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Early on in Minions, three of the jabbering yellow blobs realise that to continue their quest to find a master they need to head to Orlando. “Orlando” they scream as they write “Orlando” on a sign so they can hitchhike to Orlando. Orlando, Orlando, Orlando. They are going to Orlando and you bloody well know it.
The gang want to visit Villain-Con (this is the sixties, so Orlando is still a cesspit, apparently), but the Florida city’s name is clearly being dropped to plant the home of Universal Studios in innocent children’s heads. This is the key to the problem at the heart of Minions. It’s not been made because someone thought there was a story to tell about the hench-things from Despicable Me. And nobody’s stepped in to lend such a cynical concept worth. Instead, right from the jabbering cover of the Universal Pictures opening logo, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Over the television year, not only do specific shows and specific seasons stand out, but so do specific episodes. Certain episodes rise above the rest of the television landscape in a variety of ways, whether it’s due to excellent direction, strong character exploration, or something else entirely. For the past few years, Sound on Sight TV has highlighted these standout episodes, both at the midpoint of the year and again in December, and thanks to its sheer quantity of fantastic television, 2015 brings our most extensive list yet. Presented below are the best episodes from the first half of the year (January through the end of May), as curated by a panel at Sound on Sight consisting of Editor in Chief Ricky D, TV Editor Kate Kulzick, Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta, and TV contributors Simon Howell, Sean Colletti, Randy Dankievitch, and Whitney McIntosh.
Adventure Time, “Evergreen”
Written by Tom Herpich »
- Kate Kulzick
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
"The Last Man on Earth" fans, did you miss any of our exclusive Emmy webchats with the cast and crew of the Fox comedy series? We've listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with show leads Will Forte and Kristen Schaal and creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller. -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Will Forte on playing unlikable Phil Miller: "Certainly when we went into this pilot, just by its nature, you're rooting for this guy because you see him all alone and you feel great sympathy for him. But he was never a perfect person and he's just like every person out there -- he's got his own flaws." Kristen Schaal on her hush-hush role: "I think [Fox] was a little nervous about whether or not people would tune in if they didn't know if there was a larger cast, so »
This interview was conducted for the Comedy/Drama Series issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. Will Forte‘s character is not, actually, the last man on earth in the Fox sitcom “Last Man on Earth” – he started the show’s first season as the seeming sole survivor of a humanity-killing virus, but over the course of 13 episodes he met enough fellow survivors to complicate his life enormously. Forte created the show with Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The Lego Movie”), with initial plans to sell it to a cable channel and leave the acting to others. But Fox bought the series and Forte. »
- Steve Pond
This story originally ran in the Comedy/Drama Series issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. From Desi Arnaz and Ozzie Nelson to Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham, there’s a long history in televised comedy of actors who double as showrunners. And that means there’s also a long history of exhausted actor/showrunners. “It’s fascinating, terrifying and exhilarating in equal parts,” said Will Forte, who plays the title character on the Fox sitcom “Last Man on Earth,” and also created the show with Phil Lord and Chris Miller. “Even though I used to be a sitcom writer, I »
- Steve Pond
Professional multitaskers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are tinkering on another intriguing project for you: It's a part-animated, part-live-action comedy called Son of Zahn. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the in-development series will tell the story of an animated barbarian dad who comes home to his very live-action son and ex-wife for the first time in about a decade. (Admittedly hooked already.) Since papa protagonist is supposed to be coming from an animated, war-torn world, THR notes that Zahn will probably have a helluva time adjusting to normal, boring, live-action life in suburban somewhere. Most other story and personnel details — aside from the fact Johnny Pemberton (21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street) will play the live-action son and Eric Appel will direct — are under wraps. An eight-to-ten-minute pilot presentation is in the works for Fox, however, and will begin production later this summer. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have made a career out of unexpected choices, but even by those standards their latest project sounds pretty weird. The pair are developing Son of Zahn, a new comedy for Fox about an animated barbarian who returns to his live-action family. Johnny Pemberton is already set to star. Get all […]
- Angie Han
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Phil Lord and Chris are surely the most sought-after comedy maestros in Hollywood at the moment. They’ve already got their fingers in the DC movie universe (specifically The Flash), are writing The Lego Movie Sequel, overseeing the development of a Jump Street universe, and working on their adaptation of The Greatest American Hero. They're also penning an animated Spider-Man movie for Sony.
Now, they’ve added another project to their mammoth slate – Son Of Zahn. This is a TV show that blends live action with comedy, and it's in development at Fox.
Zahn (animated) is a barbarian father who returns home from war (animated) for the first time in ten years, struggling to readapt to life with his ex-wife (live action) and son (live action).
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have had great success in both the live-action and animated arenas, but now they look to combine the two mediums into one TV comedy series. Their latest project is Son of Zahn, a live-action/animation hybrid that they plan on shooting for Fox. As THR reports, the eight to ten-minute pilot presentation will focus on an animated barbarian dad who returns home to his live-action wife and son after having been away waging war for the last ten years. Other than the obvious conflicts between animated and live-action folks, he also struggles to find common ground with his family, muddle through his mundane office job, and survive suburbia. [caption id="attachment_308247" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] It's a pretty weird concept just from a logistical standpoint, but if anyone can pull it off it's Lord and Miller. They've already cast their first live-action actor: Johnny Pemberton, who »
- Dave Trumbore
The duo have given an 8-10 minute pilot presentation for a hybrid animated/live-action comedy series which centers on an animated Barbarian father who comes home for the first time in ten years to his live-action son and ex-wife.
He finds that reconnecting with his family, struggling through his mundane office job and dealing with the banality of suburban life is much harder than waging actual war in his distant, animated world.
Johnny Pemberton ("This Is 40 ") has been cast as Zahn's moody teenage son, Alan. Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers with the pilot to begin shooting later this summer.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
The Lego Movie duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are tapping into their TV animation roots with Son Of Zahn, a new animated/live action hybrid comedy, which has received a presentation order at Fox. The project, written by former Wilfred showrunners Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne, has cast its live-action male lead, with Miller and Lord recruiting young actor Johnny Pemberton, who had a supporting in their 21 Jump Street movie franchise. In Son Of Zahn, upon arriving home… »
Comedy directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are risk-takers whose boldness is paying off in spades, recently with the box office smash The Lego Movie, as well as the Jump Street films—risky, execution-dependent projects that became sensations as a result of the directors' skill and pure comedic sensibility. Having emerged in the industry with the animated MTV series Clone High, Lord and Miller recently returned to TV with Fox's The Last Man on Earth, a series that pushes… »
Since the first episode, the television series "The Last Man on Earth," has been a popular topic of discussion. The mere reunion of the "Clone High" gang — Chris Miller, Phil Lord, and Will Forte — was enough to spark viewer interest, and the show continued to grow in popularity as it challenged the look and feel of a traditional network sitcom. The trio comes together for a series that redefines the portrayal of post-apocalyptic society. Part of AwardsLine’s screening series, Will Forte (Creator, writer, Ep, star), Chris Miller (Ep, Director), Phil Lord (Ep, Director), and Kristen Schaal (Star), participated in a post screening panel and Q&A session at the Landmark Theater this Wednesday. The creative masterminds behind the show had the crowd roaring in laughter as they highlighted the best of Season 1 and hinted at what lies ahead in Season 2. Read More: 'Last Man on Earth' Reviews: Will Forte »
- Conor Soules
Dave has acquired Fox's apocalyptic comedy The Last Man on Earth.
Steve North, General Manager for Dave, said: "It's fantastic to have such a great show coming to Dave - there has been so much hype surrounding it in the Us.
"The witty humour and inventive storylines make The Last Man on Earth a perfect fit for the channel, as we continue to grow our slate of Us scripted comedy."
"[Our show] is like a reverse 'Game of Thrones,' where instead of killing people off, we were adding people," say Phil Lord and Chris Miller, co-directors/producers of the apocalyptic Fox comedy "The Last Man on Earth," a show whose cast got surprisingly bigger and bigger as the first season progressed. (Watch our webcam chat below.) -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders As for the shock of those characters being introduced, Miller adds, "It was another miracle of the show that in this era -- in the internet era -- that we were able to keep as much as we did a secret. Obviously, it was really hard to promote the show when you're just following Will Forte because audiences are kind of going like, wait, so he just sort of wanders around and smashes stuff for 13 episodes? Why would I watch this show? But we didn't want »
While a big draw in the drama world of late, the end of humanity doesn't exactly lend itself to comedy—unless it's in the hands of Will Forte, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. With The Last Man on Earth, the Saturday Night Live alum and The Lego Movie directors have turned a literal and figurative plague into a plethora of laughs since the series debuted on Fox. Renewed for a second season in April, Lmoe features Forte as Phil Miller—an everyman who loves Star Wars, junk… »
Given a career full of highs and some lows, Will Forte — whose Fox series The Last Man On Earth has received much acclaim and was recently renewed for a second season — has learned a lot of lessons. And during Wednesday night’s screening and panel discussion of the Fox series, moderated by Deadline’s Dominic Patten, Forte talked a bit about those lessons. The panel also featured Lmoe executive producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, as well as co-star Kristen Schaal… »
Comic-Con 2015 is fast approaching, and the San Diego convention — now in its 46th year — is set to feature a bevy of television and movie previews, panels and Q&As. Bookmark this page as Comic-Con draws closer, as Variety will keep you constantly updated with the latest scheduling moves from Sdcc.
July 8 (Preview Night)
Thursday, July 9
“Mockingjay – Part 2″ and “The Last Witch Hunter” (12 p.m., Hall H) Q&As with the stars and filmmakers will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the two fall releases, along with first-look footage.
“Damien” (6:45 p.m., Room 6A) A first look at the inaugural season precedes a Q&A with cast and producers.
- Seth Kelley
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