Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane’s next feature directorial effort is adding yet another impressive castmember. MacFarlane’s Ted follow-up, A Million Ways to Die in the West, already has Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, and Giovanni Ribisi set to star alongside MacFarlane, and now Heat Vision reports that Sarah Silverman is in negotiations to join the cast. The Western comedy centers on a cowardly farmer who backs out of a gunfight and subsequently loses his girlfriend (Seyfried). He later meets the wife (Theron) of a notorious outlaw who teaches him how to shoot, but runs into trouble when her outlaw husband (Neeson) returns to town seeking revenge.
Should she sign on, Silverman would play the town prostitute who has had her way with just about everyone, “but refuses to have sex with her fiancé (Ribisi), believing that as Christians the couple should wait until marriage before lying down together.” I’d say that’s pretty spot-on casting. Production is set to begin this spring. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the holiday comedy A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle.
The first trailer for the polarizing drama The Comedy has gone online, and it’s not exactly your standard trailer debut. Instead of showing a montage of clips from the film that give viewers an idea of the plot, a dialogue-free scene plays out while the film’s harshly negative reviews are displayed onscreen. The pic stars Tim Heidecker as a man who has just inherited his father’s estate, but stumbles into reckless situations in hopes of freeing him from his desensitization. The film debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and received an enthusiastically mixed response, with some praising the film’s commentary on the culture of cynicism and others decrying its bleakness as “one of the most wildly inappropriate and pitch black comedies I’ve ever seen in my life.” This marketing approach is kind of genius because it’s statements like that that make me want to see this film.
Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer. Directed by Rick Alverson the film also stars Eric Wareheim and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. The Comedy will be available VOD on October 24th and opens in limited release on November 16th.
Currently the hilarious workplace comedy Workaholics on Comedy Central is in the middle of their third season, and this season’s guest stars have been pretty interesting with Rumer Willis and the band The Black Keys showing up (not to mention what might be the cameo of the year from All That cast member Lori Beth Denberg). Now another familiar face to TV is heading to the series as EW reports Tim Heidecker, fresh off Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, has landed a guest spot. So who will he play?
The role sounds about as outrageous as you would expect with Heidecker playing the leader of a group called The Lord’s Force, which series creator, writer and star Adam DeVine describes as “a religious group of weight lifters that use the power of the Lord to break baseball bats over their knees.” Apparently Adam, Ders and Blake welcome some of these guys into their casa and that’s when the fun begins. The episode airs July 10th, so don’t miss it. For news on Ray Romano snagging a few episodes of the fourth season of Parenthood, hit the jump.
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have spent nearly a decade developing their comic voice. And it’s got slightly better since Tom Goes to the Mayor, but often the duo will go weird for a punchline. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. They are – by definition – scattershot, but they have a certain appeal. As someone skeptical of their talents, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie did not win me over. It’s got moments, but it’s about as clever as a Naked Gun sequel. Our review of the Blu-ray of Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie follows after the jump.
One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (which is now playing on VOD and in theaters March 2). The pic marks the first feature-length film from the comedy duo of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and it stars Zach Galifianakis, John C. Reilly, Will Ferrell, Will Forte and Jeff Goldblum. It’s pretty much what you’re expecting from the oddball team. For more on the film, here’s the red band and the green band trailer.
During Sundance I was able to sit down with Heidecker, Wareheim and Forte for an extended interview. We talked about premiering at Sundance, how the project came together, is the movie more scripted than their TV work, their thoughts on VOD, what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray, financing, what’s coming up for the three of them, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Going into the final three days of Sundance 2012, a horror title had yet to be acquired. All that changed with the Magnolia Pictures pick up of domestic rights to V/H/S for $1 million plus. Other gets included the Rough House Pictures presentation of The Comedy and National Geographic’s documentary acquisition for TV, Chasing Ice. Check out the details here:
- V/H/S is a found footage horror anthology about petty thugs tasked with searching a ramshackle house for a VHS tape which holds horrific recordings. V/H/S will have a pre-theatrical on-demand release on Magnolia’s Ultra VOD, with the theatrical release to follow after 30 days.
- The Comedy, directed by Rick Alverson and starring Tim Heidecker, will be presented by Danny McBride’s Rough House Pictures. The dark comedy follows Swanson (Heidecker) after he inherits his father’s estate and stumbles into reckless situations in hopes of freeing him from his desensitization.
- Climate-change documentary Chasing Ice by Jeff Orlowski follows photographer James Balog as he sets up time-lapse cameras on glaciers to document Earth’s melting ice. Film is also from Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, the award-winning producer of The Cove.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
We’ve been sent the exclusive poster for The Comedy starring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. The film will play at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. For those unfamiliar with the movie, here’s the logline: “Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father’s estate, Swanson whiles away his days with a group of aging Brooklyn hipsters, engaging in small acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom.” Ah, recreational cruelty: the very best kind of cruelty. Rick Alverson directed and co-wrote the film with Robert Donne and Colm O’Leary. The Comedy will be one the Sundance 2012 movies starring Heidecker and Wareheim; the other is Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.
The full green band trailer for Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie has gone online. The movie is the first feature length film from the comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. This trailer is pretty much exactly the same as the red band one that was release a few weeks ago, except with no dirty words. If you’re not a fan of the duo’s peculiar brand of comedy, odds are this trailer won’t win you over. The movie features cameos from a number of celebs including Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Will Forte, and Jeff Goldblum.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie will be available VOD on January 27th, and hits theaters March 2nd.
A full red band trailer for Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie has gone online. The pic marks the first feature-length film from the comedy duo of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. It’s pretty much what you’re expecting from the oddball team. The trailer’s got its fair share of strange moments, and highlights the celebs that pop up throughout the film (Zach Galifianakis, John C. Reilly, Will Ferrell, Will Forte and Jeff Goldblum). If you’re a fan of the show, I’m assuming this trailer will pique your interest. I can appreciate the comedic value of Tim and Eric, but I always feel like I’m on a bad acid trip when watching their stuff (which I guess is the point).
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Robert Loggia and William Atherton. The pic is being featured as part of the “Park City at Midnight” line-up at the Sundance Film Festival and will be available January 27th on VOD. Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie hits theaters March 2nd.
There’s not much of a middle-ground when it comes to Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! It’s unlike anything else on TV, and it can probably best be described as a public access-style sketch comedy show on acid. When I first saw Tim and Eric, I was won over by its originality and utter insanity. But over time, I saw it was only one note of utter insanity. It’s still a note unlike any other you’ll hear played, but it gets to be tiresome after a while.
Case in point: the teaser trailer for Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s first feature-length film, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. You’ll watch it, you’ll know it’s Tim and Eric, and you’re either on board or you’re not. Hit the jump to check out the teaser. The film also stars John C. Reilly, Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte, and William Atherton. Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie hits theaters on March 2, 2012, but will air on VOD beginning January 27th.
Tim And Eric Awesome Show Great Job is practically impossible to describe. The ten-minute sketch comedy show plays like public access programming run by a collection of particularly dangerous and insane inmates of a mental asylum, while viewed on acid. It would almost qualify as outsider art if it weren’t so bowel-looseningly hilarious. Over the course of five seasons on Adult Swim, comedic geniuses/genuinely strange guys Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim took a form of absurdist sketch comedy with a direct line to Monty Python and Mr. Show and completely made it their own. They pushed their grotesque tastes and affinity for working with genuine eccentrics over actors to a point where the primarily goal didn’t always seem to be to make their audience laugh, but have them shake their heads and quietly mutter, “what the fuck.” The results had more in common with David Lynch than SNL and obviously appealed to the recreational narcotics crowd. Naysayers could easily poo-poo the series with Moe Szyslak’s famous criticism of post-modernism “weird for the sake of weird.” In a way that’s true, but when “weird for the sake of weird” is done this well, how can you possibly complain? My review after the jump:
Rumor came in last week that John C. Reilly will star (with an impressive cast of supporting players) in Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, the first feature-length film from comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Reilly is indeed on board, joined by Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte, and William Atherton. Sadly, the rumor that Harrison Ford will make an appearance is false. I’m disappointed that Bob Odenkirk’s name didn’t make it from the rumored cast to this updated list, but I hope that’s merely an oversight.
Heidecker and Wareheim revealed the plot for Billion Dollar Movie: their characters “literally get a billion dollars to make a movie, and we make it, and things go awry, and Tim and I just decide to get out of Hollywood and become businessmen in an abandoned mall.” Principal photography started Friday on what is by far the biggest Tim and Eric production ever. Read what Heidecker and Wareheim had to say about the transition after the jump.
It is not hyperbole to state that Adult Swimmers Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) present the most bizarre comic sensibility that I’ve ever encountered. To be honest, I get flustered under prolonged exposure to Tim and Eric bits. But I always admire two things about the comedy duo: 1) the raw novelty of the Tim and Eric brand and 2) their friends. A prime example of the latter: John C. Reilly.
/Film picked up a rumor from The Tracking Board that Reilly is poised to star in Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, which is a great fit. Reilly has redefined the latest iteration of his career playing the odd duck, but his affable personality streamlines the weird for those as unhip as myself. Even better, it appears Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Bob Odenkirk, Harrison Ford, and Will Forte are in talks for roles of a presumably smaller nature. Exclude Ford, and the rest are identifiable friends of the show (Ferrell will reportedly produce with Adam McKay), so the rumors are logical. The idea of Tim and Eric at feature length is daunting, but it’s hard to go too wrong if these folk sign on. (Just imagine what Heidecker and Wareheim might do with the guttural vocals of acting legend Harrison Ford!)
After the jump, watch an Awesome Show featuring Reilly as solitary advisor Dr. Steve Brule.
Though the people at Funny or Die deliver some of the best comedy online that money can’t buy (because it’s free), last year they delivered an impressive first season of even more high quality and consistently off-the-wall and hilarious sketch comedy on their HBO series Funny or Die Presents. Now the show is returning for its second season this Friday, January 14th at Midnight/11c on HBO.
Below we’ve included a hilarious trailer for the new season that features the talents of Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Fred Willard (Anchorman), Elijah Wood, and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly and many more. Also check out a couple of the sketches in their entirety featuring Ferrell, Reilly and others. There’s some good stuff here and I can’t wait to see what else Funny or Die Presents has in store. See the videos after the jump.