Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s forthcoming Lifetime movie A Deadly Adoption has had a winding road to completion, first leaking to the press, then (jokingly?) canceled over the report, then back on. Now, there’s no stopping A Deadly Adoption (or a speeding truck) as Lifetime releases the first dramatic footage.
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Russ and Roger Go Beyond has been in the works for some time now — the film, which covers the working relationship between esteemed film critic Roger Ebert and filmmaker Russ Meyer, has so far only cast Will Ferrell in the role of Meyer, while the role of Ebert remains vacant. But there’s some forward momentum on the project now, as The Trip director Michael Winterbottom has entered negotiations to direct the film.
You know the Lifetime Original Movie formula: heinous crime, family melodrama, over-acting and maudlin theatrics. Somewhere, there must be a Mad Lib form floating around the Lifetime offices in case they run out of steam. In what sounds like a ridiculous April Fools’ Day joke, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig have combined their considerable comedic talents to take on that very formula — yes, really.
Individually, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are undeniably hilarious guys. Bringing two major comedic forces together on the big screen just makes sense on both a commercial and entertainment level. Unfortunately, Get Hard largely squanders the talents of Ferrell and Hart on an outdated premise with tired jokes, delivering what essentially amounts to one overlong joke about the terrors of prison rape.
Last year saw IFC assembling a ridiculous collection of stars for the Funny or Die-produced Spoils of Babylon, and already the sequel is shaping up even bigger. Following Boardwalk Empire star Michael K. Williams’ cast as lead, The Spoils Before Dying has added new and returning stars the likes of Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Haley Joel Osment and more.
While the previous Get Hard trailers could only hint at the jokes that the final, R-rated film would feature, the new red band trailer drops you into a sea of f-bombs, nudity, racial conflict, and seedy bathroom encounters. This movie looks filthy, going above and beyond what we usually expect from stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Whether you actually laugh at the trailer or not, one thing is certain: this thing is going to be huge.
Since breaking out with their 2014 hit comedy Neighbors, writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien have been understandably busy. Up next is their new comedy, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which reunites them with Neighbors star Zac Efron. In addition to that film, the pair are also working on The House, which plays in the same rowdy suburban territory as Neighbors, and has attracted the interest of comedy king Will Ferrell.
What would a SNL 40th Anniversary Special be without Celebrity Jeopardy, one of the most popular recurring sketches of the modern SNL era. Alex Trebek was back and he brought with him some of his most frustrating contestants including Sir Sean Connery, Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett, Matthew McConaughey, Christoph Waltz, and, of course, Turd Ferguson.
The dust has barely settled from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and already we’ve got a look at the lineup for the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival. After an initial announcement that included opening night film ‘Brand,’ about comedian Russell Brand,’ things have filled out really nicely with a ton of promising-sounding selections.
Did you watch the Super Bowl last night? No, no, not the one with the footballs and Gatorade and stuff, the one with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon and the most eye-popping, gut-busting lip sync battle ever? That's the only "big game" we need.