Have you ever wondered what the Mafioso version of The Producers would look like? Neither had I, until screenwriter Dan Gordon (Passenger 57, The Hurricane) said this:
Phil said, “I’m giving you the opportunity of a lifetime and you’re giving me bullshit…you wanna be a director? Come get the ticket and come to New York. If you don’t, I’ll find someone else.” So I pack my duffel bag and I flew to New York that night. And I wound up making this independent film called Potluck. But what I didn’t know was it was a money-laundering operation for a crew—it was a mixed crew of the Gambino and Genovese crime families—and they were looking for the youngest, stupidest kid they could find and I was the jackpot.
And from there, Dan Gordon proceeded to tell me an epic, unforgettable truth-really-is- stranger-than-fiction story about the sketchiest movie ever (kinda) made…
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As long as there are successful Hollywood franchises, there will be rip-offs. This is true in America, where companies like the Asylum have built an entire business model around making movies that look just similar enough to major blockbusters to confuse grandparents and stoners. However, it’s especially true on the international stage, where scrappy filmmakers all over the world have been abusing copyright for decades now. I highly recommend Remake, Remix, Rip-Off, a wonderful documentary about the anarchic world of Turkish cinema in the ’60s and ’70s if you want so see examples of some truly, beautifully shameless filmmaking.
But today, we’re turning our eyes to China, who have produced a Kung Fu Panda rip-off that looks like it clawed its way out of the deepest recesses of your nightmares. And because the universe is cruel (or because parents will confuse it with the other movie about the martial artist panda bear and will pick it up without knowing better), it’s getting an American release courtesy of Lionsgate.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
People sometimes talk about “the critics” as if they were a single monolithic entity, as in “the critics love Carol” or “the critics hate Paul Blart.” In truth, though, it’s uncommon for critics to reach unanimous consensus on much of anything. Film criticism is highly subjective by its very nature, which means even the most gorgeously wrought masterpieces will leave some viewers unmoved, while even the most lazily slapped together dreck will tickle a few people in the right spots.
Uncommon, that is, but not unheard of. There are rare occasions where the film reviewers will rise up as one to give a film a perfect 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes. In 2016, the first film to achieve that dubious distinction is Norm of the North, Lionsgate’s animated adventure about a polar bear (voiced by Rob Schneider) trying to stop real estate development in the Arctic. Read More »
Lionsgate has released the trailer for their animated adventure comedy Norm of the North. Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch vet Trevor Wall‘s film tells the story of a majestic polar bear named Norm, who alongside “the world’s coolest party animals” are hitting the big city. Watch the Norm of the North trailer now embedded after the jump. Is this
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Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
Netflix has revived everything from Arrested Development to The Killing to Full House to Gilmore Girls, and apparently they figured while they were at it, they might as well bring back Rob Schneider‘s short-lived CBS sitcom ¡Rob!, too.
Well, not really. But the company is putting out another sitcom named after and starring Schneider. Real Rob promises to be somewhat more autobiographical, though. This is to Schneider what Master of None was to Aziz Ansari. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on what you think of Schneider’s brand of comedy. Watch the first Real Rob trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Netflix is following up the apparent success of its first-ever prestige picture, Cary Fukunaga’s harrowing wartime drama Beasts of No Nation, with something completely different. And we mean completely. The company has just dropped the first trailer for The Ridiculous 6, a Western comedy starring Adam Sandler. Watch the Ridiculous 6 trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Adam Sandler‘s first picture for Netflix is taking shape. Sandler is set to star in Ridiculous 6 with Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, and Terry Crews. Also appearing will be Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, and Dan Aykroyd. More on the Adam Sandler Ridiculous 6 movie after the jump. Read More »
If someone showed you the trailer for Adam Sandler‘s Jack & Jill right before Funny People was released, you would have sworn it was a Judd Apatow joke. Unfortunately, that film isn’t a joke but the latest Sandler rumor is. According to a recent rumor, Sandler was inspired by an episode of MTV’s True Life to produce a remake of Three Men and a Baby featuring his friends David Spade, Chris Rock, and Rob Schneider. In this updated version, though, the twist would be that the men aren’t straight; they’re gay polyamorists.
Sounds a little too wacky to be true and, according to Disney, it is. They deny the rumor. Still, crazier things have happened. Read more about this rumor after the jump. Read More »
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We’ve all seen roasts on Comedy Central. The Roasts of Bob Saget, Pamela Anderson, William Shatner and David Hasselhoff come to mind as humorous events where a very famous person sits on stage and less famous, but more funny, people stand there and make awful, awful jokes about them. Most of the time though, I watch those and think, “I wish I cared about this person more.” This week, a roast happened film fans can care about.
Quentin Tarantino got roasted at the Friar’s Club in New York City on Wednesday and was ripped to shreds by the likes of friends Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Eli Roth and Edgar Wright as well as more traditional roast participants like Jeffrey Ross, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin and Richard Beltzer just to name a select few. The star studded event isn’t scheduled to air on television anytime soon, so we’ve compiled a bunch of the best jokes made at the event and even found a video that’ll give you an idea of the fun vibe. Read More »
The new UK Trailer for Grown Ups has hit the web, and it promises to feature more of the generic, mind-numbing humor that have become the hallmark of the careers of the featured comedians. Seriously though, this one features more jokes relating to the kids. Other than that, you can see most of the scintillating scenes on display in the earlier trailer of the film. Hit the jump for the trailer, and leave your thoughts in the comments.
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