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Chris Rock Made a Movie About a Comic Who Abandons Comedy for Drama

Actor and standup Chris Rock's new film Top Five premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend to rave reviews, and according to THR, Paramount is already in exclusive talks to buy it for as much as $13 million. In an interview with Indiewire, Rock described the film as a look at a famous comedian — "kind of [an] Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker artist type guy" — who "has been running away from what he actually does well. It happens with a lot of comedians. It happens with everybody in art, even in sports sometimes. We take for granted the things we do [...]

Ken Jeong to Star in WWE-Produced Comedy with Hulk Hogan and David Hasselhoff

Ken Jeong is breaking into the world of WWE movies. Variety reports that the Community favorite has signed on to star in a comedy for WWE Studios with a working title of Untitled Celebrity Death Pool. The film will center on Jeong's character as "a struggling nightclub owner who after amassing a large debt from a loan shark, sets out to win a long-running celebrity death pool by attempting to kill Hasselhoff." Hasselhoff and WWE's own Hulk Hogan have both signed on to make cameo appearances.

Untitled Celebrity Death Pool isn't the only starring role to be announced for Jeong this summer; he's also set to topline the [...]

Seth Rogen's Movie 'The Interview' Comes Out in Theaters on December 25th

Despite the fact that it's made North Korea very angry, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's newest film The Interview has been given a new release date. Rogen announced on Twitter today that The Interview will be released in theaters this Christmas; the film was originally slated for a release in October but was pushed back by Sony. "The combination of Seth, Evan, and James [Franco] is pure comedic magic," said Sony exec Rory Bruer. "In our early screenings of The Interview, we've seen that they've delivered yet again, and we're thrilled to be making the move to Christmas — one of the most important moviegoing days [...]

Will Ferrell Might Play Softcore Porn Producer Russ Meyer in 'Russ & Roger Go Beyond'

Will Ferrell might have an interesting film role lined up. According to Deadline, Ferrell is currently in talks to play sexploitation film director Russ Meyer in Russ & Roger Go Beyond, which will tell the tale of Meyer teaming up with critic Roger Ebert to make the 1970 film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. While there are no leads attached to the role of Ebert yet (Deadline suggests Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen), several actors and directors are reportedly "intrigued" by the project including Edgar Wright. Former SCTV, SNL, and Simpsons writer Chris Cluess penned the script, and production on the film could begin as early as [...]

Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer Talk 'Trainwreck' with 'New York Times'

"There’s a moment early in someone's career where they will kill and die for what they're writing about. That's why sometimes these first movies are the best ones. Because people never have this level of commitment again."

- Judd Apatow in a New York Times article on his upcoming film collaboration with Amy Schumer, Trainwreck.

Steve Carell Is Set to Star in a 'Looney Tunes' Movie

Steve Carell is set to lead an in-the-works Looney Tunes movie. THR reports that Carell — who stars alongside Channing Tatum in the upcoming drama Foxcatcher — has signed on to star in an untitled film centered on the fictional Acme Corporation from the Looney Tunes cartoons from X-Men: First Class writing team Ashley Miller and Zach Stentz. The Lego Movie producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee are also behind the project, with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa — who also directed Carell in Crazy Stupid Love — in negotiations to co-direct. Plot details on the Acme movie are being kept under wraps, but it will "not [...]

Sony Is Making Alterations to Seth Rogen's 'The Interview' Before Its Christmas Release

It turns out that North Korea's missiles and complaints about Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's newest assassination comedy The Interview being "an act of war" that "shows the desperation of the US government and American society" have been taken seriously by Sony, because THR reports today that the film will undergo a bunch of changes prior to its release on December 25th. According to the report, the studio is not only "digitally altering thousands of buttons worn by characters … because they depict the actual hardware worn by the North Korean military" that honor Kim Jong-un and his father Kim Jong-il, but they're also reconsidering [...]

Director Justin Simien Explains Why His Movie Is Called 'Dear White People'

"We can talk about the myth of reverse racism all day, but I think ultimately I’m a black filmmaker making an independent black film. If I called my movie, Ruminations On Race, or whatever, nobody would care who I am, or what I have to say or what I’m doing. So yeah, you have to get butts in seats."

- Writer, producer, and director of Dear White People Justin Simien explains the title of his film — which won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance and will be released in theaters this October — after a screening last weekend.

Peyton Reed Talks Adam McKay's Work on 'Ant-Man'

"We all know Adam is, in my mind, a comedic genius, and I've known Adam since the Upright Citizens Brigade days that I did in the late '90s. But Adam is also an insane comics fan and a Marvel fan, so I was surprised but really pleased to see that he had such a knowledge of the Marvel Comics universe. So he's bringing all of that to the movie."

- In a new interview with Collider, Ant-Man's new director Peyton Reed talks about taking over for Edgar Wright, Adam McKay currently working on script rewrites, and how much humor we can expect to see from the film when it [...]

Gregg Turkington, John C. Reilly, and Michael Cera to Star in New Movie from the Director of 'The Comedy'

Comedian Gregg Turkington, best known for his hack standup character Neil Hamburger, has been cast as the lead in Entertainment, a new movie from Rick Alverson, director of the 2012 Tim Heidecker-starring drama The Comedy. Deadline reports that John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Heidecker are playing supporting roles in the film, as well.

Turkington and Heidecker wrote the script together, which follows a failing, aging standup known only as "The Comedian" (Turkington), performing a string of awful gigs in the Southwest on his way to meet his estranged daughter.

Lorne Michaels Is Producing a Movie Starring Taran Killam, Rachael Harris, David Wain, and Bobby Moynihan

The new season of SNL is just around the corner, but that hasn't stopped Lorne Michaels from making another movie this summer. Variety reports that Michaels is producing Brothers in Law written by Cameron Fay with rewrites from SNL's Mikey Day and Taran Killam. Killam also stars in the film alongside Bill Pullman, Rachael Harris, Rita Wilson, David Wain, and Bobby Moynihan. Production started in Oregon this week, and the film is described as "having elements of Meet the Parents and What About Bob?" Funny or Die, Newsreaders, and SNL segment directors Matt Villines and Oz Rodriguez AKA Matt and Oz are co-directing the film together.

A Judd Apatow-Produced Lonely Island Movie Is in the Works

The Lonely Island's Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer might get to star in their own movie. According to Variety, the comedy trio is currently developing a film with Universal Pictures that they would also star in, with Judd Apatow onboard as director and Taccone and Akiva both set to co-direct. Not much is known on the plot of the movie except that it would be "set in the world of music." This news follows the deal The Lonely Island made back in January to develop digital content for Fox, so hopefully this means we can expect the trio all over the big and small screens [...]

Richard Linklater Is No Longer Directing the 'Incredible Mr. Limpet' Remake

After over a year and a half of being officially attached to the project, Richard Linklater has announced that he will no longer be directing the long-in-the-works remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet based on the 1964 Don Knotts film of the same name. Coming Soon reports that Linklater is exiting Mr. Limpet to focus on That's What I'm Talking About, which he's described as a "spiritual sequel" to his 1993 film Dazed and Confused.

Since Linklater signed on to the Mr. Limpet remake last year, the project was beginning to take shape with Zach Galifianakis playing the titular role along with Jon Hamm, Josh Gad, [...]

Edgar Wright Has His Next Film Project Lined Up with 'Baby Driver'

It's been just over two months since Edgar Wright made the unfortunate announcement that he was no longer directing Marvel's Ant-Man, but thankfully the Scott Pilgrim/The World's End director has already bounced back with a new project. According to Variety, Wright is currently in talks to direct Baby Driver for Working Title Films. While no plot details have been released, Baby Driver will reportedly be in the vein of his Cornetto Trilogy with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Wright will also write the script along with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, who both worked as producers on Wright's Cornetto Trilogy films.