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Dan Harmon, creator of the hit TV sitcom Community, which has just completed six season, has been speaking to the Us website Collider about plans for a film version. The show, which features heavy use of meta-humor and pop culture references, developed a cult following after its initial run in 2009, and forever stood by the mantra “six seasons and a movie”, a line from the second season episode “Paradigms of Human Memory”.
So, six seasons are done. What about that movie?
“If I pull out a typewriter right now and write a Community movie just from my own mind, then I have to go through the heartbreak and agony of finding out which of the people are going to show up to make it,” Harmon said. “Whereas, on the other hand, if I wait for everybody to line up and say, ‘We’re all out of work and ready to do a Community movie! »
- Paul Heath
"Six seasons and a movie," will not remain only half-fulfilled. Creator Dan Harmon says a Community movie will happen. He is just waiting for the right time to pen a feature sequel to the much loved and oft-cancelled sitcom. Watch his interview on Larry King Now, below. The Community TV show cast includes Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jim Rash. Chevy Chase left the show after the fourth season but guested in season five. Donald Glover exited after the fifth season.Harmon tells King, "It's difficult, because if I pull out a typewriter right now and write a Community movie just for my own heart and mind, then I have to go through the heartbreak and agony of finding out which of the people »
In a recent interview on Larry King Now, the creator of the cult sitcom told the host that the NBC-turned-Yahoo Screen series “would make a great movie,” adding, “It will happen.” He hesitated, however, to lay out a specific timeframe for the theatrical follow-up.
The Groundlings are bringing a bright spot to the dark tragedy of the shootings at Orlando, Florida’s Pulse Nightclub. The Los Angeles Groundling troupe has organized “Love Is Love,” a special night of improv and sketch comedy to celebrate the Lgbt community and to benefit the victims’ families. Tickets are $15 for the June 20 show taking place at 10 p.m., and all proceeds will be donated via Equality Florida. The cast is set to include Michael McDonald of “Mad TV” fame, Tim Bagley, Chris Eckert, Michael Hitchcock, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Jim Rash, Mitch Silpa, and Greg Worswick. The non-profit organization has been providing the L.A. area with improv and sketch comedy since 1974, and also houses the comedy training ground, the Groundling’s School. To learn more about the organization, click here. Visit groundlings.com for more information on how to purchase tickets. If you are unable to attend the show, please consider donating at gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund. Do you want to one day perform at Groundlings for a cause? Learn how torefine your comic persona! »
If animated TV series “Mike Tyson Mysteries” is “Scooby-Doo” on acid, then the second season was even wackier, with an abundance of fun celebrities and bizarre creatures to design.
This season, character designer Dusty Abell’s task of trying to “simplify real people that we are all familiar with” was combined with a “wider variety of characters. It’s a surprising balance of crass and smart in dealing with pop culture and political satire.”
Abell already had his hands full with the Mystery team: the eponymous Mike Tyson, profane and oblivious (voiced by the former boxer); the alcoholic and obnoxious Pigeon (Norm Macdonald); Tyson’s 18-year-old adopted daughter, Yung Hee Tyson (Rachel Ramras), who resembles “Scooby-Doo’s” Velma; and the haughty ghost of Marquess of Queensberry, the father of modern boxing (Jim Rash).
For Tyson, Abell took inspiration from the Muhammad Ali and Mr. T cartoons of the ’70s and ’80s, and was pleasantly surprised by Tyson’s voice acting ability. Of course, Tyson’s boxing prowess came in handy when interacting with his intellectual sidekick, John Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry.
“He was telling me all about the rules of the old sport and how it evolved over time,” said Abell. “And he was very knowledgeable about the real man and what he brought to the fight game. And Jim Rash had once written a blog about programming 24 hours of Saturday morning cartoons. His take on ’70s and ’80s conventions was fascinating.”
For the episode “Ogopogo!,” which tells Pigeon’s backstory of being human and having a spell put on him by his ex-wife, the eponymous sea monster proved a fun design challenge. “The show called for a haunted lake and a river monster,” Abell said. “And I had no idea they were drawing from legend and lore, so I watched a whole documentary about the Ogopogo monster. It’s the Lake Michigan version of the Loch Ness monster.”
The episode in which Snoop Dogg starts a rival Mystery team (“Unsolved Situations”) provided a different challenge for Abell: “His hair was originally done in little pixie twirls, but the Dogg team had one request: that he look as he does now with tight braids.”
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- Bill Desowitz
It’s official: Spock is the biggest freak aboard the Starship Enterprise.
Zachary Quinto channels his inner Missy Elliott for a killer rendition of the 2001 jam “Get Ur Freak On” during a special one-hour Star Trek edition of Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle (Thursday, 9/8c). No expense is spared — from the hair to the makeup to the timeless bedazzled denim — in Quinto’s pursuit of the perfect Missy impersonation, and as you can see, it’s well worth the effort.
Quinto’s performance is going to be tough to beat, »
The show stars Groundlings alums Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras as pals looking to rise to fame in Hollywood by getting one of their famous friends to star in a feature script that they developed.
Falcone will direct and guest-star in the pilot, which was written by Davidson, Dorf and Ramras. »
The series stars Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras as three lesser known comedians who are trying to land their famous friend a feature film script in the hopes of helping their own career trajectories. McDonald will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with McCarthy and Falcone exec producing through their company On The Day. Falcone also directed the pilot, with Jason Bateman, Maya Rudolph, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon guest starring. Jax Media’s Tony Hernandez will executive produce for TV Land.
“The initial pitch for ‘Nobodies’ was really funny, and man, did they ever deliver a pilot that is so honest and bold that it’ll make you laugh and cringe at the same time,” said Keith Cox executive vice president of development and original programming for TV Land, »
- Daniel Holloway
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Spike announced on Thursday that the Star Trek Beyond costars will engage in a Lip Sync Battle on Thursday, June 9 at 8/7c, in a special one-hour outing that will also feature “surprise A-list celebrity guest stars and musicians.”
Star Trek Beyond beams into theaters two six weeks later, on July 22.
The Trek-themed Lip Sync Battle will lead-in to Spike »
Variety’s TV team brings you all the news and dish from TV’s biggest week of the year.
Day three of 2016 upfronts kicked off with the Turner presentation, which brought TNT, TBS, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, TruTV, CNN and Hln to Madison Square Garden. Later in the day, CBS will take over Carnegie Hall, marking new president Glenn Geller’s first time helming the ad buyer presentation, followed by the network’s party at the glitzy Plaza Hotel. Late night, Nicki Minaj will headline the Adult Swim party, which always brings about swarms of millennial ad-types for an unpredictable concert.
Stay in-the-know with our daily Upfronts Diary, and keep refreshing the page for new updates throughout the day and night.
CBS press breakfast, Studio 19 at Black Rock, Wednesday morning
Ahead of his first upfront presentation as CBS president, Glenn Geller greeted reporters for breakfast, along with CBS exec Kelly »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Jane the Virgin ain’t shy no more.
Spike TV on Wednesday released a clip from its upcoming Gina Rodriguez vs. Wilmer Valderrama Lip Sync Battle (airing Thursday at 10/9c) that finds the Golden Globe winner doing her best to make Lil Wayne proud with a showstopping performance of the 2008 hit “A Milli.”
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Valderrama, meanwhile, attempts to outdo his opponent with the far less explicit Backstreet Boys track “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).”
Hit Play on the previews above, then drop a comment: Will you be rooting »
Now that Captain America: Civil War has finally hit theaters, many fans will be watching this superhero adventure multiple times, to catch all of the subtle and not so subtle references to the Marvel comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe at large. As is the cast with any Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War not only references past McU adventures, but offers a look ahead to future movies. Today we have a new video that breaks down all of these Easter Eggs and references. Obviously, there will be Spoilers aplenty if you haven't seen Captain America: Civil War in theaters yet, so read on at your own risk.
This seven-minute video from Mr. Sunday Movies starts by pointing out the numerous similarities from the Civil War comics, including the death of Miriam Sharp's (Alfre Woodard) son, which serves as the motivation for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to get behind the Sokovia Accords. »
A review of Captain America: Civil War — designed, like my TV episode reviews, to be read after you've seen it, which means there will be many many spoilers — coming up just as soon as you try some of my date loaf... It's an odd thing, Civil War. During the movie this morning, I was enjoying nearly every individual scene and how well the writers and the Russo brothers managed to juggle an absurdly large cast of pre-established characters (plus a couple of new ones in Black Panther and the Tom Holland version of Spider-Man) and give everyone at least one big moment (a literal one for Ant-Man, whose brief turn as Giant-Man was wisely hidden in all the pre-release hype). The movie squeezes in over a dozen Avengers, past, present, and future, has to do a lot of heavy lifting to introduce Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda (and »
- Alan Sepinwall
Snoop Dogg has plenty in common with Bob Marley, and now he can add “Performing ‘Could You Be Loved'” to the list. The emcee put on his best Wailers impression for an upcoming “Lip Sync Battle,” on which he’ll battle Los Angeles Clippers star guard Chris Paul. We’ll let readers take a stab at how Snoop likely got into character for the big moment, but it probably gave new meaning to the “green” room. But, could he be crowned? We’ll find out this Thursday at 10/9c on Spike. Also Read: 'Community' Stars Joel McHale, Jim Rash »
- Tony Maglio
The past two weeks on Lip Sync Battle have featured clashes involving TV stars, with last week being a full-on Community battle between Joel McHale and Jim Rash and the week before that being a Marvel showdown between Agent Carter‘s Hayley Atwell and Agents of Shield‘s Clark Gregg. This Thursday, however, will be a blend of sports and music, as Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul takes on iconic rapper Snoop Dogg. So what can we expect from Chris Paul and Snoop Dogg in their performances? It’s anyone’s guess really, but we do have a better idea of what Paul is going for thanks to the
- Chris King
A bunch of new stills are out from "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's latest feature "The Neon Demon" which premieres during the Cannes Film Festival next summer. Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves all star in the horror tale about an aspiring L.A. model who finds her youth and beauty the envy of the beauty-obsessed women around her. [Source: The Film Stage]
Disney Pictures has announced a June 7th Blu-ray, DVD and VOD release date for "Zootopia," their animated feature that has proven a smash with both audiences and critics - taking in $910 million at the global box office to date along with a stunning 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Garth Franklin
Jim Rash really misses his “Community” co-star Joel McHale, and we mean he really misses him. McHale’s disbarred lawyer Jeff Winger and Rash’s Dean Craig Pelton both bid farewell to the former NBC comedy in June when it ended its run on Yahoo! Screen. Fortunately, the comedy actors had a happy reunion when they went from work colleagues to rivals on Thursday’s installment of “Lip Sync Battle,” with McHale kicking off the show with a bouncy rendition of Imagine Dragons’ “I Bet My Life.” Also Read: Katharine McPhee Shakes Her Booty at Jason Derulo on 'Lip Sync Battle »
- Debbie Emery
Shooting will take place in May with Cory Finley making his directorial debut from a script based on his play about a tempestuous friendship between two suburban teenage girls — a star student home from her elite boarding school and a young equestrian shunned after injuring her horse.
- Dave McNary
Make no mistake: This is Jeff Winger’s darkest timeline.
Spike TV on Wednesday released a clip from its upcoming Joel McHale vs. Jim Rash Lip Sync Battle (airing Thursday at 10/9c) that finds The Artist Formerly Known as Dean Pelton grinding on his former Community co-star. Needless to say, this is more nightmarish than anything served up during that gas leak year at Greendale.
Press Play on the clip above to witness Rash mouth along to En Vogue’s very appropriate “Giving Him Something »
Last week, Lip Sync Battle gave us the epic Marvel match-up between Hayley Atwell and Clark Gregg, and now, this Thursday, we’ll get another TV star showdown. However, this week’s battle we’ll be between two former co-stars: Joel McHale and Jim Rash, both of whom were series-regular cast members on the beloved sitcom Community. And from the short but entertaining sneak peek we have below, I think it’s safe to say that this week’s Lip Sync Battle is going to be “streets ahead” of its predecessors. So what can we expect from McHale and Rash when the two face off this week? Well, even though we
- Chris King
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