13 items from 2015
It's easy to praise beloved or empathetic characters, but who will stand up for the major turds? Even still, it's particularly hard to stand out as a douchebag on a show like HBO's Silicon Valley, which essentially explores an entire culture of them. But Chris Diamantopoulos somehow managed to make his venture capitalist character Russ Hanneman horribly unique in the the show's second season episode "Bad Money." What a glorious thing to have Hanneman unknowingly scratch his orange McLaren with the rivets of his jeans while trying to win over Pied Piper's Richard (Thomas Middleditch). That's down to the writing, sure; but where Diamantopoulos particularly shined in the episode was not only in the manic delivery of his pitch to Richard -- insisting that he's never really had beef -- but also in showing how fragile Hanneman's suped-up persona is. When he convinces Richard to come with him, he jumps »
- Allison Keene
Between when we last saw Gavin Belson pitching to buy out Pied Piper from Richard in a Mexican restaurant at the end of the previous episode of Silicon Valley and where we pick up in “Bad Money,” the weak-willed founder of Pied Piper brought Belson’s deal back to the office, struck by a bit of defeatism. Completely abandoned by investors due to the Hooli lawsuit, Richard now sees a buyout as the only way to save face and get some fiscal compensation for his colleagues and himself. None of his colleagues warm to the idea for getting back into bed with Hooli; Gilfoyle invites Richard to “chortle” his balls when he’s offered the deal. Their refusal of the Hooli deal is meant as anti-authoritarian grand-standing, but its not the selling out that really bothers them, as they all make clear that they want their cuts from the buyout in full. »
- Chris Cabin
Written by Alec Berg
Directed by Alec Berg
Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on HBO
Silicon Valley is raising the stakes by bringing in the one big archetype it has yet to tackle: the washed-out tech CEO. Gavin Belson is a conniving, devious, maniacal douchebag, but he is successful. This means that if he were do something seemingly innocuous, like, say, compare the plight of billionaires in America to that of Jews in Nazi Germany, all he would have to do to fix the problem is build a statue on the Hooli campus in order to “hardwire sensitivity into our corporate mind-space.”
Russ Hanneman (Chris Diamantopoulos), on the other hand, is a conniving, devious, maniacal douchebag who is a Silicon Valley laughing stock. So when Hanneman whips onto the scene in his specially-made McLaren in order to hijack Pied Piper from Belson, he is »
- Jj Perkins
Treasure hunt! “My kids love to comb through my bag,” says the mother of two (with actor husband Chris Diamantopoulos). “When they find $20, they shout, ‘Money!’ — then put it back and do it again.” The star of Weird Loners (Fox, Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.) lets Us explore her B-Low the Belt tote. Photos: The Us Buzzz-o-meter: What's Hot Right Now Just In Case “I’m always dropping my iPhone 5, so I found the most protective case that exists, the Tech21 Impact. You cannot break it — I’ve [...] »
The first season of HBO's "Silicon Valley" offered abundant comic delights, culminating in perhaps the most highbrow dick joke ever told. Almost everything that made the show a treat a year ago is present for the new season, which debuts Sunday night at 10, after "Game of Thrones" and before the terrific new season of "Veep." It's a pleasure to have the whole Pied Piper team back, and there's a montage in the season premiere featuring Thomas Middleditch's Richard and T.J. Miller's Erlich Bachman(*) visiting a bunch of venture capital firms is a wonder of uncomfortable comedy and clever crudeness. (*) "Erlich Bachman" is such a pleasingly goofy collection of syllables that he becomes one of those TV characters who can only be referred to by his full name. See also Will Tippin, Raylan Givens, Finn Polmar and Jordan Catalano, among others. The one element the new season sadly lacks is Peter Gregory, »
- Alan Sepinwall
While “Game of Thrones” sucks up oxygen with the frenzy surrounding its spring return, HBO also brings back two comedies preoccupied with money and power, respectively, in the sitcoms “Silicon Valley” and “Veep.” Granted, the latter is now actually misnamed, given that its central figure has received an improbable promotion, although given the headaches that bedevil her team, being “Veep” is really more a state of mind than a title. “Silicon Valley,” meanwhile, has impressively built into its storyline a real-life development that struck the show, and come away not only unbowed but with perhaps a renewed sense of vigor.
The relationship between these two programs isn’t immediately obvious, but both strive for a lighthearted tone, compared with the indie-film-like sensibilities of HBO’s “Girls,” “Looking” and “Togetherness,” all relatively dour examinations of personal relationships and urban self-absorption.
- Brian Lowry
Mike Judge’s critically acclaimed tech comedy Silicon Valley is back for a second season. Season one ended with the success in Silicon Valley‘s “live-in start up business incubator,” as Pied Piper triumphed at TechCrunch Disrupt once Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) wrote some inspired last minute code to help their compression algorithm outperform the rival Nucleus software owned by the company Hendricks and Donald “Jared” Dunn used to work for.
HBO has now released a trailer for the new season. This season begins with the CEO of Hooli and the Nucleus project, Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), preparing his company for a showdown with Hendricks, an ex-employee. The Pied Piper crew are also shown tooling up for their business battle. Actor Chris Diamantopoulos (Arrested Development‘s Marky Bark) plays an over-tanned, designer clothes wearing, sports car driving, investor who hopes to “Get Pied Piper out there” through “Brand awareness” and “Synergy, »
- Max Wood
Following the first trailer released last month, HBO has debuted the second trailer for their hit series Silicon Valley, which debuts Sunday, April 12 at 10 Pm Et. The show will return between the Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones at 9 Pm Et and the Season 4 premiere of Veep at 10:30 Pm Et. Will you tune in for the premiere in just a few weeks?
Mike Judge (Office Space, King of the Hill) brings his irreverent brand of humor to HBO in this Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated comedy series, which looks at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech Gold Rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. The cast includes Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross and Jimmy Ouyang. Ben Feldman, Chris Diamantopoulos and Alice Wetterlund guest star.
The Pied Piper gang is back in business! HBO has launched the first teaser trailer for the return of their popular comedy series Silicon Valley. And while everyone is present and accounted for, it's T.J. Miller as Erlich who gets the biggest laughs here.
Silicon Valley returns for its ten-episode second season Sunday, April 12 (10:00-10:30 p.m.). Mike Judge brings his irreverent brand of humor back to HBO in this Emmy and Golden Globe nominated comedy series, which looks at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. The cast includes Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Suzanne Cryer and Jimmy O. Yang. Ben Feldman, Chris Diamantopoulos and Alice Wetterlund guest star.
You've seen Martin Starr in many things - the actor is currently on the HBO comedy Silicon Valley and got his start on beloved cult hit Freaks and Geeks - but you may have never seen him as the leading man in a romantic comedy. That's what he is in this month's Amira & Sam. As one half of the title's unlikely romantic pair, Starr plays army veteran Sam, who falls for Amira, a young Iraqi woman living in New York. I chatted with Starr about how he came to be involved with the funny and original film, his own favorite classic romantic comedy, and what's coming up on Silicon Valley season two. Source: Drafthouse Films Popsugar: Why did you decide to play the lead in a romantic comedy at this point in your career? Martin Starr: I don't know that I intended to initially, but I just fell in »
Just when they thought they were out, Hollywood pulled them back in. Wasting precious little time, Season 4 of Episodes opens with a few quick shots of Sean and Beverly Lincoln unhappily en route back to Los Angeles from London. Before Network Corporate Head Elliot Salad picked up “Pucks!” for an additional 6 episodes at the end of Season 3 (this in order to spite the NBC brass that just landed Matt LeBlanc in a new pilot), everyone in the Episodes cast of characters seemed one step closer to happiness. But the next morning in “Episode 401”, Sean & Bev, Morning Randolph and even Matt LeBlanc himself are back on Stage 32 to make their, “shitty sitcom no one watched.”
It’s unclear how much of the set up is meant to be received as a meta skewering of Episodes having lasted this long, but in its 4th season, the Showtime Hollywood satire remains a charming »
- Zachary Shevich
Winter is coming in April this year as HBO has formally announced the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere date as well as two other premieres that will piggyback off the enormous success GoT has and continues to enjoy.
The Game of Thrones Season 5 release date is set for Sunday, April 12 in its usual time slot at 9/8c on HBO. As with the previous four seasons, HBO has commissioned 10 all-new episodes of the hit fantasy series based on the ongoing A Song of Ice and Fire book series by George R.R. Martin.
Confirmed by HBO as series regulars in Season 5 of Games of Thrones are Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner.
Game of Thrones fans anxiously awaiting news of when the series will return for Season 5 were finally rewarded for their patience today. We're only four months away from the premiere, which will arrive along with two other hit series this spring. HBO has confirmed that the new seasons of Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep will debut back-to-back on Sunday, April 12, starting at 9:00 p.m. (Et/Pt).
Game of Thrones begins its ten-episode fifth season Sunday, April 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m.). Based on the popular book series "A Song of Ice and Fire," by George R.R. Martin, this hit Emmy®-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. The ensemble cast for the fourth season included Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner. Executive producers, »
13 items from 2015
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