'High Maintenance' and the Art of the Audience Surrogate
by Brad Becker-Parton With the release of three new episodes last week, High Maintenance went from the one web series you need to be watching to the one web series you still need to be watching. Long-trumpeted by critics of both traditional and new media as the pinnacle of what creators are accompli... [Read More]
Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson set to co-star in buddy cop film
And the film credits keep rolling in for Kevin Hart. According to Variety, the comedian will co-star alongside actor and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson for a new buddy cop film. The pair will star in New Line Cinema’s Central Intelligence which will be directed by We’re the Millers&rsquo... [Read More]
Christopher Nolan on Why He Won't Make Comedies: "There's No Hiding Behind the Art of the Film"
by Megh Wright "I would try anything I think except comedy or romantic comedy. Those are very tough genres to work in. They rely on an unanimity of audience response. You screen a comedy for people, and if they don't laugh, you've got to figure out a way to make them laugh. There’s no hiding b... [Read More]
Rashida Jones and Will McCormack Are Writing 'Toy Story 4'
by Megh Wright Writing partners Rashida Jones and Will McCormack just added a big movie project. Slash Film reports that they've signed on to cowrite Toy Story 4, the latest sequel to Pixar's megahit franchise after the original film in 1995 and two sequels in 1999 and 2010. Disney CEO Bob Iger conf... [Read More]
How Adam McKay Directs at the Top of His Intelligence
by Brad Becker-Parton Adam McKay’s path to becoming a director began as a notoriously mischievous improvisor under the tutelage of guru Del Close in Chicago, then joining SNL as a writer, eventually ascending to head writer in the mid-nineties. It was there he began his collaboration with Will... [Read More]
Gabriel Iglesias on the big-screen in “The Fluffy Movie”
Gabriel Iglesias has featured his voice and face in multiple motion pictures over the past couple of years -- Magic Mike and its sequel, Magic Mike XXL, now filming, plus Planes, The Nut Job and A Haunted House 2. But Fluffy didn't expect to see himself on the big screen playing himself, as he ... [Read More]
Will Arnet to star in ‘Lego Batman’ spinoff film
With the mega success that was this year’s Lego Movie, we knew a sequel was on the way shortly. Well now THR reports that in addition, a ‘Lego Batman’ spinoff will also be hitting theaters. Will Arnett will once again lend his voice as Batman in his own movie that’s being fas... [Read More]
The Subtle Brilliance of Jill Soloway's 'Transparent'
by Brad Becker-Parton Transparent, Amazon’s foray into the Netflix-infested waters of quality internet binge watching, is deservedly the most critically-lauded show of this Fall television season (and was just renewed for a second season). Created by writer/director Jill Soloway (writer/p... [Read More]
Adam Sandler signs on to star in four films for Netflix
The ever-expanding online streaming service, Netflix, is getting into the feature film business. After finding great success with their original TV programming, Netflix is now looking to produce films that will be distributed exclusively on their site, bypassing theaters. After picking their first f... [Read More]
Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and More Join 'Angry Birds' Movie Voice Cast
by Megh Wright Sony is making a movie based off the hit addictive game Angry Birds, and they've filled the main voice cast with some big comedy names. Variety reports that the studio has cast Jason Sudeikis as the lead character Red, Josh Gad as Chuck, Danny McBride as Bomb, Bill Hader as a pig, May... [Read More]