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  • Nick Thune is a real dick in the trailer for ‘Bad Johnson’

    Nick Thune is a dick. A real dick. The comedian, who has been surprising us left and right this week, is starring in probably his most unique project yet (which is saying something), a film called Bad Johnson. Thune plays Cam Gigandet‘s character’s actual penis (get it now? Get it, get it!?) that’s come to life due to a poorly thought-out wish. Don’t believe me? Watch the trailer for yourself.

    Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” sets new box office record

    Indie-comedy’s favorite son, Wes Anderson, debuted his newest dramedy The Grand Budapest Hotel to record numbers this weekend. Anderson’s eighth film earned a weekend gross of $800,000 after premiering at just four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

    With an average of over $200,00 per theater, W.A. has stolen the specialty-box office opening gross record from another Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson. P.T.’s film The Master had previously one-uped Wes’ Moonrise Kingdom to lead the box-office all-time charts.

    The film that brought the indie crown back to its once-and-future king stars Anderson stalwarts Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, along with Jeff Goldblum and Ralph Fiennes as a concierge who teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. The Grand Budapest Hotel will travel to over 1,000 screens over the next few weeks with the potential to break open a new set of records. Hopefully with all this success, Wes can find the time to finally churn out that horror film we’ve all been pining for. Read More

    SXSW 2014: Jon Favreau discusses his return to independent roots with new movie, ‘Chef’

    Jon Favreau is in Austin to promote his new film Chef, which marks the actor/writer/director’s return to his independent film roots. As all people of a certain age remember, Favreau wrote the indie comedy Swingers which is one of the most influential films of the 90s before he went on to help mold/direct the blockbuster films Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Chef is about a former high profile chef who, through a social media flub put him on a different career path than initially intended. Read More

    Conan O’Brien to host the 2014 MTV Movie Awards

    Conan O'Brien MTV Movie AwardsLast night, Conan O’Brien announced that he would host the 23rd annual MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 14th. Conan has experience hosting award shows as he hosted the Emmys three times in a five year span from 2002 to 2006. This will be his first time hosting an award show since the 2006 Emmys, which he gained critical acclaim for.

    Conan made the announcement on his TBS late night show last night by revealing on his desk several prestigious awards like the Oscar, the Nobel Peace Prize, the Golden Globe, and the SAG Award. He proceeded to swipe them all to the floor, screaming that they are all garbage compared to the award that really matters: the MTV Movie Award.

    Since premiering for the first time in 1992, the MTV Movie Awards have been known to award it’s nominees in less traditional categories, including “Best Scared-as-Shit Performance,” “Best Kiss,” and “Best Fight.” Conan O’Brien is certainly a lively and energetic host, so we’re sure that Sunday April 14th is going to be an event not to be missed. Read More

    Adam McKay says there will be no ‘Anchorman 3′

    Anchorman 2Adam McKay the co-creator of Anchorman and Will Ferrell’s producing partner, gave an interview with Empire magazine about the re-edited and super sized version of Anchorman 2 that is set to hit theaters. While that’s a terrific thing that we’re going to be getting a new movie with nearly all new jokes and such, we’re greedy bastards. Therefore, the inevitable question came up as to whether we’d see an Anchorman 3. McKay pretty much said it’s not going to happen.

    It’s done. I think that’s it. That’s the last sequel we’re gonna do. I loved doing it, it’s fun, but there’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. It was great to do it and to work with those guys again, and it was great to do Ron Burgundy again and take him into cable news and the modern news era, but I think that’s it for him. I feel satisfied. Now they’re releasing this alt version, we’re totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3.

    Well damn, that means all the Ron Burgundy reference we’re all making have a shelf life of 2 years at best. Though we all want to see Ron and co return, comedy very rarely works in sequels. The element of surprise and wackiness isn’t new anymore. Anchorman 2 benefited from a very long time in between films. Rather than living up to comedy expectations, it was as if checking in on old friends and welcoming from a nostalgic point of view. Most comedies do not fare as well.

    Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg adapting movie based on book about the 90′s video game console wars

    Seth Rogen, Evan GoldbergSeth Rogen and his producing partner Evan Goldberg are going to relaunch the 90′s nostalgia as they’re working on a movie about the console wars between Nintendo and Sega during the decade-long race for dominance. A move that would make many of us Gen-X kids pop in a VHS copy of The Wizard and break the Power Gloves out from storage.

    Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network) picked up the movie rights to a book about the 90s gaming console wars. Sony execs then brought in the duo of Rogen and Goldberg to write and direct the flick. The subject matter will be based on Blake Harris’s book, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation and they are eyeing an August release.

    Harris’ book is pulled from hundreds of interviews that present the firsthand account of the battle of the two mega corporations and turned gaming consoles into a global industry so big that that last year it recorded sales over $50 billion, which is more than the music and film industries combined.

    Harris will also be an executive producer of the movie and is working in a documentary about the same subject.

    The sequel to the movie ‘Ted’ is on and will star Amanda Syfried as the female lead

    Amanda SyfriedTed 2 has its leading lady. Amanda Seyfried will be the female lead in the sequel to the Seth McFarlane raunchfest about a grown man (Mark Wahlberg) and his adult relationship with his talking childhood teddybear (voiced by McFarlane). The movie will be titled Ted 2: This Time It’s Bearsonal and Whalberg will return as the lead in the film. However, Mila Kunis who starred in the first film is up in the air. McFarlane is still putting together the film so he himself is not yet sure how big a role Kunis will have (if any) in the sequel.

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