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"How hard can it be? You load up a truck, and you drive away." Relativity has debuted a new 2016 trailer for the comedy Masterminds, from the director of Napoleon Dynamite - Jared Hess. Most will remember hearing about this before, as it was originally scheduled to be released last year, and we even ran two trailers for it (which were removed) before Relativity pulled it from the schedule. It's now set to open in theaters this fall - though I'm not sure if any new marketing will help. Zach Galifianakis & Kristen Wiig star as a couple who plan a heist that goes right, and they end up with $17 million with their friends Owen Wilson, Ken Marino and Devin Ratray. But once they get the money, things start to fall apart. Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Jones & Kate McKinnon also star. This is supposed to be funny in a stupid way, but it looks dull.
"Hey Santa! Wanna party?" Paramount has debuted a trailer for the comedy called Office Christmas Party, perhaps the most basic and blatantly descriptive title for a film this year. It's about, as expected, an office Christmas party that gets out of hand. T.J. Miller organizes the whole shebang, with an ensemble cast including Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Vanessa Bayer, Jillian Bell, Jamie Chung, Rob Corddry, Abbey Lee, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Karan Soni and Matt Walsh. This is one of those party movies where it's all about how totally crazy they can get, and what happens during/after the madness. Not sure there's much else to this, maybe it will be fun to watch during a snowstorm or something.
"Food has always wanted to come home with us… But they had no idea what was really in store." Sony has released a fun extended 60-sec TV spot for the upcoming animated R-rated comedy Sausage Party, about some hot dogs on the loose. The huge voice cast features Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, David Krumholtz and others. I've been excited about this ever since the rave reviews out of SXSW, and the more footage they release, the more excited I get. It looks so raunchy and hilarious, I can't wait to see it.
Love improv comedy? This film is for you. Love good stories about friends? This film is for you. The Film Arcade has released the first trailer for Mike Birbiglia's second feature film, titled Don't Think Twice. It's about a six-person improv troupe that performs at a small venue in New York City. When things seem to be going bad for everyone, one of the members breaks out big and makes it onto the "Weekend Live" show (aka SNL) disrupting the friendship dynamic of the group. Mike Birbiglia stars, along with a cast of genuinely awesome comedians: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher and Kate Micucci. The film got rave reviews at Tribeca and is worth catching when it comes your way. Take a look.
"I hav lady. U no were find me." Time for something a bit different. This short film (thanks to SlashFilm for the tip), made by an indie filmmaker known only as "Banks", is a direct adaptation of the classic Donkey Kong arcade game. Titled simply Donkey Kong Classic, it's a short live-action take on the art of climbing ladders and busting barrels to rescue a damsel in distress. It's super low budget, the VFX are okay but not great, though most importantly it's a very fun take on a classic game everyone is familiar with. This is the kind of short that up-and-coming filmmakers should go out and make just for fun, to do something unique.
"Russell and I have a film coming out - we thought, we could address some of our 'issues', before we enter the PR phase." These will definitely make you laugh. Warner Bros has released three separate viral videos for The Nice Guys, the upcoming Shane Black-directed action comedy co-starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. At CinemaCon, Crowe complimented Gosling saying he channels Gene Wilder, and he laughed more on the set during filming than he has the rest of his entire career. The two play off of each other perfectly in the movie, so WB has decided to focus on this dynamic in these videos. Crowe & Gosling, as real-life actors, work out their "issues" in therapy sessions and the results are hilarious. Don't miss these.
"Just you dancing is enough to distract the entire sorority?" Universal has debuted a new red band trailer for Nicholas Stoller's Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the sequel to the college kids vs adults comedy Neighbors starring Zac Efron, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne. The cast this time also features Chloe Moretz, Selena Gomez, Dave Franco and Kiersey Clemons, among many others. As the first trailer showed, this time it's about a sorority moving in next door to Rogen & Byrne, and they recruit the help of Efron to take them down. This is a much better trailer than the first one because they can let loose with the footage having a red band rating, but I hope the movie is actually as good as it seems it could be. Fire it up.
If only this were real. During one of this week's episodes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, one of his guests was filmmaker Spike Jonze. The show opened with a special opening short film, which starts with a title card saying Jonze had an "idea" for the opening and this is the result. I know I'm not the only one anxiously awaiting the next feature film from Spike Jonze. While we wait for something to happen, he went on Colbert's show to promote the launch of a new TV channel called Viceland, opening this week - see here. In the meantime, this amusing short featuring Colbert and an old friend is worth a quick watch. Enjoy.
"Otherwise known as the 'White People's Choice Awards.'" Last night's 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood was hosted by comedian/actor/filmmaker Chris Rock (hosting for his second time), which was rather perfect because the Oscars this year were clouded by some controversy surrounding diversity, or the lack there of, considering there were very few minority nominees. "This is the wildest, craziest, Oscars to ever host because you've got all this controversy - no black Oscar nominees," he started out by stating. Rock addresses the diversity issue, as well as being told to boycott, and then speaks about - very simply - what they want. "We want black actors to get the same opportunities - that's it." Watch below.
"Do you guys believe when he says he's going to finish what Darth Vader started?" It's not often we feature something from "Saturday Night Live", but this Star Wars sketch actually made me laugh, it's one of their best skits in a while. Actor Adam Driver hosted the most recent episode of SNL and, of course, everyone knows he plays dark side-advocate Kylo Ren in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So, for one of the sketches, they had Driver dress down as a "radar technician" and go undercover in Starkiller Base for an episode of "Undercover Boss". The way they dress Driver is perfect, but the rest of it is also hilarious. Enjoy!
"SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM!" Merry Christmas! In honor of the holiday, we're posting this fun Christmas Movie mashup made by our editor friend Sleepy Skunk. It features footage and clips and some of the best moments from all of your Christmas favorites, including It's a Wonderful Life, Polar Express, The Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th Street, Love Actually, Home Alone, A Christmas Carol and a few others. There's even a few clips from Mike Dougherty's Krampus, released this year; though there isn't anything from Die Hard. What! I still count that one as a Christmas movie. Watch below, and enjoy it.
Star Wars meets Ken Burns in this new mash-up video from the Washington Post. This video was initially posted on Friday when Star Wars: The Force Awakens first hit theaters, but if you haven't seen it yet, it's a fun recap of the original trilogy. Their pitch: "Like Ken Burns's "The Civil War," Star Wars depicts an epic conflict. So we mashed them up." Ken Burns is the documentarian whose techniques have become so iconic they're literally named after him. Burns is not involved in this, they just wanted to make a short doc about Star Wars in his style. It's a fun way to keep the Star Wars buzz going and review all the major events of the original three before seeing The Force Awakens for a fifth time. Watch "The Galactic Civil War" below.
"When the world's biggest star goes missing, only Hollywood's biggest names can solve the mystery…" Universal has debuted a new 60-second TV spot for Hail, Caesar!, the fun new comedy from the Coen Brothers hitting theaters in February. The first trailer for this hit a few months ago and won over pretty much everyone, as it looks like they went all out making fun of some of the best years of Hollywood. George Clooney stars with Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Emily Beecham, Ralph Fiennes, Josh Brolin, Clancy Brown, Jonah Hill and Tilda Swinton. What a cast. There isn't much more revealed about the mystery, but everything about this still looks amazing. The "most dangerous comedy of the year."
"There's only one criminal mastermind who could be behind all this." Paramount has unleashed the first amusing trailer for the long-awaited sequel Zoolander 2, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as male models Zoolander and Hansel. This is a full-on trailer that actually spends time explaining the story and the characters, showing tons of footage including some hilarious sets and all the endlessly amazing costumes. Penélope Cruz co-stars with Kristen Wiig, Christine Taylor, Billy Zane and of course, Will Ferrell as Mugatu. I'm still not sure if this is going to top the original, but at least they're giving it a shot. Enjoy!