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A few nights ago, Warner Bros. hosted a very canny event that our own Louis Virtel attended at the Playboy Mansion, a screening of "Entourage" that may have felt like virtual reality for those who attended. While I doubt being surrounded by scantily clad bunnies influenced Louis one way or another on the film, it's likely you'll see a number of reviews that are perhaps more enthusiastic than they would otherwise be, and it'd be hard to blame anyone who fell for it. One of the reasons the setting seemed so right for that particular film is because much of the charge of "Entourage" is watching the core ensemble swagger their way through Hollywood, doing whatever they want and rarely if ever facing any consequences as a result. It's always presented with a wink and a smile, just a case of boys being boys. We live in a world right »
- Drew McWeeny
Riding an impressive hot streak of originals, Comedy Central is looking to continue that momentum with a slew of summer premieres and returns including the long-awaited -- by some people, at least -- return of "Review." Starring Andy Daly as life reviewer Forrest MacNeil, "Review" was my No.2 show of 2014 and it came in at No.4 on Sepinwall's Top 10. The first season, which had already been held for a while, premiered last March and was done by the start of May. Season 2 premieres on Thursday, July 30 at 10 p.m. and Comedy Central's season description teases life experiences including "bare-knuckle brawling, joining the mile high club, and even leading a cult." Excellent. What of the other premieres? *** Created by Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, "Another Period" is a Gilded Age satire featuring Christina Hendricks, Michael Ian Black, David Koechner, Jason Ritter and more and it'll premiere on Tuesday, June 23 at 10:30 p. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Funny or Die has a new video that cord-cutters and cord-nevers will likely appreciate. The comedy site, which boasts a YouTube channel of over 1.5 million subscribers and many more followers on its website, released a clip called “If Everything Was Bundled Like Cable,” starring David Koechner.
In the video, Koechner (known for his roles in Anchorman and The Office) plays an average American citizen who is bewildered by how he and his wife must pay for cable channels they don’t even watch. Koechner then finds out what it’s like in a world where bundles reign supreme. For example, an ice cream parlor refuses to sell Koechner individual scoops. Then his character is forced to pay $657 for all the spots in a parking lot, even though he only used one.
Funny or Die’s sketch, while comical, is also very poignant in its representation of the absurdity of cable companies’ bundling obsession. »
- Bree Brouwer
Evan falls hard for Louise after arriving in Italy. He doesn't know that much about her, but he's in love with her just the same. The more he discovers about her, though, the more he realizes just how different Louise is from anyone he's known before. Lovecraftian love abounds in Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's Spring, coming out on Blu-ray and DVD as a Best Buy exclusive on June 2nd before hitting other stores on August 11th, and we have the film's home media release details and cover art:
Press Release -- "A young American in a personal tailspin heads to Europe to escape his past and falls for a beautiful woman with a dark and deadly secret in the unique and unforgettable Spring. From Drafthouse Films, FilmBuff and Anchor Bay, the genre-bending horror romance that's been described as a brilliant cross between Before Sunrise and An American Werewolf in London »
- Derek Anderson
Justified, Season 6, Episode 13: “The Promise”
Directed by Adam Arkin
Aired Tuesdays at 10pm Et on FX
Midway through “The Promise,” the final episode of Justified, a dog-eared copy of George V. Higgins’ The Friends of Eddie Coyle is passed between Marshals Raylan Givens and Tim Gutterson. While there are stricter parallels to be drawn between the novel, which tells the story of the dwindling fortunes of an aging, low-level hood trying to turn informant (or with the excellent film of the same name, featuring a stellar performance from the legendary Robert Mitchum), the prominent placement of the novel is a nod – one of many in this episode – to a mostly bygone era of genre storytelling, one which placed a premium on character, wit and dialogue above flowery prose or postmodern structural games. “The Promise” shows us the Higgins »
- Simon Howell
"Justified" has come to an end. Yesterday, I published some overall thoughts on the series. Tonight, I have an interview with Graham Yost about who lived, who died, and why, and I have a review of the series finale coming up just as soon as we identify the worst possible ice cream flavor... "We dug coal together." -Boyd Given all the plates left spinning at the end of "Collateral," Yost — who wrote the finale with longtime "Justified" writers Fred Golan, Dave Andron and Benjamin Cavell — could have very easily gone to FX and requested 90 minutes or more in order to properly wrap things up. Instead, "The Promise" clocks in at only a few minutes longer than average (there was at least one episode last season that was longer than this), and it all but concludes the season's many intersecting plotlines by the halfway point, even putting on "You'll Never Leave »
- Alan Sepinwall
Who doesn’t love food trucks, drinking, and laughing? Be honest—you love at least one of those things. So if you’re in Los Angeles April 15, check out the media mash-up Super Serious Show at the Virgil on Santa Monica Boulevard! Created by comedy production company CleftClips and named one of the 10 best standup comedy shows in L.A. by La Weekly, the monthly event will feature laughs from the likes of T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”); Ian Karmel (“Chelsea Lately”); Morgan Jay, the 2012 winner of standup comedy competition Westside Showdown; Mike Lawrence (“Conan”); and Ucb Theatre alum Mo Welch, all against the backdrop of high–production value videos from Women, out of IFC’s Comedy Crib. Past Super Serious performers include Backstage cover star Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”), Bill Burr, Chris D’Elia (“Undateable”), Chris Kattan, David Cross (who just announced a Netflix original series with Bob Odenkirk), David Koechner, »
There is a moment that really stuck with me from the interview HitFix's Louis Virtel conducted with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart for "Get Hard" which posted yesterday. Virtel asks, "You are both very smart and funny people. During the scene in the movie where you kind of do a mockingly effeminate voice [to Hart] and you gag at a dick as though it's the worst thing that can happen to a straight guy [to Ferrell], in a gay situation, did you think: this is mildly mean spirited or at the very least, a little bit dated?" Before Hart responds, the camera holds on Ferrell's face for a just a moment. Ferrell doesn't look annoyed. He doesn't look angry. He isn't trying to force a smile. He just looks sort of sad. "Get Hard," which Drew McWeeny reviewed out of SXSW, is the directorial debut of longtime screenwriter Etan Cohen ("Tropic Thunder") and has a pretty simple set up. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The second season of the DirecTV series Full Circle centers on a Chicago cop (Terry O’Quinn) who blew the whistle on police corruption in Chicago, 18 years ago, which resulted in sending his own father-in-law (Stacy Keach), the Chief of Detectives, to federal prison for life, only now he’s getting out and is intent on revenge. Similar to how the first season all took place in a Los Angeles restaurant, this season is primarily set in an Irish bar, focusing on a conversation between two characters involved in the lives of these two men. The show also stars Rita Wilson, Patrick Fugit, Calista Flockhart, Chris Bauer, Brittany Snow, Eric McCormack, David Koechner and Kate Burton. While on the set of the series from TV writer/playwright Keith Huff and executive producer/director Nick Hamm, Collider spoke to them both for this exclusive interview about the changes this season, the basic format of the series, »
- Christina Radish
Legendary Pictures has announced that principal photography is underway on director Michael Dougherty’s (Trick ‘R Treat) festive horror comedy Krampus, which features a cast that includes Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense), Allison Tolman (Fargo), David Koechner (Anchorman), Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half Man), Emjay Anthony (Chef), Stefania Owen (The Lovely Bones) and Krista Stalder (Lena Rais).
Krampus tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family comes together and comically clashes over the holidays. When they accidentally unleash the wrath of Krampus—an ancient entity from European folklore—all hell breaks loose and beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own. Now, the fractured family is forced to unite if they hope to survive.
- Gary Collinson
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 »
While we're still waiting for Kevin Smith to deliver his holiday horror anthology Anti-Claus, the folks at Legendary Pictures are beginning production on their own Christmas-themed horror comedy called Krampus. The film tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family comes together and comically clashes over the holidays. But things get even worse when they unleash the wrath of Krampus, a vicious, ancient entity from European folklore, who begins to wreak havoc, giving monstrous life to holiday icons and creating even more terror for this fractured family. And we have a cast! Adam Scott ("Parks & Recreation," Hot Tub Time Machine 2), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, The Way Way Back), Allison Tolman ("Fargo"), David Koechner (Anchorman), Conchata Ferrell ("Two and a Half Men"), Emjay Anthony (Chef), Stefania Owen (The Lovely Bones) and Krista Stadler (Lena Rais) are all starring in the film which is now in production. »
- Ethan Anderton
I love a bit of Christmas; I have more Christmas sweaters than regular sweaters. I also love a mix of dark Christmas cheer when it comes to movies, with Gremlins, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Rare Exports being some of my favourites. So I am very happy that Trick ‘R Treat director Michael Dougherty follow-up film to his 2009 cult classic Halloween film, will be Krampus. Krampus sees a mischievous ghoul of European folklore being awoken by a young boy Max and his dysfunctional family. The Krampus soon sets about ruining Christmas in darkly comedic ways, as Cbristmas icons take on a life of their own.
Dougherty has also scripted such superhero hits as X2: X-men United, and the upcoming X-men: Apocalypse, but it’s great he’s back in the director’s chair. Meanwhile, it is Weta Workshop who will be bringing the Krampus to life, while Legendary (fast becoming »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
This darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul is co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The visual effects are from the Oscar-winning creature-effects wizardry of Weta Workshop and the Oscar-winning visual effects of Weta Digital.
A humorously creepy alternative to the traditional holiday classic, Krampus stars Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation,” The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty), Academy Award nominee Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense), Golden Globe nominee Allison Tolman (“Fargo“), David Koechner (Anchorman series), Emmy nominee Conchata Ferrell (“Two and a Half Men”), Emjay Anthony (Chef), Stefania Owen (The Lovely Bones) and Krista Stadler (Lena Rais).
Krampus tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family »
- Michelle McCue
Principal photography is set to begin on Legendary Pictures' Krampus, a horror-comedy feature film that reveals an irreverently twisted side to the Christmas holiday. This darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul is co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty and stars a stellar ensemble cast, who are supported by the Oscar-winning creature-effects wizardry of Weta Workshop and the Oscar-winning visual effects of Weta Digital. Krampus will be released on December 4, 2015, by Universal Pictures.
A humorously creepy alternative to the traditional holiday classic, Krampus features a stellar cast that includes Adam Scott,  Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Golden Globe nominee Allison Tolman, David Koechner, Emmy nominee Conchata Ferrell ("Two and a Half Men"), Emjay Anthony, Stefania Owen and Krista Stadler. Krampus tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family comes together and comically clashes over the holidays. When they accidentally unleash the wrath of Krampus, »
Welcome back to "The Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the 10 most pertinent fright-genre stories to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: Even more "Alien 5" news, our favorite supernatural horror remake gets a bump and what "Parks and Recreation" star is appearing in a movie about a pagan demon who murders children? See below for the full roundup. 1. Sigourney Weaver says Neill Blomkamp's "Alien" sequel will "break new ground" “I can’t think of a better director,” Weaver told Variety “He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well.” On a related note, is Michael Biehn reprising his role as Hicks? Will there be more than one film? »
- Chris Eggertsen
The Legendary Pictures project is based around a demon who brutally punishes naughty children during the Christmas season.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 star Scott and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues actor Koechner have both signed on to play fathers of missing children in Krampus, with TheWrap reporting that Stefania Owen (The Carrie Diaries) will play one of the kids targeted by the demon.
Krampus will open in the Us on December 4. »
Today The Wrap reported exclusively, they say, that David Koechner and Adam Scott are joining the project. Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter claimed an exclusive on the casting of Toni Collette and… well, Adam Scott again. I guess that’s not total overlap.
For my Exclusive, because it seems like everybody reporting on this film has to have one, I can reveal some details of their characters.
Adam Scott is playing a workaholic dad who has started to fade out emotionally on his home life. It’s only when his daughter is abducted – by the Krampus of the title, I assume – that he pulls himself together and becomes the man his family wants.
Koechner is playing a man who »
- Brendon Connelly
We're back with a special horror/sci-fi round-up that takes a look at key casting updates for the holiday horror film Krampus and Disney Xd's Star Wars Rebels, as Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Toni Collette (The Way Way Back), and David Koechner (Cheap Thrills), and Stefania Owen (The Carrie Diaries) have joined the former, while Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Crazy Ones) has signed on to lend her voice to the second season of the latter.
Star Wars Rebels: Sarah Michelle Gellar will voice a recurring character on the second season of Disney Xd's Star Wars Rebels. The series' first season finale aired last night. For those not familiar with the show, we have its official synopsis, as well as the press release with full details on Gellar's hiring and a tease of what's to come in the sophomore season (press release and image below »
- Derek Anderson
Long-gestating horror comedy, Krampus comes from the genius who brought us Trick ‘r Treat – Michael Dougherty. After a slump in development, The Wrap and THR now report that the movie has recruited a few new cast members who may suffer a fate worse than death… a Christmas-themed death!
The outlets both reveal that Toni Collette, Adam Scott – hot off his stint on NBC’s Parks And Recreation - and Anchorman‘s David Koechner have all signed on. The trio join The Carrie Diaries‘ Stefania Owen, Fargo‘s Alison Tolman and Chef‘s Emjay Anthony, who round out the confirmed cast.
Much like Treat ‘r Treat explored the wickedness of Halloween, Krampus will revolve around the perils of another holiday. This time Christmas looks set for buckets of blood, as the Krampus – a pagan demon who punishes wicked children – is comin’ to town. Forget writing a list to St. Nick. If you’ve been naughty, »
- Gem Seddon
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