From director Michael J. Weithorn (“The King of Queens”, A Little Help) and writer/actor Rob Benedict (“Supernatural”, Waiting…)
Featuring a powerhouse cast including Ron Livingston (Office Space, Swingers), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Jordan Peele (“Key and Peele”), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) and Jason Ritter (“Parenthood”), Richard Speight Jr. ("Supernatural") and many more....THE SIDEKICK is both an offbeat take on the superhero genre and an allegory about the struggle to find your purpose in life even as you are being…repurposed.
Rob's article for the Huffington Post
Finding The Sidekick Within
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what people are saying about THE SIDEKICK...
Rob Benedict, Lizzy Caplan Superhero Short ‘The Sidekick’ Gets Digital Release
VARIETY, Jan 28, 2015
Superhero films are the genre du jour, but a new short film offers a very different perspective on the caped trend. Star-studded short “The Sidekick” will debut on iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo-on-Demand beginning February 3, Variety has learned exclusively. The comedy will also make its streaming debut on Hulu in March....(keep reading)
Robin, Garfunkel, and other No. 2s in Sidekick star Rob Benedict's Sidekick Hall of Fame
video interview with Rob Benedict about the release of the film.
"they might be a Superhero's Number 2, but "The Sidekick" short is #1..."
Comic-Con: Ron Livingston/Lizzy Caplan Superhero Film to Make World Premiere
"The Sidekick," also starring writer Rob Benedict, will be screened in San Diego.
Directed by Michael J. Weithorn (The King of Queens) and written by Benedict, The Sidekick will make its world premiere in San Diego on Thursday, July 18, from 3-4 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront's Indigo Ballroom, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively (continue reading at The Hollywood Reporter)
'The Sidekick': Your Favorite New Superhero Partners...
Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Rob Benedict, Jason Ritter, Richard Speight Jr., and Josh Meyers
'The Sidekick' Trailer: Superhero Short Features the Other Guys in Tights
Being Robin has its perks, chief among them the sweet hang time with Batman, but for the most part fighting crime as a superhero sidekick isn't all it's cracked up to be.
In "The Sidekick," a superhero short starring Rob Benedict (who also wrote the film), Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, Josh Meyers, Ian Barinholtz, and others, a slew of number twos in tights lament their chosen line of work while also setting out to be the best they can be. But in the case of Benedict's Max McCabe, an unemployed and glaringly inept sidekick, his best may not be good enough. (continue reading at moviefone.com)
Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele And Rob Benedict Head To Comic-Con For The Sidekick Panel
Think being a sidekick is easy? Try being an unemployed one.
Michael J. Weithorn and Rob Benedict's new short The Sidekick explores such a scenario through the story of 40-year-old career sidekick, Max McCabe - played by actor and writer Rob Benedict - who is fired by his boss and left to try to figure out how to break back into the fast-paced world of superhero-dom. In addition to Benedict, the cast includes Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, Josh Meyers, Richard Speight Jr. and Jordan Peele. All of the above mentioned people will be in attendance for The Sidekick Comic-Con panel that's set for later this month. (continue reading at televisionblend.com)
Rob Benedict’s The Sidekick Heads to Comic Con, Hopes for a Sidekick-y Future
“Supernatural’s” Rob Benedict stars and co-wrote “The Sidekick”, about a 40-year old superhero, well, sidekick who gets fired from his position
“Supernatural’s” Rob Benedict stars and co-wrote “The Sidekick”, about a 40-year old superhero, well, sidekick who gets fired from his position for, one assumes, incompetence (and just generally being too old and slow, I guess) and now has to find a real job in the real world. Or something to that effect. Luckily for him, Lizzy Caplan is there to lend a helping hand. (continue reading on beyondhollywood.com)
Comic-Con 2013 schedule: All the best movie events
Comic-Con has released the full schedule of all the events that will take place over the course of its four days, which you can see for yourself here. For your convention convenience, we’ve collected all of best movie-related panels, programs, Q&As, screenings, and dog-and-pony shows below, including ones involving anticipated upcoming releases like Ender’s Game, Divergent, Gravity, and The World’s End. Check them out and mark your calendars. San Diego Comic-Con runs July 17-21. (continue reading at entertainmentweekly.com)
Comic-Con Thursday TV highlights include a 'X Files' reunion and a 'Dexter'/'Hannibal' showdown
'Psych,' 'South Park' and Josh Holloway are also set for Thursday
Comic-Con 2013 will kick off its Thursday, July 18 TV programming with the return of a "Lost" favorite and will end the day by forcing fans to choose between two serial-killing favorites. (continue reading at hitfix.com)
THR highlights the biggest movie panels heading to the San Diego convention
Comic-Con 2013: The Complete Film Lineup
Comic-Con is quickly approaching, which means that panel, party and event announcements are arriving on a daily basis. The Hollywood Reporter has compiled a list highlighting all the biggest movie events hitting San Diego during the annual convention, which runs July 17-21. (continue reading at hollywoodreporter.com)
Finding the Sidekick Within
I started thinking about a questionable profession—the Superhero sidekick. And I began applying it as an allegory for what I was going through. What happens to Robin at 40? Batman at least can age gracefully behind the suit, plus he's you know, Batman. But Robin, barely has a mask to hide behind -- and his most impressive power is the ability to tell Batman to "look out"! The same could be said for the Green Hornet's sidekick, Kato. Super powers: agility, stealth. What happens when he starts to lose his step? Same with the others -- Bucky (Captain America), Jimmy Olsen (Superman), Sancho Panza (Don Quixote) ... where do good Sidekicks go to retire? (continue reading on huffingtonpost.com)
San Diego Comic-Con 2013: 9 Under the Radar Panels to Love
If you want to skip the long lines and still see some cool panels at the biggest comic convention around, check out some of these under the radar gems.
The Sidekick is a short film about what happens when a superhero’s trusty sidekick gets a little lazy...and gets fired. Now pushing 40, Max McCabe finds himself just a regular guy instead of a sidekick to Ron Livingston's Captain Wonder. Will he be able to rejoin the rest of society without a cape and tights? The neat thing about this panel is that it also functions as the world premiere of the short, meaning you get to become the annoying person who tells all your friends you saw it first. (continue reading on buddytv.com)
Comic-Con expands as proving ground for new shows
Nine years ago, the inaugural episode of "Lost" captured Comic-Con attendees' imaginations when it first premiered at the fan-driven extravaganza, and the surreal series about plane crash survivors went on to become a cultural phenomenon. This year, more than 10 new shows are angling to land similar success when they touch down in San Diego this week (continue reading on news.yahoo.com)
Comic-Con 2013 to Premiere Superhero Short Film Starring Lizzy Caplan and Ron Livingston
Although San Diego Comic-Con is traditionally known for its massive panels celebrating the most-anticipated films and most-popular TV shows in the geek world, it also plays host to countless other projects, many of which often seem to get lost. Hopefully, that won’t happen to ‘The Sidekick,’ a new superhero-themed short film that will premiere at Comic-Con 2013 and has some pretty big ambitions. (continuing reading on screencrush.com)
This Week In Trailers: Citizen Koch, FOUR, The Sidekick, Wasteland, Dealin’ With Idiots, Les Invisibles
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form
A featurette that’s playing this weekend at the Con stars a gaggle of comedic actors, the trailer supposes one of the most likely areas for an easy joke: What do the lives of sidekicks look like? From director Michael J. Weithorn we are given some insight into this imagined supposition and the results look pretty good. (continue reading on slashfilm.com)
Indie Spotlight Comic-Con Edition: THE SIDEKICK
Starring Rob Benedict, Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Josh Meyers, Jason Ritter & Martin Starr
This special Comic-Con edition of Indie Spotlight features The Sidekick, a project from writer-star Rob Benedict (Felicity). In a world of superheroic features, The Sidekick centers on the oft-overlooked partners of costumed crimefighters. When career sidekick Max McCabe (Benedict) gets sidelined in favor of a new model, he goes on a quest to find his new purpose. Also starring Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Martin Starr, Jason Ritter, Ike Barinholtz and Josh Meyers, The Sidekick was screened for a Comic-Con audience with hopes of generating interest in a TV or web series. Judging from the audience’s reaction, Benedict just might have something here. (continue reading on collider.com)
Comic-Con 2013: 20 TV Must-Sees
"The Sidekick" Screening & Panel
The world premiere screening of Rob Benedict's superhero short features a veritable who's who of your favorite small-screen stars. Written by and starring Benedict, "The Sidekick" tells the offbeat story of career "sidekick" Max McCabe. When Max begins to lose his youthful zip and is unceremoniously fired by his superhero boss, he finds himself cast adrift in a world that seems to have no use for an aging professional buddy. The panel will also feature stars Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, Josh Meyers, Richard Speight Jr., Jordan Peele and Jason Ritter, along with director Michael J. Weithorn and cinematographer Steve Lubensky (continue reading on huffingtonpost.com).
"THE SIDEKICK" EXPLORES THE SUPERHERO SECONDS
Interview with Rob Benedict, Richard Speight Jr, and Michael Weithorn
At Comic-Con International 2013, Richard Speight Jr., Rob Benedict and Michael J. Weithorn stopped by the CBR Yacht to discuss "The Sidekick," a short film about what happens to a longtime sidekick after his hero fires him. Starring Benedict, Speight Jr., Lizzy Caplan, Ron Livingston, Josh Meyers, Ian Barinholtz and more, the 30-minute short directed by Weithorn debuted at CCI 2013.
Benedict, Weithorn and Speight Jr. discussed the development of the labor-of-love project, what the future holds for the little short that could, the revealing nature of tights and more....
(continue reading at Comic Book Resources)
The Sidekick's Kicking Into Action
Interview with Lizzy Caplan, Rob Benedict, Richard Speight Jr, and Josh Meyers
The stars of “The Sidekick” caught up with “omg! Insider” recently to chat about their 30 minute comedy. The featurette starring and written by Rob Benedict, and co-starring Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, and Martin Starr, centers around a superhero’s sidekick, Max McCabe, who gets fired from his job and goes on a journey to find himself throughout the film.
(continue reading at OMG! INSIDER...)
‘The Sidekick’ trailer: Rob Benedict’s superhero sitcom.
Where the live-action version of The Tick may have been just a little too ahead of its time, the absurdity of being a superhero is perfectly captured in The Sidekick. Creator and star Rob Benedict has assembled a star-studded cast...(continue reading at NERDREP)
Rob Benedict appears on KC Live promoting The Sidekick. VIDEO
Known for his roles in "Felicity" and "Supernatural", Actor Rob Benedict gives the scoop on his latest project, "The Sidekick" and why he chose Kansas City as one of the places to screen the film!
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