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Josh Gad to Star in a Sam Kinison Biopic

A Sam Kinison biopic is on the way. Deadline reports that actor Josh Gad has been cast as Kinison in a movie to be directed by Larry Charles (Borat, Brüno). Rich Wilkes (xXX, Airheads) wrote the script, based on the book Brother Sam by the late comedian's sibling, Bill Kinison. The movie will start in the 1980s, picking up with Kinison's transition from pentecostal preacher to famous, filthy standup comedian. Producers are looking to cast actors and comedians in supporting and bit roles as public figures who played into Kinison's life, such as Howard Stern, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Oral Roberts, and Richard Pryor. The movie was [...]

Russell Brand in Talks to Act a Wee Bit French 'Pierre Pierre'

British person Russell Brand is in discussions to star in the Larry Charles directed Pierre Pierre. Brand would play an insufferable French nihilist who is moving a stolen painting from Paris to London. Along the way he'll meet a zany cast of characters, like a serial murderer named Pigeonshit. (With a name like Pigeonshit, what else would his parents expect from him?) Previously, the Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton penned script had Jim Carrey and Jason Reitman attached to star and direct respectively. Brand seems like a better fit for the part just because he'd have the advantage with the whole Les Misérables thing of speaking in an British [...]

Kanye West's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Pilot Was Pre-tty, Pre-tty Fascinating

One week after a clip of Kanye West's failed HBO comedy pilot was discovered hiding in plain sight and subsequently taken down by the TV network that purports to not be TV, Wyatt Cenac decided to answer the call and be a hero, screening the episode in its entirety at his weekly Night Train show at Littlefield in Gowanus. I was fortunate enough to be in the audience to watch one of the most fascinating failed pilots of all time.

Fridays: The SNL Ripoff That Nearly Surpassed the Original

In 1979, ABC ordered an SNL show of its own. No variation; a straight copy. Same live format. Same type of cast. Musical guests. Fake news. Like Lorne Michaels before them, producers John Moffitt and Bill Lee scoured clubs and improv groups for talent. (Moffitt wasn't new to the process: he'd been Lorne's first choice in 1975 to direct SNL, which Moffitt turned down.) On April 11, 1980, Moffitt and Lee unveiled their LA version: Fridays. Even the name was abbreviated theft.

Fridays faced numerous obstacles. Most of SNL's original cast was still on the air, prompting negative comparisons. Critics were unkind, to the degree they gave Fridays any [...]

Watch a Clip from Kanye West's Failed 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'-Esque HBO Pilot

In 2007, Kanye West starred in a comedy pilot following a fictionalized version of his life that was modeled after Curb Your Enthusiasm. He even had longtime Curb/Seinfeld producer Larry Charles working on the show as a writer/producer alongside fellow producers Kanye West and Rick Rubin, but HBO opted not to pick it up. The pilot for the untitled series has gone unseen until this week, when this clip from the pilot, featuring Kanye West visiting a Make a Wish child, was discovered on YouTube. Here's Charles talking about the show five years ago:

"What Kanye West said to me the first time, he said, ‘I'm the black [...]

Sacha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles Team Up Again For The Dictator

Sacha Baron Cohen is prepping his third movie with director Larry Charles, who helmed both Borat and Bruno. It'll be called The Dictator, and in it Cohen will reportedly play both a goat herder and a deposed foreign dictator who gets lost in the United States. It's written by Cohen and Curb Your Enthusiasm writers Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel.

It's not clear if this is going to be a more straightforward scripted affair or another mockumentary like his last two. But the title and the plot make it sound like somewhat of an homage to Chaplin's classic The Great Dictator. We'll see if that's [...]