SPINAL TAP Vets Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr. Join Christopher Guest’s New HBO Mockumentary Series!!
Those hoping Christopher Guest’s eight-episode HBO mockumentary “Family Tree” would resemble Guest’s big-screen mockumentaries appear to be getting their wish.
Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr. – all veterans of Guest movies “This is Spinal Tap,” “Best In Show,” “A Mighty Wind” and “For Your Consideration” – have just signed on the the HBO project, which stars Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) as Tom Chadwick, a fellow trying to track down his family history.
McKean will play Tom’s father, Begley will play Tom’s uncle and Willard will play the Begley character’s neighbor.
Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive on the matter here.
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Sept. 27, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST
by vic twenty
SO looking forward to this!
Sept. 27, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST
by vic twenty
Sept. 27, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
Special guest appearance by undercover cop played by Pacino in leather with colored hankies in his pockets.
Sept. 27, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST
Sept. 27, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST
O'Dowd isn't going to be Irish in this.....or will McKean and Begley adopt Irish accents. And why when I think of Irish accents I cringe thinking about the last act of X-men: First Class?
Sept. 27, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST
...is not Guest movie. He helped write it and was in it, but he did not direct it or produce it. He was part of a collaboration. If anything call it Reiner movie.
Sept. 27, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST
Also, I love Catherine O'Hara, but damn, she looks like the Joker now.
Sept. 27, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST
I get it Herc, Spinal Tap is the better headline and it fits the criteria...for me anyway. I always thought of A Mighty Wind as a folk Tap. I can't wait for this.
Sept. 27, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST
Sept. 27, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST
Any of you remember that one?
Sept. 27, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST
Somewhere, buried in a closet or something, there's a VHS tape that has a random episode of that show on it. One where they're on a boat, maybe? It only ran for like six episodes, right?
Sept. 27, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST
Hope the guy didn't lose the gig because of the recent incident. But you know he did. And lets bring back Martin Mull. From wherever's he's been.
Sept. 27, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST
SCTV was brilliant. Spinal Tap is my favorite comedy ever. And, this troupe had a hell of a run. But, 'Mighty Wind' and 'For Your Consideration' really fell flat in the laughs category.
Sept. 27, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST
Using This Is Spinal Tap as a headline regarding Christopher Guest films with the intent to gain readership or simply to "make it sound better" is unethical and wrong. It may simply be that he used it without knowing it was not a Guest film. If he did know it, I'd be careful if I were him and I personally won't be reading anymore of his stuff on here if that's the case. As for John1976...so, you're saying that because someone is informed and knows his film history that makes him a "nerd"? First of all, "nerd" isn't the term. It's "geek". Secondly, how do you know he doesn't work in some form or other in the industry and that knowing these things goes with his job? Third, you've proven how ignorant you are by using incorrect terminology and how insecure you are by attacking another poster for his knowledge base, a trait which should be admired. Get over yourself.
Sept. 27, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST
chris without his irish accent is weird. i also have vhs tapes somewhere with morton and hayes on them. "i have a stick neff!"
Sept. 27, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST
preceded by: "If he did know it, I'd be careful if I were him and I personally won't be reading anymore of his stuff on here if that's the case. " and it all ends with: "Get over yourself." Indignant nerds are the funniest nerds of all
Sept. 27, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST
I'll just be the dork sitting in the corner.
Sept. 27, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST
Sept. 27, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST
I think the quality of Christopher Guest's films started to suffer when Jamie Kee Curtis started to favor using her dick over her vag!
Sept. 27, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST
Sept. 27, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST
It's "unethical" calling Spinal Tap aGuest Movie? First of all, I'm pretty sure 95% of the people here know that Reiner directed that movie.
by Coughlins Laws
But it was probably the best of the movies and established the formula and started alot of this gang being together. I think it's fair to say he was a co-creator on that movie. It wasn't just Rob Reiner inventing what they did. It was a collaboration between the three leads and Rob Reiner. So, basically, what would have made you happy would be if he added that it was a Reiner/Guest movie? It's just kind of a ridiculous argument to make, me thinks...
Sept. 27, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST
Sept. 27, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST
Actually the correct term is nerd for this particular instance. I knew as many other geeks here would know that Reiner directed Tap. Aaaannnnnd I also knew that someone would get all wedgied up because of Herc's phrasing. Well john1976 did not disappoint, cue stereotypical nerd voice of Captain Obvious. I didn't call our dear John a nerd because he was informed, it was merely that I seriously doubt Herc needed a lesson in Guest's or Reiner's filmography. NERRRRDSSS!!!
Sept. 27, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST
But it's not a spine, and it is in a porno theater in LA.
Sept. 28, 2012, 1:46 a.m. CST
Whenever I see Christopher Guest film, I don't think of Spinal Tap or SNL as much as Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
by I Max U Mini
Think about this show which began about a year after SNL premiered (well, Saturday Night premiered). Woody Allen's ex-wife, Louise Lasser starred in a comedy soap that wasn't called "Soap". With Martin Mull, Dabney Coleman, Mary Kay Place, the late Graham Jarvis, Dody Goodman and Debralee Scott, in a daily soap. Just think of the writing! When Lasser left the show Mull was the first to strike while the iron was hot and the show morphed into Fernwood 2 Night. Now this is a little Second Cityish (yeah, I know it's not a word ... yet . . . ), but this was a comedy talk show that interspersed the fictional characters of Fernwood, Ohio with occasional celebs playing themselves and actually interviewed by Mull and his co-host Fred "I pulled a Pee-Wee in public" Willard. The mix of story and improvisation today really owes a lot to the days of Norman Lear's strange little syndicated realization. Check out this clip from the show and if you watch carefully, you'll catch an extremely youthful Ed Begley, Jr. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKTyTdVsEcs
Sept. 28, 2012, 5:18 a.m. CST
Guest co-wrote and played the lead in Spinal Tap. To not call it a Christopher Guest film is like refusing to call "The Jerk" a Steve Martin film.
Sept. 28, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST
A Mighty Wind was excellent and For Your Consideration has some great moments. I'll take that over Transformers any day.
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