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Television’s Christmas vacation has been canceled.
The month of December used to be consigned to reruns, hoary holiday specials, movies and classic TV marathons. Network execs were loathe to launch any major priorities in the month because of the conventional wisdom that potential viewers were too distracted by holiday-related pursuits.
But a quick look at the premiere schedule for the final four weeks of the year underscores how busy the frame has become for new and returning series premieres.
NBC has its highest-profile new comedy of the season, the Eva Longoria starrer “Telenovela,” getting a showcase preview with two episodes airing Dec. 7 behind the penultimate episode of “The Voice’s” winter season. “Superstore,” the America Ferrera-Ben Feldman workplace comedy that has generated solid advance buzz, opens for business with two episodes airing on Nov. 30, also behind “The Voice.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Manuel here. Has it really been a year since the last time I gave thanks (not coincidentally with another pic of Ms Blanchett)? I feel as though I should be giving thanks in front of some sort of food, so imagine I’ve come with a full dozen donuts from Donut Time.
- For unabashedly queer Christmas flicks featuring fab ladies.
- For having had the chance to see over twenty-four films at the New York Film Festival (and having been in the same room as Kate Winslet!!)
- For Wiig, in all and every incarnation.
- For all the delicious food on Please Like Me, a show you should all be watching!
- For Mad Men’s beautiful and perfect ending.
- Manuel Betancourt
We've been waiting not-so-patiently for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's big-screen reunion in Sisters. The pair play siblings who come together to clean out their shared bedroom before their parents sell their childhood home, and then decide to throw one last, epic bash before saying goodbye to the house. The movie isn't out until Dec. 18, but we're sharing an exclusive clip today - so watch as Tiny and Amy's characters get busted for that aforementioned rager of a house party . . . and handle the situation in maybe the worst way possible. »
- Lindsay Miller
After creating a gritty Marvel Comics television universe and delivering a possible Oscar contender with Beasts of No Nation, Netflix are trying their hands at a christmas special. Re-teaming Bill Murray with his Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppolla, A Very Murray Christmas mixes humour and song and dance numbers with an all star cast, including George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, and Miley Cyrus (well, can’t have it all I guess). We’re unabashed Murray fans here at The Movie Bit towers, so you better believe we’ll be sitting down with some egg nog, Santa hats perched jauntily on our heads, watching this when it hits the streaming service on December 4th. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
You’ve probably seen the ads at a bus stop or on a billboard by now: A woman standing slack-jawed and murder-eyed in a hot pink dress, clutching the string of a heart-shaped balloon that's threatening to sink back to earth. Beside it, in unhinged all-caps: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
It's a loaded title, to be sure — one that carries the baggage of decades of vengeful, smoking-at-the-nostrils fictional females familiar from rom-coms and stalker flicks alike. ("Psycho Ex-Girlfriend" even has its own extensive entry under TV Tropes.) But far from adding another »
★★★★☆ Pixar have knocked it out of the park with new film Inside Out (2015), which premièred at Cannes earlier this year. Directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen have crafted a cerebral comedy, loaded with smart, witty humour and a great deal of meta-emotional intelligence. The story opens with the birth of Riley. At the same time, Joy (Amy Poehler) pops into being inside of Riley's head. Joy is a blue-haired Tinker Bell, bouncing around Riley's head full of a lust for life.
- CineVue UK
The combination of Matthew McConaughey as host and Adele as musical guest helped NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” post its second highest overnight rating of the past 10 months — behind only the Nov. 7 telecast featuring Donald Trump —and stood as the evening’s top-rated program.
According to Nielsen, “Saturday Night Live” averaged a 4.6 household rating/12 share in the 56 metered markets, up a big 15% from the prior week’s 4.0/10 for an episode hosted by Elizabeth Banks. In the past year, the only two episodes to have rated higher in the overnights was the Trump episode earlier this month (6.6/16) and the Jan. 24 show featuring “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton as host and musical guest (4.7/12).
Last night’s “SNL” was especially strong among young adults, with its 2.3 rating/11 share in the 25 markets with Local People Meters second for all of 2015 behind only the 2.7/13 for the Nov. 7 installment. Excluding that episode hosted by Trump, last »
- Rick Kissell
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” dominated the weekend box office with the final film in the science-fiction franchise debuting to $101 million.
That ranks as the year’s fifth biggest opening, but it wasn’t as big a sendoff for Katniss Everdeen and her fellow revolutionaries as some had predicted. The massive bow falls short of tracking that projected the picture would top $120 million in its initial weekend in theaters. It also represents a low for the series, falling far short of the $158.1 million high-water mark established by 2013’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” It’s a sign, perhaps, that interest in the dystopian world of Panem has crested.
Investors in Lionsgate, the studio behind the series, reacted negatively to news that “Mockingjay – Part 2” would miss projections, sending the company’s stock down more than 3% on Friday.
The series made up ground overseas, picking up $147 million after debuting in nearly every significant foreign territory, »
- Brent Lang
The last time Matthew McConaughey hosted "Saturday Night Live," it was a different era. No, seriously. Back in 2003 – very much pre-McConaissance – the actor hosted an early February show (musical guest: The Dixie Chicks; again, a different era) to promote "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," which had opened the day before. See? A different era. Now that he's got all sorts of accolades under his belt, why not turn up on the show again, just to have some fun? That might have been the thinking when scheduling McConaughey who, unlike the rest of the 2016 hosting cast currently on deck (from Ryan Gosling to Chris Hemsworth to Tina Fey & Amy Poehler), isn't out actively promoting anything. It could really just be – and forgive me here – an alright, alright, alright time. Read More: 'Saturday Night Live' Review: Elizabeth Banks Puts the 'Comedy' Back in 'Sketch Comedy Show' And it was. »
- Kate Erbland
Precious few megabillion corporations inspire feeling the way Pixar does: its most successful films unusually unite children and adults on points of emotional empathy. Its highest-concept blockbuster to date, Inside Out (Disney, U), dares to literalise this process, guiding viewers’ feelings by personifying them, placing them at the centre of a narrative they’d usually accompany. Does Joy – bouncy and blue-haired and Amy Poehler-voiced – ever feel sadness? And Sadness joy? Where are inactive feelings filed? Where do broken hearts go? Inside Out attempts to direct such abstract questions into the brightest, most schematic form of hero’s-journey storytelling. For that, it’s quite remarkable. I wish I liked it more.
The film’s organisation of an 11-year-old girl’s brain is cheerfully, unavoidably reductive. Five core emotions of Joy, »
- Guy Lodge
With less than a month to go before its release, Universal Pictures has debuted a new trailer for the upcoming comedy Sisters starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Check it below after the official synopsis…
See Also: New TV spot for Sisters
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for Sisters, a new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.
Sisters is set for release on December 12th in the UK and on December 18th in the States, with Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) directing a cast that also includes Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), John Leguizamo (John Wick »
- Amie Cranswick
Seth Meyers and his wife, Alexi Ashe, are expecting their first child together, Us Weekly reports. Seth's rep confirmed the news on behalf of the couple. The announcement comes just over two years after the pair's gorgeous wedding in Martha's Vineyard in September 2013. It was an absolutely gorgeous affair, with huge SNL veterans like Kristen Wiig and Amy Poehler in attendance. Now, they have a beautiful baby to look forward to. Congratulations to the couple! »
- Ryan Roschke
Exactly ten years ago, Bruce Willis toplined Florent Emilio Siri’s low-key action thrill ride Hostage, playing a high-skilled Lapd agent who helped parlay a tense situation that witnessed a group of deadly terrorists infiltrate a family home. A decade on and Willis is now on the other end of the negotiations, with today’s first trailer for Extraction revealing the actor as a CIA agent who’s been kidnapped after the agency leaves him high and dry.
And so, it’s a clandestine act that sees his son, played by Kellan Lutz, spring into action in order to save him from the terrorist group. Directed by Steven C. Miller, the official logline for the by the numbers thriller is as follows: “A former CIA operative is kidnapped by a group of terrorist. When his son learns there is no plan for his father to be saved, he launches his own rescue operation. »
- Michael Briers
Despite a dreary, rainy evening in New York City on Thursday, more than 750 guests — a melange of Hollywood, the culturati, New York society and the current cast of “Saturday Night Live” — stepped out to attend the American Museum of Natural History’s annual black-tie museum benefit. Lorne Michaels, executive producer of ‘SNL,’ and Tina Fey co-chaired the swanky gala, which raises money for the museum’s educational and scientific programming.
On the red carpet, ‘SNL’ cast members were buzzing about working with Matthew McConaughey, who for the first time in 14 years, is hosting the show on Nov. 21. The actors raved about the Oscar-winner’s strong work ethic and willingness to make fun of himself.”Matthew McConaughey has never disappointed a human being in his life, and he’s not picking this week to do that,” said Bobby Moynihan. “He is the best. He’s already been wonderful, and is going »
- Paul Chi
Coming by way of Universal, the studio today released a new clip for the uproarious comedy, and it’s clear that Fey and Poehler’s latest collaboration is being angled in a similar vein to Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect. Indeed, Jason Moore, director of the latter feature film, is on board to direct Sisters, which has the two actresses star as a pair of disconnected siblings who come together upon learning of their parents’ decision to sell the family home.
Struggling to come to terms with the loss of their childhood abode, Fey and Poehler deem that there’s only one thing that’ll serve as an adequate send-off: an epic party. And so, the remainder of the »
- Michael Briers
Jason Moore fashioned together a sleeper hit with his directorial debut, Pitch Perfect. Now he brings two charismatic actresses together for Sisters. The movie follows two sisters, one very loose and childish (Tina Fey), and the other uptight and divorced (Amy Poehler), throw one last party at their childhood home, which their parents are about to sell. Take a look at the final trailer for the film below.... Read More »
- Sean Wist
"We can not have a party..." Where will you be at the weekend of December 18th? Hopefully in theaters celebrating the return of Han and Chewie and Leia. But if every show is sold out and you still have to see something, this is one of the alternatives - Sisters. It's a comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as sisters who return to their home town and decided to throw one last raging party. It opens the same day as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which means it's fairly smart counter-programming to offer up to everyone not interested in space operas. I definitely won't be seeing this, but some of you may have no choice. Enjoy! Here's the newest trailer (#3) for Jason Moore's Sisters, directly on YouTube (via Collider): You can catch the first official trailer for Sisters here, if you want to see even more footage from this. »
- Alex Billington
Set to open against J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" next month, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's new comedy "Sisters" offers something very different for those who don't want to be a part of The Force.
The story has the pair playing sisters who cut loose by throwing one last huge party in the house their parents just sold, and both a new international trailer and TV spot are out which you can see below. The film opens December 18th:
- Garth Franklin
Badass BFFs Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are going to tear the big screen up, Project X–style, in Sisters this holiday season. Tina plays the wild child, whereas Amy plays the one who wants to learn how to let loose. Nothing is safe in their quest for party redemption — especially belts, dresses, and Ike Barinholtz's butt. You'll be able to catch all the mayhem in theaters December 12. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for "Sisters," a new film from "Pitch Perfect" director Jason Moore about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.
Fey produces the comedy alongside Jay Roach ("Meet the Parents" series) and John S. Lyons ("Austin Powers in Goldmember"), and Poehler executive produces alongside Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell from a script by Paula Pell (TV’s "Saturday Night Live," "30 Rock").
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- Kellvin Chavez
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