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Bad Comedies Come to Netflix: What We Can Learn From Kevin James’ Digital Future

16 November 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here comes the Kevin James digital boom. Friday’s release of James’ latest film, Netflix’s “True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” marks a significant milestone in the 51-year-old actor’s career. After starring in more than half a dozen studio movies for Columbia Pictures — including two “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” films that together grossed nearly $300 million worldwide — James’ signature brand of family-friendly comedy has landed at Netflix, where 86 million subscribers will be able to watch “True Memoirs” from the comfort of their own homes.

Read More: Miranda Sings Makes Her Netflix (Not Broadway) Debut in ‘Haters Back Off’ — Interview

While moving from the silver screen to the small screen might seem like a step down in some ways, there are plenty of advantages that come with doing a Netflix movie instead of a studio release. “I think more people will be able to see the film this way,” James »

- Graham Winfrey

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Hillary Clinton for President: 37 Filmmakers Reveal Why She’s the Best Choice

4 November 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It came as no surprise in October that Michael Moore’s secret documentary “Michael Moore in Trumpland” was a pro-Hillary Clinton film urging Americans to vote for the democratic presidential nominee on November 8. Moore has been one of the most vocal and politically active filmmakers of his generation, if not the most active, and he felt that too much of the election conversation was dominated by negativity.

Read More: Michael Moore’s Plan to Show ‘TrumpLand’ to ‘Millions of People’ Before the Election

“I just thought, I’m going to do something here and give people positive reasons to think about voting for her,” Moore said at the film’s premiere in New York on October 18. “What the country doesn’t need is to be told that Trump is crazy, dangerous, a psychopath and sociopath. He has written and produced that movie, and it appears daily.”

While most filmmakers »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Jon Glaser Loves Gear’ Star Isn’t A Douchebag, But He Plays One on TV

26 October 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Jon Glaser loves gear. “Jon Glaser” really loves gear.

TruTV’s new series “Jon Glaser Loves Gear,” which premieres Wednesday night, defies classification. It’s a fake reality show about a celebrity who loves cool gadgets, but it includes segments with real people showcasing real cool gadgets. It’s heavily improvised, but with real scripted story tangents, as comedian Jon Glaser, playing an awful version of himself, watches the narrative unravel.

“It is weirdly hard to describe,” Glaser said. “And when people ask, ‘What is gear?’ that has an even wider definition.”

Jon Glaser Loves Gear” follows the fictional Glaser as he pitches TruTV on the show, which the network quickly greenlights. He finds a sidekick (Steve Cirbus, “Delocated”) and in the first episode, and sets out to go camping. After his wife refuses to play along, he auditions models to play his spouse… and things fall apart once the camping gets started. »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Jon Glaser Loves Gear’ Star Isn’t A Douchebag, But He Plays One on TV

26 October 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jon Glaser loves gear. “Jon Glaser” really loves gear.

TruTV’s new series “Jon Glaser Loves Gear,” which premieres Wednesday night, defies classification. It’s a fake reality show about a celebrity who loves cool gadgets, but it includes segments with real people showcasing real cool gadgets. It’s heavily improvised, but with real scripted story tangents, as comedian Jon Glaser, playing an awful version of himself, watches the narrative unravel.

“It is weirdly hard to describe,” Glaser said. “And when people ask, ‘What is gear?’ that has an even wider definition.”

Jon Glaser Loves Gear” follows the fictional Glaser as he pitches TruTV on the show, which the network quickly greenlights. He finds a sidekick (Steve Cirbus, “Delocated”) and in the first episode, and sets out to go camping. After his wife refuses to play along, he auditions models to play his spouse… and things fall apart once the camping gets started. »

- Michael Schneider

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Robin Williams’ Widow Delivers Moving Speech on the Day of Their Anniversary

23 October 2016 4:52 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Susan Williams delivered a moving speech about her husband Robin Williams and his big heart on Saturday night in Chicago, Illinois, to celebrate the Uso of Illinois’ 75th anniversary.

Susan, who shared that the celebration coincided with her and her husband’s wedding anniversary, shared light-hearted memories of her husband as well as the struggles he went through before his death.

Robin was posthumously awarded the 2016 Angel Harvey Heart of a Patriot Award by the Uso for his dedication to entertaining the troops through countless tours of duty, including being the first celebrity to ever do a tour. »

- Alexia Fernandez

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Kevin Meaney, Iconic Stand-Up Comic, Passes Away at 60

22 October 2016 3:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The comedy world has lost a true original this weekend. Iconic stand-up comedian Kevin Meaney has passed away at the age of 60. A veteran of the touring comedy world, the actor was found unresponsive in his home late Friday. No cause of death has been given.

Kevin Meaney's agent confirmed the death to The Hollywood Reporter, which happened in the comedian's hometown of Forestburgh, N.Y. As of now, an autopsy is pending. The comedy world paid tribute today on social media after the news of Meaney's passing started to spread. Patton Oswalt, Judd&#160Apatow, Roseanne Barr and Michael&#160McKean all had great things to say about the man while mourning his loss. Judd Apatow tweeted the following.

"Kevin&#160Meaney&#160was as funny as they get and the nicest man. He could make you lose your mind laughing."

Kevin Meaney had clocked in more than 25 years of stage material before his untimely death. »

- MovieWeb

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Kevin Meaney, Actor and Stand-Up Comedian, Dies at 60

22 October 2016 12:18 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Kevin Meaney, a stand-up comedian who made several appearances on late-night shows and was a beloved figure in the comedy scene, died Friday. He was 60.

His agent, Tom Ingegno, confirmed to CNN that Meaney was found at his Forestburgh, New York, home on Friday. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Meaney, with his catchphrase “That’s not right,” was a fixture in the stand-up community for 40 years. His first HBO special launched him into the spotlight in 1986, and the following year, he appeared on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.” He would go on to make more than a dozen appearances on the show.

The comedian had TV credits as well, starring in CBS’ “Uncle Buck,” which ran for one season in 1990. He also appeared on “Saturday Night Live.”

Meaney continued to be involved with the comedy community up until his death. According to his website, he was scheduled for a stand-up set in »

- Alex Stedman

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Kevin Meaney, Veteran Actor and Stand Up Comedian, Passes Away at 60

22 October 2016 11:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kevin Meaney, stand up comedian and actor who starred in the TV adaptation of “Uncle Buck,” died Friday, October 21 at his home in Forestburgh, New York. He was 60.

“It is true as confirmed to me by his family. It is a tremendous loss to the comedy community as well. He was loved and will be missed,” Meaney’s agent Tom Ingegno told Laughspin. The comedian was scheduled to perform in East Providence, R.I. on Saturday night. No cause of death has been determined.

Meaney was a breakout star of the ‘80s comedy scene, appearing on the “Uncle Buck” TV series inspired by the John Candy film of the same name, and various late night shows including “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” He was best known for his catchphrase, “That’s not right!,” said to be an imitation of his mother.

He also appeared in episodes of “30 Rock, »

- Liz Calvario

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Skylanders Academy Trailer Sets Tone for Netflix Series

12 October 2016 6:25 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Those of you familiar with Activision's ongoing Skylanders video game franchise will instantly recognize characters glimpsed in the first Skylanders Academy trailer from Netflix.

As telegraphed in the newly released Skylanders Imaginators video game, Skylanders Academy focuses on a core group of Skylanders tasked with honing their skills and stopping Kaos from taking over Skylands. Those core Skylanders include Spyro the Dragon, Stealth Elf, Eruptor, Pop Fizz and Jet-Vac.

Leading the voice cast are Justin Long as Spyro the Dragon, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf; Jonathan Banks as Eruptor, and Norm MacDonald as Kaos' humble servant Glumshanks. Also pitching in their voices in unnamed roles are Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Bobcat Goldthwait, The Diamond Minecart, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Diamantopoulos and Harland Williams.

With hundreds of named Skylanders characters and supporting cast spread across six games, showrunner Eric Rogers (Futurama) and his team have a treasure »

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Halloween 2016: 10 Frightfully Fun Party Recipe Ideas to Serve This October

11 October 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If you’re like me, then you’ll agree that anything tastes better when it has a bit of a Halloween twist to it, which is why I put together this list of frightfully fun recipes that are sure to be crowd-pleasers this October. Whether you’re making something to enjoy for a quiet night in watching horror movies, or you’re putting together a spread for all your fiendish friends to enjoy at your All Hallows’ Eve party, there are a lot of great Halloween-themed recipes here that are easy to make and won’t cost you an arm and a leg, either. Enjoy!

Frankenstein Cheese Ball

This Frankenstein Cheese Ball looks delicious – and adorable. As soon as I came across him on Pinterest, I knew I had to include him here. The good news is that while he looks rather complicated, he’s actually pretty easy to make »

- Heather Wixson

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Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and More Remember Robin Williams at SAG-aftra Center Opening

6 October 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Five of Robin Williams’ friends and colleagues celebrated the opening of the SAG-aftra Foundation’s Robin Williams Center for Entertainment and Media in New York on Wednesday by remembering the life and and work of Williams. In honor of his more than 40-year career that included more than 100 performances in TV and film, the SAG-aftra Foundation dedicated its new 154-seat screening room to the memory and legacy of Williams.

Watch: Bobcat Goldthwait Opens Up About Directing His Best Friend Robin Williams in ‘Larry King Now’ Clip

On hand for the event were Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Hank Azaria, Bonnie Hunt and director Barry Levinson, who directed Williams in three films: “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Toys” and “Man of the Year.” Each member of the panel spoke at length, remembering Williams and sharing insights into his personality. “He was not a sports guy,” Crystal said. “I would ask him who he rooted for, »

- Graham Winfrey

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TruTV Greenlights Comedy from ‘Veep’ Comedian Andrea Savage, Will Ferrell & Andy Samberg Producing

14 September 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TruTV has greenlit “I’m Sorry,” a comedy hailing from writer/actress Andrea Savage, Variety has learned. Will Ferrell and Andy Samberg are attached as executive producers on the series.

Savage, known for her roles on “Veep” and “Episodes,” created the half-hour series and will star. TruTV has ordered 10 episodes.

“I’m Sorry” follows a seemingly confident, together comedy writer, wife and mom named Andrea (played by Savage), who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations.

Rounding out the cast are series regulars Tom Everett Scott as Andrea’s more straitlaced husband Mike, newcomer Olive Petrucci as Andrea and Mike’s inquisitive daughter Amelia, plus guest stars Jason Mantzoukas, Judy Greer and June Squibb.

Savage will exec produce with Samberg, Ferrell and his producing partner Adam McKayJessica Elbaum, Jason Zaro, Billy Rosenberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. Kablamo! and Gloria Sanchez Productions are producing.

“Andrea draws storytelling inspiration from her own life »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Aziz Ansari, John Oliver, Lupita Nyong’o Among ‘Billy on the Street’ Season 5 Guests

31 July 2016 3:40 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TruTV announced the celebrity guest lineup for Season 5 of “Billy on the Street” with a video at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Sunday. Among the guests for the fifth season of Billy Eichner’s man-on-the-street quiz show are “Master of None’s” Aziz Ansari, Jon Hamm, Lupita N’yong’o, John Oliver and Seth Rogen. The fifth season of the Funny Or Die-produced series will premiere in the fall. Also Read: TruTV Orders Comedy Anthology Series From Bobcat Goldthwait The network also announced that Adam Conover’s upcoming comedy series “Adam Ruins Everything” will air an hourlong election on Tuesday, »

- Reid Nakamura

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TVLine Items: Final Rectify Trailer Ever, Joey McIntyre Sitcom and More

31 July 2016 2:16 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Rectify‘s fourth and final season will bow on Wednesday, October 26 at 10/9c, SundanceTV announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Per the cable net, the eight-episode farewell season picks up a few months after the events of the Season 3 finale “and continues the series’ documentation of the lives of Daniel, his family and the citizens of Paulie.” (The first three seasons will be available on Netflix beginning Aug. 1.)

Check out the official trailer below:

 

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre will headline The Joey Mac Project, »

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TruTV Orders Scripted Anthology Series from Bobcat Goldthwait, Renews ‘Comedy Knockout’

31 July 2016 1:16 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Turner network truTV has given a series order to a new genre-hopping, scripted anthology comedy series with the working title “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Messed Up Stories.” The eight-episode season will premiere in 2017 and marks the network’s second foray into the scripted genre. It will bring television viewers twisted morality tales from the mind of creator Bobcat Goldthwait. Each episode will tell a different story in a different genre – including 1970s-era science fiction, psychological thriller, romantic comedy and reality – and will parody pop culture norms and exploit the awkwardness of its flawed characters.

“From the moment Bobcat pitched this series, we were immediately drawn to his distinctly original vision for the show. There’s nothing like it on TV and I think audiences will feel the same way,” said Marissa Ronca, executive vice president and head of programming for truTV. “We’re excited to be working with another visionary creator, and »

- Laura Prudom

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TruTV Orders Bobcat Goldthwait Scripted Series, Renews ‘Comedy Knockout’, ‘Fameless’ & ‘Greatest Ever’ – TCA

31 July 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Turner’s truTV has ordered its second original scripted series, an anthology comedy series from Bobcat Goldthwait with the working title Messed Up Stories. Eight episodes will premiere on truTV in 2017. TruTV also announced today at TCA it has ordered a 16-episode second season of the comedy competition series Comedy Knockout, 12 additional episodes of Fameless, and 10 episodes of Greatest Ever. Each episode of the “twisted morality tales” from Sundance award-winning… »

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TruTV Orders Comedy Anthology Series From Bobcat Goldthwait

31 July 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TruTV has given an eight-episode series order to the comedy series “Bobcat Goldthwait‘s Messed Up Stories.” Each episode of the comedy anthology will tell a different story in a different genre – including 1970s-era science fiction, psychological thriller, romantic comedy and reality. The series is slated to premiere in 2017. The series marks TruTV’s second foray into the scripted genre, after “Those Who Can’t,” about a group of frustrated high school teachers, which premiered in February. Also Read: TruTV Greenlights 'Jon Glaser Loves Gear,' 'Impractical Jokers' Special “From the moment Bobcat pitched this series, we »

- Reid Nakamura

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Bobcat Goldthwait Gives His Dark and Twisted Spin on Pop Culture in New TruTV Series

31 July 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Bobcat Goldthwait is mixing and mashing up genres for TruTV, which just ordered hisgenre-hopping, scripted anthology comedy series “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Messed Up Stories.”

“Messed Up Stories” (still a working title) was announced Sunday during TruTV’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour. Created by Goldthwait, the series will produce a total of eight episodes. Each edition will tell a different story in a different genre – including 1970s-era science fiction, psychological thriller, romantic comedy and reality – and will parody pop culture norms and exploit the awkwardness of its flawed characters.

“Folks often call my movies dark, but I don’t see them that way,” said Goldthwait. “To me, the rest of the world is just too g*ddamn light. ‘Messed Up Stories’ will examine accepted truths and hypocrisies of our culture and turn them inside out. Does love conquer all? Does fame and money buy you happiness? Not always. »

- Liz Calvario

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Bobcat Goldthwait Gives His Dark and Twisted Spin on Pop Culture in New TruTV Series

31 July 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Bobcat Goldthwait is mixing and mashing up genres for TruTV, which just ordered hisgenre-hopping, scripted anthology comedy series “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Messed Up Stories.”

“Messed Up Stories” (still a working title) was announced Sunday during TruTV’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour. Created by Goldthwait, the series will produce a total of eight episodes. Each edition will tell a different story in a different genre – including 1970s-era science fiction, psychological thriller, romantic comedy and reality – and will parody pop culture norms and exploit the awkwardness of its flawed characters.

“Folks often call my movies dark, but I don’t see them that way,” said Goldthwait. “To me, the rest of the world is just too g*ddamn light. ‘Messed Up Stories’ will examine accepted truths and hypocrisies of our culture and turn them inside out. Does love conquer all? Does fame and money buy you happiness? Not always. »

- Liz Calvario

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NYC Weekend Watch: Max Ophüls, ‘Seven Samurai,’ ‘On the Silver Globe’ & More

28 July 2016 6:43 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of Modern Art

Leo McCarey and the great Gaumont series are continuing their ongoing retrospectives, both of which make for a densely packed lineup.

Metrograph

Relive your traumatized childhood with “This Is PG?!” Jaws, Temple of Doom, and Poltergeist are but a few of the first weekend’s titles.

Helen DeWitt will present a print of Seven Samurai on Sunday. »

- Nick Newman

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