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Continuing our occasional summer look back at classic sitcom episodes, it's time to discuss "The Red Dot" from "Seinfeld" season 3, coming up just as soon as my favorite book is "Venetian Blinds" by Art Vandelay... "Seinfeld," the short version: For that, take a look at this story I wrote at the start of this month on the 25th anniversary of the airing of "The Seinfeld Chronicles" pilot. As I noted at the end of the last summer sitcom rewind piece, I was limited in my "Seinfeld" options by whatever episodes Crackle happened to be streaming this month. (The way my luck's going with this project — more on that at the end — the calendar will turn over to August and "The Contest," "The Outing" and "The Opposite" will all suddenly be available.) "The Red Dot" isn't likely to make a lot of "Seinfeld" fans' top 10 lists, but that ultimately speaks more »
- Alan Sepinwall
Charles Barkley got Last Place at a celeb golf tourney in Lake Tahoe ... finishing behind Larry the Cable Guy ... and along the way he cussed out his golf ball ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. Sir Chuck was playing in the American Century Championship ... where he may have turned in the worst performance of his life. He finished 86th out of 86 celeb players ... behind 85th place (Team USA female hockey star Hilary Knight) ... and 84th »
- TMZ Staff
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo are officially husband and wife! The Maroon 5 singer and model, who got engaged last summer after dating for a year, tied the knot at Flora Farms in Los Cabos, Mexico, in front of approximately 275 of their friends and family on Saturday night. While the bride wore a custom-made Marchesa dress, the guests - which included Robert Downey Jr., model Coco Rocha and Levine's bandmates James Valentine and Jesse Carmichael - were not held to a specific dress code, according to a source. Still, their loved ones came dressed for the star-studded affair - and »
We're getting close to the end of our run through "Orange Is the New Black" season 2, and I have thoughts on episodes 9 & 10 coming up just as soon as I do a burlesque routine with a Ray Romano puppet that's surprisingly sexy... "That woman in there: that's not who you are." -Piper's dad "That's exactly who I am." -Piper With Piper getting 48 hours in the real world in "40 Oz. of Furlough," then being the flashback subject in "Little Mustachioed Shit," it would have been very easy for her to take over the show again. But Jenji Kohan and company have been doing this a while now, and they've figured out how to balance the season's major plotline — which has nothing to do with Piper — with pushing forward the leading lady's character arc. It's a nifty trick, that provides something for everyone. In fact, "40 Oz. of Furlough" feels like an episode that offers two flashbacks in one, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Parenthood fans: You didn’t think you were going to get off scot- and Kleenex-free, did you?
Appearing as part of an NBC drama showrunners panel on Sunday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour, Parenthood boss Jason Katims said that the family drama’s farewell run will uncork a “larger story that has a huge effect on everybody,” starting in the season opener and running through all 13 episodes.
Katims teased that the storyline will present “a huge challenge for this family, the kind we haven’t seen before.”
Related NBC Schedules Fall Premieres for The Voice, Parenthood‘s Farewell Run, »
Parenthood fans know what it's like to have renewal anxiety, but this year, we know for sure that we only have 13 episodes left . . . ever. The upcoming sixth season will be the last for NBC's long-struggling drama, and we finally have some details about what's going on with the Bravermans. The series's showrunner, Jason Katims, appeared during NBC's Summer TCA day and answered some pressing questions about what exactly is up this season. Here's what he said: "One of the things I wanted to do with this season is to find one larger story that informs everybody and influences everybody on the show and has a huge effect on all the characters on the show. It's a story that will be introduced on the first episode and will play throughout the season. It's a huge challenge for this family and the kind that we hadn't seen before. I want to do »
- Maggie Pehanick
If you haven't seen this yet, you've got to check it out! It's been on my list of things to watch the last couple of days. I finally got around to watching it, and I wish I would have done it sooner! The video features Rob Cantor impressively singing an original song in 29 different voices. He hits each one of them perfectly, including the female voices such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. It's amazing to hear what this guy can pull off.
Update: This video is actually done by several other voice impersonators that Cantor lip-syncs too. Here's the full list of impersonators. I've also included a making-of video that you can watch.
Gilbert Gauthier: Frank Sinatra
Amanda Gari: Cher, Flipper
Reagan James: Gwen Stefani
Bora Karaca: Whistle
- Joey Paur
To be or not to be ... pregnant: That is the question facing the writers of Parenthood as the show prepares to kick off its final season this fall. While the Season 5 finale wrapped up many of the year's ongoing story lines, so much so that it made star Peter Krause worry about a renewal, there was one huge cliff-hanger left unanswered: Is Amber (Mae Whitman) expecting? Aside from the hotly debated question of how she and on-and-off love Ryan (Matt Lauria) could have even had sex in his hospital bed in the first place — we're with you, Ray Romano — Amber was spotted buying a pregnancy test in the final act. While the writers begin to decide where the final 13 episodes will take the Braverman clan, we thought we'd help them out by devising a pro-con list of whether Amber...
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- Kate Stanhope
HBO's rock 'n' roll drama is getting crowded. The untitled drama pilot from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter has added eight more actors — including Mick's son, actor James Jagger. The 28-year-old is joined by fellow additions P.J. Byrne, Joe Caniano, Andrew Dice Clay, Ato Essandoh, Robert Funaro, Birgitte Sorensen and J.C. Mackenzie. They join previously set stars Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, Max Casella, Jack Quaid and Ray Romano. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The still-untitled project has been in the works for some time. It follows record
- Michael O'Connell
One of the better films from the first half of this year was definitely Raymond de Felitta’s crime caper Rob the Mob, which charted the rise and fall of Tommy and Rosemarie Uva (played excellently by Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda), a real Queens couple who brazenly stuck up New York clubs habited by big-time mobsters as part of an unlikely crime spree. In my four-star review, I wrote:
Part crime drama, part relationship comedy, Rob the Mob was one of those movies that really shouldn’t have worked but did so spectacularly. And as it heads to Blu-Ray and DVD this week courtesy of Millenium Entertainment, We Got This Covered is thrilled to debut an exclusive deleted scene from the film. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods 300: Rise of an Empire (bloody-crazy action sequel; Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey; rated R) Winter's Tale (drama; Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay; rated PG-13) Rob the Mob (drama; Michael Pitt, Ray Romano; rated R) Very Good Girls (drama; Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen; pretheatrical release; rated R) Happy Christmas (comedy; Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham; pretheatrical release premieres 6/26; rated R) Radio Free...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
The currently untitled drama is set in 1970s New York and will follow Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a record exec trying to resurrect his label as punk and disco are breaking into the city’s drug- and sex-fueled music scene. Byrne has been cast in the role of Scott Levitt, Finestra’s partner.
- Chancellor Agard
Pj Byrne worked with Martin Scorsese on The Wolf Of Wall Street and clearly both men enjoyed the experience as Byrne has been cast in the director’s as-yet-untitled music industry pilot for HBO. It will be co-produced by the powerhouse combination of Scorsese and Mick Jagger, together with Wolf creative team Terence Winter and Emma Koskoff. Winter was also responsible for the filmmaking legend’s first move into TV drama with Boardwalk Empire and the new production has that show’s Bobby Cannavale (who is also in Chef) in a major role as Richie Finestra, a record executive in 1970s New York. Byrne will play his business partner Scott Levitt.
As well as Byrne and Cannavale the impressive cast features Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple and Ray Romano. Shooting is looking to start in early Summer and will be a far cry from Byrne’s next movie project, Eloise. A »
- Steve Palace
P.J. Byrne — who played the toupee-sporting Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff in The Wolf of Wall Street — has joined the cast of HBO's untitled Jagger/Scorsese rock and roll pilot. The show, co-written by George Mastras (Breaking Bad) and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), is set in the New York music industry in the 1970s and stars Bobby Cannavale as record executive Richie Finestra, with Olivia Wilde as his wife and Ray Romano as his right-hand man. According to Deadline, Byrne will play Finestra's partner. If you were hoping that Scorsese's TV show about NYC's "drug-and sex-fueled music business" might contain some Wolf-esque antics, this is a good sign. »
- Anna Silman
Still officially untitled, Martin Scorsese's rock 'n' roll TV pilot for HBO is filling out its cast. Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple and Ray Romano have already been announced as part of the project, and the latest name to arrive is P.J. Byrne. The show marks Byrne's second collaboration with Scorsese following The Wolf Of Wolf Street, in which he played Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff. Clearly he made as strong an impression on his director as he did on the audience.In the rock show, Cannavale plays Richie Finestra, the founder and president of a fictional major record label called American Century that has made careers and sold millions in 1970s New York. Richie, however, suddenly suffers a crisis of conscience when he’s faced with a life-changing decision, which has an impact on his family life, including his wife Devon (Wilde), a former model and actress. She largely »
This Emmy season, there’s going to be more of everything: more campaigning, more events and more media coverage. The reason: more worthy contenders. And that explains another increase: more jockeying.
The frenzy kicked off when HBO announced that “True Detective” is competing as a drama, not a miniseries, the first in a flood of category-shifting. “Orange Is the New Black” and “Shameless” were defined as comedies. “Treme,” formerly a drama series, moved to mini. Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes in “Orange Is the New Black”), Dan Bucatinsky (“Scandal”) and Ray Romano (“Parenthood”) are considered guest stars in their respective series, even though all three appear frequently. (As with all things, the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences has final say.)
The reason for all this jockeying is sometimes logical, and sometimes a matter of smart strategizing, in a year when there is an overabundance of worthwhile contenders.
By the time the »
- Tim Gray
Bob Newhart was already a very well known comedian and actor before he landed his own show in 1972. During an appearance on “The Late Late Show,” Newhart opened up with Craig Ferguson about his stint as the host of “The Tonight Show” before “The Bob Newhart Show” had even been considered. Also read: How George Takei, Jimmie Walker, Ray Romano, Bob Newhart and Leslie Uggams Changed TV Speculating that it was in 1970, Newhart said that the network was grooming a lot of potential replacements for Johnny Carson during a salary dispute. And so, Newhart got the chance to guest host. »
- Jason Hughes
All 208 episodes of How I Met Your Mother, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air‘s entire 148-episode run and all 212 episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond have been added to Nick at Nite‘s primetime lineup. Himym will bow in early fall, followed by Fresh Prince in October and Raymond in early 2015. The deals are not exclusive. “How I Met Your Mother, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air and Everybody Loves Raymond are perfect additions to Nick at Nite’s lineup of proven hit series with great characters like Full House and originals like Instant Mom,” said Russell Hicks, President of Content Development and Production at Nickelodeon Group. Related: ‘Himym’ DVD Set To Include Alternate Ending To Series Finale How I Met Your Mother recently wrapped its nine-season run with over 13 million total viewers tuning in to the finale. The Emmy-winning comedy Everybody Loves Raymond ran in primetime on CBS for nine seasons, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Late last night, Pete Holmes took to Facebook and posted an upbeat goodbye to his fans, while giving thanks to those who made The Pete Holmes Show happen on TBS, specifically a big shout out to executive producer Conan O’Brien. Yesterday, TBS announced the cancellation of The Pete Holmes Show on account of its ratings. At the end of his letter, Holmes left fans with a knee-slappin’ video of his impersonation of Ray Romano, singing duets of songs like “A Whole New World” and “Endless Love”, with the actual Ray Romano. Read below. Related: TBS Cancels ‘The Pete Holmes Show’ Dear friends, Sadly, The Pete Holmes Show has not been renewed for more episodes. I know! Frowny face emoticon! I just want to let everyone know that while the news isn’t what I was hoping for, my main takeaway from this entire wonderful experience is extreme gratitude. We got to make eighty (eight-zero! »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Roasting Don Rickles, the king of insult comics is no easy task — unless you're Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. In a new preview clip from Spike's upcoming One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles, Fey mourns the absence of Rickles before Poehler corrects her: "Tina, he is here."
"Jesus," Fey replies, "I thought that was somebody's purse."
The two also took a few jabs at the event itself, »
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