Kevin Smith has always been a comic book fan. His second and third movies were steeped in comics. To this day, he’ll occasionally write a comic and even maintains a podcast about Batman. And for a comic book fan/filmmaker, there’s really nothing better than getting Stan Lee to appear in your film. That happened for Smith in film number two, Mallrats, when Lee showed up – as himself – to spout a few gross words of wisdom to our hero, Brodie.
Now, almost 20 years later, Smith got Lee to return for his latest film, Yoga Hosers. Check out the image and more below. Read More »
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A spin around the TV dial is almost guaranteed to turn up at least one appearance by Bill Hader. Whether it be his memorable stint on Saturday Night Live, smaller film roles in Judd Apatow comedies, leading roles in Greg Mottola comedies, adding voices to Edgar Wright movies, writing South Park episodes, or a commercial for his wonderful new drama The Skeleton Twins, Hader seems to be everywhere. And that’s a good thing. The guy is talented and funny, and a huge film fan.
In the book “Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers” by Mike Sacks, Hader contributed his own list of “200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See.” It pretty safe to say, though, you don’t have to be a comedy writer to appreciate these gems. Some are obvious, some not, but it’s a fun list even just as a jumping off point for a debate.
Below, check out the list of Hader’s 200 Essential Comedies and even watch him talk about it. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Amazon has made no secret of the fact that it wants to compete with Netflix, but so far it hasn’t offered much of a challenge on the original programming front. Though the web retailer has debuted several new shows already, none have attracted nearly the attention of a House of Cards or an Orange Is the New Black.
But that could change with Transparent. The “psychosexual comedy” stars Jeffrey Tambor as a father who comes out as a trans woman late in his life, rocking the lives of his family including his ex-wife (Judith Light) and their three adult children (Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffmann).
The dramedy pilot earned some very strong buzz when Amazon debuted it later this year. And if the first Transparent trailer is any indication, it’s likely to get even more once the full first season debuts next fall. Check out the Transparent trailer after the jump.
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After showing a talent for making people laugh during his gigs as Thor, and in The Cabin in the Woods, Chris Hemsworth is taking a dive into full-on comedy. He’s in talks to play a new role in the sequel and semi-reboot of Vacation. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) wrote the film and will make their directorial debut on the picture, which follows the continued adventures of the Griswold family as they try desperately to have fun. Read More »
In 2008, I discovered a great short film titled I Love Sarah Jane by commercial and music video director Spencer Susser (you can watch it here — and if you haven’t yet, you really need to). I was slightly disappointed by Susser’s feature directorial debut Hesher, which premiered at the 2010 Sundnace Film Festival. Since the festival, Susser has been trying to get a feature length version of I Love Sarah Jane into production and has also returned to his short film roots. One of Spencer Susser‘s latest short films is titled Eugene, a comedy about a lonely man (played by Michael Govier) who checks into a hotel and is mysteriously delivered an intriguing gift. What happens when he gets seduced by too much power? Watch Spencer Susser’s Eugene now embedded after the jump.
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Steve Martin is in final negotiations to star in Disney’s feature film Magic Camp. Martin, whose first job was working at the Main Street Magic Shop at Disneyland, co-wrote the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer/director Stu Zicherman, based on a first draft by Diary of a Wimpy Kid scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah. After the jump learn more about Magic Camp, the documentary of the same name, get a story of the history of Steve Martin Disneyland magic, and see a photo of a young Martin working in the Main Street Magic Shop.
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Here’s your opportunity: write a CRAZY script for The Goonies 2, because Josh Brolin says he’ll show up for it. The actor, out promoting Sin City 2, just appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. And in case the screenshot above doesn’t make the setup pretty clear, a lot of the talk on the show was about Brolin’s first big role, in The Goonies. We’re getting close to the film’s 30th anniversary (man, that hurts) and Fallon really wanted to talk about the movie. He got his wish; get a read on the odds of seeing Josh Brolin in Goonies 2, below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
HBO’s Girls has been off the air for about five months now, and it won’t be back on for another five months or so. So HBO just wants to make sure you don’t forget about it in the meantime.
With production now underway, the network has revealed the first Girls Season 4 teaser, which shows Hannah Hovarth (Lena Dunham) headed for a big fall. Hit the jump to check it out.
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