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Back in December, Hunter shared an excerpt from The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, a comedy pilot from the UK’s Channel 4. Written by David Cross and Shaun Pye and starring Cross, Spike Jonze and Will Arnett, this was unusually heavy with Stateside talent for a British production. Hands across the Ocean, cousins.

Contrary to the comment of /Film reader Daryl Smith just a few hours ago (he said it “won’t get a full season, because it wasn’t funny”), the show has already been given the nod for a full run. Well, a UK-scale full run, which is just 6 episodes of 30 minutes a piece. What can I say? We like to keep these things tight. I think there’s now over 90 episodes of the US Office do-over, but there were only ever 14 of the BBC original.

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Just when you thought there was nothing more outta-left-field this week than a Mickey Rourke rap anthem: here is the first clip from David Cross‘s new TV pilot, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. Back in June, we first reported on Cross’s hopeful series about corporate hell co-starring Spike Jonze and Will Arnett, but we had since chalked it off to wet dream delirium. Cross, who directed and wrote the pilot, had taken note as well, referring to the mediocre cast as a “crazy dream team.” Unfortunately, only dear readers in Blighty (and /Film’s dearest Brendon) are privy to the entire pilot via the UK’s Channel 4. For the rest of us law-abiding denizens, the three minute expletive-blizzard found after the jump ranks with the dwarf in In Bruges as pretty damn funny.

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VOTD: Patton Oswalt Spoofs The Room

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When compiling a list of the best and most important films of 2009, one must never forget to include Tommy Wiseau‘s The Room, even if it necessitates creating a lone, mutant category. Sure, the cult classic shit champion was originally released in 2003, and was probably advertised on L.A. billboards years before that (joke), but 2009 was the year that The Room said “Hi doggie!” to the pop culture brain cave like a Centurion slug. To celebrate this achievement, Patton Oswalt has donned a Wiseauian wig in a new vid of spoof-offs like The Veranda, The Hallway, and (NSFWinedrinkers) The Bubble Bath. There’s also a secret cameo. Hint: “Oh, hi Don Draper!”
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Were you let down by the so-so showing of David Cross in this weekend’s Year One? Here’s the antidote: Cross has written a pilot for a UK comedy show called The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. His co-writer is Shaun Pye, an actor who had a recurring role in Extras. Alongside Cross, the stars of the show are Will Arnett and, in his first big acting gig since Three Kings, Spike Jonze. Read More »

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In the wickedly underrated David Wain comedy Wet Hot American Summer, there is a sequence where Michael Showalter, in character as a stand-up comic geezer, entertains a bunch of kids at camp with awful jokes about the Stone Age. The joke isn’t his routine, but that the kids are laughing at these terrible, stale caveman gags. Thinking along those lines, I’d be happier (though unconvinced) if Harold Ramis argued that his new movie Year One was a full-length meta comedy about terrible jokes, though I know it’s just a bad, ramshackle movie that assumes its audience is comprised primarily of children. Read More »

Super Bowl Sneak Preview: Year One

Columbia Pictures has released a sneak preview of the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced biblical comedy Year One. The film stars Jack Black and Michael Cera, as a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers who are banished from their primitive village, and set off on an epic journey through the ancient world. Directed by National Lampoon’s Vacation and Groundhog Day helmer Harold Ramis, and written by Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg (you know, the guys working on the new Ghostbusters script).

The Super Bowl sneak preview clip shows Black and Cera’s characters trying to hunt for food, when they run into a bunch of farmers named Cain and Abel (David Cross and Paul Rudd). Watch the clip after the jump.

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First Look: Harold Ramis’ The Year One

We’re still trying to catch up on some of the photos that were released in last week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. Above is your first look at the upcoming Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, Groundhog Day) biblical comedy The Year One (I’ve heard it has in fact been retitled from Year One to The Year One). When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers named Zed and Oh (Jack Black and Michael Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.

The film also features Paul Rudd and David Cross, who play Cain and Abel, Hank Azaria as Abraham, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin) as Isaac, and Oliver Platt as a High Priest. Based on an original idea by Ramis, and a screenplay by The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg (yes, the guys who are writing the new Ghostbusters movie), The Year One is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19th 2009.

Year One Details Revealed

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Details have have been kept tightly under wraps involving the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day) comedy Year One. All that has been revealed thus far is the cast and creative list behind the film, which includes Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin), Jack Black, David Cross, Vinnie Jones, Juno Temple, and Oliver Platt. Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Oh, and the story is “set in biblical times”. Jack Black talked to Collider while promoting his upcoming film Be Kind Rewind, and spilled the beans:

“Year One is a biblical comedy. It’s about the old testament. I’m just a dude wandering through biblical times. I’m not a famous character that you would have heard of before. Me and Michael Cera are just sort of wandering through, and you get to see all these old stories from the Torah, told through Agnostic, sort of, eyes.”

It appears we might have a new controversial comedy that takes aim at religion (ala Monty Python’s Life of Brian), which may explain why details have been kept hush hush. Black also confirmed that the script was finished before the strike, and the project is plowing ahead without the constant rewrites that he is accustomed to. Year One is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19th 2009.

McLovin Cast in Year One

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Christopher Mintz-Plasse will forever be known as McLovin. In the way that Seann William Scott will probably always be referred to as Stiffler. Plasse would probably be better off changing his name officially to McLovin.

Judd Apatow is trying to get Mintz-Plasse some more work in Hollywood, casting the SuperBad star in the 2009 Harold Ramis comedy Year One (no relation to the Frank Miller Batman graphic novel) starring Jack Black and Michael Cera. Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones and Juno Temple are also in final negotiations for the film.

Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. So what is the new movie about? Well… ummm its about the first year of… okay, we don’t have a clue. As it turns out, the studio wants the plot details to be kept under wraps (for now). All we know is it’s a comedy “set in biblical times” and that Platt is in talks to play a platform-shoe-wearing high priest, while Jones is on board to play a head palace guard named Sargon.

With Judd Apatow on such a roll as of late, we have to keep a close eye on all his upcoming projects. And Ramis has directed some of the best comedies of all time, including Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Anaylze This (we’ll try to forget about Bedazzled, Stuart Saves His Family and Multiplicity). With an early Summer 09 release date, this is definitely one to watch out for.

Year One will hit theaters on June 19th 2009.

source: THR

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