13 items from 2015
Filmmaker Coley Sohn has launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to start filming the gay marriage comedy “Dodie and Cheryl Get Hitched.”
Sohn has been joined by producer Matt Horwitz of Echo Lake and “Transparent” casting director Eyde Belasco to raise $200,000 for production. The film, which has not been cast, is an offbeat comedy about two small town lesbians who decide to get married and the ugly swell of hypocrisy they have to face.
“Yes, gay marriage is now legal everywhere which is tremendous and mind boggling historic,” Sohn said. “But the fight for equality is far from being over. Getting a movie like ‘Dodie & Cheryl Get Hitched’ out there will challenge people to stand up and take notice.”
Kickstarter has selected the project as a Staff Pick and raised over $7,000 on its first day. Premiums include being in the movie’s wedding scene for $2,000.
The campaign hopes to capitalize »
- Dave McNary
No matter what crass hijinks Ted gets in to in his sequel this week, he will never be as disturbing as. The Country Bears (2002) Director: Peter Hastings Stars: Christopher Walken, Haley Joel Osment, Diedrich Bader Christopher Walken is mad at bears for ruining his armpit farting career. The Country Bears gets the historical distinction of being Disney's first film... Read More »
- Jason Adams
Veep, Season 4, Episode 9: “Testimony”
Directed by Armando Iannucci
Airs Sundays at 10:30pm (Et) on HBO
Meyer’s Families First bill had been on a downward slide since its introduction at the beginning of the season, even earning the derisive nickname “Mommy Meyer Bill” and proving it doesn’t have the support of even Selina’s old friends. The combination of these factors led to the decision to try and kill the bill, a move that succeeded, but not before the administration’s scheming was discovered by Congress. This week’s episode sees the team face a deposition and a congressional hearing, in another strong outing that sees Meyer’s team lose yet another member.
Watching how Selina’s staff operates from the other side is a fascinating perspective this week. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A quick review of last night's "Veep" coming up just as soon as I put on a very uncharacteristic dress so you won't think I'm shrill... "Veep" has been having a fantastic season, and one I haven't had time to write about until now, unfortunately. (Ditto "Silicon Valley," though at least there I wrote something before its premiere.) I'll have a lot more to say after next week's finale — and may include in that review highlights of the Emmy Fyc panel I'm moderating with the cast in a few days (a follow-up to this one from the start of the season) — but "Testimony" was so wonderful, and unusual, that I wanted to at least make note of it. Format-breaking episodes of comedies can be a great change of pace, but one like this — presented as a mix of C-span footage and videotaped depositions — brings with it a high degree of difficulty, »
- Alan Sepinwall
One of the marketing trends today is for consumers to take a brand and make it their own. An example is the phenomenon of customizing phones. I’m sure that just about everyone you know has selected a cellphone case so that their phone has really become their phone. And a few years ago, I had a role in a Kia Soul marketing campaign. The big idea was that you, as a car owner, could customize the Soul in whatever way worked best for you. And there’s more of this brand customization in the future. Centennials, the group that comes after Millennials, are even more passionate about personalizing brands.
Geek Culture’s passionate fans already have their own personalized visions of popular entertainment brands and characters. They are a finicky bunch, especially when it comes to change. Long gone are the days when they blindly accepted reboots or revisions »
- Ed Catto
A quick review of this week's "Community" — available, as usual, on Yahoo Screen — coming up just as soon as I'm the voice of Diedrich Bader(*)... Paintball is the most beloved of all "Community" recurring episode concepts, but also one that the show had all but exhausted by the end of the first Dan Harmon era. The season 4 paintball episode was a low point for the Port/Guarascio regime, and when Harmon returned last year, he wisely didn't even try doing a paintball episode, and instead used Hot Lava as that season's campus dystopia game. So I certainly never needed to see another paintball episode. But like many of this season's better installments, "Modern Espionage" made up in execution what it lacked in originality. It found an actual emotional story — the campus' reaction to all the changes Frankie has implemented, and all the responsibility she's taken away from the Dean — to wrap the paintball game around, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Stars: Diedrich Bader, Troy Baker, John Dimaggio, Tom Kenny, Phil Morris, Nolan North, Khary Payton, Kevin Michael Richardson, James Arnold Taylor, Tony Todd, Kari Wahlgren, April Winchell | Directed by Brandon Vietti
Batman has joined the just formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s bad (but well meaning) clone, Bizarro, and his creation of the Bizarro League. But, there is an even bigger threat that forces the two Leagues to join forces. Yes, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Cyborg; and their bizarro-universe clones, Batzarro, Bizarra, Greenzarro and Cyzarro, must team-up to stop Darkseid and save the galaxy!
Wherever there is chaos and destruction, Superman’s mixed-up clone, Bizarro, is not far way. He hears the opposite of what is said, says the opposite of what he means and does the opposite of what is right. The Man of Steel »
- Phil Wheat
Veep, Season 4, Episode 2: “East Wing”
Directed by Stephanie Laing
Airs Sundays at 10:30pm (Et) on HBO
The fourth season premiere of Veep proved that the show’s change was only superficial, with Meyer continuing to face the same roadblocks and powerlessness as President that characterised her time as Vice-president, only in larger doses. This week’s episode once again proves that point, while showing that Meyer herself has also not changed much, in another hilarious episode that allows several members of the cast to shine.
Gary and Selina’s blowup is an intriguing aspect of the episode. The season premiere indicated that the one person whose job was negatively impacted by the transition to the Oval Office was Gary. Thus, it’s not surprising to see »
- Deepayan Sengupta
April 17th promises to be a night of big laughs and lots of blood as HBO scheduled Game of Thrones' Season Five premiere on the same Sunday night as the returns of Silicon Valley and the fourth season of Veep. While the political comedy might lack the gore of George R.R. Martin's fantasy series, the world of Veep is every bit as cutthroat as Season Four of the series finds the titular Vice President Selina Meyer, portrayed by Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, settling into the role of Potus »
Some of the greatest (or at least heavily favored) American television shows got the big screen treatment when they were selected to have their small screen following turn into a cinematic experience. Unfortunately, for every beloved nostalgic television show that translated successfully in movie theaters (The Brady Bunch Movie, Star Trek, Batman, etc.) there are boob tube stinkers that overtake the good crop. Sure, there are middle-of-the-road movie adaptations of television programs that have a mixed bag reception (1997’s Leave It To Beaver, 1987’s Dragnet, 2012’s Dark Shadows, etc.). Nevertheless, it is always the unflattering fare that receive the bulk of the attention (do you register, 1999’s The Wild, Wild West ?).
In Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows we will take a look at the top ten televised offenders that dared to venture into cinema’s stratosphere only to end up floating down shamefully »
- Frank Ochieng
“What is the wild one doing with Dyad?”
New Orphan Black clone Rudy poses a good question in the latest Season 3 teaser trailer:Has Sarah switched to the dark side?
RelatedOrphan Black Season 3 Scoop: Male Clone Threat, Alison’s Ex and More
Press Play on the video above to find out the answer, then hit the comments with your theories/thoughts in advance of the show’s return on April 18.
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In Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics' "Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League," Bizarro attempts to duplicate the Justice League and creates his own "Bizarro League" -- though an "even greater and mysterious threat" could see the two groups joining forces. The movie will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 10th, and features the voices of Nolan North as Superman/Bizarro, Troy Baker as Batman/Batzarro, Diedrich Bader as Green Lantern/Greenzarro, Kari Wahlgren as Wonder Woman/Bizarra and Khary Payton as Cyborg/Cyzarro. »
For today’s comic book readers, there’s an appetite for one flavor of Batman: brooding, angry, single-minded and largely one-dimensional. But for those of an earlier generation where the interpretation of Batman varied by editor and medium, there are other varieties to tickle the fancy and entertain the soul. After years of the unrelentingly grim animated fare, Cartoon Network and Warner Animation came up with a breath of fresh air in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. James Tucker and Michael Jelenic developed this series to mimic the days of Batman being a premier hero and collaborator, operating in a bright, colorful world filled with costumed heroes and crazy villains.
The show lasted three seasons and 65 wonderful episodes and late in 2014, Warner Archive finally released Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray. There are 26 gloriously goofy half-hour episodes here and they are »
- Robert Greenberger
13 items from 2015
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