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Back in October, Improv Everywhere took to Philadelphia for their Movies in Real Life series and recreated the iconic running scene from Rocky. Now the improv troupe is back with two more installments, using two of the most popular blockbusters of all-time. The first is Back to the Future, where the group headed to a public plaza in Manhattan, featuring the annoying "Save the Clock Tower" woman interrupting a chat between Marty and Jennifer, until a bigger interruption comes in the form of Doc Brown in a DeLorean telling them that there's been an interruption in the space-time continuum, and you'll see what happens.
In case you didn't know, "The Pete Holmes Show" is already airing on TBS, and the comedian has a penchant for sending up prominent characters in pop culture. Before the show premiered, Holmes debuted a hilarious short in which he played Professor X, forced to fire Wolverine for being a surprisingly inefficient member of the X-Men team. Now has back with another installment of Ex-Men, this time getting rid of the Cajun, card-throwing Gambit (played by Thomas Middleditch). Summing up his mutant powers as "throwing stuff," including any kind of card, Professor X is unhappy with Gambit, and he's definitely fired.
Right now you can see Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa in theaters, and while it doesn't have the same fast-pace and super outlandish pranks from the real Jackass franchise, it's still an entertaining comedy. The narrative is an interesting addition to the candid camera style pranks, but it definitely slows down the film. Of course, it doesn't make their achievement any less impressive, and you might find yourself wondering just how they did it. Thankfully, there's a cool behind-the-scenes featurette that shows how they set up marks to sell a given prank to the real people, and also Johnny Knoxville's awareness when stuff goes awry.
We've seen two full trailers, a brand new poster with the giant news team in New York City, and a slew of Dodge Durango commercials featuring Ron Burgundy, proving that the promotion for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is going to be all over the place in the coming months leading up to the December release of the comedy sequel. And since it's Halloween, we have Will Ferrell as the legendary newscaster delivering a special message on this spooky holiday. It's not nearly as wild or silly as those aforementioned commercials, but it's just so great to see Ferrell back behind the desk with that glorious mustache and hair.
Earlier this month, "The Simpsons" revealed an amazing and ghastly opening title sequence that was created with the help of Guillermo del Toro, featuring tons of references to horror films, television series and books. Now the staple animated show has mixed up their usual opening titles again, this time using J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth as the setting of a long journey for Homer, Marge, Bart, Maggie and Lisa to make it to their signature couch gag. There's plenty of funny references to The Hobbit (including a jab Peter Jackson's serializing of the book) including Moe as Gollum, Mr. Burns as Smaug, and more. Watch!
Author and Lucasfilm editor J.W. Rinzler has dived deep into the making of Star Wars with his stellar book series on the original trilogy (his most recent effort on Return of the Jedi just hit shelves), and his efforts have turned up some amazing photos, information and trivia from behind the scenes. Rinzler revealed one of the more entertaining discoveries at Comic-Con this past summer in the form of a blooper reel from the original 1977 film. There's no sound at first because those scenes didn't have dialogue, but don't worry, there's audio after the first minute. It's a look at Star Wars we haven't seen before. Watch it!
"Wow, what the heck, there's a bunch of crazy people standing in our yard!" On last night's Saturday Night Live with Edward Norton as the host they debuted a parody trailer for a faux-movie called The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders, a horror thriller from the mind of Wes Anderson. Edward Norton plays Owen Wilson in an amusing home invasion-meets-Moonrise Kingdom parody, featuring all the usual Wes Anderson characters, from Tilda Swinton to Gwyneth Paltrow to Angelica Huston. This trailer is ingenious and hilarious, nice work SNL. The panic room gag might be my favorite part of the whole video. Enjoy this!
"If someone had already rented the movie that you wanted, you just couldn't watch it." Remember video stores? Those places where you could go, rent copies of movies, browse racks of thousands of obscure titles, meet new friends. If you're a reader of this site, you probably grew up with video stores like all of us did. We all watched as Blockbuster slowly began to die at the hands of the digital revolution, with iPads, iPhones & iTunes taking over, not to mention the power of Netflix. Well, for a fun trip down memory lane, BuzzFeed (via SlashFilm) put together a short video titled "Video Stores Explained to Modern Kids" recapping the experience and, frankly, what was so cool (believe it!) about the classic video store. Check this out below.
Earlier this year, Disney released their lackluster spin-off Planes, set in the same world as their Cars franchise, one of the biggest parts of the House of Mouse's merchandising to young boys. Something felt off about all of the trailers, and the film wasn't really a runaway hit (after all, Pixar wasn't really behind the film), but now we know why. It just needed to be a little more gritty. The production company Cinesaurus has a YouTube channel called Gritty Reboots where they take popular video games, TV shows, comics and more and turn them into gritty, cinematic trailers. And that's how we get Disney's Warplanes. Watch now!
In only 51 more days we'll finally get to experience the fight against Smaug the Dragon in all its glory on the big screen. According to early buzz (and based on the title alone), Smaug will get his big screen showdown in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, arriving in theaters on December 13th. We know that Benedict Cumberbatch is voicing Smaug, but he's also providing the motion capture for the giant fire-breathing dragon. Over at TheOneRing.net, they recently got their hands on a series of photos (or rather screenshots from a behind-the-scenes featurette) showing Cumberbatch on his "bed" doing motion capture and facial recording. It's actually kind of awesome to see, especially his face - that final shot below.
Last night was a big one for Ron Burgundy. In honor of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the ice cream company Ben & Jerry's announced a special new flavor called Scotchy Scotch Scotch, which you can get in their pint shops now and will be on shelves everywhere soon. Burgundy also has some other suggestions for future flavors like, "Malt liquor marshmallow, well liquor bourbon peanut butter, and cheap white wine sherbet.” In addition, overnight while we all slept, Paramount Pictures released two new full trailers for the film, one foreign and one domestic, for the comedy sequel coming in December. Each has a whole bunch of new footage, including an unexpected funeral, and they are both so damn funny. Watch!
Following the hilarious raucous from the first red band trailer for Nicholas Stoller's new comedy Neighbors, a more tame but still hilarious green band trailer has arrived with some new funny stuff. This time there's a great gag as Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne try to remove a provocatively posed bush that Zac Efron created in their year, and also some extra bits with Dave Franco doing his best Robert De Niro from Meet the Parents. This looks really funny, and it's a bummer we have to wait until next summer to see it. Between this and That Awkward Moment, it seems like Efron will have some solid comedies on the way.
Me... me... me... Watch out for that sneaky Agent Smith! In the latest "Movies in Real Life" video, Improv Everywhere sends Neo to the Macy's in New York City to shop for a "man dress". There he encounters a bevy of Agent Smiths and gets into a slow-mo fight with all of them before taking off... to the second floor. This fun stunt is referencing, obviously enough, the Burly Brawl fight scene from The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and it's amusing to watch them make fun of and recreate the scene in the middle of a department store. This isn't my favorite "Movies in Real Life" creation so far, but it's the perfect distraction to incite some laughter.
"Stay out of Room 237." Gotta love these 8-bit videos. Classic cinema turned into 8-bit video games. If only these were real, and we could play the games. "CineFix presents The Shining retold via old-school 8-bit (and a little 16 bit) game tech. No quarters or controllers required!" In this latest round of updates from CineFix, we're featuring the 8-bit cinema videos for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (which might be the best one in this batch), Pixar's Finding Nemo and a lackluster music video for Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. If you're a movie geek and video game nerd all rolled into one, these videos were made just for you. Watch and enjoy.