Variety reports that the sequel to the wonderful, Oscar-snubbed Lego Movie has its director: Community's Rob Schrab. Seeing as the previous directors, Chris Miller and Phil Lord (who are returning to write the script), also came from an excellent TV background with Clone High, and with the level of meta-ness that both The Lego Movie and Community share, it's an inspired choice. It'll be Schrab's first feature, but he's directed tons of comedic television, including episodes of Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project, Workaholics, and Childrens Hospital. All very exciting! But there's gonna be a bit of a wait — the sequel isn't due until 2018.
According to folks in the audience of tonight's taping of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart announced today that he's leaving the anchor chair that he's occupied there since 1999. It's not clear when he'll be leaving (Comedy Central has confirmed that it'll be "later this year"), what he'll be doing next, or who will replace him behind the desk.
With Stephen Colbert having just ended his run with The Colbert Report, this represents a total changing of the guard for Comedy Central's long-dominant late night block. With Larry Wilmore settling in at 11:30 with The Nightly Show and John Oliver having just kicked off season two of This Week Tonight over on HBO, it'll be interesting to see who Comedy Central picks to fill Stewart's literally small but figuratively huge shoes.
Stewart recently took a leave of absence from the show in order to direct his first movie, Rosewater. He may be looking to do more work behind the camera in this next stage of his career.
Here's Comedy Central's official statement:
For the better part of the last two decades, we have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart. His comedic brilliance is second to none. Jon has been at the heart of Comedy Central, championing and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera. Through his unique voice and vision, The Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come. Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.
The limited series prequel to Wet Hot American Summer that's shooting now and coming to Netflix this summer has its first teaser trailer, which also confirms that yes, pretty much every single person from the original is returning to Camp Firewood.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters reboot has its cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Negotiations are still ongoing, but it appears that this is pretty close to a done deal, with shooting scheduled to take place this summer in New York.
While McCarthy and Wiig were heavily rumored to be in the cast, other names such as Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence were being thrown around as well. As for the vibe of the movie, which is being written by The Heat writer Katie Dippold, Feig has said that he wants it to be "really scary." We'll see! If it actually shoots this summer, it should be out sometime next year.
Fresh off its Golden Globe win for Transparent, Amazon's just made a big announcement about its next original series project: Woody Allen will be writing and directing his first TV series ever for them. There's no synopsis or even a name for the show yet, with Allen saying "I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that [Amazon Studios VP] Roy Price will regret this." It's not clear when the series will be released, but when it is it'll be available exclusively on Amazon's streaming video service.
It's been rumored for ages, but now it's official: a prequel to Wet Hot American Summer is in the works in the form of an eight-episode limited series for Netflix. Basically the entire cast is returning for it, including Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter and Kevin Sussman. David Wain and Michael Showalter co-created the series, and Wain is directing the whole thing.
It's not clear when it'll be released, but shooting just started this week. Below, watch Paul Rudd cleaning up after himself in the cafeteria from the original to help get you more excited for this: READ MORE
Fox just did the right thing and renewed its animated series Bob's Burgers for a 22-episode sixth season. Here's the official statement from Fox network chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman:
We can't help but love the Belcher family. This gem of a series is a rare feel-good blend of sharp wit and genuine heart that fans and critics alike have continued to love throughout its five seasons on Fox. We are proud of Loren and Jim and the extremely talented voice cast who bring these unique characters to life with both humor and charm each week. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for season six.
According to a report by CNN Money, Sony is near a deal with Google to release The Interview as a rental on YouTube tomorrow, the same day it'll be released at thousands of independent movie theaters around the country. The deal still isn't final, and it won't be exclusive, so it's likely that it'll also be available on other streaming/downloading services such as VOD. But it's a groundbreaking move, especially in light of the fact that just a week ago Sony was claiming that it had no plans to release the movie — ever.
Obviously there's no way that Sony is going to make back the many, many millions of dollars that this hack has cost them with just this movie, but this does have the potential to have The Interview be seen by even more people than it would have with just a traditional theatrical release. Oops, Kim Jong-Un! It backfired!
UPDATE: Looks like it's actually coming out this afternoon at 1pm – it'll be $6 to rent and $15 to own through YouTube, Google Play, and Xbox Vide.. Check out SeeTheInterview.com for all of the details.
Sony has announced that it's reversed its decision to not release The Interview, and instead will kick off a limited theatrical run on Christmas Day alongside a same-day VOD release. Major chains such as Regal and AMC are unlikely to show the movie; instead, art house theaters such as The Plaza Theater in Atlanta and The Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas/Fort Worth have announced that they'll be showing it. Other theaters are likely to announce screenings soon.
It's a rapid about-face from Sony, which has suffered possibly the biggest corporate hack in history and threats of violence at screenings of the movie. But with even President Obama saying that they shouldn't give in to the demands of North Korea, its great to see that The Interview will see the light of day. Even if it might not be very good.
Here's the latest set of promos for this weekend's SNL, featuring Amy Adams doing as good a job as can be expected of not freaking out and being creepy towards One Direction. OK, maybe she's a little creepy.
With The Colbert Report officially gone, it's only a matter of time before The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore debuts in its timeslot. But during that awkward period before then, Chris Hardwick and @midnight will take over the 11:30pm timeslot on Comedy Central. From January 5th through the 19th you can go to bed a half hour earlier without missing your precious hashtag games. Enjoy it while you can!
ESPN and Grantland sent Hannibal Buress to a Cavs/Pelicans game to try to report on unibrowed superstar Anthony Davis. Unfortunately, Davis was injured and left the game after only seven minutes, but Hannibal managed to make the most of his courtside access anyways. Even if Lebron refused to answer his questions.
David Fincher, director of such hilarious comedies as Gone Girl, Se7en, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is now developing a new half-hour comedy for HBO. Tentatively titled Living on Video, here's the synopsis:
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. In the vein of HBO’s Entourage, the series revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of the newcomer.
Entourage directed by David Fincher! You know, it sounds on the surface like it makes no sense, but I really do think that Entourage would've been greatly improved if E murdered Turtle in a really gruesome fashion. So I'm on board with this.
Nick Offerman was on The Tonight Show last night, and he talked with Fallon about the final day of shooting Parks and Rec. It sounds like it was pretty sad, but at least he and Aziz were able to weasel their way into having one last line.