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In between Mystery Science Theater 3000 and South Park, Comedy Central's biggest breakout was a cheaply made animated show called Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Co-created by comedian Jonathan Katz and animator/producer Tom Snyder, it starred Katz as the titular shrink and his relationships with his receptionist (Laura Silverman) and his son (H. Jon Benjamin, now of Archer and Bob's Burgers fame). The show was fleshed out by comedians like Ray Romano, Dom Irrera, Dave Attell, Louis C.K., Denis Leary, Jon Stewart, and Janeane Garofalo. The show last aired in 2002, but a few years back, Katz dusted off his »
- Kyle Anderson
When Pulp Fiction opened in theaters 20 years ago today, the mainstream moviegoing audience was introduced to a dynamic new Hollywood talent. Quentin Tarantino was a 31-year-old hipster whose formal film education never rose much higher than working as a clerk in a Manhattan Beach video store. A walking encyclopedia of film history who fetishized some of the more obscure genres, Tarantino had a gift for dialog and his own visual toolbox that expanded the language of cinematic storytelling. Pulp Fiction was the culmination of a two-year stretch where the director went from Nobody to Wunderkind, beginning with the Sundance premiere »
- Jeff Labrecque
During the Q&A at the Broad City panel at New York Comic Con Friday night, one fan asked the creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer who would be on their personal "gross fuck lists." She was referring, of course, to the final scene of last season's finale, when Abbi and Ilana compare notes on who would be on their lists (Oj Simpson for Abbi, David Blaine and the old dancing Six Flags dancing guy for Ilana). So what about their real-life gross fuck lists? Turns out they were just talking about it the other day!Ilana: You just came up with a really good one the other day. Abbi: Oh yeah, but I feel bad...I feel bad saying that about anyone. So yeah I said...Denis Leary. He's kind of hot, but in a villainy way. Ilana: Same thing as Willem Dafoe. I think I'd have sex with him. »
- E. Alex Jung
Draft Day, 2014.
Directed by Ivan Reitman.
The first day of the NFL draft proves dramatic for the general manager of a team in need of a turnaround.
There are a lot of things Draft Day gets right. It’s a ‘sports movie’ that can be enjoyed by hard core football fans or people who couldn’t tell you the difference between a touchdown or a field goal. Rather than focusing on an actual football game Draft Day uses the intense and time restrictive pressure of the first day of the NFL draft to wrap its story around. Any sports fan who has watched the NFL draft on TV (a painfully slow and boring process) will be delighted to see the action packed craziness that takes place behind the scenes with players, teams, and owners scrambling to make »
- Amy Richau
While lacking the dramatic clout of the similarly-themed Moneyball, Draft Day nonetheless provides an easy viewing experience thanks to director Ivan Reitman's breezy pacing and star Kevin Costner's enduring appeal as a leading man.
Costner plays NFL manager Sonny Weaver, tasked with rebuilding his Cleveland Browns team on the all important draft day - a time when rival teams barter and jostle to secure the best new recruits. The coverage dominates the media and the stakes are high for all those involved, but why on earth should we give a hoot?
Draft Day does a good job at communicating the premise to those not familiar with American football and the frenzied dealings behind the scenes, culminating in a tense (if by-numbers) finale of one-upmanship. Although »
In order for humans to team up with zombies and vampires, you know the circumstances must be dire. In Sony’s upcoming horror comedy, Kitchen Sink, an alien invasion forces the living to team up with fanged fiends and the shambling dead in order to save their town, though viewers will have to wait longer to see this unlikely bond, as Sony has delayed the release of Kitchen Sink by nearly eight months.
Exhibitor Relations reports that Sony has moved the release of Kitchen Sink from its January 9th, 2015 slot to September 4th. The monster mash-up movie has been described as having a vibe akin to The Breakfast Club, but we’ll have to wait for a trailer and more synopsis details to see what ghoulish goods could be in store. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates.
- Derek Anderson
Parents TV Council outraged over 'torture porn' on 'Stalker' The conservative watchdog is up in arms over a horrific scene in the first two minutes of tonight’s pilot. Check out Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III on “The Hollow Crown” PBS will air the William Shakespeare miniseries, which is being made with NBC Universal and BBC. Plus: Cumberbatch blames Ellen for his U2 photobomb at the Oscars. Netflix orders a King Kong animated series for kids The CGI-animated "King of the Apes” will be set in 2050 San Francisco. Click Read Full Post For More NBC renews “The Sing-Off” The singing competition will be back for a 5th cycle this holiday season. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” nabs Tim DeKay The “White Collar” star will play Grant Ward’s abusive older brother, a senator. Tonight’s “Svu” is based on 2 high-profile elevator fights Ray Rice’s domestic violence incident isn’t the only »
- Norman Weiss
“Uncle Chubby’s” follows the exploits of a group of friends in their late 20s as they play on an ice hockey team, determined to win the adult league title despite little experience playing the sport competitively.
Apostle also produces “Maron” for IFC. The company is set to begin production on the second season of USA Network’s “Sirens” as well as the Leary starrer “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” for FX. Serpico and Sellitti are also writing “The Bakken,” a one-hour drama pilot for Fox Television Studios.
- Shelli Weinstein
Each episode of the comedy offers a fictionalized look at Marc’s life, chronicling the man’s misguided attempts to grow.
“Usually Marc has a hard time maintaining long-term relationships, but luckily not with us,” said Jennifer Caserta, president of IFC. “He’s committed to bringing his wry humor and refreshing perspective back to IFC for a third season.”
“I am very proud of both seasons of the show and thrilled we’re doing another one,” said Maron. “Through all the episodes I can see the growth and evolution of the character, writing and comedy. I’m excited about getting back into the process. The character of Maron needs some work on and off screen and fortunately that’s what drives the show. »
- Shelli Weinstein
Elizabeth Gillies, who plays Jade West on the hit Nickelodeon series Victorious, has joined the cast of New Line Cinema's Vacation reboot. The actress is said to have booked a small role, although no character details were given.
Ed Helms stars as Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen Griswold (Beverly D'Angelo) from the original Vacation, who takes his family on their first ever road trip vacation to WallyWorld. Christina Applegate also stars as Rusty's wife, with Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins playing their sons. We reported last month that Chris Hemsworth is playing the boyfriend of Rusty's sister Audrey, with Charlie Day portrying a river rafting tour guide. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo will reprise their roles in cameo appearances.
Aside from her role on Victorious, »
This afternoon, news broke of Joan Rivers’ death. Celebrities, media outlets, and friends have been offering their condolences on Twitter and social media and sharing their best memories of the late comedienne:
.@Joan_Rivers was a dear & wonderful friend who I've known for 45yrs. Great guest, pal, comedian & mother. We will never see her likes again— Larry King (@kingsthings) September 04, 2014
#RIPJoanRivers #Legend instagram.com/p/siPD5iOc7o/— Ken Baker (@kenbakernow) September 04, 2014
Joan was a classic New Yorker. Her wit, style, moxie, feminist trailblazing, and quiet philanthropy made her a legend. #RIPJoanRivers— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) September 04, 2014
we lost a »
- Teresa Jue
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 2014.
Directed by Marc Webb.
Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, B.J. Novak, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, Chris Zylka and Denis Leary.
When atrocities threaten New York, Spider-Man must protect the citizens of New York and his loved ones before New York’s heart befalls into tragedy.
Despite helping to change the face of the superhero movie in 21st century Hollywood, the Spider-Man franchise died before our very eyes, delighting and enthralling before crashing and burning. The best intentions of director Sam Raimi notwithstanding, Spider-Man 3 failed, even if it was the franchises’ highest grosser. While many blamed the excess of villains and characters, which led to a horribly disjointed script, it was the studio’s insistence on things (namely Venom) that ultimately derailed our friendly neighbourhood Spidey. Now, 10 years since Spider-Man 2 »
- Scott Davis
Directed by Ivan Reitman, the sports drama Draft Day, available on Blu-ray/DVD on September 2nd, shows just how much NFL Draft Day can change the lives of athletes and the fortunes of football teams. General Manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) is up against fan pressure, an ambitious owner (Frank Langella) and a hard-nosed coach (Denis Leary), who all think they know what’s best for the team, and he must decide whether to go with the consensus pick or trust his instincts and risk losing everything. The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Sam Elliott, Sean Combs, Terry Crews, Tom Welling, Ellen Burstyn and Chadwick Boseman. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Reitman talked about wanting to make a sports movie that even people who don’t care about sports could enjoy, focusing on the human drama, what makes him want to direct a movie, that there were »
- Christina Radish
In a case of life imitating art, the Cleveland Browns made some ambitious draft-day trades in May to land a college football star who they hope can turn around their franchise. Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel will be holding a clipboard when the real Browns open their season next week, but he’s already been anointed a savior by a city that hasn’t won an NFL title since 1964. In Ivan Reitman’s movie, Draft Day, Kevin Costner stars as Sonny Weaver Jr., the Browns’ embattled general manager faced with a make-or-break draft to reverse the team’s losing fortunes and save his job. »
- Jeff Labrecque
FX has given a series order to "Baskets," a new comedy from the creative all-star team of Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel. But don't get too invested in "Baskets," because its premiere is a mighty long way away. Seemingly the "Shakes the Clown" for the 21st Century, "Baskets" focuses on a Bakersfield, California resident named Chip Baskets (Galifianakis), who dreams of becoming a professional clown. When things go wrong at a prestigious French clowning academy, he's forced to make ends meet as a rodeo clown, while never giving up his true lofty aspirations. "Baskets" will begin production next year, but the 10-episode first season won't premiere until 2016. "Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show," blurbs Eric Schrier, half of FX's two-headed President of Original Programming team with Nick Grad. "To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious »
- Daniel Fienberg
Movie news and the NFL are converging in a fun way with the upcoming release of “Draft Day.” The film will be available on Digital HD Aug. 19, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View Aug. 29 and Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) Sept. 2. “Draft Day” stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Sam Elliot, Sean Combs, Terry Crews, Chadwick Boseman, Ellen Burstyn, Tom Welling and Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and is directed by Ivan Reitman from a script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman. The film was made in exclusive partnership with the NFL, including unprecedented access to the [ Read More ]
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To promote the Target exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a short featurette has arrived online entitled ‘Setting Up The Sinister Six’, which features director Marc Webb and Marvel legend Stan Lee talking about the team of supervillains, who will of course be getting their own spin-off movie in November 2016 courtesy of Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). Check it out here…
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out on DVD and Blu-ray in the States on August 19th and in the UK on September 1st, and features returning stars Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker) and Denis Leary (George Stacy) alongside new additions Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Electro, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti (12 Years a Slave) as The Rhino, Chris Cooper (American Beauty) as Norman Osborn, »
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood continues to mourn the sudden loss of Robin Williams, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 63. Friends and fans have posted their thoughts online, including some fellow stand-up comics, his "Good Will Hunting" co-star Ben Affleck, "Happy Feet" co-star Hugh Jackman, and the real Patch Adams. Updated - Matt Damon's statement: "Robin brought so much joy into my life and I will carry that joy with me forever. He was such a beautiful man. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him. I truly hope people in the media can find it within themselves to give his family some privacy during this horrible time." Ben Affleck's statement: "Heartbroken. Thanks chief - for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He »
- Dave Lewis
With the home-entertainment release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just around the corner, a deleted scene from the Spidey sequel featuring Peter Parker and Harry Osborn has turned up online, as well as an alternate ending which shows Peter’s dad Richard Parker popping up – alive – to deliver the famous “with great power…” line; take a look below…
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It’s great to be Spider-Man.
For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. »
- Gary Collinson
Love may be patient, but it can also get a little threadbare after years of routine — and child-rearing. That’s the central theme of FX’s latest sitcom Married (premiering tonight at 10/9c).
The series follows Russ and Linda (Ben & Kate‘s Nat Faxon and Arrested Development‘s Judy Greer) as they try to keep romance (and their sex life) alive while raising their three kids on one income. (He’s a graphic designer, she’s a stay-at-home mom.)
“It’s the non-glossy version of what living »
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