The barrage of press appearances surrounding most film releases is usually just as painful for audiences as it is the actors who are being forced to go through the motions. Most of us don’t really care what it was like to kiss Robert Pattinson or how George Clooney played some zany on-set prank. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, who have recently been making the media rounds promoting their comedy, The Campaign, are an exception to the rule. They actually seem determined to have a bit of fun, which — no surprise! — makes them a lot more entertaining to watch. After delighting us earlier in the week with their on-screen antics during an interview with VH1 Celebrity, now we get to see the pair read dialogue from Fifty Shades of Grey in an “impromptu audition” for the forthcoming film. We promise that even if you haven’t succumbed to the whole E.L. James phenomenon yet, you’ll find the resulting clip hilarious. … Read More
Whether or not you’re excited for Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell’s new movie, The Campaign, you have to admit that the election comedy provides an excellent excuse to get these always-amusing actors together for interviews. VH1 Celebrity has done just that, and the results are hilarious. Their poor interviewer asks a seemingly straightforward question: “What works about you two together on the screen?” Galifianakis replies, “Not much” and then proceeds to dump an entire tin of hard candy on his head, permanently derailing the conversation — but also kicking off an exchange that succeeds in demonstrating the chemistry between the comedians. Watch the hilarious clip below. … Read More
Woody Allen’s flawed but funny new film To Rome with Love opens this Friday, and while it marks his first acting appearance in one of his movies since 2006′s Scoop, he plays the role of a retired father while continuing his tradition of writing his leading man as a “Woody Allen role” — played, in this film, by Jesse Eisenberg. In his early works, Allen would occasionally engage a young actor to play himself as a child, but as he got too old to play the leading man (okay, let’s face it, after he’d gotten a little too old to play the leading man), he began putting younger actors in roles that were still distinctively Woody-esque, and which said actors played as varying degrees of imitation. We’ve assembled a montage of those actors and some of their most Allen-inspired moments; check out our latest video essay after the jump. … Read More
1. Vulture is exclusively reporting that Adam Sandler is in talks to replace Mark Wahlberg in Three Mississippi, a comedy about “two rival families who have an annual tackle football game at Thanksgiving” that already stars Will Ferrell.
2. Dan Deacon has announced that his new album is coming out on August 28… Read More
[Editor's note: Your devoted Flavorwire team is taking Memorial Day off, but we've left you with some of our favorite summer-related features that you may have missed the first time around. This post originally ran April 20, 2012. Enjoy!]
Y’know, there was once a time when the phrase “summer movies” was confined to describing movies that came out in, I dunno, the summer. But over the past few years, as studios have continued to make the pursuit of tentpole blockbusters their primary financial goal, the season’s starting pistol keeps going off earlier and earlier, and with the Entertainment Weekly summer movie preview showing up last week (yep, pre-Tax Day), alongside the impending release of The Avengers next Friday, we can either shake our calendar-clenching fists at these upstart kids, or just go along with it and present our summer movie preview now. Thus, after the jump, we present the ten big summer movies we’re most looking forward to, in order of release; agree, disagree, or add your own in the comments. … Read More
Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got a boatload of new trailers this week — many of them from Cannes, which is after all not just a film festival but a film market, where foreign rights are sold and trailers are thus trotted out. So we’ve got new films from name directors like Paul Thomas Anderson, Sam Mendes, and Baz Luhrmann, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Carey Mulligan, Jackie Chan, Joaquin Phoenix, and his late brother River. Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More
So last night saw the return of the prodigal Will Ferrell to Saturday Night Live to handle hosting duties. We noted earlier in the week that we were kinda worried about how this might play out — there’s no doubting Ferrell’s comedic talents, but ultimately, the show sinks or swims on the strength of the material he’s given to work with. And we have to say, after a promising start, the whole thing was surprisingly lackluster, a collection of overblown skits that — with a couple of notable exceptions — simply weren’t especially funny. Check out the best and the worst after the jump.
Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. This week we’ve got Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis facing off on the campaign trail; Matthew McConaughey bullying Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple; Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Emma Stone in a gangster pastiche; Todd Solondz directing Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow; and a few promising films set to premiere at Cannes. Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More
While last week’s Eli Manning-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live wasn’t as awful as we had feared that it would be, there’s something comforting about the fact that we’ll be in the hands of a seasoned pro like Will Ferrell this week. Our only real question is whether or not the show’s struggling writers will be able to come up with enough good material for him, and judging from these relatively weak promos, we think that they still have a few very long nights ahead of them. Come on guys, this one of the best physical comedians performing today, and all you give him is a bit about a fancy brooch and a rainbow wig? Here’s hoping that they’re saving all the good stuff for the actual episode. … Read More
Welcome to Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Walter Matthau, Orson Welles, Dustin Hoffman, a Gus Van Sant classic, a serious turn by Will Ferrell, documentaries on sheepherding and gay politicians, and some much-needed levity from the MST3K crew. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More