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When it comes to surveillance video, it's hard to get more disorienting than transitioning from a LiveStream in Ferguson, Missouri to CBS' voyeuristic "Big Brother" and it saddens me that that's what I find myself doing tonight. Between this unfortunate media juxtaposition and some exhausting travel, I can't say that I'm all that involved with what's going down on Sunday's (August 17) "Big Brother," but the job is the job... So let's watch what happens! 8:03 p.m. Oh right. Derrick and Frankie won Head of Household when we left things on Thursday. Interesting... "Big Brother" Voice-Over Man says that tonight will be the last Battle of the Block of the summer. 8:04 p.m. There are only eight people left in the House and Frankie notes that six of them are in his alliance, which means alliance-mates are going up on the Block. Caleb tells us that Victoria and Donny are the obvious targets, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Like some elaborate act of God and conspiracy that crosses timelines and layers of philosophy and perspective worthy of True Detective itself, a dense conversation has formed over the last week regarding whether True Detective showrunner Nic Pizzolato plagiarized the character and idea of Rust Cohle off of similar ideas in the book Conspiracies Against the Human Race by Thomas Ligotti. The debate first started when writer Mike Davis over at The Lovecraft Zine posted an interview he conducted with the head of Thomas Ligotti online, Jon Padgett. The article cites numerous instances of fairly similar expressions and turns of phrase that feel inspired by the Ligotti novel from 2010, including arguments that Pizzolato only brought up Ligotti in interviews when prodded and never alluded to the author on the DVD commentary. Padgett alleged that this was particularly serious because Rust’s character helped make the show unique:
The most egregious »
- Brian Welk
Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, who made their comedy bones as The Lonely Island trio that specialized in Saturday Night Live digital shorts like “Lazy Sunday,” and “D–k in a Box,” will produce and star in a Universal movie co-produced by Judd Apatow. The plot remains under wraps, though it’s set in the world of music, a logical choice since Lonely Island has released three studio albums. (They were also partially responsible for “Everything Is Awesome,” the contagious hit from February’s The Lego Movie.)
Schaffer and Taccone will co-direct. Both have experience behind the camera, »
- Jeff Labrecque
They’ve sailed the high seas with Captain Jack Sparrow, put their d**ks in a box, sported killer turtlenecks and chains, and just had sex – now, musical comedy trio The Lonely Island, comprised of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, are making a movie. Universal has picked up the project, set in the world of music, which the three will star in and produce.
Judd Apatow is on board as a producer through his Judd Apatow Productions banner, while Taccone and Schaffer are set to split directing duties. Neither are first-timers – Schaffer and Taccone co-directed the popular Saturday Night Live Digital Comedy sketches, including for the aforementioned songs and many more, which propelled The Lonely Island to international stardom.
- Isaac Feldberg
This is very exciting news, especially for those who like to giggle uncontrollably: The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that The Lonely Island, the jokey trio behind the SNL Digital Short sensations "D*ck in a Box," "I'm on a Boat," and that one where Natalie Portman does gangsta rap, are getting their own movie. The Lonely Island, composed of Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and Andy Samberg, will all star in the film, with Taccone and Schaffer co-directing. We expect there will be star-wipes and laser cats and that it will be very R-rated.
The report says notes that the project is set up at Universal, with some guy named Judd Apatow producing. (Judd who?) It supposedly takes place within the world of professional music, and we can only assume that there will be a bunch of new songs / a new album tightly connected with the project. (The group has two »
- Drew Taylor
The Lonely Island, which is a group comprised of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, have teamed up with Universal Pictures for an untitled comedy. The trio are behind such "Saturday Night Live" musical hits as "D*ck in a Box", "Like a Boss" and "I'm on a Boat." It's not clear what the story will be about, but it will be set in the music world. Judd Apatow is producing through his company. It's not clear who will direct, but it will likely be either Schaffer (The Watch) or Taccone (MacGruber). »
Having rose to fame performing skits on Saturday Night Live featuring songs like “I’m on a Boat” and “Dick in a Box”, comedy trio Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – better known as The Lonely Island – will now be taking their music parody project to the big screen. Universal have bought the rights with Schaffer (Hot Rod, The Watch) and Taccone (MacGruber) co-directing. THR are reporting that Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids) has signed on to produce with the trio executive producing and lending their hands to writing duties.
Their debut album ‘Incredibad’ was released back in 2009 while Samberg and company were still active on the SNL roster but after saying their goodbyes The Lonely Island then released their second album in 2013 titled ‘The Wack Album’ which featured duets with some of music’s biggest names including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Adam Levine. It was co-produced by Pharrell Williams and Billie Joe Armstrong. »
- Gavin Logan
The Lonely Island is heading to the big screen. Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone are set to star in and produce an untitled feature for Universal Pictures and producer Judd Apatow, according to Deadline. The film, which will be co-directed by Schaffer and Taccone, is set in the music world, though no other details are available at this time. Originally formed in Berkeley, California, The Lonely Island rose to stardom during their six-year stint on "Saturday Night Live" (Samberg as a cast member and Taccone and Schaffer as writers), where the group's music video parodies including "Jizz in My Pants," "Lazy Sunday," "I Just Had Sex" and the Emmy-winning "Dick in a Box" enjoyed breakout success with "SNL" viewers and online. The trio's latest single, “Everything is Awesome" from "The Lego Movie," reached a peak of No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year. In addition, the group »
- Chris Eggertsen
The Lonely Island comedy trio, comprised of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, have signed on to develop an untitled comedy feature for Universal Pictures, with Judd Apatow attached to produce.
Lonely Island came into prominence though a number of Saturday Night Live Digital Shorts such as Lazy Sunday, Dick in a Box, Jizz in My Pants, Like a Boss and I'm on a Boat. They all worked on SNL from 2005 to 2011, when Andy Samberg was a cast member and Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone served as writers. They also released albums Incredibad in 2009, Turtleneck and Chain in 2011 and last year's The Wack Album.
The time has come for The Lonely Island movie. Universal has acquired an untitled comedy project from the Lonely Island trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, with Schaffer and Taccone onboard to co-direct. THR reports that the three will also star in the movie, which takes place in the music world. Additionally, Judd Apatow will produce the film alongside Samberg, Schaffer, and Taccone. Further details are unknown at this time (like whether they'll be playing wholly original characters or versions of their Lonely Island selves), but the prospect of seeing a music-centric film from the brains behind “Dick in a Box”, “Lazy Sunday”, and “Jizz in My Pants” is wonderfully exciting. More after the jump. This isn’t the first time that Schaffer or Taccone will have been behind the camera, as they each directed a bounty of SNL Digital Shorts, Schaffer helmed the films Hot Rod and The Watch, »
- Adam Chitwood
eOne will handle sales of the film in all territories outside of the Us, as well as directly distribute Captain Fantastic in the UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand.
It has also been revealed that Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle and Erin Moriarty have joined the film’s cast, which also features Frank Langella and rising stars George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell.
Producers are Electric City Entertainment’s Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof alongside ShivHans Pictures’ Shivani Rawat and Nimitt Mankad. Rawat is also financing the film via ShivHans Pictures. Executive producer is ShivHans’ Monica Levinson.
Van Lier and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Who’s got two Eisenbergs and knows how to use them? That would be British sitcom star-turned director Richard Ayoade, whose second feature, the dementedly funny and even more unnerving The Double, is a buy one star, get one free affair. Playing opposite himself, Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg puts on a paranoid clinic as a man literally at war with himself – or at least, a version of himself that’s smoother, sexier and more duplicitous than he could ever be. It’s a loopy, occasionally nasty experience that Eisenberg is pulling double-duty to shoulder, but it’s Ayoade who’s the real one to watch, as The Double cements him as one of Britain’s most promising up-and-coming directors.
Though best known in Britain as the endearingly oblivious Moss from The I.T. Crowd, North American viewers may only recognize Ayoade for as his role as the only thing even remotely »
- Sam Woolf
What could be better than one Jesse Eisenberg? Two, perhaps. Unless one of them is driving you crazy. The star is pulling double duty as a man who is slowly being driven insane by his doppelganger-cum-rival in The Double, which heads to theatres in limited release this week. The film is totally on trend when it comes to cinematic doppelgangers with a few upcoming and recent releases getting more bang for their buck with having actors perform dual roles on screen.
The Double comes on the heels of recent release Enemy which found Toronto professor Jake Gyllenhaal obsessed with a look-alike after spotting him in a movie, and the recently released The Face of Love which sees a grieving widow (Annette Bening) fall in love with a dead ringer for her, well, dead husband played by Ed Harris. All three films premiered last September at the Toronto International Film Festival. »
- Rachel West
Today is Richard Ayoade’s birthday. You might know him as the random British inclusion in The Watch, the filmmaker behind the Jesse Eisenberg doppelganger movie, The Double, and of course, he’s Moss from The It Crowd — a character that Christopher Campbell once dressed up as for Halloween. He’s also a great serving of comedic joy. Ayoade wouldn’t agree. He self-deprecatingly says he’s “just terrible. At talking. With words.” But if Ayoade is not, by his estimation, an actor, he is certainly a man who can banter brilliantly and absurdly in ways that make every manner of words seem natural. Even better: he has his own much-needed spin on nostalgia, one that replicates old styles rather than old toys, and relishes in the remnants of real life rather than computer-crafted graphics, as these 8 examples reveal. The It Crowd Ayoade broke into North American consciousness when he co-starred with Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson »
- Monika Bartyzel
Delivery Man, 2013.
Written and Directed by Ken Scott.
An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.
Vince Vaughn hasn’t had a lot of luck in recent years when it comes to picking good roles. Ever since his smash hit Wedding Crashers in 2005 things have seemed to go downhill. From Fred Claus and The Watch to last year’s lackluster The Internship it’s just been one critical and financial failure after another. Vaughn’s latest film, Delivery Man, tries to be somewhat different from his recent roles but ultimately ends up on the same level as those films.
David (Vince Vaughn) is a nice guy but »
- Gary Collinson
On paper, "The Watch" sounds like a no brainer of potential awesomeness. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade play mild-mannered suburban dudes who have to fight off an alien invasion—what could go wrong? Well, pretty much everything and simply put, it wasn't good. And last year's "This Is The End" (also featuring Jonah Hill) took that similar concept to much wilder, funnier places. And indeed, "The Watch" pretty much tanked at the box office, barely making back its budget. So what was it like making? Well, with his inventive and unique "The Double" in theaters, Ayoade has referred to being involved in "The Watch" rather... clinically..... "I didn't see it. And then it started to become an affectation that I hadn't seen it. I only went for a couple of days for press. I could go a quarter of the way up the red carpet, and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Most people on this side of the pond might recognize veteran English comedian Richard Ayoade as the oddball techie Moss on the Britcom The It Crowd, or as the odd man out from the 2012 A-list sci-fi comedy The Watch (he was the gentleman who was not Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn or Jonah Hill). He's established himself as a novel comic presence onscreen, gravitating toward characters that feel several beats off from the norm and don't mesh with their environments.
'Community's 'Critical Studies': Celebrating the 21st Century's Greatest TV Episode
Behind the camera, »
Paris-based sales and production powerhouse Wild Bunch has unveiled a packed Cannes slate, featuring future films from Paul Verhoeven, Gaspar Noé and Abdellatif Kechiche as well as Spring Breakers 2 and the remake of Maniac Cop.
The untitled Paul Verhoeven project is an adaptation of French writer Philippe Djian’s 2012 novel Oh!, revolving around a psychological game of cat-and-mouse between a businesswoman and a stalker who raped her, a crime for which she is seeking revenge.
“Casting is being finalised. It’s a very intelligent script but it’s also pure Verhoeven, extremely erotic and perverted, so the actress has to be prepared to take that on,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval.
In the vein of “Taken,” the story follows an ex-con who reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
Best known for her break-out perf as Woody Harrelson’s daughter in HBO’s “True Detective,” Moriarty is currently filming the New Line thriller “Crawlspace.” Other credits include “The Kings of Summer” and “The Watch.”
She is repped by ICM Partners, 3 Arts, Jordan and Gill & Dornbaum Talent Agency and Peikoff Legal.
- Justin Kroll
Disney is bringing another theme park ride to the big screen. Suspiciously coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the "It's a Small World" attraction at Anaheim's Disneyland theme park, Deadline is reporting that the studio will now be turning the popular musical ride into a feature-length film. Director Jon Turtletaub ("Last Vegas," "National Treasure") is on board to helm the adaptation from a script by Jared Stern ("The Internship," "The Watch"), who pitched the idea to the studio. Not surprisingly, Disney is viewing the film as the potential start of another mega-grossing franchise a la "Pirates of the Caribbean," which has brought in over $3.7 billion worldwide (with a fifth entry potentially on the way). A film based on The Disneyland attraction "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" is also reportedly in the works. How do you feel about "It's a Small World: The Movie"? Vote in the poll below to let us know. »
- Chris Eggertsen
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