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With Halloween under a week away, today marks my final horror recommendation of the season. Whether it’s been a while since your last viewing or you’ve missed it all together, this is the perfect (and perhaps only) time of year to check out writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace‘s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Often regarded as the odd duck of the franchise due to its storyline departure and a severe lack of Michael Myers, Season of the Witch relies less on slasher tropes in favor of sci-fi tinged horror. The gist of the plot is that a popular Halloween mask company (Silver Shamrock Novelties) is planning to kill every kid that wears one of their masks on Halloween night. Not a great business plan, but a serviceable witchcraft/sacrifice plan I suppose. The result is a vintage 80′s horror pic complete with solid practical effects, surprisingly violent deaths, killer androids, an old guy who more or less warns you to get out of town before it’s too late, and Tom Atkins‘ stellar mustache. While I’m not sure Season will hold up well under critical review, if you sit back and embrace the silliness of it all I think you’ll have a new Halloween favorite on your hands.

Recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, interviews for and Matt’s review of John Wick, a trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing follow-up The Look of Silence, interviews for and Matt’s review of Birdman, and Brad Pitt essentially getting eviscerated by Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Brad Pitt Gets Viciously Berated by Zach Galifianakis on New Episode of BETWEEN TWO FERNS

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In the last episode of Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis squared off with Barack Obama.  In the newest episode, his guest is the significantly more popular Brad Pitt, who’s appearing to promote Fury (pronounced “Furry”), and proceeds to get demolished with a barrage of insults by Galifianakis.  Pitt plays the sketch as if he’s barely tolerating Galifianakis, which makes it even funnier.  There’s also a surprise appearance by an acclaimed stand-up comedian, which I won’t spoil here.

Hit the jump to check out the new Between Two Ferns episode.


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Last night I managed to pull myself away from Titanfall long enough to check out Veronica Mars which, surprisingly enough, is playing in a theater within an hour of me. As a fan of the series, the movie hit every note I could have asked for but also confirmed my suspicion that Mars is best suited for the type of long-form storytelling that television permits. Creator/director Rob Thomas does an admirable job of bringing us up to speed on the lives of our favorite Neptune characters against the backdrop of a ten year high school reunion. That said, 107 minutes doesn’t leave much time for breathing in between the introduction, mystery set-up, and resolution. I often felt rushed through the process, longing for 20-22 episodes for Veronica to crack the case as opposed to 75 minutes or so. This small gripe aside, Veronica Mars is a movie made for the fans (and, in no small financial part, by the fans) and I can’t imagine anyone who loved the series walking away from it disappointed by anything other than the fact that it had to end too soon.

We’ll talk a little more about VM in this week’s Top 5 which also includes a considerable amount of Captain America: The Winter Soldier content, our SXSW 2014 coverage, interviews for and Matt’s review of Need for Speed, and President Barack Obama‘s hilarious appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Keep doing what you’re doing for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Barack Obama and Zach Galifianakis Trade Insults on New Episode of BETWEEN TWO FERNS

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On the latest episode of Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis welcomed his most prestigious guest by far, President Barack Obama.  I forgot how relaxed and charming Obama could be, especially after last year’s non-stop series of setbacks and debacles as well as the general misery of being President (if I told you I was going to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to get a job where millions of people would hate me and I would be constantly frustrated and hamstrung, you would think I was crazy).  Obama went on the popular web series to plug the Affordable Healthcare Act specifically to young people, who need to sign up and help lower premiums (as well as help themselves; healthcare companies suck, but going broke because you have no healthcare sucks more).  Thankfully, this plug was done in a hilarious manner as the two men exchange insults, and I highly encourage you to watch.

Hit the jump to check out the episode, and click here to go to  Also, if the comments section didn’t explode with angry, ill-informed political opinions, I would really appreciate it.

New Installment of Zach Galifianakis’ BETWEEN TWO FERNS Features Samuel L. Jackson, Tobey Maguire, and Arcade Fire

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Every time Zach Galifianakis does another Between Two Ferns, it’s cause for much rejoicing.  We haven’t seen a new one in about eight months, but Christmas and Kwanzaa are coming a little bit early this year with a special holiday edition.  This time, Galifanakis’ guests are Samue L. Jack’s Son and Toby (Maguire) along with musical guest Arcade Fire doing a rendition of “Little Drummer Boy”.  It’s as weird, awkward, and funny as we’ve come to expect from this series.

Hit the jump to check out the video.

New BETWEEN TWO FERNS/The Lonely Island Music Video “Spring Break Anthem” Starring Zach Galifianakis, James Franco, and Edward Norton

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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.

Zach Galifianakis’ BETWEEN TWO FERNS – Oscar Edition: Part 2 Featuring Jessica Chastain, Sally Field, and Bradley Cooper

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Yesterday, we showed you Part 1 of Zach GalifianakisBetween Two Ferns – Oscar Edition.  Today, Part 2 has gone online and features his interviews with Jessica Cheststain (0 Dark 30), Sally Field (Linkin Park), and Brad Lee Cooper (Silver Lining Cookbook).  Between the two parts, I enjoyed this one more because Galifianakis gets a little more time to play off his guest, especially his Hangover co-star Cooper. There’s also a special surprise by a certain Lewis.

Hit the jump to check out the latest episode of Between Two Ferns.

Zach Galifianakis’ BETWEEN TWO FERNS – Oscar Edition: Part 1 Featuring Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, and More

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It’s been about ten months since the last episode of Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, but I guess to make up for the delay, they’re breaking out all the stars.  In the first of a two-part “Oscar Edition”, the show’s guests include Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Christ of Waltz (Django Unchained), Anne Halfway (French Movie), and Amys Adams (The Master).  Watching these brief interviews, I wish they were expanded out into full segments, but I’ll take as much of Between Two Ferns as I can get.

Hit the jump to check out the latest episode of Between Two Ferns.

Comedy Central Brings Zach Galifianakis’ BETWEEN TWO FERNS to TV on May 6th; Guests Will include Jon Stewart and Tina Fey

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It’s been far too longer since Zach Galifianakis graced us with a new episode of his Funny or Die web-series Between Two Ferns.  For those unfamiliar with Between Two Ferns, each episode has Galifianakis asking another celebrity strange and embarrassing questions on a Public Access-style set.  The show’s guests (who are in on the joke) have included Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston, and Charlize Theron.  The last episode was in May 2011 when Galifianakis sat down with Will Ferrell, but now Between Two Ferns will return in a big way.

On the podcast “Comedy Bang Bang” [via Vulture] Scott Aukerman, who directed most of the Between Two Ferns episodes, announced that Comedy Central will air the one-off, half-hour episode Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York before the Comedy Awards on May 6th.  The show will include guests such as Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, and Richard Branson.  Prepare for greatness by hitting the jump and watching a few of the best Between Two Ferns episodes.


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In the animated feature Puss in Boots, spun off from the popular Shrek franchise, actor Zach Galifianakis voices Humpty Alexander Dumpty, an odd egg who grew up in the same orphanage with Puss (Antonio Banderas) until the friends had a falling out. When the two damaged characters cross paths again years later, they team up, with the help of Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), to continue their childhood quest for the fabled magic beans, in order to grow a beanstalk that will lead them to the goose that lays the golden eggs.

At the film’s press day, Zach Galifianakis spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about playing the famous nursery rhyme character with a snazzy wardrobe, having no idea where his middle name comes from, how director Chris Miller really helped him shape his voice performance, how blown away he is by the finished look of the film, and that he would do voice-over work again, in a heartbeat. He also talked about starting rehearsals for the political comedy Dog Fight after Halloween, how much he’s looking forward to working with Will Ferrell and getting to shave his beard for the role, that he’s heard they’re writing a script for The Hangover 3 (which the cast is all interested to read) but knows nothing more of the film’s status than that, that he’s hoping to continue for a Season 4 of his HBO series Bored to Death, and that he will be doing more episodes of Between Two Ferns, if he can get guests to show up without their publicists. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

New BETWEEN TWO FERNS with Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell

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A new episode of Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns has gone up on Funny or Die and this time the guest is Will Ferrell.  While the sketch is funny, it will make you appreciate that Between Two Ferns works best when Galifianakis gets to be weird and is playing against an uncomfortable guest.  This is more of Galifianakis and Ferrell trying to out-strange each other.  It’s not bad, but it’s not as hilarious as one would hope.

Hit the jump to check out the new episode and click here to read Steve’s interview with Galifianakis where he talks about Between Two Ferns.

New BETWEEN TWO FERNS with Zach Galifianakis, Tila Tequila, and Jennifer Aniston

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A new episode of Between Two Ferns has gone online and sadly it feels like a bit of a rehash.  Zach Galifianakis sits down with Tila Tequila and Jennifer Aniston but it ends up being Tequila who gets the majority of his attention.  It’s the same set-up that Galifianakis did with Andy Richter and Conan O’Brien but not quite as good.  There are still some funny gags, but Aniston seems more befuddled by the whole endeavor than other actors who have managed to play into it.

Hit the jump to check out the latest episode of Between Two Ferns.

Zach Galifianakis Chats with Bruce Willis in a New BETWEEN TWO FERNS

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This weekend, you can see Bruce Willis taking Karl Urban’s punches in Red, but right now you can see Willis taking Zach Galifianakis’ insulting questions in a new installment of Between Two Ferns.  While I think Between Two Ferns works best when Galifianakis sits down with another comic performer (like Steve Carell or Ben Stiller), they’re almost always highly entertaining and this new episode doesn’t disappoint, especially when Willis fondly reflects on the 80s.

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Zach Galifianakis Sits Down with Steve Carell for a New BETWEEN TWO FERNS

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Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis will be seen together on screen starting tomorrow in Dinner for Schmucks.  However, you can see them together right now in a new installment of Between Two Ferns, which is a billion times funnier than Dinner for Schmucks.  For those who aren’t familiar with the series, Galifianakis “interviews” a celebrity (who is in on the joke) and uses his deadpan to insult them and make them uncomfortable.  Past victims include Bradley Cooper, Charlize Theron, Conan O’Brien, and Ben Stiller.

But Carell isn’t having any of it.  And then Evan Almighty jokes are had by all.  Hit the jump to check out the new episode of Between Two Ferns.

A New BETWEEN TWO FERNS with Zach Galifianakis and Ben Stiller

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If you haven’t heard of Zach Galifainakis’ Between Two Ferns series, you need to get on board.  If you don’t love them, you need to get off life.  For those who don’t know, the show is styled like a public access interview show where Galifianakis takes on the persona of an obnoxious interviewer while various celebrities play it like they would any regular interview.  Previous guests include Bradley Cooper, Charlize Theron, and Conan O’Brien among others.

His latest “interview” is with Ben Stiller.  Stiller, who’s promoting his upcoming film Greenberg, gets ripped apart by Galifianakis The sketch opens with Ben Stiller being credited as “Actor, ‘Duplex’” and it gets worse for Stiller from there.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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