The Spoils Before Dying is Will Ferrell, Funny or Die and IFC’s follow-up to The Spoils of Babylon, the spoof of a… Read More
If you’re not already excited for baseball season (especially because it means spring is finally here!), Will Ferrell is here to… Read More
The Wire‘s Michael Kenneth Williams has been announced as the star of the Funny or Die-produced The Spoils Before Dying, IFC’s follow… Read More
This week, Olive Films is releasing, for the first time on Blu-ray, The Road to Hong Kong, the last of the seven “Road” buddy comedies starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Hitting theaters a full decade after the penultimate entry, Hong Kong is an occasionally funny and occasionally wheezy bit of business, with one honest-to-God great sequence: an unbilled cameo by Peter Sellers, who strolls into the picture and steals the damn thing outright. Hope and Crosby were early adopters of the kind of inside-joke comedy that yielded such cameos, which became increasingly common in the years that followed; we’ve gathered up some of the funniest in movie… Read More
That rascal Jimmy Fallon, with his lip-synching and…lip-synching. Okay, so it can be said that Fallon’s really carved out a… Read More
Will Ferrell threw a basketball at a cheerleader’s head. For art, of course, or for whatever noun you would like… Read More
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… half-naked Michael Keaton running through Times Square. Well, really, it’s your afternoon links!
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These kinds of things are always hard to say definitively, due to rampant deterioration and poor documentation, but Harold Lloyd’s 1925 masterpiece The Freshman may well have been the cinema’s first sports comedy. It was certainly the first sports comedy to prove a monster hit, setting up nearly 90 years of athletics-related laughs at the movies. In celebration of The Freshman’s Blu-ray and DVD release today (thanks to our good friends over at the Criterion Collection), here’s a look at some of the finest and funniest sports comedies ever made.
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