Paramount Pictures is dusting off The Naked Gun franchise and giving Ed Helms (The Hangover, The Office) a badge and a gun to star in the goofy reboot. Can Helms live up to the zany legacy that comedic genius Leslie Nielson left behind? (more…)
New Line Cinemas has put a pillow over the face of its National Lampoon’s Family Vacation reboot, delaying the film that was/is set to be directed by screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Ed Helms and Kelly Bundy — whose acting career was finally starting to take-off — were/are set to star.
Already in pre-production, filming was supposed to start in July, but as is often the case with multi-million dollar film projects, a catering company was hired before filmmakers and the studio had discussed whether to make a family friendly PG-13 film or a raunchy R rated film. Apparently, NC-17 slasher porn was not a consideration, though I think we can all agree that it should have been.
In case you’re wondering, there was no release date set for the all new Family Vacation film (the first since 2004 without Cedric the Entertainer), but fans are urged to seek out a copy of Little Miss Sunshine sometime around the summer of 2014 in an effort to get over this testicle numbing loss.
Speaking of testicle numbing, there is no word on if this delay will effect Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo‘s scheduled cameos either. The two were set to reprise their original roles, but now they may have to humiliate themselves to make a living, turning to Old Navy commercials like a couple of has-beens because the kid from Freaks and Geeks (Daley) had a sudden case of standards.
Star Ed Helms might also be in the wind now, since he no longer has a contractual obligation to be the worst part of The Office. If he — for some reason — needs to decamp this project, I’m sure producers have a long list of adequate replacements, so sit the fuck down Jason Lively.
As for Bundy (aka Christina Applegate), I’m sure she’s happy that the studio didn’t scrap the entire concept in favor of making National Lampoon’s Family Vacation into a multi-camera/laugh track laden shitcom.
Source: THR, I had to Google the name of the kid who played Rusty in European Vacation (Jason Lively). You probably did too.
Two new trailers hit the web today for flicks with two very devoted and eager fanbases: The Hangover 3 and Much Ado About Nothing. Honestly, I never thought I’d ever combine the Bard and the Wolf Pack in one article, but here we are. Hangover 3 is the culmination of a trilogy I don’t think anyone expected would come this far. After their trip abroad the guys are coming back to Vegas for more outrageous insanity. There’s really no description I can give you that’d do the trailer justice, just watch,
OMG. He buys a giraffe. No word on what bad decisions they’ll make or what mayhem will follow, but guys, there’s a giraffe. And the return of Ken Jeong‘s Mr. Chow. The Hangover 3, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, opens nationwide May 24th.
On the other side of the spectrum of comedy comes Joss Whedon‘s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s’ Much Ado About Nothing. In true Whedon fashion he gathered a cast of favorites: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Reed Diamond, Clark Gregg, and Tom Lenk, and stuck them in a low-budget, black and white, indie flick. Basically, the polar opposite of The Avengers.
Damn, this looks good. Leave it to Whedon to take Shakespeare and make it look unabashedly cool. Oh! And I looked up who Fillion’s playing since the trailer doesn’t say, and it’s the role of the sheriff, Dogberry. And oh man, are we in for a treat with Fillion as Dogberry. It’ll be hilarious.
Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage.
In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies: Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.
A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.
Much Ado About Nothing opens June 7th.
Interested in either flick? Both? Which are more excited to see?
Brent Lang from The Wrap is reporting that Chick-fil-A has lost The Muppets, or more specifically The Jim Henson Company. In a brief statement released via their Facebook page, The Henson Company said the following:
“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.”
At a time when opening ones mouth can be considered “bad for business” Lisa Henson and the Jim Henson Company have joined others like Ed Helms (who just recently stood against the poultry-centric fast food chain) to say cluck you and use their bully pulpit to strike back at Chick-fil-A and their President, Dan Cathy, who gave the following quote to The Baptist Press.
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that … we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,”
Mr. Cathy is right — on one thing at least — he is free to share his values and operate his privately owned business however he sees fit, even if he favors exclusionary and hateful things. Chick-fil-A is not the first company to exercise that right. In the summer of 2010 Minnesota based retailers Best Buy and Target each took full advantage of the Citizens United decision and their new status as pseudo-humans and donated $150,000 and $100,000 respectively to Minnesota Forward, a political action committee with a dubious record on LGBT matters.
Then, as now, those in support of equality and LGBT rights protested vociferously, as is there right. Will the Henson Company and Helms’ decision to stand against Chick-fil-A make a difference? Hard to tell, but if they do crack and do see the light, I guess we’ll know that their dear and fluffy lord isn’t as important to them as their bank balance is.
By the way, the reason we’re telling you about this now is because Muppets are in play and I always side with a Muppet. Also those who support legislative gay bashing don’t get to sell me chicken — and I am a lot fatter than Ed Helms, so really, they should take my protest a lot more seriously.
If you’d like to comment positively on Lisa Henson’s decision, go to the Henson Company’s Facebook page, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind a few less people telling them how their souls are going to burn in hell. If you disagree with the Henson Company or the tone of this article and want to tell me how my soul is going to burn in hell, shove a chicken biscuit up your ass.
I’m goona report a little here, and you’re goona have to decide. Apparently Chick-fil-A recalled the Henson Company toys at the heart of their now defunct corporate relationship. This happened on the 19th of July, on the 20th the Henson Company issued their public statement. When they actually told Chick-fil-A about their decision is not yet publicly known. So, was this a response by Chick-fil-A and an effort to portray the Henson Company toys as hazardous? Was the statement pulling out of the Chick deal a bit of damage control by Henson, or is this just a coincidence?
Below you’ll see a picture of the recall notice from a Chick-fil-A location, here is the text.
“We apologize for any inconvenience but as of 7/19/2012 Chick-fil-A has voluntarily recalled all of the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal Toys due to a possible safety issue. Please be advised that there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, however there have been some reports of children getting their fingers stuck in the holes of the puppets.”
According to HuffPo:
Chick-Fil-A spokeswoman Tiffany Greenway told HuffPost Gay Voices that the company had decided to recall the Muppets toys nationwide, as of July 19, “for the protection of our customers.” She said it was a decision completely separate from the Jim Henson Company’s Facebook announcement.
According to Variety, the Griswold family may be about to select yet another Rusty. Office star Ed Helms is in talks to play Rusty Griswold, (the son of Clark Griswold aka Chevy Chase) in four National Lampoon’s Family Vacation movies. Previously the part of Russ has been played by Ethan Embree, Anthony Michael Hall, Johnny Galecki, and the one whose name no one remembers.
The film is being written by John Michael Daley and his writing partner Jonathan Goldstein. The duo previously wrote the screenplay for last summer’s surprise hit, Horrible Bosses. Thus far, no director has been selected, though the fact that Chevy Chase will likely return in a smaller role probably means that Dan Harmon will not be involved.
We don’t yet know if the National Lampoon’s name will remain in the title for this franchise kick starter. It would seem proper, but they have descended into a cesspool of direct-to-DVD cleavage, college students, and drinking movies over the last decade, so it might actually affect the film’s box office negatively. We also don’t know if they can pull Randy Quaid away from the Canadian wilderness and his anti-Star Whackers mission. Here’s hoping.
Picking an apt exit point always seems like a challenge as the end draws near for a TV show. Some jump too soon, some get pushed, and some linger long after their expiration, reeking like a forgotten Easter egg.
The Office is not there yet, but after a disappointing 8th season (in terms of execution and numbers), it is getting a little ripe, and today’s news of a possible “reboot” certainly doesn’t bode well for a rebound.
From Nellie Andreeva over at Deadline.com:
Word is that The Office executive producer Greg Daniels, who originally developed the American version of the cult British comedy, is mulling a reboot of the series, now in its eighth season. Daniels is expected to meet with NBC brass to lay out his idea for The Office 2.0, which I hear would feature existing characters as well as new ones.
Is it me, or does that sound, well, a bit benign? Daniels isn’t exactly an interloper, he knows what can make the show great, and maybe the show could use a slight shakeup, the key word being slight.
The trouble is, Andreeva goes on to report that contract negotiations with stars and busy film actors John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and (less so) B.J. Novak are at a stand-still and the shows biggest star, Ed Helms‘ deal is in question too. Add that to the fact that Rainn Wilson is gearing up to leave along with current show-runner Paul Lieberstein (Toby) for the planned Dwight-centric spin-off The Farm, and Mindy Kaling may leave for her own, non-Office related show, and one has to wonder which existing cast members will remain? Not James Spader, he’s leaving too, and that means we could be talking about a whole lot of empty desks next season and a show that revolves around the reliably un-encumbered accounting department.
Now, The Office has always been an ensemble show and that’s why it didn’t entirely implode when Steve Carell left, because of Helms, Krasinski, Wilson, Craig Robinson, and secondary cast members like Angela Kinsey, and Brian Baumgartner. It’s their presence and talent, but more than that, it’s their chemistry that has kept the show afloat through the last few years and the horribly bungled introduction of Spader‘s “Robert California”. You remember Robert California right? All misplaced confidence, creepy pseudo-eroticism and bravado, a beast that walked above everyone he encountered? That was a character that could have elevated the show, but instead he only provided cover for producers as they clumsily tried to plug Helms into Carell‘s evacuated space, disappeared (not the fault of the writers, most likely) and then returned to loose all potential as Catherine Tate‘s “Nellie” began to rise in prominence and he wilted in her presence.
Speaking of Tate, she’s been the best part of this down season because, unlike Helms, she actually reminds us of the moronic weasel that Michael Scott was at his finest, and not the sappy putz that he morphed into during later years (a part of the character that Helms seems to be channeling on a weekly basis).
A reboot with her at the center around most of the existing cast could actually work because (SPOILER), before last night, she was universally hated and unpredictable enough for them to fear (END SPOILER). And that is, let’s be honest, why a show about an office works and it’s also what made the UK original pure genius and early seasons of this version so damn good — everyday in our lives we are under the thumb of a person who under the best circumstances merely makes our lives annoying, and under the worst of circumstances can make them hell. Sure, there are exceptions to that, but we can relate to a jerk of a boss and the contrasting camaraderie that we feel with our co-workers in response, we can relate, we can laugh, we can care, or at least we can care more about that then we can care about a cuddly office space filled with bumpers, safety nets, and G rated hi-jinks. Or at least, I can.
Going forward, my concern is that a ninth season will continue to de-fang the role of “the boss” and also see the loss of half the cast or their return on a strictly and severely part time basis, gutting the show of its chemistry, star power, and buzz. At that point I think it’s fair to ask, why bother? The last thing any Office fan likely wants is their own version of a soulless Scrubs 2.0 or After-Mash. If reboot means “tear down and replace”, throwing in a bunch of similar character types embodied by strangers that occupy Jim’s desk while giving knowing glances to a sweet receptionist, I say put the show and us out of our misery. As I said before, finding an apt exit point is a challenge, but when all of your stars are walking out the door, well, that is a big damn neon sign.
We touched on this briefly in Nerdy Bits earlier today, but since then Stand Up To Cancer and Lucasfilm have released a video celebrating their new collaboration. In it some Star Wars fans, who also happen to be celebrities, reenact famous scenes from the original trilogy to raise awareness for the new charitable venture.
Aziz Ansari, Emma Stone, Andy Samberg, Ed Helms, Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jamie King and Samuel L. Jackson all take part is this amusing video. I really wanted this to be outstanding and hilarious, but it just didn’t quite deliver, it’s worth a watch though. Whether it’s funny or not doesn’t really matter , it’s to support the cancer-stopping powers of the organization Stand Up To Cancer. Or at least their possibly, hopefully we’ll one day cure cancer powers.
The t-shirts shown in the vid are available for purchases over at their website, www.standup2cancer.org/usetheforce. But in addition to sweet tees you can also bid on some swanky stuff, like a “one-of-a-kind Star Wars edition 2012 Volkswagen Passat and dinner with filmmakers including George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, John Lasseter, Chris Columbus and Phillip Kaufman.” Yes, dinner with George Lucas. Maybe you can mention what you thought about the Blu-rays….err, maybe you shouldn’t mention that. To bid on the auction items check out their eBay page.
Skipping the obligatory “SNL is rarely ever funny anymore”, one of the most consistent chuckle worthy sketches is TV Funhouse’s “The Ambiguously Gay Duo”. The classic animated sketch of two crime fighting heroes whom are completely unaware of their constant homosexual innuendos.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen the ambiguous adventures of heroes Gary and Ace (almost 4 years) but last night the duo made a triumphant return to the late night sketch comedy show. The phrase “a pleasant surprise” would be an understatement. Just when it looked looked as though fans would be treated simply to a new episode featuring the beloved “TV Funhouse” characters, something far cooler was in store. It went live-action.
Thanks to an out-of-control “flesh ray,” the cartoon duo are embodied by Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm. The villains are transmogrified into the real world shortly thereafter, being played Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Ed Helm and Fred Armisen.
The sketch more than speaks for itself. I have nothing more to say other than thank you Saturday Night Live, for this nostalgic treat of homoerotic double entendre.
So this is pretty damn sweet! Recently, some set pics turned up from Jason Segel’s Muppet Movie. The film set to hit theaters Christmas 2011 was actually co-written by Segel. In my opinion that should make it pretty damn funny and who doesn’t love the Muppets! The set photos have all those childhood memories rushing back to me. And I have no doubt it will do the same for you guys when you check out the photos after the break. Also, some other cool news about the project, there will be quite the star studded cast joining Segel in this project! The list thus far includes Amy Adams, Lady Gaga, John Krasinski and Ed Helms who potentially be members of Gaga’s entourage, Jack Black, Donald Glover, Danny Trejo, Jane Lynch may appear as a prison guard and also Paul Rudd will possibly be the voice of Walter, the i-phone loving roommate of Segel.