george carlin in bill and ted 3

Bill and Ted Face the Music, the long-awaited third entry in the Bill and Ted series, hits VOD and select theaters (mostly drive-ins) this week. Many of us thought a third film would never happen, so it’s kind of a small miracle that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were able to reunite for more Wyld Stallyns action. Sadly, one original franchise player is no longer with us – George Carlin, who played the helpful Rufus in the first two films, and who died in 2008. And as it turns out, Bill and Ted Face the Music almost featured a Carlin cameo – in CGI form.

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george carlin documentary

Back in June, Judd Apatow revealed he was working on a documentary about legendary comedian George Carlin. Now we have official word on what Apatow and company are cooking up: a two-part documentary headed to HBO reuniting the key creative team behind HBO’s The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, which Apatow also directed. The Carlin doc will be helmed by Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio.

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George Carlin Documentary

Judd Apatow is best known for directing R-rated comedies like The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Trainwreck. But his passion for comedy also extends into the world of stand-up. Not only has he taken the stage himself plenty of times throughout his career, but he shined a light on the late Garry Shandling with an extensive two-part HBO documentary called The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. Now, Apatow will return to the documentary world with a film looking at the life and career of George Carlin, the legendary comedian who recorded no less than 14 comedy specials for HBO.
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Today it was announced that The Jackal Group has acquired rights to produce the official George Carlin biopic and have attached screenwriter Stan Chervin to write and produce. Hit the jump to learn more about the George Carlin biopic.

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Honest Trailer

Over at Screen Junkies, it’s Fan Appreciation Month, so they’re turning in some Honest Trailers that their viewers voted to make happen. And the first one out of the gate is a totally excellent adventure.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a cult classic comedy about two dimwitted high school students who are told that they have to pass an important high school history exam or risk messing up the future. So what’s the best way to do that? By traveling back to the past and kidnapping a bunch of important historical figures to help them out. There’s no way that will have an impact on the future at all.

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Mini-LOL: Is Disney trying to sell their latest animated film Tangled with subliminal sex messages? [brew]

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 40 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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I wasn’t planning to write about Gallery1988’s first annual “Is This Thing On” art show as it really has little connection to movies or television (or so I thought… the above piece featuring Judd Apatow mashed-up with the infamous Star Trek Tribbles episode is a fine example of this). The show, co-sponsored by FunnyOrDie, features over 100 artists, each creating pieces that are portraits of their favorite funny people, both beloved comics of yesteryear and emerging superstars.

The line up of comedians depicted include: Chris Farley, Will Ferrel, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, Paul Reubens,Tim & Eric, Nick Kroll, Demetri Martin, Chris Rock, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, Sam Kinison, Bill Murray, Woody Allen, Colin Quinn, Bill Hicks, Howard Stern, Judd Apatow, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Scott Auckerman, David Spade, Andy Dick, Lenny Bruce, Adam Sandler, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Guest, Mr. Show, Rob Corddry and Children’s Hospital, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Ross, Bill Cosby, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tracy Morgan, Roseanne, Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, David Wain and Wet Hot American Summer, Will Forte, John Candy, Lilly Tomlin, Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Mel Brooks and Young Frankenstein, Chevy Chase, Louis CK, Norm MacDonald, Flight of the Conchords, Jim Carrey, Reggie Watts, Steve Martin, Larry David, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg, Ellen DeGenerous, Margaret Cho, Steven Wright, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, UCB Theater LA, Upright Citizen Brigade (TV show), Human Giant, Sasha Baron Cohen, Gallagher, Dana Carvey, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, Danny McBride, Carrot Top, Greg Giraldo, Donald Glover, Zach Galifiankis, Charlene Yi, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Chris Elliot, Jon Lovitz, Artie Lange, Doug Benson, Redd Foxx, Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Dave Chapelle, Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Murphy, SF Sketchfest, Cheech & Chong, Sarah Silverman, Stella, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Brian Posehn, Charlie Murphy and Kids In The Hall.
The show is ongoing until January 29th 2011 in the Melrose Gallery 1988 location. Hirt the jump to see some of my favorite pieces of art from the exhibition.

HBO Running George Carlin Marathon Tribute

HBO has announced that they will be running encore presentations of George Carlin’s comedy specials in memory of the groundbreaking comedian. /Film reader Oscar passes along word that 11of his comedy specials will be presented over two nights on HBO2:

Wednesday, June 25th

8:00pm George Carlin at USC (1977)
9:00pm George Carlin Again! (1978)
11:00pm Carlin at Carnegie (1983)
12:00am Carlin on Campus (1984)
1:00am Playin’ with Your Head (1986)

Thursday, June 26th

8:00pm What Am I Doing in New Jersey? (1988)
9:00pm Doin It Again (1990)
10:00pm Jammin in New York (1992)
11:00pm Back in Town (1996)
12:05am You Are All Diseased (1999)
1:00am It’s Bad For Ya (2008)

Kevin Smith Remembers George Carlin

In our obituary post last night, I mentioned how my favorite big screen performance of Carlin’s was in Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl. Smith was a filmmaker who used Carlin in his films when available. Watching his few appearances, I’m shocked that his career in film never blew up. Smith takes a look back at the great comedy legend in a guest column for Newsweek:

“In 2001, George did me a solid when he accepted the part of the orally fixated hitchhiker who knew exactly how to get a ride in “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” When he wrapped his scene in that flick, I thanked him for making the time, and he said, “Just do me a favor: Write me my dream role one day.” When I inquired what that’d be, he offered, “I wanna play a priest who strangles children.” It was a classic Carlin thing to say: a little naughty and a lot honest. I always figured there’d be time to give George what he asked for. Unfortunately, he left too soon. He was, and will likely remain, the smartest person I’ve ever met. But really, he was much more than just a person. Without a hint of hyperbole, I can say he was a god, a god who cussed.”

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BREAKING: George Carlin Dead at 71

Man, this is really sad. A Slashfilm fave, legendary comedian and thinking man, George Carlin, died today (Sunday) from heart failure at a Santa Monica hospital. He was admitted on Sunday afternoon after experiencing chest pains. Sadder still, Carlin was to receive the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the Kennedy Center this November. No word on how that event will proceed, but let’s hope it will be a fine send-off from his peers for a career that spanned five decades. Carlin said this regarding the reward: “Thank you Mr. Twain. Have your people call my people.” That is one phone call that warranted a tap.

Peter’s Thoughts: This really sucks. Carlin was not only a legendary comedian but a master wordsmith. When he delivered comedy, it was like he was singing a song or reading a poem.

If you haven’t seen every one of his HBO television specials, than you haven’t laughed. Surprisingly he made few appearances on the big screen. My favorite was his performance in Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl, where he plays Ben Affleck’s father Bart Trinke. Strangely it’s probably his least comedic attempt on the big or small screen. His performance is heartbreaking. I never got to see Carlin live (and it’s not for a lack of trying), and that will probably be one of my biggest regrets.

“The planet isn’t going anywhere. WE ARE! Pack your shit, folks. We’re goin’ away.” – George Carlin

Hunter’s Thoughts: Carlin’s comedy routines threw your mind on the treadmill, whipped it into shape and left you dying on the couch from laughter and the absurdity of a world gone mad (and madder still). I’ve talked to several friends in just the last few minutes–everyone’s watching YouTube clips–and one memory that many of us share is watching Carlin’s superlative HBO specials with our dads. Carlin said he made a decision not to “live a lie” and to speak the truth, and his boldness and intellect closed gaps amongst generations of guys (and women too–his pro-choice bits are classic–no doubt) that rock ‘n’ roll, a lot of literature and a lot of heated discussions failed to do.

His intellect, memory and honesty were brilliant and nearly intimidating, though he wasn’t a snob by any means. He never stopped thinking, he never let his brain age, and he stood on stage like some slender, creaky lightning rod and, tellingly, nothing shot him down. Goddamn it, he was one of the greats. Let’s be sure to put younger generations onto his act and not allow ourselves to easily become that which Carlin stood so humorously against. R.I.P. He was one of the only guys I ever listened to with a pony tail.

“In Heaven, the French do the cooking, the Germans are the mechanics, the Swiss run the hotels, the Italians are the lovers and the English are the police.

In Hell, the English do the cooking, the Italians are the mechanics, the French run the hotels, the Swiss are the lovers and the Germans are the police.” – George Carlin (via /Film commenter Captain Awesome)

Discuss: How will you remember Carlin? Feel free to list your favorite quote from the man below.