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With 4/20 coming around this Sunday, we could have easily given you a list of all the reasons that Super Troopers has become one of the greatest "stoner comedies" of all time. Instead, we decided to chat with all five of the Broken Lizard guys to let them tell you all about this little film they made nearly 15 years ago and how it turned into the cult classic it is today. Spark it up, cinephiles! It's oral-history time.
Snoop Dogg Hosting 4/2 'Wellness Retreat' in Pot-Friendly States
Steve Lemme ("Mac »
What an odd bit of synchronicity. For the last week, I've had "Step Brothers" sitting on the shelf by the TV in my office and I've been considering watching it again. Finally, as I started getting ready to write a few pieces this afternoon, I threw the film in and hit play. As the first scene started to play, I went back to my e-mail and found a heads-up from Greg Ellwood about a story that just broke regarding the third collaboration between Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and John C. Reilly. It's safe to say that I am a fan of the combination of McKay and Ferrell. I feel like they have such a great voice when they create characters, and one of the things I like most is seeing how they incorporate other comedy voices into what they do in each new project. For example, in "The Other Guys, »
- Drew McWeeny
Everybody loves movie outtakes and bloopers. Maybe it’s because they humanize the stars we’ve chosen to exalt, painting them in a light where they’re really no different from us. On the other hand, maybe it’s just because they’re funny. Either way, “gag reels” are a staple of DVD and Blu-Ray releases, and are likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future.
Here we’ve scoured hours of footage online to find thirty of the absolute funniest blunders, jokes, and plain old crack-ups in filming history. Sure, they caused the director to yell for another take (or maybe even break from filming for the day), but they were still entertaining enough to commit to immortality. They’ll live on as long as the films we’ve loved and lamented.
As always, the “comments” space is there for you. Think we missed something, or gave a »
- Scott Fried
Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release Date: May 13, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.98
Danny McBride goes blonde as Kenny Powers in Eastbound & Down.
HBO’s irreverent comedy TV show Eastbound & Down: Season 4 finds burned-out major league pitcher Kenny Powers (Danny McBride, Due Date) going at it as the co-host of an Espn-ish sports talk show after “faking” his own death at the close of Season 3.
Picking up a year or so after Season 3, the fourth season of the show finds KennycBride) struggling with his identity after fleeing his successful comeback to the minors by faking his own death and returning home to the love of his life, April (Katy Mixon, Take Shelter), and their son Toby. Years later, Kenny is settled quietly into family life in North Carolina, working as an assistant manager at a car rental outlet, trying to piece together a screenplay about his life story and numbing the »
Filmmaker Adam McKay is one of the best comedy directors around, and he’s also one of the smartest. While he’s had massive hits with films like Anchorman and Talladega Nights, McKay makes it a point to thread timely satire into most of his films in addition to the absurd comedy. The Other Guys tackles financial and corporate corruption, and his latest pic Anchorman 2 is not-so-subtly a satire on the 24-hour cable news media. In anticipation of the Blu-ray release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues on Tuesday, April 1st (which includes a bevy of extras and three cuts of the film), I recently spoke with McKay on the phone. The filmmaker discussed how he keeps the satirical focus of his films intact despite their improvisational nature, his shock at Paramount’s willingness to release the R-rated alternate cut of Anchorman 2 into theaters, his fondness for the Step Brothers score, »
- Adam Chitwood
While Dwayne Johnson first came to the public eye as a wrestler, recent years has seen the performer making a successful segue into movies, with roles in features such as The Rundown, The Other Guys, Fast Five, and Pain & Gain to his credit. Fans of the performer were thus excited to learn that his next role would see him take on the mythical figure of Hercules. Titled Hercules, Brett Ratner takes the directorial reins, and Johnson stars in the film alongside John Hurt, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, and Joseph Fiennes. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
The post ‘Hercules’, starring Dwayne Johnson, releases its first trailer appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Edgar Wright continues to fill out the cast of his entry into the Marvel movie universe, Ant-Man, this time reportedly entering talks with Corey Stoll in an undisclosed role. The film is set to go into production this spring for a July 31, 2015 release. Dimension Films and Blumhouse Productions are looking to once again reboot The Amityville Horror as I guess the nine years that separates us from the 2005 remake starring Ryan Reynolds is a long enough wait. Bella Thorne (Disney Channel's "Shake It Up!", Blended) will star as one of Jennifer Jason Leigh's three children for director Franck Khalfoun (Maniac). A January 2, 2015 release date is currently on the scehdule. Bd / The Wrap Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) has joined the cast of Scott Cooper's Whitey Bulger pic, Black Mass, and will play Bulger's girlfriend. Bulger will be portrayed by Johnny Depp. Joel Edgerton and Guy Pearce co-star. »
- Brad Brevet
Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt's Plan B company announced today that Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys, Step Brothers) has come aboard to adapt and direct "The Big Short," based on a best-selling book by Michael Lewis. The book, called "The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine," is about the housing and credit bubble of the 2000s. "Michael Lewis has the amazing ability to take complex formulas and concepts and turn them into page turners," said McKay. "Plan B and I connected over that breathless quality the book has. Very excited to jump into this." McKay most recently co-wrote, produced and directed "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," which grossed over $170 million globally. »
Though filmmaker Adam McKay is best known for helming comedic gems like Anchorman and Step Brothers, his future slate sees him branching out a bit into other genres. He’s developing an adaptation of the graphic novel The Boys, he’s set to direct the remake Uptown Saturday Night, and now Paramount has announced that McKay will write and direct an adaptation of the Michael Lewis book The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine, which examines the housing and credit bubble of the 2000s. McKay previously dabbled in politically minded material with the action-comedy The Other Guys, which dealt heavily with corporate greed and corruption, so The Big Short feels like a solid fit for the filmmaker. Brad Pitt—who produced and starred in the Michael Lewis adaptation Moneyball—will produce The Big Short through his Plan B banner. No word on where this fits into McKay’s schedule (he »
- Adam Chitwood
While director Adam McKay has been no stranger to taking shots at corrupt investment bankers in The Other Guys, and along with 24-hour news networks like Fox News and CNN in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a new project will see the comedy director going for the gold with his first drama. The Wrap has word that Paramount Pictures has hired McKay to write and director an adaptation of The Big Short, a non-fiction book from Moneyball author Michael Lewis about the most recent collapse of the financial industry, focusing on the unregulated bond and real estate derivative markets and the traders behind them. Here's the official synopsis of the best-selling book: The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn't shine and the SEC doesn't dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to »
- Ethan Anderton
The film will be based on Michael Lewis’ “The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine” about the housing and credit bubble of the 2000s.
Pitt starred in and produced Lewis’ “Moneyball.” Paramount acquired the rights to “The Big Short” last year and set the project up at Plan B.
“Michael Lewis has the amazing ability to take complex formulas and concepts and turn them into page turners,” McKay said. “Plan B and I connected over that breathless quality the book has.”
The book was released in 2010 by W.W. Norton and centered on the financial players who believed the collateralized debt obligation bubble was going to burst and bet against it, thus profiting from the financial crisis.
The “Big Short” directing gig is a departure for the multihyphenate McKay, »
- Dave McNary
It took us forever to recover from Girl Thing's so-tense-it-almost-snapped meeting on last week's Big Reunion, and now we have to deal with Damage's excruciating meet-up! Luckily, we also got lots of Kenzie's frankly terrible dancing and even some catty moments from the all-group rehearsal, so read on to find out what we learned from this episode...
1. Kenzie is a terrible dancer.
Yes, we kind of mentioned this already. But seriously, did you see him? In 5th Story's first rehearsals, he announced that he is "good at staging - walking and that". "Walking?" choreographer Paul Domaine repeated, deadpan, wondering what he'd got himself into. Kenzie did a little awkward shuffle thing which made us fall in love a little bit. To be fair to him, Blazin' Squad were hardly known for their complex dance routines, but after seeing this we're surprised Kenzie can even put one foot »
Thinks it’s poetical and epic, and the more dramatic it thinks it’s being, the more hilariously histrionic it all is. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s a Fast & Furious ripoff! No, wait, it’s based on a popular videogame!
Which one makes Need for Speed sound more junky and more calculated to trick audiences into parting with their hard-earned cash? Cuz: that one.
And if throwing away 2D dollars on this doesn’t thrill you enough, know that the 3D version was created in postproduction– which never, never looks good — as an extra bonus cash grab. If you want to feel like you’re driving a car in 3D, you could just go drive a car.
There’s no story and no characters in the Electronic Arts series of games this »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The sudden death of Paul Walker late last year was a tragedy for a number of reasons. It also left a hole in the 2014 schedule for a muscular, action-driven car movie, since the seventh entry in the "Fast and Furious" franchise has been rescheduled for April 2015. Just because we don't have a "Fast and Furious" movie in the pipeline doesn't mean that we will be denied some gasoline-drenched mayhem, as "Need for Speed," based on the series of wildly popular Electronic Arts video games, races into theaters nationwide this week.
It's the story of a young man (played by "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul) who is framed for a horrible crime and decides to exact revenge by entering into a dangerous cross-country race. You know, like you would do if someone set you up. It's got a bunch of hunky dudes (like Kid Cudi) doing things that you should probably never do with a car, »
- Drew Taylor
After becoming the third youngest actress to receive an Oscar Nomination for her debut in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhané Wallis followed that role with a part in this year's Academy Award–winning 12 Years a Slave. Now, the young actress is ready to tackle a classic role in the upcoming remake of Annie.
The movie's first trailer reveals that it's still a hard knock life for Wallis' Annie, who escapes from the orphanage of Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) to live with the rich Daddy Warbucks — this time re-imagined as a politician named Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx). However, unlike the previous 1982 adaptation, this Annie is armed with modern updates on the 1977 musical's classic songs as well as new tracks written by Jay-z, who also served as one of the movie's producers.
- Ryan Gowland
For years after Anchorman came out, fans were abuzz about the possibility of a sequel. Now that that sequel finally happened — and was a big success, grossing almost $170 million worldwide — director Adam McKay wants to nip any trilogy buzz in the bud. “It’s done,” McKay told Empire. “I think that’s it. It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that’s it for Ron Burgundy.” McKay also implied that this would be the last sequel they'll ever do. Sorry, anyone holding out hope for Step Brothers 2: Step Up Brothers, The Other Guys 2: The Other Other Guys, or Talladega Days. »
- Jesse David Fox
Riggs & Murtaugh. Mills & Somerset. Tango & Cash. All buddy cop movies live and die on the chemistry between their central pairing, and over the years there have been many memorable partnerships to have put their own spin on the familiar buddy cop formula.
6. Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz – The Other Guys (2010)
Who? Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) is a frustrated and volatile detective who, after getting demoted, has been stuck with forensic accountant Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell). Mocked and disrespected by their peers, the sudden (and hilarious) death of the department’s two star cops gives them a chance to shine.
Why? Although they’re mismatched, the focus of The Other Guys is seeing our two protagonists prove themselves, »
- Amon Warmann
Speaking to Empire, Anchorman director Adam McKay (Step Brothers, The Other Guys) has resolutely confirmed there will not be another sequel to the Ron Burgundy-starring movies. Read what he had to say below:
No, that’s the last sequel we’re gonna do. There’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we’re releasing this alt version, we’re totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3… I’m going to say definitely no. I’ll actually say it in this case!
That's not a 'never say never,' it's a 'no-way, Jose' - not only denying Anchorman sequels, but all others too. If a Step Brothers 2 is ever going to happen, it'll have to be under a different director.
But, in a semantic piece of logic dodging, the alternative cut of Anchorman 2 is out in cinemas in the Us and UK from today, with »
- Oliver Davis
While fans get ready to check out the Super Sized R Rated Version of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in theaters this weekend, which contains 763 new jokes, director Adam McKay reveals that there will not be an Anchorman 3 sequel. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in an interview with Empire, where he claims this is the last sequel he will ever make, nixing rumored plans for a Step Brothers 2.
"It's done. I think that's it. It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that's it for Ron Burgundy. No, that's the last sequel we're gonna do. There's nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we're releasing this alt version, we're totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3."
When asked if it's possible that the filmmaker may revisit the story in a decade or so, »
Video games continue to attract the attention of Hollywood, but this time instead of adapting one into a feature film, the games themselves will become the subject as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are teaming to write and direct Console Wars based on the non-fiction book by Blake Harris, examining the rise of Sega in the face of Nintendo in the early '90s. Harris' book will hit bookshelves on May 13, 2014. Here's the synopsis: Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars--a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry. In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But »
- Brad Brevet
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