Comedy icon Will Forte received his first few breaks in Hollywood as a writer more than 20 years ago. The scribe soon discovered that he was equally adept as an actor, becoming an instant star in the public eye on Saturday Night Live (SNL), to which he graduated from the legendary Groundlings Theatre & School in Los Angeles. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. Forte would dominate the comedy scene in the 2000s and 2010s, acting in noteworthy features such as Beerfest, Fanboys, MacGruber, The Lego Movie, 7 Days in Hell, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Booksmart, and Goodboys, appearing in hit TV shows including How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, The Cleveland Show, American Dad, The League, The Last Man on Earth, and I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, and frequently collaborating with improv-friendly peers like Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island, Broken Lizard comedy troupe, and Tim and Eric. Forte even flexed his dramatic range, starring in auteur Alexander Payne’s acclaimed film, Nebraska.
As an actor, Forte benefits from his adroitness as a writer. And vice-versa. Both crafts come naturally to him, and both crafts work harmoniously with one another. When reading a script, Forte can more readily deconstruct it and discern whether or not the material works for him. When writing a script (The Brothers Solomon, MacGruber, and The Last Man on Earth are examples of works that Forte has either created, written, or co-written), Forte is finely attuned to the performer, creating scenarios that work for every actor, taking into consideration each person’s various, distinct skillsets, a quality that he undoubtedly picked up writing sketches for himself and his peers while he was at the Groundlings. For Forte’s latest film, Extra Ordinary, the comedic actor was intuitively taken with filmmakers’ Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman’s collective vision from day one.
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Earlier this year, MacGruber fans got the exciting news of America’s greatest hero returning with a TV series over at the NBCUniversal subscription streaming service Peacock. Will Forte will be back as the titular character, a raunchy parody of the resourceful, environmentally conscious 1980s TV character MacGyver, and we recently got a chance to catch up with the former Saturday Night Live cast member to talk about what fans can expect from the MacGruber TV series. Read More »
We made fun of its name when it was first announced, but it looks like Quibi might get the last laugh.
The mobile-only streaming service, which has over $1 billion to throw around, the support of every single major Hollywood studio, and deals in place with tons of top-tier filmmakers, is going to debut this April, and trailers for its shows are beginning to make their way online. We’ve gathered the first few below, and this is only the tip of the iceberg.
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MacGruber is coming back to TV. A MacGruber TV series with original star Will Forte is setting up shop at Peacock, the upcoming NBCUniversal streaming service. A MacGruber series was first mentioned as a possibility last year, with news that the film’s director Jorma Taccone had pitched a potential TV adaptation to potential networks and streamers. Now it looks like it’s official, with Peacock developing the show.
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Scooby-Doo is coming back to the big screen, but this time he’s getting his first computer animated feature film. This one will also be a full origin story for the friendship between Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, as well as Mystery Inc., too.
The first Scoob! trailer takes us all the way back to Shaggy’s childhood, when he meets a stray dog on the beach and shares a sandwich with him. After getting his new name, inspired by Scooby Snacks, the two become lifelong buddies and end up meeting Fred, Daphne, and Velma while trick-or-treating. But this movie isn’t just an adventure with the young version of Mystery Inc., because the gang actually has to go looking for Shaggy and Scooby-Doo when they end up somewhere rather surprising.
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Looking for an unconventional romantic comedy? Extra Ordinary has you covered. It’s a low-budget indie set in Ireland which tells the story of a lonely woman with supernatural abilities who finds a lonely man whose daughter is possessed – all while a fame-hungry Satanist played by Will Forte schemes his way through the background. Check out the first trailer below.
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Good Boys is bringing the raunch comedy down to Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, and Keith L. Williams‘ level…which is about 4 and a half feet? But size isn’t an indication of humor, because the pint-sized middle schoolers of the SXSW hit have plenty of outrageously inappropriate jokes to share in the official new Good Boys trailer. Watch it below.
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The cast of the new animated take on Scooby-Doo continues to grow, and this time it’s with some familiar child stars playing younger versions of the characters from Mystery Inc.
Scoob is the name of the new animated Scooby-Doo movie, and it already features Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez and Will Forte as the voices of Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy respectively. Frank Welker is also reprising his longtime role as Scooby-Doo. But now two young stars from Avengers: Infinity War and Looper are being added to the Scooby-Doo movie cast to play young versions of Velma and Fred. Read More »
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The animated Scooby-Doo movie in the works over at Warner Bros. Animation Group is picking up steam as the rest of Mystery Inc. has been cast. Fans of Scooby-Doo were a little shocked when Will Forte stepped up to voice Shaggy, replacing live-action Scooby-Doo movie star Matthew Lillard, who has been voicing the character in cartoons and animated movies since then. Meanwhile, they seem to be all right with Gina Rodriguez as Velma, but how will they feel about who’s playing Fred and Daphne? Read More »
There is, despite countless American Pie and Road Trip spin-offs arguing otherwise, an art to shaping R-rated comedies. Rawdog raunchiness and “F-bombs” alone don’t equate to laugh-a-minute genius.
Take a movie like Good Boys. Gene Stupnitsky’s hilarious adolescent comicality boasts heart, message, and humor in the precisely right places. Lesser creators would’ve leaned heavily on cursing “tweens” thinking with their pre-pubescent naughty parts, yet Stupnitsky and co-writer Lee Eisenberg dare to focus on a heartwarming story about coming of age with sixth-grade understanding, and then fill in the anecdotal kinky playthings and pornography gags. Read More »