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We're all familiar with Shel Silverstein's classic children's book, "The Giving Tree". A young boy befriends a nearby tree, and as the boy grows older, the tree generously gives him whatever he wants and needs, including apples to sell and branches to play with. Eventually, the tree becomes evil and attacks the boy to the gruesome death, until… Wait, what?
Well, that's one way to interpret it. Or at least what the folks over at Funny or Die had in mind when they released the parody trailer for a new film adaptation of the book. The trailer, which stars Tyler Posey from MTV's "Teen Wolf", is chock full of piercing screams, (fake) blood, and deadly branches — all of which come from the twisted, twisted mind of Shel Silverstein. (Or so they say.) Get More »
In case you haven't already noticed, Neil Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi (dare we say dystopian?) actioner "Elysium" shares a few rather obvious plot commonalities with Disney-Pixar's near-wordless robot love story, "Wall-E." Basically, both feature a giant space station which houses pampered humans while the rest of the Earth is left to rot in squalor and wreckage and resourcelessness. Until one guy steps up and changes everything, of course, because Hollywood.
So it was only a matter of time, really, before some kind of mash-up came through, but we've gotta take our hats off to the evil geniuses at Funny or Die for making it happen by way of Matt Damon with a smidge of "Behind the Candelabra" action thrown in as a lil cherry on top. Get More »
"Pacific Rim" ranked third at the box office last weekend, behind "Despicable Me 2" and
"Not a Real Movie" "Grown Ups 2," not quite meeting expectations for a summer blockbuster. Womp, looks like audiences weren't too keen on the "War of the Worlds"/"Transformers" lovechild. Kaiju forevvver!
Despite less-than-stellar stats, the hilarious dudes over at Funny or Die think "Pacific Rim" is worthy of a sequel. A sequel with a smaller budget, that is. A way smaller budget. Try $190 instead of $190 million. This is "Pacific Rim 2," ladies and 'fellas, and it's glorious. Get More »
The title of this post is a little on the nose, but I make no apologies; there was really no other way to aptly describe what happens in the above video, the newest edition of Zach Galifianakis's esteemed Funny or Die-based interview series, "Between Two Ferns." Get More »
If you are a part of the University of Maryland's Delta Gamma sorority, last week you received what can only be described as a scary, threatening, borderline violent email from one of your executive board members about how much you suck, a letter which was leaked to and subsequently thoroughly enjoyed by the rest of the human race. Get More »
Who needs Ashton Kutcher when you've got Justin Long?
Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic, "Jobs," was supposed to open this Friday but got pulled from the calendar. And that Jobs biopic that Aaron Sorkin is supposed to write will happen ... some day. Which means that the first official (well, official-ish) Jobs flick out the gate is "iSteve," produced by Funny or Die.
Justin Long, who's long (ha! Funny or Die, after all!) been a slinger of Apple products in his "Hi, I'm a PC / And I'm a Mac" commercials, plays the Apple co-founder and CEO, with Jorge Garcia playing the part of Steve Wozniak and — in a bit of pitch-perfect casting — James Urbaniak as Microsoft guru Bill Gates.
Watch the trailer above, and watch the entire 78-minute movie at Funny or Die. And just think ... all of it actually happened.
Seth Rogen successfully launched Hilarity For Charity, an event that benefits Alzheimer's disease research. What does this mean? It means he doesn't have to do anything charitable again for the rest of his life.
In fact, the "This Is the End" star can now reset the balance of the universe by engaging in decidedly uncharitable acts, such as robbing convenience stores, not picking up his dog's poop and giving a little kid a cigarette. The possibilities are endless, actually — he can make meth with Bryan Cranston, indulge in a heroin-fueled threesome and play Russian Roulette with bloodthirsty revolutionaries.
Witness a man with a broken moral compass above, courtesy of Funny or Die.
Christian Bale absolutely killed (PUN PUN PUN) the Patrick Bateman role in "American Psycho" (2000), arguably to the point that it's simply impossible to imagine anyone else as the transcendent character. On this much I presume we can basically all agree.
That was, of course, before we were given the pleasure of seeing an object of Bateman's obsession, Huey Lewis, in the role, and now we're having second thoughts. As our fraternal twin sisters at Moviefone originally discovered, Funny or Die released a quick two-minute video featuring Lewis convincingly axe-murdering an equal-parts clueless and helpless 'Weird Al' Yankovic, who also predictably chainsaws his role as well. (Okay, that pun works less well.)
This was apparently produced to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Huey Lewis and the News' "Sports," the album that Bateman deconstructs so brilliantly (and, uh, psychotically) in "American Psycho." Oh, and here's the original scene with Bale and Jared Leto to refresh your memory, as it has been 13 damn years since the film's release:
Shots fired! Shots fired! Shots fired at "Ryan Gosling's Acting Range"!
Indeed, some clever fellows at Funny or Die took a pretty vicious (if super funny) shot at Ryan Gosling with "Ryan Gosling's Acting Range," which takes advantage of the double entendre inherent in those four words to hilarious degrees (the "range" is an actual place instead of a marker of Gosling's acting versatility. I know, burn.)
In the video, a man dressed as Ryan Gosling but looking closer to Thomas Lennon explains that at the range, you can learn how to become "gangster squadders, boxers, drivers, and driving boxers," and learn how to be from various areas of New York City. They kind of have him there, I guess. Get More »
In this "extended cut" from "Zero Dark Thirty," we're given an insight into what happened before the military unit that eventually captured and killed Osama Bin Laden actually got the job done. As it turns out, there were a lot of homemade sound effects, including the ol' "clip clop." And baiting name-changes. And, oh yes, an adorable puppy. It's true: "Everyone likes a puppy."
Would you have guessed that the guys hot on the trail of America's most wanted terrorist were actually talking baseball cards and pizza toppings? Probably not, if you've seen the flick. And, obviously, Jessica Chastain's hardass CIA agent, Maya, would never have let this sh*t fly, which is why it's a Funny Or Die original instead of the real thing.
Not that we wouldn't watch. We'd totally watch.