Staten Island Summer trailer

There are plenty of movies hitting the big screen this summer, but it looks like one of this season’s gems may not be in theaters. Netflix is releasing the indie comedy Staten Island Summer on the streaming service at the end of the month, and this looks like a hilarious coming-of-age comedy.

Saturday Night Live creator and showrunner Lorne Michaels produced the film that features a cavalcade of cameos from his own discoveries such as Fred Armisen, Will Forte, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong. But at the core of the story are two teens on the verge of figuring out adulthood. And you can see the amusing results of that in the first Staten Island Summer trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we start using the word “Comic-Con”, scratch our heads at a mystery involving cows, realize the brilliance of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, choke down a footlong, and stand in awe of things we will never do ourselves.

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Staten Island Summer

For those who don’t know, I’m a massive fan of Saturday Night Live. The show has been a favorite since I was a kid. Even though it was the early 90s when I became sucked in by Wayne’s World and Chris Farley, I’ve stuck with the show ever since, through all their ups and downs, and have soaked up everything I can about its history. I’ve read countless books and articles, watched countless old sketches form before my time, and just can’t get enough of SNL.

Therefore, I’m very pleased to report (via The Wrap) that Netflix is closing a deal with Paramount Insurge to pick up a new comedy called Staten Island Summer. What does this have to do with SNL? Hit the jump and find out! Read More »

Fred Armisen Joins ‘Zoolander 2′

Fred Armisen in Portlandia

Zoolander 2 continues to load up on the funny folks. Portlandia star and SNL alum Fred Armisen has just signed on for the long-gestating comedy sequel, joining Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Justin Theroux is directing. Watch the Zoolander 2 Fred Armisen announcement after the jump.

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SNL - Bill Hader as Stefon

Zombieland dies a second death as Amazon decides to pass on the series. Also after the jump:

  • SNL loses Bill Hader, retains Seth Meyers
  • Downton Abbey gets parodied by Diddy and The Simpsons; sets a U.S. premiere date
  • HIMYM‘s entire ninth season will take place over one weekend
  • Is NBC’s Hannibal headed to cable television?
  • USA is still flirting with Happy Endings
  • HBO picks up Mike Judge‘s new show and a “gay Girls
  • Netflix encourages you to “insert Tobias anywhere”
  • CBS has another new trailer for Under the Dome
  • The CW shows off its new 2013-2014 series

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Is minimal design in teasers now the go-to for kids animation franchises? Despicable Me 2 used the approach to pretty cute effect not long ago, and here an international teaser for The Smurfs 2 (which is likely almost exactly the same as the forthcoming US teaser) relies on little but a Smurf, a white backdrop, and an insistent bit of text. It’s gentle and a little bit silly, like the Smurfs, if not all that memorable.

The real audience for a Smurfs movie won’t care much, I imagine, but the parents buying the tickets might not be all that excited to pony up just yet. Check out the teaser below. Read More »

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LOL: SNL’s British Crime Movie Trailer

This weekend’s Saturday Night Live was hosted by Russell Brand, and featured a pretty funny faux movie trailer for a British gangster/crime film titled Don’ You Go Rounin’ Roun to Re Ro. The sketch takes on the British crime genre, and features Brand, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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The Smurfs

Sony Pictures Animation/Columbia Pictures has released a press release announcing the beginning of production of the big screen CGI/live action hybrid 3D adaptation of The Smurfs. The release features a couple bits of new info:

  • Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator Salvation) has joined the voice cast to play Clumsy Smurf
  • Fred Armisen (SNL) will voice Brainy Smurf

We also get the first official plot synopsis:

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours – in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Sounds like the storyline is a bit like Alvin and the Chipmunks meets Enchanted. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Noah Baumback’s SNL Digital Short

Noah Baumback, director of Kicking and Screaming and The Squid and the Whale, helmed an SNL Digital Short, which aired over the weekend. “Clearing The Air” stars Paul Rudd, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. Unfortunately, NBC didn’t decide the short worthy of online upload, so we’re stuck with this bad video taped YouTube copy.

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