Almost two weeks ago, principal photography began on David Wain‘s (Wet Hot American Summer) adaptation of A Futile and Stupid Gesture. Based on Josh Karp‘s best-selling book, the story follows National Lampoon co-founder Douglas Kenney, who’s played by Will Forte (MacGruber) in the biopic. Forte is surrounded by nothing but talent in this true-life story, which, according to him, we shouldn’t expect a sanitized version of.
While interviewing the actor for the upcoming comedy, Keanu, he opened up a bit biopic. Below, Will Forte discusses A Futile and Stupid Gesture.
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Just last month we found out Netflix was developing a film about Doug Kenney, the co-founder of National Lampoon, the humor magazine that eventually evolved into creating comedy records and movies in the 1970s and 1980s. The film is called A Futile & Stupid Gesture and shines a light on the history of National Lampoon through the eyes of Kenney, who will be played by Saturday Night Live veteran and Last Man on Earth star Will Forte.
Earlier this week the cast filled out with the addition of Joel McHale taking on the role of his Community co-star Chevy Chase, before he made it big on Saturday Night Live, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Domhnall Gleeson playing another National Lampoon co-founder, Henry Beard.
Now the cast has gotten even bigger with additional actors being brought on to play National Lampoon comedians and future comedy superstars Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and John Belushi, as well as a couple other key roles. Get the details on the National Lampoon movie cast after the jump. Read More »
Even though we’re big fans of all the collectible artwork that Mondo throws out there for us to plaster our walls with, we also love what comes out of Gallery 1988. Personally, I have several pieces from their Ghostbusters 30th anniversary exhibition on my wayy, and I’m always on the lookout for their next great print series. And a very interesting new one has just been revealed.
Gallery 1988 has announced a new series called Friends of the Gallery, pairing up what they call some of their “most creative gallery buyers” with some of their favorite gallery artists to collaborate on a special limited edition piece of work. The first in this series comes by way of Robot Chicken creator and actor Seth Green teaming up with artist Joshua Budich, and they’ve decided to bring a Raising Arizona print to the table. Check it out! Read More »
Of all the Easter eggs and references scattered throughout Guardians of the Galaxy, the last-minute cameo from Howard the Duck is undoubtedly the best and weirdest. It takes a certain amount of nerve to drop one of Marvel‘s strangest characters into a movie already packed with niche C-listers, so you have to admire director James Gunn‘s choice to end his big, weird movie with a big, weird character.
However, Guardians of the Galaxy was a massive hit, transforming the likes of Star-Lord and Drax into household names. The same wave of instant popularity also washed over Howard. Suddenly, normal people were interested in this anthropomorphized alien duck, which is just plain weird. It must be especially weird for Howard’s voice actor, Seth Green, who had to make it known at this year’s New York Comic-Con that there are currently no plans for a Howard the Duck movie. Not even after Marvel announced three untitled films for 2020.
Check out the last Howard the Duck movie update after the jump.
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Over on Adult Swim, the stop-motion comedy of Robot Chicken has taken on nearly every facet of pop culture, all with the help of action figures. Now the series from Seth Green and Matt Senreich will return to the world of comic books with their third special focusing on the characters of DC Comics.
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: A Magical Friendship is coming in October, and the first trailer for the special premiered at Comic-Con. But now it’s available online for your viewing pleasure, complete with some familiar voices for those who grew up on the classic 1960s version of Batman and Robin.
Watch the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3 trailer below! Read More »
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As the holiday season continues, one property that’s sure to be at the top of many lists is Guardians of the Galaxy. The Marvel Studios movie remains the highest grossing domestic film of the year, spawning a whole new legion of fans for the previously obscure characters. Some may get the Blu-ray, others a poster or action figure, but when you’re the director of the film, your level of gift gets significantly better.
In the last few days, co-writer and director James Gunn has gotten some absolutely amazing Guardians of the Galaxy gifts. A few are from Marvel, others from friends, but it’s proof that several years of non-stop, incredibly hard work does beget some really cool gifts. Check out James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy gifts below. Read More »
Guardians of the Galaxy might be Marvel’s most elaborate film to date when it comes to easter eggs. I’ve watched the film twice now and have noticed a ton of inside jokes, references to characters from the comic books, 1980’s callbacks and more.I attempted to compile the most complete listing of Guardians of the Galaxy easter eggs, including (possible spoilers teased in the following):
- Who is Peter Quill’s father? Does Peter Quill’s mother have a relationship with Captain America?
- The geography of the four revealed Infinity Gems (which stones have been revealed and where are they?)
- Many Marvel comic book characters you didn’t see appear in Guardians (including a prominent female Krylorian techno-artist)
- A look at many of the treasures which can be seen inside The Collector’s museum (who or what is in the cocoon?)
- 8 cameo appearances from filmmakers, actors and even pets revealed (Nathan Fillion and Seth Green, where?)
- The stars behind the CG characters (who played Rocket on set?)
- A look at the 1980’s pop culture references in the film (did you know Star-Lord’s ship is named after a 1980’s television star?)
- How the comic book canon differs from what appeared on screen
- Funny credits and more
Take a look at /Film’s Guardians of the Galaxy easter egg list after the jump.
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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 »
What happens when the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer plays with the Parks and Recreation theme music? Want to see over 50 high res screencaps from the new trailer? Is the Winter Soldier’s identity a spoiler in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Where can you see new images of all the X-Men: Days of Future Past characters? Does Seth Green think Ben Affleck is a good Batman? Did Vin Diesel actually take a meeting with Marvel? What exactly does the Green Goblin look like in Amazing Spider-Man 2? Did an actor confirm a meeting about Fantastic Four? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »