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10 Modern Horror Comedies That Deserve More Love

Over the years, I’ve been pretty vocal about how much I adore horror comedies, and considering how challenging the world at large has been over the last few years, it’s truly my favorite subsection of the genre to disappear into as of late. There have been numerous brilliant humorous horror movies over the years, but I thought now would be the perfect time to celebrate 10 films from the modern landscape of genre cinema that have not only been largely under-appreciated by fans, but also do a killer job of finding new ways to merge the funnies with the frights.

Just a note before we begin: I purposefully left off films like Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, What We Do in the Shadows, Cabin in the Woods, Zombieland, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, The Frighteners and projects of that caliber, because I feel like some of those
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Film News Roundup: ‘Black Panther’ Hits $100 Million at Chinese Box Office

Film News Roundup: ‘Black Panther’ Hits $100 Million at Chinese Box Office
In today’s film news roundup, “Black Panther” hits another milestone, “7 Splinters in Time” gets a deal and Bob Saget’s “Benjamin” will open the Beverly Hills Film Festival.

Box Office

Disney-Marvel’s blockbuster “Black Panther” has crossed the $100 million milestone in China after two weeks of release.

The studio reported Friday that it has reached $614.2 million in domestic grosses and $593 million internationally. China is the top overseas market, followed by the U.K. with $60.6 million, South Korea with $47.2 million and Brazil with $33.5 million.

Black Panther” is now the 14th biggest worldwide grosser with $1.21 billion and trails “Iron Man 3” by $7 million for the 13th spot. It’s expected to gross about $16 million in North America in its sixth weekend of release and finish second to “Pacific Rim Uprising” after leading the box office for five straight sessions.

Of the 14 films that have topped $1.2 billion in worldwide grosses,
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Ballers: Season Four; Joy Bryant (Parenthood) to Recur on HBO Series

Joy Bryant is coming to HBO. Deadline reports the Parenthood star will recur on season four of Ballers.The comedy-drama stars Dwayne Johnson as Spencer Strasmore, a former NFL player who has re-invented himself as a financial adviser in Miami, taking on young phenoms and veteran superstars alike. The cast also includes Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, London Brown, Arielle Kebbel, Dulé Hill, Richard Schiff, and Andy Garcia.Read More…
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Comedy Central Cancels T.J. Miller Series

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2017-12-20T07:27:41-08:00Comedy Central Cancels T.J. Miller Series

In an unfortunate coincidence for T.J. Miller, his Comedy Central series The Gorburger Show was cancelled on the same day that stories of an alleged sexual assault in his past surfaced. Comedy Central says the two events are unrelated and that it was planning to cancel the series before news of the alleged assault broke. Since leaving Silicon Valley on less-than-friendly terms, Miller has landed several supporting roles in movies, but his first starring vehicle, the animated The Emoji Movie, flopped over the summer.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Comedy Central has canceled T.J. Miller's animated series The Gorburger Show after one season.

News of the cancellation came Tuesday, the same day the former Silicon Valley star was accused of sexual assault and violence by an anonymous woman in a Daily Beast story, though a rep
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Dwayne Johnson on His Rock-Solid Empire and Walk of Fame Honor

Dwayne Johnson on His Rock-Solid Empire and Walk of Fame Honor
It’s midnight and my phone rings. “Hey, E-Wag!” exclaims a deeply masculine, yet comforting and chipper voice.

It’s Dwayne Johnson. The pro wrestler-turned-superstar is calling from the car in Hawaii on his way to catch an overnight plane from the first stop of his “Jumanji” press tour to the next leg of the global gabfest in Paris.

Despite squeezing in a call during his only 45 minutes of free time, in transit, nonetheless, Johnson’s enthusiasm and focus is magnetic. His personal greeting to this reporter is perfectly in line with how he interacts with his 175 million followers on social media every day, and is evident of The Rock’s unique knack to form a genuine connection with everyone from fan from studio executive. His commitment to a simple phone interview is exemplary of how he attaches himself to each and every project — and there are a lot of them.

This past year,
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‘Drunk History’: Derek Waters Previews Season 5 and Acknowledges the Insanity of Getting Oscar-Winning Guest Stars

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‘Drunk History’: Derek Waters Previews Season 5 and Acknowledges the Insanity of Getting Oscar-Winning Guest Stars
Ten years after the invention of the “Drunk History” format, comedian Derek Waters is reconsidering how to describe the performers who get wasted, then narrate their take on a pivotal moment in history. “I want to start calling them ‘storytellers,'” he said. “It sounds more important. I think ‘narrator’ sounds like a voiceover actor.”

Indeed, the term “narrator” doesn’t quite do justice to what intoxicated celebrities bring to the series, which returned to television Tuesday night after nearly 13 months off the air.

Tuesday’s “Drunk History Christmas Special” will be followed by the show’s full return on January 23. It’s been a long time since new “Drunk History” episodes premiered, something Waters (who co-created the show with Jeremy Konner) acknowledged. “If I was a fan, I’m thinking the show’s over,” he said. “‘I thought you were dead.’ But that’s better like that than people going,
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Watch J.J. Abrams Auction Off Star Wars 9 Plot for $10K

Watch J.J. Abrams Auction Off Star Wars 9 Plot for $10K
Star Wars has been big on charity work during the Disney era. Over the course of making each one of the new movies, Disney and Lucasfilm have found quite a few opportunities to auction off amazing experiences for fans. It gives Star Wars lovers something special and it does some good for those who need it. Last night, J.J. Abrams auctioned off the chance for one lucky fan to have him whisper the plot of Star Wars 9 to them two years in advance. While the winning bid was high, it didn't go down how you'd expect.

The auction of the Star Wars 9 plot was part of HBO's Night of Too Many Stars, which was held to benefit Next for Autism. Jon Stewart was hosting the event and, at one point, he decided to bring J.J. Abrams out on stage to offer up this special opportunity. Then the bidding started. Things
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Rob Huebel on His ‘Comedy Mafia’ and Making Justin Long Strip Naked at a Malibu Beach — Turn It On Podcast

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Rob Huebel on His ‘Comedy Mafia’ and Making Justin Long Strip Naked at a Malibu Beach — Turn It On Podcast
For his new YouTube Red series, Rob Huebel couldn’t find a nude beach to shoot a scene. So he forced a nude Justin Long on unsuspecting families at a beach in Malibu.

“We’re naked, and families are out there, children are crying, and other people are out there filming us with their phones,” Huebel told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. “The producers had to go up to people and say, ‘hey man, please don’t post that naked photo of Justin Long on the Internet or sell it to TMZ!”

Long is one of the guests on Huebel’s new irreverent YouTube Red series “Do You Want to See A Dead Body?” The comedy features Huebel and celebrity friends as they search for a dead body that Huebel has found.

“It’s such an absurd premise,” Huebel admitted. “Sometimes we find the body, sometimes we don’t find the body,
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Season Two Trailer For YouTube Red’s ‘Buddy System’ Presents Alternate History For Rhett & Link

Reliable YouTube combo Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, known collectively as Rhett & Link, famously met during the first day of first grade and have been friends ever since. What if, however, that encounter never happened? Would their beloved online video partnership still have come to pass? That's the question at the center of the second season of Rhett & Link's Buddy System, which will premiere on November 29.

The trailer for the new batch of Buddy System episodes presents an alternate history for its starring duo. After meeting as adults, they decide to become roommates. Despite the quirks of their respective personalities, their friendship blossoms.

Beyond the odd couple comedy at its core, the second season of Buddy System is expected to feature several musical numbers, as was the case with season one. It will also include a number of notable guest stars, include Tony Hale, Mayim Bialik, Rob Corddry, and Mary Lynn Rajskub.
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‘Rhett & Link’s Buddy System’: YouTube Red Announces Season 2 Premiere Date, Celebrity Guest Stars

YouTube Red’s comedy series Rhett & Link’s Buddy System is set to return with its second season on Nov. 29. Joining stars and co-creators Rhett McLaughlin and Charles "Link" Neal this season are celebrity guests Tony Hale (Veep), Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory), Leslie Bibb (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), Rob Corddry (Ballers) and more. The eight-episode season will be directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) and will be executive produced by the…
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‘Office Christmas Party’ DVD Review

Stars: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, Courtney B. Vance, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Sam Richardson, Jamie Chung | Written by Justin Malen, Laura Solon, Dan Mazer | Directed by Josh Gordon, Will Speck

Josh Gordon and Will Speck, co-directors of one of, if not The, greatest ice-skating comedy ever (Blades of Glory), re-team for another buddy comedy that once again mixes gross-out humour and heartfelt laughs – this time in a story set in the world of office politics. Think Animal House for the tech generation…

Reminiscent of the Seth Rogen flick The Night Before, Office Christmas Party is very much in the same vein: an ensemble cast in a crazy scenario, featuring raunchy comedy and some totally outrageous situations and it’s all set over the Christmas holiday season. It also shares a similar taste in songs, in fact the two films could
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Drunk History, President Show, Daily Show: Comedy Central Announces Holiday Specials

'Tis the season for holiday specials. Today, Comedy Central announced their upcoming holiday programming, which includes special episodes of Drunk History, The President Show, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.The Drunk History Christmas Special debuts on November 28th at 10 p.m. Et/Pt and will feature performances from Colin Hanks, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, and Chris Witaske.Read More…
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Film News Roundup: Justine Bateman Makes Directorial Debut With Dree Hemingway in ‘Violet’

Film News Roundup: Justine Bateman Makes Directorial Debut With Dree Hemingway in ‘Violet’
In today’s film news roundup, Justine Bateman is making her feature film directorial debut, “Dog Days” unveils its massive cast including Eva Longoria; and Luma moves into animated movies.

Director Hired

Justine Bateman will make her feature film directorial debut with the independent drama, “Violet” starring Dree Hemingway in the title role, Variety has learned exclusively.

The script, written by Bateman, follows a rising film executive who lives her life according to “the voice” in her head. When a friend unknowingly exposes a moment of truth, she realizes the voice has been lying to her about everything and begins rebelling against the voice — and finds that there’s hell to pay.

Bateman will produce the project under her Section 5 banner, along with Mark G. Mathis. Shooting is slated to begin in February in Los Angeles.

Bateman is represented by Hummel Entertainment and by Hertz Lichtenstein & Young.

Castings

Independent movie “Dog Days” has cast a wide
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More Join Eva Longoria In ‘Dog Days’ For Ld Entertainment, Director Ken Marino

More Join Eva Longoria In ‘Dog Days’ For Ld Entertainment, Director Ken Marino
Exclusive: The ensemble cast has been pulled together for Ken Marino’s next comedy Dog Days for Ld Entertainment, the company that brought Megan Leavey and the three-time Oscar-nominated Jackie to the big screen. Eva Longoria, who was in talks on the pic is officially in. This marks Marino’s second feature film, his first being How To Be A Latin Lover starring Eugenio Derbez. Joining Longoria in the film is Tig Notaro (One Mississippi), Rob Corddry (Ballers), Michael…
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‘Ballers’ Star Rob Corddry on Why Show Shouldn’t Tackle Anthem Debate: It’s ‘All Nonsense’

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‘Ballers’ Star Rob Corddry on Why Show Shouldn’t Tackle Anthem Debate: It’s ‘All Nonsense’
Ballers” has a knack for tying in real-life NFL headlines, but co-star Rob Corddry would be fine if the Dwayne Johnson-starring show steers clear of the current discussion surrounding the national anthem. Corddry, who plays Joe Krutel on the HBO comedy that aired its Season 3 finale last Sunday, told TheWrap that he doesn’t expect or want the show to address the ongoing debate over players kneeling during the national anthem that has become a wedge issue for President Donald Trump. “I personally think Trump just made this a story, and he’s also kind of backed off on it,
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‘HarmonQuest’ Season 2: Dan Harmon On Getting to Be a Narcissist While Spencer Crittenden Does All The Work

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‘HarmonQuest’ Season 2: Dan Harmon On Getting to Be a Narcissist While Spencer Crittenden Does All The Work
Spencer Crittenden went into “HarmonQuest” a game master and came out a showrunner. Long the trusted guide of the adventures of Fondue (Dan Harmon), Beor (Erin McGathy), and Bone Weevil (Jeff Davis) on the hybrid animated/live-action series and in other Harmon-led projects, Crittenden has taken a larger role than ever on “HarmonQuest” Season 2. That means not only continuing the ongoing deeds of Fondue and Co., but bringing in a new batch of week-to-week one-off characters to join the fray.

“A big part of role-playing games is that every group is different, every table is different, every player has different values and ideas of what the game is,” Crittenden recently told IndieWire. “They’re all kind of right and kind of wrong, but everyone is still having fun. I think they all highlight the correct way to play and show that you don’t necessarily have to be an expert.
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Ballers: Season Three Ratings

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is as popular as ever. In response to his hints about a 2020 Presidential run, a new committee -- "Run the Rock 2020" -- has filed to draft him as a candidate. How is his HBO TV show doing, though? Is it a winner? Will Ballers be cancelled or renewed for season four? Stay tuned. Ballers stars Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, London Brown, Arielle Kebbel, Dulé Hill, Richard Schiff and Andy Garcia. In the HBO comedy-drama, former superstar Spencer Strasmore (Johnson) has re-invented himself as a financial adviser in Miami, taking on young phenoms and veteran superstars alike. Spencer's role in his clients' lives far exceeds money management as he struggles to help them navigate the many pitfalls that come with life in the spotlight.
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Ballers: Season Three Ratings

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is as popular as ever. In response to his hints about a 2020 Presidential run, a new committee -- "Run the Rock 2020" -- has filed to draft him as a candidate. How is his HBO TV show doing, though? Is it a winner? Will Ballers be cancelled or renewed for season four? Stay tuned. Ballers stars Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, London Brown, Arielle Kebbel, Dulé Hill, Richard Schiff and Andy Garcia. In the HBO comedy-drama, former superstar Spencer Strasmore (Johnson) has re-invented himself as a financial adviser in Miami, taking on young phenoms and veteran superstars alike. Spencer's role in his clients' lives far exceeds money management as he struggles to help them navigate the many pitfalls that come with life in the spotlight.
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Rob Corddry, ‘24’s Mary Lynn Rajskub & More Join Bob Saget In ‘Benjamin’; James Madio Cast In ‘Stano’

Rob Corddry, ‘24’s Mary Lynn Rajskub & More Join Bob Saget In ‘Benjamin’; James Madio Cast In ‘Stano’
Emmy winner Rob Corddry, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Parenthood alum Max Burkholder are set to appear in Benjamin, the dark comedy directed by and starring Bob Saget. Kevin Pollak, Dave Foley, Jonny Weston, Peri Gilpin, Cheri Oteri, Clara Mamet, and David Hull round out the cast of the film, which previously was titled Jake. Written by Joshua Turek, the film centers on Ed (Saget), who reluctantly calls together an oddball assortment of friends and family to intervene on the…
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William H. Macy, ‘Layover’ Star Alexandra Daddario Discuss Importance of Female Leads

William H. Macy, ‘Layover’ Star Alexandra Daddario Discuss Importance of Female Leads
William H. Macy landed at “The Layover” premiere at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles on Wednesday with co-stars Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton, Matt Barr, and Matt Jones.

In the road-trip comedy, directed by Macy, Daddario and Upton’s characters are on a flight heading to Fort Lauderdale that gets rerouted due to hurricane warnings. The best friends find themselves in St. Louis fighting over the same guy, played by Barr.

Macy told Variety that he’s a big fan of slapstick humor and romantic comedies. “I thought bringing my sensibilities to this might result in something good,” he said. “The script is unexpected, which is what I think comedy needs.”

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Macy’s acting background proved to be an added benefit in having him direct, according to Daddario.

“He knows how to communicate with actors, he understands our insecurities, he
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