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'The Campaign' Opens Strongly with the Highest Debut for a Political Movie Ever

The Campaign opened this weekend, and it clocked a strong second place behind The Bourne Not-Matt-Damon with $27.44 million in receipts. That's not as big as many blockbuster comedy openings like The Hangover Part II, but it's pretty great for a summer that's seen almost no comedies succeed. It has a steep hill to climb to catch Ted, which is by far the biggest comedy of the summer with nearly $210 million (!!!) made so far, but it should at least beat The Dictator, which is currently the second biggest comedy of the summer with about $60 million made so far.

And its in line with the opening [...]

Is Jason Sudeikis Winking at His Soon to Be Announced 'SNL' Departure?

The Daily News is reporting that in the latest issue of Men's Journal Jason Sudeikis has some interesting remarks about SNL: “I’ve left places before. This is very, very different.” He adds, "Goodbyes are tough." That seems to suggest that he is at least thinking seriously about leaving. However, if he was going to leave, why wouldn't he have announced it already like Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg? Maybe he's waiting for the publicity tour for The Campaign, so he has something to talk about on late night talkshows, just like Andy did for the That's My Boy tour. Either way, he's sure isn't giving too much away, like [...]

Laugh with the 'Late Night' Audience at the First Trailer for 'The Campaign'

Also, on Fallon last night, Will Ferrell debuted the first trailer for The Campaign. Not often do you get to watch a trailer with a laugh track. It does bring a nice sense of community when you laugh at the same things as some strangers and it also justifies the cheaper jokes (i.e. Apparently, people think kids saying "wiener" is HILARIOUS). With this and the fake campaign ads, what do you think so far about The Campaign's ad campaign? Do you think Zach Galifianakis is still funny, even if you can see his cheeks? Are you #TeamBrady or #TeamHuggins?

Zach Galifianakis Stresses Over Jokes on the Set of 'The Campaign'

"'It really doesn't sell him as an idiot that much,' Galifianakis says of the Flock of Seagulls connection. Should it be DeBarge instead? Up with People? Mummenschanz? He grabs a napkin, jotting down ideas, spitting his Kodiak wintergreen tobacco into a cup. Maybe, he thinks, the whole cover-band area isn't good enough. So he picks up his phone and searches for the Fuddruckers message board, to see if there are mustards Huggins could have lobbied to have put back in the restaurants. No, that's not working either. Eventually he persuades Ferrell and two of the screenwriters, who were having a perfectly lovely chat, to eat a working lunch in his [...]

'The Campaign' Is an Election Year Comedy for Better or Possibly For Worse

It would stand to reason that an election year would be a perfect time to release a movie or a book related to politics, since the masses are most in the political mood. However, the opposite tends to be true. The conventional wisdom is if there is any perceived bias whatsoever, you will instantly cut your potential audience in half. Well The Campaign is trying to buck that trend. The New York Times writes, "It is unusual for any picture to go as far as The Campaign in satirizing contemporary political practices…while struggling to avoid charges of partisanship." For the people behind the film, the target was just [...]

Would You Vote Will Ferrell or Zach Galifianakis Into Congress?

No? Good answer, considering they are both comedians and not like serious political people. But in the pretend land of The Campaign, out August 10th we're asked to choose sides between Will Ferrell as Cam Brady, seemingly playing a less severe version of his George W. Bush, and Zach Galifianakis as Marty Huggings, seemingly playing a more severe version of his Seth Galifianakis character. The candidates campaign ads are above, the film's synopsis below. Who are you going to vote for?

Take Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis Out to the Ballgame

I think some of those fun facts were fake but I'm sure they were fun. Are they doing this everywhere? Are they going from town to town to town, riding the rails, making up things about baseball players as a campaign for The Campaign? It's a bit old school (Old School!) but it would totally work because their movie is about rival baseball players. What's that? Oh, it's about rival political campaigns. Zach and Will, stop throwing pitches and eating pizza (watch below) and start getting ready to appear on Meet the Press.

Summer Comedy Preview: Movies

We’re only a week into summer movie season, and it’s already overloaded with superheroes. More excitement is coming too, as Hollywood rolls out what are expected to be its biggest hits this time ever year. There's no shortage of comedies this summer, as Batman and Spider-man will be duking it out at the box office with the likes of Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and, um, Wes Anderson.

What's in store for us comedy wise? The return of the Men in Black! A movie based on a pregnancy guidebook! A comedy based on a novel by Saddam Hussein! And a comedy that had to change its name because of the [...]

Walking Through the History of 'Between Two Ferns' with Scott Aukerman

With the Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York debuting Sunday at 8:30 before the Comedy Awards, I thought it was a perfect time to look back at the Between Two Ferns series. B2F has been incredibly popular, bringing in over 80 million views across the entire series, on Funny or Die alone. Beyond that, whenever a new one is released, it nearly instantly reaches Internet omnipresence.

It's hard to say why exactly the series has had such enduring popularity, as it has maintained relevance for over four years now (which is nearly four zillion years in Internet time or 28 years in dog time). Of course, it's wildly funny and unique [...]