the clapper cast

There is something eminently watchable about Ed Helms, who has spent a significant portion of his career suffering onscreen for our amusement. With his role as a regular correspondent on The Daily Show, her perfected the act of playing a buffoon lacking any and all self-awareness. In The Office, he elevated his oblivious blowhard persona to the next level, often facing all sorts of painful repercussions for his actions. And then he appeared in the new Vacation and the Hangover sequels, which is punishment enough for ten comedians.

Now, he’s looking to play another sad-sack punching bag in The Clapper, which will team him up with Amanda Seyfried and writer/director Dito Montiel.

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Keanu Green Band Trailer

With last month’s red-band trailer, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele‘s Keanu went from an unknown quantity to one of our most anticipated comedies of the year. In part, this was because Keanu looks like nothing so much as a feature-length version of a Key and Peele sketch: original and hilarious and brilliantly insightful about society’s expectations of black men. But mostly, if we’re being totally honest, it was because of that cat. Just look at those fuzzy little paws and those big wide eyes. How can you not fall in love with him?

Well, maybe if you didn’t get to see the first trailer because it was NSFW. Fortunately, for those who’ve yet to succumb to Keanu’s charms, a new green-band trailer has just arrived. Now the whole family can get together to coo over this pint-sized bundle of sheer cute. Watch the Keanu green-band trailer after the jump.  Read More »

hail caesar review

With Hail, Caesar!, Joel and Ethan Coen have crafted a movie that’s amusing but baffling, challenging but easygoing, and frivolous but about everything. It’s a film that wears its frustration on its sleeve like a badge of honor, inviting you to engage with it even as it tries to hard to keep you at a distance. It’s funny and sad, silly and serious. In other words, it’s a Coen brothers movie. We’re all probably going to like it a lot more in five years if we’re unsure about it now.

Now that Hail, Caesar! has been out for an entire weekend and you’ve had a chance to see it (because you definitely went out and saw the new Coen brothers film on its opening weekend, right?), let’s take this opportunity to explore how this Hollywood farce fits into the larger Coen canon. Like all of their films, this film reflects their larger worldview and shares ideas with some of their best work. Hail, Caesar!, halfway between Barton Fink and A Serious Man, a cousin of Inside Llewyn Davis and Miller’s Crossing, feels like it fills a specific gap in their overall filmography.

Naturally, spoilers lurk ahead.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates trailer

One of the recurring themes of 2016 is going to be Zac Efron, comedy star. The High School Musical alum has not one, not two, but three separate comedies coming out this year. The first, Dirty Grandpa, has already come and gone, and this summer brings Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

Efron leads the latter as the titular Dave, while Adam DeVine plays Mike. As the title suggests, the Stangle brothers need wedding dates. Their hard-partying ways have ruined every family gathering, and their dad (Stephen Root) figures a couple of sweet girls will help keep them in line at their sister’s wedding. They end up with Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick), who turn out to be much, much more than they bargained for. Watch the first Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Larry David Saturday Night Live

After once writing for the staple late night sketch show, comedian Larry David returned to Saturday Night Live as host this past weekend. The creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld co-creator has been appearing on SNL this season as potential presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, but this is by far the most involvement David has ever had on the show. Thankfully, the episode was more than just David being himself, even though a couple sketches made use of the comedian’s trademark personality.

See which sketches were the best and worst from the Larry David Saturday Night Live episode below! Read More »

Who Wants to See a ‘One Crazy Summer’ Sequel?

one crazy summer

Between One Crazy Summer and Better Off Dead, it’s almost impossible not to pick the latter as the more satisfying of the two Savage Steve Holland and John Cusack collaborations. The ’80s comedies have both aged well, though. Neither film was a hit at the box-office, but time has been kind to them. Now, Holland wants to revisit some of the characters from One Crazy Summer in a sequel.

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The Lonely Island TV Show

For a long time now, the sketch comedy staple Saturday Night Live has been the only show to tackle late-night programming on a Saturday night. But Fox is about to change the game a bit since they’ve brought in some SNL veterans to create their own sketch comedy show that will also air late on Saturday nights.

Party Over Here is a new sketch comedy series from The Lonely Island, the SNL Digital Short creators and rap parody group formed by Saturday Night Live writers/performers Andy Sambeg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. That’s right, the guys who brought you “Jizz in My Pants” and “Dick in a Box” are getting their own sketch show. Find out more about The Lonely Island TV show below! Read More »

best coen brothers scenes

The filmography of Joel and Ethan Coen is untouchable. Of their 17 films, at least a dozen of them are arguably great films and more than a few of them are genuine masterpieces. Ranking them is a fool’s errand. I know this because I have tried. Within a year, I wanted to erase the whole thing. Their work sticks with you, attaches itself to your mind and grows with you. Minor films become masterpieces over time. Little moments reveal their layers, their profundity, upon repeat viewings. The Coen brothers filmography feels alive – it’s always growing, always changing. Even their newest film Hail, Caesar (out today) threw me for a loop. I literally have no idea how I’ll feel about it tomorrow or six months from now.

So I’ve assembled a list of ten perfect scenes from the Coen canon. They are unranked, presented in chronological order, because I do not want to impose rigid form on something that I know will shift and change within a year or two. But right now, these scenes sum up why they’re special and their work should be celebrated. Few modern artists have showcased such range and fewer have dabbled in so many different genres and forms while maintaining their voice at every moment. These scenes represent a sublime partnership and the best modern cinema has to offer.

Spoilers follow, of course.

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2016 Ghostbusters LEGO

The Ghostbusters reboot/remake, or whatever you want to call it, is coming this summer. We already know there’s plenty of merchandising coming for the new movie because director Paul Feig already showed off some Ghostbusters action figures of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. But I don’t think anyone was expecting this yet.

Ghostbusters fans were rather pleased to get a LEGO set commemorating the titular paranormal exterminators and their iconic car, the revamped classic ambulance known as the Ecto-1. The vehicle got a pretty sweet companion set in the form of the Ghostbsuters’ firehouse this year, and now they’ll both have some company in the form of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.

The first photos of the set featuring the team’s new vehicle and some awesome minifigures have been revealed and you can see them below. But beware, because one piece of the set gives away a bit of a spoiler. Read More »