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Bill Murray will become the 19th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor when he receives the award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 23.
“I’m honored by this award and by its timing,” Murray said in a statement. “I believe Mark Twain has rolled over in his grave so much for so long, that this news won’t disturb his peace.”
Kennedy Center president Deborah F. Rutter said in a statement, “since his first performances on ‘Saturday Night Live’ more than three decades ago,” Murray “has charmed us with unforgettable performances from an eclectic cast of characters.”
“His brilliant wit and infectious spirit continue to inspire our laughter across generations both on and off the screen. His unique brand of humor seems to defy time itself — always remaining relevant and relatable to new audiences — much like our award’s namesake,” said Rutter.
In receiving the award, Murray joins past honorees including Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey, among others. The award recognizes those who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the 19th-century novelist, essayist, social commentator and satirist who was born Samuel Clemens.
- Lamarco McClendon
Deadline is reporting that Bill Murray (Rock The Kasbah, The Jungle Book) is set to lead the cast for The King of Counterfeit, which is being directed by John McNaughton (Wild Things) and will also star Linda Cardellini (Daddy’s Home) and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games).
The film’s plot is centered around “two ambitious young counterfeiters and the crooked superstar lawyer who mentors them. The young couple gets rich after learning how to perfectly print counterfeit money, but when a murderous fellow con man feels threatened by their game, getting caught by the cops becomes the least of their worries.”
“I’m thrilled to be back working with both Bobby Greenhut and Bill Murray, who I last worked with on Caddyshack, and am also delighted that Lotus are a part of the producing team,” said producer Mike Medavoy.
The film will mark a reunion for Murray and McNaughton »
- Scott J. Davis
Who are the funniest, wackiest, cleverest, wittiest comic actors in the history of film and television? Take a look at our list and see who we came up with.
The top 25 laugh-getters…
#25…George Carlin: Probably the best stand-up comedian of all-time. He brilliantly satirized American culture, mixing his liberal social commentary with an often unapologetically coarse and dirty style of language. His penchant for obscenities was most evident in his trademark routine “Seven words you can never say on television”. No one was better at mocking the excesses of American culture than Carlin.
#24…Robin Williams: He had a manic energy and great improvisational skills. His hyper, free-form style inspired many comedians to follow, such as Jim Carrey. He shot to fame in the TV series Mork & Mindy, before breaking away to very successful movie career, appearing in films like Good Morning Vietnam, The World According to Garp, Mrs. Doubtfire and Popeye. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
"Broad City" actor John Gemberling is set to portray legendary comedian John Belushi in Netflix's original movie "A Futile & Stupid Gesture" which tells the tragic story of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney.
Will Forte is set to play Kenney, Domhnall Gleeson is co-founder Henry Beard, and Joel McHale will co-star as Chevy Chase in the film about Kenney who helped create the popular humor magazine and co-wrote comedy classics "Caddyshack" and "Animal House".
Kenney wound up struggling with drug and alcohol abuse before falling off a cliff in Hawaii under mysterious circumstances. David Wain ("Wet Hot American Summer") helms from a script by Michael Colton and John Aboud, based on the book by Josh Karp.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Mere hours after Domnhall Gleeson enlisted for Netflix’s original drama, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Joel McHale has been added to National Lampoon origins movie A Futile and Stupid Gesture as Chevy Chase.
It’s a casting coup that’s enough to send Troy and Abed into a tizzy, now that McHale has been set to portray his former Community co-star. Centering on National Lampoon co-founder Douglas Kenney (Will Forte), the feature film will chart the magazine’s meteoric rise to prominence in the early 70s when it became a comedic mainstay. Then, Kenney and Henry Beard (Gleeson) formed a creative team with fellow Harvard student Robert Hoffman, working on the likes of Caddyshack and Animal House in the years that followed.
But when Kenney uprooted to move to Hollywood, the success story was blighted by tragedy, after the creator succumbed to crippling depression. Soon thereafter, he was »
- Michael Briers
Kenney was the editor of the Harvard Lampoon when he met Henry Beard and Robert Hoffman, which, soon after graduation, resulted in the creation of National Lampoon, the humor magazine that became a major force and brand in 1970s comedy. Kenney ended up going Hollywood and succumbed to drug and alcohol issues before falling off a cliff in Hawaii under mysterious circumstances.
“Stupid Gesture” is eyeing an April start »
- Justin Kroll
The David Wain-helmed biopic follows National Lampoon co-founders Douglas Kenney (Will Forte) and Henry Beard (Domhnall Gleeson) and how they turned their humor magazine into a major force and brand in 1970s comedy.
Chase was a close friend of Kenney and also starred in the Kenney-penned "Caddyshack" and Nl's "Vacation" franchise. Chase was with Kenney in Hawaii prior to his death in Hawaii. The $15-20 million film aims to begin shooting later this month. Peter Principato and Jonathan Stern are producing.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, best known for roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, has closed a deal to star opposite Will Forte in Netflix’s National Lampoon movie, A Futile and Stupid Gesture.
Per Deadline, it’s understood that Gleeson will assume the role of Henry Beard, who co-founded the esteemed humor magazine with Doug Kenney (Forte), before going on to hatch the likes of Caddyshack and Animal House. Set to be based on Josh Karp’s novel of the same name, A Futile and Stupid Gesture may have its roots in comedy, but Netflix’s drama will ultimately be a tragic one, charting Doug Kenney’s spiral into depression, leading to an untimely death at 33 years young.
The negative reviews »
- Michael Briers
Negotiations are underway between Will Forte, David Wain (director of Wet Hot American Summer) and Netflix, regarding the creation of A Futile and Stupid Gesture. The project is set to follow the life and death of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney, whom Forte would portray in the film.
Although the National Lampoon franchise is known for its comedic material, Kenney’s story is a tragic one. After creating National Lampoon with Henry Beard and Robert Hoffman – all Harvard graduates – Kenney moved to Los Angeles to be closer to the creation of films like Animal House and Caddyshack. A drug and alcohol problem began soon after.
His issues came to a head when friend Chevy Chase took him on a trip to Hawaii:
- Mitchel Broussard
The late Second City alumnus Ramis is most known for his roles in “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes,” directing “Caddyshack” and writing the screenplay for “Animal House” and “Groundhog Day.” Second City’s new Chicago-based school plans to build on Ramis’ legacy as a writer, director, producer and performer, while utilizing Second City’s comedy approach to teach improv and content creation.
“Harold Ramis was the quintessential Second City writer-performer — intelligent, funny and devoted to the spirit of ensemble,” said Andrew Alexander, CEO and executive producer of Second City. “His early mentoring of the Second City TV cast set the template for how that show would operate for eight seasons. His unselfish and generous spirit dominated the many wonderful films that he directed and wrote. »
- Jacob Bryant
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