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  • “The Big Lebowski” gets his White Russian in the form of the National Film Registry alongside “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

    The Big LebowskiThe 1998 cult movie classic The Big Lebowski that has spawned its own annual festival, 12 years strong now and nationwide, will be going into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

    It’s film’s version of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. 25 films a year get in and have to be at least 10 years old with cultural significance. Well, if you’ve got your own annual festival where cast members reunite, I’d say you’re significant. Another notable comedy making the grade this go-around is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Bueller. Bueller. Bueller.

    NYC Premiere of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s “The Interview” cancelled following threats

    The Interview PosterWhen does Comedy cross the line? What’s off limits? What isn’t safe, even if it’s living in the world of parody? Or in this case, the form of a comedic film. But is there always truth in jest? That’s the equivalent of the classic Chicken or the Egg dilemma for the comedy universe. It’s now known that tomorrow night’s New York Premiere of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new comedy The Interview has been cancelled. And some theaters are pulling the film and not showing it at all.

    Sony has reached out to movie theater owners stating they were going ahead with the release but will support theaters’ decisions not to show the movie. The hackers responsible for the Sony leaks have recommended for people to stay away. And all of this over a film, a comedy film. This is the dark side of technology and worldwide integration of content via global communication and availability. Unfortunately, this has become a real threat with personal information being leaked into the internet graveyard to live forever. The movie poster doesn’t do itself any favors with translations found to read “We will begin a war”, “Do not trust stupid Americans!”, and “War will begin” throwing fuel to the fire. This situation reminds me of all the instances at live comedy shows where someone laughs uncontrollably until a joke hits a little too close to home or is taken personally, resulting in them storming out of the show. “It’s always funny until it’s about you”. I remember learning that in early grade school. I also learned how to shrug it off. It’s comedy. The stakes are much bigger in this instance however. The Interview is due to hit theaters Dec. 25th.

    Robin Williams appears one last time in “Night at the Museum” this weekend, but not the last time he’ll be heard

    Robin WilliamsThis weekend’s release of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a bitter sweet one. It’s the last time we’ll be seeing Robin Williams on film in a comedy, but not the last one we’ll hear him in. Robin has voiced Dennis the Dog in the British comedy Absolutely Anything which stars Simon Pegg and is directed by Monty Python legend Terry Jones due out in February next year in the UK. We were fortunate enough to spend some time recently with the cast of Night at the Museum and they all echoed the same thing. Robin was a special talent. He was like no other and couldn’t have been any more supportive and kind. This movie marks the third in the series and stars comedic staples Ricky Gervais, Ben Stiller, and Owen Wilson alongside some of today’s brightest and upcoming talent in Rebel Wilson and Skyler Gisondo. Skyler is a part of the cast rebooting the Vacation series alongside Ed Helms, Charlie Day, Keegan-Michael Key, and Nick Kroll coming out next year. When we asked Skyler about Robin, he simply shared this video, which pretty much sums up Robin and how great he was on a personal level.

    Skyer’s promposal video with Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, and Crystal the Monkey. Read More

    Watch the trailer for Pixar’s newest film ‘Inside Out’

    Pixar’s newest film released its first full trailer this week. Inside Out is a story told from the perspective of the emotions inside a little girl’s mind, voiced by some of our favorite comedians. Amy Poehler takes over the roles of narrator (or least for the promos) while also lending her voice to Joy. Joining her are Bill Hader as Fear, Lewis Black as Anger (of course), Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Phyllis Smith (The Office) as Sadness. Inside Out hits theaters on June 19th, 2015.

    Watch the trailer for ‘Pitch Perfect 2′

    Kay Cannon (30 Rock, New Girl) is bringing the world of a cappella back to the big screen. After the success of her 2012 film Pitch Perfect, Cannon is coming back with Pitch Perfect 2 on May 15th. In the newly released trailer, Anna Kendrick returns along with fellow stars Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks (who also directed the film), Adam DeVine, Skyler Astin, and Brittney Snow. This time around, Kendrick and the Barden Bellas enter into an international competition that no American team has ever won.

    Watch the trailer for Paul Feig’s “The Peanuts Movie”

    The cartoon you loved as a kid is coming back in CGI. Director Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids) is bringing Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock and the gang to movie theaters next Christmas with The Peanuts Movie. This will be the first big screen adaptation of Charles Shulz’ iconic comic. While that’s certainly a long way away, Fox has released the first trailer for the movie this week. Check it out.

    Kurt Braunohler and Brooks Wheelan cast in indie comedy

    Comedians Kurt Braunohler and Brooks Wheelan have been cast in an upcoming indie comedy film. According to THR, the pair have signed on for Jed Rigney’s ensemble film The Out of Town Wedding.

    The films focuses on a group of five friends who reluctantly travel to a resort for a wedding that deteriorates into mayhem. Rigney wrote the film to be produced by Justin Workman. Also joining the cast is Men At Work‘s Michael Cassady.

    Both comics have had very busy years. Wheelan was a writer and cast member on the most recent season of SNL. He also starred alongside H. Jon Benjamin in the Adult Swim pilot Biker Bar, and is currently on tour opening for John Oliver. Braunohler has been hard at work on a new late night talk show pilot Getting Some Strange for Comedy Central, as well as his jet-skiing adventure web-series Roustabout. Braunohler has taped a CC Half Hour special this year which aired over the summer.

    Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson set to co-star in buddy cop film

    And the film credits keep rolling in for Kevin Hart. According to Variety, the comedian will co-star alongside actor and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson for a new buddy cop film. The pair will star in New Line Cinema’s Central Intelligence which will be directed by We’re the Millers’ Rawson Marshall Thurber and produced by Ed Helms.

    “The story begins with a class reunion approaching, as a former high school sports star turned accountant (Hart) is contacted by a classmate (Johnson) who was bullied and humiliated back in the day. The “loser” that the accountant remembers is now a CIA contract killer who ropes him into helping foil a plot to sell classified military secrets.”

    The film was originally penned by The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz  and Dave Stasson, with Sean Anders, John Morris, and finally Thurber taking over later drafts. Production is set to start in spring 2015.

    Laura Dern and Judd Apatow team up for film about female-footbal fans

    Laura Dern and Judd Apatow are teaming up for a new female-ensemble film. According to Deadline, the comedy will revolve around the world of obsesive female football fans. While details of the plot have yet to be revealed, the film is the brainchild of Dern and written by South Park’s Pam Brady.  Dern will co-produce alongside Apatow, Barry Mendel, and Erik Baiers for Universal. Now word yet if Dern will also act in the film.

    Since the hit female ensemble film Bridesmaids, Apatow has been steadily taking on more female-driven projects. He helped bring Lena Dunham’s Girls to HBO and recently finished wrapping up the movie Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer.

    Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg team up again for ‘Daddy’s Home’

    The great Will Ferrell will partner up again with Mark Wahlberg in a new film for Paramount. According to Deadline, two duo will act alongside each other in Brian Burns’ Daddy’s Home. The film follows “a mild-mannered radio executive (played by Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.” Previously the pair worked together as cops in the comedy flick The Other Guys in 2010.

    The film has been in the works for a while now, with initial reports of Vince Vaughn attached to co-produce last year. Produced by Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez production house, the film now on course with the aid of Red Granite and director Sean Anders.