Fletch Reboot

Remember Fletch, the 1985 comedy starring Chevy Chase as a reporter who breezily adopts false identities and charms his way through various situations? The film got a forgettable sequel in 1989, but Hollywood has spent the past 20 years trying to find a way to bring that title character back to the big screen for a new generation – and it looks like it’s finally happening.

Greg Mottola, the director of movies like Superbad and Adventureland, is set to helm a reboot with Jon Hamm (Mad Men) playing the lead role, and Mottola recently shared a photo on Twitter suggesting that production begins very soon.
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fletch reboot

Jon Hamm is stepping into the shoes of Chevy Chase for a Fletch reboot. Hamm will star in a modernized take on the character, created first in novels by Gregory Mcdonald, and made even more famous by two films starring Chase. For a long period of time, Kevin Smith was trying to mount a remake starring Jason Lee. Later, Smith was replaced with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence. Now, Superbad helmer Greg Mottola will helm the project.

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the dangerous book for boys trailer

It’s all well and good to romanticize the childhoods of the ’80s, when kids biked around freely and made complicated contraptions to prank unsuspecting adults. But what about the kids of today? You can warn them about the dangers as much as you want through episodes of Black Mirror, but maybe it’s not fear they need, but imagination.

That’s where The Dangerous Book for Boys comes in. The new Amazon Prime TV series adapts the British guide book into a six-episode comedy about a smartphone-obsessed boy who discovers that you don’t need technology to have fun. You just need an eclectic handbook passed down to you by your dead father.

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Keeping Up With the Joneses

Standing before me in black tactical gear, hair combed back but just a bit unruly, Jon Hamm looks exactly like Sterling Archer. He’s not wearing a tactleneck, but aside from that detail the illusion is perfect. As seemingly everyone did, I watched Hamm on Mad Men for years, so the timbre of his voice and his patterns of speech are intimately familiar. But in this getup I expect — I want — him to sound like Archer.

Jon Hamm knows this. He’s voiced a character on the show, after all. And would you be shy if knew you were the living incarnation of TV’s greatest/most irritating spy? Probably not. “Lanaaaaaaa!” he bellows before anyone can ask him to do so.

We’re outside the Atlanta set of Keeping Up With the Joneses, a 20th Century Fox movie in which Hamm plays half of a super-spy couple living undercover in the suburbs. His character Tim Jones is partnered with Natalie Jones, played by Gal Gadot, in life and work. We see the glamorous, ultra-capable pair through the eyes of a much more mundane couple, who are more than slightly agog as the spies-in-disguise set up stakes in their quiet, tree-lined neighborhood.  Read More »

Keeping Up With the Joneses trailer

Between the Fast and Furious movies and her ongoing role as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.’ DC universe, Gal Gadot has plenty of action-hero cred. What she hasn’t really had a chance to do is show off her comedy chops. But that changes now, thanks to director Greg Mottola (of Superbad and Paul).

Gadot and Jon Hamm star as the Joneses, a glamorous, sophisticated, picture-perfect couple who move into a perfectly ordinary suburb. They dazzle their new neighbors, especially Jeff (Zach Galifianakis) and Karen (Isla Fisher). What Jeff and Karen don’t realize right away is that the Joneses are spies. Watch the Keeping Up With the Joneses trailer below.  Read More »

Jon Hamm Zach Galifianakis

Don Draper from Mad Men and Alan from The Hangover would go together like oil and water — which is to say, not at all. But Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis? Yes please.

The two funnymen are looking to co-star in Keeping Up With the Joneses, a new comedy being directed by Greg MottolaWalter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing the Fox 2000 comedy. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Clear History

Walter White isn’t the only prickly small-screen antihero coming back in the next couple of weeks. Larry David is returning to television for the first time since Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s eighth season ended in 2011 with Clear History, a new movie by HBO.

Technically, David’s Clear History character is entirely separate from his Curb one. For starters, his name here isn’t “Larry David” but Nathan Flomm. For another, Flomm’s a marketing exec who works with Jon Hamm’s character. But the film’s premise — Flomm loses his stake in a startup after a petty argument, only to see the company grow into a billion-dollar corporation — certainly sounds very Curb-y. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Clear History

HBO already had one massive hit movie this year (Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra) and it looks like they’re about to have another. The first full trailer for Larry David‘s Clear History is out. Unlike the teaser, it gives us a look at the more familiar side of David as well as the laundry list of co-stars including Jon Hamm, Michael KeatonBill HaderDanny McBridePhilip Baker HallAmy RyanKate HudsonEva Mendes, and JB Smoove.

Directed by Greg Mottola, the film premieres August 10. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Bonnie and Clyde 3

AMC’s keeping their fingers crossed that The Walking Dead will never, ever end. Also after the jump:

  • Ricky GervaisDerek comes to Netflix this fall
  • ABC reveals plans to finish 666 Park Ave and Apt. 23
  • Will Damon Wayans Jr. return to New Girl?
  • Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain adds a Twilight star
  • Emma Roberts boards American Horror Story
  • Homeland gets some fresh faces
  • First pics from Bonnie & Clyde revealed
  • See teasers for Newsroom, Boardwalk Empire, and Clear History

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Whether you like spiteful Philadelphians or vengeful Romans, there’s something for you here. After the jump:

  • Louis CK, Bryan Cranston, and Rian Johnson score DGA noms
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is getting its own beer
  • Revolution, Political Animals, and more are coming to Netflix
  • Fox’s late-night animation block will kick off this summer
  • Fox’s In Living Color reboot is not going to happen
  • Read one fan’s argument that it’s OK if NBC kills Community
  • Is ABC’s Happy Endings in danger of getting cancelled?
  • The casting search for Dexter Season 8 offers some plot hints
  • Spartacus: War of the Damned has a bloody new trailer

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