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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).

Harris [...]

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 [...]

Ellen Page in Talks to Play John Belushi's Wife in Belushi Biopic

Ellen Page has signed on for a supporting role in the upcoming movie about John Belushi's life. The Wrap reports that she's in negotiations to play Belushi's wife, Judith Jacklin (now known as Judy Belushi Pisano), who was his high school girlfriend who married him in 1976.

The biopic, based on Belushi: A Biography by Judy Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby, stars Emile Hirsch as the late comedian, following his career in the late '70s and early '80s as he appeared on SNL, Animal House, and Blues Brothers. Steve Conrad (The Promotion) will direct from his own screenplay, with Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) playing [...]

'Fuzzies', the Lost Creature Feature Screenplay from 'South Park's Trey Parker

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

In 1996, a year ahead of Comedy Central picking up South Park, the show's co-creator Trey Parker sold his first movie. Called Fuzzies, the script was written by a 24-year-old Parker, and it's a hard-to-classify feature, different than anything Parker and partner-in-crime Matt Stone have made in the nearly two decades since.

Fuzzies is a live-action movie about a mentally disabled 9-year-old boy defending his small Colorado town from being destroyed by eight-foot-tall monsters that live in the mountains. The [...]

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 [...]

Adam McKay Is Directing a Movie About the Economic Crisis

Writer/director Adam McKay (Anchorman(s), Step Brothers) has found his next movie. McKay has signed on to develop Michael Lewis's book, The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine, into a movie, which he will direct, THR reports. The nonfiction book, published in 2000, documented the housing and credit bubble. Brad Pitt's company, Plan B, will produce. "Michael Lewis has the amazing ability to take complex formulas and concepts and turn them into page turners," McKay said. "Plan B and I connected over that breathless quality the book has. Very excited to jump into this."

McKay recentled told Empire about being excited to adapt the book:

It’s the best book [...]

Alison Brie and Adam Scott in Talks to Join Leslye Headland's 'Sleeping with Other People'

Two days after becoming Will Ferrell's fiancée in Get Hard, Vulture reports that Community's Alison Brie has also signed on to star in Bachelorette director Leslye Headland's upcoming film Sleeping with Other People. Brie is reportedly in talks to replace Kristen Dunst's starring character opposite Jason Sudeikis; Dunst had to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts. Sudeikis's role is a "womanizer" who meets Brie, who plays a "serial cheater." Hopefully one of the men she cheats on will be Adam Scott, who is also reportedly in talks to join the movie in an undisclosed role.

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 [...]

Here's a Look at Justin Simien's College Satire 'Dear White People'

Here's the concept trailer for Dear White People, a satirical film by newcomer Justin Simien that's been making waves since winning the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance. This trailer was made prior to Simien's successful Indiegogo run back in 2012 to turn it into a full movie, and Variety reports that Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired rights to do a bigger US release in the near future. "Films with predominantly white casts can come in any form, tell any story, big or small," Simien explained to Variety back in December when his film still didn't have a studio attached. "For black films, you have [...]