Broken Lizard

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It’s been 12 years since Super Troopers launched Broken Lizard, and it’s been 7 years since they proclaimed publicly that a sequel was on the way. Anyone who held their breath is either dead or setting some kind of laudable record by now. For all those who have turned blue, Guy Speed is reporting that, in their interview with Kevin Heffernan, the actor announced that the sequel is likely going to shoot by the end of the year. With all due fairness to the excitement of seeing the gang back on patrol, we’ve heard that the project is close to filming for a long time, and it’s usually come from Heffernan, and this isn’t the first year where he’s claimed they’d make it “by the end of the year.” But usually the story involves a vague legal issue that they’ve been hammering out with Fox. This time, all Heffernan mentions is negotiations on “the time and the place.” As usual, cautious optimism is the key here. But Heffernan also said he was going to start growing his mustache, and maybe that dedication to the cause is reason enough for all of us to get pumped. Now the question is whether the sequel still sees them invading Canada.

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Freeloaders Movie

The last time Dan Rosen directed a movie, it was the middling thriller The Curve (aka Dead Man’s Curve) in 1998. He hasn’t been steadily working since then or anything, but now he’s back with a second directorial effort called Freeloaders that has a new NASCAR style trailer: the only thing good about it are the crashes. And there are many. The premise is good enough: a bunch of slackers living in a rock star’s mansion are about to get kicked out because he wants to sell, so they try to raise money to buy it from him. Unfortunately, well, just watch the trailer for yourself and get ready to laugh for the wrong reasons:

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Caddyshack

It’s easy to lose perspective in a world where originality seems all but dead in Hollywood, but the reality is that there are only about six remakes made every year, and that’s not so bad. The problem is that far more than six are announced, and even though not all of them get made, each new remake in development is another reason to slap your forehead and wonder why studio executives are spending so much time living in the past. Especially if the movie is an out-and-out classic. Fortunately, sometimes the potential talent involved has the foresight to see a bad idea and the common sense to pass. For Jay Chandrasekhar of Broken Lizard, the opportunity that was too good to take was a remake of Caddyshack. The comedian politely doesn’t reveal whose concept it was, but his information casts a shadow of doubt on this otherwise optimistic list of 80s movies that aren’t being remade. “I was actually approached by someone high up in the filmmaking world about remaking Cadddyshack,” said Chandrasekhar. “I said, ‘I think people will string me up if I tried to do that.’ I thought about it for a day, and I called them up and said, ‘I’d have loved to have had this conversation, but I could never.’ And I don’t know. I don’t believe you can remake comedy films that are great and have them really work. I think you can remake serious films that were bad and make them into comedies or something with […]

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Olivia Munn

If you woke up this morning and felt you needed to see a trailer frothing over with semen jokes, it’s as if the planets have aligned to tell you that you need more therapy and that the redband trailer for Babymakers has poked its little head out onto the internet. This is the Broken Lizard movie that isn’t a Broken Lizard movie. Instead of the gang from Beerfest trying to impregnate everyone, it stars Olivia Munn and Paul Schneider (Away We Go, Lars and the Real Girl) as a couple who have trouble conceiving. Fortunately, Schneider’s character donated a bunch of great sperm years ago. Unfortunately, it’s all gone, so he has to try to steal some of it back. Good old Kevin “Farva” Heffernan is on board as the sidekick, and Jay Chandrasekhar is directing and playing an Indian mafia killer (complete with genuine Indian accent!). As for the rest of the Broken Lizard gang, they look like they’re relegated to the background here. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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Say what you will about any of their movies, but Broken Lizard takes chances. They’re one of the only comedy groups that have successfully navigated the waters to continue translating their brand of humor to movies. If you don’t think it’s that hard, just ask The Whitest Kids U Know. Their latest is The Baby Makers – which should prove an interesting challenge since it wasn’t written by the group. The script from Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow (Black Knight, seriously, Black Knight) focuses on a man who discovers he can’t make baby juice anymore, so he hatches a plan with his friends to rob a sperm bank that has some of his deposits. Paul Schneider will be bringing his nuanced talent to the lead role, and now Variety is reporting that Olivia Munn has joined the cast as well. Her role isn’t clear at the moment, but it very well may be the wife of the newly impotent robber. Munn played a small role in Slammin’ Salmon – as the bitchy, trying-too-hard girlfriend of a man trying to propose – and her appeal is pretty obvious (considering she’s willing to dress up like Chun Li and lick an Apple TV), but her personality is way too caustic. It doesn’t seem to fit with the overall (sometimes mindless) joy that Broken Lizard brings to projects, although it might make a nice foil. Who knows. Maybe her character will call for exactly what she has to offer.

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The next film from Broken Lizard, the comedy troupe behind such movies you’ve probably watched in a college apartment as Super Troopers and Beerfest, is now in development and has a leading actor signed. The Baby Makers will be directed by Broken Lizard mainstay Jay Chandrasekhar from a script by Ice Age: The Meltdown writers Peter Gaulke and Jerry Swallow. As for that leading actor, the comedy troupe has scooped up indie darling Paul Schneider for the starring role. You may know him from such things as All the Real Girls, Lars and the Real Girl, and plenty of other things that don’t have the words ‘real’ and ‘girl’ in the title. The film will be about a young couple who are having trouble conceiving, which leads to the husband convincing his friends to help him break into a sperm bank and retrieve a donation he made there when you was younger. In addition to Schneider, The Baby Makers will also star Kevin Heffernan as the nutty best friend, Chandrasekhar as an Estonian thief, and other Broken Lizard members such as Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske doing who knows what. I’m not as big a fan of Broken Lizard’s movies as many other people seem to be, but they’ve had some strong moments, and I do have kind of a giant man crush on Paul Schneider, so I’m looking forward to giving this one a chance. [Variety]

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We spoke with Kevin Heffernan, one-fifth of Broken Lizard and forever beloved for demanding a liter of cola as Farva in ‘Super Troopers’ and dying in a giant vat of beer in ‘Beerfest.’ In ‘The Slammin’ Salmon,’ the comedy troupe’s latest, he takes over the director’s chair.

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Anytime the guys from Broken Lizard talk to the press, the prospect of a sequel to their cult hit Super Troopers is bound to come up. And look what is happening as they promote The Slammin’ Salmon.

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Anchor Bay Entertainment has released the first official trailer for the upcoming Broken Lizard comedy The Slammin’ Salmon, which they will release in limited fashion in December.

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Broken Lizard. Safety First!

Jane Seymour, Olivia Munn, Brit Morgan. Broken Lizard has a grand talent for casting gorgeous women. Now, how is Broken Lizard involved in this movie again?

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Remember how hilarious it was to see Justin Long and Ryan Reynolds pulling shenanigans left and right as restaurant employees in Waiting? Now imagine a similar movie, but with the guys from Broken Lizard. That movie is The Slammin’ Salmon.

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While they are currently working on the script (hopefully) for Super Troopers 2, they have also been working on a few other projects. This would be one of them…

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