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Unless you're dead, you probably know that Sony Pictures has officially pulled the theatrical release of "The Interview" following threats of terrorist action by the Sony hackers (who, according to a number of media outlets including the New York Times, have been linked to the North Korean government). Needless to say, America isn't happy about this and Hollywood especially isn't happy about this, judging by responses from a number of entertainment luminaries on Twitter. Below you can find a roundup of snap reactions to this complex, unprecedented situation by Tinseltown's elite. Judd Apatow: I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now? — Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014 Jimmy Kimmel: . @JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent. — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 17, 2014 Rob Lowe: Wow. »
- Chris Eggertsen
History has announced that its historical action drama series "Vikings" is set to kick off its ten-episode third season on Thursday February 19th at 10pm.
Several new characters are joining this year including Lagertha's second-in-command Kalf (Ben Robson), a wanderer named Harbard (Kevin Durand), Emperor Charles of France (Lothaire Bluteau), and Charles' daughter Princess Gisla (Morgane Polanski). [Source: TV Line]
FX's biker drama "Sons of Anarchy" came to a close this past weekend and now Live+3 ratings are in. Unsurprisingly the show broke more ratings records with its seventh season and series finale.
The series averaged 9.26 million viewers with than 6 million among adults 18-49, just ahead of this season's premiere with 9.25 million viewers. This final season averaged 7.54 million viewers in Live+3, up from the 6.98 million in Live+3 for the sixth season. [Source: The Live Feed]
- Garth Franklin
Seven months after it was first announced that Netflix is planning a 10-episode TV series sequel for the 2001 indie comedy Wet Hot American Summer, E! Online reports that the series is now moving forward. Production is scheduled to begin in January, although none of the original cast members from Wet Hot American Summer have been confirmed to return quite yet. David Wain, who made his feature directorial debut with Wet Hot American Summer, is executive producing alongside Michael Showalter, who co-wrote the movie with David Wain, Jonathan Stern, Peter Principato and Howard Bernstein.
Back in June, Michael Showalter revealed they plan on bringing the entire original cast back, which includes Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Amy Poehler, Joe Lo Truglio, Elizabeth Banks and Bradley Cooper. Michael Showalter also revealed that the entire 10-episode series will take place on the first day of camp, »
Continuing its swift domination of the world’s collective free time, Netflix is apparently moving ahead with a miniseries that will serve as a follow-up to David Wain’s beloved 2001 cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer. E! News reports that the series, which will either be a prequel or a sequel to the original film, is set to begin production this January.
Wet Hot American Summer, though hardly seen at the time of its release, starred a ridiculous number of actors who would go on to become comedy A-listers, including Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Banks. One would imagine that most or all of the cast members would return for this series, though none of them have yet been confirmed (Netflix also has yet to comment).
- Isaac Feldberg
Looks like the Wet Hot American Summer sequel you've been dreaming of since 2001 is moving forward at Netflix! The cult-hit film starring Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and other notable stars is slated to get a miniseries that will begin production in January, sources reveal to E! News. (Netflix has not yet commented.) So far, none of the original cast has been confirmed to appear. However, during a Reddit Ama two years ago, co-writer David Wain said the original cast would return for the planned sequel. The movie's cast included co-writer Michael Showalter, Poehler, Cooper, Christopher Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Janeane Garofalo, Marguerite Moreau, Michael Ian Black, Ken »
Vimeo user Tommy Button has turned David Wain's cult comedy “Wet Hot American Summer” into a high octane Martin Scorsese thriller. All it takes is a Rolling Stones song (in this case “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”) and tightly edited shots of some fluid camerawork and slow motion, as well as interjecting the words "Sex," "Money" and "Power." To be honest, seeing all the familiar faces (Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black and Bradley Cooper) distracts a bit from the Scorsese vibe. But still, it's a clever mashup, highlighting how much cutting and music can change the film's entire feeling. But if anything, this playful video reminds me what a great cast the film has and that I should plan a rewatch in the near future. Have a look below. [Av Club] »
- Anthony Nicholas
Paramount Digital Entertainment, the studio that previously provided a pair of hits in Burning Love and The Hotwives of Orlando, has officially released its third reality TV parody. Beef, which stars Christopher Meloni as a deli owner-turned-judge, can now be downloaded from on demand platforms. Beef, created by Michael Ian Black, Joe Lo Truglio, and Jonathan Stern of Abominable Pictures, has Judge Judy in its sights. While Meloni's satirical take on daytime TV judges is the main attraction, Beef will follow the lead of other Paramount Digital series by loading up on guest appearances. Lizzy Caplan, Stefanie Beatriz, and Reckless Tortuga's James Pumphrey are a few of the familiar faces who show up across Beef's two-and-a-half-hour runtime. Here's the series trailer, courtesy of Paramount Digital: This time around, Paramount Digital is trying something new by opting for a direct release to VOD platforms rather than online streaming sites
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- Sam Gutelle
Noticed anything different about the set of @midnight, Comedy Central's meme-tastic late-night comedy game show, lately? That's because the series has switched coasts for the week: It's being taped in Manhattan in honor of the annual New York Comedy Festival, which officially kicks off today and runs through Nov. 9. The special four-show run features a spiffy upgraded set—featuring a big @midnight logo that host Chris Hardwick is convinced "Ninja Turtles are going to jump out of"—as well as big-deal panelists like John Mulaney, Hannibal Burress, Jim Gaffigan, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, and Stephen Colbert, plus an array »
- Hillary Busis
For the third time, Paramount's digital studio is looking to strike gold with a reality TV parody. The first two attempts were both excellent; now, it's Beef's turn. Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: Svu's Elliot Stabler, among many other roles) is the star of a courtroom comedy that will combine heated arguments, guest stars, and cold cuts. If Burning Love is Paramount Digital's spoof of The Bachelor, and The Hotwives of Orlando is its take on The Real Housewives, then Beef is the studio's attempt to skewer Judge Judy. Meloni stars as Lou, a butcher who doles out justice from behind his deli counter. Want to air your grievances in front of him? Take a number. Once you reach the stand, be careful not to lose your head, or Lou will order you to cool down in the meat locker. As with Paramount Digital's other reality TV parodies, Beef »
- Sam Gutelle
“The Bachelor” will try to spice things up with a 3-hour live premiere The Jan. 5 season premiere will mix in taped segments, such as the limo arrivals, with Chris Harrison live with a studio audience joined by "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" alums offering commentary, according to TV Line. The live premiere may be a response to concerns that "Bachelor" Chris Soules is "boring" and "as exciting as watching soybeans grow." Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's newly elected successor declines Jimmy Kimmel’s invitation John Tory, who was elected this week to replace Mayor Rob Ford, says he’s not going on the ABC talk show because “I’m not in show business.” He adds: Let’s talk (about) why I’m there. I’m there because the previous guy was the subject of jokes and all the sort of stuff and they’ll probably replay old tapes. I just don’t »
- Norman Weiss
Comedy Central series “@midnight” will spend a week in Gotham for the New York Comedy Festival, which runs Nov. 5-9.
Starting Nov. 3, the Comedy Central show, produced by Funny or Die, will tape four episodes at ABC’s Television Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, with panelists including Hannibal Buress, Judah Friedlander, Jim Gaffigan, Bridget Everett and Michael Ian Black, among others.
Hosted by Chris Hardwick, “@midnight” airs Monday through Thursday nights. The New York Comedy Festival is produced every year by Carolines on Broadway and presented in association with Comedy Central.
- Gordon Cox
Billy Eichner has staked out his place in the comedy world by taking to the streets and yelling about pop culture. Now that Burger King has used a similar technique to advertise chicken nuggets, he's fighting back. A new spot for the fast food company features a man who looks something like Eichner, microphone in hand, asking two people how much they think chicken nuggets cost. After revealing how cheap the nuggets are, the man screams. Though appropriation Eichner's trademark volume-level isn't too explicit—after all, Meryl Streep doesn't even get a shout out—Eichner was none too pleased: Hey »
- Esther Zuckerman
Billy versus Burger King! This comedian is taking on fast-food royalty.
Billy Eichner is taking on fast-food royalty with the help of his famous friends.
The Funny Or Die star has beef with Burger King, claiming the chain ripped off his Billy On the Street sketches in their new commercial. The ad shows a man with a microphone asking people questions about Bk food and then yelling at them following their response.
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In Eichner's bits, he too carries around a microphone, doing fast-paced interviews and yelling at his subjects.
While Burger King has yet to comment on the comedian's claims, Eichner can't seem to stop tweeting about the commercial. "Hey @BurgerKing-thanks for stealing my act for ur new commercial!!" he tweeted on Sunday, Oct. 12. "Except it's not as funny & everyone knows u stole »
Not everyone found Burger King’s latest commercial funny.
Comedian Billy Eichner’s friends and fans, as well as the funny man himself, took to social media after the fast-food chain aired a commercial during Sunday Night Football that resembled the format of Eichner’s comedy routine.
Eichner, who appears on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” is also known for his Funny or Die and Fuse TV series “Billy on the Street,” where he can be found chasing down New Yorkers to ask them pop culture-related questions and screaming at them. In Burger King’s commercial, a man with similar dark brown hair goes up to two pedestrian and asks them random questions before blurting out the answer.
Eichner responded to the commercial by tweeting, “Hey @BurgerKing- thanks for stealing my act for ur new commercial!!”
Hey @BurgerKing-thanks for stealing my act for ur new commercial!! Except its not as »
- Jordyn Holman
Tracy Morgan: “I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused” The former “30 Rock” star responded to Walmart’s claim that his accident could’ve been prevented had he worn a seatbelt. "My friends and I were doing nothing wrong,” he said in a statement. "I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I’m fighting hard every day to get back.” Yvonne Strahovski joins “Astronaut Wives Club,” reuniting with “Chuck” co-creator She’ll play the wife of Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter in the ABC drama from “Chuck’s” Josh Schwartz. “Married” and “You’re the Worst” renewed, but only one is staying on FX FX will send “You’re the Worst” to Fxx for its 2nd season, while both comedies will get a bigger run of 13 episodes, up from 10. Click Read Full Post »
- Norman Weiss
Michael Ian Black Nailed a guy on a scooter Sunday afternoon.It went down at 3:00 Pm Sunday at the very congested corner of Highland and Santa Monica Blvd. Black's Toyota struck the scooter ... sending the rider tumbling to the ground.We're told the scooter driver suffered road rash on his left leg. An ambulance showed up ... but apparently it wasn't serious enough ... the scooter driver was not transported.Black was not ticketed. Accidents happen. »
- TMZ Staff
“Well guys, we’ve made it to the end of the summer in one piece, except for a few campers who are lepers. “
Wet Hot American Summer is the feel-good hit of the summer of 1981. Members of the incredibly funny comedy troupe, “The State”, did this parody film in 2001 of hits like Porkys and Meatballs by over-cliché-ifying (yes, I made up that word) situations such as the nerdy-guy-gets-the-girl (sort of), and a-camp-counselor-saves-the day. Everything seems normal enough in Wet Hot American Summer at first. One of the counselors turns out to be gay, one of the kids has a chance to lose his virginity, the nerd guy likes the hot girl with the jerk boyfriend., etc, but once »
- Tom Stockman
Alex Winter, who starred opposite Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, directed The Smosh Movie from a screenplay by Eric Falconer about an embarrassing video that needs to be removed from the web before a high school reunion.
The Smosh Movie includes YouTube stars Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Shane Dawson, Mark Fischback and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval alongside Jillian Nelson, Brittany Ross, Steve Austin and Michael Ian Black.
UTA represented AwesomenessTV in the deal.
Lionsgate has picked up global distribution rights to “The Smosh Movie,” starring the YouTube comedy duo of Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, banking on their Internet celebrity to drive audiences to the feature-length film.
The film’s producers describe it as “a high-concept ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ for 2014″ — and in fact, it’s being helmed by Alex Winter, who co-starred in the 1989 comedy alongside Keanu Reeves. The movie revolves around an embarrassing video of Anthony that surfaces online right before his fifth high school reunion. The Smosh dudes then race to pull down the clip before it blows Anthony’s chances of reconnecting with his teen crush Anna.
- Todd Spangler
When Wet Hot American Summer came out in 2001, it was released by USA Films – a company that eventually morphed into Focus Features, but at the time had no real footing theatrically. That may explain why the film was barely released, but eventually found a cult audience. Considering it was written by Michael Showalter and David Wain (the latter of whom directed the film), and featured many members of The State there was almost a guarantee it would be funny, but the fledging USA Films didn’t know how to sell it. Originally Showalter and Wain wanted to follow that film with They Came Together, which they were unable to make until recently, and it was also given a small theatrical release (but was also put on VOD). But now that it’s on home video, it seems likely it too will become a cult favorite. Starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, »
- Andre Dellamorte
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