Screen Junkies » chevy chase http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Gillian Jacobs Accepts Challenge To Act Believably In ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gillian-jacobs-accepts-challenge-to-act-believably-in-hot-tub-time-machine-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gillian-jacobs-accepts-challenge-to-act-believably-in-hot-tub-time-machine-2/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:24:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255242 It's the role every girl at Julliard dreams about.

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They may have been separated by his frustrated, explosive, sometime-racist outbursts on the set of Community, but Gillian Jacobs and Chevy Chase will be reyooned on a set that knows how to treat a guy. The Julliard-trained Jacobs has joined the cast of Hot Tub Time Machine 2 in a role only described as the female lead. Chase will be reprising his role as the hot tub/time machine repairman, while Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke reprise their roles.

As previously reported, newcomer Adam Scott will replace John Cusack because he just didn’t make very much sense in a movie about a time-traveling hot tub. (Deadline)

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The 7 Greatest Undercover Badasses in Movie History http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-undercover-badasses-in-movie-history/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-undercover-badasses-in-movie-history/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 02:04:32 +0000 Lee Keeler http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253225 In honor of the crime thriller Snitch...

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Back-stabbing revenge, gut-wrenching suspense and putting a bullet in a trusted confidant: all in a day’s work for an undercover badass. From Serpico to Donnie Brasco, the hallmarks of the covert hero require deep emotional commitment, a versatile wardrobe and the ability to blend in with questionable fortitude. That ability will come in handy for Dwayne Johnson’s character in the upcoming action-thriller Snitch. In the film, Johnson plays a father who is forced to infiltrate a drug cartel in order to clear the name of his wrongly convicted son. And as with the other undercover badasses on this list, one wrong move could cost him his life.

In celebration of the release of Summit Entertainment’s crime thriller Snitch, opening in theaters February 22nd, we’re proud to bring you seven of the greatest undercover badasses in movie history.

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Departed

By the time the American remake of Infernal Affairs rolled around, DiCaprio was already widely-celebrated for his skills; but it wasn’t until audiences saw him doing push-ups between prison bunks that he carved out his first proper badass. Given the circumstances, it could have been easy for any actor to overplay the role of William Costigan, but DiCaprio brings a level of grace and sadness to level off the character’s grit and ferocity. Even more badass: DiCaprio actively declined campaigning for any awards for Best Supporting Actor that year as to avoid stepping on the toes of his co-stars.

Johnny Depp, Donnie Brasco

Getting in “too deep” is a common theme in many undercover films. After all, putting yourself at risk is what going undercover is all about. But what happens when you form a legitimate friendship with the men you’re supposed to be infiltrating. Things quickly get complicated for Donnie Brasco when he realizes that doing his job will most likely result in his friend’s death.

Toshiro Mifune, The Bad Sleep Well

Mifune’s performance as Koichi Nishi is a rarity in that it doesn’t employ the slam-bang tactics of many of his cohorts seen on this list. His stoic nerd slowly unveils the vengeance of a son scorned by one of the most powerful corporations in Japan through tactics of seduction, espionage and psychological torture. Mifune played numerous lively punkers in his lifetime, particularly in the realm of samurai lore, but this character seethes in his rage, striking only after his prey is at the brink of madness. Case in point: Nishi corners one of his targets on the window ledge from which his father died, calming the man down by offering whiskey that he later reveals is “poisoned”. The mark collapses, driven insane by the ordeal. Nasty!

Keanu Reeves, Point Break

This is simple story about a former Ohio State quarterback named Johnny Utah. For an F-!B-!I!-Agent!, Johnny maintains the most suspicious bromance with Patrick Swayze’s Bodhi this side of “Brokeback Mountain”. He allows his bleach-blonde nemesis to escape an aqueduct face-off, jump out of an airplane and eventually surf himself to death. At various points in the film, Bodhi’s potency in performing extreme sports counteracts the hobbling ethics of Reeves’ lawman. Johnny, like, totally buries his heart at wounded knee.

Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects

Have you ever seen Kevin Spacey try to act like a badass? It doesn’t work. But Spacey as a schlepp? That’s Oscar gold. The writing/directing on “Suspects” lay formidable groundwork for Spacey to perform as the keystone for an impeccably oddball cast. His bumbling Verbal Kint acts as a tender foil to a constant stream of roughneck freakouts. With little more than his wits, this badass knows that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing Chazz Palmenteri that he didn’t exist.

Chevy Chase, Fletch

Light years ahead of the Twitter-quip generation, Chase is at the peak of his powers, dishing out maximum smarm before turding up his career with JTT movies. What makes this role fairly badass is that it is one of the last of a dying breed: that of the snoopy, investigative newspaper reporter. What makes it particularly badass is that Chase has a ball conjuring up characters with names like Dr. Rosenpenis, Dr. Babar and Mr. Poon. The actor has gone on record as saying this was his favorite role, given that director Michael Ritchie often took multiple takes and allowed Chase to riff with whatever came off the top of his dome.

Nicolas Cage, Face/Off

“Castor Troy” is a pretty distinct – if not altogether awful – name. Despite this and other cringe-worthy moments that face-swipe to show affection, Nic Cage keeps John Woo’s ‘97 hit from teetering into cornball territory. Cage’s Castor Troy is the kind of guy who can talk an undercover agent into sucking his tongue. He poses as a priest so he can plant a dirty bomb and goose choir members. He switches sunglasses for no reason. And he delivers a more badass John Travolta impersonation than Dana Carvey.

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Ed Helms In Talks For The New ‘Vacation’ Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-helms-in-talks-for-the-new-vacation-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-helms-in-talks-for-the-new-vacation-movies/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:12:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249720 There was a time when National Lampoon films didn't suck. Let's harken back to that era.

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After National Lampoon has made every attempt to sully the reputation of everything it had ever touched with crap like Dorm Daze and Pledge This! the remnants of the magazine’s only lauded property, the Vacation series, are set to rise from the ashes with a reboot/sequel-y type of thing.

With Lampoon‘s track record, that would normally be cause for an audible groan, but the fact that Ed Helms is in talks to play Clark Griswold’s grown son Rusty in the coming installments gives some hope to the project.

In case it’s not clear, Rusty would be the focus and patriarch of the next installment, after almost 15 years since Chevy Chase regaled us with Vegas Vacation.

Is Randy Quaid going to reprise his role? I heard he’s available!

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Chevy Chase Is A Real Crankypants http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/chevy-chase-is-a-real-crankypants/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/chevy-chase-is-a-real-crankypants/#comments Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:00:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249454 He told a 'Community' director to "f*** off." I hardly ever get to talk that way to my boss.

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While chatting it up with the Sklar Brothers on the latest episode of Sklarbro Country, Jay Chandrasekhar discussed the joy of working with Chevy Chase on the set of Community. The Super Troopers director and star also makes a living by directing episodes of your favorite television shows like Arrested Development and the ”Mixology Certification” episode of Community because the brilliant-but-poorly-received Club Dread isn’t keeping the lights on. Says Chandrasekhar of working with God’s gift to comedy:

The bits are in three parts: beginning, and move along, and payoff. … So I said, “All right, Chevy, it’s time to shoot the second part of the bit,” and he goes “eh, you don’t need it.” And I’m like, “Yeah, yeah we need it, we need it.” He goes, “Nah, don’t worry about it, you don’t need it.” And I’m like, “Yeah, well, we shot the intro, we shot the payoff, we kind of need the move-along section.” He goes, “Oh, I see, are you telling me about comedy?” And I said, “Well, you know, in this case, I actually am.” He goes, “Go fuck yourself!” And he gets up and he storms off.

About ten minutes later, Chase returned and shot the scenes. Maybe he just really had to take a dump and was nervous about telling everybody. In Hollywood, admitting to pooping is considered a sign of weakness.

Chandrasekhar noted that they worked out their differences and he actually loves Chase. In that case, we look forward to reports of Chase storming off the set of Super Troopers 2. (via Vulture)

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The 7 Worst Talk Show Hosts Of Our Generation http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-worst-talk-show-hosts-of-our-generation/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-worst-talk-show-hosts-of-our-generation/#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:13:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247801 The horror...

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The late night talk show is a dying art form. The success of 30-minute programs like The Daily Show and Colbert suggest that contemporary audiences want their shows to be quick and relevant, rather than a padded hour of fluff and filler, punctuated with fawning interviews.

Tastes may have changed because of the internet age and the more rapid delivery of information. Or they may have changed because these late-night talk show hosts sucked so bad they turned everyone off of the format altogether. We may never know.

Keenan Ivory Wayans – The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show

Premiering in fall of 1997 and running for about seven months, The Keenan Ivory Wayans show was just further proof that perhaps Keenan Ivory Wayans should have stuck with sketch comedy and not branched out into further realms, namely movies and talk shows. His house band was an all-girl band called “Ladies of the Night.”

His show was understandably marketed towards a black audience, but didn’t seem to find an audience with anyone, having gone up against a rival late night show called Vibe.

Unfortunately, if his show would have continued, he might not have found the time to direct Little Man. I hate Little Man.

Pat Sajak – The Pat Sajak Show

Remarkably, The Pat Sajak Show lasted for almost 18 months, which demonstrated that some people actually did want to know what Pat Sajak thought and felt outside the realm of vowel-purchasing.

A month before the show premiered, Sajak admitted he was “not looking to raise the level of TV,” and he planned to “steal liberally from talk shows past and present.” I’m sure that got everyone really fired up about his new talk show, eh? It didn’t help that the show was 90 minutes long, five nights a week. I don’t care how much you like Wheel of Fortune. That’s a shit-ton of Sajak. Too much, frankly.

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‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ Saga Reluctantly Handed Over To ‘Horrible Bosses’ Writers http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/national-lampoons-vacation-saga-reluctantly-handed-over-to-horrible-bosses-writers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/national-lampoons-vacation-saga-reluctantly-handed-over-to-horrible-bosses-writers/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:00:02 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246429 It will pick up where 'Vegas Vacation' left off. That is to say, the gutter.

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Good news for people who like lackluster news! Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the minds behind the pretty funny Horrible Bosses, are on tap to take over the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise, which has been largely forgotten over the years, especially considering the decades-long revelation that Chevy Chase is extremely unlikable.

The new Vacation will focus on a grown up Rusty Griswold, who will carry the torch his father passed by taking his own family to Wally World, with predictably disastrous results. Of course, the burning (and itching) question is: Who will play Rusty?

A brief list of suggestions:

  • Jonah Hill
  • Delroy Lindo
  • Jean Dujardin
  • Chevy Chase’s actual kids, if he found a women to love him long enough to make them
  • Maybe Ben Stiller‘s brother
  • Chris Pratt (my choice)
  • Joel McHale
  • Charlie Day
  • Justin Long

Yeah. Still not very fired up about this one.

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Don’t Panic: ‘Community’ Is Not Dead… Yet http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dont-panic-community-is-not-dead-yet/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dont-panic-community-is-not-dead-yet/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:30:39 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=236436 The show will not be returning in January... at least not right away.

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While Twitter enters panic mode as Community cancellation rumors swirl, the New York Times is reporting that the show is not quite dead, and will only be off the air a short time. By “New York Times,” I mean two of its writers, and by “reporting” I mean tweeting.

Community” is definitely NOT cancelled, NYT’s Bill Carter says, two cubicles over,” tweeted Brian Stelter, Carter’s coworker. “NBC says it’ll be off the air for only a brief time.”

Rumors of the show’s cancellation began when NBC released its Midseason 2012 schedule, which didn’t include any mention of Community. Understandably, this was cause for concern. However, the fact that NBC has not outright cancelled the show means there’s still some hope that it will be used to fill in a gap once the network decides to cancel a poorly performing midseason replacement. Of course, I’d much rather NBC just bring the damn show back for a full run, but with Community’s ratings in the toilet, I’ll be happy to see the show survive in any way shape or form. If that means a few less episodes on the back end, so be it. (Source)

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Eight Other People Who Would Have Made Great Oscar Hosts 15 Years Ago http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/eight-other-people-who-would-have-made-great-oscar-hosts-15-years-ago/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/eight-other-people-who-would-have-made-great-oscar-hosts-15-years-ago/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2011 23:30:45 +0000 Esteban http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227639 1996 would love these hosts!

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On Tuesday it was officially announced that Eddie Murphy will host the 2012 Academy Awards. Obviously he will share co-hosting duties with his sister and uncle, both of whom will be played by Eddie in a fat suit.

This announcement ended six months of speculation that began immediately after last year’s abysmal effort by Anne “What The Hell Is Comedic Timing?” Hathaway and James “Maybe I Should Just Pick One Or Two Hobbies And Stick With Them” Franco.

Of course, most observers figured the Academy would go with someone familiar and safe (and named Billy Crystal) this time around. However, it turns out that the producer of the 2012 telecast, Brett Ratner, was looking for someone a little less “safe” and a little more, I don’t know, starring in a film he directed that is being released this November. So they went with Eddie Murphy even though he is clearly past his comedic prime, having appeared in precisely two good films since the turn of the millennium.

Now, as evidenced by their attempt to be hip and connect with the youngsters last year, the Academy generally tries to choose a host who is at least somewhat commercially relevant. So this decision struck me as a little strange. If Murphy can’t entertain people with his movies, which last about 90 minutes, how the hell is he going to keep 300 million people glued to the tube for four and a half hours this February? Sure, Eddie is a comedy legend, and he would have been a fantastic host back in 1993. But have you seen Meet Dave?

That being said, I don’t particularly enjoy going against the grain. In fact, I love the establishment. If “the man” writes something on the wall, I read it and don’t ask questions. So if this “picking Oscar hosts who were really awesome 15 years ago” thing is the direction the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wishes to go, that’s cool. I even have a few suggestions for other has-been Hollywood types the Academy might want to keep in mind for the future. You’re welcome, guys.

Chevy Chase

In his prime, Chevy Chase was a physical comedy genius and a true master of the dry one-liner. He rose to stardom as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, then parlayed that notoriety into a successful movie career, making classic comedic turns in such films as Caddyshack, Vacation, Fletch, ¡Three Amigos! and, of course, Christmas Vacation. Chevy was so funny in the 70s and 80s that he actually did host the Oscars back then. Twice. And he was great. He opened the 1987 telecast with the classic greeting, “Good evening, Hollywood phonies!”

Sadly, that was one of the last funny things Chevy Chase did for about 20 years. For some reason, Chevy just stopped being funny. Maybe all those comedic pratfalls just took a toll on his body. Or maybe all the drugs he took to numb the pain of those pratfalls took a toll on his brain. But one way or another, Chevy lost it. Luckily, in the last two years he’s been able to regain some of his old form in the NBC sitcom Community, so he might be the perfect guy to follow Eddie Murphy in 2013.

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd was probably never quite as brilliant as contemporaries Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, or Steve Martin, but he had some pretty great moments. The unscrupulous toy company executive on SNL selling his “Bag O’ Glass”? Hilarious. Blues Brothers? Classic. Trading Places with co-star Eddie Murphy? Pretty funny. Ghostbusters? Perfect. But all good things come to an end, and I’ve got one word for you that pretty much sums up the man’s current ability: Crossroads. So yeah, these days old Danny boy would be wise to just focus on hocking his wine and liquor products and leave the comedy to others. Which means he’s just the type of guy the Academy is looking for.

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9 Talk Shows That Crashed And Burned Faster Than ‘Lopez Tonight’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-talk-shows-that-crashed-and-burned-faster-than-lopez-tonight/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-talk-shows-that-crashed-and-burned-faster-than-lopez-tonight/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:19:33 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224161 Lopez was bad, but not this bad.

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After nearly two years on the air, TBS has canceled George Lopez’s talk show, Lopez Tonight, due to low ratings. After moving the show back by an hour to make way for Conan O’Brein, Lopez’s audience fell off by nearly 40%, and never recovered from the drop. But in all fairness to Conan, the later time slot only exacerbated an existing problem: the fact that the show was about as funny as stapling your scrotum to your thigh. But me bashing George Lopez for not being funny is like Michael Jackson bashing Amy Winehouse for reckless drug use. So instead of poking fun at a man who has achieved more success than most of us could even fathom, I’ll just point out nine other talk-show hosts who crashed and burned even harder than he did. Enjoy.

Also, please note that you will be watching a lot of clips from the 80′s and early 90′s, so prepare yourself for an outrageous amount of saxophone.

The Pat Sajak Show - Jan., 1989 to Apr., 1990

Those of you who aren’t old enough to remember the 80′s are blessed. It was an awful time, as evidenced by this clip. Yes, that’s Pat Sajak, the guy who hosts Wheel of Fortune. There’s no reason to particularly dislike the man, but seeing that sweater in the intro is enough to make people change the channel. However, he was ahead of his time on the whole Betty White craze.

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Emmy Snub Doesn’t Phase The Cast Of ‘Community’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/emmy-snub-doesnt-phase-the-cast-of-community/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/emmy-snub-doesnt-phase-the-cast-of-community/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2011 23:56:44 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222019 “Frankly it didn’t bother me,” Chase added. “I have a lot of Emmys.”

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When Community was shut out of this year’s Emmy nominations, fans were left to wonder how such a groundbreaking, intelligent series could be completely ignored by the voters. At a time when the critically-acclaimed but low-rated show is still struggling to find a larger audience, an acknowledgment could have gone a long way toward securing its uncertain future. Instead, a series with arguably the best comedy writing on television and an ensemble cast that’s second to none was met with silence. This lack of even a single nom seemed like a slap in the face not only to the cast and crew, but to anyone who prefers their shows without a laugh track.

But when I spoke to Dan Harmon and the cast at Comic-Con, the snub didn’t seem to matter. In fact, Harmon claimed some cast members were perversely pleased by the lack of recognition, including comedy legend Chevy Chase.

“It was just a big ‘I told you so,’ Harmon said. “(Chase) called me and said I told you so. He liked it that we didn’t get a nomination.”

“Frankly it didn’t bother me,” Chase added. “I have a lot of Emmys.”

For cast member Yvette Nicole Brown, the lack of a nomination didn’t come across as a snub, but rather a testament to the quality of Community’s competition.

“There’s a lot of shows on the air that are funny,” Brown said. “It’s almost, like…who would you take off the list. It becomes snarky, then.”

“I can take two off,” joked costar Joel McHale, before adding he felt it was the writing team that deserved the most recognition.

“I don’t want to sound more arrogant than normal, but the writing nomination, I thought that would have been great. But we’re not doing this for awards, or anything. I’m thrilled we’re coming back for a third season.”

That sentiment was echoed by producer Anthony Russo, who along with his brother Joe, worked on the highly revered sitcom, Arrested Development.

“The good news is we’re on the air for another season, we’re all able to keep doing what we’re doing, and we’re having great fun and we’ll see what happens this season.”

According to Dan Harmon, viewers can expect a darker tone from season three, which will include that addition of The Wire’s Michael K. Williams. Not many sitcoms would cast an actor best known for playing a shotgun wielding homosexual who makes a living robbing drug dealers. But according to actor Ken Jeong, the chance to work in such a creative, unpredictable environment is its own reward.

“When you’re part of what I honestly consider to be the funniest sitcom right now on television, whether we have nominations or not, we go hom knowing we do good work.”

Added costar Danny Pudi, “As long as we get to laugh at the end of the day and be challenged with crazy, funny, and smart material, I don’t know if we could ask for anything else.”

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Chevy Chase Is Too Awesome For Stupid Buzz Words Like “Meta” http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/chevy-chase-is-too-awesome-for-stupid-buzz-words-like-meta/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/chevy-chase-is-too-awesome-for-stupid-buzz-words-like-meta/#comments Sat, 23 Jul 2011 22:08:37 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221722 It's a Greek prefix that means beyond or above...so it really means nothing.

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Community is often referred to as a stellar example of “meta comedy.” But don’t tell that to actor Chevy Chase. He doesn’t even know what the term means and jokingly said he has always considered Community to be more “poli.” Considering the man starred in Fletch and has forgotten more about comedy than most of us will ever know, who are you to say otherwise?

During a round-table Comic-Con interview with Chase and ‘Community’ creator Dan Harmon, reporters (myself included) repeatedly used “meta” in reference to the show. Half way through the interview, Chase asked us what the hell we were talking about.

Chase: What does “Meta” mean?
Harmon: It’s Greek prefix that means beyond or above…so it really means nothing.
Chase: It’s just a prefix?
Harmon: Yeah.
Chase: I thought our show was “poli,” that’s just a prefix.
Harmon: We’re gonna be more poli this year. That’s how we should respond to that question.

Chase also confessed that he had never heard of his new co-star Michael K. Williams, and that he has never seen The Wire, which is totally understandable. If I were him, I’d be too busy repeatedly viewing my own filmography to watch anything else. In fact, I’m going to go watch ¡Three Amigos! right now.

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‘¡Three Amigos!’ Ride Again! http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/%c2%a1three-amigos-ride-again/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/%c2%a1three-amigos-ride-again/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2011 19:34:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=209753 But not for any kind of film project. At least not until Judd Apatow decides he wants to reboot.

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Recently, Empire got John Landis, Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase together in one room to reconfirm that Chevy Chase remains the tallest. Outcome: he does!

While there, they also figured they may as well have a ¡Three Amigos! mini-reunion. Look how old everyone got!! Look how Steve Martin looks exactly the same!! And why is John Landis posing with his arms on his chest like that? That’s the position I imagine Martin Landau sleeps in.

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‘Fletch’ To Be Re-Imagined, Because Everyone Loves Re-Imaginings http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fletch-to-be-re-imagined-because-everyone-loves-re-imaginings/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fletch-to-be-re-imagined-because-everyone-loves-re-imaginings/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 04:10:35 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23984 I guess people like NBC's 'Community' so much, they want to see one of Chevy Chase's best movies remade, but not starring him?

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Hollywood knows that you, the movie-going public, hate seeing original new ideas on screen. That’s why they’re force-feeding us a steady diet of sequels, prequels, squeakquels, reboots and re-imaginings. (Mmm-mmm, tastes leftovery.) After all, nobody went to see that original movie Inception last summer. Oh, it was a big hit? Well, it would have done better if it was somehow repackaged as a Nightmare On Elm Street origin story. “They’re both about dreams, right? What’s the problem?”

That’s why everyone’s super excited about Warner Bros. re-making the 1985 Chevy Chase movie Fletch. I guess people like NBC’s Community so much, they want to see one of Chase’s best movies remade, but not starring him? To be fair, Warner Bros bought the rights to the Fletch book series by Gregory McDonald, so if they begin their would-be franchise by adapting a different story, it wouldn’t even feel like a re-imagining. However, the executives might just decide to remake exactly the same book, because that’s the story audiences have a pre-awareness of. In that case, I’ll be seeing more original fare, like the Punky Brewster action comedy starring Demi Lovato, thank you very much. (Deadline)

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Google Talks Smack About Celebrities http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/google-talks-smack-about-celebrities/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/google-talks-smack-about-celebrities/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 00:57:39 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16577 Google is so smart, it can actually answer a question before it's been asked. So we decided to utilize this feature to find out what Google (and more importantly, what Internet users) really want to know about their favorite celebrities.

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Google knows everything. In fact, Google is so smart, it can actually answer your question before you’ve asked it by examining previous questions asked by millions of other people. The future is now! It’s a future ruled by machines, but a future none the less!

We decided to utilize this feature to find out what Google (and more importantly, what Internet users) really want to know about their favorite celebrities. The results were somewhat predictable, but disturbing all the same. We weeded out the repetitive answers, as it tuns out every celebrity alive is suspected of being either gay or Jewish. We also left out Richard Gere, because the man has been through enough of this shit.

At any rate, here are the results of our celebrity Google search experiment.

Angelina Jolie
That stuck up bitch!

Brad Pitt
I guess he figured out “what’s in the box.”

Chevy Chase
I always knew Funny Farm would come back to haunt him.

Christina Hendricks
We didn’t even have to type “is” to figure out what people are really looking for.

Jay Leno
That explains the lack of children. Poor Mavis.

Jeff Dunham
Google thinks Dunham is both “racist” and “a racist.” That’s super racist! (Get over it, Google, he’s a ventriloquist.)

Kanye West
Speaking of racism, Kanye West is Tracy Jordan? I guess they all look alike to you, eh Google? You make me sick.

Lady Gaga
I wish just one of these things were true.

Tyler Perry
I can’t think of a more humorless place than Tyler Perry Island.

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Danny Pudi Talks ‘Community’ Stop-Motion Christmas Episode and ‘Farscape’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/danny-pudi-talks-community-stop-motion-christmas-episode-and-farscape/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/danny-pudi-talks-community-stop-motion-christmas-episode-and-farscape/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 00:21:16 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=10315 Dani Pudi plays the character on “Community” who provides most of the show’s self-referential meta humor. So it makes sense that Abed is responsible for a stop-motion animated episode in the tradition of the Rankin Bass specials.

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Dani Pudi plays the character on “Community” who provides most of the show’s self-referential meta humor. So it makes sense that Abed is responsible for a stop-motion animated episode in the tradition of the Rankin Bass specials.

“The episode is ‘Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas,’” Pudi said in a conference call with the media. “The episode starts off like a typical community episode. Cold open, we’re in the cafeteria, Dean Pelton is over the speaker. The only difference is it’s stop motion. Abed notices and he thinks it’s a very special Christmas because we’ve gone to a new medium, stop motion. Abed believes the only reason he’s in stop motion is to find the meaning of Christmas. They go on a journey with the aid of Professor Duncan who believes he needs to help figure out what’s in Abed’s mind. He even says at one time, ‘What emotional crisis did you have to have this delusion?’ Abed says it’s not a delusion. We have a magical journey including through Gumdrop Road which is a place I’ve always wanted to go.”

Like all holiday classics, Abed and the “Community” gang learn something by the end. “It starts in this place where something has triggered this new perspective from Abed because every year he has a special thing with his family on Christmas but something’s a little different this year. Through it all, with the study group’s help, of course at the end we all come together and discover the meaning of Christmas individually and as a group. There are moments of absurdity but it’s grounded in logic and reality. It goes to these places where with stop motion I think we’re able to go a little further with the emotional depth and sadness of some of the characters. I think it will rival ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ for our generation.”

“Community” already got deep this year with an episode on religion, where Abed becomes a messiah to Greendale. “Uncontrollable Christmas” is profound in a more secular way.

“I think that one was a little bit more about the life of Jesus and the bible. It was a little bit more Christianity based and I think there was a little bit more about religion in that one. The last Christmas episode we talked about different religions, and we talk a little bit, but in this one it’s not as much about religious differences as it is about our characters and the meaning of Christmas for all of us. We even talk about ‘seasons greetings’ vs. ‘merry Christmas.’ There is a little bit more of Abed’s journey to figuring out the meaning of Chrsitmas and the study group coming together at the end. I would say definitely less religious but still very full of meaning, not only Christmas. Abed needs to figure out the meaning of Christmas. The study group comes together on a mini mission in one day, probably in one hour. It’s more focused, also because a lot of it’s coming from one character’s point of view. It’s less about the meta and more about crap, how do we get out of here?’”

Pudi hasn’t seen the finished animation yet, but he did get to visit the studio where eight animators were manipulated his stop motion likeness. “It’s very bizarre because you’re looking at a version of yourself. In my case, it’s definitely an enhanced and better looking version. The eyebrows are fuller, the forehead is smaller. I think I’m more handsome. I’ve got a nicer jaw line. I have actually the same sized legs which I don’t know if that’s a good thing, but it’s very weird and bizarre. It’s just really fun. The first time I met one of the animators, I saw her away from set and she was like, ‘I recognize you because I’ve been working on your doll.’ That’s definitely another first. That’s the first time someone’s recognized me from a doll they made of me.”

Puppetry plays a role in this week’s episode too. Going out to celebrate Troy’s 21st birthday, Abed gets into a “Farscape” debate. “I do have a conversation with someone regarding ‘Farscape’ and the differences between season one and season three. I think Abed is very excited to discuss ‘Farscape’ with someone because there’s not many people in Abed’s life that he can. Tomorrow night’s episode is a really sweet episode, Troy’s 21st birthday party, so the gang goes to celebrate his 21st birthday party. I don’t think we’ve done that very often where you see our group interacting with people outside of Greendale while we’re still together. That’s always interesting, how would Abed and Troy interact with a regular customer at a bar. How would an outsider perceive this group of knuckleheads. That’s another episode where Abed learns a lesson. A lot of people learn a lesson. I think ‘Farscape’ is just the means to the end.”

For research, Pudi put on a few “Farscape” episodes. “It freaked me out right away with some of the aliens. They’re very alien looking with human qualities but there is a fantasy element I like because as a kid I thought okay, if it is possible for me to make out with an alien woman, that would be an exciting thing. Watching ‘Farscape’ definitely rekindled some of those memories I am human though. I just want everybody to be clear of that, and married so don’t tell my wife.”

That takes “Community” through the end of 2010. Pudi’s already at work on next year’s batch. “We just did an episode where we get to put on a drug play. Anti-drug play, let’s be clear about that. Every script I get I’m just really, really excited to see what’s next and where we’re going. I feel like I’m turning back into a 5 – 10-year-old. The fact I get to do that as an adult with a bank account makes me really excited. My mom can’t get mad at me. When you get to play in a blanket fort, put on an anti-drug play… these are things an adult can’t get away with, or at least you’d be monitoring his behavior.”

“Community” airs Thursdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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‘Community’ Halloween Episode Preview http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/community-halloween-episode-preview/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/community-halloween-episode-preview/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 This morning I have for you a preview of the upcoming Halloween episode of "Community." Zombies have taken over Greendale. The producers have also managed to make all the characters' costumes funny again, as well as indicative of their unique personalities. Jeff is so vain that he always goes as something effortlessly attractive. This year he's David Beckham. Brilliant. And wait until you see Senor Chang. "Community" is without a doubt one of the best shows on television, and it's perplexing to me that no one watches it. You and I might watch it, but everyone else is tuning into "The Big Bang Theory" and not DVRing the little college sitcom on NBC at the same time. Some affiliates across the country are even dropping it from their lineup due to the fact that no one in their city gives a crap. That is not a good sign, folks. Once affiliates start dropping programs it's not long before it gets yanked from the schedule altogether. Let's watch this Halloween episode and save this show from going the way of "Arrested Development." Check out the preview after the jump...

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This morning I have for you a preview of the upcoming Halloween episode of "Community." Zombies have taken over Greendale. The producers have also managed to make all the characters’ costumes funny again, as well as indicative of their unique personalities. Jeff is so vain that he always goes as something effortlessly attractive. This year he’s David Beckham. Brilliant. And wait until you see Senor Chang.

"Community" is without a doubt one of the best shows on television, and it’s perplexing to me that no one watches it. You and I might watch it, but everyone else is tuning into "The Big Bang Theory" and not DVRing the little college sitcom on NBC at the same time. Some affiliates across the country are even dropping it from their lineup due to the fact that no one in their city gives a crap. That is not a good sign, folks. Once affiliates start dropping programs it’s not long before it gets yanked from the schedule altogether. Let’s watch this Halloween episode and save this show from going the way of "Arrested Development."

Check out the preview after the jump…

 

(WarmingGlow)

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Inception http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/national-lampoons-christmas-inception/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/national-lampoons-christmas-inception/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Here's the latest Inception mash-up for you, and hopefully one of the last. It's not that adding the Inception score to Christmas Vacation is a bad idea, it's just that this process could go on forever. Even Larry the Cable Guy's Witless Protection could be funny if mashed-up in such a manner. Alright, maybe not that movie, but you get my point. Watch Clark Griswold lose his sh*t after the jump...

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Here’s the latest Inception mash-up for you, and hopefully one of the last. It’s not that adding the Inception score to Christmas Vacation is a bad idea, it’s just that this process could go on forever. Even Larry the Cable Guy‘s Witless Protection could be funny if mashed-up in such a manner. Alright, maybe not that movie, but you get my point.

Watch Clark Griswold lose his sh*t after the jump…

 

(FilmDrunk)

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New Line Brings Writers Along for ‘Vacation’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-line-brings-writers-along-for-vacation/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-line-brings-writers-along-for-vacation/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Pack the kids and the dog urine-soaked sandwiches into the family truckster. It looks like New Line and David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) are moving forward with their reboot of National Lampoon's Vacation. However, this time they're wisely dropping the National Lampoon's moniker. The goof-tards who made Van Wilder: Freshman Year spilled bong water on it and now it's ruined.News today is that screenwriting duo Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Sam from Freaks and Geeks) have been hired to write the disastrous family outing. As previously reported, the new film will focus on Rusty Griswold as the hapless dad of his own family. Chevy Chase is expected to tag along as Grandpa Clark. No word yet whether Beverly D'Angelo or Randy Quaid will return or not. Though if Quaid is not welcomed back, Dobkin can expect a threatening, unpunctuated letter from his nutbar wife. (Variety)

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Pack the kids and the dog urine-soaked sandwiches into the family truckster. It looks like New Line and David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) are moving forward with their reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation. However, this time they’re wisely dropping the National Lampoon’s moniker. The goof-tards who made Van Wilder: Freshman Year spilled bong water on it and now it’s ruined.

News today is that screenwriting duo Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Sam from Freaks and Geeks) have been hired to write the disastrous family outing. As previously reported, the new film will focus on Rusty Griswold as the hapless dad of his own family. Chevy Chase is expected to tag along as Grandpa Clark. No word yet whether Beverly D’Angelo or Randy Quaid will return or not. Though if Quaid is not welcomed back, Dobkin can expect a threatening, unpunctuated letter from his nutbar wife. (Variety)

 

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Video Proof The Griswolds are Back! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/video-proof-the-griswolds-are-back/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/video-proof-the-griswolds-are-back/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The Griswolds are coming back to the screen! Even if it is just the small screen. We reported in October that a new National Lampoon's Vacation sequel is in the works, but a short film featuring the lovably dysfunctional family is a certainty. Below is just a teaser of what will premiere on HomeAway February 7th. I don't even care that Clark & Ellen are hocking vacation rental homes, they're together again and looking rather dapper. No word if interchangable children Rusty and Audrey will be in the short film, but my fingers are crossed that they somehow work Anthony Michael Hall in there. He already played opposite Chevy on NBC's Community, and I'd like to see Clark give him a few incoherent words of wisdom one last time. Check out The Griswolds teaser after the jump.

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The Griswolds are coming back to the screen! Even if it is just the small screen. We reported in October that a new National Lampoon’s Vacation sequel is in the works, but a short film featuring the lovably dysfunctional family is a certainty. Below is just a teaser of what will premiere on HomeAway February 7th.

I don’t even care that Clark & Ellen are hocking vacation rental homes, they’re together again and looking rather dapper. No word if interchangable children Rusty and Audrey will be in the short film, but my fingers are crossed that they somehow work Anthony Michael Hall in there. He already played opposite Chevy on NBC’s Community, and I’d like to see Clark give him a few incoherent words of wisdom one last time.

Check out The Griswolds teaser after the jump.

 

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