20 items from 2015
Hulk Hogan is the latest celebrity to get caught up in an N-word controversy after it was reported that the wrestler went on a racist rant in unreleased footage from his infamous sex tape. Hogan now joins a number of other stars who've gotten in various degrees of trouble for using the word in recent years, including Justin Bieber, Madonna, Lindsay Lohan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paula Deen, Michael Richards and Mel Gibson. Check out the gallery here for a look-back at past scandals. »
- Andrew Shuster
In a career that spans 50 years, starting with his uncredited debut in the first season of Star Trek, Phil Morris has been constantly working in movies and television. Best known as Jackie Chiles, the enigmatic lawyer from Seinfeld, and John Jones, a.k.a. Martian Manhunter on Smallville, Phil Morris returns to narrate the Machinima web series Real Fake History, debuting today, Tuesday, July 30. Real Fake History is a History Channel parody series in the "Ken Burns" style. These shorts are about the greatest fictional battles and most inspiring stories in movies, TV, and video games. From Endor to Gotham City to Mike Tyson's Punch Out, Real Fake History brings the never before seen tales of those who witnessed these defining fictional moments. Phil Morris provides the narration for each episode, which includes interviews with the fictional characters that made these Real Fake History moments happen. I had the »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this Funky Friday? An Ohio movie theater accidentally plays Insidious Chapter 3 instead of Inside Out, Chuck Palahniuk reads Fight Club for kids, Mark Wahlberg plays Head Shots with Jimmy Fallon and much more. We also have a crazy stop motion kung fu battle, Spaceballs Lego sets and a fan breaks the Seinfeld set. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Author Chuck Palahniuk has taken his beloved literary and cinematic classic Fight Club and turned it into a kids book... Although it's still not kid-friendly. The author hilariously tries to keep it clean, turning Fight Club into the "Horsing Around Club," but, eventually, he goes »
Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee has moved into its sixth season, and in order to kick off his latest round of candid celebrity conversations, he turned to an old pal who co-starred alongside him on the show that bears his name. Julia-Louis Dreyfus, the woman behind Seinfeld’s Elaine Benes and the star of HBO’s Veep, joins Seinfeld in a new Comedians in Cars episode available via distributor Crackle.
Seinfeld picks up Dreyfus in a 1964 Aston Martin ripped straight out of a James Bond film. The two comedians then set off in search of cappuccino, all while having the sort of ambling, witty chitchat for which Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee has become known.
- Sam Gutelle
Jerry and Elaine reunited on Seinfeld’s Crackle web series to catch up, reminisce about their hit TV show, yada yada yada.
The duo also spotted another A-lister, Hilary Swank, on the road. “You don’t bring any attention to yourself — at all,” Swank, who was driving a more modest Audi, joked.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Seinfeld fans, rejoice! No longer will you have to play the game of rerun roulette: Hulu will be the streaming home to the beloved sitcom starring Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. According to Variety, Hulu paid just under $180 million for the streaming rights—that's about $1 million an episode of the series created by Larry David and Seinfeld. The show, which ran from 1989-1998, has been in syndication on various networks for years. This is the first time the entire Seinfeld series will be available online for all your binge watching pleasure. Hulu announced the major acquisition at its 2015 Upfront presentation. "In our seven years at Hulu we've »
Get ready for more man hands, Elaine's dancing, pirate shirts, and a whole lot of nothing! On Wednesday, April 29, Hulu signed a deal to stream all nine seasons of Seinfeld online. The landmark sitcom, starring Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, George Alexander, and Michael Richards, ran from 1989 to 1998 and still consistently airs reruns on TV. Deadline reports that Hulu paid around $700,000 per episode, totaling around $130 million, noting that the price is almost double what Netflix paid to stream Friends. Hulu also snagged an output deal [...] »
I come not to praise Trevor Noah nor to bury him.
What's fascinating about the controversy this week surrounding the newly-hired "Daily Show" host isn't whether or not some of his old tweets are funny, whether or not they're offensive, or whether or not they should disqualify him from his new high-profile job. (Short answers: Some are funnier than others, they're offensive and deliberately so, and his bosses don't think they rise to the level of firing offenses, so that's that.)
Rather, it's the speed at which the Internet was ready to coronate him and then destroy him. On Sunday, the 31-year-old was all but unknown. On Monday, he was named the heir apparent to Jon Stewart, and he was suddenly known for his unique backstory as a biracial South African who is part Swiss, part Jewish, and part Xhosa. (He was poised to be the Barack Obama of late night, »
- Gary Susman
“Seinfeld” could be streaming all over the place for everyone to see soon — not that there’s anything wrong with that. Sony Pictures Television is reportedly shopping the iconic comedy to several companies for online streaming, with Hulu, Amazon and Yahoo said to be among the contenders, according to the Wall Street Journal. One company that isn’t in the mix is Netlflix, which has decided not to pursue streaming rights to the show. (Was that wrong? Should they not have done that?) Also Read: ‘Seinfeld’ Cast Reunite as Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards Have Lunch for a Good Cause Whoever ends up. »
- Tim Kenneally
Get Out! Apparently Julia Louis-Dreyfus was feeling a little left out after last week’s Seinfeld reunion between Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander (George Costanza), and Michael Richards (Cosmo Kramer). The Veep star, 54, who played Elaine Benes, got her face-to-face time with her former costar and on-screen love interest, 60, while filming a new episode of his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The pair were spotted laughing while walking around Santa Monica, Calif. on Tuesday, March 10. For the upcoming episode, they drove a classic Aston Martin [...] »
The word "overdue" is thrown around a lot by awards pundits, but when it comes to "Parks and Recreation" scene-stealer Chris Pratt, there's never been a more fitting description. Emmy voters, it's now or never for you to finally honor Pratt with his very first Best Comedy Supporting Actor nomination for playing loveable oaf Andy Dwyer, as the long-running comedy left NBC's airwaves last month. -Break- Join the 'Parks and Recreation' chat going on right now in our feisty forum Just like other over-the-top television sidekicks, Pratt plays a character that doesn't have a lot of smarts. But that didn't stop people like Lisa Kudrow ("Friends"), Michael Richards ("Seinfeld") and 2013 winner Tony Hale ("Veep") from claiming victory in the comedy supporting races for their kooky performances. So why can't Pratt get any Emmy love? We know that Emmy voters are fo »
This "Seinfeld" reunion will make you want to grab a coffee at Monk's Cafe! Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander (George Costanza) and Michael Richards (Cosmo Kramer) reunited on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Fatherhood Initiative's Lunch to benefit Baby Buggy. "Seinfeld" writer Spike Feresten took to Instagram to share a nostalgic snapshot of the trio, shaking hands and having a laugh. "It's a Seinfeld reunion at #BabyBuggyFatherhoodFantastic event and charity. @LoveRecycled @esquirenetwork #CarMatchmaker," he captioned the candid pic. Seeing these onscreen Bffs brings us right back to the 90's "show about nothing." But, where's Elaine -- er, Julia-Louis Dreyfus?! Close-talkers, Soup Nazis and deadly envelopes -- those are just a few things we miss most from the insanely popular sitcom, which ran for nine seasons as part of NBC's "Must-See TV" lineup. Click "Launch Gallery" above to see what all of your favorite "Seinfeld" stars are doing now! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Jerry Seinfeld has been inviting comedians to get coffee in cars recently, but it was his old friends Jason Alexander and Michael Richards who he had lunch with on Wednesday. The beloved “Seinfeld” stars were reunited at the inaugural Los Angeles Fatherhood Lunch benefiting Baby Buggy at the Palm Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. See photos: ‘Seinfeld’ at 25: What’s Changed and What Hasn’t Since 1989 (Photos) Jerry, George and Kramer’s surroundings were a great deal fancier than Tom’s Restaurant, the New York diner they frequented on the classic NBC show, and no doubt the servers were »
- Debbie Emery
Anyone up for a tuna sandwich with coffee? Or better yet, a chicken sandwich with tea?! Jerry Seinfeld, George—er, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards reunited today at the inaugural Los Angeles Fatherhood Initiative Lunch to benefiting Baby Buggy, held at The Palm steakhouse in Beverly Hills. And just the sight of them all together made us beeline for the DVR to record the Seinfeld reruns that thankfully are always on. Seriously, seeing Julia Louis-Dreyfus with them probably would have sent us into overdrive. (While Richards has been a guest on Seinfeld's web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, we must ask: Can't they take a car out that »
Not that there’s anything wrong with that! On Wednesday, March 4, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards made Seinfeld fans’ dreams come true at a charity event hosted by the beloved sitcom’s leading man. The trio posed together at the Inaugural Los Angeles Fatherhood Lunch to Benefit Baby Buggy at The Palm Restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif. Seinfeld, 60, who played the show’s titular comedian, happily rounded up Alexander, 55, who played the immoral George Costanza, and Richards, 65, who played the wacky Cosmo Kramer, for [...] »
Streaming video is a godsend if you want to catch up with recent seasons of TV series. But what's a TV fan to do who wants to stream older shows? Netflix has very little from before the millennium, and Amazon Prime has very little from before 1990.
That's not a knock; the big streaming services know their market. Still, it's worth remembering that Amazon's initial appeal as a bookseller was it's long-tail catalog, the notion that comprehensiveness was worthwhile because somebody somewhere would want that obscure or ancient title, that the markets for all those titles were collectively significant and worth catering to, and that the Internet had at last made it easier to connect those customers with what they wanted.
But until the big streaming services step into the long-tail breach, Shout Factory TV (at shoutfactorytv.com) is ready to make a home there. The boutique streaming service, which is free and requires no subscription, »
- Gary Susman
On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »
- Alan Sepinwall
Pilot season is currently in full swing, with NBC issuing a pilot order for Problem Child. The half-hour sitcom is based on the 1990 feature film comedy of the same name, which starred John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck and Michael Oliver as the title character. The original movie followed a couple who get conned into adopting a seemingly-normal 7-year-old boy, before learning that he leaves destruction everywhere he goes.
The series is described as a family show, following two parents' "cat-and-mouse game" with their brilliant yet devilish child. Scot Armstrong, who wrote features such as Road Trip, Old School and The Hangover Part II, wrote the pilot script. The writer will also serve as an executive producer alongside Imagine Television's Brian Grazer, Tbd Entertainment's Peter Traugott and Universal TV's Rachel Kaplan.
Toronto, Canada. After a morning spent slipping and falling, for comedic effect, on the ice of a suburban hockey rink, "Man Seeking Woman" star Jay Baruchel is eager to talk about his new Fxx romantic comedy. The Powers That Be, however, are not cooperating. We're in a small Baptist church that has had its basement retrofitted into a "Man Seeking Woman" production hub and, at the moment, a high-profile guest star who I can't currently reveal is shooting in front of a green-screen in the room next door. A door is closed, but Baruchel is excited about his first regular TV series gig in nearly a decade and a stern Ad keeps peeking in to "shush" the source of loud vocalizations, ignoring that the noise is coming from the guy who's first on the call-sheet. This is not what a guy who spent the morning stumbling and bumbling on freshly »
- Daniel Fienberg
Crackle renewed Jerry Seinfield’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” for Season 6 and announced the full cast of “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser” at the Television Critics Association event Tuesday in Pasadena.
Seinfeld’s Emmy-nominated series will include Jason Alexander, Aziz Ansari, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Howard Stern and Kevin Hart. The web series will return this spring with Seinfeld as host and executive producer.
See photos: The Scene at TCA: Funny, Frank and Flippant Quotes From the 2015 TV Press Tour (Photos)
- Alicia Banks
20 items from 2015
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