Ice Cube Wants to Make a Fourth 'Friday' Movie Called 'Last Friday'

icecubechristuckerfridayTo celebrate the 20th anniversary of Friday, the cult classic starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker is returning to theaters tonight for a special 4/20 screening, and if Ice Cube has his way it'll help revive interest in another sequel from movie studios. Speaking with The Wrap, Cube said it's his "dream" to make a fourth film in the franchise (tentatively titled Last Friday) and that everyone involved in the first three movies are onboard to make one more. "It’s really up to the movie companies to step up," he said. "When they see stuff like this, they’ll realize how much people love this movie. Sometimes you owe it to the fans to do what the fans want. I hope they step up." The fourth Friday film has been in the works since 2011, when Cube revealed during a Reddit AMA that it was "caught up in development hell" at New Line.


Ben Stiller Confirms Billy Zane Is Returning for 'Zoolander 2'

zane_zoolanderBen Stiller has been hard at work filming Zoolander 2 in Rome this month, and on Instagram today he revealed another original cast member set to return for the sequel: Billy Zane. Zane joins previously confirmed original cast members Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Christine Taylor as well as new additions Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, and Cyrus Arnold as Derek Jr. Still no word on the return of David Duchovny as legendary hand model J.P. Prewett, but Stiller probably has a lot more surprises to reveal in the coming weeks.

Check out Stiller's Instagram video with Zane below: READ MORE


HBO Orders Six New Episodes of 'High Maintenance'

highmaintenanceFirst it was a web series, then it was Vimeo's first original show, and now, Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair's hit comedy High Maintenance is headed to HBO. According to Dave Itzkoff at The New York Times, the pay network has picked up six new episodes of High Maintenance. A premiere date hasn't been revealed yet, but could we ask for better 4/20 news than this? For more on the series, check out our interview with Blichfeld and Sinclair and complete review of the latest season.

UPDATE: HBO will also air the previous 19 episodes of High Maintenance on HBO, HBO NOW, and HBO GO later this year.


Is Late Night in Need of a "Severe Motherfucking Shakeup"?

fallon_krasinski_lipsyncbattleLate last week, Conan writer Andrés du Bouchet took to Twitter to blow off some steam regarding what he views as the less than impressive state of late night comedy today. Most of his tweets have since been deleted, but Uproxx posted the relevant ones before they disappeared. Here are du Bouchet's thoughts in full:

Comedy in 2015 needs a severe motherfucking shakeup. No celebrities, no parodies, no pranks, no mash-ups or hashtag wars. I’m fat.

and shove your lip-synching up your ass.

Prom King Comedy. That’s what I call all this shit. You’ve let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal. Fuck.

None of the funniest stuff ever involved celebrity cameos.

Once again I’m a bonehead for tweeting as a fan of comedy instead of as a guy who earns a living doing it.

@guybranum thanks but now comes the inevitable dressing down at work for criticizing other talk shows!

add games and lip synching and nostalgia and karaoke to this list.

Sorry for being a bloviating elitist windbag last night. I know tons of talented people are making the stuff I enjoy shitting all over



Jon Stewart Explains Why He's Leaving 'The Daily Show'

jon stewart daily showA little over two months after Jon Stewart announced he's leaving The Daily Show this year, The Guardian has a new interview out with Stewart that reveals why he decided to leave his 16-year late night post and his thoughts on the show's future. Here's what Stewart said when asked why he ultimately chose to leave:

"It’s not like I thought the show wasn’t working any more, or that I didn’t know how to do it. It was more, 'Yup, it’s working. But I’m not getting the same satisfaction' … These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it’s OK. But the cycles become longer and maybe more entrenched, and that’s when you realise, 'OK, I’m on the back side of it now.'"

Understandably, Stewart says he lives "in a constant state of depression" watching Fox News and the rest of the 24-hour news cycle for his job: "I think of us [the Daily Show staff] as turd miners. I put on my helmet, I go and mine turds, hopefully I don't get turd lung disease." When asked if there's any circumstance where he'll watch Fox News again after The Daily Show, he gave the perfect answer:

"Umm… All right, let’s say that it’s a nuclear winter, and I have been wandering, and there appears to be a flickering light through what appears to be a radioactive cloud and I think that light might be a food source that could help my family. I might glance at it for a moment until I realise, that’s Fox News, and then I shut it off. That’s the circumstance."

He's also not worried about what the world will do without a Jon Stewart-hosted Daily Show, arguing that "if Oprah can leave and the world still spins, I honestly think it will survive me." Read the rest of the interview over at The Guardian.


Alec Baldwin Tells Letterman About the Origins of His 'SNL' Tony Bennett Impression

Alec Baldwin paid a visit to David Letterman on Friday, where he looked back on the creation of the "Tony Bennett Show" sketch at SNL and eating lots of food backstage with the writers. He also gave Dave a special retirement gift just one month ahead of his big Late Show goodbye.


Martin Sheen and 'Last Week Tonight' Make the Perfect Doomsday Video

Earlier this year, CNN's top secret doomsday video leaked online, but Last Week Tonight decided it was a little too depressing and in need of a more celebratory update. So with a little help from Martin Sheen, the show put together a doomsday video full of some of humanity's greatest accomplishments and an ending that's much more upbeat; it's a goodbye video we can all take pride in during our final few minutes on Earth.


Critics Are Having a Lot of Fun Destroying 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2'

paul_blart_2Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 hits theaters today, and as you might've guessed, it's not getting the warmest reception from critics. Currently holding strong at an impressive 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, the Kevin James-starring sequel to the 2009 box office hit has received a lukewarm critical response at best, but most online reviewers haven't held back from panning the film for its lack of laughs (save for some silly slapstick and CG jokes), director Andy Fickman, and setting at a Wynn hotel and casino in Las Vegas (New York Daily News calls the movie "basically an hour-and-a-half commercial for Wynn"). Here's a roundup of what critics are saying:

Variety: "Nothing aired by WikiLeaks could possibly be more destructive to Sony’s reputation than the release of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the sort of movie that goes beyond mere mediocrity to offer possible evidence of a civilization in decline."

Time Out: "Cinema lovers, you should thank God for Kevin James. This oft-ridiculed screen giant is here to answer a question that has plagued mankind for decades now: what would a film be like if every single person involved made as little effort as humanly possible?"

The Dissolve: "With Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, James has made the same joyless, laugh-free comedy twice, albeit this time in a more fun location. Perhaps he’ll finally sort it out by the time he shoots the final entry in the Paul Blart: Mall Cop trilogy, 2021’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop 3."

Vulture: "In the first film, a group of hooligans out for a Black Friday heist at the local mall took Maya and Blart’s then-object-of-affection hostage; this time, it’s a group of tech-savvy art thieves who take Maya and a boy she’s interested in hostage. Before, Blart was looked down upon by the New Jersey State Police, who didn’t think of him as a real security pro; this time, it’s a sneering Vegas security team led by Eduardo Verástegui. Time is a flat circle, and so is this fucking movie." READ MORE


Check Out 'The A.V. Club's Oral History of 'Airplane!'

airplaneTo celebrate the 35th anniversary of Airplane! this year, The A.V. Club has a new oral history out today on the film's origins, casting, production, and impact with writers/directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker as well as a bunch of the cast. Here's what Jerry Zucker had to say on the film's unexpected cult popularity:

I think we’d spent so much time—years—convincing other people that it was going to be a hit that we started to believe it. [Laughs.] But we had our ups and downs, and we had moments of “Oh, my God, it’s never going to work.” We were certainly bullish on the movie when it came out, but, you know, this was in the days before VHS, really, or DVD or anything else, let alone hundreds and hundreds of cable channels. After movies came out, they didn’t mean much. They just sort of died. And I don’t think we thought, “Okay, this is our first real film, it did well, we’re on our way, that’s great, we can now have a career.” But it really is amazing that it’s lasted all these years. That was definitely a surprise.

Read the rest over at The A.V. Club.


Jessica Williams and Samantha Bee Hand Out the 2015 'Mercun Award on 'The Daily Show'

A lot of dumb news stories have happened so far in 2015, so during last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart welcomed correspondents Jessica Williams and Samantha Bee to hand out the 2015 'Mercun Award, which The Daily Show bestows upon one US news story that best encompasses the "true essence" of America. Spoiler alert: the winner involves Applebee's, which is about as 'Mercun as you can get.


Conan O'Brien Gets Trapped with Jordan Schlansky in Escape Room LA

Here's the latest Conan remote segment featuring Conan O'Brien and his no-nonsense producer Jordan Schlansky, who take a trip to Escape Room LA and get trapped together in the 1940s-set "Detective" room. O'Brien might not be the best at solving all the intricate puzzles and clues inside, but he's definitely good at getting into his '40s jewel thief detective character. Jordan, as usual, is having none of Conan's nonsense.


HBO Orders Sharon Horgan Comedy 'Divorce' Starring Sarah Jessica Parker

sarah_jessica_parkerSarah Jessica Parker is returning to HBO. Deadline reports that the pay network has given a series order to a new comedy by Pulling creator Sharon Horgan called Divorce with Parker attached to star. The single-cam comedy centers on Parker as Frances, "a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought." Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, and Talia Balsam are set to costar and Horgan will executive produce, making it her very first US comedy series. Horgan most recently starred opposite Rob Delaney in the Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe. Divorce will film in New York sometime this year.


Reggie Watts and Paul F. Tompkins Sing About Justice and Crime-Fighting on 'Reggie Makes Music'

Here's the latest installment of Reggie Makes Music with special guest Paul F. Tompkins, who is more than game to freestyle with Watts about doing crime, doing time, stealing pennies at 7-Eleven, suicidal thoughts, and a bunch of other stuff. Catch all the rest on Comedy Bang! Bang! on IFC tomorrow night at 11:00pm.


This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Brody Stevens Returns to The Comedy Store

brody_stevensThe comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

The Steven Brody Stevens Festival of FriendshipBrody Does A Set At The Comedy Store

brody_festival_friendshipPablo: After an absence of six months, Brody Stevens has finally brought his manic #PositiveEnergy back to podcasting on a regular basis. On this week's Festival of Friendship, Stevens revisits the format of episode #61 by recording his night at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood. Like pretty much any night at the Store, the stars are out in force as Stevens interviews Sarah Silverman and David Spade about their vastly different experiences on Saturday Night Live. But they're not the only Not Ready for Prime Time Players around, as Leslie Jones gets in a quick chat about her and Brody's early years in the New York comedy scene. Stevens also gets his balls busted by Tony Hinchcliffe and booker Adam Eget before talking to Pete Cornacchione about his victory in a Roast Battle that got another comedian banned for six months. To top it all off, the episode concludes with a solid 15 minute set by Stevens, showcasing his gifts for crowd work. READ MORE