Morning Debriefing 1/24/12

1) The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Academy Awards nods to comedy include:

Midnight in Paris: Best Picture, Woody Allen for Best Director & Best Original Screenplay, Art Direction
Beginners: Christopher Plummer for Best Supporting Actor  
Bridesmaids: Melissa McCarthy for Best Supporting Actress, Annie Mumulo & Kristen Wiig for Best Original Screenplay 
Best Animated FilmThe Adventures of Tintin, A Cat in Paris, Chico & Rita, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Rango  
Original Song: “Man or Muppet” from the Muppets by Bret McKenzie 

2) In other industry news news:
Stop motion feature Hell & Back with TJ Miller gets Brian Posehn, Kumail Nanjiani, and Rob Riggle
NBC picks up a bunch of pilots including ones from Greg Daniels, Stephen Falk, Jimmy Fallon, Roseanne Barr, and more
Ben Stiller plans to do a HBO comedy pilot with Scott Rudin
Sony Pictures Classics acquires the Rashida Jones co-written Sundance film Celeste & Jesse Forever

3) Sleepwalk With Me, the film adaptation, asks you if want to see it so big wigs will give it some distribution.

4) Casey Wilson takes a look into the “charmed” life of Callista Gingrich for Funny or Die.

5) Erin Gibson, Funny or Die’s go-to Michele Bachmann, gets private messages from guys and then she publicly responds to them and they’re pretty hilarious. Take a read or two.

6) Here’s a funny music video with plenty of comedy folks NOT directed by Tom Scharpling. (Hospitality’s “Friends of Friends” directed by Scott Jacobson).

7) Speaking of Schapling, did you know his Low Times podcast is having a tournament of the worst lyrics ever, March madness style?

Field of 64: The Worst Lyrics of All Time

8) So, it’s advisable to not have breast feeding videos uploaded to Funny or Die.

9) With its new series Unsupervised, FX’s venturing into animated comedy territory with some of the guys from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

10) There will be no new episode of our podcast This Better Be Funny this week. Want an explanation? So do we. So do we.

11) Riot LA’s totals for their Kickstarter: $16,929 of $20,000 with 10 days to go. Check out their new clip with Megan Mullally, Kumail Nanjiani, and Martin Starr

12) Can’t believe comics are still opening their sets with “So I was fucking this chick, right?” unironically. That’s still happening.

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