After being unable to kickstart a movie franchise with the Jim Carrey led take on A Series of Unfortunate Events, Netflix is trying their hand at bringing Lemony Snicket’s book series to life in January, making it a new original series. Neil Patrick Harris stars as Count Olaf, who takes in the perpetually ill fortuned Baudelaire orphans in an attempt to steal the fortune left to them by their parents. The kids have to outsmart Olaf’s many schemes while unraveling the mystery of their parents death. Patrick Warburton plays author/narrator Lemony Snicket while actors like Joan Cusack, Don Johnson, Aasif Mandvi, Catherine O’Hara and Alfre Woodard guest star. Barry Sonnenfeld, who produced the movie version, is executive producing the show, which will be 8 episodes. It has a great looking “Wes Anderson filtered through Tim Burton” aesthetic and seems like it could be another winner for Netflix. Check out the trailer below and the series is out on Friday, January 13th next year.
In the wake of Harry Potter, one of the book series that was rushed into production to try and get a new franchise going was Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, starring Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, the guardian of a trio of orphans with an inheritance that Olaf wants for himself. The movie didn’t do great and the rest of the books didn’t get adapted by Netflix is hitting reboot with a new series based on the books. Neil Patrick Harris is now Count Olaf and Barry Sonnenfeld and author Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket are producing. There’s not really any footage in this first teaser but there is a hilariously deadpan Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket, urging people not to watch the series in January because it’s so depressing the entire crew had to leave the set due to low morale. All episodes are streaming on January 13th and you can watch the teaser below.
After almost 15 years, Joe Dirt (David Spade) returns when the sequel arrives on Crackle on July 16th. Picking up from the last movie, Joe has married the love of his life, Brandy (Brittany Daniel) and has three kids but a massive twister launches him and his trailer seemingly through time to the 60’s(?) and he needs to figure out a way to get home before his entire future is ruined. Christopher Walken, Patrick Warburton and Mark McGrath co-star. Nothing makes a lick of sense in the trailer but I feel like the first movie has developed a cult following through constant Comedy Central reruns and if you are in the cult, you basically have nothing to lose since it will be streaming free. Check out the trailer below.
After crashing and burning this past summer with A Million Ways to Die in the West, Seth McFarlane is returning to his initial movie hit, Ted, for Ted 2. John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted are back and Ted finds that he basically has no legal rights as a sentient teddy bear and that could hinder his marriage to girlfriend Tammy Lynn (Jessica Barth) and their attempts to have a baby. To try and get Ted recognized as a human, the duo enlists lawyer Samantha Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) to argue for Ted’s rights in court against Mad Men’s John Slattery. Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Patrick Warburton, Sam Jones and more are appearing in the movie as well and it’s out in June. Check out the trailer below.
The Tick might return: Fox and Amazon have apparently made a deal to bring back The Tick, with Patrick Warburton returning as the titular superhero and The Tick’s creator, Ben Edlund returning as a producer.
Greatest American Hero remake coming to Fox: Lego Movie and Jump St. directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are bringing the cult 80’s show to Fox. The show followed a normal guy who found an alien supersuit that gave him lots of powers, but he lost the directions so he’s never really sure how to use the suit properly. Lord and Miller have The Last Man on Earth, starring Will Forte, coming to Fox this season.
Katana recast for Arrow Season 3: Devon Aoki was forced to leave the show due to scheduling issues so Rila Fukushima, of The Wolverine, is stepping into the role. Katana will factor into the flashbacks to Oliver’s time in Hong Kong.
Netflix pays $2 million an episode for The Blacklist: Netflix got the exclusive streaming rights to The Blacklist this week but paid a hefty sum for the show. The first season will debut on Netflix on September 7th and the second season begins on NBC on September 22nd.
Underworld reboot coming: Lakeshore Entertainment is rebooting the vampire vs werewolves series with Priest and The Last Witch Hunter writer, Cary Goodman, writing the script. The last entry in the series was in 2012 with Underworld: Awakening. It’s not clear if this will be a full on reboot or a continuation starring Selene’s daughter, Eve, who was discovered in Awakening.
Saw returning to theaters: The original Saw will be returning to select theaters this Halloween for one week to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary.
Martin Scorsese planning a Ramones bio film: Scorsese is apparently working on a film revolving around the career of the famous rock band, possibly to coinicide with the band’s 40th anniversary of their first LP “Ramones” in 2016.
Charle Hunnam cast as King Arthur: The Sons of Anarchy/Pacific Rim star will wield Excalibur in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming update of King Arthur. Idris Elba was previously cast as Bedivere, the man who raises and train Arthur after his father’s death.
Inferno shooting in Spring: Ron Howard and Tom Hanks will re-team for the third entry in the Robert Langdon movie series, based on the Dan Brown books, Inferno. Inferno is actually the fourth book featuring Langdon but Sony is apparently skipping The Lost Symbol right now. Inferno follow Langdon as he wakes up in Italy with no memory of how he got there but with a secret organization after him because of some sort of secret involving Dante’s Inferno.
New Looney Tunes movie on the way: There’s been rumors of a Space Jam 2 starring Lebron James but there’s apparently another Looney Tunes movie on the way, this one starring Steve Carrell. The working title right now is Acme and it’s being written by 2 of the writers of X-Men: First Class.
Nicolas Cage starring in Pay the Ghost: Cage will star as a father who’s son is abducted by an evil ghost on Halloween and he must find a way to get him back. The Walking Dead and Into the Storm’s Sarah Wayne Callies will co-star as Cage’s estranged wife.
Neil Marshall “would love” to do a Black Widow movie: Marshall, who’s featured strong, kick ass women previously in films like The Descent and Doomsday, mentioned recently he would love to direct a solo movie for Scarlett Johannson’s Black Widow in the MCU. Marshall directed the pilot for DC’s upcoming Constantine show.
Lifetime orders The Omen series: Lifetime has picked up a six episode first season of “Damien”, a series based on The Omen. The show will follow a grown Damien, who is unaware of his role as the Antichrist, and him having to deal with the dark events that begin to happen as his destiny speeds toward him. Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara is show running.
HBO developing a Shutter Island series: HBO, already getting a Westworld show, is developing a show based on Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. The movie will follow the history of the mental hospital on the titular island it’s controversial way of dealing with it’s patients. Scorsese may direct the pilot.
RIP Sir Richard Attenborough: The legendary actor/director passed away at age 90 this week. Attenborough is probably most famous to most of us as playing John Hammond in Jurassic Park but he also appeared in movies like the original Flight of the Phoenix and The Great Escape and directed movies like Chaplin, A Chorus Line and Gandhi, which he won an Oscar for.
When you think of producers the Duplass Brothers and director Jacob Vaughn, you probably think indie dramedies like Cyrus, The Puffy Chair, Safety Not Guaranteed and Jeff Who Lives at Home but what if you combined the sensibilities of those movies with an 80’s creature feature like Basket Case? That’s the basic premise of Bad Milo.
Ken Marino stars as Duncan, a mild mannered account who suffers from intestinal issues brought about by work and relationship stress. After a visit to a doctor doesn’t help, Duncan visits a new age therapist, played by Peter Stormare, and the two discover that Duncan intestinal stress is brought about a demon who lives in Duncan’s ass. Duncan names the demon Milo and tries to control and befriend him, while Milo attacks and kills everyone who angers and stresses out Duncan. Gillian Jacobs plays Duncan’s wife, Sarah, Stephn Root plays Duncan’s hippie dad and Patrick Warburton is Duncan’s crooked asshole of a boss. Mary Kay Place and Kumail Nanjani round out the cast as Duncan’s mom and her younger boyfriend.
With a premise of “a demon lives in a man’s ass”, Bad Milo is surprisingly low key most of the time. When Milo is unleashed, it’s incredibly over the top and violent but most of the time it’s a mix between awkward family situations and therapy sessions and Office Space style work scenarios, where Patrick Warburton forces Duncan into performing increasing awful duties at work. I was a little disappointed because I thought it was going to be a little more extreme and ridiculous and, while there were a few laugh out loud moments, it’s much more chuckles, although, as you might might expect from the premise, there’s lots of toilet humor as well. It also kind of wants to have a dramatic side, as Duncan struggles with his fears of being a potential father since his own father abandoned him and tries to surpress his anger and stress, which just results in Milo coming out harder and angrier. A lot of the humor also, surprisingly, doesn’t come from Marino or Jacobs, who are both hilarious in their roles on Children’s Hospital and Community respectively. To put it terms of something like, Arrested Development, Marino is usually a Gobesque character but he is much more like a Michael and is the straight man to the supporting cast and Milo. Jacobs doesn’t really have that much to do in the movie until she has to be rescued from Milo’s wrath in the climax.
One of the best parts of the movie is Milo himself, who is a fantastic throwback to classic practical creatures like the Gremlins, the Ghoulies, etc. I would have liked to have seen him develop a little bit more of a personality, there’s only one great scene where Duncan and Milo are at a motel where Milo’s personality gets to shine as they argue about what to watch on TV or what to eat. Most of the movie he’s only either bizarrely cute or pissed and biting.
The venn diagram between cheesy 80’s horror fans and indie comedy fans seems like it would have a tiny overlap but if you fall into that group, you’ll probably enjoy both sides of Bad Milo. It’s definitely not for everyone and you definitely have to be in a certain mindset to watch it. If you’re a fan of the actors and like the low key style humor mixed with horrific violence, you might want to check out Bad Milo on VOD or DVD/Blu Ray when it comes out.
Seth McFarlane makes his theatrical directorial debut with Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg and himself as a pair of roommates, except McFarlane voices a foul mouthed teddy bear named Ted. Wahlberg plays John, who meets his dream girl, Lori (Mila Kunis) at a club but might have to decide whether he and Ted should finally go their separate ways if things get serious. Patrick Warburton, Joel McHale and Giovanni Ribisi co-star as well. It definitely looks like it has the Family Guy sense of humor, albeit now completely unrestrained by censorship, and McFarlane is using his Peter voice for Ted. It looks pretty funny so far and you can check it out this July and you can check out the trailer below.