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Melissa McCarthy Transforms Into a Cat Lady in the Latest 'Spy' Trailer

Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy's latest collaboration Spy hits theaters this summer, and 20th Century Fox dropped a brand new trailer today featuring McCarthy as a CIA employee who finally gets to leave the office for some good old fashioned spy work. Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, and Miranda Hart costar in the film, which hits theaters June 5th.

The 20 Best Comedy Movies of All Time

The funniest movies tend to burrow into our brains like no other form of popular entertainment. Through repeated viewings and earworm quotes, they create unconscious templates for life's milestones and stopovers — dating, road trips, the college experience, marriage, the working world — and remind us of moments in time as well as entire eras. They're comfort food and therapy, high art and cultural critique, nestled lovingly amid fart jokes and crotch punches.

The best comedy movies also enjoy a freedom that seems out of place in most other media, with run-times that allow them to develop complicated but self-contained worlds, the full buffet of acting, editing, and musical options, and [...]

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart Address 'Get Hard' Critical Backlash: "Funny Is Funny"

"If you’re disturbed by white-collar crime, but not quite as disturbed as you are by gay sex, then congratulations: You might possess just the right combo of social conscience and unexamined homophobia needed to fully enjoy Get Hard." That's the opening line from Variety's review of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's new buddy comedy, and it sums up much of the critical backlash since the film premiered at SXSW. Ferrell and Hart have responded to these accusations to varying degrees of success this week, but the most interesting coverage comes from HitFix's Louis Virtel, who confronted the guys about the issue head-on:

“You're both very smart, funny [...]

Read a New Oral History of Weird Al Yankovic's 'UHF'

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Weird Al Yankovic's 1989 film UHF, The A.V. Club has a new oral history out today on the film that includes interview excerpts with Yankovic, director/co-writer Jay Levey, Michael Richards, Emo Phillips, and more that's a detailed behind-the-scenes look at how the movie went from a box office bomb to smash cult hit. Here's an excerpt from Yankovic:

It’s been extremely gratifying for me. I’m not sure exactly why I was lucky enough to have this become a cult classic, because for years it was just… you know, a failed movie, a big box-office bomb. But somehow, it’s really found its audience. [...]

Eddie Murphy in Talks to Play Richard Pryor's Father in Lee Daniels' Biopic

The upcoming Richard Pryor biopic by Lee Daniels just added another big name to its cast. Entertainment Tonight reports that Eddie Murphy is in talks to play Pryor's father LeRoy "Buck Carter" Pryor, joining previously announced star Mike Epps in the lead role and Oprah Winfrey as Pryor's grandmother Marie Carter. ET also confirms that Kate Hudson will play Pryor's wife Jennifer, who is co-producing the film. Daniels teased the Murphy casting news in an Instagram post last week, which you can check out below:

Jack Black and James Marsden's 'The D Train' Premieres on May 8th

Jack Black and James Marsden recently teamed up for a new indie film called The D Train, and after a successful run at Sundance, the film is now headed to theaters on Friday, May 8th. According to Vanity Fair, the trailer has been edited to present the film as more of a high school reunion comedy rather than show its "darker sexual fixation undertones," so if you really want to know what The D Train is about you'll have to see it for yourself (or go for the spoilers here and here).

Take a Tour of Some Futuristic Brasilia Hotspots with Reggie Watts

Looking for a new vacation destination? Consider Brasilia, the subject of a short film directed by Benjamin Dickinson that premiered on Indiewire today. The short features Reggie Watts as a friendly tour guide of the city in a disturbing, near-future sci-fi alternate reality. Here's the description of the film Watts provided to Indiewire:

An alternately factual documentary presented by nameless hosts Reggie Watts and Carolina Ravassa, "Brasilia" takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the famed capital of Brazil. In topics ranging from architecture, religious ceremonial practices, and spiritual conscious alignment, Reggie and Carolina traverse some of the world's most impossibly futuristic human landscapes, extolling earnest advice about the [...]

Broken Lizard's 'Super Troopers 2' Indiegogo Campaign Just Reached Its $2M Goal

Great news for Super Troopers fans: Super Troopers 2 is definitely happening. In just a little over one day, Broken Lizard's Indiegogo campaign to self-fund the sequel to their 2001 cult hit has already reached its $2 million goal with 30 days to spare, which guarantees that Super Troopers 2 will go into production this summer and hit theaters sometime next year. You can still head over to the Indiegogo page to make your own contribution from now through April 24th, but if you give $35,000, be warned that someone has already claimed the grand prize of owning the patrol car that will be used in the [...]

'Tickling Giants': The Story of the Meteoric Rise of Egypt's Jon Stewart and His Crusade for Freedom of Expression

Occasional Daily Show guest and one-time member of the Time 100 Influential Persons of the Year Bassem Youssef is more than just a late night host, cutting-edge satirist, and champion of free speech. He’s also a surgeon. Up until 2011, he did that job full-time. Inspired by the Arab Spring in his home country of Egypt and what he observed first hand treating protest victims in Tahrir Square, Dr. Youssef took not to the streets, but to the internet with a simple mission: to find laughter amidst the chaos.

Hundreds of millions — that’s right, hundreds of millions — of YouTube views, the love of many, the wrath of [...]

Why the Decline of the Frat Pack Comedy Is Great News for 'Zoolander 2'

In light of Vince Vaughn's fifth box office bomb Unfinished Business, The Guardian has a great piece out today about the decline of "Frat Pack" movies starring Vaughn and frequent collaborators like Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson that sums up why audiences no longer enjoy "watching men not far off 50 imitate children" in favor of newer and more diverse voices like Melissa McCarthy and Kevin Hart. On the bright side, the end of the piece offers a drop of hope for Zoolander fans and breaks down why the Frat Pack's recent failures are potentially great news for next year's sequel:

The [...]

Here's the First Trailer for 'Masterminds' Starring Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig

Here's the first trailer for Masterminds, a new heist comedy produced by Lorne Michaels previously titled Loomis Fargo. The film stars Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig as a pair of big cash heist hopefuls with supporting stars like Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, and more. No premiere date has been announced, but it's set to debut in theaters sometime this summer.

Using Shock and Violence for Comedy's Sake in 'Wild Tales'

Oscar Best Foreign Language film nominee Wild Tales, directed by Argentine filmmaker Damián Szifron, is an anthology of six short films tackling the topic of revenge. The shorts, beginning with a short pre-credit sequence that sets the tone of sadistic retribution that carries throughout the film, each follow a structure of a seemingly normal situation going as far awry as you could possibly imagine. The craziness is triggered by violence, anger, retaliation, and personal slights big and small that turn situations on their heads and drive them to the most absurd realistic conclusion. The pieces end up bloody, gory, tragic, explosive, but always in the service of a laugh. It [...]

Help Broken Lizard Turn 'Super Troopers 2' Into a Reality

Broken Lizard is turning to fans to get Super Troopers 2 on the big screen. The comedy group launched an Indiegogo campaign today to raise at least $2 million to self-fund the project by April 24th. "We finally have the chance to make Super Troopers 2," Jay Chandrasekhar said on the news. "But since we refused to write a sequel where the highway cops have morphed into super hero-vampires, Fox Searchlight proposed the following deal: they’ll release the film, but we have to raise all of the money. So we’ve turned to Indiegogo and our fans to prove that it’s finally time for Super Troopers 2 to [...]

Kevin Smith Confirms 'Mallrats 2' Is in the Works

A sequel to Kevin Smith's 1995 film Mallrats is in the works. Smith confirmed the news during a radio show over the weekend and said that the sequel is "half a script right now" and will start shooting around May 2016. "Lately I’ve been doing this thing where I'm like, 'Do you want to do what’s good for your career, or do you just want to have fun?'" he said. "Nobody’s clamoring for a Mallrats sequel, but I would love to make one. It’s been like 20 years." Mallrats 2 isn't the only sequel Smith is currently working on — he confirmed last week on Twitter that [...]