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Billy Eichner condemns Burger King ad: 'Thanks for stealing my act'

13 October 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

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

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Billy Eichner Hilariously Accuses Burger King of Stealing His Shtick

13 October 2014 10:02 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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.

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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 »

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Billy Eichner and Friends Rally Against Burger King Ad

13 October 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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Tracy Morgan: 'I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused'

30 September 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Michael Ian Black Nails Scooter Rider (Photos)

29 September 2014 8:22 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

 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

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Wet Hot American Summer Screens in St. Louis Next Thursday at The Mx Independent Film Festival

25 September 2014 6:48 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“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 plays Thursday, October 2nd at 7pm and 10pm the Mx Theater downtown (618 Washington Ave, St Louis, Mo 63101) as part of The Mx Independent Film Festival. Admission is Free!

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

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Lionsgate to release The Smosh Movie

18 September 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The studio is taking a crossover bet on YouTube stars Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, whose Smosh channel has generated more than 30m subscribers.

AwesomenessTV jointly financed the film with Defy Media, in which Lionsgate has an equity interest. 

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.

Brian Robbins produced and Brett Bouttier, Joe Davola, Barry Blumberg and Shauna Phelan are the executive producers. The film short in part at YouTube Space La.

UTA represented AwesomenessTV in the deal.

Lionsgate recently announced a first-look partnership with YouTube star Freddy Wong and Rocket Jump Studios »

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Lionsgate Acquires Rights to ‘The Smosh Movie,’ Starring YouTube Comedy Duo

18 September 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

Production was jointly financed by DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV, headed by Brian Robbins, and Defy Media, a digital media company in which Lionsgate has an equity interest.

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.

At this point, Lionsgate has not determined a release date or distribution plan for “The Smosh Movie. »

- Todd Spangler

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They Came Together Blu-ray Review

18 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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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Hollywood and the comedy world react to the death of Joan Rivers

4 September 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's hard to believe, but legendary comic Joan Rivers is gone. Following is a roundup of reactions from around the entertainment community. Rip the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind. — Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014 we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 4, 2014 Joan Rivers!!! Oh Noooo!!! — Queen Latifah (@Iamqueenlatifah) September 4, 2014 My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan ???? — Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) September 4, 2014 My heart is broken. Joan Rivers Rip. Gone way too soon. All my thoughts & prayers are with Melissa & her family. — Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) September 4, 2014 A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. Rip #JoanRivers @joan_rivers pic.twitter.com/jnAC5G4AQo — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 4, 2014 Heaven just got a whole lot funnier. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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‘They Came Together’ Review

2 September 2014 3:56 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Max GreenfieldEd Helms, Jason Mantzoukas, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Ian Black, Michael Murphy, Kenan Thompson, Jack McBrayer, Ken Marino | Written by David Wain, Michael Showalter | Directed by David Wain

Spoof films are rarely done well. There is so little subtlety in them, and they often result in terribly written and ridiculous slapstick comedy films that mock other films in a very obvious and unrelentingly silly manner (see Scary Movie 4, Date Movie, Disaster Movie, A Haunted House) but this, a satire more than a spoof, finally shows the pretenders how it’s done, bringing a softer hand to a genre that is flooded with terribly over-bearing abominations.

Directed by David Wain (Role Models, Wanderlust) who co-writes it alongside Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), They Came Together is something of a throwback, reminiscent of older spoof-comedy films like Airplane. »

- Chris Cummings

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'Ninja Turtles' Creator Kevin Eastman Talks 'Turtle Power' | Exclusive

14 August 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's a great time to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan! The movie did stellar box office numbers this past weekend, knocking Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy out of the number one spot. It did so well, Paramount announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 for 2016. And not only that, there are a ton of new toys on shelves everywhere and an animated series on Nickelodeon that is quite popular. Bringing it all into perspective is the release of Turtle Power: The Definitive History of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a new documentary that is in stores this week.

Turtle Power takes a look at the entire history of the phenomenon. From the first black and white comics created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, to the 1987 cartoon series, to the Playmates toy line, to the first live action movies, the video games and everything else in-between. It's a comprehensive and »

- MovieWeb

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Robin Williams Dies at 63: Steve Martin, Mara Wilson, Steve Carell and More React

12 August 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Hollywood mourns the loss of a comedic genius.

It is truly a devastating day for Hollywood.

Immediately after news broke that Robin Williams was found dead in his home at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide, colleagues, friends and admirers took to Twitter to share their memories of the talented Oscar winner.

The actor and comedian's career spanned from the classic TV spinoff Mork & Mindy to the unforgettable Mrs. Doubtfire to an award-winning role in Good Will Hunting to the animated voice work of everyone's favorite genie in Aladdin. In one way or another, his work touched the life of just about everybody. The below tweets are just a few of those expressing sadness, shock and admiration.

Photos: Remembering Robin Williams Through the Years

Joan Rivers: "I'm terribly saddened. He was an amazing talent and a very kind and giving man. Everyone remembers him as a brilliant comedian but he was much more than that »

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Robin Williams: Steven Spielberg, Chris Columbus, Others Remember ‘Lightning Storm of Comic Genius’

11 August 2014 4:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The shock of Robin Williams’ death on Monday spread far and wide through the showbiz community, a reflection of the actor’s long career in movies, television, stage and standup comedy.

Steven Spielberg called him “a pal” and expressed shock at Williams’ death of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. Williams starred as Captain Hook in Spielberg’s 1991 movie “Hook,” and he had a voice role in the director’s 2001 feature “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.”

“Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone,” Spielberg said.

Chris Columbus, director of Williams’ 1994 smash “Mrs. Doubtfire,” said watching Williams’ at work was a “magical and special privilege.”

“We have lost one of our most inspired and gifted comic minds, as well as one of this generation’s greatest actors,” Columbus said. “His »

- Cynthia Littleton and Alex Stedman

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Michael Ian Black Gets Divorced, Kisses ‘Undateable’ Star on ‘The Meltdown’ (Exclusive Video)

11 August 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michael Ian Black is a national treasure, and he's sharing his gems with Kumail Nanjiani, Jonah Ray and their unique audience this week. On “The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail,” the comedian realizes that he doesn't have the kind of material “to burn on some shit show on Comedy Central.” So he instead asked Twitter what he should do onstage, the results of which you can see in the below clip, exclusive to TheWrap. Also read: How ‘Silicon Valley’ and Nerdist Stars Brought Their Stand-Up Show From a Comic Shop to Comedy Central The first suggestion from Black's loyal followers was that he dress. »

- Tony Maglio

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TVLine Items: The Flash's Hot New Villain, Fargo Cop's Covert Gig and More

30 July 2014 9:13 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Flash doesn’t premiere until Oct. 7, but things are already heating up in Central City.

Related The Flash Welcomes Wentworth Miller as [Spoiler] — Plus: More Scoop on Robbie Amell and Firestorm

Kelly Frye (Rake) will guest-star as Bette San Souci, a bomb disposal expert destined to become the villainous Plastique, E! Online reports. A nasty enemy with the ability to turn any object into an explosive device, Plastique will make her first appearance in Episode 5.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Shawn Doyle (Fargo) has been tapped to recur on USA’s Covert Affairs as Georgian diplomat Aleksandre Balenko. »

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The Gaffigan Show: TV Land Orders New Sitcom

30 July 2014 12:10 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

TV Land may have cancelled their Kirstie sitcom but they aren't giving up on ordering new original comedies. They've just ordered 10 episodes of The Gaffigan Show, starring Jim Gaffigan. It will debut sometime next year.

Here are the details:

TV Land Picks Up 10 Episodes Of "The Gaffigan Show" Starring Comedian Jim Gaffigan

Single-Camera Sitcom Also Stars Adam Goldberg, Michael Ian Black and Ashley Williams

New York, NY - July 29, 2014 - TV Land has picked up "The Gaffigan Show," created by Peter Tolan and Jim Gaffigan. The network has ordered 10 episodes, it was announced today by Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. Gaffigan is The New York Times best-selling author of "Dad is Fat." The single-camera series is inspired by Gaffigan's real life, exploring one man's struggle in New York City to find a balance »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Jim Gaffigan’s Sitcom Is Finally Happening

29 July 2014 11:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Looks like Louie C.K. may soon have another portly, red-headed comic to contend with: Entertainment Weekly reports that Jim Gaffigan's semi-autobiographical comedy The Gaffigan Show has been picked up for a ten-episode order by TV Land, after two unsuccessful development attempts over at CBS. The show, based on his 2013 memoir, Dad Is Fat, will premiere on TV Land in 2015, with episodes also airing on Comedy Central the week after they debut. Gaffigan stars as a New York husband and father of five (as he is in real life) attempting to strike a balance between stand-up and family life, with a supporting cast that includes Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) as his wife, Michael Ian Black (Ed) as his wife's confidante, and Adam Goldberg (Fargo) as his best friend. For the sake of our nation's think-piece writers, we just hope it's not as envelope-pushing as Louie. They are »

- Anna Silman

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TV Land orders Jim Gaffigan's CBS sitcom pilot to series

29 July 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

TV Land may be kicking a Kirstie to the curb, but it’s gaining a Gaffigan.

The network announced Tuesday that it has ordered 10 episodes of The Gaffigan Show, starring Jim Gaffigan. The single-camera sitcom, which was a pilot at CBS, is inspired by the comedian’s real life and will chronicle “one man’s struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy, and an insatiable appetite.”

The cast is full of familiar faces: Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) will play Jim’s wife, Adam Goldberg (Fargo) will assume the role of his best friend, »

- Dan Snierson

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'Gaffigan' in, 'Kirstie' out at TV Land

29 July 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In a changing of the self-titled comedy guard, TV Land announced on Tuesday (July 29) that it has given a series order to "The Gaffigan Show," while also confirming that "Kirstie" has been cancelled after only one season. As you might guess, "The Gaffigan Show" comes from best-selling author and Hot Pockets enthusiast Jim Gaffigan. The single-camera comedy has been ordered for 10 episodes and will shoot in New York, premiering in 2015. Based on Gaffigan's experiences balancing fatherhood, stand-up comedy and "an insatiable appetite," "The Gaffigan Show" has played an interesting version of network hopscotch. The project, created by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, was developed and shot for CBS in 2013 and then redeveloped and shot this spring. It will now air on TV Land, with Comedy Central securing rights to air episodes one week after their premiere. “I am thrilled that TV Land is giving us this opportunity to do this show that Peter, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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