“So you lied to me about everything?” Blue Fox Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for an indie romantic comedy titled The Truth About Lies, made by writer/director Phil Allocco. This quirky comedy is about a guy who starts coming up with a series of lies in order to impress a girl. Fairly simple premise. Fran Kranz stars and Gilby Smalls, and the girl he falls for is played by Odette Annable, who you’ll recognize from Cloverfield or The Unborn. The cast includes Colleen Camp, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Chris Diamantopoulos, Oakes Fegley, and Laura Kightlinger. This doesn’t look that unique, almost like every other quirky indie romantic comedy. And I’m pretty sure he’s going to get the girl in the end, too. ›››
“Operation Who’s-Your-Daddy – the top mission is finding dad.” Warner Bros has debuted a new trailer for the comedy titled Father Figures, formerly known Bastards, starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms as fraternal twin brothers who go on a search for their father when their mother reveals she doesn’t know who he really is. This was actually set to be released in January, but the studio pulled it and delayed it all the way until Christmas this year, giving it a new title in the meantime. Unfortunately it still doesn’t look any better. Also starring Katie Aselton, J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw, Glenn Close, Ving Rhames, Ryan Cartwright, Katt Williams, Retta and Bill Irwin. Not really worth a watch, but have a look if you wish. ›››
Here’s how a background in improv set the course for two of today’s most exciting comedic filmmakers.
The Upright Citizens Brigade is responsible for the introduction of many talented artists to the world. Of course, UCB founding member Amy Poehler is perhaps the most well-known of the improvised comedy school’s alumni, but over the years, the group has launched careers for the likes of Donald Glover, Nick Kroll, Kate McKinnon, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Adam McKay and more.
The common theme in this thread? These figures aren’t just comedians, they’re creators. Donald Glover has the critically acclaimed Atlanta, Ansari struck it big with Master of None, and let’s not even get started with the myriad of insane projects McKay has birthed unto the world.The same can now be said for both Jon Daly and Gil Ozeri, whose short film Men premiered on Super Deluxe last week. Both Daly and Ozeri credit UCB for the start of their creative careers.
“Keep making stuff, constantly make stuff until you find out who you are, and then know that who you are changes all the time, so you have to keep finding who are.”
(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, Idris Elba reads fan fiction that was written about the Luther star himself. Plus, Jim Carrey sat down for a nearly 30-minute conversation about comedy, characters and existence at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Adult Swim released the full version of the “Fathers and Daughters” song from this past weekend’s Rick and Morty.
As part of a rather unique marketing campaign for the upcoming survival drama The Mountain Between Us, the folks at Fox Searchlight had star Idris Elba sit down to read some of the fan fiction that has been written about him on the internet. It’s just as saucy, sexy and ridiculous as you’d expect.
Jim Carrey sat down for an extended conversation at TIFF to talk about his career, including his approach to characters and comedy. And for those who have been keeping up with Jim Carrey’s publicized remarks about existentialism and life, the actor dives into some more mind-bending topics of discussion as well.
Finally, for those who loved the father-daughter episode of Rick and Morty last weekend, Adult Swim has released a full version of the hilarious ballad “Fathers and Daughters” as a music video featuring clips from the episode in question. It’s touching and hilarious all at once, and serves as continued evidence of Rick and Morty being better than ever.
Well, it looks like George Clooney has brought us the best Coen Brothers movie in years. Suburbicon is perhaps Clooney’s best work as a director and it’s one of the most humorous, deceptive, devilishly enjoyable dark comedies this entire year. I walked out of the cinema in Venice totally high, my heart racing, because I was so overwhelmed by how perfect it is, and by how much I loved every last twist and turn and reveal. It’s so very dark, witty, engrossing, sharp, and lovable, in all the right ways. Suburbicon is co-written by Joel & Ethan Coen, with Clooney & Grant Heslov, so it’s fair to call this a Coen Brothers film. But I don’t want to get too wrapped up in that, because Clooney’s direction here is seriously impressive and deserves the praise. ›››
The wait for more Curb Your Enthusiasm is almost over. Come this fall, Larry David will be back in action and handling hilarious confrontations over the course of 10 new episodes. In the six years since season 8, it looks like Larry David hasn’t changed much.
Below, watch the Curb Your Enthusiasm season 9 teaser.
Larry David didn’t have to make more of the show if he wasn’t interested. HBO always made clear the door was always open for him to produce more episodes. Considering the comedian decided to continue with the series, it’s probably not for nothing. Over the long six year wait, he must’ve generated all sorts of material and ideas for the series. Plus, Jeff Garlin and other co-stars have said they keep notes of funny encounters and moments they felt was potential material for Curb Your Enthusiasm. Once cameras finally started rolling on season 9, the cast was more than prepared for the highly improvised cable series.
The teaser doesn’t hint at any future storylines, but it’ll full of references to the series and teases the triumphant return:
Thanks to the TCAs, we have some idea of what to expect from this season beyond the usual laughs. HBO showed some clips from the upcoming season, which included Larry going on Judge Judy, again causing problems at a funeral, being called a “bald fuck” (again), and Larry singing “Spoonful of Sugar” in the shower. Whenever Larry sings on the show, it’s a moment to cherish. When he turned the “Goldfinger” theme into “Badfinger” remains a highlight of eight wonderful seasons.
When it came to making a ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, David thought, “Yeah, what the hell?” He said:
“You know, I’m not a misser so to speak. I don’t really miss things, but I was missing it and I was missing these idiots so I thought yeah, what the hell? And I got tired of people asking me: is the show coming back? I couldn’t face that question anymore and I wasn’t ready to say, ‘No, never.’ I kept saying, ‘Oh, you know, maybe, who knows?’ So I thought yeah, I don’t have to be asked that anymore.”
The new season will fill us in on what exactly David has been up to the last six years. The series left him and Leone (J.B. Smoove) in Paris, arguing on the street. If the season 8 finale was the end of Curb Your Enthusiasm, it would’ve been a strong ending encapsulating the series. Even in a beautiful place like Paris, David can quickly find time to argue with a stranger over something inconsequential. Thank heavens that wasn’t the end, though. As for the upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, according to executive producer Jeff Schaffer, we’ll “never suspect where it ends.”
The new season of the longest-running HBO comedy premieres on October 1.
“You are so thoughtful – as if you’d have any idea what a ‘keeper’ was.” Vertical Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for an indie comedy titled The Wilde Wedding, about a wedding that gets a bit crazy (if the title wasn’t already an indication of that). The two people getting hitched are played by Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart, a retired film star marrying a renowned English writer. The rest of the “wild” ensemble cast of great actors includes John Malkovich, Minnie Driver, Jack Davenport, Yael Stone, Peter Facinelli, Noah Emmerich, and Grace Van Patten. I’m not sure where this came from, as I’ve never heard of the film before, but it looks entertaining in an awkward dysfunctional comedy way. There’s tons of sexual tension being built up and released in this trailer, so make sure you wear a condom. Have fun. ›››
“I’ve been drifting for so long, I don’t even remember where I want to go…” This might hit a little close to home for any up-and-coming filmmakers out there who have done this kind of work and felt this way. Sundowners is an indie comedy about two struggling videographers who decide to take a job filming a wedding down in Mexico. But, of course, they run into all kinds of problems after they discover their boss is playing fast and loose. The main cast includes Phil Hanley, Luke Lalonde, Tim Heidecker, Cara Gee, Nick Flanagan, Chris Locke, James Hartnett, and Leah Fay Goldstein. This looks amusing, and a bit depressing, but maybe it’s surprisingly quite good. There’s some impressive match cuts and sleek editing in this trailer. Perhaps it’s some kind of indie gem just waiting to be discovered. Who knows? Take a look. ›››
“If you want to survive this fantasy world, think outside the boxes.” Holy mackerel, this looks amazing!! Gravitas has unveiled an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Dave Made a Maze, about an artist who builds a huge fort in his living room out of cardboard. The clever concept here is that as soon as you enter the maze, it turns into something much bigger. Dave builds the maze out of pure frustration, only to end up trapped by the “fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation.” This stars Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, James Urbaniak, Stephanie Allynne, Kirsten Vangsness, plus Scott Krinsky. Ohh it looks like it’s going to be so, so much fun, kind of like Michel Gondry meets the Duplass Brothers, or something like that. This really does seem like a certified instant cult classic. I’m ready to enter. ›››