When comedy mogul Lorne Michaels slaps his name onto a project, you know the public is going to pay attention. The latest project to garner a coveted Lorne Michael’s stamp of approval is an untitled Zack Pearlman movie pitch. For those who are unfamiliar with the actor’s work, his resume includes appearances in The Intern, The Virginity Hit, and the short-lived FOX sitcom Mulaney. The exact details of the comedian’s new pitch are unknown at this time, but it’s being described at a high-concept road comedy. This will be the second time that Michaels and Pearlman have worked together. The two crossed paths on the coming-of-age comedy Staten Island Summer. The premise for the new movie was conceived after Pearlman’s meeting with Broadway executives. Impressed by the actor’s idea, the heads sidelined discussion on Pearlman’s acting career and entertained the movie script further. This will be Pearlman’s first script sale.
Here is an animated music video from the upcoming motion picture Hell and Back opening October 2. With Susan Sarandon and Danny McBride, featuring Bob Odenkirk,T.J. Miller, Rob Riggle, Nick Swardson, Brian Posehn, Kerri Kenney, and Wayne Kramer.
With award season around the corner, the fall tends to bring the best cinema has to offer. Audiences flock to movie theaters across the country to see the latest critically acclaimed flick. Fall comedy movies can often serve as a nice change of pace for audiences who are too emotionally agitated by the year’s dramatic gems. Let’s take a look at some of these films. Read More
HBO kicking off the celebration of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” 40th anniversary with midnight screening
It’s a rarity for a film to have such widespread influence on the landscape of American culture as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Originally a box-office flop in 1975, the quintessential cult classic is celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend. In honor of this landmark movie, HBO will be holding a special midnight screening this Saturday, September 26th on their main channel. If you’re a fan, you better start dusting off that exotic Dr. Frank N. Furter wear. Read More
Ding Ding Ding. It’s round 4 of Tracy Morgan’s comeback projects and appearances with the announcement he’ll be joining It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia‘s Charlie Day and rapper turned actor Ice Cube in a new comedy film Fist Fight. This will be his first feature among his return to television and Saturday Night Live hosting gig. He also has an untitled FXX project that is about to resume production. The film showcases two teachers, played by Day and Cube, who wind up in a fist fight with each other in a broken down school system. As far as Morgan’s role, all we know at the moment is that he will be playing a coach from the same school. The film is being written by Van Robichaux (Seth Rogen = Worst Person in the World) and Evan Susser (UCB Comedy Originals). The rest of the cast at the moment includes Dean Norris of Breaking Bad and Jillian Bell of Workaholics and 22 Jump Street. Richie Keen is set to direct. His credits include Maron, Siren, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and the American version of Shameless. Morgan has stated that he wants to take his time getting back in the swing of things but this shows he is clearly in demand and eager to get back. His episode of SNL airs October 17.
Making your friends explode: The Laugh Button interview with Justin Ware of Dr. God and “Bloodsucking Bastards”
Halloween is right around the corner which means it horror-comedy time when it comes to films, sketches, and television shows. One particular film that has come our way, Bloodsucking Bastards, hails from L.A. based comedy troupe Dr. God. A team of improvisers made up of writers, producers, directors, actors, and comedians. Along with some of their friends from “Hollywood”, they’ve created a vampire-office-horror-comedy that showcases not only their particular brand of humor, but celebrates their comfort levels having worked together in the comedy universe for quite some time. And it shows. Fans of the genre will get everything and more from this film and who wouldn’t want to blow up their friends in a feature. I had the opportunity to catch up with one of Dr. God’s own, producer, actor, and writer of Bloodsucking Bastards, Justin Ware. We discuss the origins of the film, history of the troupe, and life as an improviser. And go see the film! Read More
On the heels of the latest Richard Pryor biopic news, it appears another comedy legend is getting the same treatment, and that is Lucille Ball.
Word on the street is Aaron Sorkin is writing a script for an authorized Ball biopic that will see Cate Blanchett in the title role. The film will be co-produced by Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. and follow Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz and starring role on I Love Lucy.
Josh Gad is all set to play the iconic film critic Roger Ebert alongside Will Ferrell who will be taking on the role of director Russ Meyer in Russ & Roger Go Beyond. The film is based on the true story of the two men’s 1970 cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Gad has been featured or starred in 6 plus projects already this year with another coming. Gad has become just as well known for his voice as he has for his acting. He’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and now he’s adding another notch to his future projects that will come to life next year and beyond. If you are playing catch up, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was a satirical musical melodrama film starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John LaZar, Michael Blodgett and David Gurian. The cult classic was directed by Russ Meyer and co-written by Meyer and Roger Ebert. Originally intended as a sequel to the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls,“dolls” being a slang term for depressant pills or “downers”, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was instead revised as a parody of the commercially successful but critically reviled original. Read More
Rock the Kasbah is an upcoming comedy film directed by Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man) and written by Mitch Glazer (Scrooged, The Recruit). The film stars Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, and Danny McBride. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), a has-been rock manager takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his U.S. passport, he discovers a young Afghan girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of American Idol. Yeah, that sounds about right as far as a perfect role for Murray to take on. His patented sarcasm and almost “I’m over it” delivery has found quite the home in this upcoming comedy due out October 23. Check out the latest trailer: Read More
Maybe it was timing or maybe it was just time. For as long as we can remember, let’s call it 1989, there have been talks, discussions, scripts, rewrites, new scripts, more discussions and even more rumors about a third installment of the Ghostbusters franchise. And in all of those talks and discussions there was one constant, no Bill Murray. In fact, every time he was asked about it, he seemed to get less and less interested and more frustrated than anything. So why the cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot? What changed? Here’s what Murray had to say himself in an interview with Vulture. “You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there. They have such a jolly group, and they are going to have great success with this project. I didn’t want to overshadow [them] or anything, and I feel really good about it.. I like those girls a lot. I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.” Maybe it’s the ties to Saturday Night Live? Maybe Melissa McCarthy was able to convince him. They did star together in the off-beat dramedy St. Vincent last year. Or maybe it was simply just time. Read More