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.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
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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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.
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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 »
We brought you the red-band trailer for the upcoming MacGruber film just a few days ago, and now the studio has released a safer green-band version to lure unsuspecting families into its R-rated den of sin. The film is an adaptation of the SNL sketches featuring Will Forte as the titular MacGuyver spoof. In addition to Forte, the cast also includes Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, and Maya Rudolph.
Forte co-wrote the film with SNL writers John Solomon and Jorma Taccone, and the film is also Taccone’s feature directing debut.
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There have been rumors (sourced from where, exactly, I couldn’t tell you) that MacGruber is a crazy, envelope-pushing action movie. The feature-length adaptation of Will Forte‘s Saturday Night Live sketches has a great cast (Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph) and now has a pretty effective red-band trailer to show off most of the players. Read More »
Universal Pictures has released their 2010 movie preview, which included this first official photo from Jorma Taccone‘s big screen adaptation of the Saturday Night Live sketch MacGruber, starring Will Forte, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe and Maya Rudolph. You will find three photos after the jump, click on each one to enlarge.
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One of the most recycled, one-note, inexplicably dated bits in the history of SNL, “MacGruber,” is still moving forward as a feature film. Shooting has started in New Mexico on the 2010 release, with SNL writer and Lonely Island member, Jorma Taccone, making his theatrical debut as a director. Personally, I’d rather see Taccone reprise Cha-Ka in a spin-off or sequel to Land of the Lost, but his performance (and that rad film) sadly await discovery on Netflix. Just wait. Let’s skip the existential dilemma that is a 95-minute MacGruber sketch, and get down to its all-important rating. In an interview with Vulture, co-star, Bill Hader, defends the film, saying that a theatrical leap is by no means “a stretch.” Also, in discussing the script by star Will Forte, John Solomon, and Taccone, Hader says that the film should earn a “fucking ugly” R-rating. If so, it will join John Belushi’s The Blues Brothers as one of the rare R-rated SNL films….
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Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer may be joining the MacGruber movie, starring Will Forte and Kristen Wiig. And thanks to THR, we know a little bit more about how the one-minute Saturday Night Live sketches, which were originally little more than a brief parody of MacGyver, will be transformed into a 90-minute feature directed by Jorma Taccone, who created the character and directed most of the SNL spots. Read More »