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At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Hulu adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. Some of these may also have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.The one Hulu wants you to watch: Difficult People (season 1) Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner are terrible to everyone but each other, and also sometimes to each other. That’s the basis for Hulu’s latest original series, executive produced by Amy Poehler. If that list of talent isn’t enough to get you excited for the series, watch Eichner, Klausner, and Poehler’s Vulture Festival panel to get a sense of Difficult People’s alternately caustic and charming vibe. (Available August 5.) For a Sunday Funday: You’re »
- Jackson McHenry
Hulu has released a sneak peak of its upcoming original series Difficult People. The streaming video platform launched the official trailer for the series, which hails from executive producer Amy Poehler.
Difficult People stars Billy Eichner (of Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street fame) and Julie Klausner (Ugly Americans) as two best friends living in New York City whose contemptuous attitudes towards other people often gets them into trouble. The series’ official trailer reveals snippets of these moments within the upcoming series, including Klausner refusing to take a picture for a tourist because she doesn’t want to get swine flu and Eichner sarcastically answering an elderly couple he’s serving at a restaurant.
Eichner and Klausner co-created Difficult People, which was originally announced in November 2014. Klausner wrote the pilot episode, and the series’ star, co-creator, and writer also serves as an executive producer alongside Poehler and Louie’s Dave Becky. »
- Bree Brouwer
Who says you can’t do a prequel 14 years after the original? Netflix is out to prove you can do just that with “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” and even have a the cast playing characters half their age. The revival features Hollywood galore. Seriously — everyone who’s anyone made it into the cast. Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig and Molly Shannon are just a few of the big names who are enrolled in this fantasy summer camp. The actors may have gotten older, but their talent is aging like fine wine. »
- Wrap Staff
The premiere party for Hulu’s new original comedy series “Difficult People” went off without a hitch on Thursday evening at New York’s School of Visual Arts Theater despite rain, 90-degree heat and extreme humidity. Executive producer Amy Poehler was all smiles as she stepped out onto the red carpet to support Billy Eichner, best known for his popular man-on-the-street game show “Billy on the Street,” and author/podcaster Julie Klausner, who co-star as struggling comedians who hate everything in the world except for each other and pop culture. The two caustic pals frequently land in awkward situations as a result of their brash behavior.
Klausner began writing the series pilot in the winter of 2012 and sent it to Poehler for some input. Klausner, who met the ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum while enrolled at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, said Poehler immediately loved the show’s storyline and was »
- Paul Chi
Ready for camp, Wet Hot American Summer fans? The cult comedy, from Michael Showalter and David Wain, is hitting Netflix as a rebooted prequel series on July 31, and the new show — Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp — is packed with even more famous faces than before. The original film, about a group of counselors and their charges at a summer camp in the '80s, stars the likes of Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Meloni, and Elizabeth Banks. The actors, whose quirky and [...] »
The Netflix series provides an origin story like no other for the cult movie, with enough ridiculous plotlines and cameos to make happy campers out of the most diehard fans (even if the format is skewed)
There is one thing that Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the new prequel series to the cult classic movie that Netflix started streaming on Friday, has that its predecessor never did: anticipation. When Whas arrived in theaters in 2001 the only really recognizable cast members were David Hyde Pierce – who was starring in Frasier at the time – and the alumni from MTV’s too-short-lived sketch comedy program The State. No one cared that it was coming and it was a huge dud, at least at the box office.
- Brian Moylan
Mark this down in your gournal: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is available today, bringing the counselors of Camp Firewood back for more of the antics started in the 2001 film.
Is the premiere of the eight-episode Netflix series as satisfying as gooey s’mores roasted over an outdoor fire? Or is it as limp as a sweaty athletic sock left to molder under a bunk? In a moment, we’ll tell you our thoughts — and ask for yours. But first, a quick recap:
The action takes place on June 24, 1981, the titular opening to Camp Firewood’s summer season. »
It’s been a long road back to Camp Firewood.
It seems that ever since the release of the original Wet Hot American Summer movie back in 2001, writers David Wain and Michael Showalter have been teasing the idea of a reunion. However, given that the film featured a cast which included Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd - each only a fraction as famous at the time as they are now - the idea fast became a dangled carrot which seemed to get further and further from anyone’s grasp. It was going to take a Goliath to make it happen.
Enter Netflix, who in January announced (following a long period of speculation) that it would be stumping up the cash to get the band back together. »
If you plan to visit Camp Firewood for Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer prequel series — which hits the streaming service at midnight on Friday — make sure to leave some room in your duffel bag for suspension of disbelief.
Executive producers David Wain and Michael Showalter, who also wrote the eight-episode limited series, are well aware that the camp’s counselors don’t look exactly as they did in 2001, when the feature film was released.
“When we made the original movie, we were 30 playing 16. Now, we’re in our forties playing 16. There’s only so much you can do to de-age that, »
The Flickering Myth Podcast goes Inside Out…
It’s been getting rave reviews so far (read our reviews here and here) and now we have audio highlights from the UK press conference of Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out featuring producer Jonas Rivera, writer/director Pete Doctor and voice talent Amy Poehler.
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Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader »
- Luke Owen
Hulu has made only modest noise with original programming, a situation that could change, and should, with “Difficult People.” Produced by Amy Poehler, this tart, very funny comedy stars Julie Klausner (who created the show) and Billy Eichner as bitchy pals who don’t really have a good word for anybody, except each other. TV has reveled in such self-absorbed characters, but these two are so perfectly loathsome and oblivious to the feelings of others, it’s almost hard not to root for them. Consider it a half-hour that proves bad company, TV-wise, can be good fun.
At the least, viewers should feel like they know the pair almost instantly. Both Julie and Billy (yes, they kept their first names, but changed their last) are aspiring comedians, but they’re being forced to work other jobs while pursuing those dreams. He’s an awful waiter, while she recaps and brutalizes TV programs, »
- Brian Lowry
The original cast have gone on to bigger things and that means they’re going to bring along some of their famous friends for the Netflix reinvention
Related: Wet Hot American Summer is back – but did it typecast its comedy all-stars?
The most amazing thing about Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the eight-episode prequel to the cult classic that starts streaming on Netflix on Friday 31 July, is that creators David Wain and Michael Showalter got all the original cast members to come back to reprise their roles no matter how famous they had become since the 2001 flick hit theaters. That means former nobodies such as Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler signed on to take bit parts in an ensemble comedy when they could be, you know, headlining Marvel superhero flicks or starring in network sitcoms.
Related: Wet Hot American Summer: the obscure cult favourite »
- Brian Moylan
There is joy and wonder in this marvelous mounting of a human mind, and a thrilling audacity in how it dares at such a strange and impossible thing. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love Pixar’s films
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I have some misgivings about this Inside Out movie. Only five emotions in a little girl’s head? Only Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness? Maybe things will get more complicated when she’s an older girl… but even the grownups here have only those five emotions. I dunno about that. Cuz in my not-little-girl head right now, Doubt is telling me “There’s no way you can do justice to this movie, so don’t even bother trying,” and Procrastination is agreeing, saying, “See? It was right to put off writing this review. Let’s put it off some more, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Emmy-winning "SNL" writer Paula Pell and her frequent collaborator Michelle Lawler are developing a HBO comedy. The untitled series will center on a disgraced Olympic figure skater who returns home to Massachusetts, where she confronts the two people who most benefited from her success: her self-absorbed mother and her bullying coach. Pell and Sue Naegle will executive produce, while Lawler will co-ep. Pell wrote for "Saturday Night Live" for two decades and served as head writer for the sketch series. She also penned "Sisters," the upcoming comedy with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Lawler is best known as a cinematographer. [via Deadline]
- Inkoo Kang
Creators and co-writers David Wain and Michael Showalter, members of ’90s MTV sketch group “The State,” premiered “Wet Hot American Summer” — featuring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Amy Poehler — at Sundance in 2001. The summer-camp satire, set in 1981, floundered in limited release. But word-of-mouth, special screenings and the ever-rising profile of its cast cultivated a rabid fanbase.
Rumors about a sequel and other ways to revisit the source material circulated for years. In May 2014, Variety exclusively confirmed Netflix’s interest in returning to the fictional Camp Firewood. Now, with the July 31 debut of an eight-episode prequel series, the talent and execs recount 15 years of false starts, creative hurdles and scheduling snafus leading to “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”
Wain (director): It first came out in New York. It grossed seven thousand dollars that weekend and we were like, “That’s not bad!” because it was only in one theater. »
- Julie Seabaugh
Amazon is set to debut the pilot for the Bryan Cranston co-created and co-executive produced series "Sneaky Pete" on August 7th. The project was originally produced for CBS for this coming season, but the network passed on picking it up to series.
The story follows a thirty-something con-man (Giovanni Ribisi) who assumes the identity of his cellmate, Pete, after leaving prison, hiding from his debtors while working for his new family's bail bond business. Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer and Shane McRae also star. [Source: THR]
Syfy has given a thirteen-episode straight-to-series order for the grindhouse-style drama series "Blood Drive" which John Hlavin (" Underworld: Awakening") and David Straiton ("Bates Motel") will executive produce. Straiton will also helm the pilot.
James Roland penned the "high-octane" story set in a near-apocalyptic future centered on the last good L.A. cop who must join a twisted and bloody »
- Garth Franklin
Early in 2001's summer camp movie parody "Wet Hot American Summer," Bradley Cooper's Ben told his fellow counselors, "Hey, let's all promise that in ten years from today, we'll meet again, and we'll see what kind of people we've blossomed into." It's been 14 years, and Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks have blossomed into some of the biggest comedy stars around, while "Wet Hot" itself has become a beloved cult classic. Director David Wain and his co-writer Michael Showalter have remained tight with the cast, and as the movie's reputation grew well beyond the paltry box office (it grossed less than $300,000 during its initial release), there were rumors of a sequel that would fulfill Ben's request, and perhaps allow Wain and Showalter to spoof the reunion movie genre next. Instead, all the original stars — and many, many, many more of the talented friends they've made as their »
- Alan Sepinwall
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
This one is for all the Cecil fans -- actually, it's for all animal fans who can't understand the appeal of hunting for fun. On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel actually got emotional when weighing in on the killing of Cecil the Lion, which is not funny, and he did not treat it as such. He shamed the guy who killed Cecil in an epic sport hunting takedown. "Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you have to kill things? If that's the case, they have a pill for that, it works great. Just stay home and swallow it and you save yourself a lifetime of »
- Gina Carbone
On Welcome to Sweden, a former money manager to the stars (Poehler) decides to follow his Swedish love (Josephine Bornebusch) when she decides to move back to her native country. It's a big culture shock for him and he does his best to win over her unusual family. The rest of the cast includes Lena Olin, Claes Månsson, Patrick Duffy, Illeana Douglas, Christopher Wagelin, and Per Svensson. Guests this season include Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Neve Campbell, Jason Priestley, Jack Black, and Paul Simon.
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NBC has canceled comedy series “Welcome to Sweden,” according to creator Greg Poehler. NBC has confirmed that the show has been pulled from the schedule. Produced by Amy Poehler with her brother Greg, who stars in the show, “Welcome to Sweden” is an international acquisition produced by Entertainment One TV4, Flx and Syskon. Also Read: Ratings: Amy Poehler-Produced 'Welcome to Sweden' Posts Ice-Cold Premiere Greg Poehler announced the show’s cancellation Tuesday on Instagram, citing “craptastically low ratings.” For Sunday’s back-to-back episodes, “Sweden” drew a 0.3 and 0.2 Nielsen live-plus-same-day rating among adults 18-49. “Welcome to Sweden” will be replaced Aug. »
- Daniel Holloway
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