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  • Misery Loves Comedy: The Laugh Button interviews with Kevin Pollak, Lewis Black, Jim Norton, and Caroline Hirsch from the premiere

    Misery Loves ComedyThis past Wednesday, we were invited to cover the red carpet premiere of Kevin Pollak’s new documentary film Misery Loves Comedy. The film was part of this year’s TriBeCa Film Festival, currently running throughout New York City. Comedy has been a big focal point of the festival including Pollak’s film among other comedy docs Live From New York!, Monty Python’s Meaning of Live, and Roseanne for President! In Misery Loves Comedy, Pollak weaves conversation footage from some of the biggest names in comedy from the stand-up, acting, producing, and writing worlds to tell his story. His goal: find the correlation, if any, between misery and comedy. The film begs the question, “Do you have to be miserable to be funny?” We also learn what it’s like inside the mind of said talents including Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani, Larry David, Kathleen Madigan and so many others. 60 to be exact. Read More

    Nic Cage’s Osama Bin Laden comedy Army Of One now boasts stellar comedian line-up

    Nic Cage Army of OneWe’ve mentioned Army of One last week here on the site when we learned that Russell Brand would be joining the cast. Now more light has been shed on what now is a stellar comedic line-up of actors alongside Brand. The rest of the cast includes the likes of Rainn Wilson (The Office, Backstrom), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911, Bridesmaids, Modern Family), Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer, Childrens Hospital, Eastbound and Down), and Paul Scheer (Fresh Off The Boat, The League, NTSF:SD:SUV). The film will see Nicolas Cage portray a real life construction worker from Colorado named Gary Faulkner, who, out of some ridiculous whim, armed with no skills whatsoever, tried to cross Pakistani and Afghan borders on a solo mission to capture the elusive Bin Laden on his own. It will be fascinating to see where this ridiculous real-life premise takes the creative process. The absurdity ingrained in the idea of some ordinary schmoe setting out to find Bin Laden is full of potential hilarity in its own right. Are you in?

    Watch the trailer for Russell Brand’s new documentary The Emperor’s New Clothes

    World-famous British comedian and activist Russell Brand joins forces with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom on a polemical documentary about the financial crisis and gross inequality we currently face hitting theaters April 24. Starting with the genesis of today’s economic policies, with the arrival of Milton Friedman’s school of thought in Reagan’s leadership and Thatcher’s UK, the film explores how these policies have come to dominate the western world. The rich have got richer; where a CEO of a major British company used to earn 10 times the average wage of his workers, now they earn 200 times. According to Oxfam, the richest 80 people in the world own as much as the poorest 3.5 billion. It would now take 300 years for the average cleaner, cleaning the offices of his senior boss, to earn the same salary taken home by the same boss last year. Read More

    Michael Winterbottom set to direct Will Ferrell and Josh Gad soft porn comedy

    russ-meyer-will-ferrellRuss & Roger Go Beyond is a biopic of Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert. It will explore how the pair created the X-rated Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Director Michael Winterbottom who just told the story of one icon of softcore pornography in Paul Raymond, could be about to take on another, Russ Meyer. Meyer was the pulpy sexploitation director whose violent, big-breasted protagonists made him an enduring cult hero. Winterbottom is set to direct Russ & Roger Go Beyond, a film about how Meyer hired film critic Roger Ebert to write 1970 movie Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Will Ferrell is to play Meyer, with Josh Gad on tap for the Ebert role. Read More

    Andy Samberg joins the voice cast of Storks

    Andy-SambergWarner Bros. has announced that Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer have joined the cast of Storks, an animated film that attempts to explain why storks and baby deliveries have so frequently been connected in popular culture. Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) wrote the film and will co-direct with Doug Sweetland (Toy Story, Cars, The Incredibles). Storks is an original script of Stoller’s who will also produce alongside Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, Antz). Other executive producers set for the film are Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid Love), Phil Lord and Chrisopher Miller (The LEGO Movie) and Jared Stern. The news comes along with information on when to expect a few of Warner Bros.’ other animated films, namely, The LEGO Movie sequel which hits theaters on May 18 2018. It’s never too early to mark your calendar! As for Storks, it’s set for release on Sept. 23, 2016.

    Marvel trying to land comedy director Adam McKay for phase three

    Adam McKayIn a recent interview with Collider, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige revealed that the studio is going after writer/director Adam McKay to take on one of their phase three films. “Adam McKay is in the running for everything. Adam McKay is a great, great writer and director. He did an amazing pass on the Ant-Man draft with Paul Rudd for us, and I didn’t know him before then. And we got to know him through that and liked him very much, and have met with him a number of times trying to find something else, so we’ve talked about a lot of characters with him.” said Feige. McKay’s directing credits include Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers. He is also a co-founder of Funny Or Die, alongside Will Ferrell, his friend from back in their Saturday Night Live days. McKay got involved with Marvel when he and Ant-Man star Paul Rudd worked on a draft of the Ant-Man script after original director Edgar Wright left the project. There are four phase three films up for grabs. Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Inhumans. McKay is currently filming the comedic drama The Big Short, about men who made millions from a global economic meltdown. No release date on The Big Short as of yet, however it stars a heavy hitting line-up including Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Steve Carell.

    Russell Brand joins Nicolas Cage in Osama bin Laden comedy

    russell-brandRussell Brand is returning to the big screen, joining Nicolas Cage in the comedy Army of One. The film, to be directed by Borat’s Larry Charles, is based on the story of Gary Faulkner, a handyman from Colorado who had a vision about capturing Osama bin Laden, then went to Pakistan to pursue it. The script is written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, who wrote the Kevin Costner sports comedy Draft Day, and loosely based on a GQ article in 2010 by Chris Heath. Other cast members include Rainn Wilson, Denis O’Hare and Ken Marino. It will mark Brand’s first film since Paradise in 2013, the directorial debut from Diablo Cody which opened to dismal reviews and has not been released in the UK. Brand’s documentary The Emperor’s New Clothes, about the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis will be released on 24 April. Army of One will also be the first comedy for Nicolas Cage since 2005’s The Weather Man. Brand’s role is yet to be announced.

    Smosh: The Movie to premiere in July with Michael Ian Black and Grace Helbig featuring

    iam-hecox-anthony-padilla-smoshTeen comedy Smosh: The Movie, starring the two “dudes” behind the popular YouTube channel Smosh, is slated to premiere July 23 and subsequently will be available widely across multiple distributors. The movie stars Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox from the Smosh Channels, which collectively have some 30 million subscribers, in what’s billed as a modern-day version of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Indeed, Smosh: The Movie is directed by Alex Winter, who co-starred with Keanu Reeves in the 1989 time-travel romp. Smosh: The Movie revolves around an embarrassing video of Anthony that has surfaced online right before his fifth high school reunion. The Smosh guys scramble to pull down the clip before it blows Anthony’s chances of reconnecting with his teen crush, Anna, encountering several well-known YouTubers in the process. YouTube stars who appear in the movie include Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Mark Fischback (“Markplier”) and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval, as well as Jillian Nelson, Brittan Ross, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Michael Ian Black. Lionsgate last fall acquired global distribution rights to Smosh: The Movie. The production was jointly financed by DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV and Defy Media, in which Lionsgate has an equity interest. The picture was written by Eric Falconer (Blue Mountain State, How I Met Your Mother).

    Jennifer Lopez set to produce and star in MILF comedy

    JloJennifer Lopez is cultivating an image as both a proud mother and a sex symbol. After the success of the low-budget film The Boy Next Door, she’s set to tackle similar subject matter, but from the comedic side this time. The 45-year-old actress is hoping to solidify herself as, pardon the term, a “MILF”. She has re-teamed with Universal Pictures for a comedy titled Mothers I’d Like To … – yes, with an ellipsis in the title. Although there isn’t a script yet, the studio describes it as Bridesmaids meets The First Wives Club. Little is known about it other than that it’s presumably about attractive women with children and the younger men who desire them. If this plot sounds familiar, that’s because it kind of is. Not just because there have been a bevy of comedies focused on the concept of a “MILF,” but because it is the comedic flip side of Lopez’s latest live-action role in The Boy Next Door. Read More

    Derek Jr. in the mix for Zoolander 2 which hits theaters on February 12 2016

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    A new player has entered the game. It’s Derek Jr. with the game being Zoolander 2. Ben Stiller has posted a photo to his Instagram revealing the news delivering us what would appear a pivotal element to the sequel. Stiller reprised his role as Derek Zoolander and made a splash last month alongside Owen Wilson as Hansel at Fashion Week in Paris confirming that the much talked about sequel was now actually happening. The last time we saw the son of VH1’s 3-time Male Model of the Year, the child was still a baby in the arms of his mother Matilda and just mastering his first “look.” Picking up more than a decade later, Stiller shows us Derek Jr., who is being played by Cyrus Arnold, sitting in the passenger seat as his father drives. Zoolander 2 will hit theaters on Feb. 12, 2016 with Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Christine Taylor reprising their roles from the 2001 film, and Penelope Cruz joining the cast.