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Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Eagle vs. Shark) play centuries-old vampires in the comedy What We Do in the Shadows, which they also wrote and directed. The film is akin to a Christopher Guest take on the vampires vs. werewolves conflict, but imbued with the humor that will be familiar to […]
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- Russ Fischer
Teacher Of The Year screens as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival on Saturday, November 22 at 8:30 Pm at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre. Get ticket information here.
Writer/director Jason Strouse’s feature film debut concerning the Us education system may give credence to the old adage that “the inmates are running the asylum”. Truman High School’s a wild place thanks mostly to the oddballs and misfits making up most of the administration and faculty. The main exception being the title mentioned teacher of the year, Mitch Carter (Matt Letscher), who is also the rep for the faculty union. As a documentary crew follows him about, Mitch is at a crossroads. He’s being wooed by a private school lobbying group that’s dangling a big salary in front of him (and he’s got an adorable pre-schooler and a child on the way »
- Jim Batts
With wins at Slamdance and Austin's Fantastic Fest, "Kung Fu Elliot," a stranger-than-fiction documentary about one man's quest to become Canada's first action hero, has begun to amass the kind of cult following and rave reviews its title subject only dreamed of.
Initially starting out as a quirky underdog tale about Elliot "White Lightning" Scott, Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau's film takes a hard left turn as the filmmakers, the people around him and the audience start to come to the realization that Scott isn't quite the delusional-but-lovable dreamer he first seemed to be.
With "Kung Fu Elliot" premiering in Toronto on Friday before expanding across Canada, the official Hot Docs selection is half-character study and half-character assassination, and really, it has to be seen to be believed. Here's five more reasons why you should check out the movie when it comes to theatres near you.
1. See what the »
- Rick Mele
But Strassman, who died Friday at 66, was in showbiz for more than 10 years before she wound up on the sitcom that became a pop culture touchstone, in part because it made a star of John Travolta.
Lithe and raspy-voiced, Strassman began her showbiz career on stage and also tried to become a pop star in the mid-1960s before her thesping work took off. After she got her break on “Kotter,” she became active in the Screen Actors Guild.
Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Strassman’s early career:
She got off to a good start in the pages of Variety. Her first reference came in the Sept. 11, 1963 edition, in an item noting that she would replace Liza Minnelli in Off Broadway’s “Best Foot Forward, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Where do you go after you star in The Room? If you're Greg Sestero, you parlay the experience into a years-long gig as the custodian of the film's legend. If you're anyone else in the cast, though, you're out of luck — Tommy Wiseau only has room for one Boswell. That's why six of the film's former cast members, including Juliette Danielle (Lisa) and Phillip Haldiman (Denny), have come together to create a new project based on their post-Room lives, and now they want you to donate to it. The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? won't be a reality show; instead, creator Robyn Paris (Michelle) describes the idea as a Christopher Guest–style mockumentary. A web series about struggling actors in Los Angeles? Ha, what a story, Mark! »
- Nate Jones
What do you do if you wind up being in one of the most hilariously terrible films of all time? You make a comedy about it. That's the exact approach being actress-turned-filmmaker Robyn Paris is taking. More than a decade after she appeared in writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau's infamously awful cult film The Room, Paris has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a Christopher Guest-style mockumentary about what happened to the cast after shooting concluded. On the project's Kickstarter page, you can check out the fundraising video for The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? which, in addition to Paris, »
- Clark Collis
Sctv and Christopher Guest-movie veterans Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara's new series Schitt's Creek is coming to America as the first original scripted series for Pop, the rebranded TV Guide Network. The series follows the members a rich family who have to live in a town they purchased as a joke—called, yes, Schitt's Creek—when hard times hit. Pop's president of entertainment and media Brad Schwartz explained in a statement that the show "answers the question—what would the Kardashians do if they woke up one day, completely broke?" O'Hara, who is brilliant at playing the deluded rich, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Christopher Guest film reportory members Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara will star in the first scripted series from Pop (currently Tvgn and fka TV Guide Network), and it’s got a titter-worthy title.
Premiering with the Pop rebranding in 2015, the half-hour comedy Schitt’s Creek follows filthy rich Johnny Rose (played by Levy), his soap opera diva wife Moira (O’Hara) and their two kids (played by Annie Murphy and Levy’s real-life son Daniel) as they suddenly find themselves broke and forced to relocate to the sad, titular town, which Johnny years ago bought for his son as a gag. »
The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Sony Pictures TV and Chris O’Dowd for a U.S. rendition of his autobiographical sitcom “Moone Boy.”
The single-cam comedy follows 12-year-old Martin Moone in a coming-of-age story as his sarcastic, imaginary friend helps him navigate the challenges of his childhood.
O’Dowd is set to write and exec produce the series, along with Dave Becky and Nick Frenkel of 3Arts Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television, Sprout Pictures Limited, Baby Cow Prods. and Hot Cod Prods.
The original “Moone Boy,” set in a small Irish town in the 1980s, has already run two seasons on Sky1 in Ireland and the U.K., and on PBS and Hulu in the U.S. David Rawle stars as Martin with O’Dowd playing his imaginary friend Sean.
O’Dowd is best known for his roles in “Bridesmaids” and British series “The It Crowd.” He can »
- Shelli Weinstein
Although 1984's This is Spinal Tap is one of the most-quoted movies of the past few decades, star Christopher Guest hadn't seen the cult comedy in almost 15 years before he appeared at a special 30th anniversary screening on Wednesday night at the New York Film Festival. But while he's gotten some distance from the film, fans haven't, repeatedly reminding him of memorable lines like his character's specially designed amps that "go to 11." Watch more The Greatest Spinal Tap Songs Ever Recorded "People say things if they're walking past that are from the movie and it takes
- Hilary Lewis
Actor, writer, musician, comedian — Michael McKean seems to have done it all over his extensive career. From his early work in television, including an iconic role as Lenny on Laverne and Shirley, he soon established himself as part of the ensemble responsible for bringing the term “mockumentary” to the masses. Starting with Rob Reiner’s sublime This Is Spinal Tap (which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year), McKean joined bandmates Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and a group of improvisatory geniuses in a string of features that toy with nonfiction filmmaking conventions, including modern classics such as Best In Show and A Mighty Wind. For the first part of our new “Pick 6” series, Nonfics reached out to McKean for a selection of films to recommend to our readers. The goal with this series isn’t to create some definitive, “best in show” list, but to bring to light works that quickly come to mind when artists, actors »
“I used to be able to name every nut that there was. And it used to drive my mother crazy, because she used to say, “Harlan Pepper, if you don’t stop naming nuts,” and the joke was that we lived in Pine Nut, and I think that’s what put it in my mind at that point. So she would hear me in the other room, and she’d just start yelling. I’d say, “Peanut. Hazelnut. Cashew nut. Macadamia nut.” That was the one that would send her into going crazy. She’d say, “Would you stop naming nuts!” And Hubert used to be able to make the sound, he couldn’t talk, but he’d go “rrrawr rrawr” and that sounded like Macadamia nut. Pine nut, which is a nut, but it’s also the name of a town. Pistachio nut. Red pistachio nut. Natural, all natural white pistachio nut… »
- Tom Stockman
You’ve heard of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”? Well, “The Greasy Hands Preachers” is pitched at pretty much the same choir, but instead of seeing the joys of hands-on motorcycle work as a chance to delve into deeper philosophical topics, this collection of superficial platitudes from dudes whose lives were made better by building custom cycles serves mostly to validate its subjects’ two-wheeling lifestyle. It’s just the sort of niche-interest affirmational docu Christopher Guest has made a career of parodying, though this one plays it straight, relying on Orlando Bloom’s exec-producer credit to push-start its limited prospects.
Financed through a combination of crowdfunding and corporate sponsorships (from Belstaff, BMW Motorrad and Motul), the warm-and-fuzzy pic is perfectly representative of a new breed of documentaries flooding the world these days, now that enterprising filmmakers have found a way to leverage the enthusiasm of specific interest groups (e. »
- Peter Debruge
Before we begin, an explanation: This is not a list of the 39 best SNL sketches of all time.
Any institution that lasts as long as Saturday Night Live has—and that experiences as much cast and writer turnover as Saturday Night Live does—will necessarily have stronger years and leaner years. In SNL’s case, the difference between eras can be especially stark; you’re more likely to laugh at a meh John Belushi sketch than you are at even the finest display of Charles Rocket’s talents. Given that fact, it’s easy for a simple “best sketches ever »
- Hillary Busis
“We consider ourselves bi-costal if you consider the Mississippi River one of the coasts!”
Waiting For Guffman screens Tuesday, September 30th at the Mx Theater downtown (618 Washington Ave, St Louis, Mo 63101) as part of The Mx Independent Film Festival. Admission is Free!
Never has small town theater been so hysterical. Christopher Guest’s mockumentary Waiting For Guffman is one of the funniest movies ever made. Its smart humor and devoted cast all give the 1996 film what it needs to work. In the small town of Blaine Missouri (“The stool capital of the world”), temperamental, effeminate Corky St. Clair (Christopher Guest) is determined to get his play about the town’s history off the ground. Using all the (very) limited talent he has in the community, Corky puts on his production. Blaine’s dentist Dr. Allen Pearl (Eugene Levy), travel agents Rob and Sheila Albertson (Fred Willard and Catherine O’Hara »
- Tom Stockman
When it came out in 1984, “This Is Spinal Tap” convinced many people they were watching a genuine documentary about a clueless heavy metal band. “We showed it in Dallas,” recalls Christopher Guest, who played fictional axe man Nigel Tufnel. “There were these two girls in front of us, who said to each other, ‘These guys are so stupid. Why would they make movie about them?’”
But the world caught on and a genre of comedy was born. Thirty years later it’s considered a bonafide classic and will be honored in a screening Oct. 8 (followed by a Q&A with Guest) at the New York Film Festival.
Directed by Rob Reiner and starring Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, “Spinal Tap” isn’t just a send-up of pompous metal bands, it’s an unblinking portrait of awkwardness and a masterpiece of improvisation.
“(McKean) and I had been playing music for 20 years, »
- Tim Greiving
From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner. The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come. Cary Elwes was inspired to »
- Pietro Filipponi
With Christopher Guest and his gang pretty much retired from film, the mockumentary movie genre needs a new gang to take reigns and co-writers/directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement make a pretty damn convincing case that they should be the guys to do it with What We Do in the Shadows. The fact that they managed to take such a familiar comedic format and spice it up with the even more overplayed subject in vampires is just further evidence that these comics are the real deal. The film is so funny that it’s almost unfair and races by at such a fevered pace it’s hard not to feel a little sad once it’s over. It’s been a little while since any comedy pulled that off, let alone a mocumentary. Hit the jump for all the hilarious bloodsucking details. In addition to writing and directing, Waititi »
- Phil Brown
The 2014 New York Film Festival will host a series of special events, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced in a press release today. A number of films will make their U.S. premieres at the festival, in addition to an anniversary screening that will turn the whole festival up to 11. While dates have yet to be announced, This Is Spinal Tap will receive a 30th-anniversary screening. In 1984, Rob Reiner’s mockumentary satirized the lifestyle of rock musicians and has since been a staple of movie history.
Star and writer Christopher Guest will attend the screening, through no other members »
- Jonathon Dornbush
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