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Ken Marino, ‘SNL’s Kate McKinnon, More Join Jared Hess Heist Comedy

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 4:39pm PDT

Ken Marino, ‘SNL’s Kate McKinnon, More Join Jared Hess Heist ComedyEXCLUSIVE: Relativity has filled out the cast of the untitled heist comedy formerly known as Loomis Fargo, from Napoleon Dynamite helmer Jared Hess. Zach Galifianakis stars as David, a simple armored car guard who takes the fall for a $20 million heist. He goes on the lam from the authorities while tracking double-crossers Steve (Owen Wilson) and Kelly (Kristen Wiig) and the gang of criminals who betrayed him as they blow the loot on ridiculous luxuries.

Ken Marino, who stars in NBC’s upcoming fall sitcom Marry Me, has been cast as Doug Jeffcoat, the rich and uptight neighbor who doesn’t like Steve and his friends degrading the wealthy neighborhood they’ve moved into. Saturday Night Live standout Kate McKinnon is set to play Galifianakis’ ball-busting fiancé. She’s joined by SNL writer Leslie Jones, who will play the detective on the thieves’ trail. The pic’s SNL roots are strong with Lorne Michaels producing; Read More »

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Universal Acquires Will Packer Productions Comedy Pitch From Ken Marino & Erica Oyama

Universal-Pictures-logo-2013__140130232555__140321183123-275x141__140404181950Will Packer Productions has sold Me Time, a comedy pitch from Ken Marino & Erica Oyama, to Universal. The plot is being kept under wraps but is described as a female two-hander road comedy a la Planes, Trains And Automobiles. Studio-based Will Packer will produce the project with his head of motion pictures Barbara Dreyfus executive producing. Universal SVP Production Erik Baiers is overseeing. Marino and Oyama are teaming on the features Go The F*** To Sleep at Fox 2000 and Return Of The Jocks at Fox. They are the pair behind the Yahoo/E! parady series Burning Love and are repped by Paradigm & Principato Young. Packer, repped by UTA, has another road-trip-themed pic in the works as part of his first-look deal at Universal: an untitled Girls Trip movie that is set to begin production in the summer. That’s in addition to a  sequel to Uni’s box office hit Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube returning.

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Sony’s ‘Goosebumps’ Scares Up Ken Marino

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 10:43am PDT

ken marino goosebumpsEXCLUSIVE: Comedy thesp Ken Marino (Children’s Hospital, Bad Milo) has joined the cast of Columbia’s Goosebumps, the big-screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s popular series of young-adult horror tales. Marino will play Coach Carr, the blowhard coach at Greendale High who wades into battle when monsters overrun the school. Jack Black, Amy Ryan, and Dylan Minnette are also starring for Black’s Gulliver’s Travels helmer Rob Letterman, who landed the directing gig last March. Jess Siegler, Tania Landau, Deborah Forte and Neal Moritz (Original Films) are producing the pic, which Sony has set for a March 23, 2016 release. Read More »

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Ken Marino Inks With Paradigm For Acting

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 7:14pm PST

ken-marino-imageTwo days after landing the male lead on the NBC comedy pilot Marry Me, Party Down alum Ken Marino has signed with Paradigm for acting representation. The multihyphenate is bolstering his ties to the agency, where he already is a lit client. Marino recently wrapped a role in the Veronica Mars movie and had a seasonlong arc on the final season of HBO’s Eastbound & Down. He also played a strip club owner in last year’s hit comedy We’re The Millers and starred in and directed the Yahoo/E! series Burning Love, which he co-created with partner Erica Oyama, for Ben Stiller’s Red Hour. Marino, who is managed by Principato-Young, and Oyama also are writing the Fox 2000 feature Go The F*** To Sleep.

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Ken Marino To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Marry Me’

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 8:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ken-marino-imageKen Marino is set as the male lead opposite Casey Wilson in Marry Me, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot from Happy Endings creator-showrunner David Caspe, Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare. The project, directed by Seth Gordon, is said to be in the vein of Mad About You and revolves around a young couple (Marino and Wilson) who get engaged, something they quickly realize is harder than it looks. Party Down alum Marino, repped by Principato Young, recently wrapped the Veronica Mars movie and had a seasonlong arc on the final season of HBO’s Eastbound & Down. He is writing the features Go The F*** To Sleep with Erica Oyama for Fox 2000 and Return Of The Jocks for 21 Laps and 20th Century Fox. He starred in and directed the popular Yahoo/E! series Burning Love, from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour, and has directed episodes of Super Fun Night and Trophy Wife.

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Ken Marino To Co-Create, Star In Fox Family Comedy Produced By Will Gluck & Sony TV

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 10:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In a preemptive buy, Fox has taken in a single-camera comedy from the husband-and-wife writing team of Ken Marino & Erica Oyama, producer Will Gluck and Sony TV with a significant penalty attached. Childrens Hospital co-star Marino is set to topline the project, which he and Oyama have based on the life of another couple, Sam Calagione, founder of the popular Dogfish Head Brewery, and his wife/business partner, Mariah. According to the producers, this is a show about a couple who are working on their American Dream, a couple who support each other, inspire each other, are madly in love, drive each other crazy, build a company from the ground up and blend their employees and children into one big happy family. Marino, Oyama and Olive Bridge’s Gluck and Richie Schwartz executive produce.

As an actor, Party Down alum Marino has a season-long arc on the upcoming fourth and final season of HBO‘s comedy series Eastbound & Down. He also did two pilots last season — NBC’s The Gates and Brenda Forever – and has the Emmy-nominated digital series Burning Love, which re-airs on E!. On Burning Love, Marino is collaborating with Oyama, with whom he also is co-writing two feature projects, True Freshman for 21 Laps/Radar … Read More »

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Ken Marino Joins HBO’s ‘Eastbound & Down’ For Season-Long Arc

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 5:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Childrens Hospital co-star Ken Marino has joined the cast of the upcoming fourth and final season of HBO‘s comedy series Eastbound & Down, starring Danny McBride as self-obsessed and self-destructive baseball player Kenny Powers. Marino is slated to appear in all eight episodes from Season 4, playing Guy Young, a middle-aged athlete who’s still living the high life and partying it up every weekend. Also cast as a recurring next season is Tim Heidecker as Gene, a vanilla guy in Kenny’s neighborhood. He has nothing in common with Kenny and lacks even a basic sense of humor. Read More »

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Fox Books Ken Marino & Erica Oyama For ‘True Freshman’

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 10:21am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Husband and wife scribe team Ken Marino & Erica Oyama have been set by 20th Century Fox to script the comedy True Freshman, which 21 Laps & Radar are producing. Studio hired the duo after getting them recently to adapt Go The F To Sleep for Fox 2000. True Freshman is a campus comedy in the vein as Revenge Of The Nerds and Animal House, as a team of underdogs attempt to restore athletics to their long past position of greatness at a snooty Ivy League school. Jeremy Kramer is overseeing for Fox, and Shawn Levy is producing through his 21 Laps Shingle with Radar’s Ted Field. Michael Weber is Exec Producing. The scribes are repped by Paradigm and Principato Young.

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Spouse Scribe Team To Adapt ‘Go The F To Sleep’ For Fox 2000

By | Thursday April 11, 2013 @ 10:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Husband-wife scripting team Ken Marino & Erica Oyama have been hired to adapt the book Go The F To Sleep for Fox 2000 and Twilight Saga producer Karen Rosenfelt and All You Need Is Kill producer Erwin Stoff. The book, which was written by Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Ricardo Cortes, is categorized as a children’s book for adults. Mansbach wrote it out of a father’s frustration with being unable to get his young daughter to nod off each night. It became a sensation when Django Unchained star Samuel L. Jackson did a reading of it that became a viral sensation (check it out below).

Erica Oyama created the Yahoo/Paramount Insurge/Red Hour Internet and now E! series Burning Love, which Ken Marino has starred in and directed for the first three seasons. Ken Marino also co-wrote Role Models and Wanderlust with David Wain. The couple just closed a blind script deal at Sony TV. They are repped by Paradigm and Principato Young, and attorney Rob Szymanski.

Here’s Jackson’s memorable interpretation of the story. He seems to have a real way with the “F” word.

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Ken Marino & Aasif Mandvi Cast In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘The Gates’

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 11:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Party Down alum Ken Marino and The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi round out the cast of the NBC comedy pilot The Gates. Based on the British series, The Gates is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off and revolves around the parents, school staff and 15-minute social minefield they navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. The show centers on type-A Helen (Kathleen Rose Perkins), who just moved to town with her husband Mark (Marino) and their 8-year-old daughter for Helen’s big new job. Read More »

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