Comedy

Many fans were nervous when Disney acquired the rights to LucasFilms and its most profitable property, Star Wars. That nervousness turned to unparalleled excitement and jubilation with the success of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in 2015 and last year’s hugely successful Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Disney magic has only helped Lucas’ brand and the world is getting good Star Wars (Some would say for the first time since 1983). Now, word of two new Star Wars films have been announced… only, they won’t be made by Disney…

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Sony’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot is perhaps the most hated movie on the internet right now. As of right now, the film’s trailer has about as many dislikes on YouTube as a Donald Trump speech. While some of these haters can just be written off as sexist trolls upset at the idea of female Ghostbusters, many others are pessimistic for completely valid reasons. YouTube users like Boogie2988, Angry Joe, and Comic Book Girl 19 have all expressed their disdain for the film’s trailer. They, along with many other commenters, say that it looks like a cheap nostalgia-based cash-in with bad CG. They bring up a great point that the film looks like it’s relying too much on slapstick and not understanding what made Ghostbusters so great. Still though, only the trailer has been revealed so far, and for all we know, the movie itself could be fantastic. Unfortunately, according to a possible early screening of the film, it may end up being as fantastic as Fant4stic.

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In just a few days, the Super Bowl will hit the airwaves to an audience of millions. Ironically enough, instead of the game itself, many people will be tuning in just to watch the commercials. On any other day, most people skip commercials with ad-blocking software or fast-forwarding their DVRs. However, Super Bowl ads are practically engineered to warrant the audience’s attention with wacky slapstick, tear-jerking sentiment, and, of course, celebrities. If you’re a proud member of the 78% of Americans who just watch the Super Bowl for these commercials, comedic duo Key and Peele have a special treat for you this year. (more…)

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Marvel Studios gets all the glamour with their movie series, but without a doubt, Warner Bros and DC Entertainment presently own the TV side of things. The upcoming television season will feature the return of Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and iZombie, which will be joined by Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and eventually, Titans. Room to grow? Absolutely! In Hollywood, success breeds opportunity, so why would DC Entertainment stop at just seven series across four networks? To that end, some fascination news today. DC Entertainment has a pilot approved for production at NBC. The hook? It’s a single-camera, work-place comedy a la The Office. Color me intrigued… (more…)

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Just when you thought they couldn’t take anything more and turn it into a zombie movie, Canadian filmmaker Brett Kelly proved all the naysayers wrong. As part of the National Fan Expo in Toronto Thursday (and carrying through on till Sunday evening), Kelly’s new film called My Fair Zombie was screened for zombie fans sick and tired of the same old survivalist, post-apocalypse shtick of an undead tale. Although my mother and a generation full of young women who admired Audrey Hepburn would be shocked and appalled, Kelly has taken the 1964 classic and turned into a zom-com-musical with flare. (more…)

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Last January, right around the time when Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time was just days away from its bungled release on EPIX, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt spoke to The AV Club about the rich bouquet that is his collection of stand-up specials. In the interview, Oswalt detailed his plan to alternate fresh stand-up specials with books like his New York Times Best Selling essay collection, “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland”, and true to his word, Oswalt will release his next book on January 6, 2015.  (more…)

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In the quest (har har) to provide us with as much “geek friendly” entertainment as possible, a new type of series has been created for those who enjoy The Amazing Race just as much as they do D&D. Recently, the Execs. at ABC released the transcripts (which I’ve then translated into screenplay form below) of their brainstorming session regarding the new “Fantasy Reality” series The Quest. Fair warning, while the show might be “family-friendly”, the pow-wow in which it was originally conceived certainly was not.

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I’m not really sure how this is going to work (yet I really can’t wait to see them try), but there’s now a Mrs. Doubtfire 2 in the works, despite the fact that it has been twenty years since Chris Columbus’ initial film hit theaters. Robin Williams (who co-produced the first) is returning to star in the film, more than likely hoping to replicate the original’s $440 million worldwide box office take. Since the children are now all grown, I can only hope that this somehow becomes Williams and Columbus’ White Madea series, if only for the potential of a Tyler Perry crossover.

A race war led by two weird dudes in old lady drag? The possibilities seem endless.

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Jason Sudeikis Cast as Fletch

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Chevy Chase’s Fletch is a seminal film for sarcasmaphiles and now, after a long search and many lesser candidates, the franchise is getting an action-comedy reboot with former Saturday Night Live and Horrible Bosses star Jason Sudeikis in the lead role, but is it a good fit?  (more…)

Harold Ramis Passes Away at Age 69

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Harold Ramis, the genius who wrote Animal House, Stripes, Meatballs, Ghostbusters, and Back to School, directing National Lampoon’s Family Vacation, and both writing and directing Caddyshack and Groundhog Day has died at the age of 69 following health woes that have plagued him since the start of this decade. (more…)