Brian Berrebbi To Co-Host New Onion AV Club Web Series Pop PilgrimsMar 31, 2015
Introducing Pop Pilgrims, the new A.V. Club travel show
Hello citizens of The A.V. Club. We're delighted to announce the imminent launch of our new web-video travel series, Pop Pilgrims. Here's the concept: We're pop-culture geeks, and that geekdom extends even to our vacations. When we travel, we don't just hit the tourist destinations--we also make time to track down film, TV, and literary locations. (After all, isn't the Friday Night Lights football field at least as culturally significant as the Alamo?) The series, which will involve 36 episodes spanning 12 cities, launches next Monday, May 16, and will run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We've got two hosts (a.k.a. guys with a little more screen presence than us): Dan Telfer and Brian Berrebbi. Oh, and we need your help: We've got 11 cities picked out, and we'd like you to assist us in picking the twelfth. When the first video launches next week, a submissions page will also go live, where we'll ask for your favorite pop-culture destinations. The most exciting suggestions will be acted upon, with extreme prejudice. Enjoy this little teaser video below, and see how many of our destinations you can identify.
Rob Corddry cast in Steve Carrell picMar 31, 2015
Brody, Corddry also join 'World'
William Petersen, who's been extremely selective in choosing feature roles since leaving CSI, is in negotiations along with Scream 4 star Adam Brody and Rob Corddry to join Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in Mandate Pictures' Seeking a Friend at the End of the World. In addition to writing the script, Lorene Scafaria is making her directorial debut on the project, which finds an incoming asteroid threatening to end life on Earth.
Carell stars as a man whose wife leaves him amidst the ensuing panic, prompting him to seek out his high school sweetheart, who yearns to be with him when doomsday arrives. Knightley plays the female lead, a neighbor of Carell's character who accompanies him on a romantic road trip to find her.
Mandate and Indian Paintbrush are co-financing the picture, which is slated to start production later this month. Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Joy Gorman will produce with Steven Rales and Mark Roybal of Indian Paintbrush. Mandate's Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown will exec produce. WME packaged the project for clients Carell, Knightley and Scafaria.
Petersen, who's been choosy with roles since leaving CSI in January 2009, will soon be seen in Tony Kaye's education drama Detachment, which recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.
As Variety first reported, Brody just signed on to star in the indie Hemlock Drive with Susan Sarandon. He next stars opposite Greta Gerwig in Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress, and has also wrapped Julian Farino's indie dramedy The Oranges. Corddry last appeared as a hotshot insurance salesman in Fox Searchlight's Cedar Rapids. He recently wrapped The Weinstein Co. comedy Butter. Scafaria's sole feature credit was on Mandate's 2008 comedy Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. She's also written for Corddry's Cartoon Network series Children's Hospital. Mandate and Indian Paintbrush recently teamed on Jason Reitman's Young Adult, which will be released by Paramount.
Petersen and Brody are repped by UTA, while WME and Principato-Young Entertainment rep Corddry.
OC Weekly reviews High Road "hilarious"Mar 31, 2015
Friday night brought the world premiere of Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder Matt Walsh's High Road, whose cast includes--ahem--Party Down's Lizzy Caplan, The Mighty Boosh's Rich Fulcher, Tenacious D's Kyle Gass, Breaking Bad's Matt L. Jones, Superbad's Joe Lo Truglio, The Daily Show's Rob Riggle, Prison Break's Joe Nunez, Players' James Pumphrey, The Office's Ed Helms and Zach Woods, Saturday Night Live's Abby Elliott and Horatio Sanz and newcomer Dylan O'Brien.
Walsh and co-writer Josh Weiner created 65, one-paragraph scenes instructing the actors to hit various plot points. Or pot points. Maryjane dealer Fitz (Pumphrey, in a slit-for-eyes' opening performance) falls hard for Monica (Elliott, cutey) just as his band breaks up. Through a series of coincidences, misunderstandings and Walsh-Weiner spitballs, Fitz and his high-school age mentoree Jimmy (O'Brien, kicking off what will likely be an impressive resume) split Los Angeles fast for Oakland.
Hotly pursued by Jimmy's father (Riggle) and a cop wannabe (Lo Truglio), Fitz and his young partner in crime hope to reunite in the Bay Area with their respective estranged father and mother. Speaking of es-strange, that's an apt description for Fitz's tranny dad (Fulcher) and the bizarre things that come out of his mouth. Indeed, Fulcher and Caplan vied for the loudest laugh breaks out of the Theater 4 crowd in Triangle Square's cineplex.
It helped that High Road cast and crew members filled about half the seats in the oversold house. But the guffaws truly were well-earned. Walsh's strategy sounds like the recipe for something unwieldy and uneven, and I must admit to have had my doubts after viewing the trailer. But High Road is hilarious and, no, I wasn't stoned.
The director and all cast members listed above were at the world premiere except Fulcher, Gass, Riggle, Helm and O'Brien. Also there were Morgan Vukovic, who plays a prostitute, Andy Daly, who plays Elliott's dad, and Neil Flynn, who is not in the picture but did play the janitor on Scrubs for years.
After the screening, Sanz--who would go on to call High Road the best movie he's made since Boat Trip--introduced his old pal Walsh and producer Kirk Roos. Walsh said the project was four years in the making, shot in "the ugliest parts of LA" and that a game called "Milky Milky Cakey Cakey" mentioned in the movie is a real game involving sheet cake and milk. Small wonder that when questions were asked of the cast, Jones admitted that "a lot of us had no idea what was going on."
No poo sticks were harmed in the making of this film.