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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 [...]

'Rebel with a Cause: The Sam Simon Story' Airs on Fusion This Sunday

The documentary Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon teamed up with Fusion to make last year is set to air one week after his death. According to Deadline, Rebel with a Cause: The Sam Simon Story will debut on Fusion this Sunday on 8:00pm and repeat on the network throughout the following week. "Our hope is to pay tribute to his life and career while also sparking an important conversation about animal rights and empowering young people to be a catalyst for change,” Fuson CEO Isaac Lee said on the project last year. The documentary follows the final months of Simon's life with colorectal cancer, in which he gave [...]

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 [...]

Check Out the First Trailer for 'Adult Beginners' Starring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, and Bobby Cannavale

Nick Kroll is hitting the big screen in an upcoming film called Adult Beginners, and the first trailer was released this week. Based on a story by Kroll, the film hits theaters April 24th, costars Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, and features plenty of funny people like Bobby Moynihan, Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski, and Jason Mantzoukas.

'Zoolander 2' Hits Theaters February 12, 2016

Get ready to bask in the incredibly chiseled features of Derek and Hansel next year. Paramount revealed at Paris Fashion Week today that Zoolander 2 now has an official premiere date: Friday, February 12, 2016. Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, and Will Ferrell have all confirmed they're returning for the sequel, and Penelope Cruz has joined the project in a mysterious role. Check out a clip of Stiller walking the Paris runway as Zoolander below:

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:

'Monty Python: The Meaning of Live' to Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival

Get ready for another Monty Python reunion. According to The Wrap, a new documentary called Monty Python: The Meaning of Live is set to premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival followed by a 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail as well as other Python screenings and live Q&As by John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the group's work on last year's reunion shows in London and "examines the personalities, relationships, and circumstances that made the Pythons into a global phenomenon." Said Palin: "The Pythons are looking forward very much [...]