It was a little before the half-way mark to Land of the Lost when a little kid started crying in the theater as the Sleestaks opened their reptilian beaks, revealing row after row of neat, razor-sharp teeth. We hadn’t even reached the scene in which Danny McBride’s misogynist, would-be casino maven, Will Stanton, stared directly into the camera while sitting in a swimming pool, tripping his fucking mind out on “narcotic” alien fruit-juice. The swimming pool was randomly parked on an inter-dimensional white sand desert sprinkled with a Viking ship, a broken-down Cessna, and a meta neon sign that blankly spells “Motel.” And as if exiting from Jeff Goldblum’s ear canal during a Jurassic Park hallucination, dinosaurs big and small were roaming the diverse terrain beyond. Land of the Lost is chockful of original, PG-13-hazing moments. And if you’re a parent and bring your kids to see it, you deserve a cool sticker.
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Universal has released the Super Bowl advertisement for Land of the Lost. I’m impressed with some of the visuals, but the jokes and plot seem overwhelmingly generic. And I know that the footage in this teaser television spot is probably unfinished, but how bad does the blue screen removal around Will Ferrell’s head in the screen capture above look? Watch the television spot after the jump, and as always, tell me what you think in the comments below.
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The cover of The Lonely Island’s (Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg) debut CD Incredibad is a parody of the poster for Steven Spielberg’s E.T. You can check out the track listing after the jump.
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This week’s Saturday Night Live Digital Short featured the first single from The Lonely Island guy’s (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) debut album Incredibad, which will be in stores February 10th 2009. The video features guest appearances by Molly Sims, Jamie Lynn Sigler, and Justin Timberlake. Our international friends can check out the clip on YouTube while it’s still available. Thanks to /Film reader Dan L for the tip.
On July 24th, I had the chance to sit down with Hot Rod and Lonely Island trio Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer. You can tell instantly that these three guys have been friends since 7th grade. They play off each other like they’ve been doing it for many years. The interview was probably the funniest roundtable I’ve done to date. These are not the type of guys who answer questions with any bit of pretension. They know who they are, they know why they are here, and more importantly they know how to tell a funny story.
You can listen to the full roundtable interview below. After the jump we have included a time-coded chapter listing, so that you can skip to the good parts. I highly recommend the story of The Whoopee Boys poster/screening, which begins around 23 minutes in.
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Did You Know: Hot Rod was actually written for Will Farrell? We met with The Lonely Island Boys Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer earlier today and they shared with us the following story:
This woman Pam Brady had written it. She had written for the South Park series, then she co-wrote the South Park movie, co-wrote Team America with Matt and Trey. Before we were even at SNL, she wrote it for Lorne (Michaels) and for Paramount. And then when we got there, they said to Andy, ‘Hey Andy why don’t you read this and see if it appeals to you.’ Then after Lazy Sunday they were like ‘The Three of you guys, why don’t you read it.’ And of course it was just so silly and weird that we were like, ‘You’re gonna let us make a movie? Of course!’
But she had written it for Will Farrell and it was envisioned as a vehicle for him. And he is an exec producer on it – him and Jimmy Miller. They all put their ideas into it. As a testament as to how well she wrote it, it was very much obviously for Will Farrell. When you read it, you couldn’t picture anyone else in the movie but Will Farrell. The lines were specifically things he has kind of made his persona over the years. So if he [Andy Samberg] had just done those lines, it would have been like an impression of Will Farrell. So we had to go through, just to make it work at all, we had to go through and tweak it a lot just to get it to feel like it was ours and his [Andy] and that kind of stuff.
I got to see the movie last week, and was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed it. I’ve been very vocal about how much I hated the trailer for this flick. I can;t review the film now but I think the quote above is very interesting, so I will say this much. Everything that the Lonely Island guys made their own works. There is some laugh out loud moments, one in particular is the “cool beans” sequence. You’ll know it when you see it. I felt that the parts of the film that didn’t work were the parts where it seemed more like a Will Farrell movie. I’m very interested to see a movie completely conceived and written by these guys.
Watch out for our whole interview later this week.