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  • Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut “Misery Loves Comedy” scooped up by Tribeca Film and boasts star studded cast

    Kevin PollakTribeca Film announced they have acquired the rights to Kevin Pollak’s  documentary Misery Loves Comedy which is his directorial debut. Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Jon Favreau, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, Steve Coogan, Jim Gaffigan, Nick Swardson and Maria Bamford are among over 60 famous funny people who are featured. Director Kevin Pollak shares in-depth, candid interviews discussing the dark side of the comedy universe. As a first time director, I couldn’t ask for more than the thrill and assurance I’ve received from the entire team at Tribeca. This is a HUGE victory and celebration for my team, said Kevin Pollak. “Misery Loves Comedy is a fascinating, unparalleled look inside the minds of some of the greatest and most beloved comedians of our time. Kevin Pollak has made a ‘must watch’ on the art of comedy, for casual enthusiasts, to connoisseurs, to aspiring comedians,” said Todd Green, General Manager of Tribeca Film. Pollak started out as a stand up comic himself and has gone on to appear in dozens of films, including A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects and Casino. Tribeca is targeting a 2015 spring release.

    Jack Black comedy “The D Train” heading to IFC

    jack_blackDebuting this week at the Sundance Film Festival is the high school reunion comedy starring Jack Black entitled The D Train. And the next stop for said train is possibly IFC, who is close to signing a deal for U.S. distribution rights. Fox Searchlight was also in the running for the feature film, but IFC appears to be the front runner now. The film stars Jack Black as a former high school reject obsessed with landing the most popular member of the class, James Marsden, for their upcoming reunion. His attempts to land Marsden result in an unexpected one-night stand. The film will land a healthy seven figures. As part of the pact, there will be a wide theatrical release for the film. The film marks Jarrad Paul (Monk, Yes Man) and Andrew Mogel’s (untitled Bruce Almighty Sequel) directing debut. Jack Black, The D Train, I’ll be booking a first class ticket.

    The trailer for “Adventures In Comedy” has arrived, let’s watch

    A few months back, comedian Tom McCaffrey crowdfunded a mocumentary movie about his trials and tribulations through the world of comedy. Along the way McCaffrey has some Spinal Tap moments happen to his career. The movie also features a lot of other comedians you know such as Jim Gaffigan, Aisha Tyler, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Che, Joe DeRosa, Margaret Cho and more. We previously reported that the film will be available on the Comedy Dynamics platform beginning February 20th but now here’s the trailer.

    Zac Efron to star alongside Aubrey Plaza in 2016 comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

    zac efronZac Efron is now seen as an actor who can have more success with adult comedies following the blockbuster success of Neighbors this past summer. The movie grossed $150 million domestically. Now he is set to star in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. The story follows two brothers who place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral. Efron also has the raunchy comedy, Dirty Grandpa, due out in 2016 which he is set to star in with Robert De Niro (Meet the Parents) and Aubrey Plaza (Park and Recreation), directed by Dan Mazer (Da Ali G Show).

    Netflix announces January 24th streaming date for “The Interview” on the heels of first original film plan

    netflix-logoWell, if you didn’t feel it was your patriotic duty or obligated to watch, now you have the privilege of streaming what ended up being one of the most controversial films in history, causing a media firestorm and claims of terrorism across the country against those who planned on still electing to show The Interview in theaters. Despite the bad reviews the film has made over $40 million in combined revenue from box office, VOD and paid streaming online. It wound up becoming Sony’s #1 online film in their history. Now on to Netflix, “We are thrilled to offer the controversial comedy,” the digital giant says. “Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s The Interview will be available to Netflix subscribers in the United States and Canada beginning January 24. In addition to the high-profile acquisition, Netflix also revealed its first original film will stream and, they expect, roll out to IMAX this summer. “Our first original feature film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny, is now in post production and will debut on August 26 in all of our markets. We expect to open the film on select IMAX screens the same day as its release on Netflix.”

    “The Wedding Ringer” starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad in theaters today

    Kevin HartSome are calling Kevin Hart the current King of Comedy. Hart appeared in five movies alone in 2014 and has 6 more projects in production if not already in post. Hart recently presented the nominations for Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes alongside Selma Hayek. Hart has also been a huge success at the theater both with feature films as well as his 2013 stand-up movie Let Me Explain which grossed $32,ooo,0oo alone. Well, Mr. Hart is back at the box office this weekend with The Wedding Ringer which premieres today. The cast features Hart, Josh Gad (Frozen), Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory), and Jorge Garcia (Lost). The plot focuses on Gad’s character who is two weeks shy of his wedding. He is socially awkward and enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company, Hart, that provides best men for grooms in need. Shenanigans ensue.

    See Melissa McCarthy in the red band trailer for the Paul Feig directed “Spy”

    There’s something pretty magical when Melissa McCarthy pairs up with director Paul Feig. That “something” is comedy gold as Feig has directed McCarthy in two massively successful comedy flicks Bridesmaids and The Heat. Now, going for the hat trick we get SPY, a (you guessed it) spy caper that also stars Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Allison Janey, and Jason Statham. McCarthy plays an everyday CIA agent who is tossed into the field as wacky hikjinks ensue. It’s a red band trailer so beware the F-bombs. The movie hits theaters on May 22nd.

    Tom McCaffrey’s “Adventures In Comedy” begins February 20 and features Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler

    Adventures In ComedyWriter, producer, and stand-up comic Tom McCaffrey directs the first ever feature film from Comedy Dynamics. The film is titled Adventures in Comedy and details the experiences of McCaffrey as a stand-up and gives a glimpse into the harsh realities and struggles that come with following your dreams at any cost. McCaffrey has been performing in New York City since 1999 and has appeared on Comedy Central, VH1, TNT, TruTV, CNN, and Fuse. He has written for The Onion and The Huffington Post in addition to contributions to the NY Daily News and National Adventures in Comedy also features candid interviews with comedy legends including Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Margaret Cho, Aisha Tyler, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Metzger, Michael Che, as well as many more. “Tom has directed one hell of a movie!” stated Comedy Dynamics President, Brian Volk-Weiss. His short “GREENpoint” won the Audience Choice Award at the Hollyshorts Film Fest New York Screening Series. Comedy Dynamics will release Adventures in Comedy via most video streaming platforms on February 20, 2015.

    Take a first look at Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s new movie, “Sisters”

    Fresh off a stellar hosting job of the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return with their new movie, Sisters. In it, as you might’ve guess, puts the two funniest ladies on the planet, on screen as sisters. It’s the duo’s first movie since 2008’s Baby Mama and hits theaters Christmas 2015.

    “The Interview” is the highest grossing VOD movie of all time, earning $31 Million

    The InterviewAfter the media firestorm the release of The Interview caused these last few weeks, it turns out that SONY is the one laughing all the way to the bank. After being available in VOD and On Demand services for two weeks, the movie has pulled in an impressive $31 million, making it the most popular VOD movie ever. A title that it would more than likely not hold for long as the fledgling service continues to grow.

    To date, the film has pulled in $1.8 million from its limited theatrical opening over the Christmas holiday and the $1.1 million it grossed last weekend. Add that to the VOD numbers and the film still falls short of its $45 million production/marketing budget. Before it was taken out of theaters across the country, the film was projecting to make $80 million, so the film is still far from being in the black. If there is a silver lining to all of this, SONY now has a case study in VOD sales for future ideas even though the media attention and The Interview did help fuel the sales.