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Universal Pictures today announced that production begins this week on Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie, starring digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, who are collectively known as The Lonely Island.
Taccone, Samberg and Schaffer have been friends since junior high school in Berkeley, California. In 2000, the trio began writing, directing and producing its own brand of comedy and showcasing it on www.thelonelyisland.com. The three writing partners are responsible for creating the popular SNL “Digital Shorts,” which reinvigorated the series and spurred many water-cooler moments over the past decade.
- Michelle McCue
Universal Pictures today announced that production begins this week on the Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Project, starring digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, who are collectively known as The Lonely Island. Co-directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, the comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, upcoming Trainwreck) will be set in the world of music.
Taccone, Samberg and Schaffer have been friends since junior high school in Berkeley, California. In 2000, the trio began writing, directing and producing its own brand of comedy and showcasing it on TheLonelyIsland.com. The three writing partners are responsible for creating the popular SNL "Digital Shorts," which reinvigorated the series and spurred many water-cooler moments over the past decade.
The team behind The Interview have maintained . throughout the controversy surrounding the film . that they were never pressured to change any part of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.s comedy, even though the content would prove to be incendiary. But an editor who worked on the comedy has now said in an interview about The Interview that one significant scene was toned down, though it was a creative choice, and not one mandated by the studio. This piece has spoilers for The Interview. You have been warned! In a piece that ran over the weekend on EditorsGuild.com, co-editors Evan Henke and Zene Baker opened up about the difficult process that they undertook to find the humorous line in what was sure to be controversial material. The duo swear up and down that they were never censored in the editorial department, and that no one ever demanded that they scale »
Entertainment Weekly have reported that the editors who made the final cut on Sony’s The Interview claim there is absolutely no censorship on the final release of the Seth Rogen and James Franco movie.
Editors Zene Baker and Evan Henke have spoken out against claims which suggested the editors were forced to censor particular scenes in order for the film to adhere to its Christmas release. This was despite the fact there were a few alterations, including dropping a gay-orgy which Baker told CineMontage “never existed other than in the draft of the script that got leaked.”
Kim-Jung Un’s graphic death scene was also edited so it less resembled the Raiders of the Lost Ark face melting scene. Henke and Baker have stated that these changes were all made as creative choices and had nothing to do with fears of antagonizing political situations. Baker also stated they were »
- Alfie Nobes
When Sony reversed course and released The Interview, the provocative comedy that had become a serious lightning rod for its skewering of North Korea and its dictator, Kim Jong-un, at least one change had already been made to diminish the odds of aggravating an already precarious political situation. Kim's death scene—an up-close explosion in a helicopter—was tinkered with to tamper down disturbing elements. But some tabloids reported that the filmmakers were also pressured to remove certain jokes and other footage—including a gay orgy—to secure the Christmas release. Not so, according to Zene Baker and Evan Henke, »
- Jeff Labrecque
5 items from 2015
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