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Win a Copy of The Slammin’ Salmon on DVD

14 May 2010 6:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We recently reviewed the DVD release of a new film starring Michael Clarke Duncan which goes by the name of The Slammin’ Salmon, and it’s a pretty fun film (you can read Dave’s review here), and we’re giving you the chance to win a copy on DVD.

Here’s the synopsis for you,

A terrifying bull of a man, Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan) uses fear to rule over his misfit waiting staff – Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik  Stolhanske, as well as Cobie Smulders and April Bowlby – and on this particular night, he takes his bullying skills to a new level.  In an effort to pay off a gambling debt to the Japanese Yakuza, Salmon sets up a contest to ‘inspire’ his waiting staff to sell more food than they ever have before:  the top selling server wins $10,000 while the waiter »

- Jon Lyus

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DVD Review: The Slammin’ Salmon

14 May 2010 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Slammin’ Salmon is a straight DVD release directed by Kevin Heffernan and stars Michael Clarke Duncan alongside comedy troupe, Broken Lizard which includes Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. April Bowlby, Cobie Smulders, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Carrie Clifford complete the cast in this comedy which is released 17th May.

The movie focuses around a restaurant named Slammin’ Salmon which is owned by former boxer, The Champ (Clarke-Duncan) who needs to make $20 000 in one night to pay of a bet which he lost. He lays down the challenge to his table waiting team with a great prize for the person who brings in the highest total but whoever brings in the lowest will face a ‘broken rib sandwich’.

Spurred on by greed and panic, the staff resort to backstabbing, bribery and indecent proposals in an attempt to upsell their patrons while simultaneously sabotaging their co-workers. »

- David Sztypuljak

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Comedy Central Reveals 22 Projects in Development for 2010-2011 Development Slate Including a Broken Lizard Sitcom, a Waiting… Adaptation, and a Jesus Christ Cartoon

6 May 2010 9:11 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Comedy Central has unveiled its entire development slate and, as to be expected, there are plenty of funny concepts in the bunch.  The standouts include Highdeas, which explores such stoner-friendly hypotheticals as “white chocolate milk” and “hamster-sized rhinos”, Jc, the animated New York City adventures of one Jesus Christ, and The Fuzz, a police procedural in a corrupt city where humans and puppets co-exist.

Also in development are potential series from the likes of Jon Benjamin (Archer), Broken Lizard (Super Troopers), and Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show), plus a Wating… adaptation from Rob McKittrick, the writer/director of the feature film that starred Ryan Reynolds.  Note that this in addition to already announced projects from Will Ferrell, Nick Swardson, and The Onion.  For a complete rundown, hit the jump.

Series In Production

Futurama” – premieres Thursday, June 24

The Emmy® Award-winning “Futurama” is back!  Everybody’s favorite zany group from the future has returned with 12 brand-new episodes, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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"Walter Mitty," "Mustache" Get Rewrites

23 April 2010 8:27 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Steve Conrad ("The Pursuit of Happyness") has been hired to pen a new draft of the long-gestating remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" over at 20th Century Fox says Risky Business.

Peter Morgan penned the most recent version of the script which portrayed Mitty as the shy owner of a retail mega-store who secretly dreams of becoming a hero. Sacha Baron Cohen is the name most recently linked with the title role.

Meanwhile Robbie Pickering and Jase Ricci are set to perform re-writes on the script for Broken Lizard's "Mustache Riders" at Paramount Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

Johnny Knoxville will star in and produce the stoner Western which Jay Chandrasekhar will direct. Paul Soter penned the previous draft. »

- Garth Franklin

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Johnny Knoxville returns to the bigscreen in Broken Lizard's 'Mustache Riders' stoner western.

21 April 2010 11:22 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Johnny Knoxville will star in and produce Broken Lizard's "Mustache Riders." Robbie Pickering and Jase Ricci will work on the screenplay for the stoner Western, which Lizard regular Jay Chandrasekhar is helming. Paul Soter of Lizard originally wrote the screenplay. Bill Gerber ("Gran Torino") also produces with Knoxville's Dickhouse Productions ("Jackass: The Movie") as well as Richard Perello ("Beerfest") of Broken Lizard. Pickering and Ricci are also developing an adaptation of Gitty Daneshvari's "School of Fear" with producer Graham King at Warner Bros. Pictures. Broken Lizard's most recent film was "The Slammin' Salmon" with Michael Clarke Duncan. Previous work included "Club Dread," "Super Troopers" and "Beerfest." »

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Robbie Pickering and Jase Ricci to Rewrite Broken Lizard's Mustache Riders

21 April 2010 9:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Mustache Riders gets a rewrite In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, Robbie Pickering and Jase Ricci have been tapped to work on the screenplay for Broken Lizard's Mustache Riders. The project is set up at Paramount.

Johnny Knoxville is presently attached to star in and produce this stoner Western. Jay Chandrasekhar will direct. The original draft of the script was written by Paul Soter.

Broken Lizard's most recent effort is The Slammin' Salmon. They are also in postproduction on Freeloaders. »

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Two writers join Broken Lizard comedy

21 April 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Robbie Pickering and Jase Ricci have been hired to work on the screenplay for the Broken Lizard comedy "Mustache Riders," set up at Paramount.

Johnny Knoxville is attached to star in and produce the comic Western, which Lizard regular Jay Chandrasekhar will direct. The Lizard crew -- including Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske -- originally penned the screenplay.

Bill Gerber ("Gran Torino") also is producing with Knoxville's Dickhouse Prods. ("Jackass: The Movie"), Broken Lizard and Richard Perello ("Beerfest").

Repped by Verve and Benderspink, Pickering and Ricci also have an adaptation of Gitty Daneshvari's "School of Fear" in development with producer Graham King at Warner Bros.

Broken Lizard most recently wrote, directed and produced "The Slammin' Salmon." The comedy troupe also made "Club Dread," "Super Troopers" and "Beerfest" and is in postproduction on "Freeloaders." »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Slammin’ Salmon’ Should Be Sent Back

15 April 2010 6:11 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The Broken Lizard Comedy Troupe (Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske) have made consistently funny, unique comedies since they broke through with “Super Troopers” and followed that with two films that are arguably better - “Club Dread” and “Beerfest”. They’ve made their first dud with the pretty bad “The Slammin’ Salmon,” now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0

Barely released in theaters at the end of last year, “The Slammin’ Salmon” was swept under the rug and will be a straight-to-dvd release for most markets. Having been an admirer of their past work, I was stunned that they couldn’t even get a brief theatrical release for the first Broken Lizard film since 2006. Now I understand. “Salmon” is easily the group’s most ineffective film with only sporadic laughs, the pacing of a sitcom, and some truly awful gross-out humor. Worst of all, it’s completely forgettable. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Exclusive: Kevin Heffernan Gets Back in the Ring with The Slammin' Salmon

9 April 2010 12:46 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The comedic actor-turned director shares his thoughts on Broken Lizards' upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release

After a very long wait, Broken Lizard fans are finally going to get the gang's 5th official film The Slammin' Salmon, which hits home on DVD and Blu-ray April 13th courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. This time out, Kevin Heffernan has taken over the directorial reigns from usual ringleader Jay Chandrasekhar. And while it upholds the usual lunacy we've come to expect out of Broken Lizard, it's a strikingly different sort of comedic endeavor. The story finds former Heavyweight Champion of the World and current restaurant entrepreneur Slammin' Cleon Salmon indebted to the Japanese Yakuza. To pay off that debt, he challenges his wait staff to a contest where the top-selling server will win $10,000, while the waiter in last place gets a broken-rib sandwich from the champ himself. Needless to say, complete chaos ensues. We recently caught up with director, »

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Exclusive: Kevin Heffernan Reveals Plans for Rogue Scholars and Pot Quest

8 April 2010 10:32 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Rogue Scholars will be Broken Lizard's next Kevin Heffernan was making the press rounds in support of Broken Lizard's latest comedy release The Slammin' Salmon this afternoon, which hits home on DVD and Blu-ray April 13th. While discussing that film, the subject of Broken Lizard's new deal with Universal came up. According to Heffernan, Rogue Scholars will most likely be their next film. And the other project they currently have set up at Universal is Pot Quest, which will be a thematic follow-up to their 2006 film Beerfest. But Super Troopers 2 isn't being put on hold. It is being set up at a different studio with Jay Chandrasekhar set to direct. Broken Lizard hopes to get all three projects in production soon by attaching other members of the team to each individual film as a director. Here's what Kevin had to say about the future of his »

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Broken Lizard To Teach A Lesson In Comedy In Rogue Scholars

28 February 2010 1:22 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Universal must really like Broken Lizard. Not only has the studio agreed to pick up the comedy group.s film Rogue Scholars but a second untitled project too. THR reports that Motion Picture Corporation of America has jumped on board as well and will finance both films through its studio feature film investment fund. Rogue Scholars will star the group members - Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske . as five rowdy college professors. The plan is to attract audiences of all ages by having younger actors play the students, the Broken Lizard team star as the professors and more seasoned actors portray the administration. Details on the second project have yet to be revealed. As usual, the crew will also be penning the scripts both of which are currently in development. Teaming up with Broken Lizard is a solid deal for Universal. With films like »

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Universal Picks Up Broken Lizard's Rogue Scholars

26 February 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Universal Pictures has picked up Broken Lizard's comedy Rogue Scholars along with an untitled project from the comedy group, says The Hollywood Reporter . Rogue Scholars is a college comedy revolving around five unruly professors played by the members of Broken Lizard - Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. Details for the second project are being kept under wraps. Both are in the script stage. For "Rogue," the studio will try to cast college-aged comedians as the students, Broken Lizard as the teachers and an older generation as the administration. »

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Broken Lizard Returning With New Comedy 'Rogue Scholars'

26 February 2010 12:16 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It's not that they were ever really gone, it's that the Broken Lizard comedy troupe has sort of been laying low, making indies because they can't seem to get studio backing. But now THR is reporting that Universal has picked up two new projects from Broken Lizard, one untitled, the other called Rogue Scholars. Mpca (Motion Picture Corporation of America) has partnered with Bl and will finance both of the projects. Rogue is being developed as a college comedy revolving around five unruly professors played by the five members of Broken Lizard: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. Mpca's Brad Krevoy wants to introduce Broken Lizard to a wider audience. In theory, Rogue Scholars will try to reach three generations of comedy fans by aiming for "college-aged funnymen" as students, Bl as the teachers and an older generation as the administration. "We are »

- Alex Billington

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Broken Lizard Hire "Rogue Scholars"

26 February 2010 12:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Broken Lizard comedy troop ("Super Troopers," "Beerfest") have set "Rogue Scholars" as their next project for Universal Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

The quintet - Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske - will play unruly professors in this college-set comedy.

It's expected they'll hire college-aged comedians as the students and an older generation as the administration.

The studio will also release an untitled project the group are working on that's being kept secret. Both projects are still at the script stage. »

- Garth Franklin

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Universal Snaps Up Broken Lizard's Rogue Scholars

25 February 2010 9:58 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal picks up Broken Lizard's Rogue Scholars According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has picked up Broken Lizard's new comedy project, Rogue Scholars. In addition to this the studio bought an untitled project from the group.

The Motion Picture Corporation of America has teamed up with Broken Lizard on the films and is going to co-finance both projects via its studio feature film investment fund.

Rogue Scholars is being positioned as a college comedy centered around five unruly professors. They are played by the members of Broken Lizard which are Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. The group writes all their movies.

Presently, details about the second project are being kept secret. Both are in the script stage.

"Every five to 10 years, there's a new group that comes to the fore in the comedy world," Krevoy stated. "If you look at their body »

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Universal and Mpca Knows Broken Lizard Are a Bunch of Rogue Scholars

25 February 2010 9:36 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I’m a huge fan of the Broken Lizard bunch and while I’m still upset that I still haven’t seen their latest film, The Slammin’ Salmon, I’m happy to hear that Universal Pictures and Motion Picture Corporation of America have picked up two projects from the group.  The first project is called Rogue Scholars, which THR says is a “college comedy revolving around five unruly professors played by the members of Broken LizardJay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske.”  Details of the second project are being kept under wraps and both are still in the script stage.

The Broken Lizard films (Super Troopers, Club Dread, Beerfest) don’t tear up the box office, but they do well on DVD and build up a cult following.  I put Super Troopers on my Top 20 of the 2000s list because it’s so quotable and never gets old. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Universal, Mpca go 'Rogue' with Broken Lizard

25 February 2010 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal is getting into the Broken Lizard comedy business, picking up "Rogue Scholars" and an untitled project from the comedy group.

Motion Picture Corporation of America has partnered with Broken Lizard on the pictures and will co-finance both projects through its studio feature film investment fund.

"Rogue" is being developed as a college comedy revolving around five unruly professors played by the members of Broken Lizard -- Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. The group also handles writing chores for their movies.

Details for the second project are being kept under wraps. Both are in the script stage.

Brad Krevoy, Mike Callaghan and Reuben Liber of Mpca will produce with Richard Perello of Broken Lizard Industries.

Universal's Tracy Falco and Kiska Higgs will oversee the projects for the studio. Callaghan will oversee for Mpca.

By putting Broken Lizard into their terrarium, Universal gets a couple »

- By Borys Kit

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