Steve from Collider is a good friend of mine. At least a few times a week we talk about upcoming movies, TV shows, what gossip each of us have heard, and anything else we might find exciting. Since a number of our conversations cover things you also might find interesting, we’ve decided to start recording certain conversations as video blogs. Past video blogs have included The Future of the Batman Film Franchise, The Box Office Prospects of Watchmen and thoughts on the first 46 Minutes of Pixar’s Up.
We were recently talking about some of the movies coming out this summer and realized we should do some video blogs about the 2009 Summer Movie season. We were a little too ambitious, and thought we could squeeze two months worth of films into one blog, but as usually happens, we ran out of time. So the first part of our Summer movie preview was posted on Sunday (you can watch it here). In part 2, we take a look at the movies of June 2009: Land of the Lost, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Moon, Year One, The Hangover, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Please leave your thoughts on the movies of June 2009 in the comments below.
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Already pegged as the summer comedy you’ll most likely be driven to by a sober girl, we now have our first glimpse at The Hangover and it is funny to the power of holy shit. Any movie that places a toothless Ed Helms, snuggler Zach Galifianakis, face-tatted Mike Tyson, and vintage Phil Collins in the same Las Vegas suite is already unlocking previously unknown doors of lascivious joy worthy of Pier Pasolini. And what’s up Bradley Cooper? According to Mr. Beaks, other winning cameos are at bay, and it def looks like director Todd Phillips has his next Old School. I mean, look at Galifianakis at the start of this. He looks like he had 10 mini heartattacks in his sleep, in a good way. Watch the trailer after the jump. What do you think?
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“It’s the Nard Dawg meets Glory meets Bill and Ted’s.” Actor Ed Helms (The Office), a native of Georgia, will write and top-line an untitled comedy about a highly dedicated Civil War re-enactor who travels back in time to the actual event. Joining the character in the potentially history-‘ploding debacle will be two fellow re-enactors and a black history professor. Office co-star, Steve Carell, will produce and joining Helms on script duties will be writing partner, Jake Fleisher. This summer, Helms co-stars in Todd Phillips’s The Hangover alongside Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis, which is being singled out as a break-out hit along the lines of Old School, Knocked Up, or Bachelor Party without a coke donkey.
There is no shortage of comedies (and hokey ghost hunting shows for that matter) that poke fun at re-enactors of all sorts. Choke featured similar re-enactors in Colonial Williamburg, The Cable Guy had a few memorable scenes at Medieval Times, and The Sasquatch Gang is filled with fantasy re-enactor nerds and their depressing foam weapons. Any others come to mind? Let us know in the comments.
We’re still waiting to get a look at Zach Galifianakis‘s middle-finger-future comedy, Visioneers, but in the meantime, the talented and gruff comedian continues his trek into the mainstream wilderness with a lead role in The Hangover from director Todd Phillips (Old School, School For Scoundrels). Galifianakis will star alongside Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers) as one of “three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then must retrace their steps in order to find him.” Will there be snuggling? Filming starts this weekend.
ZG has also joined the cast on HBO‘s upcoming series Bored to Death, starring Jason Schwartzman as an alkie Brooklyn writer-turned-accidental Philip Marlowe-ish sleuth. He’ll play the best friend to Schwartman’s PI, a comic book artist with his own set of problems. Ted Danson stars as a mentor of sorts. From writer-director, Alan Taylor (The Sopranos, Mad Men, Palookaville), this show sounds better and better with each announcement. So, yeah, we think is awesome news all around. Maybe the guy can finally quit his fledgling talk-show Between Two Ferns.