The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here — CollegeHumor made a feature film, and it's called Coffee Town. The movie is written and directed by Brad Copeland (Arrested Development) and stars Glenn Howerton (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Steve Little (Eastbound & Down), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation), Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Josh Groban (Crazy, Stupid, Love.). So, basically everyone we know from everything we watch.
It centers around Howerton, Little, and Schwartz, who are three friends who spend most of their time in the titular coffee shop, which is in danger of being run out of business by an incoming bistro. As such, Howerton decides to rob his hangout. If the bistro executives think the location is in a bad neighborhood, they won't convert the coffee shop (that's just good sense!). Meanwhile, Palicki plays Howerton's love interest, and Groban plays the sarcastic and spiteful barista. Jake Johnson also makes an appearance as a vengeful ghost (we're not yet sure how that one works into the story).
If the trailer (and CollegeHumor's reputation) is anything to go by, the film will be filled with penis jokes, gay jokes, Down syndrome jokes, and most likely a few other inappropriate jokes. That might not align with your tastes, but if you're still curious, there are a few things to bank on: We already know the cast can do comedy. And if all else fails, Groban has the voice of an angel, so focus on that.
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Mark Gable sued execs at the NBC Universal network in 2008 alleging they plagiarised parts of his screenplay Karma, which he shopped around to channels in 1995.
He claimed the pilot episode of My Name Is Earl featured many similarities to his screenplay and alleged his script had been sent to an agency representing the show's co-producer Brad Copeland.
However, a judge at a Los Angeles district court dismissed the case in February (11), ruling there was not enough "substantially similar" in the two scripts, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia have been selected to write the script for Yogi Bear 2. The duo also penned the original with Brad Copeland getting credit as well. Now, I’m not sure which is more surprising: That Warner Bros. is already talking about a sequel to Yogi Bear or that the studio actually had writers on the first one. Actually, the fact that they had writers and hired them again for the sequel is more shocking than them actually making a sequel. Of course they would make a sequel.
Anyway, Sternin and Ventimilia have to come up with more shenanigans for the CGI bears to get into. Besides the previously mentioned franchise starter, they also wrote Rio. If you forgot what that movie was about, it involved a bird having to get busy with another bird. So yeah, that’s who we have writing entertainment for our kids. Go America!
Source: Variety, The LA Times
Pre-existing properties are priorities for motion picture studios these days and Warner Brothers Pictures are forging ahead with film adaptations of two pop-culture staples.
First up, Variety reports that the studio and production company Atlas Entertainment are developing a feature film based on CBS' "Gilligan's Island." Charles Roven and Richard Suckle will produce for Atlas, with Brad Copeland writing the screenplay. Original show producer Sherwood Schwartz is on board to executive produce along with son Lloyd Schwartz.
The trade says that plans are for a contemporary take on the iconic show and that production is intended to start next year, but won't move forward on seeking a director or cast until Copeland's script is completed.
"The characters are so good," Roven said. "We think it's going to be a great story to transport these cultural icons to the modern day."
In addition, The Los Angeles Times reports that WB is also negotiating to acquire feature rights to classic video game "Space Invaders" from Taito, the Japanese company that originally manufactured the game. The project would be produced by Mark Gordon (The Day After Tomorrow, Saving Private Ryan), Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity) and Guymon Casady.
"Space Invaders" was designed by Tomohiro Nishikado and released in 1978. The game was later licensed for production in the United States by Midway.