Web Series Wednesday: Movie Stars on the Web

/ Feb 18, 2015

Rob Corddry Stars in Web Series "Wedlock"

Web series are hardly strictly reserved for the likes of YouTube stars. The following, largely hilarious series star big screen actors and directors like Rob Corddry, David Wain, Ken Marino, Elizabeth Banks, and James Franco…and they seem just at home on the web as they do on TV or in the movies.

We’re getting tired of winter here in New York, so for next week, we’re looking for series that take place on the beach–or at least in much warmer climates. If you know of any good ones, send them over to us at [email protected].

Wedlock

Currently available on Vimeo on Demand (each episode goes for 99 cents), this series from the Duplass Brothers stars Mark Duplass and Jennifer Lafleur as a two people who are not “romantically involved” but want to be, with the eventual goal of marriage. Rob Corddry also stars as the therapist employed to help them, and the show gets funnier as he gets increasingly frustrated with this ridiculous “couple.” You can watch the trailer below:

Burning Love

An impressive ensemble cast stars in this classic web series that originally appeared on Yahoo and spoofs “The Bachelor,” with Michael Ian Black as your smiling host. The opening scene features Ben Stiller (as last season’s “bachelor”) alongside his real life wife, Christine Taylor (that season’s winner), while Kristen Bell features as a contestant on the new season, competing for fireman Mark Orlando’s (played by Ken Marino) heart. Let’s just say it’s a hilariously apt spoof. You can watch it now on Hulu, YouTube, etc.

Wainy Days

David Wain (who directed major motion picture hits like “Wet Hot American Summer” and “Role Models”) stars in this web series on My Damn Channel on YouTube alongside an overly enthusiastic Elizabeth Banks. The dialogue is uproariously earnest, and it’s accompanied by the philosophy that a comedic series can never have too much celebratory dancing, at least in the first episode (below). Other actors who show up throughout the series include Jonah Hill, Jason Sudeikis, Rashida Jones, and (again) Rob Corddry.

Speakeasy with Paul F. Tompkins

This interview series appears on the men’s lifestyle site Made Man, owned by Defy Media. Paul F. Tompkins interviews the likes of Rainn Wilson, the Duplass brothers, Summer Glau, Rob Riggle, Sarah Silverman, John Cho, and many others. All interviews take place in a darkened “speakeasy” environment, in which imbibing is heavily encouraged, if not required. Here’s the first episode, with Ty Burrell:

Making a Scene with James Franco

The premise of this AOL series involves a spinning wheel full of various beloved movie titles. James Franco and company spin the wheel twice to determine which two movies they’ll “mash up” in each episode. It makes more sense for you to watch this than read any more of an explanation. The first episode mixes up “Dirty Dancing” and “Reservoir Dogs,” starring James Franco as…

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