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Pop Star is one of those films, like Anchorman or Zoolander, that gives you two choices: surrender or resist. You can either dive headfirst into this mockumentary of pop music sensation Conner4Real, and enjoy a hodgepodge of hit-or-miss jokes…or you can yawn at the filmmakers calling in a favor to every famous person they know (Carrie Underwood, Adam Levine, Usher, etc.) to lend some authenticity to the piece.
If you resist, Pop Star is probably a pretty unbearable sit, because it’s another movie from producer Judd Apatow that features a bunch of male comedy guys conning a studio out of about $30 million just so they can show the world (and themselves) how adorably imbecilic but ultimately likable they are. »
- Eric Blume
HBO is turning to two Oscar winners for the network’s next round of drama pilots.
From McKay comes “Succession,” a family drama that follows the saga of a fictional, American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful, but also powerfully dysfunctional. The project will explore family loyalty, international business and the perils of power in the 21st century.
Will Ferrell is attached to “Succession” as an exec producer, reuniting with McKay who directed Ferrell’s “Anchorman” movies and “Step Brothers.” McKay will direct the pilot, which will be penned by Jesse Armstrong. Both will exec produce with Ferrell, Kevin Messick and Frank Rich, a creative consultant to HBO and exec producer on “Veep.”
From Bigelow comes “Mogadishu, Minnesota,” a family drama that grapples »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay were both hired for “Saturday Night Live” on the same day in 1995, but no one could have predicted the wildly successful partnership that would ensue. Though Ferrell has built an empire on playing over-the-top, out-there characters, his natural demeanor is, by his own admission, much more mild-mannered. “I’m not cracking jokes all the time. I like to gauge a temperature of a room,” the actor says.
In fact, McKay, who would stay with “SNL” for six years, including three seasons as head writer, initially thought Ferrell would take on more sober parts. “You always need a straight man, a decent-looking guy to play leads,” he says. “But we go into our first read-through, and this guy uncorks four of the funniest characters you’ve ever seen in your life. We all walked away going, ‘Where did that come from? He seemed so normal!’ We »
- Jenelle Riley
Twelve years ago, Jessica Elbaum was Will Ferrell’s assistant, a post she admits is already “the best job ever.” Her first day on the job was on the set of reshoots for the first “Anchorman” film. Nine years later, on the set of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” of which she was an executive producer, she approached the Gary Sanchez team with the idea of a female-centric counterpart, Gloria Sanchez Prods.
“From the start, they liked the idea,” Elbaum recalls. “They said, ‘let’s do it.’ Never once did they doubt it.”
“Jess is an awesome producer and we thought it was a great idea,” concurs Ferrell. But more than that, says Gary Sanchez topper Adam McKay: “It’s selfishly good business. Women have been taking over comedy for the past 10 years. Jessica was establishing all these great relationships with female directors and writers, it just made sense. »
- Jenelle Riley
When Adam McKay hoisted his adapted screenplay Oscar back in February for “The Big Short,” his excoriating dissection of Wall Street’s deft and destructive thuggery, that sound you heard was the collective “Wtf” of dozens of top film critics and pundits who’d spent the entire awards season writing a variation of the “I never saw this coming” mea culpa/apologia.
To justify their myopia, the press generally cited “Step Brothers” (2008) as the ultimate Other Side of Paradise credit on McKay’s resume, neatly evading their own misreadings of McKay’s — and his co-conspirator in Gary Sanchez Prods., Will Ferrell’s — many other overtly and hilariously political ruminations on America’s cultural fissures, fixations and florid foibles.
They should be red-faced, especially since no less an authority than America’s preeminent docu-politico Michael Moore knew what they were up to a decade ago. “The day after ‘Talladega Nights’ opened, »
- Steven Gaydos
The Oscar-winning film-maker Adam McKay has defended plans for a controversial comedy about Ronald Reagan suffering from Alzheimer’s disease after his producing partner Will Ferrell was forced to step away from the project in the wake of rightwing outrage.
Adam McKay, known for The Big Short and Anchorman, was due to produce Reagan through the Gary Sanchez production company he runs with Ferrell. The erstwhile Saturday Night Live comic was in line to play the former president, but walked away following a media furore.
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- Ben Child
It’s Mother’s Day across the Pond today, and Stx Entertainment is marking the occasion with a special message from the cast of the upcoming comedy Bad Moms; check it out below…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Bad Moms
Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis, Black Swan) puts her family first, second, and third. But her man-child husband, high-maintenance kids and idiot boss are taking a toll. She gives and gives, and gives and gives, and then gives a little more, but it’s never enough. When the alpha moms (Christina Applegate, Anchorman; Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids and Jada Pinkett Smith, Magic Mike Xxl) at her kids’ school push her too far, Amy finally snaps. Good Amy becomes Bad Amy really fast — and she doesn’t go alone. Teaming up with two other misfit moms (Kathryn Hahn, Transparent; Kristen Bell, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Amy gets a jolt of freedom that shakes »
- Amie Cranswick
“Juliet, Naked” centers on Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession.
CAA and UTA set up “Juliet, Naked” and are co-repping the rights.
“I’m thrilled to extend my long collaboration with Jesse to this film, »
- Dave McNary
The Boom! comic book series follows the fall of the world's greatest superhero, the Plutonian, as he begins slaughtering the population of Earth. His former allies, the superhero group The Paradigm, attempt to find a way to stop his rampage while dealing with their own problems of betrayal and hopelessness.
McKay will work on the script with screenwriter Tommy Wirkola whose credits include "Dead Snow" and "Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunter." McKay previously co-wrote the script for Marvel Studios' "Ant-man" last summer.
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- J.B. Casas
Last year there were rumblings that Adam McKay might eventually end up directing a movie at Marvel Studios. While McKay is better known for comedies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers, he was also hired to rewrite the script for Ant-Man with actor Paul Rudd. Plus, his recent turn at drama […]
The post Adam McKay Bringing ‘Irredeemable’ Superhero Comic Book to the Big Screen appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Right now, 20th Century Fox’s main superhero movie properties consist of X-Men and the Fantastic Four. The former has enjoyed a lot of success with its main movies and spinoffs, while the latter has failed to take off across two separate series. Now Fox wants to expand its lineup of superhero material, but they’re looking outside of Marvel for material. Instead, they’re tapping Anchorman director Adam McKay to helm a big screen adaptation of the Boom! Studios series Irredeemable. The McKay-directed Irredeemable movie will be penned by Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters writer and director Tommy Wirkola. According to Deadline, Fox is intending to build a new superhero movie universe with Irredeemable, but this one significantly more edgy than most of their X-Men material. This will be the second superhero movie McKay has worked on, previously re-writing Ant-Man with Paul Rudd. Written by Mark »
The comic-book, written by Mark Waid, was published between 2009 and 2012 for a total of 37 issues and centered on fallen superhero the Plutonian, who begins slaughtering the population of Earth. His former allies, the superhero group the Paradigm, attempt to find a way to stop his rampage but none of them are as powerful as the maniac holding the world hostage. The Paradigm then turns in desperation to a famous supervillain for help.
McKay’s directing »
- Dave McNary
Adam McKay has been attached to direct “Irredeemable” for 20th Century Fox, TheWrap has learned. The film is based on the Boom! Comics book of the same name and would help kick off Fox’s brand-new superhero cinematic universe. The “Anchorman” and “Big Short” director will be working with Tommy Wirkola (“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”), who is writing the screenplay. Also Read: 'Batman v Superman' Won't Be Joining $1 Billion Box Office Club In the comics, “Irredeemable” follows superhero-turned-villain, the Plutonian, as he goes on a killing rampage. It’s up to the superhero group The Paradigm to stop him. »
- Meriah Doty
After talking about the idea for a while, and having co-written one with "Ant-Man," acclaimed "The Big Short" and "Anchorman" helmer Adam McKay has finally set his sights on directing a superhero film - just not one you might expect.
McKay is set to helm an edgy film adaptation of Boom! Comics' "Irredeemable" from a script by "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" director Tommy Wirkola. Mark Waid's limited edition comic follows Plutonian, the world's greatest superhero until he began heartlessly slaughtering those who defy him.
It falls to a superhero group of his former colleagues, now known as the Paradigm, to stop this mass-murdering maniac's rampage despite them not even being close to Plutonian in terms of power. Their only hope lies in an imprisoned famous supervillain.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Deadline reveals that 20th Century Fox has landed the rights to Irredeemable, a Boom! Comics property which they've acquired as a directing vehicle for Adam McKay (Anchorman). The fimmaker will be working off a script by Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters writer/director Tommy Wirkola, and while the studio has yet to announce a release date, it sounds like this is a priority for them. Running for a total of 36 issues, Irredeemable revolves around The Plutonian, a character once known as the world's greatest superhero before he decided to turn on the Earth and become its greatest villain instead. When his former allies assemble - a group known as The Paradigm - to take him down, they're forced to turn to The Plutonian's greatest enemy (from his days as a good guy) for help. The series by writer Mark Waid has received plenty of praise from fans and critics, »
The first red band trailer has arrived online for Bad Moms, the new comedy from directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (21 & Over), which stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate. Check it out below…
Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis, Black Swan) puts her family first, second, and third. But her man-child husband, high-maintenance kids and idiot boss are taking a toll. She gives and gives, and gives and gives, and then gives a little more, but it’s never enough. When the alpha moms (Christina Applegate, Anchorman; Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids and Jada Pinkett Smith, Magic Mike Xxl) at her kids’ school push her too far, Amy finally snaps. Good Amy becomes Bad Amy really fast — and she doesn’t go alone. Teaming up with two other misfit moms (Kathryn Hahn, Transparent; Kristen Bell, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Amy gets a jolt of freedom that »
- Amie Cranswick
Hollywood’s longstanding case of double vision took another turn over the weekend, when The Hollywood Reporter revealed Zoolander 2 actor Will Ferrell became attached to one of two competing Uber-themed comedies.
It appears that both Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox are overseeing early plans for two likeminded projects revolving around the popular and now international taxi service. Both deals were said to be relatively high-profile – in the six-figure ballpark – and closed within a day of each other.
As one would expect, each centers on an unassuming Uber driver who picks up a passenger that turns their night on its head. Fox’s script, for instance, was penned by Tripper Clancy, and takes place across the duration of one night – and one prolonged taxi fare – as said driver collects a “grizzled cop working the most dangerous case of his career.”
On the other hand, it is Universal’s Uber-themed »
- Michael Briers
Showtime revealed the full cast list for its upcoming "Twin Peaks" revival, and it's nothing short of insane -- and insanely long.
The ensemble includes a whopping 217 actors -- yes, you read that right -- and amid all the returning faces, there are also a bunch of surprising, big-name newbies along for the ride this time around. (We've embedded the entire list at the end of this post.)
Original cast members that will be back include many previously-announced people, and the ensemble will feature the likes of Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, Madchen Amick, Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook, David Duchovny, Miguel Ferrer, Grace Zabriskie, Peggy Lipton, Ray Wise, Wendy Robie, Russ Tamblyn, and Catherine E. Coulson, among many others.
As for the newcomers, some of the bold names that stand out include Monica Bellucci, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, Laura Dern, Jay R. Ferguson (a.k.a. Stan from "Mad Men"), Ernie Hudson ("Ghostbusters"), Ashley Judd, »
- Katie Roberts
Deadline is reporting today that Paramount Pictures has announced a sequel to the hit comedy Daddy’s Home, which will reunite all the team behind the original.
Daddy’s Home was released in December last year and went on to gross over $240 million at the worldwide box-office. For the sequel, stars Will Ferrell (Anchorman) and Mark Wahlberg (Ted 2) are to reunite, and will re-team with the original’s director Sean Anders, who will once again co-write with John Morris.
While Ferrell and Wahlberg are returning, there’s no word yet on whether their co-stars Thomas Haden Church, Linda Cardellini and Hannibal Buress will also be reprising their roles from the first film.
- Scott J. Davis
Love – Season One
A program that follows a couple who must navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment and other things they were hoping to avoid.
I got turned off from Love before I even bothered to watch the trailer. I knew all I needed to know about it, in my opinion, and that was the fact that it was produced by Judd Apatow. Apatow, who has been involved in some outstanding works of comedy like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Anchorman, has also produced some of my least favourite films ever; namely, Seth Rogan movies. I don’t really have a problem with Seth Rogen, per se, or in fact with Apatow (except perhaps his exhaustingly mechanical use of the hot girl stereotype, which incidentally surfaces in Love – but more on that later), I just really, »
- Kirsty Capes
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