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It's official: Hollywood is now poking fun at 3D, and Harold and Kumar are very much leading the charge...
Have any of you seen that squiggly line techy types use to describe the stages of reaction to new technologies? Known as the hype cycle, it’s shaped roughly like the outline of a supine penguin and its contours have been labelled with gloriously Tolkienian titles like the “Peak of Inflated Expectations”, the “Trough of Disillusionment”, and the “Plateau of Productivity”.
The reason I bring it up is that thanks to enjoyable new release, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, the hype cycle for 3D filmmaking has just received a new little notch, hereafter to be known as the “Rocky Outcrop of Merciless Piss-taking”.
Alongside all of its blunt-smoking, Santa-being-shot-in-the-face hilarity, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas delivers something largely unexpected: a pretty spot-on deconstruction of the current state of 3D cinema. »
Spoof doofuses Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have entered pre-production on their latest project, The Biggest Movie of All Time: 3D. Lampooning James Cameron's Avatar and 3D films in general, this latest effort from Friedberg and Seltzer will no doubt balance a damning critical response with relative box office success - last year's Twilight send-up Vampires Suck managed to make $80+ million globally, despite a Rotten Tomatoes consensus that the film was "witlessly broad and utterly devoid of laughs". Avatar, whose final box office gross came in at just under $3 billion, is an easy target for the directors - its CGI excess and stern, earnest environmentalism could provide plenty of opportunities for clever genre gags and genuinely witty satire. »
To the ever dwindling credit of Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer, the writing duo responsible for some of the worst comedies of the last decade, before their work became synonymous with critical hyperbole like “worst film ever” and “the problem with Hollywood today”, they wrote Spy Hard and Scary Movie, respectable parodies for the espionage action thriller and horror films. And though they’re credited with the “characters” for Scary Movie 3, most of the jokes came from Craig Mazin and Pat Proft, two writers whose writing legacy is only slightly better than Friedberg and Seltzer’s. So what made the difference? None of those hacks were directing. Much to the benefit of Scary Movie 3 and the audiences who had the chance to see it, the directing duties fell on the shoulders of comedy guru David Zucker, whose track record in zany comedy is matched by no other.
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- Lex Walker
It’s been knowledge for awhile that Dimension and The Weinstein Company have been prepping Scary Movie 5, going so far as to announce an official release date, because it’s become the hip thing to force movies onto a release date no matter what. But now there is progress being made on the Scary Movie 5 front, at least when it comes to the script; Bloody Disgusting reports that Dimension has hired Stephen Leff, John Aboud, and Michael Colton to write the next installment.
Aboud and Colton both have story credit on 2007′s sports movie spoof The Comebacks while Leff’was one of the writers for the 2000 animated series Teacher’s Pet, as well as the 2001-2002 TV series Off-Centre which starred Eddie Kaye Thomas. Not exactly a crack writing staff, but there is some spoof experience present at least and The Comebacks could have been a lot worse »
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Hugh Grant has declared that he had no idea that Nine Months, the dopey pregromcom he made in 1995 with Julianne Moore, was a Fox movie – that is to say, one for which Rupert Murdoch was ultimately responsible. He says that if he knew then what he knows now, he never would have accepted the role.
Murdoch bought Fox in 1985 – he had to become a Us citizen to do so. But if there was a searching internal inquiry into quality at Fox – similar to the searching internal inquiry into ethics avowedly taking place at News International – how would the arguments stack up? What movies made or distributed by Mr Murdoch would be adduced in evidence? As the defendant sits impassively in the dock, perhaps behind bullet-proof glass, here are the opposing »
- Peter Bradshaw
I don't know if there are two filmmakers working today who are less respected than Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the writer-director team behind such mind-bogglingly low brow comedies as Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans and Vampires Suck. I guess you have to give them credit because their films always seem to turn a profit, but aside from the instantly dated pop culture references and plethora of fart jokes, I don't think these movies leave viewers with anything other than intense feelings of guilt and regret. After parodying the Twilight films last year with Vampires Suck, they have now turned their attention to the next most obvious target: James Cameron's Avatar. This cleverly titled spoof will be called The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D. Considering that most of their movies are usually rushed to theatres so that the jokes can still be relevant, I have to ask. »
Directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the duo behind such films as "Vampires Suck," "Disaster Movie," "Meet the Spartans," "Epic Movie," and "Date Movie," are back with "The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D," which is an "Avatar" spoof. Since these movies never have an actual plot, Icon Entertainment released the following description: "With a domestic box office of nearly $700 million and an overseas haul of over $2 billion, it was only a matter time before this behemoth got a good ribbing. And what could possibly be riper for satire? You got half naked blue people plugging their hair into strange flying horses so they can read their thoughts! And nothing in this mega blockbuster is off limits, from its overly simplified message of "big corporations = bad; tree hugging environmentalist = good," to the broadly drawn characters like the buffed out Colonel who's in a perpetual roid rage to the very colorful, »
James Cameron has made some scary movies in his life -- "Terminator," "Aliens," "Piranha Part Two: The Spawning" -- but the director is about to be subjected to a whole new level of fear thanks to the scariest duo around: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.
Get ready to laugh, because the team that brought the world "Scary Movie" has decided to set their sights on the biggest target in Hollywood history, as Movieline is reporting that Friedberg and Seltzer will be making a spoof of "Avatar" titled "The Biggest Movie of All Time 3-D."
Shot in, what else, 3-D, "The Biggest Movie of All Time 3-D" will be the latest in the team's series of pop culture skewering knock-offs, following the success of films like "Date Movie," "Epic Movie," "Disaster Movie" and "Vampires Suck." And considering how financially lucrative those efforts have been, it's no wonder that Friedberg and Seltzer are promising, »
- Scott Harris
On Saturday, the Rapture was supposed to occur signaling the beginning of the Apocalypse. Perhaps you heard about it; if you have Twitter, you probably heard about it too much because of all the terribly unfunny jokes. Well, obviously nothing happened since we’re still here sinning away, but I bring to you news about a movie that’s going to make you wish the Rapture did occur.
ComingSoon reports that Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the guys who have continually spit in the face of the spoof genre through out the 21st century, have lined up their next target: Avatar. Called The Biggest Movie of All-Time 3D, about as clever as Vampires Suck, a press release has come out to support the project. We normally don’t post complete press releases on here since that’s essentially fake reporting, but I feel like this needs to be done. Why? »
- Jonathan Sullivan
Icon Entertainment has revealed the first poster for The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D, which is currently in pre-production and set for release in 2012. Take a look at the poster for this new spoof below from directors Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg, which will parody the blockbuster Avatar.
In Scary Movie we spoofed the creepy teen horror genre, in Date Movie we took on cliché romantic comedies, Epic Movie we parodied bloated blockbusters, Meet the Spartans we lampooned the ultra macho 300 and in Vampires Suck we skewered the cultural phenomenon Twilight. But our new movie will dare spoof the biggest, boldest and most successful movie ever made - James Camerons Avatar.
With a domestic box office of nearly 700 million dollars and an overseas haul of over 2 billion, it was only a matter time before this behemoth got a good ribbing. And what could possibly be riper for satire? You »
It's been nearly a year since the latest spoof effort from Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, Vampires Suck, made just $36 million domestically, giving us all the vain hope that maybe they were done blighting our cinematic landscape for good. But you can probably already guess that's not what's happening. Icon Entertainment sent a press release to Coming Soon announcing that they're backing The Biggest Movie of All Time, the latest Friedberg & Seltzer effort that will be taking aim at one of the biggest, easiest, and now most dated targets imaginable: Avatar. If you thought they were behind the curve when they took aim at Twilight two years after the first film comes out, just wait until their movie hits theaters next year making all the Na'vi jokes we were sick of in January 2010. The press release came complete with a poster, which you can see below, and a paragraph that's »
Writers/directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer will soon be back with The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D , an Avatar spoof now in pre-production. You can read a description and see poster art below: In "Scary Movie" we spoofed the creepy teen horror genre, in "Date Movie" we took on cliché romantic comedies, "Epic Movie" we parodied bloated blockbusters, "Meet the Spartans" we lampooned the ultra macho "300" and in "Vampires Suck" we skewered the cultural phenomenon "Twilight." But our new movie will dare spoof the biggest, boldest and most successful movie ever made . James Cameron's "Avatar." With a domestic box office of nearly 700 million dollars and an overseas haul of over 2 billion, it »
Avatar Spoof Gets Green Light
A spoof of Avatar is inbound, exploding from the anuses that must surely be attached to the necks of the team that brought the world Date Movie, Epic Movie and Vampires Suck. Good job James Cameron’s indulgent off-world epic only came out in 2009 and is thus ripe for satire, much like all of the other targets that have been turned into the movie equivalent of coal by writing/directing duo and universal hate figures Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer during their improbably fruitful careers as cine-dicks.* The project’s title is The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D and according to Empire it will indeed be shot with glorious stereoscopic effects. For the viewer this means you will pay a little more to be disappointed by the sub-par, scattergun pop culture gags, served with a side of self-loathing.
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- Joe West
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer constantly justify our hatred with a slew of awful spoofs movies: Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, and last year's Vampires Suck. But darn it if I didn't chuckle at the title of their latest, The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D. It will still be awful, of course. According to Variety, Icon Entertainment will grant The Biggest Movie the opportunity for global atrocity with a deal for the worldwide sales rights secured at the Cannes Film Festival. Peter Safran (Buried) will produce. In more promising acquisition news, Variety reports Sony Pictures Worldwide has picked up the North American rights to the thriller Retreat, led by Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton, and Jamie Bell. Hit the jump for more on Retreat. Variety provides the synopsis for Retreat: Murphy and Newton head to a remote island cottage to rebuild their frail marriage. When »
- Brendan Bettinger
Which Is Ironic, Because We'd Rather Fling Ourselves Into A Volcano Than Watch One Of His Films Is there a worse mainstream director working today than Paul W.S. Anderson? It's hard to say. Certainly if you can call the "Vampires Suck" duo of Jason Freidberg and Aaron Seltzer directors, they would probably pip him. But there's something about Anderson's work that seems to sink him below most of his action-heavy compatriots, the likes of McG and Brett Ratner --whether it's the consistently shitty effects work, the continual aping of "The Matrix" or the way his films always look so... cheap,… »
Thanks to the talents of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the label “spoof” has lost all respect in the cinematic world. Often credited as “two of the writers of Scary Movie” (both as a joke and warning sign), Friedberg and Seltzer devolved the spoof film using an arsenal of pop culture references, bathroom humor and non sequiturs. Keeping it classy was never the goal. While their rampage through genre and cultural phenomena may never end, spoofing doesn’t have to live with shame either. Plenty of filmmakers have figured out ways to satirize the movie world and tell their own stories at the same time — it’s the movie-going public that’s afraid to use the dreaded s-word. Let’s suck it up and admit the truth: these ten films are hilarious, well-made and spoofs through and through: High Anxiety Be Glad It’s Not Called: Hitchcock Movie Mel Brooks figured it out early: when life gives »
- Matt Patches
No living organism, be they man, beast, or plant, should ever be asked to watch this. Comedy is subjective; everyone has a different range of humor that elicits laughter. That said, this still requires the presence of comedy in some shape or form. Some films achieve it unintentionally, like anything starring Steven Seagall or super-low budget horror films with utterly absurd premises. Unintentional comedies are a thing of beauty; conversely unintentional non-comedies should be avoided at all costs. Perhaps the best example of this accidentally unfunny genre is the spoof film as it has existed since the success of the first two entries in the Scary Movie franchise. Usually, the feckless Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg were to blame for the piss-poor comedy, but in the case of Scary Movie 4, the culprits are Craig Mazin, Jim Abrahams and Pat Proft – which makes its crimes against film even more egregious, »
- Lex Walker
With all the Oscar commotion, I forgot about that other award show! All well, better late then never. Hit the jump for a complete list of all the winners of the Golden Rasberry Awards, and hopefully the last thing I'll have to say about the Awards season until next year!
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Winner/Loser: The Last Airbender
Worst Lead Actor:
Worst Lead Actress:
Mylie Cyrus, The Last Song
Kristen Stewart, Twilight »
The 83rd Academy Awards takes place today and as Hollywood gears up for its big night there are those who would argue that the whole awards season is little more than an excuse for industry back-slapping and mutual appreciation. However one ceremony that could never be accused of that is the Razzies - which of course aims to celebrate the very worst in cinematic achievement from the past twelve months - and the 'winners' of 2010 were revealed last night as the 31st annual Golden Raspberry Awards were presented at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Hollywood.
It was a bad night (again) for M. Night Shyamalan as his latest waste of celluloid The Last Airbender picked up the awards for Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Supporting Actor (Jackson Rathbone) and Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-use of 3D, while Sex and the City 2 followed behind with three awards: Worst Actress (Sarah Jessica Parker, »
As predictable as the Oscars are, I think we can all agree that the Razzies are even more predictable. And as much as it pains me to post this, somehow Hollywood's big awards weekend does not feel complete without also acknowledging some of the lesser achievements in filmmaking from 2010. M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender and Sex and the City 2 dominated the voting, with Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Alba also getting singled out for their crimes against cinema. I still don't think The Last Airbender is anywhere close to being the worst movie of the year, but apparently I am in the minority. Check out the full list of Golden Raspberry winners after the jump. Worst Picture The Bounty Hunter The Last Airbender Sex & the City 2 Twilight Saga: Eclipse Vampires Suck! Worst Actor Jack Black, Gulliver's Travels Gerard Butler, The Bounty Hunter Ashton Kutcher, Killers and Valentine's Day Taylor Lautner, »
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