‘Problem Child’ TV Show Coming to NBC

Problem Child

When I think of late Eighties/Early nineties comedies, Problem Child is one of those movies that oddly sticks with me. There was just something about seeing a kid who was my age up there on the big screen, raising absolute havoc. The film’ story is about a couple (John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck) who can’t conceive and decide to adopt. They’re then saddled with Junior, the titular character who loves to terrorize everything and everyone around him. It has elements of gross out and wish-fulfillment comedy, and was kind of good for the time. Released in the summer of 1990, Problem Child made over $50 million and even got a theatrical sequel the following year.

Well, NBC seems to think the idea of the awful kid will work on television and they’ve hired Old School and Hangover writer Scot Armstrong to develop a Problem Child TV show as a single-camera sitcom. Read More »

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Before films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him the new king of big-screen comedy, Judd Apatow was best known for small-screen cult faves like Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. He took a step back into TV a couple of years ago with Lena Dunham’s Girls, and now he’s taking another with Love.

The new comedy already has a two-season commitment from Netflix, and some great pedigree on its side. Apatow created the show with Girls writer Lesley Arfin, and Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust are set to play the leads. Hit the jump for all the details on the Netflix Judd Apatow show.

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Ed Helms’ ‘Vacation’ Sequel Starts Shooting

Vacation sequel

“No, no, no NO NO NO NOOOOOOOO” is how our own Peter Sciretta reacted when news of a Vacation sequel first hit /Film five years ago. Despite his objections, though, New Line pressed on, and as of today the Vacation sequel / reboot / spin-off thing has finally started shooting.

Ed Helms plays Rusty Griswold, now all grown up with a family of his own. But don’t worry — Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo will still reprise their roles as his parents, Clark and Ellen Griswold. Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlie Day also star. Get all the Vacation sequel details after the jump. Read More »

ghostbusters donuts
Who you gonna call? Krispy Kreme donuts? In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters, Krispy Kreme has announced that they will sell two marshmallow Kreme™-filled Ghostbusters donuts: Krispy Kreme’s Ghostbusters and Stay Puft Marshmallow Doughnuts will be available at participating Krispy Kreme® US locations, while supplies last beginning on September 29th 2014. More details on the Ghostbusters donuts, after the jump.

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Dead Snow 2 Red vs Dead trailer

Poor Martin. The only survivor of the first Dead Snow discovers in Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead that his troubles are far from over. You see, the infected arm he had to hack off in the last film has since been replaced by a Nazi zombie arm, and it’s got a mind of its own. Specifically, a mind determined to carry out Hitler’s orders.

Fortunately, he’s got some allies. Martin (Vegar Hoel) is joined this time by a trio of Americans (played by Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, and Ingrid Haas) who call themselves the “Zombie Squad.” Watch the Dead Snow 2 Red vs Dead trailer after the jump.

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Everyone loves a comedy reunion, it seems, and Vacation fans get a couple different versions. First there was that Old Navy ad campaign that brought Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Juliette Lewis back together to hawk trousers. Then there’s the new Vacation film that casts Ed Helms as the grown Griswold son, and will feature cameos from Chase and D’Angelo as the elder Griswolds. Now the two actors have a script commitment from ABC for the new comedy series that will cast them as a couple forced to raise their grandchildren. It’s not explicitly a Vacation TV reunion, but it’s close enough.

And while we’re at it, Leslie Mann is in talks to play Audrey Griswold in the new Vacation film. Read More »

Skeleton Twins

Editor’s note: This is our review of The Skeleton Twins from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It opens in limited release this weekend so we are rerunning. 

When Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig were building their careers on Saturday Night Live, they played multiple characters every single week. That took incredible acting chops. Though they’ve since left the show and are concentrating mostly on comedy films, Craig Johnson‘s second film The Skeleton Twins proves these skilled comedic performers can be dramatic as well.

The Skeleton Twins is about estranged siblings, Maggie and Milo, who haven’t spoken in a decade. After they are reunited by tragedy their relationship is quickly rekindled, but deep old wounds re-open. That may sound overly solemn and, at its heart, The Skeleton Twins is certainly a drama. But you don’t cast Hader and Wiig just to cry and be depressed. The chemistry they built for years on TV sizzles on the big screen in characters with an exuberant realism. The movie itself is good, but Hader and Wiig make it great. Read More »

Will Ferrell Offers ‘Zoolander 2′ Update

Will Ferrell Zoolander 2

We’ve had a few false alarms regarding Zoolander 2, but for whatever it’s worth it sounds like things really are heating up again. Will Ferrell recently offered a status report on the long-awaited comedy sequel, revealing in the process that his villainous fashion designer character Mugatu is definitely involved. Hit the jump for more on Zoolander 2.

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