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 »
You want me to pick you up something from the drive-thru, you give me a time and a place. I give you a five minute window. Anything you want, I’ll order it and get it to you in about five minutes no matter what. But I don’t go inside the restaurant. I don’t do carry out. I just drive thru.
If you’ve seen Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?!?) the above quote will make much more sense. It’s Ryan Gosling’s character’s mantra adapted for fast food. That also happens to be the aim of the latest Funny or Die video Drive Thru. It takes the visuals, sounds and attitude of Drive and folds it into a kind of unclear, but still hilarious story of a man who picks up drive thru only to mistakenly come in possession a bag of burgers that don’t belong to him. You’ve gotta check it out. Read More »
Field of Dreams is one of those movies that makes even the best of us cry. The beautiful respect for the game of baseball is only trumped by the great relationships Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) develops with Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), Terence Mann (James Earl Jones) and his undying faith in himself. It’s a poignant and memorable film.
Thankfully, a sequel to the 1989 Phil Alden Robinson classic never came to fruition but with the National Football League in danger of missing their season, Funny or Die has decided to take that “If you build it, he will come” structure and apply it to football with Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout starring everyone’s favorite werewolf, Taylor Launter. Fans of football will be delighted by all the NFL stars who show up and Field of Dreams fans will be overjoyed by the homages. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
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When most of us think of a Hollywood agent, the image of Entourage‘s Ari Gold comes to mind. A fast-talking, smarmy, foul mouthed big shot. Warren Klein was not that. Once named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine (in 1986) Klein was a huge Hollywood agent who represented many of the big stars of the Eighties: C. Thomas Howell, Jami Gertz, Kirk Cameron, etc. A Funny or Die user has uncovered some of his voicemails and not only do they paint a picture of a very, very different time in Hollywood – the kind of time when $35,000 was a huge pay out and back end on Betamax was a contract perk – but the name-dropping, tech-talk and incredible lack of foresight will make your day. Read More »