When it comes to inspiration and influence, you’d be hard pressed to find someone mentioned by today’s famous comedy talents more than Del Close. You may not know the man by name, but he’s been responsible for mentoring some of the biggest names in comedy today, pushing them to see comedy as more than just a way to make people laugh. Mike Myers, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Gilda Radner, Amy Sedaris, Adam McKay and more all studied under Close before he passed away in 1999.
Even after his death, Close continues to influence up-and-coming comedians as many of his foundations of improv comedy are taught in workshops and classes all over the world. Now the man will be played by one of his most famous students in a new comedy.
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I don’t know what’s going on with John Cusack this season, but fans of the actor are likely pretty happy. Last week he was announced as the lead for three new features: an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Cell, the “Duel in the sky” thriller Airspace, and the financial world drama Due Process.
Now he’s got one more new project, and it’s one that will have some audiences hungry to see the outcome: Cusack is attached to play radio host and giant worthless political gasbag Rush Limbaugh in a biopic called Rush. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 by Angie Han
Cultural icons don’t get much more recognizable than Betty Boop. Since her first appearance during the Great Depression, she’s become one of the most famous and beloved cartoon characters in the world. To this day, her image appears regularly on t-shirts, lunchboxes, and the like.
But what do you know about her really? Did you know, for example, that she was the creation of animator Max Fleischer, who also introduced the world to Popeye? Or that the cartoon was based on a lounge singer whose famously oversized head was the result of a terrible farm accident? Luckily, the folks at Funny or Die have seen fit to tell her little-known tale in a new biopic titled Boop, starring Rose McGowan. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Last year Wayne McClammy, the director behind the video ‘I’m Fucking Matt Damon‘ and star-studded rejoinder ‘I’m Fucking Ben Affleck‘ that aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2008, was set to direct Isla Fisher in Desperados, which is typically referred to as ‘a female-oriented Hangover.’ But something didn’t work out, and he’s now walking away from the film. ‘Creative differences’ is what the trades say. (Isla Fisher remains attached.) Likely stepping into the vacant director’s position will be Betty Thomas, who last made…um…well, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Read More »