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The New York Comedy Festival, in association with Comedy Central, has announced the addition of more than 60 shows to this year’s lineup, including Comics to Watch and the competition finals of New York’s Funniest Stand-Up, plus events featuring Jim Gaffigan, Amy Poehler, Bob Odenkirk, Pete Holmes, Sommore and more.
Nycf will also partner with the Paley Center for Media for three panel discussions with the creative teams behind “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Broad City.” This year the fest also introduces a special Fan Pass to audiences, a five- or ten-show pass with additional benefits.
The 11th annual festival runs Nov. 5-9 at more than 20 New York City venues . The full slate of events can be found at the fest’s website.
- Shelli Weinstein
If you need some brand-new books to add to your reading list, we've got you covered with a roundup of all the can't-miss titles coming out this month! Buzzy celebrity memoirs by Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris, and Diane von Furstenberg will be hitting shelves along with fresh fiction from famous authors like Chuck Palahniuk and Jodi Picoult. With a mix of mysteries, novels, essays, and more, take a look at our picks for October must reads! »
The series will launch across all digital platforms on October 21.
“At its core, the vision of this project is to fuse artistry and storytelling with economic expertise to engage the public in a truly informed dialogue about the Us economy,” said Vulcan Productions general manager and creative director Carole Tomko.
“This esteemed group of artists and thinkers galvanises our mission of bringing innovation to the public discourse about the economy, and empowering people to make better economic choices in their »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
When his off-the-grid best buddy Ben Baker (Galifianakis) inherits his estranged father’s fortune, womanizing local weatherman Steve Dallas (Wilson) joins forces with him to battle the legal challenge brought by Ben’s formidable sister (Poehler).
Watch this behind-the-scenes clip featuring Owen Wilson.
The movie stars Emmy nominee Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover trilogy), Academy Award nominee Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Marley & Me, Midnight in Paris), Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler (Mean Girls, NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”), Emmy nominee Jenna Fischer (NBC’s “The Office,” Hall Pass) and Laura Ramsey (She’s The Man, Mad Men).
Are You Here has a running time of 114 minutes »
- Michelle McCue
Lena Dunham's new book, Not That Kind of Girl, hit shelves today, with the actress joining a series of other funny ladies who have added "author" to their résumés. In a few weeks, Parks and Recreation actress Amy Poehler will also join the group with her book Yes Please, which is set to cover everything from friendship and love to work and comedy. To celebrate the highly anticipated titles, we're taking a look at more must-read books by other hilarious Hollywood women, including SNL alums Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch, plus Mindy Kaling, whose book became a bestseller back in 2012. Check out all the can't-miss, laugh-out-loud reads to add to your reading list - plus one to preorder now! »
Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Adrian Grenier, and Werner Herzog are among the more than 80 actors, directors, and academic and civic leaders who are collaborating on the digital series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan will produce the series of informative and entertaining films that tackle serious economic issues.
“At its core, the vision of this project is to fuse artistry and storytelling with economic expertise to engage the public in a truly informed dialogue about the U.S. economy,” says Carole Tomko, »
- Jeff Labrecque
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Jon Favreau wrote and directed this delicious comedy about a chef named Carl Casper, who quits the biz to start a food truck with help from fellow chef Martin (John Leguizamo) and Carl's son Percy. Sofía Vergara plays Carl's ex-wife, with Dustin Hoffman as Carl's former boss, Scarlett Johansson as the hostess of the restaurant, and Oliver Platt as a food critic whose mean tweets kicked off this whole business.
"The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology"
This Blu-ray box set includes both the theatrical version and the extended director's cut of "The Exorcist," "Exorcist II: The Heretic," "The Exorcist III," and the two prequels, "Exorcist: The Beginning" and "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist." Although this set doesn't boast a whole lot of extras, »
- Jenni Miller
Are SNL’s growing pains over as it enters its 40th season? It certainly didn’t seem that way from the show’s bizarre season opener. While Chris Pratt—and Chris Pratt’s abs, in a supporting role—conducted themselves amiably, the show seemed to lack the festive air we’d expect from a premiere tied to such an important season. Instead, it seemed on a mission to prove that a new era has come to Studio 8H—one with a markedly different tone.
There was only one notable cameo, and it came from Pratt’s wife, Anna Faris—not, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Saturday Night Live comes back tonight? Honestly, thanks to a hiatus filled with casting announcements and Update shakeups and meticulous analysis of the show’s history (not to mention Live from New York’s rerelease), it sort of feels like it never left. (Just me?)
Which doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be champing at the bit for tonight’s 40th season premiere—a sure-to-be splashy episode featuring a leaner, meaner cast, an all-new pair at the Weekend Update desk, and a host with potential to immediately join the list of greats. Maybe it’d be best to go over »
- Hillary Busis
Out of all the comedy icons who launched their careers on Saturday Night Live, none have contributed more to the North American box office than Eddie Murphy, who helped rake in $5.79 billion with his 38 films. In a new infographic, Businessweek uses data from Rentrak to calculate the top 25 SNL veterans based on the gross revenue of their filmography. Dan Aykroyd came in at the Number Two spot ($4.26 billion), with Robert Downey Jr. rounding out the top three ($3.9 billion).
Most of the top 10 is fairly predictable: Ben Stiller comes in at »
“Well guys, we’ve made it to the end of the summer in one piece, except for a few campers who are lepers. “
Wet Hot American Summer is the feel-good hit of the summer of 1981. Members of the incredibly funny comedy troupe, “The State”, did this parody film in 2001 of hits like Porkys and Meatballs by over-cliché-ifying (yes, I made up that word) situations such as the nerdy-guy-gets-the-girl (sort of), and a-camp-counselor-saves-the day. Everything seems normal enough in Wet Hot American Summer at first. One of the counselors turns out to be gay, one of the kids has a chance to lose his virginity, the nerd guy likes the hot girl with the jerk boyfriend., etc, but once »
- Tom Stockman
It can only happen in the movies: While a couple of weeks ago, Rocket the Raccoon was the superhero of the moment, he has been replaced by David Fincher, Christopher Nolan and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
In reinventing itself every fall, Hollywood is still selling brands, but those brands shift dramatically, from comicbook heroes to cinema auteurs.
The process of elevating filmmakers to such status raises intriguing questions: Are we really doing directors (or audiences) a favor? Or are we misrepresenting the filmmaking process and, in doing so, prompting top talent to fashion quirkier, less accessible work?
A number of books and academic studies have appeared lately that argue against the folklore of the “lone genius” in the arts. Most creative breakthroughs, they point out, are the product of teams of artists. “The idea of the solitary creator is a myth that has outlived its usefulness,” writes Joshua Wolf Shenk in his book, »
- Peter Bart
Who will be the nominees and winners in the 11 television races at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards? Our new predictions center is now open for you to log your picks. -Break- At last year's awards, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," its leading man Andy Samberg and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") were the comedy winners. On the drama side, it was first wins for "Breaking Bad" and Bryan Cranston plus Robin Wright ("House of Cards"). Among returning laffers, look for possible continued support of "The Big Bang Theory" (Jim Parsons), "Episodes" (Matt LeBlanc), "Girls" (Lena Dunham), "House of Lies" (Don Cheadle), "Louie" (Louis C.K.), "Modern Family" (Sofia Vergara), "New Girl" (Zooey Deschanel), "Nurse Jackie" (Edie Falco), "Orange is the New Black" (Taylor Schilling), and "Veep" (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Freshman contenders ...' »
The Awesomes is an animated superhero comedy on Hulu created by SNL's Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker, who both serve as executive producers. It's full of SNL and MadTV alumni (amongst others), including Kenan Thompson, Ike Barinholtz, Rashida Jones, Taran Killam, Paula Pell, Bobby Lee, Josh Meyers, Cecily Strong, Rachel Dratch, Will Forte, Colin Quinn, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan, and Emily Spivey, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and more. Now into its second season and newly renewed for a »
- Paul Shirey
Pratt hosts the season 40 opener of Saturday Night Live this weekend.
Chris Pratt ruled the box office this summer in the No. 1 movie of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy. The Marvel film has raked in more than $300 million stateside, plus $600 million worldwide. He's become a bonified movie star and SNL has taped Pratt as the host of its season opener. Et was behind the scenes of his promo shoot and learned a few things about our favorite funny man.
The name's Douchemaster McChest And this is my first headshot. You're welcome. #throwbackthursday circa 2000 pic.twitter.com/85B6tl3swn
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) September 12, 2014
We've always had a big crush on Chris but this was confirmed when he posted this throwback headshot who he calls D**chemaster McChest. Of the dreamy photo he told Et, "Oh, look at that. Look at this young boy full of ambition. You know what this kid's dream was right here? It »
Adored by Parks and Recreation devotees as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, Pawnee’s favorite trust-fund deadbeat, comedian Ben Schwartz makes a foray into drama with a critical role in Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You. The film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s beloved novel unites a cast of unparalleled heavyweights (Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne, the list goes on) as a bereaved family in the midst of a weeklong shiva imposed upon them by Schwartz’s character, a youthful rabbi with a hint of Jean-Ralphio desperation. The Upright Citizens Brigade veteran currently stars on Showtime’s House of Lies and will continue making inroads into drama with The Walk, a recently wrapped, Robert Zemeckis biopic about Philippe Petit’s famed high-wire walk between the Twin Towers. Vulture spoke to Schwartz about becoming a “hip” rabbi, getting Jane Fonda to try improv, and bidding adieu to his Jean-Ralphio hair. »
- Adrienne Gaffney
Warning: This clip is real cute. We know you clicked on it expecting cuteness, but it's cuter. Apparently, while shooting The Nest, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and Tina Fey had a playdate for all their kids. Towards the end of the clip, Fey talks about how easy it is to tell which kid belongs to which actress, and it will destroy you. Okay, we have sufficiently warned you. Bye, forever. »
- Jesse David Fox
When Wet Hot American Summer came out in 2001, it was released by USA Films – a company that eventually morphed into Focus Features, but at the time had no real footing theatrically. That may explain why the film was barely released, but eventually found a cult audience. Considering it was written by Michael Showalter and David Wain (the latter of whom directed the film), and featured many members of The State there was almost a guarantee it would be funny, but the fledging USA Films didn’t know how to sell it. Originally Showalter and Wain wanted to follow that film with They Came Together, which they were unable to make until recently, and it was also given a small theatrical release (but was also put on VOD). But now that it’s on home video, it seems likely it too will become a cult favorite. Starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, »
- Andre Dellamorte
The introduction to “Saturday Night Live” will undoubtedly sound different this season, but it'll also have an air of familiarity. NBC's iconic sketch show will bring in former cast member Darrell Hammond, who was on the program from 1995-2009, to replace the late Don Pardo as the show's announcer, TheWrap has confirmed. Pardo died in August at the age of 96, having announced during all but one of “SNL's” 39 seasons. Also read: Amy Poehler Remembers Late ‘SNL’ Announcer Don Pardo Hammond, a master impressionist who was known for his work as Bill Clinton and Sean Connery, among others, filled in for Pardo on. »
- Jordan Zakarin
“7th Heaven” cast reunites Beverley Mitchell last night posted a pic of her Stephen Collins, Jessica Biel, David Watson, David Gallagher and Catherine Hicks, but where was Ruthie? “The Good Wife” gets a cameo out of Gloria Steinem Julianna Margulies says she was starstruck when she filmed a scene with the feminist icon, who’s playing herself. "I made a fool of myself and then had to email her and had to apologize,” Margulies said on “Live! with Kelly and Michael." “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is coming to Vimeo The online video service will stream 80 episodes of the cult comedy series, plus any new episodes made over the next year. Click Read Full Post For More Marvel’s “Agent Carter” adds James D’Arcy He’ll play Edwin Jarvis, the butler to Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark. After binging on “Parks and Rec," Diane Keaton says “I've fallen in love »
- Norman Weiss
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