ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?
IFC clearly knows what it is doing. The network that brought you Portlandia (and also Comedy Bang Bang!, if that is your sort of thing), has just announced its green-lighting of two new shows; Spoils of Babylon and The Birthday Boys. The former will be written by and star Will Ferrell alongside long-time writing partner and former head SNL writer Adam McKay, while the latter will be executive produced by The Ben Stiller Show buddies Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk. Er, we mean, Saul.
And whoa my gosh, do they look great.
Game Change director Jay Roach’s new political comedy, The Campaign, is a good film, though it might disappoint viewers who came to see a scathing satire of our current political climate. The Will Ferrell vehicle has less to do with the upcoming election cycle—or even politics in general—than it does with paying homage to the Aesop’s Fables films of the ’80s, in which the hapless tortoise was plucked from relative obscurity by the nefarious powers that be to replace the cocky, no-longer-cooperative hare.
Primary Colors, this is not.
The Academy has released an incomplete list of this weekend’s Oscar presenters. Based on past experience, what categories shall they present. Here are our best guesses!
Christian Bale will present Best Supporting Actress; Melissa Leo will present Best Supporting Actor; Colin Firth will present Best Actress; Natalie Portman will present Best Actor. This Read More
Brackets and ennui
It’s been a rocky year for the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Not only did Brett Ratner resign from producing the show, but the ballots were so confusing! Plus, no more appealing to the youngsters with hotties James Franco and Anne Hathaway; this year the Academy is going with their old hosting standby, Billy Crystal. (That’s after Eddie Murphy and a bunch of others turned down the duty.)
So how will the awards show get that critical 18-35 demo to tune in? By marketing “funny” commercials for the most venerable and respected film event of the year, obviously. And having said commercials directed by a viral comedy site. Your parents are not going to understand this Oscar commercial (or why there is a commercial for the Oscars this year), so get ready to explain the Internet to them again.
Despite what our neighbors might be screaming about next door, the US Open isn’t the Superbowl.Tennis, for all its excitement, is not our national past time– still baseball, with a tie for second between hoarding and waiting for an early onset diabetes– and it fails to arouse the fierce patriotic pride. At least at the Read More
Everything Must Go is benign comic Will Ferrell’s bid for respect as a serious actor. After a career dedicated to rotten movies, he seems to crave critical approval for at least trying to prove he can do something besides make dumb faces and rude noises and mooning the audience. Unfortunately, like Jim Carrey, he faces Read More
New York Yankees minor league prospect Gary Sanchez hasn’t been called up to the show yet (he’s 18), but he’s already fielding big-league offers from Hollywood players. “We have to go hang out with him!” Will Ferrell, cofounder of Gary Sanchez Productions, told the Transom at Comedy Central’s Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom, explaining that Read More
As Week 1 begins to transition to Week 2 at the U.S. Open, the quality of celebrity sightings are going to tick, tick, tick right on up.
Tonight, Will Ferrell is expected to be in attendance to watch the Blake-Djokovic match. Giants QB Eli Manning will be here, as will a Baldwin! (Stephen). And amazingly, Read More
Will Ferrell once had a tough time reasoning with his toddler proprietor in his brilliant Funny or Die landlord skit, but it seems that these days his real estate luck is on the up. According to a source close to the deal, Mr. Ferrell and his wife, the Swedish actress Viveca Read More
Being “for humans only” didn’t really hurt District 9 at all. The Peter Jackson–produced film was the “surprise winner” at the box office this weekend—really, though, did anyone expect anything else?—grossing an estimated $37 million to lead a busy frame that saw three other new releases enter the top 10: The Time Traveler’s Read More