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, John Williams conducts the orchestra during a recording session for the Star Wars: The Last Jedi score. Plus, learn how National Lampoon co-creator Doug Kenney changed the face of comedy forever, and see the amazing visual effects in the Best Picture winning Call Me By Your Name. Read More »
The rise and fall of the subversive comedians at National Lampoon was already extensively covered in the Sundance selected documentary Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon. But director David Wain (They Came Together, Role Models) has taken a completely different approach in his dramatization of the creation of the humor magazine turned radio show and movie production house.
A Futile and Stupid Gesture is based on Josh Karp’s book of the same name, and it follows the founding of the wildly successful National Lampoon as it unfolds in the biographical story of co-creator and comedian Doug Kenney. However, David Wain doesn’t simply use this as an opportunity to craft a traditional biopic. Instead, the movie is a meta, self-aware retelling of Doug Kenney’s story in the same comedic style of National Lampoon, with a vibe that’s a lot like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy meets Man on the Moon. 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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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 »
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It’s hard to believe Will Forte left Saturday Night Live six years ago. When Forte mentioned it’s been that long since he was on the show, he, too, looked surprised by that fact. After spending a decade working on SNL, the actor has appeared in a variety of films, including Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska, Peter Bogdanovich‘s She’s Funny That Way, and, of course, the actor’s crowning achievement, Jorma Taccone‘s big screen adaptation of MacGruber.
Forte co-stars in Peter Atencio‘s Keanu, a comedy from the team behind Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. The former SNL star’s role as a drug dealer, Hulka, is brief but, thanks to some cornrows and an unforgettable voice, he leaves an impression with his performance.
Below, read our Will Forte interview.
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Almost two weeks ago, principal photography began on David Wain‘s (Wet Hot American Summer) adaptation of A Futile and Stupid Gesture. Based on Josh Karp‘s best-selling book, the story follows National Lampoon co-founder Douglas Kenney, who’s played by Will Forte (MacGruber) in the biopic. Forte is surrounded by nothing but talent in this true-life story, which, according to him, we shouldn’t expect a sanitized version of.
While interviewing the actor for the upcoming comedy, Keanu, he opened up a bit biopic. Below, Will Forte discusses A Futile and Stupid Gesture.
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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 »
Talk about life coming full circle. Actor Joel McHale might play Chevy Chase in David Wain‘s (Wet Hot American Summer) National Lampoon biopic, A Futile and Stupid Gesture. McHale and Chase, of course, worked on Community together for a number seasons, so if McHale signs up for the project, then he’s already got a few years of research in the can.
Learn more about A Futile and Stupid Gesture below.
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David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) is set to direct A Futile and Stupid Gesture. The National Lampoon biopic will star Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth), playing Doug Kenney, one of the co-founders of National Lampoon.
Learn more about the potential Netflix movie below.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
While we wait to see what Disney does with its never-gonna-get-recast icon Indiana Jones, Napoleon Dynamite duo Jared and Jerusha Hess have mounted their own search for the Holy Grail. Don Verdean stars Sam Rockwell as a Biblical archaeologist who gets caught in the rivalry between two congregations led by Danny McBride and Will Forte. Needless to say, this is a much sillier quest than the one Indy went on in The Last Crusade.
Also starring are Jemaine Clement as his Holy Land associate Boaz, Amy Ryan as his assistant Carol, and Leslie Bibb as McBride’s wife. Watch the Don Verdean trailer after the jump. Read More »