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Call-In Commentary: Watch “The Babymakers” trailer with director Jay Chandrasekhar of Broken Lizard

Paul Scheider and Olivia Munn in The Babymakers

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In the 2000s, comedy troupe Broken Lizard exploded on the scene with a series of low-budget laughers that catapulted them into the moviegoing consciousnesses and firmly established them as a Hollywood player. While “Super Troopers” has remained their biggest hit to date, other projects like “Club Dread” and “Beerfest” continued to garner them attention…fans that director Jay Chandrasekhar hopes will follow them into the theater for his latest endeavor, “The Babymakers.”

“The Babymakers” follows a couple (Paul Schneider and former G4 host Olivia Munn) who are attempting to get pregnant. Upon discovering that he may be infertile, Schneider recruits a friend to help him rob a sperm bank in which he once made a donation. The film is arguably the first sperm bank heist movie, a point Chandrasekhar makes in his Call-In Commentary, the IFC web series where filmmakers provide audio narration to their movie trailers. In the video below, let the Lizarder walk you through the plot and its characters, including many from the earlier “Super Troopers.”

“The Babymakers” is currently available on VOD.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Robot & Frank” trailer with director Jake Schreier

Frank Langella in Robot & Frank

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It’s surprising to think that one of the most humanistic films of the year co-stars a machine, but that’s what you get with Jake Schreier’s new movie “Robot & Frank.” Legendary actor Frank Langella plays Frank, an elderly grump in the near-future whose children (Liv Tyler and James Marsden) worry constantly about him as he schlubs his way through his twilight years. Hoping to get his dad’s life back in order, his son orders him a robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), a digitally-powered unit designed to function as a butler and caretaker in one. Initially resistant to his new addition, Frank — a “retired” jewel thief — quickly realizes that his robot may be good for more than just fetching glasses of milk.

One of the cleverest and most original films of the year, “Robot & Frank” is funny, touching and a joy to watch. Which is precisely why we were thrilled that Schreier agreed to record a Call-In Commentary for us, where filmmakers provide a narration to their movie trailer. In the video below, the director takes you through the storyline and its many characters.

“Robot & Frank” opens in NYC tomorrow, and August 24 in Los Angeles and other major cities, opening wide on August 31.

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Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Iron Sky” trailer with director Timo Vuorensola

Iron Sky

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As a huge genre nerd, I’d been tracking the progress of the German film “Iron Sky” for six or seven years, watching them take their project from concept art to fully-realized scenes and eventually to a feature-length film. It’s been a long and winding road, but now with a U.S. distributor lined up, they’re prepared to unleash their truly bizarre cult film on the unsuspecting world.

“Iron Sky” imagines that at the end of World War II, remnants of the Third Reich packed up and moved to the dark side of the moon, totally unbeknownst to the Allied powers. Now, roughly 70 years later and fully re-armed, the Nazis are planning to invade their home world and pick up where Hitler left off. “Iron Sky” basically picks up there, tracking a group of infiltrators who land their flying saucers in New York City in preparation for the big invasion.

To get the inside scoop, we turned to director Timo Vuorensola, who agreed to record a commentary track for the “Iron Sky” trailer. In his “Call-In Commentary,” Vuorensola outlines the story for us and introduces us to his main characters, including a Sarah Palin-esque figure that’s bound to either amuse or offend. For those wishing to see the film on the big screen, click here and demand that it be shown in your area.

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