The Coen Brothers' new movie, the music-heavy comedy-drama Inside Llewyn Davis, hits theaters this weekend, and they're prepping a new project with a more comedic tone. The Coens were scant about details when talking to Vulture about the movie, but they described it as "a musical comedy" set in the world of opera. They added that it's "not a musical per se" but that it does feature "what might be considered more traditional musical numbers" than the folk songs in Inside Llewyn Davis.
The Coens, who last made a music-heavy comedy with 2000's O Brother, Where Art Thou?, said this new musical comedy is "one of the two things [...]
The BBC has announced that they're making a movie about the lives of famed comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, and it'll be written by Philomena co-writer Jeff Pope. Called Stan and Ollie, the 90-minute TV movie will chronicle Laurel and Hardy's disastrous UK tour at the end of their careers in 1953, which ended in Hardy having a heart attack. There's no word yet on who will be cast as Laurel or Hardy.
"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.
Just prior to Judd Apatow rising to power as one of the most successful writer/director/producers in comedy, he was working with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write a movie called The Long D, an unproduced screenplay that I'll be look at this week.
Written in the summer of 2005, in between The 40 Year-Old Virgin's production and release, The Long D is based on an idea by Rogen and childhood friend/writing partner Evan Goldberg, who were just coming off [...]
Last August, Sacha Baron Cohen sold a spy comedy to Paramount, and now, the movie is finally gearing up for production. Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans) has been hired to direct the action-comedy, which is called Grimsby, Variety reports. The film follows a British black ops agent who has to go on the run with his brother, an obnoxious Northern England soccer hooligan. There's no word on which part Baron Cohen will be playing. Baron Cohen wrote Grimsby with Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids), and they purposefully sought an action director for the project. Filming is expected to take place early next year. [...]
Will Ferrell has certainly been making the rounds as Ron Burgundy to promote the upcoming Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and now director Adam McKay is talking more about the long awaited sequel. In an extended editing room interview on Collider, McKay and his editor Brent White talked about making their longest film ever (the first cut was 4.5 hours), why Seth Rogen is useless in a test audience, and not over-using Steve Carrell's Brick character:
He’s definitely the Harpo Marx of the team in the sense that he has no rules whatsoever to him. He can step out of scenes. He can comment on scenes. He can look at [...]