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Mascots is the latest in a long-line of “mockumentaries” made by Guest, the most recent being 2006’s For Your Consideration. THR’s sources have suggested that Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch, John Michael Higgins and Jennifer Coolidge are in talks to join the film, as well as Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd, who starred in Guest’s TV show Family Tree. However, word is that Guest’s frequent collaborator Eugene Levy and co-star Catherine O’Hara will not appear in the film due to scheduling conflicts with their Canadian TV show Schitt’s Creek.
Mascots tells the story of “The 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of ‘unusual’ men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete »
- Scott J. Davis
The Wrap is reporting that Netflix is continuing its investment in new feature films with news that the online subscription service has acquired “mockumentary” comedy Mascots.
The film is directed by Christopher Guest (This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind) and tells the story of the World Mascot Championships, in the similar mockumentary style as some of the directors previous works. It will feature “all the drama, intrigue, and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of ‘unusual’ men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned best mascot in the world.”
Mascots marks the first feature from Guest since 2006’s For Your Consideration, and will more than likely see him re-team with his usual troupe of actors including Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch and Harry Shearer. »
- Scott J. Davis
Christopher Guest films are amongst the funniest of the last twenty years. Inspired by his work with Rob Reiner on This Is Spinal Tap, Guest tapped into the mockumentary format and hit gold with Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, and A Mighty Wind. He tried something a little different with For Your Consideration. While it did not work quite as well, his troupe of regular actors still made me... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Actor-filmmaker Christopher Guest has revolutionized the "mockumentary" format, satirizing rock spectacle (This Is Spinal Tap), stage musicals (Waiting for Guffman), dog shows (Best in Show) and folk music (A Mighty Wind). For his latest project, he's teamed with Netflix to poke fun at a more obscure topic: the grueling grind of mascot competitions. The streaming service announced Mascots on Tuesday, Deadline reports, teasing the movie with a poster outlining the basic plot.
"Welcome to all the drama, intrigue and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a »
Now Christopher Guest joins the Netflix conga line. Walking his way behind Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Ricky Gervais, Chelsea Handler, Adam Sandler, the Wachowskis and Mark & Jay Duplass, just to name a few, the mockumentary actor-director has agreed to put Mascots, his first movie since 2006, on the streaming site according to Variety. In the past, the filmmaker already mocked dog shows, home town theater, the movie industry and folk and hair metal music before by making Best in Show, Waiting For Guffman, For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and starring in /co-writing This is Spinal Tap, respectively, and with his latest faux documentary Guest takes the piss out of... mascot conventions. The movie, to debut sometime in 2016, takes audiences to the 8th World Mascot Association Championships as men and women compete to bring home the Gold Fluffy Award, the competition's top prize. The premise and concept aren't necessarily as universal »
- Will Ashton
Christopher Guest will return to the world of mockumentaries for a new Netflix movie.
He is making his first feature film in nine years with the 2016 project Mascots.
Guest's forthcoming comedy will be told in the faux-documentary style within the world of competitive sports mascots.
Netflix describes the project as having "all the drama, intrigue, and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of 'unusual' men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned best mascot in the world."
Mascots marks the director's return to the faux-documentary style in a feature for the first time on film since A Mighty Wind.
He more recently used the style on television for Family Tree, which was cancelled by HBO after a single season in 2013.
No word yet if Guest's regular ensemble cast - which includes Jane Lynch, »
Read More: Watch: War Lord Idris Elba Reigns Over Harrowing 'Beasts of No Nation' Teaser First Cary Joji Fukunaga, then Brad Pitt and now Christopher Guest. Netflix has yet to premiere one of their original films yet, but the talent behind their upcoming slate is shaping up to be one impressive group. In a cryptic invitation, Netflix and Christopher Guest have announced that the latter's next film will hit the streaming platform exclusively in 2016. Titled "Mascots," the movie will follow a group of "unusual men and women" who "compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned best mascot in the world." No cast, characters or further plot developments have been revealed, though the short synopsis provided sounds like a spiritual successor to Guest's acclaimed 2001 comedy "Best in Show." Whether that means the director will be back in mockumentary mode ("Show," "A Mighty Wind," "Waiting for. »
- Zack Sharf
First Adam Sandler, then Brad Pitt and now … Christopher Guest. Yes, the man who brought you Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration and The Big Picture — and starred in This Is Spinal Tap — is taking his satire to a streaming service likely near you. Netflix said today that it will host Guest’s next film, Mascots. Details are sparse, but it is set in the world of mascoting — and if his previous films are any indication, it likely is a cutthroat world. To wit… »
Christopher Guest has set up a “Mascots” movie with Netflix for exclusive release next year.
The streaming service made the announcement for “Mascots” on Tuesday through a flyer for a mascot competition that gave few details. “Mascots” appears to be in the style of Guest’s mockumentaries “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best In Show,” “A Mighty Wind” and “For Your Consideration.”
“Mascots” follows the “unusual” men and women of the 8th World Mascot Association championships competing for the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award.
Guest often writes with Eugene Levy and has used the same actors, including Catherine O’Hara, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, Jane Lynch and John Michael Higgins, in several films. “Mascots” will be Guest’s first film since “For Your Consideration” in 2006.
Netflix has been ramping up its feature film slate. In addition to signing a four-movie deal with Adam Sandler in 2014, Netflix landed worldwide rights »
- Dave McNary
Update 7/7: Several weeks after Harry Shearer, voice of Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Otto and many other iconic characters on The Simpsons, announced his departure from the legacy show on Twitter, EW has learned he has now signed a deal and will return to the show for its 27th season.
Shearer has reportedly signed the same deal as his counterparts on the show. The show will remain on schedule ahead of Season 27’s September 27 premiere, as they’ve previously reserved seven episodes filmed during the previous season that do include Shearer’s voice work. Read the original story below, along with a round-up of Shearer’s best non-Simpsons moments.
The Simpsons recently got picked up for an additional two seasons, which will bring the show through its 28th season. But one cast member who has been with the show from the beginning, Harry Shearer, will not be joining it.
- Brian Welk
Read More: Provincetown Film Festival Releases Lineup For 17th Edition Jennifer Coolidge, the actress best known for her role as Stifler's mother in the "American Pie" franchise and her work with director Christopher Guest on his beloved improvised comedies "Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind" and "For Your Consideration," made a trip to the beachside town of Provincetown, Massachusetts over the weekend to pick up the event's Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. The actress, who got her start as a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe alongside Will Ferrell, has worked non-stop since the late '80s in both TV and film. On top of the "American Pie" and Guest movies, Coolidge has memorably appeared on the small screen in "Seinfeld," "Sex and the City" and most recently "2 Broke Girls," and in the two "Legally Blonde" films as a daffy beautician who perfects the Bend and Snap to bag a man. »
- Nigel M Smith
Last month we got the first trailer for Irrational Man, the latest film from director Woody Allen, which stars Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) and Emma Stone (Birdman), and now following its Cannes premiere we’ve got a brand new poster, which we have for you here…
On a small town college campus, a philosophy professor (Phoenix) in existential crisis gives his life new purpose when he enters into a relationship with his student (Stone).
- Gary Collinson
Lively will join Jesse Eisenberg (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard) in the as-yet-untitled film, which is being produced by Allen’s usual team of Letty Arsonson, Edward Walson and Stephen Tenenbaum.
Allen’s latest film, Irrational Man, is set for its world premiere at next week’s Cannes Film Festival, and stars Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice), Emma Stone (Birdman) and Parker Posey (A Mighty Wind). Watch the trailer here.
The Age Of Adaline opens in UK cinemas today, and is on general release in the USA now.
- Scott J. Davis
Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) stars as a university professor who becomes depressed and alcoholic in the face of an existential crisis, but is rejuvenated by a relationship with one of his students. Emma Stone (Birdman) plays the student in question, with Parker Posey (A Mighty Wind) and Jamie Blackley (If I Stay) co-starring.
Irrational Man is set for its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, before opening in the Us on July 17th. No UK release date has yet been set.
- Scott J. Davis
The film, which debuts at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, stars Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) and Emma Stone (Birdman), with Phoenix playing Abe, a professor of psychology who becomes friends with one of his students (Stone), despite dealing with depression and alcoholism.
- Scott J. Davis
Allen's latest movie is based around a brilliant professor and philosopher (Phoenix) who begins a fling with a student (Emma Stone).
The professor's affair with his student re-ignites his passion for life and leads to a breakthrough on the philosophical questions that have haunted him.
This is Allen's second-straight collaboration with Stone, following last year's supernatural comedy Magic in the Moonlight.
Irrational Man opens on July 24 in the Us. A UK date has not yet been set. »
The thought of snapping your fingers to the tunes of your favorite fictional bands in film seems rather unreal. After all these movie music-makers seem like the “reel” deal in terms of their celluloid artistry and sense of colorful on-screen showmanship.
However, some of the fictional bands or musical acts we know very well and consider so fondly actually morph into real-life acts. Also, there are real-life bands that share a “fictionalized existence” on screen as well (for instance one can try and divide the musical phenomenon of The Beatles as treasured pop cultural entities from the mop top maniacs they portrayed on the big screen in A Hard’s Day Night or Help. Some may argue they were the one in the same in front of and away from the rolling cameras).
Whatever your definition of what constitutes a favorable fictional band in film at the present moment just »
- Frank Ochieng
The relaunch of TV Guide Network as Pop next week is an effort to tap into the ever-rising tide of pop culture fandemonium that drives so much conversation on social media.
Brad Schwartz, prexy of entertainment and media for Pop, told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday that the cabler will function as a haven for the super-fan. Pop, set to bow Jan. 14, is launching with the tagline “We’re fans too.”
The focus is on viewers in their late 30s-early 40s who have nostalgia for 1980s and ’90s TV and pop culture.
“We’re building this for what we call the ‘modern grownup,’ ” Schwartz said.
There’s also an effort to capture the different facets of fandom today, from live events to the hyper-connectedness provided by social-media platforms.
“Being a fan today is an entirely different experience” than in decades past, Schwartz noted.
The relaunch »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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