A group friends going on a mushroom trip sounds like it would make for an uproarious comedy, but Harris Wittels and Armen Weitzman’s new short film The Badger’s Promise surprises with some pretty dark humor. Nonetheless, the pair’s directorial debut, which they recently put online and are entering into film festivals soon, is hilarious, and the writing partners hope to do more in the future.
The two both worked for The Sarah Silverman Program and have been busy since then.Wittels writes and produces for Parks and Recreation, but you might know him from his frequent appearances on Comedy Bang! Bang! or for playing the character "Harris," one of [...]
Here's "Clapping for the Wrong Reasons," a mysterious 25-minute short film that Donald Glover wrote, produced, and starred in alongside costars like Chance the Rapper and Topanga from Boy Meets World, in case you ever wanted to see Donald Glover, Chance the Rapper, and Topanga from Boy Meets World act in a mysterious short film.
Here's Michael Cera's brand new short film "Gregory Go Boom," which was just released today on JASH, the YouTube comedy channel Cera co-founded with Reggie Watts, Tim & Eric, and Sarah Silverman. Written and directed by Janicza Bravo, "Gregory Go Boom" stars Cera as a paraplegic guy trying to find independence. Sarah Burns and Brett Gelman also star. This is Michael Cera's second short film for JASH, following "Brazzaville Teen-Ager," which debuted last month, just in case you want to have yourself a very short Michael Cera short film marathon.
Here's "Brazzaville Teen-Ager," a brand new short film starring, directed, and co-written by Michael Cera and based on the story of the same name by Bruce Jay Friedman. YouTube channel JASH released the short yesterday, which follows a young man trying to save his father (Charles Grodin) from death by getting his grumpy boss (Jack O'Connell) to sing back-up vocals on a Kelis song. Michael Cera's directorial career starts here.
Here's a 2006 short film called Kidney Thieves that comedian Paul F. Tompkins just uploaded to the internet via his YouTube account this week. It also stars Ethan Embry and Paget Brewster, was directed by Splinter's Toby Wilkins, and was written by Thrilling Adventure Hour co-creator Ben Acker. It's probably the most pleasant movie about kidney thieves ever made.
If the two Buddy ColeColbert Report segments weren't enough Scott Thompson goodness for you this week, here's a new short he wrote and stars in called The Immigrant about a Canadian comedian named Bob London who gets deported then tries to smuggle himself back to Hollywood via the US/Mexico border. Dave Foley plays Thompson's former cult comedy show cast mate Tim Terry, and Michael Cera, Margaret Cho, and Will Forte play themselves in the short, which includes plenty of heavy-handed references to Thompson's glory days on The Kids in the Hall. Thompson also made two other shorts 4 Pounds and 52, which you can watch below:
Here's "Failure," a new short film Michael Cera made for the YouTube channel JASH. Cera directed and stars in the short alongside his Scott Pilgrim vs. the World costar Aubrey Plaza, who plays a bigger weirdo than normal in this.
Here's the trailer for an upcoming short film called "Gregory Go Boom" that stars Michael Cera as a paraplegic man leaving his house for the first time. Written and directed by Janicza Bravo, "Gregory" will be the second short Cera releases on the YouTube network JASH, which he founded and is a partner in alongside comedians Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Tim Heidecker, and Eric Wareheim. Cera's previous short, "Brazzaville Teen-Ager," debuted on JASH last month, just in case this trailer got you in the mood for a full-length Michael Cera short film.
The new YouTube channel JASH, which features content from Sarah Silverman, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts, announced via a teaser trailer today that Michael Cera has made a short film, Brazzaville Teenager, that will premiere exclusively on the channel later this month. Billed as "a short movie on the theme of desperation," the 15-minute short stars Cera, comedy legend Charles Grodin, and character actor Jack O'Connell. This is a rare acting role for Grodin, who hasn't starred in a movie since 2006's The Ex and 1994's It Runs in the Family before that. Brazzaville Teenager is based on the Bruce Jay Friedman short story of the same [...]
The Wrap reports that The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced its list of contenders for its Animated Short Oscar, and amongst the 10 films is "Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare,'" a 3D animated Simpsons short that was shown prior to screenings of Ice Age 4 this summer. The four-and-a-half minute short was written by Simpsons masterminds Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Al Jean, David Mirkin, Joel H. Cohen, and Michael Price, directed by David Silverman, and involves Maggie in conflict with her nemesis, unibrowed baby Gerald, at a daycare. This is a chance for Oscar redemption for The Simpsons. The Simpsons Movie was shut out of the Best Animated Feature category in 2008, [...]
Here's Castello Cavalcanti, a new short film written and directed by Wes Anderson and starring his frequent collaborator Jason Schwartzman as Jed Cavalcanti, an Italian racecar driver in the 1950s. Anderson's next feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, also features Schwartzman. It comes out in March, and a trailer debuted recently.
If you're planning on seeing Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's This Is the End this weekend, you may not know that it was based on the 2007 short film, "Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse." Embedded above is the trailer for the unreleased short film that Rogen starred in with Jay Baruchel, which quickly became a viral hit. Rogen and Goldberg wrote the script with Jason Stone, who directed. They used the short to shop around This Is the End to studios in order to get the movie made but had to change the title because, according to Goldberg, "Steven Spielberg and Fox made Robopocalypse and because of [...]
When Ricky Gervais announced last month that he was reviving his Office character David Brent for a new short film, it seemed like an iffy proposition that could tarnish the legacy of the classic show. But it turns out the 10-minute short, entitled "The Return of Brent," is actually pretty good. It picks up with Brent 10 years after The Office's Christmas special finale to find him working in a new career as a rap producer. The short aired on the BBC during Comic Relief's Red Nose Day Friday and is the first piece of original content to debut on Gervais's YouTube channel. Although Gervais reprised his [...]
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