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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 »

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New Line put Ed HelmsVacation 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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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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Hell Baby

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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Hell Baby

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 »

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Briefly: That reunion of The Pacifier crew for which you’ve been pining is about to happen. Adam Shankman, who directed Vin Diesel in that family comedy, will call the shots for the actor once more in the action/comedy film The Machine. The new project was written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, who also wrote The Pacifier (and scripted the Night at the Museum movies in addition to stuff like Reno 911! and The State.) Alfred Gough and Miles Millar recently revised their script.

Deadline says that Diesel’s character is “a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon, before the project was decommissioned and buried. Two decades later, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government discovers he has been reactivated, The Machine steps up to protect the family harboring him.” So it’s also a little like The Iron Giant, which featured Diesel as the voice of the title character.

By the time this one comes out, we’ll just about be at the ten-year anniversary of The Pacifier. Get your celebration plans set now.

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