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 »
Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
These days, Liam Neeson is best known as a badass action hero. But if you’ve seen films like A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Nut Job, and The Lego Movie, you’ll know he also has a taste for comedy. Now he’s booked a film that’ll let him show employ both particular sets of skills.
Neeson is set to star in The Revenger, an action-comedy from Reno 911! duo Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer will direct. Learn all about the Liam Neeson Revenger project after the jump. 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.
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May 4th has become an unofficial Star Wars holiday. This year, two of the biggest sitcoms on television are officially celebrating. Lucasfilm has signed deals with CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and ABC’s The Goldbergs to air special Star Wars-centric advertisements, er, episodes around May 4.
With Star Wars Episode VII rumored to start shooting May 14 in Morocco, the fact Lucasfilm is acknowledging “May the Fourth Be With You” in such a public way suggests these episodes could be timed to a big announcement. Below, read about what the Star Wars Big Bang Theory and Goldbergs episodes will each hold. Read More »
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The Choose Your Own Adventure novels were best known for letting the reader decide how they wanted the story to unfold. Now, the three men who’ll be our decision makers when the brand hits the big screen have been revealed. Night at the Museum writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon will write the screenplay, while Rawson Marshall Thurber, director of We’re The Millers and Dodgeball, will be at the helm. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
New Line put Ed Helms‘ Vacation plans on hold earlier this year, but now he’s found another ’80s comedy classic to try and revive. The funnyman has climbed aboard Paramount’s reboot of the law enforcement spoof The Naked Gun. He’ll star as Frank Drebin, the bumbling detective originally played by Leslie Nielsen. Thomas Lennon and R. Ben Garant are attached to write the script. More details on the new film after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
Mitch Hurwitz has been promising an Arrested Development movie for years, and as far as we know he still plans to deliver. But before he does, he’s going to pick up some feature directing experience on a film that has nothing to do with the Bluths whatsoever.
Hurwitz is attached to helm Guinea Pigging, a Fox 2000 comedy written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911!) and based on a 2008 New Yorker article by Carl Elliott. Hit the jump to find out what it’s about.
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Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
R-rated jokes can be a good tool for a comedy filmmaker to have in their arsenal. There are some gags that simply don’t work when they’re toned down to satisfy the MPAA. But that doesn’t mean ruder, cruder, and lewder necessarily translates to funnier. A limp comedy is still a limp comedy, no matter how many bare butts, dick jokes, and blood splatters you toss in there.
Case in point: Last month’s green-band trailer for Hell Baby was pretty hit-or-miss, to put it generously, and I’m not sure that ratio’s much improved in this new red-band trailer. More boobs are on display, though, so there’s that. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant direct, and Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Riki Lindhome, and Keegan-Michael Key star. Hit the jump to watch the NSFW video.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
A hopeful, pregnant couple moving into a decrepit old house: that never turns out well in the movies. In Hell Baby, though, filmmakers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant try to have a little fun on the way to the inevitable doom that follows such a bad life choice.
Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb star as the married pair, who are expecting twins. They purchase a suspiciously cheap mansion in New Orleans, only to discover that it’s — surprise, surprise — haunted. The Vatican dispatches its crack exorcism team (played by Garant and Lennon) to help. Hilarity ostensibly ensues. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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There are a whole lot of great people in Rapture-Palooza, written by Chris Matheson (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and directed by Paul Middleditch (Separation City). The film features Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley as a young couple navigating the slightly hellish landscape of Earth after the Rapture. Craig Robinson is the Antichrist, and Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Thomas Lennon, Ana Gasteyer, John Michael Higgins, and Tyler Labine are on hand, too.
Like I said, a lot of great people… so we’ll just pretend for a while that the film looks a lot better than this red-band trailer makes it out to be. Knowing that this was written by the guy who created Bill & Ted helps, and this trailer seems to be angling for some of that spirit, and the weirder moments of the Harold & Kumar movies, too. But a lot of Rapture-Palooza looks a bit like Birdemic, only with recognizable actors. That might be good; a lot of people seem to like Birdemic.
There’s a lot of bad language in here, which is what earns the red-band status. Whether the language adds to the jokes is something we’ll let you decide. (I do like the vulgar crow.) Read More »