Netflix has premiered a trailer for its new original film “Mascots,” the latest mockumentary comedy from director Christopher Guest, the man behind the acclaimed comedies “Waiting for Guffman” (1996), “Best in Show” (2000) and “A Mighty Wind” (2003). It premieres at the Toronto Film Festival on September 10 before its official release on October 13 both in theaters and on Netflix. Watch the trailer above.
This is Guest’s first feature film in 10 years. His last cinematic effort was the 2006 Hollywood spoof “For Your Consideration,” which starred Catherine O’Hara as an actress overwhelmed by news that she’s getting Oscar buzz online. This time around Guest is entering the world of competitive mascots, who are competing for the prestigious Golden Fluffy.
The new films stars many of Guest’s frequent collaborators, including Emmy-winners Jane Lynch and Fred Willard, as well as Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., John Michael Higgins, Jennifer Coolidge, Chris O’Dowd, Zach Woods and many more.
Despite earning acclaim for his films (and an Emmy back in 1976 for co-writing “The Lily Tomlin Special”), Guest has never been nominated for an Oscar. “Waiting for Guffman” picked up three Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Feature. Then “Best in Show” earned him a Spirit nom for directing, as well as a Golden Globe bid for Best Musical/Comedy Picture and a Writers Guild nom for Best Original Screenplay.
The folk music spoof “A Mighty Wind” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song (“A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” by Michael McKean and Annette O’Toole), while Guest himself won a Grammy for co-writing that film’s title song. “For Your Consideration” received critical plaudits for O’Hara’s performance, including a Critics’ Choice nomination and a third-place finish at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Supporting Actress.
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