Famous people are used to shill for politicians all the time. But unlike making a decision on which soft drink, pizza or shoes you’re going to buy, choosing to vote is a much bigger deal. That’s why a new campaign called Save the Day has called upon an endless array of famous people to encourage you to vote.
Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Keegan-Michael Key, James Franco, Julianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion and a bunch more familiar faces (and some not so familiar) were rounded up to create this video that encourages people to register to vote. However, while this starts out like any other pro-voting campaign, it takes one hilarious turn right after the other, right down to a promise made by all the celebrities that Mark Ruffalo is tragically unaware of. Just watch the video below. Read More »
Playing in 100 locations around the country right now is the sophomore writing/directing effort of comedian turned filmmaker Mike Birbiglia. He made a splash at Sundance a few years ago with the charming, semi-autobiographical Sleepwalk with Me, and now he’s back with a movie called Don’t Think Twice, focusing on a group of tight-knit friends in an improv troupe. The film is in the same vein as Broadcast News and other films from James L. Brooks, just set in the world of improv comedy, and it’s truly a must-see.
Now in an efforts to help promote the movie, producers forced Mike Birbiglia to create a viral video to make more people aware of the movie. Sadly, this resulted in cast members Gillian Jacobs (Community), Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates), Chris Gethard (Broad City), and Tami Sagher (Inside Amy Schumer) all getting the viral video virus. Watch the Don’t Think Twice viral video after the jump. Read More »
Earlier in the summer, director Nick Stoller brought Neighbors: Sorority Rising to the big screen, a surprisingly satisfying comedy sequel. But for his next project, he’s heading to the small screen with a new comedy project at Netflix.
Friends from College is a new comedy series coming from Nick Stoller and his wife Francesca Delbanco, and they’ve rounded up a solid comedic cast and includes Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Fred Savage and more. Find out more about Netflix’s Friends from College TV series after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
“Where do babies come from?” is the question all parents dread hearing, at least according to every family sitcom ever. But if you can wait ’til fall to have the talk, Warner Bros.’ Storks can help you out with a kid-friendly, completely scientifically accurate accounting of how exactly the process works.
As all of us adults know, of course, it begins with the Baby Making Machine on Stork Mountain. The device spits out a tiny human, and a bird (possibly one that sounds exactly like Andy Samberg) is assigned to drop it off at its new home. Along the way, said bird will inevitably run into hilarious and adorable mishaps. Get a little peek at that incredible journey with the latest Storks trailer.
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Yesterday, NBC followed through with their latest tradition of an annual Red Nose Day special, a star-studded fundraiser that helps support projects in some of the neediest communities in the U.S. and some of the poorest communities in the world. All of your favorite stars turned out for this event last night including Elton John, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Jeff Goldblum, Margot Robbie and literally dozens more.
Not all of the fun from last night’s show is worth highlighting, but there were two segments that we just couldn’t pass up. One features the return of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele to TV sketch comedy while the other has Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead imagining their own Red Nose Day special akin to the Star Wars Holiday Special.
Watch both the Key & Peele and Walking Dead Red Nose Day video after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Mike Birbiglia started out as a stand-up comedian before transitioning into filmmaking with 2011’s loosely autobiographical Sleepwalk With Me, based on one of his stand-up acts. It was solid and sweet and lots of fun, but it’s his second film, Don’t Think Twice, that should really mark him as an indie director to watch.
The dramedy, which premiered at SXSW this spring and is now headed for a summer release, follows the members of a scrappy New York improv troupe played by Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci, and Tami Sagher. The close-knit circle finds itself in disarray when one of their number gets catches a huge break. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious and painfully honest and above all, deeply empathetic, and it’ll ring all too true to anyone who’s ever found themselves feeling stuck in life. Watch the Don’t Think Twice trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
When Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele announced the end of their Comedy Central show Key and Peele last year, the official line was that they just wanted to move on to other things. But maybe the real reason for their professional breakup was something much more sinister. Maybe their relationship was irreparably damaged when it turned out one of them is — gasp! — a theater texter, while the other one just wants to be left alone to watch his movies in peace.
Well, probably not. But the two do find themselves hilariously at odds in a new “Don’t Talk” PSA from the Alamo Drafthouse. Which they recorded to promote their new movie together, Keanu. So yes, you can breathe a sigh of relief, they haven’t really turned against each other after all. Watch the Keanu Alamo Drafthouse PSA after the jump. Read More »
The trailer for Keanu was already entertaining on its own. Not only does the presence of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele make it a must-see comedy, but the title character is one of the cutest kittens that the big screen has ever seen. In fact, one of the biggest problems that Keanu may end up having is that we just don’t get enough of the little feline in the film’s running time.
Perhaps in an effort to make up for the fact that there’s only so much of the little cat in Keanu, Warner Bros. Pictures has released a trailer parody that replaces Key, Peele and the other actors with cats. There’s more gangsta cats and even a pole-dancing cat. Don’t worry, you can watch all this cuteness out in the open because the Keanu kitten trailer is completely safe for work. Read More »
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Good comedy is the result of long-simmering pain. A comedian struggles on stage, bombing in front of impatient audiences, for years before learning how to be funny. A hilarious actor waits tables while desperately hoping to get cast in that first defining role. And even after so much suffering and so much hard work, the vast majority of talented people still slip through the cracks, watching as others, sometimes friends, stumble into big breaks.
This is the world of Mike Birbiglia‘s Don’t Think Twice, a thoughtful comedy tinged with both melancholy and hope. Set within the New York City improv comedy scene, Birbiglia’s sophomore effort as a director captures the joy of creation and the agony of creative stagnation – anyone who has ever struggled to make something will laugh and cry and find a great deal of the film hitting very close to home.
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This is not a review of Keanu. The version that screened at SXSW was described as a work-in-progress cut and changes, both significant and minor, can still occur between now and when the film arrives in theaters. Jokes can be be swapped, sequences can be tightened, and entire scenes can still be excised or added. To say something definitive right now would be unfair.
However, the cut of director Peter Atencio‘s new comedy that played before a packed house at the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin certainly felt like a finished movie…and that’s a bit of a mixed bag. So let’s break out the questions. Is the big screen debut of beloved comedy Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele funny? Yeah, of course it is. These two can’t not be funny. If the trailer made you giggle, there is plenty to enjoy here and you’re in for a good time at the movies. But is the film more than the sum of its best jokes? No. At least not in this particular version.
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