I wasn’t planning to write about Gallery1988’s first annual “Is This Thing On” art show as it really has little connection to movies or television (or so I thought… the above piece featuring Judd Apatow mashed-up with the infamous Star Trek Tribbles episode is a fine example of this). The show, co-sponsored by FunnyOrDie, features over 100 artists, each creating pieces that are portraits of their favorite funny people, both beloved comics of yesteryear and emerging superstars.

The line up of comedians depicted include: Chris Farley, Will Ferrel, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, Paul Reubens,Tim & Eric, Nick Kroll, Demetri Martin, Chris Rock, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, Sam Kinison, Bill Murray, Woody Allen, Colin Quinn, Bill Hicks, Howard Stern, Judd Apatow, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Scott Auckerman, David Spade, Andy Dick, Lenny Bruce, Adam Sandler, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Guest, Mr. Show, Rob Corddry and Children’s Hospital, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Ross, Bill Cosby, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tracy Morgan, Roseanne, Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, David Wain and Wet Hot American Summer, Will Forte, John Candy, Lilly Tomlin, Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Mel Brooks and Young Frankenstein, Chevy Chase, Louis CK, Norm MacDonald, Flight of the Conchords, Jim Carrey, Reggie Watts, Steve Martin, Larry David, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg, Ellen DeGenerous, Margaret Cho, Steven Wright, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, UCB Theater LA, Upright Citizen Brigade (TV show), Human Giant, Sasha Baron Cohen, Gallagher, Dana Carvey, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, Danny McBride, Carrot Top, Greg Giraldo, Donald Glover, Zach Galifiankis, Charlene Yi, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Chris Elliot, Jon Lovitz, Artie Lange, Doug Benson, Redd Foxx, Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Dave Chapelle, Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Murphy, SF Sketchfest, Cheech & Chong, Sarah Silverman, Stella, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Brian Posehn, Charlie Murphy and Kids In The Hall.
The show is ongoing until January 29th 2011 in the Melrose Gallery 1988 location. Hirt the jump to see some of my favorite pieces of art from the exhibition.

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Steve Martin is in talks to join Jack Black and Owen Wilson in Marley & Me/The Devil Wears Prada helmer David Franke‘s bird-watching comedy The Big Year. Martin’s role was originally set to be played by Dustin Hoffman.

The film is based on Mark Obmascik‘s 2004 book The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession which chronicles three top contenders in the 1998 American Big Year: one of the wackiest competitions in the US, where hundreds of bird watchers compete with the hopes of spotting the most species during the course of a year. The screenplay was adapted by Antitrust/The Man Who Knew Too Little scribe Howard Franklin.

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At awards shows, the death of a filmmaker is usually confined in the video montage celebrating all the big names in the film community that had died during the previous year. But the 2010 Academy Awards will feature a separate and special tribute to screenwriter/director John Hughes. Oscar hosts Steve Martin (Planes Trains & Automobiles) and Alec Baldwin (She’s Having A Baby) both had worked with Hughes in the 1980’s. Not much is known about the tribute, but cast members who have worked with Hughes over the years are rumored to be involved.

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Step off that ledge Oscar fans, even though Hugh Jackman has declined to return to this year’s event, the show will go on. Today we’ve learned via the LA Times that Steve Martin, a veteran host of the ceremony, and Alec Baldwin, a newcomer, will be sharing the hosting duties for the 82nd Academy Awards. Says Martin: “I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin.”

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It’s Complicated Movie Trailer

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Universal Pictures has released the movie trailer for It’s Complicated, the new movie from Nancy Meyers writer/producer of The Father of the Bride, director of the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap, What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give, and The Holiday. Yes, it’s essentially an “old person’s romantic comedy.” If you like Meyer’s other films, this might be of interest. Otherwise, you might want to forward the link to your mom or dad. Even talented funny-men like Steve Martin, John Krasinski and Alec Baldwin couldn’t drag me into a theater for this film. I guess I’m probably not the target audience. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Watch the trailer in high definition on Yahoo. Pink Panther 2 hits theaters on February 6th 2009.