With The Avengers making more money in a few weeks than the net worth of most small countries, its only natural that Marvel and Disney are preparing to do a bunch more movies about the band of sassy superheroes. One of the next movies will be Captain America 2, and they're looking to an unexpected duo to direct it: Anthony and Joe Russo, better known for their work on Community and Happy Endings than for their aptitude with superhero blockbusters.
But man, how awesome is that? The studio had a lot of luck going with Joss Whedon, another unorthodox choice, with The Avengers, so it looks like they're [...]
At around 2:00pm today, Joe Mande announced via Tweet (check it out below) that he was hired as a writer on Parks & Recreation and he'll be moving to LA. This is big news for Joe, who has been a fixture of the New York comedy scene for years. When Mande was on WTF in January 2011, Maron speculated that writing was the natural path for him. He has since written on this season of Delocated and the yet to debut The Nick Show Kroll. The position will reunite Mande with his former college sketch group teammate Harris Wittels, who has been writing on Parks since the second season. Joining Megan [...]
The wonderful Kay Cannon, a writer at 30 Rock who we interviewed a while back, has just signed a deal with 20th Century Fox Television that'll point her in the direction of launching her own show. She'll be leaving 30 Rock after this season to go over to write for New Girl, and while there she'll simultaneously develop a new show of her own. Cannon also wrote Pitch Perfect, a comedy about college a capella groups starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Christopher Mintz-Plasse due to come out later this year. So, you know, keep an eye on this one.
The SNL crew is back to work today, with the first episode of season 37 airing this Saturday, and two more new writers have been added to the staff: Zach Kanin and Peter Schultz.
Zach Kanin is a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a contributing cartoonist to The New Yorker (we actually wrote about him about a year ago). He also wrote The Short Book, about being short (he's 5'3"). His hire keeps the number of Harvard dudes on staff even, as Crimson alum Simon Rich left the show after last season to go write a movie at Pixar. Gotta keep that Harvard quota [...]
CollegeHumor writer/actor and resident Splitsider parody porn expert Sarah Schneider has been hired as a writer for the upcoming season of SNL. She was a guest writer for the last five episodes of last season, helping pen sketches such as this one and this one. Sarah's one of the original writer/performers at CollegeHumor, having been there for over six years. She's also, full disclosure, my girlfriend. Hello, dear!