16 items from 2010
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- Lex Walker
There’s been a lot of moving and shaking with the cast of Saturday Night Live from Will Forte’s departure to the addition of several new cast members. Now it looks like we’ve got some more updates and the changing of the guard as Deadline has heard that Jenny Slate may not be returning for the sketch comedy show’s 36th season. Her removal from the cast may have been a long time coming after her debut last fall brought along a surprise F-bomb during the live broadcast, but likely this is simply because the young comedienne hasn’t brought a whole lot of memorable characters to the series.
At the same time, apparently Abby Elliott (daughter of SNL veteran Chris Elliott) was recently in “serious jeopardy” of not returning this season, but all that has been completely reversed. One has to wonder if it has anything to »
- Ethan Anderton
With Will Forte's recent announcement that he will be leaving Saturday Night Live after 8 seasons and reports that NBC's late-night sketch show may be adding as many as 4 new cast members, the question is who else might be exiting when SNL returns for a 36th season later this month. I hear Abby Elliott, daughter of Chris Elliott and the first second-generation SNL cast member, was in serious jeopardy but now appears safe to come back, while rumor is that Jenny Slate might not be returning. Slate, who joined as a featured player along with Nasim Pedrad last fall made headlines with her SNL debut. On the show's season premiere last September, in her first appearance during a sketch titled Biker Chick Chat Slate uttered the word "fuckin'" on live television. As for the new players joining SNL, rumored new additions include MadTV alum Taran Killam, Chicago-based Paul Brittain and »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
"Saturday Night Live" is mixing in a little on-set romance with its comedy sketches this season.
Fred Armisen, who separated from wife Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") earlier this year, is now dating his "SNL" co-star Abby Elliott. That's according to Life & Style, which also broke the news of Moss and Armisen's split. (The couple separated in May but had managed to keep things quiet until last week.)
"After the split, Fred sought comfort in Abby," a source tells the magazine. "They just started dating a few months ago. Fred and Abby are getting to know each other in a romantic way and taking things slowly."
"Saturday Night Live" will begin its 36th season on NBC in September, at »
We guess it’s true what they say: age ain’t nothing but a number. Even if it’s a number that makes you very, very uncomfortable. Less than a week after news of his divorce from Elizabeth Moss hit the internet, SNL’s Fred Armisen, 43, has moved on…and into the arms of his 23-year-old coworker. Armisen has recently been spotted around town with fellow SNL performer Abby Elliot, and according to sources, “Fred and Abby are getting to know each other in a romantic way and taking things very slowly but enjoying each other’s company.” Well, color us flabbergasted. We were amazed enough at Armisen’s marriage to Moss; this relationship grants him official lothario status. He can now join David Spade as a leading member of the National Association of Inexplicably Lucky Men. Abby is also the daughter of actor Chris Elliot, who is only seven »
- Halle Kiefer
Is it over for Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen? The Mad Men actress, 28, and SNL star, 43, reportedly split in May, almost seven months after getting married - but the comedian doesn't appear to be shying away from jumping back into the dating game. Armisen, who was also previously married to English singer Sally Timms, has moved on with fellow SNL cast member Abby Elliot, according to reports. Related: Fred Armisen and Abby Elliott's Relationship in 'Early Stages'"They are together," a source tells E! Online. "It is very new." Armisen and Elliot, 23, the daughter of comedian and SNL alum Chris Elliot, »
- Eunice Oh
Bad Robot may have just picked up its first... good robot.
J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot have picked up the rights to “Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be produced at Paramount and is based upon the graphic novel of the same name by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett. Outlaw Productions's Deborah Newmyer ("The Ugly Truth") brought the project to Bad Robot and will stay on board as a producer.
"Boilerplate" was created back in 2000 by Guinan as part of a online graphic novel pitch that featured a late 19th century Victorian era robot interacting with a number of historical figures like Teddy Roosevelt and Pancho Villa in convincingly photoshopped pictures that led some visitors to believe that Boilerplate was a real robot. The "Boilerplate" graphic novel was finally released last year by Abrams Image.
In the backstory put forth on »
- Blair Marnell
Chicago – The just-opened Mayne Stage on Chicago’s north side was the setting for “The Not Inappropriate Show,” featuring comedians Bob Odenkirk and Robert Smigel. Both are in town as part of the TBS network’s “Just for Laughs Chicago,” playing through Saturday, June 19th.
HollywoodChicago.com was there, and scored a brief interview with each of the funnymen, who met each other in Chicago in the 1980’s.
Bob Odenkirk is the quirkly comic actor, best known for “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” on HBO in the 1990s. Born in Berwyn, Il, he formulated his comedy chops in Chicago with The Players Workshop and Second City. Breaking out with Robert Smigel and Conan O’Brien, Odenkirk did writing stints on “Saturday Night Live” and the Chris Elliott sitcom “Get a Life,” before performing on the seminal “The Ben Stiller Show.” Recently, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
“I did nothing today, and still got paid,” oh yes, you’re going to love this news!
At this moment, the only thing we know, beside Kwapis’ name involved, is that Phoenix Entertainment is producing with Intrigue Entertainment, but there’s still no one attached to star in the film.
Ok, I already hear you say – boooring, but, c’mon, »
Dilbert heading to the silver screen It seems that a famed comic strip will come to life in live-action on the big screen. Pajiba is reporting that Phoenix Entertainment is spearheading a new film based off the the comic strip Dilbert.
The comic strip was started in 1989 by Scott Adams and was spawned into a 1999 animated series Dilbert, with Daniel Stern providing the voice of the title character and Chris Elliott voicing Dogbert. »
Phoenix Entertainment is working on a live-action Dilbert film with Ken Kwapis attached to direct, according to Pajiba.com Dilbert began as a syndicated comic strip in 1989 and continues to run to this day. It was previously adapated into an animated series on Upn in 1999 with Daniel Stern voicing the titular lead and Chris Elliott providing the voice of Dogbert. Kwapis' credits include a dozen episodes of the similarly-themed "The Office". He is currently working on a feature called Everybody Loves Whales , pairing "The Office" star John Krasinski with Drew Barrymore. »
Profiled on this blog last summer, it’s called Speed-Dating, written and directed by Joseph A. Elmore Jr., has reportedly been picked up for theatrical distribution by Rockstone Releasing, with a national tour through 12 major cities planned, beginning next month, June 4th, in Chicago, Il. Maybe Sergio will be checking this one out… maybe not. Let’s all encourage Sergio to go see it so that he can review it here!!
Although, future screenings are planned in my neck of the woods, NYC, as well as Atlanta, Houston, Detroit and La.
The film was a 2010 Pan-African Film Festival crowd-pleaser, where it won the Audience Award.
Synopsis: This high-energy romantic comedy follows three bachelors, speeding through life and scheming on women. When it comes to the opposite sex, it’s about the “chase” and “finish line”. Dog and Beaver spend their last dime on a nightclub, while Too Cool devises the »
Urban Comedy Speed-Dating has been picked up for release by specialty distributor Rockstone Releasing.
Click on the poster above for a larger version. Stills from the film are included below, along with a synopsis, more information and a link to the official site.
Coming off a successful run at the 2010 Pan-African Film Festival, where it picked up the Audience Favourite Award, Speed-Dating follows the journey of three immature bachelors who devise the ultimate scheme to get women and money: Speed dating.
Everything seems to be going as planned until the guys are denied their liquor license and a disgruntled ex-girlfriend works to expose their scheme.
Ultimately, maturity and romance prevail in Speed-Dating, where "Love at first sight... Happens every night."
- David Bentley
Chris Elliott is all grown up, and has a daughter who's all grown up, too! Abby Elliott (she's a regular on 'Saturday Night Live') appeared on 'Late Show With David Letterman' (weeknights, 11:35Pm Et on CBS), while her dad watched nervously backstage ... Read more
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- Jane Boursaw
New York City – Television, film, stage, and news headliners are set to take the stage as presenters for the 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards’ New York ceremony. Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) will host the 62nd annual Writers Guild Awards, being held on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the Hudson Theatre. Award presenters at the New York event include: Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Richard Kind (A Serious Man), Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Fred Armisen (SNL), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Wallace Shawn (Gossip Girl), Chris Elliott, Abby Elliott (SNL), Anthony [...] »
- Nikki Finke
Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.
This week's Sick Day Stash comes early for obvious reasons. Today is Groundhog Day. That also happens to be the title of one of the best comedies of the '90s. Hell, one of the best comedies, period. The problem with writing about "Groundhog Day" at this point is there's so little left to be said about it that hasn't already.
Bill Murray may be a (mostly) serious actor these days, but his comedy work in »
- Adam Rosenberg
16 items from 2010
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