If the two Buddy ColeColbert Report segments weren't enough Scott Thompson goodness for you this week, here's a new short he wrote and stars in called The Immigrant about a Canadian comedian named Bob London who gets deported then tries to smuggle himself back to Hollywood via the US/Mexico border. Dave Foley plays Thompson's former cult comedy show cast mate Tim Terry, and Michael Cera, Margaret Cho, and Will Forte play themselves in the short, which includes plenty of heavy-handed references to Thompson's glory days on The Kids in the Hall. Thompson also made two other shorts 4 Pounds and 52, which you can watch below:
After Arcade Fire appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, NBC gave the band a half hour to debut some new material on the network. What aired was this surreal Roman Coppola special with the songs "Here Comes the Night Time," "We Exist," and "Normal Person." The video also includes giant masks and cameos from Rainn Wilson, Ben Stiller, James Franco, Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Bill Hader, Zach Galifianakis, and a Spanish-speaking Michael Cera.
Michael Cera went on Letterman last night to promote his new movie, Crystal Fairy, and David Letterman spent a lot of the interview talking about his "avuncular fondness" for Michael Cera and ended up offering to "mentor and protect" him. So far, that mentorship mostly consisted of expressing concern for the size of Michael Cera's head.
Here's "Failure," a new short film Michael Cera made for the YouTube channel JASH. Cera directed and stars in the short alongside his Scott Pilgrim vs. the World costar Aubrey Plaza, who plays a bigger weirdo than normal in this.
Last year, we released a list of "53 Arrested Development Jokes You Probably Missed," and with the long-awaited new season set to debut on Netflix this Sunday at midnight, what better time to crank out another new list of hidden jokes from the show? Arrested Development is so dense that there are enough subtle gags, callbacks, and references to fill a dozen of these lists. So, if you're cramming the show's first three seasons in before the fourth premieres this weekend, keep an eye out for these sneaky bits of comedy including Oscar Bluth's accidental prison race riot and the Iraqi version of T.G.I. Friday's.
Charlie Kaufman is working on a new project for TV and has some interesting names attached. According to Variety, Michael Cera and John Hawkes are both set to star in Here and Why, a half-hour comedy pilot for FX that "revolves around a brilliant man who understands nuclear physics but is clueless about how life works." The pilot will be filmed sometime this spring, and Kaufman will produce with his Eternal Sunshine collaborator Anthony Bregman.
Here's a new video from JASH directed by Drunk History's Derek Waters in which Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Jon Daly, Alia Shawkat, Rich Fulcher, and other funny people talk about the profound influence Canadian indie rock band Islands has had on their lives. You'll never listen to their music the same way again.
In addition to our Arrested Development season 4 review, Splitsider has also been posting episode-by-episode recaps that have covered a few episodes at a time. So if you haven't yet plowed through all 8 hours of the new season, and instead opted for a slower, more leisurely approach to screening the episodes, these weekly recaps should suit your old fashioned and increasingly obsolete lifestyle perfectly. Each of the articles have been written from the persepctive of someone watching the episodes sequentially, with gradually widening comprehension of the season's convoluted, Inception-depth storylines. However, since we've finally reached the end of the season, feel free to comment with any jokes or [...]
Here's the trailer for Magic Magic, an upcoming horror/thriller that finds Michael Cera in his first big non-comedy role as a creepy psychopath in Chile. Hopefully, this will silence you weirdos who gripe about Cera playing the same type of characters once and for all.
Here's Michael Cera's brand new short film "Gregory Go Boom," which was just released today on JASH, the YouTube comedy channel Cera co-founded with Reggie Watts, Tim & Eric, and Sarah Silverman. Written and directed by Janicza Bravo, "Gregory Go Boom" stars Cera as a paraplegic guy trying to find independence. Sarah Burns and Brett Gelman also star. This is Michael Cera's second short film for JASH, following "Brazzaville Teen-Ager," which debuted last month, just in case you want to have yourself a very short Michael Cera short film marathon.
"Jeremy, a man I am no longer in touch with, was someone I once considered a friend. It started out very simply: one day I received a text message from a phone number I did not recognize. Intrigued, I replied, and thus began an intimate and illuminating correspondence."
- Shouts & Murmurs in this week's New Yorker comes from none other than Michael Cera, about an actor named "Michael Cera" who ends up involved in a strangely beautiful text message relationship.
Michael Cera’s been up to a lot lately. Between popping up on Burning Love as a mild-mannered guy with a significant nut allergy, reprising his role as a grown-up if woodblock-loving George Michael on the fourth season of Arrested Development (for which he also wrote), and appearing as a coked-out party monster version of himself in This is The End, he’s been redefining the image of what a Michael Cera role is. That diversification should be helped by what might be his most unlikable but layered performance to date in Crystal Fairy, a psychedelic roadtrip drama from Chilean artist and filmmaker Sebastian Silva.
Cera plays Jamie, a self-absorbed American staying with three brothers in Santiago, Chile. The group is about to trip [...]
Here's the trailer for Crystal Fairy, a psychedelic South American drug comedy starring Michael Cera and written/directed by Chile's own Sebastián Silva. It's the second movie Cera and Silva filmed in Chile last year, along with the horror/thriller Magic Magic, so that means your South American Michael Cera movie itch is definitely getting scratched this year.
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