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Kevin Pollak To Direct Indie Comedy ‘Swag’

Kevin Pollak To Direct Indie Comedy ‘Swag’
Exclusive: Kevin Pollak, known for his roles in films like A Few Good Men and Martin Scorsese’s Casino, has signed on to helm Swag (Students Without Any Game), an indie comedy film written by Rickey Castleberry and Zimran Jacob. The pic, loosly based on Castleberry’s life, follows four college sophomore social misfits who find their names on an infamous student losers list curated by the popular sorority girls. The only way off the list is with the tutelage of the Van…
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry
In addition to its admittedly impressive on-screen attributes, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” could pull off something even more marvelous: Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new series is so charming, so smart, and so exuberantly feminine, it very well could unite fans who are still raging over Rory Gilmore’s final four words and those who insist she should never speak again. Maybe, just maybe, everyone who watches can agree to leave Sherman-Palladino in peace to make a few more seasons of “Mrs. Maisel” before bothering her about reviving “Gilmore Girls” yet again.

Ok, probably not. Though the world’s persistent demand for resurrecting nostalgia will keep revival chatter active for, well, forever, this new series is a worthy creative follow-up on its own accord. A period story looking at a generation of oft-ignored women, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” takes Lorelai and Rory’s comparatively subtle feminist message and amplifies it to a timely,
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry
In addition to its admittedly impressive on-screen attributes, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” could pull off something even more marvelous: Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new series is so charming, so smart, and so exuberantly feminine, it very well could unite fans who are still raging over Rory Gilmore’s final four words and those who insist she should never speak again. Maybe, just maybe, everyone who watches can agree to leave Sherman-Palladino in peace to make a few more seasons of “Mrs. Maisel” before bothering her about reviving “Gilmore Girls” yet again.

Ok, probably not. Though the world’s persistent demand for resurrecting nostalgia will keep revival chatter active for, well, forever, this new series is a worthy creative follow-up on its own accord. A period story looking at a generation of oft-ignored women, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” takes Lorelai and Rory’s comparatively subtle feminist message and amplifies it to a timely,
See full article at Indiewire »

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Review: Gilmore Girls Banter Meets Vintage Woody Allen, With a Feminist Twist

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Review: Gilmore Girls Banter Meets Vintage Woody Allen, With a Feminist Twist
Amy Sherman-Palladino’s characters are always so casually witty, it’s about time one of them actually tried being funny for a living, right?

The Gilmore Girls creator’s sparkling new Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — debuting Wednesday, Nov. 29 — is set in the burgeoning stand-up comedy scene of 1958 New York City, and that time period is such a perfect fit for Sherman-Palladino’s old-Hollywood, rat-a-tat-tat dialogue, you wonder why she ever set anything in modern times. The pilot introduces us to Midge (Rachel Brosnahan), a quirky, quippy Jewish spitfire in the Lorelai Gilmore mold. (She’s the type who
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‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers

‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Better Things” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Graduation.”]

Even professional writers have their limit, and mine arrived the moment Max (Mikey Madison) lifted her blindfold and saw her mother, Sam (Pamela Adlon), sisters Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward), and grandmother, Phil (Celia Imrie), dressed all in black, standing on a shiny black stage, about to recreate Christine and the Queens’ “Tilted” music video as a graduation present for the family’s eldest daughter.

How do you expand upon something so perfect?

Up until that point, plenty of beautiful moments had stacked up over the course of Adlon’s Season 2 finale, “Graduation.” There was the cohesion between the premiere and the finale. The first episode of Season 2, “September,” finds Sam dealing with Max’s very adult new boyfriend. She’s put in an impossible position: Flip out, demand they break up, and forbid Max from seeing him, or do what she chooses to do: privately fume, keep her daughter close,
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‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers

‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Better Things” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Graduation.”]

Even professional writers have their limit, and mine arrived the moment Max (Mikey Madison) lifted her blindfold and saw her mother, Sam (Pamela Adlon), sisters Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward), and grandmother, Phil (Celia Imrie), dressed all in black, standing on a shiny black stage, about to recreate Christine and the Queens’ “Tilted” music video as a graduation present for the family’s eldest daughter.

How do you expand upon something so perfect?

Up until that point, plenty of beautiful moments had stacked up over the course of Adlon’s Season 2 finale, “Graduation.” There was the cohesion between the premiere and the finale. The first episode of Season 2, “September,” finds Sam dealing with Max’s very adult new boyfriend. She’s put in an impossible position: Flip out, demand they break up, and forbid Max from seeing him, or do what she chooses to do: privately fume, keep her daughter close,
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Will Arnett on the 'Pitfalls' of Dating & His New Sketch Comedy Series Hot Date

  • PEOPLE.com
Hoping to snag a Hot Date? Look no further.

Pop TV’s Hot Date is the latest web series to successfully make the leap to cable television. Executive-produced by Will Arnett, the sketch comedy — based on the CollegeHumor series of the same name — chronicles the hilarious idiosyncrasies of dating, sex and marriage in 10 episodes premiering Wednesday. (Check out an exclusive sneak peek above.)

The series stars real-life husband-and-wife duo Emily Axford and Brian K. Murphy as heightened versions of themselves, just like on the web series, which has garnered more than 100 million views.

Axford and Murphy will also play multiple other couples,
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Golden Screen Awards: China's 'This Is Not What I Expected' Takes Top Honor

Golden Screen Awards: China's 'This Is Not What I Expected' Takes Top Honor
Hong Kong director Derek Hui's romantic comedy This Is Not What I Expected was one of the big winners Sunday night at the second annual Golden Screen Awards, a growing film business occasion which celebrates co-productions between China and movie industries around the world, particularly Hollywood.

This Is Not What I Expected won the event's top best co-production film award, and the best leading actor trophy also went to the film's male lead, Japanese-Taiwanese star Takeshi Kaneshiro.

Held at Club Novo in downtown Los Angeles, this year's Golden Screen Awards were hosted by actor and comedian Kevin Pollak (The Usual...
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‘The Tiger Hunter’ Headed to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in Early 2018

Shout! Factory has announced plans to bring the directorial debut of writer/director Lena Khan, The Tiger Hunter, to home video as part of their Shout Select line on January 9th, 2018.

The Tiger Hunter stars Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Rizwan Manji (Outsourced), Sam Page (Mad Men), Parvesh Cheena (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Outsourced) and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects). It's a comedy about an immigrant seeking to achieve the American dream.

A pair of bonus features will be included on The Tiger Hunter home video release:

“Not Just an Immigrant Story: The Making of The Tiger Hunter” feaurette featuring interviews and a look behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers

Original Theatrical Trailer

Check out The Tiger Hunter official trailer and Blu-ray cover art below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u8gbBgbCuo
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Amazon Releases Season One Debut Date & Trailer

'S wonderful! 'S marvelous! Amazon has announced The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel TV show, from Amy Sherman-Palladino, will premiere on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 on Amazon Prime Video. Sherman-Palladino created the drama and executive produces it with husband Daniel Palladino. Watch the official trailer, below. A comedic historical drama, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stars Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shalhoub, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, and Marin Hinkle. Jane Lynch and Wallace Shawn will guest star in the first season, with Kevin Pollak, Bailey De Young, Joel Johnstone, and Caroline Aaron recurring. The Amazon TV series centers on Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Brosnahan), a wife and mother in 1950s New York City, who -- after learning some life-changing personal news -- tries her hand at standup comedy. The pilot is free to watch on Amazon. You can check it out, here. Read More…
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First Look at Hugh Jackman in The Front Runner

  • MovieWeb
Hugh Jackman unveiled a first look at himself as 1980s Presidential candidate Gary Hart in the new biopic The Front Runner, which started production today. While the actor will be surrounded by an all-star supporting cast, we only get to see our leading man, which appears to be taken during one of Gary Hart's events during his Presidential campaign, before things went completely off the rails in 1987, helping spark a new era in political journalism.

This first look photo was revealed on the official Hugh Jackman Twitter. The film is based on the book All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid by Matt Bai, who also had a hand in adapting the screenplay alongside director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and Jay Carson (House of Cards). In 1987, U.S. Senator Gary Hart was easily considered the front runner for the Democratic Presidential nomination for the 1988 Presidential election,
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Rob Corddry, ‘24’s Mary Lynn Rajskub & More Join Bob Saget In ‘Benjamin’; James Madio Cast In ‘Stano’

Rob Corddry, ‘24’s Mary Lynn Rajskub & More Join Bob Saget In ‘Benjamin’; James Madio Cast In ‘Stano’
Emmy winner Rob Corddry, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Parenthood alum Max Burkholder are set to appear in Benjamin, the dark comedy directed by and starring Bob Saget. Kevin Pollak, Dave Foley, Jonny Weston, Peri Gilpin, Cheri Oteri, Clara Mamet, and David Hull round out the cast of the film, which previously was titled Jake. Written by Joshua Turek, the film centers on Ed (Saget), who reluctantly calls together an oddball assortment of friends and family to intervene on the…
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Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and more join Hugh Jackman in Gary Hart biopic The Front Runner

Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and more join Hugh Jackman in Gary Hart biopic The Front Runner
Entertainment Weekly has announced details of the supporting cast set to join Hugh Jackman in the upcoming Gary Hart biopic The Front Runner, which sees the former Wolverine taking on the role of the senator and 80s presidential candidate.

Joining Jackman in the project are Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Mamoudou Athie (The Detour), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Kaitlyn Dever (Justified), Tommy Dewey (Justified), Molly Ephraim (Last Man Standing), Spencer Garrett (Thank You for Smoking), Ari Graynor (I’m Dying Up Here), Toby Huss (Halt and Catch Fire), Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead), Alex Karpovsky (Girls), Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire), Sara Paxton (Murder in the First), Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects) and Steve Zissis (Baghead).

The film, which is being directed by Jason Reitman (Juno), is described as “a political comedy about the moment in our history when tabloid journalism and political journalism drove into the same lane.
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Film News Roundup: Jamie Luner Joins Romantic Comedy ‘Honeymoon in Paradise’ (Exclusive)

In today’s film news roundup, “Melrose Place” star Jamie Luner joins “Honeymoon in Paradise,” Vera Farmiga joins “The Front Runner,” Abramorama and Gravitas acquire documentaries and Sony Pictures gets to work on the thriller “Nightlight.”

Castings

Jamie Luner is starring in Odyssey Media’s romantic comedy “Honeymoon in Paradise” with shooting starting in October in the Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia, Variety has learned exclusively.

The producer is Kirk Shaw, who has producing credits on “Life and Death of John Gotti” and “Papa Hemingway in Cuba.” David DeCoteau is directing from a script by Julia Holdway, in which two exes are contestants on a new romantic reality TV series filming at Saint Lucia’s Coconut Bay Resort and Spa.

The one-time couple soon realize the flame of love continues to burn but find that the only way to get time together, to sort out the past and plan a future, is
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Film News Roundup: David Dastmalchian, Kevin Pollak to Star in Bullying Drama ‘Teacher’ (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: David Dastmalchian, Kevin Pollak to Star in Bullying Drama ‘Teacher’ (Exclusive)
In film news today, David Dastmalchian has been cast as a high school teacher, Paul Greengrass is directing a film about terrorism for Netflix and Pearl Jam is releasing a documentary.

Castings

David Dastmalchian and Kevin Pollak will star in the independent psychodrama “Teacher” with shooting set for this month in Chicago, Variety has learned exclusively.

Dastmalchian, whose credits include “Ant-Man” and the upcoming “Blade Runner: 2049,” will portray a high school English teacher who goes to disturbing lengths to protect his favorite students from bullies. Pollak and Dastmalchian will be joined by local Chicago talent that includes Curtis Edward Jackson, Esme Perez, Helen Joo Lee and Matthew Garry.

The film is helmed by writer and director Adam Dick, who previously co-wrote and produced the feature “NightLights” and spent nearly three years developing “Teacher” for screen. Matthew Helderman of BondIt Media Capital and Buffalo 8 Productions are producing along with Zachary Kamen.

“We
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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. His legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Danny Pudi Stars in Trailer for Coming-of-Age Film 'The Tiger Hunter'

"I only wish to live up to my father's example..." An official Us trailer has debuted for an indie coming-of-age comedy titled The Tiger Hunter, starring young actor Danny Pudi best known from "Community". Pudy plays Sami Malik, a young Indian boy who comes to America in the 1970s in order to impress his crush back home, as well as his father, a legendary tiger hunter. But of course he ends up working a low-end job and meets some wacky friends who he hopes will convince them of his success, even if it's not entirely true. The entire cast includes Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder, Karen David, Kevin Pollak, Sam Page, Anand Desai-Barochia, and Parvesh Cheena. This looks oddly charming and amusing in a quaint way. Enjoy. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Lena Khan's The Tiger Hunter, direct from YouTube: The Tiger Hunter is the story of Sami Malik
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Four Set to Recur on Amazon Dramedy

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has some new company. Deadline reports Kevin Pollak, Bailey De Young, Joel Johnstone, and Caroline Aaron have joined the Amazon TV series.From Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the dramedy follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a 1950s housewife who begins a career as a stand-up comic. Amazon has already picked up the series for two seasons.Read More…
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TVLine Items: John Noble Visits TNT's Librarians, Major Star to Fargo and More

TVLine Items: John Noble Visits TNT's Librarians, Major Star to Fargo and More
Walter Bishop is becoming an actual bishop.

Fringe vet John Noble will appear in The Librarians‘ Season 4 premiere as Monsignor Vega, a Vatican bishop who is the secret leader of the Heretical Order of the Shadows, EW.com reports.

RelatedYoung Shakespeare Series Gets TNT Date

Additionally, the TNT series has tapped Rachel Nichols (Continuum) to recur as Nicole Noone, the mysteriously resurrected guardian of Flynn (played by Noah Wyle).

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

* Mary McDonnell (Major Crimes) will guest-star in Fargo‘s May 17 episode as “the so-called storage queen of The Great Lakes region, Ruby Goldfarb,
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