“Get Hard,” or How to Offend Everyone in Your Audience

Are there any subjects that are too sensitive for comedy? It’s a question that has been asked a lot lately (see Tosh, Daniel), but history has already given us our answer: There are no taboo subjects in comedy, as long as the joke is funny and the perspective is correct. For example, take incest. Please.…

Is Michael Cera the Most Interesting Actor of his Generation?

After seeing his latest, Crystal Fairy, last weekend, I say “yes” in The Atlantic today. Here is an excerpt: Like most good comic actors, Cera definitely enjoys messing with the audience’s minds, but with Youth in Revolt and This Is the End, he was staying within the confines of commercial films. That pattern changed with Crystal…

The Next Great Kickstarter Movies

And suddenly the world opened up. This morning, actress Kristin Bell and television writer Rob Thomas announced a Kickstarter campaign for a movie based on their cult show Veronica Mars. Thomas, who created the show, struck a unique deal with Warner Brothers: the studio agreed to greenlight the movie and pay for marketing, promotion, and…