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15 items from 2017


Pluto TV Pulls Skywriting Stunt, Unveils Marijuana-Themed Marathon For 4/20

20 April 2017 12:45 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Online TV platform Pluto TV is feeling festive this April 20 (4/20) -- a counterculture holiday that celebrates all things cannabis.

In addition to piloting a skywriting stunt in Los Angeles today, where a plane wrote a message urging passersby to “Get High” (above), the free Ott service offered up a special block of programming on its very own Thc channel -- located at number 420, naturally -- which celebrates marijuana year-round with cartoons, documentaries, and live music. Today’s marathon features The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled, following comedians and potheads Doug Benson and Graham Elwood on a comedy tour; Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, where Ice-t travels the country to speak with prominent hip hop artists; and more.

Visit Tubefilter for more great stories. »

- Geoff Weiss

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Don Rickles Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Loss of a Comedy Genius

6 April 2017 3:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today, we reportedly the sad news that Hollywood has lost another legend, with comedian Don Rickles passing away at the age of 90. His publicist confirmed that the iconic insult comic passed in his Los Angeles home, from kidney failure. As word of his passing spread, Hollywood icons left and right paid tribute to the late comedian through social media, to honor this late legend.

While most sent out their tributes through Twitter, others released lengthier tributes elsewhere. Rolling Stone caught up with Gilbert Gottfried, who summed up the the late comedian's legacy with a heartfelt statement that explained why Rickles will go down in history as one of the best comedians ever. Here's what Gilbert Gottfried had to say.

"Don Rickles was never politically correct, and he would never apologize for any of it. He was totally unapologetic about his comedy. So I admired that and looked at him »

- MovieWeb

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‘The High Court With Doug Benson,’ Produced By Jash, Arrives On Comedy Central

28 February 2017 10:41 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

The first TV show ever produced by the digital comedy network Jash has arrived. The High Court with Doug Benson, in which the titular host deliberates on a series of real cases, premiered its first episode on at midnight on February 28th on Comedy Central.

In each High Court episode, Benson -- who in his career has built much of his shtick around his love of weed -- hears testimony from a plaintiff and defendant and then makes whatever decision his drug-addled mind thinks is best. A series of stand-up comedians, including Michael Ian Black, Rory Scovel, and Jash co-founder Reggie Watts, will serve as The High Court’s “guest bailiffs.”

As noted in an Esquire article, Jash co-founder Daniel Kellison recruited Benson as host, reasoning that the comedian’s perpetually-stoned demeanor would make him the right man for the job. "I guess I'm the go-to pot guy," Benson told Esquire. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Movie Review – The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

16 February 2017 1:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Lego Batman Movie, 2017.

Directed by Chris McKay.

Featuring the voice talents of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate, Billy Dee Williams, Hector Elizondo, Conan O’Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, Doug Benson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Riki Lindhome, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Jermaine Clement, Ellie Kemper, Siri, and Adam DeVine.

Synopsis:

As well as defending Gotham City from criminals, Batman must now face the challenge of raising the young boy he adopted.

As the hilarious trailer pointed out, Batman has appeared in many different incarnations and films over the last fifty years, but The Lego Batman Movie is the first one that’s out-and-out comedy since the days of Adam West (or arguably, George Clooney). Although technically a spin-off from 2015’s surprise smash The Lego Movie, there’s no real connection to that film’s world or narrative (apart »

- Amie Cranswick

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Movie Review – The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

13 February 2017 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Lego Batman Movie, 2017.

Directed by Chris McKay.

Featuring the voice talents of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate, Billy Dee Williams, Hector Elizondo, Conan O’Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, Doug Benson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Riki Lindhome, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Jermaine Clement, Ellie Kemper, Siri, and Adam DeVine.

Synopsis:

Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

The sense of relief I felt watching The Lego Batman Movie cannot be underestimated. After 2016’s heavy, serious Batman v Superman this movie is the breath of fun fresh air that the Dark Knight has been calling out for. That’s not to say Batfleck doesn’t have his merits (he was –in my opinion – one of the only decent parts of Batman v Superman) but »

- Helen Murdoch

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Second Opinion – The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

10 February 2017 7:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Lego Batman Movie, 2017.

Directed by Chris McKay.

Featuring the voice talents of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate, Billy Dee Williams, Hector Elizondo, Conan O’Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, Doug Benson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Riki Lindhome, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Jermaine Clement, Ellie Kemper, Siri, and Adam DeVine.

Synopsis:

Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

If The Lego Movie is proof that not every terrible sounding Hollywood cash grab is a recipe for an unmitigated disaster focused on putting asses in seats over producing something of quality, then The Lego Batman Movie is confirmation that not every expansion of that phenomenal lightning in a bottle animated feature will result in diminishing returns along with a sensation of “been there, done that”. Granted, »

- Robert Kojder

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Review

9 February 2017 8:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario DawsonRalph Fiennes, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, Conan O’Brien, Doug Benson, Billy Dee Williams, Zoë Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Eddie Izzard | Written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington | Directed by Chris McKay

The Age of Animation rolls on, and we’re in a pretty good place, with the accessible intellect of Pixar and the slapstick pleasures of Illumination; and now a third pillar in the form of Warner Bros’ Lego universe, whose USPs are a soda stream of visual ideas and an irreverent, referential humour. A spin-off from surprise smash The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie mirrors the 2014 film’s frenetic pace, even if the gag hit-rate falls shorter.

The opening sequence, in which Joker (Zach Galifianakis) unleashes every villain from Penguin to “The Condiment Man” upon Gotham City, is an Adhd explosion of neon colour and editing. »

- Rupert Harvey

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“The Lego Batman Movie” is a surprising delight

9 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

A lack of expectations can sometimes be a film’s secret weapon. It’s not that I thought The Lego Batman Movie would be bad, but it just wasn’t initially on my radar to any real degree. Go figure then, since this probably my favorite movie of 2017 so far. It works in a tremendous way. Opening this week, it hopes to be as beloved as The Lego Movie was back when it opened. Going by the response I saw last weekend when I viewed it at a press screening, Warner Brothers has absolutely nothing to worry about. This will be a surefire hit. The film is an animated action comedy following Batman (voice of Will Arnett) as he goes about his heroic ways. After an encounter with Joker (voice of Zach Galifianakis) and a huge assortment of cohorts that basically leaves Gotham City villain free temporarily, Batman/Bruce Wayne »

- Joey Magidson

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The Lego Batman Movie Screening and Q&A with Dan Lin and Chris McKay

7 February 2017 1:10 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tai Freligh attended a special IMAX screening of The Lego Batman Movie followed by a Q&A with director Chris McKay and producer Dan Lin

I was lucky enough to win a screening of The Lego Batman Movie ahead of the theatrical release (through a partnership of IMAX and Collider.com) and watched it at the IMAX headquarters in Playa Vista, California on Monday night.  Seeing the movie in IMAX was incredible.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching this on the giant screen with rumbling sound.  It’s a gloriously loving roast of all things Batman and is well worth watching, with plenty for both adults and children to love.

Director Chris McKay and Steve Weintraub from Collider.com (courtesy Tai Freligh)

Producer Dan Lin and Director Chris McKay (courtesy Tai Freligh)

The movie was followed by a question and answer session with director Chris McKay (Robot Chicken) and producer Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, »

- Tai Freligh

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Movie Review – The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

6 February 2017 4:04 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Lego Batman Movie, 2017.

Directed by Chris McKay.

Featuring the voice talents of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate, Billy Dee Williams, Hector Elizondo, Conan O’Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, Doug Benson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Channing tatum, Jonah Hill and Adam DeVine.

Synopsis:

There are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

And like that, the live-action DC universe is thrown back into the phantom zone, forlorn and gloomy, and it’s on something no bigger than a couple of inches to take the baton and run. And oh how it runs. To take Batman seriously takes a certain leap of faith; he’s a narcissistic playboy with »

- Gary Collinson

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Ten new images from The Lego Batman Movie

4 February 2017 4:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros. has continued its marketing push for The Lego Batman Movie by releasing a batch of new images, which features the Dynamic Duo alongside the likes of The Joker, Harley Quinn and the Man of Steel. Take a look here…

See Also: Exclusive Interview: Director Chris McKay and Producer Dan Lin on The Lego Batman Movie

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The Lego Batman Movie is set for release on February 10th and sees Will Arnett joined in the voice cast by Michael Cera as Robin, »

- Gary Collinson

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Official Cast List For The Lego Batman Movie Unravels A Few Surprises; Plus New Stills

3 February 2017 12:16 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The main voice cast for The Lego Batman Movie was announced long ago, but as with any animated feature, there were bound to be more than a handful of surprises being kept under wraps until the film's theatrical release and today, with the film just one week away, we've learned who else will be providing their voice to the upcoming Batman movie. The cast is headlined by Will Arnett as Bruce Wayne/Batman, followed by Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Michael Cera as Dick Grayson/Robin, Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Mariah Carey as Mayor McCaskill, Jenny Slate as Dr. Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn, Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Héctor Elizondo as Commissioner James Gordon. As for the rest of the supporting cast, Collider reports that Conan O'Brien is voicing Edward Nygma/The Riddler, Jason Mantzoukas is voicing Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow, »

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The High Court: Doug Benson Series Coming to Comedy Central

16 January 2017 2:02 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The High Court TV show premieres on Comedy Central, Monday, February 27, 2017 at midnight, after @midnight with Chris Hardwick. (Not to harsh your mellow, but that's technically Tuesday). The 15-minute strip will subsequently air Monday-Thursday at midnight with two back-to-back episodes on Thursday nights from midnight-12:30 a.m. Et/Pt.The new series features comedian Doug Benson. As Judge Doug, he will get high and rule on real small claims court cases. Comedy Central says, "Throughout the twenty-episode first season, Benson and his comedian friends will assume the roles of Judge and Bailiff of The High Court." Guests include Geoff Tate and Tiffany Haddish.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘The Gorburger Show’: T.J. Miller’s Alien Puppet Talk Show Picked Up By Comedy Central

13 January 2017 4:15 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Gorburger Show” is best known as a live-action Funny or Die digital series, in which T.J. Miller voices the show’s giant blue alien host. Now, Comedy Central has announced that they have greenlit the alternative late talk show to series.

The first season will consist of eight episodes, executive produced by Miller who will continue to voice and puppet the title character.

“In these times? Damn we need a blue ass monster alien to talk about what the heck is going on with humanity. And what is the difference between a hog and a chicken?” Miller said in a statement.

“Through his monster alter ego, ‘Gorburger,’ T.J. Miller will ask the big questions. Then he will confuse us with clarity,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman added.

Read More: Doug Benson Gets Stoned, Then Rules Court Cases, on New Comedy Central Legal Show

The Gorburger Show” centers on the extra-terrestrial who, »

- Liz Calvario

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‘The Gorburger Show’: T.J. Miller’s Alien Puppet Talk Show Picked Up By Comedy Central

13 January 2017 4:15 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Gorburger Show” is best known as a live-action Funny or Die digital series, in which T.J. Miller voices the show’s giant blue alien host. Now, Comedy Central has announced that they have greenlit the alternative late talk show to series.

The first season will consist of eight episodes, executive produced by Miller who will continue to voice and puppet the title character.

“In these times? Damn we need a blue ass monster alien to talk about what the heck is going on with humanity. And what is the difference between a hog and a chicken?” Miller said in a statement.

“Through his monster alter ego, ‘Gorburger,’ T.J. Miller will ask the big questions. Then he will confuse us with clarity,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman added.

Read More: Doug Benson Gets Stoned, Then Rules Court Cases, on New Comedy Central Legal Show

The Gorburger Show” centers on the extra-terrestrial who, »

- Liz Calvario

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