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Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have each paid a visit to “Saturday Night Live” this season. Last week, the show played host to a personage who can be just as tough to get: Dick Patterson.
Who? This oddball businessman has the body and reflexes of a baby, and he is played by “SNL” cast member Beck Bennett. Despite the character’s appeal, he has surfaced just four times over the course of two seasons. In contrast, the popular “Californians,” a group of vapid West Coasters obsessed with L.A. highway travel, appeared four times in the course of the show’s 38th cycle. When Taran Killam and Vanessa Bayer struck a chord with “J Pop America Fun Time Now,” a fake campus TV show about Japanese pop culture, the show ran it three times in a single season.
Recurring characters are one of the mainstays of this venerable NBC late-night institution, »
- Brian Steinberg
The innovative Viewpoints section celebrates the distinctively bold visions of underrepresented perspectives, styles and characters. Featuring 25 unique and fascinating viewpoints from 15 countries, films in this category vary from realised, hyperreal worlds such as in High-Rise, Equals, Nerdland and The Loner to real world perspectives including Syrian refugees in After Spring, solitary confinement inmates in Solitary and adult students at Night School.
Here are the films selected in this year’s Viewpoints:
Chris Prynoski (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
Nerdland is an R-rated cartoon comedy about celebrity, excess, and two showbiz nobodies, John (Paul Rudd) and Elliott (Patton Oswalt), with a plan to become famous—or even infamous—by the end of the night. Featuring an army of comedy cameos including Hannibal Buress, Laraine Newman, Mike Judge, Kate Micucci, »
- Sacha Hall
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Pixar Animation Studios was the big winner at the 43rd Annual Annie Awards, Saturday evening at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Inside Out won Best Animated Feature along with 11 other categories, including Outstanding Music – Michael Giacchino; Outstanding Editing – Kevin Nolting; Outstanding Production Design – Ralph Eggleston; Outstanding Voice Acting – Phyllis Smith as ‘Sadness’; Outstanding Writing – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley; and Best Directing – Pete Docter.
Watch the 2016 Annie Awards here.
This year was the first for the new category Best Animated Feature, Independent with Filme de Papel’s ‘Boy and the World’ taking this top honor.
The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to ‘He Named Me Malala’ (Parkes-MacDonald/Little Door); Best Animated Short Subject ‘World of Tomorrow’ (Don Hertzfeldt); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial ‘Man and Dog’ (Psyop); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children ‘Tumble Leaf’ – Mirror (Amazon Studios and »
- Michelle McCue
Ray Colcord, Emmy-nominated TV composer whose themes included the long-running “Boy Meets World” and “227” series, died Friday at his Studio City home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.
Colcord scored hundreds of hours of television, mostly comedies. He was Emmy-nominated for his theme for the 1990 sitcom “Singer & Sons,” but he also wrote the themes for “The Charmings,” “The Ann Jillian Show,” “The Torkelsons” and others in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He also composed the scores for dozens of other series including “Dinosaurs,” “Boy Meets World,” “Big Brother,” “Facts of Life,” “The Simpsons,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Silver Spoons,” “My Two Dads” and the currently running “Girl Meets World.”
Colcord’s other credits include scores for the films “Resurrection Mary,” “The King’s Guard,” “Heartwood,” “The Paper Brigade,” “Wish Upon a Star” and “Amityville Dollhouse,” and songs for “Earth Girls Are Easy” and “All Dogs Go to Heaven 2. »
- Jon Burlingame
Last week, the producers of Robert Mapplethorpe biopic Mapplethorpe revealed that Girls actress Zosia Mamet will portray the late photographer's close friend Patti Smith in the film. She will not be the first actress to play the punk singer onscreen, though, as actress Mickey Sumner played Smith in the 2013 film Cbgb – and Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner hilariously spoofed her in 1979, a few months before the Patti Smith Group put out Wave.
In the lengthy sketch, Radner played tank-top-wearing, bouffant-armpitted punk yelper "Candy Slice" who was performing at a »
How do you celebrate the big 4–0? How about with the opening of a brand new state-of-the art teaching facility? That’s exactly what L.A.’s iconic Groundlings Theatre and School is doing this weekend with an official ribbon cutting ceremony this Saturday, Jan. 30. We wish we looked this good at 40! Located right across the street from the theater, the Groundlings School is the new home of the company’s renowned training program that’s molded hundreds of entertainers into the industry’s top comedic heavy-hitters. Funny and famed alums Maya Rudolph, Taran Killam, Laraine Newman, and Jim Rash will be on hand for Saturday’s celebration that will also include improv performances and workshops from current Groundlings students and alum alike. Rudolph and Killam are also scheduled to perform at that evening’s 8:30 p.m. show under Rash’s direction. The Groundlings School is located at 7280 Melrose Ave. »
The 43rd Annie Awards are turning to pairs of presenters rather than a traditional host for its awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA.
Comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates, also known as Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, are returning for a second year as presenters. They will be joined by actor, producer and director Edward James Olmos and actress Rita Moreno; Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, and “Saturday Night Live” alum Laraine Newman, who voices Gram on Netflix’s new toon “Dawn of the Croods”; young thesps Alexander Garfin and Hadley Belle Miller, who voiced Linus and Lucy in best feature nominee “The Peanuts Movie”; veteran voice actor Kevin Michael Richardson (“Uncle Grandpa”) and composer Christophe Beck; and actress and comedian Kristen Schaal (“Bob’s Burgers”) and actress Phyllis Smith, who voices Sadness in Pixar’s “Inside Out.”
Many of the presenters are »
- Terry Flores
Two of comedy's most cynical commentators, Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks, are teaming up to create a new animated pilot. The duo will co-write and executive produce the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and they will voice two of the as-yet-untitled show's lead roles. The show, a pilot order that will be prepared for FX, will run 30 minutes.
8 items from 2016
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