Just a few years ago, Tim Heidecker starred in a bleak and strangely amusing look into the life of a comedian with the indie The Comedy, a Sundance selected film from director Rick Alverson. This time it’s Gregg Turkington, better known as stand-up comedian Neil Hamburger, taking us into the tortured psyche of a stand-up comedian, stuck in comedy purgatory.
Alverson is back behind the camera again with Entertainment, and the first trailer for the indie film has just arrived, showcasing Turkington’s oddball movie about an aging comedian still struggling as a small-time performer. It’s odd and fascinating, but doesn’t look like it’s going to be everybody’s cup of tea. Watch the Entertainment trailer after the jump! Read More »
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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies that offer proof. Slashfilm’s Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a New York premiere for a provocative indie, a mini review or an interview.
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Almost a year ago, we pined over the freakishly original, disorienting and bizarre trailer for Totally 4 Teens, a proposed series for [adult swim] that appropriated the zany format of a vintage Nickelodeon kid’s show and then aspired to melt viewers’ faces off. You may remember that we recently interviewed the show’s creator and frizzy-haired host, Derrick Beckles, about his psychedelic workout tape and a music video he directed starring fresh-faced pal and fan Michael Cera.
Well since that time, the last we heard about Totally 4 Teens was that [adult swim] didn’t know what to do with it, and that other cable networks were interested. We love [adult swim] and practically inject Tim and Eric and Superjail into our morning cereal, but the idea that we would never see T4T (not to mention Neil Hamburger’s filthy ode to Family Feud) on the infamous programming block put pollen in our manly eyes. I mean, other visionairies behind T4T include a guy who produced The Daily Show and the weirdo who is the voice of Towelie on South Park and created Wonder Showzen.
But wait. There is hope yet. We can all vote for Totally 4 Teens—today and today only—to become a reality on the regular. Better still, the show has flirted with putting two members of the /Film staff on the program if it wins the entire contest! (If it wins today, it goes on to the quarter-finals and so forth, just like in sports.) You can go to the official voting site, where you can watch the full pilot episode, and place your vote! Check out the full trailer and a clip after the jump…
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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, sans New Moon, that offer proof. Weekend Weirdness cocks its disoriented, nappy head to examine such flicks, whether it’s a new trailer for a provocative indie, a review, or news of an excavated cult classic. The works discussed herein tend to make cinema a little more interesting, and in the best and worst cases do the same for life. In this installment: Final Flesh is a real life Videodrome with porn actors from the co-creator of Wonder Showzen; Dirty is the forthcoming, surprisingly solid doc on the late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard; [adult swim]’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force plops out a spicy Meatwad of a Xmas album, and more, G. The “G” is courtesy Nic Cage’s bad lieutenant.
Nearly a decade after he worked as a writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the career of Vernon Chatman continues its fascinating flush-parade down and around comedy’s perverse bowels. With a new film, Final Flesh, he subverts the acting prowess of real life porno D-listers to match the success of his respected twists on tween teevee (MTV’s Wonder Showzen) and low-rent, fantasy animation (Xavier: Renegade Angel). The irony is that even though the DVD for Final Flesh arrived at my door with a tie-in golden condom packet filled with antibacterial lotion, Chatman ostensibly kept his hands clean of the filth. Flesh is what resulted after he commissioned four online companies that produce adult movies from scripts submitted by paying customers. Instead of sending the companies various scenarios too obscene for Roller Girl, Chatman’s screenplays mostly ditch sex in favor of a murky end days subplot complete with an Atomic Bomb.
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For this NYE edition of the Movie Playlist, we chatted with Mr. Neil Hamburger, the Hollywood legend and stand-up comedian. It did not go so well.
Earlier this year when I caught Mr. Hamburger’s live show, America’s economic recession was clearly taking a toll. He grotesquely referred to an audience member as a “fucking pig person!” and proceeded to shoot off a clip of horrible Heath Ledger jokes that instigated a violent wave of “boo’s” and thrown Pabst bottles. Nevertheless, Mr. Hamburger has performed to a packed Madison Square Garden and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! His new comedy album, …Sings Country Winners , is out now on Drag City.
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On any given Saturday, you can flick on the TV and witness bloated, aged rock stars spinning self-mythologizing yarns. Bad designer sunglasses, ridiculous hair extensions, and orange skin are a must, and toss on a runny dollop of eyeliner to impress today’s Guitar Heroes. Thankfully, next year sees the release of a feature-length documentary on Lemmy, the 60something frontman of Motörhead…with the 60something Belial on his cheek.
Directed by Greg Olliver and music journalist Wes Orshoski, Lemmy: The Movie, proposes that the film’s subject is the most substantial rocker/lifer of his generation and maybe ever, complete with testimonials and endorsements from Slash, Ozzy, The Clash’s Mick Jones, drunken hooligans and the guy who started Foo Fighters. Slashfilm would like to propose that Lemmy was born with a drink in his hand, not unlike comedian Neil Hamburger. Lemmy also warrants his own Internet show where he can spew filthy jokes like the blood diamond at this end of this trailer.
Lemmy: The Movie (nice title) opens TBA 2009.
Discuss: Who rocks to the nth more than Lemmy?