The game has changed. But the players are the same. MacGruber is officially coming back as a TV series exclusively on NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock. The series was said to be in development back in January, and now it’s officially been given a series order. Read More »
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The Movie: Hot Rod
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) is a self-proclaimed stuntman who spends his days trying to live up to the legacy of his father, who he believes used to test stunts for Evel Knievel before the famous daredevil made the jumps himself. But he also hopes to prove his manhood to his step-father Frank (Ian McShane) by beating the hell out of him in a fight. Unfortunately, a wrench gets thrown in his plans when Frank becomes deathly ill, leaving Rod with only one option: raise $50,000 to pay for life-saving surgery, all so he can finally defeat Frank.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Hot Rod was the first movie to come from the crew known as The Lonely Island on Saturday Night Live. After becoming famous for their SNL Digital Shorts, Akiva Shaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg made the jump to the big screen with an original comedy. With a script from writer Pam Brady (South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police), Hot Rod has the feel of a 1980s extreme sports movie mixed with the absurd comedy that people came to love about SNL Digital Shorts, and it does so with a stellar ensemble cast of comedy heavy hitters. Read More »
Although MacGruber bombed hard at the box office when it was released in theaters back in 2010, the Saturday Night Live film starring Will Forte has become a cult classic. In fact, the movie has cultivated such a following that the new NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock is allowing director Jorma Taccone to make a MacGruber TV series. We’re not sure when we’ll be able to see it, but when the cast got together for the read-through of the pilot, they were blessed with some encouragement and a little bit of pressure from one of the movie’s biggest and most surprising fans: Inception and The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan. Read More »
Because the world is cruel, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping bombed at the box office. But it seems Popstar has found a cult following since its disastrous theatrical release, because Mondo is releasing the film’s original soundtrack by The Lonely Island on vinyl. And there are five different album covers that you can choose from too. Check out the Popstar vinyl soundtrack below. Read More »
If there’s one thing that pop culture has been missing, it’s a music video extravaganza highlighting the incredible raps of Major League Baseball players Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire. Thankfully, Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone delivered last night with their surprise drop of The Lonely Island Presents: The Unathorized Bash Brothers Experience.
The 27-minute “visual poem” is basically The Lonely Island’s version of Beyonce’s Lemonade, but it’s about two of the most famous Oakland Athletics players in 1988. Literally no one was asking for this, but we’re certainly glad it’s here. Get a glimpse of this totally out-of-left-field (no pun intended) Lonely Island Netflix movie below. Read More »
Oh shit! Get your towels ready It’s about to go down!
It’s been 10 years since the comedy group known as The Lonely Island debuted their first album, Incredibad. Now, comedians Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Shaffer are celebrating the anniversary in the most epic way possible: a two week tour in select cities throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Okay, it may not be the most epic way, but this truly is incredible. Read More »
MacGruber, the cult comedy from director Jorma Taccone, tanked at the box office when it hit theaters back in 2010. With a ten million dollar budget, it only earned $9.3 million at the worldwide box office – which may explain why a sequel hasn’t materialized yet.
But the vocal fans of the movie may be on the brink of some good news: in a new interview, Taccone says he has pitched a MacGruber TV series to several streaming networks, and the whole cast from the movie is interested in reprising their roles. Are you ready to pound some more Cunth?
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As expected, the 90th Academy Awards went long last night, even with Jimmy Kimmel offering a sweet jetski to the Oscar winner who gave the shortest acceptance speech. But the ceremony was almost a little bit longer thanks to The Lonely Island, and it would have been worth the extra time.
The Lonely Island, the Saturday Night Live hip-hop trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer, and Jorma Taccone, was asked to write a song for this year’s Oscars ceremony. However, the song that they came up with about the films that weren’t nominated for Oscars ended up being “financially and logistically impossible” to shoot for the ceremony.
Thankfully, we can imagine what it might have been like thanks to the storyboard video and demo they recorded. So check out this abandoned The Lonely Island Oscars song featuring Thor, Wonder Woman, The Snowman, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, and more. Read More »
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The Saturday Night Live feature comedy MacGruber only pulled in just over $8.5 million at the box office on a budget of just $10 million. Not only did it bomb hard at the box office, but it couldn’t even make its budget back. However, in the years since it was released in 2010, it has garnered quite a cult following, and talk of a sequel surprisingly surfaced in 2012, with sparse updates here and there since. But now MacGruber 2 may finally be on its way towards becoming a reality. Read More »
If you didn’t see Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping this summer, you’re part of the problem. Universal Pictures gave us this glorious, original comedy chock full of outstanding new songs from The Lonely Island, a barrage of incredible cameos, and some of the biggest laughs of the year. And how did audiences respond? Well, they didn’t, because the movie didn’t even hit $10 million in its theatrical run. But next month, you can make up for it when the movie hits home video.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 13, and it will hit VOD a couple weeks earlier on August 30. To help promote the arrival of the movie, a Popstar deleted scene has made its away online featuring an entire song that didn’t make the final cut of the movie (though you could have listened to it on the soundtrack). But beware that this scene is NSFW due to language, because the song is called “Fuck Off,” and they repeat that phrase more than a few times throughout. Read More »