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21st-Century TV Artist Louis C.K. Aims High With the Aggressively Classical, Mostly Good Horace and Pete

10 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It’s fitting and funny that Louis C.K.’s formal experiments would ultimately take him back in time 60 years, to the age of televised theater: Studio One, Playhouse 90, and the like. Over five seasons, he exhausted most, if not all, of the possibilities of his experimental comedy Louie — including multi-episode arcs that were basically feature films broken into pieces, two of which cast other actors as his same-named alter ego. Now he’s made a series that’s as aggressively classical as a 21st-century TV artist can get.  Horace and Pete, the “surprise” series C.K. released last week through his website, is old-school, save for its political and cultural references (super-recent) and its language (profane, of course — this is Louis C.K.). Were it not for C.K.’s roving, zooming camera and the brown-orange sets that echo stagey 1970s sitcoms like All in the Family, Horace and Pete »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Some thoughts on 'Horace and Pete' episode 2

8 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A few thoughts on the second episode of Horace and Pete coming up just as soon as I wear a bikini under my clothes... Where Horace and Pete's debut episode felt self-contained enough that it didn't necessarily require follow-up, the second episode was more of a blend of filmed play and ongoing series. Various subplots — Sylvia's attempt to convince Horace to sell the bar, Horace struggling to reconcile with his daughter — moved forward, and there was more of a sense of how the show can function, narratively and structurally, for however many episodes Louis C.K. intends to make. That said, this one felt more scattered than the premiere. There was an over-arching theme about the difficulty of connection — Sylvia misses having Horace as her confidante, Pete is reluctant to see his friend Tricia from the hospital, the Tinder woman is annoyed at how difficult it is to have even a simple conversation with the guy, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Watch Glenn Danzig Revamp Fred Armisen's Goth Style on 'Portlandia'

8 February 2016 8:40 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"Sometimes to have a good time, you have to dress a little lame," Glenn Danzig admits in a new Portlandia sketch, playing a mysterious Romanian beach attire guru who endows the bright path to goth Vincent (Fred Armisen). 

"I just don't know what someone of my look wears here," says a discouraged Vincent. But Danzig's character shows him the neon-colored light. "The beach: it has its own expression; its own style. I have been collecting all these years. Let me share with you what I have found," he says, »

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Super Bowl TV Spot For The Secret Life Of Pets Introduces The Gang

8 February 2016 8:06 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Late last night, cinephiles found themselves awash with new trailers and TV spots to pour over in anticipation of 2016’s hottest new releases. From the lavish tentpole blockbusters in the vein of Independence Day: Resurgence to Universal’s retooled and rebooted Bourne franchise, we saw it all. But perhaps the one snippet to steal our hearts (outside of Bill Murray’s wonderful turn as Baloo in The Jungle Book trailer) was the latest tease for Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming animation, The Secret Life of Pets.

From temperamental furry felines to wide-eyed and adventurous canines, last night’s spot was all about introducing the film’s gang of furry companions, and you go up close and personal with each via the gallery below.

In terms of the story driving the on-screen shenanigans, The Secret Life of Pets will largely revolve around Max’s (Louis C.K.) plight to find a way back »

- Michael Briers

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Super Bowl TV spot for The Secret Life of Pets

8 February 2016 1:11 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released their Super Bowl TV spot for the upcoming animated adventure The Secret Life of Pets, which we have for you here…

See Also: New images and trailer for The Secret Life of Pets

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave forwork or school each day.

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks.

The Secret Life of Pets is set for release in the UK on June 24th and in North America on July 8th.

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- Gary Collinson

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Watch The Super Bowl Game Spot for The Secret Life Of Pets

7 February 2016 7:49 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life Of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life Of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks.

Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners.

Check out the Super Bowl TV Spot below.

The Secret Life Of Pets is set to hit theaters »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Big Game TV Spot – The Secret Life Of Pets

7 February 2016 7:44 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Watch the Big Game TV spot for The Secret Life Of Pets.

This adorable movie hits theaters this summer on July 8.

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life Of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life Of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.

Visit the movie’s official site – www.thesecretlifeofpets.com

The post Big Game TV Spot – The Secret Life Of Pets appeared first on We Are Movie Geeks. »

- Melissa Thompson

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Watch: Cats And Dogs Go Wild In Super Bowl Spot For 'The Secret Life Of Pets'

7 February 2016 7:36 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There have been plenty of animated movies with talking cats and dogs, but few with the simple premise of "The Secret Life Of Pets": what do our beloved companions get up to when we leave the house for the day? We'll, we're about the find out.  Read More: 15 Great Films About Dogs Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks lead the voice cast for this one, which is aiming to hit that summer blockbuster sweet spot. "The Secret Life Of Pets" opens on July 8th. Watch the Super Bowl spot below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Secret Life of Pets' Super Bowl Commercial Unchains Headbanging Dogs

7 February 2016 7:05 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After introducing fans to the villainous Gru in Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, and his sidekicks in the blockbuster spinoff Minions, animation company Illumination Entertainment is taking a more domestic approach with their next project, The Secret Life of Pets. We got our first look at this project with the trailer that debuted way back in July, but now that we're getting closer and closer to the July 8 release date, Illumination debuted yet another trailer during the back half of Super Bowl 50. This trailer helps expose what your beloved pets may be up to after you leave the house for the day, and their actions may surprise you.

This animated family comedy represents the fifth fully animated movie collaboration between Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures. The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. The comedy superstars you love, »

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Alejandro G. Inarritu wins DGA Award for The Revenant, full list of winners here

7 February 2016 10:56 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

For the second year in a row (and the first time they’ve ever handed out back-to-back awards), the Directors Guild of America has honoured Alejandro G. Inarritu with the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, with Inarittu collecting Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Revenant.

Inarritu won the DGA Award last year for Birdman, and went on to collect the Best Director award at the Oscars. Should he repeat the feat this year with The Revenant, he’d become only the third director in history to win back-to-back Best Director Academy Awards after John Ford and Joseph Mankiewicz.

And, should The Revenant also win Best Picture, it would be the first time a director has ever won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.

Here’s the full list of winners from last night:

Feature Film

Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant

Tom McCarthy »

- Gary Collinson

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The week in TV: Camila’s Kids Company: Inside Story; Keeping Up With the Khans; Horace and Pete; Back in Time for the Weekend

6 February 2016 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The BBC offers sharp insights into the collapse of Kids Company, the makers of Benefits Street head to Sheffield, and Louis Ck strikes a blow for innovation

Camila’s Kids Company: Inside Story (BBC1) | iPlayer

Keeping Up With the Khans (Channel 4) | 4oD

Horace and Pete | louisck.net

Back in Time for the Weekend (BBC2) | iPlayer

With the best will in the world, one couldn’t emerge from Camila’s Kids Company: The Inside Story without a nasty aftertaste. Cloying, gummy, saccharine in the most part, overlaid with the clotty blood-tang of old coins. No one can know this better than the film’s director, Lynn Alleway, who did come at this with the best will in the world, and thus wielded her timely scalpel much more in sorrow than in anger.

The film’s director, Lynn Alleway, wielded her timely scalpel much more in sorrow than in anger

We saw Omar, »

- Euan Ferguson

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Best of the Week: Coen Bros. Take on Hollywood, Ryan Murphy Tackles O.J., Why George Miller Deserves the Oscar, More

6 February 2016 6:40 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Arthouse Audit: Natalie Portman Indie 'Jane Got a Gun' Flops, Oscar Shorts and 'Ip Man 3' Soar 'Hail, Caesar!' Review & Roundup: Escapist Hollywood Comedy from the Coen Brothers How 'American Crime Story' Explains Our Obsession with the O.J. Simpson Trial  How the 'People v. O.J. Simpson' Writers Found 6 Characters for Their 'Shakespearean High-Wire Act' How They Designed George Miller's Oscar-Nominated 'Mad Max: Fury Road'  How Sony Pictures Classics Picked Up Four Pictures at Sundance 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' 'The Martian' and 'The Revenant' Take Art Directors Guild Honors Oscars: Evaluating the Best Editing Nominees 'Peak TV' or Peak Ott? From Louis C.K. to Seeso, Players Jockey for Position in a Crowded Market 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Director on Staying True to Jane Austen, Even During the Zombie Apocalypse 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies': World War Zzzzzs (Review & Roundup »

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'Peak TV' or Peak Ott? From Louis C.K. to Seeso, Players Jockey for Position in a Crowded Market

5 February 2016 11:58 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

He isn't a streaming service, exactly, but when Louis C.K. dropped the first episode of his new series "Horace and Pete" last Saturday, it had the feeling of a gauntlet thrown. Written, directed, produced, financed, and distributed by the comedian himself, "Horace and Pete" isn't just the ne plus ultra of "auteur TV" — it's an attempt to cut out the middleman and connect with consumers directly in a market crowded, as C.K. wrote in a follow-up email, with "the usual promotion, banner ads, billboards and clips that tell you what the show feels and looks like before you get to see it for yourself."  Though C.K. described the decision to offer "Horace and Pete" through his website as an artistic one — designed to retain the element of surprise, and to emphasize the "live feeling" of the multi-camera format — the move also suggests one of several paths forward in »

- Matt Brennan

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'Peak TV' or Peak Ott? From Louis C.K. to Seeso, Players Jockey for Position in a Crowded Market

5 February 2016 11:58 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

He isn't a streaming service, exactly, but when Louis C.K. dropped the first episode of his new series "Horace and Pete" last Saturday, it had the feeling of a gauntlet thrown. Written, directed, produced, financed, and distributed by the comedian himself, "Horace and Pete" isn't just the ne plus ultra of "auteur TV" — it's an attempt to cut out the middleman and connect with consumers directly in a market crowded, as C.K. wrote in a follow-up email, with "the usual promotion, banner ads, billboards and clips that tell you what the show feels and looks like before you get to see it for yourself."  Though C.K. described the decision to offer "Horace and Pete" through his website as an artistic one — designed to retain the element of surprise, and to emphasize the "live feeling" of the multi-camera format — the move also suggests one of several paths forward in »

- Matt Brennan

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Louis C.K. Takes High-Wire Gamble With 'Horace And Pete'

5 February 2016 7:15 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Fans of stand-up comedy know that Louis C.K. is kind "The King" at the moment. Every era has its "big" comedian. Carlin had his period; so did Pryor; so did Murphy; and Seinfeld; and Ellen; and even Dane freakin' Cook. They all became these stand-up comedians that transcended the medium and became hugely influential stars. C.K. is that guy right now, and has been for a few years already. His hit FX series Louie has won countless awards, his stand-up specials are events, and he's used this spotlight to do some truly trailblazing things.

A couple of years ago, when he self-produced his Live At The Beacon Theater special, he did something quite radical. Rather than having it air on HBO, or Comedy Central, or Netflix, he very conveniently just threw it up onto his website for the nominal fee of $5. It was cool. I did it. Paid five bucks on Paypal, »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Louis C.K. Talks "Horace and Pete" Series

5 February 2016 1:49 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Surprising fans on Saturday with a new multi-cam web series entitled "Horace and Pete," comedian Louis C.K. has now spoken about the show as a new episode is scheduled to drop tomorrow on his website.

In the series, C.K. plays Horace who runs a 100-year-old bar with his brother Pete (Steve Buscemi) following his father's death. During the episode, he also comes into contact with his Uncle Pete (Alan Alda) who works at the bar, his uncle's former girlfriend (Jessica Lange), his sister (Edie Falco) fighting him over ownership of the bar, his daughter (Aidy Bryant) who basically hates him, and a colorful cast of bar patrons.

The first episode appeared on his website last week without fanfare or any pre-promotion. The comedian says on a Q&A on his official site that it was a deliberate choice:

"Part of the idea behind launching it on the site was »

- Garth Franklin

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Louis C.K. Announces More 'Horace and Pete' Episodes

4 February 2016 6:08 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Louis C.K. surprised fans last weekend when he sent an email out to announce his new series, Horace and Pete, which stars C.K. and Steve Buscemi, and offered its first episode for $5 via his official site. On Thursday, the comedian sent another email to provide more details about the series, which included news that the second episode will be available on Saturday.

"Part of the idea behind launching it on the site was to create a show in a new way and to provide it to you directly and immediately, »

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With ‘Horace And Pete,’ Louis C.K. Strives For A Truly Immediate TV Show

4 February 2016 3:42 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Earlier this week, comedian Louis C.K. surprised his fans by offering the first episode of a new web series, Horace and Pete, on his website. Before launching the show, C.K. offered as little explanation as possible, but in an ensuing email, he provided more context for the program he is creating. Most pertinently, he announced that more episodes of Horace and Pete are coming, and they will cost between $2-3 each.

C.K’s email, which Variety reprinted in full, provides some fascinating insights about the comedian’s creative process. As he explains it, the goal is to create a more immediate show, one that goes straight from production to release, without any promotion in between. “As a writer, there’s always a weird feeling that as you unfold the story and reveal the characters and the tone, you always know that the audience will never get the benefit »

- Sam Gutelle

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Louis C.K. Plans to Release the Next Episode of Horace and Pete This Saturday, Drop the Price of Future Episodes

4 February 2016 2:55 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

With almost no warning, Louis C.K. released the first episode of Horace and Pete, a web series starring himself and Steve Buscemi, on his website last Saturday. In an email to subscribers Thursday, also posted to his website, C.K. went into more detail on the series, which, true to form, he is producing, directing, writing, distributing, and financing on his own. The next episode of Horace and Pete will drop this Saturday; unlike the first episode, which cost $5 to view, the second will be available for $2, and future episodes will be available for $3. We're no economists, but we think that means the second episode is less than half as good as the first, and two-thirds as good as the ones to come. As an explanation for the fee, C.K. pointed to the cost of production. Unlike a comedy special, Horace and Pete requires a full crew and has »

- Jackson McHenry

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‘Horace and Pete’ Review: Louis Ck Surprise Series Is an Intriguing Retro Drama

4 February 2016 2:26 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

On his acclaimed sitcom “Louie,” creator-star Louis C.K. often pushes against the limits of the genre, testing to see how much heart, darkness and drama can fit inside a format that’s ostensibly just about generating chuckles. With his new surprise series, he risks even further, not always successfully but with a boldness that ought to encourage curious viewers to stick with it to see where the program goes after its stagy, somber opening episode. Designed to feel like a play shot for television, “Horace and Pete” is a hermetically sealed theatrical work that largely takes place in Horace and Pete’s, »

- Tim Grierson

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