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If anyone has ever wondered what it's like to be Donald Trump for a day, or for a season of Saturday Night Live , talk to Taran Killam in 2016. The 33-year-old cast member has been tapped to slip into the real estate mogul's hairpiece for the 41st season of the late-night show, an NBC rep confirmed to CNNMoney . He's been with the show since 2010 and has formerly played the likes of Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey, Piers Morgan, Andy Cohen, Michael Cera, and Eminem. Killam will likely first lumber onto the stage as Trump on Oct. 3, the show's first »
- Jenn Gidman
Taran Killam: You're hired! SNL returns October 3, and with it, one of the most coveted roles for the 2015–16 season: Donald Trump. Deadline reports that Taran Killam, who has done impressions of everyone from Matthew McConaughey to Michael Cera, landed the gig after multiple cast members auditioned for the part. The stakes are obviously high, as the fall television season coincides with with the reality-television circus that is the Republican presidential debates. Darrell Hammond, who played Trump in the past, wasn't considered; instead, he'll continue on as Bill Clinton to Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton. If Killam does his job, he'll make it difficult for you to discern the difference between a joke candidate and a joke. »
- E. Alex Jung
This interview first appeared in Variety’s Sept. 7 Venice Film Festival print daily.
When filmmaker Duke Johnson saw “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” in 2004, it changed his entire idea of the kinds of movies he wanted to make. He had just graduated from film school at Nyu and finally he had a clear direction for what he wanted to do with his life. “I literally said it was my dream in life to direct a Charlie Kaufman movie,” he recalls.
Flash-forward 10 years later, he’s working at animation studio Sunburns Industries in Burbank, Calif., and a mutual acquaintance, writer and producer Dino Stamatopoulos, had a Kaufman script in hand. “Anomalisa” was based on a 2005 “sound play” developed by the Oscar-winning scribe at the behest of composer Carter Burwell, featuring actors on a bare stage reading their lines to the audience, and it became an instant passion project for Johnson. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Start with the title: Clown Car! may sound like the movie someone will inevitably make about the 2016 presidential campaign, but how about evoking those great Seventies wacky-journey films like Death Race 2000, Vanishing Point or Smokey and the Bandit?
When I raised the question on Twitter, suggestions included All the President's Wanna-Bes, Every Which Way But Left, Cannonball Rug, A Kochwork Orange and the subtly appropriate Hair.
All excellent ideas, and we may have to put the movie name to a separate vote. Right now, though, the more pressing question is »
Wes Craven, the legendary horror auteur who brought his nightmarish vision to both the big and small screens, died over the weekend of brain cancer. He was 76.
Although Craven made his biggest mark in movies via The Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises, his influence extended to TV as well. In 1988, he created Freddy’s Nightmares, a two-season syndicated horror anthology series in which each episode was introduced by Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger (played by Robert Englund). He also served as an exec producer on MTV’s current adaptation of Scream.
In a 2013 episode of Castle, Craven guest-starred »
Inspired by console, computer, or arcade games, movies like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Wreck It Ralph, and the Resident Evil franchise take us into the often unrealistic world of gaming, where double-sided axes are as popular as iPhones, dinosaurs are totally real, and Michael Cera is an action hero.
This weekend, Rupert Friend (Pride and Prejudice), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Ciarán Hinds ("Game of Thrones," but also, like, everything) enter into the video game 'verse with Hitman: Agent 47.
To celebrate all things pixel-related, we threw together a supercut of some of our favourite video game movies. Watch the video below, and you’ll gain 43Xp, 87Hp, and the irresistible urge to run straight home and kill some Resident Evil zombies.
Continue? 10, 9, 8…
- Sasha James
We already knew Will Arnett and Michael Cera would be joining forces to take down baddies as the voices of Batman and Robin, respectively, in The Lego Batman Movie, but we didn't know who the blocky yellow pair would be trying to take down -- until now. According to The Hollywood Reporter Zach Galifianakis is in talks to voice The Joker in Warner Bros.' forthcoming spinoff, which means my idea of turning the movie into an "Arrested Development" reunion and having David Cross or Tony Hale voice The Joker is all but dead, but it's okay, life goes on. I've grown a bit sour on Galifianakis in recent years, given the mostly one-note comedic range he has displayed since breaking out in 2009's The Hangover, but I liked him quite a bit in Birdman and I'm hopeful he can turn this role into something fun. The good news is »
- Jordan Benesh
We’ve known for some months that a Lego Movie spin-off entitled The Lego Batman Movie (alongside a more traditional sequel) is in the pipeline at Warner Bros. This morning the project took a leap forward, and increased its odds of matching The Lego Movie’s own weird and wonderful reputation with the news that Zach Galifianakis will voice Joker, the film’s chief antagonist.
Galifianakis rounds out a cast of legitimately distinct and tantalizingly off-beat talents with Will Arnett reprising his role as the titular (and musically gifted) caped-crusader and Michael Cera on-board as Robin.
I imagine Galifianakis won’t be dialing down Joker’s trademark theatricality, which should bounce off Arnett’s extreme self-seriousness really, really well. Neither comic would be traditionally described as family friendly (can’t see Joker accidentally slipping Batman rohypnol) but both have been wholeheartedly committed to warped humour for the majority »
- Daniel Kelly
Related: Michael Cera to voice Robin in Lego Batman movie
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- Benjamin Lee
Work continues on building the Lego movie universe, and some fresh casting has been announced for The Lego Batman Movie.
We already know that Will Arnett will be reprising his voice work for Batman himself (he remains one of the absolute highlights of The Lego Movie), whilst Michael Cera has signed up to lend his tones to Robin.
Now we learn that Zach Galifianakis is in talks to bring his take on The Joker's voice to the screen. No more details than that have been revealed, but then to be fair, that pretty much explains the latest casting anyway.
Lego Batman Movie takes in "every era" of the superhero, say directors
The Hollywood Reporter is now saying that Birdman actor Galifianakis is in final talks to portray the Clown Prince of Crime in the upcoming movie.
If Galifianakis is cast, there will be two actors simultaneously playing The Joker in Warner Bros film franchises.
The Lego Batman Movie is scheduled to open on February 10, 2017 in Us and UK cinemas. »
Looks like the producers of The Lego Batman Movie are going to separate the comedic film from the existing Lego Batman video games and animated films by casting a new voice actor to portray The Joker. Joining the legendary Mark Hamill who is the definitive animated voice of Batman's nemesis, Zach Galifianakis will voice the Clown Prince of Crime opposite Will Arnett and Michael Cera in the new film.... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Just one month after Michael Cera signed on to provide the voice for Batman's sidekick Robin, The Lego Batman Movie has found its main villain. Variety reports that Zach Galifianakis is in talks to voice The Joker in this animated adventure. Will Arnett reprises his role from last year's blockbuster The Lego Movie as The Dark Knight.
No specific plot details have been released yet, but producer Chris Miller said in November that this animated superhero movie will span every era of Batman filmmaking. With that being said, it's certainly possible that practically every Batman villain could be featured in this animated spinoff. It isn't known what other classic Batman characters are being eyed for The Lego Batman Movie, but there certainly are plenty to choose from.
It looks like The Lego Batman Movie has found its Clown Prince of Crime, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Zach Galifianakis is in talks with Warner Bros. to lend his voice to The Joker in the spinoff to The Lego Movie.
The Lego Batman Movie is being directed by Chris McKay, who served as animation supervisor on The Lego Movie, and will see Will Arnett reprising his role as the Caped Crusader, while Michael Cera will lend his voice to Robin the Boy Wonder.
The Lego Batman Movie is set for release on May 26th 2017.
- Gary Collinson
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Zach Galifianakis is in final talks to bring a brick version of the Clown Prince of Crime to life in Warner Bros.' Lego Batman movie. With Will Arnett reprising the role of the Caped Crusader from The Lego Movie, it's clear that they're going for comedic actors when it comes to building this world as Michael Cera was recently chosen by WB to play Robin. Galifianakis is an interesting choice for The Joker though, but as he's no stranger to playing somewhat unhinged characters, he should fit right in here. The movie is being produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, while Chris McKay is directing from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith. Are you looking forward to the Lego Batman movie? Let us know below »
The last we heard of The Lego Batman movie, Michael Cera was onboard, voicing Robin alongside Will Arnett’s Batman. Now, with the heroes found, thoughts turn to the villain, with The Hollywood Reporter bringing word that Zach Galifianakis is in negotiations to lend his vocal chords to help bring the Lego version of The Joker to life. It’s not a choice I would have ever thought of, with Galifianakis often times being a bit too laid back, but he is an incredible comedy talent, joining two other incredible comedy talents, and I can’t wait to see what he does with the character. The Lego Batman Movie comes our way May 26th 2017. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
When you’ve got Will Arnett voicing Batman in a movie where the characters are all made out of Lego, and Michael Cera to voice Robin, where does one turn to voice the Clown Prince of Crime? For Lego Batman, the first big Lego Movie spin-off that is planned for release in February 2017, the Lego Joker voice […]
- Russ Fischer
We will be seeing a lot of Batman's greatest nemesis, The Joker, on screen in the next few years. Not only will Jared Leto will be portraying the Clown Prince of Crime in David Ayer's 2016 blockbuster Suicide Squad - not to mention the larger DC Cinematic Universe - but the character will also be playing a key role in the upcoming Lego Batman Movie. Up until today we haven't known who would be portraying this animated version of the classic villain, but now new reports are saying that the role is going to belong to Zach Galifianakis. This exciting news was revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, which says that Galifianakis is now in final talks to be the villain in the upcoming feature. The actor is joining a cast that already includes Will Arnett, who will be reprising his role as Batman from The Lego Movie; and Michael Cera, »
Should the deal proceed as planned, the part would have him star opposite Will Arnett and Michael Cera for the animated feature, who are on board as crime-fighting duo Batman and Robin, respectively. Buoyed by the success of last year’s surprise hit, Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Phil Lord and Chris Miller will all return to oversee the anticipated spinoff, which will help flesh out The Caped Crusader’s role in WB’s burgeoning, blocky universe.
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Having lent his vocal chords to Bob’s Burgers and DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots, »
- Michael Briers
Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto, Mark Hamill... Zach Galifianakis? Well, the actor is certainly making the lineage of those who have taken on an iconic Batman villain pretty interesting. THR reports that Galifianakis has joined "Lego Batman" as The Joker. That's right, if the live-action DC universe wasn't big enough for you, there's an animated one too. He joins Will Arnett, who is reprising his role from "The Lego Movie," and Michael Cera (as Robin) in the superhero tale penned by Seth Grahame-Smith ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") with Chris McKay ("Robot Chicken") directing. This one is still a long way off — February 10, 2017 — but so far, looks like its keeping the same irreverent tone as its predecessor. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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