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 »
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.
Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Since the world failed to end in 2012, 2013 seems to be the year we’re all laughing about what could have been. Paul Middleditch‘s Rapturepalooza is one of three post-apocalyptic comedies due out this year, along with Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s This Is the End and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End.
Like the others, Rapturepalooza features a talented (if somewhat lower profile) comic ensemble, including Craig Robinson as the Antichrist, Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley as a young couple who want to destroy him, Rob Corddry as Daley’s father, and… is that Ken Jeong as God? Watch the red-band trailer after the jump.
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We’ve almost reached single digits in our collective countdown to The Dark Knight Rises. It opens July 20 and with the press tour in full swing, more and more little tidbits and reveals are hitting the Internet. The latest is a brand new TV spot that shows, in the two hour and 45 minute film, there is some real humor. One joke is courtesy of John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and others are from a doctor played by famous comedic actor Thomas Lennon (Reno 911, I Love You, Man) who we didn’t know was in the film. These are both brand new scenes making this, in an odd way, the most spoiler filled clip yet.
Also, Christopher Nolan was recently asked about the change in Bane’s voice from the first IMAX screening of the film’s opening to now and you’ll be surprised at what he said.
Then, as if that wasn’t enough, there’s even a new trailer. Check it all out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb may seem like an unlikely couple, but they’ll be united in the fight against a demonic child in Hell Baby. Scripted and directed by Night at the Museum writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the comedy centers around a pregnant woman and her husband (Bibb and Corddry) who move into a dilapidated haunted house in New Orleans. In an effort to keep from having a demonic baby, they call upon the Vatican’s crack exorcism team, played by Lennon and Garant. Bet that’ll go well. Production will begin in New Orleans next month. [Variety]
After the jump, Clark Duke becomes Adam Scott’s kid brother, and Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti pull Amy Landecker into their Christmas tree scheme.
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In 2000, the Nicolas Cage-owned copy of Action Comics No. 1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, was stolen from the actor. The mint-condition issue, worth upwards of $1.5m, was missing until 2011, when the comic was found in an abandoned storage locker in the San Fernando Valley.
Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!, Night at the Museum) have scripted a film called Action No. 1 that covers the theft, or at least a fictionalized version of it. And now Lionsgate has picked up the script and will hopefully turn it into a film. Read More »