This Week In Comedy: Weird Al, Chris Pratt, & David Brent

By Vincent Lia,
A Collation of comedy news from the past week

This Week in Comedy Aug. 3-9:

It's odd to group a summer blockbuster made by Marvel into the "comedy" category, but anyone who's seen Guardians of the Galaxy knows that the film plays just as much for laughs as it does plot or action. It came as a surprise to some, but Guardians took the country by storm last weekend, opening to rave reviews and over $93 million, a record for the month of August.

Chris Pratt didn't only dominate the big screen this week, he also took over the internet with his Eminem fanaticism, as well as his MTV Cribs-style tour of his character Peter Quill's ship in Guardians.

SNL rap trio The Lonely Island are set to make a movie together. The music-themed comedy will be produced by Judd Apatow.

The Lonely Island won't be the only ones taking their music act from television to the cinemas in the near future. David Brent, Ricky Gervais's character from the original The Office series, is going to have a spin-off movie. The film will cover Brent's attempts at a music career in a mockumentary fashion similar to The Office.

Will Arnett confirmed that fans can expect a season 5 from Arrested Development. It's just a matter of when the stars can align availability.

Fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm are also wondering when they can expect a new season, but it looks like it won't be anytime soon. Creator/star Larry David is signed on to star in a Broadway play, Fish in the Dark, starting next spring.

We'll have to wait a little longer for James Franco and Seth Rogen's controversial comedy movie/act of war. Its release date has been pushed back until Christmas.

Weird Al Yankovic's 2014 has been huge, but his 2015 could be even bigger. A fan has started a petition to get Weird Al to play the Super Bowl halftime show, and it's already exceeded 100,000 signatures.

Any actor would love to be cast in a sitcom that reaches syndication and earns them a steady, healthy paycheck for the rest of their lives, but landing a role in a Chuck Lorre sitcom is the Hollywood equivalent of hitting the lottery these days. Just ask the stars of Big Bang Theory who just signed on for three more seasons at $1 million per episode.

And finally, the last piece in the ever-changing puzzle that is late night TV has seemingly fallen into place, with James Corden set to become the replacement for Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show.

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