6 items from 2016
By way of musical mockumentary, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping delivers hilarity, stupidity, and a whole lot of other expected “-ity’s.” This is textbook SNL-alumn scripting. Direct parallels are drawn to Jon M. Chu’s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, The Lonely Island drops some raunchy new material, and celebrity cameos fight for top-billing. We’re talking about a movie that – in one moment – captures a fish-costume-wearing Justin Timberlake shredding guitar riffs while Tim Meadows plays saxophone and Michael Bolton backs up Andy Samberg (who is rapping about his silly thoughts). Take that comment for Exactly what it is, and prepare for The Lonely Island’s latest bit of glorious absurdity.
Andy Samberg stars as Connor4Real, a pop sensation who found tremendous solo success after his original band, the Style Boyz, parted ways. With bandmate Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer) gone, Connor and his DJ, Owen (Jorma Taccone), tear »
- Matt Donato
When pop stars release their concert movie, they usually have some meaningless subtitle to go with it: 'Never Say Never'; 'Part of Me'; 'Where We Are'. So leave it to the Lonely Island team to take that to the next beautifully obscene level with Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.
As the first full feature film with the Lonely Island team of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone together, Popstar turns the concert film clichés on their head by tracking a less-than-pleasant musical mastermind, Connor4Real (Samberg), while he is on his way up the ranks of a world tour. Maybe he’ll tweet/beg Mark Zuckerberg for money too? It is also an excuse for a bevy of cameos to help with the mockumentary aesthetic, including Sarah Silverman, Imogen Poots, »
Almost two weeks ago, principal photography began on David Wain‘s (Wet Hot American Summer) adaptation of A Stupid and Futile Gesture. Based on Josh Karp‘s best-selling book, the story follows National Lampoon co-founder Douglas Kenney, who’s played by Will Forte (MacGruber) in the biopic. Forte is surrounded by nothing but talent in this true-life story, which, according to him, we shouldn’t expect […]
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- Jack Giroux
When “Saturday Night Live” starts its 42nd season next fall, it will presumably still have “Weekend Update,” musical guests and lots of celebrity impressions. What it won’t have is the same number of commercials it’s had for its past 41 cycles on air.
NBC will structure the program so that it runs with two fewer commercial breaks, according to a spokeswoman for NBCUniversal. The move, previously reported by Advertising Age, represents the equivalent of cutting about 30% of the ads from the show. ”The viewers of this show are younger, much more upscale, much more demanding about what they want their experience to be,” said Linda Yaccarino, NBCU’s chairman of advertising sales and client partnerships, in an interview. “Their experience on any screen, on a laptop, in their pocket, on YouTube – less commercials is an environment which they have come to expect.” As a result, she said, viewers will »
- Brian Steinberg
The Lonely Island movie was originally titled Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie, but unfortunately, that title for this summer’s comedy is no more. Produced by Judd Adapatow (Trainwreck) and directed by Lonely Island members Jorma Taccone (MacGruber) and Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod), the film has gained a new title and poster. Learn more about the project below. Alongside Taccone and Schaffer, The […]
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- Jack Giroux
You always remember your first time — watching a sex scene, that is. While the MPAA may still prefer violence-laden films over ones with even the briefest hint of sexuality, there’s no denying that some of cinema’s most memorable scenes involve lovemaking. Knowing this full well, W Magazine set out to poll dozens of top actors on their most memorable sex-scene-viewing experience, and today we have all the results.
The picks include Cate Blanchett‘s experience in third grade, Paul Dano on Notorious, Jennifer Jason Leigh picks In the Realm of the Senses and Don’t Look Now, Jake Gyllenhaal talks Out of Sight and Jerry Maguire, Alicia Vikander on seeing Blue Valentine alone, while Rooney Mara names Rust & Bone (and also talks her crying fit during Toy Story 3).
- Leonard Pearce
6 items from 2016
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