the gong show reboot

We’re soon going to see more of Mike Myers. His last appearance in a live-action film (without counting documentaries) was Inglorious Bastards, in which he played a British general under heavy prosthetics. Now, he’s playing a British comedian under prosthetics in ABC’s reboot of The Gong Show, once hosted by the recently departed Chuck Barris (who was played by Sam Rockwell in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). Myers’ character, British performer Tommy Winston Maitland, is the new, somewhat unsettling face of the amateur talent contest.

Below, watch The Gong Show reboot producer Will Arnett introduce the 70-year-old comic.

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Fantastic Beasts Sequels - Eddie Redmayne

In today’s edition of sequel bits:

  • J.K. Rowling teases Newt Scamander’s Patronus spell.
  • Mike Myers comments on Austin Powers 4.
  • Mark Millar reveals a new “Kingsman” comic.
  • Dave Bautista talks Bond 25
  • What’s Emma Watson’s idea for a Beauty and the Beast sequel?
  • All that and more.

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Mike Myers Hosting The Gong Show as Tommy Maitland - Austin Powers

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a remake of the classic 1970s amateur talent contest TV series The Gong Show coming to ABC in June. The show featured contestants displaying odd, questionable talents in front of a panel of celebrity judges who had the power to hit a gong that would end the performance before it was even over, indicating that they had seen enough.

Will Arnett and his Electric Avenue production banner are behind the show, but it’s the recently announced host that is turning some heads, because even though the name is not a recognizable one, the person who is actually doing the hosting is someone you’re definitely familiar with. It’s former Saturday Night Live star Mike Myers playing a fictional British comedian named Tommy Maitland, complete with prosthetic make-up enhancements, a fake background and everything.

Get a look at how we’ll see Mike Myers hosting The Gong Show after the jump. Read More »

Wayne's World 2 Rewritten

As far as comedy sequels go, Wayne’s World 2 is among the better ones. Even though it’s not nearly as good as the original Wayne’s World, it’s still much better than all but three of the other movies based on Saturday Night Live characters, and even ended up towards the top of our list ranking all of them. But the sequel that fans enjoyed would have been drastically different if Mike Myers had been allowed to use the idea he originally had. Instead, the Saturday Night Live star was forced to rewrite the script at the last minute. So why was Wayne’s World 2 rewritten? Find out below Read More »

It trailer mash-up with The Cat in the Hat

Michael Myers is one of the most iconic names in horror, but there’s a chance that a fanmade edit of the first trailer for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It might turn former Saturday Night Live cast member Mike Myers into an even more terrifying figure.

If the first trailer for It wasn’t already scary enough with the haunting clown Pennywise lurking in the sewer and appearing in a slideshow with that creepy smile of his, imagine how much more frightening it is with Mike Myers’ version of The Cat in the Hat.

Watch It trailer mash-up with The Cat in the Hat below. Read More »

Mike Myers - Del Close Movie

When it comes to inspiration and influence, you’d be hard pressed to find someone mentioned by today’s famous comedy talents more than Del Close. You may not know the man by name, but he’s been responsible for mentoring some of the biggest names in comedy today, pushing them to see comedy as more than just a way to make people laugh. Mike Myers, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Gilda Radner, Amy Sedaris, Adam McKay and more all studied under Close before he passed away in 1999.

Even after his death, Close continues to influence up-and-coming comedians as many of his foundations of improv comedy are taught in workshops and classes all over the world. Now the man will be played by one of his most famous students in a new comedy.

Find out more about the Del Close movie after the jump. Read More »

Wayne's World 25th Anniversary Screenings

It’s Wayne’s World! Wayne’s World! Party time! Excellent!

This might be hard to believe, but the Saturday Night Live movie Wayne’s World will officially be 25 years old next month. The comedy hit theaters on February 14, 1992, and Paramount Pictures is preparing to celebrating this milestone anniversary with a theatrical re-release of the meta 90s comedy starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey.

Find out when you can catch the Wayne’s World 25th anniversary screenings below. Read More »

austin powers sequel

It’s been almost 14 years since we last saw Austin Powers on the big screen. The third installment in the series, Austin Powers in Goldmember, was a massive hit. Director Jay Roach‘s sequel made over $300M worldwide at the box-office, which is three times more than what the first film made.

There have been talks of another Austin Powers sequel for around a decade now. Roach–whose latest film, All the Way, premiered last night on HBO–confirmed he’s still discussing an Austin Powers 4 with Myers. Below, read what the director had to say about the Austin Powers sequel.

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Gabriel Hardman interview

In 1993, at only 19 years old, an aspiring comic book artist named Gabriel Hardman got what appeared to be a big break: the chance to pencil Marvel’s War Machine. But not long after completing the assignment, Hardman chose to ditch comics, move to Hollywood and try to make it as a storyboard artist.

By any measure of success, there’s no doubt that Hardman “made it.” Over the next two decades, he worked on a variety of beloved and/or critically acclaimed projects; ranging from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) to Interstellar (2014). But at the same time, while on that upward trajectory, he storyboarded a handful famous flops. Including three films which have been the focus of How Did This Get Made? episodes: Wild Wild West, Spider-Man 3 and Green Lantern.

Interestingly enough, it took a frustrating experience on one of those three films to lead Hardman back to the career he had previously left. And, since then, he has regularly toggled between working in comics (such as Invisible Republic and Heathentown) and working on films (such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises). To learn more about this unexpected journey, we spoke with Gabriel Hardman about some of the ups and downs in his career.

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Wayne's World 3 Script

We’re living in the age of nostalgia and recycling when it comes to our entertainment. Over at Netflix, there are revivals of Full House and The Gilmore Girls while Fox is working on a TV series adaptation of Lethal Weapon. On the big screen, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Mad Max: Fury Road revived franchises that were dead in movie theaters for over a decade. And if one man has his way, he’ll get another franchise to rise from the grave.

Back in the early ’90s, during what was one of the more popular times for Saturday Night Live, cast members Mike Myers and Dana Carvey brought their recurring characters Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar to the big screen for a Wayne’s World movie in 1992. It was successful enough to warrant a Wayne’s World 2 in 1993. And since then, Trevor Schindeler has been desperate to make Wayne’s World 3 a reality, going so far as you write his own script, tirelessly trying to get it read by Hollywood. Now he’s asking for your help. Read More »