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Inside Amy Schumer is the kind of show that really needs a chance to grow, and needs to give its star the ability to develop beyond her own initial premise. That fact was already clear once we were about halfway through the second season, and it’s crystal clear as we move through the first episodes of the third.
Amy Schumer is hilarious, but she’s never better than when you can tell that she’s completely comfortable… or, completely uncomfortable. Both demand that a concept has not only matured, but that the situation that is the show in general has laid its own foundation. Sure, the show was funny from the beginning, but we’re at a different level now.
Nothing is safe from Schumer’s gaze, and she has an amazing group of guests who take part in the fun. As usual, where the show distances itself from »
- Marc Eastman
Universal’s “Unfriended” and Sony’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ are providing respectable challenges to box office colossus “Furious 7,” each heading for an opening weekend as high as $18 million, according to early estimates Friday.
The micro-budgeted “Unfriended,” which expands to 2,739 North American theaters, is outperforming recent tracking of about $12 million. The chiller scared up between $6 million and $7 million Friday — easily making back its $1 million budget.
Meanwhile, U’s “Furious 7″ will top the chart in its third weekend out of the gate with $8 million on Friday for a weekend around $26 million, marking a 56% decline. Estimates showed the tentpole, which cost nearly 200 times as much as “Unfriended,” will cross the $290 million mark by the end of the weekend.
Box office forecasts have pegged “Blart 2″ on track to debut with about $5 million Friday to finish in the $15 million to $18 million range this weekend when it opens at 3,629 theaters — far less »
- Dave McNary
These days, Kevin James does most of his work in film – starring in goofy comedies like Zookeeper and the upcoming Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. But as he explained to David Letterman on Thursday's Late Show, he longs for the "routine" of the TV sitcom format he enjoyed on The King of Queens. In the above segment, he reveals his upcoming (fake) return to the small screen with Game of Thrones of Queens, a joke spin-off of the HBO fantasy series.
"We've already started production," James says, cutting to a »
Chicago – Disney has always imported a bit of its cutesy narratives into its nature films. The best ones seem to spring organically from the images on screen and it becomes easy to forget the contrivances and get swept up in the story. n the lesser entries, these attempts to impose a Hollywood story structure on the lives of wild animals only highlight how artificial they all are.
Disney’s latest entry “Monkey Kingdom” tries desperately to impose not just one story arc, but multiple story arcs onto the lives of a troupe of monkeys living in the ruin of an indonesian temple. The film focuses on Maya, a young female monkey at the bottom of the pecking order. She’s a plucky young heroine risking everything for her young child. And then it follows her as she tries to survive in the jungle and try to climb the social »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Monkey Kingdom Walt Disney Pictures (Disneynature Series) Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Directors: Mark Linfield, co-director Alastair Fothergill Screenwriter: Mark Linfield Photographer: Martyn Colbeck, Gavin Thurston Cast: Narrated by Tina Fey Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 4/13/15 Opens: April 17, 2015 I’d like a dollar for every time a biology teacher someone in the U.S. told a high school class that “if you want to understand human behavior, just watch the animals in the jungle. Animals (other than we) behave in the same way that people do.” If you want to document this, you don’t have to spend $8,000 for a safari (excluding [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Last week, in the wake of Eddie Huang's complaints that he felt ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" was distorting and softening his childhood experiences, this column examined how hard it is for any biographical or autobiographical sitcom to be true to the life of its source and still be a crowd-pleasing primetime network entertainment. You'd think, after decades of trying, TV writers and network programming executives would be aware of this.
Nonetheless, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the networks have no fewer than ten such sitcom pilots in production, as the first episodes of potential 2015-16 primetime series. Some are based on the lives of already famous entertainers, some on the self-referential stand-up comedy routines of not-quite-famous comics, and some on memoirsts who've lived interesting lives.
Here's a rundown of these pilots, with a look at who these shows are about, who's starring in them, what the series might be like, »
- Gary Susman
In biological sciences, the urge to anthropomorphize your subject –wherein you ascribe human qualities and behaviors to something non-human- presents a constant threat to objective research. Just as many conspiracy theories are tempting for their A to B explanation of complicated events, using man-made logic to understand the actions of an animal can seem like shrewd deduction. The risk comes with eliminating the many other factors, known or unknown, that more accurately, though not more simply, explain data that your brain naturally wants to fit into a tidy little narrative. If it were judge on its merits as a nature documentary, Monkey Kingdom, the latest from Disneynature, would be a failure.
Luckily, as with other nature docs from the Magic Kingdom’s enviro-friendly sub-brand (the Greenhouse of Mouse, if you will), Monkey Kingdom isn’t presenting research, or looking to do much educating. It’s a highly polished montage culled »
- Sam Woolf
Kirsty Capes reviews Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt…
Upon first glance, Netflix’s latest comedy original Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, looks like an unemployed twenty-something’s dream. Set in New York, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows the delightful Kimmy, who has recently escaped a fifteen year-long incarceration in an underground bunker, held captive by Don Draper in a weird sex cult before being liberated and having to build her life again in a new world full of things she doesn’t understand like Instagram and fro-yo.
Funny and bitingly critical of the post-noughties bourgeoisie, botoxed to the eyeballs in the City That Never Sleeps, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt offers a glimpse into the mind of Tina Fey, one of the greatest female comedians of the twenty-first century.
Except it doesn’t. I had high expectations for this show, from the moment I saw the Songify This version of the theme tune. That theme tune, by the way, »
- Kirsty Capes
Paul Blart has nothing on Dom Toretto.
Vin Diesel’s guttural-voiced speed demon and the rest of the cast will power “Furious 7″ past “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’s” return to the scene of the shopping center crime, picking up roughly $30 million in its third week of release.
Sony Pictures believes its hapless mall enforcer comedy is on track to debut to $17 million when it premieres this weekend on 3,629 theaters. Outside analysts peg the figure above $20 million. That’s less than the $31.8 million that the first film in the Blart saga opened to in 2009. However, Fandango reports that pre-sales are neck-in-neck with “Furious 7,” indicating that “Paul Blart” part deux could end up giving the action sequel a run for its money.
- Brent Lang
It's a new Earth Day tradition: every year, Disneynature celebrates our little blue marble by introducing us to some of its most fascinating creatures. After spending some time with African big cats, chimps and bears, this year we meet the macaques of Monkey Kingdom.
Narrated by Tina Fey, the documentary follows monkey mom Maya and her newborn son Kip, living the wild life with their extended family in the ancient ruins hidden deep in the Sri Lankan jungle. As we travel with the troupe and get to know their simian society, we are reminded of all our fave primates on the big screen : Ed, Mvp, Dunston, Mighty Joe Young, Amy the talking gorilla in Congo...
Here is our personal army of 12 movie monkeys!
After the ape-ocalypse, our last chance for peace might be to go back to the dawn of Man. With so many sequels, »
- Martin Gignac
The Tribeca Film Festival opened on Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre with an odd pairing: the premiere of the 40th anniversary “Saturday Night Live” documentary “Live From New York!” followed by a short concert from Ludacris, who had nothing to do with the movie.
The film features interviews from four decades of “SNL” cast members and hosts, including Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers, Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who called “SNL” a “sexist institution” onscreen) and Molly Shannon, all of whom were suspiciously absent from the festivities. Former vice-president Al Gore is also interviewed in the doc, talking about how he found Darrell Hammond’s impersonation of him funny during the 2000 election.
- Ramin Setoodeh
Forty years of pop culture influence is a lot to fit into an 82-minute film, especially a documentary whose list of possible interviewees includes a spectrum of comedy trailblazers from Chevy Chase to Tina Fey. In Live From New York!, first-time feature director Bao Nguyen doesn't try to dig too deep, leaving serious behind-the-scenes lore to the SNL obsessives who've been poring over backstage accounts for years. Focusing on talking heads, almost all of whom say nice things about their experience of the show, he offers a puffy remembrance just a couple of notches more substantive
- John DeFore
"Here we come... Walking down the street..." Yes, this film actually opens with the old Monkees TV show theme. It plays over a satisfying opening montage of monkeys in the jungle doing stupid things and getting laughs. It's lazy, but it works.At supper just before the screening of the latest DisneyNature documentary Monkey Kingdom, I read aloud the description of the film to my children who would be accompanying me to the theater. Despite the promise of amazing nature photography amid abandoned ruins of the Sri Lanka jungle and the dramatic tale of a monkey momma called Maya who toils in Cinderella-like misery at the bottom of her social order, the aspect that we talked most about was who narrator, Tina Fey, is. It's true that the...
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As a teenager, Nguyen’s introduction came in the form of the mid-1990s cast of Adam Sandler and Chris Farley — a time of Opera Man, the Gap girls, motivational speaker Matt Foley and “The Chanukah Song.” In other words, several iterations and recurring sketches ago, but it’s a relatable initiation.
“Everyone has grown up watching ‘SNL,'” he said. “When it came out in 1975, the idea of doing a live comedy show was revolutionary. Now it’s become an institution.”
It fell to Nguyen to connect the generations of comedians who passed through Studio 8H and the impact that the show continues to have on popular and political culture with his new film, “Live From New York!” The documentary look at the show’s »
- Brent Lang
The latest Earth Day release from Disneynature, Monkey Kingdom, is the charming story of Maya, a toque macaque living in the rainforest of Sri Lanka, whose world is changed when her son Kip is born. Anxious for her son to have all the best that life in their troop has to offer, Maya tries, not always successfully, to climb the social ladder and advance up the pecking order of the troop. At the top sits alpha male Raja, and his harem of top females and offspring that get the best beds, the best food and the best treatment.
After an attack on their home, Castle Rock, by a neighboring troop of monkeys, Raja is injured and the troop must now rely on Maya and her mate Kumar’s jungle smarts and street savvy to survive. One particularly hilarious sequence shows the local town and markets overrun with monkeys, stealing every »
- Melissa Thompson
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 20 pairs of Oculus Rift virtual reality passes up for grabs to the new “Insidious: Into the Further 4D Experience” at C2E2 plus 20 pairs of one-day passes to C2E2! Pick your own C2E2 day and 4D experience time!
Each HollywoodChicago.com winner will receive a code for two 4D passes and will be snail mailed two one-day C2E2 passes valid for the same day you select for your 4D experience. So, enjoy 4D and all of C2E2!
C2E2 takes place from Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26 at McCormick Place.
Note: This giveaway is not for “Insidious: Chapter 3” movie passes.
“Insidious: Into the Further 4D Experience” at C2E2 in Chicago from April 24 to 26, 2015.
Image credit: Focus Features
“Insidious: Into the Further 4D Experience” is an immersive, interactive, 4D experience that takes »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It's not over yet for David Letterman, whose 32-year run ends on May 20th. But Tuesday night, Billy Crystal sang the "Late Show" host an early adieu to the tune of "Sunrise, Sunset" from "Fiddler on the Roof." Really makes you wish a certain someone would go back to hosting the Oscars. Read More: Why Late Night's Revolution Remains Unfinished Guests slated to appear on "Late Show" in the coming weeks include Alec Baldwin, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Michael J. Fox, Jack Hanna, Kevin James, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Mumford and Sons, and Tom Waits. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Composer Jeff Richmond told Billboard that he hopes to complete the project before the autumn.
Fey and Richmond are working on a stage musical version of the former's cult 2004 film, which starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert as a group of bitchy high school girls.
Richmond said: "We definitely want to see some kind of shape by the end of the summer."
However, he added that he, Fey and lyricist Neil Benjamin still have lots of work ahead of them before it is completed.
"We know that 60 or 70% of that will go away when we start bringing in real singers and actors. We'll do a lot of rewriting," he said.
He added: "The most difficult part of the process »
One of the first signs of spring in New York City (other than the pollen) is the Tribeca Film Festival. Launched in 2002 by Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and philanthropist Craig Hatkoff in response to 9/11, the annual event has grown into one of the world's most important movie fests. This year's festivities kick off tonight with the premiere of Live From New York!, the much-anticipated documentary about Saturday Night Live. With that in mind, here we give you nine movies that we're very excited about seeing… Live From New York!: Directed by Bao Nguyen, the doc spans the show's 40-year history. Vintage footage and interviews with people like Tina Fey and Amy »
Turns out, you can make a lot of famous friends when you host a show for 33 years. David Letterman is retiring from the Late Show, but at least he's going out with a bang. CBS has announced the lineup for the final 28 episodes of his run on the show, which will conclude on May 20. Sarah Jessica Parker kicked off the last of the broadcasts on Monday night, and the stars will continue to roll in to bid adieu to the late-night legend for the next month. Here's the full list of who to expect to pop up on the upcoming shows: Alec Baldwin, George Clooney, Billy Crystal, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna, Kevin James, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, Howard Stern, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Oprah Winfrey, »
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