Zach Galifianakis

Drinking Games

One of the biggest hits of 2011 was The Hangover: Part II, raking in tons of money this summer and giving fans a chance to watch the same shenanigans from the first movie played out again. With recent news that The Hangover: Part III will start shooting next year, this trend doesn’t look like it will stop. Whether you liked the first movie, the second movie or both – or if you hated them – this choice for a drinking game is a no-brainer. Toast the Wolf Pack and get started on your own hangover.

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What is Movie News After Dark? Like Lexus, it’s relentless in its pursuit of perfection. Unlike Lexus, it’s a movie news column. It also won’t cost you anything. Take that, Lexus. Pop quiz, hot shot. How many Clash of the Titans movies does this modern world need? One? No. Two? Not even close. How about three Clash of the Titans movies, ah-ha-ha. Yes, Warner Bros. is already prepping a third Clash of the Titans film, which will most likely come complete with a terribly muted, dark and blurry 3D post-conversion. You know, for the kids.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr puts on some 3D glasses to look at some puss… in boots, that is. He proceeds to rewrite fairy tale fiction to include more bodily function humor, an egg-shaped Zach Galifianakis and a hairy but still sexy Salma Hayek. Then, he heads to the reference department of his local library to discover who really wrote the complete works of William Shakespeare. When all signs point to Neil Miller as the real author, Kevin gives up, realizing he’s out of time. So he brings sexy back and heads out to kidnap Amanda Seyfried so he can occupy Hollywood and start a revolution together… or get arrested.

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Finally, a supporting character from the Shrek franchise who earned their chops the hard way, enduring arduous animated battles and even more arduous stunt voice casting, has gotten a film of their very own, a fuzzy family affair that will make the whole brood giggle. No, sadly, it’s not those adorable flying Donkey-Dragon babies (trivia! Wikipedia tells me they are named Debbie, Coco, Bananas, Peanut, Parfait, and Éclair), but it’s Dreamworks’s own answer to “what would Zorro be like if he was, stop me if you’ve heard this one before, actually a cat?” That’s Puss in Boots to you, amigo. Antonio Banderas returns to the role he originated, a Zorro-meets-French-fairy-tale feline famous for stealing both bullion and babes. But what if Puss was, gasp, not a criminal at all, but a misunderstood kitty desperate to return to the mother he loves, a innocent cat framed for a crime he didn’t commit, a bipedal boot-wearing bad boy who is quietly concealing a heart of gold? What if then? Well, you’re about to find out.

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Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis has been trying his damnedest to make the transition from television to movies over the past year. So far, his efforts haven’t been a complete success though. Hall Pass wasn’t well liked by critics, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy came and went without anyone noticing, and Horrible Bosses, while solid enough, wasn’t any sort of big star-making performance for the actor. It might be coming down to the wire on whether or not Sudeikis is going to be able to successfully jump over to the film world, so now he’s doubling down his efforts and teaming up with some of the biggest guns in the comedy world. The next project he’s taking on is called Dog Fight. It’s a political comedy directed by veteran comedy director Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents) and starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Woah, those are some big names. If I was trying to make some headway in the world of film comedy, that’s probably exactly who I would be piggybacking my efforts off of. Written by Shawn Harwell and Chris Henchy, Dog Fight is about a couple of rival politicians in a South Carolina congressional district. I would have to assume that Ferrell and Galifianakis are playing the two politicians, because a quick bit of fact checking hasn’t told me otherwise, so that leaves what role Sudeikis will be taking on something of a mystery. Hopefully it’s big enough to get him the attention he requires […]

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Seeing as comedian/actor Zach Galifianakis is pretty much the closest modern equivalent we have to a mythical trickster, the things that he says should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Especially things he says in interviews, which he seems to hate doing. So, grain of salt firmly in place, in a cover story for Rolling Stone magazine Galifianakis has said that the plot of Hangover Part III would be about his character, Alan, getting locked up in a mental institution and the rest of the crew having to come together and break him out. Personally, I think that this sounds like a whole lot of nonsense that Galifianakis is pulling out of nowhere, but there is one quote in the article that rings very true. When initially talking about the possibility of a third Hangover, Galifianakis said, “They want to do a Hangover III. I’m getting fricking phone calls already.” The film already has a plot, and one of the leads is leaking it before the second one is even out of theaters? That’s not so believable. Execs are champing at the bit to get all of the main actors signed on to do a third film already? That’s something I very much believe. Despite the fact that The Hangover Part II debuted to a lukewarm critical reception, fans of the first film still came out in droves to get some more drunken obscenity. There is no way that the people in charge of writing and cashing the […]

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr follows Jamie Chung to Thailand, hoping to get married. Unfortunately, someone slips him roofies, which made him black out and spend a drunken night in Bangkok. Once he got out of that city, he headed over to China to become the new pot-bellied dragon warrior. After all, if a cartoon panda can do it, why can’t he? That didn’t stop him from spending another night in the hospital, and maybe a little time in a Bangkok jail. And then the real horror happened… Kevin saw The Tree of Life.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It ain’t messin’ with you, bub. You should know that up front. It’s only bringing you the best of the weekend’s news, tidbits and otherwise noteworthy items. It believes that you shouldn’t mess around either. That’s why it recommends reading it every single night before you go to bed. Today begins with a project that I know many of you are excited about, 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool. A perfect fit is Ryan Reynolds in the titular role, as are Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on scripting duties. This week the project got a director, effects artist Tim Miller, whose credits include X-Men, X2 and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He has also served as the Inferno Supervisor (read: Guy Who is In Charge of Digital Explosions) on several other projects. That’s a pretty wicked line of work.

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If it ain’t broke, take it to Thailand. The first full trailer for The Hangover Part II mimics the first one fairly closely. The guys have their celebration, they wake up, and the hits keep coming. Instead of Mike Tyson, it’s a bunch of ass-kicking monks. Instead of a tiger in the bathroom, it’s a monkey on your shoulder. Instead of a missing tooth, it’s Mike Tyson on your face. Check it out for yourself:

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Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are a couple of goofy weirdos known best for their insane Adult Swim show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. Also, they’ve done quite a few memorable bits for Funny or Die. Their humor is absurdist, their show is short, low budget, and very hand crafted; and they’re one of those things that either you find funny or you just don’t. Personally, I enjoy a lot of what they do, and a lot of other people must too, because somebody has given them a bunch of money to make a feature. Check out the cast: Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte, and William Atherton. Yes, that’s right, THE Robert Loggia; the guy from the orange juice commercial. Either this cast is making you roll your eyes in disgust right now, or it’s making you jump for joy. If you’re sick of watching these guys goof around you should probably stop reading. Just move on to something else. But if you’re like me and you love most of these stupid jerks, continue on to read some quotes from Eric.

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Drinking Games

Who wouldn’t want to take a road trip with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis? Probably no one… unless they’re acting like their characters in the film Due Date. Then you’ll want to run screaming from them, protecting your coffee cans. You’re likely to do the same thing if you were offered a road trip with one of the Rejects, ‘cause we cannot all guarantee we don’t follow the same nightly ritual as Galifianakis’ character at an occasional rest area. Even if you won’t be taking any road trips with us or them in the near future, you can pretend to do so by drinking alone and watching Due Date, which is due out on DVD and Blu-ray this week.

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ET recently sent their cameras over to Thailand to get some exclusive footage of the filming of The Hangover 2, as well as some exclusive comments from the cast. The footage is generally pretty useless other than a couple fun moments of Zach Galifianakis being Zach Galifianakis. He starts off the piece by being cordial enough and talking about what a good time he is having filming in Thailand. He told the crew, “I don’t really want to go back because I find that I might be bored when I go back to the United States. This is, like, the most un-boring place. I just love it.” The cringeworthy fun starts when Galafianakis starts to realize the interviewer doesn’t have any questions beyond: “Wasn’t the first movie great? Is the second movie going to be great too? Will it be just like the first?” It’s interesting to watch his reaction to being interviewed. All of the other guys are taking it in stride, answering the stupid questions like they’ve done a million times before; but Galifianakis is visibly uncomfortable. While Bradley Cooper assures audiences that everyone they liked from the first one will be back, Galafianakis chimes in with a not so helpful, “I don’t know if it’s on the Internet or not, the California Raisins are in this…” But the climax of the piece comes when the interviewer asks Ed Helms if he has gotten all of his dental problems sorted out since the first movie. Galifianakis pauses, lets […]

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We announced a year ago that Universal was pushing to get R.I.P.D. off the ground in a major way. If they can close Zach Galifianakis for a co-starring role, that ground is going to be a memory. According to the LA Times, Galifianakis is discussing playing the sidekick role to Ryan Reynolds’s Nick Cruz character – a man murdered who makes a deal to give a century of service to the Rest In Peace Department in exchange for the shot at revenge. Based on the Dark Horse comic by Peter Lenkov, the movie should have an action comedy and feature a lot of souls who don’t want to cross over just yet. This all re-raises some questions about Reynolds’s schedule. He’s said before that he would either do R.I.P.D. or Deadpool, but not both. If this ends up shooting this summer, does it kill Deadpool for Reynolds? Plus, even though David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) isn’t directing R.I.P.D. anymore (Red director Robert Schwentke is), Reynolds is set to work with Dobkin this fall on The Change-Up which features him switching bodies with Jason Batemen so Batemen’s character can score with Olivia Wilde. Regardless of the other projects, R.I.P.D. is a flick I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. It’s a different brand of comic book movie, and it could be darkly comedic like a version of Lethal Weapon done by way of Constantine. Galifianakis makes a great addition.

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Culture Warrior

Hipster is a term that is difficult to define, mainly because its definition has changed so much over time. The term (arguably) first entered mass culture with the publication of Norman Mailer’s 1957 essay, “The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster,” which recounts the rise of the jazz-age hipster from the 1920s-40s and its later manifestation in Beat culture. In this controversial piece, Mailer states, “You can’t interview a hipster because his main goal is to get out of a society which, he thinks, is trying to make everyone over in its own image.” Thus from the very outset early in the twentieth century, the hipster remains elusive in terms of providing a self-definition. The hipster thus became defined instead by those observing from the outside. To self-identify as a hipster in early-mid twentieth century subcultures was to, in effect, not be a hipster at all. Thus, the very definition of a hipster, if we can even call it that, becomes a self-contradicting Catch-22. In the age of jazz and the Beats, hipsterism was a means of deliberately constructed self-identification within an authentic counterculture (though such identification remained purposefully vague to those outside that culture). 20th century subcultures and countercultures have continually defined themselves through association with a certain brand of decidedly non-mainstream music. While the term “hipster” has moved in and out of use, the notion behind it has remained through each decade with each major shift in countercultural expression, from psychadelia to punk to goth to grunge […]

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At first glance, Due Date might seem a lot like Roadtrip for Schmucks. There’s an uptight, business-savvy prick who has an important goal to achieve, and there’s a moronic man-child that continues to ruin things for him. The difference between the two movies is related to the casting and the mind of director Todd Phillips. What would happen if Dinner for Schmucks was filmed on the road, and instead of giving Zach Galifianakis a side role, they made him the co-lead against someone not nearly as huggably soft as Paul Rudd? The result is exactly what you might expect. Two leads that aren’t particularly likable, but who spend the entire road trip across the country earning, losing, and re-earning each other’s trust or (at least) toleration.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr hits the road with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis to see if the new Todd Phillips comedy will be as funny as The Hangover. He also faces off with Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt in a very mega way. It’s the first official weekend of the holiday movie season, so Kevin will hand out the mid-term grades and let you know if these films are worth checking out.

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Even though he’s had many of the famous comedians of the day on his talk show, Zach Galifianakis has never interviewed Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns. Hopefully with his continued success, and the recently divulged information that he’ll be in the new Muppets movie, that will change. Interviewing Galifianakis was a great pleasure, and it would be nice for Galifianakis himself to have that pleasure. Co-star of Due Date, Robert Downey Jr let the news slip and was immediately kicked out of Galifianakis’s wolf pack. However, it’s great news for fans of comedy, because his style should blend well alongside Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and the Muppet gang. [E!]

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr is all giddy because he’s been invited to a “Dinner for Winners” (though no one has the heart to tell him it’s really a Dinner for Schmucks). He also puts on his 3D glasses to take a gander at some furry spies in Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Finally, he squeals with excitement about the new Zefron film, but then weeps uncontrollably because Universal didn’t screen it in advance for him.

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Due Date

The combination of Todd Phillips and Zach Galifianakis worked once with The Hangover. Why can’t it work again? I don’t see why it wouldn’t, especially considering the fact that their next film Due Date includes the charismatic and very talented Robert Downey Jr. Together, Iron Man and bearded guy play two schmucks who are trying to get back to their home city before one of them (Downey) becomes a father. For whatever reason, they are stuck together. And despite a few jokes that land flat in this first trailer, most of it hits — at least it gave me a case of the sillies. I guess you’ll have to watch it for yourself, then decide. The full synopsis and trailer await you after the jump.

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We first became hip to the upcoming straight-to-DVD action comedy Operation: Endgame earlier this week with the release of the film’s green band trailer. To be honest, I’ve been ignoring it for a few weeks in my email inbox because I’m too lazy to read about it. But once I got around to watching the trailer, I was interested. It combines Rob Corddry, hot off some humorous moments in Hot Tub Time Machine with the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Adam Scott, Ellen Barkin, Bob Odenkirk, Odette Yustman, Emelie de Ravin and that guy Joe Anderson, who was awesome in The Crazies. When combined with some action and some laughs in the trailer, it all has me wondering why the heck this is being released straight to DVD. Find out why after the jump…

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