After starting strong in September, but fizzling out this past weekend with a mostly poor episode with host Anna Faris (musical guest Drake was actually funnier in the couple sketches he appeared in, like this fantastic SNL Digital Short), it looks like Saturday Night Live has the potential to turn things around next month. NBC has just announced the next round of hosts for three back-to-back episodes in the first three weeks of November.
On November 5th, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day will host for his first time with musical guest Maroon 5 followed by Emma Stone taking the stage with musical guest Coldplay on November 12th, and finally Jason Segel makes a long awaited debut on the late night sketch series with musical guest Florence + the Machine. And considering The Muppets is the big reason for Segel showing up on SNL just in time for the film’s release, I’m betting that at least a few of our favorite Jim Henson characters will show up for some fun.
2011’s summer season was marked by the number of R-rated comedies it had, and the number of successful ones. Basically, it takes two years for the heat of one project to generate more of the same and you could say 2011 comedy summer this was all due to 2009’s The Hangover. This year saw Bridesmaids, The Hangover Part II, Horrible Bosses, Bad Teacher, Friends With Benefits, The Change Up and 30 Minutes or Less. And in that you can see that the start launched some really successful films, but by the end of summer audiences became bored of these films. Hit overload. Horrible Bosses made over $100 Million and did so because of a great premise. Three guys (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudekis) hate the people they work for (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell) and so they plot to kill them. Our review of the Blu-ray release of Horrible Bosses follows after the jump.
With just one successful animated series on their schedule in the form of Archer, FX is looking to expand their cartoon horizons for mature audiences as the cable network announced it has just picked up Unsupervised (working title), an animated comedy series from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia executive producers/writers/stars Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, who have their own production banner called RCG Productions. In addition, writers/producers Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby from that very comedy series will executive produce with animation from Archer executive producers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson.
The new show focuses on optimistic best friends Gary and Joel navigating the harsh landscape of teenage life and trying to do what’s right without any parental guidance whatsoever. And if the talent behind the series doesn’t have you excited already, then the voice cast should turn some heads as it includes Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Romany Malco, Kaitlin Olson, Alexa Vega with Fred Armisen voicing a character in the pilot episode and producers Rosell and Hornsby lending their pipes as well. If it measures up to the same amount of hilarity and quality that the aforementioned FX comedies deliver every season, then we should all be in for another great series.
For an R-rated comedy, the humor doesn’t always have to be about shock value and gross-out gags (although those certainly don’t hurt). It can be about strong dialogue and fantastic performances and Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses manages exactly that. It’s the fourth major R-rated comedy to hit this summer and it may be the best one so far. While it lacks the warmth and maturity of Bridesmaids, it’s also a tighter, sharper narrative that keeps a laser-like focus on delivering non-stop jokes and never letting the plot stall. But more than its pacing, Horrible Bosses thrives because every actor is working at the top of their game. Leads Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis each maintain their own comic style but find a way to make those styles work in concert with each other. Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell relish playing the eponymous bosses with Farrell and especially Aniston getting to show audiences a new side of their acting talents. The result of the sharp writing, profanity-laden humor, and killer performances make Horrible Bosses one of the year’s most consistent comedies.
Lest you were worried that there was going to be a serious lack of major films at this year’s Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures has just announced its first-ever panel. The studio will be bringing out the big guns, as the films set to be featured are as follows: Guillermo del Toro’s next directorial project Pacific Rim, Alex Proyas’ adaptation of Paradise Lost starring Bradley Cooper, Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges, and the feature film adaptation of Mass Effect.
The studio is bringing along the major talent from each film, including Pacific Rim’s Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Idris Elba (as well as del Toro), Seventh Son’s Bridges and Ben Barnes, Both Proyas and Cooper from Paradise Lost, and Mass Effect game creator Casey Hudson and the screenwriter working on the film adaptation Mark Protosevich. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
A red band trailer for Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses has been released. While the green band trailer has some good laughs, this trailer gives a better idea of how the film’s gonna play out. The jokes are spot-on, and every member of the fantastic cast is bringing their A-game. Whoever put Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis together is a genius. I can’t wait to finally see the whole film.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. And if you missed any of Steve’s coverage from the set, check out his interviews with Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, director Seth Gordon and producer Jay Stern, as well as his full set visit report. Horrible Bosses also stars Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx. The film opens July 8th.
With director Seth Gordon’s (The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters) comedy Horrible Bosses opening July 8, Warner Bros. has provided us with six clips. As most of you know, the film has an all-star cast featuring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jamie Foxx and it’s about a group of friends that decide to work together to kill their bosses.
While I haven’t seen the film, I’ve spoken to a few people that have and they’re all telling me it’s great. And after being on the set last year and laughing my ass off, I believe it. Hit the jump for the clips, and here’s my on set interviews with Day, Bateman and Sudeikis, Gordon, and producer Jay Stern.
Wrapping up filming on its 7th season, likely to debut in September on FX, about a dozen online outlets were invited to hang out on the set and chat with the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia while they were shooting their season finale. After observing a couple of scenes being shot, which were connected to the baby storyline from Season 6, and taking a tour of the sets, which included the very recognizable Paddy’s Pub, we were treated to a delicious catered lunch and then brought into a conference room to wait for the cast.
Show creator/executive producer/star Rob McElhenney, who has put on 50 pounds for story purposes, was joined by co-stars Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito for a nearly 45-minute chat, in which they talked about the darker tone, their jaunt to the Jersey Shore, guest stars, more serialized storytelling, themes of this season, the reason for the extreme weight gain, and their hope for a Season 8. Check out excerpts that highlight some of the stand-out points of the interview, and listen to the audio for the full conversation:
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s up-and-up star Charlie Day is currently in talks to join director Guillermo del Toro’s alien-invasion pic Pacific Rim. Variety reports that Day would play a professor in the film leaving the rest of the role’s details to the imagination (for the record, I’m imagining him in black-rimmed glasses). If the deal goes through, the actor would join fellow FX alum Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) who signed on to star in the project back in May. Idris Elba is also rumored to be high on Legendary’s wishlist, although his involvement is yet to be confirmed.
As a refresher, Pacific Rim is penned by Travis Beacham and is described as a monster flick set within two worlds. It seems as if Beacham’s script will involve humans manning giant robots (i.e. “mecha”) in order to protect the world(s) from said alien invasion (a thought I would find somewhat cheesy if not for del Toro’s exceptional sense of visuals). You’ll remember that del Toro took over the helm of Pacific Rim shortly after Universal failed to greenlight his R-rated version of At the Mountains of Madness. As for Day, the actor can next be seen alongside Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Colin Farrell in the comedy Horrible Bosses opening July 8th.
When you put Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live) and Jason Bateman (Teen Wolf Too, Silver Spoons) in a movie together, you automatically have my interest. When you add Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland and Julie Bowen to the cast of Horrible Bosses, it becomes a must see film. In the film – which arrives next month – Bateman, Sudeikis & Day play friends that decide to kill their bosses who are played by Spacey, Farrell & Aniston. With this being a comedy, needless to say, nothing goes according to plan.
Last summer, I got to visit the set while the production was filming in Woodland Hills, California. During the visit, I got to participate in a very small roundtable interview with Day, Sudeikis and Bateman. They talked about the great cast, real life bosses, their characters and the relationships with one another, filming with digital cameras and how that changes the way you can do a scene, ruining takes from laughing, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the conversation.
I’m trying not to ruin the take from laughing. Thankfully, all the reporters on the Horrible Bosses set visit are also on the verge of losing their shit, so I think they won’t throw us all out if we mess it up. As I look around the converted TGI Friday’s in Woodland Hills, California, I realize the entire crew else is getting ready to burst, and it’s at this moment that I start to think director Seth Gordon’s movie might be awesome and a huge surprise.
But let me back up a second.
Late last summer I got to visit the set of Horrible Bosses. As most of you know, the film has an all-star cast featuring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jamie Foxx and it’s about a group of friends that decide to work together to kill their bosses. While Warner Bros. could have played it safe and released a boring PG-13 movie, I’m happy to report Horrible Bosses is a hard R and based on what I saw on set it’s going for the jugular in terms of raunchy comedy. For more on the film and what I saw and learned on set, hit the jump.
Three new posters for the upcoming Seth Gordon (The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters) comedy Horrible Bosses have landed online. The sheets feature stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day posing the question “Ever Wish Your Boss Were Dead?” to which I answer an emphatic “No way! Well, okay, maybe once…” In addition to the trio of actors on display here, Horrible Bosses also stars Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jamie Foxx. The film hits theaters on July 8th and while I’ve heard really good things about it so far, I can’t help but wonder why Aniston wanting to sleep with you is such a horrible burden that you would hire Foxx to take her out. Anyways, now back to my suspension of disbelief.
To check out the three new posters, hit the jump. Click here to find all of our previous Horrible Bosses coverage.
[Update: Since posting, Warner Bros. has uploaded three more posters. See them after the jump.]
This post contains a few video treats from two of this summer’s R-rated comedies with two-word titles. Firstly, Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Horrible Bosses, led by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day. There is enough in common with the first trailer that I was initially unable to distinguish between the two, but there is enough new footage to be worth a look. Even better, the new trailer is accompanied by a Horrible Bosses clip (approximately 97% new footage) which features the three stars on a stakeout. Horrible Bosses opens July 8.
To accommodate my theme, Columbia has released the first two clips for Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, and Jason Segel. I found one of the clips quite funny — the other less so. Let’s see how well you know me in the comments! Bad Teacher opens June 24. Watch the whole shebang after the break.
It will be interest to see at summer’s end which R-rated comedy was the best. I certainly wouldn’t bet against Horrible Bosses, which boasts an outstanding cast featuring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudiekis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, and Jamie Foxx. The trailer was pretty damn good and while these posters are a bit bland, I’m happy whenever a poster for a comedy doesn’t simply use a white background.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. Horrible Bosses opens July 8th.
The trailer for Horrible Bosses has gone online. Directed by Seth Gordon (Four Christmases) the movie centers on three hapless employees (played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis) who conspire to kill each other’s horrible bosses (played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston). While I’m eager to see what a red-band trailer might hold, there are plenty of good jokes in this green-band trailer. As usual, Bateman is terrific (his dry delivery at the end of the trailer is golden), but there doesn’t seem to be a weak link in the cast.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer as well as the teaser poster. The film also stars Jamie Foxx, Donald Sutherland, and Julie Bowen. Horrible Bosses opens July 8th.