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The 20 Best Sketches of 2014

15 December 2014 10:15 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

1. Key and Peele, "Family Matters" I've always liked Key and Peele, but also found it a little frustrating. Their sketches were so tightly constructed (often sticking to a very Upright Citizens Brigade school of comedy, which makes sense since the theater's co-founder Ian Roberts is one of K&P''s co-showrunners) that they failed to be surprising. In season four, however, K&P solved that problem handily. The sketches became darker, stranger, and a bit looser. "Family Matters" pushes a simple idea — Family Matters' shift from a humble family sitcom into the wacky Steve Urkel show — and turns it into a brilliant, surprising, hilarious, supremely dark sketch. 2. Inside Amy Schumer, "A Very Realistic Military Game" Amy Schumer really put herself on the map in 2014. She did it by being viciously funny and totally fearless. Rape in the military does not sound like the most hilarious subject, but Schumer and her »

- Jesse David Fox

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Will Ferrell Attached to Shakespearean Theater Comedy (Exclusive)

1 December 2014 5:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony has bought a pitch from Mosaic as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell.

Based on an original idea developed internally at Mosaic and currently untitled, the comedy centers around the intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company.

The screenplay will be written by David Guion and Michael Handelman. Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Ferrell and Sony have had a run of good results with hits that include “Step Brothers,” “The Other Guys” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” The studio recently bought a buddy comedy pitch, “Border Guards,” with Ferrell and John C. Reilly attached to star.

Ferrell is repped by CAA and Mosaic and can be seen next in “Get Hard.”

Guion and Handelman have become two of Hollywood’s go-to writers when it comes to comedies, with past credits including “The Internship,” “The Watch,” “Blades of Glory” and “Men in Black III. »

- Justin Kroll

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Will Ferrell Is Bound For San Quentin In First Trailer For Get Hard

25 November 2014 4:35 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Update: The trailer has been removed at the request of the studio. Sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Warner Bros. has revealed the first trailer for Will Ferrell’s upcoming comedy, Get Hard. From director Etan Cohen, the Gary Sanchez-produced pic looks primed to kickstart Ferrell’s slapstick antics, which have been sorely missing from the cinema calendar as of late.

In the movie, the former SNL star appears as hedge fund manager, James. When the millionaire is indicted for fraud, his impending stint in prison fills him with dread. Luckily, Kevin Hart’s Darnell is on hand to prepare James for all of the experiences that await him behind the bars of San Quentin.

With the first preview now available (via Yahoo! Movies), we’re able to get a sense of what’s in store for the timid chappie while he gets himself ready for prison life. »

- Gem Seddon

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Kevin Hart And Will Ferrell Star In First Poster For Get Hard

24 November 2014 6:34 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Here’s your first look at the poster and photos from Get Hard. The film is scheduled to open nationwide on Friday, March 27, 2015.

When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.

Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart join forces in the feature comedy Get Hard, also starring Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. Nelson.

The film is directed by Etan Cohen, »

- Michelle McCue

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Kevin Hart Gives Will Ferrell Cornrows on First Poster for 'Get Hard'

21 November 2014 10:46 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

This week brought our first look at the forthcoming comedy Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, and it shows the latter comedian attempting to turn the former into a tough guy so he's prepared for prison after being convicted of a white collar crime. But the first poster for the film shows us something that we didn't see in the photos, and that's Ferrell getting cornrows in his bushy hair, courtesy of Hart. For those anxious to see how this comedy looks, the first trailer arrives next Tuesday evening, so stay tuned to see if Hart teaming up with Ferrell actually results in a solid comedy with big laughs. We're hoping for the best. Here's the first poster for Etan Cohen's Get Hard from Yahoo: Get Hard marks the feature directorial debut of Etan Cohen (writer of Men in Black III, Tropic Thunder, Idiocracy) with a script »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Look: Will Ferrell Bench Presses Kevin Hart in 'Get Hard' Comedy

18 November 2014 4:59 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

With some major films hitting theaters over the next month of holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we're starting to get a slew of new photos and trailers offering a first look at some of the early releases in 2015. The latest is the comedy Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, and this certainly looks like it's going to stretch the limits of the big screen. Ferrell is a pretty tall guy, and Hart is one of the shortest comedians today, and these first look photos clearly show their size difference, even using it for comedic effect as one photo shows Ferrell bench pressing Hart. Expect the first trailer sometime soon. Look! Here's the first photos from Etan Cohen's Get Hard from USA Today: Get Hard marks the feature directorial debut of Etan Cohen (writer of Men in Black III, Tropic Thunder, Idiocracy) with a script from Ian Roberts »

- Ethan Anderton

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Ucb Theatre Sunset Opens With Party, Asssscat Performances Photos

2 November 2014 3:03 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Fans of comedy and those with comedic aspirations who wish to hone their stage skills have a new place to check out in Los Angeles. Founders Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh and the rest of Ucb Theatre La hosted the grand opening celebration of Ucb Sunset last night, with tons of Ucb alums and stars in attendance.On Saturday, November 1. Ucb Sunset hosted two Asssscat performances amidst a building-wide party that continued into the wee hours.The Upright Citizens Brigade was founded and is currently owned by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. With two […] »

- April Neale

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Teachers, Impastor: TV Land Orders New Sitcoms

2 October 2014 4:37 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

TV Land has ordered two new sitcoms -- Teachers and Impastor. Both will debut sometime next year with 10 episodes.

Here are the details:

TV Land Orders Two New Comedies, "Impastor" And "Teachers," To Series

Michael Rosenbaum and Sara Rue to Headline "Impastor" from Christopher Vane, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum

Comedy darlings The Katydids to Star in "Teachers," Executive Produced by Alison Brie, Ian Roberts and Jay Martel

New York, NY - October 1, 2014 - TV Land has ordered 10-episode first seasons of two new single-camera comedies, "Impastor" and "Teachers," it was announced today by TV Land President Larry W. Jones. Both series will premiere on TV Land in 2015.

"'Impastor' and 'Teachers' are perfect examples of the type of comedies we're looking for as TV Land evolves its original series - »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Kitchen Sink Release Delayed

2 October 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In order for humans to team up with zombies and vampires, you know the circumstances must be dire. In Sony’s upcoming horror comedy, Kitchen Sink, an alien invasion forces the living to team up with fanged fiends and the shambling dead in order to save their town, though viewers will have to wait longer to see this unlikely bond, as Sony has delayed the release of Kitchen Sink by nearly eight months.

Exhibitor Relations reports that Sony has moved the release of Kitchen Sink from its January 9th, 2015 slot to September 4th. The monster mash-up movie has been described as having a vibe akin to The Breakfast Club, but we’ll have to wait for a trailer and more synopsis details to see what ghoulish goods could be in store. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates.

Directed by Robbie Pickering off a Black List screenplay by Oren Uziel, »

- Derek Anderson

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TV Land picks up two new comedies, 'Impastor' and 'Teachers'

1 October 2014 5:48 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

TV Land is getting edgier, judging by its two newest comedies. The network announced on Wednesday that it's ordered two new single-camera comedies, Impastor and Teachers, with both 10-episode first seasons slated to premiere in 2015. "Impastor and Teachers are perfect examples of the type of comedies we’re looking for as TV Land evolves its original series – innovative, unconventional, and hilariously funny for an audience that enjoys smart humor with a hint of heart,” said TV Land President Larry W. Jones. Impastor follows Bubby Dobbs (Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum), a gambling pothead who, trying to escape from a loan shark, steals »

- Emily Blake

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TV Land Orders Comedies ‘Impastor’ and ‘Teachers’ to Series

1 October 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV Land has given series orders to two single-camera comedies — “Impastor” and “Teachers” — that are more offbeat than the cablers’ past original skeins.

Both series have 10-episode orders and are targeted to premiere next year.

“Impastor” revoles around a man on the run from a loan shark who winds up posting as a gay pastor in a small town. “Teachers” (pictured) stars the six-woman improv comedy troupe the Katydids as elementary school teachers who are earnest about helping students even as their own lives are a mess.

“’Impastor’ and ‘Teachers’ are perfect examples of the type of comedies we’re looking for as TV Land evolves its original series – innovative, unconventional, and hilariously funny for an audience that enjoys smart humor with a hint of heart,” said TV Land prexy Larry Jones.

“Impastor” stars Michael Rosenbaum, Sara Rue and Aimee Garcia. Sitcom vet Christopher Vane created the series and exec produces with Rosenbaum, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Why Zach Woods Can't Use His Phone

24 August 2014 3:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Silicon Valley star Zach Woods plays a tech exec turned start-up business developer, but when it comes to using technology in his real life, he would love it if someone could please show him how to delete photos from his smartphone. "I used my father's email address until I was in college because I didn't know how to set up an email account," Woods, who also stars in USA Network's comedy Playing House, explained to People at the Manhattan's Del Close Marathon, where the comedian performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade's annual festival. "I have like a Depression-era grandmother's reaction to technology. »

- Laura Lane, @LauraLaneNYC

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Why Zach Woods Can't Use His Phone

24 August 2014 3:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Silicon Valley star Zach Woods plays a tech exec turned start-up business developer, but when it comes to using technology in his real life, he would love it if someone could please show him how to delete photos from his smartphone. "I used my father's email address until I was in college because I didn't know how to set up an email account," Woods, who also stars in USA Network's comedy Playing House, explained to People at the Manhattan's Del Close Marathon, where the comedian performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade's annual festival. "I have like a Depression-era grandmother's reaction to technology. »

- Laura Lane, @LauraLaneNYC

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Creative Arts Emmys 2014: Winners And Nominees

16 August 2014 7:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

(Winner) Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex

Margo Martindale, “The Americans

Diana Rigg, ‘Game of Thrones

Kate Mara, “House of Cards

Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom

Kate Burton, “Scandal

See Also: ‘True Detective,’ ‘Oitnb,’ Jimmy Fallon and Allison Janney Score at Creative Arts Emmys

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series

Boardwalk Empire

Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist

Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist

Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist

(Winner) “Downton Abbey

Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist

Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist

Game Of Thrones

Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist

Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist

Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist

Gary Machin, Hairstylist

Nicola Mount, Hairstylist

Mad Men

Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist

Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist

Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist

Ai Nakata, Hairstylist

The Originals

Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist

Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special

Dancing With The Stars

Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist

Kimi Messina, »

- Variety Staff

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Interview: Comic Actor Matt Walsh Goes ‘Into the Storm’

7 August 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Matt Walsh has been more visible lately, and it has much to do with his approach to character roles, beginning as Mike McLintock on the HBO series “Veep” and currently in the new film “Into the Storm.” For a Chicago native who began doing comedy improvisation here, he is moving on up.

Matthew Paul Walsh was born in Chicago, and graduated from Hinsdale High School. After college at Northern Illinois University, he became enamored of the improv scene in Chicago in the early 1990s, and studied under the master instructor Del Close. While dividing time between the Annoyance Theater and the ImprovOlympics (iO) in the city, he helped to found the “Uptight Citizens Brigade” (Ucb), which also featured Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser. The troupe got its own show on Comedy Central, and has opened Ucb theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

Matt Walsh as Pete »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Peyton Reed Calls Unfinished Ant-man Script "Terrific"

30 July 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Peyton Reed is in an unenviable position. He is set to direct Ant-Man, a movie that is already two months behind schedule, doesn’t have a finished script, was originally the brain-child of a beloved geek director, and has some fans actively rooting for it to fail. He definitely has an uphill climb. At the same time, he starts production on a Marvel movie in about three weeks, so he has to be at least a little stoked.

In an interview on the press line at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, Reed gave reporters an update on where the project stands. “We’ve been prepping like crazy,” he said. They are doing costume tests and hair and makeup tests and still trying to finish that script. “We’re still making some script changes, but the script is terrific.” He went on to explain what Adam McKay (who reportedly refused the »

- Mily Dunbar

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Will Ferrell To Produce Film Version Of Cult Series Manimal

23 July 2014 4:55 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Fresh off the heels of his role as President Business in The Lego Movie, Will Ferrell is starting to get more involved in the business side of making movies. Gary Sanchez Productions, which Ferrell runs alongside Anchorman director Adam McKay, has signed on to produce a big-screen adaptation of 80s cult TV series Manimal. Jimmy Miller and series co-creator Glen A. Larson are also tapped to produce, while Key & Peele scribes Jay Martel and Ian Roberts are working on the script.

Manimal, which had a brief, eight-episode run on television in 1983, follows Dr. Jonathan Chase, a shape-shifter who fought crime by morphing into animals. While it is not surprising that a show with that premise was cancelled so abruptly, Ferrell and McKay are promising additions to a film that could be very funny. With Manimal, Sony Pictures Animation hopes to have a hybrid of live-action and animation, similar to their Smurfs franchise, »

- Jordan Adler

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Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jimmy Miller to come together for 'Manimal'

23 July 2014 4:07 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, July 23: Jimmy Miller from Mosaic and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions is set to produce 'Manimal' for Sony Pictures Animation.

The feature, which is based on the 1983 TV series about a man who is able to convert into any animal, will also be produced by the show's original co-creator Glen A. Larson along with Jay Martel, and will be penned by Ian Roberts, Deadline.com reported.

McKay said that he believes that the project, which is a live-action/animation hybrid and yet to have a director, would be "funny and entertaining," and he hopes it is good enough to be the first film to win a Pulitzer. (Ani) »

- Amith Ostwal

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Live-Action/Animation Hybrid Comedy Manimal Coming To The Big Screen

23 July 2014 12:44 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sony Pictures Animation has announced that Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic, and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions will produce Manimal, a live-action/animated feature film that takes the concept of the cult television drama of the same title – a crime-fighter who can transform into animals – and reinvents it as an action-comedy.

Original series co-creator Glen A. Larson will also produce. The feature is being written by Jay Martel & Ian Roberts. The project, which will be a live-action hybrid heavy in visual effects and animation, is being overseen by Sony Pictures Animation President of Production Michelle Raimo Kouyate and Svp Michael Lachance.

Mosaic’s past feature films include The Other Guys, Step Brothers, Bad Teacher, and Talladega Nights. Glen A. Larson previously created several popular television series including Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider and Magnum, P.I. Gary Sanchez Productions’ credits include Step Brothers, The Other Guys, and Anchorman 2. »

- Michelle McCue

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Reteam for Manimal Action Comedy

22 July 2014 8:02 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step-Brothers) have signed on to produce a big screen adaptation of the 1980s TV show "Manimal." The script is being written by Jay Martel and Ian Roberts, producers of "Key and Peele." The TV show followed Dr. Jonathan Chase, a wealthy doctor with a mysterious past who morphed into animals in order to help the police fight crime. The film will be blend of live-action and animation. The show was canceled after only eight episodes, but ended up developing a cult following. "'Manimal' has always been one of those elusive projects every producer dreams of taking to the silver screen," said McKay. "I know the movie will be funny and entertaining but will it be the first film to win a Pulitzer? We'll just have to see." »

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