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Tina Fey's first TV comedy since 30 Rock is heading to Netflix. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which stars Ellie Kemper (The Office) as a woman who escapes a doomsday cult and starts a new life in New York, will debut on Netflix in March. The comedy was originally developed and ordered by NBC for its midseason lineup before Fey and fellow 30 Rock scribe Robert Carlock realized it was a better fit for the home of House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. "When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is breaking free of NBC.
The series — which Netflix picked up for two seasons — centers on a woman (played by The Office‘s Kemper) who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. She quickly finds a new job (working for 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski) and a new roommate (30 Rock‘s Tituss Burgess).
Netflix will debut the show exclusively in March »
Tiny Fey Honors Jan Hooks
Fey, who went on to write and star in the acclaimed comedy series 30 Rock, jumped at the chance to include SNL great Hooks into the show. She figured she’d be perfect to play the part of Jane Krakowski’s mother, and was surprised to find out that Hooks was available to take it on.
“When we were doing 30 Rock and we needed to cast Jane Krakowski's estranged Florida dirtbag mother and I thought, 'My God, do you think we could get Jan Hooks?' Because she's an idol of mine, from the Sweeney Sisters to the Miss Self Esteem Pageant. Just the funniest woman ever,” Fey said. “And I was like, »
Tina Fey throws some serious shade.
Leave it to Tina Fey to always tell it like it is.
Fey used her stage time at Elle's Women in Hollywood Awards Monday night to pay tribute to the late Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks, who passed away on Oct. 9 at age 57, and took a surprising dig at Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo star Rob Schneider in the process.
Fey cast Hooks to play Jane Krakowski's mother on 30 Rock, and said that the comedian was underappreciated in Hollywood.
"We needed to cast Jane Krakowski's estranged Florida dirtbag mother, and I thought, My God, do you think we could get Jan Hooks?" Fey said, via Vanity Fair. "And the answer was like, 'Yeah, you can get her.' She was living in Woodstock. And the phone was not ringing."
"It made me sad when she passed, and it »
In a new red carpet interview, Golden Globes host Tina Fey honors the late "Saturday Night Live" star Jan Hooks, who died at age 57 this month. Fey cast Hooks as the mother of Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) a few years ago. She says, "Jan was so funny and the crew was so mesmerized. It made me sad when she passed and it made me mad at the time that how available she was. Jan should have had a bigger career. Jan deserved a big movie career, certainly as big as Rob Schneider. E! Online -Break- ABC is bringing back the retired Barbara Walters to host her annual special about the "most fascinating people" of the year. The 2014 edition will air on December 14 featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, Scarlett Johansson, Oprah Winfrey, and several others not yet revealed. Last year's special featured former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the top overall choice. »
StreamFix is your one-stop shop for the web's best streams. Here's the best of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Crackle this week. Netflix "Galaxy Quest" It's strange that we choose to watch other movies when we can just watch "Galaxy Quest" again and again. The awesome movie puts washed-up TV actors from a cult sci-fi hit (played by Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub, and Alan Rickman) into a real-life space adventure. Perfect chemistry for such an offbeat cast. I'd say, "Sigourney Weaver has never been more bad-ass!" but she achieves such heights in pretty much every movie, doesn't she? "Alfie" I'm not much for remakes of Michael Caine's best work (Remember the abysmal "Sleuth" revamp?), but Jude Law actually succeeds here by recreating the debonair man at the heart of the 1966 classic. Susan Sarandon, Marisa Tomei, and Jane Krakowski all pay his conquests here. Oh, Alfie. What's it all about? »
- Louis Virtel
Tom Hanks' “Bachelor Party” is the latest movie-to-tv remake ABC has ordered a “comedy anthology series” based on the raunchy 1984 film, co-created by Regis Philbin’s daughter, J.J. Philbin. The “Bachelor Party” series will focus on three couples: "one about to get married, another recently divorced and a third just falling in love.” Toys ‘R Us yanks “Breaking Bad” action figures following a Florida mom’s complaints "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical,” Toys ‘R Us said in a statement, following pressure from a Florida mom who gathered 8,000 signatures. Tina Fey recalls casting Jan Hooks on “30 Rock,” says: “Jan should have had a bigger career ... as big as Rob Schneider's f*cking career" “We needed to cast Jane Krakowski's estranged Florida dirtbag mother, and I thought, My God, do you think we could get Jan Hooks?” Fey recalled on Monday night, adding »
- Norman Weiss
Tina Fey is paying tribute to late Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks. At last night's Elle Women in Hollywood, the 44-year-old funnylady told a story about recruiting Hooks to play the mother of Jane Krakowski's character Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock several years ago before Hooks' recent passing. "We were doing 30 Rock and we needed to cast Jane Krakoski's estranged Florida dirt bag mom. And I said, 'Oh my god, do you think we could get Jan Hooks because she's an idol of mine?'" Fey said from the stage during her speech. "And the answer was like, 'Yeah, you can get her.' She was living in Woodstock and the phone was not ringing. And we called her and were like, 'Do »
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
Pics: Robin Williams and More Stars We've Lost
Hooks joined SNL in 1986 as a part of a cast that included Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz and Dennis Miller. She made a name for herself on the sketch show through her spot-on impersonations of Bette Davis, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Sinead O'Connor, Jodie Foster and Hillary Clinton.
The Georgia native was nominated for an Emmy in 1998 for her guest role on 3rd Rock From the Sun and was most recently seen on television in NBC's 30 Rock as Verna Maroney, the mother of Jenna Maroney (played by Jane Krakowski).
After her appearance on 30 Rock, Tina Fey said in 2013 that it was one »
Former Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks passed away earlier today in New York City, at the age of 57. While no cause of death was given, TMZ sources say the actress was suffering from a serious illness.
After coming up through the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe The Groundlings, Jan Hooks appeared in the TV series Not Necessarily the News and had film roles in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Wildcats, before joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1986.
The actress starred alongside some of SNL's biggest and brightest stars, such as Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Kevin Nealon and Dennis Miller as a part of the main cast between 1986 and 1991.
She also came back for a number of appearances in 1993 and 1994, where she played First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton alongside Phil Hartman as President Bill Clinton. She was best known for the Sweeney Sisters sketch alongside Nora Dunn, »
Saturday Night Live actress Jan Hooks died at 57 on Thursday morning in New York City, following a battle with a "serious illness." Hooks starred on SNL from 1986 to 1991 and worked with some of the biggest names ever on the show, including Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, Dana Carvey, and Mike Myers. More recently, she played Verna Maroney, mother to Jenna (Jane Krakowski), on 30 Rock. She was also widely known for her role as Carlene on Designing Women. The clip below from SNL stars Hooks and Carvey as morning show hosts. She will be missed. »
Former Saturday Night Live and Designing Women cast member Jan Hooks died on Thursday at the age of 57. TMZ reports that the actress had been struggling with a serious illness.Hooks was one of SNL’s most prominent women during her 1986 to 1991 stint on the show, notably as one-half of the boozy lounge act the Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn. After leaving the comedy institution, Hooks signed on for the CBS sitcom Designing Women. More recently, she appeared on two episodes of 30 Rock, playing Verna Maroney, the mother of Jane Krakowski’s character Jenna Maroney. More details to come. »
- David Marchese
Hooks was a memorable part of the SNL cast from 1986-91, and was known for her work with Nora Dunn in the Sweeney Sisters sketches, as well as for impressions of Kathie Lee Gifford, Tammy Faye Bakker and Sinead O’Connor.
Most recently, she guest-starred on 30 Rock as Verna, the hilariously trashy, often monstrous mother of Jane Krakowski’s Jenna Maroney.
There's some very sad news for comedy fans today, as "Saturday Night Live" and "Designing Women" vet Jan Hooks has reportedly passed away. Hooks has allegedly been fighting a serious illness for some time and passed away at age 57 in New York City today, according to a TMZ report. Born in 1957, Hooks grew up in Decatur, Georgia, before moving to L.A. where she joined the renowned improv comedy group The Groundlings. In the early '80s, she was drafted to join the cast of HBO's early comedy series "Not Necessarily the News." She was added to the 1986-'87 season of "SNL" along with fellow newcomers Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman. Hooks stayed with the show until 1991, where she built up an impressive repertoire of fictional characters such as Candy Sweeny (one half of the Sweeny Sisters along with Nora Dunn) and impressions of celebrities and political figures such as Tammy Faye Bakker, »
- Dave Lewis
Margaret here with a guessing game for you: a studio comedy is in production, and the lead is a woman. Who gets cast? If you're a Hollywood executive, the answer is Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig or Jennifer Aniston. Looking at today's top-grossing movies, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there are only four comic leading ladies; the studio focus on bankability keeps them sticking to a pretty rigid shortlist.
Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey, known best for her work in Bridesmaids and Reno 911!, thinks that shortlist should be a little longer. Earlier this week she took to a guest column at Laughspin to stump for her favorite comic actresses, and pitch a host of new projects. I am in no way saying that the women on the funny-lady short lists aren’t funny; they absolutely are! This is just a gentle reminder that there are other bankable comediennes out there, »
- Margaret de Larios
Spc acquired North American rights from CAA.
RADiUS took Us rights to Ross Katz’s feature directorial debut Adult Beginners (pictured top left) starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles.
The distributor plans a second quarter 2015 launch for the comedy after brokering the deal with Wme Global on behalf of the producers.
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RADiUS plans a second quarter 2015 launch for the comedy after brokering the deal with Wme Global on behalf of the producers.
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RADiUS proudly announced that it has acquired Us rights to the much buzzed about Adult Beginners which celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
A crowd pleaser with tremendous heart, Adult Beginners features a dream ensemble cast including Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles and is directed by Oscar nominated producer Ross Katz (Lost In Translation) making his feature length directorial debut.
RADiUS has slated a theatrical release second quarter 2015.
In the film, a young, narcissistic entrepreneur (Kroll) crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister (Byrne), brother-in-law (Cannavale) and 3-year-old nephew in his suburban childhood home - only to become their nanny. Adult Beginners is a comedy about priorities, growing up and beginning again. »
RADiUS announced today it has acquired Us rights to Adult Beginners, which celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film will be released in the second quarter of 2015.
Adult Beginners features a dream ensemble cast including Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles and is directed by Oscar-nominated producer Ross Katz (Lost in Translation) making his feature length directorial debut. »
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