There's been a lot of hubbub in the press lately about two competing Steve Jobs biopics, but now, The Chicago Tribune reports that there are two dueling movies based on the life of Del Close, the father of modern improvisational comedy. Close, amongst other things, trained dozens of well-known comedians like Bill Murray, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Amy Poehler at Chicago's Second City and ImprovOlympic theaters from the early '70s up until his death in 1999. Here's the info on the two similar movies, one called Guru from the Second City camp and another called Del from the ImprovOlympic camp:
Guru - Produced by Second [...]
Mark Duplass, star of The League and Safety Not Guaranteed and one-half of the indie writing/directing powerhouse known as "The Duplass Brothers," spoke to the press yesterday about his role in Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden hunt movie Zero Dark Thirty and he teased a new top secret project he's working on with his brother Jay. Duplass told The Hollywood Reporter, "My brother and I are working on a secret project that will be announced probably in the next month or so." Could it be the new Star Wars movie? Definitely not, but go ahead and assume it is anyway, everyone! Take it from here, internet!
Last week, HBO confirmed they're going to air the rumored Larry David movie but we still didn't know anything about it. Well, the LA Times got a copy of the script/outline. They're reporting the movie focuses on a prickly man (David, obvs) who gives up his stake in an electric car company, only to have the company become a huge success. The plot follows him trying to exact revenge on the inventor. For those familiar with David's film work, this should sound slightly familiar. Both 1998's Sour Grapes, which he wrote and directed, and 2004's Envy, which he did the original pitch for and executive [...]
It was hard to get a sense in the trailer if Five-Year Engagement, the new film from Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, is going to be good. The pedigree is there both in front and behind the camera but the trailer included a pretty awful "I heard that black pianese are much bigger" joke. So what have the critics been saying?
Currently, it's at a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 59 on Metacritic, which is definitively in the pretty good range. (In comparison, Forgetting Sarah Marshall clocked in at 84% and 67 respectively.) What's interesting is most of the negative reviews and positive reviews [...]