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Tom Hanks' “Bachelor Party” is the latest movie-to-tv remake ABC has ordered a “comedy anthology series” based on the raunchy 1984 film, co-created by Regis Philbin’s daughter, J.J. Philbin. The “Bachelor Party” series will focus on three couples: "one about to get married, another recently divorced and a third just falling in love.” Toys ‘R Us yanks “Breaking Bad” action figures following a Florida mom’s complaints "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical,” Toys ‘R Us said in a statement, following pressure from a Florida mom who gathered 8,000 signatures. Tina Fey recalls casting Jan Hooks on “30 Rock,” says: “Jan should have had a bigger career ... as big as Rob Schneider's f*cking career" “We needed to cast Jane Krakowski's estranged Florida dirtbag mother, and I thought, My God, do you think we could get Jan Hooks?” Fey recalled on Monday night, adding »
- Norman Weiss
Having been hit with a director changeover and an impromptu delay, it’s fair to say that Pixar’s upcoming animation, The Good Dinosaur, has been through its fair share of production issues. Initially, Up co-director Bob Peterson was due to oversee the film, thereby making his full directorial debut, but the Pixar Brain Trust replaced him in the director chair, subsequently pushing the project from a 2014 release right back to November, 2015.
Now, though, the studio has formally announced that Peter Sohn will replace Peterson as director of The Good Dinosaur, and released a brief clip which sees Sohn visualize the animation’s protagonist, Arlo the apatosaurus.
Our director Peter Sohn can’t wait for you to meet Arlo! #TheGoodDinosaur releases in theaters November 2015. https://t.co/i4J5X6tfhi
— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) October 20, 2014
Having worked at Pixar for over a decade — dabbling in animation, voice acting and storyboard »
- Michael Briers
He will replace Bob Peterson as principal director on the animated film, Disney-Pixar has announced.
The movie was delayed last year from a 2014 to 2015 release after it was announced that Up co-director Peterson was stepping down from the project.
Sohn was formerly attached as co-director.
Our director Peter Sohn can't wait for you to meet Arlo! #TheGoodDinosaur releases in theaters November 2015.
— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) October 20, 2014
It will be set in a world in which dinosaurs never became extinct and instead co-exist with mankind.
Details of the story are scarce, and it is believed to have been reworked extensively since Peterson's exit. »
Last year, when Saturday Night Live was scrambling to find an African-American woman to join the cast, Jones was a finalist, losing the spot to Sasheer Zamata, reported Deadline. She ended up in SNL’s writer’s room, but has occasionally made appearances on the show, namely during Weekend Update as the resident Dating Expert.
Jones caused a bit of a stir during her first Weekend Update appearance in which she decried the injustices about what kind of women men want. While she said she wasn’t the first pick in the dating pool, with her broad shoulders and strong arms she would have been “the No. 1 slave draft pick.” Jones’ skit, while receiving some backlash, did give SNL »
While fans continue to wait for the first footage from Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, Disney has released a brief preview video that shows director Peter Sohn drawing the main character, a dinosaur named Arlo, from scratch.
Peter Sohn was originally set as the co-director alongside Bob Peterson, until Peterson was removed from the project in August 2013. This lead the studio to move the release date from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015. Our report from August 2013 stated that Pixar was looking to replace Bob Peterson with another filmmaker, while Peter Sohn remained on as the co-director. Now it seems that Peter Sohn is taking over as the sole director on the project.
The last we heard about The Good Dinosaur was back in August, when voice cast member John Lithgow revealed that the script has received a complete rewrite, and that he is going in to record new dialogue. The story centers on a family of dinosaurs, »
Saturday Night Live has added a new castmember. Leslie Jones has been promoted to a member of the main cast on NBC's long-running late-night sketch comedy series, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. She will begin this Saturday when Dumb and Dumber To star Jim Carrey returns to host. Read more Chris Rock and Prince Set for 'Saturday Night Live' The actress-comedian, who in January started as a writer on SNL, has been featured on Weekend Update numerous times since joining the program, most recently appearing on Bill Hader's Oct. 11 episode. Jones was among the original comedians being considered
- Philiana Ng
Grown up twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) have gone through life sharing a lot: a refusal to accept responsibility, a scandal in their past, and a tendency towards depression. So when Milo attempts suicide, it comes as no surprise to Maggie - she was just about to do the same thing. It's also clear that the dysfunctional siblings can only rely on two people to help them through their darkest hour: themselves. »
After a handful of episodes featuring new cast members, characters and digital shorts, plus hosts including Chris Pratt, Sarah Silverman and former "SNL" star Bill Hader, we’re here at the first break of the fortieth season of “Saturday Night Live.” But that’s no reason to not talk about the show! Here are five pros and five cons about the program thus far this Fall: »
- Ryan McGee
Who says TV programmers have run out of ideas?
Why, just in the last week, the trade papers have announced deals and casting for as many as 15 new reboots spinoff series and specials. Some sound like familiar shows, others like mutant Frankenstein hybrids of familiar shows. We'll leave it to you to decide which of these programs sound like must-see-tv and which sound like much-skip-tv.
"Care Bears and Cousins." Fuzzy is the new black at Netflix, which is reviving the candy-colored kiddie cartoon series but adding some new characters. No, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are not going to have a threesome with one of them.
"Cheerleader Death Squad." The CW has ordered this series, from the showrunners behind "Desperate Housewives" and "Under the Dome" (that'd be Marc Cherry and Neal Baer, respectively) about an elite prep school where the pep squad is made up of spies-in-training. Dan Truly ("Blue »
- Gary Susman
New York's Paley Center for Media is in the middle of its TV-centric PaleyFest, which includes several panel discussions with the casts and crews of critically beloved shows. Last night, EW caught one with the people behind Bob's Burgers—including voice actors H. Jon Benjamin and Kristen Schaal, John Roberts, and the show's creator, Loren Bouchard. The hour-long conversation frequently detoured into improvisational riffing by the cast, but it also delivered some interesting information about the show. Here are ten of the best tidbits we learned. The show works at its own pace. Its creators are willing to sacrifice the »
- Hillary Busis
With Camp X-Ray hitting theaters this weekend, Kristen Stewart is finally exploring life beyond Twilight. The indie drama, which tells the story of one soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, is a far cry from Bella and the world of vampires Stewart became so famous for over the past five years. During that time, Stewart became pigeonholed and often hated on for her participation in The Twilight Saga. And for those who only know those films are doing themselves a disservice. Her latest film — the first of three high profile films she has coming out this year — has earned the actress accolades on the festival circuit and reminded many of the promise she showed in roles, such as Sarah Altman in Panic Room or Emily in Adventureland. It’s those films that fans (and the haters) should watch if they want to restore their faith in Stewart.
Panic Room (2002)
Directed by David Fincher, »
- Stacy Lambe
Perhaps Criterion has been paying attention to my Best Movies posts. Next week sees the release of Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita on Blu-ray, which was the first installment in my Best Movies feature and a title I'll be reviewing later this week, and now my third installment, Kihachi Okamoto's The Sword of Doom will be arriving on January 6 with a new high-definition digital restoration. Unfortunately the Sword of Doom release won't come with any new features, though the film, Hiroshi Murai's cinematography, Masaru Sato's score and an audio commentary from Stephen Prince will do for me as that is a title that simply must be part of my collection. Also coming in January is Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant on January 13, Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg on January 20, Preston Sturges's 1942 comedy The Palm Beach Story starring Claudette Colbert »
- Brad Brevet
Who knew Nasim Pedrad's memorable Arianna Huffington impression on Saturday Night Live was thanks to Bill Hader's eye infection? Last Tuesday night, Pedrad went on Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about playing Huffington, and explain how Hader's eye infection prevented him from playing James Carville of Weekend Update for a news-related segment. Cue SNL writer John Mulaney suggesting Huffington as a backup, which ultimately became one of Pedrad's signature characters. Watch Pedrad bring back a little bit of Huffington below. »
- Teresa Jue
Were it not for Bill Hader‘s eye infection, we might never have gotten Nasim Pedrad‘s most famous “Saturday Night Live” impression of Arianna Huffington. The “Mulaney” star dropped by NBC's “Late Night” where she and former “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers reminisced about the last-minute creation. Also read: ‘Mulaney’ Review: Fox Comedy Gets Off to an Awful Start “That Saturday, Bill Hader got an eye infection, and he was supposed to do James Carville on ‘Update,'” Pedrad said. “And they needed someone to cover those stories; Bill couldn't do it. So Mulaney just came to me and was like, »
- Jason Hughes
Promotional tours for film and television projects can be incredibly boring for an actor, but comedian T.J. Miller found a way to make it interesting and fun. “I like to do morning shows,” Miller told Conan O'Brien on TBS's “Conan.” “They can be their own little pieces of performance art if you really approach them from the right angle.” See video: Bill Hader Impersonates Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ Co-Stars on ‘Conan’ O'Brien had a few short clips from various appearances Miller made for his appearance in “Transformers: Age of Extinction” over the summer. He had wild hair in most of them, »
- Jason Hughes
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Emma Stone -- always a great talk show guest -- was on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night, and he made her play the classic game, "Box of Lies." Emma said she loves to lip sync, but she's a terrible liar. The audience screamed what number to pick for the first box. Their game was pretty darn short; they should've extended it. Jimmy also showed off some of Emma's old performance photos. The otter photo is really odd, but it's from her very first play. She also talked about her very first musical.
"The Tonight Show" also shared a video on the "Pros and Cons of Watching The Walking Dead. »
- Gina Carbone
What better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain than this: Saturday Night Live announced Tuesday that Prince will fill the role of musical guest on the show's November 1st episode. The rocker will be joined by his backing band 3rdEyeGirl, with whom Prince recorded his two new albums Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum. Chris Rock will host the episode, which marks the comedian's first SNL visit in 18 years.
Saturday Night Live is welcoming back another one of its most famous players next month.
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 14, 2014
Your thoughts on Rock returning as host? »
Chris Rock will return to host “Saturday Night Live” along with musical guest Prince, the show confirmed Tuesday. The duo will headline the Nov. 1 episode of the late night sketch comedy show's 40th season, which was kicked off by a Chris Pratt-hosted premiere. This season has seen Sarah Silverman taking hosting duties with Maroon 5 performing, followed by Bill Hader hosting and Irish blues musician Hozier performing. See video: Seth Rogen Confronts Exec Who Cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks’ Backstage at ‘SNL’ (Video) Hader's “SNL” did not fair well on the Nielsen sheets, tying a May 2014 (Charlize Theron) episode as the sketch. »
- Linda Ge
The sketch series announced on Twitter Tuesday that Rock will host "SNL" on November 1, nearly two decades after his only previous hosting gig, way back in 1996. The comedian was a cast member on the show from 1990-1993.
Rock will be the third alum to host an episode of "SNL"'s 40th season -- following Hader and Sarah Silverman -- and he'll be the fourth out of five hosts overall this season to make a repeat hosting appearance, after Jim Carrey returns for the gig on October 25. (Chris Pratt, who hosted the season premiere, is the only first-timer of the bunch so far.)
The comedian will be joined by musical guest Prince, making his third appearance on the program, following stints in 1981 and 2006.
Rock's episode airs November 1 at 11:30 p. »
- Katie Roberts
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