18 items from 2015
Some comedians burn brightly then fade away. Surfing a hit TV series or breakout supporting role to a movie lead, sometimes even a hit one, they can become overexposed, or have too many flops, and find themselves returning to relative obscurity or more modest creative pursuits. Will Ferrell is not one of those people. 2015 marks twenty years since he first appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” on which he quickly became one of the most valuable players. Twelve years since he became a fully-flung movie star with “Old School” and “Elf,” and Ferrell still remains one of the most in-demand comic names around. Sure, there have been misfires and flops along the way (this week’s “Get Hard” being one of them, at least according to our review), but his success rate has remained higher than most. Even in his worst films, or in his briefest appearances in other people's films, »
- The Playlist Staff
Recently, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma was disbanded when members were caught on tape singing, "There will never be a n****r Sae." Since the release of the video, students at Sae chapters outside Oklahoma University have also come forward saying they too have heard the song on their campuses.
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"The incident in Oklahoma, that is a real argument for getting rid of the system altogether, in my opinion, even having been through a fraternity," Ferrell, 47, answered when asked during a New York Times Q&A in Austin, TX what he thought of college fraternities.
"Because when you break it down, it really is about creating cliques and clubs and being »
In a competitive situation, Showtime has landed Dice, a single-camera scripted comedy starring controversial actor-comedian Andrew Dice Clay, with a six-episode straight-to-series order. Created and written by Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover Part II), Dice, from Fox 21 TV Studios, chronicles “the semi-true stories of Andrew Dice Clay, one of the most polarizing men on the planet.” It follows the comedian as he works in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while… »
Hickory dickory dock, Showtime is giving Dice a shot.
Andrew Dice Clay, the chain-smoking, R-rated comedian who gained notoriety in the 1990s, will headline a scripted series loosely based on his life, the premium cabler announced Friday.
Dice, a half-hour single-camera comedy, will follow the abrasive stand-up “as he works in Vegas to resurrect his career while supporting his family. And his girlfriend. And his ex-fiancée. And his ex-wife. And his mother-in-law. And his son’s band,” per the series official logline.
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment present two of the best comedy-drama actors around as they take on the story about two estranged siblings who are reunited after ten years apart. Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, The Skeleton Twins was directed by Craig Johnson (True Adolescents), written by Johnson and Mark Heyman (Black Swan), and co-stars Luke Wilson (Old School), Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”), Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Joanna Gleason (Last Vegas).
The DVD also features a whole host of extras which includes a Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, “To Whom it May Concern: Making The Skeleton Twins” Featurette, “Sweet Moves” Featurette, a load of audio commentary and this exclusive outtake clip, »
- Dan Bullock
Will Ferrell has no problem going the extra mile for a joke. Whether it.s streaking in Old School or climbing into a bear pit for Anchorman, Ferrell frequently pushes the envelope if it means he.s going to get the biggest laugh. As we prepare for his next feature, Get Hard, however, Ferrell wants us to know that we haven.t seen anything yet. We recently ventured down to New Orleans to watch Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart on the set of Get Hard. And without giving away any of the film's best jokes, we witnessed Ferrell with a knife In his skull . while later, Hart revealed that the duo would be sharing a scene with a baboon. Those shots, however, have nothing on a scene that Ferrell said they are saving for the final day of the shoot. because he might have chickened out if they tried to »
I'm on the set of "Get Hard," and Kevin Hart is cracking himself up. Some context is in order. Hart, Will Ferrell, actress Edwina Finley (as Hart's wife) and Ariana Neal (as Hart's young daughter) are sitting around a table on a New Orleans soundstage. It's a dinner scene. Ferrell's character James, a business executive wrongfully convicted of tax evasion, has hired Hart's character Darnell to prep him for prison under the assumption that the car wash owner has served time. There's just one problem: Darnell hasn't been behind bars a day in his life. In this scene, he's forced to concoct a story about his criminal past after James puts him on the spot during dinner. And by "concoct," I mean "pass off a scene from the movie 'Boyz N the Hood' as an episode from his own life." "Rickaaaaay! Rickaaaaay!" Hart screams near the tail end of his monologue. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Flickering Myth chats with Vince Vaughn…
Frustrated with in fighting and office politics, Dan Trunkman quits his secure job to launch his own company with just two associates – the naïve, inexperienced Mike (Dave Franco) and the world weary Tim (Tom Wilkinson) who is nearing retirement. But the new venture is struggling to survive in a harsh economic climate and Dan and his colleagues need to win a lucrative deal with a large, European owned corporation to keep afloat.At first Dan is convinced that the deal is done and heads to Portland, Oregon, confident that it’s in the bag. But once there, he discovers that his old employers, represented by his former boss, Chuck Fortnoy (Sienna Miller »
- Luke Owen
Director: Ken Scott; Screenwriter: Steve Conrad; Starring: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael, Nick Frost, James Marsden; Running time: 91 mins; Certificate: 15
Vince Vaughn's desperate need for a career recharge hits a critical point with his latest comedy Unfinished Business, a story of three down-and-out salesmen who form their own company and head to Europe in a bid to close a deal ahead of a competitor.
The film aims to harness the spirit of Vaughn's best comedies from a decade ago,Old School and Dodgeball (a Vaughn-led band of misfits triumph over adversity), but this is a mere shadow of those films, painfully lacking in laughs or any characters that leave a lasting impression. The True Detective-inspired Vaughnaissance can't get here fast enough.
Vince Vaughn moved to Hollywood at age 18, straight out of high school. And, like many starry-eyed aspiring actors, one of his first stops was Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see where famous stars like Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe had encased their hands and feet in cement.
More than 25 years later, much has changed. It’s now called the Tcl Chinese Theatre. Many other actors have been added from Jennifer Aniston to Tom Cruise. And Vaughn has gone from struggling actor to bonafide movie star, with hits like “The Lost World,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Old School” on his resume. His latest comedy, “Unfinished Business,” hits theaters March 6.
So when Vaughn was told the theater wanted to encase his hands and feet in cement in the forecourt on March 4, he was thrilled.
“Getting the letter asking me, I thought about growing up and being a fan of all those folks,” he says. »
- Jenelle Riley
In the years since he strutted onto the scene — lean, handsome, mouth running a mile a minute — in Doug Liman’s Swingers (1996), Vince Vaughn has become one of the poster boys for the mainstream American comedy: from romantic (The Break-Up) to bromantic (Old School), pretty good (Wedding Crashers) to very bad (Fred Claus) to frankly unnecessary (Delivery Man). His new film, Unfinished Business, falls into that last sub-category — perhaps not coincidentally, as it, too, has been directed by Ken Scott (Delivery Man was Scott’s remake of his own homegrown Quebecois hit, Starbuck). A guys-gone-
- Jon Frosch
With an all-star cast that includes Chris Evans (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Michelle Monaghan (Due Date) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Playing It Cool is an offbeat romantic comedy from debut feature director Justin Reardon and is described as Swingers meets 500 Days of Summer.
Check out the trailer below:
Playing it Cool is this generation’s ‘Swingers’ meets ‘500 Days of Summer’, a fresh and quirky story of a slight pretentious man, our ‘narrator’ (Evans), who falls for an unlikely girl, ‘her’ (Monaghan), and will stop at nothing to get her even after realizing she is already in a relationship. Like a young ‘Walter Mitty’, it tells the story of a quarter-life crisis amidst figuring out who you are and what your destiny holds.
- Luke Owen
It was the lip sync battle to end all lip sync battles!Jimmy Fallon took on Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart during "The Tonight Show's" Super Bowl special -- and it was the best one yet! See All the Explosive Super Bowl Movie TrailersThe "Old School" star performed Beyonce's "Drunk in Love," bringing down the house by adding Bey's trademark moves. As the late night host put it, "You can't unsee that." Hart later brought his "Get Hard" costar to tears when he lip synced John Legend's ballad "All of Me."Britney Spears Had an Epic Reunion at the Super Bowl Meanwhile, Fallon did a rendition of Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone," but surprised everyone when he had Drew Barrymore join him to help lip sync the "Dirty Dancing" hit "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.The best part? »
- tooFab Staff
Every parent’s worst nightmare could soon become a reality on NBC.
Your thoughts on Problem Child? Any casting suggestions? Drop ‘em all in the comments section below.
The 30-minute single-cam family comedy, inspired by the original 1990 film, in which the late John Ritter starred, follows the cat-and-mouse game between a brilliant yet mischievous child and his parents.
The pickup marks NBC’s 11th comedy in contention for the 2015-16 cycle, and the net’s second of the day. “Cuckoo,” based on the British series starring Andy Samberg, was also ordered to pilot Thursday.
Armstrong, who wrote the screenplay for “The Hangover Part II” and worked on “Old School” and “Road Trip,” will exec produce, alongside Brian Grazer (“24″), Simonds (“State of Affairs”), Traugott and Kaplan, who worked on “Manhattan Love Story” together. Armstrong will pen the pilot. Universal TV, Tbd Entertainment, Imagine TV and Stx Entertainment will produce.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
NBC is moving ahead with its Problem Child reboot. The network on Thursday handed out a pilot order to the comedy inspired by the 1990 John Ritter film of the same name, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From writer Scot Armstrong (The Hangover II, Old School, Road Trip), the half-hour single-camera comedy is described as a family show about the cast-and-mouse game between a set of parents and their brilliant but mischievous child. The comedy, which landed at the network in September with a script order, will be executive produced by Armstrong, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan via their Universal Television-based Tbd
- Lesley Goldberg
Pilot season is currently in full swing, with NBC issuing a pilot order for Problem Child. The half-hour sitcom is based on the 1990 feature film comedy of the same name, which starred John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck and Michael Oliver as the title character. The original movie followed a couple who get conned into adopting a seemingly-normal 7-year-old boy, before learning that he leaves destruction everywhere he goes.
The series is described as a family show, following two parents' "cat-and-mouse game" with their brilliant yet devilish child. Scot Armstrong, who wrote features such as Road Trip, Old School and The Hangover Part II, wrote the pilot script. The writer will also serve as an executive producer alongside Imagine Television's Brian Grazer, Tbd Entertainment's Peter Traugott and Universal TV's Rachel Kaplan.
Have you ever seen Will Ferrell really flip his shit? Well, actually, he did that a little bit of that in Old School. And in Anchorman. And in Zoolander. And Elf. So, in most of his films there.s at least one major freakout moment. His latest one in the upcoming movie Zeroville might take the cake, though. Zeroville: working with the funniest man alive, will farrell. Um vídeo publicado por James Franco (@jamesfrancotv) em Jan 20, 2015 at 3:32 Pst James Franco, Will Ferrell.s co-star and director of Zeroville, revealed the footage you see above on his Instagram account and we.re already intrigued. It.s pretty poor quality, since he filmed it from a TV screen, but we want to see more of Ferrell throwing papers up in the air as Franco screams, "It.s art!" Based on the 2007 novel by Steve Erickson, Zeroville is the story of »
18 items from 2015
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