Director Jared Hess’ (Napoleon Dynamite) latest flick, Don Verdean has Sam Rockwell playing a shifty archaeologist who tries to pass off counterfeit Biblical artifacts such as The Holy Grail. The strong cast includes comedy powerhouses like Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth), and Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). This surreal trailer looks promising, so hopefully the film will deliver.
I mean, as a rabid comedy fan I was pretty confident in my knowledge of what’s going on in the comedy world, especially with the ladies. That was until I found myself on an impromptu roadtrip to San Francisco. All I had to do was hop in the car and I was whisked away to sunny California for a week where, lucky for me, SF Sketchfest was rolling into it’s second week. I was beyond pumped to see some of my personal favorites on the line-up this year but what I was most excited for was the array of new comics and shows. And after a hilariously spent week, while cruising down the 5 on the way home, I compiled a list of some of my highlights. Not while driving obviously, for safety.
So strap in, here are the 10 things that I learned about at SF Sketchfest that should definitely be on your radar. Read More
In 1997, three North Carolina armored car guards pulled off a $17.3 million heist of Loomis Fargo & Company, the largest cash robbery on U.S. soil at the time. Instead of laying low, some of them stayed in the neighborhood and spent extravagantly, which led to their undoing. For the past several years, a movie version of the robbery has been in development, with Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) directing. Now, according to The Wrap, Zach Galifianakis is in final negotiations to join Owen Wilson in the film, which is still untitled.
Jim Carrey had reportedly been in talks for Galifianakis’ role, but scheduling conflicts had kept him from committing. This won’t be the first time Wilson and Galiafanakis have been in a film together, as the duo appeared in the Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) directed You Are Here. The film has a pretty strong lineage behind the camera as well, as Lorne Michaels and Dexter producer John Goldwyn will produce, and Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Kevin J. Messick are among the executive producers. Here’s the synopsis of the film, which is expected to begin filming next Summer in North Carolina. Read More
Gosh! Here we go, the long confirmed TV version of one of the breakout indie comedies of the last decade, is here. That’s right Napoleon Dynamite the animated series. FOX just released a teaser clip of the show which is scheduled to premiere this fall. And it looks pretty sweet, pretty awesome. It also has the entire returning cast from the movie to come and do the voices of the characters they helped make popular. Read More
Break out those old “Vote for Pedro” t-shirts and the Chap-Stick, for the entire cast of one of the best oddball comedies of this millennium is coming back, but this time on TV. Yup, FOX has ordered and animated series of Napoleon Dynamite.
The entire original cast is returning to voice the show, and the movie’s creator Jared Hess will be running the show.
The original cast of Napoleon Dynamite led by Jon Heder is back to voice the animated series, which follows the misadventures of an awkward high school teenager and his quirky friends as they struggle to navigate life in rural Idaho. The film’s writers Jared Hess, who also directed it, and Jerusha Hess wrote the adaptation with The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully. All 3 are executive producing. [Deadline]
This helps clarify the actions of the movie’s star, Jon Heder who left production of Big Lake a few months back over creative differences even though the show was written specifically for him. Heder was replaced by Chris Gethard and the show didn’t work as well as anticipated and is in TV limbo at the moment.
The network also greenlit a new animated show Allen Gregory which was created an will star Jonah Hill who will write and star in the series.