Brad Copeland

Coffee Town

First it’s very funny, then it jumps off the deep end. Actually, that sounds about right for the first trailer for the first feature film project from the folks at CollegeHumor, long a purveyor of online shenanigans. What we might not have been expecting from Coffee Town is the fact that it’s (a) got a great cast, (b) working with a bit of subtlety and (c) captures effortlessly the culture of a generation that works inside coffee shops. Also, it’s probably the weirdest Josh Groban sighting you’re going to get for a while.

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CollegeHumor is perfect at posting pictures of girls doing keg stands in their underwear, looking at the 90s as the only nostalgia available, and for matching booze choices to personalities. It’s also great at inexplicably both mocking and endorsing Axe Body Spray in the same breath. Now, after dominating the internet, CollegeHumor is going to try its hand at a different comical medium. According to Variety, CollegeHumor Media is partnering with Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, Yogi Bear, Wild Hogs) to give birth to Coffee Town – an original film that will star Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny), Steve Little (Eastbound & Down), singer Josh Groban and Ben Schwartz (Mystery Team, The Other Guys). The premise focuses on three slackers who have slacked into their 30s who now face the end of their slacking abilities. Specifically, Howerton’s character is a website designer who wants to stage a pretend robbery in order to stall a coffee shop from turning into a pub. The premise isn’t anything new, and what’s interesting is Copeland’s career so far has been mostly middling comedies aimed generically at older crowds. That excludes his work on Arrested Development, where he wrote episodes like “Sword of Destiny” (Tea for dong!) and on My Name Is Earl which found popular appeal in part because of its quirkiness. CollegeHumor on the other hand seems to cater to a focused demographic that includes people with permanent marker on their faces. It looks like they’ll try to expand that appeal here, and while […]

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There’s no doubt that a CGI version of Yogi Bear is aimed right at kids, but will they giggle with glee or flee the theater in fear?

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flightofthenavigator

Disney is taking one of my childhood favorites and remaking it. But I’m not mad. In fact, it could be a good thing.

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