Ben Umstead
U.S. Editor; Los Angeles, California

Ben joined Team Twitch in the summer of 2009 when he moved to NYC, where he established an east coast conglomerate of writers for the site. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he works as a producer and script consultant.

Review: UNCERTAIN TERMS, Between Romance And Delusion

We are walking down a serene wooded path. With our back to us is a redheaded girl, her hair in a long, tight braid, her shoulders slumped forward. She's walking through the woods, pondering her very existence: Why is she... More »
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Preview: Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Debuts With Stellar Indie Lineup

There are two things when one considers going to a film festival, or dare to put one on. The first is: location, location, location. The second (or perhaps it's the first): Movies, of course. Plenty of quality, eclectic flicks that... More »
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HIGH WIRE ACT: Jon Hamm Takes The Lead In Tony Gilroy Scripted Thriller

With Mad Men coming to a close later this month, viewers have been wondering what the man behind Don Draper will do next.  While I for one had hoped Jon Hamm would go all out and do a full-on, international... More »
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Nick Park Preps EARLY MAN With StudioCanal

Based on the smashing European success of Shaun The Sheep The Movie, the stop-motion masters at Aardman will be reteaming with StudioCanal for Early Man, Nick Park's first feature directorial outing since Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.... More »
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Crowdfund This: JIÀOLIÀN [COACH], An Inside Look At Basketball In China

It's rare on 'Crowdfund This' to feature a campaign for a documentary, which makes today an intriguing one on the outset. But wait until you take a closer look at just what Esteban Argüello's Jiàoliàn [Coach] has in store. Jiàoliàn... More »
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JURASSIC WORLD: New Trailer Aims To (D)Evolve The Franchise

The first full trailer for Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World, the fourth in the on-again-off-again franchise, was released today.I'm not sure about this, but has an audience really, truly looked forward to a Jurassic Park flick since The Lost World in... More »
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Exclusive Clip: Meet Mary, The Mind Behind THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT

With a title like The Sisterhood Of Night, images of Hammer Horror classics may come to mind, but director Caryn Waechter and screenwriter Marilyn Fu have something on their hands far more enriching of the teenage experience than just genre... More »
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Hey, Latin Filmmakers, Submit Your Work To Fantasic Market!

If you have a fresh film pitch you are dying to get off your chest, or a work-in-progress that needs some intelligent eyes on it, then you may be in luck. Submissions to the 2015 Fantastic Market at Fantastic Fest... More »
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Now Streaming: MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL Takes The Leap

Leave it to the Man Without Fear to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe to daring new heights. Even if that's just mostly to the top of a five story walk-up in Hell's Kitchen.   

Marvel's Daredevil is the first of the... More »
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TRUE DETECTIVE: Watch The Season 2 Teaser

It was just a little over a year ago that many of us were catching our breath after the close of HBO's first season of True Detective.And it wasn't too long after that when series creator Nic Pizzolatto dropped the... More »
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Preview: Art Of The Real 2015 Expands The Cinematic Horizon

Entering only its second year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Art Of The Real series is, nonetheless, one of the must-see film events of the spring, and perhaps the year.This is in large measure due to the boundless, eclectic... More »
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Review: COMMUNITY S6E05 "Laws Of Robotics And Party Rights", On Manipulation And Stereotypes

Like a prison inmate controlling an iPad mounted remote control robot that loses balance and tips over, this episode of Community just falls flat.After letting a once disgruntled ex-lawyer turned-professor sit back and soak in the group dynamic of this... More »
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Review: COMMUNITY S6E04 "Queer Studies And Advanced Waxing", The Ponderous Natures Of Truth & Lies

In a comedy show, the cold open can be a glorious thing.It can set the tone for the rest of an episode, prepping us for the stories to unfold, or be its own little mini-tale, absurd, irreverent, and charming. Community's... More »
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Review: MAN FROM RENO, Hit & Miss Neo-Noir

Dave Boyle's fifth feature, Man From Reno, is in many ways both refreshing and frustrating in its pulp leanings. It is far less a typical pulse-pounding thriller, and more a good ol' fashioned mystery with its roots firmly planted in... More »
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Ben Mendelsohn Sought For STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE

If the latest talk from the trades goes through then the Gareth Edwards directed Star Wars: Rogue One is shaping up quite nicely.Deadline broke the news that Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn is being sought for a lead role alongside the... More »
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Jason Segel Is Making LEGO Spin-Off THE BILLION BRICK RACE

Everything Is Awesome because Everything is LEGO. Including Jason Segel.  While I'm sure there are detractors of the Brick out there, I'm not one of them, and can proudly say I've been a LEGO builder for life. I was tickled... More »
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Fan-Animated STAR WARS: TIE FIGHTER Lets The Empire Strike Back

Filling in for our resident Jedi Master Jason Gorber, the once vibrant pre-teen Star Wars fan in me is just giddy over animator Paul Johnson's stellar, 80s Anime-inspired short film Star Wars: TIE Fighter. Fans of the classic Star Wars... More »
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Review: COMMUNITY S6E03, "Basic Crisis Room Decorum," One Doggone Night At Greendale

"Basic Crisis Room Decorum" doesn't in any way shape or form attempt to wow us with a hairband scheme, wacky hijinks, blockbuster homages, or even, despite that title, sensational End-Of-Greendale crises.It starts with what sounds like some rather pressing news... More »
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AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON TV Spot Drops A Ton Of New Footage

Television commercials for movies are generally noisy and speedy mashups of their longer trailers. Let's call it blitzkrieg advertising. Rarely are they charming, fun and precise. This new spot for Joss Whedon's Give Me All Your Money 2, is all... More »
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Review: COMMUNITY S601 & 602, "Weird, Passionate, And Gross."

"And Jesus wept. For there were no more worlds to conquer..."You'll excuse me for paraphrasing Dean Pelton's own paraphrasing of Hans Gruber and Alexandre The Great, but not only was his line one of the funniest bits on the second... More »
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