MacGruber

I hope you’re excited for Human Centipede III, because shooting in LA has already begun. Also after the jump:

  • Will Forte is working on MacGruber 2 this summer
  • Could the Fast Five vault heist happen in real life? (No.)
  • Charlie Sheen returns to his Latino roots for Machete Kills
  • Glenn Morshower won’t be in Transformers 4, but you could be
  • Rumor has it Sharon Stone wants a Basic Instinct 3
  • J.J. Abrams hasn’t ruled out a third Star Trek
  • Hatchet III and The Smurfs 2 get new posters

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As devotees of Louie and Sherlock are sighing over extralong gaps between seasons, Girls fans are enjoying some schedule shuffling in the opposite direction. Although the first season of Girls debuted in the spring, Season 2′s kicking off a little earlier than expected in January 2013. Which means the marketing push starts now.

HBO’s already offered up a not-terribly-revealing teaser and a handful of stills from the upcoming season. Now they’re ramping up the campaign with the first full trailer, which features a nice mix of fresh and familiar faces. Hannah (Lena Dunham) and her usual gang are all here, along with returning guest stars like Jorma Taccone and Chris O’Dowd and newcomers like Donald Glover, Patrick Wilson, and Rita Wilson. Watch it after the jump.

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Is it still possible to surprise an actor about the popularity of one of their films? It seems unlikely, when anyone can set up a Google alert to be notified when conversation is happening about any topic, but maybe Will Forte has better things to do than sit around reading what people say about MacGruber.

The 2010 SNL to bigscreen film was a financial disappointment, but MacGruber has a loyal fanbase, whether Forte knows it or not. That fanbase wouldn’t mind a sequel, and when asked about the chances for another film, Forte told AICN over the weekend, “we’re proud of it, and we jokingly talk about the sequel all the time. But I don’t think anybody in their right mind would give us any money for it.”

Given a chance to follow up on that statement, Forte says that he didn’t expect to be asked about MacGruber at all, and that the comment above was partially uttered out of surprise. And while a sequel isn’t necessarily happening, he plans to write one regardless. Read More »

When MacGruber, the big-screen expansion of a few small MacGyver-parodying skits from SNL, was released in 2010, the film was considered a bomb. In short order, however, the film developed a passionate following, and the cult of MacGruber continues to grow from month to month.

Still, given how long it took to get the stars to align for a sequel to Anchorman — a much more popular film — it seems unlikely that we’ll ever see another MacGruber, no matter what director Jorma Taccone and star Will Forte might like, And yet they’re talking about it anyway. Taccone says the pair are planning a sequel, and tells ScreenCrush “It would be me, Will and John [Solomon] writing it again. Every time I hang out with Will, we talk about all our cool ideas for the sequel. We have the idea for it and we have a title, but I won’t tell you what it is.” As far as plot goes, Taccone would only reveal that there’s an inspiration from Die Hard, in that the film would take place at Christmas.

After the break Dante Basco, who played the Lost Boy Rufio in Steven Spielberg‘s Hook, says he’s part of the team developing a prequel explaining Rufio’s story. Read More »

Saturday Night Live was partially revived as a cultural force thanks to the Digital Shorts created by The Lonely Island team of Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg. In the several years since ‘Lazy Sunday’ was one of the first mainstream web video hits, we’ve seen dozens of Digital Shorts come and go.

All told, Laser Cats 7 isn’t anywhere near the top tier of SNL Digital Shorts when it comes to comedy, but this one does boast something others don’t: Steven Spielberg. The short features the director pitching an idea to SNL producer Lorne Michaels, and as the pitch plays out we see echoes of most of Spielberg’s major films.

The video is after the break, but as with many clips hosted on Hulu and NBC, those outside the US may not be able to view. Apologies for that, as the restrictions are out of our control. Read More »

Barry Levinson, director of the baseball classic The Natural, is about to return to the diamond once more. The filmmaker is set to direct a biopic of legendary sports star Hank Aaron, based on the Howard Bryant tome The Last Hero: The Life Story of Henry Aaron. Adam Mazer, who previously penned Levinson’s You Don’t Know Jack, will provide the script.

The new film will follow Aaron’s quest to defeat Babe Ruth’s home run record, which he ultimately did on April 8, 1974 with his 715th home run. (Aaron’s own record was eventually eclipsed by Barry Bonds in 2007.) Casting for the film is expected to get underway shortly.

Perhaps spurred on by the success of last year’s Moneyball, baseball movies seem to be cropping up all over the place as of late. In addition to the Aaron biopic, there’s also Brian Helgeland’s Jackie Robinson tale 42 and Robert Lorenz’ Trouble with the Curve. [Variety]

After the jump, MacGruber director Jorma Taccone lands another action comedy.

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MacGruber – What Did You Think?

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MacGruber

Traditionally, Saturday Night Live spinoff movies are a dicey proposition. The good ones are few and far between. Most try to stay too close to the sketches that spawned them, and never make a case for spending ninety minutes with the characters. The idea behind MacGruber seems more shaky than most. Take very short sketches that riff on MacGyver, and stretch them into feature length. But there was some weird character background lurking in those short SNL appearances, and MacGruber takes the uncomfortable nature of the main character and injects it into a parody-slash-recreation of ’80s action movies.

MacGruber opens in theaters everywhere today. Read More »

MacGruber Red-Band Trailer #2

MacGruber

We’ve already seen one red-band trailer for MacGruber, in which director Jorma Taccone and Will Forte expands their MacGyver-spoof shorts from Saturday Night Live into an unlikely feature comedy. Now there’s a second red-band clip which emphasizes the action a bit more…or, wait, the comedy? No, definitely the action. See the confusion below. Read More »

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