October 17, 2013 |
Close your eyes and say the title of "Big Ass Spider!" to yourself, exclamation point included. Smile. Enjoy it, it's fun. And now you have more or less seen "Big Ass Spider!" The film exists in a strange, unique position of being exactly the movie it looks like - a goofy contemporary riff on cheapie creature features - yet somehow still feels like a letdown, in part for its lack of surprise or invention. The movie has a fan's heart, a sense of loving every goofball moment, but as directed by Mike Mendez it also seems perpetually caught between being a spoof or playing it straight and winds up falling between the cracks rather than rising above.
September 25, 2013 |
"Homeland," Showtime's critically acclaimed series set in the world of CIA operatives, is a serious and brooding drama about the fight against terrorism. Which of course makes it a natural fit for the musical stage. A new spoof of the Emmy Award-winning drama series has surfaced online, re-imagining it as a frothy Broadway production. The target of the parody isn't so much "Homeland" but Broadway's unstoppable (some might say artistically dubious) penchant for turning popular screen titles into bright, shiny musicals designed to inhale money. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The spoof is the latest online lampoon from Above Average, a Web series created by "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels' production company Broadway Video.
September 12, 2013 |
In the grand tradition of "Late Night" TV parodies " Game of Desks " and " Downton Sixbey " comes "Joking Bad," a spot-on spoof unveiled Wednesday targeting everyone's favorite meth drama, "Breaking Bad. " In the epic, 13-minute sketch, Jimmy Fallon, rather than being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, is given six months to come up with new material for "The Tonight Show. " PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of 'Breaking Bad' His quest for the finest jokes leads to encounters with a number of "Breaking Bad"-inspired characters (and at least one real one)
September 9, 2013 |
Even the Internal Revenue Service likes to splurge sometimes. The agency, which has come under fire for its spending practices and targeting of certain groups, recently released a parody video styled after "The Apprentice," the reality television show starring business mogul and hair icon Donald Trump. Price tag for making the video: $10,000 The four minute, 10 second video was filmed and produced for a 2011 conference of the Small Business/Self Employed Division of the IRS and includes an actor in the role of Trump, complete with puffy wig. Most dangerous jobs: 10 professions with the highest fatalities in America Various leaders of the IRS division are depicted in a darkly lit boardroom pitching ideas, ironically, for cutting the division's travel budget.
September 5, 2013 |
Horror spoofs have become something of a spawning menace these days, especially when horror movies themselves are often ridiculous enough to warrant laughter. At least "Hell Baby" has the distinction of coming from two funny parents - writers-directors-stars Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon ("Reno 911!") - and emphasizes a gallery of amusingly offbeat characters brandishing shtick over ripped-off-from-classic-movies sight gags. The simple set-up has eager parents-to-be Jack (Rob Corddry)
July 30, 2013 |
A parody of the wildly popular erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey," which deals with bondage and bad-boy-good-girl romance, will make its way -- fittingly -- this fall to the stage in Las Vegas. “ Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody ” will be staged Oct. 18 to Nov. 9 at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas . The production “brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life [including] steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man,” a news release says. Like the book , the musical will probably appeal mostly to women.