Long before HBO was known for shows about organized crime, polygamy, cougars and Hollywood, it was known for cutting edge comedy. At the center of that was the cult sketch comedy show Mr. Show, co-created by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. During its three-year run, the show excelled in irreverent, offensive but hilarious sketches. However, since it ended in 1998, with the exception of the Mr. Show spin-off movie Run Ronnie Run, the comedy duo have mostly walked their own paths.

According to this latest news, those paths might cross again soon. Odenkirk, who has been working as a director, is prepping a new film called Annie Jenkins: A Not Very Romantic Comedy and though he’s still acquiring financing, he has verbal commitments from Krysten Ritter, Rainn Wilson, Dennis Farina and, yes, David Cross, to appear. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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James Gunn’s ‘Super’ Will Release on April 1, 2011

Briefly: IFC Films snapped up James Gunn‘s film Super at the Toronto Film Festival, and now the picture has a release date. The dark, strange comedy will hit theaters on April 1, 2011.

April Fool’s Day may be a very appropriate release date for a film about a guy (Rainn Wilson) who becomes a low-rent superhero called the Crimson Bolt when his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Ellen Page stars as the young woman who becomes his sidekick. Early clips have shown that the movie has a pretty sick sense of humor, and James Gunn promises that it isn’t a run of the mill hero movie, and that it also probably isn’t for everyone. Personally, I’m really looking forward to the film, and am happy that James Gunn got to make something weird and fun on a super-low budget, and still is able to get it into theaters.

We don’t yet have a trailer for James Gunn‘s  Super, but the Spike Awards proved to be good for something when the show broadcast one of the clips that was shown at Comic Con this past summer. This was the clip that got me immediately on board with the film. It shows Rainn Wilson’s character getting steamed when a couple of jerks cut in front of him in line, and then demonstrates how his ‘heroic’ alter-ego deals with the situation.

Super looks like a movie with a very specific appeal, but if you get a sick laugh out of this R-rated scene, it is almost certainly for you. Read More »

TIFF Movie Review: James Gunn’s Super

I was one of the many who really loved James Gunn‘s Slither, and have been highly looking forward to his follow-up. Super premiered on Friday night as part of the Midnight Madness line-up of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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James Gunn‘s strange homemade superhero film Super, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon, will soon premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. (On September 10, to be exact.) In anticipation of that event, Gunn has offered up the first still image showing Page and Wilson together. We saw them in footage debuted at Comic Con last month, but since then we’ve only seen images of Wilson and Tyler.

More info on the film and the full image are after the break. Read More »

So many of my favorite movie experiences are the result of seeing films during the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto International Film Festival. The program perches like a beast ready to devour the more ‘respectable’ films at TIFF. While seeing films at the fest is great, period, there’s nothing quite like catching the world premiere of a psychopathic genre film with a crowd of hundreds of eager fans of left of center cinema. Every August I’m always eager to see the new lineup, because it’s basically guaranteed to have at least one or two films I’ll be recommending to friends for the next year.

Tonight, Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes revealed three of this year’s Midnight Madness films via Twitter, and one is a film most of us here at /Film are eager to see: the world premiere of James Gunn‘s Super. Read More »

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I’d been looking forward to seeing footage from James Gunn‘s strange low-fi superhero movie Super, and Comic Con provided the goods. I really liked what I saw; Gunn has come up with a no-frills, low-budget approach that lets him play with some characters that are possibly quite sick and twisted. It’s the world of underround comics come to movie form, without all the overhead of a big studio film.

Now we’ve got the first photo of Rainn Wilson as the film’s ‘hero,’ The Crimson Bolt, and a snap of Wilson and his on-screen wife, Liv Tyler. Read More »

Comic-Con: First Look at Super

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I’ve never understood the fascination at Comic-Con with wanting to see panels for movies that audiences already know everything about. To me, Super is the epitome of what makes this place special: getting to be the first to discover and experience the geekiest projects worth getting excited about in the years ahead, right alongside the filmmakers and cast that created them. Last year’s big winner was Kick-Ass, and this year, I was hoping the similarly-themed Super would take the prize.

The film is written and directed by James Gunn, whose geek cred skyrocketed with the horror-comedy Slither. Now he’s turned his sights to the superhero genre, and he’s got an amazing cast backing him: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Nathan Fillion and Kevin Bacon.

Gunn and all of the cast (sans Bacon) arrived to Comic-Con to show off the trailer and a clip from the film. Find out more about the film and the footage—and if my hopes were in vain—after the break. Read More »

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