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The moral of “The 7th Dwarf,” driven home by its diminutive hero and a dreadfully repetitive end-credits anthem, is that “size doesn’t matter.” It’s a crass (but kid-friendly!) formulation that also happens to be perfectly true: At half the length or twice the budget, this CG-animated musical mash-up of fairy tales would still be a pretty pathetic excuse for children’s entertainment, short on charm and utterly devoid of magic. A 2014 German production making a brief North American stopover in an English-dubbed version, the film offers a witless recombination of elements from classic Grimm stories and some of the bigger U.S. toon hits of recent vintage — a pandering strategy that seems unlikely to translate into the box office equivalent of true love’s kiss.
- Justin Chang
Welcome to the second night of Invitationals! If we've learned anything from the first episode of Last Comic Standing, we know that every comic will bring something to the table, and Norm will be nothing but positive. Seriously, I await the moment where Norm just says "I totally hated your act." Maybe I'm speaking too soon. I mean, who knows what tonight will bring?
As we know, the ultimate winner of the show will be rewarded with $250,000, an NBC development deal, and the grand title. Hopefully they also throw a trophy in, or at least a plastic medal or something. You know -- something to put on display on the mantel.
Anthony Jeselnik takes the stage, and opens by saying that he's hosting solely because he couldn't say no to NBC. He then introduces our hosts -- Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne Barr, and Norm McDonald.
Is it game over for Adam Sandler? His new comedy, “Pixels,” opened over the weekend to a mediocre $24 million, a disappointing result for the $88 million project. Sandler’s latest box office lemon comes on the heels of “The Cobbler” (Sandler’s lowest-grossing title ever, which opened to just $24,000 from 20 theaters in March), 2014’s “Blended” (the Drew Barrymore reteaming that mustered $46 million), “That’s My Boy” (a pairing with Andy Samberg that eked out $37 million) and “Jack and Jill” (the cross-dressing comedy that landed some of the worst reviews of his career). His only recent hits have been the 2013 sequel to “Grown Ups” (which netted $133 million) and “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated film that didn’t require him to be onscreen.
Here’s how Sandler’s box office career went from $4 billion in ticket sales to ice cold.
1. He aged out of his material
Sandler, 48, spent the ’90s playing the eternal teenage »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Last year, NBC revived their twice-cancelled competition Last Comic Standing for an eighth season of 13 episodes. The ratings were good enough to earn a ninth season renewal, albeit with fewer episodes this time. Will the series be renewed for a 10th season or, will it be cancelled once again? Stay tuned.
Hosted by Anthony Jeselnik, Last Comic Standing is a talent competition that searches for the funniest comic in the country. The winner receives a prize package worth $250,000, which includes a development deal for their own television show. The judges are Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Norm Macdonald. Executive producer Wanda Sykes serves as a mentor.
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Well, friends... here we are. Another season of Last Comic Standing, with a brand new host, (Anthony Jeselnik), a brand new judge, (Norm Macdonald), and a brand new Roseanne (she's blonde now!) I saw Jb Smoove on a commercial for Rent.com recently, so hopefully he left by choice and not forced out by a heartless NBC executive. We're thinking about you, Jb.
As per usual, the winner of the show will be winning $250,000, a development deal, and the amazing title of Last Comic Standing. Tonight is the first of four Invitational shows, which means that jokes will be flying quickly.
Anthony takes the stage and introduces Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne, and Norm. Immediately after, we're introduced to Ryan Conner. He's one of eleven brothers (what?) and the amount of people in the house is illustrated further with a giant party sub. They have to fight for food in the Conner household, »
A warm but never schmaltzy, perfectly formed family sitcom with no weak links in its cast, here's why you should watch The Middle...
Family sitcoms aren’t exactly thin on the ground, so finding a new spin on the format is always going to take some work. Originally intended as a vehicle for Ricki Lake, The Middle is a case in point. After several years in development, it finally aired in autumn 2009 with a new lead: Patricia Heaton, one of the stars of hugely popular show Everybody Loves Raymond. Writers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline had previously been responsible for Roseanne, so the track records of all involved boded well for the series’ prospects. Six seasons later – with a seventh confirmed in May – expectations have well and truly been proved correct.
The Middle is a warm, beautifully performed and acutely observed portrait of a family struggling to cope with the »
George Coe, an original Saturday Night Live cast member and longtime actor and voiceover artist with over 50 years of credits, passed away Saturday in Santa Monica, California after battling a long illness, Variety reports. He was 86. Coe was featured among the other "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" when Saturday Night Live debuted on October 11, 1975.
While Coe appeared on other episodes during SNL's first season, he was only credited as a featured cast member on the debut, where he was listed alongside Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner. »
Norm Macdonald emits a vibe of genuine decency, much like Jimmy Stewart and Tom Hanks. It can’t be faked, much as politicians may try. MacDonald, 51, takes his place at the judges’ table with Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans when Last Comic Standing returns on NBC July 22 at 9pm Et/Pt. After decades as a standup (he still does some 250 gigs annually), Macdonald has the experience to impart wisdom to those trying to make it in such a tough field. “Standup is more like a craft than an art so it can be learned more,” Macdonald says … Continue reading →
- Jacqueline Cutler
With just over a month to go before its U.S. release, three new clips have arrive online for the upcoming animated adventure film The Seventh Dwarf featuring Peyton List and Norm MacDonald. Check them out below after the official synopsis…
Join all seven dwarfs for an adventure as big as they are small! It’s the eve of Princess Rose’s 18th birthday. Everyone in the kingdom has come to Fantabularasa Castle to celebrate, including Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood. But just before the stroke of midnight Bobo, the youngest dwarf, accidentally pricks the finger of Princess Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) with a cursed needle and sends the kingdom into a century-long slumber! To find Rose’s true love Jack to save her with a kiss, Bobo and the other six dwarfs must go on a treacherous journey, face a fiery dragon and outwit the jealous, »
- Gary Collinson
As I begin writing this I'm watching David Letterman, in one of his final appearances as host of "The Late Show," walk out to greet the audience as he's done thousands of times. He's talking about the weather in New York, again, as he's done countless times. After Wednesday, he'll never walk out onto that Ed Sullivan Theater stage and shoot the breeze about the weather again. He'll never again throw it to Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra to kick off the show. The misfits, alas, will have lost their shepherd. Because at his core, that's who Letterman is and has been. He has represented the off-brand sensibilities of an audience allergic to the vanilla stylings of his cool kid contemporaries. He has been the kind of personality who could give us Stupid Pet Tricks and turn throwing a football at a meatball-topped Christmas tree into an annual tradition. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Last night on late night, John Oliver talked Nsa, FIFA, and contract chicken farming. On Friday, Oprah and Norm MacDonald came on Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel interviewed a Ucsb student whose flute recital invite went viral, and Anna Kendrick hates her “resting bitchy face”.
Oliver was surprised to report that the Us House of Representatives has passed a measure (H.R. 2048) to stop the Nsa collection of telephone data. That measure will be opposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but has a good chance of passing, due to relatively strong bipartisan support and the support of the President, the Director of National Intelligence, and a federal appeals court.
Next, Oliver discusses the upcoming presidential election for FIFA. President Sepp Blatter, a maligned figure in world sport, stands for re-election. Blatter is responsible for handing out the 2018 World Cup to Russia, the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, »
- Max Wood
Though people of a certain age might remember Norm MacDonald for his roles in Adam Sandler’s early man-child movies and an unfortunate series of appearances in now-forgotten comedies, he wasn’t always an annoying That Guy. He had an impressive streak in the early-to-mid ’90s during which he hosted SNL’s Weekend Update and graced various New York comedy clubs with his singularly derpy presence. Deemed the 83rd greatest stand-up of all time by Comedy Central, MacDonald always sort of seemed like an old man trying to fight his way out of a young’s body. The guy could hold a stoic stare while he waited for the audience to catch up with his joke.This weekend, MacDonald appeared on the Late Show, performing stand-up and delivering an earnest ode to his mentor. While talking about David Letterman’s deep influence on his stand-up, MacDonald called Letterman the greatest »
- Greg Cwik
In the runup to David Letterman’s finale on Wednesday, the Late Show host has delivered an amazing roster of guests to bid him adieu, including George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Tom Waits to name just a few. Comedian Norm Macdonald thought Friday night was a good time to talk about flashbacks, and taking pictures “back then” with cameras vs. today, with people using their phones for photography. And which country scares him most, among other things. He also noted early in… »
David Letterman’s final week on “The Late Show” had better be awesome, because his second-to-last week is pretty stacked guest-wise. On Tuesday, President Bill Clinton will make his 10th appearance on the CBS late-night talk show. Joining the former Commander-in-Chief next week will be Howard Stern and Don Rickles (Monday), Adam Sandler (Tuesday with Clinton), Julia Roberts and musical guest Ryan Adams (Wednesday), George Clooney and musical guest Tom Waits (Thursday) and Oprah Winfrey with a stand-up comedy set by Norm Macdonald to close out the week (Friday). Additionally, “Late Show” Music Director and Bandleader Paul Shaffer will join Letterman for a special interview. »
- Tony Maglio
TV Summer Spotlight: NBC is nailing it hard with amazing returns of their hit series like “America’s Got Talent” and “American Ninja Warrior” and gave us the trailers from NBC Summer Press Day! Check out brand new trailers below for Last Comic Standing (returning July 22 at 9/8c), American Ninja Warrior (returning May 25 at 8/7c), I Can Do That (premiering May 26 at 10/9c), and The Carmichael Show (premiering August 5 at 9:30/8:30c).#LastComicLast Comic StandingAnthony Jeselnik hosts a brand new season of Last Coming Standing, along with judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Norm Macdonald. Watch the 2-hour […] »
- April Neale
Tonight, The Roast of Justin Bieber will air on Comedy Central and the masses will get what they’ve long been waiting for: a public shaming of Justin Bieber. Of course, some of the special’s most notable put-downs of the pop star have been publicized, including insults from the likes of Roast master Kevin Hart (“Justin’s Canadian. He’s actually considered American, because no Canadian has ever been this much of an asshole”), Shaquille O’Neal (“Last year you were ranked the fifth most hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t even score that low, and he uses your music to fuckin’ torture people”), and Jeffrey Ross (“You’ve become a cocky little shit. You are the King Joffrey of pop”).
While Bieber’s burns are definitely scorching, he’s hardly the only Roastee to get royally humiliated during their special. As we count down to The Roast of Justin Bieber, »
- Aly Semigran
The comedian has self-financed eight half-hour episodes that will be shopped by Toronto-based Tricon Films and Television to international buyers at next month’s MipTV conference in Cannes. Series revolves around the comedian’s life as an entertainer, father of a toddler and husband of a younger Mexican woman, Patricia Azarcoya, who has an independent career as an television producer.
Schneider and Azarcoya co-wrote the episodes, with Schneider directing and producing. The effort grew out of Schneider’s frustration with his experience at CBS in 2012 with a similarly themed sitcom, “Rob.”
“Rob” was paired on CBS’ schedule with “The Big Bang Theory,” which gave it a good send off but the show ultimately didn’t hold enough of its lead-in to command a renewal. It was also roundly panned by critics.
After “Rob” was axed, Schneider »
- Cynthia Littleton
Rob Schneider’s got a new show!
The SNL alum produced, directed and stars in comedy series Real Rob! with his real-life wife, Mexican television producer Patricia Azarcoya. The show is an "exaggerated, yet brutally honest" autobiographical look at the comedian’s life and career.
"Rob lives in two worlds, one where he’s the most important person on set, and the other, where he’s the third most important person in a three-person household, after his two-year-old daughter, Miranda, and his younger Mexican wife, Patricia," reads a release from Tricorn Films & Television, who has begun shopping the show internationally. "Patricia doesn’t quite grasp Rob’s level of fame, because when he was getting his first movie role, she was getting her first tricycle."
List: 7 Amazing 'SNL' Fake Movie Trailers You Need To Watch Right Now!
"30 Rock" had its share of subversive jokes that weren't meant for all audiences to understand. You'd be forgiven if you didn't catch the dirty reference when Liz Lemon's dad Dick proclaimed, "Wouldn't be a Lemon party without ol' Dick!" But it appears "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the followup series from "30 Rock" producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock for Netflix, has upped the ante with an incredibly rarefied reference to a fabled writers' room story from the set of "Roseanne." In episode 10 of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" when the character of Dong (Ki Hong Lee) comes back to his restaurant to learn that immigration officials have apprehended his coworkers, he apologizes to his boss and says, "I'm so sorry, Hu Zha Qi!" His boss responds, "It's your fault. I hope you die, become ghost, fly around the room. That make everybody happy." The key to understanding this reference is realizing "Hu Zha Qi" is pronounced "Who Jackie, »
- Louis Virtel
Familiar to the younger set (and their folks, ahem) as Good Luck, Charlie‘s Teddy, Mendler has a cool 100 sitcom episodes under her belt, yet the Bill Lawrence comedy marks her first full-on foray into the broadcast-tv waters.
TVLine spoke with the 22-year-old actress/singer about navigating that leap, her Undateable character’s most “un-Disneylike” behavior and more.
Tvline | Was there any »
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