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Few Actors Have Scored Original Song Nominations

10 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Since its premiere at Sundance, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has been garnering Oscar buzz and rave reviews. The film could score nominations for best picture, director, actor and more, but after submitting three songs to the Academy for consideration in the best original song category, the film could add another nomination. Two of the songs were written by Ethan Hawke, who could garner a best supporting actor nomination for his portrayal of the father. If Hawke receives a best original song nomination for one of his songs, he will join a short list of actors who have scored nominations for songs since 1994.

Both Annette O’Toole and her husband Michael McKean were nominated in 2004, for their song “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow,” which appeared in 2003’s A Mighty Wind. Well known for her role on Smallville as Martha Kent, O’Toole didn »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Judd Apatow, Laura Dern teaming up for football fan comedy

4 November 2014 1:51 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Judd Apatow and Laura Dern diving into "the world of obsessive female football fans." The two are joining forces for a female-driven comedy about that world for Universal, the studio confirmed to EW. Dern came up with the concept for the ensemble piece, and screenplay duties are going to Pam Brady, who collaborated with Trey Parker and Matt Stone on South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut and co-wrote Hamlet 2. Apatow and Dern are producing with Barry Mendel. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Apatow directed Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer, which will be released in summer 2015. Dern, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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The 31 Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

23 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix.

Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!)

1. "The Addams Family" (1991) PG-13

Everyone's favorite macabre family is wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. Spooky fun, just in time for Halloween.

2. "The Bad News Bears" (1976) PG

Walter Matthau is a grumpy hoot as a reluctant little league coach, Tatum O'Neal is great as the tomboy pitcher and the Bears (including a young Jackie Earle Haley) are perfectly, awfully bad.

3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13

Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends »

- Sharon Knolle

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The bonkers brilliance of Regular Show

22 October 2014 6:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Season one of Cartoon Network's insanely creative Regular Show has finally reached the UK on DVD. Here's why it's worth tracking down...

“Ah, yeah. I love Adventure Time too. Do you watch Regular Show?”

I’ve been asked variations of this question about 50 times. I’ve taken the UK first season DVD release as my prompt to finally check out Regular Show, and it turns out that all those annoying people going on about it all this time were right. I’m one of them now. Do you like Adventure Time? Cool, yeah, me too. Do you watch Regular Show? You should check it out. It’s really good. Here’s what’s so good about it.

Regular Show is about Mordecai, a blue jay, and Rigby, a raccoon. They’re a couple of twenty-something slackers who are more interested in playing video-games than doing their jobs at the park where they’re employed. »

- louisamellor

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Top 10 Musicals That Should Be Made Into Movies

20 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

There are two upcoming movie musicals that, for a long time, I've wanted to make into motion pictures, should someone with money be willing to give me the funds to make them -- Into The Woods and The Last 5 Years. I'm both nervous and excited to see how directors Rob Marshall and Richard Lagravenese, respectfully, have interpreted the material I hold so close to my heart. I am especially nervous for Into The Woods, given Marshall's less than impressive track record. If someone is going to screw up something I cherish, it should be me. Of course, there are far more than two musicals I have a deep connection to. Some have already been made into films, like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Les Miserables, but there is a vast collection of musicals I have thought could make fantastic films, but have never been made. »

- Mike Shutt

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to receive Charlie Chaplin Award, should be in more movies

7 October 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Why isn't Julia Louis-Dreyfus in more movies? Yes, there are likely personal and professional reasons that keep one of the funniest ladies in Hollywood away from the big screen, but allow us to throw up our arms and demand more. Louis-Dreyfus has dominated television since the '80s (revisit her "Saturday Night Live" work and prepare to go bananas), "Seinfeld" making her a household name and providing a curse that only she could break. The success of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Veep" rests entirely on Louis-Dreyfus shoulders. Maybe the weekly format provides a comfort, maybe Hollywood just isn't writing roles for funny women (that's not really a maybe, but let's not digress), but we're tired of the small screen having all the Julia Louis-Dreyfus fun. Her latest accolade only rubs it in. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles announced Monday that Louis-Dreyfus would »

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2014 Returning Fall Series You Should Be Watching: Comedy

3 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The fall TV season is just kicking off and it’s time to begin crafting a weekly TV-viewing schedule that fits your needs, genre preferences, and tastes, and that hopefully includes something old, something new, and something that’s been around for a while that you’ve been meaning to check out. Following up on Sound on Sight’s coverage of the fall’s new network series, contributor Claire Hellar will be recommending her top choices, by genre, of the networks’ returning shows.

These may be competitive days for sitcoms, but the fall season is nonetheless dishing up a good blend of sophomore gems and long-running veterans in the comedy slot. Here are my choices.

About a Boy

Returns Tuesday Oct 14 at 9:30 Et on NBC

This Hornby adaptation, from Parenthood creator Jason Katims, is warm, sharply written, and a genuine crowd-pleaser. Many people have affectionate, if perhaps vague, memories »

- Claire Hellar

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Last Night’s South Park Was All About Penises Dropping Off

2 October 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Evidently, it is the week of the penis. After word of Ben Affleck's Gone Girl member began making an impression (unrelated, but true), South Park last night unleashed an absurd, albeit supportive, episode advocating for gluten-free, penis-saving diets. If you tuned in last night, you would've seen people's penises pinging across your television screen like popping popcorn kernels. The South Park boys returned to school after last episode’s failed start-up endeavor and tried to win their friends back by throwing an epic party with cake and pizza, all in the name of diabetes awareness. Cake and pizza have gluten. Gluten, per creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, makes your dick fly off. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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South Park: The 25 most kickass episodes ever

1 October 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

South Park is about to begin its 18th season in the UK, and despite nearly two decades of episodes, it doesn't show any sign of getting 'lame', as Cartman might say.

Unlike other rival shows, Trey Parker and Matt Stone's cartoon has got better with age, and continues to push boundaries and stay relevant.

To celebrate its return, we have chosen our personal favourite 25 from its first 247 episodes.

25. Woodland Critter Christmas - Season 8

A thoroughly bizarre but memorable episode, in which Stan finds himself in the middle of the woods with a bunch of seemingly cute woodland animals. With an irritating voiceover narrating his every move, the critters turn out to be the most evil creatures known to man. Things are pretty f**ked right here, as he would say. Eventually, it is revealed that Cartman is the creator of such an awful story, and it's all just so »

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StreamFix: 'Gilmore Girls' and 15 Other October Musts

30 September 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hope you like scares, because here comes a chilling fact: If "Gilmore Girls" began today, Lorelai Gilmore would've been born in 1982. Choke on that. Most of these streams are available beginning October 1. Check out our list of streaming musts from Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Crackle.   Hulu "South Park" Did you know Hulu has exclusive rights to "South Park"? It does. And did you know that "The Book of Mormon," which I finally saw, plays like a long, mostly good episode of "South Park"? Except unlike "South Park," my mother loves it? And she's the kind of person who tried banning "Salute Your Shorts" in my house because they sometimes made jokes about jockstraps? It's all confusing, but let's just sit back and watch "South Park" again. Remember Scuzzlebutt, the creature who had Patrick Duffy for a leg? Yeah, that's 17 years old. Fun newsflash: You'll be dead soon. "Scandal" Olivia »

- Louis Virtel

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South Park: Go Fund Yourself Review (Contains Spoilers)

26 September 2014 2:13 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Comedy Central

“Boner balls. Boner forest. Dense boner forest.” And with those seven words, it’s abundantly clear that South Park is back and as uncompromising as ever. But unfortunately, things aren’t exactly off to the best start.

Go Fund Yourself (a joke that 2 Broke Girls got to almost a year before South Park) is a lot like Season 15’s Crack Baby Athletic Association but less inventive. In a pretty on point skewering of crowdfunding; Cartman, Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Butters want to create a start-up company so that they can make a living out of doing absolutely nothing. Unable to settle on a name since even the most grotesque of word salad titles have been taken, they choose the Washington Redskins as the NFL’s copyright has been thrown out. And that’s where the episode starts to flag.

The majority of the jokes really don’t hit »

- James T. Cornish

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Here's What's New on Netflix for October 2014

25 September 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for October 2014? You've come to the right place.

We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" or something.

Here's a much larger rundown of what subscribers can expect in September, courtesy of Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.

Available October 1

"Annie" (1982)

Based on the Depression-era comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," this adaptation of the smash Broadway musical follows America's favorite urchin (Aileen Quinn) as she captures Daddy Warbucks' (Albert Finney) heart with her unquenchable optimism. In the meantime, Annie must try to dodge the treacherous head of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Directed by John Huston, Annie features the hit song "Tomorrow."

"Annie: A Royal Adventure" (1995)

Annie, the charming orphan with a head full of red curls, »

- Tim Hayne

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Giveaway: Win 'South Park' Season 17 on Blu-ray

24 September 2014 6:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

South Park returns to Comedy Central tonight with the Season 18 premiere, but in case you aren't caught up with last season, you're in luck. We have a giveaway lined up where our readers can win South Park: The Complete Seventeenth Season Blu-ray, which includes all 10 Season 17 episodes, commentaries from series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, deleted scenes and #SocialCommentary. These prizes will be gone fast, so take a look at how you can win below.

Winners Receive:

South Park: The Complete Seventeenth Season Blu-ray

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

If you already "Like" MovieWeb, just leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

All 10 episodes from South Park's 17th season are now available in this exclusive two-disc set. Join the boys »

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18 People and Other Topics South Park Should Lampoon This Season

24 September 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It's been roughly two decades since South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker's homespun Christmas video card planted a dirty seed in the cable television landscape. Since their series debuted in 1997, the two have lampooned everything and everyone from Game of Thrones to Barbra Streisand to Hillary Clinton's private parts. They've also — inadvertently perhaps — changed the game by making cable television a satiric arena that has room for scatological, politically incorrect, and borderline libelous jabs. Tonight, South Park premieres its 18th season on Comedy Central. Below are 18 suggestions for people, topics, and trends we hope Stone, Parker & Co. parody this time around.1. Guardians of the RockiesA Halloween episode in which the boys exchange season 16's Avengers costumes for Guardians of the Galaxy ones might be too easy, but a world that has Kenny doubling as Groot (and then obviously reborn as a dancing baby in »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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First Clip from South Park: Season 18 Premiere Takes Aim at the Washington Redskins

21 September 2014 8:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Even though it’s only been a year and there’s even been a video game in the interim, it seems like forever since we got a new episode of South Park.  Thankfully, the wait is almost over as the show will be returning for its 18th(!) season this Wednesday.  The first clip for the new season aired during today’s Redskins-Eagles game, which was no accident since the show’s first target this year will be the offensive name of Washington’s football team.  The NFL has been in the news a lot the past few weeks, so it will be interesting to see if Trey Parker and Matt Stone weave those elements into their scathing satire as well. Hit the jump to check out the clip from the Season 18 premiere of South Park.  The long-running series returns on Wednesday at 10pm Est on Comedy Central. Via South Park Studios. »

- Matt Goldberg

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‘South Park’ to Tackle Washington Redskins Name Controversy in Season 18

21 September 2014 4:40 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The NFL has been the target of massive public scrutiny as of late, and now it looks like Matt Stone and Trey Parker are zeroing in on the Washington Redskins name controversy.

Comedy Central aired a teaser for “South Park’s” upcoming 18th season, which premieres Wednesday, during the Redskins-Eagles game on Sunday. The one-minute clip shows Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, quarterback Robert Griffin III and head coach Jay Gruden confronting Eric Cartman for naming a business the Washington Redskins.

“When I named my company Washington Redskins, it was out of deep appreciation for your team and your people,”says Cartman in the teaser.

In July, a U.S. patent office ruled the Redskins name “disparaging to Native Americans,” and the NFL team was stripped of its trademark of the name — leaving it free for Cartman to jump on.

Season 18 of “South Park” will premiere on Comedy Central on Wednesday at 10 p. »

- Alex Stedman

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Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Emma Watson Among 2014 Britannia Awards Recipients

18 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced that Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench are among the first honorees of this year’s Jaguar Britannia Awards ceremony. Each year, BAFTA Los Angeles honors "individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., U.K. and beyond." Hosted by Rob Brydon ("The Trip to Italy"), who returns for his second consecutive year, the award ceremony will take place on Oct. 30, 2014 and air on BBC America the evening of Sunday, Nov. 2. Folks might remember last year's broadcast, when Sacha Baron Cohen caused a stir after pushing a wheelchair-bound old lady off stage as he accepted the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy: Since 1989, when James Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli earned the first Britannia award, BAFTA »

- Matt Patches

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The Bottom Shelf: Frightfest, Faults and Killer Klowns

15 September 2014 12:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Indie horror Faults and Venezuelan chiller The House At The End Of Time are two of the films in this month's Bottom Shelf...

Summer holidays, barbecues on the beach and weekends decimated by relentless weddings: this is August for some. For other, more discerning types, it is about Frightfest, otherwise known as the chance to spend those rare sunny days ensconced in a darkened room for a horror movie marathon. This year’s Leicester Square event featured the usual mix of gonzo gore, copycat-killings and premiere screenings of future favourites; we managed to catch a few highlights.

The latest film from writer and director Riley Stearns (Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s husband, fact fans), Faults, received a European premiere last month. Massively enjoyable from start to finish, Stearns’ black comedy mostly eschews the genre necessity of scattergun bloody slayings in favour of an intelligent script focusing on the gaping voids left in desperate characters’ lives. »

- ryanlambie

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8 Times Celebrities Spectacularly Failed At Suing The Gaming Industry

1 September 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Even at the best of times the gaming industry is a melting pot of passionately overcooked opinions and steaming vitriol thrown in all directions whenever anyone dares admit they don’t like an otherwise popular franchise. Outside of that though, there’s been a few instances over the years when celebrities and public figures have gotten involved, only to face the wrath of going up against one of the most creative mediums there is.

It’s always an uphill battle for any named figure out in the public eye to even attempt a tiptoe through the minefield of satire and parody that forms the bulletproof defence any artistically-minded company can always fall back on, but it’s not stopped some celebrities of varying grades from at least giving it a pop – for the sake of headlines if nothing else.

Chances are if you think on the topic just a second, »

- Scott Tailford

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Creative Arts Emmys 2014: Winners And Nominees

16 August 2014 7:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

(Winner) Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex

Margo Martindale, “The Americans

Diana Rigg, ‘Game of Thrones

Kate Mara, “House of Cards

Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom

Kate Burton, “Scandal

See Also: ‘True Detective,’ ‘Oitnb,’ Jimmy Fallon and Allison Janney Score at Creative Arts Emmys

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series

Boardwalk Empire

Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist

Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist

Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist

(Winner) “Downton Abbey

Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist

Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist

Game Of Thrones

Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist

Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist

Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist

Gary Machin, Hairstylist

Nicola Mount, Hairstylist

Mad Men

Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist

Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist

Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist

Ai Nakata, Hairstylist

The Originals

Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist

Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special

Dancing With The Stars

Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist

Kimi Messina, »

- Variety Staff

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