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365 Days, 100 Films #83 - Billy Madison (1995)

22 December 2011 1:57 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Billy Madison, 1995.

Directed by Tamra Davis.

Starring Adam Sandler, Bradley Whitford, Bridgette Wilson, Norm Macdonald and Darren McGavin.


A man-child must pass grades 1-12 in 24 weeks to prove his worth and inherit his father’s company.

There are few things funnier than Adam Sandler hurtling dodge balls at children with all his might. It genuinely looks like child cruelty.

Sandler possesses an incredible ability to snap into a sudden anger, yelling coarsely in his Jewish rasp, provoked by the pettiest of things. The next CEO of his father’s company, Eric Gordon (Bradley Whitford), pulling faces at him across the dinner table; a nine year old arguing that Donkey Kong isn’t the best game ever made; a giant penguin that he suspects is sleeping with his girlfriend, Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson).

“It’s too hot for a penguin to be walking around here,” Billy Madison (Adam Sandler) says »

- flickeringmyth

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Our 10 favorite comedy podcasts that you should be downloading

14 December 2011 3:04 PM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

It's a different world for comedians these days. Once upon a time, you had to pray for a chance to get on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and then hope you were funny enough to get called over to the couch - the sure sign that you'd made it in the business. But there's no Carson anymore, and the current version of The Tonight Show is kind of a comedy black hole.

What you do these days is start your own podcast to toss your brand of comedy out onto the internet completely unfiltered. If you're successful, you might be like Ricky Gervais, who has managed to get his podcast turned into an animated HBO series, and even spun off his weird little breakout star Karl Pilkington into a show of his own, entitled "An Idiot Abroad." There are a lot of these shows to sift through, but here »


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Movie Review - Jack and Jill (2011)

9 December 2011 6:35 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jack and Jill, 2011.

Directed Dennis Dugan.

Starring Adam Sandler, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Elodie Tougne, Rohan Chand, Eugenio Derbez, David Spade and Nick Swardson.


Advertising executive and family man Jack (Sandler) has to contend with the one event of the year he fears most... the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill (Sandler).

I feel compelled to write something about this film – despite everything in my body being affronted by the idea that some of you masochistic people will be compelled to pay and see this train wreck.

Jack and Jill is the most insipid effort from Happy Madison productions yet. It really is filmmaking at its most passionless, effortless, thoughtless, and wasteful.

The premise is that Jack (Adam Sandler) a popular television ad director is going to lose his company in this trying financial climate (ooohhh topical right – I know – this is just like fucking Win Win »

- flickeringmyth

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Old Friends Will Get Older in 'Grown Ups' Sequel

6 December 2011 7:26 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

You can never have too many reunions with childhood pals, right?

Adam Sandler and friends might be headed for another middle-aged adventure as Sony Pictures and Happy Madison Productions are in talks with "Grown Ups" scribe Fred Wolf to write a sequel, according to Variety.

"Grown Ups" starred Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider as childhood friends who come together over a Fourth of July weekend to attend the funeral of their youth basketball coach. The film, released in June 2010, is Sandler's highest grossing comedy to date, earning over $227 million in worldwide box office.

If "Grown Ups 2" comes together, it will be Sandler's first-ever sequel. No word on which original cast members would be back for the second reunion, though we're betting it will be all of them.

Screenwriter Fred Wolf has a long history with Sandler and Happy Madison Productions, having written for "Saturday Night Live »

- Bryan Enk

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Lil Wayne and Eminem to Tour Together

30 November 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Afp/Getty Lil Wayne and Eminem performing at the Grammys in January 2010.

Lil Wayne and Eminem on Tour: Kanye West and Jay-z might want to keep an eye on Lil Wayne and Eminem while out promoting “Watch the Throne.”  Lil Wayne and Eminem are headed out on tour together, according to a post by Lil Wayne. The New Orleans native wrote on Facebook, “headed to Fiji,Australia,then S. Africa…on tour with Slim Shady…a blessing…thx to those who supported C4! 2x platinum! »

- Lyneka Little

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The Middle 3.09 "The Play" Recap

16 November 2011 7:35 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The Middle 3.09 "The Play" Recap

The cross-country team and its "no cut" policy saved Sue's middle school experience. Now that she's in high school, it's time to start trying out for activities again. Her stint as a cheerleader only lasted one game, and now she didn't make the lacrosse team. What she needs is another no-cut policy, and she thinks she has found it when Bob asks Frankie to have her kids try out for a local production of "The Wizard of Oz." They need Munchkins and they take everybody.

Axl has been grounded with no video games for accepting a challenge to drive blindfolded. He will never share his accomplishments with his family again, and he proceeds to snap pennies to entertain himself. What else is there to do without video games?

Brick's class is having a day where each child brings a grandparent or special friend to school for extra credit. »

- Emily

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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching Wednesday

16 November 2011 7:07 AM, PST | | See recent news »

On TV this Wednesday: Molly Shannon is no superstar, Suburgatory throws an extreme “Sweet 16,” Happy Endings‘ Max gets a blast from his “straight” past, Psych goes mental and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original feature stories, here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) | On Redemption Island, a castaway makes a bold threat to his former tribemates; paranoia threatens to break a once-impenetrable alliance.

8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | The Top 10 perform!

8 pm Up All Night (NBC) | Reagan’s inability to fire a less-than-stellar assistant (guest star Molly Shannon) leads Ava to »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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I’ll Take “Badass Jeopardy Guys” For $2000, Alex

15 November 2011 3:39 PM, PST | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

Want to watch the ballsiest 60 seconds of Jeopardy-playing in history? And yes, I say this sentence without a hint of irony. (Though, I’m also not counting Norm MacDonald’s Celebrity Jeopardy run as Burt Reynolds. But this one’s on that level.) Here’s Roger Craig (yes, Roger Craig) finding back-to-back Daily Doubles during Jeopardy’s Tournament of Champions this week, risking all of his money both times, and… well, watch the clip and see what happens: (via Reddit) »

- Dan Hopper

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"Jack And Jill" - November 11, 2011

11 November 2011 7:38 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sony Pictures' "Jack and Jill", the new slapstick, comedy feature starring Adam Sandler in a 'twin' role and actor Al Pacino in a parody of himself, is now in theatres, distributed by Columbia Pictures.

Directed by Dennis Dugan, "Jack and Jill" is produced by Todd Garner, Sandler and Jack Giarraputo, from a screenplay by Ben Zook, Steve Koren and Robert Smigel :

"...'Jack Sadelstein' (Sandler), a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife (Katie Holmes) and kids, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister 'Jill' (Sandler). Jill's neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down..."

Along with Sandler, Pacino and Holmes, cast also includes Valerie Mahaffey, Eugenio Derbez, Tim Meadows, Nick Swardson, Natalie Gal, Allen Covert, Dana Carvey, Al Pacino, Regis Philbin, Shaquille O'Neal, Johnny Depp, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Norm MacDonald.

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- Michael Stevens

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DVD Review - The Flight Before Christmas (2008)

11 November 2011 1:56 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flight Before Christmas (a.k.a. Niko & The Way to the Stars), 2008.

Directed by Michael Hegner and Kari Juusonen.

Featuring the voice talents of Andrew McMahon, Emma Roberts, Carly Baker, Morgan Jones, Norm Macdonald, Gavin Morgan, Susan Slott, Paul Tylack and Alan Stanford.


After he accidentally leads a pack of hungry wolves to his herd, a young reindeer sets off on adventure to Santa’s fell, hoping to find his father and fulfil his dreams of joining Santa’s ‘Flying Forces’.

It’s surprising how thin on the ground CG-animated Christmas movies are, especially considering the enormous popularity of the medium with both kids and adults alike (go on, you know you want to admit it). In fact, without consulting the encyclopaedia of CG-animation, I’m struggling to think of any computer generated Yuletide offerings, save for Robert Zemeckis’ motion-captured pairing of The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol, »

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Four Preview Clips From Jack and Jill Starring Adam Sandler and Adam Sandler

7 November 2011 8:42 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

There's something comforting about the consistency of Adam Sandler movies. Chances are Sandler will probably do a silly voice, some of Sandler's Saturday Night Live buddies will show up (Rob Schneider, mostly), and, most important to the studio, the movie will make an obscene amount of money.

There's no telling how Sandler's latest, Jack and Jill, will perform at the box office until it opens on Friday, but the other prerequisites seem to be in order. While Schneider is nowhere to be found, SNL alumni Tim Meadows, David Spade, Dana Carvey, and Norm MacDonald appear in the movie and Sandler does a silly voice as Jill, the obnoxious twin sister of family man Jack (also played by Sandler).

Knowing pretty much what you're gonna get can be a good thing, though Sandler movies do have a rather hit or miss quality. Four new preview clips have arrive online for Jack and Jill, »

- Ryan Gowland

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Gsn Programming Boss Kelly Goode Steps Down, Segues Into Production Deal

7 September 2011 4:53 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Kelly Goode, who during her three-year stint as Svp Programming at Game Show Network has overseen the boost in original programming that has resulted in double-digit demo ratings increases, has stepped aside from her executive post and inked a two-year development and producing pact at the network. The former Lifetime and CBS Productions programming exec had helped spearhead Gsn’s move into originals, bringing in the likes of Jerry Springer, Drew Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Wendy Williams and Norm Macdonald to host series and specials like The Newlywed Game and Love Triangle. The search is underway for a new programming boss, said Gsn president and CEO David Goldhill, who made the deal announcement today. »


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What to TiVo: Monday

4 September 2011 11:59 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

8:00 Bachelor Pad (new) 10:00 Castle (repeat) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (repeat) 8:00 How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 8:30 How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 9:00 Two and a Half Men (repeat) 9:30 Mike & Molly (repeat) 10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (repeat) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (repeat, with guest Emma Stone) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guest Julie Chen) 8:00 Hell's Kitchen (repeat) 9:00 Hell's Kitchen (new) 8:00 America's Got Talent (repeat) 9:00 Children of 9/11 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (repeat) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (repeat, with guest Steve Carell) 8:00 Gossip Girl (repeat) 9:00 One Tree Hill (repeat) More TV to watch when you read more. 10:00 The Glades (new) 8:00 The Secret Life of the American Teenager (new) 9:00 The Lying Game (new) 9:00 Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (new, season premiere) 10:00 Most Eligible Dallas (new) 11: »

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Breaking Bad Episode 402 'Thirty-Eight Snub' Review

29 July 2011 8:25 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Norm MacDonald once said that cliff diving has two outcomes: World Champion and Stuff-On-a-Rock. Television directing is the same way and Michelle MacLaren, who directed Breaking Bad episode 402 'Thirty-Eight Snub,' is definitely a World Champion.

She has a very interesting style I first saw in The Walking Dead season 1 episode 'Guts' in which the situation the characters go through, including their emotions, aren't just played out in front of you, but through camera angles, editing choices, and the pacing of the story you experience all the feelings they do. In 'Thirty-Eight Snub,' this style is combined with the allegorical depiction of the ending life cycle of a drug addict to take the viewer on a wild emotional ride that is at times both subtly uncomfortable and viscerally satisfying.

This episode basically shows three sides to addiction. Walt represents the paranoia side brilliantly from his opening conversation with the »

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DVD Round-Up: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2,’ ‘Medium,’ ‘Midnight Movie,’ More

18 July 2011 3:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Did you miss the DVD Round-Up? Well, it’s back with as diverse a selection as we’ve seen in some time. The purpose of the DVD Round-Up is to catch the titles that might otherwise fall through the cracks. With everything going on this crazy summer, we may not have time to devote full-length reviews to these five possible gems but we wanted to make sure you knew they were out there, waiting for your hard-earned dollar.

Just a reminder, the DVD Round-Up is designed for information purposes, not for review. Having said that, “36th Precinct” is well-worth a look and “Medium” was always an underrated show. Finally, “Midnight Movie” has some hardcore fans. Check it out and see if you’re one.

“36th Precinct,” “Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut,” and “Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup” were released on June 14th, 2011.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: »

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What to TiVo: Tuesday

11 July 2011 11:59 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

*Fox will have The Mlb All-Star game beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern 8:00 Wipeout (repeat) 9:00 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (new) 10:00 Combat Hospital (new) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (repeat, with Shia Labeouf) 8:00 NCIS (repeat) 9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (repeat) 10:00 48 Hours Mystery (new) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guests Roseanne Bar and Tom Felton) 12:37 Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new with guests Julie Chen and Joss Stone) 8:00 The Simpsons (repeat) 8:30 The Office (repeat) 9:00 The Simpsons (repeat) 9:30 TMZ (new) 8:00 America's Got Talent (repeat) 9:00 America's Got Talent (new) 11:35 Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Seth Meyers and Barry Manilow) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Seth Green and Chris Evans) 8:00 One Tree Hill (repeat) 9:00 Hellcats (repeat) More TV to watch when you read more. 10:00 Gene Simmons Family Jewels »

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TVLine Items: True Bloody Fast Series Recap, Thrones' Big Finale, Bieber Is Funny, and More

21 June 2011 11:23 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Are you dying to jump on the True Blood bandwagon, but too far behind to catch up on all three seasons before this Sunday’s premiere? HBO has got you covered with this handy dandy five-minute recap clip, seen below.

Not unlike those famously informative Lost catch-up sessions, the cable giant has assembled everything you need to know about Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton and the rest of Bon Temps into a nice little package. Now there’s no reason for you to miss out on True Blood‘s special brand of fun.

An added bonus for some of you Trubies »

- Megan Masters

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Comedy Central Cancels Onion Sportsdome and Sports Show With Norm MacDonald

20 June 2011 6:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Apparently sports and comedy just can't seem to get along well enough for Comedy Central's tastes. Deadline reports that the cable network has decided to cancel both of their recent attempts to lampoon the sports world by deciding against renewal of both Onion SportsDome and Sports Show with Norm Macdonald. Honestly, I didn't find the former to be all that entertaining, but the latter (featuring my favorite host of the Weekend Update segments on Saturday Night Live) delivered a hilarious sports-based comedy show that I'm sad to see get the axe. Macdonald's dry, deadpan delivery just cracks me up, and his take on news and sketches featuring various athletes really brought the laughs. Honestly it's cancellation wouldn't be out of place on the regular "What the H" segment. Macdonald took the news in stride and has some ideas on how to save the show telling EW that there could »

- Ethan Anderton

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Comedy Central Axes 'Sports Show With Norm Macdonald,' 'The Onion SportsDome'

20 June 2011 5:32 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It seems it's not such a sporting life at Comedy Central after all. The network confirmed to TheWrap that it has canceled "Sports Show With Norm Macdonald" and "Onion SportsDome." "SportsDome," based on "The Onion Sports Network" by satirical newspaper The Onion, debuted in January and wrapped its first season in mid-March. "Sports Show," featuring former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Norm Macdonald, made its bow in April and completed its maiden season last week. Also read: "Sports Show With Norm Macdonald'": Watch the First 90 Seconds Both series offered smart-alecky takes on the week's »

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Norm Macdonald on Comedy Central canceling 'Sports Show with Norm Macdonald': 'Maybe I'll ask them to bring it back'

20 June 2011 4:35 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Fans of Sports Show with Norm Macdonald are probably uttering a collective, “Wait, what?” today, as a Comedy Central spokesperson confirmed that the network will “not be moving forward with production on a new season of Sports Show.” The Macdonald-hosted comedy, which lampooned the world of sports, wrapped up its first season earlier this month, averaging 1.1 million viewers in the Tuesdays-at-10:30 p.m. slot.

Macdonald quipped to EW that he had not been “officially” informed of the bad news, noting, “A Minute with Stan Hooper is still officially on hiatus,” a reference to his short-lived 2003 Fox sitcom. He also »

- Dan Snierson

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