Bad Milo

Last week saw Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant’s Hell Baby hitting VOD. Next month, Ken Marino will be unleashing a demonic spawn of his own in Bad Milo. And yes, I do mean Ken Marino, not Gillian Jacobs, who plays his wife.

Directed by Jacob Vaughan, the horror comedy takes the phrase “a pain in the ass” and makes it literal — and deadly. Marino plays Duncan, whose stress triggers severe gastrointestinal distress. But this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill ulcer or IBS. Instead, he discovers that he has a tiny demon living in his butt, who pops out to attack people who’ve pissed off Duncan. Watch the red-band (NSFW) trailer after the jump.

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Lake Bell In A World

From the instant In A World… premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, I remember thinking, “I can’t wait to see the trailer for that.” That day is here. Written, directed by and starring Lake Bell, In A World… is the story of young woman trying to make a living in the male-dominated field of voice over work, specifically that of movie trailers. When marketers for a new movie decide to reinstate the classic phrase “In a world” for the film’s trailer, a competition breaks out that pits the young woman against her father (Fred Melamed) and an up and comer (Ken Marino).

Featuring supporting performances by Dimitri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman and Geena Davis, the film won the Best Screenwriting award at Sundance. It opens on August 9. Check out meta-trailer below. Read More »

Proving that just because you can doesn’t mean you should, the new green-band trailer for That’s My Boy drops much of the cursing, nudity, and bodily fluids that comprised last week’s red-band trailer, and is, frankly, all the better for it. The jokes are still pretty hit or miss, but the fact that it has jokes at all — rather than just a lengthy string of “fucks” — makes this cut a vast improvement over the last one.

Adam Sandler stars as Donny, the ne’er-do-well father of Todd (Andy Samberg). When Donny realizes he’s deeply in debt, he reunites with his son, now a successful hedge-fund manager, and butts heads with his future daughter-in-law (Leighton Meester). Watch the trailer after the jump.

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The first red-band trailer has dropped for Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg‘s That’s My Boy, formerly titled I Hate You Dad. Sandler plays an aging party boy and horrible father who falls into deep debt. He decides to move in with his more tightly wound son (Samberg), who’s on the verge of getting married, to a character played by Leighton Meester.

The script comes from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, with a rewrite by Ken Marino and David Wain, which is promising; the fact that it was directed by Mr. Popper’s Penguins writers Sean Anders and John Morris and produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison is somewhat less so. Watch the (NSFW) video after the jump.

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Wanderlust, from director David Wain (The State, Wet Hot American Summer) and co-writer Ken Marino, outlines and explores a premise that will probably resonate with many people: a young couple, navigating the grind of city life but trapped by their own fears and inadequacies, is forced to leave the city and take refuge with family by dual economic misfortunes.

Well, that part of the premise might resonate. The next bit is perhaps less familiar: the couple’s final destination ends up being Elysium, a commune-like community where their frigid inability to relax is cracked and thawed by an ultra-crunchy lifestyle. (Admittedly, the attentions of a couple of sexually aggressive residents doesn’t hurt.)

For the most part, Wanderlust isn’t a deep character study or a particularly perceptive dissection of human nature. (For something closer to that, see Lukas Moodysson’s Together, which was likely an inspiration for Wain.) This is more like seeing the funhouse mirror caricatures of Wet Hot American Summer grown to adulthood. This film doesn’t quite celebrate the same sense of absurdity, and doing so — living up to one of the film’s own arguments, you could say — might make it more of a keeper. Yet Wanderlust is possessed of a strong  enough free spirit that you might want to join its (almost) free-love drum circle just the same. Read More »

The great, wacky 2001 comedy Wet Hot American Summer didn’t do any respectable box office business, but the deep goofiness of the film has generated a fervent cult following in the decade since its original release. It doesn’t hurt that the film featured a treasure trove of comic talent, some in the early stages of their careers: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks and Bradley Cooper.

The film suggested the possibility of a sequel, and the sequel is a frequent object of inquiry when director David Wain or one of the primary cast members does an interview, even a decade later. In the last couple years, Wain has said that a sequel or prequel isn’t out of the question, despite the fact that Universal doesn’t seem to believe in the project, and several of the original cast members have a much higher quote now than they did a decade ago.

But there may be reason to rejoice, fans of WHAS: Michael Showalter now says that a sequel is “absolutely happening”! Read More »

‘Party Down’ Movie to Begin Shooting Next Summer?

It’s become fashionable for shows to hint at a follow-up feature film as they make their way off the air, from brilliant-but-cancelled series like Arrested Development and Veronica Mars to the somewhat less brilliant but much longer-lived Entourage. Sometimes, those plans really do come to fruition, as with Serenity (based on Firefly) and Sex and the City. But more often, nothing comes to pass — have you seen trailers for the Arrested Development or Veronica Mars movies yet?

One beloved show that’s been promising a possible feature film sequel is Party Down, Starz’ terminally underwatched series about the comical goings-on at a catering company in Hollywood. I’ve been kinda skeptical about this project actually getting off the ground since it was first announced, but it seems the cast and crew involved are more optimistic than I am. In a recent interview, star Adam Scott revealed that not only is the Party Down movie coming together, it just might begin shooting next summer. Read his quote after the jump.

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We hate when great comedy shows are killed off prematurely, and love when the possibility arises that they might rise from the grave to take over movie screens. The idea of an Arrested Development movie is something that has generated a surplus of questions and speculation, and that project seems to be slowly (slowly) crawling towards the light.

Party Down is a much more recent cancellation, and still more of a niche show than Arrested Development was. But it may actually be closer to hitting movie screens, as producer Rob Thomas says that a movie deal is in the works. Read More »

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