Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Briefly: Pack your bags for a trip to the Lonely Island next summer. Universal has set June 3, 2016 as the Lonely Island movie release date. Andy Samberg leads the cast as Conner, a rapper whose latest career setback forces him to reunite with his old boy band. Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer also star and will direct. The new date pits the Lonely Island boys against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel and the romantic drama Me Before You.
Also starring are Tim Meadows as Conner’s “upbeat and overworked” manager and Sarah Silverman as Conner’s “sharp and sarcastic” publicist. Judd Apatow is producing. The film was previously referred to as Conner4real but was called the Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie in Universal’s latest notice. [Deadline]
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Posted on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
For a musical group that exists as a parody of other musical groups, The Lonely Island has achieved some legitimate success. Their next accomplishment will be Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie, a feature produced by Judd Apatow.
All three Lonely Island members (that’s Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and Andy Samberg) are starring. Two-thirds of them (Taccone and Schaffer) are directing. As production gets underway, some new details and a funny teaser poster have emerged. Get the latest updates on the Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie after the jump.
Update: Sarah Silverman is joining the Lonely Island gang for their movie. More details on her casting after the jump. Read More »
They’ve put their D’s in a box, had some lazy sundays, been on a few boats and now they sold another movie. The musical comedy trio Lonely Island – Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – just sold an untitled comedy pitch to Universal set in the world of music. Judd Apatow will produce and Schaffer and Taccone will co-direct. The pair also co-directed Hot Rod, which starred Samberg, and you’d imagine that dynamic will carry through here. Read more about the new Lonely Island movie below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
With just two days til its July 27 premiere, The Watch director Akiva Schaffer has pushed out one last red-band trailer. Or maybe it’s a blooper reel. However you want to categorize it, it may actually be one of the funnier bits of marketing that have come out for the movie.
Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, and Richard Ayoade star as a quartet of suburban guys whose neighborhood watch group is mostly just an excuse for them to get out of the house and engage in some quality male bonding. (That’s the case for three of the guys, at least.)
When they discover that aliens are secretly taking over their town, however, it falls upon this bumbling group to save the day. Watch the (NSFW for language) video after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Even as the more dramatic side of his career takes off, Jonah Hill hasn’t abandoned his comedy roots. In fact, it’s looking like he could be biggest comedy star of the year, with the fantastic 21 Jump Street behind him and the promising The Watch ahead of him. Directed by Akiva Schaffer, The Watch centers around a group of suburban watchdogs (played by Hill, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Richard Ayoade) who inadvertently stumble across plans for an alien attack.
Where the earlier trailers have focused mostly on the sci-fi angle of the plotline, the newest international promo explores the characters a bit more, explaining who they are exactly and what brought them together in the first place. The result is the funniest trailer we’ve seen yet for this film, with tons of new footage including better looks at Ayoade and co-star Will Forte. Watch it after the jump.
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Recently, thanks to the ongoing and increasingly controversial case around the shooting of Trayvon Martin, Fox changed the title of Neighborhood Watch to The Watch. Now we’ve got a new trailer for the film under the new name. This footage is culled in part from the red-band trailer that announced the title change, but it does show a glimpse of the invading aliens that we didn’t see in that last collection of footage.
Check out the footage featuring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade, and Jonah Hill, presented thanks to Vaughn’s invasion of Conan, below. Read More »
When the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, an enthusiastic neighborhood watch participant, became national news, Fox pretended to be unfazed by the effect the story might have on its sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch. The film is directed by Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island, and stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade, and Jonah Hill as, well, overly-enthusiastic neighborhood watch participants who stumble on a world-threatening event. The studio pulled early marketing materials for the movie, but in general acted like not much else would change.
But the Trayvon Martin case has continued to be a national, even international subject of discussion. And so Fox has changed the name of the film to The Watch, and released a red-band trailer to wipe away our memories of the first title. Check out that trailer below. Read More »
Saturday Night Live was partially revived as a cultural force thanks to the Digital Shorts created by The Lonely Island team of Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg. In the several years since ‘Lazy Sunday’ was one of the first mainstream web video hits, we’ve seen dozens of Digital Shorts come and go.
All told, Laser Cats 7 isn’t anywhere near the top tier of SNL Digital Shorts when it comes to comedy, but this one does boast something others don’t: Steven Spielberg. The short features the director pitching an idea to SNL producer Lorne Michaels, and as the pitch plays out we see echoes of most of Spielberg’s major films.
The video is after the break, but as with many clips hosted on Hulu and NBC, those outside the US may not be able to view. Apologies for that, as the restrictions are out of our control. Read More »
Days ago a friend brought up a question that I didn’t give much thought to at the time: how soon might Fox take action to rename and/or change the marketing for the Akiva Schaffer-directed sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch, starring Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn? The film seems pretty innocuous, as it portrays a group of neighborhood guys who form a local watch group to get out of the house, but find themselves facing a global threat.
The problem being that many in the US are consumed with anger over the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by an overzealous real-life neighborhood watch member. (In fact, the man who fatally shot Martin wasn’t even a member of a truly legitimate watch crew.) Now THR reports that Fox has pulled the early marketing materials for the film (the teaser trailer and poster) out of Florida, and is “quickly moving on to the second phase of its campaign for the star-studded comedy.” Read More »