1-20 of 120 items from 2015 « Prev | Next »
It’s been almost 15 years since we were first introduced to the counselors of Camp Firewood in Wet Hot American Summer; Netflix’s prequel series takes us back to the future, so to speak. In eight episodes released on Friday, First Day of Camp features nearly every adult cast member from the 2001 movie — plus enough notable guest stars to make a mini Mad Men reunion — all playing their characters, eight weeks younger, while being a decade-and-a-half older in real life. Some haven’t aged a day since 2001 (Paul Rudd), others have miraculously grown younger (Janeane Garofalo), but everyone can agree that having 40-to-50-year-olds playing teenagers is a great idea. Take a look at how each of the main characters changed from the first day of camp (2015, on the right) to the last (2001, on the left). Spoilers for First Day of Camp ahead. »
- Katla McGlynn
Comedy is a tricky thing to talk about critically. There are methods to break down jokes or gags into their component parts and explain why each is objectively funny. But unless you are writing a doctoral thesis, there is no faster way to suck all the fun right out of humor. Comedy's power comes from the involuntary nature and immediacy of the response it can elicit. Everything about it is subjective and that's the way it should be. Discussing an entire season of a show all at once is also a difficult task. We've talked about it several times but for something like the broad absurdist comedy of "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp", which essentially plays as a four hour movie, binging might actually be a benefit. Seeds planted in early episodes can be paid off later without losing the intent of the joke resulting in even funnier punchlines. »
- Michael Hindle
From an all-star reboot of the 2001 summer-camp comedy on Netflix to the depressing but unintentionally hilarious Klan documentary on All4
Remember how the stars of 2001 satirical comedy Wet Hot American Summer were all a touch old for their roles? Well now they’re all plenty older still and, in most cases, plenty more famous. Which, on the basis of the opening episode, looks likely to make this Netflix prequel even dafter and even funnier. With Amy Poehler, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Cooper, Jon Hamm, Janeane Garofalo and many more on board, this now looks a stellar cast. Willingly, they travel back to 1981. Camp Firewood is full of the usual slackers, misfits and geeks. Just over the way, there’s preppie, stuck-up Camp Tigerclaw. Let the illicit liaisons, burping contests and air guitar marathons commence.
Continue reading »
- Rachel Aroesti, Phil Harrison & Luke Holland
“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” feels and operates a little bit like a joke shop. Fart jokes? Just over here, sir! Dry whimsy? Why, our clerk Janeane Garofalo can help you with that! The result is a predictable mishmash that can be simultaneously stale, nostalgic and hilarious. The outcome just depends on what you’re shopping for. The biggest joke of the entire Netflix prequel to the 2001 film is, of course, that the movie’s cast of then-30-somethings is even less eligible to play teenage camp counselors as 40-somethings. The series has great fun with that, »
- Mark Peikert
Mark this down in your gournal: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is available today, bringing the counselors of Camp Firewood back for more of the antics started in the 2001 film.
Is the premiere of the eight-episode Netflix series as satisfying as gooey s’mores roasted over an outdoor fire? Or is it as limp as a sweaty athletic sock left to molder under a bunk? In a moment, we’ll tell you our thoughts — and ask for yours. But first, a quick recap:
The action takes place on June 24, 1981, the titular opening to Camp Firewood’s summer season. »
It’s been a long road back to Camp Firewood.
It seems that ever since the release of the original Wet Hot American Summer movie back in 2001, writers David Wain and Michael Showalter have been teasing the idea of a reunion. However, given that the film featured a cast which included Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd - each only a fraction as famous at the time as they are now - the idea fast became a dangled carrot which seemed to get further and further from anyone’s grasp. It was going to take a Goliath to make it happen.
Enter Netflix, who in January announced (following a long period of speculation) that it would be stumping up the cash to get the band back together. »
Creators and co-writers David Wain and Michael Showalter, members of ’90s MTV sketch group “The State,” premiered “Wet Hot American Summer” — featuring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Amy Poehler — at Sundance in 2001. The summer-camp satire, set in 1981, floundered in limited release. But word-of-mouth, special screenings and the ever-rising profile of its cast cultivated a rabid fanbase.
Rumors about a sequel and other ways to revisit the source material circulated for years. In May 2014, Variety exclusively confirmed Netflix’s interest in returning to the fictional Camp Firewood. Now, with the July 31 debut of an eight-episode prequel series, the talent and execs recount 15 years of false starts, creative hurdles and scheduling snafus leading to “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”
Wain (director): It first came out in New York. It grossed seven thousand dollars that weekend and we were like, “That’s not bad!” because it was only in one theater. »
- Julie Seabaugh
Early in 2001's summer camp movie parody "Wet Hot American Summer," Bradley Cooper's Ben told his fellow counselors, "Hey, let's all promise that in ten years from today, we'll meet again, and we'll see what kind of people we've blossomed into." It's been 14 years, and Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks have blossomed into some of the biggest comedy stars around, while "Wet Hot" itself has become a beloved cult classic. Director David Wain and his co-writer Michael Showalter have remained tight with the cast, and as the movie's reputation grew well beyond the paltry box office (it grossed less than $300,000 during its initial release), there were rumors of a sequel that would fulfill Ben's request, and perhaps allow Wain and Showalter to spoof the reunion movie genre next. Instead, all the original stars — and many, many, many more of the talented friends they've made as their »
- Alan Sepinwall
Remy has a talent for taste and a passion for cooking. The only problem is… he’s a rat. This week, Sketchy discusses “Ratatouille,” the 2007 Disney-Pixar critical darling, directed by Brad Bird and featuring the voice talents of Patton Oswalt and Janeane Garofalo.
Listen on iTunes!
The post Sketchy Episode 179 – ‘Ratatouille’ appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Ryan Clagg
Netflix’s usage metrics remain shrouded in mystery, but one needn’t be a genius to see what attracted the streaming service to “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” an improbable and wholly silly prequel to a 2001 movie most notable for all the people in it who went on to bigger and better things. Victory here was delivered before production began just based on who the producers got to return or, impressively, join in the festivities, to the point where it’s almost easier to rattle off who isn’t involved than provide a comprehensive list of who is.
In terms of garnering attention, pretty much everything after that is sheer gravy. The conceit of doing a “prequel” 14 years later to a production that already featured adults playing teenagers is, of course, the big joke. But director David Wain and writer-star Michael Showalter go one better by actually »
- Brian Lowry
Anyone with a Netflix subscription should be in the know about Camp Firewood, but if you're not, there's still time! July 31st is the day the Wet Hot American Summer prequel series, First Day of Camp, hits! The 8-episode season stars the likes of Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite... Read More »
- Sean Wist
The eight-episode prequel series to David Wain and Michael Showalter's Wet Hot American Summer is almost upon us. The whole shebang arrives on Netflix on July the 31st, which means there's still time to catch up on the original film beforehand, also available on the streaming service, if you've yet to see it.
Back in 2001, assembling a cast including the likes of Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Banks wasn't quite the coup that it is now. What makes First Day Of Camp particularly impressive is that all of the above and more (the wonderful David Hyde-Pierce, Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon...) signed straight back up for the prequel. It's testament to the fondness with which the original film and its creators are viewed with by its cast. »
With Wet Hot American Summer you tend to expect the unexpected, and that's exactly the route that the Netflix revival series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, has taken per the hilarious first trailer.
Netflix Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is a prequel to the original film and set during the first day at Camp Firewood rather than the last. What makes this turning back of the clock hilarious is that the cast is substantially older and now playing younger versions of themselves from the original film.
Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter are all back from the Wet Hot American Summer movie to reprise their roles for the Netflix series. They are joined by newcomers Jon Hamm, »
How did a movie starring Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper take just $300,000 at the box office? Hard to believe now, but when Wet Hot American Summer landed in cinemas in the dead days of 2001, it tanked. Or not so hard to believe...
Related: Wet Hot American Summer: a cult classic reborn on Netflix
Related: Michael Ian Black: 'I don’t have a very good sense of humor'
Continue reading »
- Alan Evans and Nancy Groves
Just a week after the second Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp trailer debuted, Netflix has released the third trailer, which features tons of new footage and famous cameos, arriving along with an awesome theatrical-style poster. The video re-introduces us to several stars from the original 2001 movie Wet Hot American Summer, such as Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Christopher Meloni, along with new casting additions Jordan Peele, John Slattery, Michael Cera, Josh Charles, Chris Pine, 'Weird Al' Yankovic and Jon Hamm. Netflix has also issued a few friendly reminders for "new campers" before the series debuts on July 31.
Welcome to Camp Firewood! Just in time for the July 4th holiday weekend, here are some reminders for all new campers: Remember to wear suntan lotion. It's totally normal to cry on the first night of camp. The sign up sheet for archery is posted on the target. »
Up and at 'em, campers. Netflix has released a full-length, Nsfw trailer for its "Wet Hot American Summer" prequel series.
The streaming service dropped a vintage teaser for "First Day of Camp" in June, but gave fans a more official peek at the Camp Firewood crew on Thursday.
Returning favorites include Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Molly Shannon, Janeane Garofalo, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Christopher Meloni and Paul Rudd, all reuniting for another goofy go-round that made the 2001 original a cult classic.
Copyright 2015 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »
- email@example.com (Access Hollywood)
After teasing the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer reboot with a goofy, VHS-tinted teaser, Netflix has offered an official trailer with a hilarious, enticing look at the star-studded prequel series, First Day of Camp.
The clip begins with talk of blossoming summer love and fun, as well as an uncomfortable Camp Firewood meeting that's literally crashed by Paul Rudd's surly, too-cool counselor Andy. When chastised for being a week late, Andy replies: "Whatever. It smells weird. Who beefed?" (Notably, the counselor supervisor is played by H. Jon Benjamin, and with any luck, »
Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks and some of the hottest comedians on the planet go to summer camp in a new trailer for NetFlix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” an eight-part series loaded with non-stop sexual innuendo and potty humor. Returning cast members include Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter. Newcomers include Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery, Chris Pine and Lake Bell. [...]
The post Sex, Potty Humor, Fire Up Camp in Wet Hot American Summer Trailer (watch!) appeared first on TheImproper.com: Film & Television News.
After years of chatter about a prequel to David Wain’s 2001 cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer, Netflix finally stepped up to the plate and green-lit a miniseries reteaming the co-writer/director with a stacked cast of comedy all-stars. Now, the first full trailer for the series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, has arrived, and it’s an absolute riot.
The limited eight-episode series unfolds over the course of everyone’s first day at Camp Firewood back in the summer of 1981. Inexplicably, Wain was able to pull together literally everyone who appears in his movie, despite their staggeringly busy schedules, and also tap a bevy of newcomers for the prequel, including Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery and Jordan Peele.
- Isaac Feldberg
David Wain’s 2001 feature Wet Hot American Summer has grown over the years to become a cult classic, with many fans discovering the series as its numerous castmembers went on to find fame in subsequent projects. With much of the film’s success coming after its release on home video and DVD, fans were excited to learn that among Netflix’s new projects was a revival of the series. Titled Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the series functions as a prequel to the film, but in the spirit of the feature, brings back the castmembers to reprise the roles they played in the original.
In addition to returning castmembers Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, Bradley Cooper, and Christopher Meloni, the series also sees a number of new performers join the cast, including Jason Schwartzman, Kristen Wiig, and John Slattery, with H. Jon Benjamin appearing onscreen while also reprising »
- Deepayan Sengupta
1-20 of 120 items from 2015 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners