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Douglas Coupland built a reputation as an author-futurist nonpareil with his first novel, Generation X: occasionally glib or fuzzy but often prescient, never dull, and certainly never idle. Today the former art student spends more time on visual work, including large public projects all over Canada and his own line of furniture. Currently preparing for his first big solo survey in his native Vancouver — where he lives in wooded mid-century splendor with his architect partner and acres of Pop Art — Coupland also happens to have a novel out. Worst. Person. Ever. follows the bizarre exploits of a nasty cameraman named Raymond Gunt. Sent to Kiribati to film an awful reality show, this evil amalgam of Larry David and Mr. Bean endures misfortunes hilarious, disgusting, and well-deserved. Coupland spoke by phone about that, the “torture” of interviews, and much more with Boris Kachka.Last week you did a Q&A at »
- Boris Kachka
For a recent feature in Entertainment Weekly, we spoke to showrunners who’ve had the pleasure – and pressure — of wrapping up some of TV’s most beloved series. Murphy Brown creator Diane English had left the CBS comedy after season 4 but returned for its tenth and final season and penned its hour-long 1998 series finale. In the two-part “Never Can Say Goodbye,” Murphy (five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen) — who’d battled breast cancer that year – contemplated retirement as she dealt with a second scare. While under anesthesia for a surgery that ultimately confirmed she was cancer-free, Murphy scored her biggest interview, »
- Mandi Bierly
Now I'm not saying I'm not a fan of Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny, but I don't like seeing their names as the leads of Whit Stillman's upcoming Amazon pilot "The Cosmopolitans". It's just casting that's too on-the-nose given the show's plot -- a group of young American expatriates in Paris who are searching for love and friendship in a foreign city. As much as I love the synopsis for a Stillman venture, with these two in the lead I can almost hear the whiny, "witty", back-and-forth banter now, increasingly grating with every punchline and sip of espresso. It's like when Larry David starred in Woody Allen's Whatever Works (my review), the writing was on point, but the actor delivering it just seemed a little too perfect for the part. It doesn't make it necessarily bad, but just not as good as it could have been. Both Brody and Sevigny are Stillman veterans, »
- Brad Brevet
It is the golden age of comedy now, Mindy Kaling told reporters at NBCU Press Day, because whereas once you used to have to wait 2 1/2 years for Larry David to get around to writing another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, “now there’s always something happening” in comedy on the TV landscape. She was joined by stars of other Universal TV comedies airing on NBC and elsewhere. Related: Mindy Kaling Exits UTA Jenna Elfman is a big fan of single cam comedies, like her new Growing Up Fisher, because “with the Internet … audiences are more savvy, and with a single camera you can home in on nuance more than with multi-cam and capture the smarter side of the story.” Related: NBC Press Day: Bill Lawrence Talks ‘Undateable’ Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg chimed in: “I was on SNL, which was live, but everything I did was pre-taped, so I was already headed in that direction. »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is wearing absolutely nothing but the immortal words of America's founding fathers on the cover of the next issue of Rolling Stone, which hits newsstands this Friday.
Contributing editor Vanessa Grigoriadis scored an equally revealing story from the 53-year-old star of the HBO political satire Veep, who has anchored two other shows since her smash success in Seinfeld – Watching Ellie and The New Adventures of Old Christine – and recently appeared opposite James Gandolfini in his final film, Enough Said. »
Steve Coogan spent many years trying to shed his hilariously awful alter ego, radio personality Alan Partridge, which made him a star in the 1990s on British television but made it difficult for him to play different kinds of roles. (His closest equivalent in the U.S. is probably Larry David’s character in Curb Your Enthusiasm.) The series also gave a boost to his writing partners Armando Iannucci (creator of the scathing British comedy series The Thick of It and its U.S. offshoot, Veep) and Peter Baynham (whose credits range from Borat to Arthur Christmas). With the passage of time, they’ve relented, and following a 2012 television special, they have collaborated with Coogan and...
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- Leonard Maltin
Chicago – The story of a Chicago-based woman – who died in 2009 at age 83 – has become the subject of a remarkable new documentary. “Finding Vivian Maier” is a film about revelation, and was created by co-directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, with the support of Executive Producer and comedian Jeff Garlin.
The tale of Vivian Maier seems impossible. It began after her death with an auction of her storage locker, which contained negatives of her street photographer’s life – from the 1950s through the ‘90s. One of the directors of the film, John Maloof, stumbled onto her treasure by purchasing a box of these negatives. He then became her archivist, cataloging her photos, films, audio recordings and even material possessions, to reveal an artist of unique magnitude. “Finding Vivian Maier” is Maloof’s story, Vivian’s journey and the story of an artist’s life that easily could have been lost with her demise. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Imagine taking Curb Your Enthusiasm and mixing it with the gross out comedy of a movie like The Hangover. To some people this may sound like the worst thing ever, especially the thought of taking Larry David’s work and mixing it with a movie like that, how could they? The answer to this question is a movie called Klown, which in turn is based on a television show from Denmark. While not many people in the UK will have seen the television show, the film is an eye opener to something they just might like.
When Frank (Frank Hvam) finds out his girlfriend is pregnant she lets him know she is not sure that he can actually be a good father. To prove to her that he can, »
- Paul Metcalf
Klown (Denmark: Klovn: The Movie), 2010.
Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard.
In order to prove his fatherhood potential to his pregnant girlfriend, Frank 'kidnaps' her 12-year-old nephew and tags along on his best friend Casper's debauched weekend canoe trip.
The bumbling fool, the blithering idiot, the blissfully ignorant ignoramus. It’s a televisual and cinematic staple. A character who can sometimes be likeably simple, or in other cases likeably unlikeable. Think of David Brent, Alan Partridge, George Costanza (or of course Larry David). Nothing ever goes right but it makes for great entertainment. So with Klown, a Danish film spinoff from a popular TV show from the land of awesome bacon, we get the Scandinavian answer to Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Most outside of Denmark watching Klown: The Movie will be unlikely to have prior knowledge of the TV show. That »
- Gary Collinson
Dodgy history and dodgier accents, but Kevin Costner's medieval romp still has some magic – and shouldn't be judged on the weakness of its imitators
Most things about Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves are terrible. Kevin Costner's and Christian Slater's attempts at English accents: terrible. Bryan Adam's theme song which refused to go away during the summer of 1991 and can conjure mass feelings of nausea to this very day: terrible. Seeing Costner's naked arse as he gets washed in a waterfall: terrible. But I've still probably watched it more than any other film and will (in true Robin Hood spirit) defend it until my dying breath.
I was a pretty sickly child, and when I was off school I'd always put it on. The stupid accents, shoe-horned in Moorish sidekick (played by Morgan Freeman) and romantiscied outlaw life were like a security blanket as I watched it while »
- Lanre Bakare
With Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David has acclimated viewers to a perpetual onslaught of embarrassing and cringe-inducing moments: getting caught making out at Schindler's List, having the spray of your urine be mistaken for one of Jesus's tears. When Girls premiered, it was initially read as a generational statement: This is what the Millennial Generation is like. Lena Dunham's series does indeed have much to say about a nation of college grads with ballooning debt and shrinking opportunities, but after three seasons, »
The time will come in the not-too-distant future when ABC’s “Modern Family” or CBS’s “Big Bang Theory” will have to decide whether to continue for another season or exit primetime while they’re still strong.
If the producers of these hit shows need help determining their future, here’s an idea: pop in a disc of the final season of CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother.” For if ever there was a cautionary tale to be had regarding the peril of staying on air a season or three too long, it is amply provided by this sitcom that marred its otherwise impressive run by getting wobbly in the homestretch.
That may be of little concern to CBS or 20th Century Fox, which can boast of the remarkable ratings staying power “Himym” maintained to the very end of its 10th season. But when Monday’s finale ushers in »
- Andrew Wallenstein
The comedy gods are smiling down on Hollywood, as an almost surefire success is in the quickly moving developmental stages. Fox 2000 is teaming up with the super-producer couple Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald for the suburban comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses, and they.ve landed two whopper male leads in Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm, two guys who should become an official comedic duo at some point in the future. Both actors are still negotiating their deals, but the deal has already been completed with director Greg Mottola to helm this feature. Having most recently handled Larry David.s awkwardly enjoyable HBO movie Clear History, which also starred Hamm, Mottola is more recognizable for such riotous gems as Superbad and Adventureland, and his work on series like Arrested Development and Undeclared. This trio is just oozing with potential, although the only plotline THR has is generic enough to go »
"We all know that movies are dumb and TV is awesome," Amy Poehler said last night at the Television Academy's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Poehler was there to introduce inductee Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and the speech is of course funny and charming. "Unlike the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Television Academy is open-minded," Poehler said, "and they're choosing to induct Julia while they overlook her well -known history of gambling on Seinfeld episodes." Poehler referred to Louis-Dreyfus as "everyone's favorite," and said, "she is like us, except smarter and prettier." Would that Amy Poehler could introduce us all so lovingly.And here's Louis-Dreyfus's acceptance speech, which includes memories of her high-school physics teacher, a really telling anecdote about Larry David, and a well-placed drop of the C-word. »
- Margaret Lyons
Tvgn has picked up Alan Thicke’s faux-reality series Unusually Thicke and will premiere it on Wednesday, April 16 at 10 Pm Et/Pt. The series stars the Growing Pains patriarch and his real-life family including wife Tanya and teenaged son Carter. Also showing up in the 14-episode run: Thicke’s son Robin, David Hasselhoff, Bob Saget, Jon Stamos, Bill Maher, Tom Green, Magic Johnson, and Wayne Gretsky, according to Toronto-based Peacock Alley Entertainment, which is producing. Canadian press has said the first season also will include cameos by Jay Leno, the entire cast of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, and Minnie Driver. The show is billed as a “reality sitcom” and Thicke has described the show to Canadian press as being a “cross between Larry David and the Kardashians”. It was shot last fall and also is scheduled to debut in Canada, on Slice, in the spring. Tvgn is owned by CBS Corp and Lionsgate. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Curb Your Enthusiasm fans remember Cheryl Hines for eight seasons as Larry David’s wife Cheryl, a role in which she received two Emmy award nominations. For the last three years, Hines has been stuck in the suburbs on the ABC comedy Suburgatory playing the always delightful Dallas Royce. Hines took some time out of her busy schedule to talk [&hellip
- Tim Gerstenberger
It's not exactly clear whether HBO ever intended to create a comedy brand wrapped around super creative, not very popular niche shows. It's probably more likely that it wanted two or four other shows in the vein of Sex and the City -- or even Entourage. Hell, at this point, it might even go for another Curb Your Enthusiasm (or, barring that, just a firm commitment from Larry David to make another season of Curb). But reputations firm up over time by repetition and expectations. HBO is no stranger to shows like Bored to Death, Family Tree, Flight of the Conchords,
- Tim Goodman
Los Angeles, March 10: Actor Larry David has sold his 11,000-square-ft Pacific Palisades House, which he once shared with his former wife Laurie.
The final deal was sealed for $12 million March 7, according to real estate sources, reports TMZ.
The house has seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. It is situated in one of the most exclusive areas of Los Angeles.
No one has been residing in the house for a while as Larry had moved to the Uber Ritzy Riviera and Laurie went on to built her dream home.
The two had parted ways in 2007.
- Rahul Kapoor
Going on a semester abroad to Florence or Paris is so stock. Now there is a “Semester on Sunset.” Boston-based Emerson College opened a new Los Angeles Campus in Hollywood at 5960 Sunset Blvd, with 124 students moving in this past January. Larry David (a current parent), Tom Bergeron (a former parent), Vin Di Bona (an alum), Norman Lear (an alum), Max Mutchnick ('87), Jennifer Coolidge, and Maria Menounos ('00) helped christen the campus on Saturday night in Hollywood at a party in the 107,000 square foot space. Along with a program from Ithaca College, Emerson interns have been staples at film »
- Mikey Glazer
Larry David has sold the home he shared with his now-divorced wife ... and he pocketed a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty penny off of it.Larry and Laurie David lived in the 11,000-square ft. Pacific Palisades home -- with 7 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms -- in one of the most exclusive areas of L.A.Real estate sources tell TMZ the house closed Friday for $12 million ... Larry was asking $12.995.No one has been living in the house for »
- TMZ Staff
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