Last year, we heard the wild news that Hot Rod and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping director Akiva Shaffer would be tackling a live-action and CGI hybrid big screen version of the animated series Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers. But now we’re even more excited, because we have word that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse co-star John Mulaney and Brooklyn Nine-Nine lead Andy Samberg will be voicing the titular characters respectively. Read More »
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The Movie: Hot Rod
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) is a self-proclaimed stuntman who spends his days trying to live up to the legacy of his father, who he believes used to test stunts for Evel Knievel before the famous daredevil made the jumps himself. But he also hopes to prove his manhood to his step-father Frank (Ian McShane) by beating the hell out of him in a fight. Unfortunately, a wrench gets thrown in his plans when Frank becomes deathly ill, leaving Rod with only one option: raise $50,000 to pay for life-saving surgery, all so he can finally defeat Frank.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Hot Rod was the first movie to come from the crew known as The Lonely Island on Saturday Night Live. After becoming famous for their SNL Digital Shorts, Akiva Shaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg made the jump to the big screen with an original comedy. With a script from writer Pam Brady (South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police), Hot Rod has the feel of a 1980s extreme sports movie mixed with the absurd comedy that people came to love about SNL Digital Shorts, and it does so with a stellar ensemble cast of comedy heavy hitters. Read More »
Because the world is cruel, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping bombed at the box office. But it seems Popstar has found a cult following since its disastrous theatrical release, because Mondo is releasing the film’s original soundtrack by The Lonely Island on vinyl. And there are five different album covers that you can choose from too. Check out the Popstar vinyl soundtrack below. Read More »
If there’s one thing that pop culture has been missing, it’s a music video extravaganza highlighting the incredible raps of Major League Baseball players Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire. Thankfully, Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone delivered last night with their surprise drop of The Lonely Island Presents: The Unathorized Bash Brothers Experience.
The 27-minute “visual poem” is basically The Lonely Island’s version of Beyonce’s Lemonade, but it’s about two of the most famous Oakland Athletics players in 1988. Literally no one was asking for this, but we’re certainly glad it’s here. Get a glimpse of this totally out-of-left-field (no pun intended) Lonely Island Netflix movie below. Read More »
Oh shit! Get your towels ready It’s about to go down!
It’s been 10 years since the comedy group known as The Lonely Island debuted their first album, Incredibad. Now, comedians Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Shaffer are celebrating the anniversary in the most epic way possible: a two week tour in select cities throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Okay, it may not be the most epic way, but this truly is incredible. Read More »
As expected, the 90th Academy Awards went long last night, even with Jimmy Kimmel offering a sweet jetski to the Oscar winner who gave the shortest acceptance speech. But the ceremony was almost a little bit longer thanks to The Lonely Island, and it would have been worth the extra time.
The Lonely Island, the Saturday Night Live hip-hop trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer, and Jorma Taccone, was asked to write a song for this year’s Oscars ceremony. However, the song that they came up with about the films that weren’t nominated for Oscars ended up being “financially and logistically impossible” to shoot for the ceremony.
Thankfully, we can imagine what it might have been like thanks to the storyboard video and demo they recorded. So check out this abandoned The Lonely Island Oscars song featuring Thor, Wonder Woman, The Snowman, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, and more. Read More »
If you didn’t see Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping this summer, you’re part of the problem. Universal Pictures gave us this glorious, original comedy chock full of outstanding new songs from The Lonely Island, a barrage of incredible cameos, and some of the biggest laughs of the year. And how did audiences respond? Well, they didn’t, because the movie didn’t even hit $10 million in its theatrical run. But next month, you can make up for it when the movie hits home video.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 13, and it will hit VOD a couple weeks earlier on August 30. To help promote the arrival of the movie, a Popstar deleted scene has made its away online featuring an entire song that didn’t make the final cut of the movie (though you could have listened to it on the soundtrack). But beware that this scene is NSFW due to language, because the song is called “Fuck Off,” and they repeat that phrase more than a few times throughout. Read More »
It may only be June, but it’s going to take some damn good comedy to top the fits of laughter brought upon by Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. After The Lonely Island trio (Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone) made a splash with their digital shorts on Saturday Night Live, it’s amazing it took them this long to put together a mockumentary following the rise and fall of a faux musician in the real world music industry. But for as long as it took, the hilarity delivered by Popstar makes it well worth the wait.
Read our full Popstar review after the jump. Read More »
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Even though Saturday Night Live is done until the new television season starts in the fall, this week we’re getting a big dose of comedy from some of the sketch show’s veteran performers and writers. The Lonely Island is bringing their music industry mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping to theaters on June 3, and Universal Pictures is putting out everything they can to spread awareness.
Following the music video for “The Finest Girl” that was released during the season finale of Saturday Night Live, a new video featuring Andy Samberg as faux rapper Conner4Real has the artist doing a little freestyle song about just how weird he is. The weird things he does include using a banana as a phone and taking the middle seat on a plane. Watch the new Popstar music video after the jump. Read More »
We’re just one week away from the release of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The R-rated comedy from the comedic rap trio known as The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone) features an endless array of cameos, some playing themselves, some playing ridiculous characters. However, there’s one cameo in the movie where instead of seeing a well-known face, you only see a certain part of their anatomy that is sparsely seen on film.
In Popstar, there’s a really funny sequence involving a fully exposed penis, and while you never see the face of the person the male member belongs to, the identity of this person is more than surprising. Find about the Popstar nude scene below. Read More »