Chris Pratt from Parks and Recreation cast as badass Marvel Comics super hero Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy
If it wasn’t for his type-cast-breaking role in the Oscar-nomiated Zero Dark Thirty last year, we’d be even more surprised by this bit of casting news than we already are. Chris Pratt, known by comedy fans as the lovable, in-love and goof... [Read More]
Get Involved, Internet! Help bring the story of Mad magazine to the big screen 
Since Mad magazine was founded in 1952, it has schooled multiple generations of smartasses and class clowns in the poisonous hypocrisy of the adult world. It taught kids to be righteously cynical about the materialistic madness of capitalist society, though some of its ideological purity was comprom... [Read More]
The Simpsons, Seth MacFarlane earn first Academy Award nominations
Seth MacFarlane isn't just hosting this year's Academy Awards; he's also a first-time nominee! MacFarlane earned an Oscar nomination this morning in the Best Original Song for writing the lyrics to "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from his live-action... [Read More]
Today in unmitigated gall: Professor Marlon Wayans rants against Scary Movie 5 for degrading the art of comedy
Is there anyone more qualified to wax highbrow and pretentious about the oft-overlooked art of comedy than one of the minds behind Scary Movie 2 and White Chicks? Marlon Wayans doesn’t seem to think so. In a fascinating interview with Hitfix, Wayans uses the similarly timed openings of his new opus ... [Read More]
Funny or Die Shoots for National Lampoon Status With New Movie Slate
Funny or Die is taking its comedy from the computer screen to the big screen. The website, created by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, along with CAA and others, is teaming with producer Scott Steindorff and his Scott Pictures banner to form a multiyear partnership that will see the creation of a slate of feature comedies. With a goal of making two to three pictures a year, it’s a move that could propel the comedy brand to something akin to the 21st century’s National Lampoon, the o... [Read More]
Tina Fey in talks to play Russian gulag prison guard in 'Muppets' Sequel
Tina Fey is in late-stage negotiations to star as the female lead in Disney’s sequel to The Muppets, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Fey would join Ricky Gervais as the human stars of the movie, which sees the felt-and-fur-lined puppets engaged in a European-set adventure. Modern Family star Ty Burrell also has a leading role. The script is being kept secret, but the character descriptions point to a caper. Burrell, as first revealed by THR, is playing a lazy Interpol inspector. If... [Read More]
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart to star in 'Get Hard'
Warner Bros is negotiating to acquire Get Hard, a comedy pitch package that will be developed as a star vehicle for Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. The plan is for Ferrell to play a rich, soft-handed investment bank manager who is sentenced to a maximum security prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He hires the streetwise guy who normally washes his car to get him ready to do hard time in the 30 days before he has to report to prison. [Read More]