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Jason Jones Exiting Daily Show to Star In TBS Comedy With Natalie Zea

24 February 2015 9:48 AM, PST | | See recent news »

It won’t be a Daily experience, but husband-and-wife comics Jason Jones and Samantha Bee have scored a 10-episode order from TBS for their untitled family comedy.

Yet while The Daily Show favorites are executive-producing the series (and wrote its pilot episode), only one of ‘em will star in it.

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The series — based on the couple’s own experiences with family getaways — will star Jones as unfiltered dad Nate and Natalie Zea (Justified, The Following) as his wife.

The couple and their two kids — rebellious daughter Delilah (Louie‘s Ashley Gerasimovich) and simpleton son »

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TBS Greenlights Comedy Series From ‘The Daily Show’s’ Samantha Bee & Jason Jones

24 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Daily Show” duo Samantha Bee and Jason Jones have been handed a 10-episode series order from TBS for a comedy inspired by their own family road trips, Variety has learned.

The husband-and-wife team will exec produce the series, with Jones starring. Rounding out the cast are Natalie Zea (“Justified,” “The Following”), Ashley Gerasimovich (“Louie”) and Liam Carroll (“The Neighbors”).

The series, described as an honest and darkly comedic look at family, follows a couple and their two kids on a road trip to Florida. Jones stars as unfiltered dad Nate, who packs his wife, Robin (Zea), along with their rebellious daughter Delilah (Gerasimovich) and simpleton son Jared (Carroll), into the family car for what he believes will be the adventure of a lifetime, which quickly turns into a disaster.

“This show delivers on exactly the direction we are taking our TBS comedies — honest, smart and provocative,” said Brett Weitz, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Is a Depressing Retread

22 February 2015 1:14 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is so bad it might make you question your allegiance to the original Hot Tub Time Machine. In 2010, Steve Pink’s comedy felt like a blast of fresh air, with its endearingly silly premise, its see-what-sticks humor, and its charming setup of a bunch of losers trying to transform their destinies by changing the way 1986 turned out. The new film has none of that. But it tries to. It tries to repeat everything the original did, and winds up leaving you stone-faced and depressed. I think there were more laughs in Schindler’s List.Anyway, since our heroes’ original bout with the hot tub of destiny resulted in lives of fulfillment, success, and tremendous wealth, the new one starts off with them … well, they’re feeling like something’s missing amid all that empty success. One thing is missing, for sure, and that’s John Cusack’s Adam Yates, »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Wamg At The Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Press Day

21 February 2015 2:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is ready to take you guys on another crazy trip, and in celebration Wamg attended a press conference for the film where stars Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott and Gillian Jacobs talked to press about the film. Director Steve Pink and  screenwriter Josh Heald also joined in.

Since these guys are so funny, I thought it best to let you listen to all the fun for yourselves, rather than risk losing some of the funny in text. Join the cast as they talk about Lisa Loeb, 9-11, and taking another dip in the hot tub below!

When Lou (Rob Corddry) finds himself in trouble, Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. (Adam Scott). Now they have »

- Melissa Howland

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Review: Hot Tub Time Machine 2

21 February 2015 9:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The phrase "Hot Tub Time Machine" was such an insane concept I couldn't wait to see the 2010 release. (Debbie's review) Sure, it was a fratboy movie, but it was fresh and edgy at a time when the nation was just learning to laugh again a decade after 9/11, and I loved it. Five years was a long time to wait with such anticipation for this sequel.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a wet hot mess, with bad jokes as frequent as jacuzzi bubbles, and good jokes popping like farts in a tub. It has the same writer (Josh Heald), the same director (Steve Pink) and largely the same cast (John Cusack is replaced by Adam Scott), but it failed to capture the same magic for me. I can't say I hated it, but somehow it felt ... different, like I was watching an elaborately extended Super Bowl commercial.

The original movie was tight, »

- Mike Saulters

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Celebrate Hot Tub Time Machine 2′s Release with New Clips and La Premiere Photos

21 February 2015 7:50 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The stars of the new sci-fi comedy, ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2,’ including Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott and Gillian Jacobs, celebrated their second journey through time. while attending the film’s red carpet on Wednesday night at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles. The actors of the anticipated follow-up to the hit 2010 comedy, ‘Hot Tub Time Machine,’ took pictures at the premiere, which even included the title hot tub for them to pose with together. ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2,’ which was written and directed by returning series scribe and helmer, Josh Heald and Steve Pink, was distributed in theaters this weekend by Paramount Pictures.  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Film Review: Back to the Funny in ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’

20 February 2015 3:23 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The concept is a hot tub, that also acts as a time machine. It practically writes itself! The too-meticulous plot of “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” still delivers a decent amount of laughs, although most of them fall under the crude and rude category. Better a cheap laugh than no laugh.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

It is almost impossible to critique such a film, because it basically throws every possible joke against the wall, and a number of them stick. The plot has a Dada-like surrealism to it, going in such different directions that it becomes useless to try and follow at some point, and the characters have the same lack of consistency. The script – by Josh Heald – allows each of the principal characters to do whatever they want at some point, with no regard as to what persona had been assigned to them, as long as the word ‘f**k’ is »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′: Because money!!!

19 February 2015 5:06 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Written by Josh Heald

Directed by Steve Pink

USA, 2015


“This shit’s pretty flat, bro.”

So sayeth the rudest man in the world, who just happened to be sitting behind me at the screening for Hot Tub Time Machine 2. He began the evening sitting in front of me; deliberately stealing a seat marked ‘Studio Representative’ so he could talk to the beautiful publicist. Shockingly, she rebuffed his drunken advances. “Whatever, bro,” he dismissively burped, and then ambled to the seat behind me. Yes, he’s the guy who calls both men and women ‘bro.’ He’s also the guy who talks through the entire movie, eats handfuls of popcorn with his mouth wide open (ostensibly, so he can still breathe), and kicks the back of the seat like a bored child. In other words, he’s the target audience for Hot Tub Time Machine 2. »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Jose Moreno Brooks Cast In NBC’s ‘Telenovela’, Ana Kayne Joins CBS’ ‘Lfe’

19 February 2015 4:31 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Jose Moreno Brooks (MTV’s One Bad Choice), a former semi-pro soccer player-turned-actor, has been cast as a series regular opposite Eva Longoria in NBC's 13-episode single-camera comedy series Telenovela starring and executive produced by Eva Longoria. Written/executive produced by Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein, based on an idea by Longoria, and directed by Steve Pink, Telenovela stars Longoria as popular diva Ana Maria, star of Latin America's most beloved… »

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Review: Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Is #2 In More Ways Than One

19 February 2015 4:30 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It would be wrong to call Hot Tub Time Machine 2 an ugly, smug, hateful waste of cinema, because to do so would imply that it indeed exhibits at least a flair for the cinematic. Which, of course, is not the case. The film is a follow up to 2010's sleeper hit comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, a goofy little piece of work that managed to transcend the novelty appeal of its title, if only by a smidgen. Unfortunately, the sequel doesn't even begin to live up to its predecessor. Everyone is back this time (Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, and writer Josh Heald, and director Steve Pink) with the glaring exception of John Cusack. The fact the actor skipped out on this dreadful slog in...

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Review

19 February 2015 9:29 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While I understand a filmmaker’s want to go above and beyond when creating a sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 suffers from a serious case of “youngest child” syndrome. Steve Pink’s original time-traveling period-piece is a rather funny endeavor, only because it’s executed with a sensible craziness that boasts decent helpings of immature yucks to balance out some seriously rad 80s humor.

The sequel, trying to live up to its big brother’s legacy, essentially runs around with its dick in its hands for 90 minutes, craving the same adoring attention without exemplifying any of the previously successful methods. It’s basically Dumb And Dumber To all over again – take everything you thought worked from the original, and repurpose it a billion times over before absolutely killing whatever nostalgic enjoyment might have been attainable. Welcome back, gang!

After becoming the father of the internet (and an even bigger »

- Matt Donato

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[Review] Hot Tub Time Machine 2

19 February 2015 4:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As far as absurdly dumb, high-concept comedies go, 2010′s Hot Tub Time Machine mostly hit its mark, riffing on everything 80′s while cramming in as many crude (and mostly funny) one-note jokes as possible. Returning five years later for the sequel that one can’t imagined many asked for is director Steve Pink, the writing trio of Josh Heald, Sean Anders, […] »

- Jordan Raup

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Film Review: ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’

18 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The future of American screen comedy looks an awful lot like the present — which is to say, steeped in pop-culture references, groin-fixated humor and gay panic — if we are to believe the enjoyably screw-loose vision of “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.” Fittingly enough, given John Cusack’s conspicuous absence this time around, director Steve Pink and scribe Josh Heald have ditched their original back-to-the-’80s conceit and leapt ahead to 2025, uncovering a not-so-grim dystopia where dogs ride hoverboards and automobiles have minds of their own, but where life continues to serve up the same old setbacks and letdowns as always. Tackling its time-travel premise with even less rigor than its predecessor, but just the right amount of slapdash, surrealism-for-slobs attitude (plus the welcome addition of Adam Scott), this unaccountably likable sequel may not match the first film’s fairly modest $65 million worldwide haul, but should draw enough returning fans to »

- Justin Chang

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'Hot Tub Time Machine 2': Film Review

18 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A flop-sweaty cash grab that gives a bad name to sequels in which key talent has jumped ship, Steve Pink's Hot Tub Time Machine 2 leaps forward rather than backward in time and sort of makes one wish the world had ended while it was en route. Suffering from much more than awkwardness over the absence of the original's top-billed John Cusack, though it is certainly awkward about that, the film makes us wonder why we enjoyed spending time with his three returning costars (Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke) in the first place. Viewers who expected nothing

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- John DeFore

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Review: Shockingly, 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2" is very dirty and very silly

18 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It seems strange to describe this as "much sillier than the original," considering that "the original" in this case is a film called "Hot Tub Time Machine," but I think it's safe to say that they hit the ground running with this film, with very little focus on genuine storytelling, and for the most part, that approach serves them well. In addition to being very silly, this film is profoundly dirty. Rob Corddry's character Lou is the apex predator of the modern movement of sociopathic comedy. There is a character type, personified in Larry David or the cast of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" or Ruxin on "The League," that is completely without conscience or humanity, and I'm intrigued by just how far some comedy is willing to push that archetype. It's tricky, because if you do it wrong, you create a character that is unbearable to watch. And »

- Drew McWeeny

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Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades’ to Rule ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2,’ ‘McFarland, USA’

18 February 2015 4:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will audiences come back for seconds or will the thrill surrounding “Fifty Shades of Grey” evaporate by the time the erotic drama’s sophomore weekend rolls around?

That’s the big question facing studios and exhibitors as a trio of new releases try to shoulder in on Christian Grey’s action.

Fifty Shades of Grey” outdid expectations last weekend, bowing to a record-breaking $85.1 million and setting a new benchmark for February debuts in the process. However, most analysts expect that the film will be similar to “Sex and the City” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” two female-driven films that sizzled during their opening weekends but cooled off quickly. Those pictures dropped between 60% and 70% in their follow-up weekends, so “Fifty Shades of Grey” should reasonably expect a similar tumble.

Word of mouth on Universal and Focus Features’ adaptation of E.L. James’ bestselling phenomenon is lackluster, with audiences handing the picture »

- Brent Lang

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Is a Tepid Sequel

17 February 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Five years ago, four losers passed out in a jacuzzi, boiled back to 1986, healed their past wounds, rocked out to Poison, and returned to their timeline as gods. Thusly, Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was hailed as a minor deity: He'd taken a dumber-than-huffing-hairspray premise and made the perfect trifle, a comedy with no greater aspiration than to be your first choice on an airplane. If I could bubble a time machine to 2010, I'd advise Pink, "Quit while you're ahead." Alas, with the tepid sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2, he and returning cast members Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke have stewed too long. Now the whole thing is pruned.

First, a recap of events. Nick (Robinson), Adam (John Cusack), and Adam's nephew Jacob (Duke) upended »

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Watch: Peer Into The Future With Three ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’ Clips, New Photos, Posters & More

13 February 2015 1:11 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Hot Tub Time Machine 2” should have been both a flop and a disaster, but it ended up being neither. Based on a simple conceit spelled out in the title, and with a very no-stars-lead cast, “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” should have been as throw away as it sounds, but Steve Pink's movie turned out to be quite the endearing, funny and bawdy little comedy. For the sequel, thespian John Cusack has not returned, perhaps too busy starring in recent classics like “Drive Hard,” “The Bag Man,” “The Prince” and “Reclaim.” But the original cast of Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Chevy Chase, are back this time joined by Adam Scott, Gillian Jacob, Thomas Lennon, Christian Slater, Collette Wolfe and “Mad Men” star Jessica Paré who, how shall we put it, elevated her game in the original. Here’s the all-important synopsis: When Lou (Rob Corddry) finds himself in trouble, »

- Edward Davis

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'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' Predicts New 'Daily Show' Host

12 February 2015 11:09 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Steve Pink and writer Josh Heald have been pretty apt at predicting the future thus far with their upcoming time travel comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2. First, they were able to throw together a Super Bowl trailer that perfectly parodied the New England Patriots Inflate-Gate scandal. Now, a new clip has arrived that predicts Jessica Williams will be the new host of The Daily Show as the Comedy Central mainstay becomes a leading source in global news.

As you may know by now, Jon Stewart announced earlier this week that he is leaving The Daily Show by the end of the year. Now, we get a sneak peek at what his absence might feel like. And it doesn't look half bad. Of course, this is ten years away, so it's any guess who might step in for Jon Stewart before Jessica Williams takes over the hot seat. »

- MovieWeb

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'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' Red Band Clip with Christian Slater

11 February 2015 10:29 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nick Webber (Craig Robinson) finds himself on a bizarre game show entitled Choozy Doozy, hosted by Christian Slater, in a new red band clip from Hot Tub Time Machine 2. As you likely noticed in the previously released trailers and clips, Nick has become a pop star in the future, ripping off songs from the past and making them his own. This fame and fortune eventually leads him to appear on Choozy Doozy, where members of the audience choose crazy things for the guest to do. Unfortunately, Lou (Rob Corddry) has a hilarious idea for Nick, although the tables get turned quickly.

When Lou (Rob Corddry) finds himself in trouble, Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. (Adam Scott). Now they have to alter »

- MovieWeb

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