Everyone has that "guilty pleasure" comedy that was maligned by most. For this writer, it's Starship Troopers, and yes, it is a comedy — watch it again if you disagree. For others, that guilty pleasure is, apparently, Saturday Night Live skit-turned-movie MacGruber, which bombed at the box office back in May of 2010, even though it received mixed reviews. MacGruber fared better on DVD, where it earned about half of its worldwide box office.
For those who have the movie on disc and have defended that purchase to their friends, there's some good news. MacGruber director Jorma Taccone told Screen Crush that he and star Will Forte are planning a sequel. what did taccone say? >> Posted 05.22.12 by Ryan
When we heard the Saturday Night Live skit MacGruber was being turned into a movie, we didn't believe it.
Then the trailer hit the web ... and we're still not buying it. Even though our own Casey Messer (Movies & Music, First Fans) allegedly has a role in the movie.
We've got 6 Reasons the MacGruber Movie Might Just Be an Elaborate Hoax. Posted 02.03.10 by reelz
Following in the footsteps of A Night at the Roxbury and The Ladies Man, another Saturday Night Live (SNL) sketch is making the leap from the TV screen to the silver screen. The latest is MacGruber, starring veteran SNL cast member Will Forte in an action-comedy movie that spoofs the MacGyver TV series that aired from 1985-1992.
Produced by Relativity Media, MacGruber was directed by the sketch's creator, Jorma Taccone, who also co-wrote the script of the film with Forte and John Solomon. IAmRogue, the official site for Relativity Media properties, has just debuted several promotional images and a Red Band trailer, accompanied by a brief synopsis of the film.
Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In 2010, Will Forte brings Saturday Night Live’s clueless soldier of fortune to the big screen in the action comedy MacGruber.
MacGruber also stars Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe, and SNL cast members Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. Richard Dean Anderson, who played Angus "Mac" MacGyver on the TV series that inspired the original sketch, is rumored to have a cameo in the movie.
And, we're especially pleased to note, that MacGruber's cast also includes Casey Messer, host of ReelzChannel's Movies & Music and First Fans. Posted 01.20.10 by BrentJS
The original Land of the Lost TV series was a tame, Saturday-morning adventure program. The new movie starring Will Ferrell and Danny McBride is a slightly different story, though, mixing sexual innuendo and raunchy slapstick in with the dinosaurs for a movie clearly meant for older audiences.
When asked about the more adult aspects of the film, McBride said:
There is definitely a subversive nature to it. On face value, you'd think it would be something just for kids, but it's pretty racy. There's stuff in there where you're like, "Oh, okay, I don't know if I'd really want my kid watching that." But, what I liked about this film was that it was unexpected. It takes some turns that you don't expect, with the tone and even with some of the comedy. When you see that the special effects are done for real and it's not like the old TV show, I think it's definitely unexpected where it goes, tone wise. I think it's cool.
Apparently, some of the scenes were so "racy" that they ended up on the cutting room floor:
There was a great rape joke that didn't make it. Anna was translating Chaka and, when she was translating what he was saying, she was like, "I think he's raped an apple," and raping apples is not cool. That would turn people off. So, Chaka doesn't rape an apple in the movie, anymore.
In a separate interview, director Brad Silberling (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events) said that the adult humor would "fly over" the heads of most kids:
I think more about kids' not getting traumatized because one of the things we were excited about was really committing to the photo-realism of these dinosaurs and the action.
McBride stars as Will Stanton, a redneck survivalist who stumbles through a space-time vortex with a bumbling scientist (Ferrell) and his assistant (Anna Friel). Fans of the television series should also be happy to see Jorma Taccone, of The Lonely Island fame, starring as Chaka. Posted 06.03.09 by BrentJS
A new Land of the Lost clip has debuted on MTV showing how the intrepid party of adventurers first encounter the iconic Sleestaks, a race of slow-walking, bug-eyed, sentient humanoid lizards.
As the group wanders into Sleestak territory, their ape-like guide Chaka (Jorma Taccone) tries to warn them, but alas they think he is taking about chorizo tacos. And, of course, they all miss the big sign in the background that says "Beware of Sleestak." Posted 05.25.09 by reelz
The clips aren't on line yet, but a review of five scenes from Land of the Lost screened by a reporter at Hit Fix provides one of the most detailed looks yet at the movie adaptation of the campy '70s TV series. There's a lot of CGI, of course, and plausible-looking dinosaurs -- something the bargain-basement original clearly lacked. But in most of the clips he describes, what really stands out is the movie's kaleidoscopic disrespect for time and place, and its trippy brand of humor.
One representative scene takes place at a motel pool that has somehow found its way intact (and full of water) into the middle of a surreal desert. The band of intrepid travelers drinks a strange concoction. Then their ape-boy guide Chaka (Jorma Taccone) treats them to exponentially more and more dire translations of what exactly they have ingested -- what starts out as "joyful lightness" is soon revised to "howling loneliness" then to something that makes your bowels feel like they are "being pierced by a ghost serpent" and then into the zombie beyond. "It might be narcotic," he adds, almost as an afterthought. Cue "All Along the Watchtower."
Pretty good evidence, it seems, for the reviewer's conclusion that weird is in this movie's DNA. Posted 05.07.09 by reelz
Will Ferrell is currently heading into production on a comedic adapation of Land of the Lost, the popular '70s TV show produced by acid-trip children's programming pioneers Sid and Marty Krofft. And while it's been known for some time that Ferrell, Danny McBride and Anna Friel would be playing the parts of protagonists Marshall, Will and Holly, respectively, the burning question on everyone's mind has been: Who'll play Chaka (or Cha-Ka, depending on the translation)?
Well, it looks like we've finally gotten an answer. The folks at JoBlo.com are reporting that Jorma Taccone (Hot Rod) has landed the coveted role of the feisty simian boy befriended by the stranded, time-travelling trio. Congrats Jorma!
Source: JoBlo.com Posted 03.06.08 by reelz