The star-studded cast of Rock of Ages is still continuing to expand, with the addition of Saturday Night Live vet Will Forte. Forte has won the role of news anchor Mitch Miley, a new character written especially for Adam Shankman‘s film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical.

Forte will be working with a smorgasbord of Hollywood and music industry stars, including Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diego Gonzalez Boneta. The plot of Rock of Ages revolves around a small-town gal (Hough) trying to make it in the Hollywood music biz during the 1980s. The show is notable for its soundtrack, comprised of reworked ’80s hits like “I Wanna Rock,” “Here I Go Again,” and of course, “Don’t Stop Believin’.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Doc Brown joins a Canadian horror and Christa Campbell signs on for the film formerly known as Gently Down the Stream.

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Susan Sarandon Cast in ‘I Hate You, Dad’

Briefly: Adam Sandler is going to play dad to SNL’s Andy Samberg in I Hate You, Dad, and now the same movie is going to see him eventually shacked up with hot teacher Mary McGarricle, played by Susan Sarandon. Sean Anders and John Morris are directing the film, which is about ” a father (Sandler) who moves in on the eve of the wedding of his son (Samberg) and promptly begins feuding with the bride-to-be.” A few more details are after the break. Read More »

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim — the loons behind The Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! — only just announced that they had written and were beginning to direct their first feature film, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. The picture reportedly features the talents of Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte and William Atherton.

Now the film already has a distributor, as Magnolia has officially (confirming the report linked above) come aboard to put this most expensive movie project in front of the eyeballs of willing suckers everywhere. Read More »

We reported on this rumor a few weeks ago but now it turns out to be true. Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have co-written and will co-direct a film called Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie which stars the two comedians, best known for their recently ended Cartoon Network show Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job, in story about them making a movie for $1 billion dollars and the problems that arise from it. In addition to Heidecker and Wareheim, the film will feature Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte and William Atherton. Read what the comedy team had to say about their first film, which will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures, after the break. Read More »

Fresh off their Sundance short, The Terrys, there’s a rumor circulating on the Tracking Board that Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are putting together a film called Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. It would star the two comedians, best known for their recently ended Cartoon Network show Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job, in a “comedy adventure” about them owing one billion dollars. John C. Reilly, who has not only appeared on the Awesome Show but also spawned his own Tim and Eric spin-off, Check it Out With Dr. Steve Brule, is rumored to co-star as a character named Taquito. Read more of the rumored co-stars after the break. Read More »

The European Film Market is getting underway tomorrow in Berlin, and a big pre-emptive buy has been made by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, which partnered with Samuel Goldwyn Films to grab US rights for a Jason Sudeikis comedy called A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. Read More »

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.

MacGruber – What Did You Think?

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MacGruber

Traditionally, Saturday Night Live spinoff movies are a dicey proposition. The good ones are few and far between. Most try to stay too close to the sketches that spawned them, and never make a case for spending ninety minutes with the characters. The idea behind MacGruber seems more shaky than most. Take very short sketches that riff on MacGyver, and stretch them into feature length. But there was some weird character background lurking in those short SNL appearances, and MacGruber takes the uncomfortable nature of the main character and injects it into a parody-slash-recreation of ’80s action movies.

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