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This week, we discussed the return of Everything But The News, a smart web series that makes fun of West Coast tech trends. At the same time, there's another web comedy that also has its eye on Silicon Valley. That series is called Tech Boom!, and the seven episodes it has released so far take on self-satisfied tech-heads. It is easy to compare Tech Boom! to Silicon Valley, Mike Judge's satirical look at all the hot air blowing around the Bay Area. Sure enough, Jack Birmingham, Loren Risker, and Hector Escarramán's web series does share some things in common with the HBO sitcom; for example, they both execute similar self-driving car gags. At the same time, Tech Boom! has more of an interest in the sheer insanity of the Silicon Valley tech scene. "There's been such a constant flow of bizarre, frustrating, and shameless behavior on display to draw from, »
- Sam Gutelle
Now playing in theaters is Walt Disney Animation Studios Big Hero 6. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, the fantastic film follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) who, after a tragic event, turns to inflatable and huggable robot companion Baymax (Scott Adsit). With a dangerous plot unfolding on the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro transforms a group of like-minded friends – adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), precision freak Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller) – into high-teach heroes determined to solve the mystery and save the day. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive interview with T.J. Miller. He talked about what it was like doing the voice-over work, the incredible animation, how the story changed during production, what it's been like working with Mike Judge on Silicon Valley and what's coming up on season 2, and a lot more. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Ashe never got to see a ton of modern classics from his youth, so we’re making him watch them all as a nostalgia-less adult. Check out the inaugural article for more info. Since I had fun doing a themed month for Halloween, I think I’ll do another for November! There aren’t many Thanksgiving films, however, so I’ve decided to do something not-so-seasonal: 80s pop sci-fi movies. Not the hard stuff. I’m looking for lighter fare, and I’ve started with some of the softest sci-fi there is: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Messrs. Bill S. Preston, esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan were pop culture icons in my childhood, but I never managed to see either of their films. I do recall a short-lived animated show, but I couldn’t tell you much about it except that I’m fairly sure George Carlin did his own voice. And »
- Ashe Cantrell
Every week, Shelf Life sees Tom White select and talk about a movie that lives on his DVD shelf, one he thinks we should all see. There's been many different dystopian futures depicted on the big screen down through the years: futures where apes rule, robots rule, or society has just up and failed to the point where leather has become an acceptable piece of clothing. But it took Mike Judge in 2006 with Idiocracy to present us with a future that is both hilarious and terrifyingly possible at the same, a future where the dumb have inherited the Earth. The idea of a future where the average I.Q. of the entire planet has plummeted is pretty high concept, but in Judge's hands, it delivers one of the smartest and best comedies of recent years, one that has gone criminally unseen. The future world of Idiocracy is one that is »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
There's no denying that Chuck Lorre is one extremely successful guy. The man behind a number of popular sitcoms, including Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike and Molly and Mom, clearly knows what he's doing when it comes to pinning down the building blocks for a hit series. But does he have the formula down too well? Here are five surefire signs that you're watching one of his many, many shows. See more Inside THR's Comedy Showrunners Roundtable With Chuck Lorre, Mike Judge Cramped living situations Sure, a sitcom needs to have a reason for its characters to
- Ryan Gajewski
In my review of The Amazing World of Gumball: Season 1 I spoke about how, as a kid I adored two cartoons in particular – Beavis and Butthead and Ren & Stimpy. I also said that Gumball was, at it’s core, very similar to Ren & Stimpy… Well consider Regular Show to be this generations Beavis and Butthead. Featuring the same ridiculous situations, the same ridiculous humour; and even two best friends who Laugh like Mike Judge’s irreverent duo. All Regular Show is missing is the social commentary and crude toilet humour.
That’s not to say there still isn’t something a little subversive about the series, far from it. Like it’s stable-mates, The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time, Regular Show has just enough “adult” content »
- Phil Wheat
Jon Stewart as “Meet the Press” host would’ve been a terrible idea — unless he did “The Daily Show” on Sunday Jon Stewart is "a supplement, a commentator, throwing stinkbombs in from the outside,” says James Poniewozik. "To put him in that Beltway-priest, neutral-insider role would have been a joke, and not the ha-ha kind. On the other hand, if NBC were hiring Stewart to replace not just David Gregory, but the idea of 'Meet the Press' itself–to create, if not a copy, 'The Daily Show,' a seriously funny issues show with a point of view and an adversarial attitude that would roast not just the guests, but the culture of Washington–now that could have been something.” Plus: Jon Stewart is a terrible interviewer who would’ve been a terrible host, Stewart’s agent wouldn’t deny the "Meet the Press' report, and »
- Norman Weiss
In The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a copycat of the Phantom Killer who struck 66 years ago reignites the Moonlight Murders in a small Texas town. And in Horns, a man suspected of killing his girlfriend wakes up to find horns jutting from his forehead, thus bringing a little hell on Earth. These two films are among those joining the 10th anniversary celebration of Austin’s Fantastic Fest.
The Hive, It Follows, Everly, and Open Windows are also included in the recently announced final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest, which takes place September 18th-25th in Austin, Texas. We have the official press release with full details:
Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - “Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & Us Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The final wave includes Horns, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Hive, It Follows, »
- Derek Anderson
Hollywood has been threatening a movie based on the cops television series CHiPs for nearly a full decade, but only now does the project seem like it actually has some real direction. Dax Shepard, the actor best known for playing Frito in Mike Judge's Idiocracy, has been hired by Warner Bros. to not only write and direct a feature version of the late-'70s/early-'80s series, but also star. He will be playing Officer Jon Baker in the film, a role originated by Larry Wilcox, but the film has already found its new Ponch as well: The comedy/drama double threat Michael Pena has signed on for the part that introduced the world to Erik Estrada. Pena has been pretty damn busy of late, not only starring in movies like Cesar Chavez, Amercan Hustle and the upcoming Fury, but also working on the television series Gracepoint. Along with »
Not a lot to say in the pre-amble to this week’s selection of titles. Should probably apologise for the negativity in advance because a lot of the below is dreck this week across any content provider apart from the occasional bright spot and a new Netflix exclusive. Hopefully you will be able to at least find something worth a look that floats your boat.
This week’s titles of note are as follows:
There really isn’t anymore praise that I can heap on Alfonso Cuaron’s outer space thrill ride that hasn’t been heaped upon it already. Upon repeat viewing what impresses more and more is the technical marvel that this film represents with Gravity being a massive leap forward in the use of virtual sets as well as animation that looks like real people.
There are apparently whole entire scenes here featuring Sandra Bullock and »
- Chris Holt
Breaking Bad’s amazing final season always meant that it was a likely winner come awards season. However, the debut of the critically acclaimed True Detective earlier this year did leave many wondering whether it might rob the end to Walter White’s story of one final sweep of prizes at last night’s Emmy Awards.
As it turns out, Breaking Bad would end up being rewarded for those amazing final episodes, though True Detective did earn a very well deserved award for director Cary Joji Fukunaga (who helmed all eight instalments).
The UK was represented by Sherlock, and that too did exceptionally well, walking away with Emmys for Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and writer Steven Moffat. Looking at the results, it’s hard to imagine anyone being too upset with the results, though many Game of Thrones fans won’t be happy to see that it was again snubbed. »
- Josh Wilding
America’s version of the TV BAFTA’s, The Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles last night. The cream of the televisual crop were out in force to celebrate the occasion. Whilst several big name shows including Game of Thrones and True Detective where up for several categories, it was Breaking Bad that scooped-up the main acting prizes which are whole-heartedly deserved and a fitting way to say goodbye to the show which ended last year.
Other shows that performed well were comedy series Modern Family for which Ty Burrell won best actor, and American Horror Story: Coven which saw both Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates take home the big acting trophies. Everyone’s favourite British sleuth also did well as Benedict Cumberbatch won for his role in series Sherlock. See below for the winners list in full and we’ve also put in the moving tribute from Billy Crystal for his friend, »
- Kat Smith
The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place last night, with Breaking Bad scooping five awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Oustanding Lead Actor (Bryan Cranston), Outstanding Supporting Actor (Aaron Paul), Oustanding Supporting Actress (Anna Gunn) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Modern Family was also celebrating, taking Outstanding Comedy Series for the fifth consecutive year, , along with Outstanding Supporting Actor (Ty Burrell) and Outstanding Directing, while there was wins for American Horror Story: Coven, Sherlock, The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory and Fargo.
Check out a full list of the Emmy winners here…
Outstanding Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” (AMC) (*Winner)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Modern Family” (ABC) (*Winner)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
- Gary Collinson
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out Monday, August 25, 2014 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Here is a rundown of the winners announced during the ceremony and all the nominees. Comedy Series Outstanding Comedy Series "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS) "Louie" (FX) "Modern Family" (ABC) - Winner "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix) "Silicon Valley" (HBO) "Veep" (HBO) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS) - Winner Ricky Gervais, "Derek" (Netflix) Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes" (Showtime) Don Cheadle, "House of Lies" (Showtime) Louis C.K., "Louie" (FX) William H. Macy, "Shameless" (Showtime) Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Lena Dunham, "Girls" (HBO) Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime) Julia Louis Dreyfus, "Veep" (HBO) - Winner Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly" (CBS) Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation" (NBC) Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Andre Breaugher, "Brookiyn Nine-Nine" (Fox) Adam Driver, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Tonight’s Emmy Awards looks to be one of the most competitive shows in recent years. Newcomer Orange Is the New Black makes a play against comedy vets Modern Family and Veep, while Breaking Bad and True Detective duke it out for the top drama honors. Check back here regularly to see a continuously updated list of the winners.
Also below, find a selection of winners from this year’s Creative Arts Emmys, which were held last Saturday, Aug. 16.
Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC
Downton Abbey • PBS
Game Of Thrones • HBO
House Of Cards • Netflix
Mad Men • AMC
- EW staff
Stay tuned for updated winners from the 2014 Emmy Awards, which air tonight on NBC at 8pm Et/5pm Pt.
See the full list of winners as they’re announced and nominees below:
Supporting Actor, Comedy
Writing for a Comedy Series
Louis C.K., Written by
David Crane, Written by
Jeffrey Klarik, Written by
Alec Berg, Written by
Veep • Special Relationship »
- Variety Staff
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. King of the Hill creator Mike Judge arrived first to Quixote Studios in Hollywood. Cagney & Lacey's Barbara Corday pulled up soon after. Then The Simpsons producer Al Jean; Sex and the City's Michael Patrick King; and The Dick Van Dyke Show's Carl Reiner. By 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Aug. 6, 19 others — each producers of an Emmy-winning comedy or drama — had joined them. Over the next hour and a half, the gathering of producers, who have
- Stacey Wilson, Lacey Rose
The series "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Kong" opens tomorrow at New York's Museum of the Moving Image and runs through August 24. Wong Kar-wai is an admirer of Lung's, notes Nick Pinkerton in Artforum, while Andrew Chan argues that Lung's "directorial career (which stands alongside his long filmography as an actor) remains a powerful example of how sociopolitical agendas, commercial impulses, and aesthetic ambitions can serve one another." A few quick notes on events on the other coast: An Alec Guiness series, a 15th anniversary screening of Mike Judge's Office Space and a weekend with Alain Resnais's Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968). » - David Hudson »
HBO has tapped TV’s erstwhile Karen Sisco for a multi-episode arc on its upcoming dark comedy, our sister site Deadline reports.
Related HBO Renews The Leftovers for Season 2
The Brink focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Gugino will play Joanne Larson, a Washington lawyer in the prime of her career, who proves a formidable match for her Secretary of State husband (played by Tim Robbins). Jack Black and Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black) also star.
Gugino can next be seen on Wayward Pines, »
Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting. Between now and then, Dan and I will be making our picks for both who should and will win many of the major categories — if you're wagering, keep in mind that Dan tends to be much better at predicting the winners than I am, but also that he was just as flummoxed as I by last year's winners like Jeff Daniels, Merritt Wever and Bobby Cannavale — continuing with our look at the comedy and drama series directing categories. Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series "Episodes," "Episode 309" - Iain B. MacDonald "Glee, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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