Take a gander at the redband (read NSFW) trailer for Bad Words, a new flick staring and directed by Jason Bateman. The movie marks Bateman’s first film as a director and is set to hit theaters March 21st. The film centers around Guy Trilby (Bateman), a 41 year old who causes a stir by jumping into the National Quill Spelling Bee thanks to a loophole he found. Along the way Guy, a dead beat middle aged man becomes friends with a younger Indian boy named Chaitanya (played by Rohan Chand). The two hit the pavement together, going on all sorts of adventures. The movie looks pretty funny and from what I can see so far, it looks well directed, good work Bateman. The movie also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Rachael Harris, and Philip Baker Hall. It’s a bit Bad Grandpa and a bit Bad Santa, so of course it’s Bad Words.
Denver comedy trio The Grawlix recently unveiled a star-studded clip based on rejected auditions for a fictional movie, Space Cops. Among those appearing in the clip are Kyle Kinane, Howard Kremer, Andy Peters, Matt Braugner, Kurt Braunouhler, Bryan Cook, David Gborie, Jake Weisman and a handful of Denver comics. The clip has the comedians auditioning for, among other parts, the role of “The Worm,” and it’s fun to see different comedians’ reactions throughout. The “auditions” were recorded by the Nix Bros. earlier this year during the High Plains Comedy Festival, and it premiered on Funny or Die last week. We’re happy to report that it’s more funny than die.
Pairing comedians and kids is not a new concept, but it doesn’t make it any less adorable. Nerdist.com lauched a new web series starring the “available” Andy Kinder to do his best Judge Judy impression with a puppet bailff Bernie. Kids come into Kindler’s court and plead their case, in this instance that case happens to be pancakes vs. omelettes. Truly a dilemma for the ages.
On of the most fun moments of the week is the mid week before a new episode of SNL. Mainly because the promos for the new show are released. They give us a look into what’s going on at the studio 8H each week. This week Paul Rudd returns with musical guest One Direction. Last time Rudd hosted the show, we were treated to the instant classic, “We’re The Dancers” sketch with Justin Timberlake and Beyonce. And that’s something we can all hope for.
Theo Von made an appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show and spent five complete minutes talking about the time he encountered Brad Pitt. Turns out, even a straight man can fall in love with someone as beautiful as Pitt. As Von mentioned, God has one piece on his chess board and it’s Brad Pitt.
If you ever have the need to plan a proposal, involving Pete Holmes in your plans is not the thing to do. John Mulaney learned this the hard way while planning his recent engagement. Mulaney needed an alibi to get the ring and asked Pete to cover. Turns out Pete is terrible with cover. Mulaney told the story last night on The Pete Holmes Show. He even went as far as comparing Holmes to a, “dumb golden retriever,” for messing the whole thing up. From watching these clips it’s pretty evident that Mulaney and Pete Holmes have a delightfully hilarious relationship, someone should pair them up and make a buddy cop movie starring the two. I’d watch. For real. Read More
Mastodon guitarist/singer Brent Hinds sure loves keeping it in local. After repping his local watering hole and restaurant El Myr for Atlanta video company Newmerica a few years back, he’s appeared in another ad directed by the company. This one, for Liberty Tattoo, might be just as funny as the other one. The spot features the Liberty’s “Nekkid Nate” promising to fix tattoos gone wrong. Among the amusing “non-actors” appearing in the ad, one girl with a tribal tattoo sadly admits that she doesn’t belong to a tribe, a dejected looking baseball fan with a tomahawk on his arm stands outside an empty Turner Field, and Brent appears as “Richard Weiner,” a mayoral candidate. There’s a great payoff in the ad, and between this and the El Myr one, if we ever make a commercial, we want Newmerica to film it and Hinds to appear in it. We’re not so sure about Nekkid Nate, though. If you’re wondering what was edited out of the commercial, go here.
The new Superchunk video for “Void” is pretty great. Not just because of the extended beginning of the video, which features H. Jon Benjamin, Jon Glaser (Parks & Recreation) and Wilfred writer Ted Travelstead. No, it’s great because as an indie rock band that’s been around for 24 years and have aged along with their audience, it’s pretty great to see them send up the “old guys at an indie rock show” scene. It hits maybe a little too close to home for this writer, but done with tongue firmly in cheek, it pays reverence to their older fans instead of blatantly mocking them. Also of note is that our co-worker Rob Wilcox is in the video, along with our friends in Brooklyn psych-rockers Heliotropes.