OK, seriously, what’s going on with Jean-Claude Van Damme? I would have never pegged the guy as light-hearted, but he actually looks like he’s been having fun of late. There was that volvo commercial with the impressive split. Then there was yesterday’s trailer for Welcome to the Jungle, JCVD’s first outright comedy.
Now we’ve got a look at Enemies Closer, an action film about a sort of bayou manhunt that definitely has it’s own comic edge. In fact, Van Damme is really drinking from the same well Javier Bardem was when he did The Counselor. Just check the whacked-out hair and mannerisms. The movie looks awful, but ol’ Jean-Claude just couldn’t give a Damme. (The marketing people wrote that, not me. *runs away*) Read More »
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Briefly: Good news, San Diego. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has just moved up on your calendar, from December 20 to December 18. That means you can make a good choice on a Wednesday, instead of Friday.
After the jump, also spend some time with Ron Burgundy and his new mobile game, Scotchy Scotch Toss, and find out when you can see him host SportsCenter. Read More »
Two of the biggest stars in the world are attached. A high-profile comedy director wants to make it his next film. There’s just one thing in the way – that pesky script. That seems to be the case with Uptown Saturday Night, a remake of the 1974 Sidney Poitier film starring Poitier and Bill Cosby. Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) wants to make the film his next movie, and he’s got Will Smith and Denzel Washington set to play the lead roles. Now, in hopes to jump start the project to film next year, Warner Bros. has hired Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) to rewrite the script. Read More »
I might ask “why has Jean Claude Van Damme never done a comedy?” and someone could scoff “dude, didn’t you see Cyborg? Or Double Impact? Or Street Fight—” and I’d say “shut up, why hasn’t he made a movie that was billed as a comedy?” That conversation can go around and around, but the truth remains: there really isn’t a JCVD movie that is obviously designed for laughs more than anything else.
Enter Welcome to the Jungle, in which the Muscles from Brussels plays a boot camp instructor at a team-building retreat where, naturally, things go very wrong. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Boardwalk Empire, Hello Ladies, and Eastbound and Down are done for the year (or, in the latter’s case, forever), and Girls, Looking, and True Detective don’t premiere until January. So what’s there to see on HBO between now and 2014?
Well, the network is hoping you’ll use that time to check out two of their new shows, the medical comedy Getting On and the Summer Heights High spinoff Ja’mie: Private School Girl. Both series debuted on air last night, and have now released their first episodes online. Check ‘em out after the jump.
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There’s one major downside to the way Adam McKay and Will Ferrell make movies. Eventually, they have to go through the footage and pick out one joke for any given moment. When making a film like Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the director and star shoot so much footage that, once they finally made it into the editing room, the difficult work finally began.
Back in October, a group of journalists visited the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood and met with McKay and his editor Brent White while they were still working on the film. During our discussion we learned how long the initial cut was, about that rumored second version of movie, the test screening process, and how Seth Rogen almost ruined the film in post-production. We heard of an alternate ending and musical numbers, and saw two hilarious scenes from the December 20 release.
Below, read about all that and more as I present 12 fun facts from a visit to the edit bay of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Read More »
Each member of the news team has already assembled on their own character poster, and now it’s time for the new additions. Paramount has released three new character posters for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues featuring Kristen Wiig‘s character Chani, Meagan Good‘s character Linda Jackson and James Marsden‘s character, Jack Lime. Check them out below. Read More »
The trailer for Nymphomaniac set the bar pretty high when it comes to including explicit content in movie advertising. And, in truth, this trailer for Wrong Cops, from director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Wrong) isn’t nearly as explicit as that. But, in the fashion that is now the recognizable signature of Dupieux, it is nuts.
I’m a big fan of Dupieux’s particular brand of crazy, which pushes real situations into the realm of the absurd; while there are some pretty bonkers ideas in his films, they often seem to spring from a recognizable place, or from a pretty simple perception of things that take place in the everyday. His movies show that a dimension of unrecognizable behavior is just a step or two away from the life we all know. It’s like The Twilight Zone, with more abusive police and car humping. (While this one isn’t red band, it might not be safe for work.)
As he told me earlier this year, when talking about his last film, Wrong, “almost every movie makes too much sense” — leave some room, in other words, for the strange, disconnected moments that never add up. Watching this trailer, it seems like Wrong Cops (which features Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric), Steve Little (Eastbound & Down), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), and Marilyn Manson) might have enough of those moments to account for the average person’s annual dose of “unusual.” Check it out below. Read More »
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