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Obama to O’Brien: Letterman Gets Social Sendoff

20 May 2015 6:58 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As David Letterman marked his final night as host of “Late Show,” fans as diverse as President Obama and Conan O’Brien paid their respect on social media. Here are some of Variety’s favorites:

TV won't be the same without Dave. pic.twitter.com/9q5NHTf3b5

Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 20, 2015

It's absolutely absurd to thank David Letterman for all he's done in a tweet. But that's the world we live in now. #ThanksDave

Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) May 21, 2015

Tonight is David @Letterman’s final show. What a wonderful, inspiring, hilarious, groundbreaking, amazing ride. #ThanksDave

Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 21, 2015

Gonna miss this man something awful. #Dave pic.twitter.com/PtPHVrbJGS

Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 20, 2015

Congratulations to David Letterman, who I now believe is beginning his third career in show business.

Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) May 20, 2015

#ThanksDave—for two decades of laughs, insights, and, yes, even pantsuit jokes. @Letterman, you're a legend. »

- Variety Staff

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Jim Gaffigan Debuts His TV Land Show on His Site

14 May 2015 5:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Jim Gaffigan Show” will hit TV Land this summer — but the famously food-loving comedian Jim Gaffigan posted an episode of the sitcom on his site ahead of the premiere. Between shooting scenes for the show and enjoying a Philly cheesesteak for lunch, Gaffigan explained his decision to Variety, and vowed he’ll never go back to network TV.

Why did you decide to release an episode of your show on your site months before it will debut on TV Land?

The Internet is such an important tool in my standup career, in just connecting to people who can come to the shows. Letting people know that I’m performing at Madison Square Garden, you can either rely on the wire postings, or you can post it on Twitter, and at some point you develop a relationship with people that follow you on Twitter or like you on Facebook. Why »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Hot Pursuit | Review

8 May 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

When Hot is Cold: Fletcher’s Tone Deaf Comedy a Frivolous Altercation

For those familiar with director Anne Fletcher’s studio track record, including the rom-com platitudes of The Proposal (2009) and the broad mother and son road trip comedy The Guilt Trip (2011), it will hardly be surprising to find a similar lack of comical finesse on hand in the shrill insistence of her latest venture, Hot Pursuit. Basically another blacktop jaunt desperately trying to amuse with a countless host of familiar squirming scenarios, television alums David Feeney and John Quintance try to inject their small screen inclined tropes into the old odd couple formula with a surprising lack of success. This had to have been something that seemed like it could have worked thanks to the talent it attracted to headline, but the vehicle serves a complete disserve to its leading ladies, on both content and visual fronts.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Film Review: ‘Hot Pursuit’ is an Unoriginal, Redundant Hot Mess

8 May 2015 7:06 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – I get it. The old fashioned buddy movie, except with the twist of the femme-flavor-of-the-moment Sofia Vergara and runty Reese Witherspoon. It practically writes itself. In fact, that might be the only legitimate excuse for the mess that is “Hot Pursuit” – it wrote itself.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

With a title so lazy it should come with its own hammock, “Hot Pursuit” recycles every plot point and joke stylings from every buddy picture ever made. What could have been an interesting twist – Sofia Vergara has established herself as a funny character on TV’s “Modern Family” – turns into a shriek fest with Vergara doing most of the unfunny shrieking, with a philosophy of “If we say the jokes louder maybe they’ll be funny…” Reese Witherspoon, who is no slouch when it comes to doing comedy (Her Tracy Flick role in “Election” is one of the funniest characters of the past 20 years), seems lost as well, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Cannes: Bleiberg boards Peter Sarsgaard's 'Experimenter'

5 May 2015 8:25 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The La-based company will kick off international sales in Cannes on the Sundance drama starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.

Bleiberg Entertainment will screen Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter in the market and the plan is to secure international festival slots throughout the summer.

Magnolia Pictures pounced on North American rights in Park City and plans a theatrical release this year.

The film chronicles Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram’s 1961 ‘obedience experiments’ on subjects who were made to believe they were administering electric shocks to people who unbeknown to them were actors.

The cast includes Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, Dennis HaysbertJohn Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Danny A Abeckaser, Eduardo Ballerini, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer and Vondie Curtis-Hall.

Uri Singer produced with Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins, Aimee Schoof, Abeckaser and Per Melita. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Bleiberg Entertainment boards 'Experimenter'

5 May 2015 8:25 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The La-based company will kick off international sales in Cannes on the Sundance drama starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.

Bleiberg Entertainment will screen Michael Almereyda’s film in the market and the plan is to secure international festival slots throughout the summer.

Magnolia Pictures pounced on North American rights to Experimenter in Park City and plans a theatrical release this year.

The film chronicles Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram’s 1961 ‘obedience experiments’ on subjects who were made to believe they were administering electric shocks to people who unbeknown to them were actors.

The cast includes Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, Dennis HaysbertJohn Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Danny A Abeckaser, Eduardo Ballerini, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer and Vondie Curtis-Hall.

Uri Singer produced with Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins, Aimee Schoof, Abeckaser and Per Melita. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Review: 'Community' - 'Grifting 101': The sting?

5 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A quick review of this week's "Community" (which you can find, as usual, on Yahoo Screen) coming up just as soon as I teach the reverse Jim Gaffigan... In terms of the emotional story at the heart of it, "Grifting 101" wasn't appreciably deeper than last week's "Intro to Recycled Cinema." Yes, Jeff gets jealous of anyone who may seem cooler than he is, as everyone called him out on when he was mocking the class, but that was still a fairly thin excuse to pay homage to various visual and plot motifs of con artist films like "The Sting" and "The Grifters"(*). (*) It's been at least 15 years since I watched "The Grifters," but my memory of it doesn't track with Abed's assessment that it's surprisingly light on actual grifts. Anyone with a more recent viewing care to weigh in? Fortunately, the parody elements, the guest performance by Matt Berry as the new professor, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of Syfy, TBS, TNT, TV Land, USA, VH1, We tv, Wgn, and Yahoo TV Shows

1 May 2015 11:31 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Below, you'll find the status of the recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows on Syfy, TBS, TNT, TV Land, USA, VH1, We tv, Wgn America, and Yahoo. To see a series' ratings (if available), click the links in the middle column.

Shows include Agent X, Angie Tribeca, Benched, Bitten, Clipped, Colony, Community, Complications, Continuum, Cougar Town, Covert Affairs, Dallas, Dark Matter, Defiance, Dig, Dominion, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Graceland, Ground Floor, Haven, Helix, Hindsight, Hit the Floor, Hot in Cleveland, Hunters, Impastor, In Plain Sight, Jennifer Falls, Killjoys, Legends, Lost Girl, Manhattan, Major Crimes, Mr. Robot, Murder in the First, Outsiders, Perception, Playing House, Proof, Public Morals, Rizzoli & Isles, Royal Pains, Rush, Salem, Satisfaction, Sirens, Suits, Sullivan & Son, The Divide, The Exes, The Last Ship, The Librarians, Public Morals, The Soul Man, South of Hell, Teachers, Transporter: The Series, Warehouse 13, Wedding Band, »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Kevin Pollak's Misery Loves Comedy Asks Why Comedians are So Miserable

21 April 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

“When someone's off balance, that's the best time to hit someone,” Jim Gaffigan says in Kevin Pollak's breezy, chatty Misery Loves Comedy, a documentary that asks many comics big questions about the dispositions of comics — but doesn't often enough put anyone off balance, the audience included. The film is dedicated to the late Robin Williams, and in it Pollak invites comedians to chin-stroke on the truism, somewhat commonly held, that people who are funny professionally tend to be more miserable than the rest of us.

Amy Schumer asks, “Why do I want to make people laugh, but then I want to disappear, also?” And Jim Norton offers an inspired gloss on the old comedy-as-defense-mechanism saw: In school, hilarious insults proved one thing »

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TV Land's 'Younger' Renewed for Second Season

21 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TV Land's single-camera comedy push is off to a good start. The Viacom-owned cable network has renewed its Darren Star comedy Younger for a second season of 12 episodes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The show stars Sutton Foster and represents TV Land's first single-comedy as the cabler pushes into the format with younger-skewing series, including Jim Gaffigan vehicle The Gaffigan Show, Teachers and Impastor. Read More Darren Star: 'Younger' Tackles Today's Youth Culture The decision to pick up Younger — about a recently divorced 40-year-old mother (Foster) who gets a makeover in a

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Artie Lange on his inevitable 'Howard Stern' flameout: 'It ended the only way it can end'

20 April 2015 5:07 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All due respect to "Mad TV" and "Dirty Work" fans, but for this writer Artie Lange's greatest performance will always be his eight-year run on "The Howard Stern Show." From 2001 to 2009, the gravelly-voiced comedian worked as the King of All Media's brash, no-nonsense, fan-beloved sidekick, a role that brought him his greatest career success ("It was the closest I ever felt to being a rock star") but also brought his personal demons to the fore. His stint on the show came to an abrupt and chilling end in January 2010, when Lange, at that time addicted to heroin, was hospitalized for eight months following a suicide attempt (an episode he has discussed publicly and wrote about in his 2013 memoir "Crash and Burn"). Five years on from his terrifying downward spiral, Lange has rebounded and continues to work, performing standup gigs and making guest appearances on TV shows including "Louie" and Californication. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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TV Land Ups Brad Gardner to Svp of Development & Original Programming

15 April 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV Land has promoted Brad Gardner from VP to senior VP of development and original programming. Gardner, who joined TV Land in 2011, oversees the cabler’s current original series, in addition to development of new programming.

“Brad’s innovative creative approach has helped make TV Land a new destination for high-profile creators and has played an important role in bringing edgier, single-camera content such as the critically acclaimed ‘Younger,’ and our upcoming new originals ‘The Jim Gaffigan Show,’ ‘Teachers’ and ‘Impastor’ that are geared to attracting a younger audience for TV Land,” said Keith Cox, exec VP of development and original programming.

At TV Land Gardner worked on “Hot in Cleveland,” the cable net’s first original sitcom, plus “The Soul Man” and “The Exes.” Prior to that he produced for Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s production company, Hazy Mills.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Reese Witherspoon & Sofia Vergara Run in 'Hot Pursuit' UK Trailer

9 April 2015 12:37 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I'm totally crushing it as a dude." Following the first mildly amusing trailer for Hot Pursuit, our friends from across the pond have just gotten a new trailer for the comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara in what's basically their own version of Midnight Run meets The Heat. There's a bunch more new footage in this UK trailer that we didn't see in the Us trailer, including new stuff with comedian Jim Gaffigan. Plus, there's a scene where Witherspoon has to dress up like a man, and ends up looking like Justin Bieber. I feel like this just might be a little too silly, but it doesn't look downright terrible. Watch? Here's the new UK trailer for Anne Fletcher's Hot Pursuit from Warner Bros. UK: You can still watch the first trailer for Hot Pursuit right here. Hot Pursuit is directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses) and »

- Ethan Anderton

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Magnolia Pictures acquires 'Experimenter'

26 March 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The North American deal follows the film’s world premiere at Sundance in January and sets up a theatrical release later this year.

Michael Almereyda directed the story starring Peter Saarsgard as Stanley Milgram, who rocked the world in the 1960s with his infamous Yale study on obedience to authority.

Rounding out the key Experimenter cast are Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Dennis Haysbert.

Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof produced.

Magnolia brokered the deal with Cinetic Media for the film-makers. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Magnolia Buys Sundance Drama 'Experimenter' Starring Peter Sarsgaard

26 March 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ahead of the film's Closing Night screening at the Sf International Film Festival, the psychological drama "Experimenter" has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, which plans a 2015 theatrical release. Directed by Michael Almereyda (2000's brainy Shakespeare update "Hamlet"), the film stars Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram whose 1961 "obedience" experiments at Yale asked participants to send harmful electric shocks to strangers in order to test their will toward authority.  Read More: Sf Film Fest Gets 3 Films From Sundance and SXSW The rest of the cast includes Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Dennis Haysbert. "Experimenter" was produced by Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof. Sundance reviews were mostly positive. Variety wrote: "Michael Almereyda dissects the »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Peter Sarsgaard’s ‘Experimenter’ Bought by Magnolia for U.S. (Exclusive)

26 March 2015 10:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Michael Almereyda’s drama “Experimenter,” starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.

Magnolia is planning a theatrical release later this year.

The film portrays Stanley Milgram’s experiment, in which subjects were made to believe they were administering electric shocks to others in order to test why people will cede to authority. The San Francisco International Film Festival announced Wednesday that “Experimenter” would be its closing-night film on May 7.

Experimenter” premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. The cast includes Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Dennis Haysbert. The film was produced by Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof.

Variety‘s Scott Foundas gave “Experimenter” a strong review, calling it “highly formal, always fascinating.”

Milgram, a social psychologist, conducted the “obedience experiments” at Yale University in »

- Dave McNary

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'Misery Loves Comedy' Trailer with Jimmy Fallon & Tom Hanks

13 March 2015 4:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

What does it take to make people laugh? A strong will to survive and the ability to deal with failure better than anyone else sure helps, as evidenced in the first trailer for Misery Loves Comedy. Tribeca Film has released this first sneak peek, which includes such comedy luminaries as Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, David Koechner, Steve Coogan, Maria Bamford, Jim Gaffigan, Larry David and Tom Hanks.

There are over 60 famous funny people featured in this hilarious twist on the age-old truth: misery loves company. In-depth, candid interviews with some of the most revered comedy greats who each share their unique path and a life devoted to making strangers laugh. With arresting anecdotes and insights from the comedy underbelly that reveal a performer's deep desire to connect with audiences, Kevin Pollack's Misery Loves Comedy is the definitive master class on the art of humor that details a »

- MovieWeb

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Watch: Comedy is a Drug for Jimmy Fallon in 'Misery Loves Comedy' Trailer

13 March 2015 8:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Watch: Jimmy Fallon Photobombs With Chris Pratt & Chris Evans, Spoofs the 'Fresh Prince' in La Return Kevin Pollack's "Misery Loves Comedy" is a treasure trove of comedy royalty, featuring Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Judd ApatowSteve Coogan, Maria Bamford, Jim Gaffigan, Larry David and more. The film features more than 60 famous comedians and is comprised of in-depth, candid interviews with some of the comedy greats who share anecdotes and insights into the comedy world that reveal a performer's deep desire to connect with audiences. In the trailer, we see a handful of famous comedians share what drew them to comedy in the first place, or as Kevin Pollack puts it, "Is there a way to explain why any of us chooses being the center of attention as a career?" The anecdotes they share in the trailer are funny and insightful, and the film is sure to be an interesting watch for any comedy fan. »

- Jena Keahon

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Watch: First Trailer for Kevin Pollak's 'Misery Loves Comedy' Doc

13 March 2015 7:34 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary Misery Loves Comedy, marking the directorial debut of comedian and character actor Kevin Pollak, is arriving this spring. With a cavalcade of comics and actors, from Amy Schumer to Tom Hanks to Judd Apatow to Larry David, all these comedians talk about the craft of being funny, and just what it takes to make it happen. Do comedians have to be miserable to be funny, or is there more to it than that? There's also a quote from yours truly there in the trailer (read my full review here), and it's definitely worth checking out. Watch below! Here's the trailer for Kevin Pollak's Misery Loves Comedy, originally from Facebook: You can read my full Sundance review for Misery Loves Comedy right here. Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Larry David and Jon Favreau are among over »

- Ethan Anderton

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Exclusive: Talk It Out With Clip From 'Walter'

11 March 2015 12:17 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Whether there is a heaven above, a hell below, or aliens in different galaxies, no one can seriously dispute that human beings are complicated. The self-proclaimed son of God comes to understand that the hard way in the upcoming comedy/drama "Walter," and today we have an exclusive clip form the film. Directed by Anna Mastro and starring Andrew J. West, Justin Kirk, Neve Campbell, Leven Rambin, Milo Ventimiglia, Brian White, Peter Facinelli, Virginia Madsen, Jim Gaffigan and William H. Macy, the story follows a mild-mannered ticket taker burdened with the responsibility of determining the eternal fate of every living human. But a ghost stuck in limbo forces him reconsider his earthly mission and perhaps even seek professional help, and this scene with the young man's mother makes clear the strain is beginning to take its toll.  "Walter" opens in limited release on March 13th as well as on all major VOD providers, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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