Just last month we found out Netflix was developing a film about Doug Kenney, the co-founder of National Lampoon, the humor magazine that eventually evolved into creating comedy records and movies in the 1970s and 1980s. The film is called A Futile & Stupid Gesture and shines a light on the history of National Lampoon through the eyes of Kenney, who will be played by Saturday Night Live veteran and Last Man on Earth star Will Forte.
Earlier this week the cast filled out with the addition of Joel McHale taking on the role of his Community co-star Chevy Chase, before he made it big on Saturday Night Live, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Domhnall Gleeson playing another National Lampoon co-founder, Henry Beard.
Now the cast has gotten even bigger with additional actors being brought on to play National Lampoon comedians and future comedy superstars Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and John Belushi, as well as a couple other key roles. Get the details on the National Lampoon movie cast after the jump. Read More »
Talk about life coming full circle. Actor Joel McHale might play Chevy Chase in David Wain‘s (Wet Hot American Summer) National Lampoon biopic, A Futile and Stupid Gesture. McHale and Chase, of course, worked on Community together for a number seasons, so if McHale signs up for the project, then he’s already got a few years of research in the can.
Learn more about A Futile and Stupid Gesture below.
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For the past month, we’ve been reporting on the progress of a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the cult favorite, movie-mocking TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Creator Joel Hodgson started an ambitious crowd-fund campaign to raise $5.5 million in order to produce 12 new episodes of the show with a whole new cast, and last night the campaign ended with even more good news than expected.
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter is now the largest crowd-funded online video of all-time, and the campaign made so much that they’ll actually be able to make 14 new episodes. It truly is a great time to be alive. Read More »
Back in June, we reported that the former NBC comedy series Community could end up getting another season at Yahoo after it was saved from cancellation and turned into a web series. However, it appears that possibility just went out the window.
Series star Joel McHale recently said in an interview that the profile of the cast members has grown significantly since the series premiered six years ago, and Yahoo simply can’t afford to pay the cast what they should be earning anymore. Find out more about why we’re seeing Community canceled again after the jump! Read More »
The hunt for the truth begins again in January when The X-Files returns to Fox for a six-episode revival run. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back as Agents Mulder and Scully and, with the start of the series revival getting closer, some more casting is coming to the surface.
Community series regular and The Soup host Joel McHale will be guest starring on The X-Files, and his character description sounds like the perfect role for the comedian. Get the details after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
When Robin Williams passed away in August, he left four unreleased films behind. One of those was A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, a holiday comedy starring Williams and Joel McHale.
As a performer, Williams could play anything from Patch Adams to The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. Mitch, his character in A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, seems to fall toward the latter end of the spectrum. He’s so unpleasant, in fact, that his son Boyd (McHale) has been actively avoiding him for years. But a series of events leads to the pair spending hours together on a frantic journey to save the holiday for Boyd’s son. Hit the jump to see the A Merry Friggin Christmas trailer. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Even after his passing, Robin Williams is managing to bring a little levity into our lives. Two clips have just been released for his indie comedy Merry Friggin’ Christmas, the first of four unreleased films he left behind.
Joel McHale and Lauren Graham also star in the indie comedy. Watch the Merry Friggin’ Christmas clips after the jump.
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You love Guardians of the Galaxy, we love Guardians of the Galaxy, pretty much everyone loves Guardians of the Galaxy. After a massive, massive opening weekend to go along with stellar reviews (currently 93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), the Guardians of the Galaxy have officially become a piece of popular culture. How do you cement that? You get celebrities behind the film.
Dozens and dozens of comedians, directors and various other famous people took to Twitter over the weekend to praise James Gunn‘s film and you can check out a bunch of their wildly positive Guardians of the Galaxy celebrity tweets below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
In the hottest, stickiest days of summer, Scott Derrickson (Sinister) will be trying his best to give you the chills. Sony’s big release this Fourth of July weekend is Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil, and a new international trailer has been served up to show you what it’s all about.
Inspired by a true story (because of course it is), Deliver Us From Evil centers around NYPD cop Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), who teams with an unconventional priest (Édgar Ramírez) to investigate a series of disturbing crimes. Sarchie is initially skeptical about the whole supernatural angle, but eventually comes around after he sees too many things that can’t be explained.
Watch the Deliver Us From Evil international trailer after the jump.
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Can series creator Dan Harmon put the shine back on Community? Ousted for the show’s fourth season, he’s back for the fifth, which premieres on January 2. This teaser suggests that Harmon has done a lot of course correcting — while I couldn’t get through much of the fourth season, this teaser has me ready to check out the fifth. In fact, I’m now eager to see this season, and I would never have guessed I’d feel that way after struggling through the first third of season four before giving up.
In fact, interviews see star Joel McHale saying that Harmon is “basically calling it a re-pilot of the show, where he’s re-establishing all the characters and grounding (them).” And there’s a lot of work to do: Chevy Chase left the cast, Donald Glover is leaving partway through season five, and John Oliver is returning.
But this little bit of footage suggests that Harmon might have been able to (re)ground the characters without losing the zany, unpredictable aspects of the show. Check it out below. Read More »