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The Bluegrass Situation—an online music hub co-founded by comedian/banjoist Ed Helms—will host the Midnight Jam at this year’s MerleFest. The annual Saturday night superjam will feature Scythian, Keller Williams,the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Deadly Gentleman and many more. As in years past, the Midnight Jam will take place at the Walker Center, and a separate ticket will be required for four-day and Saturday ticket holders.
Alan Jackson, Ralph Stanley, The Travelin’ McCourys, Sam Bush, Keller Williams, Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna the Buffalo, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Carolina Chocolate Drops and many more will perform at MerleFest 2014. The event is set to take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC April 24-27. Tickets for the shows are now on sale.
Forget your Captain America, your Iron Man, and even (whisper it) your Loki. If DreamWorks Animation has its way, every kid will want to dress up as Captain Underpants. Because… the costume is easier? In any case, the ‘toon studio has recruited a cast to voice the leads, with Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Thomas Middleditch all headed for microphones.
Word first arrived back in October of 2011 that the studio and Monsters Vs. Aliens director Rob Letterman had finally managed to crack through the rights-protective attitude of creator Dav Pilkey, who opened up the option to his book series – published since 1997 – to an auction.
The books revolve around primary school kids Harold Hutchins (Middleditch) and George Beard (Hart), whose hobby is writing and drawing the adventures of their invented superman. Their headmaster Benny Krupp (Helms) hates children, and runs a fascist regime at the boys’ elementary school, where imagination is forbidden. But the boys hypnotize Krupp into becoming the nice Captain Underpants whenever anyone snaps their fingers (he changes back when water is poured on his head) leading to many adventures against several villains. In the film, the main antagonist will be Professor Poopypants (Kroll). Peele, meanwhile, will be their nerdy school nemesis, Melvin.
“These actors are some of the funniest around today. Letting them loose with these characters is sure to be a hysterical ride,” Letterman tells The Wrap. Parents might be split on the idea, since the books promote reading but are also full of scatological humour and anti-school, but they do sound pretty much perfect for animation.
There’s no time schedule for the film’s release yet, but with movies locked in from the company through at least 2016/17, it might be a while before Captain Underpants takes off.
Four years ago, Bradley Cooper had built a solid reputation as a scene-stealing supporting player. Ed Helms was best known for his sweet but buffoonish Andy on The Office. And few, besides comedy-club bookers and his own family members, could wrap their mouths around the last name of Zach Galifianakis.
Then came The Hangover, which would go on to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy in North American box-office history. A 2011 sequel would take in more than half-a-billion dollars worldwide. And next week comes the third and allegedly the last of the trilogy of films about friends on road trips gone extremely awry.
Folks still have trouble pronouncing Galifianakis but the careers – and lives – of all three co-stars have been changed forever by the series.
“I never would have gotten Hangover II if it wasn’t for Hangover I,” joked Helms in a recent joint interview with his cast mates.
‘”The effect it’s had on my life, from a career standpoint, it just is off the charts. I’ve gotten to do some really great, cool, fun stuff that I never would have been able to do,” Helms said.
Those include two well-reviewed 2011 low-budget comedies, Cedar Rapidsand Jeff Who Lives at Home.
Before Hangover, Galifianakis was somebody – making a living as a stand-up comic, whose credits included his own Comedy Central Presents special. But that success was nothing compared to what would come. “Well, you know, financially,” Galifianakis said, winding up for a Mother’s Day joke. “It (was) really great to be able to pay to get her a salt-and-pepper shaker set.”
Bradley Cooper may have both titles of Sexiest Man Alive and Oscar nominee, but neither accolade has evoked any diva-like behavior.
The handsome Silver Linings Playbook actor sat down with Hangover Part 3 costars Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis at the Las Vegas junket for the upcoming comedy, where E! News couldn’t help but question whether Bradley’s ‘tude has changed since the very firstHangover flick.
“We can’t say or that giant guy off-camera will beat us up,” Ed Helms confesses as Cooper quietly laughs.
“We’re afraid to talk,”Galifianakis dead-pans.
Eventually, Helms provides an honest response, praising his costar for his down-to-Earth demeanor.
“Honestly, it’s really annoying how little Bradley has changed,” he says. “You really should be more of a diva,” he tells his pal. “You can pull it off now! You have an Oscar nomination, come on.”
And suddenly, Cooper just became that much sexier.
In our continuing coverage from the set of “The Hangover Part III”, we speak to Ed Helms, who plays Stuart Price in the “epic” trilogy.
For my mic, can you say your name?
My name is Edward Parker Helms. I play Stuart Price, the dentist character, member of the Wolf Pack… and I wear a size nine-and-a-half shoe.
Nice! Okay, so tell us what is happening with Stu. Because he, I think, is the luckiest guy in the movie. In the first one he got the stripper, in the second one, he got married again–
The luckiest? God, you must have been watching Cedar Rapids or something. What’s happening with Stu… Well, I think Stu’s been kind of a punching bag the last couple of movies, but he did marry a beautiful woman at the end of the second one. And what’s sort of fun about this time around is that Stu, he’s now married to a woman who is much cooler and sexier than he is, and she’s sort of made him a little cooler. So we start with Stu being just a little– He dresses a little sharper, he’s got a little bit better fashion sense, maybe a little more confidence than he’s had before. And that’s fun, because it’s a slightly unfamiliar place for the audience to kind of start up with Stu. But then good old neurotic Stu comes roaring back pretty early on.
Obviously with what you guys had gone through in the first two, what’s the biggest challenge in approaching what you guys are doing?
Probably like, what else could we possibly go through? Do you know? Like just how do you… From an imagination standpoint, what do we come up with that’s remarkably different and exciting and stimulating for our fans and for the audience? I think that was a big challenge going in. And the solution to that was a really nice departure from our formula for One and Two, and getting into something that’s kind of darkly grounded. There’s a joy in the first two, because we’re finding out how much fun we had the night before. Even though we caused all this havoc, we’re still sort of finding out happy things that happened the night before. This movie has less of that kind of happiness, and a sort of– Let’s not say– It’s still extremely funny, but it has a little bit of a darker energy to it, which is kind of a fun change of pace, a little bit of a shift.
The Hangover star Ed Helms had to convince his co-stars on The Office he wasn’t drunk while he was making the movie because he spoke with a slight slur.
The actor removed an implanted tooth when he learned his character in the hit comedy film would have dental issues and he had no idea the procedure would affect his speech.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, “(My dentist) made me a flipper with the false tooth on it that I could take in and out because I was still shooting on The Office.
“I never told (anyone) because they would lose their minds. So I would show up for work (on The Office) with this appliance in my mouth, and it really affected my speech. If you watch those episodes, I sound drunk.”
Funnyman Ed Helms was exhausted while filming the first movie in The Hangover trilogy because he didn’t sleep for days at a time as he tried to balance filming the movie in Las Vegas with his commitments on Tv show The Office in Los Angeles.
The actor was given permission to film The Hangover around his Tv schedule as long as he showed up for work on time and covered his transportation costs.
Helms tells The Hollywood Reporter, “I had to agree to charter my own flights, these little tiny jets, which I paid for. I’d go from Las Vegas to Van Nuys Airport at four in the morning because we were doing shoots all night, then I’d land in Van Nuys, drive to the set and shoot all day on The Office, completely Red Bull-ed (energy drink) out of my brain.”
His dedication paid off and The Hangover was a break-out hit when it was released in 2009. Helms stars in the third installment of the franchise, which will hit cinemas this summer (13), after the finale of The Office airs in America.
“Are we there yet?” If ‘there’ is the start of production for Ed Helms’ Vacation reboot, the answer for now is no.
The comedy project, a reboot of the 1983 Chevy Chase movie, was scheduled to start shooting in Atlanta this July, but New Line Cinema is slowing things down on the project, EW has confirmed. THR first reported the news.
Vacation‘s production may be delayed for anywhere from a few months until later this year.
THR reports that the hold-up is due to creative differences among the movie’s development team: Some want to tone the project down to aim for a PG-13 rating, and others want to keep it R-rated, like the original movie.
Helms is set to play a grown-up Rusty Griswold, the kid first played by Anthony Michael Hall, now taking his own family on a vacation gone wrong. Christina Applegate signed on last month to play Rusty’s wife. The script was written by Bones actor John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who both also collaborated on Horrible Bosses. The Vacation reboot will be the pair’s directorial debut.
Just before Thanksgiving of last year, I watched Ed Helms get attacked by four chickens in a Tijuana flophouse. He was fine and so were the chickens since it was part of our set visit to Warner Bros.’ The Hangover Part III. Helms, who is reprising his role of Stu the newly-married dentist in the concluding chapter of The Hangover trilogy, kindly sat down with a group of visiting journalists for a roundtable interview. He talked at length about the evolving character relationships within the Wolfpack, traveling to exotic locales, working with returning characters and the ever-expanding cast of animal stars featured in their movies.
The film also stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis,Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Mike Epps and Jeffrey Tambor. The Hangover Part III opens on May 24th and, if you haven’t seen it, you can check out the recently-released trailer here. Hit the jump for our full interview with Helms.
ED HELMS: Great. How’s it going? So, how cool are these trailers? Very sweet.
Nice trailers. They’re awesome.
HELMS: Yeah, I have to say, it’s the nicest one I’ve ever had.
This is actually a lot nicer than Zach’s.
HELMS: Well, there’s less vomit.
Actually, on the subject of Zach– In the second film, we do see that Stu has no trust in hanging out with Alan, or in him, just being around him in general. I’m curious, what’s the relationship like between those two in this film?
HELMS: First of all, great transition into the interview. “On the subject of Zach.” So, how are Stu and Alan– You know, they have a complicated friendship that I think is characterized by tolerance for one another and some mutual lack of understanding for the other’s thought process, mindset, intelligence, world view. But there’s some– Whereas Phil and Alan have this kind of overt bromance, particularly coming from Alan towards Phil, I think that Stu and Alan have more of an Odd Couple sort of thing going on, where if you really put a gun to their head, they’d kind of love each other and would go to the mat for each other. But you’d never know it if you spent five minutes with them. And that is just an important part of their history in the first two, and I think we have some fun in– Their relationship gets challenged in some new, exciting ways inHangover Three. That’s what we’re talking about, right? Okay.