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The Neighbors concept is getting a supernatural twist in the upcoming comedy Ghost Bros. Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener, best known for their work on the TV sitcom Happy Endings, are responsible for the screenplay. Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels is producing the horror comedy for Paramount under his Broadway Video banner.
Ghost Bros. kicks off in the 80s, and centers on two hapless Fraternity brothers who die inside their fraternity house. They end up sticking around to haunt the present day owners. According to The Tracking Board, Sam Grey is the executive producer for Broadway. Alana Mayo and Gabby Canton are overseeing the project for Paramount.
Lorne Michaels has produced a number of movies over the past 40 years, some adaptations of Saturday Night Live sketches. Most of these movies have been set up as projects for current SNL players or alums. He was behind Mean Girls, which was »
Molly Shannon didn’t make it onto “Saturday Night Live” the first time she auditioned, but when she got her chance five years later, she didn’t let it get away. This was one of the many reveals at “An Afternoon With Molly Shannon” held at the Seattle International Film Festival on Sunday.
Shannon was at the festival with two films; “Miles,” which screened earlier in the day, and “Other People,” which screened immediately following the conversation between Shannon and Variety editor Jenelle Riley. “Miles,” in which Shannon plays the mother of a teen boy who joins the girls’ volleyball team in hopes of a scholarship, made its world premiere at Siff. “Other People” premiered at Sundance earlier in the year, where Shannon earned raves as a woman dying of cancer whose son (Jesse Plemons) moves home to care for her.
Shannon noted that “Other People” might be her most »
- Variety Staff
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have proven to be a successful comedy duo in two movies. Now they are set to make a third together. This time, they've decided on a sequel to Daddy's Home, the hit comedy from last Christmas that managed to survive in the wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today, Paramount Pictures and Gary Sanchez Productions have officially announced that Daddy's Home 2 is happening.
Daddy's Home proved to be a crowd pleasing comedy that perfectly matched nice guy Will Ferrell with cool, tough biker Mark Wahlberg in a battle of wits. The movie pulled in $150.3 million domestically. And it made another $90 million overseas. That brought its worldwide grosses to $240 million, making it a blockbuster hit. The movie was the biggest offshore release in Will Ferrell's long and storied history.
It's safe to say Saturday Night Live's Mary Katherine Gallagher was the queen of awkward for anyone who grew up in the '90s and 2000s. And when Molly Shannon's fan-favorite SNL character made it to the big screen with Superstar in 1999, Mary Katherine Gallagher became more quotable than ever. Meanwhile, Will Ferrell stole the spotlight as Sky Corrigan - the popular guy with all the creative dance moves and some pretty unforgettable one-liners. For a fun dose of nostalgia, check out 18 memorable Superstar quotes you can use in everyday life. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
“Let me feel your fifteen-ness!” cackled Jennifer Lopez, beckoning a fresh-faced American Idol hopeful — one not even eligible for a driver’s permit — to come a little closer during Thursday’s two-hour audition telecast.
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Youth may be wasted on the young, but it’s apparently the lifeblood of the House That Jordin Sparks Bedazzled in this, its farewell season.
Several times over this week, we witnessed J.Lo, Harry and/or Keith crushing a youngster with the “you’re not really ready” speech — then turning around and giving ’em »
5 items from 2016
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