We’ve seen a poster and one image from Mars Needs Moms, the Robert Zemeckis-produced Disney film that adapts Berkeley Breathed‘s book of the same name. Both suggested that quite a few liberties had been taken with the material, and now there’s a trailer to show just how far Disney has taken it. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, November 12th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
We’ve seen one poster image (with a strong Close Encounters vibe) for the Disney film Mars Needs Moms. Now there’s a new image from the film that shows off both the aliens and a couple of human characters.The film’s title always makes me assume it’s a kitschy kids film — which would be fine — but then I remember that it is based on the book of the same name by venerable Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed. And that’s just fine. So keep that in mind, and check out the full image after the break. Read More »
Dan Fogler tells moviehole that director Kyle Newman has an idea for a Fanboys sequel that would see the characters from the first film to go on mission to crash the set of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones in Australia.
The upcoming Sam Kinison biopic Brother Sam has been written by American Splendor‘s Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, and stars Dan Fogler in the lead role. Judging from Fogler’s turns in Balls of Fury, Good Luck Chuck and School for Scoundrels, that’s a two steps forward, one step backward scenario by my reckoning. Factor in that Ace Venura and Patch Adams perpetrator Tom Shadyac is directing, and we’re back at square one.
What might calm my nerves is some indication that when cut free from such insultingly puerile material, Fogler can rise above his scabrous record and actually draw me into a film, not repel me from it. Film School Rejects today found that wondrous thing – Fogler’s screen test as Kinison, as uploaded to YouTube. See the video below the break.
The movie trailer for Ang Lee‘s Taking Woodstock premiered tonight on Important Things with Demetri Martin. Based on Elliot Tiber‘s memior, Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life, the comedy tells the story of Mr. Tiber, who played an unexpected but pivotal role in making the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the famed happening it was. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2009 by Brendon Connelly
As any bad observational comedian will tell you, you can wait all year for a Berkley Breathed news story to come along, and then two will come along at once. One of these is from a nameable – and therefore, visibly verifiable – source, and the other… I can’t tell you who told me. So take that one with a pinch of salt if you want.
Okay, story one. Coming Soon have been speaking to Dan Fogler at the Fanboys press junket and he let about his joining the cast of Mars Needs Moms. Set to be Robert Zemeckis‘ next project after A Christmas Carol, you’ll probably be not at all surprised to hear it wil be another motion caption movie.
HBO has announced that Evan Almighty director Tom Shadyac will helm television movie about comic Sam Kinison. And who will play the great manic comic? Dan Fogler. You probably know him as the annoying fat guy they hire when they can’t afford Jack Black or Jonah Hill. That said, he has an uncanny resemblance to a young Kinison. The film will be based on Brother Sam: The Short, Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison, a memoir written by Sam’s brother and manager Bill Kinison. The official description for the book reads:
“A brother recalls the excessive and flamboyant life of the late comedian who died in an April 1992 car crash, portraying Kinison’s checkered early years, his road to fame and fortune, and his personal struggles.”
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the writer/directors of American Splendor, have penned the teleplay adaptation. I would have much rather seen Berman and Pulcini direct. Shadyac was responsible for the launch of Jim Carrey’s movie career (Ace Ventura, Liar Liar), but hasn’t produced a good movie in the last decade. Years ago, Howard Stern in talks to develop a film based on comic Kinison’s life, but for one reason or another, it never gained momentum.
I’ve heard many stories about the behind the scenes problems which pushed the release of Fanboys back again and agin, but having just left a screening of the finished version, a director’s cut by Kyle Newman, I can assure you that the problems have been greatly exaggerated. You have a very marketable cast, and a film which seems like an extremely easy sell to the target demographic. I think the problem is that The Weinsteins were hoping for an American Pie type film with mainstream appeal, but they instead have a movie aimed at a very targeted niche. But lets not forget, George Lucas has been able to make tons of money off this targeted group of fans.
After high school, Eric (Sam Huntington) ditched his Star Wars fanboy friends for a job as a car salesman, and now finds himself ready to take over his father’s franchise of car dealerships. When he learns that one of his former best friends Linus (Chris Marquette) has been diagnosed with Cancer and only has months to live, he convinces his former friends (Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel) to go on a road trip to break into George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, so that Linus could watch Star Wars: Episode I before he dies.
The film is your typical teen road trip film, laced with so many Star Wars references you’ll probably want to see it twice to take them all in. There are conversations about how Boba Fett is like Michael Bay, style but no substance, and arguments about if Luke really had a thing for his sister. The series of adventures include a stop in Riverside Iowa (the future birthplace of Captain Kirk) to fuck with Trekkies. Kristen Bell plays Zoe, a girl with feisty Princess Leia-like attitude who works at a comic book store, and is well versed in everything from Star Wars to video games. Basically, she’s a fanboys wet dream.
Seth Rogen has triple duty, playing a trekkie (who seems perfectly modeled after Gabriel Köerner from Trekkies), a Star Wars tattooed pimp, and a Star Trek alien who they run into while in Las Vegas. At one point in the film, one version of Seth Rogen fights another version of Seth Rogen on the big screen. Epic! Ethan Suplee plays Ain’t It Cool News’ Harry Knowles, and there is a bevy of other cameos which include Billy Dee Williams, Danny Trejo, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Craig Robinson, Lou Taylor Pucci, Carrie Fisher, Danny McBride, and William Shatner playing himself. Ray Park (Darth Maul) even has a cameo as a THX security guard.
The film is not perfect, nor is it even on par with the best the teen comedy genre has to offer. Some of the problems include a kid dying of cancer who shows very little (if any) signs of sickness, a poorly developed romantic subplot, and a scene in a gay biker bar which should have been completely exorcised from the completed film. Oh, and Dan Fogler is painfully annoying. If only they had cast Jonah Hill or Tyler Labine instead. But the target audience of Star Wars fanboys and comic book geeks will surely eat it up. In it’s best moments it is a love letter to fandom and friendship.
/Film Rating: 7 out of 10