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By James Rocchi Aug 30, 2012 10:46AM

After a few idle stand-up riffs about his real-life problems turned into something more, Mike Birbiglia now finds his experiences -- and neurological concerns -- on the big screen in "Sleepwalk With Me," based on his one-man show and NPR "This American Life" radio essay. Birbiglia and producer Ira Glass (the horn-rimmed mastermind behind "This American Life") met with us in L.A. to talk about movie-making versus radio, their small comedy versus "The Avengers" and about making the movie of your dreams -- literally -- with an all-too-real microbudget.

 

MSN Movies: The piece worked as a series of jokes and then it worked as a more connected series of jokes connected to a narrative of your life;  how exactly did it go from being an internalized part of your act to Mr. Glass being involved in the hope this might make for some good ol'-timey radio?

 

Mike Birbiglia: I think I just learned something about coming in and doing an interview where if both interviewees look really tired ... if you have energy, I feel roused to have more energy.

 

Ira Glass: Yeah.

 

I've just been out there doing Red Bull and Whippits all afternoon.

 

Birbiglia: Oh wow. (Laughs)

 

I'm kidding. But I mean, in all seriousness, how did you become aware of this piece?

 

Glass: One of my producers heard a recording of Mike doing a 15 minute version that he performed on stage. He thought, "This is great, you've got to put this on the radio." I agreed. I called Mike to ask if we could put this on the radio, and then after that we started collaborating on a bunch of radio pieces where he would write things for the show. We would edit them and go back and forth in a normal kind of editor-contributor relationship, and then at some point he suggested that he wanted to make the thing into a movie and that he wanted to do it and it seemed like it could be interesting.

 

There are two interesting questions that come with this. One was, Mr. Birbiglia, your 15-minute bit is great. but with an idea to adapt it to film, saying "Let's pump air into it and make it bigger," was there a worry that it couldn't structurally support that kind of expansion?

 

Birbiglia: Well, that was part of the process of a one-man show more than the movie. 'Cause the one man show was about 80-90 minutes long. And with something that I actually worked on for -- this is so crazy -- since 2003, I've been working on a one-man show. So this material itself in its rawest form I've been working on for like seven years.

 

Glass: Sleepwalking, which threatens your life…

 

Birbiglia: Yeah.

 

Glass: Is transforming your life. First by giving you a one-man show and now a movie.

 

Birbiglia: Sure.

 

Glass: A heroic figure from a fable. The thing which could kill you gives you life ...

 

 

Enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray

By MSN Movies Thu 8:08 AM

By Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

A mischievous squirrell is on a mission to find hte tastiest nuts for winter in this action-packed animated comedy.

 

A movie for the whole family, includes the voices of Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph.

 

You can now watch the fun-filled adventure unfold on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

To celebrate the release, you can enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray Combo Pack.


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"The Nut Job" is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

 

 

Enter to win a movie prize pack

By MSN Movies Wed 8:05 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

Inspired by true events, a professor and a team of University students outside of London conduct an "experiment" on a young girl who holds unspeakable secrets and dark forces. What they uncover is more terrifying than any of them expected.

 

To celebrate the upcoming release of "The Quiet Ones" one lucky winner will be selected to win a movie prize pack which includes a T-shirt, movie poster, an Amazon gift card and more!

 

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Watch the horror unfold when "The Quiet Ones" opens in theaters April 25.

 

 

Enter to win a Sony HD Memory Action Camcorder

By MSN Movies Apr 10, 2014 9:24AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Relativity Media

 

Horror unfolds for the Russell family as the siblings Tim and Kaylie try to uncover the supernatural force that caused the death of their parents. An antique mirror holds the key to the answers they've been looking for but will their reality be shattered once again by terrifying events that will unfold?

 

Experience the horror of "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

In the meantime, to celebrate the release, we're giving away a Sony HD Flash Memory Action Camcorder to one lucky fan! Here's how to enter.

 

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2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #Oculus giveaway

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Yes, it's that easy. Good luck and be sure to check out "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

 

 

Courtesy of 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,' one lucky winner will be selected

By MSN Movies Apr 8, 2014 8:14AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Home Media Distribution

 

You can now experience the horror and black magic of "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" as the shocking extended version is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, intense new footage not seen in theaters!

 

This new chapter in the series takes the phenomenal horror franchise to new hights set in a gritty urban environment.

 

To celebrate the release, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One console! To enter, follow these steps.

 

 

 

 

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3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com and tell us your top 3 favorite horror movies!
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Yes, it's that easy.  Good luck and be sure to check out "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" on digital, Blu-ray and DVD!

 

 

 

 

An inside look at a Hobbit's journey

By MSN Movies Apr 7, 2014 7:53AM

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Get an inside look at the characters and the mystery of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" through this exclusive infographic and enjoy the adventure as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is out on Blu-ray and digital HD on April 8.

 

For more movies exclusives, photos and video, like MSN Movies Facebook and follow MSN Movies Twitter.

 

 

 

Enter to win an Xbox One console!

By MSN Movies Mar 11, 2014 8:31AM

Paramount Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Pictures

 

Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd return to take the news world by storm in the outrageous comedy "Anchorman 2." After losing his job to his wife, Ron Burgundy reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival. Watch the comedy unfold as "Anchorman 2" is now available on digital release.

 

To celebrate the release, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One console! To enter, follow these steps:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovies #ANCHORMAN2 giveaway!

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com and tell us your favorite Ron Burgundy quote!
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In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive behind the scenes look at "Anchorman 2."

 

Tyler Perry's latest film hits theaters March 14

By MSN Movies Mar 10, 2014 8:15AM

Lionsgate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

In this latest Tyler Perry film, five single moms come together to find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood. Through their bond, they learn to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way as single moms.

 

To celebrate the release of "The Single Mom's Club" we're giving away a fun movie prize pack to one lucky fan!  Enter to win and be sure to check out "The Single Moms Club" when it hits theaters on March 14.

 

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Oscar nominated film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney now available on DVD

By MSN Movies Feb 24, 2014 8:47AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Disaster strikes as Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). Left alone, Dr. Stone in the darkness must try to figure out a way back to Earth.

 

Experience this space brilliant and critically acclaimed space adventure as the Oscar nominated film for Best Picture hits Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25. To celebrate the release we're giving away a copy of the movie to one lucky fan!

 

Enter to win:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter
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"Gravity" is out on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25.

 

 
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