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"I'm really good looking… if you're into anime." RLJE Films has released the first official trailer for The Opening Act, a new comedy about a struggling stand-up comedian made by stand-up comedians. Written and directed by Steve Byrne, this stars Jimmy O. Yang as a wannabe comedian named Will. The film tells the story of Will, whose true life passion is to become a stand-up comedian. He is given the opportunity to emcee a comedy show, opening for his hero, Billy G. Will has to decide if he wants to continue the life he has set up or to pursue his dream, the life of a comedian. The cast of funny people includes Alex Moffat, Cedric The Entertainer, Neal Brennan, Debby Ryan, Ken Jeong, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Jermaine Fowler, Russell Peters, Tom Segura, and Iliza Shlesinger. It's not really the most original story, but this is enlivened by letting Jimmy O. Yang express himself through this film & his stand-up jokes.
"There's something off… in this town!" Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for Hubie Halloween, the new Adam Sandler comedy on Netflix streaming in October (just in time for Halloween). Despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem, MA (and its Halloween celebration), Hubie Dubois (played of course by Adam Sandler) is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike. But this year, something is going bump in the night, and it's up to Hubie to save Halloween. He must convince the townsfolk that the monsters are real, and only he can stop them. A hilarious family film about an unlikely hero with an all-star cast including Kevin James, Rob Schneider, June Squibb, Kenan Thompson, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Chiklis, Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Noah Schnapp, Steve Buscemi, and Maya Rudolph; produced by Happy Madison. This actually looks kind of fun, not as bad as it sounds, which is an odd relief. Check it out.
"Just get rid of the guy." Lionsgate has released a trailer for a comedy titled Guest House, the latest from actor / filmmaker Sam Maccarone. This looks as stupid as they come, which should surprise no one. A newly engaged couple finally finds the home of their dreams, but it all quickly becomes a nightmare when the previous owner's friend continues squatting in their guest house. It soon leads to a turf war that ultimately ruins their house, their marriage and their lives. Starring Pauly Shore, Mike Castle, Aimee Teegarden, Billy Zane, Steve-O, Charlotte McKinney, Erik Griffin, Felipe Esparza, and Bobby Lee. With this cast, and with this redundant "outrageous, raunchy comedy" concept, this movie is straight out of the 90s – and belongs there. It looks like Jackass meets Neighbors, but much dumber than both of those. Have fun…
"Aren't you ever tired of just being so responsible?" Madman Films from Australia has just released the first official Australian trailer for Baby Done, a fun coming-of-baby comedy made by New Zealand filmmaker Curtis Vowell. It is also executive produced by none other than Taika Waititi! Supporting his own New Zealanders. Wannabe-adventurer Zoe freaks out when she falls pregnant with her long-term boyfriend Tim. As Tim embraces the prospect of fatherhood, Zoe attempts to rush through her dreams. "Growing a baby doesn't mean growing up." Ha. Starring Rose Matafeo and Matthew Lewis as Zoe and Tim, along with Rachel House, Emily Barclay, and Ryan O'Kane. It's cool to see this twist about a woman who doesn't really want a baby dealing with pregnancy, but the humor seems just as bad as so many other dull comedies.
"The authorities say: 'sea monsters aren't real.'" But we know they are! Arrow Video has released an official trailer for an intriguing indie comedy adventure horror genre mashup titled Lake Michigan Monster, from a filmmaker named Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, who also stars in this as the Captain. "All aboard! The combined spirits of H.P. Lovecraft, early Sam Raimi and Mystery Science Theater 3000 inhabit this action-packed tale of nautical derring-do and monster mayhem – winner of the Audience Award for Best International Feature at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival." An eccentric ship captain and a crew of specialists plot revenge against the most mysterious creature of the deep -- the Lake Michigan Monster. Presented in "glorious" black & white. Starring Ryland as Seafield, with Erick West, Beulah Peters, Daniel Long, and Wayne Tews. This looks cool! I always enjoy these funky, strange, clever genre films exploring wacky concepts. This also looks like a film made on drugs that's best seen on drugs. Because, whoa - it looks wild.
"There she is, guys - the most godforsaken castle in all of Mexico." RLJE Films has released a new official US trailer for the indie horror comedy DeadTectives, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Tony West. This first premiered at the Sitges Film Festival in 2018, and it also played at Mexico's Morbido Film Fest, Fantasporto, and the Seattle Film Festival. A team of reality TV ghost hunters experience true paranormal activity for the first time while filming a make-or-break episode in the most haunted mansion in Mexico. Facing cancellation on the one hand and supernatural entities on the other, the team must figure out a way to bust the ghosts, deliver the episode of a lifetime, and escape with their lives intact. Starring Chris Geere, David Newman, José María de Tavira, and Tina Ivlev. Cool concept, but this looks so impressively bad. And why is this trailer so dark? Is the whole film like that? This one looks worth skipping.
"It's gonna be a beautiful wedding." Hulu has released an official trailer for the amazing time loop romantic comedy titled Palm Springs, the latest creation from the Lonely Island comedy crew. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it was one of my favorites of the fest. It's SO good. Palm Springs is about a lazy slacker, Andy Samberg, stuck in a time loop at his friend's wedding. He unwittingly gets another guest caught in his same loop, and they're forced to figure out whether romance is worth it. Co-starring Cristin Milioti, with J.K. Simmons, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes, Tyler Hoechlin, and Peter Gallagher. Ahhhh I love this film! Just like that quote in the trailer, I want to watch this over and over again. It's soo much fun, and it's a refreshing reinvention of romcoms and the time loop subgenre.
Love, lust, and social distance. Squeegee is a comedy short made by LA-based filmmaker Morgan Krantz. A high-powered female executive has an erotic rendezvous with a high-rise window-washer on opposite sides of her office window. Inspired by Krantz's chance meeting with an actual Scottish window washer ("a cool guy, a real daredevil") who he then cast in the film as, uh, himself. "Funny and poignant, Squeegee is an apt portrait of intimacy in the time of social distancing." This stars Amy Rutherford and Blair McKenzie. Featuring a superb score by Emmy-winning composer Ali Helnwein. This short is hilarious!! You'll laugh and giggle and blush. The performances themselves are what make it so good, the quirky mannerisms from each of them. And the old timey romantic score tops it off in just the perfect way. Another must watch short.
"Maybe the time spent there chasing your dreams is better off spent here, chasing a paycheck." Lionsgate has released a trailer for a comedy titled 2 Minutes of Fame, formerly known as #TwoMinutesofFame (oh do I hate hashtag film titles and I'm glad they changed this one). The film is about a wannabe comedian who becomes internet famous after making impressions of another comedian. He heads to LA to try and achieve greater fame, but ends up in the cross-hairs of the veteran stand-up comic who "plots a rude—and hilarious—awakening for Deandre." Jay Pharaoh stars as Deandre, with Keke Palmer as his girlfriend, and a cast including Katt Williams, RonReaco Lee, Kimrie Lewis, and Valery M. Ortiz. This looks solid, with good humor, but also some key lessons to learn about family, life, success, and fame. Might be worth a look.
"Missy is not who I thought she was… She's free, she's fun." Netflix has released the first official trailer for a comedy titled The Wrong Missy, the latest film from comedian / director Tyler Spindel. This is one of those ridiculous Hollywood-esque comedies with a concept that will either make you roll your eyes or laugh already. Tim has been texting a lady that might be the woman of his dreams. When things escalate fast, he invites her to a work retreat on Hawaii, realizing too late he mistakenly texted someone from a nightmare blind date - the "Wrong Missy". David Spade stars, with Lauren Lapkus as Missy, and a cast including Nick Swardson, Geoff Pierson, Jackie Sandler, Molly Sims, Sarah Chalke, Chris Witaske, and Rob Schneider. I thought they stopped making these absurd comedies! But there's always room for more.
"Why did you do that?!" Orion Pictures has debuted the second trailer, another raucous red band trailer, for the road trip prank comedy Bad Trip, which was delayed from releasing last fall, now opening in theaters coming up in April. This all-out comedy feature is written by the same guy who wrote Bad Grandpa, to give you an idea of what to expect, and has an actual plot about two friends who go on a cross-country road trip pulling pranks. "Real actors pranking real people." The pranks in this are pretty ridiculous, but it is cool to see them play into the plot. This stars Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Charles Green, Adam Meir, and Tiffany Haddish. It's hard not to chuckle at this, even if it's not your kind of humor, these guys pull it off.
"He's gunna kill everybody if we take him anywhere!" "Not unless I tell him to." What happens when you accidentally summon an ancient alien overlord? You trick it into doing your bidding, of course! There's a teaser trailer for a wacky new film titled Psycho Goreman that we have to share with everyone. This is the latest film from Canadian filmmaker / SFX artist Steven Kostanski (who most recently made The Void) and it was originally set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival this month (which is no longer happening). PG, or Psycho Goreman, is about two kids who, using a magical amulet, force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues' gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia. Starring Nita-Josée Hanna, Owen Myre, Adam Brooks, Alexis Hancey, and Matthew Ninaber as PG. This looks hilarious! Like something you'd find in the back of a little VHS rental shop and never forget.