MacGruber

MacGruber made the leap from Saturday Night Live to the big screen and then into the hearts of a fan base that reveres the film’s humor. But the film didn’t make the leap to hit status, at least as far as accountants are concerned. So the sequel ideas that Will Forte and his co-conspirators developed have been forced to stay dormant. Until now. (OK, and possibly into the future, depending on how things work out.)

We know that Forte, director Jorma Taccone, and the rest of the MacGruber crew want to make a sequel, and now Forte says that it is really going to happen… in some way. Read More »

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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 »

As the year comes to a close, more Top 10 lists are being published. Last week, British filmmaker Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim, Hott Fuzz) filed his annual listing of the top five movies of 2010. Hit the jump to find out what movies made Wright’s list this year.

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Not everyone is going to appreciate MacGruber’s unabashed clever-stupid comedic sensibilities, and those that do will likely be accused of being idiots by those that don’t. It’s a crude, silly movie that works because it knows exactly what it is and embraces it, finding just the right rhythm to deliver its absurdist, knowing slant on ’80s action flicks. All of the characters have their goofy charm, but they’re restrained enough to make the film feel like it could just be a straight action movie, were the outright cartoonish MacGruber not there to fuck everything up. For the first time ever, Will Forte has finally found a role for which his over-the-top demeanor is perfectly suited, and his delivery and timing in just about every scene is riotously funny. Director Jorma Taccone deserves much of that credit, as he effortlessly maintains the pace of the film’s non-stop gags, one-liners and saxophone-enhanced musical beats. MacGruber isn’t a great movie—it’s nowhere near the caliber of, say, Hot Fuzz—but it’s far funnier than it should’ve been, and easily one of the funniest movies of the year so far.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Unrated & theatrical versions, commentary with director/co-writer Jorma Taccone, co-writer/actor Will Forte and co-writer John Solomon, a deleted scene, and a gag reel.

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MacGruberIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley compare and contrast Lost with Battlestar Galactica and Shattered Glass. Special guest Dan Eckman joins us for this episode. Dan’s new film Mystery Team is out on DVD today.

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MacGruber

According to the early Friday box office estimates, Universal’s Saturday Night Live big screen adaptation of MacGruber bombed with only $1.6 million on Friday, headed for an estimated weekend total of $4.5 million. Not only did it lose out to the new Shrek film, but also the second weekend of Summit’s romantic drama Letters To Juliet, the second weekend of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and the third weekend of Iron Man 2. Shrek Forever After will end the weekend with the top slot with a projected $70 million.

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MacGruber – What Did You Think?

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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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A bunch of new movie posters hit today, so I thought I’d do a round up of some of the one-sheets we didn’t get to on the site. The movies include: MacGruber, The Losers, Beastly and Easter-focused posters for Despicable Me and Toy Story 3. Hit the jump to see all the new posters. Click on the images to enlarge.

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