Mark Cuban, NFL star Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski and the new face of Victoria’s Secret Sara Sampaio have joined the film The Clapper, writer-director Dito Montiel’s comedy that also stars Ed Helms, Tracy Morgan, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Peters and Adam Levine. The story follows Eddie Krumble, a professional clapper for infomercials who gets plucked by a late-night TV host to be on his talk show. The notoriety that his 15 minutes of fame brings ends up costing Krumble his job as well as a budding relationship with a girl who works at a gas station. The script was based on Montiel’s book. They all join Leah Remini, P.J. Byrne and Mickey Gooch Jr. and Brenda Vaccaro. Gronkowski is a tight end with the New England Patriots. He and Cuban appeared as themselves in an episode of HBO’s Entourage. Cuban said was drawn into The Clapper not only by a funny-as-hell script but also by the actors already working on the film. He will have a cameo opposite Morgan. Cuban told Deadline that the script was “hysterical. I also thought it was an incredible opportunity to work with great people. This gave me a chance to work with Tracy Morgan, Adam Levine and Ed … Read More
Jeremy Howard (CBS Diversity Showcase), Adam Ray (The Heat, Spy), Carlie Craig (Todrick), Chelsea Davison (These Girls), Amir K (Last Comic Standing), Lyric Lewis (CBS Diversity Showcase), Piotr Michael (The Howard Stern Show) and Michelle Ortiz (CBS Diversity Showcase are set as the new cast members for the CW’s revival of Emmy-winning sketch comedy series MadTV. The network unveiled the cast today. The series premieres Tuesday, July 26 at 9 PM. Like the original series, which aired in late-night on Saturdays, the revival will feature MadTV‘s signature pop-culture parodies and politically incorrect humor and star up-and-coming comedy voices. The new series also will acknowledge its past, featuring special appearances from returning cast members of the original series as hosts of each episode. Here is the network’s descriptions of the new players: Carlie Craig is an actress, comic, singer, improviser and impressionist whose impressive credits include producer/performer on “Todrick,” the MTV docu-series from YouTube star Todrick Hall, as well as USA Network’s “First Impressions with Dana Carvey,” where she went viral with her video “Celebrity Impressions by Carlie Craig.” Chelsea Davison is a sketch comedy writer and performer based in Los Angeles, known for her work on MTV, UCB and YouTube. … Read More
Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman & Anton Yelchin will headline the voice cast of Trollhunters, the upcoming Netflix animated series from creator and executive producer Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation. The family event series will premiere in December 2016. Del Toro made the announcement today at the Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France during a career retrospective discussion. Trollhunters features a tale of two fantastical worlds set to collide in an epic saga. Set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia, our unlikely hero, Jim (Yelchin), and his two best friends make a startling discovery that beneath their hometown lies a hidden battle between good trolls and bad, the outcome of which will impact their lives forever. Yelchin’s Jim is an ordinary teenage boy whose discovery of a mystical amulet sets his life on a course filled with high-stakes adventure. Grammer plays Blinky, a kind-hearted troll who befriends Jim; and Perlman provides the voice of Bular, a sinister troll who targets Jim and his friends for battle. Trollhunters is produced by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix. Guillermo del Toro, Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow) and Christina Steinberg (Rise of the Guardians, National Treasure) serve as executive producers. Dan Hageman (The Lego Movie) and Kevin Hageman … Read More
Netflix has picked up Big Mouth, a 10-episode, half-hour animated comedy series about teenaged adventures in puberty from real-life best friends Nick Kroll (Kroll Show) and Andrew Goldberg (Family Guy). It will premiere everywhere Netflix is available in 2017. Comedians Kroll and and John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live) will voice the central characters of Nick and Andrew, respectively, in the edgy surreal comedy, whose voice cast also includes Maya Rudolph (Maya & Marty), Jason Mantzoukas (The League), Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Jenny Slate (Girls) and Jessi Klein (Inside Amy Schumer). “There are few things that keep me up at night….Nick Kroll’s adventures in puberty is one of them, so we greenlit this series with very few questions asked,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix VP of original content. Kroll and Goldberg co-created Big Mouth with screenwriter-directors Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett (Little Manhattan). All four executive produce the Netflix production. “Andrew and I have been best friends since 1st grade, so this show is over 30 years in the making. I can’t wait to tell all the stories that make up the glorious nightmare of puberty,” said Kroll. Among the duo’s real-life stories — a lip-sync performance of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” at Camp Wildwood in … Read More
With his future in doubt as part of NBC’s The Voice after next season, Adam Levine has no doubt what his next gig will be — the Maroon 5 frontman will moonlight from his duties as judge on top-rated series to become part of the cast of the comedy feature The Clapper. He will join other already announced cast members Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, Leah Remini, Russell Peters, P.J. Byrne (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Mickey Gouch, Jr. (How to Be Single). Brenda Vaccaro has also just joined the cast. The story is adapted by writer/director’s Dito Montiel from his own book of the same name about a professional clapper for infomercials named Eddie Krumble who gets plucked by a late night talk show host to be on his TV show. The notoriety that his 15 minutes of fame brings ends up costing him his job as well as a budding relationship with a girl who works at a gas station. Levine will play Ralph Ranter, the suave film producer who runs the late night Jayme Stillerman (Peters) show which is inadvertently responsible for tearing apart Krumble’s (Helms) life. Remini plays Krumble’s boss Louise and Byrne plays … Read More
Production is underway on the indie comedy Where’s The Money in locations around Los Angeles. Vine star Andrew Bachelor (We Are Your Friends) toplines the pic, which follows a slacker from South Central L.A. who discovers that many years before, his father and uncle stole $1 million and hid it in a flop house. Unfortunately, when he heads out to reclaim the cash, it turns out the former tenement is now a USC frat house, forcing him to become a pledge in order to lay his hands on the money. Terry Crews, Mike Epps, Method Man, Retta, Caleb Emery, Kat Graham, Josh Brener, Allen Maldonado, Devon Werkheiser, and Logan Paul co-star. Tosh.0 director Scott Zabielski is helming from a script by Ted Sperling and Benjamin Sutor based on a story by Sperling and Dylan Sellers. Sellers is producing alongside Zack Schiller. The Boies/Schiller Film Group is financing the pic, which is budgeted at around $1.5 million. UTA is repping the film.