Improv Olympic Movie

Many of today’s comedy stars have been through some kind of formal training at one of several well-known improvisational schools like Uprights Citizens Brigade Theatre, Second City, The Groundlings, or ImprovOlympic (now known simply as iO). The latter is where two of the most legendary improvisational comedians taught and performed, and now their story will be told on the big screen.

Del & Charna is a new movie from Pitch Perfect writer and Blockers director Kay Cannon that will tell the story of improv comedy pioneers Del Close and Charna Halpern, the duo who founded improvOlympic in 1981 and influenced and trained comedians like Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Mike Myers, Gilda Radner, Bob Odenkirk, Amy Sedaris, Chris Farley and many more. Comedy wouldn’t be what it is today without the contributions of these two. Read More »

New Cinderella Musical

Hot on the heels of rumors circulating that Billy Porter is being lined up to play the man-eating venus flytrap at the center of the Little Shop of Horrors remake over at Warner Bros. Pictures, it sounds like recent Emmy-winning Pose star will be getting musical elsewhere too with a new take on the classic fairytale Cinderella.

In case you didn’t hear, Sony Pictures is working on a reimagined musical version of Cinderella with singer Camila Cabello taking the titular role. As for Porter, he’s in talks to totally revamp the traditional the role of Cinderella’s fairy godmother, which would be quite the drastic and welcome spin on the character in the story. Porter will also joined by another musical powerhouse, Frozen voice actress and famed Broadway star Idina Menzel. Find out more about the Cinderella cast additions below. Read More »

Goonies for adults

Blockers director Kay Cannon has found her newest directorial project.

She’ll tackle 79ers, a treasure hunt comedy originally written by actor/writer Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) that aspires to be “Goonies for adults.” So does that mean it’s going to suck, but an entire generation is going to love it anyway because of blinding nostalgia? I’m kidding! Don’t @ me. Read More »

Blockers Puke Scene Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Blockers director Kay Cannon breaks down a hilarious key sequence from the raunchy high school comedy. Plus, a video essay explains how Nathan For You brings plenty of genuine humanity to his small business prank show, and the cast of Ant-Man and the Wasp answer the internet’s most searched questions. Read More »

Blockers trailer

I like Ike Barinholtz, Leslie Mann, and John Cena. I think they’re all underrated, talented performers, and ever since seeing Barinholtz work his magic as a charmingly weird supporting character in The Mindy Project, I’ve been pulling for him to lock down some more starring roles in big studio comedies. But after watching this new trailer for Universal’s new movie Blockers, in which the three actors play parents who team up to sabotage their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity on prom night, I feel like Switch from The Matrix: “Not like this…not like this.”
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blockers trailer

In the footsteps of other raunchy coming-of-age comedies like Superbad and American Pie where teens just want to have a lot of sex comes Blockers, a movie about three parents who will stop at nothing to sabotage their daughters’ sex lives.

Starring John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz as the traditionally-minded parents who discover their daughters’ prom night “sex pact,” Blockers is exactly what you’d expect out of a movie about teenage girls written by five dudes.

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Elizabeth Banks directing Pitch Perfect 3

After Pitch Perfect 2 pulled in just over $285 million on a budget of just $29 million, the possibility of Pitch Perfect 3 became a certainty with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow on board the sequel. The follow-up was originally slated for a July release, but got pushed back a bit into the old release date once occupied by the delayed Pacific Rim 2. And now the film has a director.

Universal officially has Elizabeth Banks directing Pitch Perfect 3, after making her feature directing debut on Pitch Perfect 2, following a supporting role in the original film that she also produced. Read More »

Pitch Perfect 2 group

Prepare to get pitch slapped, again. Universal is rolling ahead with Pitch Perfect 3, luring back Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 writer Kay Cannon to script the threequel. Get all the Pitch Perfect 3 details after the jump.  Read More »

Banks Higgins Pitch Perfect

In a year’s time, when I’m looking at the films of 2015 and crafting my most anticipated lost, a lot of pretty obvious ones will be on there. One that’s a little less obvious is Pitch Perfect 2. The 2012 original was a deep breath of fresh air, with its pop culture specificity, nearly gross out humor, and aca-awesome acapella singing. It grossed $113 million worldwide against a $17 million budget and Universal is expecting a sequel in 2015.

One of the film’s stars is also its producer, and that’s Elizabeth Banks. The versatile actress will soon appear in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and when I talked with her about her expanded role in that film, I simply had to ask her about the latest with the 2015 sequel. She didn’t offer up much, but when there’s so little information out there at all, something is better than nothing. Read More »

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Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick

Briefly: Good news for Pitch Perfect fans is coming out of CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The head of Universal Pictures, Adam Fogelson, just revealed the studio’s plan to have the Pitch Perfect 2 in theaters in 2015. Original writer Kay Cannon is back, and one can assume based on Sunday night’s MTV performance that the cast will be, too.

No more information just yet, but check out the new video of Anna Kendrick‘s ‘Cups’ from the film below. Read More »