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Dermot Mulroney Interview Inhale; Plus Updates on Everybody Loves Whales and Love, Wedding, Marriage

20 October 2010 10:21 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The dramatic thriller Inhale follows Santa Fe District Attorney Paul Stanton (Dermot Mulroney), who is in a desperate fight to save his young daughter. Diagnosed with a rare degenerative condition, she is on a long list to receive a double lung transplant, and her time is quickly running out. As her health worsens, Paul sets out on a quest that will send him to Mexico and force him to decide whether to expose a massive illegal harvesting operation and save the lives of hundreds of children, or save the life of his daughter.

During an interview at the film’s press day, actor Dermot Mulroney talked about taking on the subject of murder for profit, the challenge of playing a complex character and the fact that he approaches his acting career with absolutely no game plan. He also joked about shooting with animatronic whales for Everybody Loves Whales – about individuals »

- Christina Radish

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NBC Orders Full Seasons of The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced

18 October 2010 5:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Hot on the heels of the full season upgrade for Chuck, NBC announced today via press release that they have now ordered full seasons for three of their newest TV series. The hour-long drama The Event, the half-hour comedy Outsourced and the legal drama spin-off Law & Order: Los Angeles all had their stay on NBC extended for at least one full season. Network president Angela Bromstad said, ““We are pleased with the quality of The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced, and feel they are an important part of helping to re-build our schedule and our studio pipeline. We believe in these new series and the creative auspices behind them.” Honestly, I feel almost the exact opposite way. The Event is a gimmick without substance and Outsourced is one of the worst comedy series I’ve ever seen . However, I’m rather indifferent on Law & Order: Los Angeles. You »

- Ethan Anderton

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The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced Get Full-Season Orders

18 October 2010 10:47 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jason Ritter's The Event gets a full-season order by NBC NBC has given full-season pickups to three of its new Fall 2010-11 series, The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced. The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

"We are pleased with the quality of The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced, and feel they are an important part of helping to re-build our schedule and our studio pipeline," said Bromstad. "We believe in these new series and the creative auspices behind them."

Through October 11, The Event has averaged a 3.0 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers overall in "most current" averages from Nielsen Media Research. The Event has generated a 30 percent improvement in the time period versus year-ago "most current" results for NBC in 18-49 rating (with a 3.0 rating vs. a 2.3) and a 47 percent increase in total viewers (9.1 million vs. »

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Casting Call: Four Join Darling Companion; Stephen Root Lands Everybody Loves Whales and Red State

23 September 2010 7:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

We have two bits of casting news to bring you this morning.  First, Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, Richard Jenkins, and Elisabeth Moss have all joined Darling Companion.  The film was co-written, along with his wife Meg, by four time Oscar-nominee Lawrence Kasdan.  Companion is meant to be the third installment in a trilogy which includes 1983’s The Big Chill and 1991’s Grand Canyon.  From Risky Business, the film “follows a woman (Keaton) who takes in a stray dog as a companion to fill the void left by her distracted husband (Kline), only to see him lose the mutt after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies. A search for the animal includes several guests and a mysterious young woman.”  The report fails to disclose exactly what Jenkins and Moss’ roles may entail thus we are to assume Jenkins will be one of “several guests” with Moss perhaps filling »

- Jason Barr

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Outsourced Series Premiere Review

23 September 2010 6:34 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Though NBC still has a thriving series in The Office (at least until Steve Carell leaves the show), the network, perhaps sensing an impending close to the breakout American adaptation of Ricky Gervais’ original BBC program, has decided to outsource the workplace comedy. NBC’s new series Outsourced takes Todd (Ben Rappaport) a recently trained Midwestern call center manager, and tosses him over to Mumbai, India. Why? Because their “right-sizing” their jobs to an outsourced call center for Mid America Novelties, a company who sells all the stupid novelty shit normally found at Wal-Mart (i.e. a singing deer head that sings Sweet Home Alabama). Unfortunately the level of hilarity in the new show is about as lowbrow and torturous as the same novelty items the fictional call center is attempting to sell.

In typical call center fashion, If you’d like to know more, click “Continue Reading” and our »

- Ethan Anderton

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Stephen Root Joins Red State and Everybody Loves Whales

23 September 2010 12:10 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Stephen Root joins Kevin Smith's horror and the Universal dramaStephen Root has added two new projects to his calendar: the Universal drama Everybody Loves Whales and Kevin Smith's horror film Red State, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In Everybody Loves Whales, which stars Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell and John Krasinski, Stephen Root will play Gov. Haskell, who is based on a real person.

In Red State, which stars Dermot Mulroney and Melissa Leo, Stephen Root's role was undisclosed.

Both films plan to shoot this fall.

Everybody Loves Whales comes to theaters in 2012 and stars John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Tim Blake Nelson, Stephen Root. The film is directed by Ken Kwapis.

Red State comes to theaters in 2011 and stars Dermot Mulroney, Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner, Stephen Root. »

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Kristen Bell Interview You Again

21 September 2010 1:13 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In the new comedy You Again, Kristen Bell plays Marni, a young woman whose high school years were hell, especially thanks to one particular arch nemesis, Joanna (Odette Yustman). Now a successful publicist with the nightmare of her teenage years behind her, Marni returns home to Northern California for her brother’s wedding, only to find out he is marrying the one girl from high school she never wants to see again. Meanwhile, Joanna is acting like nothing bad ever happened, and everyone in Marni’s family seems to just adore her, prompting Marni to prove to her family that Joanna is not who she appears to be.

At the press junket for the film, actress Kristen Bell talked about her own moments of insecurity in high school, how the physical comedy comes easy for a natural klutz like her, and that she wants other young women to understand that »

- Christina Radish

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'Outsourced' exec denies stereotyping

20 September 2010 8:49 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Outsourced's executive producer Ken Kwapis has insisted that the show does not rely on stereotypes. The new comedy focuses on a group of workers in an Indian call centre but has already been criticised for its portrayal of the characters and for making a joke out of the loss of American jobs. "A lot of people ask me, 'Why would Americans want to watch a show about something they're angry about?'" Kwapis told The Hollywood Reporter. "Well, first of all, networks don't programme shows on a whim, especially one set in India and populated almost entirely by Indian actors. The pilot was subjected to pretty gruelling test-market research screenings." Kwapis explained that a third of the writing staff is of Indian descent, adding: "Any story about a culture clash (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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'Outsourced' creator defends Indians' portrayal

20 September 2010 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ken Kwapis understands that the outsourcing of U.S. jobs to India isn't particularly funny. But the executive producer of NBC's "Outsourced" is betting that Americans will see the humor of what it's really like inside an overseas call center. The half-hour comedy, which premieres Thursday in NBC's plum post-"The Office" time slot, is the latest for Kwapis, a rare TV and film double threat.

The Hollywood Reporter: Having directed the pilots for "The Larry Sanders Show," "The Bernie Mac Show" and "The Office," among others, you have launched some pretty big comedies. How did "Outsourced" come to you?

Ken Kwapis: I fell in love with the 2006 feature film "Outsourced" and asked the writers and director if they'd be interested in adapting it for television. They loved the idea. I pitched it to every network, but NBC really wanted it. My pitch was very simple: Whether it's a paper company in Scranton, »

- By Stacey Wilson

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Ben Rappaport and Anisha Nagarajan Talk Outsourced

16 September 2010 3:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ben Rappaport and Anisha Nagarajan takes us behind-the-scenes of NBC's latest Must-See comedy

NBC's latest addition to its Must-See Thursday night comedy line-up is Outsourced, a new sitcom where the Midwest meets the exotic East in a hilarious culture clash. The series centers on the all-American company Mid America Novelties that sells whoopee cushions, foam fingers and wallets made of bacon -- and whose call center has suddenly been outsourced to India. Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport) is the new company's manager who learns that he's being transferred to India to run the operation.

To celebrate the series' Pilot premiere, which airs Thursday, September 23rd at 9:30 pm, we caught up with star Ben Rappaport , his co-star Anisha Nagarajan, and Executive Producer Robert Borden. Here is our conversation:

Ben I was wondering what made you want to be a part of this show?

Ben Rappaport: Well first of all I got cast in it, »

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Revived and Derived: "Freaks and Geeks" Ep. 11, "Looks and Books"

10 September 2010 6:40 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

"Freaks and Geeks" is now airing on IFC, and we thought we'd take this opportunity to revisit the show that launched a thousand bromance movies. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on that night's episode.

Episode 11

"Looks and Books"

Written by Paul Feig

Directed by Ken Kwapis

"It's all about confidence. It's true. If I say, 'I'm the coolest guy in the world.' And I believe I'm the coolest guy in world then suddenly I become the coolest guy in the world." -- Mr. Rosso

Matt: Last week's "Freaks and Geeks" was all about how surfaces lie outwardly, like when teenagers see someone who looks like a geek and assume he's terrible at softball. This week is about how surfaces lie inwardly, like when teenagers change their own appearance to try to convince themselves they're something they're not. Both Weir children get radical »

- Matt Singer

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'New Office' stars: who should replace Steve Carell

10 September 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

We won't find out who will replace Steve Carell on "The Office" until the end of the seventh season (as The Hollywood Reporter exclusively revealed Friday), but the cast of NBC's rookie workplace comedy, "Outsourced" (premiering Sept. 23), has a few suggestions on who could step into bumbling Michael Scott's shoes.

Ben Rappaport, who plays the lede on the series (which some are comparing to "the new 'Office'"), told The Hollywood Reporter Thursday at the Paley Center's NBC Fall TV preview night in Beverly Hills, "My pick has to be Dwight [Rainn Wilson]… I think who ever takes over as the boss has to keep everybody on their toes and I think Dwight is the guy to do it."

Co-star Parvesh Cheena agrees that Carell's successor should come from within Dunder Mifflin.

"As much as I love John Krasinski's character, Jim, if you have Dwight as the head of the office, I »

- By Lesley Goldberg

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TV Watch: Outsourced Pilot Episode!

7 September 2010 11:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Outsourced? Boo!

Outsourced premieres on NBC Thursday, September 23rd New Series. Episode 1.01: Pilot premiers September 23rd, 9:30/8:30 central. Series airs Thursday Nights at 9:30/8:30 central on NBC

Those who've devoted their time to watching Parks and Recreation grow into one of the smartest, funniest episodic sitcoms on broadcast television over the past two years may be predisposed to contractually hate NBC for replacing it with Outsourced. Just as Thursday night's Must See TV kicks back into high gear for fall of 2010.

Sure, at first, it was easy to despise Parks and Recreation for being an Office clone, shot in that increasingly disreputable mockumentary format. The two shows had their similarities, but Parks and Recreation soon proved weird enough to garner our undying attention. In its second season, it flourished, breaking out of the dense shadow of its comedic predecessor.

There isn't one actor on that show who »

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Pooja Batra to star in Us sitcom Outsourced

3 September 2010 1:53 PM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Remember Pooja Batra? The former Indian beauty queen and actress is Hollywood bound.She is making a comeback to showbiz with upcoming American sitcom .Outsourced. and also helping Indian actors find a foothold there with her casting company.Pooja, 36, who married orthopaedic surgeon Sonu Ahluwalia in 2003, is currently settled in Los Angeles and has been running her own casting agency - Glow Bell Inc. She will dazzle on screen after five years. Pooja has done over 21 movies like .Virasat., .Haseena Maan Jaayegi. and .Nayak - The Real Hero...I am pursuing acting in America. I have booked a show there and I am hoping my character develops. It is called .Outsourced.. It is for NBC (channel); so I am keeping my fingers crossed,. Pooja, who was last seen in 2005 in the historical epic .Taj Mahal - An Eternal Love Story., told Ians.Set in a Mumbai call centre, .Outsourced. is »

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Casting Notes: Emma Bell in ‘Final Destination 5′; Ted Danson in ‘Everybody Loves Whales’; Jon Hamm in ‘Friends With Kids’

3 September 2010 6:04 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We've been getting a lot of casting info about Final Destination 5, which James Cameron protege Steven Quale is soon directing. Emma Bell from Frozen and The Walking Dead is signing on as the female lead. She'll join  P.J. Byrne, Tony Todd, David Koechner, Meghan Ory, Nicholas D'Agosto, Ellen Wroe, Arlen Escarpeta and Miles Fisher when the film shoots in Vancouver later this month. Expect more antics in which death stalks people, who end up expiring in rather extravagent ways. [Arrow in the Head] After the break, Ted Danson hates whales, and Jon Hamm partners up with his real-life wife. The Office staffer Ken Kwapis is preparing to direct Everybody Loves Whales, with John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell and Tim Blake Nelson, and the picture has just added Ted Danson and Vinessa Shaw. The film is based on Freeing the Whales, a non-fiction account by Tom Rose of how "a small-town reporter (John »

- Russ Fischer

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NBC Fall preview episode clips including 'Undercovers,' 'School Pride,' 'Outsourced' and more!

2 September 2010 6:59 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

We have clips in from various fall preview episodes of NBC offerings including: "UnderCovers" starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Boris Kodjoe, Mekia Cox, Carter MacIntyre, Ben Schwartz, Gerald McRaney and Nancy Wetzel. The show is created by J.J. Abrams and Josh Reims. "Outsourced" with Diedrich Bader, Pippa Black, Parvesh Cheena, Sacha Dhawan, Jessica Gower and Rebecca Hazlewood. Helmed by Ken Kwapis of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "He's Just Not That Into You." Reality series "School Pride" with Kym Whitley, Susie Castillo, Tom Stroup and Jacob Soboroff and the drama "Chase" with Kelli Giddish, Cole Hauser, Jesse Metcalfe, Amaury Nolasco and Rose Rollins. »

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Ted Danson, Vinessa Shaw joining the 'Whales'

1 September 2010 6:17 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Ted Danson and Vinessa Shaw have joined the cast of Working Title.s "Everybody Loves Whales." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ken Kwapis is directing a cast that includes John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell and Tim Blake Nelson. The film is based on Tom Rose's nonfiction book "Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World's Greatest Non-Event." Set in Cold War-era 1988, "Whales" tells the true story of a small-town reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) who enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. Danson will play a greedy oilman who has no interest in saving the whales. Shaw plays a White House staffer »

- Adnan Tezer

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Ted Danson and Vinessa Shaw Join Everybody Loves Whales

1 September 2010 1:25 PM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Ted Danson and Vinessa Shaw have been added to the cast of Everybody Loves Whales.

Danson and Shaw join John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell and Tim Blake Nelson in the ensemble animal rescue drama set to commence shooting next month in Alaska.

Everybody Loves Whales centers a small-town news reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) who enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle.

Ken Kwapis is attached to direct. Expect the film to be released sometime next year.

The Playlist reported this one first. »

- Jamie Neish

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Danson To Battle Barrymore In New Whale Film

1 September 2010 12:21 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor-turned-environmentalist Ted Danson is putting his activism aside to play a ruthless oilman in new film Everybody Loves Whales.

The former Cheers star is the latest addition to the Cold War-era film, based on a true story of a small-town reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer, played by Drew Barrymore, who are on a mission to save three whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle.

Meanwhile, Danson will play a money hungry oilman, who has no interest in saving the mammals.

The actor, a longtime ocean advocate, has worked for decades to restore and protect the world's marine life - he helped create the American Oceans Campaign in the 1980s and serves as a board member for advocacy group Oceana.

Vinessa Shaw, Kristen Bell and Tim Blake Nelson have also been cast in the Ken Kwapis film, set for release in 2012. »

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Ted Danson And Vinessa Shaw Love Whales Too

1 September 2010 6:17 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's always a little silly when well-known actors pick roles that contrast sharply with their real-life personas-- think longstanding liberal Alan Alda playing a Republican Senator on The West Wing-- but, let's be honest, it's pretty fun too. This time it's Ted Danson getting in on the game; the staunch environmentalist has signed on to play a ruthless oilman in Everybody Loves Whales, a dramedy based on the true story of three gray whales trapped under Arctic ice near Alaska in 1988. THR reports that Vinessa Shaw has also signed on, playing a White House staffer who's on the side of the whales. Director Ken Kwapis has assembled a pretty impressive team for the film, staring with Drew Barrymore as a Greenpeace volunteer and John Krasinski as a reporter based in the Alaskan town-- if you're not seeing a romance popping up between these two, I'm not sure what to »

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