The hosts for the last few episodes of Saturday Night Live’s current season have been announced. Charlize Theron will take up hosting duties on May 10th with musical guest Black Keys, while Andy Samberg will return to SNL to host the season finale on May 17th with musical guest St. Vincent. Theron’s second stint at hosting comes at an opportune time, as she stars in Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, which opens in theaters on May 30th. Prior to Theron and Samberg, Andrew Garfield will lead the show on May 2nd for the first time to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with musical guest Coldplay.
Fox has one of the season’s best surprises in their line-up with the Golden Globe-winning comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. If you haven’t been watching, the cop comedy series takes place in the title precinct and stars Andy Samberg as the slovenly and sarcastic Detective Jake Peralta. Samberg is obviously a comedy veteran, but the strength of the show comes in its supporting cast, which features Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Stephanie Beatriz and Andre Braugher. For the show’s first season finale, Samberg’s “The Lonely Island” partner Akiva Schaffer will come on board to direct. Hit the jump for more.
It’s a shame that some still feel like animated films are primarily made for children. The advent of Pixar and films like Shrek and The Fantastic Mr. Fox have more than proved otherwise, and in 2009 directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller delivered a wonderfully goofy animated take on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs that appeals to adults and kids alike. That film reveled in its offbeat sense of humor, and while Lord and Miller stepped back into executive producer roles for the sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a worthy follow-up that delivers a hefty dose of adorable buoyed by colorfully inspired designs and a heartfelt theme of friendship. Read my review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray after the jump.
Today is 20th Century Fox’s turn at the TCA’s, and the network has a slew of announcements and updates for its programming in the coming months. Briefly:
- The limited event series 24: Live Another Day will have a two-hour premiere on Monday, May 5th. The miniseries sees the return of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer for one last string of episodes, with Yvonne Strahovski co-starring.
- The new family comedy series Surviving Jack, starring Christopher Meloni, will debut on Thursday, March 27th, and the new action drama series Gang Related will launch on Tuesday, March 20th.
- The Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted revival series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey will premiere on March 9th on Fox and on March 10th on the National Geographic Channel. The 13-episode series is executive produced by Seth MacFarlane and serves as a successor to Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos series.
- Fox’s post-Super Bowl episodes of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will feature guest stars galore, including an appearance by Prince on the former.
- Fox has signed a multi-year deal with The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone) to develop new alternative comedy shows.
Hit the jump for all the details from the individual press releases.
I adore Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s adaptation of the classic children’s book is one of the most unexpected and successful book adaptations of the past several years. Most movies based on children books are belabored, tiresome affairs, and Cloudy turned the simple idea of food falling from the sky into a weird, adorable, and hilarious animated comedy. It set an incredibly high bar for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, but new directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn have come close to giving us a movie as wonderful as the original. Everything that made the first Cloudy a success is still in place, even though there’s more reliance on some cheap gags. The sequel has cemented the identity of the series even though the story leaves some residual guiltiness about being a carnivore.
Andy Samberg and Terry Crews’ animated characters in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 couldn’t be more different. The brilliantly sardonic, not to mention rail-thin, Samberg goes against type as the dense, rotund ‘Baby’ Brent. Crews, on the other hand, co-stars as the hyper-masculine super cop Earl Devereaux. The militant character seems like a natural extension of Crews’ live action persona: a potent mixture of badass masculinity with an often-times-played-for-laughs vulnerability. However it’s Crews who is the newbie to the Cloudy franchise. While Samberg reprises his role from the first film, Crews takes over a part previously played by Mr. T. It’s an interesting duality: Samberg re-playing a character so far removed from himself and Crews stepping into a role seemingly tailor-made for him.
In the following interview with Samberg & Crews, the twosome discuss the vocal performance process on Cloudy 2, whether or not Crews could take Mr. T in a fight and working together on the TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In addition, Terry Crews talks about working opposite Wesley Snipes on The Expendables 3. For the full interview, hit the jump.
The success of comedy pilots is ruled by chaos. Individual appeal means very little; whether a show sticks to tropes or knocks them all down, has recognizable stars or comes in fresh, or whether it’s even funny matters less than the question of which network it’s on. Fox, for instance, is a network that keeps its shows on a very short leash. They either perform like a ball of fire out of the gate, or they will be exterminated. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has one fairly recognizable face in Andy Samberg, the show’s star, and good writers behind the scenes. But will that be enough to make the show a success? Hit the jump for more.
Sony Pictures Animation has released five clips from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. In the follow-up, Swallow Falls is under attack by mutant foods known as “foodimals”, so Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Earl (Terry Crews), and Steve (Neil Patrick Harris) must contain the creatures before they overrun the planet. I’m going radio silent on the movie since I love the first one, and I like everything I’ve seen from the trailers, so I don’t need more to sell me on this flick. However, if you still need some convincing, these clips are for your viewing please. Also, if you live in Atlanta, you still have a time to enter for a chance to win passes to an early screening.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.
Sony Pictures has released the first clip from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. In the upcoming sequel, Swallow Falls is under attack by mutant foods known as “foodimals”, so Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Earl (Terry Crews), and Steve (Neil Patrick Harris), must contain the creatures before they overrun the planet. The clip is part of the footage we saw at Comic-Con, and it shows that the movie isn’t just the food puns we’ve seen in the trailers. The same zany humor is back in full force, and this looks like it will be an incredibly fun ride.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.
From Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Michael Schur and Dan Goor (Parks and Recreation), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (premiering on Fox on September 17th) is a new single-camera ensemble comedy about what happens when a talented, but carefree detective gets a new captain with a lot to prove. Detective Jake Peralta (SNL‘s Andy Samberg) is a good enough cop that he has never had to work that hard or follow the rules too closely, until Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) comes to the precinct and reminds the hotshot cop to respect the badge.
During the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, actor Andy Samberg and co-creator Michael Schur talked about the line between comedy and parody, how much improv they’re doing on the show, what attracted Samberg to this project, and whether familiar faces will show up, in the future. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Following on the heels of yesterday’s new domestic trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, an international trailer has now been released online. The plot revolves around Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) returning to Swallow Falls to clean up the mess created by the FLDSMDFR, only to find that food is now taking on the form of mutant beasts. The film is one of my most-anticipated movies of the next three months, and while this trailer does retread a good portion of what we saw in the first trailer with regards to the food puns, we’re also getting more of Steve (Neil Patrick Harris). I’m curious to see if the talking monkey will have a larger role in the sequel, or if he’s just being played up in the marketing due to his popularity and ability to get quick laughs.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Andy Samberg, Will Forte, and Terry Crews. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.
Sony Pictures Animation has released a new trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The plot revolves around Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) returning to Swallow Falls to clean up the mess created by the FLDSMDFR, only to find that food is now taking on the form of mutant beasts. It looks to be every bit as zany as the first one and then some, so if you’re worried about directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn handling the follow-up, this trailer should put you at ease. If nothing else, enjoy the moments with Steve the scene-stealing simian (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris).
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also features the voices of Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Will Forte, and Terry Crews. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens on September 27th.
Earlier this month, we saw the red-band trailer for The To-Do List, and now the all-audiences trailer has been released. The film stars Aubrey Plaza as a sexually inexperienced teenager with a type-A personality who decides to engage in numerous sex acts before she goes to college. This green-band trailer is basically the red-band trailer but with all of the R-rated material removed. There isn’t much in the way of new jokes, and the ones that are there are kind of disappointing. Perhaps I’m just missing the humor in her ignorance of common sexual terms (it takes place in the 90s, so Urban Dictionary doesn’t exist), and the old joke about someone losing their bathing suit in the pool.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The impressive cast also includes Alia Shawkat, Bill Hader, Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Andy Samberg, Johnny Simmons, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Scott Porter. The To-Do List opens July 26th.
CBS Films has released a new red-band trailer for writer/director Maggie Carey‘s comedy The To-Do List. The film stars Aubrey Plaza as a sexually inexperienced teenager with a type-A personality who decides to engage in numerous sex acts before she goes to college. As we saw in the previous trailer, The To-Do List looks like a fantastic starring vehicle for Plaza, and the laughs don’t stop in this new red-band trailer. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a genuinely funny sex comedy, and between the 90s setting and the incredibly talented ensemble cast (Bill Hader, unsurprisingly, is the standout in this trailer), The To-Do List looks like it could be a worthy entry in the genre.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Alia Shawkat, Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Andy Samberg, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Scott Porter. The To Do List opens July 26th.
A new Between Two Ferns is always cause for celebration, and this latest installment is among the best. It begins like most Between Two Ferns: Zach Galifianakis makes deadpan insults towards his guest (in this case James Franco), but then it turns into the music video for the new Lonely Island single, “Spring Break Anthem”, which is appropriately in the style of Spring Breakers but also supports gay marriage. And because The Lonely Island–which is comprised of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg–likes to embrace the random, Edward Norton co-stars in this excellent sketch/music video.
Hit the jump to check out the music video. The Lonely Island’s new album, The Wack Album, will be released on June 11th.