This weekend brings the true story Sully to the big screen. The film directed by Clint Eastwood stars Tom Hanks as real life airline pilot Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the man who landed a passenger plane in the Hudson river after something went terribly wrong shortly after take-off from LaGuardia Airport. The movie has been received fairly well with an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing (though our own David Chen didn’t find it wholly compelling), but it appears there may be a more interesting biographical drama on the horizon.
While Tom Hanks is the one bringing Captain Sullenberger to life, Hollywood decided that the airline pilot was the best choice to star in a film called Hanks, a biopic about actor Tom Hanks and his rise to fame. Covering his career from the sitcom Bosom Buddies to his Oscar-winning turn in Philadelphia and more, this biopic looks like another awards contender in the making.
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Gold has attracted no shortage of talent over the years. What was once a Michael Mann and Christian Bale project is now the second directorial effort from Stephen Gaghan, who won an Academy Award for writing Traffic and years later made his directorial debut with Syriana. It’s been 11 years since that intense drama came out, so after over a decade of waiting to make another feature for theaters — he did direct for television — Gaghan is back with Gold, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Below, watch the Gold trailer.
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If you had asked me ten years ago if Kevin Smith would ever have a chance to make a Mallrats sequel, I would have bet against it. And that’s coming from someone who loved the movie and still has a special spot for Smith’s “sophomore bellyflop.” But Smith has not only written Mallrats 2, but it’s also now five hours long and takes the form of a television series (which will probably end up on a cable or streaming network due to graphic language). What will the 10-episode half-hour comedy series be about? Learn details about the Mallrats 2 plot and find out why it became a television series rather than a movie, after the jump.
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Not too long ago, we got the surprising and disappointing news that Taran Killam would be leaving Saturday Night Live along with fellow cast member Jay Pharoah and featured played Jon Rudnitsky. The latter wasn’t a surprising removal after the comedian failed to make an impact in his first season, but the departure of Killam and Pharoah will likely be felt by fans when the show returns for its 42nd season at the beginning of October.
As we get closer to the start of the new season, it’s time for the former cast members to clean our their office and bid farewell to the place they’ve worked long hours for several years. And since Killam didn’t get a grand send-off on the air, he decided to say goodbye in a different way. In what is basically one final Saturday Night Live sketch, Killam has given himself a mini-episode of the HBO sports documentary program Hard Knocks, following his final days at 30 Rockefeller Center. Watch the Taran Killam Hard Knocks parody below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
TV Land is moving forward with its Heathers anthology series. Today, the network ordered a pilot based on the 1988 cult film. For years, a remake and sequel were talked about or rumored, but back in 2009, it was decided television was where the modern update of Heathers would go. Directing the pilot is Leslye Headland (Bachelorette, Sleeping with Other People), whose name raises our expectations for this particular film to TV adaptation.
Below, learn more about the Heathers pilot.
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If you don’t follow any of the members of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, then you may not have heard that production on the long-gestating comedy sequel Super Troopers 2 started today. That’s right, after launching a successful Kickstarter to help get the movie into production, Super Troopers 2 is finally happening, and we have the exclusive reveal of a new cast member.
Last night, while appearing as a guest for a live recording of the podcast Doug Loves Movies at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre’s Sunset location, Reaper, Deadbeat and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil star Tyler Labine confirmed that he joined the cast of Super Troopers 2 with production officially starting today. Find out what we know about the sequel so far, and see the first photos from the set after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Louie established Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon as a sort of dynamic duo of comedy. Bonus points if you saw them together even earlier on Lucky Louie. After five seasons of writing and producing Louie, Adlon developed her own show for FX. Better Things is her show, and C.K. still writes and produces with her.
Better Things stars Adlon as Sammy Fox, a struggling actor and single mother of three daughters. Early episodes have Sammy run into famous co-stars at auditions, freak out in a recording studio, clean up after her daughters throw a party, text with potential lovers and give a speech about periods at her daughter’s school. When I met Adlon at the Fox/FX party for the Television Critics Association, she may have been a tad surprised that I knew those episodes so well. Or maybe she just couldn’t spill all the beans about her Hollywood secrets. Read More »
Last weekend, many movie theaters paid tribute to the late Gene Wilder by bringing both Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles back to the big screen. However, it’s a testament to how big of an icon Gene Wilder is that we’ll now be getting another weekend where movie theaters honor the comedy legend.
Young Frankenstein will be returning to theaters for one night only in October, and this presentation is a little more special than most nostalgic screenings like this because director Mel Brooks will be providing an introduction live from the 20th Century Fox backlot. Get the details on when and where you can catch Young Frankenstein in theaters again after the jump. Read More »
You might be asking yourself what we’re doing writing about a forthcoming vinyl collection of performances from a stand-up comedian. Well, it just so happens that Mitch Hedberg had a small role as The Eagles road manager in Almost Famous (not to mention playing Frank Nasworthy in Lords of Dogtown), and he’s also one of the best stand-up comedians ever. Sadly, he left this world far too soon, and if you haven’t yet enjoyed his dry, simple but hilarious comedy he gave us while he was around, now is the time.
Comedy Central Records has announced the release of Mitch Hedberg: The Complete Vinyl Collection, an assembly of all of the recorded comedy from the late comedian along with some never-before-heard recordings and a special book with stories from his wife and a few other great comics. Get the details on the Mitch Hedberg vinyl collection after the jump. Read More »