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‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ Review: The Lonely Island Makes ‘Spinal Tap: The Next Generation’

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by Matt Singer June 1, 2016 @ 10:04 AM
It’s been more than 30 years since This Is Spinal Tap hilariously mocked the pop music scene and launched the mockumentary subgenre. If there can be such a thing as a “spiritual remake” of an old movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is it. It takes the same basic structure as Spinal Tap (a fake documentary about life in the music industry) and its narrative framework (a formerly hot pop acts fall from grace) and layers in a whole new generation of jokes about dopey celebrities in the age of social media. It doesn’t break any new ground, and it might not even be its creators’ most effective satire of this subject, but it is funny.

FOX Eyes Saturday Night Sketch Comedy With The Lonely Island

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick February 4, 2016 @ 4:41 PM
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Welp, with MadTV old enough to celebrate a 20-year anniversary (and otherwise off the air to boot), it was only a matter of time SNL found itself with a little Saturday night competition. Still - gasp! - former SNL dream team The Lonely Island will lead the charge of FOX’s new sketch comedy rival, Party Over Here.

Akiva Schaffer Interview: 'The Watch' Director Talks Aliens, 'MacGruber 2' and Life After SNL

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by Jennings Roth Cornet July 25, 2012 @ 8:14 AM
Akiva Schaffer at the premiere of 'The Watch' Photo Credit: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages
This weekend Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade and Jonah Hill are all that stands between us and a global apocalypse whose epicenter is suburban U.S.A., Costco, to be specific. So best stock up on your bulk items and close all accounts with your loved ones.
SNL’s Digital Shorts mastermind Akiva Schaffer directs the foursome in 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi comedy ‘The Watch,’ a film that  follows a neighborhood watch group as they attempt to stave off an alien invasion. We had the opportunity to speak with the director recently about transitioning away from his work on SNL, attempting to wrangle his cast and keeping a foothold in online comedy.