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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl scribe Jesse Andrews (of both the novel and the screenplay) has just announced his next project, of which he will both write and direct. With Bill Hader now locked in as the lead, Empress of Serenity, which is inspired by David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, appears to have great potential.
According to Deadline, Andrews’ script is an edgy comedy following an animal rights lawyer who, while grieving his mother’s death, finds unlikely friendship after he’s coerced by his estranged father to go on a 45-day cruise.
Empress of Serenity will mark Andrews’ directorial debut. The film will be produced by Stephen Chbosky, along with Mr. Mudd’s Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith and John Malkovich. Per The Wrap, The group previously collaborated on The Perks of Being a Wallflower, of which — like Andrews with »
- William Fanelli
Ten years ago, Comedy Central debuted the cult-favorite sketch show Stella, created by comedy trio Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain. Ten episodes later, the show was canceled. In honor of the show's "cancelversary," Fast Company recently brought the troupe back together for a formal oral history to discuss the origin of the show, its cancellation, and the possibility of a revival.
From co-creator and star Michael Ian Black:
"We were open to anything, but the sensibility was the sensibility and that wouldn’t have changed. I definitely think we could have done much more given the opportunity. I would still love to revisit it at some point."
Since the cancellation of Stella, all three have participated in numerous projects, high among them the Netflix revival series of the film Wet Hot American Summer, which premiered on July 31.
In the oral history, »
Jonathan Rosenbaum talks with Fabrice Aragno about working with Jean-Luc Godard and with Oja Kodar about working with Orson Welles. He's also posted his essays on Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville's Soft and Hard, on Frank Tashlin and on Fritz Lang's M. Also in today's roundup: interviews with David Wain, John Waters, Kim Novak and Nicolas Winding Refn; two books on Woody Allen; a new package of films by Patricio Guzmán; The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 40; an appreciation of Peter Bogdanovich's Texasville; Danny Boyle's confirmed that a sequel to Trainspotting is in the works—and more. » - David Hudson »
You might not immediately recognize Jonathan Stern's name, but if you've watched anything funny over the last 10 years, you've more than likely seen his work. The incredibly prolific producer has collaborated with David Wain, Paul Scheer, Rob Corddry and more to help produce shows including Hulu's "Hotwives" series, "Burning Love," "Children's Hospital," "Garfunkel and Oates" and "Wet Hot American Summer." Read More: What Brings Comedians Together? According to 'Hotwives of Orlando' Creators, 'We Want to Feel Like We're Still in That Old Porn Theater' Working behind the scenes, Stern took the experience he gained working in the New York independent film scene and applied it to producing comedy on a platform-agnostic level. This means that in an industry where tons of potential films and TV shows die unseen, he actually gets projects made. Which, as he explains below, is why comedians keep coming back to work with him. ...
- Liz Shannon Miller
You might not immediately recognize Jonathan Stern's name, but if you've watched anything funny over the last 10 years, you've more than likely seen his work. The incredibly prolific producer has collaborated with David Wain, Paul Scheer, Rob Corddry and more to help produce shows including Hulu's "Hotwives" series, "Burning Love," "Children's Hospital," "Garfunkel and Oates" and "Wet Hot American Summer." Read More: What Brings Comedians Together? According to 'Hotwives of Orlando' Creators, 'We Want to Feel Like We're Still in That Old Porn Theater' Working behind the scenes, Stern took the experience he gained working in the New York independent film scene and applied it to producing comedy on a platform-agnostic level. This means that in an industry where tons of potential films and TV shows die unseen, he actually gets projects made. Which, as he explains below, is why comedians keep coming back to work with him. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Moving with shark-like restlessness between webseries, TV and film, the prolifically talented David Wain has been on a particular roll of late. For his next project after last year’s tragically underseen/dumped romcom parody They Came Together, Wain has come back strong with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a Netflix miniseries prequel to his most widely/cultishly beloved film to date. Wain will be in conversation with his longtime collaborator Michael Ian Black at Ifp’s Film Week on Sunday, September 20 (details and tickets here), and agreed to answer a few questions by email beforehand. Filmmaker: Like a lot of people who enjoyed They Came Together, […] »
- Vadim Rizov
The Screen Forward: Ifp Conference is set to run in New York from September 20-25 and will include workshops, case studies, discussions and networking events.
Highlights are expected to include a discussion between Michael Ian Black and writer David Wain on his collaboration with Netflix on Wet Hot American Summer, Carol producer Christine Vachon (pictured) and Sony Pictures Classics co-founder Michael Barker.
Round table networking sessions will feature executives from Paradigm, Fandor, Preferred Content, Slamdance and Condé Nast.
“It is the place where aspiring artists meet established filmmakers, where new discoveries are uncovered and seasoned experts learn from emerging talent, inspiring a more creative, more sustainable »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: 10 Reasons You Should Apply to the Ifp Filmmaker Lab The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced today the lineup for its largest annual event, Screen Forward: Ifp Conference, which will run from September 20-25 at Lincoln Center in New York City. The program includes a wide selection of workshops, case studies and discussions with some of the biggest names and media organizations the creative community has to offer. Some of the lineup's highlights include industry talks with writer-comedians David Wain and Michael Ian Black ("Wet Hot American Summer"), Killer Films producer Christine Vachon ("Carol"), co-founder of @radical.media Jon Kamen, and president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics Michael Barker. Additional events include "Who Needs the Boys Club?," a discussion on inequality in the entertainment industry featuring director Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), and case studies on »
- Tarek Shoukri
Today, Ifp (Filmmaker‘s parent organization) announced the full lineup for the annual Screen Forward: Ifp Conference. Taking place this year from September 20-25 at Lincoln Center, the program consists of several different sections. Among Industry Talks, you’ll find a discussion with longtime collaborators David Wain and Michael Ian Black, whose resurrected Wet Hot American Summer has recently made a splash on Netflix, and one with Christine Vachon, the Killer Films producer whose latest project is Todd Haynes’ forthcoming, keenly anticipated Carol. Some other highlights, as noted in the press release: *“Who Needs the Boys Club?” a discussion on inequality and the misperceptions […] »
- Filmmaker Staff
Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, the creators of Comedy Central’s Another Period, were talking last fall with the show’s production staff and writing team about possible replacements for an actor who had dropped out of the project. David Wain, who was working in another suite in the same building on his show Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, popped his head into the meeting to say hello.
Related: Wet Hot American Summer: the obscure cult favourite is about to get a TV reboot
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- Scott Porch
“Well guys, we’ve made it to the end of the summer in one piece, except for a few campers who are lepers. “
Wet Hot American Summer from 2001, is a comedy about summer camp, a spoof of movies about summer camp, a grab bag of random absurdity and a collection filmmakers and now-familiar actors hamming it up as hard as they can. It didn’t make much of a splash when it premiered 14 years ago (I don’t think it even played theatrically here in St. Louis, but I could be wrong about that), but it’s developed such a cult following over the past 14 years that Netflix has made a sequel series, Wet Hot American Summer – First Day Of Camp.
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- Tom Stockman
The historical satire, which co-stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as two sisters who want to become as rich and famous in 1902 as the Hilton siblings did in the modern age, will get a second-season run on the Viacom-owned cable network.
The network said full episodes from the series’ first season have been seen by more than 9 million viewers, while clips have received 4.6 million views in various digital venues.
“Another Period” is written by, executive produced by and stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, is exec produced and directed by Jeremy Konner and executive produced by Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein. Monika Zielinska and Tara Schuster are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central. Red Hour is Stiller’s production company.
- Brian Steinberg
Directed by David Wain
Released on July 31, 2015 by Netflix
When Wet Hot American Summer was released in 2001, it was poorly received by critics and flopped at the box office, but thanks to DVD rentals it garnered a huge cult following in the wake of its failure. The affectionate send-up of ’80s summer camp romps like Meatballs and Porky’s was the brainchild of David Wain, who first cut his teeth on The State, a scattershot mid-90’s sketch show that lasted 26 episodes on MTV. It was Wain’s first film, and it featured an excellent cast of relatively unknown actors at the time, which included Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Poehler, to name a few. Considered by many to be the first “great” American comedy of the 21st century, it’s hard »
The setting of Netflix’s weird and hilarious new series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp fills me with joyful nostalgia
Years ago I was a camp counsellor in California: the type that makes friendship bracelets, sings by the campfire and helps little girls learn to ride horses. I was a good one, I think, nothing like the majority at Camp Firewood, the setting for Netflix’s new series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. But oh how I love Camp Firewood, and all the terrible, weird people who stay there.
Wet Hot American Summer was originally a 2001 film, a satire set on the last day of summer camp. It pulled in a ridiculously high calibre cast including Janeane Garofalo, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and David Hyde Pierce. In David Wain and Michael Showalter’s fictional camp, nothing was too silly, or juvenile, or just plain gross. »
- Bim Adewunmi
Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot Trailer. Amy Rice‘s Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot (2015) movie trailer stars Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon and Joe Lo Truglio. Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot‘s plot synopsis: “In 2000, David Wain and Michael Showalter set out […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
Set photographer Amy Rice shot 25 hours of behind-the-scenes footage of David Wain and Michael Showalter’s 2000 campy camp classic Wet Hot American Summer, capturing pretty cool impressions by then-rookie actors like Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni and Amy Poehler. The result is the docu Hurricane Of Fun: The Making Of Wet Hot, a pic to which Amplify Releasinng just nabbed worldwide rights. It bows on iTunes and other digital platforms beginning today. The… »
The film, which is available on iTunes starting today, will be released on digital platforms.
“The Making of Wet Hot” is directed by Amy Rice (“By the People: The Election of Barack Obama”), who served as the set photographer of the original film. Rice shot 25 hours of footage at the time that she used to stitch together her doc.
“If your friends buried a time capsule for you 15 years ago, filled it with stuff that would make you really happy, and you just came upon it, ‘Hurricane of Fun’ would pretty much be that,” said Dylan Marchetti, chief creative officer for Amplify Releasing, who negotiated the deal with producer Jack Turner of Matador. “If your home movies were this much fun, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
There’s no point in burying the lede here: “Electro/City” is not only the best episode of Wet Hot American Summer yet, it is also the best episode of television I’ve seen this year.It serves as a bridge episode for the series, delivering payoffs for many of the story arcs that the series has been juggling, as well as setting up the season’s endgame. It’s more focused than past episodes have been, concentrating much of the show’s cast into a single location: the camp auditorium. And it lets co-writers Michael Showalter and David Wain, and their cast, really flex their well-developed musical muscles. Lindsay flees rock-star Eric’s hermit cabin and makes her way back to camp. She allows Jj his requisite boob squeeze, and then whips out her typewriter to finish her career-making article for Rock & Roll World magazine. But before she can finish, »
- Brian Feldman
After initially jumping around TV roles in series like Boston Legal, The Practice, and HBO's short-lived How to Make it in America, Lake Bell established herself as a leading comedic actress on Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital, and made her screenwriting and directorial debut with the 2013 critical hit In a World ... In her latest role, Bell joins the cast of comedy who’s-whos in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer prequel as Donna, Coop's exasperating love interest. In this interview, which was prefaced with a warning that she was "on baby duty" at home in Brooklyn (she’s also a relatively new mother), Bell discusses her relationship with the first Wet Hot, what it was like being a newbie at camp, and how she juggled being a new mom and saying funny lines at the very same time.Did you have a connection to the first movie? Were you a fan? »
- Lucas Kavner
David Wain, the creator of “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” said that shooting the Netflix prequel series “was sort of insane.” “It was a real throwback. It felt like a family reunion and a college reunion all at once,” Wain told TheWrap in an interview. “I remember very specifically the first day of shooting we shot the staff meeting scene outside the office, and seeing everyone sitting on those steps, I almost had an out-of-body experience.” Wain, who directed and co-wrote the original 2001 cult hit film that the series is based on, also said making the show. »
- Joe Otterson
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