11 items from 2015
In the summer of 1989, while Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" was sounding a thunderclap in cinemas, a troupe of largely black actors and comedians came together on a Fox sound stage in Century City to produce a sketch comedy show aimed at servicing a minority point of view that had been underrepresented by the medium. With producer Keenen Ivory Wayans at the helm, fresh off the success of his 1988 Blaxploitation parody film "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," eight individuals — a then-unknown Jim Carrey along with Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh and Wayans' siblings Damon and Kim — filmed the first episodes of "In Living Color." The show debuted on April 15, 1990, and 25 years later, Damon Wayans can't help but remember first and foremost that he had hair back then. "I remember the pain of getting fired from 'Saturday Night Live' and feeling that I needed redemption, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Netflix, this could be the continuation of a beautiful friendship.
The streaming service has ordered to series With Bob and David, a sketch-comedy show from longtime pals and collaborators Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) and David Cross (Arrested Development), according to our sister site Deadline.
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The deal calls for four half-hour episodes — plus an additional one-hour “making-of” special.
Deadline reports that the duo are describing their new project as follows: “After being dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEALs, Bob and David are back serving our »
It's been announced that judge Len Goodman is leaving Dancing with the Stars after this 20th season. The ratings for the show have been falling for quite awhile. Could this be the end of the series as well? Cancelled or renewed for season 21? We'll have to wait and see.
Season 20's competing couples are Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess, Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson, Patti Labelle and Artem Chigvintsev, Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough, Riker Lynch and Allison Holker, Charlotte McKinney and Keoikantse Motsepe, Redfoo and Emma Slater, Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd, Willow Shields and Mark Ballas, Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani, Chris Soules and Witney Carson, Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
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Matthew Weiner has always been more comfortable talking about the past of “Mad Men” rather than letting anyone know anything about the future — even when that future is only seven episodes long, starting Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. Having spent enough time over the years asking Weiner questions that he responded to with a very guarded, “Well, you’ve got to watch,” I knew enough to focus as much on the past as possible when we recently sat down for an hour-long interview to discuss the end of his Emmy-winning baby. We talked about the last days of production, looked back all the way to the show’s origins when Weiner was a staff writer on “Becker” looking for a different kind of career in television, the show’s long acting Emmy drought, and more. And I made it almost to the end without a single “You’ve got to watch. »
- Alan Sepinwall
It was a big night in the ballroom - and not just because John McClane and GI Jane were in the house! Monday's installment of Dancing with the Stars kicked off the first of what the network promised would include lots of action-packed tributes to the show's 10th anniversary. The premiere episode didn't disappoint. There were lots of contemporary tunes ("Uptown Funk," "Take Me to Church"), plenty of showstopping choreography (Derek Hough, so glad you stuck around this season!) and even quadruple hanky moments (welcome to the ballroom, Army vet and amputee Noah Galloway!). No 9s or 10s were awarded just yet, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
It was a big night in the ballroom - and not just because John McClane and GI Jane were in the house! Monday's installment of Dancing with the Stars kicked off the first of what the network is promising to be lots of action-packed tributes to the show's 10th anniversary. The premiere episode didn't disappoint. There were lots of contemporary tunes ("Uptown Funk," "Take Me to Church"), plenty of showstopping choreography (Derek Hough, so glad you stuck around this season!) and even quadruple hanky moments (welcome to the ballroom, army vet and amputee Noah Galloway!). No 9s or 10s were rewarded just yet, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
The 10th anniversary cast of Dancing with the Stars boasts plenty of recognizable names, but how well do you really know the 12 stars who will be facing off for this year's mirror ball trophy? Here are 13 surprising facts about the cast - plus some bonus trivia about the returning judges and hosts.1. Glee's Riker Lynch is related to pro Derek Hough and his sister Julianne, a judge and former pro.Lynch is actually a cousin of the Houghs, telling E! that he "doesn't see them very often, but we're cool." Even though they'll be competing against each other on the dance floor, »
- Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya
Has any secondary Marvel Cinematic Universe character been as welcomed into the fold as Peggy Carter? Well, Phil Coulson. Which explains why both of them have gotten a chance to helm their own shows on ABC. “Agent Carter” has been a surprisingly biting deconstruction of living as a woman in a man’s world, whether in 1946 or 2015. HitFix sat down to talk with star Hayley Atwell about Peggy’s determination to stand on her own merit, what kind of childhood might have led to that level of bull-headed self-confidence, and how far we've come towards equality (but not nearly far enough). Hitfix: Before we get started, I just have to say...I follow you on Twitter and you have been killing it! Hayley Atwell: I have great fun on Twitter, so I’m very happy that I have followers! When you were filming “Agent Carter” and taking all those photos, »
- Donna Dickens
Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' among Library of Congress' Packard Theater movies (photo: Mary MacLaren in 'Shoes') In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – aka the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, Virginia. These range from pioneering woman director Lois Weber's socially conscious 1916 drama Shoes to Robert Zemeckis' 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. Another Packard Theater highlight next month is Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent Western The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Also, Howard Hawks' "anti-High Noon" Western Rio Bravo (1959), toplining John Wayne and Dean Martin. And George Cukor's costly remake of A Star Is Born (1954), featuring Academy Award nominees Judy Garland and James Mason in the old Janet Gaynor and Fredric March roles. There's more: Jeff Bridges delivers a colorful performance in »
- Andre Soares
"No, this is not Len's last season." Wait, what?! Didn't head judge Len Goodman announce he was leaving Dancing With the Stars after its upcoming 20th season? "Dancing with the Stars—next year is their 10th year, it's the 20th series of the show. So I think that's a nice place to stop," Goodman, who has been with the show since it began in 2004, said. But now, executive producer Rob Wade tells E! News Goodman is not exiting the ABC reality hit series after all! "Len finished last season, did an interview afterwards and I think genuinely he's found it tough. That's why we only had him on for half the season last season. The travel, he's »
Michael McKean stars in “Better Call Saul” as Jimmy’s older brother, Chuck, a far more successful lawyer who’s coping with an as-yet-unnamed condition that has limited his ability to lead a normal life.
Did you enjoy filming “Better Call Saul”?
It was a great experience — hard work, long days, 15 hours in the desert but well-worth it. I had a wonderful time working with Vince again. He and Frank Spotnitz created a character for me for “The X Files” that I did for a string of shows. I’m glad we’re together again, as they say in the business. But I haven’t seen a frame of “Saul.” I don’t like to see it until it’s too late.
Why did you sign on for “Saul”?
- Debra Birnbaum
11 items from 2015
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