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November 14 will mark 26 years since the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown hit the airwaves. The series, which ran for 10 seasons and won 18 Emmy Awards (including a record-breaking five Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series wins for star Candice Bergen), also happened to be at the forefront of a political firestorm in its heyday. A show about a 40-something single mother and career woman (!) touched such a nerve that the Vice President of the United States singled out the show as an example of the decay of family values in America.
During a campaign speech on May 19, 1992, then-vp Dan Quayle stated, “Failing to support children one has fathered is wrong. We must be unequivocal about this. It doesn’t help matters when primetime TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone »
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
"Why are there shotgun pellets in my chicken?" What answer could there be other than, "Because it's squirrel." That is the exact answer given from a father to his adult son in the trailer for the new movie, "A Merry Friggin' Christmas." From the trailer, the film appears to fit squarely into the subgenre of holiday movies of comedies surrounding families (biological or not) who don't get along (generally, but not always because at least one of them is a bad person). Directed by Tristram Shapeero ("Community"), "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" stars the late Robin Williams, Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, Clark Duke, Candice Bergen and more. It is the tale of a man, Boyd (McHale), who his forced to spend Christmas with his dysfunctional family only to learn that he kind of forgot his son's gifts at his house and has to make a mad dash with his father (Williams »
- Josh Lasser
In one of his last starring roles, watch Robin Williams in the new trailer for A Merry Friggin’ Christmas.
Boyd and his family are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parent’s house with his eccentric father that he has been avoiding for years. When he realizes that he left his son’s gifts at home, Boyd and his father must hit the road in a blizzard to retrieve the gifts before sunrise to save Christmas.
Directed by Tristram Shapeero, written by Michael Brown and produced by Tom Rice, Ben Nearn, Joe Russo, and Anthony Russo, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas opens in select theaters and VOD on Friday, November 7.
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- Michelle McCue
A new trailer has arrived online for the festive comedy A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, which sees the late, great Robin Williams in one of his final screen roles.
Merry Friggin’ Christmas follows Boyd Mitchler and his wife Luann as they spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son’s gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
Check out the new trailer here…
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas is set for release on November 7th in the Us and is directed by Tristram Shapeero (Community) with a cast that also includes Joel McHale (Deliver Us From Evil), Lauren Graham (Parenthood), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine 2), Oliver Platt (Mortdecai), Wendy McLendon-Covey (Think Like a Man Too), Tim Heidecker »
- Gary Collinson
In one of his final film roles, Robin Williams plays the patriarch of an estranged family of misfits in the holiday comedy A Merry Friggin' Christmas. Joel McHale stars as Boyd, a family man who doesn't actually like to spend that much time with his family, especially his father (Williams). Their relationship is further put to the test when the two hit the road after Boyd realizes he left all of his son's gifts at home. The film was directed by British TV director Tristram Shapeero, who has worked on shows like Community and Parks and Recreation back in the »
- Jake Perlman
The trailer for Robin Williams' first posthumous film has been released and the late actor looks to be funnier than ever. Williams stars alongside Lauren Graham, Joel McHale and Candice Bergen in "A Merry Friggin’ Christmas." The movie follows Boyd (McHale), as he spends the holidays with his father Mitch (Williams) and the rest of his wacky family. Check out the trailer for "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" above! The film looks hysterical, which makes the loss of the comic genius even harder to believe. The world was stunned when news of Williams’ death first broke back in August. The 63-year old took his own life after a struggle with severe depression. The beloved actor still has a few other feature films slated for release including "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," "Absolutely Anything," and "Boulevard." Check out the trailer for "A Merry Friggin’ Christmas" above and catch »
- tooFab Staff
Robin Williams may no longer be with us, but he has a few completed films left that will give audiences a last taste of his immense talents. For better or worse, one of them is the upcoming wacky holiday movie "A Merry Friggin' Christmas," and the first trailer is here. As the title suggests, this isn't your average, wholesome entry into the Christmas drama. Instead, the movie rounds up Joel McHale, Clark Duke, Oliver Platt, Candice Bergen and Lauren Graham for a comedy about a man who has to team up with his estranged father for a road trip through a blizzard to get the Christmas presents for the son he's forgotten at home. So lots of cranky laughs are in order, and various hijinks, we suppose. "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" opens on November 7th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This one sort of came out of nowhere for me, but here it is, ready for holiday release in less than a month. Robin Williams and Joel McHale star in A Merry Friggin' Christmas, the trailer of which just hit this morning. The movie looks fine I guess, but it's still hard for me to contextually separate Williams' upcoming work from his untimely passing. Though I'm sure that stuff will fade away while watching the actual movie. The film also stars Clarke Duke, Lauren Graham, Oliver Platt, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tim Heidecker and Candice Bergen. Hit the jump to check out the A Merry Friggin' Christmas trailer and poster. The film opens on November 7th from eOne Entertainment. Trailer courtesy of Et: Here's the official synopsis: A Merry Friggin' Christmas follows Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) as they spend a dreaded Chrismas with Boyd's father Mitch »
- Evan Dickson
Earlier this year, the world lost one of its most gifted comedic performers when Robin Williams passed away. Despite his untimely and unexpected death, the icon left behind several unreleased films, the first of which is the holiday themed comedy A Merry Friggin' Christmas. Entertainment Tonight has our first look at the trailer.
The story follows Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) as they spend a dreaded Chrismas with Boyd's father Mitch (Robin Williams) and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son's gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
A Merry Friggin' Christmas marks the feature »
Robin Williams plays a crabby old man in a new trailer for “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas,” one of the films shot before his untimely death by suicide last August. In many ways, his character matches his own personal anguish. Williams, 63, was battling severe depression, at the time of his death and was secretly grappling with the onset of Parkinson’s disease. It also stars Lauren Graham, Candice Bergen, Clark Duke and Joel McHale. ...Read More »
In the movie, out November 7, Williams plays a cranky father who has to go on a road trip with his estranged son (played by Joel McHale) after the family realizes they left their gifts back at home.
Video: Et's Last Interview with Robin Williams
The holiday flick isn't the last movie that will be released featuring Williams -- he's also in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Dec. 19) and the animated movie Absolutely Anything -- but it is the last movie that he filmed before his untimely death.
Williams had been battling with severe depression in the days leading up to his August »
Marian Seldes, the Tony Award-winning star of A Delicate Balance who was a teacher of Kevin Kline and Robin Williams, a muse to playwright Edward Albee and a Guinness Book of World Records holder for most consecutive performances, died Monday at age 86. She died peacefully at her home after an extended illness, her brother Timothy Seldes said. "It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died," he said in a statement. "She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theater, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family. »
- Associated Press
Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, held a reception in honour of Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard as they were presented with the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Mamadou Diouf, Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and History at Columbia University was also honoured.
French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius: "I am delighted to welcome you tonight to celebrate three men, … who will receive the highest distinction of French government, the Légion d'honneur."
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Candice Bergen is heading to Battle Creek. Murphy Brown herself will play Constance a con artist, E! News has learned. Bergen's character is described as charming, quick-witted and clever and she comes in to help Milt (Josh Duhamel) and Russ (Dean Winters) on a case. Oh, and to make matters more interesting, she's also Russ' mother! Bergen will appear in the seventh episode of the new CBS series. Battle Creek hails from Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore and follows two mismatched law enforcement officers—Milt Chamberlain of the FBI and Russ Agnew of the Battle Creek Police Department—who couldn't be more different. The midseason drama also stars Damages »
By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
After winning two Emmys last week, Allison Janney said something that should be considered a truism but isn't. Explaining her successful return to TV after a sojourn in movies, the 54-year-old told Variety, "Television is a woman's medium."
Since "The West Wing" went off the air eight years ago, Janney has landed a number of supporting character roles in movies, mostly mom parts. Back on TV, however, she won Emmys this year (her fifth and sixth) for stretching to play two very different parts: a woman trying to salvage a difficult marriage in the premium-cable drama "Masters of Sex," and a recovering alcoholic whose daughter and granddaughter have followed in her reckless footsteps on the network sitcom "Mom."
Janney certainly seems to be an example of how television is friendlier to 54-year-old actresses than film is. But is television really "a woman's medium"?
Actually, you could argue that television has »
- Gary Susman
Venice — Yesterday's Al Pacino vehicle here at Venice, "The Humbling," was a disappointment: this is not the Pacino you are looking for. Thank goodness, then, for "Manglehorn", where the sure directorial hands of David Gordon Green know exactly how to unlock latter day Pacino's strengths while reining in his worst excesses. Shot November 2013 in Austin over just 25 days, "Manglehorn" is an often impressionistic character study of a grumpy locksmith, A. J. Manglehorn, but before you run away screaming that you can only take so many impressionistic character studies in one year (off the top of my head, other recent examples include "The Goob," "Locke," "Boyhood," "Winter Sleep," Green's own "Joe"), I'll note that it is among the decent examples of the form. It's difficult to write characters studies about happy people with few obstacles (Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" is an unusual exception) so the usual form is to either put »
- Catherine Bray
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
With her fourth victory Monday night as Best Comedy Actress, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is another step closer to Emmy immortality. She is now tied with Helen Hunt ("Mad About You") in this category and just one behind the all-time record holders Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown") and Mary Tyler Moore ("The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"). -Break- Louis-Dreyfus has now won three straight times for her role as U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer on the HBO series "Veep. She previously won as the lead on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" in 2006. Her first Emmy was as Best Comedy Supporting Actress for "Seinfeld" in 1996. She has been setting Emmy records over her three-decade television career. Last year, she surpassed legend Lucille Ball by receiving her 14th comedic acting nomination (this year's nod brought the total to 15). Following Tyne Daly, she is only the seco..."' »
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