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Stars are sending their thoughts and prayers to everyone involved in the East Harlem building explosion that occurred on Wednesday morning. Olivia Wilde and Mariah Carey were one of the first celebrities to take to social media about the tragedy. "Oh Christ. Just saw news about Harlem explosion. So awful and scary. Hope everyone is okay," the expectant actress posted on Twitter. "Praying for the safety of everyone in East Harlem," Carey wrote. "My thoughts are with you." Gabourey Sidibe tweeted, "The explosion in Harlem is so scary. I grew up in Harlem. My heart goes out to the injured and those who lost their lives." The Hangover's Ken Jeong also »
As ever, Galifianakis plays a ruddy-faced, quietly boiling version of himself, prodding his guest's most obvious pressure points with self-hating irritation at the whole chatshow charade. It fits into the outsider online comedy realm of Tim and Eric, with whom he memorably made the masterclasses in deadpan surrealism A Vodka Movie and Just 3 Boyz – and as such it's a very odd place to find the commander-in-chief.
This is Cool Dad Obama, the guy who doesn't quite get pop culture but whose game attempts and charisma mean we fawn over him anyway. »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
See President Barack Obama like you’ve never seen him before! Don’t worry–it’s nothing salacious or something horrible. But you will see him flex his deadpan comedic chops on Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.” The web short featured the President get awkwardly interviewed by Galifianakis to hilarious effect. A lot of the time, Galifianakis will take the mick out of his guests, and the President is no exception to the rule. But the President also gets tons of digs at Galifianakis, particularly when it comes to “The Hangover” films. So why was President Obama on Funny or Die? He was doing what he has been doing for [ Read More ]
President Barack Obama has been doing everything he can to make sure everyone knows about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). But in a surprising move, he joined Zach Galifianakis for his "Between Two Ferns" show. Obama was there to talk about his healthcare program, but did a decent job keeping up with Galifianakis as both men exchanged insults. The comedian called Obama a nerd, while Obama fired back by trashing "The Hangover" movies. Check out the entire episode below. Video: »
It.s hard to figure out exactly what kind of star Ed Helms really is. The comedy lifer has done time in bit parts in colorful ensembles, rising to prominence as a member of The Wolfpack in The Hangover. But since then, he.s had a sea of studio projects fall apart, and he suffered the fate of the final season of The Office, sidelined in favor of other characters. Audiences know him, but by name? Hard to say. The world isn.t exactly bubbling over with Cedar Rapids fans. But he.s a funny guy, and the former Daily Show correspondent is taking his career into his own hands, having conceived of a new starring vehicle (with Nicky Weinstock) for Lionsgate called Epic Fail According to The Wrap, Helms would play the blackest of black ops soldiers, a guy called the Walrus who leads an elite team on a »
If there's one thing we like most about President Barack Obama, it's his sense of humor and willingness to have fun. Case in point: the president of the United States agreed to appear on an episode of Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die show Between Two Ferns, in which the actor plays a bitter, uninformed version of himself who insults his guests more and more with each new question. President Obama was no exception ("You pardoned a turkey in 2013 -- what are your plans for 2014?), but the prez had some choice comebacks of his own, continually bashing The Hangover movies and Galifianakis' stupidity throughout the interview. Watch the episode below, and kudos to President Obama for getting into the comedic ring with Galifianakis. Next up for President...
- Erik Davis
Saturday Night Live alumnus Jason Sudeikis is to star in the remake of the classic Chevy Chase vehicle Fletch, reveals The Hollywood Reporter. Titled Fletch Won, the new film is to work as “an origin story, described as a gritty action comedy with heart and more tonally in line with the original George McDonald novels than the Chase movies” Hollywood is pushing Sudeikis as the new starlet of comedy and it seems to be working. Hopefully Fletch Won will truly make him a household name.
Meanwhile, The Hangover series is thankfully over so Ed Helms is searching for his latest comedy franchise. Helms, alongside Nicky Weinstock are developing a new comedy titled Epic Fail that centres on “an elite but highly unorthodox special forces team take their unorthodox special forces team take their dysfunction and excessive firepower on a desperate mission to save America, led by the only soldier more »
- Gary Collinson
If there's one thing we like most about President Barack Obama, it's his sense of humor and willingness to have fun. Case in point: the president of the United States agreed to appear on an episode of Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die show Between Two Ferns, in which the actor plays a bitter, uninformed version of himself who insults his guests more and more with each new question. President Obama was no exception ("You pardoned a turkey in 2013 -- what are your plans for 2014?), but the prez had some choice comebacks of his own, continually bashing The Hangover movies and Galifianakis' stupidity throughout the interview. Watch the episode below, and kudos to President Obama for getting into the comedic ring with Galifianakis. Next up for President Obama? Let's...
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Let's just start this off by saying that no matter what side of the aisle your political beliefs fall on, we can all appreciate the fact that every president in our past has taken the time to have a little fun every now and then, so there's no reason to turn this into a political pissing contest. With that out of the way, please enjoy this awesome and pretty unbelievable appearance by President Barack Obama on the Funny or Die web series "Between Two Ferns" with Zach Galifianakis. And just like previous appearances from stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Will Ferrell, the president takes some great jabs at Galifianakis in the show. Watch! Here's President Barack Obama on "Between Two Ferns" with Zach Galifianakis from Funny or Die: It's pretty hilarious that Obama was willing to poke fun at himself, especially with his guest description being "Community Organizer." And Obama's »
- Ethan Anderton
It’s been a long time coming — his latest attempt began in 2011 —l but the “Fletch” remake is finally coming down the pipeline. THR is reporting that fellow “SNL” alum Jason Sudeikis is in talks to fill Chevy Chase’s shoes as the titular character in “Fletch Won” with the film, of course, being an eyed as “an origin story, described as a gritty action comedy with heart and more tonally in line with [the original Gregory] McDonald novels than the Chase movies.” So yes, Warner Bros. is hoping for a franchise but they’ll still need to find a director to give them that desired “‘Beverly Hills Cop’ or ‘Midnight Run’ vibe.” Maybe once Sudeikis signs on the dotted line. With “The Hangover” franchise over (for now) and “The Office” behind him, Ed Helms has plenty of time to himself which he’s using —per ComingSoon —to bring his and co-developer Nicky Weinstock’s idea to fruition. »
- Cain Rodriguez
The only time the words Epic Fail could be considered a good thing for a movie production company, is when they are accompanied by the disclaimer that it is actually an Ed Helms movie. The actor – beloved for his giggle-inducing turns in The Office and The Hangover franchise – helped to develop the original idea for the action comedy, and will also star in it.
Detailing the exploits of a somewhat unusual Special Forces team, the film follows the group as they play to their strengths – excessive dysfunction and firepower – to save America, under the leadership of “the only soldier more badass and moustachioed than a Navy Seal: The Walrus.”
Nicky Weinstock from Invention Films will produce, with colleague Whitney Thomas as Executive Producer. They will work alongside Ed Helms and Michael Falbo of Pacific Electric Picture Company – launched by Helms in 2013 – with Erik Feig, Matthew Janzen and James Myers of Lionsgate overseeing proceedings. »
- Sarah Myles
Well now...the reaction to this should be interesting... Zach Galifianakis' long-running interview show on Funny or Die, Between Two Ferns, just got a presidential upgrade. So far, Galifianakis has had on a ton of A-list talent, including Ben Stiller, Natalie Portman, Bruce Willis, Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn, Steve Carell, Samuel L. Jackson, and many more. Now, The Hangover star has the most unexpected guest of all: President Obama. No, not an actor playing President Obama, but The »
- Paul Shirey
Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »
- Chris Holt
After making a name for himself as one of Hollywood’s best cinematographers, Larry Sher looks ready to add a directing credit to his resume, having signed on to helm the Paramount pic “O’ Lucky Day,” starring Peter Dinklage.
Story follows a man who attempts to pass himself off as a real leprechaun.
While he cut his teeth as Todd Phillips’ cinematographer on the”The Hangover” films and “Due Date,” Sher is starting to gain a higher profile as a studio directo, as he is attached to direct Montecito’s “Bastards” and Warner Bros. “Staycation.”
He’s repped by Wme, Principato Young and Julien Zajfen.
- Justin Kroll
It seems like the cool thing to do these days is hate on everything.
It's easier to criticize than it is to compliment, just as it is easier to destroy something than build something new. And when everyone's criticizing something, it can be a daunting task to go against the flow and submit your unpopular opinion to the vast, negative, scary, unforgiving world that is the Internet. But that's exactly what my job is: Having and sharing my opinion, whether or not you agree with it. So here goes nothing ...
I loved "Mixology."
There. I said it. ABC's newest comedy had me laughing for the majority of the 30 minutes of the series premiere (and the next two episodes I watched after). But all day before it premiered on Wednesday (Feb. 26), I was afraid to voice my positive opinion of the show, because everyone else claimed to absolutely hate it -- with valid reasons. »
With all the hoopla about the big Sunday night movie award show, many of you might not have gotten the list of the big winners from Saturday night’s big movie awards show. I’m talking about the 34th Annual Razzie Awards. They were started in 1980 by John Wilson to celebrate the movie year’s worst achievements. The hour-long ceremony was held this past Saturday evening down the street from the site of Sunday’s big show. Without further ado, here’s the nominees and winners for the 2013 film year:
Worst Remake, Rip-off, Or Sequel:
- Jim Batts
On a sunny May morning in northwest Atlanta, Will Ferrell ambles into the warehouse at 2282 Defoor Hills Road – a windowless, 31,000-square-foot behemoth that has been transformed, thanks to low rents and generous Georgia tax incentives, into a makeshift movie soundstage. The warehouse is typically home to moving companies, but today the tenant has a much higher profile: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a.k.a. the most hotly anticipated comedy of the year, and the most buzzed-about sequel in comedy history. Ferrell is starting his workday as the film's hero, »
Mixology, which premieres Wednesday at 9:30/8:30c, 10 people have ended up at New York's hottest bar mix looking for love, distraction, relief and maybe even themselves. Having written big-screen comedies The Hangover and 21 and Over, executive producers and writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are no strangers to turning around the lives of characters in one night, mainly assisted by alcohol.
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- Hanh Nguyen
What do you get when you cross chemical waste with beavers? The answer is the horror-comedy Zombeavers – and Hollywood’s latest viral phenomenon. The trailer for this film about (you guessed it!) zombified beavers has racked up almost 2 million views since it debuted a couple of weeks back. “It’s cool to get the validation,” says first-time director Jordan Rubin, who co-penned the film with regular writing partners Al and Jon Kaplan. “Once something starts getting up in the hits it’s interesting to see how people go, ‘Oh, we might have something here.”
So what was the “Eureka!” moment, »
- Clark Collis
Once you get past the gimmick – a bunch of singles in a bar, as played out over one wacky night – “Mixology” quickly establishes itself as an inordinately appealing comedy, blessed with quick wit and a promising array of characters. Quickly expanding beyond its potentially claustrophobic premise with deft use of flashbacks, it’s the kind of series that might not be built for the long haul, but which almost instantly emerges as disarmingly fresh and funny. ABC’s struggles to launch new sitcoms notwithstanding, “Mixology” at least serves up the main ingredient anybody could want from a half-hour comedy.
Created by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (“The Hangover”), and improbably hailing from Ryan Seacrest’s production shingle, the whole show takes place in the same bar, as different characters seek to forge love connections — or at least, get laid. In the premiere, the focus is on Tom (Blake Lee), newly broken up from his girlfriend, »
- Brian Lowry
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