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You've seen our favorite drama episodes of 2011. Now, for the stuff that made us laugh.
As you'll see below, we love us some "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" at Zap2it. But we also found room for episodes of shows that aren't always consistent still capable of being very good. And also "Jersey Shore," which is not strictly a comedy but sure can be funny.
These were our favorite comedic episodes of 2011. What were yours?
"Community" - "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons": There were a lot of great "Community" episodes in 2011, but my personal favorite was when the gang took Fat Neil under their collective wing and played an epic game of Dungeons & Dragons to make him feel included. From the portentous voiceover to Annie's hilarious portrayal of Hector the Well-Endowed, it was a massively fun episode.
"Psych" - "Last Night Gus": Gus and Shawn having adventurous shenanigans »
To fall in love, as everyone comes to realize sooner or later, is to leave one's self vulnerable to heartbreak. Just as this is true in real life, so can it be true in our daydreams and pastimes. This can even apply, whether reasonably or not, to something as benign and relatively-unimportant as a television series. For why would a typical viewer decide to watch a program if he or she did not care about the people involved, or what they did, or who they did it with? Such emotional investment in a mere television show, however, can be a dangerous thing. Once a particular program gains traction among television enthusiasts, the stakes are raised, the pressure is on, and the show's writers and stars find themselves besieged by the expectations of millions of viewers. Success, it often turns out, can be the worst thing to happen to a program's cast and crew. »
David Steinberg is happy to let his friends bring the funny.
Once a stand-up comic himself, Steinberg became one of the most prolific directors of television comedies including "Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Designing Women" and "Mad About You." He explores the nature of humor by talking with pals who are among the form's top stars -- from Martin Short, Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Crystal to Ellen DeGeneres, Larry David and insult czar Don Rickles -- on the Showtime series "Inside Comedy," premiering Thursday, Jan. 26.
"We were going to do a movie, a documentary film," Steinberg explains to Zap2it, "then everyone we asked to be in it said, 'Yes.' Everyone. Steve Carell (an executive producer, with Steinberg, of the project) said, 'If we do this as a film, Mel Brooks will get only four minutes. Chris Rock will only have three minutes.' And each interview was something like 40 minutes long, »
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is an upcoming pre-apocalyptic comedy which stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightly. Keira Knightly – yeah, you’re reading this correctly. I was a little bit surprised when I saw her name attached to this kind of project. Personally, I think Knightly is capable of handling any [...]
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About a month after his split from Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher spent the holidays with writer-director Lorene Scafaria in Italy. And one other person - Kutcher's business partner, Matt Mazzant. The Two and Half Men star, 33, is making no secret of his time with Scafaria, whom online reports note bears a passing resemblance to Moore."Roman holiday with homies," writes Kutcher on Twitter along with a photo of him and Scafaria, showing Mazzant squeezed in between. Scafaria wrote Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist and is the writer-director of the upcoming Steve Carell/Keira Knightly comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. »
- Mike Fleeman
March and April have quickly become more and more populated. It seems like all the rejected summer blockbusters flock to these two months, hoping the lack of competition will garner them box office glory. Well it doesn't always work, you can't deny that there is money to be made during these two months. And, evident from today's Prelude to 2012, studios want as much money as they can squeeze from these two months. Hit the jump for full details on over 25 films hoping to make an impact in the limbo between Summer and the beginning of the year. Who knows...you may just find something you'll like.
March has always been a busy time for film. In fact, I would say that the year doesn't truly kick off Until this month. Yeah, there's a couple notable releases in January and February (as shown here), but March is when the first blockbusters »
- TheCritic28@gmail.com (Matthew Legarreta)
 Love him or hate him, you'll be seeing a lot of Channing Tatum in 2012: Shooting at things in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, romancing Rachel McAdams in The Vow, going to the prom with Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street, fighting Cobra in G.I. Joe Retaliation, and possibly getting killed by Steve Carell in Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher. But if I'm being honest, the one I'm really curious about is Soderbergh's Magic Mike, which stars Tatum as an experienced stripper who takes a newbie (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing. It's not just the idea of near-naked men parading around, I promise -- I'm intrigued by the unusual premise and the interesting cast, and am hoping to see a bit of Soderbergh's sly sense of humor. But yeah, the promise of buff, shirtless dudes helps too. After the jump, check out the first image, featuring Tatum, Pettyfer, and Joe Manganiello in military-themed costumes, »
- Angie Han
I thought making my top 10 list was going to be a piece of cake this year. Last year was like pulling teeth, trying to choose which of the best to cut, grateful for missing some critics' favorites that would've made the process all the more painful. ('Cause yeah, I got around to seeing "127 Hours" a couple weeks later — who knows what I'd have had to axe to make room for that one.)
But there was no "King's Speech" this year, no "Black Swan." Easy, I figured... until I narrowed my list to 13 movies and became paralyzed by indecision. My assignment was 10, so 10 it is, but just know that it cost me — losing "X-Men: First Class" (2011's best superhero movie in an abundantly superheroic year), "Midnight in Paris" (Woody Allen's whimsical remake of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" — I'm kidding, kind of) and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (edgy, »
- Brooke Tarnoff
The staff of "The Office" wishes you and yours the very best this holiday season. Or at least, better than what they usually get.
The show's latest mashup video is two minutes and change of highlights from Christmas episodes past, from Meredith's (Kate Flannery) topless proposition to Michael (Steve Carell) in "Christmas Party" from Season 2 (the show's first Christmas episode) to a couple of moments from this year's "Christmas Wishes."
In between, you'll see Andy (Ed Helms) hiring a marching band for Erin (Ellie Kemper), Michael pouting over Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) playing Santa and Angela (Angela Kinsey) stomping ornaments in the parking lot.
Enjoy, and remember not to pick a snowball fight with your psychotic co-worker this Christmas. »
It was the year Harry Potter ended, the Muppets returned, Ryan Gosling drove, Apes rose, Matt Damon bought a zoo, and a bunch of raunchy Bridesmaids made us pee our pants (or wedding dresses) laughing.
Yeah, we're pretty happy with you, 2011 movies.
As for counting down the best of the best, we're happy/relieved to report that coming to an in-house consensus was pretty easy, and entirely non-violent. And our number one pick? Even easier to decide.
Tell us your favorite movies in the comments section, and for a taste of sour, check out our picks for the 5 Worst Movies of 2011.
So many movies this year promised edge-of-your-seat action and nonstop popcorn scarfing, but few delivered like the fourth installment in this would-be aging franchise. Tom Cruise is at his best, reminding us that his charisma and ability to sell a crazy fight »
- NextMovie Staff
The film will follow the title character (Steve Carell), a magician who loses his longtime stage partner after a risky stunt goes bad. The illusionist must rediscover his love of magic to dethrone a new rival magician. Jay Mohr will play a magician named Rick the Implausible. Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Olivia Wilde, and Steve Buscemi have all boarded as well.
Joe Wright is a man responsible for titles like Pride & Prejudice and Atonement and a director who obviously has some kind of crush on Keira Knightley. Why? Well, because his upcoming Anna Karenina movie marks their third collaboration! At this moment Anna Karenina still has no USA release date but at least we have [...]
Jay Mohr gets stuck doing a lot of crap. While he does have the occational gem on his resume, like the cancelled-too-soon TV show Action, Go, and Jerry Maguire, most of his career has been spent doing crappy movies and short-lived sitcoms. He has talent but rarely gets the opportunity to show it off. Hopefully Burt Wonderstone can do something to buck that trend. The Wrap has learned that Mohr has signed on to star in the Don Scardino-directed magician comedy. In the film, Steve Carrell plays the titular aging slight of hand artist, who sees his career and passion for magic fade when his partner is killed in a dangerous stunt. Coming back from the brink, though, requires him to outperform a rival flashy illusionist. The film already has an amazing supporting cast that includes Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Brad Garrett, Steve Buscemi , and James Gandolfini. In the movie, »
Just when you suspect he’s completely vanished from the face of the Earth, TheWrap reports that Jay Mohr will be appearing in Steve Carell‘s Burt Wonderstone. As they report, he’ll play “Rick the Implausible, a magician,” a role that puts him in the company of Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini, and Brad Garrett; Don Scardino will direct
Written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein — along with a little polish from Jason Reitman — the film centers on “a more traditional magic man (Carell) who is dethroned by a hipper illusionist (Carrey) doing dangerous tricks and breaks up with his partner then must find a way to rediscover his love for magic.” TheWrap goes against the grain by saying that he actually “dies in a risky stunt,” but nobody’s losing sleep over the specifics.
Although Mohr‘s appeared in several high-profile films — among them Jerry Maguire, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
The Being John Malkovich writer told a Bafta lecture audience that his new project will be a personal first – a musical
Charlie Kaufman has confirmed that his next film, Frank or Francis, will be a musical. The Being John Malkovich writer and writer/director of Synecdoche, New York first alluded to his tuneful turn during a speech at Bafta's screenwriters lecture in September.
"I always try to do something different, said Kaufman during the speech, which is now available in full on Bafta's website. "I'm a person with a very specific existence and a very specific background. This thing that I just wrote that will hopefully get made is a musical, and I've never done that before, so I did it."
According to early reports, Frank or Francis looks set to be typical of Kaufman's highly conceptual style. "In the broadest possible sense, it's about online film criticism," said Kaufman »
- Henry Barnes
Each year brings a plethora of new TV shows, movies and personalities that touch fans in good (and bad) ways, but few stand the test of time. This year, we said goodbye to several people and projects that touched and changed the entertainment world. Oprah Winfrey, Regis Philbin and Susan Lucci are TV legends who we’ll miss welcoming into our homes on a daily basis. The “Harry Potter” kids have grown up before our eyes, and Steve Carell's Michael Scott has left us with the notorious “That's what she said.”Click “Launch Gallery” below to browse our top 10 choices of things we will miss the most in the coming years. Who or what will you miss the most in 2012? Sound off in the comments below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you this afternoon. First up, Jessica Biel is in final negotiations to join the indie Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes. Directed by Francesca Gregorini (Tanner Hall), the film stars Kaya Scodelario (Clash of the Titans) as a troubled 17-year-old named Emanuel who agrees to babysit her new neighbor Linda’s “baby”, though the baby turns out to actually be a life-like doll. “She goes along with the delusion while befriending Linda, who happens to be the splitting image of Emanuel’s late mother.” Variety reports that Biel is in talks to play Linda, who is traumatized by the death of her child and has been caring for the doll as a means of coping. Rooney Mara, who starred in Tanner Hall, was originally set to play Emanuel, but was forced to drop out when production was moved to »
- Adam Chitwood
Exclusive Jay Mohr has landed a role in "Burt Wonderstone," New Line's comedy starring Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi and James Gandolfini, TheWrap has learned. The actor, comedian and "Last Comic Standing" host and executive producer will play Rick the Implausible, a magician. New Line's movie begins shooting in January. It is about successful Las Vegas magician, Burt Wonderstone, whose partner dies in a risky stunt. After the death, Wonderstone, played by Carell, struggles to rediscover his love for magic and defeat a rival magician. Also read: New Line Wants to »
- Joshua L. Weinstein
It’s been just a few years since we’ve seen the work of Charlie Kaufman on the big screen. After directing 2008′s Synecdoche, New York, the Oscar winning screenwriter is gearing up for Frank or Francis — his next project which will star funnymen Steve Carell, Jack Black and Nicolas Cage. At a BAFTA Screenwriters Lecture (via ThePlaylist), Kaufman has just given us new (musical) details on the project.
Frank or Francis tells the story of Frank Arder (Carell), Francis (Cage), and Alan Modell (Black). Arder has been nominated for 29 Oscars for his film You, as a result of including women, children and characters of multiple races. Francis is a film-blog commenter who has gained some stardom. Modell is and Oscar host who stars in the film series Fat Dad.
Kaufman recently gave a “truly inspiring/gloriously uncommon speech about writing” at the lecture and while he discussed screenwriting in general, »
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'Tis the season for holiday miracles, so why can't we hope the same for television? Santa, please give Cougar Town a premiere date. Hanukkah Harry, all we ask is that Steve Carell get awards recognition for his Office role. Harvest gods of Kwanzaa, let Castle and Beckett finally get together. And please, Winter Solstice Fairy, stop all the incest on TV!
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- TV Guide News
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