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Now you don't have to be a comedy writer to appreciate great comedic filmmaking, but "Saturday Night Live" veteran Bill Hader has an impressive list of 200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See. Thankfully, this is also just a great list of comedies that any cinephile with a penchant for good comedy should check out. The list comes from Mike Sacks' book Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers, which sounds like a great read for anyone with more than a passing interest in the art of comedy. But we know you came here for the movie list, so keep reading for the goods. Read on!
Back in the spring when we focused on the young boy who had been dubbed Action Movie Kid, based on the fun, short videos that his father, a former DreamWorks animator named Daniel Hashimoto, made with visual effects to create some pretty unique home movies. Now Action Movie Kid is back in another quick series of adventures, and this time they're all collected into a single video for your enjoyment. Honestly, these little wacky snippets are more entertaining and satisfying than some of the blockbusters that hit theaters this summer. But hey, this could very well spark a new kind of kids adventure film. Watch!
There have been rumblings of a sequel to The Goonies for years, with the most recent, seemingly solid news coming from director Richard Donner saying that a sequel to The Goonies is in development. This is one of those situations where that's been said so many times before hat we'll only believe it when we see it. Still, it's cool that an actor like Josh Brolin still embraces his past association with a movie like that, especially when Christian Bale doesn't seem to want anything to do with The Newsies. So Jimmy Fallon had some fun with Brolin on "The Tonight Show" to honor The Goonies on its 30th anniversary. Watch!
Will it be called Star Wars: Revenge of the Tauntauns or just Episode VII? Who is John Boyega playing and when does he get to have dinner with Luke? So many questions! So few answers. But that doesn't mean we should be making up answers and filling the void, instead we should be waiting patiently to see the new Star Wars in all its glory sometime in 2015. In a genius move, Slate has launched what they're calling the "Star Wars Rumor Generator", a fun little interactive script that creates random Star Wars posters with rumors like the title, who each person is playing, and so on. Yes we're often caught up in the Star Wars news game, but we try to focus on what is actually worth knowing, not every last rumor someone comes up with.
If you've been on the internet at all the past couple weeks, you've undoubtedly seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a charity trend sweeping the nation to raise money to fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Many people seem to think that Charlie Sheen delivered the best video of this challenge by dumping $10,000 in cash on his head, all of which he was donating to the cause. However, Dave Grohl and his band Foo Fighters have taken this fun, charitable trend to incredible new heights by creating an elaborate recreation of the infamous pig's blood scene at the prom in Stephen King's Carrie. It's awesome. Watch!
For anyone who grew up when Nintendo 64 was new and popular, the James Bond game GoldenEye is easily one of the best games from that time. Today there are still plenty of people who held on to their system and play the game with their friends. But what if you could play the game with James Bond himself? Well, that's exactly what Jimmy Fallon did on "The Tonight Show" last night when Pierce Brosnan came on the show to promote The November Man, the film hitting theaters next week and that also just had a sequel announced to be in development. So did Brosnan hold his own against Fallon at all? Watch below!
Just as we teased last week, James Franco and Seth Rogen unveiled a TV special on MTV that acts as a bit of viral promotion for The Interview, the comedy hitting theaters on Christmas Day this winter. In the film, TV personality Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen)discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of their show and they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. But then the CIA recruits them for a special operation to assassinate Kim Jong-un. Now you can watch the full MTV special introducing us to Skylark and Rapoport as they conduct a "very special VMA special" speaking with Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Jason Derulo. Watch it below!
Hot on the heels of a release date push to Christmas Day and news of digital alterations being made to avoid riling up North Korea anymore than they already are, The Interview isn't slowing down their marketing brigade. In fact, it gets a big push in the youth market this weekend as James Franco will appear in character as entertainment tabloid TV host Dave Skylark with a half-hour special on Sunday, August 17th at 9/8c on MTV, interviewing music superstars like Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Jason Derulo before the VMAs. Franco's character seems to be a dimwit, but surely he'll be kept in line by his show's producer Aaron Rapoport, played by Seth Rogen, who will also be appearing in the special. Watch a tease below!
Day in and day out, character actors go without the recognition that superstars, blockbuster leading men and Oscar-winners get every single day. Most of the time audiences can't even be bother to learn their name, constantly pointing and saying "Hey, it's that guy!" or "It's that guy from that one thing." But some of Hollywood's character actors have had enough, and they're looking for some recognition. Entertainment Weekly has put together this powerful PSA featuring character actors like Rob Corddry, Doug Jones, Rob Huebel and more, making sure you know who they are, and they deserve to be called by their name.
We've seen movies like Kill Bill and Blade Runner turned into 8-bit video games, but YouTube user and San Francisco State University student Phillip Raupach has decided to do something different inspired by old school video games. Instead of taking The Matrix Reloaded and turning it into an 8-bit video game, he merely took footage from the film, a fight scene with Neo and thugs in the house of the Merovingian, and replaced all of the music and sounds with those you would find in these early video games. The result is funny and impressive, as his work won him Best Sound Design at SFSU's BECAfest last year. Watch below!
After exploding at the box office this weekend in Guardians of the Galaxy, not to mention leading the voice cast of The LEGO Movie earlier this year, you can bet Chris Pratt is going to be a huge star. He'll only get bigger with a lead role in Jurassic World next summer, but it sounds like Pratt might have already known that. A video from a behind-the-scenes featurette from the second season of "Parks & Recreation" back in 2010 shows Pratt hamming it in his dressing room, shooting himself in a mirror, looking all scuffled and dirty for a scene. And then he gets a text message, and he pretends it's from Steven Spielberg. Watch!
"Those guys must work out." They have returned. Nickelodeon has unveiled the first official trailer for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the sequel to the hit SpongeBob SquarePants movie from 10 years ago. This first trailer introduces us to the story, the pirate villain, and the concept behind why they end up in real life as 3D CG animated characters. The cast is all back including Tom Kenny as SpongeBob (and Gary the Snail), Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, plus yes, Antonio Banderas as Alameda Jack, and Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs. I will say this actually seems like a lot of good fun, enjoy.
It was inevitable that someone would make a big scene at Comic-Con this year about Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man. This is our guy. Yes, this is just a fun post about a funny moment at Comic-Con and contains no news, but it's a good story and one I think fans who aren't in San Diego will appreciate anyway. Every year at Comic-Con, a small selection of religious zealots bring big yellow signs talking about the bible. This year, another big sign joined them but it was in defense of Edgar: all it stated was "Edgar Wright Was Right". Turns out he's a fan who is "depressed" about the Ant-Man news and wanted to make his feelings known.
Following the comedy hit of 2011, Horrible Bosses 2 is on the way now with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day back together, this time working for themselves with a new business. However, we don't get a hint of that in the first teaser trailer. Instead, we get to see the trio visiting Bateman's boss (Kevin Spacey) in prison after being arrested at the end of the first film. And also the return of Day's boss (Jennifer Aniston), who is still keen on getting some action, but this time of a certain bathroom variety. One thing we do learn is there's a kidnapping involved and Motherfucker Jones (Jamie Foxx) is helping again. It's a great tease for the new comedy coming this fall, with a hint of Chris Pine freshness. Watch!