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We critics often get asked how we can sit through so many bad movies. The answer — apart from the fact that it isn’t exactly hard labor — is that even a lot of middling Hollywood product has moments of baseline entertainment value. The average Adam Sandler comedy is funnier than the worst Adam Sandler comedy; most mediocre superhero movies are better than “Suicide Squad.” And when it comes to the brain-dead action comedy that “ironically” reboots a piece-of-crap television series from the ’70s or ’80s, “Starsky & Hutch” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” were flat-out masterpieces compared to “Chips,” an ultra-violent and ultra flavorless buddy movie that’s so dedicated to hitting the generic sweet spot of “what the audience wants” that it actually had to go and capitalize the “i” in the title, as if that quirky lower-case digit from the TV show was just too threateningly odd.
“Chips” was »
- Owen Gleiberman
If you quote Father of the Bride on the regular, you'll appreciate this. Frequent costars/real-life buddies Steve Martin and Martin Short have been touring with a comedy show, and they had a very special visitor in attendance in Nashville: Kimberly Williams-Paisley. The actress memorably appeared in both Father of the Bride and its sequel as Annie Banks, daughter to George (Martin). Short played Franck (whose name I can't even think of without yelling it in my head), the wedding planner. Seeing them all together fills me with more joy than a nuffy blue Armani tuxedo. Related:25 TV and Movie Reunions That Have Happened in 2016 Loved seeing my former costars @stevemartintogo & @themartinshort at the Opryhouse tonight for their show in #Nashville »
- Maggie Pehanick
Kimberly Williams-Paisley reunited with her onscreen father and wedding planner over the weekend.
The 45-year-old actress snapped a photo between with her Father of the Bride co-stars, Steve Martin and Martin Short, on Sunday night, writing: "Loved seeing my former costars @SteveMartinToGo & @themartinshort at the Opryhouse tonight for their show in #Nashville."
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Martin -- who portrayed Williams-Paisley's dad, George Banks, in the Father of the Bride films -- is currently on a comedy tour with Short -- who played the hilarious wedding planner, Franck Eggelhoffer, in the beloved 1991 and 1995 movies.
In an exclusive interview with Et last year, Martin addressed rumors that there will be a third Father of the Bride film. "I don't think that's gonna happen," he admitted. "I'd have to play a grandfather -- do I want to do that? Yeah, of course I do, but I think we've seen enough."
More: Father of the Bride House Sells for $2 Million »
Here’s a new headline about the hosts of the long-running “Weekend Update” segment on “Saturday Night Live”: Colin Jost and Michael Che will get a limited run in primetime in August when NBC airs four half-hour broadcasts of the faux-news showcase that generates very real discussion about current events.
Additional “Saturday Night Live” cast members will also make appearances during the run, NBC said Tuesday.
NBCUniversal has given extra assignments to the “Update” anchors several times in the past. Jost and Che made some off-kilter appearances last summer in late-night on MSNBC, offering a few jokes after the wrap-ups of the network’s coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler co-anchored a three-episode limited run on Thursday nights in the fall of 2008, just before the presidential election pitting Barack Obama against John McCain. In 2009, NBC trotted “Update” in primetime again for three episodes, with »
- Brian Steinberg
The talk around this year’s Oscars is winding down—wait, who are we kidding?—which of course means it’s time to move on to discussing next year’s potential nominees. Get Out is getting a lot of positive buzz, so maybe Jordan Peele will get a nod for best original screenplay come next January. Elsewhere, J.J. Abrams is offering up Mark Hamill’s The Last Jedi performance for your consideration (or rather, the Academy’s). The Force Awakens director and Last Jedi executive producer tells The New York Daily News that Hamill’s work on Episode VIII is Oscar caliber: “I think we are all going to be very upset if he does not win an Oscar, and no one more upset than Mark.”
- Danette Chavez
The whiskey and Trump jabs were flowing freely at the Bad Robot offices on Thursday night.
Stars from the worlds of “Star Trek” and “Loving,” music, and comedy gathered at the sprawling headquarters of J.J. Abrams’ production company for the 12th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards. The U.S.-Ireland Alliance event, founded by Trina Vargo, was designed to honor Irish talent in entertainment.
The vast Bad Robot space was bathed in shamrock green, with a podium installed in one corner on the roof next to an open bar (perhaps appropriately for an Irish-centered event, as honoree Martin Short pointed out). Abrams served as emcee for the night, and after jokingly asking why on earth he had been asked back to host the event, he listed the honorees: Short, Glen Hansard, Caitriona Balfe, Ruth Negga, and Zachary Quinto.
As Quinto had previously told Variety, his connection with Oscar Wilde runs far deeper than shared Irish roots, »
- Will Thorne
Oscar Wilde Awards honoree Martin Short, known for his zingers and stinging observations, was asked if anyone in the current presidential administration is ripe for satire. “Everyone is ripe for satire,” he says, “particularly in this administration. But it’s hard to satirize, hard to go broader than what we have seen.”
Asked if his talk-show character Jiminy Glick would have anything to say about the current Trump administration, Short demurs. “I’m not going there.”
Short feels a connection to the Wilde Awards. “My mother was half-Irish, my father was 100%,” he offers. Short, who has credits going back to 1972, says his father introduced him to film. They watched Ireland-set films such as “The Quiet Man” and “Shake Hands With the Devil.”
And while fans admire his wit, the performer freely admits, “I don’t know that if I could compare to Oscar Wilde.”
The comic actor is one of »
- Will Thorne
If Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Tom Hanks and Dave Grohl go out for dinner -- as they did Wednesday night in Santa Monica -- who picks up the tab? The legends came together with their wives at Giorgio Baldi for what has to be the most hall of fameiest meal ever. Think about it -- Beatles, Eagles, Nirvana ... plus Forrest freakin' Gump! [[tmz:video id="0_l7tby1ci"]] Btw ... it's a trick question. No one in their right mind »
- TMZ Staff
Kimmel shared some home video footage of his wife's trip to the obstetrician on Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live. The sweet family moment all went downhill when the host's long-time "mortal enemy," Matt Damon, walked through the door.
Despite his promise to stop having sex with Kimmel's wife, Damon claimed he's the one who got McNearney pregnant and came up with the perfect way to figure out who gets to be the dad: let the baby decide.
Leaning down next to the mom-to-be's baby bump, Damon spoke to the baby in dulcet tones and laid out the options.
"Hello baby! We don’t know if you're a boy or a girl, but you have a choice of daddies," Damon »
Variety is reporting that The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson will be voicing the lead role in the upcoming animated feature Elliot the Littlest Reindeer from Awesometown Entertainment and director Jennifer Westcott (Locked in a Garage Band).
The film will revolve around a miniature horse called Elliott as he follows his dream to earn a spot on Santa’s sleigh team when Blitzen retires. Hutcherson joins a voice cast that also includes Samantha Bee, John Cleese, Martin Short and Jeff Dunham.
“It’s a great script, with a powerful message wrapped into an accessible story,” states Hutcherson. “I really feel it will resonate with kids and adults alike… It was a fun process making Elliot’s character come to life… and collaborating with the team!”
- Amie Cranswick
12 February 2017 12:33 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Morena Baccarin has joined the voice cast of Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer.
The former Homeland star will play Corkie, a intrepid journalist determined to get the scoop on Santa's North Pole tryouts in the animated Christmas underdog tale. Baccarin joins Josh Hutcherson, Samantha Bee, John Cleese and Martin Short in the pic from Awesometown Entertainment, which is being shopped at the European Film Market in Berlin by Double Dutch International.
The film finds Santa Claus reindeer Blitzen announcing his retirement on Dec. 21, giving Elliot, a miniature horse, just three days during North Pole tryouts to fulfill his »
- Etan Vlessing
Exclusive: Homeland actress joins voice cast of family animation.
Baccarin will play Corkie, an intrepid reporter who is determined to get the scoop on Father Christmas’s North Pole try-outs for his coveted sleigh team.
“I really enjoyed the story,” said Baccarin. “The idea that with enough perseverance and team spirit you can change the expected and surpass the norm… And it’s always a plus to be in something your kids can watch.”
Jennifer Westcott is directing Elliott The Littlest Reindeer from her screenplay. Lucas Lynette-Krech produces and executive producers include Dan Krech, Victoria Westcott of Elgin Road, Mike Sears and Michael Emerson of M3, and Moring.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Feature is directed by Jennifer Westcott and produced by Lucas Lynette-Krech. Executive producers are Dan Krech along with Victoria Westcott of Elgin Road; Mike Sears and Michael Emerson of M3; Jason Moring of Ddi, who made the announcement at the Berlin Film Festival; and Active Intl.
The animated adventure was written by Westcott and follows miniature horse Elliot, who follows his dream to earn a spot on Santa’s sleigh team after Blitzen retires. Other voice actors include Samantha Bee, John Cleese, Martin Short, Jeff Dunham.
“It’s a great script, with a powerful message wrapped into an accessible story. I really feel it will resonate with kids and adults alike… It was a fun process making Elliot’s character come to life… and collaborating with the team! »
- Variety Staff
9 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The Irish-Ethiopian actress will be honored Feb. 23 at the 12th annual Oscar Wilde Awards, the casual shindig that takes place three days before the Academy Awards at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica.
The filmmaker also emcees the event, and it was just announced that Chris Pine and Catherine O'Hara will serve as presenters.
- Mike Barnes
Good god, it’s been what seems like a lifetime since I last saw Pure Luck. I’m not even sure it previously made the leap from VHS, where I first saw it back in the early 90s, to DVD here in the UK. Back when the film was first released both Danny Glover and Martin Short could do no wrong. Glover was riding high off the success of the Lethal Weapon franchise, scoring lead roles in Predator 2 and Flight of the Intruder; whilst Short had scored back-to-back hits with Innerspace and Three Fugitives… Well I say do no wrong, but maybe that should have read “could have” done no wrong, given the bad reception afforded this comedy…
Comedy in the early 90s was »
- Phil Wheat
A TV legend, big screen players, and one of the year’s most celebrated films earn honors.
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
To build a highlight reel of memorable moments from the television career of Brooks is a challenge that few editors would want to undertake. But the 20-time Emmy winner, whose CV includes such groundbreaking series as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Taxi” and “The Simpsons,” and is this year’s recipient of the Producers Guild Awards’ Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, was recently charged with just such a task. Brooks found that the easiest path to a solution was to recall the program where the collaboration between talent in front of and behind the camera gelled. “Everything is a marriage of actors and writers, and what makes those stories happen is that if it’s a good coupling,” he says. To that end, »
- Paul Gaita and Dave McNary
The comedian died of a suspected heart attack, though an autopsy has not been performed yet, his agent Ryan Goldhar told Variety.
Rosato was born in Naples, Italy, in 1954. He joined the Canadian sketch comedy show “Sctv” (“Second City Television”) in the late 1970s, playing, among other characters, drunk TV chef Marcello Sebastiani. The Toronto-based sketch show was created by Second City troupe members.
Rosato went on to join the cast of “SNL” in 1981, a year after producer Lorne Michaels took a break from the NBC show. Rosato was the first cast member born outside of the U.S. and one of only three “Sctv” alumni to appear on “SNL,” along with Robin Duke and Martin Short. His tenure on the show lasted only one year (Season 6).
In the 1990s, he »
- Dani Levy
Canadian actor Tony Rosato, a veteran of sketch-comedy shows “Saturday Night Live” and “SCTV,” has died at the age of 62. Rosato’s death was confirmed by his former agent, Larry Goldhar. Read More: Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson: First ‘Urban Myths’ footage released The Italian-born comic actor joined Martin Short and Robin Duke as the […] »
- Will Reid
18 items from 2017
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