20 items from 2011
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, »
Why not fold documentaries into my list of the "Best Films of 2011?" After all, a movie is a movie, right? Yes, and some years I've thrown them all into the same mixture. But all of these year-end Best lists serve one useful purpose: They tell you about good movies you may not have seen or heard about. The more films on my list that aren't on yours, the better job I've done.
That's particularly true were you to depend on the "short list" released by the Academy's Documentary Branch of 15 films they deem eligible for nomination. The branch has been through turmoil in the past and its procedures were "reformed" at one point. But this year it has made a particularly scandalous sin of
omission. It doesn't include "The Interrupters" (currently scoring 99% on the Tomatometer), which has received better reviews and been on more critic's Best lists than any other. »
- Roger Ebert
There will always be a special place in my heart for Jeremiah Chechik’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. In my adult life, I have made it a Christmas eve tradition to rival any sappy joy-filled movie you may watch with your family. Whether I’m hundreds of miles from home or right next to close friends and family, this movie reminds me of the best Christmas years of my own life. Large family gatherings, plenty of food and yes, plenty of Auxillary Nuclear power-required mishaps. There is no Christmas like a Griswold Family Christmas. And to celebrate this love, our weekly Scenes We Love entry takes a look at one of Clark Griswold’s most iconic and explosive moments. Setting the Scene: It’s been a hard fought year for Clark, played by Chevy Chase, the “last great family man” who spends his days creating preservatives to keep your cereal fresh and crunchy, all »
- Neil Miller
I can't help but think that in some hands, a review of Hugh Jackman's Broadway show that contains lines like "Let’s face it. Mr. Jackman is, unapologetically and triumphantly, the bi-est guy in town: bicultural, bimorphic, binational, biprofessional and, for entertainment purposes, bisexual" would have been considered offensive.
Tyler Clementi's parents spoke to People about the ongoing trial in their son's death, and getting through the holidays. His mother says "It's especially hard right now because this was his favorite time of year. So we're trying to find a new way to celebrate Christmas. I'm sad – and trying to get through it."
I have two jobs, and I'm very fortunate to work for »
Safady Entertainment has acquired film rights to psychological thriller Dreamt penned by Andrew Alexander known most widely for his co-ownership of The Second City comedy enterprise. They will develop the project for Martin Weisz to direct this action thriller. Set in modern day, Dreamt tells the tale of two people who have a paranormal connection [...]
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- Nick Martin
Premiering this week exclusively on Dailymotion is Ben and Burman, a new web series from actor/producer Ben Giroux (Bones, Psych) and his longtime frenemy and Second City’s Scott Burman. The story highlights the pair’s height deficiencies and their Odd Couple cohabitation, which, I’m told, kinda sorta emulates their real life friendship. “We became known as best friends who also hated each other,” said Giroux. “I'm a neat-freak who appreciates order and hygiene. Burman is a slob who appreciates chaos at all times. Together, people started referring to us as a modern-day Odd Couple. Striking up a unique friendship and creating a style of comedy Giroux describes as “if The Three Stooges had sex with South Park,” Giroux and Burman produced the twelve episode series. Then they teamed up with Gary Randall’s Grand Productions (Saving Grace, The Glades). The partnership had definite benefits, as the duo »
- Chris Landa
The Young and the Restless star Billy Miller, owner of the best nipples in daytime, has signed on for a recurring role on Ringer as a recovering addict who acts as a resource when Sarah Michelle Gellar's regular sponsor isn't available.
Eric Stoltz has snagged the lead role of an advice columnist in a disintegrating marriage in Lifetime's pilot of Modern Love.
Rod 2.0 has an update on Bishop Eddie Long, as two of his accusers break their silence about the disgraced mega-church leader, saying the money isn't worth their ability to sleep at night.
Forbes has released their list of the most powerful women in the world. German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the list, followed by nine more political and business »
- Ed Kennedy
Written by Kyle Higgins
Art and cover by by Eddy Barrows and Jp Mayer
On sale November 16 • 32 pg, Fc, $2.99 Us
ride! But as Nightwing puts pressure on ex-Haley connections in search for answers about his past, one lead may be far too explosive to handle! Be here as Nightwing takes his quest for the truth to the Second City!
The Huntress #2
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Marcus To and John Dell
Cover by Guillem March
On sale November 9 • 32 pg, 2 of 6, Fc, $2.99 Us • Rated T
Helena Bertinelli takes a trip to Naples, Italy, but she’s not there on holiday. As her alter ego, the Huntress, she’s uncovered a human trafficking and gun-smuggling ring that only scratches the surface of Mafioso activity! »
- THE LEGION fan network
Once again, a look into the future, with some very interesting looks at the past, including the reprinting of a comic that was never released in America in the first place, the infamous Elseworlds 80 Page Giant that was pulped because of concerns about Superman’s babysitter.
And of course, a whole lot of #3 issues, which is traditionally the issue where Spider-Man guest stars.
Shall we? Surely!
As usual, spoilers may lurk beyond this point.
Written by Geoff Johns
1:25 Variant cover by Greg Capullo
1:200 B&W Variant cover by Jim Lee
On sale November 16 • 40 pg, Fc, $3.99 Us • Rated T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 Us
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
- Glenn Hauman
Did you know Bill Murray.s oft-quoted .It.s in the hole. from Caddyshack wasn.t in Harold Ramis and Brian Doyle-Murray.s finished script? Or that the Brody.s legendary line about Quint.s boat was improvised? Neither did I until I watched this new clip on YouTube of .The 25 Greatest Unscripted Scenes in Films.. The scenes are ranked .according to cultural impact and demonstration of improvisational skill.. They.re presented in numerical order, which frees me to completely disagree and tell you that the best of the bunch clearly is Bill Paxton.s brilliant improv of .Game over, man. from Aliens. Check out the entire reel below: So Robin Williams. contributions to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.s Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting involved his dead wife.s flatulence problem? You see, they totally didn.t write that whole script on their own! We also love any »
Andrew Garfield is looking to be an unconventional Spider-Man, and now he's being an unconventional mega-star. His next role is going to be on Broadway in Death of a Salesman opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
I've tried, but I just can't get into Google+. And now that they intend to bring games to the baby social network, I'll just be sticking with my Twitter account.
I adore Christine Baranski as any gay man should. But I do think she's taking Pan Am and The Playboy Club a little too seriously. ""I'm rather appalled that they're now making television shows about Playboy bunnies and stewardesses, and I think, really? Haven't we gone past that, well past that? It's one of the reasons I'm so happy to be on such an intelligent show that portrays women as complex, intelligent, educated human beings."
Sometimes I wonder if Hollywood really hates their viewers. TruTV has »
- Ed Kennedy
Mike Patrick O’Brien is almost a pimp and a writer for Saturday Night Live by way of Chicago’s famous incubator for comedic talent Second City. He’s also the creator and star of the latest addition to the Irreverent Celebrity Talk Show (not to be confused with the Faux Celebrity Talk Show) genre of original web series. Like Diablo Cody’s Red Band Trailer (which is another recent addition to this particular brand of online video programming), O’Brien’s 7 Minutes in Heaven places our comedian creator opposite celebrities in an unconventional environment to discuss personal topics and partake in whimsical talk show sideshow bits. As the name would suggest to anyone who’s successfully endured the growing process of puberty, the program takes place in an unidentified closet filled with the vestiges of clothes worn in decades past (and O’Brien tries to get lucky with his »
- Joshua Cohen
Screenwriter Mitch Glazer has forged an impressive career, with such diverse titles under his belt such as Scrooged, Great Expectations, and The Recruit. Like most writers, though, Mitch Glazer has also wanted to direct, and he finally makes his directorial debut with the drama Passion Play, a project which has been in the making for the past 20 years.
Mitch Glazer originally wanted his wife Kelly Lynch to star as Lily, a circus performer who has large bird wings growing out of her back, along with his lifelong friend Mickey Rourke. When the studios wanted a different take on the script, Mitch Glazer didn't give into their demands and stowed it away for years until the time was right for him to make his directorial debut. »
Hilarious confessions seem to spring unbidden from Tina Fey in Bossypants, but don’t be fooled: The artistry of her autobiography-turned-polemic raises the bar for every comedian who dares put cursor to Word doc. Bossypants takes Fey from her bad-haircut years through Saturday Night Live to creative immortality on 30 Rock, with stops at Second City and in political satire along the way. A lonely kid who idolized her father and lived for musical theater camp each summer, Fey took a bleak early-morning job to pay for improv classes, launching her into a career that would be altered in turn »
'Saturday Night Live' regular and star of 'Horrible Bosses' has bona fide comedic chops.
By Kara Warner
Photo: D. Dipasupil/ Getty Images
Congrats are in order for "Saturday Night Live" star Jason Sudeikis, who has just been announced as our newest MTV Movie Awards host. Sudeikis will be hosting the consistently star-studded and unpredictable event live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, on June 5. So for those who haven't been following the comedic actor's every move since he began his successful career, here's a few handy Sudeikis facts and figures to help explain why he's the perfect choice to lead our 20th annual Movie Awards.
Before getting his big break on "SNL," Sudeikis performed in several improv troupes in Kansas City, Chicago and Las Vegas. In fact, he was a founding member of Second City Las Vegas, where he was eventually snatched up by "SNL" to »
Plus Dozens Of New Photos From Fairy Tale Film Whoops. Thanks to the eagle-eyed reader for this one, we're obviously going way too fast. So Image Entertainment, the studio that bought the North American distribution rights to "Passion Play," the directorial debut of Mitch Glazer, the writer behind "Scrooged" and the Alfonso Cuaron-directed version of "Great Expectations" in 1998, messed up in their recently released trailer. The film stars Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray, Rhys Ifans and Kelly Lynch (with appearances by Bud Cort, Rory Cochrane and Murray's older brother Brian Doyle-Murray--"Get a Life" fans, anyone?), but within the… »
Chicago – It’s Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show Weekend, and the stars of TV and movies will be available to meet all their fans at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel (click the link at the end of the article). Also available, lots of vendors with TV and movie items for any collection.
The Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show is a biannual event that brings celebrities to Chicago to meet, sign autographs and interact with their admirers. Every session has HollywoodChicago.com in attendance, and Joe Arce is also there to photograph all the celebs. The last show in September brought out classic TV and movie stars, who sat down for the following interviews.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The '80s was a time of rampant materialism and mohawks, and the only way people got through it -- like WWII -- was with laughter.
In honor of Topher Grace's nostalgic comedy, we're celebrating the 25 most-uniquely only-in-the-80's comedies, the ones where the hair was froofy, Eddie Murphy still brought the funny, and the geek inherited the Earth.
25. 'The Naked Gun' (1988)
The same team that made "Airplane!" decided to bring their anarchic brand of humor to the small screen with "Police Squad" (In Color), but the satire of TV cop shows only lasted a measly six episodes. After the show gained a cult following, the trio decided to resurrect Leslie Nielsen's accident-prone Lieutenant Frank Drebin to surprising success and a comedic trilogy, »
- Max Evry
Looking for more details about that "breaking the fourth wall" episode of "Supernatural" we recently told you about? We've got 'em along with a few other tidbits on upcoming episodes so if you're the type that likes to be kept in the dark, you might want to skip this story. Unless you can't resist a few stills from Episode 12, "Like a Virgin".
"The craziest meta episode of all time", as Gamble calls it, now has a title - "The French Mistake" - and will air on February 18th.
"We have an episode in which Sam and Dean find themselves in essentially ... to shorthand it, we'll call it a parallel world," Gamble explained. In the world in which they find themselves, "there is no magic, there is a television show called 'Supernatural', »
- The Woman In Black
Let's recap a bit, shall we? We all know that a crazy new meta episode will be airing on February 18 called "The French Mistake". We know that Jared's real life wife and former Supernatural costar Genevieve Cortese will be making a guest appearance as Jared's wife. We also know that Sam and Dean will wake up in another dimension as actors called Jared and Jensen, staring on a show called Supernatural.
But Gamble has now provided a few additional details about the overall storyline, and according to Gamble, we should expect a hilarious episode:
"We have an episode in which Sam and Dean find themselves in essentially ... to shorthand it, we'll call it a parallel world," Gamble explained. In the world in which they find themselves, »
20 items from 2011
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