Hot Trailer: ‘Hell Baby’

Reno 911 vets Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon are back with Hell Baby, a horror comedy about expectant parents (Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb) who move into a haunted fixer-upper. Garant and Lennon wrote, directed, produced, and star in … Read More »

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Comedy Central To Launch Late-Night Show Hosted By Chris Hardwick, Funny Or Die Produces, Tom Lennon & Ben Garant To Run

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central is expanding its late-night block with a new show hosted by comedian/producer Chris Hardwick and co-produced by Funny Or Die. The untitled show, which will launch in the fall, will air four … Read More »

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Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb To Star In ‘Hell Baby’, Co-Directing Debut Of Lennon & Garant

By | Tuesday March 20, 2012 @ 1:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Darko Entertainment and Principato-Young will produce Hell Baby, a comedy scripted by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant that will mark the co-directing debut of the Night At The Museum writers. Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb will star as an … Read More »

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Robert Ben Garant To Adapt Japanese Graphic Novel ‘Tuxedo Gin’ For Disney

By | Thursday August 4, 2011 @ 3:20pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Night At The Museum co-writer Robert Ben Garant has just been set by Disney to write Tux, an adaptation of the Japanese graphic novel Tuxedo Gin. The film will be produced by Principato-Young’s Paul Young and Peter Principato, VIZ Media’s Jason Hoffs, and Shogakukan’s Ichiro Takase. The rights to the Tokihiko Matsuura-created Japanese property, which were controlled by Shogakukan in Japan and VIZ Media in the US, took almost two years to close. The talks actually started before Rich Ross and Sean Bailey took over the studio.

Ross and Bailey have been veering away from talking animal films but made an exception here. The graphic novel has that element, but there is also a gritty storyline. The protagonist is a young street fighter who falls into a coma and learns that he has lived his life so selfishly that he only has enough karma points to be reincarnated as an animal 15 pounds or less. Trapped in the body of a chin-strap penguin, he tries to overcome the humiliation and rack up enough good deeds to get his old body back and save the girl he loves. Read More »

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New MGM Seals First Project In Vin Diesel-Starrer ‘The Machine’

By | Thursday May 19, 2011 @ 11:46am PDT
Mike Fleming

In what will be the first new production for the reconstituted MGM, the studio has set Vin Diesel to star in and produce The Machine. The action-comedy is being produced by Diesel’s One Race Films along with Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. They wrote the script. MGM will next set a director and start production in the fall.

Diesel will play a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon to be the world’s first ultimate weapon. Some 20 years after the machine was decommissioned and buried, The Machine is discovered, reactivated and befriended by a kid. When the government  learns that The Machine is back in operation, the ultimate weapon’s mission becomes to protect the family that is harboring him. Lennon and Garant’s scripts include the Night at the Museum franchise and The Pacifier, the latter of which starred Diesel and was made by Spyglass. Since Spyglass’s Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman are calling the shots at MGM, it is a re-team across the board. I’m told the tone of the movie is somewhat similar to Iron Giant, the animated film with a protagonist that was voiced by Diesel. The hope is to create a franchise. Read More »

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Tom Lennon And Robert Ben Garant Board ‘Wee McGinty’

By | Wednesday January 5, 2011 @ 3:57pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: When you’ve covered film projects as long as I have, you can only wish to come across project log lines you haven’t heard a million times before. My wish has been granted by the Summit Entertainment comedy The Wee Read More »

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Tom Lennon, Rob Riggle At Center of ‘The Boondoggle’ Spec Laffer

By | Friday December 3, 2010 @ 4:16pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Beyond the Jay Roach-directed political comedy pitch that has Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis attached, studios have a hot spec script to think about this weekend. CAA is out … Read More »

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TCA: FX Renews ‘Louie’, Picks Up Pilot From ‘Reno 911!’ Team & More From Net’s Session

By | Tuesday August 3, 2010 @ 9:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: At the opening of FX’s executive session, president John Landgraf announced a 13-episode second season pickup of Louis C.K.’s new comedy series Louie five weeks into the show’s freshman run. Additionally, FX has greenlighted Alabama, a comedy pilot co-created and starring Reno 911! masterminds Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. The … Read More »

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