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Watch: James Franco, Zach Galifiankis & Ed Norton Feature In 'Spring Breakers'-Style New Lonely Island Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2013 9:16 AM
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While David Bowie's new music video represents the very heights of the format, with ambitious visuals, important themes and high production values, then the latest from The Lonely Island is the counterweight to that. Goofy, hilarious, and probably shot in about two days, it might not boast the biggest ideas or highest aspirations, but it's still pretty rad.

Review: ‘The Watch’ Is A Lifeless Sci-Fi Comedy With Moments Of Spirited Improv

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 26, 2012 5:43 PM
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From the outside, 20th Century Fox's comedy "The Watch" seems to have its cup runneth over with the talent at its disposal. The film stars the quartet of Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and celebrated British director/writer/comedian Richard Ayoade (director of “Submarine”). It's directed by Akiva Schaffer, the talented young filmmaker behind SNL's Digital Shorts -- arguably the only thing keeping the show relevant for the last five years -- and the screenwriters are "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express" scribes Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. And with appearances by Will Forte, Billy Crudup, a quick Lonely Island group cameo and more, everything seems to be stacked in this comedy’s favor. But try as they might, this collective wattage of talented funny people are lost within a lifeless, tepid and uninspired comedy.

'The Watch' Director Akiva Schaffer Talks The Influence Of 'Alien' & 'Ghostbusters', Working With Doug Jones & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 25, 2012 12:03 PM
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As one-third of The Lonely Island, the comedy collective behind the SNL Digital Shorts, Akiva Schaffer (along with confederates Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone) efficiently optimized "Saturday Night Live," a flagging late night mainstay, into something vital and immediate. With the Digital Shorts format, placing an emphasis on music video rhythms and absurdity that bordered on the surreal, they re-contextualized the show into bite-size nuggets you could swap with friends or post on Facebook. But there's more to Schaffer than "Jizz in My Pants" (although, honestly, if that was the only thing he directed that'd still be pretty awesome).

5 Directors Who Could Helm Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2012 1:39 PM
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After much speculation, it seems that we now know the identity of Marvel's secret film that's been long targeted for a May 2014 release. And it's not "Ant-Man," or "Black Panther," or "Runaways," or "Doctor Strange." It's "Guardians Of The Galaxy," the cosmic adventure that was a favorite in the 1970s before being revived recently.

Ben Stiller May Take A 'Neighborhood Watch' With Akiva Schaffer Offered Director's Chair

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 2:51 AM
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2010 gave us two sides of Ben Stiller. We saw him in the excellent Noah Baumbach film "Greenberg" and watched him slum it in the absolutely dreadful "Little Fockers," Now, halfway through 2011, the actor is deciding what he'll do after he's finished up Brett Ratner's sort-of-promising ensemble comedy "Tower Heist."

Exclusive: New Bill Hader Film 'Vaughn Meader' Being Directed By 'The Wrestler' Scribe Rob Siegel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 8, 2011 4:05 AM
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Alexander Woo Writing; Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films To Produce Dark Comedy About American Comedian/ImpersonatorEXCLUSIVE: When comedians are hired for a film, it's generally so they can do the familiar and funny thing they're known for, so it's refreshing to see Bill Hader play against type in Greg Mottola's sci-fi road-trip film, "Paul," as what essentially is the psychopath villain, perhaps not unlike Robert Patrick as the T-1000 in "Terminator 2" -- his character is a man on a mission that won't be stopped.

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