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New Official Trailer for Long Lost Cooking Mockumentary 'Cook Off!'

20 September 2017 3:56 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Use more marshmallows!" Lionsgate has unveiled a new trailer for a mockumentary comedy titled Cook Off!, making fun of cooking competitions. This was actually filmed over a decade ago, and it first premiered at the Us Comedy Arts Festival Aspen back in 2007. Somehow it has been sitting on a shelf all these years, and yet is just now getting an official release thanks to Lionsgate. The huge ensemble cast includes Melissa McCarthy, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Ben Falcone, Niecy Nash, Jennifer Cox, Stephen Root, Diedrich Bader, Louie Anderson, Gary Anthony Williams, Jennifer Elise Cox, Cathryn Michon, Markie Post, and Sam Pancake. This definitely does have a Christopher Guest-esque vibe, with a cast of eccentric goofballs all makin' food under one roof. I'm just curious as to why it took so long to get a release. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Cathryn Michon & Guy Shalem's Cook Off!, direct from YouTube: »

- Alex Billington

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Melissa McCarthy's Cook Off! Trailer: We Dare You to Keep Watching

19 September 2017 2:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Are you ready for a half-baked comedy with extra cheese? That's what they're selling in Lionsgate's new holiday offering Cook Off!. It appears to be a mockumentary sold in the comedic stylings of Christopher Guest. And while it's aping movies like Spinal Tap and Best in Show, it could be mistaken for the real thing.

Helping make this look like an authentic Christopher Guest movie is the fact that the trailer actually has some laughs in it. They're hard to find, but they're there. And Guest mainstay Wendi McLendon-Covey is on hand as well. We have the first trailer and the poster for this comedy, which seemingly came out of nowhere, and must have been made in-between takes on the Ghostbusters set. From the look of the footage, even though Melissa McCarthy is being touted as the star, we might be seeing all of her footage in this two minute spot. »

- MovieWeb

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Fox Developing British Gangster Drama With Jim Piddock, Mark Gordon (Exclusive)

19 September 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox is developing a new drama series called “Faces” with Jim Piddock and Mark Gordon executive producing, Variety has learned exclusively.

The potential one-hour drama would follow a British gangster who comes to Los Angeles with his family for the funeral of his eldest son. But, when he learns his son didn’t die in an accident–but was in fact murdered–his stay in America becomes indefinitely extended, as he looks to discover who killed him, exact his revenge, and see if he can legitimize his crime family.

Piddock will also write in addition to executive producing. The Mark Gordon Company will produce in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Entertainment One is handling international rights.

This season, The Mark Gordon Company is also developing a comedy series at ABC that boasts Priyanka Chopra among its executive producers. The series is based on the real life of Bollywood star Madhuri Dixit, who »

- Joe Otterson

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‘I, Tonya’ Sells to Neon: Why Tonya Harding’s Story Is Taking Margot Robbie and Allison Janney Into Oscar Season

11 September 2017 10:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been a slow year for dealmaking at the Toronto International Film Festival, but one movie that was expected to make waves this year now has a home. “I Tonya,” Craig Gillespie’s tragic-comic portrait of Tonya Harding, sold to new boutique distributor Neon and 30West, the new financing outfit launched by former agents Dan Friedkin and Micah Green. The deal is one of the biggest sales to come out of this year’s Tiff. A rep for Neon company confirmed that the company planned to release the film in 2017, putting its key performances, screenplay and director in play for awards season.

See More:‘I, Tonya’ Director Reveals Tonya Harding’s Reaction to the Breakout Biopic — Tiff

The movie entered Tiff with a widely reported $6 million offer from CBS Films already on the table, with some rumors circulating that the company had already closed the sale. The film was »

- Eric Kohn

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‘I, Tonya’ Review: Margot Robbie Sticks the Landing in this Sympathetically Bitter Tonya Harding Biopic

9 September 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“I, Tonya” will make you care about Tonya Harding for the first time in a long time. Moreover, “I, Tonya” will make you sympathize with Tonya Harding for the first time. Remembered for her highly contested role in attacking rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan (when she’s remembered at all), Harding was one of the greatest villains the ’90s ever produced, up there with O.J. Simpson, the T-1000, and the guy who invented Crystal Pepsi. She was the perfect punchline for a country that always needs someone to laugh at; a country that hinges on the idea of upward mobility but would rather punch down than pull up. Now, thanks to the bitter and bleakly funny black comedy that “Lars and the Real Girl” director Craig Gillespie has made about the most sordid years of her life, Tonya Harding is finally getting a chance to tell her side of the story. »

- David Ehrlich

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Margot Robbie Totally Transforms For The Wickedly Funny I, Tonya

9 September 2017 6:57 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

I, Tonya is the bastard child of Christopher Guest's mockumentaries and Will Ferrell's zany, off-color sports comedies. The good ones, like Talladega Nights. »

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BBC Culture Names the Top 100 Comedies of All Time, From ‘Some Like It Hot’ to ‘Airplane!’

22 August 2017 6:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Well, nobody’s perfect,” may be the last line of “Some Like It Hot,” but BBC Culture’s newest list of the 100 greatest comedies of all time comes pretty darn close. Billy Wilder’s cross-dressing buddy comedy earned the most votes, but the rest of the list is as robust and varied as one would hope, containing slam dunk smash hits as well as lesser known hidden gems.

Read More:The 25 Best Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked

The survey included responses from 253 film critics internationally, with freelancers writing in from Syria, Azerbaijan, and Montenegro. For a deeper dive into your favorite critics’ comedic tastes, each individual top ten list is also available for perusal. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich, and Kate Erbland participated; their number one picks were “City Lights,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” respectively.

Read More:Jerry Lewis, King of Comedy, Dies at 91

Dr. Strangelove, »

- Jude Dry

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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

22 August 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, »

- Jordan Raup

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‘Get Shorty’: Why Chris O’Dowd Is Uncomfortable With Violence, But Fine With Mocking Hollywood

27 July 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Get Shorty” might be about Hollywood, but is it a satire? Star Chris O’Dowd thinks so.

“Poking fun at truth is satire,” he said. “Us trying to extricate those things that we find ridiculous about Hollywood and putting them on film satirizes it. But we don’t have to fake it.”

The Epix original drama, the first three episodes of which can be watched online now, is “inspired by” the Elmore Leonard novel and subsequent Barry Sonnenfeld film. But, a la “Fargo,” the show has put its own spin on the material, creating the character of Miles (O’Dowd), a gangster who decides to pursue a new path in life after getting a taste of the Hollywood scene.

Read More‘Get Shorty’ Trailer: Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano Star in New Epix Dark Comedy

It’s an area that O’Dowd thinks has a lot of potential. “There »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Get Shorty’: Why Chris O’Dowd Is Uncomfortable With Violence, But Fine With Mocking Hollywood

27 July 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Get Shorty” might be about Hollywood, but is it a satire? Star Chris O’Dowd thinks so.

“Poking fun at truth is satire,” he said. “Us trying to extricate those things that we find ridiculous about Hollywood and putting them on film satirizes it. But we don’t have to fake it.”

The Epix original drama, the first three episodes of which can be watched online now, is “inspired by” the Elmore Leonard novel and subsequent Barry Sonnenfeld film. But, a la “Fargo,” the show has put its own spin on the material, creating the character of Miles (O’Dowd), a gangster who decides to pursue a new path in life after getting a taste of the Hollywood scene.

Read More‘Get Shorty’ Trailer: Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano Star in New Epix Dark Comedy

It’s an area that O’Dowd thinks has a lot of potential. “There »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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The Princess Bride Screens Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend

23 July 2017 6:29 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

Why is this such a classic line in the minds of many? I don’t know, really. But I do know that the way that Mandy Patinkin delivers it in this film has ‘classic line’ written all over it!

The Princess Bride screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 28th and 29th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’  Midnight series.

Believe it or don’t, but I just saw The Princess Bride for the first time in 2014 at a Tenacious Eats ‘Movies for Foodies’ event. I’d heard great things about it for decades so I’m not sure why I’ve spent so many years avoiding it. Perhaps because I was 25 when it was made in 1987 and really, what self-respecting dude would watch a movie called The Princess Bride »

- Tom Stockman

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New to Streaming: ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ ‘Free Fire,’ ‘The Salesman,’ and More

7 July 2017 5:01 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Best in Show (Christopher Guest)

Christopher Guest has had an exceptionally strong ’00s with A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration, and it remains to be seen how his upcoming Mascots will be received, but his arguable peak is still the gloriously funny mockumentary Best in Show. Guest’s other films have lovingly skewered egotistical oddballs and the insanity of subjective or objective criticism, so Best in Show is »

- Jordan Raup

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Soundtracking: "A Mighty Wind"

5 July 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hey Wha Happened?! It's Chris Feil's weekly soundtrack series!

Christopher Guest’s A Mighty Wind begins with the death of a music producer, so it makes sense that the film ruminates on a supposedly dead musical genre. Folk music is a fit for Guest’s idiosyncratic eye, with the nuances in musicality or artistic personalities making easy fodder for his world of self-serious oddballs. Wind explores the breadth of the folk genre in three distinct groups: the narrative-based acoustics of The Folksmen, the chearfully disposed harmonies of The New Main Street Singers, and the placid romanticism of duo Mitch and Mickey. Though the film plays these characters with typical Guest behavioral farce, it does take their music seriously »

- Chris Feil

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Seth Green to Make Feature Film Directorial Debut With ‘Changeland’

21 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Seth Green is making his feature film directorial and writing debut in the independent drama-comedy movie “Changeland,” in which he will also star.

Production begins this week in Thailand. The film centers on Green’s always hesitant character undergoing a personal crisis as he meets up in Thailand with his self-assured best friend, portrayed by Breckin Meyer.

Changeland” is produced by Corey Moosa (“Margin Call”). Executive producers are Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios partners Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner; Living FilmsChris Lowenstein and Oliver Ackermann; and Karivara Films’ Jimmy Matthews and John Lee.

Also starring are Brenda Song, Clare Grant, Macaulay Culkin, Rose Williams, Kedar Williams-Stirling and WWE’s Randy Orton.

“It feels like a dream to be filming in Thailand with an incredible crew and some of my closest friends,” Green said. “We are one of the first films to take advantage of Thailand’s new incentive measures from the Thailand Film Office and the Department of Tourism. I am very excited to share this story.”

Green’s acting credits include the Austin Powers trilogy, “The Italian Job,” “Party Monster,” “Without a Paddle,” and “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Green portrays Christopher Guest in Netflix’s upcoming National Lampoon origin film, “A Futile & Stupid Gesture.”

Green is the co-creator/executive producer/primary voice talent and a writer/director on “Robot Chicken” and has voiced Chris Griffin on “Family Guy” since the series’ inception. Green’s deal was handled by UTA, Untitled, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, Llp’s David Weber.

Related storiesThis Buddy System Produces Animated Hits for Adult Swim, NetflixBurt Ward, Seth Green, Julie Newmar Remember Adam West: 'He Was Truly the Bright Knight'Michael Cera, Seth Green, Sarah Silverman Get Xbox Series »

- Dave McNary

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Christopher Guest Reveals Real-Life Inspiration Behind Spinal Tap

14 June 2017 5:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Christopher Guest revealed the initial inspiration for This is Spinal Tap at the A.V. Club comedy festival. Rob Reiner's This is Spinal Tap is the legendary mockumentary on the fictional hard rock band Spinal Tap that has spawned countless imitators and has even been turned into a descriptive term to poke fun at musicians and the entire music business as a whole. Many bands have spoken up to claim that they were the inspiration for This is Spinal Tap and there have been a few confirmed stories that made it into the movie, but the original inspiration for the cult-favorite mockumentary has never been revealed.

After taking part in the School of Film live event for A.V. Club's comedy festival, Guest took questions from the audience. One audience member stood up and asked Guest if any of the characters that he has portrayed over the yeas were autobiographical. »

- MovieWeb

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Odds And Sods: Christopher Guest shares the real-life inspiration for Spinal Tap

14 June 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Christopher Guest was at The A.V. Club’s comedy festival earlier this month to take part in The Modern School Of Film live-event series. Toward the end of the event, a curious audience member wanted to know if any of Guest’s previous work was autobiographical. Guest was happy to oblige and told the story of the real-life hotel lobby encounter that inspired the fictional band Spinal Tap. »

- Baraka Kaseko

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Joe Corallo: A Superhero Mockumentary

13 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Before I jump into this week’s column, I wanted to touch on Iceman #1 since I’ve mentioned it so many times prior to its release last Wednesday. It was a solid first issue and I really love how Sina Grace handled the dynamic between Bobby Drake and his parents. Give it a shot if you haven’t already!

Moving on… There is currently a Kickstarter up for a superhero mockumentary, Zero Issue. It’s being run by the New York Picture Company – Matt Cullinan, Zach Bubolo, and Jim Fagan. They have a little over a week left and have nearly reached their goal.

I got the chance to chat with Matt, Zach and Jim about Zero Issue, what inspires them, and where they got the tuxedos they wear in their Kickstarter video!

Joe: Thank you for taking the time to chat with me about your short film project, Zero Issue, »

- Joe Corallo

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Odds And Sods: Jane Lynch has some kind words for Christopher Guest

12 June 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Christopher Guest was at The A.V. Club’s comedy festival earlier this month to take part in The Modern School Of Film live-event series. While on stage, he received a surprise from Jane Lynch, who recorded a short video in which she praised his work and asked him to shed light on the influence Peter Sellers had on his comedy. »

- Baraka Kaseko

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Odds And Sods: Christopher Guest discusses his love for Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove

9 June 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The A.V. Club’s comedy festival wrapped up last weekend, featuring comedians like Patton Oswald, Aparna Nancherla, and Mike Judge. Among those guests was actor, writer, and director Christopher Guest, who is probably best known for his work on the 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap. Taking part in the festival’s Modern School Of Film live-event series, Guest talked about his love for Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove and why this particular Stanley Kubrick film resonates with him. »

- Baraka Kaseko

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The 25 Best Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked

9 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now more than ever, the world could use a laugh. This bizarre, in-progress century has already produced any number of great comedies, which is to say that many of your (and our) favorites were left out: sorry, “Toy Story 3”; sorry, “Knocked Up.” As we tend to lean toward the indie side — and away from certain men-behaving-badly movies — there are also some titles on here that you might not have seen.

There are even some you may not consider to be straightforward comedies. You may not think of “Lost in Translation” or “Mistress America” as laugh riots, but we felt it best to be broad in our approach — any movie that balances its darker shades with cathartic humor was eligible. You’ll notice that we like women and Working Title (the British production company responsible for several titles on this list), which is to say: This is less a definitive »

- Michael Nordine and Anne Thompson

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