Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
Zach Galifianakis seems like a smart guy. Most of the characters he plays in the movies do not. So when he stars in a movie called Masterminds, you can probably guess that the title is being a bit sarcastic.
Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Masterminds is an action-comedy based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo heist. Galifianakis’ David Ghantt makes off with $17 million, making this the largest cash robbery in the U.S. at the time.
Now his challenge is trying to get away with it — and that task seems easier said than done once you see his motley crew of associates including Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, and Jason Sudeikis. Check out the first Masterminds trailer after the jump.
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The latest victim, er, guest for Zach Galifianakis on his fictional talk show Between Two Ferns is Brad Pitt. You could cut the tension with a knife! Will Galifianakis botch his guest’s name? Will he ask awkward questions, and reveal too much about himself in the process? I think you know the answer to this question, but as with any good piece of storytelling, spoilers don’t matter. It’s not what happens, but how.
OK, it actually is about what happens, because a disruptor shows up to throw a little spice into the proceedings. We won’t spoil that part here, just watch below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
Forget Guardians of the Galaxy — this year’s most unusual superhero movie has got to be Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman. Though to be fair, it’s not so much a superhero movie as it is a superhero movie movie.
Former Batman Michael Keaton plays a washed-up actor who got famous years ago playing an iconic superhero. In a bid to recapture his former glory, he decides to put on a Broadway show. On his way to opening night, he struggles with everything from egotistical actors to an unhappy family to his own troubled soul. Watch the new Birdman international trailer after the jump.
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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 »