Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner wrote and directed his first movie this past year, and it's finally hitting theaters this summer. Called Are You Here, it stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler, which sounds like a slam-dunk on paper but the early reviews from Are You Here's film festival premiere have been pretty rough on the movie. Are You Here is set for a theatrical and VOD release on August 22nd.
Zach Galifianakis is teaming up with Oscar-winning French director Michel Hazanavicius to make a movie. Hazanavicius, who won an Academy Award for directing The Artist two years ago, has been hired to direct the upcoming Zach Galifianakis comedy Will, Variety reports. Paul Rudd is also in talks ot play the other lead in Will. The movie, which has been in development since 2006, takes place in a world where everyone has guardian angels and follows an ordinary guy named Will (Rudd) whose guardian angel (Galifianakis) stops showing up to work and leaves him without a "script" for his life. Hazanavicius says he hopes to shoot he movie later this year [...]
As far as character showcases go, it doesn't get much more elaborate than Kroll Show.
When Nick Kroll's sketch series on Comedy Central returned for its second season in January, it was clear that he had set his sights firmly on the pseudo-celebrity culture of reality television, with a lineup of characters inspired by the most despicable monsters that crawled out of the Jersey Shore and Real Housewives muck: the Guido womanizer Bobby Bottleservice, the psychopathic publicists of "PubLIZity," the man-child toilet-baby C-Czar, the self-destructively vain Rich Dicks, etc. But if the first season served to introduce the freakshow, the second season unleashed them out into [...]
This morning, Funny Or Die released an episode of Zach Galifianakis's web series Between Two Ferns featuring Barack Obama as the special guest. Variety has the story on how this ended up happening.
Basically, the White House wanted to get young Americans to sign up for health insurance before a March 31st headline. Last summer, Obama attended a meeting with White House advisers and a bunch of movie/TV people about how to use Hollywood to spread the word about health care reform. Funny Or Die President of Production Mike Farah was at said meeting and pitched the idea of Obama doing Between Two Ferns there, but didn't discuss [...]