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Here's the Official Trailer for Justin Simien's 'Dear White People'

After making waves at Sundance, getting funded through Indiegogo, and releasing a teaser trailer last month, filmmaker newcomer Justin Simien's Dear White People dropped its first official trailer yesterday. Not only does the trailer make Dear White People look even more promising than before, but it features 100% more Dennis Haysbert AKA the Allstate Insurance guy.

Brian Huskey on UCB, Improv, and Being a Character Actor

Brian Huskey might have once been "that guy," recognized for his work in commercials and film and TV, but the actor and UCB-trained improviser has built a career as a quick-thinking talent able to sink into a role — often a soft-spoken or buttoned-up character — that Huskey makes his own and twists into something more complex. Huskey played an empty-headed panelist in Onion News Network videos before he began appearing regularly as the unbalanced EMT Chet on Childrens Hospital, and he's been popping up in shows and movies all over, including a memorable scene in This Is The End and on shows like Workaholics, Parks and Rec, Bob's Burgers, [...]

'Annie Hall' and Woody Allen's Experimental Visual Film Style

The prospect of writing about Woody Allen has loomed large over my writing since the inception of this column last year for many reasons. First, I hold the non-unique position in considering him the greatest comedic director to ever work. Second, the last year has not been particularly friendly to Mr. Allen press-wise and I had little interest in stepping in those murky waters. However, it remains important that Allen is one of the most influential comedic directors and probably the most respected by the academy and The Academy and given that his new (not particularly inspiring seeming) film is coming out later this month, it seemed high [...]

David Wain on Making Movies: "The Lower the Budget, the More Fun It Is to Do"

"I feel like the circumstances of making a movie and the budget level and the spirit around the making of it can't help but show up onscreen … The lower the budget, the more fun it is to do, just because there's more freedom. Sometimes those obstacles spark creative solutions, and fun solutions. It just seems like there's an energy there."

- David Wain in an interview with The Dissolve about some of the films that have most impacted him at different points of his life, including Sleeper, Rambo, and Do the Right Thing.

Melissa McCarthy's New Movie 'Tammy' Is Getting Mediocre Reviews at Best

Melissa McCarthy's latest film Tammy hits theaters today, and so far critics are feeling pretty meh about the film the comedian wrote, produced, and starred in with her husband Ben Falcone onboard as co-writer and director. McCarthy has been on a steady rise to mainstream fame since her breakout role in 2011's Bridesmaids, so the critical reception to Tammy — which ranges from drab to mildly entertained — is a bit of a letdown considering all the hype around the idea of McCarthy writing and starring in her own movie. Most critics seem to agree on three things: McCarthy gives a solid but sometimes confusing performance, Susan Sarandon [...]

Aubrey Plaza Is Armed and Dangerous in the Teaser for Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle'

Back in March it was announced that Aubrey Plaza had signed on to star in Hal Hartley's new film Ned Rifle, and the first teaser trailer dropped today. The film also stars Liam Aiken, Parker Posey, James Urbaniak, and Thomas Jay Ryan and is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival later this year.

Conan O'Brien Will Star in Syfy Drama 'Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda' Next Month

Here's a Conan web exclusive in which O'Brien makes an exciting announcement: On Saturday, August 2nd at 9pm, Syfy will be premiering a dramatic film starring Conan and produced by Roger Corman called Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda that will no doubt alter O'Brien's career path for years to come. Check out the announcement, along with the unveiling of the Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda billboard, in the video above.

Jon Hamm, Key & Peele, Sarah Silverman, and More in Talks to Join Zach Galifianakis in Linklater's 'Incredible Mr. Limpet' Remake

Almost six months after Richard Linklater officially signed on to direct the Incredible Mr. Limpet remake, The Wrap reports that a bunch of comedy stars are currently in talks to join the cast alongside Zach Galifianakis, who is expected to play the titular role. Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele are all reportedly being considered for roles, with Hamm as the human villain, McBride and Silverman in live-action roles, and Hart, Key, and Peele voicing animated sea creatures. The Wrap notes that production on the Limpet remake could begin as early as the fall, though live-action scenes will [...]

Nick Cannon Hints He's Playing Richard Pryor in the Upcoming Biopic

Nick Cannon was a guest on TMZ Live yesterday, and he implied that he's been cast as Richard Pryor in the upcoming biopic about the late, great comedian. Cannon this week posted a side-by-side picture of himself (with his hair and facial hair grown out) and Pryor on Instagram and another picture of a young Pryor smoking a cigarette with the caption, "Picking up smoking cigarettes for the next few months so forgive me if I smell like an ashtray."

On TMZ, Cannon was cagey about confirming he's been cast as Pryor, but he did seem to imply pretty heavily that he's been working with director [...]

Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington Return with a New Season of 'On Cinema'

Here's the season five premiere of Adult Swim's On Cinema at the Cinema, Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington's insightful movie review web series. In this installment, they catch up on a bunch of summer movies and spend most of the time talking about Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000.

Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer Talk 'Trainwreck' with 'New York Times'

"There’s a moment early in someone's career where they will kill and die for what they're writing about. That's why sometimes these first movies are the best ones. Because people never have this level of commitment again."

- Judd Apatow in a New York Times article on his upcoming film collaboration with Amy Schumer, Trainwreck.

Here's the Trailer for the 'Ghostbusters' 30th Anniversary Re-Release

Last month it was announced that Ghostbusters would be getting a theatrical re-release on August 29th to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, and Sony dropped the first trailer yesterday. The re-release will be followed by the Ghostbusters 30th anniversary edition and Ghostbusters II 25th anniversary edition Blu-ray set available on September 16th. Hopefully this re-release will recruit a whole new generation of Ghostbusters fans who can laugh at the film just as much as its very '80s special effects.

Kevin Smith Says that 'Clerks III' Is Still Happening Despite Some Financial Roadblocks

Kevin Smith has been working on a possible Clerks III since 2012, when he said he planned on it to be his final movie as a director. While a few updates have trickled in since then, yesterday Variety reported that The Weinstein Company — who owns the rights to the Clerks franchise — had passed on the sequel's $6M price tag. "[The Weinsteins] passed," Smith said. "I went in with a $6 million budget and they were like, 'Oh no, Kevin. This is too high.' Bob offered us distribution, but they weren’t going to finance it."

While the lack of financial backing for Clerks seems like a [...]

Science Confirms the Decline of the Hollywood Comedy

Via Quartz, a recent study on Hollywood films has confirmed the obvious: As more and more non-US moviegoers are accounting for the industry's yearly profits (70% in 2013), comedy — the least translatable movie genre — is on the decline as a result. From the article:

But the emerging world enthusiasm for Hollywood films does not extend to comedies, or at least not relative to its love of action movies and animated films. In China, for example, US comedies account for only 10% of box office spending, compared to 25% in the US … By contrast, Hollywood action films are 44% of the box office in China (the latest [...]