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Latest ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Trailer Is Perfect

Netflix will help everyone return to Camp Firewood for one more wild season of memories when Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp hits the popular streaming platform on July 31, 2015. Today a new trailer for the mini-series found its way online, and it might just be the funniest thing you see all week.

If you didn’t know by now, First Day Of Camp is being marketed as a prequel to the original WHAS film. The entire original cast will return, including Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ted 2′ Is The First Major Misfire Of Summer 2015

Film: Ted 2
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane

Having established a new hero in the world of profane comedy with his initial outing, Seth MacFarlane has proven with Ted 2 what A Million Ways To Die In The West alluded to over a year ago: America’s turn of the millennium funnyman has lost his charm. To make matters worse, he’s pulling Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, John Slattery, and Morgan Freeman down with him.

Taking place one year, one marriage, and one divorce after we last said goodbye, Ted 2 reintroduces the characters you loved from the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Drunk Wedding’ Offers Cheap POV Laughs

Film: Drunk Wedding
Starring: Nick P. Ross, J.R. Ramirez
Directed by: Nick Weiss

Having suffered through well over a decade of increasingly mindless found footage horror that is typically far too shaky for most audiences to thoroughly enjoy, Drunk Wedding has arrived as proof that POV filmmaking can also be funny.

If there was ever a film about a group of people wandering around a foreign place with cameras you could buy at your local department store that you could actually relate to, it’s Nick Weiss’ Drunk Wedding.…

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First ‘Cooties’ Trailer Is All About Killing (Zombie) Kids

There is nothing we love more at UTG than a great horror-comedy, and this fall Cooties looks like it could be something special.

Starring a cast of indie favorites, including Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, and Alison Pill, Cooties finds a group of elementary school employees fighting for their lives against a ravenous pack of underage monsters. It seems a virus has begun to spread, but it only strikes those who have yet to go through puberty, so our protagonists will have to fight off the hungry horde if they want to make it through the night. You can view the …

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New ‘Pixels’ Trailer Introduces Heroes and Villains

If there is any hope for Adam Sandler‘s quickly-disappearing career in comedy, Pixels may be it. Set for release this summer, the film pits the star of Blended and The Cobbler against the most iconic video game characters of all time, and he has somehow convinced Kevin James to come along for the ride.

Today, Sony Pictures released a second trailer for Pixels, which is the first to really detail what exactly will happen in the story. From what we’re told, aliens received a transmission meant to showcase our way of life and mistakingly took it as a …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Is Proof That Sequels Don’t Have To Suck

Film: Pitch Perfect 2
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson
Directed by: Elizabeth Banks

After three years and several national titles, The Barden Bellas have embarked on their biggest adventure yet with Pitch Perfect 2.

There is a tried and true recipe to creating a great sequel that involves mixing just the right amount of familiar components with a hearty dose of fresh ideas to create, but for whatever reason most sequels fail to blend those ingredients in a way that creates a product superior to what came before. Pitch Perfect 2 is the exception, as it offers just the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hot Pursuit’ Runs Out Of Gas

Film: Hot Pursuit
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sophia Vergara
Directed by: Anne Fletcher

Clocking in just under 90 minutes in length, Hot Pursuit is quick and almost painless, but never all that funny.

Hollywood has a long love affair with films that pit two people with completely different personalities in a life or death situation, and more often than not one of those characters is an officer of the law. For Hot Pursuit it’s Reese Witherspoon who dons the signature blue uniform of the law, while Modern Family star Sophia Vergara fills in as the loud mouth and often crass wife …

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Time Is Running Out To Fund The Patrice O’Neal Doc, ‘Better Than You’

The comedy world lost one of its brightest stars with the passing of Patrice O’Neal, but if you act fast you can play an active role in ensuring that his legacy lives on.

Right now, an Indiegogo campaign is ticking away its final hours while trying to fund Better Than You, a feature-length documentary about the one and only Patrice O’Neal. The project is seeking $125,000, and so far they have managed to raise just over $106,000. The $19k difference may not seem like a lot considering how much has been earned, but when attempting to make a film …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Adult Beginners’ Is A Guaranteed Good Time

Film: Adult Beginners
Starring: Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne
Directed by: Ross Katz

Nick Kroll has finally hit his mark.

Following years of making a living from stage to television and back again portraying an asshole in one way or another, comedian turned producer and actor, Nick Kroll has developed something undeniably great with Adult Beginners. A simple story about family that takes on a life of its own, the film finds a fine balance between comedy and drama that will no doubt win over moviegoers young and old.…

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UTG @ MICF: Paul Foot, Neil Hamburger & Sara Pascoe

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Paul Foot
Show: Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon #Major
Venue: The HiFi Bar, Melbourne

Over the course of his storied career, UK jester Paul Foot has developed a reputation as one of the most excitable and unpredictable comics the world has to offer. His new show Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon #Major sees his trademark manic energy, over the top delivery and love of the absurd turned to eleven to uproarious effect. Foot has the audience in stitches early on, courtesy of some esteemed crowd work that resulted in him performing his official introduction while literally mounted …

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UTG @ MICF: Sarah Kendall, DeAnne Smith, Russell Kane & Jonestown

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Sarah Kendall
Show: A Day In October
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall

UK-based, Australian born and raised, Sarah Kendall has a knack for telling stories that inspire you to laugh and cry in equal measure. Kendall displays this skill in all its emotionally manipulative glory in her new show, A Day In October. Much like her previous, critically acclaimed offering, Touchdown, A Day In October draws from Kendall’s experiences of teenhood in Newcastle, New South Wales, delivering a hilarious yet heartbreaking tale of self-realization with a particularly powerful anti-bullying message.…

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: James Acaster (UK)

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: James Acaster
Show: James Acaster (UK)
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall (Powder Room)

Brtish stand-up James Acaster is a lot of things. A man, a juror, a gangster, a comedian; thankfully it is the latter of these that he has chosen to make his calling, and tonight it was the Melbourne audience that reaped the rewards. A gifted storyteller with a uniquely off-beat delivery, Acaster hit the ground running, winning over the crowd with some solid crowd work, filled with local references, before settling into an hour of finely crafted stand-up that found its loudest laughs …