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Adam Sandler's Four Netflix Films Will All Be Comedies

"We anticipate they will be Adam Sandler comedies. We'd absolutely be very open and thrilled if he wants to take a more serious role in some of the projects and could extend beyond the four films to accommodate some of those films as well."

- Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirms that Adam Sandler's four upcoming movies on the streaming network will all be comedies in an interview with THR.

Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and More Join 'Angry Birds' Movie Voice Cast

Sony is making a movie based off the hit addictive game Angry Birds, and they've filled the main voice cast with some big comedy names. Variety reports that the studio has cast Jason Sudeikis as the lead character Red, Josh Gad as Chuck, Danny McBride as Bomb, Bill Hader as a pig, Maya Rudolph as Matilda, and Peter Dinklage as the Mighty Eagle. Supporting voice cast will include Kate McKinnon, Keegan-Michael Key, Hannibal Buress, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Cristela Alonzo, Jillian Bell, musician Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla of Smosh.

"I'm extremely proud of this cast,” producer John Cohen said of the [...]

James Franco's 'SNL' Documentary Is Available This Friday on Hulu Plus

The SNL documentary James Franco filmed way back in 2008 will finally be available to view this week. Franco shared the news on Instagram last night that the documentary, called Saturday Night, has found a home on Hulu Plus and will be released this Friday. The documentary — which began as a short NYU film project but turned into a full 90-minute feature centered on John Malkovich's week as SNL host — was originally set to be released through Focus Features back in March 2013 but since fell though. Saturday Night features cast members from season 34 including Bill Hader, Will Forte, Bobby Moynihan, Casey Wilson, and [...]

Watch Seth Rogen, Jerrod Carmichael, Ike Barinholtz, and More in the 'Neighbors' Gag Reel

Nicholas Stoller's Neighbors was released on DVD and Blu-ray this week, and here's the full gag reel from the film featuring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Rose Byrne, Jerrod Carmichael, Lisa Kudrow, and Ike Barinholtz, not to mention a small cameo from a terrifying flying insect.

What Does it Mean to Direct an Adam Sandler Movie?

The Adam Sandler assembly line began production in 1995 with Billy Madison and has since churned out over 20 films under the Happy Madison Productions outfit starring Sandler in his well-versed comic persona of the well-meaning, flawed, likable schlub. Sandler’s brand is a veritable cottage industry, almost operating like a mini-studio, attaching him and his team of writers and producers to his projects and the smaller projects of his friends. Yet, despite the films orbiting around Sandler and having massive control over their image and tone, Sandler himself has never had a director credit on his own project or any other for that matter. That distinction has been credited to [...]

How a Debut Film Director Got Bill Murray to Star in His Movie

The Wall Street Journal has a great piece out this week on how director Ted Melfi got Bill Murray to star in his debut feature film St. Vincent, and it's just as strange and amazing as you might expect a Murray casting story to be. After getting access to Murray's famous 1-800 number and leaving messages for months, Melfi says he finally got a response from Murray's lawyer with a request from Murray for a one-page letter regarding the project. A few weeks later, Melfi was driving and got a call from Murray himself:

"Listen," Mr. Murray said. "I read your script, and I think it's great—and who [...]

Alex Winter Says 'Bill & Ted 3' Is Still in Development

It looks like Bill & Ted 3 is still a go. Alex Winter was asked about the long in-the-works sequel in a recent interview with Yahoo, where he gave some more details about the plot and revealed that he's been working on the idea with Keanu Reeves and original Bill & Ted writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon:

"Bill & Ted will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up," Winter tells us. "It’s really sweet and really f—-ing funny."

"But it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly [...]

Looking at the Dark and Absurd Sci-Fi Comedy of 'Space Station 76'

The Jack Plotnick-directed Space Station 76 takes place in a 1970s vision of the future. You might ask what exactly that means, but it’s a fairly straightforward description: imagine the 1970s. Now imagine them in space. That’s what Space Station 76 looks like, with beautifully cold space station sets, throwback '70s costuming, and robots resembling R2D2. The second most-discussed film at South by Southwest, it’s flown relatively under-the-radar since, but as it comes out on VOD, DVD, and digital download next week, this quietly funny movie is worth your attention.

It’s tempting to view Space Station 76 as a straight sci-fi parody, an homage to the likes of Space:1999. [...]

Adam McKay, Seth Rogen, and Ben Schwartz Are Working on a New Movie

Actor/writer Ben Schwartz has written a new comedy and teamed up with Adam McKay and Seth Rogen for the project. Variety reports that McKay is officially attached to direct the untitled comedy, while Seth Rogen is set to star. Schwartz — who most recently appeared on Parks and Rec, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and tomorrow's new release This Is Where I Leave You — will also co-star in the film. McKay and Will Ferrell's own Gary Sanchez Productions is behind the film as well as Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Good Universe; plot details are currently being kept under wraps. "Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re [...]

Oh Lord, Dan Aykroyd Wants to Create a Marvel-Style 'Ghostbusters' Universe

The most recent update on the long-rumored Ghostbusters sequel was the news of a possible all-female reboot directed by Paul Feig, but according to Dan Aykroyd, the future of Ghostbusters – or as he calls it, the Ghostbusters "brand" — is now much more than just a movie. According to THR, Aykroyd was asked at an event in London for an update on the movie and said he's shifted his focus from a sequel to a Marvel-style universe: "It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? [...]

Adam Sandler Signs a Four-Movie Deal with Netflix

Adam Sandler is coming to Netflix. Variety reports that Sandler has signed a deal with Netflix to star in and produce four films for the streaming network through his company Happy Madison Productions, which comes after the news that Netflix will release the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel the same day it's released in theaters. Variety says Sandler's four Netflix films are "presumably comedies, although the genres aren't set in stone," and according to Netflix, Sandler is one of the "few actors whose movies consistently rank among the most-viewed by subscribers in the US and in its other regions." The earliest Sandler film under the deal could be [...]

Key and Peele Are Developing a Movie Starring Substitute Teacher Mr. Garvey

Entertainment Weekly's comedy issue cover faces and guest editors Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele gave the magazine a few interesting scoops on their upcoming projects this week, and among the updates is news of a possible film starring their megahit substitute teacher character Mr. Garvey. "We’re in negotiations at Paramount to make a Substitute Teacher movie," Key said. "Two of our writers are penning it. Well, they’re not penning it as we speak — it’s getting there."

As for what else the Peabody-winning duo are working on, they also said that their Police Academy reboot is moving along with The Mindy Project's Ike Barinholtz and [...]

Watch the Latest Trailer for Seth Rogen's New Movie 'The Interview'

Seth Rogen's new movie The Interview has been given a new premiere date, new edits, and now a new trailer, which features Rogen and James Franco leaving their Hollywood gig to interview and ultimately assassinate Kim Jong-un. Hopefully when the North Korean leader finally sees the full movie he gives it two out of three missiles.

Chris Rock's New Movie 'Top Five' Will Be Released in Theaters December 5th

Chris Rock's new film Top Five has landed an official premiere date not long after screening at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews. THR reports that Top Five has been acquired by Paramount and is set for a limited release on December 5th followed by a nationwide release on the 12th. The film stars Rock "as a comedian trying to reinvent himself as a serious actor just as his reality-TV star fiancee talks him into broadcasting their wedding on their show." Rock recently likened the idea for the film to his own frustrations watching successful comedians transition into more dramatic roles: "It happens with everybody [...]