Day: March 19, 2009

Gobstopper movie trailer: Everlasting horror?

It's Thursday afternoon and how busted are your March Madness brackets already? Pretty scary, huh? (Preceding sentences only applicable to people who care enough about men's college basketball to bet money on the season-ending tournament with friends and co-workers) You know what we all can agree was pretty scary and yet also brilliant? The 1971 movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder. Go watch it again right now (if you don't enjoy college basketball, that is). It's next on TV on March 28, 2009 on ABC Family. In 2005, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp decided to remake the film in their odd way as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and if you hadn't seen the 1971 original adaptation, you may have been OK with it. Over the past few years, though, fans with access to the YouTubes have uploaded some inspired edits of the 1971 footage to play up the more thrilling aspects. But none of them have gone full tilt extravaganza and shot an entirely new horrifying version, which is what writer/director Eric Appel has done for Funny or Die in Gobstopper. The trailer features comedian Paul Rust and Friday Night Light's QB1 Zach Gilford with two lovely ladies (Martha MacIsaac from Superbad and the new The Last House on the Left, and Nicky Whelan)who get caught up in Willy Wonka's world, with Paul Scheer as...

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“American Contestant” like Idol but better

For some reason, this season of American Idol has been the first in many years that's failing to hold my attention. Don't get me wrong, I still know enough to know that Megan changed her last name and looked purty the other night, and that there's a teen finalist who looks like someone I know, and that the TV doesn't know what to do with the blind guy, that there's a guy who's so fierce he's like Constantine and Clay made a supergay baby, there's seriously someone named "Lil," there's a widow who everyone already thinks has won and that Anoop, Anoop, Anoop is on fire. But even with a new judge that I like (Team Kara) and perhaps despite that new judge's opening sequence, it all seems a little tired. Are they trying too hard this year? How would I know? What I do know, however, is that the folks over at Funny or Die have constructed a far more entertaining parallel universe called American Contestant. And in episode three, Matt Braunger tells Jon Daly he's ready for his audition, and yet, somehow, judges Bob Odenkirk, Natasha Leggero and company are not having it. And I want more of this. Thank you. "American Contestant" with Bob Odenkirk: Episode 3 – watch more funny videos The credits say Eric Appel directs, with appearances also by Brandon Johnson, Angela Trimbur,...

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