Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
With his 12-year project Boyhood set to open this weekend, Richard Linklater is turning his attention to his next film. Casting is well underway for The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Linklater’s remake of the 1964 film for Warner Bros.
And so far, things seem to be shaping up nicely. Jon Hamm is reportedly looking to join Zach Galifianakis in a major role, with Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Keegan Michael Key, and Jordan Peele in talks as well for other roles. Hit the jump for more details.
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Did the swift arrival of the end of the short 2014 season of Mad Men get you down? (Yeah, yeah, “mid-season break,” whatever. We still have yo wait a year for it to finish.) Well, now the show’s creator has something new for you to check out. Once called You Are Here, the first feature film from Sopranos writer and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is now called Are You Here. The comedy, which stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler, hits in August, and the first Are You Here trailer has arrived. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Richard Linklater does bittersweet like nobody’s business, so he seems like kind of the perfect guy to direct a life-or-death comedy. He’s set to direct Larry’s Kidney, starring The Campaign rivals Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as cousins who travel to China for a kidney transplant. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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For a movie with such an impressive list of names attached, it’s insane that Will has not been made yet. The script was written by comedian Demetri Martin and landed on the 2007 Black List. Three years later, Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis were attached to star. The former would play the title character, a man on Earth, and the latter would play the lead, a guardian angel whose job it is to write the man’s life from above. A few years later, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay came on as producers but still the film wasn’t ready.
A final piece has now been added to the puzzle that might, finally, get this film made. Oscar-winning director of The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, says he’ll likely make the comedy his next film. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Don Draper from Mad Men and Alan from The Hangover would go together like oil and water — which is to say, not at all. But Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis? Yes please.
The two funnymen are looking to co-star in Keeping Up With the Joneses, a new comedy being directed by Greg Mottola. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing the Fox 2000 comedy. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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This is kind of amazing. We’ve run many episodes of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. We’ve seen quite a few guests squirm uncomfortably as the fake talk show gives Galifianakis a chance to skewer their work and his own persona. But we’ve never seen something quite like an episode that gets President Barack Obama on Between Two Ferns.
Sure, he’s there to plug healthcare.gov, but that doesn’t mean he can’t take potshots at the Hangover movies and promise to keep the First Lady well away from Galifianakis. Obama can deploy a simple “seriously?” like no one else; I wish we could see him throwing that around in political conversations, too, but this is good enough. Read More »
The Incredible Mr. Limpet, which in the ’60s had Don Knotts voicing an animated fish that helped the US Navy seek out Nazi subs during WWII, is one of those projects that has been developed as remake fodder for years. There was a point when Steve Oedekerk might have directed, and Brad Bird was a choice to succeed him. At that point the studio wanted Jim Carrey to voice Limpet — and even knocked together some concept art featuring Carrey’s face on a fish. It was the stuff of unpleasant dreams, if not exactly nightmares.
Now Mr. Limpet is swimming upstream towards the big screen again, with Richard Linklater set to direct after being rumored for the gig a few years ago. And Linklater has his old compatriots in rotoscoped animation along for the ride: Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta, who both worked on Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. Read More »
FX has landed some major comedic star power for a bunch of new pilots. Billy Crystal has a show called The Comedian, Tracy Morgan has a show called Death Pact, Denis Leary has a show called Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and that’s not the half of it.
There are 12 new pilots in total and the two most exciting might be a new show created by and starring Zach Galifianakis, which will be co-produced and co-written by Louis C.K. It’s the first show in C.K.’s new deal. Then, Oscar-winning writer Charlie Kaufman‘s new show How and Why has cast John Hawkes and Michael Cera in key roles. Read More »
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Todd Phillips‘ The Hangover Part III hits theaters soon and… wait… it came out already? And I saw it? I literally have no memory of that. Are you sure? The Blu-ray is already out? Wow.
Yes, The Hangover Part III did come out this summer and the Blu-ray is now in stores. It’s an odd, flat finale to the hugely popular comedy franchise, which may be part of the reason audiences didn’t embrace it like the first two. However, just because the film wasn’t particularly memorable doesn’t make its stars any less awesome. Case in point, a short clip of outtakes just came online featuring Zach Galifianakis being flat-out hilarious in two moments that would have fit in the first two films, but didn’t make it into the third one. Check it out below. Read More »
The Hangover Part III isn’t much of a comedy. It wants to be funny (I think) but there are stretches without even an attempt at a joke. It’s closer to a hallucinogenic drama, decorated occasionally with an bloom of laughter. There are wild moments, but compared to the first two movies this one pushes the needle towards a different form of “outrageous.” (The most conventionally extreme jokes come when a mid-credits stinger scene goes straight for what viewers of the second film jeered: a flat-out reprise of the scenario from the original film.)
The focus this time is Zach Galifianakis as the damaged, nearly deranged Alan. Entitled and abusive, Alan is domineering at home and ever more reckless in the wild. His grossly disastrous attempt to domesticate a giraffe leads to horror at home; soon his wolf pack “friends” from the previous two films unite to stage an intervention. The Hangover Part III doesn’t go very far with the intervention idea, because further trouble takes precedence. A gangster once robbed by Lesley Chow (Ken Jeong) coerces the guys into tracking Chow, and life goes off the rails once more.
Director Todd Phillips, who co-wrote with Craig Mazin, seems stuck halfway between two extremes. On one side there’s a super-dark movie about mental illness; on the other there’s an Id-indulging comedy. In a way that is almost perversely appropriate for a film series about hijacked plans, The Hangover Part III never gets close to either point.
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