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Bill Hader, Dana Carvey among Austin's Moontower Comedy Festival Lineup -- EXCLUSIVE

This afternoon the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas revealed the initial lineup for the second annual Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival. Headliners for the spring festival, which will take place April 24-27, include comedians Bill Hader, Dana Carvey, Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Bill Burr, Amy Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik, Jim Norton, and many others.

Last year’s Moontower festival attracted over 20,000 fans of stand-up, sketch and improv comedy. “The response to our inaugural festival was more than we could have hoped for and we couldn’t be more excited about this year’s lineup,” said Jim Ritts, Executive Director of the Paramount Theatre. “From hilarious up-and-comers to established names, the program is guaranteed have something for everyone.” For more information, including the full initial lineup, check out Moontower Comedy Festival.

'Wrong' trailer: Quentin 'Rubber' Dupieux's latest act of cinematic insanity

When I spoke with French director Quentin Dupieux just before the release of his memorably odd, 2011 movie Rubber he said that his next film, Wrong, would be a “super simple” story about a guy looking for his dog. What he didn’t mention was the movie would also feature — as the film’s new trailer makes clear — a character who seems delighted about the fact that his face has been horribly burned with acid and another who believes it is possible to access the memory of canine feces. Then again, Rubber concerns the adventures of a homicidal car tire so maybe Dupieux believes these kinds of things are just a normal part of the contemporary cine-scape.

Regardless, you can check out the trailer for Wrong — which is available on VOD from February 1 and hits cinemas March 29 — below.

Take a look and tell us what you think.

'This Is 40' deleted scene reveals Billie Joe Armstrong's next solo project -- VIDEO

The best way to make people forget about your recent breakdown? Film a funny cameo in Judd Apatow’s new movie. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong did just that, appearing briefly in This Is 40 — but his best scene apparently ended up on the cutting room floor.

In this deleted bit from the movie, Armstrong tells record label owner Pete (Paul Rudd) all about a new project on which he’d like to embark: “Have you heard of Norwegian death metal? I thought of taking that and mixing it with, like, Belle and Sebastian. It’s sort of music you can cry to but also maybe burn a church down at the same time.” And from there, things just get weirder. Check it out below — and be thankful that we never actually hear the “music” Armstrong is describing:


Rebel Wilson to host MTV Movie Awards

Rebel Wilson will emcee the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, the network announced Thursday in a “first look” trailer that aired during the Jersey Shore finale. Set to air on April 14, this is the Pitch Perfect star’s first time hosting, and the first time a woman has hosted since Sarah Silverman’s stint in 2007. On top of the delightful news that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are hosting the Golden Globes this year, we’re hoping the female comedian-as-host trend continues.

Click past the jump to take a look at the trailer, featuring Wilson herself.


Kristen Wiig comedy 'Girl Most Likely' gets July release date

Remember that Kristen Wiig/Annette Bening comedy Imogene that we’ve all been waiting for? It’s finally nabbed a release date (July 19), and a new title — Girl Most Likely – Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions announced Thursday.

In Girl Most Likely, Wiig’s character, Imogene, is a playwright who hasn’t lived up to her potential. She gets dumped, fakes a suicide, and is forced to move home with her mother (Annette Bening), a gambling addict who lives on the Jersey shore where she meets a host of kooky characters while longing for her more glamorous New York life.


Oscar predictions: Golden Globes certainties, surprises and snubs

How much did this morning’s Golden Globe nominations shake up the Oscar race?

Eh … Let’s just say that the primary beneficiary will be DVDs of a little Ewan McGregor comedy called Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which very modestly came and went from theaters early last spring. That movie picked up three nominations in the best musical/comedy categories of picture, lead actor for McGregor, and lead actress for Emily Blunt.

Also, what the …? Nicole Kidman gets another supporting actress nomination for the critically lambasted The Paperboy after yesterday’s nod from the Screen Actors Guild? Okay then.

I wouldn’t say that Kidman and Salmon Fishing now have shots at the Oscars, but these mentions by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — which has no crossover with the voting body of the Academy Awards, by the way — are fairly strong “for your consideration” recommendations. The quirk of having a separate category for drama means that the occasional offbeat comedy choice like Salmon gets some time in the Globes spotlight. (I’m not sure how to explain the Kidman thing, though.)

The other nods were what you might expect: Lincoln led the contenders with seven nominations: best drama, dramatic actor for Daniel Day-Lewis,  director for Steven Spielberg, a screenplay nomination for Tony Kushner, a music nomination for John Williams, and supporting mentions for Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field.


Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu plans to direct comedy 'Birdman'

Just a day after the news that Guillermo del Toro is taking his 2006 dark fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth to the stage, another accomplished Mexican director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, has news of his own: he’s set to direct a comedy called Birdman.

Inarritu has melted down thick emotions in Spanish-language dramas such as 2000’s beautiful Amores Perros (with a breakout performance by Gael Garcia Bernal) and 2010’s Biutiful, and Hollywood dramas such as 2006’s Babel and 2003’s 21 Grams.

Sundance 2013: The Midnight Movie lineup

Sundance’s Midnight Movie selection can always be counted on for some high-octane weirdness.

This year brings Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb in a comedy about a pregnant couple who move into “the most haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans,” a provocative documentary about sex, submission and domination, and Star Wars‘ own Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill, co-starring in an action-adventure about young men obsessed with a first-person shooter game.

Yesterday was the indie film fest’s competition announcement, with a lineup filled with sex and comedy. Today, the organizers announced their picks for the deeply offbeat corner of the annual showcase, which runs Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Utah — and it kind of has the same theme.

“We always hope for a balance of stuff in the Midnight section — from horror, to comedy, to even a little sex in there. This year we have everything,” says Sundance chief programmer Trevor Groth. “It’s kind of a fun, crazy midnight lineup.”


Sundance 2013: Sex and comedies dominate competition

Daniel Radcliffe in a murder story involving the icons of the Beat Generation. Keri Russell in comedy about a woman obsessed with Jane Austen. Kristen Bell as a lifeguard in a dangerous relationship. And the return of the filmmaker behind the sci-fi indie classic Primer.

These are among the films making their debut in the competition category at the Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 17-27 in Park City, Utah.

Other announcements — such as those for the Midnight Movie and Premiere sections — will come in the days ahead, but first the festival likes to highlight those films that will be competing for the jury prizes this year.

As for trends, this year … ?

Sundance Festival director John Cooper and Trevor Groth, the chief programer, share a look before venturing forward with slight smiles. READ FULL STORY

'Tim and Eric' star Tim Heidecker talks about his new movie, 'The Comedy'


Writer-director Rick Alverson’s new movie is called The Comedy and stars funny man Tim Heidecker. But the film is actually a semi-improvised drama about a New York slacker-type who spends a good deal of screen time hanging out with pals played by Eric Wareheim and LCD Soundsystem singer James Murphy. So what’s up with the title? “You can interpret that as being sarcastic but I don’t think it’s purely a ‘F— you,’” says Heidecker, who together with Wareheim stars on the Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! “We talked a lot about the way these characters almost exclusively communicate through their own wit.”

While the film may be deliberately short on belly laughs it is long on footage of Heidecker’s own naked, and rather cuddlesome, stomach. “I said to the director before we shot it, ‘This guy’s supposed to be a hipster. Shouldn’t I get really skinny?'” says the actor. “He was like, ‘No, I think you’re just like a guy that drinks too much Pabst. We’ll go that direction.’ At a Q&A someone was like, ‘Why would I want to watch some fat guy?’ I was like, ‘I’m not Dom Deluise!’”

Below, Heidecker talks more about The Comedy — which can be seen in select cinemas over the next month and is also available on VOD — and why he wrote a 13 minute song about the Titanic.

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