Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Sony’s still figuring out what it wants to do with their Steve Jobs biopic, and Open Road just got cold feet about opening theirs. But out of the blue, a third competing project has arrived on the horizon. Funny or Die — yes, really — has just announced the April 15 online release of iSteve, a parodic take on the late Apple founder.
In an inspired bit of casting, former Mac pitchman Justin Long will take the lead as the turtlenecked tech icon. Jorge Garcia plays Steve Wozniak, while James Urbaniak and Michaela Watkins play Bill and Melinda Gates. Personally, I would’ve loved to see Funny or Die take the “Get a Mac” connection one step further with John Hodgman as Gates, but Urbaniak should bring plenty of laughs as well. Hit the jump to read more.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
Funny or Die is getting serious about its movie work. The humor website, which was launched by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy, forayed into the world of features last year with Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. Now it’s looking to stay there, teaming with producer Scott Steindorff and his Scott Pictures for a multi-year partnership. Under the agreement, Funny or Die will aim to put out two or three movies per year. More details after the jump.
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What job did Bane get after The Dark Knight Rises and why is Chris Kattan playing him? Want to know the specs and release date for The Amazing Spider-Man Blu-ray? Is there a new rumor about the Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray? Was Joss Whedon upset with negative reviews of The Avengers? Just how excited is Mark Millar to have Jim Carrey in Kick-Ass 2? Would Clark Gregg come back to Marvel in a non-acting capacity? And why did one movie blog make a hilarious Avengers diorama? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Story-wise, it would’ve made perfect sense to end the Bourne series after Jason Bourne’s arc came to a graceful end in 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum. Money-wise, however, it’s another story. While all three films have done well at the box office, the Ultimatum blew the other two out of the water with a $442 million worldwide gross. There was simply no way Universal was going to let a franchise that lucrative lay fallow.
No matter, even, that star Matt Damon walked away in 2009. The studio just figured out that they could shift focus to a different character in the same universe, and Jeremy Renner was brought in to play the Bourne-esque non-Bourne figure Aaron Cross. We’ll find out next weekend how he does as the new face of the franchise, but in the meantime Funny or Die has something to say about the studio’s decision.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
After a decade of false starts on the big screen, an adaptation Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections looked to finally be making some headway on the small screen. HBO began developing it as a series with producer Scott Rudin last fall, and quickly signed director Noah Baumbach as well as a high-profile cast including Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest. The novel, which won the National Book Award in 2001, centers around an elderly couple and three adult children as they gather for “one last Christmas” near the turn of the millennium.
But alas, it seems this incarnation of the project isn’t going anywhere, either. After viewing the pilot, the premium cable has chosen to pass on the series. While HBO apparently liked the episode and the performances, it was concerned about the long-term sustainability of the premise. The book’s plot jumps back and forth through time, filling in the characters’ backstories, and HBO worried that it would be difficult for viewers to follow. The decision was not related to this week’s straight-to-series order of True Detective; with Luck off its plate, HBO would have had the resources to do both. [Deadline]
After the jump, the West Wing gang prove they’ve still got their walk-and-talk skills.
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Things escalated quickly Wednesday evening when Will Ferrell, I’m sorry, Ron Burgundy, took the stage on TBS’s Conan and announced that Paramount had greenlit Anchorman 2. Speculation ran rampant of who would return, what the story would entail and all that good stuff. We quickly found out Adam McKay will once again direct and also co-write with Ferrell, plus the male members (pun intended) of the news team had all signed to return: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner. There is still no word, however, if the memorable characters played by Christina Applegate, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, and Vince Vaughn will reappear.
So far, that’s about it. And now Funny or Die has revealed this short video documenting Burgundy behind the scenes of the big announcement. It adds literally nothing to the discussion but would we have it any other way when the topic is Ron Burgundy? Read More »
“Your childhood memories will be raped” by this creepy, twisted, but incredibly funny new Funny or Die video. It’s a live-action version of the popular 1990s Nickeoldeon cartoon Rugrats starring Michael Angarano as Tommy, Alia Shawkat as Chuckie and Mae Whitman as the evil, manipulative big-girl Angelica. In true Funny or Die fashion, the red-band trailer digs deep and exploits the sadistic subtexts of the show which were only visible to an older audience. Check it out. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
When eight-time Oscar host Billy Crystal stepped up to take over the hosting duties of the 84th Academy Awards after Eddie Murphy and producer Brett Ratner’s departure, he seemed like a safe choice and one unlikely to bring the Oscars the new audience it seeks.
However, it looks like the Academy hasn’t given up hope on drawing in the younger demographic just yet. The first trailer for the Oscars has now hit the web, and it’s a parodic Funny or Die piece starring Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox as a pair of agents trotting around the globe in search of the elusive Crystal. William Fichtner, Vinnie Jones, and Robin Williams also appear. Watch it after the jump.
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Following all the funny, viral videos that pop up online is virtually impossible. The secret is finding a niche that you like. Some people like cats, other like fake trailers or people getting hurt. For me, I love voicemails from the “powerful 1980s Hollywood agent” Warren Klein.
Funny or Die has already released two of these gems and now the third has just gone up. It’s a four and a half minute message supposedly left for Christian Slater about the devastating news that Josh Brolin’s skateboarding film Thrashin’ had its release date pushed in front of Slater’s film, Gleaming the Cube. Along the way Klein talks about Michael Winslow’s Police Academy contract, Benihana, Goonies heat and where to buy razors in Hollywood. Check it out after the jump. Read More »