20 items from 2010
It's not unusual to hear that Jon Lovitz is the funniest part of a movie. It's more so to discover that that movie isn't a traditional comedy -- it's "Casino Jack," George Hickenlooper's caper-like take on the downfall of Jack Abramoff and the director's last before his death in October at age 47. Lovitz plays Adam Kidan, Abramoff's partner in a scheme to buy a casino cruise line in Florida. Unlike lobbyists Abramoff (played by Kevin Spacey) and his protege Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper), Kidan is not in the business of self-delusion about his own nature. He's a former mattress salesman with mob ties who likes strippers, cocaine and frank talk, and in a story in which so many of the figures involved have convinced themselves that their greed somehow works toward the greater good, Lovitz's character is a breath of fresh air, an unabashed, amusing sleazebag. I got a »
- Alison Willmore
Jon Lovitz still gets visibly annoyed when the subject of a 1991 Saturday Night Live joke is the topic of discussion. On Dennis Miller's last show, there was a short sketch where Lorne Michael's asked Miller, "You're not going to come back every week to hang out on the set like Lovitz, are you?" (Lovitz, who had left SNL the year before, had made four cameos during Miller's final season.) When Miller responded, "No," Michaels continued, "Because that would be pathetic. I mean, the man has no life ... I mean, thank God every now and then he gets a movie." Of course, it was a joke, but that doesn't mean Lovitz wasn't livid at the "cheap shot." »
Dennis Miller's visit to The O'Reilly Factor began with offering Bill O'reilly a preview of his upcoming radio interview with President George W. Bush. During the interview, Bush imparted a few words of wisdom, "humor is important in life and if you can't laugh, in other words if you take yourself so seriously . . . there's a defect." Therefore, Miller clearly thinks there is something defective with former President Jimmy Carter »
- Matt Schneider
Last week Mac discovered that a corpse found buried in Central Park for 15 years is deputy chief Ted Carver's estranged sister who disappeared in 1995. Adding to the mystery is the fact that her credit cards have continued to be used to the present day. Tonight, a body washes up at the South Street Seaport and the investigation begins to unravel a dark secret from Carver's past and leads Mac to believe that Carver (guest star John Larroquette) murdered his sister. — Tim Holland
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- TV Guide News
During his early days as a stand-up comic or as the shaggy-haired "Weekend Update" anchor on "Saturday Night Live" back in the '80s, Dennis Miller probably couldn't imagine that, in the new millennium, he would shift his politics more to the right -- at least on fiscal policy and national defense, if not as much on social issues -- and change his career by becoming a daily syndicated talk-radio host mixing pop culture and politics.
For example, the lineup on "The Dennis Miller Show" for Thursday, Nov. 18, features Australian actors Simon Baker ("The Mentalist") and Russell Crowe ('The Next Three Days"), NFL Network's Rich Eisen, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich., who's also a musician and frequent "RedEye W/Greg Gutfeld" guest) and comedian Colin Quinn.
But on Friday, Nov. 19, at 10 p.m. Et, Miller returns to his stand-up roots with "Dennis Miller: The Big Speech," a one-hour special airing »
8:00 Dancing With the Stars (new) 9:30 The Middle (repeat) 10:00 Castle (new) 12:05 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guests Kathy Griffin and Miranda Cosgrove) 8:00 How I Met Your Mother (new) 8:30 Rules of Engagement (new) 9:00 Two and a Half Men (new) 9:30 Mike & Molly (new) 10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (new) 11:35 The Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guests Emma Watson, Scott Caan, and Rascal Flatts) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guest Dennis Miller) 8:00 House (new) 9:00 Lie to Me (new) 8:00 Chuck (new) 9:00 The Event (new) 10:00 Chase (new) 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Russell Crowe, Anna Torv, and Annie Lennox) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Daniel Radcliffe and Quincy Jones) 8:00 90210 (new) 9:00 Gossip Girl (new) More TV to watch when you read more. 11:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart »
On tonight's Jay Leno "Tonight" show, he mentions that a viewer noticed something written on Christine O'Donnell's hand during last night's interview. Kim Kardashian and Dennis Miller celebrate Veteran's Day with an audience made up of military men and women from the five branches. Soulja Boy performs. Preview Clips: Last Night We Had.Remember The Tea Party Candidate Christine O.Donnell.Remember The Whole Witch Thing? We Had Her On The Show Last Night. And People Often Compared Her To Sarah Palin. She Was Very Nice. A Viewer Noticed This On The Show. I Didn.T Notice It Until We Went Back And Looked At The Tape. Take A Look. (Drop-in: Christine O.Donnell.S Hand Has Writing On It) Just Like Sarah Palin. Look »
- April MacIntyre
8:00 Grey's Anatomy (repeat) 9:00 Grey's Anatomy (new) 10:00 Private Practice (new) 12:05 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guests Harrison Ford and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory (new) 8:30 $#*! My Dad Says (new) 9:00 CSI (new) 10:00 The Mentalist (new) 11:35 The Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guests Cher and Bruno Mars) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guest Rampage Jackson) 8:00 Bones (new) 9:00 Fringe (new) 8:00 Community (new) 8:30 30 Rock (new) 9:00 The Office (new) 9:30 Outsourced (new) 10:00 The Apprentice (new) 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Kim Kardashian and Dennis Miller) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Jeff Goldblum, Mark Valley, and Robyn) 8:00 The Vampire Diaries (new) 9:00 Nikita (new) More TV to watch when you read more. 10:00 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (new »
Dennis Miller is back on HBO this fall. Comedian Dennis Miller returns to HBO for his first special in four years when Dennis Miller: The Big Speech debuts this November, it was announced by Nancy Geller, senior vice president, HBO. His eighth stand-up special on the network will debut Nov. 19. .Dennis Miller is a fearless and provocative comedy talent,. noted Geller. .It.s great to have his comedic voice and point of view back on HBO.. Currently a fixture on his Westwood One national talk radio show, Miller was on HBO for nine years with his talk and comedy series .Dennis Miller Live,. which ended in 2002 after 215 editions. The show received five Emmys, and featured writers »
- April MacIntyre
Lots of casting news in this afternoon's TV snacks. Enjoy!
Former "Heroes" star Jack Coleman will match wits with "The Mentalist" this fall. Coleman will play a wealthy murder suspect who catches Jane's (Simon Baker) attention because of his eerily calm demeanor. [TV Guide]
Speaking of "The Mentalist," "Trauma" and "Friday Night Lights" veteran Kevin Rankin is also guesting this season as Jane's no-account brother-in-law. He's also booked a guest role on HBO's "Big Love" as the son of polygamists. [EW/Hollywood Reporter]
One-time "In Living Color" star Jamie Foxx is involved in a new sketch-comedy show at Fox. He's executive producing a sketch show (working title: "The Jamie Foxx Project") that will star comedian Affion Crockett and debut sometime in the 2010-11 season. [Fox]
In development news, "Lost »
New York, Sept. 1, 2010 – Emmy Award-winning comedian Dennis Miller returns to HBO for his first HBO special in four years when Dennis Miller: The Big Speech debuts this November. His eighth stand-up special on the network will debut Nov. 19. Miller was a fixture on HBO for nine years with his talk and comedy series “Dennis Miller Live,” which ended in 2002 after 215 editions. The show received five Emmys, and was the first HBO series to win an Emmy in any series category, winning in 1996 for Variety, Music or Comedy Series. An alumnus of “Saturday Night Live,” Miller starred in seven previous HBO specials, beginning with 1988’s “Mr. Miller Goes to Washington,” and most recently, 2006’s “Dennis Miller: All In.” He also made six appearances on HBO’s “Comic Relief” all-star benefits. Dennis Miller: The Big Speech is a Happy Family production; executive producers, Dennis Miller, Kevin C. Slattery and Marc Gurvitz »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Dennis Miller is a pretty strong example of a "love him or hate him" persona and that was true even before he concentrated entirely on Conservative topics. His visit with Megyn Kelly earlier today is no different. So ask yourself, do you feel like all of the talk of growing prejudice against Muslims in this country is just a bunch of whining? Would you like to hear someone explain why that's the case in a more irreverent manner than usual? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then this is the segment for you! »
- Jon Bershad
This past weekend (before 8:25 pm Saturday evening, if the comments on their Facebook page are accurate), Atom’s newest original series, Quitters, hit 100,000 views since the first episode premiered July 16. That’s no small feat in the increasingly crowded web series world, so I decided to check out the three episodes they have available for myself to see what makes the show tick. First off, the show is produced by Jamie Bullock of No Mimes Media. They are primarily known for their ARGs, but No Mimes seems to have a great handle on how to market their content on the web to not just create awareness, but actually bring the eyeballs to where they need them. One thing that has to help with that is the appearance of Jane Seymour as a regular. The show’s Facebook page is full of links to interviews that Jane has done where »
- Josh Weiss-Roessler
The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards had a city (Los Angeles), a date (Sunday, September 12), a time (live at 9 p.m. Eastern), nominees (lead by Lady Gaga) and a handful of performers and presenters (including Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Drake and B.o.B). But up until late last night, the show didn't have one of its most important elements: A host. But that all changed when "Chelsea Lately" host Chelsea Handler announced that she would be hosting this year's version of the show. Handler is only the second woman in history to host the VMAs by herself (Roseanne Barr took the reins in 1994; Bette Midler shared hosting duties with Dan Aykroyd at the very first VMAs) and is — amazingly — the latest best-selling author to helm the show.
Handler's three comedic memoirs — 2005's My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands, 2008's Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea and this »
- Kyle Anderson
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Most politicians make their Hollywood debuts at lavish fund-raisers or intimate house parties. But Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO now running for a U.S. Senate seat in California, made her entrance at an event organized by the Friends of Abe.
For those unfamiliar with the highly secretive club of conservatives in the entertainment business, the name refers to iconic Republican Abraham Lincoln, not Abe Vigoda. Mostly meeting informally at the West Hollywood greasy spoon Barney's Beanery, the Gop-leaning crowd held its annual blowout in mid-June at a sprawling horse ranch near the Ventura County line. Hosted by "CSI: NY" star Gary Sinise, hundreds of actors, directors and craftspeople came out for the right-wing Woodstock.
The Friends of Abe have been around for a few years now, and conservative frustration with the Democratic control of Washington might be helping them flourish. Indeed, as politicians on both sides of the »
- By Jeffrey Ressner
In 1992, host Dennis Miller introduced the world to the MTV Movie Awards. Eighteen years — and far too many wackadoodle stunts, pranks and out-of-nowhere moments — later, the show is still alive, kicking and causing tons of pop culture trouble. And now another one is mere hours away.
Which means barely any time at all stands between you and your favorite celebs in the world — folks like Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Sandra Bullock, Taylor Lautner, Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler. You'll get performances by Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera. You'll get exclusive clips from "Eclipse" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." And then there are the awards themselves. "The Hangover" leads the field with six nominations, while both "New Moon" and "Avatar" have been tapped in five categories.
What else is there to say? It's going to be a crazy night, »
- Eric Ditzian
If last night's "Miller Time" segment on the O'Reilly Factor proved anything, it's that the current news cycle is finely tuned to bring out the best in Dennis Miller's sense of humor. He went one-on-one with Bill O'Reilly on a number of topics-- the oil spill, the Joe Sestak job scandal, Sarah Palin's new neighbors-- and not only managed to take a pretty hilarious stab at James Cameron, he got O'Reilly to use his best Cajun accent, too. »
- Frances Martel
Seth Meyers has been tapped to host the 18th annual ESPYs -- the sports-oriented awards on Espn -- on July 14. This year marks the first time that the kudos will air live on the cable net since 2003 when Jamie Foxx hosted. Meyers is the third "Saturday Night Live" regular to take on this gig, with Dennis Miller emceeing the first and second years beginning in 1993 and Norm McDonald overseeing the sixth edition in 1998. Last year, Samuel L. Jackson oversaw the awards for the fourth time, following hosting stints in 1999, 2001 and 2002. This signature event of the sportscaster will air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. This venue, »
Reports that NBC may move Jay Leno back to his old "Tonight Show" timeslot and scoot Conan O'Brien back to make room have brought out some vocal fans in the Twitter-Wood community. John August and Brody Stevens both expressed support for Conan from their accounts today. If I find someone in the feed who preferred watching Leno to Conan, I'll be sure to include them on Monday.
In other tweets, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse triumphantly declared that President Obama's State of the Union speech would not affect "Lost," which will air as planned on February 2. Their glee is retweeted after the jump along with Ashton Kutcher's take on "Jersey Shore," Jon Favreau's reaction upon seeing some "Thor" sets and Peter Facinelli's sparkling plans. I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is the Twitter-Wood report for January 8, 2009.
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- Brian Warmoth
Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.
If you're ever looking for a good reason to excuse yourself from a group field trip to the local whore house, just turn to your friends and utter the words: "Bordello of Blood." If they don't understand what that means, then it's time to dust off the old DVD.
- Josh Wigler
20 items from 2010
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