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David Cross Needs Your Help Distributing 'Hits,' and the 'Mr. Show' Reunion Tapes in March

David Cross has decided to take a different approach in releasing his directorial debut Hits through a new Kickstarter campaign. The film — which stars Matt Walsh, Meredith Hagner, James Adomian, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, and more — is slated for a theatrical release in February, but Cross turned down multiple distributors because "their plans for the film were a little lackluster." Instead, he's set up a Kickstarter where fans can back the distribution costs for a release both in theaters and an experimental "Pay What You Want" release on BitTorrent. Here's an excerpt from the Kickstarter page:

We want you to decide how much tickets cost [...]

Jennifer Saunders Says the 'Absolutely Fabulous' Movie Is Happening This Year

It looks like the Absolutely Fabulous movie is finally happening. The Daily Mirror reports that the film adaptation of the hit BBC sitcom created by and starring Jennifer Saunders now has a completed script titled Edina and Patsy, and Saunders intends to finish the project in 2015: "I’ve finished the first draft. I’m feeling euphoric. My proper New Year’s resolution is to do the film, otherwise it’ll be a pointless year of procrastination." Saunders confirmed last year that the original cast would return for the adaptation, and she also intends to "cast everyone who has ever been in the show in it." The original BBC show ran in [...]

Report: 'The Interview' Is Coming to YouTube Tomorrow

According to a report by CNN Money, Sony is near a deal with Google to release The Interview as a rental on YouTube tomorrow, the same day it'll be released at thousands of independent movie theaters around the country. The deal still isn't final, and it won't be exclusive, so it's likely that it'll also be available on other streaming/downloading services such as VOD. But it's a groundbreaking move, especially in light of the fact that just a week ago Sony was claiming that it had no plans to release the movie — ever.

Obviously there's no way that Sony is going to make back the [...]

'The Interview' Screenwriter Dan Sterling: "Comedians Shouldn't Be Held Accountable for Acts of Violence"

"Comedians shouldn't be held accountable for acts of violence – and those we satirize shouldn't be silenced. Sarah Palin is hilarious, and I would never want her silenced. It informs the debate. The problem is the people who make the threats. If Iran made a comedy titled Eat Shit and Die, America, I’d be the first guy in line – but then again I have a Pollyanna view. If all countries made satirical movies about each other, and that was the only way we all fought – what a great world we'd live in."

- Former Daily Show co-executive producer and The Interview screenwriter Dan Sterling comments on the recent [...]

'Silicon Valley,' 'Transparent,' 'Girls,' and More Win Golden Globe Nominations

The 2015 Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and the shows up for Best Comedy include HBO series Girls and Silicon Valley, Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, Amazon favorite Transparent, and surprise CW hit Jane the Virgin. The Lego Movie also got a nom in the Best Animated Film category, while Bill Murray, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lena Dunham, Ricky Gervais, Jeffrey Tambor, Louis C.K., and more all got acting nominations.

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'The Interview' Has Made $31 Million from Online and VOD Sales

It's been two weeks since the unprecedented box office and internet release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's new film The Interview, and today Sony announced that the film has so far racked up a total of $31 million from online and VOD sales, making it the studio's biggest VOD release to date. Factoring in the $2.9 million the film made during its limited theatrical release, The Interview has grossed almost $34 million overall — still a long way to go to break even with its $45 million budget thanks to major theater chains like Regal and AMC choosing not to release the movie on Christmas Day.

Here's the Trailer for David Cross's Directorial Debut 'Hits'

David Cross directed his first film in 2013 called Hits, which premiered at Sundance last year and now has a full trailer. Hits stars Matt Walsh as a father in a small New York town who becomes unexpectedly famous thanks to YouTube and includes cast Meredith Hagner, Amy Sedaris, James Adomian, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, and more. The film doesn't yet have a premiere date, but that shouldn't make you any less excited to see what Cross has in store for his first time behind the camera.

Sony to Release 'The Interview' After All

Sony has announced that it's reversed its decision to not release The Interview, and instead will kick off a limited theatrical run on Christmas Day alongside a same-day VOD release. Major chains such as Regal and AMC are unlikely to show the movie; instead, art house theaters such as The Plaza Theater in Atlanta and The Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas/Fort Worth have announced that they'll be showing it. Other theaters are likely to announce screenings soon.

It's a rapid about-face from Sony, which has suffered possibly the biggest corporate hack in history and threats of violence at screenings of the movie. But with even President Obama saying that [...]

All Five Top Theater Chains Drop 'The Interview'

It's a sad day for comedy, free speech, and people who hate losing against terrorists. According to THR, all five major movie theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas, and Cineplex Entertainment — have announced that they've decided to not release Seth Rogen and James Franco's new film The Interview, which was scheduled to premiere in theaters on Christmas Day. "Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres," Regal said to [...]

The New 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' Trailer Travels Into the Future

Here's the latest trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 featuring Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke taking a ride into the future, getting into all sorts of hijinks, and freaking out over boobs. The gang (and Adam Scott as the "discoverer" of cocaine) embark on their latest time warp adventure when the sequel hits theaters on February 20th.

Melissa McCarthy's 'Michelle Darnell' Premieres in April 2016

One of Melissa McCarthy's upcoming projects just got a premiere date. Deadline reports that Michelle Darnell — which stars McCarthy as "a titan of industry who’s sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading" — has been slated for an April 8, 2016 release. McCarthy co-wrote Michelle Darnell with husband/director Ben Falcone and Groundlings alum Steve Mallory; the lead role is based on a character McCarthy debuted during her years at LA's Groundlings theater.

The Best Comedy Directors of 2014

As this column wraps up its first full year, I present the 1st Annual 2014 Comedy Film School Awards. These awards are determined by a voting body of one and hold all the prestige and none of the starpower of the Hollywood Film Awards. The idea is not to rank or give out superlatives, but rather use these names to discuss some of the most interesting work of 2014, why, and what this could mean for a larger comedy landscape this year and going forward.

The Year in Comedy Movies

When I look back on the year in comedy movies, a few indelible images come to mind. The two-beat punch of Morgan Freeman introducing Michelangelo the painter and Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle in The Lego Movie. Jenny Slate peeling off her shirt before giving an emotional and vulnerable monologue in Obvious Child. Matt Vogel as evil frog Constantine trying to learn Kermit’s voice in Muppets Most Wanted, a scene that made me think “too soon, too soon,” even though Jim Henson has been dead for almost 25 years now.

Also: Melissa McCarthy with a bag on her head in Tammy, and… um… Bradley Cooper making jokes about stealing somebody’s leg? [...]

Amy Schumer, Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Lawrence, and More Reportedly Want in on the 'Ghostbusters' Reboot

One of the newer finds in the recently leaked Sony documents is an update on the in-the-works Ghostbusters reboot by Paul Feig. According to The Wrap, an October 8 email exchange between Ivan Reitman and Sony exec Amy Pascal reveals some of the actors who have already expressed interest in starring in Feig's all-women reboot:

Agree that everyone is way too nervous about how this issue and how we. present it but it's isn't a sequel to the 80s movies and it is gonna be totally original with completely different characters and our job is to find a clever way to connect the movie to the original franchise [...]