Los Angeles film goers get a little more spoiled this week as the Cinefamily is hosting The 1st Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival. Federman is one of those classic “that guy” actors everyone knows and he came up with the idea to get a bunch of famous stand-up comedians to pick films that inspire them, introduce, screen and talk about them. So that’s what going to happen starting Thursday. The line up is pretty insane. How about:

  • Garry Shanding introducing The King of Comedy
  • Margaret Cho introducing Darling
  • Paul F. Tompkins introducing Topsy Turvy
  • Doug Benson making fun of Cocktail
  • Kevin Pollak introducing The In-Laws
  • Andy Kindler introducing Modern Romance

The festival runs from January 12-14. For information on all the films, and to buy tickets, head to the Cinefamily’s official website.


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Yesterday we told you that comedian/actor Garry Shandling had been cast in Iron Man 2, either as a reporter or Senator. Shandling responded on Twitter about the internet confussion over his role in the film, saying “I can’t wait to see the movie to see who I actually play.” It turns out that he is playing a character named Senator Stern. Pacific Coast News caught Shandling on set dressed in a shirt and a tie, no wonder he was mistaken for “a reporter”.

Update: Gary Oldman‘s Manager has dismissed rumors that the Dark Knight star has been cast in Iron Man 2: “Mr Oldman has not visited the set of Iron Man and there are currently no plans for him to appear in an Iron Man film. I hope this clears up the recent rumors.” [coventrytelegraph]

IESB has gotten word that another Gary has joined the cast, jumping from last year’s blockbuster DC Comic Book film The Dark Knight to the Marvel sequel. That’s right, none other than police commissioner Jim Gordon himself – Gary Oldman. So who does Oldman play in the Iron Man 2? We’re not sure just yet, but I’m sure we’ll find out later this week.

Garry Shandling Cast in Iron Man 2

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When Jon Favreau described the first day of principal photography on Iron Man 2 as “It’s like we picked up where we left off” he wasn’t kidding. IESB has learned that the scene that was shot is a continuation of the final scene of the first Iron Man film, where Tony Stark reveals to the world that “I Am Iron Man.” We can only assume that the new scene opens the sequel.

Earlier this week, Robert Downey Jr revealed that comedian/actor Garry Shandling had been cast in the film.  Shandling plays either a reporter or Senator (I know, big difference — chances are he wears a suit) and appears in the extended sequence.