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David Posamentier and Geoff Moore have been writing together for about ten years. Each has an impressive resume of films they’ve been a part of in some way. Posamentier worked for writer/director Zach Braff on Garden State. Moore has worked on such films as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and I Love You Phillip Morris. Having worked so long writing and developing projects for others, it seemed inevitable that they would eventually decide to direct themselves. Which is precisely what they have done with the dark comedy Better Living Through Chemistry.
The film tells the story of small-town pharmacist Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) who’s conventional and boring life is turned upside down when he meets the alluring Elizabeth Roberts (Olivia Wilde). As the pair begins a drug-fueled affair, Doug undergoes a transformation that may ultimately lead him down the path to a better life.
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- Mike Tyrkus
Comedian Matt Walsh is turning to fans for help on his next feature film. The co-founder of Upright Citizens Brigade launched on Thursday an Indiegogo campaign for improvised comedy A Better You. Walsh is asking fans to contribute $52,650 by April 21 to help cover the film's postproduction costs. A Better You, co-written by Walsh and Brian Huskey (This Is the End), stars Huskey as a hypnotherapist in the midst of a midlife meltdown. Comedians Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live), Adam Pally (The Mindy Project), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately), Rob Huebel (The Descendants), Jo Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Andrew
- Natalie Jarvey
"Julia Louis-Dreyfus was the best one on 'Seinfeld.' She was terrific on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' and she's doing her best work right now on the fantastic HBO show 'Veep' ... which, along with 'Parks and Recreation,' got an 80 share," Amy Poehler said wryly Tuesday night in Beverly Hills at the TV Academy's annual Hall of Fame ceremony. Poehler had the honor of inducting Louis-Dreyfus amongst a crowd of friends and colleagues. Her speech was at times heartfelt and often incredibly silly -- both qualities that encapsulate Louis-Dreyfus' renowned television career. -Break- held record of comedy slouch Lucille Ball." »
Hell hath no fury like a fired-up Billy Eichner. The 35-year-old comedian returns tonight for a third season of Fuse’s fun-and-frenetic game show from Funny or Die Billy on the Street, in which he tests New Yorkers’ pop culture knowledge at a turbo pace and very loud volume. What kind of manic antics can you expect to see from Eichner, who also guest-stars as the easily enraged Craig on Parks and Recreation? Below, he gives EW 11 teases for the upcoming 10 episodes, which air Wednesdays at 11 p.m.
1. “To kick off the season of the show back in December, I »
- Dan Snierson
Why you'll never see Lauren Conrad with supershort hair - People This reality-tv couple is separating after 26 years of marriage - Us Weekly Is there going to be a Pretty Woman musical? - Et Miley Cyrus soaks up the sun in a teeny black bikini - HuffPost Celebrity Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans talk about Captain America - Lainey Gossip Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez might not be friends anymore - Gossip Girl Benedict Cumberbatch's epic Oscars photobomb, set to the Jaws theme - BuzzFeed Rooney Mara is headed to Neverland - Hollywood Reporter Watch Amy Poehler praise Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Vulture This classic rocker is writing a children's book - Dlisted »
- Brittney Stephens
"We all know that movies are dumb and TV is awesome," Amy Poehler said last night at the Television Academy's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Poehler was there to introduce inductee Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and the speech is of course funny and charming. "Unlike the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Television Academy is open-minded," Poehler said, "and they're choosing to induct Julia while they overlook her well -known history of gambling on Seinfeld episodes." Poehler referred to Louis-Dreyfus as "everyone's favorite," and said, "she is like us, except smarter and prettier." Would that Amy Poehler could introduce us all so lovingly.And here's Louis-Dreyfus's acceptance speech, which includes memories of her high-school physics teacher, a really telling anecdote about Larry David, and a well-placed drop of the C-word. »
- Margaret Lyons
On Tuesday, Funny or Die premiered a video of Zach Galifianakis interviewing President Obama in a Between Two Ferns sketch where Obama plugged Healthcare.gov. On Wednesday, traffic to the healthcare site has increased 40 percent.
White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett went on CBS’ This Morning earlier to share the news of the video’s success. “The fact that the website traffic has gone up is really an indication that it’s working.” Look at that, viral videos changing lives!
Obama’s appearance on Galifianakis’ wacky series wasn’t the first time the president — or first lady Michelle — has used »
- Ariana Bacle
Ricky Gervais wants to get another shot at some Hollywood celebrities - the comedian wants to host Golden Globe awards again. The 'Muppets Most Wanted' actor's stints of fronting the ceremony in 2010 2011, and 2012 saw organizers come under fire for his daring gags about stars including Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian and Mel Gibson, so thinks it is best to wait until the controversy is completely forgotten before he takes the helm again. Asked by 'Access Hollywood' if he would host the show again, he said: ''I wouldn't mind. Well, not yet, but, yeah. Give it a few years. Let everything [settle].'' It seems Ricky - who was replaced as host by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler - has had a change of heart as he previously vowed not to front the ceremony again. Speaking after his third stint in 2012, he said: ''Thank f**k that's over. I had a blast actually. »
This past Sunday saw the season finale of HBO’s True Detective, a show that was hands down one of the best things to happen to television in many years. How do I know this? Well, I know this because it’s one of the rare pieces of entertainment that even internet haters had nothing bad to say about. Now that, my friends, is how you know something is truly remarkable.
While nothing but love and praise was heaped upon the show’s mesmerizing and utterly enthralling first season, that doesn’t mean that fans didn’t have a whole lot of fun with it. So iconic and memorable were so many moments and lines of dialogue throughout the show’s eight episode run that it was inevitable that spoofs, satires and parodies would hit the net in its wake… and boy did they ever.
If you’re already missing True Detective, »
- John Squires
Billy Eichner tirelessly working the streets of Manhattan (to our amusement)
If anyone can get away with running through the streets of Manhattan getting strangers to do everything from naming white celebrities to telling Olivia Wilde to her face that she’s “pretty for a single dollar bill”, it’s Billy Eichner.
The out comedian/producer/actor has been building a fan base over the past few years with his popular videos and appearances on shows like Conan, The Wendy Williams Show as well as voice work on Fox’s Bob’s Burgers.
Even he will admit that it’s not too difficult these days to get big names to appear on his game show, Funny Or Die’s Billy On The Street, which returns for a third season of episodes tonight on Fuse. This season alone, a cavalcade of guest stars include Rachel Dratch, Lena Dunham, Neil Patrick Harris, »
- Jim Halterman
Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler couldn’t have said it better in a room filled with TV executives and stars: “Movies are dumb, and TV is awesome. If we take away anything from the night, let’s all remember that TV is better than film and everybody knows it.”
Poehler was introducing Julia Louis-Dreyfus as one of six honorees inducted into the Television Academy’s 23rd Hall of Fame Tuesday night during a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Other inductees included David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, The Crazy Ones), former Tonight Show host Jay Leno, »
- Stephanie Robbins
"If you love what you are doing, then you will be successful." When this quotation was first uttered, it's highly unlikely that the speaker imagined it would apply to a man screaming at strangers on a sidewalk about pop culture. But that's exactly the bliss that Billy Eichner decided to follow — and it's working. What started as a series of modest YouTube videos named Billy On The Street has now blossomed into a partnership with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's comedy site Funny Or Die and an Emmy-nominated TV show on Fuse. »
Amid a night filled with the expected tributes, Bill Maher closed by issuing a full-throated defense of Jay Leno — citing his victimization by the media — as the Television Academy inducted six new Hall of Fame members in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night.
Introducing Leno, Maher compared the former “The Tonight Show” host to Israel, saying in regard to the way he’s been covered through the years, “He’s not perfect, but he’s held to a standard that no one else in the world is expected to live up to other than him.”
The host of HBO’s “Real Time” (who referenced a 35-year friendship with Leno, and appeared in a taped piece on his final “Tonight Show”) dismissed the notion that Leno had “stolen” Conan O’Brien’s dream by returning to again assume NBC’s latenight mantle and chided the media for writing the story in that fashion at the time. »
- Brian Lowry
Paris -- Amy Poehler will join Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer on the Cote d’Azur, as the team gathers for a panel entitled “The Power of Comedy” on the opening day of the television industry's annual conference. Poehler is executive producer of the series, and will be joined by Comedy Central’s content development president Kent Alterman and parent company Viacom’s international program sales svp Caroline Beaton to discuss how Web series are impacting the development pipeline for comedy programs. Photos: Golden Globes 2014 Jewelry: Amy Poehler, Cate Blanchett Wear Their Best Baubles The panel will delve into Viacom’s research
- Rhonda Richford
The panel will comprise “Broad City’”s creators, writers, exec producers and stars of both the original web and TV series, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, as well as Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s prexy of content development and original programming, Caroline Beaton, Svp of international programme sales for Viacom International Media Networks (Vimn).
The discussion will draw on Viacom’s recent research study (“Comedy Across Borders”) that identified comedy as “the number one social currency,” and will explore the series’ transition from the web to TV.
While a second season has already been greenlit, »
- Elsa Keslassy
TheWrap offers two takes on “Veronica Mars,” the movie: one from its Lead Movie Critic Alonso Duralde (pictured above right), who has never watched the TV show, and another from its Senior TV Writer Jethro Nededog (pictured above left), a longtime fan. – ‘Veronica Mars’ Review: You Don't Have to Know the Show to Enjoy This Comic Whodunit Kristin Bell's smart and sexy sleuth gets the big-screen treatment with a script designed to bring newbies into her world of repartee and mayhem By Alonso Duralde Amy Poehler once joked that her favorite show on TV is “Previously on ‘Homeland'…” and those of us. »
- Alonso Duralde
Inspired by Lena Dunham, the next generation of funny females aren't waiting for TV to green-light their shows, but doing it for themselves
While TV comedy is dominated by laddish panel shows, the internet is home to what the New Yorker recently described as "an almost golden age of web-native series", many of them written, directed by and starring women. Sadly, even after Girls and Orange Is The New Black, it's still unusual to see a female-penned show being launched straight to TV. Which is why female comedians are building massive followings online, then crossing over to TV from there. Issa Rae, writer-director of Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl, was one of the first; she's now developing an ABC series with Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes. Broad City (see below) is heading for Comedy Central. While the UK hasn't quite caught up (pretty much every successful female-fronted webseries is set in New York), things are changing. »
- Issy Sampson
In a new commercial for Old Navy, Amy Poehler plays a quirky attorney who can't get over a job candidate's pants, and the outtakes from her ad are pretty hilarious. She asks the young girl to dance then explains that her law firm represents cats in criminal trials before admitting that she lives in a filthy lighthouse. Turning to her phone, she says, "Jonathan, the answer is no. Unless the answer's yes. Unless I change my mind." Watch the commercial above, then check out the funny outtakes below. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Lindsay Lohan wasn't spewing Bs on "Jimmy Fallon" Thursday night -- talking about a "Mean Girls" reunion -- TMZ has learned, it's been in the works for weeks.Fyi, 2014 is the 10th anniversary of the film's release -- and sources tell us, co-writer Tina Fey has been leading the charge for a reunion to commemorate the occasion ... wrangling the entire cast over the last month.And Lindsay was apparently the last to know about it »
- TMZ Staff
Last week, Old Navy launched a new ad with Amy Poehler playing a lawyer interviewing a potential assistant, but instead of asking about law stuff, she only cares about pants. It's fun. But not as a fun as this new clip of Poehler just riffing as the lawyer. How wonderful it would be to show up to a job interview and see Amy Poehler sitting across the desk. Well, unless you seriously wanted the job, because then it probably would get tired pretty quick. »
- Jesse David Fox
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