Ken Marino

Casey Wilson

Years from now, sitcom fans will still be stuck mourning the end of the cut-off-in-its-prime Happy Endings, the ABC series that ran for three glorious and brief (but not gloriously brief) seasons, the brainchild of creator David Caspe, a revolving door of solid directors (including Fred Savage, the Russo brothers and Beth McCarthy-Miller, among many others), and a seriously game cast. The series may have centered on a standard-sounding premise — a group of six friends live and love in Chicago, kicking off after one of them leaves another one at the altar on their wedding day (sort of like if Barry was part of the core cast of Friends) — but its outlandishly clever humor and believable beating heart set it apart. It was good. It was really good. And you didn’t watch it, because ABC cancelled it. But despite the loss of the show, many of its talents have journeyed elsewhere. Damon Wayans Jr. is back on New Girl, Adam Pally pops up just everywhere (and makes every project he touches better, just by virtue of his demented, high-pitched humor), and now Casey Wilson is about to embark on what just might be the natural progression of Happy Endings, a new sitcom that’s — yes! — also the work of Caspe.

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Bad Milo

We’re only one day away from viewing Ken Marino‘s bowel-dwelling little monster in all its gory glory – Bad Milo will be hitting VOD tomorrow. But for those who can’t wait (or who feel that Bad Milo‘s level of weird deserves to be seen on the big screen, which’ll happen on October 4), a brand new clip from the film can be viewed below. I urge you to do so, lest you fall victim to your own butt demon. It’s pretty clear why Marino’s character has so much pent-up rage (among other things bottled up inside him). His wife doesn’t respect him. It’s not clear if his therapist actually respects him, as Peter Stormare is behaving like a lunatic and may not even be a real therapist. Although the sock puppets do seem to be working. And Duncan (Marino’s character) seems to have a few hidden father issues, as we can figure out once his sock puppet role-play starts to get a little out of hand. Take a look:

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In a World Movie

For some reason, there haven’t been many films chronicling the world of voiceover acting. It appears to be something of a dying art for movie trailers nowadays, opting for bombastic scores or character narration. There’s nothing wrong with that, but Lake Bell‘s feature directorial debut In a World… makes one nostalgic for the days where epic trailers were accompanied by epic voices. In a World… isn’t some history lesson, but if you’ve ever been curious about the inner-workings of the voiceover world or why it’s so male driven, Bell has that covered along with a father-daughter relationship and an underdog story. That’s a lot for a movie about repeating movie synopses into microphones. Fortunately, we got a chance to talk with Bell, and we brought our own recording device.

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In a World Movie

Editor’s note: Allison’s review of In a World originally ran during this year’s LAFF, but we’re re-posting it now as the film opens in limited theatrical release this weekend. Children naturally grow up wanting to be like their parents, and some actually do. Children of actors becoming actors, children of musicians becoming musicians, and I’m sure there are some children of accountants who become accountants. (Okay, maybe not that last one.) Carol (Lake Bell) wants to be a voice over actor, but not because her father, famous voice over actor Sam (Fred Melamed) is one, but because she understand the power of voice. Carol spends her days as a vocal coach (boasting Eva Longoria as one of her clients) and logging various accents into her archive of voices. Carol is kooky and a bit awkward (her outfits alone can tell you that), but she is also sweet and honest, in no way the shark you apparently need to be to make it as a voice over actor. In A World… takes audiences behind the scenes of voice over acting as the community “mourns” the death of the godfather of voice over acting, Don LaFontaine, by clamoring for a shot to take over the iconic, “In a world…” line. Even though his own daughter has aspirations to make a name for herself in the industry, Sam is instead grooming another up-and-coming voice over actor, Gustav (Ken Marino) for the job. Sam may not support his daughter’s career, but he also decides to stop supporting her, […]

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Bad Milo

There’s no better way to enjoy the afternoon than by watching a horrible little demon crawl out of someone’s butt. Thankfully, a new red band trailer for Bad Milo presents that very opportunity. Bad Milo seems like the very definition of “polarizing.” Either you very much want to see a demon crammed up someone’s rear end, or you’ll do everything within your power to avoid seeing that very image. But for those in the “interested” column, Bad Milo has a lot to offer. The cast is a huge plus – composed entirely of extraordinarily talented, under-the-radar character actors (Peter Stormare, Stephen Root), or alumni from TV shows with rabid fan followings (Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton). A cast like this would imply that Bad Milo would lean heavily on comedy over horror, but the trailer makes it quite clear: this is not a film to skimp on the blood and guts. Most of what we see in these two minutes is a lot of blood spray and cutaway gore, but seems more a product of the trailer than the actual film. All those quick cuts hint at something much more devious (and disgusting) – Milo separating a doctor from his nose, and another character getting chomped in a place far worse than where Milo came out of. By definition, Bad Milo is going to drive a lot of people screaming in the opposite direction. But those who don’t will be in for a seriously good time. Watch the new trailer below if you dare. Seriously, though. This one’s a redband, so expect lots of gore and also […]

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Austin Cinematic Limits

Have you ever really experienced Burning Love? I mean have you ever really hunkered down and made a two-hour marathon of it with 200 or so total strangers? It might sound like an overwhelming experience because there is just so much to take in, so I wholeheartedly recommend inviting “Macho Man” Ken Marino to join in the festivities, as he will surely make you feel at ease each and every time that he offers up his hose. In case you have not already guessed, I am talking about Marino’s Yahoo! Comedy series, Burning Love. Alamo Drafthouse programmer John Gross brought star/director/producer Ken Marino and writer/producer Erica Oyama to the Alamo South Lamar (Austin) this past weekend for a Burning Love Marathon (proceeds from the ticket sales went directly to the Austin Firefighters’ Relief & Outreach Fund). Admittedly, I had never succumbed to the temptation of Burning Love prior to this marathon event, mainly because I do not enjoy watching television shows online. Luckily, Marino is a frequent visitor to Austin so I knew an event like this one would probably come to fruition eventually. I had missed the sneak peaks of Burning Love at the Off-Centered Film Fest and the Ultimate Childrens Hospital Marathon, but now I am glad to have waited to experience all 14 episodes of the first season in one sitting. Because… Wow! It is a really great series to experience with a drunkenly enthusiastic audience.

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Watching the trailer for Wanderlust – the new movie directed by Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain – makes me want to watch every episode of The State all over again. In short, I wanna dip my balls in it. Starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as rat-racers in New York who have to leave the race and find themselves learning the communal life, the trailer looks knock-down, drag-out hilarious. Some great gags from some truly disturbed/gifted comic minds are on display here. Check it out for yourself, and see how many State alumni you can spot:

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Seeing as it was on the Starz network and only lasted for two seasons, there are probably a lot of people out there who haven’t heard of the TV show Party Down. But seeing as it was one of the best shows on recent television, there are also a lot of people who hold it very dear to their hearts. That tends to happen when something is good, and kept away from the mainstream, and ended prematurely. Traditionally, a TV show reaching cult status has always been a good recipe for strong DVD sales, and then talks of a film adaptation. Shows like Arrested Development and even Party Down creator Rob Thomas’ Veronica Mars have gone through the same process. Also traditionally, despite the fact that the DVD sales raise a lot of studio eyebrows, the film version never comes to fruition. Could Party Down change all of that? Probably not, but they’re going to try.

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Party Down

When only 74,000 people watch your second season finale, you can’t exactly count on being renewed. Such is the case for the creators of Party Down, the latest in a long line of great comedy shows canceled before they were able to reach their prime. After two gloriously offbeat seasons, Starz has decided not to renew the Adam Scott and Ken Marino-led show. And while it disappoints me, as a fan of the show, to see it go, it’s clear that this was the inevitable endgame.

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reaper-newhope

Season 2 opens with a bang as we find our misfit heroes wrapping up a four-week cross-country road trip that leaves them jobless, homeless, and in a hole with the Devil upon their return.

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