Man on the Moon Documentary

Update: If Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton sounds like something you want to see, you’re in luck. Netflix has officially picked up the film. No release date has been set. Our original article follows below.

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As a die-hard stand-up comedy nerd, one of my favorite movies is Man on the Moon. The 1999 biopic about famous, controversial and genius comedian Andy Kaufman starred Jim Carrey in the lead role, and his work on the movie is very well known due to the length that he went to in order to stay in character.

We hear about method acting from actors occasionally, with talents like Daniel Day-Lewis investing themselves so deeply into a character that they maintain the illusion of that performance between takes on set, sometimes even when they’re completely away from the production, all in an effort to give the most authentic portrayal possible. That’s exactly what Jim Carrey did while working on Man on the Moon, and a new documentary that premiered at the Venice Film Festival explores the “psychotic” lengths to which the actor went to stay in character. Read More »

Jim Carrey - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, Jim Carrey‘s passion and talent for creating gorgeous paintings is explored in a documentary short. Plus, a Star Wars fan film called Days Past explores some of the time that passed between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope, and a video explores the abandoned plans for a theme park called Disney’s America that was once in development in the 1990s. Read More »

Ana Lily

The Bad Batch is a vibrant and surreal western with a quiet drifter (Suki Waterhouse), a towering but sensitive cannibal (Jason Momoa), a mute savior (Jim Carrey), and a mysterious leader called the Dream (Keanu Reeves). Ana Lily Amirpour‘s film mixes death and loss, psychedelia and body builders, to tell a story that’s certainly original. Amirpour’s follow-up to her breakout debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, feels like a completely new body built with a few old spare parts.

The writer-director’s sophomore effort has a kind of freewheeling, acid-induced flow to it – shots are bursting with color and life. Amirpour told us about imagining some of these frames along with creating the world, Arlen and Miami Man, and the music from The Bad Batch.

Below, read our Ana Lily Amirpour interview.

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The Bad Batch trailer

A one-armed protagonist sporting a Magnum revolver and smiley face pants, a pack of hungry cannibals, and a cult leader played by Keanu Reeves are the stars of Ana Lily Amirpour‘s sophomore effort as a filmmaker, The Bad Batch. Needless to say, for a whole mess of reasons, we’re excited about her follow-up to her enchanting debut film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The second trailer for her funky post-apocalyptic-ish tale has arrived, and it teases one bizarre wasteland we can’t wait to visit come June.

Below, watch the new The Bad Batch trailer.

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Will Ferrell in Elf

It’s hard to imagine Elf without Will Ferrell. He brings the perfect manic man-child energy to the role of Buddy the Elf, turning him from a slightly creepy weirdo into a slightly creepy weirdo that we really, really like. But he didn’t start out as the top choice for the role. The original star eyed for the lead was Jim Carrey. It was after Carrey moved on that the part went to Ferrell instead.  Read More »

I'm Dying Up Here

Showtime unveiled a first look at their upcoming series I’m Dying Up Here, a drama about standup comics in the 1970s, during their Television Critics Association session. Footage showed comics interacting with difficult audiences, and ranting about it over late night meals. One scene mentioned Richard Pryor coming in to do a set. Speaking with reporters after his panel, Showtime Networks, Inc. CEO David Nevins said appearances by famous comedians would be minimal.

“There may be some,” Nevins said. “We’re mostly going to avoid it. Johnny Carson is in the clip. Famous people may be backgrounded in the show. I’m Dying Up Here is based on a book of nonfiction and it’s about the early days of the Comedy Store, Mitzi Shore, Robin Williams and David Letterman, that period. We chose, sort of like we did [when I produced] Friday Night Lights, to change the real people’s names. There’s no Robin Williams character, David Letterman character. There may be characters who have aspects of those people but they’re all sort of composite, reconstructed characters. Famous people may be in the background but that’s not really a driving idea on the show.”  Read More »

Eli Roth

This is a big week for Eli Roth. Just yesterday, the Knock Knock and The Green Inferno director became attached to direct Paramount’s remake of Death Wish, a project that’s had quite a few directors, most notably Joe Carnahan (The Grey), split from the Bruce Willis-led film over the years. Only a day later, news has come out that Roth will direct Jim Carrey in an adaptation of Steve Niles‘ (“3o Days of Night”) comic book “Aleister Arcane,” which was illustrated by Breehn Burns.

Below, learn more about Aleister Arcane.

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The Best Movies Coming to Netflix in February 2016

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Unless Dirty Grandpa tickled you to tears this past weekend, you probably consider this another “dump month” January. While plenty of December releases are still killing it at the box office and there’s still time to catch up on the major Award nominees, it’s more likely that you’ve been stuck with your streaming options these past few weeks. There’s no shortage of quality movies on Netflix, and a few more notable titles are coming to the streaming service soon.

Find out the best movies coming to Netflix in February 2016 after the jump.

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Andy Kaufman David Letterman

If you’ve seen the biopic Man on the Moon starring Jim Carrey, then you know that there’s a rather infamous episode of Late Show with David Letterman where comedian Andy Kaufman appeared with wrestler Jerry Lawler. As we know now, the two staged an on-air tiff that resulted in the groundbreaking comedian getting slapped right out of his chair, causing him to come back and throw coffee at the wrestler, and no one else seemed to be in on the joke.

And now another clip of Kaufman on Letterman’s show has appeared online, and it appears to be the first time this particular clip has been made available on the internet. I’ve tried to soak up as much of Kaufman’s unique brand of comedy as I can, and since clips like this are few and far between, I can’t recommend enough that you view this evidence of a kind of comedy that was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. Read More »

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind visual effects

One of the best films of the new century is undoubtedly Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It’s an innovative, beautiful, mesmerizing, heartbreaking and simultaneously uplifting romance. The Charlie Kaufman scripted, Michel Gondry directed film is one of my five favorites of all time, and I’ve explored and read about every facet of the film.

But there might be some of you out there who haven’t dug as deep. That’s why I wanted to post this featurette that dives into the unique and quaint visual effects of the film. Michel Gondry is known for using some interesting practical production methods, but this featurette looks at the seamless digital visual effects that helped complete the film. There are some effects here that you probably didn’t even notice.

Watch the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind visual effects featurette after the jump. Read More »