The man who directed the comedy force that is Jack Black in Nacho Libre, Jared Hess, has reteamed with him for the upcoming feature Micronations. The film will be written by New Girl writers Robert Snow and Christian Magalhaes. Here’s the breakdown on the story, as of now. It’s about a lovable oddball who finds a place to belong among the bizarre and ridiculous world of “do-it-yourself countries,” inhabited by eccentrics and visionaries who have declared their own backyards sovereign nation, or “micronations.” He then finds himself recruited as head of defense for the tiny nation of Valoria (population: 12), and is thrust into an overblown battle with the neighboring Wayne County, Nevada. “Once I learned that there were people within the United States who have created their very own countries, I knew I had to make a movie about them,” Hess said. This movie just sounds awesome. Jack Black can be seen in the D-Train, out now in theaters, as well as the upcoming HBO series The Brink staring June 21. As far as Hess, he is also attached to direct Walt Disney Picture’s Overnight on 42nd Street.
From writer and director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated, The Holiday, Baby Boom), Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway star in The Intern, in theaters September 25. The film also features Adam Devine and Anders Holm from The Workaholics.
The Lonely Island, which comprises of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer are underway with their lastest project. A musical. And that musical is being produced by Judd Apatow. All three will star with Taccone and Schaffer set to direct. The word on the street is the musical comedy will parody music documentaries in the vein of Katy Perry’s Part of Me and One Direction’s Where We Are. It will focus on a rapper whose latest album bombs and he must do the unthinkable: a reunion concert with his former boy band states The Hollywood Reporter. Filming is taken place currently in Los Angeles. The Lonely Island have sold over 500,000 albums to date and recently performed at the Oscars in February. And Judd Apatow has Trainwreck hitting theaters this summer.
The Office is getting a spin-off film and it’s called Life on the Road. Ricky Gervais will be reprising his role as David Brent. This feature length film will be done mockumentary style, as a film crew shadows Brent traveling up and down the country living his dream of being a rock star. The film will take place 15 years after the events of The Office. Brent finds himself on tour after leaving Wernham Hogg. He believes he will be filmed like Martin Scorsese did with The Rolling Stones, although it’s actually a ‘where are they now’ type documentary. He takes a holiday to tour with his band Foregone Conclusion and has to use his pension to fund part of his rock concert, as the ticket sales are less than he can afford to pay his band members. Doc Brown, a rap artist who sung with Brent on the music video Equality Street, will accompany Brent and his band. Gervais finished writing the film’s songs in November of last year and they will be all new tracks. He’s also made it clear that this is not The Office movie. Gervais said that he is excited to show the world what David Brent is up to now. In addition to acting, Gervais also produces and will be directing the movie.s him in a league of his own. We are delighted to be involved with this film on an international basis,” added Xavier Marchand, President, eOne Features.
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are riding a nice wave of success with their hit Comedy Central show Broad City. And now that wave just got bigger. It appears Paul Feig is teaming up with the ladies behind an untitled comedy project they sold to Twentieth Century Fox. Feig will also produce. There aren’t very many details available at this time, but it appears that the girls won’t be starring in it and Feig won’t be directing. We’ll see if that changes as more information is revealed. In the meantime, Glazer and Jacobson just wrapped Season 2 of Broad City with the 3rd installment coming in 2016. So they do have time to shoot and star. As for Feig, his schedule is very busy with Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy hitting theaters June 5. His show Other Space is currently available on Yahoo! Screen. And the much anticipated all-female reboot of Ghostbusters is in early production. Also just announced, which Feig is set to direct, is Wish List starring Reese Witherspoon.
The new generation of Griswolds is on road to Walley World and hitting more than a few bumps along the way in Vacation. Time to go road-trippin’ with Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann and more. Here’s the Red Band Trailer. The film hits theaters July 29.
“I know you’re filming but what am I”: Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday is underway in NYC as Paul Reubens tweets pic
Ok, it’s official official. And we’ve got the picture to prove it. Paul Reubens’ beloved character is coming alive for a third full-length Pee Wee Adventure. It’s Pee Wee’s Big Holiday which we learned about in October of last year. All we know so far is the film will be directed by John Lee (Wonder Showzen) and written by Paul Reubens and Paul Rust (Bob’s Burgers, Arrested Development). The film stars Reubens as Pee-wee Herman, Tara Buck (True Blood), and Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike). On December 22 of 2014, it was announced that the film would premiere exclusively on Netflix. Judd Apatow and Reubens will be producing the film. In am interview Reubens explained why the film took so long to be made, saying, “I think part of what happened with this project is it got leaked probably a year and a half or two years before we really wanted anyone to know about it. I was doing a Q&A somewhere, and I said I was writing a movie with a guy named Paul Rust, and the next day a journalist called my manager and said, ‘Paul Rust is someone very associated with Judd Apatow, can you confirm Judd Apatow is involved in the project?'” Well, it’s all happening, here’s the first pic as tweeted by Pee-Wee. Read More
Fresh off of Misery Loves Comedy, Actor, Comedian and now director Kevin Pollak isn’t wasting anytime waiting for his next project. Pollak will make his narrative directorial debut with the indie comedy The Late Bloomer, which is based on Ken Baker’s 2001 memoir Man Made: A Memoir of My Body first learned by Variety. The book recounts Baker’s experience of going through puberty for the first time at age 30 after having a pituitary tumor removed. Pollak’s other upcoming projects include starring in Netflix’s Special Correspondents with Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana. He also recently finished work alongside Jonah Hill and Miles Teller in Warner Bros.’ Arms and the Dudes. As far as Baker and his story, the E! news correspondent had a benign tumor that rested against his pituitary gland, which delayed his puberty and normal development. The operation to remove the tumor restored him to hormonally normal masculinity, but resulted in him having to experience all the effects of puberty over an extremely condensed three-week period. A shooting schedule and planned release date have yet to be announced.
Louis C.K. will be taking his talents back to the feature film director’s chair with indie comedy I’m A Cop. The film will follow the story of a depressed middle-aged man who is a volunteer police officer living in the shadow of his mother, a highly-decorated retired officer. When she dies, her continued influence forces him to become a real police officer, which is something he never wanted to be. It’s been 14 years for C.K. who will be hoping this fares a lot better than his previous attempt at a feature. While his sitcom Louis has enjoyed tremendous success, the last time he was behind the camera on a movie was 2001’s bomb Pootie Tang, from which he was actually removed during editing. The film wound up being some what of a cult hit post theatrical release. Scott Rudin, who also works on Louis and the stand-up specials, will produce. C.K. will next appear alongside Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, a biopic of blacklisted screenwriter Donald Trumbo, and lend his voice to the animated The Secret Life of Pets, both of which are due out in the coming year.
Watch the trailer for Absolutely Anything starring Simon Pegg and the voice of Robin Williams in one of his final roles
Absolutely Anything follows a disillusioned school teacher, played by Simon Pegg, who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes. A challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens voiced by Monty Python’s Cleese, Gilliam, Jones, Palin & Idle who are watching him from space. As he struggles to deal with these new found powers and the events that subsequently arise, he calls upon his loyal canine companion Dennis, voiced by the late great Robin Williams, to help him along the way. Mishap after mishap finally leads him to the ultimate conundrum that all men dread and at which many have failed. Should he choose the girl? Or the dog?