Mike Judge

Silicon Valley

Mike Judge’s fresh out of the box HBO series, Silicon Valley, has only aired a single episode on the premium channel, but the comedy show has already surpassed last year’s star-studded feature outing, The Internship, in nearly every way possible. If you’ve forgotten the 2013 summer comedy, well, good for you, but the first episode of Silicon Valley will likely jog some memories loose for you – especially when main characters Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and Big Head (Josh Brener) head off to work at a sparkly, cultish campus that looks a whole hell of a lot like Google. Shawn Levy’s film centered on a pair of recently laid off old school sale dudes – Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, a reunion that basically served as the film’s only real attraction – who snag internships at Google (and, yes, actual Google, which feels like it just bankrolled the entire production) and attempt to reinvent themselves at the hip company. It’s like a big commercial for Google – a huge commercial – and that proves to be a major problem as the film winds on.

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Though Idiocracy was a bit too uneven to be the Office Space followup that fans of Mike Judge were hoping for, it was full of enough funny concepts that it’s gradually built up a cult following of its own, nonetheless. When Idiocracy first hit theaters, Fox gave it a paltry seven city release and almost no promotion, and seeing as this was well before the days of simultaneous theater and VOD distribution, the film initially came and went without too many people being aware of it at all. But six years of gradual growth in awareness due to word of mouth recommendations means that, these days, if one were to make casual reference to Idiocracy gags like “Ow My Balls!” or “Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator,” chances are a couple people in the room are going to know what they’re talking about. One of the most memorable parts of Judge’s bleak look at our increasing stupidity was the man who becomes the President in this future world, former porn star and professional wrestler Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho. It turns out that not only have comedy fans kept a place for Camacho in their hearts over this last half-decade, but so has the actor who portrayed him, Terry Crews.

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The Mayans, the wise race of ancients who created hot cocoa, set December 21st, 2012 as the end date of their Calendar, which the intelligent and logical amongst us know signifies the day the world will end, presumably at 12:21:12am, Mountain Time. From now until zero date, we will explore the 50 films you need to watch before the entire world perishes. We don’t have much time, so be content, be prepared, be entertained. The Film: Idiocracy (2006) The Plot: Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson), a private in the United States Army, is the quintessential average joe. He’s not smart, but he’s not dumb. He’s not handsome or ugly, physically gifted or deficient. He is, by all accounts, the exactly average American. As such, he’s selected to be a guinea pig in a top secret hibernation experiment for one year. However, when the commanding officer of the experiment is busted for running a prostitution ring, Joe and fellow guinea pig prostitute Rita (Maya Rudolph) awaken 500 years in the future where America is really, really dum. (Get it, I spelled dumb wrong on purpose?)

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Movies We Love

In 1999 a group of disenchanted cubicle dwellers, led by apathetic office drone Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) stood up against the powers of authority to bring down a company and take a little piece for themselves. Hilarity ensued.

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Kevin Carr looks ahead to this week’s movie releases, taking aim at Gamer and All About Steve while being a little kinder to Extract..

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Fat Guys at the Movies

So here we are with another weekend of movies that Hollywood deemed unfit for critical consumption. Meh! Such is Labor Day weekend. Go rent a DVD or Blu-ray instead of heading to the cinemas. There’s much more quality stuff out at the video store than in the theaters this week.

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MikeJudgeInterview

Are you ready for the most high energy interview of all time? That’s too bad, because Mike Judge is a pretty mono-toned guy. Luckily, what he has to say is pretty damned interesting, and as a bonus you get to look at my ugly mug on video. Seriously, I’m like the Charlie Rose of the internet.

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They’ve been in retirement for 12 years, but that doesn’t mean that Beavis and Butthead are dead. At least, not when it comes to helping their creator Mike Judge sell his new movie.

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With just a week to go, Miramax is (gasp) actually marketing a new Mike Judge movie. It’s like it’s a real movie! Hitting theaters near you and everything!

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Is Extract a de facto sequel to Office Space? Would returning to the world of red staplers and TPS reports be such a bad thing? Yes – says that world’s creator.

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We love all things Mike Judge. He’s a great guy, makes funny cartoons and films, and gave us an excuse to beat the hell out of that fax machine. So when this short Comic-Con interview showed up over at TV Squad, we thought we’d ask you to check it out.

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The folks over at Hitfix have debuted the first teaser poster for the upcoming Mike Judge directed comedy Extract. And we think its funny.

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Mike Judge has some skills. He also has a comedic style that is all his own. And in his new movie Extract, he also has Mila Kunis sporting a low-cut top. As I said, the man has skills.

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I never thought I would say this, but Ben Affleck looks a little like Jesus in this photo from the set of Mike Judge’s new movie Extract.

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Ben Affleck

Believe it or not, but it has actually been a while since Ben Affleck has taken on a headlining role in a film. That is about to end though, so make sure you are ready for it.

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The Animation Show Volume 3

If you’re not already a fan of Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt’s The Animation Show, you should be. Every installment delivers the beautiful, insightful, and strange world of some of the most talented animators in the world. Volume 3 is no exception, and it all kicks off with a special, brandy-sipping in front of a fire message from our old friends Beavis and Butthead.

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Office Space

Few comedians have gotten the shaft like Mike Judge has. Despite producing a ground-breaking cartoon series in “Beavis and Butthead”, creating another that every single human finds funny with “King of the Hill” and becoming the come-from-behind king with Office Space, Judge still gets no respect.

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