOD.Julia Stiles has had a long and varied career since her breakout role opposite Heath Ledger in "10 Things I Hate About You," the '90s high school adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." Since then she's been a Jason Bourne accomplice, danced with death on TV's "Dexter," delivered David Mamet dialogue on stage, and currently has a spate of new high profile film roles coming up. We caught up with the New Yorker on the phone on the eve of the world premiere of her latest flick, "It's a Disaster." "It's a Disaster" is the creative project of comedy troupe The Vacationeers (director Todd Berger and cast members/producers Kevin M. Brennan, Jeff Grace and Blaise Miller,
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Review: It's a Disaster

  • JoBlo
Plot: A group of friends (Rachel Boston, America Ferrera, Julia Stiles, David Cross, Jeff Grace, Erinn Hayes, Kevin M. Brennan, & Blaise Miller) meeting for their monthly couples brunch discover that a series of dirty bombs have been set off nearby, and that the world is spiraling towards Armageddon. Review: Apocalyptic fiction, long a hallmark of the sci-fi genre, has been making a big comeback lately. Despite the popularity of the genre, end of the world comedies were a...
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It’s A Disaster Movie Review

It’s A Disaster Movie Review
Title: It’s A Disaster Directed by: Todd Berger Starring: Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrera, Kevin M. Brennan, Rachel Boston, Jeff Grace, Erinn Hayes, Blaise Miller Running time: 88 minutes, Rated R Emma (Erinn Hayes) and Pete (Blaise Miller) are having their traditional couple’s brunch. Newly dating Glenn (David Cross) and Tracy (Julia Stiles) arrive and she briefs him about her eccentric friends who will be attending. Lexi (Rachel Boston) is the vegetarian of the group and all feel forced to cater to her diet choices. Lexi’s husband Buck (Kevin M. Brennan) is a musician; he and Lexi are both uncomfortably inappropriate to everyone, but only Glenn seems affected. Hedy [ Read More ]

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It's a Disaster Trailer with David Cross

It's a Disaster Trailer with David Cross
Oscilloscope Laboratories has unveiled the first trailer for It's a Disaster, director Todd Berger's comedy that is debuting on VOD platforms March 5 before its April 12 theatrical release. Julia Stiles and David Cross star as Tracy and Glenn, a new couple who decide to have brunch with three other couples on what appears to be a typical Sunday afternoon. As the day unfolds, an apocalyptic event leaves them all stranded in the same house, giving them a front row seat to the end of the world. Take a look at the latest footage from this upcoming indie, also starring America Ferrera, Rachel Boston, Erinn Hayes, and Kevin Brennan.

It's A Disaster - Trailer

It's a Disaster comes to theaters April 12th, 2013 and stars Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrera, Rachel Boston, Erinn Hayes, Jesse Draper, Todd Berger, Kevin Brennan. The film is directed by Todd Berger.
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Watch: Todd Berger's End-of-the-World Comedy 'It's a Disaster' Trailer

"Let's go out the way we came in..." The perfect trailer to feature on a day like today, with meteorites and asteroids flying by. Oscilloscope Labs has debuted the trailer for the indie end-of-the-world comedy It's a Disaster, written and directed by Todd Berger, about an awkward couples brunch that gets even worse once they all find out it might be the end of the world. The cast includes small screen names like Rachel Boston, Kevin Brennan, David Cross, Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, Jeff Grace, Erinn Hayes and Blaise Miller. Despite all the quotes, I don't think this looks that great, but some folks might enjoy it. Here's the first trailer for Todd Berger's It's a Disaster, originally found by SlashFilm: Four couples meet for their monthly Sunday brunch only to discover they are stuck in a house together as the world may be about to end. It's a Disaster
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Movies This Week: November 30 - December 6, 2012

Five new films open in Austin this week, but all have tepid reviews. But not to worry, film fans: For the rest of the year, terrific special screenings are piling up like presents stacked under a Christmas tree. (Or grievances aired around a Festivus pole, or whatever symbols are part of your holiday tradition, if indeed you have one, and it's fine if you don't. Whatever your holiday tradition -- or lack thereof -- the always-inclusive folks at Slackerwood wish you happiness. Or not, if you prefer unhappiness.)

There is, of course, the expected onslaught of holiday film screenings this week. The Alamo Drafthouse offers its usual eclectic mix of holiday movies, from the traditionally warm and fuzzy (It's a Wonderful Life) to the anti-sentimental (the slasher flick Black Christmas, with a live appearance by Margot Kidder) to Jette and Chip's favorite holiday tradition, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
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Laff Favorite ‘It’s A Disaster’ Picked Up By Oscilloscope, Obviously Not a Disaster At All

Though it might often seem as if most of the wheeling and dealing that goes into the acquisition of festival films happens actually during festivals, there are plenty of worthy titles that end up getting snapped up months after their premieres (just look at John Dies at the End). Though Todd Berger‘s It’s A Disaster premiered back in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival and we’re just getting word of the film being bought now, there was never any question that the Laff favorite (and major crowdpleaser) was going to get picked up, distributed, and totally loved by anyone who has the good sense to watch it. IndieWire reports that Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to the film and is planning to release it both theatrically and digitally in early 2013. Written and directed by Berger, the film stars Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrera, Erinn Hayes
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Todd Berger's Apocalyptic 'It's A Disaster' Goes to Laub and Berger's Oscilloscope

Todd Berger's Apocalyptic 'It's A Disaster' Goes to Laub and Berger's Oscilloscope
Oscilloscope has picked up "It's A Disaster" for North American distribution, set for early 2013 release. The Todd Berger film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this Spring, and stars Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrera, Erinn Hayes, Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brennan, Jeff Grace and Blaise Miller. The ensemble comedy is set during a "couples brunch" of eight friends who suddenly move from relationship dramas to an apocalyptic bomb explosion. Oscilloscope's David Laub and Dan Berger are now steering the indie company in the wake of the loss of founder Adam Yauch, who died of cancer in May, as former president David Fenkel starts his new company A24, which will be trawling for pick-ups at Toronto. Laub calls the film "a real gem," adding that "Todd has combined a perceptive, Woody Allen-esque relationship comedy with a unique take on the apocalypse film, and in the process enlivened both genres and created.
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Oscilloscope Acquires Laff Comedy 'It's a Disaster' Starring Julia Stiles, David Cross and America Ferrera

  • Indiewire
Oscilloscope Acquires Laff Comedy 'It's a Disaster' Starring Julia Stiles, David Cross and America Ferrera
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Todd Berger’s comedy “It’s A Disaster,” which had its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. The specialty distributor plans both a theatrical and digital release early next year. Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrera, Erinn Hayes, Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brennan, Jeff Grace and Blaise Miller star in the story of a weekly couples brunch that turns unhinged when a bunch of dirty bombs go off in the city. Jeff Grace, Kevin M. Brennan, Gordon Bijelonic and Datari Turner produced the project, which was made in conjunction with Vacationeer Productions and Cactus Three. Read More: L.A. Film Fest Review: David Cross, Julia Stiles, America Ferrara and More Charm in Todd Berger's Satisfying Apocalyptic Couples Drama 'It's a Disaster' “‘It’s A Disaster’ is a real gem, one of those great discoveries that you don’t come across very.
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Oscilloscope Laboraties acquires It's A Disaster

Todd Berger's It's A Disaster comedy which stars Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrera, Erinn Hayes, Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brenna, Jeff Grace and Blaise Miller, has been picked up for N. American distribution by Oscilloscope (The Messenger). Pic's produced by Jeff Grace, Kevin M. Brennan, Gordon Bijelonic and Datari Turner, made in conjunction with Cactus Three and Vacationeer Productions. The comedic film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June, and according to Variety, Oscilloscope plans to give the film several festival runs prior to its theatrical and digital platform release early next year.
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