Generally when a group puts on a live read, they pick a script of reverence. An Oscar-winner like The Usual Suspects, a classic comedy like Groundhog Day or Ghostbusters, maybe a stage masterpiece like Glengarry Glen Ross. When Funny or Die does it, they go a little out of the box. They do Space Jam.
Michael Jordan famously starred in the 1996 animated hit, which blended live actors with the Looney Tunes in a sci-fi, comedic, basketball romp. For kids of that era, the film became a classic. For anyone who has seen it since, it doesn’t quite hold up. But it’s fun, with a nostalgic appeal, and so Funny or Die recruited an all-star cast to read the script. Literally. NBA All-Star Blake Griffin read the role of Jordan and a slew of comedians and actors filled in the other roles, such as Seth Green, Ralph Garman, Danielle Fishel, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll and others.
Below, watch – not the whole thing – but a good 10-minute highlight of the Space Jam live read. Read More »
Kevin Smith, a late night host? AMC has asked the Clerks director to film a pilot of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast with Ralph Garman to potentially become a weekly late night talk show program. The company has also renewed Smith’s Comic Book Men for a fourth season and is developing a new show around one of that show’s frequent guests, collector Robert Bruce. Read more about the “Kevin Smith late night host” concept below. Read More »
One of the major selling points of the Red State screenings scheduled in advance of the full theatrical release has been Kevin Smith himself. For the past few months he’s been touring with the film and doing live question and answer sessions after each screening. If you aren’t in a major city, however, you’ve been shut out of the Red State tour. This past week the film opened On Demand, but even then it’s the movie sans Smith.
On September 25 Smith is hoping to bring that unique Red State experience to as many people as possible. Theaters all across the country will be screening the film simultaneously and audience members will be able to participate in and watch a live Q&A via Twitter and satellite. Then Smith will cap off the evening with an exclusive, live podcast, originating from the New Beverly in Los Angeles.
Curious if there’s a theater near you hosting this event? Find out after the jump. Read More »