19 items from 2014
Stars (the voices of): Martin Freeman, Newell Alexander, Noel Clarke, Joan Collins, Tim Conway, David Cowgill, Tim Curry, Holly Dorff, Pam Ferris, Nicholas Guest, Ashley Tisdale | Written by Tony Nottage, Ricky Roxburgh | Directed by Leon Joosen, Aaron Seelman
Every year there seems to be an inordinate amount of new CGI Christmas movies thrust upon unsuspecting supermarket shoppers – after all, most folks buy theses types of titles on impulse whilst browsing in the likes of Asda, Tesco et al. Titles that are watched once or twice and then sit on the shelf for the most of the next year or, even worse, are tossed in to the “get rid” pile (I know you all have one). Saving Santa is one such film.
Once upon a time, Santa operated with just a small workshop and a few elves. But, as Christmas has grown ever bigger, Santa has been forced to innovate! »
- Phil Wheat
In her new memoir, Yes Please, Amy Poehler opens up about her childhood, her divorce from Will Arnett, and her own outstanding female anatomy. The book, which is a mix of personal stories, essays, advice, and plenty of memories from Saturday Night Live, is a hilarious yet tender look at the actress’ journey from the first time she she fell in love with improve (for the record, it was during her fourth grade performance of The Wizard of Oz) to fighting for the survival of Parks and Recreation.
Here’s what we learned about comedy’s fairy godmother:
Even Angelina Jolie would be jealous of Poehler’s… vagina.
When opening up about giving birth to her first son, Archibald, Poehler prefaced with an indisputable self-made proclamation about her anatomy. “I don’t consider myself beautiful or famous, but my vagina certainly is. Everyone knows this. I have the Angelina Jolie of vaginas. »
- Stacy Lambe
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] When folks complain that "The Simpsons" hasn't been good for 15 years, we normally mock them, but as we hit Day 5 of FX's Every Simpsons Marathon, even we have to admit that there is a small shift in quality. There are still great episodes in this period, which goes from "The Canine Mutiny" through "Maximum Homerdrive," but a couple of our intrepid recommenders only took one episode apiece for this period. And we have a trio of "skippable" episodes at the end of the article. Expect the ratio of classic-to-skippable episodes to even out in the last week of the Marathon. And some of the episodes in this period are kinda polarizing. Dave Lewis made "Homer's Enemy" one of this recommendations (and I'd be inclined to agree), but Frank Grimes hater Alan Sepinwall would have written a counterpoint had he had the time. Check out our recommendations for Day »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Josh Lasser and Dave Lewis
Robert "Bob" Francis Hastings, Sr., best known for portraying "yes man" Lt. Elroy Carpenter on the popular 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy, has died. He was 89 and had battled pancreatic cancer for 15 years. The Brooklyn-born Hastings had a long entertainment career, which began in radio at the age of 11 on such shows as The Daily Mirror Radio Gang and Adventures in King Arthurland, according to California's Burbank Leader newspaper. Enlisting as a B-29 navigator during World War II, Hastings once again found work in radio upon his return, serving as the voice of Archie Andrews, the main character on the airwaves »
- Wade Rouse
Ratings for syndicated talkshow “Dr. Phil” swelled Wednesday for its interview with V. Stiviano, who became a household name in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal.
According to Nielsen, Phil McGraw’s sitdown with Stiviano averaged a 3.3 household rating/9 share in the metered-market overnights — a 73% surge over the show’s average lead-in nationwide, and 22% higher than “Dr. Phil’s” May sweep average of a year ago.
Among the top 30 metered markets, CBS Television Distribution’s “Dr. Phil” fared best in Indianapolis, where it did an 8.0/18 at 4 p.m. on Wthr, doubling its “Ellen DeGeneres” lead-in and growing 33% from its year-ago time period average.
In Los Angeles, where the Sterling scandal originated after he was recorded making racist remarks, Dr. Phil’s interview was No. 1 in its time period on Kcbs (3.3/10) — more than doubling all other shows. It was up 200% from its lead-in and 83% higher than the show’s year-ago May average. »
- Rick Kissell
ABC’s new fall schedule sees the network make Thursday nights an all-Shonda Rhimes line up (the last time a producer was responsible for an entire night of ABC’s programming was when it featured three Aaron Spelling shows on Saturday night).
Shonda Rhimes isn’t just responsible for ABC’s Thursday night line-up, Vulture sees her creative mark all over the network schedule, from the diversity on and off-screen, the big dramatic flourishes of Revenge or the upcoming Secret & Lies. Perhaps they could also pick up more of Rhimes’ tendency to include queer characters as part of the universe?
More Cyrus and James craziness!
Hitfix‘s Daniel Fienberg writes an open letter to ABC, asking them to quit with the ironic sitcom titles. Cougar Town, Trophy Wife* and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 may have been great shows but people repeatedly said they »
- Lyle Masaki
Written by Chris Colfer
Directed by Bradley Buecker
Airs Tuesdays at 8pm Et on Fox
Chris Colfer, the actor responsible for everyone’s favorite countertenor Kurt Hummel, makes his television writing debut with Glee‘s second to last episode of the season, “Old Dog, New Tricks”. While Colfer is new to writing TV scripts, he’s not new to writing. The actor turned author is responsible for two New York Time’s bestselling children’s novels and an screenplay for the award-winning film Struck By Lightning.
In honor of his debut, Colfer convinced a number of acting legends to guest star. The star-studded cast of geriatric performers includes Tim Conway, famous for his work with Carol Burnett; Broadway, film, and television’s June Squibb; and Lando Calrissian himself, Billy Dee Williams. These additions add an additional layer of authenticity to the Lexington Home »
- Rachel Brandt
It’s a certain kind of sadness to realize you are lonely while surrounded by people. It’s a thing that happens to every New Yorker at some point, and today, it’s Kurt’s turn. The gang is all out for brunch, and he wants someone to hang out with, but all of his friends have people to be and places to do…or something. Kurt has little time to wallow however, because in rushes Rachel Berry, having a new emergency. They all turn their focus to Rachel because they are contractually obligated to care. There’s a blind item in the paper about an up and coming actress who is managing to burn bridges wherever she goes. Rachel knows if she’s branded a problem this early on, she’ll never really have the career she wants. Santana assures her that if Angelina Jolie can completely change her image, »
- Dana Piccoli
Glee wrapped up last week with Rachel (Lea Michele) pursing a career away from Broadway as a TV star, Mercedes (Amber Riley) getting Santana (Naya Rivera) a spot on her upcoming album and Shirley MacLaine giving Blaine (Darren Criss) a career boost and some advice. Kurt (Cris Colfer), meanwhile, has been playing it a bit safer, continuing his education at Nyada while working at the musical diner.
While Rachel is reading unflattering blind items about herself and Santana, taking on the role of publicist, goes in search of a good cause for Rachel, Kurt is hard at work at the diner when Maggie Banks (June Squibb) enters. When Kurt gets Maggie’s ear, he unloads about how his friends have achieved all of this success while he’s still just a student in the background. She understands. She was in a massive Broadway flop and is now giving »
There's a new crowdfunding platform exclusively for indie films and, as of today, it's open for business. indieFilmFunding.com (iFF) officially launched to the public today, along with its first theatrical film campaign, and it's a big one. The comedy "The Big Finish" comes from director Martin Guigui ("The Bronx Bull") and will be written by Guigui and Rudy De Luca ("The Carol Burnett Show"). The film will star Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis, Tim Conway, Garrett Morris, Debbie Reynolds, Cloris Leachman, Mary Tyler Moore and other legendary Hollywood actors of a certain age. In fact, De Luca joked, "We gotta hurry up and shoot this film, cause we're droppin' like flies." "The Big Finish" has set an ambitious $3 million goal for the production. Read More: 8 Things I Learned from My (Failed) Kickstarter Campaign iFF's platform is open for submissions from any producer, director, or filmmaker seeking funding for a film project. »
- Paula Bernstein
A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as the other couch is full of farts... "Oh, believe me: there's always a hierarchy." -Roger "Mad Men" was so busy dealing with the politics and tragedy of 1968 that season 6 didn't have a lot of time for the pop culture of that year. Perhaps as a make-up, we get "The Monolith," an episode whose name evokes the mysterious black object at the center of "2001: A Space Odyssey," and whose plot involves a fear of man being replaced by computers, much as the Hal-9000 in that film sought to kill off the human astronauts (and also had more personality than either of them). And Lloyd, the computer engineer responsible for installing Sc&P's new technological marvel, even tells Don, "It's been my experience these machines can be a metaphor for whatever's on people's minds." "Mad Men" is often a show that, »
- Alan Sepinwall
When I was growing up on the Jersey Shore, mere miles from the 1916 shark attacks that Peter Benchley used as inspiration for his best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws had a profound effect on my summers. Whenever I was alone in the water, I inevitably began to fear that I was being stalked by something beneath the surface. The panic would grow and grow — as John Williams’ daaa-dum music grew louder in my head — until I finally felt compelled to make a break for it. Swimming for my life, my flailing arms furiously pounded the water and my lungs felt »
- Jeff Labrecque
For the fifth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers (and Geeks) from around the globe will descend upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival beginning this Thursday, April 10 and running through Sunday, April 13.
Coinciding with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film, attendees will be treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.
TCM recently announced the tribute to Mickey Rooney, who passed away last weekend, will be Sunday, April 13 at 9am with a screening of National Velvet at the Tcl Chinese Multiplex 4. Eddie Muller will speak with Margaret O’Brien and read a poem written by Mickey Rooney, titled “Flesh and Bones” to close the tribute.
Fans of Rooney can watch a full day of his films this Sunday on TCM beginning at 6Am with Broadway To Hollywood. The »
- Melissa Thompson
There are people who are natural born leaders, who breathe in the rarified air of political power and powwow with high-ranking policy wonks and senators. And then there are the folks who make sure those same government movers and shakers have the proper lip balm, a hot cup of chamomile tea and Kleenex they need on a nanosecond's notice. That's how you'd describe Gary, the official "bag man" to Vice-President Selina Meyer on HBO's comedy Veep; shadowing Julia Louis-Dreyfus' perpetually frustrated, a-heartbeat-away-from-being-potus politico, this superloyal lackey caters to the V. »
Brooke Burke-Charvet is heading back to the small screen after being replaced in her hosting gig on "Dancing With the Stars."
The Hollywood Reporter says Burke-Charvet is staying within the Disney family by taking a recurring role on "Melissa & Joey." She will play Felicia, an ex-girlfriend of Joe who appears in two episodes in June.
Though Burke-Charvet is known best for her work in reality TV series, she is no stranger to acting. She appeared in one-off scripted TV roles throughout the 2000s in shows like "Less Than Perfect" and "The Bernie Mac Show."
Also joining "Melissa & Joey" is Tim Conway, who is appearing in the special May 15 lookback episode. No details about his role have been released yet.
"Melissa & Joey" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC Family. »
Former Dancing With the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet has booked her first gig since leaving the show. Burke-Charvet, let go from the ABC celebrity dance competition series in February and replaced by Fox Sports' Erin Andrews, will stay in the Disney/ABC family with a recurring role on ABC Family comedy Melissa & Joey, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Appearing in two episodes airing in June, Burke-Charvet will play Felicia, Joe's (Joey Lawrence) ex-girlfriend who stirs up trouble for him and Mel (Melissa Joan Hart). Meanwhile, The Carol Burnett Show star Tim Conway will appear
- Philiana Ng
It's not every 78-year-old who releases a new album for Valentine's Day - or has his friends Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood backing him up. But, where showbiz is concerned, Steve Lawrence isn't just any 78-year-old. "To my knowledge, it's over 50-something, and my first in 10 years, at least," the familiar voice, calculating the number of albums he's released since his first in 1953, tells People from the home in Las Vegas he and his late wife Eydie Gorme shared since 1980. Titled When You Come Back to Me Again, after the Garth Brooks song on the lead track, the new album contains 10 songs and, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Have you ever wondered how Santa managed to deliver gifts to every house in a single night? Well, Saving Santa answers this very question: time travel. But we’re not the only ones wondering how he does it. Neville Baddington (Tim Curry), a billionaire eager to inherit his mother’s (Joan Collins) Quickest Airborne Delivery company, is hell-bent on discovering Santa’s (Tim Conway) secret as well.
Finding Santa, however, isn’t so easy. The North Pole has an elaborate cloaking system to protect them from the outside world. But, when a hapless inventor elf, Bernard (Martin Freeman), presents his latest device to the board, he causes a citywide blackout. Ever-vigilant Neville pounces on this opportunity to invade and steal Santa’s secret. Just barely avoiding capture, Bernard snags the time travel device, hoping he can use it to fix everything. (But if you’ve seen Lost then you know that whatever happened, »
- John Keith
Housekeeper Alice did most of the cooking for "The Brady Bunch," but that didn't mean Mrs. Brady couldn't be handy in the kitchen, too.
Florence Henderson sets out to prove that as a contestant on Season 3 of Food Network's "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off" starting Monday, Jan. 6. The stage and screen veteran is part of Rachael Ray's culinary team that also includes comedian Judy Gold, magician-comic Penn Jillette and former "Bachelor" Jake Pavelka. They compete against Guy Fieri's new squad consisting of "Saturday Night Live" alum Chris Kattan, singer-actress Tiffany, music veteran Vanilla Ice and ex-nfl star Herschel Walker.
With other Food Network personalities serving as guest judges, the last amateur cook standing wins $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice.
"I enjoyed it," Henderson tells Zap2it. "It was something new for me, and I love a challenge. I've done all these cooking shows -- I »
19 items from 2014
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