Chris Rock Netflix Stand-Up Specials

Netflix has become a great place for stand-up specials to find a much bigger audience than they used to. Tons of the latest specials from the likes of John Mulaney, Hannibal Buress, Morgan Murphy, Louis CK, Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford, Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt, Jen Kirkman and more all have some outstanding comedy available to stream. But now one of the greatest stand-up comedians ever is bringing two new specials to Netflix.

Chris Rock is currently planning an all new world tour, and part of that tour will be the first of two specials recorded for Netflix in 2017. This will be the first special that Rock has done in 11 years, with the last one being Never Scared which premiere on HBO in 2005. Find out more about the Chris Rock Netflix stand-up specials after the jump. Read More »

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Trailer

Douglas Adams‘ comedic detective novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has already been given a TV series adaptation across the pond on BBC Four. But now BBC America is bringing us an American adaptation with just the right amount of British influence, this time created and written by Chronicle and American Ultra writer Max Landis.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency stars Elijah Wood as a directionless former rocker named Todd who finds himself caught up in a mystery involving the titular time-traveling detective (played by Samuel Barnett). While Todd wants nothing to do with Dirk Gently, the energetic private eye believes that the universe will make him an integral part of what happens next, whether he likes it or not.

Somehow we missed the first Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency trailer when it arrived a couple months ago, but we’ve included it below along with a new featurette that has plenty of Max Landis hyping the show, as well as the first scene from the series featuring Todd meeting Dirk Gently for the first time. Watch all of those videos below. Read More »

Operator Trailer - Martin Starr and Mae Whitman

After Her explored how artificial intelligence may become a new outlet for humans to find love, a new film that played at SXSW earlier this year feels like a kindred spirit. It’s one that’s a little more grounded in reality, but still uses technology as the catalyst for romantic confusion.

Operator follows Martin Starr as a software developer whose team is tasked with creating a new voice for a Siri-like program on a smartphone. After getting a nice, calm chat from his wife (Mae Whitman), he decides that she would make the perfect new voice. But then he starts preferring the company of her presence on the phone instead of her in real life.

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Daniel Stern Rookie of the Year Video

It doesn’t feel like there are nearly as many sports comedies geared towards kids as there were in the 90s. The decade brought hits such as The Mighty Ducks, The Sandlot, Angels in the Outfield, The Big Green, Space Jam, Cool Runnings and more. But one of my favorites as a child of that time was Rookie of the Year. The movie follows a young Thomas Ian Nicholas (a future American Pie star) as Henry Gardenhoser Henry Rowengartner as an aspiring baseball player who really isn’t all that good at the game. But when a broken arm heals in a way that causes him to pitch insanely fast, he’s recruited by the Chicago Cubs as their new pitcher. Pretty believable, right?

The Chicago Cubs go on to win their division and eventually the World Series, though that last part happens off-camera. Well, it just so happens that the Chicago Cubs are making a run for the championship again in real life as they’re in the Major League Baseball playoffs (they’re even up 2-0 against the San Francisco Giants). They may not have a young kid as their pitcher, but they’re doing pretty well, and Rookie of the Year co-star Daniel Stern (Home Alone) thought this was a good time to bring back his wacky pitching coach character Phil Brickma to maybe help guide the Cubbies to the championship. Read More »


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‘Toni Erdmann’ Trailer: Dads Are Weird

Toni Erdmann trailer

Maren Ade‘s Toni Erdmann may be Germany’s selection in the Best Foreign Language Oscar category this year, but the cringeworthy hilarity of a really bad dad joke transcends language barriers. The story follows a father and daughter who aren’t on great terms. She (Sandar Hüller) is busy with a high-powered job in Bucharest, and he (Peter Simonischek) is even lonelier than ever after his dog dies. In an attempt to reconnect, he shows up at her doorstep for an unannounced — and unwelcome — weekend visit.

Things only get stranger and funnier and more uncomfortable from there. Put it this way: if you thought your parents were weird, they probably still have nothing on Winfried here. Toni Erdmann earned raves following its Cannes debut this summer, and is now on its way to U.S. theaters at the end of the year. Check out the first Toni Erdmann trailer below. Read More »

army of one trailer

During a recent Q & A for Paul Schrader‘s Dog Eat DogNicolas Cage said he wanted to play the film’s often unhinged, coke-snorting, Humphrey Bogart-quoting, baby-napper crook because, to paraphrase, he was exhausted from playing wacky characters. That should give you some idea of what to expect from his high-energy performance in director Larry Charles‘ (BrunoArmy of One, in which he plays a modern-day Don Quixote hunting Osama Bin Laden.

Below, watch the Army of One trailer.
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Bad Moms spinoff

Bad Moms was a breath of fresh air this past summer. Co-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore made an original comedy which, instead of following around a bunch of normal man-children, starred women having fun and getting up to a little debauchery. But part of what was appealing about Bad Moms may not apply to the hit film’s spin-off, Bad Dads, which STX Entertainment has scheduled to open in theaters next summer.

Below, learn more about the Bad Moms spinoff.

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LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape'

Universal Pictures has teamed up with LEGO to produce a 24-minute animated short film which acts as a prequel to Jurassic World. Titled LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape, the short film shows how the Indominus Rex came to be and what happened when it escaped.

That’s right, according to this new piece of Jurassic World canon, the movie wasn’t even the first time this genetically engineered dino escaped and apparently Chris Pratt‘s character rides the T-Rex. And of course, this being a LEGO production means we get all the fun, ridiculous and playful humor we’ve come to expect from the building block brand. Hit the jump to watch the Jurassic World short in its entirety.

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Lin-Manual Miranda Saturday Night Live Monologue

Over the weekend we already took a closer look at all the best and worst sketches from the episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. We already highlighted the obvious but hilarious parody of Stranger Things, but we figured that starting off Monday morning by calling your attention to Miranda’s incredible Hamilton inspired opening monologue rap.

Lin-Manuel Miranda took the signature track “My Shot” from Hamilton and adapted it so that it was all about making a childhood dream of his come true by hosting Saturday Night Live. It’s fast-paced, well-written and just plain awesome. Read More »

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Saturday Night Live

Last night brought another first-time Saturday Night Live host to Studio 8H with Hamilton co-creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda taking the stage. As expected, there were plenty of musical jokes to be made (including an incredible opening monologue rap from our host), but the episode turned out to be rather average, despite the presence of some fantastic sketches throughout the night. There were even two surprise special guests at the Weekend Update desk.

Get our full recap and review of the Lin-Manuel Miranda Saturday Night Live episode after the jump.

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