In the past few years, the Sundance Film Festival has begun to embrace the narrative art of television. The 2016 festival premiered the first couple episodes of the Bad Robot-produced TV adaptation of Stephen King’s 11.22.63. The 2017 festival has expanded their television category to include an independent pilot showcase, essentially a platform for independently produced television pilots without a home.
I’ve mostly avoided the television programs at the festival because there are just too many promising films to see, but a small gap in my schedule led me to a screening of these pilots this year. There I came across one of the best things I’ve seen at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival so far: a television pilot called When The Street Lights Go On.
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As we prepare to travel to San Diego for another year at Comic Con, I wanted to take a look back at the best moments in Comic Con history. What are the coolest and most eventful things to happen over the last decade while sitting in Hall H? What makes a great Comic Con moment? Lets take a look back at the best comic-con moments of all time.
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For a long time now, the sketch comedy staple Saturday Night Live has been the only show to tackle late-night programming on a Saturday night. But Fox is about to change the game a bit since they’ve brought in some SNL veterans to create their own sketch comedy show that will also air late on Saturday nights.
Party Over Here is a new sketch comedy series from The Lonely Island, the SNL Digital Short creators and rap parody group formed by Saturday Night Live writers/performers Andy Sambeg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. That’s right, the guys who brought you “Jizz in My Pants” and “Dick in a Box” are getting their own sketch show. Find out more about The Lonely Island TV show below! Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we let the Duplass brothers take us into the world of animals and insects, unbox the world of people who can taste color, head to Uganda for shirtless dudes kicking ass, catch up with Tommy from Snatch and find he’s ready to throw down, and get to know a Nobel-laureate who has a fascinating tale to tell.
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More than likely you know Martin Starr from his fantastic supporting work on HBO’s comedy series Silicon Valley, or maybe from his appearances in movies such as Knocked Up, Save the Date, This is The End and Veronica Mars. But now you can see a completely different side of his talent with a special live show that Starr is directing in Los Angeles.
The Bad, The Sad and The Broken Hearted is described as a comedy western radio play, and it will unfold exclusively in Los Angeles at the iconic Steve Allen Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Trust me when I say that this will not be a show you want to miss, especially since the chances of seeing some of Starr’s co-stars and friends from Freaks and Geeks pop up are very high. Read More »
Comedians Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel have collaborated with each other countless times, at various venues, in several different mediums. Maybe you’ve seen them on their MTV sketch show Human Giant, in any of the dozen movies and TV shows they’ve appeared in or at the UCB Theatre doing their show Crash Test. If you’ve seen the latter, then you’re going to love this news.
Paramount Digital Entertainment is bringing a new Crash Test comedy special to Vimeo on Demand, and it’s not just a recorded version of one of the shows at the UCB Theatre. Instead, this comedy special was recorded on a moving bus and at various tops that the Crash Test vehicle made in Los Angeles, and there’s a ton of awesome special guests.
Watch the Crash Test trailer after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Despite the title, Nicolas Cage won’t be left all alone in Army of One. In fact, he’s just picked up a bunch of very funny co-stars. Russell Brand, Denis O’Hare, Ken Marino, Paul Scheer, and Rainn Wilson have all signed on for the comedy, about an American handyman who sets out to capture Osama bin Laden. What makes the premise even crazier is that it’s based on a true story.
Wendi McLendon-Covey also stars. Larry Charles (Borat) is directing. Details on the new Army of One casting after the jump. Read More »
There are less than 24 hours until the big event and Captain America is out. The text comes in at 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday March 18. For the past two weeks, I’ve been talking regularly to writer/director Jason Reitman about the latest installment in his Live Read series, the ongoing set of performances at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in which he assembles famous casts to read famous scripts from famous movies as a one-night only event. We’ve been covering them for a long time. For the final one of this season, I wanted to know how it was done.
This Live Read was to be Dazed and Confused by Richard Linklater, a sprawling coming of age film with a huge cast of characters, many of whom have become iconic for moviegoers. The most iconic is Wooderson, played by Matthew McConaughey. It’s a small role, and one that Reitman thought he had cast months before the event.
Reitman was at the 87th Annual Academy Awards back in February representing Whiplash, a Best Picture nominee he produced. There he ran into Captain American actor Chris Evans and asked him if he wanted to read the role of Wooderson. Evans enthusiastically agreed and was on board… until less than 24 hours before the event, when he had to drop out. “He had a sincere personal reason to pull out,” Reitman writes via text. “He’s an incredibly decent and lovely guy.” Nevertheless, Captain America has caused a bit of a problem.
Below, find out both how that turned out and the entire making of story behind the Jason Reitman Live Read of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused Live Read. Read More »
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The great thing about Dazed and Confused? I get older and it stays the same age.
Twenty-two years after Richard Linklater‘s ’70s slice of life film hit theaters, listening to it read by a group of actors still feels as poignant and relevant as ever. Maybe the music and references have changed a bit but a teenager’s insecurities, rebellious nature and mischievousness are and will continue to be universal. In Linklater’s script those ideas are delivered with an almost unfairly simple and eloquent precision.
At Thursday’s Live Read, presented by Film Independent at LACMA, Jason Reitman brought together a group of actors to read the script and, yes, the huge cast of characters made things a little confusing. In back-to-back scenes, an actor might have to jump from nerd to cool guy to stoner, giving the whole evening an unpredictable energy. It was even more unpredictable as they were reading an earlier version of the script that had some huge differences from the final film.
Below, we’ll break down those script changes, the cast, some of the crazy performances, and talk about how even in a form that’s unfamiliar to most of us, Dazed and Confused remains as good as ever. Read More »
Many people who move to Los Angeles do so because of movies. If you want to star in them, you move here. If you want to make them, you move here. If you want to write about them, you move here. And as a result of that, if you love watching movies, there’s really no better place to live in the world.
Case in point, the 4th Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival. The name may not sound familiar but the event will drop jaws. It takes place at Cinefamily beginning March 5 and features screenings of Klown, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Ghostbusters, Fletch, MacGruber, Big and The Descent. Those are pretty awesome on it’s own. But the real draw of this are the guests. In attendance will be Will Forte, Paul Scheer, Lauren Lapkus, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kumail Nanjiani, Doug Benson and Chris Hardwick.
Below, find out more about the Wayne Federman International Film Festival. Read More »