Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
One of the recurring themes of 2016 is going to be Zac Efron, comedy star. The High School Musical alum has not one, not two, but three separate comedies coming out this year. The first, Dirty Grandpa, has already come and gone, and this summer brings Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
Efron leads the latter as the titular Dave, while Adam DeVine plays Mike. As the title suggests, the Stangle brothers need wedding dates. Their hard-partying ways have ruined every family gathering, and their dad (Stephen Root) figures a couple of sweet girls will help keep them in line at their sister’s wedding. They end up with Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick), who turn out to be much, much more than they bargained for. Watch the first Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jon Snow isn’t exactly known for his lively sense of humor, but actor Kit Harington clearly doesn’t mind getting in touch with his silly side from time to time. Even as Game of Thrones races toward another (we assume) grim finale, HBO has released the first funny promo for Harington’s other HBO project, 7 Days in Hell.
The Christopher Guest-style mockumentary centers on a fictional tennis match that goes down in history as the longest ever. Harington and Andy Samberg play the exhausted rivals. Watch the 7 Days in Hell teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
While some actors seem to be forever pigeonholed into one genre or another, Amanda Seyfried has proven over the course of her decade-plus career that she can do them all: soap opera, teen comedy, modern noir, supernatural horror, sci-fi, thriller, romantic drama, musical, animated children’s feature, even a Western. So she seems as well equipped as anyone to try and breathe life into a genre that doesn’t get much love in Hollywood these days.
Seyfried has just boarded He’s Fuckin’ Perfect, a romcom being produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and directed by Funny or Die alum Jake Szymanski. If the title rings a bell, that may be because we first reported on it two years ago when Emma Stone was linked to the role. Plot details and more after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Whether or not the name Jake Szymanski rings a bell, odds are you’re familiar with some of his work. The rising director’s built up a reputation over the past few years helming some of the most popular shorts on Adam McKay and Will Ferrell‘s Funny or Die website, including “Forehead Tittaes w/ Marion Cotillard,” “Betwixt the Music: Rebecca Black,” and “Rachel Bilson’s Deleted Sex Scene.” Now Szymanski is in talks to direct the Fox 2000 comedy He’s Fuckin’ Perfect, from McKay and Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions. The script, which landed on the 2011 Black List, comes from McKay’s former assistant Lauryn Kahn.
The news isn’t all happy, though. Emma Stone, who entered talks to star several weeks ago, is now said to be “unlikely” to board the project. More details after the jump.
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You’ve seen Red Dawn, but you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen Naked Dawn, Jake Szymanski‘s new Funny or Die’s parody which stars Rob Schneider, Mena Suvari and Vinnie Jones. Can you imagine an 80’s action movie at a nudist’s camp? What if the Russians attacked the U.S.? What if Rob Schneider was our last hope? What if he was naked? NSFW! Watch it after the jump.
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I’m sure most people probably haven’t seen a film in the Mumblecore genre, nevermind even know that the term exists. According to Wikipedia, Mumblecore is an American independent film movement that arose in the early 2000s,” primarily characterized by ultra-low budget production (often employing digital video cameras), focus on personal relationships between twenty-somethings, improvised scripts, and non-professional actors. Filmmakers in this genre include Lynn Shelton, Andrew Bujalski, Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Aaron Katz, Joe Swanberg, Todd Rohal and Ry Russo-Young.”
The most popular films that fall into this genre include Funny Ha Ha, The Puffy Chair, Mutual Appreciation, LL, Medicine for Melancholy, and Humpday. I highly recommend The Puffy Chair for anyone who wants to jump in. While most mainstream audiences still have no idea it exists, The Duplass Brothers have already produced a quasi-satire of the genre with Baghead, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year.
Jake Szymanski has produced a parody trailer for FunnyOr Die called The Dirty Garage. And this has been a long way of me suggesting that you might not get or appreciate the humor of this parody unless you’ve seen some of these films. But if you have partaken in some mumblecore, than you’ll agree that Szymanski nailed the feel of the genre. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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The Uncler is Funny or Die’s parody of Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, starring Seth Morris as Uncle Sam, the down and out American mascot who needs to make a comeback and fix the economy. Alyssa Milano co-stars as his partiotic stripper friend. Written and Directed by Jake Szymanski, the same guy who filmed previously featured VOTD videos: Ron Howard’s Call To Action and Denis Leary Remembers Denis Leary Movies. Check it out after the jump.
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