When the coronavirus pandemic started shutting down various entertainment venues, the famed Upright Citizens Brigade improv and sketch comedy theater was quick to shutter their doors. But it also came with unfortunate layoffs for theater employees in Los Angeles and New York in order to save as much money as possible while there weren’t any shows to bring in revenue. However, it appears that wasn’t enough to stay afloat in New York, because UCB has announced the permanent closure of their theater in Hell’s Kitchen and their training center on Eighth Avenue. Read More »
National Lampoon, the humor magazine that eventually jumped into the movie business, now has its own biopic courtesy of Wet Hot American Summer filmmaker David Wain. A Futile and Stupid Gesture, which hits Netflix next month, focuses on National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney, played in the film by Will Forte. The trailer provides a look at the film and reveals that it’s not going to be your standard biopic.
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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 »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we let the Duplass brothers take us into the world of animals and insects, unbox the world of people who can taste color, head to Uganda for shirtless dudes kicking ass, catch up with Tommy from Snatch and find he’s ready to throw down, and get to know a Nobel-laureate who has a fascinating tale to tell.
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If you’re a comedy fan, then you’ve probably heard of the Upright Citizens Brigade. The improv troupe formed by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Adam McKay, Rick Roman, Horatio Sanz and Drew Franklin emerged out of Chicago in the early ’90s and went on to get its own TV show on Comedy Central for three seasons, as well as open two world-famous improv theaters in Los Angeles and New York City.
Now Poehler, Roberts, Walsh and Besser are back with a new project called The UCB Show for an exciting new online comedy subscription service called Seeso.com. You will undoubtedly find something in the comedy world that you love on the site, whether it’s old favorites like Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock or just plain old stand-up and improv. Check it out! Read More »
Today marks the last day of shooting for the Ghostbusters reboot from Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy director Paul Feig. And on wrap day, we’ve just learned of one more cameo featuring one of the stars of the original Ghostbusters from 1984.
Ernie Hudson, who played the newly recruited Winston Zeddemore in both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II in 1989, was on set shooting a cameo on the last day of shooting for the reboot today. But who will he play? Read More »
Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters has been shooting in Boston and the surrounding area for a couple weeks; Feig has even shown off some of the film’s costumes on Twitter, though we have yet to see the characters all suited up. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are the four primary characters, and Chris Hemsworth is in the film, too, as the crew’s receptionist.
Now, three more actors have been revealed as part of the Ghostbusters cast, and we’ve got a few details of who Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, and Andy Garcia will be playing. One is the new Ghostbusters mayor. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
After years of acting in films both awesome and terrible, David Cross is finally making his directorial debut with Hits. The indie comedy centers on a small-town girl (Meredith Hagner) who dreams of fame, while her father (Matt Walsh) accidentally stumbles into it.
Cross has stuffed the cast with familiar faces, including Michael Cera, Wyatt Cenac, David Koechner, and Jason Ritter. Watch the Hits trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Entertainment Weekly has released a faux public service announcement with character actors explaining why you should care about “that guy from that thing” more than “that guy on the billboard.” Character actors are supporting actors who are usually skilled at playing interesting or unusual characters, but not usually the lead roles in a film. They are the unsung heroes of Hollywood. Watch the character actor PSA video embedded now after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Just as next year’s real-life tornado season winds down, Warner Bros. will unleash a twister of its own The studio has just set an August release for Into the Storm, formerly titled Black Sky or Category Six.
Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) directs the found-footage tornado thriller, which centers around a group of storm chasers and stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), and Matt Walsh (Veep). Hit the jump for plot details and more. Read More »