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Alex Winter, who starred opposite Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, directed The Smosh Movie from a screenplay by Eric Falconer about an embarrassing video that needs to be removed from the web before a high school reunion.
The Smosh Movie includes YouTube stars Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Shane Dawson, Mark Fischback and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval alongside Jillian Nelson, Brittany Ross, Steve Austin and Michael Ian Black.
UTA represented AwesomenessTV in the deal.
Lionsgate has picked up global distribution rights to “The Smosh Movie,” starring the YouTube comedy duo of Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, banking on their Internet celebrity to drive audiences to the feature-length film.
The film’s producers describe it as “a high-concept ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ for 2014″ — and in fact, it’s being helmed by Alex Winter, who co-starred in the 1989 comedy alongside Keanu Reeves. The movie revolves around an embarrassing video of Anthony that surfaces online right before his fifth high school reunion. The Smosh dudes then race to pull down the clip before it blows Anthony’s chances of reconnecting with his teen crush Anna.
- Todd Spangler
When Wet Hot American Summer came out in 2001, it was released by USA Films – a company that eventually morphed into Focus Features, but at the time had no real footing theatrically. That may explain why the film was barely released, but eventually found a cult audience. Considering it was written by Michael Showalter and David Wain (the latter of whom directed the film), and featured many members of The State there was almost a guarantee it would be funny, but the fledging USA Films didn’t know how to sell it. Originally Showalter and Wain wanted to follow that film with They Came Together, which they were unable to make until recently, and it was also given a small theatrical release (but was also put on VOD). But now that it’s on home video, it seems likely it too will become a cult favorite. Starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, »
- Andre Dellamorte
It's hard to believe, but legendary comic Joan Rivers is gone. Following is a roundup of reactions from around the entertainment community. Rip the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind. — Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014 we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 4, 2014 Joan Rivers!!! Oh Noooo!!! — Queen Latifah (@Iamqueenlatifah) September 4, 2014 My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan ???? — Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) September 4, 2014 My heart is broken. Joan Rivers Rip. Gone way too soon. All my thoughts & prayers are with Melissa & her family. — Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) September 4, 2014 A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. Rip #JoanRivers @joan_rivers pic.twitter.com/jnAC5G4AQo — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 4, 2014 Heaven just got a whole lot funnier. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Stars: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Max Greenfield, Ed Helms, Jason Mantzoukas, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Ian Black, Michael Murphy, Kenan Thompson, Jack McBrayer, Ken Marino | Written by David Wain, Michael Showalter | Directed by David Wain
Spoof films are rarely done well. There is so little subtlety in them, and they often result in terribly written and ridiculous slapstick comedy films that mock other films in a very obvious and unrelentingly silly manner (see Scary Movie 4, Date Movie, Disaster Movie, A Haunted House) but this, a satire more than a spoof, finally shows the pretenders how it’s done, bringing a softer hand to a genre that is flooded with terribly over-bearing abominations.
Directed by David Wain (Role Models, Wanderlust) who co-writes it alongside Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), They Came Together is something of a throwback, reminiscent of older spoof-comedy films like Airplane. »
- Chris Cummings
It's a great time to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan! The movie did stellar box office numbers this past weekend, knocking Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy out of the number one spot. It did so well, Paramount announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 for 2016. And not only that, there are a ton of new toys on shelves everywhere and an animated series on Nickelodeon that is quite popular. Bringing it all into perspective is the release of Turtle Power: The Definitive History of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a new documentary that is in stores this week.
Turtle Power takes a look at the entire history of the phenomenon. From the first black and white comics created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, to the 1987 cartoon series, to the Playmates toy line, to the first live action movies, the video games and everything else in-between. It's a comprehensive and »
Hollywood mourns the loss of a comedic genius.
It is truly a devastating day for Hollywood.
Immediately after news broke that Robin Williams was found dead in his home at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide, colleagues, friends and admirers took to Twitter to share their memories of the talented Oscar winner.
The actor and comedian's career spanned from the classic TV spinoff Mork & Mindy to the unforgettable Mrs. Doubtfire to an award-winning role in Good Will Hunting to the animated voice work of everyone's favorite genie in Aladdin. In one way or another, his work touched the life of just about everybody. The below tweets are just a few of those expressing sadness, shock and admiration.
Photos: Remembering Robin Williams Through the Years
Joan Rivers: "I'm terribly saddened. He was an amazing talent and a very kind and giving man. Everyone remembers him as a brilliant comedian but he was much more than that »
The shock of Robin Williams’ death on Monday spread far and wide through the showbiz community, a reflection of the actor’s long career in movies, television, stage and standup comedy.
Steven Spielberg called him “a pal” and expressed shock at Williams’ death of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. Williams starred as Captain Hook in Spielberg’s 1991 movie “Hook,” and he had a voice role in the director’s 2001 feature “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.”
“Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone,” Spielberg said.
“We have lost one of our most inspired and gifted comic minds, as well as one of this generation’s greatest actors,” Columbus said. “His »
- Cynthia Littleton and Alex Stedman
Michael Ian Black is a national treasure, and he's sharing his gems with Kumail Nanjiani, Jonah Ray and their unique audience this week. On “The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail,” the comedian realizes that he doesn't have the kind of material “to burn on some shit show on Comedy Central.” So he instead asked Twitter what he should do onstage, the results of which you can see in the below clip, exclusive to TheWrap. Also read: How ‘Silicon Valley’ and Nerdist Stars Brought Their Stand-Up Show From a Comic Shop to Comedy Central The first suggestion from Black's loyal followers was that he dress. »
- Tony Maglio
The Flash doesn’t premiere until Oct. 7, but things are already heating up in Central City.
Kelly Frye (Rake) will guest-star as Bette San Souci, a bomb disposal expert destined to become the villainous Plastique, E! Online reports. A nasty enemy with the ability to turn any object into an explosive device, Plastique will make her first appearance in Episode 5.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
TV Land may have cancelled their Kirstie sitcom but they aren't giving up on ordering new original comedies. They've just ordered 10 episodes of The Gaffigan Show, starring Jim Gaffigan. It will debut sometime next year.
Here are the details:
New York, NY - July 29, 2014 - TV Land has picked up "The Gaffigan Show," created by Peter Tolan and Jim Gaffigan. The network has ordered 10 episodes, it was announced today by Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. Gaffigan is The New York Times best-selling author of "Dad is Fat." The single-camera series is inspired by Gaffigan's real life, exploring one man's struggle in New York City to find a balance »
Looks like Louie C.K. may soon have another portly, red-headed comic to contend with: Entertainment Weekly reports that Jim Gaffigan's semi-autobiographical comedy The Gaffigan Show has been picked up for a ten-episode order by TV Land, after two unsuccessful development attempts over at CBS. The show, based on his 2013 memoir, Dad Is Fat, will premiere on TV Land in 2015, with episodes also airing on Comedy Central the week after they debut. Gaffigan stars as a New York husband and father of five (as he is in real life) attempting to strike a balance between stand-up and family life, with a supporting cast that includes Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) as his wife, Michael Ian Black (Ed) as his wife's confidante, and Adam Goldberg (Fargo) as his best friend. For the sake of our nation's think-piece writers, we just hope it's not as envelope-pushing as Louie. They are »
- Anna Silman
The network announced Tuesday that it has ordered 10 episodes of The Gaffigan Show, starring Jim Gaffigan. The single-camera sitcom, which was a pilot at CBS, is inspired by the comedian’s real life and will chronicle “one man’s struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy, and an insatiable appetite.”
- Dan Snierson
In a changing of the self-titled comedy guard, TV Land announced on Tuesday (July 29) that it has given a series order to "The Gaffigan Show," while also confirming that "Kirstie" has been cancelled after only one season. As you might guess, "The Gaffigan Show" comes from best-selling author and Hot Pockets enthusiast Jim Gaffigan. The single-camera comedy has been ordered for 10 episodes and will shoot in New York, premiering in 2015. Based on Gaffigan's experiences balancing fatherhood, stand-up comedy and "an insatiable appetite," "The Gaffigan Show" has played an interesting version of network hopscotch. The project, created by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, was developed and shot for CBS in 2013 and then redeveloped and shot this spring. It will now air on TV Land, with Comedy Central securing rights to air episodes one week after their premiere. “I am thrilled that TV Land is giving us this opportunity to do this show that Peter, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Jim Gaffigan‘s CBS pilot will finally air — but not on CBS. TV Land has given a 10-episode order to Gaffigan's comedy with Peter Tolan, which had previously been developed by CBS. Also read: TV Land Orders Hilary Duff Comedy Series From Darren Star The single-camera comedy, which was created by Gaffigan and Tolan, is inspired by Gaffigan's real life, exploring one man's struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite. The series, now dubbed “The Gaffigan Show,” will co-star Ashley Williams as Gaffigan's wife. Adam Goldberg and »
- Tim Kenneally
The show, which has a 10-episode order for a 2015 premiere, revolves around Gaffigan’s life as a standup comic and father who struggles with an insatiable appetite. The project was developed for CBS this past pilot season.
Adam Goldberg, Michael Ian Black and Ashley Williams also star. Episodes of the show will air on sibling Viacom cabler Comedy Central, where Gaffigan is known for his many standup specials, within a week of debut on TV Land.
- Cynthia Littleton
With news that LeBron James is returning to Cleveland, several stars have chimed in on the conversation - and so has the White House. During a press briefing on Friday morning, White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked what the president thought of LeBron's choice, and he acknowledged that Obama is a "big fan" of LeBron. He added, "The fact that he's made this decision I think is a testament to the kind of values he has incorporated into his life and that he says he's interested in instilling in his children. So I think it's a pretty powerful statement about the value of a place that you consider home." Watch the video below for his full statement, and keep reading to see more celebrities' reactions to the news. Side note: remember that time Michelle Obama dunked on LeBron? Take a look at all the funny tweets about LeBron's decision, »
- Laura Marie Meyers
There has been a flurry of super-important, nostalgia-drenched movie anniversaries recently, including, but not limited to Tim Burton's "Batman" (25 years), "Gremlins" (30 years), "Ghostbusters" (30 years) and "The Karate Kid" (30 years). But one movie that seems to have been overlooked completely is "Weekend at Bernie's" (find out where to watch) which came out 25 years ago this week. The story of a couple of yuppies who try to pretend that their dead boss hasn't died at all, it was a surprise hit, pulling in double its production budget at the box office and spawning a goofy, guilty pleasure sequel. (It did get a Blu-ray release earlier this summer, so you can now watch all of the icky '80s tomfoolery in HD.)
Even though "Weekend at Bernie's" was far from a phenomenon (as evidenced by the deafening silence around its anniversary), you can bet one thing: it will be remade. Look no »
- Drew Taylor
World Cup. Yep, yep. Tough. Here are 11 people who attempted to make it better, and we applaud them for their efforts. Jesus saves, but @TimHowardGK does it better. #USAvsBEL #WorldCup2014 — God (@TheTweetOfGod) July 1, 2014 I believe that we will win! #USAvsBEL pic.twitter.com/f94iSkE1mZ — Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) July 1, 2014 Frustrated by my poor knowledge of disparaging Belgian slurs. — Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer) July 1, 2014 Very Upset that every World Cup player is given a child before each game. — Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) July 1, 2014 I'm putting Tim Howard down as my emergency contact. — Liana Maeby (@lianamaeby) July 1, 2014 Every time #TimHoward saves a goal, I wanna make out with a stranger. #WorldCup — Tricia Romano (@tromano) July 1, 2014 No matter what happens @TimHowardGK wins. — Jeff Wild (@jiffywild) July 1, 2014 Yo which one is USA the red or white team #idontknowwhatimwatching — Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 1, 2014 Please imagine how pissed the World Cup crowd would be if at »
- Louis Virtel
Running Time: 1 hr 23 mins
Release Date: June 27, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: Two New Yorkers (Rudd and Poehler) recount the unexpected tale of how they met.
The formula of the romantic comedy remains one of the most unchanged in all of Earth’s science; the gravity of characters within a film of this type can feel more guaranteed than gravity in real life itself. Thus, there is a grandiose amount of catharsis, and stupidly loud baboon-like laughter, to be experienced with David Wain’s They Came Together, a mad man’s giddy concoction that is spirited by its bold, »
- Nick Allen
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