Five years ago, we wrote about how Disney was developing a live-action/CG animation hybrid version of a Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers movie, based on the chipmunk pals who solve crimes with a few other pals like Gadget, Zipper, and Monterey Jack. Progress has been slow, but now the movie has a rather unexpected director.
Akiva Schaffer, the Lonely Island member and director of films like Hot Rod, The Watch, and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, has been hired to direct the movie, which is taking an unusual approach in its story. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Lonely Island is hitting the big screen this summer. Universal Pictures has released the first look at the awkwardly (and hilariously) titled Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, starring Andy Samberg as a singer-rapper named Conner4Real. Though he seems to be at the top of his game — thanks to the efforts of a 32-person entourage — his career takes a nosedive when his latest album flops. Humbled, he’s forced to reunite with his old boy band.
Fellow Lonely Islanders Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone co-directed, and star as Conner’s lyricist and DJ respectively. The film features murderer’s row of comedy stars including Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader, Tim Meadows, and Will Arnett, and it’s stuffed to the brim with celebrity cameos by the likes of Snoop Dogg (“Surprise, motherfucker!”), Simon Cowell, Carrie Underwood, Usher, and Adam Levine‘s hologram. Watch the Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping red-band trailer after the jump. Read More »
The Lonely Island movie was originally titled Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie, but unfortunately, that title for this summer’s comedy is no more. Produced by Judd Adapatow (Trainwreck) and directed by Lonely Island members Jorma Taccone (MacGruber) and Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod), the film has gained a new title and poster.
Learn more about the project below.
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For a long time now, the sketch comedy staple Saturday Night Live has been the only show to tackle late-night programming on a Saturday night. But Fox is about to change the game a bit since they’ve brought in some SNL veterans to create their own sketch comedy show that will also air late on Saturday nights.
Party Over Here is a new sketch comedy series from The Lonely Island, the SNL Digital Short creators and rap parody group formed by Saturday Night Live writers/performers Andy Sambeg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. That’s right, the guys who brought you “Jizz in My Pants” and “Dick in a Box” are getting their own sketch show. Find out more about The Lonely Island TV show below! Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Briefly: Pack your bags for a trip to the Lonely Island next summer. Universal has set June 3, 2016 as the Lonely Island movie release date. Andy Samberg leads the cast as Conner, a rapper whose latest career setback forces him to reunite with his old boy band. Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer also star and will direct. The new date pits the Lonely Island boys against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel and the romantic drama Me Before You.
Also starring are Tim Meadows as Conner’s “upbeat and overworked” manager and Sarah Silverman as Conner’s “sharp and sarcastic” publicist. Judd Apatow is producing. The film was previously referred to as Conner4real but was called the Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie in Universal’s latest notice. [Deadline]
Posted on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
For a musical group that exists as a parody of other musical groups, The Lonely Island has achieved some legitimate success. Their next accomplishment will be Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie, a feature produced by Judd Apatow.
All three Lonely Island members (that’s Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and Andy Samberg) are starring. Two-thirds of them (Taccone and Schaffer) are directing. As production gets underway, some new details and a funny teaser poster have emerged. Get the latest updates on the Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie after the jump.
Update: Sarah Silverman is joining the Lonely Island gang for their movie. More details on her casting after the jump. Read More »
They’ve put their D’s in a box, had some lazy sundays, been on a few boats and now they sold another movie. The musical comedy trio Lonely Island – Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – just sold an untitled comedy pitch to Universal set in the world of music. Judd Apatow will produce and Schaffer and Taccone will co-direct. The pair also co-directed Hot Rod, which starred Samberg, and you’d imagine that dynamic will carry through here. Read more about the new Lonely Island movie below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
With just two days til its July 27 premiere, The Watch director Akiva Schaffer has pushed out one last red-band trailer. Or maybe it’s a blooper reel. However you want to categorize it, it may actually be one of the funnier bits of marketing that have come out for the movie.
Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, and Richard Ayoade star as a quartet of suburban guys whose neighborhood watch group is mostly just an excuse for them to get out of the house and engage in some quality male bonding. (That’s the case for three of the guys, at least.)
When they discover that aliens are secretly taking over their town, however, it falls upon this bumbling group to save the day. Watch the (NSFW for language) video after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Even as the more dramatic side of his career takes off, Jonah Hill hasn’t abandoned his comedy roots. In fact, it’s looking like he could be biggest comedy star of the year, with the fantastic 21 Jump Street behind him and the promising The Watch ahead of him. Directed by Akiva Schaffer, The Watch centers around a group of suburban watchdogs (played by Hill, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Richard Ayoade) who inadvertently stumble across plans for an alien attack.
Where the earlier trailers have focused mostly on the sci-fi angle of the plotline, the newest international promo explores the characters a bit more, explaining who they are exactly and what brought them together in the first place. The result is the funniest trailer we’ve seen yet for this film, with tons of new footage including better looks at Ayoade and co-star Will Forte. Watch it after the jump.
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Recently, thanks to the ongoing and increasingly controversial case around the shooting of Trayvon Martin, Fox changed the title of Neighborhood Watch to The Watch. Now we’ve got a new trailer for the film under the new name. This footage is culled in part from the red-band trailer that announced the title change, but it does show a glimpse of the invading aliens that we didn’t see in that last collection of footage.
Check out the footage featuring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade, and Jonah Hill, presented thanks to Vaughn’s invasion of Conan, below. Read More »