Andrew Kevin Walker interview

Tonight, for one night only, Nerdland is playing in theaters across the United States courtesy of Fathom Events. The wacky, wild, and bizarrely sweet animated film tells the story of two 30-year-old friends, John (Paul Rudd) and Elliot (Patton Oswalt), on the hunt for infamy. Sick of waiting around for fame to drop on their laps, the actor who doesn’t act and the screenwriter who barely writes decide to do whatever necessary to grab headlines.

Director Chris Prynoski‘s (Metalocapylpse) buddy picture sprang from the mind of screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker many years ago. Walker, best known for Se7en, spent plenty of time and money trying to make Nerdland. It was originally planned as a live-action film that David Fincher was going to direct, but after years of hearing “no,” Walker’s story finally got told as an R-rated animated feature, thanks to the fine people at Titmouse Inc., the animation production company behind The Venture Bros., Superjail!, and Metalocalypse.

Walker recently spoke with us about his love letter to Los Angeles, the Jonah Hill draft of Nerdland, working with David Fincher, and far more. Below, read our Andrew Kevin Walker interview.

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Drunk History Season 4 Trailer - Dave Grohl

This may come as a surprise, but Comedy Central’s Drunk History officially won an Emmy last year. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series award the show was nominated for (a nod the series also landed this year), but instead for the wonderful historical costumes crafted by Christina Mongini. However, if the new Drunk History season 4 trailer is any indicator, then an award win for the series as a whole could still be coming down the road. Watch below! Read More »

nerdland

Sausage Party isn’t the only R-rated animated film featuring a standout cast we’ll see this year. Next month, Nerdland will make its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the voice cast includes Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Mike JudgeHannibal Buress, Molly Shannon, and Kate Micucci. For some, this film may have come out of nowhere, but if you’re always keeping an eye on what screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) is working on, then you might’ve already heard about this adult animated feature.

Now the first Nerdland trailer has arrived, and you can watch it after the jump. (Be warned: It’s a red-band trailer, which means it’s slightly NSFW.)

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the confirmation trailer

For those of us that remember the days when Clive Owen was on the cusp of serious action hero stardom (remember when he was supposed to be the next James Bond?), seeing the gruff actor in a seemingly warmhearted movie like The Confirmation is a little peculiar. Then again, the past few years have seen Owen going out of his way to showcase various unseen facets of his acting range. I’m glad he never took off as a major movie star because we may not have gotten his fascinating and unsettling Dr. John Thackery, as seen on The Knick. Now, he’s trying out the role of the lovable deadbeat dad who tends to pop up in indie comedies so they can teach young boys valuable life lessons.

There aren’t too many surprises to be found in the new The Confirmation trailer, but the directorial debut of Bob Nelson looks sweet and nice and stacked with actors we do not mind watching in the slightest.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter

For the past month, we’ve been reporting on the progress of a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the cult favorite, movie-mocking TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Creator Joel Hodgson started an ambitious crowd-fund campaign to raise $5.5 million in order to produce 12 new episodes of the show with a whole new cast, and last night the campaign ended with even more good news than expected.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter is now the largest crowd-funded online video of all-time, and the campaign made so much that they’ll actually be able to make 14 new episodes. It truly is a great time to be alive. Read More »

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Dan Harmon

Today the Kickstarter for the revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000 crossed $4.4 million, guaranteeing that at least nine new episodes will be produced. Creator Joel Hodgson is hoping to reach $5.5 million in order to be able to make a full season of 12 episodes, but they only have two days left before the campaign ends this Friday. So get over to the page and donate!

If you need anymore convincing, today a crew of writers were announced, including Community creator and Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon. And he’s not the only cool scribe on board. Read More »

Patton Oswalt on Agents of SHIELD

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is an old show making fun of even older movies. But now that it’s being resurrected, it’s bringing on some fresh blood. Patton Oswalt has just joined the cast as TV’s Frank’s son — or rather, “TV’s Son of TV’s Frank” — the henchman to the new Mad, played by Felicia Day. More on the Patton Oswalt MST3K casting after the jump.

Joel Hodgson announced the Patton Oswalt MST3K casting in an update to the show’s Kickstarter page this week, while Oswalt confirmed the news on his own Twitter page.

Oswalt is a longtime MST3K fan, and Hodgson is a fan of Oswalt’s right back — he describes the standup comedian and actor as “a very fun, articulate and witty soul – just the kind of person who we’ve always tried to bring onboard for MST3K.” At first, Hodgson explained, he only thought to get Oswalt on board as a guest writer. But then, Hodgson continued:

Remember last week, how I said my creative process usually starts with visuals, and then I work backward? Well, in this case, I first imagined Patton dressed up like TV’s Frank. I figured maybe he’d be Frank’s son, or at least a clone. But yeah: the idea of Patton wearing black lab assistant’s garb, with a big mound of silver hair and a spitcurl…? It was just really funny to me, in a visual / cross-referential / meta kind of way.

Hodgson approached Oswalt with the idea, and needless to say, Oswalt was all in.

Patton Oswalt MST3K

It’s not too different from the way Day was cast as new villain Kinga, daughter of Dr. Clayton Forrester.

Felicia Day MST3K

 

Oswalt and Day join Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn, who’ll voice Crow and Servo respectively. Nerdist’s Jonah Ray is expected to be the new host.

Of course, none of this casting will be 100% finalized until after the Kickstarter campaign has ended. The campaign has long since passed the initial goal of $2 million for 3 new episodes, but Hodgson’s now got his eye on earning $5.5 million for a full season of 12 episodes. At present, the tally stands at $3.45 million earned with 10 days to go. To get more details, or to contribute, head over to Kickstarter.

Freaks of Nature red-band trailer

Several years ago we reported on a Black List script by Oren Uziel called The Kitchen Sink, a horror-sci-fi-comedy mashup that combined vampires, zombies, and aliens. Jonah Hill was originally set to direct, and then Robbie Pickering. A promising cast (including Bob Odenkirk and Patton Oswalt) was assembled, and then the updates slowed down and eventually the project fell off our radar completely.

But it’s back now, in finished form under a new title: Freaks of Nature. And it’s hitting theaters in just two weeks, so Sony has finally put out a first trailer. Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie DavisJosh FademEd WestwickVanessa HudgensJoan CusackKeegan-Michael Key, and Denis Leary star. Watch the Freaks of Nature red-band trailer after the jump. Read More »

Patton Oswalt Joins James Ponsoldt’s ‘The Circle’

Patton Oswalt on Agents of SHIELD

James Ponsoldt‘s circle just keeps getting wider. Patton Oswalt is the latest to join his adaptation of Dave Eggers‘ bestselling book, following Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, and Karen Gillan. Get more details on the Patton Oswalt The Circle casting after the jump.  Read More »

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Call Me Lucky trailer

Even if you call yourself a fan of stand-up comedy, there’s a good chance that you may never have heard of Barry Crimmins. The outspoken, sometimes controversial, and smart comic made waves in the 1970s and 1980s, and while his rage against the machine brought comedy, it eventually also helped bring about change and justice.

At a time when the internet was accessed predominantly by way of America Online, he uncovered a horrifying community online that was bolstering sexual abuse and child pornography, and used his voice, anger and personal horrifying experiences as a child to make a difference. And director Bobcat Goldthwait chronicles all of this in his documentary Call Me Lucky, and the trailer has just arrived.

Watch the Call Me Lucky trailer after the jump! Read More »