It's for cancer awareness, not that you needed a reason. The Daily Dot reports that Chris O'Dowd has teamed up with British charity Male Cancer Awareness Campaign for their new Indiegogo campaign called "Skyballs" to "build, launch and tour the world in a hot-air balloon shaped like a giant pair of testicles." More specifically, the testicles will take on the shape of that of Family Guy's Peter Griffin, and they will tour around the world next year to celebrate MCAC's 10th anniversary and also serve as an obvious reminder to the men down below to "act on the early warning signs of male cancers."
Here's a new trailer for Christopher Guest's upcoming HBO series Family Tree, which stars Chris O'Dowd and features Christopher Guest regulars like Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr., and Fred Willard in recurring and guest starring roles. This is the first thing Guest has written/directed since For Your Consideration in 2006, so his return after nearly a decade is a pretty big deal. The trailer is also the first announcement of Family Tree's premiere date. It'll be airing at 10:30 Sundays after Veep, beginning May 12th. It's definitely good we got a precise date on the premiere so you don't have to just keep checking HBO every half-hour all spring.
Christopher Guest's new HBO/BBC2 series Family Tree is set to debut this spring, starring Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd as a guy traveling the world to investigate his family lineage. Christopher Guest regulars Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., and Guest, himself, will be making appearances throughout the first season. HBO passed the following interview with Guest along to us, in which he discusses his move to TV, how he researched the series, and why he always works with the same actors:
HBO: You are well-known for feature films such as Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, and A Mighty Wind. What led to your conceiving a TV series?
Christopher Guest has added three new people to the cast of his HBO series Family Tree. The show will be his return to writing/directing after six years away that's expected to run 8 episodes on HBO and BBC Two next year. Deadline reports that Nina Conti (Four Your Consideration) and UK actor Tom Bennett will be regulars on the series, whereas Amy Seimertz (Tiny Furniture) has been hired for a recurring role. As previously reported, the show centers around Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd as a guy who sets off on a journey to learn more about his family after getting fired and dumped. Christopher Guest regulars Michael McKean, [...]
Christopher Guest has been mostly inactive since 2006's For Your Consideration but that is about to change. It's being reported that Guest is working with Jim Piddock to create a television show. Television seems like a natural fit for the Guest and his ability to create completely lived-in worlds for his characters. The hope is to have it run commercial-free on a network like HBO or Showtime, or maybe even Netflix. Entitled Family Tree, the show will be primarily improvised and will about a man, played by Chris O'Dowd, tracking down his real family. They are going to need do a lot of prosthetic eyebrow work on O'Dowd [...]
Here's Chris O'Dowd in Improvised Biography, a web series from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in which famous people, um, improvise their biographies. As you'd expect, O'Dowd's life story involves the horrific accident his grandmother had while drumming for the Blue Man Group.
Chris O'Dowd may reunite with his Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, a new comedy-drama that has Bill Murray in the lead role. Deadline reports that O'Dowd is in "early talks" to join the cast as a nice Catholic priest who is concerned about Murray's cranky misanthrope character mentoring a 12-year-old neighbor boy whose hardworking single mom (McCarthy) unwisely leaves him in Murray's hands. St. Vincent is the feature film debut of writer/director Ted Melfi, who has a fun Bill Murray story just like everybody who works with Bill Murray does. Chris O'Dowd will probably have one soon too.
National treasure Nick Offerman returned to the Conan show last night, and, as usual when Offerman talks to someone less masculine than himself (i.e. everyone), he ended up explaining how his moustache works and the important role woodworking, bacon grease, and natural musk play in his everyday life.
Hit the jump for the second part of Nick Offerman's interview, plus Conan's chat with Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd and the winner of the show's Audience+1 Contest:
It’s been six long years since Christopher Guest’s last comedy, For Your Consideration, but he’s finally back behind the camera for a new HBO/BBC2 series called Family Tree, which sees Guest working in the mockumentary format that he’s done so well with in the past. The Hollywood Reporter, um, reports that Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr., all members of the Christopher Guest Repertory Company, have signed on for recurring roles, which begs the question: “Where are Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, and Catherine O’Hara?”
It was announced last month that Family Tree would center around Tom Chadwick (played by Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd), who, after getting fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend, [...]
In more British funny things news… What do you think of when you hear Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead)? Rival salsa dancers! No? Well, get read to start thinking that because the unlikely pair has signed on to star in Cuban Fury, a new comedy from the producers behind Hot Fuzz. Frost plays a former dance legend whom was usurped by O'Dowd, of course. It will shoot after Frost shoots The World's End, the last in the Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright trilogy. The film was written by Jon Brown, who previously wrote on the British series Misfits. The movie is going to be so British. [...]
Beloved British sitcom The IT Crowd is coming back for an extra-long finale episode after ending its run in 2010.Bleeding Cool reports that creator Graham Linehan announced at a Q&A in Germany that the 40-minute special is set to start filming in three weeks after two-plus years of pre-production and delays. The show ended its four season run in 2010 and was renewed for a fifth season, but the fifth season was never made and everyone involved has been talking about wrapping things up with a special finale for years now. Stars Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry will all be returning for the last [...]
Here's a short teaser trailer for Family Tree, a new HBO series from Christopher Guest that stars Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) as a guy trying to track down his parents. It's the first show/movie we've seen from Christopher Guest in seven years, since the movie For Your Consideration in 2006. Christopher Guest regulars Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, and Ed Begley Jr. will appear in guest starring and recurring roles, along with people who haven't worked with Christopher Guest, I assume.
Yes, Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd) are playing rival salsa dancers in a new movie called Cuban Fury, and we have the photos to prove it. Collider obtained this picture and two more (embedded below after the jump) from the movie that look pretty ridiculous. Cuban Fury stars Frost as a former teen salsa prodigy who abandoned his dreams after a freak accident. He then returns to salsa dancing 20-odd years later to impress his boss (Rashida Jones), becoming rivals with his alpha male co-worker (O'Dowd). I don't want to speak to soon, but Cuban Fury looks [...]
HBO in conjunction with BBC Two has agreed to deal with Christopher Guest for his show Family Tree. The show will go straight to its first season without having to go through the pilot process, which must be pretty nice for CG. The show, which was created by Guest and Jim Piddock, stars Chris O'Dowd as Tom Chadwick, a 30-year-old who, after losing his job and girlfriend, inherits a box of belongings from a great aunt, which starts him off on a journey to learn more about his bizarre family. That sure sounds like a TV show, right? It just is so TV showy, what with its protagonist [...]
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