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You can pinpoint the moment almost precisely when "Bridesmaids" changed comedy.
Upon the movie's release five years ago this week (on May 13, 2011), it was that one notorious food-poisoning scene -- you know the one -- that proved that an all-female ensemble comedy could be just as raunchy and hilarious and heartfelt as any of producer Judd Apatow's bro-centric comedies. The result turned Melissa McCarthy into a breakout star, gave career boosts to costar/co-writer/co-producer Kristen Wiig and director Paul Feig, and launched a wave of hit R-rated comedies starring women.
Still, as many times as you've watched the misadventures of Wiig's moody maid of honor, there's plenty you may not know about how the story came together, who almost starred in it, and which scenes were left out.
1. "Bridesmaids" came about because of Wiig's cameo as a hostile TV producer in Apatow's "Knocked Up." The director urged her »
- Gary Susman
Amazon has confirmed that "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes' new period drama series "Doctor Thorne" series will be added to its lineup of Amazon Original Series with the premiere scheduled to air May 20th. Tom Hollander, Ian McShane, Alison Brie,, Rebecca Front and Richard McCabe star. [Source: Amazon]
YouTube star Bart Baker, a popular musical parody comedian, has joined the cast of the road trip comedy "Fml" at Digital Riot Media. Jason Nash is directing from his own script. Brandon Calvillo, Busy Philipps, Andy Daly, Jennifer Irwin, Greg Cromer and Manon Mathews also star in the film which is currently shooting.
The story follows a 40-something man (Nash) as he treks across the United States with a nineteen-year-old (Calvillo) to gain a million followers; allowing the man to take care of his family and the kid to land the girl of his dreams. Baker plays Swagg, an overnight social media millionaire, »
- Garth Franklin
With more than 10 million followers, Baker is one of the most popular musical parody comedians in the digital space. He’s joining Jason Nash (who is also directing from his own script), Brandon Calvillo, Busy Philipps, Andy Daly, Jennifer Irwin, Greg Cromer and Manon Mathews in the film.
Variety first reported that Vine stars Nash and Calvillo — who have more than 8 million followers on social media — would star in the movie.
“Fml” follows a 40-something man, played by Nash, as he treks across the United States with a 19-year-old (Calvillo) to gain a million followers; allowing Sam to take care of his family and Henry to land the girl of his dreams. Baker stars as “Swagg,” an overnight social media millionaire, singer and marketing genius who brands everything “Swagg. »
- Dave McNary
Temperamental, immature and inclined to swear at will – three qualities you won’t find in any school authority worth their salt. And yet, today’s new trailer for HBO’s Vice Principals sheds light on an all-consuming power struggle between Danny McBride and Walton Goggins’ warring administrators that breaks just about every rule in the book.
Hatched by McBride and his writing partner Jody Hill – the pair also worked on Eastbound & Down for the network – Vice Principals is pitched as “a dark comedy series that tells the story of a high school and the two people who almost run it, the vice principals. McBride and Goggins star as the rival administrators, who are in an epic power struggle, vying for the top spot: to be school principal.”
Running for 18 episodes across two seasons, today’s all-new trailer doubles down on that core rivalry between McBride and Goggins, with the former »
- Michael Briers
After “Eastbound & Down” called it a day, it was likely just a matter of time before HBO and Danny McBride found something else to work on together, and indeed they have. “Vice Principals” is the latest twisted comedy to come from the ‘Eastbound’ team, and it looks like fans are in for a treat. McBride and Walton Goggins lead the show, squaring off as high school vice principals angling for the top job. Of course, this leads to the kind of wild antics we expect from McBride, plus plenty of foul mouthed quips to go with it. Meanwhile, the supporting cast is strong with Shea Whigham, Busy Philipps, and Georgia King getting in on the fun. “Vice Principals” hits HBO on July 17th. Watch below.
- Kevin Jagernauth
After “Eastbound & Down” called it a day, it was likely just a matter of time before HBO and Danny McBride found something else to work on together, and indeed they have. “Vice Principals” is the latest twisted comedy to come from the ‘Eastbound’ team, and it looks like fans are in for a treat. McBride and Walton Goggins lead the show, squaring off as high school vice principals angling for the top job. Of course, this leads to the kind of wild antics we expect from McBride, plus plenty of foul mouthed quips to go with it. Meanwhile, the supporting cast is strong with Shea Whigham, Busy Philipps, and Georgia King getting in on the fun. “Vice Principals” hits HBO on July 17th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Angie Tribeca is ready to work, and TBS appears entirely ready to keep cranking out marathons of the police spoof, with the announcement today that season two of the show will debut this summer on June 6. That’s just a few months after the debut of season one earlier in January.
Like season one, the network confirmed that the second outing will be overflowing with famous faces ready to get in on the shenanigans of the show. That’ll include James Franco, Alfred Molina, Maya Rudolph, Heather Graham, Joe Jonas, Danny Pudi, Noah Wyle, Busy Philipps, Rhys Darby and Kevin Pollak among many, many others.
Some hints were given regarding the plot of the season, and it appears a few cases will center around the mysterious murder of a sushi chef, drug lord lifeguards and a boy band member who gets tragically decapitated by a T-shirt cannon.
The ten episode »
- Mitchel Broussard
Recent speculation about an upcoming NCIS episode was (politically) correct.
Confirming what was reported earlier this month, CBS announced Thursday that First Lady Michelle Obama will make a guest appearance on the procedural’s May 3 installment.
In the episode — which centers on a 14-year-old who foils a home invasion — Flotus will welcome Gibbs and the wife of a Marine (played by 24‘s Reiko Aylesworth) to the White House for a roundtable about Joining Forces, the real-life initiative that calls on »
[Youtube "7Wy6iHhWFFU" "auto"] Michelle Williams has taken to hosting her own, very exclusive Dawson's Creek reunions. Williams sat down with Today co-host Savannah Guthrie on Monday to discuss her latest role in the Broadway play Blackbird, and Guthrie couldn't help ask the question of the moment: What are the chances of a reunion?To fans' disappointment Williams, 35, acknowledged her character Jen Lindley's chances of appearing in any sort of reboot or revival are slim. "I died," she reminded Guthrie. "I would have to come back as a ghost - or put a lot of filters on the camera, and I'll do flashback scenes. »
- Brittany King
There are two things that New Girl‘s Nick and Schmidt are consistently terrible at: first impressions and face-to-face confrontations.
In this exclusive sneak peek from tonight’s episode (Fox, 8/7c), Nick and Schmidt argue with Connie about her bar’s valet parking, which is taking business away from their own establishment. But the two men quickly realize »
Played by 24 vet Dennis Haysbert, Anderson is nearly identical to Holt in every way, right down to their silky-smooth voices. Their only difference? As seen in our exclusive sneak peek from Tuesday’s installment (Fox, 9/8c), Anderson is way more willing to humor Jake’s absurd ideas, much to Holt’s chagrin.
RelatedBrooklyn Nine-Nine, Last Man on Earth Snag Early Renewals at Fox
In the video above, »
Bones‘ Hodgins isn’t letting a life-changing accident come between him and his beloved bugs when the Fox crime drama (finally) returns this Thursday at 8/7c.
VideosBones Sneak Peek: Booth and Brennan Are Finally Back on the Case
Despite his doctor’s orders, the now paralyzed entomologist pays a visit to his friends at the Jeffersonian. And as you’ll see in TVLine’s exclusive video, he quickly finds himself jumping back into the murder-solving game.
RelatedLucifer, Rosewood Renewed at Fox
But while everyone is thrilled to see their colleague — and to have a correct time of death for their »
Freeks and Geeks: The Complete Series
The modern classic, Freaks and Geeks, arrives on Blu-ray at last! Set in 1980 at the fictional McKinley High in Detroit, Freaks and Geeks focused on two groups of outsiders: the stoners, tough kids and bad girls; and the brains, nerds and squares. Although this Emmy award-winning series ran for only one season, it has remained a cult favorite and a benchmark of quality television.
Sure, if you have a Netflix account, you can stream all the episodes of Freaks and Geeks as part of your monthly subscription, thus saving yourself the price of this set, but as its name implies, Shout! Factory’s Freaks and Geeks Complete Series Blu-ray Collector’s Edition is for hardcore fans of the series. »
- Brad Cook
From the team that brought us Eastbound & Down comes HBO's latest comedy series Vice Principals. The first trailer has arrived, and it looks like it will be another smash cult hit! This sneak peek puts a spotlight on the 'real' political showdown that will be brewing in our nation later this year. And it promises to be an all-out war!
Danny McBride is trading baseball All-Star Kenny Powers for High School Vice Principle Neil Gamby. In the first few seconds of this teaser, he asks a school cafeteria worker who they'll be voting for in the race for High School Principle. Judging from Gamby's treatment as he walks amongst the lunch tables, he does not get the answer he's looking for.
In just 35 seconds, the new teaser trailer for HBO’s Vice Principals puts a spotlight on the real political showdown: “Who y’all pullin’ for in the vice principal race?” star Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) asks a hairnet-wearing school cafeteria worker. (Based on McBride’s treatment as he walks among the lunch tables, we’re betting the answer he gets isn’t the one he wants.)
PhotosGame of Thrones: A Shot-for-Shot Look at What the Season 6 Trailer Does — and Doesn’t — Show Us
The promo introduces us to McBride’s Neil Gamby, who finds himself in a power »
Read More: Watch: Netflix's 'The Ranch' Trailer Pits Papa Sam Elliott Against Son Ashton Kutcher in Multi-Cam Comedy Imagine combining the comedic hatred of "Step Brothers" with the southern sensibilities of "Eastbound & Down" and you should be prepared to watch the first trailer for "Vice Principals." Created by McBride and Jody Hill — the team behind HBO's early aughts baseball comedy — the new series looks to be a frenetic and very funny take on the competition to become principal of a small town high school. McBride and Goggins star as rival administrators who have spent their fair share of time as vice principals. Now, both are aiming for the big chair, and the only thing stopping them is the other person. Featuring a delightful supporting cast including Busy Phillips ("Cougartown") and Georgia King ("The New Normal"), "Vice Principals" also offers David Gordon Green ("Joe," "Red Oaks") as...
- Ben Travers
Danny McBride gave fans four seasons of joy with "Eastbound & Down" before wrapping the show up, but the good news for devotees of his irreverent brand of comedy is that he's back with a new series. Read More: Review: HBO's 'Eastbound & Down' Makes Its Long-Awaited Return With Hilarious, Promising Season 3 Opener Co-starring Walton Goggins, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Georgia King, Busy Philipps, Shea Whigham and Sheaun McKinney, "Vice Principals" is a dark comedy about two VPs at a school who are locked in a battle to become principal. McBride and Jody Hill created the series, with Hill and David Gordon Green sharing directing duties. The trio are longtime pals, having worked on 'Eastbound.' Two seasons comprised of eighteen episodes are on the way, kicking off this July. But audiences at SXSW will get a sneak peek at "Vice Principals," which will debut at the fest. Watch below.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Danny McBride gave fans four seasons of joy with "Eastbound & Down" before wrapping the show up, but the good news for devotees of his irreverent brand of comedy is that he's back with a new series. Read More: Review: HBO's 'Eastbound & Down' Makes Its Long-Awaited Return With Hilarious, Promising Season 3 Opener Co-starring Walton Goggins, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Georgia King, Busy Philipps, Shea Whigham and Sheaun McKinney, "Vice Principals" is a dark comedy about two VPs at a school who are locked in a battle to become principal. McBride and Jody Hill created the series, with Hill and David Gordon Green sharing directing duties. The trio are longtime pals, having worked on 'Eastbound.' Two seasons comprised of eighteen episodes are on the way, kicking off this July. But audiences at SXSW will get a sneak peek at "Vice Principals," which will debut at the fest. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Hey, what other old shows could we bring back?" That's a question being asked all over Hollywood, now that Fuller House worked America up into a nostalgia frenzy. A little credit is due to the Disney Channel's Girl Meets World, which proved that these old shows could benefit from being bumped into the modern era and given a new generation of kids who need to learn life lessons. It's well into its reboot season, but right now Fuller House is the revival show that's generated buzz, press and more than a few conversations about pop culture nostalgia. If this »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
"That Justin Theroux guy - where do I know him from?" Depending on whom you ask, you could get a great many answers. Of course, he's the husband of Jennifer Aniston, but he's had a string of notable acting roles too. He could be that guy from The Leftovers, the actor who played the hapless director character in Mulholland Drive, Leslie Knope's short-lived boyfriend on Parks and Recreation, or even the bad guy from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. However, Theroux is also a screenwriter, and he's credited with a handful of major films that casual movie-goers might not associate with him. »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
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