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’ve come to the conclusion that MacGruber 2 is the new Anchorman 2. It’s the sequel we’ll want for years and years, but the studio will keep waiting to see if the cult fanbase is big enough to warrant a greenlight (or if there’s an empty spot in their calendar). It’s also worth noting that Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy made waaaaaay more money than MacGruber. But Will Forte can look forward to being asked about MacGruber 2 every time he does an interview, and he still seems fairly optimistic about the possibility. In April, he said “there will be some form” of the sequel, and now he tells Rolling Stone, “June 10th my writing partners John Solomon, Jorma Taccone, and I are locking ourselves in a room and writing it.” Forte also told Rolling Stone there have been discussions about bringing back Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe. Of course, last June, Forte said he would be writing the script in the next six months, so he could just be messing with us.
Even if we hold out hope for a MacGruber 2, we shouldn’t expect it for years unless Forte rockets to the A-list. If he receives enough critical acclaim and attention for his performance in Alexander Payne‘s new drama, Nebraska, that might not be out of the realm of possibility. In the meantime, just keep chanting “KFBR392″.
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.
MacGruber has had an interesting journey from an easily dismissed adaptation to box office flop to cult hit. It continues to rack up devotees who happily quote it and know what “KFBR392″ means. But despite these fans, MacGruber 2 looks highly unlikely. Last June, star and co-writer Will Forte said he didn’t think any sane person would fund it, but he added that they were definitely writing the script within the next six months. Forte can always look forward to fans asking about a sequel, and he recently provided an update while doing press for his upcoming drama, Run and Jump.
Hit the jump for what Forte had to say about MacGruber 2. Forte will next be voicing a new character in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and he’s playing the lead in Nebraska, the new film from Alexander Payne (The Descendants).
The first trailer for the second season of HBO’s comedy series Girls has arrived, and it’s pretty great. The first season of the Judd Apatow-produced series was met with a surprisingly polarized response, but creator/writer/producer/star Lena Dunham took it all in stride and is back with a vengeance. Some of the season one criticisms were valid, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t find this season two trailer incredibly funny. The events of the season one finale look to be reverberating throughout the show’s second season, as we see Hannah (Dunham) taking advantage of her single life, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) getting to know her new husband (Chris O’Dowd), and the unendingly creepy/affable Adam (Adam Driver) going full stalker on Hannah. Oh yeah, and Jorma Taccone’s back.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Season two of Girls, which will also feature Donald Glover, Andrew Rannells, Rita Wilson, Patrick Wilson, and Colin Quinn, premieres on HBO on January 13th.
New Line has picked up the action-comedy pitch Spy Guys. Jorma Taccone (MacGruber) is attached to direct from a script by Adam Sztykiel (Due Date). The story centers on a framed CIA agent who becomes an enemy of the state while attending a friend’s European wedding. The spy reveals his undercover identity to his civilian friends, and they go on the run to clear his name. That’s a solid premise, and it is encouraging that the skewed mind behind MacGruber is in charge. Plus it is nice to see Taccone get a second chance after his feature directorial debut failed to gross even $10 million worldwide in 2010.
Heat Vision reports that Taccone’s Lonely Island collaborators Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer will produce along with John Rickard (Horrible Bosses).
In the pantheon of feature films born out of SNL skits, there’s a big hit-and-miss factor; for every Wayne’s World, there’s three It’s Pat’s. A film version of MacGruber hit theaters in 2010 and any way you slice it, the movie was a disaster at the box office. Against a budget of $10 million, the film grossed a total of $9.2 million worldwide. I wasn’t a huge fan of Will Forte’s MacGruber sketch to begin with, so I wasn’t about to go sit through a 90-minute version in theaters. However, the film hit DVD and I started hearing from trustworthy friends that it was actually good.
After being commanded to watch it multiple times, I finally relented and watched MacGruber myself. It turns out that the film is actually pretty fantastic. The jokes are ridiculously out-there, and Forte and director Jorme Taccone got away with making an insane comedy within the studio system. So it’s with great enthusiasm that I greeted the news today that Taccone and Forte are working on a follow-up to MacGruber that may or may not come to fruition. Hit the jump for more.
Though it wasn’t exactly a commercial success, the 2010 comedy MacGruber has become a sort of cult hit as of late. Its absurdity is only matched by its hilarity, and I find myself liking the movie more and more with each viewing. As such, it comes as great news that MacGruber director (and The Lonely Island member) Jorma Taccone is attached to direct a new action-comedy for New Line based on the Image comic The Great Unknown, written by Duncan Rouleau. Rouleau is a part of Man of Action Studios, the group behind the Ben 10 empire and Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. Michael Starrbury will pen the script for the pic, which centers on “a slacker with delusions of grandeur who believes his so-called great ideas are popping up elsewhere.” Since no one believes that his ideas are being stolen, he sets out on a quest to “solve the mystery behind the idea thefts.” Hit the jump for more.
With the massive success of Glee, it was only a matter of time before creator Ryan Murphy brought a musical to the big screen. Deadline reports that Murphy has lined up Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce, and Andy Samberg to star in the musical comedy One Hit Wonders. Murphy will direct and co-write the script with his Glee co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. The story “centers on three singers (Paltrow, Witherspoon, and Diaz) who each scored a top hit song in the 1990s before watching their careers go down the drain, and then team up to form a super-group.” Samberg, in addition to co-starring, will reportedly write music for the film with his The Lonely Island partners Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on the project.
When it was first announced, MacGruber seemed like the most dubious Saturday Night Live movie since It’s Pat!. Unlike previous films based upon the late night sketch show’s characters, MacGruber could not even carry five minutes of screen time. Instead, it managed only one to two, always punctuated by the exact same Aeon Flux-esque closing gag in which all of the protagonists meet an untimely end.
Expectations rose when Lonely Island member Jorma Taccone was placed in the director’s chair backed by the legitimate A-list talents of Ryan Phillipe and Val Kilmer. Suddenly, what had once sounded like the single worst idea for a movie in a great many years had a chance to be the next Wayne’s World, or at least the next Night at the Roxbury.
Is it? No. Not really. But it is very funny. Sometimes. More after the jump:
MacGruber squares off against Shrek Forever After this weekend at the box office, but its star and director aren’t intimidated by a franchise that’s made more than $2.2 billion in ticket sales, worldwide. MacGruber’s star Will Forte joked, “We will take those f—ers down!” Director Jorma Taccone quickly added with heavy sarcasm, “Our movie is probably gonna do better than Shrek. Right? Let’s be honest.” More on that, in a bit.
Collider caught up with Forte, Taccone and screenwriter John Solomon at the film’s press day. Hit the jump for the roundtable’s full audio, along with highlights and plenty of spoilers, including Forte’s desire to do a nude scene with celery, who stole that used vegetable afterward and the gracious gesture by MacGyver star Richard Dean Anderson.
When Rogue Pictures first announced they were making a MacGruber movie, I’ll admit to thinking it might not work. After all, MacGruber is based on a very short Saturday Night Live sketch and I wasn’t sure he could make the transition to the big screen. But based on the reviews out of SXSW where the film premiered, my nervousness was unfounded, as people loved the film and it’s currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes! What I heard was it’s incredibly stupid but incredibly funny. With a May 21st release date, we’ll all know if the film is as great as people are saying soon.
But if you’d like to get a look at a few scenes now, we’ve been given 5 clips and you can watch them after the jump.
CBS Films and Universal Studios have sent over high resolution versions of the new Beastly and MacGruber movie posters. Beastly stars Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer and it’s a modern-day take on Beauty and the Beast that takes place in New York City. MacGruber stars Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph and Val Kilmer and it’s the feature film version of the Saturday Night Live skit. While I don’t know anyone that’s seen Beastly, MacGruber screened at SXSW and I’ve heard from friends it’s very stupid but extremely funny. Sounds like my kind of movie. Hit the jump for the new posters:
A new viral video for Jorma Taccone’s MacGruber has come online. For those just tuning in here’s the official plot synopsis for MacGruber:
Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In 2010, Will Forte brings Saturday Night Live’s clueless soldier of fortune to the big screen in the action comedy MacGruber.
In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that’s been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer), MacGruber figures he’s the only one tough enough for the job.
Assembling an elite team of experts-Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig)-MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber.
You can check out the red-band trailer here and the green-band trailer here. Hit the jump to see the viral video. MacGruber hits theaters on April 23rd.
After yesterday’s enjoyable red band trailer for MacGruber, Yahoo! Movies has posted the green band trailer for the film and it’s pretty fun in its own right. Yes, it does redo some of the jokes from the red band with the swearing cut out, and it also avoids the villain’s name (Deiter von Cunth), but there are some new jokes and they work pretty well. It’s surprising how the dread I felt when the project has slowly transformed into enthusiasm for the comedy. It’s even more surprising when you consider that the character’s exploits provide minute-long running gags throughout an episode of SNL rather than just one solid sketch. Hopefully, this film will be surprisingly great and not a revelation that, “Yeah, you should have just held on to that feeling of dread.”
Directed by Jorma Taccone, MacGruber stars Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, and Val Kilmer. Check out the trailer after the jump along with a brief synopsis. MacGruber hits theaters on April 23rd.