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The Duplass Brothers Sign a Four-Movie Deal with Netflix

Netflix has given the Duplass brothers a home for their next four films. Not long after reaching a similar deal with Adam Sandler, the streaming network signed a deal today with Mark and Jay Duplass to finance and release their next four movies. "This is just the latest step in our very long relationship with the Duplass Brothers," Netflix exec Ted Sarandos told Deadline. "We've been working with them almost since the very beginning, when we were red envelope delivery. Independent film has always been a big part of Netflix, and the reason we do things like the Adam Sandler deal is so we can do things [...]

Victoria Jackson Plays Six Roles in a New Movie Called 'Campin' Buddies'

Curious what SNL alum Victoria Jackson is up to these days? Aside from performing courageous political songs like "There's a Communist Living in the White House," Jackson worked on a film last year called Campin' Buddies starring Tom Lester and Ray Stevens that's now available to purchase. Jackson plays six roles in this film, which the website describes as "a hilariously fun screwball family comedy romp for all ages." Check out the full trailer, complete with plenty of hijinks and beautiful Comic Sans, above.

New Standup Documentary/Mockumentary 'Adventures in Comedy' Will Be Released on VOD February 20th

Back in August 2013, standup/director Tom McCaffrey crowdfunded a new documentary/mockumentary hybrid called This Is Comedy. Now titled Adventures in Comedy, the film has been completed and features McCaffrey as well as interviews with Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Michael Che, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Metzger, and more. Adventures in Comedy will be released by Comedy Dynamics and be available on February 20th on streaming platforms Hulu, Roku, Amazon, iOS, and Android.

Here's a Sneak Peek of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's New Movie 'Sisters'

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's upcoming film The Nest written by SNL's Paula Pell not only has a brand new title but a first-look teaser to get you excited. Now titled Sisters, the film follows Fey and Poehler as sisters who return to their childhood home to clean out their bedrooms before their parents sell the house. It's slated for a Christmas 2015 release.

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 [...]

Alan Menken Says a 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Musical Is in the Works

The rumored Mrs. Doubtfire sequel might not be moving forward, but now it looks like the 1993 film is getting the stage musical treatment. Entertainment Weekly confirmed with Alan Menken — who wrote music for Disney classics like The Little Mermaid and Aladdin — that he's composing music for an upcoming Doubtfire musical, David Zippel (Hercules) is writing the lyrics, and Harvey Fierstein is writing the book. "It's going very well, it's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say," Menken told EW. "We're really enjoying working on it."

How Chris Rock Made the Personal Impersonal in 'Top Five'

I have been a big fan of Chris Rock’s since I was young. “No Sex (in the Champagne Room)” was one of the first comedy things I listened to in secrecy, so impressed by its humor and edge and so scared that my mother might find me listening to it. I'll admit to liking Down to Earth, Rock's very strange and broad Heaven Can Wait remake, and Head of State made every worthwhile joke to be made about the Obama presidency before he was even a twinkle in the Democratic National Convention’s eye.

Many comedians I respect have said that Top Five is Rock's masterpiece. That he had finally found [...]

Crackle Renews Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars' and Announces 'Joe Dirt 2' Cast

Sony's video site Crackle just shared two big updates at TCA. First, Jerry Seinfeld's hit web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has landed a sixth season order, though the guests have not yet been revealed. In other Crackle news, David Spade's 2001 comedy Joe Dirt will debut a sequel called Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser on the streaming platform this summer and include supporting cast Christopher Walken, Dennis Miller, Brittany Daniel, Mark McGrath, and Patrick Warburton. Former SNL head writer Fred Wolf, who wrote the original film, returned to direct and co-write the film with Spade.

Aubrey Plaza Cast in Zac Efron/Robert De Niro Comedy 'Dirty Grandpa'

Parks and Rec star Aubrey Plaza just landed a big screen role opposite soon-to-be legendary comedy team Zac Efron and Robert De Niro. Deadline reports that Plaza has been cast in Dirty Grandpa, which follows Efron as an "uptight twenty-something who embarks on a road trip before his wedding to bond with his recently widowed grandfather (De Niro) only to find that his grandpa is a foul-mouthed lunatic on a mission to get laid during Spring Break." Plaza will play Lenore, "a savvy, beguiling party girl looking for fun on Spring Break." Zoey Deutch and Dermot Mulroney also appear in the film, which is slated for a release [...]

'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.

'The Interview' Will Make Its Netflix Debut on January 24th

While the deal has been rumored since December, it's now official: Seth Rogen and James Franco's international conflict-sparking movie The Interview is officially set to hit Netflix in Canada and the US on Saturday, January 24th. According to Variety the film has already made Sony over $40 million in rental and VOD sales, but it still has a little further to go to break even with its $45 million budget.

Al Jean Says There's a 50/50 Chance of Another 'Simpsons' Movie

It's been seven and a half years since The Simpsons Movie, but it turns out that a recent Simpsons episode was initially developed as a potential film sequel. Executive producer Al Jean recently revealed that the January 4 episode he cowrote with David Mirkin "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner" was originally set to air as the season 24 finale in 2013, but it was held back by Jean and James L. Brooks to instead use as a plot for a possible film sequel. The film idea was ultimately scrapped because the episode was set in space: "We were worried that people might think it’s an idea that’s [...]

Here's the First Trailer for Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy's Newest Film 'Spy'

Before he gets to work on the Ghostbusters reboot, Paul Feig has another film with Melissa McCarthy coming to theaters called Spy, and the first trailer was just released. Costarring Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, and Miranda Hart, Spy follows McCarthy as a desk-bound CIA employee who finally gets a chance to lead an undercover mission and hits theaters this June.

Louis C.K. and His Dedication to Experimental Film

Last year when Louis C.K. released his 1998 feature film debut Tomorrow Night, it seemed like a move that didn’t quite add up. Here’s this guy, A-list comedian, has his own cable TV show — suddenly he’s putting out this black and white art film. Why? His show now isn’t necessarily laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s certainly a different kind of thing than Tomorrow Night. That’s like Lars von Trier showing us all a HBO half hour from 20 years ago. How did this happen?

Well, if you’ve had the time to comb through old comedian interviews over and over at your job like I have, you’ll notice that Louie has [...]