From 2003, here's Steve Carell's original audition for the movie Anchorman, back in his Daily Show correspondent days. A semi-improvised exchange between him and an off-camera Will Ferrell, it's no wonder this audition got him the job.
The BBC has announced that they're making a movie about the lives of famed comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, and it'll be written by Philomena co-writer Jeff Pope. Called Stan and Ollie, the 90-minute TV movie will chronicle Laurel and Hardy's disastrous UK tour at the end of their careers in 1953, which ended in Hardy having a heart attack. There's no word yet on who will be cast as Laurel or Hardy.
Patton Oswalt was a guest on the third-to-last episode of The Best Show on WFMU last night, and during a conversation about movies, he told a story he heard from director Brad Bird about a canceled remake of Don Knotts's 1964 family film The Incredible Mr. Limpet that was in development with Jim Carrey in 1998. Steve Oedekerk, who wrote and directed Carrey in the sequel Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, was hired to write/direct the Limpet remake. Oedekerk stepped down from the project in 1999, and Oswalt says Brad Bird was brought in for a meeting about potentially directing the movie. Here's Oswalt telling the story:
They CG-animated a cartoony-looking fish that kinda looked like Jim Carrey. At that point, that's when you paid $25 million for Jim Carrey, period. That's what he costs. The studio realized, "So, he's live action for 10 minutes and then he's a cartoon and we just paid [$25 million]?" They did this rig – remember in Monty Python's Meaning of Life where they have the fish bodies? So, they basically did that. It's a fish with just Jim Carrey's human face. They were showing Brad Bird 'cause they were like, "If we're paying for Jim Carrey, we're having his face the whole time no matter what." All Brad Bird said when he described it to me… I go, "What'd it look like?" He said, "If you saw this in the water, you would get out of the water and run screaming and tell everyone the world was ending." It was the most horrifying thing he'd ever seen. They spent $10 million on the animation tests, and they never made the movie.
I Googled around and found a bunch of sketches and illustrations from the project drawn by cartoonist Bob Camp, who did character/storyboard design on Ren & Stimpy and Carrey's Grinch remake. Writes Camp, "Lots of tests were done with Jim wearing a motion capture rig with several hundred mocap dots on his face to capture the expressiveness of his rubbery face." Check out the art from the abandoned movie below: READ MORE
“Even though I'll assume from your two last names that you are a bro, I hope you'll still enjoy our POV on this matter.” That was the last line of the email I got from #YouUp producer/writer/star Teresa Lee, turning me on to the series she created with writing partner Melanie Owens (DP’d by Alissa Crist and Alex Tepper). Despite my two last names, I made the transition from “bro” to self-loathing quasi-hipster during my Freshman year of college when a member of the lacrosse team yelled “Get a room, faggots” at me and my best friend, Sam, from the open window of his hunter green Rav 4. All this is to say that Teresa’s concern about my not appreciating her series was for naught — first because I’m not a bro and second because her collection of vignettes is so infinitely relatable for any twenty something living in New York, that I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying — or at least having a strong opinion on — her “POV” on matters of metropolitan womanhood. READ MORE
Earlier this year, the Hollywood Foreign Press announced that Woody Allen will be the recipient of the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year's Golden Globes, and since Woody Allen notoriously never attends awards shows and doesn't care for the west coast, it was safe to assume he wouldn't be there to accept the prize. Now, EW reports that Allen's frequent collaborator Diane Keaton will be accepting the award on his behalf at the ceremony, which is set for January 12th. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be hosting the Golden Globes, so hopefully, they can rope Diane Keaton into a funny bit.
"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.
Just prior to Judd Apatow rising to power as one of the most successful writer/director/producers in comedy, he was working with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write a movie called The Long D, an unproduced screenplay that I'll be look at this week.
Written in the summer of 2005, in between The 40 Year-Old Virgin's production and release, The Long D is based on an idea by Rogen and childhood friend/writing partner Evan Goldberg, who were just coming off of writing on the HBO version of Da Ali G Show together. Rogen, Goldberg, and Apatow share credit on the screenplay, which is a romantic comedy about a pair of high school sweethearts struggling with a long distance relationship when they go off to college. "It's more romantic than anything we've done," Seth Rogen said, describing the movie at the time. "But actually these are our favourite types of movies. Those are the movies we run to the theatre to see." READ MORE
Comedian Eddie Izzard has signed a one-year talent holding deal with Eddie Izzard, Variety reports. The network will develop potential projects around Izzard or cast him in previously-existing pilots, with Izzard set to receive an executive producer credit on a series if he is cast as the lead. Izzard recently guest starred on two episodes of the NBC drama Hannibal, and he's set to appear in the show's upcoming second season. With NBC's new comedies Sean Saves the World and Michael J. Fox Show struggling in the ratings, there's plenty of room for a new sitcom starring Eddie Izzard on the schedule next season.
Sunday night, comedian Kyle Kinane got into a hilarious interaction with the Twitter account for Pace Picante salsa that took the internet by storm, only for it to be revealed to have been a hoax by fellow standup Randy Liedtke the following day. The Huffington Post talked to Liedtke about the aftermath of the whole ordeal to get his side of the story. Here's him describing how the account got started:
In August, I had this idea to create a couple Twitter accounts for companies that didn't have Twitter accounts, and then establish them as sort of real … I didn't have any devious plan. I wondered how fast it would get taken down. I didn't tweet anything bad for the company — I had the account for four months, and every once in a while, I would retweet people who said positive things about Pace Picante. Mainly, I thought it would be funny if someone in an office was like, "Who's running our Twitter account? I have a question for them. Oh, it's a guy who doesn't work for us? We're going to politely have to ask him to stop." [laughs]
Here's Liedtke describing Kinane's reaction to the hoax:
I didn't create this Twitter account to go after Kyle. Kyle's one of my favorite people. He's one of my favorite comics, and we're friends. He's not thrilled with me right now, but we're still friends. If it was someone I didn't like or didn't respect, or thought would hate me forever, I wouldn't have even touched it.
And he hasn't heard from Pace Picante yet:
This morning, I was feeling bad. It's like… it's a pure high in life, when you're a little kid and something is so funny. But then you have the low of, I hope my friend isn't mad at me. How can I explain that I created this Twitter forever ago and not have him think I'm a jerk? Then I realized I could get in trouble for that. I did things that Pace probably wouldn't do, but I never intentionally drug their name through the mud. And I wanted to end the story on a good, positive note, so they would like how it was handled. Pace hasn't said anything to me.
Comedian Andy Kindler is following Beck Bennett and Jimmy Kimmel's lead by playing moderator to adorable kids in the new web series Kids Court, which just debuted on Nerdist's YouTube channel yesterday. A Judge Judy-style talk show in which Kindler presides over adolescent disputes, Kids Court finds him joined by puppet bailiff Bernie, voiced by MST3K's J. Elvis Weinstein.
We reported last month that AMC Theaters is making Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues available to fans two days early via a "superticket," and now, AMC has released full details on how that'll work. Basically, you pay $33 and then get to see the movie two days early, on December 16th rather than its release on December 18th, and it comes with a digital download of the movie, which will be available weeks before its DVD release, and a digital download of Wake Up, Ron Burgundy, the alternate cut of the original Anchorman. Check out a video Ferrell made as Ron Burgundy (in case you aren't sick of those by now) about the superticket below: READ MORE
Marc Maron made his Pete Holmes Show debut last night and spent the episode, as usual when he's around Holmes, completely making fun of him for stealing his podcast format, his ego, and the fact that he finds him exhausting. READ MORE
Professional charming man Paul Rudd is hosting SNL this week, and he joined Vanessa Bayer for promos in which they fangirled out over One Direction, wowed us with the magic of Hollywood, and proved their excitement for the upcoming show.