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"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!
"I think he has a great quality of being able to be outraged by something without losing his sense of humor about it." Paramount has unveiled a short new featurette for The Big Short, the out-of-nowhere banking comedy that features a helluva cast. Adam McKay (of Anchorman 1 & 2, Step Brothers) directs Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Karen Gillan, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall and Brad Pitt in this comedy about a group of bankers that try to plan their way around the recession in 2008. The first trailer hit a few months ago and it looks promising, like there might be something to it. This new featurette mostly focuses on director Adam McKay and his vision for this movie, and his passion for comedy. Give it a watch.
"Melvin is not like other people…" "What you've got is a gift." Screen Media has unleashed a trailer for the dark comedy American Hero, about a guy who has telekinetic abilities, but doesn't use them for much other than to fuel his addiction to drugs and alcohol. After barely surviving one day, he has a change of heart and realizes he has to fight back. Stephen Dorff plays the telekinetic, Melvin, and he seems like perfect casting for this kind of role. Though it's hard not to mention how much this reminds me of that Will Smith movie Hancock, or James Gunn's Super or even Chronicle a bit. This could actually be entertaining after all.
"Uh, you tell me, man. You make all this shit up." Indeed. To drum up some attention for their coverage of Star Wars, Vanity Fair made a video featuring The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams being asked questions about The Force Awakens from a bevy of celebrities. He takes their questions from an iPad, featuring people like Jared Leto, Lena Dunham, Katie Couric, T.J. Miller, Lee Daniels, Shane Smith, and even George Lucas, asking him all kinds of things he can't really talk about yet. He doesn't even answer most of their questions, of course, but tries his best one-liners with some. Oh, J.J. This is fun, and honestly, it's the most we'll get out of J.J. Abrams on pretty much anything until The Force Awakens finally opens.
"Sometimes I think it would be better if we just couldn't feel…" Are you ready for this? Can you handle another emotional drama about the hardships of life? Jimmy Kimmel has debuted the trailer for Crying in a Sweater, a new indie film starring Kristen Wiig. This "extremely independent" films is already earning Oscar buzz, all for the emotionally devastating and totally reborn performance by the remarkably talented Kristen Wiig. No, but really, this is a funny joke trailer that does a good job of showing just how goofy the awards season can be. And we've only begun. I'm not sure why they chose Michael Bay to direct it, though?
"I'm not shaking your hand after that!" Universal has debuted the first official trailer and poster for Ride Along 2, Tim Story's sequel to the comedy hit from 2014 starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. The two actors/comedians reunite this time for an explosive showdown in Miami. Continuing the first film, the two partner cops from Atlanta head to Miami where they find themselves in even more trouble. Cue the action, cue the Kevin Hart comedy, etc. The cast includes Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Nadine Velazquez, Tika Sumpter, Glen Powell and Benjamin Bratt. If this is the sequel you've been waiting for, well - have fun.
"If God exists, then why did he make ugly people?" Paramount has unveiled the first official teaser trailer for Ben Stiller's highly anticipated sequel Zoolander 2, starring Ben Stiller and directed by Ben Stiller. The cast includes a whole bunch of other names, but this teaser only features Stiller as Derek Zoolander and some fun CGI animation. Oh, and Stephen Hawking's voice, or so it sounds like it's him. Owen Wilson did show up at the catwalk event earlier this year, so he's still in the mix in this somewhere. This teaser is presumably playing in front of Mission: Impossible all weekend, but in the meantime you can catch it below.
"That's what it's all about folks - having fun." A few years back filmmaker Rick Alverson broke out with a controversial comedy called The Comedy, which premiered at Sundance to both rave reviews and constant walk outs. Alverson is back again this year with a new film, Entertainment, starring Gregg Turkington as The Comedian, a performer "caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation". The cast includes Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz. This is a very funky film that seems like something more from the mind of Quentin Dupieux, with lonely, dusty California landscapes and kooky characters aplenty. This is not for everyone, but might tickle your fancy.
"With every new discovery there is risk…" Check out this amusing old school VHS remix trailer for a totally different Fantastic Four movie. Vulture has remixed and recut footage from the campy Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie made in the early 90s that was never distributed. Josh Trank's take on Fantastic Four hits theaters in a few more weeks, and seems to be a very dark, very grounded take on "what if this really happened to these four people". This version is the total opposite, a glossy and fantastical take on four superheroes trying to save the world. It looks so cheesy and bad I'm even more excited for this year's movie.
10 teams. 10 positions. One Will Ferrell. Are you ready to rumble with the one, the only, Señor Ferrell?? HBO's next sports faux-documentary (following the absurdly hilarious 7 Days in Hell) is one titled Ferrell Takes the Field, in which Will Ferrell plays all 10 positions in baseball playing on 10 different teams in one day. I really admire what HBO is doing with Funny or Die and these sports sketches, sort of extending the online content into something that is worthy of being presented cinematically (and if you haven't seen it, I recommend Casa de mi Padre). This may not be groundbreaking, but it looks like it will make me laugh.