Friday, July 22, 2011

This is like a family tree, if your family was made of whores ... Beavis and Butthead are back!

Yes, the boys are indeed back, and judging from the clip that Mike Judge just unveiled at Comic-Con, they thankfully haven't matured even one bit.

But first, a bit of movie news, because for fans of comedy (which it's all about today), this could be pretty great.

"Easy A," while lighter than air and clearly aimed at moviegoers much younger than me, was also easily one of the funniest movies of 2010. It's director, Will Gluck, has a new movie out today starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, which in spite of its rather tired "Friends With Benefits" title and premise looks like it could be pretty witty.

What really made "Easy A" a winner, however, was the writing, so the even better news today is that Fox Searchlight has just purchased a new spec script from "Easy A' screenwriter Bert Royal.

Titled "A Thousand Words or Less," the comedy, which Royal will also direct, is set in the cutthroat world of a national high-school (I'm assuming) essay contest. Shailene Woodley, who apparently stars on ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (which I've obviously never seen) and can soon be seen in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" with George Clooney, is apparently up for the lead role in this.

I guess you can't get Emma Stone every time, but this should be a hoot all the same, so stay tuned ...

And in other comedy news, I can understand why a lot of people don't like Ricky Gervais. He can be more than a bit of a prick, I suppose, but for comedy to work really well you almost always have to piss someone off, as he's clearly good at.

I can't wait to see what he came up with for the Warwick Davis mockumentary "Life's Too Short" (apparently coming to HBO, but no word yet on exactly when), but he's apparently already moved on to something new, titled "Afterlife."

As Gervais just revealed on his blog, the show, which he's working on with "Dexter" producer Clyde Phillips, will have him playing God, which should have probably an equal number of people cringing and laughing.

The comedy will be about an atheist who dies and goes to heaven ... and meets Gervais as God.

"Not the typical, wise, benevolent God -- that's Morgan Freeman's thing," Gervais wrote. He said his own version will be "an arrogant, wisecracking son of a bitch, who thinks he's the best thing since sliced bread. ... Actually he thinks he's the best thing ever because... well, he is. (He invented sliced bread by the way.) He also loves welcoming atheists to heaven with a smug grin on his face."

He went on to say that, despite his own being an atheist, this isn't an "atheist comedy" because if it was it wouldn't include a heaven or God.

Not sure about the logic there, or where or when this will actually hit the airwaves, but keep your eyes out for it (and I'll certainly let you know when I know more.)

OK, after that rather long detour, on to the main event. With "Beavis and Butthead" coming back to MTV this fall, only two questions popped into my head. Will they still be funny, at least for those people (like me) who found them to be very funny the first time around? And what in the world will they do between segments now that MTV no longer shows anything approaching music videos?

Well, as this 4-minute-plus Comic-Con clip shows, the boys have, if anything, possibly regressed. And in this first bit, which I'll only tell you is titled "Holy Cornholio" (you can probably guess where this is going), they're just as funny as ever. And as for the commentary, instead of videos, for this at least, it's "Jersey Shore," and if you can get past the obviously blatant plugging of MTV's own programming, the boys shred it pretty darn good. Anyways, enjoy, and have a perfectly pleasant weekend. I'm off to see "Captain America." Peace out.

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