When it comes to sketch comedy, most audiences are familiar with Saturday Night Live first and foremost, followed closely by Mad TV. But some audiences might remember the likes of In Living Color, The State, Upright Citizens Brigade, SCTV and The Kids in the Hall. If all goes according to plan, one of those shows might be getting some kind of revival.
The Kids in the Hall is a Canadian sketch comedy troupe who made waves from the late 1980s to mid-1990s with their live comedy tour. But they really picked up steam after getting their own self-titled television show. Now they might be able to make a comeback with a The Kids in the Hall revival series, perhaps even on Netflix. Read More »
In this edition of TV Bits:
- Star Trek’s John Cho and Deadpool’s Brianna Hildebrand join season 2 of Fox’s The Exorcist series
- Netflix’s BoJack Horseman gets a season 4 premiere date
- A former Smallville star makes her way to Supergirl
- South Park‘s creators talk about how the show will move beyond the presidential antics of last season
- American Horror Story season 7 teases the return of a familiar (painted) face
- New Game of Thrones images from this weekend’s premiere
- And much more!
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Disney has released the teaser trailer for Pixar’s Monsters Inc prequel Monsters University. The film takes us back to when Mike and Sully were in school learning how to scare. Its Pixar’s version of a college comedy, and the teaser trailer gives us a glimpse at some of the partying and pranks we might expect. The trailer will be presented in 3D, attached to Pixar’s Brave this Friday. But you can watch it now, embedded after the jump. And to complicate things, Disney has released the trailer in four different variations. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Pixar’s Monsters Inc prequel Monsters University tells the story of how Mike Wazowski and Sulley became friends during their college years at scare school. This weekend at D23 Expo, we learned a lot more about the project. Hit the jump to read the ten things we learned about Monsters University, and even see some unfinished concept renderings of what young Mike and Sulley will look like in the movie.
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Halloween is still a week away but, apparently, it’s time to start getting ready for Christmas. One year after making their debut on the small screen, everyone’s favorite covert elves Wayne and Lanny return in Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa at 8 p.m. December 7 featuring the voice of, you guessed it, Betty White! White will provide the voice of Mrs. Claus who recruits the dynamic duo to steal something very special out of Santa’s office right under his nose. While the first Prep & Landing film was a full half hour special, this one is only a 7 minute short that will air during A Charlie Brown Christmas on ABC. We’ve got more info and some Prep & Landing video after the jump. Read More »
One of the films I regret missing at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival is a campire rock musical titled Suck. Rob Stefaniuk‘s Canadian independent rock comedy tells the story of “a rock ‘n’ roll band that will do anything to become famous.” In a post-Twilight age, it is easy to write off any young vampire movie as just another one of those tween flicks, but this looks different. And early reviews coming out of the festival were very positive. Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump. And as always, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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Although we’ve never featured it on the site, this trailer for Disney’s computer animated Christmas special Prep & Landing has been floating around for a few weeks now, and it looks like a half-decent television production. Prep & Landing tells the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing, who prepare the world for Santa’s visit. Led by John Lasseter as executive producer and featuring the voices of Dave Foley and Sarah Chalke, the holiday special will air on ABC on Tuesday, December 1st at 8:30pm, and will be available for streaming on Disney.com starting on December 2nd.
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Hope everyone is having a pleasant Saturday afternoon. Writing this latest Uwe Boll item poolside recalls the floater scene in Caddyshack, so let’s make it short and easy. Next weekend, Boll’s Postal, based on the “shocking” videogame, was set to open against Spielberg’s Indiana Jones, but its domestic theatrical roll-out has been greatly reduced from 1,500 screens to five (or less, depending on where you look). Slashfilm received a press release (is that Boll’s personal email? LOL.) in which Boll cites a conspiracy launched by exhibitors (the government?) to counter his film’s “infuriating” imagery, like that above. Keep in mind that a Dubbya doppleganger was just seen lacing joints with coke in Harold and Kumar 2, so Boll’s conspiracy claims are typically unfounded and shitrageous…
“Theatrical distributors are boycotting Postal because of its political content,” says Boll. “We were prepared to open on 1500 screens all across America on May 23rd. Any multiplex in the U.S. should have space for us, but they’re afraid. We have even tried to buy a few screens in New York and Los Angeles, and they won’t let us even rent the theaters! I urge independent exhibitors to contact us and book Postal! Audiences have been expecting the film and I don’t think exhibitors should censor what gets played in U.S. theaters.”
Postal boasts a few respectable names like Jason Reitman’s go-to man, J.K. Simmons, TKITH‘s Dave Foley and far less respectable names like Verne Troyer and Uwe Boll. Peter saw the flick a while ago and said it wasn’t Boll’s worst offender, which is sort of like saying, “Grandma had a good day today.” It’s pretty bad when Boll’s films don’t even flop anymore, they just crawl onto Slashfilm pre-release and cease. So, pay your quick condolences and then continue exploring Liberty City.
Discuss: RIP Postal. The Boll petition has over 250,000 signatures.