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Here's the Final Trailer for Seth Rogen and James Franco's 'The Interview'

After angering North Korea, making some big edits, and getting a later premiere date, Seth Rogen and James Franco's latest film The Interview now has a final trailer. Unlike the previous sneak peeks, this time around there seems to be a lot less anti-Kim Jong-un sentiment and a lot more — direct quote — "I think he's not a bad guy!" Hopefully the real Kim Jong-un keeps his promise and watches the movie when it's out — not for the catchy Katy Perry songs but to watch "the desperation of the US government and American society" play out onscreen.

Sketch Group Whale Thief Produced the Fastest Movie Ever Made Over the Weekend

Sketch comedy group Whale Thief pulled off an impressive feat over the weekend that might get them in the Guinness Book of World Records. The group — which consists of former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Benjamin Apple, Two Guys Named Josh's Brandon Gulya, Take Me to Your Mother's Matt Mayer, and Funny or Die/The Onion writers Matt Klinman and Zack Poitras — managed to put together a feature-length film in just over 24 hours, beating out the previous Guinness record of the fastest made feature. Titled Consti2tion, the film is the result over 150 writers, directors, producers, actors, artists, and musicians' efforts on this past Saturday, November [...]

What Horror and Comedy Have in Common

A funny thing about Americans: every year, crowds flock to the theatre and spend millions of dollars for the chance to see pretty people die on screen. The horror genre is popular for the same reason that people spend hundreds of dollars to go to a theme park to ride roller coasters — people love being scared. In fact, while sitting in a movie theater watching a horror movie, you’re likely to hear equal parts laughter and screams coming from the audience. Generally the cries of terror are heard first, followed almost immediately by a wave of chuckles, giggles, and knee slapping. In a paper on the functions of humor, Dr. [...]

Brooks Wheelan and Kurt Braunohler Cast in Indie Comedy 'The Out of Town Wedding'

Kurt Braunohler and SNL alum Brooks Wheelan just landed new movie roles. THR reports that both comedians have been cast alongside Men at Work's Michael Cassidy in an indie comedy by Jed Rigney called The Out of Town Wedding, which follows "group of five friends who reluctantly travel to a resort for a wedding that quickly deteriorates into mayhem." According to the report, Wheelan is also set to star alongside H. Jon Benjamin in an Adult Swim pilot called Biker Bar, while Braunohler most recently sold a late night talk show pilot to Comedy Central as well as his web series Roustabout.

Jon Stewart Finds Moments of Levity in a Horrifying Ordeal in 'Rosewater'

In early 2013, when Jon Stewart announced his first-ever hiatus from The Daily Show to direct a film about a journalist tortured in an Iranian prison, fans did a collective double take. Stewart’s directing? And it’s a drama? Though the move was unexpected, perhaps it shouldn’t have been. It wasn’t all that long ago that think piece after think piece was written about the hope of Stewart going serious. Much of this started after his famous appearance on Crossfire (ten whole years ago!) and lasted for years afterward. Directing Rosewater may not have been the turn toward seriousness that Stewart’s fans were demanding, but it’s a good fit for [...]

'Zoolander 2' Moves Forward, Penelope Cruz Joins the Cast

The idea of a Zoolander sequel has been floating around for over a decade, but now it looks like it's actually happening. Deadline reports that Penelope Cruz has signed on for a starring role in Zoolander 2, though her character's details have not been revealed. Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson's roles haven't officially been confirmed yet, but Ferrell mentioned in a September interview that Mugatu was in the script. As for the plot, Ben Stiller revealed last year that Zoolander 2 "will be about how the fashion world moves so quickly. So, the movie will begin at a time when the whole world has moved on [...]

An Alleged 2009 Draft of the 'Ghostbusters III' Script Has Leaked Online

Over the years Ghostbusters III has transformed from a sequel stuck in development hell to a reboot directed by Paul Feig, but for longtime fans who have wondered what the original sequel may have looked like prior to the death of Harold Ramis earlier this year, today is your lucky day. According to Bloody Disgusting, a draft of the original sequel penned by Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg has leaked online. Its authenticity hasn't been officially confirmed yet, but the script — labeled "Second Draft — 04/08/2009" — is definitely worth the look for Ghostbusters fans. Here's an excerpt from Bloody Disgusting's summary:

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Nick Kroll, Tim Heidecker, Kaitlin Olson, and Michael Pena Join the 'Vacation' Reboot

The Vacation reboot starring Ed Helms just added four new cast members. Variety reports that Nick Kroll, Tim Heidecker, Kaitlin Olson, and Michael Pena have just joined the cast and will play Four Corners cops, joining previously announced cast Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, and cameos from original Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. The reboot has been filming in Georgia and New Mexico and will make the directorial debut of Horrible Bosses writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. It's currently slated for an October 9, 2015 release.

Steve Carell on Never Getting That 'Office' Emmy: "What Can I Complain About? I've Won the Lottery"

"His journey also will likely include a trip down the red carpet at next year’s Academy Awards — talk that Carell finds flattering, but prefers not to dwell on. After all, this is the man who was zero-for-six at the Emmy Awards, despite creating an iconic character. 'When you start crying about not winning awards, you have to look at where you are, and all the good things that have occurred,' he says. 'And what can I complain about? I've won the lottery.'"

- Ahead of the premiere of his new dramatic role in Foxcatcher, Steve Carell reflects on his many Emmy nominations (and lack of wins) for playing Michael [...]

Fred Armisen, Judy Greer, Selma Blair, and Billie Joe Armstrong to Star in 'Geezer'

Fred Armisen, Selma Blair, and Judy Greer are teaming up with Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong for a dramatic film. Variety reports that Armstrong will star in Geezer, a movie that follows "the mid-life crisis of a husband and father who, on his 40th birthday, decides to revisit his punk-rock past by throwing an extravagant party in the presidential suite of the Drake Hotel — where he encounters his beautiful ex-girlfriend and former bandmates who have since moved on to bigger and better things." Other announced cast in Geezer includes Dallas Roberts, Chris Messina, and The Office's Brian Baumgartner, with writer/director Lee Kirk (The Office, The Giant [...]

Nick Stoller Is Writing a Tinkerbell Comedy Starring Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy just landed another starring role. Deadline reports that McCarthy has signed on to play Tinkerbell in an upcoming feature film by Fox with Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy attached to direct. The film is described only as "a fresh take on the classic tale" that Levy conceived with McCarthy. Nick Stoller (Undeclared, Muppets Most Wanted, director of Neighbors) will pen the script.

Critics Say 'Dumb and Dumber To' Fails to Live Up to the Original

Twenty years after the release of the original, the Farrelly brothers' Dumb and Dumber sequel finally debuts in theaters today. Currently earning an underwhelming 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, Dumb and Dumber To is raking in the kind of reviews one might expect from a sequel with leads that are now 20 years older: It's good for callbacks, cheap laughs, and "crotch-centric" humor, but don't expect it to surpass the appeal of the 1994 film. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels both get points from critics for embodying their silly '90s roles and carrying the film and Rob Riggle gets some love for his supporting double role, but [...]

'The Cobbler' Trailer Features Adam Sandler and a Magical Sewing Machine

Adam Sandler's next big dramatic role is the Thomas McCarthy-directed The Cobbler, and while it doesn't have an official premiere date yet, the first trailer was released today. It's a weird mix of serious and silly Sandler, but maybe with the help of its solid supporting cast (Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Barkin, Steve Buscemi, Method Man) it'll do well? Considering Variety called this film a "slow-motion zeppelin crash that starts as a dull-edged fable, and then spirals further and further out of control without ever growing more exciting or interesting," maybe don't get your hopes up too high.

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart to Star in Buddy Comedy 'Central Intelligence'

Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are teaming up for a buddy comedy. Variety reports that both stars have signed on for New Line's upcoming comedy Central Intelligence directed by We're the Millers' Rawson Thurber, which centers on Hart as a "former high school sports star turned accountant" who is contacted by his once-bullied former classmate (Johnson): "The 'loser' that the accountant remembers is now a CIA contract killer who ropes him into helping foil a plot to sell classified military secrets." Mindy Project writers Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen wrote the original script, and We're the Millers writers Sean Anders and John Morris are onboard for [...]