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The Movie: Airplane!
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: With a plot and characters borrowed from the 1957 film Zero Hour!, this classic spoof takes aim at disaster movies like Airport 1975 and the sequels that followed, along with the Airport franchise. Ted Striker is an ex-pilot with a drinking problem and post-traumatic stress disorder who tries to repair a failing relationship by following his airplane stewardess girlfriend on her flight from Los Angeles to Chicago. But when food poisoning strikes the passengers and crew, Ted has to suck up his fear and insecurities to land the plane and save everyone on board.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: The spoof film is a dying artform, but in the 1970s and 1980s, some of the best comedies were parodies. That’s largely thanks to the work of director Mel Brooks, the improv troupe of Monty Python, and the filmmaking trio of Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker). It’s the latter who made Airplane!, the parody that not only remains funny to this day, but is still hilarious even if you haven’t seen the movies it’s spoofing. Read More »
There’s a new version of The Naked Gun on the way, because of course there is. The remake will star Ed Helms and at this point that’s all we really know about it. We hope it is fairly different from the original films, because otherwise what’s the point? But if David Zucker, director of the original, is being straight in a new interview, the Naked Gun remake may be considerably different. Specifically, it might not even be quite a spoof picture. Read More »
After four Scary Movies, it seems like Anna Faris has been replaced by another funny blonde actress. Ashley Tisdale, best known for Disney’s High School Musical series, has been tapped to star in the latest edition of the franchise, Scary Movie 5, which will be directed Malcolm Lee and co-written and produced by David Zucker. Zucker wrote and directed the last two installments, but is splitting duties with Lee this time around.
The film, which starts shooting this summer, will reportedly spoof films such as Black Swan, Paranormal Activity, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 127 Hours. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
It seems that Iron Man 3 won’t feature quite the redhead trio we expected, as Jessica Chastain and Gwyneth Paltrow won’t be joined by Scarlett Johansson after all. Also after the jump:
- Muppets 2 gets some very early marketing art
- Chris Pine says Star Trek 2 has action, character development
- Scary Movie 5 finds a director in Malcolm Lee
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Who better to put into words the talent and long lasting legacy of Leslie Nielsen than writer/director/producer David Zucker? David, along with his brother Jerry and friend Jim Abrahams, cast Nielsen in several of his most memorable roles, such as Airplane and The Naked Gun. Those films helped reinvent the then serious actor as a huge comedy star and make a whole other generation aware of his deadpan brilliance. Zucker obviously knew Nielsen well and wrote a heartfelt tribute to the late actor, who passed away on Sunday. They have the full transcript, but you can also read it after the jump. Read More »
For serious devotees of the movie Airplane!, the fact that Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker (aka ZAZ) were heavily inspired by the 1957 movie Zero Hour is no secret. They talk about the film on the DVD commentary and have mentioned in interviews that Airplane! is based to some extent on Zero Hour.
But it’s one thing to know that the script for Airplane! was heavily based on this dead-serious air thriller, and quite another thing to watch all the related scenes back to back. And if you didn’t know that the two films were related, then this will be even more of a treat. Check out a side-by-side collection of clips from both films, after the break. Read More »
Fox News has the trailer for David Zucker‘s new political comedy An American Carol. This looks like a higher budget version of Uwe Boll’s Postal, which is sad since Zucker was once the mastermind behind Airplane! Tell me what you think in the comments below!
An American Carol is a comic retelling of A Christmas Carol, but instead of Ebenezer Scrooge, we have a cynical, anti-American documentary filmmaker named Michael Malone (extremely subtle), who sets out on a crusade to abolish the July Fourth holiday with his film Die You American Pigs. On the fourth of July, he is visited by three ghosts who tey to show him the meaning of Independence, instead of Christmas. Chris Farley’s brother Kevin Farley stars as the filmmaker, alongside Kelsey Grammer as General Patton, Jon Voight as General Washington, Leslie Nielsen as himself, Bill O’ Reilly as himself, Dennis Hopper, and James Woods. Vivendi Entertainment is releasing the film on 2000 screens on October 3rd 2008.
Vivendi Entertainment picked up the U.S. rights to David Zucker‘s new comedy An American Carol. Imagine for a moment, a retelling of A Christmas Carol, but instead of Ebenezer Scrooge, we have a cynical, anti-American documentary filmmaker unsubtlely named Michael Malone, who sets out on a crusade to abolish the July Fourth holiday with his film Die You American Pigs. On the fourth of July, he is visited by three ghosts who tey to show him the meaning of Independence, instead of Christmas. If you were a Hollywood studio executive, and heard this pitch, would you greenlight the film?
Zucker is known as the mastermind behind Airplane! and the Naked Gun films, but also the last two Scary Movie films. Chris Farley’s brother Kevin Farley stars as the filmmaker, alongside Kelsey Grammer seen above as General Patton, next to Jon Voight as General Washington. Also, Leslie Nielsen as himself, Bill O’ Reilly as himself, Dennis Hopper, and James Woods. Call me a liberal, but this just sounds lame.