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Will Ferrell to Star in a Drama About the 1973 Battle of the Sexes Tennis Match

Will Ferrell is going dramatic again, this time in a movie about the iconic 1973 tennis match known as "The Battle of the Sexes" between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Variety reports that the movie is called Match Maker, and it's a drama written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).

The film is based on a 2013 ESPN article about the match called The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes, written by Don Van Natta Jr. Ferrell will play Riggs, a 55-year-old retired player, who went up against King, a 29-year-old tennis champ, [...]

'The Pink Panther' Is Being Rebooted as a Family Film, But It's About the Cartoon Cat Not Clouseau

MGM is rebooting The Pink Panther movie series, but the new film will follow the cartoon cat, not the character of Inspector Clouseau, THR reports. David Silverman, who directed dozens of early Simpsons episodes in addition to directing The Simpsons Movie and co-directing Monsters, Inc., is attached to direct the new Pink Panther movie, which will be a live-action/CGI hybrid.

The animated Pink Panther appeared in the opening credits of the original Peter Sellers Pink Panther movie but never in the film series themselves. The cartoon character proved so popular that he was spun off to a series of film shorts and an animated series of his own.

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The Duplass Brothers and Bringing the Lo-Fi Mumblecore Aesthetic to Mainstream Hollywood

With the recent mainstream indie success of Mumblecore pioneers Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies and Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess, it seems the poorly named but important movement has officially come of age. In the mid-2000s, the films and filmmakers broadly lumped into the sometimes pejorative term “Mumblecore”, were often low-budget, low-production value films with non-professional actors navigating the conflicts and relationships of middle-class white male Americans in their late 20s.

Mark and Jay Duplass’ first film, The Puffy Chair, is a quintessential Mumblecore entry. Low-concept, relationship drama-driven, and heavy on the zoom button, the film mixes the unpredictability and reality of a documentary with the character malleability of a narrative in [...]

Here's a Trailer for the Jake Johnson/Damon Wayans Jr. Buddy Movie 'Let's Be Cops'

This is the brand new trailer Let's Be Cops, a new movie that comes out August 13th and stars New Girl's Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as a pair of friends who start pretending to be police officers for fun. Rob Riggle, Keegan-Michael Key, and some tough sorority sisters play supporting roles.

Brad Pitt Really Wants to Star in a Judd Apatow Movie

Oscar-winning megastar Brad Pitt would like to return to big screen comedy, and he's banking on Judd Apatow to let him be his next blockbuster darling. According to a report from Radar, a source close to the 12 Years a Slave actor and producer said that he's "avoided doing comedies for several years but that's going to change soon. He's been making moves to butter up to Judd, someone he's known for more than 15 years."

Despite Apatow's friendship with Pitt's ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, the Radar report alleges that "Judd is very interested in writing and directing Brad" and the director is "going to do his best [...]

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Say Every One of Their Movies "Sounded Like a Terrible Idea"

"Everything we’ve ever done has been riding on low expectations. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? What a terrible idea. Doing 21 Jump Street as a movie is a terrible idea. The LEGO Movie sounds like a terrible idea. If people think [22 Jump Street] is a good idea, we’re screwed."

- Director Chris Miller in an interview with Collider quelling expectations for 22 Jump Street by explaining that all of his and directing partner Phil Lord's movies sound awful on paper.

Here's the Trailer for Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel's New Movie, 'Sex Tape'

How I Met Your Mother may have ended last night, but you'll be seeing Jason Segel in things again soon enough. This is the first trailer for Sex Tape, a new comedy from director Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard, Bad Teacher) that comes out this July and stars Segel and Cameron Diaz as a married couple who film a sex tape, only to accidentally distribute it to their friends and family via Apple products.

Amazingly, 'Community’ Might Actually Get Those Six Seasons and a Movie

For years now, Community fans and the show's cast and crew have been using the phrase "six seasons and a movie" as a half-joking mantra about the show's future, but now, it looks like the show might actually be getting a sixth season and a movie.

TV Guide reports that plans for the movie are in the early stages and that Justin Lin is being considered to direct. Lin directed the last four Fast and the Furious movies and three episodes of Community, including the show's famed paintball episode. TV Guide adds that "NBC and Sony insiders say they're optimistic" and that if NBC passes on another season, [...]

Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine Reveal Plans for a 'Tucker & Dale vs. Evil' Sequel

Good news for fans of Eli Craig's 2010 Canadian comedy horror Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. During a panel discussion at HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati, the real-life Tucker & Dale Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine made a surprise announcement to the audience that a sequel is already in the works. In the clip below, the guys explain how Tudyk incorrectly told a reporter at SXSW that the sequel wasn't happening, only to be corrected by a "producery-type guy" a few days later. While the story only has an outline and the script still needs to be written, Tudyk and Labine said that making the next Tucker & Dale [...]

Cheech & Chong Are Making a Movie with 'Super Troopers' Director Jay Chandrasekhar

Here's an early 4/20 present for stoners everywhere: LA Times reports that Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are working with Jay Chandrasekhar — member of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, writer/director of Super Troopers and Beerfest, and director behind episodes of a handful of shows from Arrested Development to Community — to make their next Cheech & Chong movie.

"He's working on a script right now for us," Chong told CelebStoner.com of Chandrasekhar. "We've had some preliminary meetings. It looks really good. It looks really funny. It will be about us going to a festival called the Burning Joint. All sorts of shenanigans happen. It's going to [...]

Ben Stiller's Next Two Film Projects Are Super Serious

After taking a big dramatic turn in 2013's Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller is continuing his foray into serious movies with his next two projects. According to A.V. Club, Stiller is in talks to star in Alan Ball's upcoming film I Am Chippendales, which tells the tale of Somen Banerjee's rise to success as the famous male strip club's founder who later hired hit men to kill some of his associates. Stiller will play one of those (alleged) associate victims Nick DeNoia, Banerjee's choreographer and business partner. Aside from Stiller's dramatic acting work, he's also reportedly in talks to direct The Current War, a historical drama about Thomas Edison [...]

Talking to Rachael Harris About 'Bad Words', the Space Between Comedy and Drama, and Working with Jason Bateman

Rachael Harris's most recent appearance in Jason Bateman’s first foray into directing, Bad Words, was brief. Nevertheless, her time on screen occupied some of the funniest moments of the movie. She is largely known for her acerbic, caustic roles in comedy (like as Ed Helms's mean girlfriend in The Hangover) , yet she has also proven herself to be a talented actress in a wide range of roles (like earning awards attention and acclaim as the lead in 2011's Natural Selection, where she played a soon-to-be widowed, sheltered, Christian housewife, whose life is rocked by the news that her dying husband had an illegitimate son living in Florida).

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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris Pair Up for 'Vacation Friends'

According to Deadline, real-life husband and wife Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have found a co-starring vehicle together in the upcoming Fox comedy Vacation Friends, a film by sibling writing team Tom and Tim Mullen with Hot Tub Time Machine's Steve Pink onboard to direct. Vacation Friends is described as "What About Bob? with a couple" and follows Pratt and Faris as "a crazy wild couple that bonds with a straight laced couple on vacation in Mexico. They have a great time, and then want to rekindle the fun. Once the other couple gets back to their normal life, it’s not nearly the same kind of fun and [...]

Talking to Matt Walsh About His New Improvised Film, ‘Veep’, and More

One of the founders of the UCB Theatre and a friendly face in the comedy ecosystem, Matt Walsh returns to TV April 6th when Veep premieres its third season on HBO. In addition to Veep, Walsh has a number of other interesting projects up his sleeve including a role in the found-footage tornado film Into the Storm and David Cross’s directorial debut Hits. Most recently, Walsh turned to Indiegogo to crowdfund A Better You, an improvised film (the writer-director’s second, after High Road in 2011) starring co-writer Brian Huskey as a hypnotherapist in the midst [...]