15 items from 2014
You’d be forgiven if you watched the first trailer for Ari Sandel‘s The Duff and believed that you were watching a trailer for a new parody feature, in the vein of Not Another Teen Movie or Epic Movie. After all, this first trailer hits all the beats of parody, filled with the kind of worn-out tropes and flaccid observations about teen life that would not be out of place with a poorly received nineties teen comedy or a tongue-in-cheek send-up from the aughts. The problem, of course, is that The Duff is a straightforward feature. In short terms, it’s all real. As our friends over at UpRoxx note, “someone has made an unsatirical Not Another Teen Movie,” one that even uses the old “this girl who wears overalls is unattractive and we know that because she wears overalls” trick. And it’s certainly an old trick. It’s just too bad it hasn’t »
- Kate Erbland
In a parallel universe, Alison Brie and Jennifer Lawrence starred in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer parody, which featured a lot of jokes about vaginas. But really, this actually happened in 2007 when Not Another Teen Movie’s Mike Bender filmed a TV pilot for a thing called Not Another High School Show. It didn't go over so well. He cast voice actor H. Jon Benjamin as a creeper janitor and Lawrence as the student he pervs on. He also turned Brie into a dumb-as-a-doorknob version of Buffy. The jokes are all low-hanging fruit, but maybe that’s your thing, and that’s cool. Watch the terrible Muffy the Vampire Slayer for a peek at baby J-Law and at a blonde Brie making jokes about her pubic hair. Somewhere, Joss Whedon is shaking his head...
- Alison Nastasi
Wow. It's hard to imagine a world where Jennifer Lawrence and Alison Brie co-star in a bizarre Comedy Central sit-com spoof about high school students, but somewhere, in some alternate timeline, that's exactly what's happening.
Sure, the inspiration for the show, the spoof film Not Another Teen Movie, came out a full six years before they filmed this, but it's not like spoofs have to be timely or anything.
In the short clip, which was just part of the pilot, Alison Brie stars as Muffy the Vampire Slayer. She's tasked with hunting down a teen wolf. Then she murders a janitor played by H. Jon Benjamin, who went »
The year was 2006, and five years after the release of the successful spoof film "Not Another Teen Movie," it was decided a TV spinoff of the film was a good idea. And so, Comedy Central ordered up a pilot for "Not Another High School Show," and the reason you don't remember it is because the network declined to order a full season. Now you can see why. On the occasion of Jennifer Lawrence's birthday today, a clip is going around the web (via Defamer) of a scene from the high school parody show in which she cameos. But more interesting is watching Alison Brie stretch the broad comedic muscles she would bring to "Community" three years later. Brie does what she can with dead-on-arrival material. Meanwhile, another clip from the show featuring Jeffrey Christopher Todd, Anna Osceola, and John Keefe has been online for a while, and it isn't so great either. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Once upon a time, long ago (seven years, to be exact), Comedy Central tried to do a spin-off of the hilarious parody film Not Another Teen Movie by creating Not Another Teen Show, and if you're thinking, "Wow, I had no idea," it's because it never actually made it to your television screen. But they did shoot a pilot for the show back in 2007, and—this is the best part—it starred Hollywood starlets Jennifer Lawrence and Alison Brie. Oh, how far they've come. The 2-minute-and-some-change clip features Mad Men and Community star Brie as "Muffy the Vampire Slayer" (hmm, wonder what they could be spoofing there), a high school student on the hunt for a werewolf, while »
Before she was Katniss Everdeen and an Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence was going out for pilot season just like every other struggling actress. In 2007, Lawrence landed a bit part on a Comedy Central pilot called “Not Another High School Show,” which attempted to cash in on the success of such films as “Scary Movie” and “Not Another Teen Movie,” which were big in the early aughts. See video: ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ First Trailer: Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Is Dazed and Confused (Video) In a newly uncovered clip from the pilot which was not picked up, “Community's” Alison Brie did her best Sarah. »
- Linda Ge
It's not just Flashback Friday - it's also Jennifer Lawrence's birthday. To celebrate this twofer holiday, please enjoy this clip from the pilot of a TV series that never made it to air, 2007's Not Another High School Show, which was a parody similar to the movie Not Another Teen Movie. Alison Brie plays the lead, Muffy, a parody of Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Sarah Michelle Gellar, and things get really ridiculous before Lawrence pops up at about 1:45. Front Page Image Source: Getty »
Off the success of Not Another Teen Movie in 2007, Mike Bender was asked by Comedy Central to make a TV version. The result was the failed pilot Not Another High School Show. Here's where it gets fun: Attending said fake high-school were Jennifer Lawrence and Alison Brie. As you'll see in the clip below, Brie plays Muffy the Vampire Slayer, because vagina jokes. Lawrence just plays a regs teen (who gets hit on by a dying H. Jon Benjamin). Lawrence has been nominated for three Oscars since. Happy Birthday, Jennifer! »
- Jesse David Fox
The great thing about this Horrible Bosses 2 teaser is that it doesn’t tell you anything about the movie at all. It exists only to raise questions, show off some impressive physical comedy and to put dirty words in Jennifer Aniston‘s mouth. Familiar faces are flashed, and we learn that Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman are back to perpetrate a kidnapping. But why? They wanted to murder their bosses in the first film because they were awful. Now, their criminal path isn’t so clear. Yet, Aniston’s character’s proclivities are back in full force. See for yourself: It’s good to see the old gang back in slow motion status, but Sean Anders (Sex Drive, That’s My Boy) has taken over the helm from Seth Gordon. Granted, their comic sensibilities aren’t exactly alien, and the trailer makes it look like they’ve captured the low stakes magic again. Watching »
- Scott Beggs
What makes a classic? Sarah digs into the ‘90s teen genre to find the difference between an iconic movie and a forgotten one...
The 90s revival can’t be ignored any longer. The nostalgia is in full bloom right now: walk down the high street and you’ll see 90s-inspired crop tops and stonewashed denim in every shop window, while current cool kids Iggy Azalea and Charli Xcx (neither of whom were old enough to see the film at the time) have paid slavish tribute to Clueless in the video for their current single Fancy. We’ve already pillaged the ‘80s for all they were worth and now, apparently, it’s time to start excavating the 90s. No matter how old that makes us feel.
If there’s one film genre that screams “90s”, it’s the teen movie. The decade was a kind of golden age for the »
You know what movie has actually held up surprisingly well? Not Another Teen Movie. Sure, some of its crudeness (like the opening bedroom scene) is a bit antiquated now, but overall it's a funny, wry dismemberment of a whole generation's worth of teen movies. Plus it's got a great cast that makes us wish Chris Evans would do more comedies. We hope that a decade from now we'll be saying the same thing about They Came Together, a deadpan spoof of cheesy romantic comedies from the team that made Wet Hot American Summer. And we stress hope, because the first trailer for the film isn't exactly the laugh riot we'd expect from a comedy starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler who find themselves living in a typical rom-com world complete with stereotypical friends and...
- Peter Hall
Jaime Pressly won an Emmy for her work on "My Name is Earl," but her career in outlandish comedy didn't begin or end there. The actress who riled us with her sendup of "Bring It On" in "Not Another Teen Movie" and her comic chops in "I Love You, Man" is now playing Marlon Wayans' wife -- God help her -- in "A Haunted House 2." We caught up with Pressly to discuss the movie's legitimate, ridiculous scares and the time she almost impaled herself on her Emmy. »
- Louis Virtel
In some ways, Chris Evans (Not Another Teen Movie) crossed a nerd picket-line. When he was cast as Captain America: The First Avenger, there was a small contingent of fans who would not let this stand. After all, it was years earlier when Evans was the Human Torch, in two Fantastic Four films that apparently Fox is trying to get you to forget. Now that there's The Fantastic Four coming next summer, there's a new Human Torch, and Evans has well-wishes for Michael B. Jordan (All My Children). Speaking to the New York Daily News while promoting Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Evans (Cellular) discussed how psyched he was to see Jordan's version of the character. In nerd-speak, yes, he gave his blessings. "It's so funny, you almost feel precious over the role that you don't want someone else to do it. But when you hear someone phenomenal is doing »
In an exclusive with Variety magazine, the news comes suddenly that actor Chris Evans, most recently known for his role as Captain America in the Marvel universe, is ready to leave acting behind in pursuit of a career as a director. Worry not though, Marvel fans, he wants to give his six film contract everything he’s got before he hangs up the shield.
“If I’m acting at all, it’s going to be under Marvel contract, or I’m going to be directing,” he says. “I can’t see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I’m contractually obligated to do.”
Evans’ six-picture deal with Marvel is in the process of nearing completion, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier being his newest addition. With Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers under his belt already, with the additions of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, »
- Matthew Ceo
There’s no escaping Captain America — especially for the actor behind the blue mask. That’s not just a career assessment. It’s a physical reality. To gear up as the iconic Marvel superhero, Chris Evans, the star of the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” once again dons his trademark patriotic suit, which requires the actor to wear a snug latex undergarment that keeps the uniform from clinging to his sculpted muscles.
Given the confines of the zip-from-the-back costume, Evans jokes that there’s one thing audiences won’t see Captain America do — head to the bathroom. “Not to get too graphic,” he says, “but you’d better hope you’re on a nice schedule in that thing. There are all these zippers and buttons.” And he only sheds the suit with the help of a wardrobe entourage. “You could fight all day; you’re not getting out of it. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
15 items from 2014
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