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The nostalgia is real, guys. Freaks and Geeks star John Francis Daley took to Twitter to pull our heart strings with some vintage behind-the-scenes photos from the beloved and criminally short-lived series. "#fbf Behind-the-scenes Freaks and Geeks shots by writer/photographer extraordinaire @Gabestuff," he tweeted. In the photos, below and above, Daley is seen with his TV sister played by Linda Cardellini, hamming it up with Jason Segel looking on, talking to executive producer Judd Apatow and standing by with costar Samm Levine. Freaks and Geeks was set in 1980 and told the story of two different misfit high school groups. The show only lasted one season from 1999-2000. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Martin Starr »
Comedy has been famously defined as “tragedy plus time.” But it could also be defined as “extremely embarrassing stuff happening to other people.” That’s the guiding philosophy behind “This Supercut Will Make You Feel Awkward,” a half-agonizing, half-exhilarating new video from Burger Fiction. That title is no idle boast. For nearly 10 minutes, merciless editors Andy Schneider and Jonathan Britnell bombard the viewer with cringeworthy movie moments, almost all of them taken from comedies. Sex and bodily functions are the key motifs here. Unwanted advances are made. Private moments are made extremely public. Uncomfortable statements are uttered, occasionally during coitus. Male nudity may be considered a sub-motif of this supercut, as both Jason Segel and John Cleese both strip down for the sake of comedy and art. The appeal of this kind of humor is obvious: Viewers can watch this supercut and say to themselves, “Well, at least that »
- Joe Blevins
Disney is teaming with indie stalwart James Ponsoldt on “Wild City,” which explores the adventures of wild animals in Los Angeles.
The project is a CG/live-action hybrid, which Ponsoldt will produce and direct from his own script. Louie Provost is overseeing it for Disney.
Ponsoldt is best known for directing the comedy-drama “The Spectacular Now,” starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. It won the Special Jury Award for Acting at Sundance and generated nearly $7 million at the domestic box office for A24 in 2013.
EuropaCorp picked up domestic rights to Ponsoldt’s “The Circle” earlier this year, but has not set a release date. The film is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Dave Eggers and stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega.
- Dave McNary
1553 Lady Jane Grey takes the throne in England. Her reign is just nine days long and Helena Bonham Carter plays her in her feature film debut (filmed just before A Room With a View though it was released second)
1856 Nikola Tesla, famed inventor and futurist is born in the Austrian empire. He's later played by David Bowie in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006) but isn't it strange that he has never received his own major biopic given his fame and eccentricity and pop culture relevances (bands named after him, characters based on him, etcetera)?
1871 Marcel Proust, French novelist is born.
1925 The "Monkey Trial" in which a man is accused of teaching evolution in science class, begins in Tennessee. It's later adapted into a famous play and the Stanley Kramer film »
- NATHANIEL R
Sources tell Variety that Ink Factory has closed a deal to finance and produce Pearce’s film “Hotel Artemis.”
Marc Platt and Adam Siegel join Ink Factory founders, Simon and Stephen Cornwell, as producers. Pearce, who is writing the film, will also exec produce through his new production company, Point of No Return.
The near-future thriller, set in its own distinctive crime universe, is drawing comparisons to “Ex Machina,” “Drive” and “Looper.”
Becky Sloviter, Ink Factory’s senior VP of production and development, will oversee production.
“Drew is one of the most talented screenwriters in town and has created yet another vibrant and captivating world, peopled with the most fantastic characters. We are thrilled to be supporting his directorial debut with this terrific project, »
- Justin Kroll
Netflix obtains global rights to The Discovery. The science fiction film from Charlie McDowell stars Rooney Mara, Robert Redford and Jason Segel and will premiere on the streaming service before seeing limited theatrical release. Netflix’s acquisition of the property is another move in the company’s efforts to present films that have yet to see release […] »
- Reggie Peralta
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Netflix has acquired the global rights to the “The Discovery,” starring Rooney Mara, Robert Redford and Jason Segel, the streaming company announced on Monday. Directed by Charlie McDowell, the film is set to premiere on Netflix and in select U.S. theaters in 2017. “The Discovery” is set one year after the scientific verification of the afterlife. Redford stars as the researcher responsible for the discovery, while Segel plays his son and Mara plays Segel’s love interest. Also Read: Jason Segel, Robert Redford Join Rooney Mara in 'The Discovery' “To describe the story as original doesn’t begin »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
McDowell and Justin Lader penned the sci-fi story set two years after the discovery of an afterlife that has been scientifically proven where millions of people have taken their own lives in order to start over.
Segel plays the son of the man (Redford) responsible for the discovery, and Mara plays a woman he falls in love with whose life is tinged by a tragic past. Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough and Ron Canada also star.
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- Garth Franklin
Netflix has made a “discovery.”
The streaming giant has nabbed worldwide rights to the film “The Discovery,” starring Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara. The movie will premiere on Netflix then hit select U.S. theaters next year.
Directed by Charlie McDowell and written by McDowell and Justin Lader, the sci-fi love story is set in a world with an afterlife, where millions are now taking their own lives in the hopes that committing suicide is akin to pushing a reset button.
Redford plays the man responsible for the scientific discovery, Segel portrays his son and Mara is the woman Segel’s character falls in love with who’s haunted by a tragic past.
“The Discovery” was produced by Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and James D. Stern of Endgame Entertainment, and was co-financed by Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures. Executive Producers are Mike Goodridge and Dimitra Tsingou for Protagonist, and Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith for Endgame.
“The Discovery” joins Netflix’s growing slate of original films debuting this year, including “The Fundamentals of Caring,” starring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts and Selena Gomez (premiering on June 24); “Tallulah,” toplined by Ellen Page and Allison Janney (July 29); “The Little Prince,” featuring the voices of Rudd, Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard and Benicio Del Toro (August 5); and David Michôd’s “War Machine,” starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace and Will Poulter (fall of 2016).
- Maane Khatchatourian
Exclusive: SVOD giant Netflix has acquired global rights to Charlie McDowell's The Discovery, starring Rooney Mara, Robert Redford and Jason Segel. The film will premiere on Netflix and also get a limited theatrical domestic run in 2017. This deal has been a few months in the making after the project was first brought to market at AFM last November, initially with Nicholas Hoult attached opposite Mara. Now that it has closed, it’s another high profile get for Netflix… »
PBS SoCal’s “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” series has nabbed its second consecutive nomination for a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award.
The series that features notable actors in conversations about their craft is a contender in the entertainment programming category. “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” won the trophy last year on its first nomination.
Hosted by Variety‘s Jenelle Riley, the 2015 edition featured such pairings as Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, Amy Schumer and Lily Tomlin, Brie Larson and Joel Edgerton, Steve Carell and Rooney Mara and Bryan Cranston and Jason Segel.
Also nommed in the category is Kcbs/Kcal’s “Nx Soundstage” series and Ktla’s “Parade Countdown” telecast.
Univision’s Kmex and NBC’s Knbc lead the field in the 68th annual L.A. Emmy Awards derby overall with a total of 19 nominations apiece. Kcet grabbed 13 while Ktla and Telemundo’s Kvea each garnered 10.
In the news races, »
- Variety Staff
The problem with "life" and "responsibilities" and all those other things that require frowny-faced finger quotes is that they keep you from sitting at home all day eating ice cream directly from the carton and watching the best comedy that daytime TV has to offer. It's an issue.
Thankfully, the miraculous ability to DVR shows has visited us from the future, allowing us to balance that whole responsibility mess with the thing that's really most important in our lives: The LOLs. So here's how you can catch them while you're out doing all that dumb stuff like working a "job" and "making a living."
'Archer' (2010 - )
Though "Archer" lives on in nighttime TV, it has become a daytime syndication staple -- and all "Archer" is good "Archer," no matter what time it happens. We can't put it any better than Den of Geek's James Stanfield: "It's like MI5 run by Dunder Mifflin. »
- Dan Ketchum
With the release of the Academy Award-winning comedy-drama The Big Short released today in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD, Steve Carell (Anchorman 2, Cafe Society) has been talking about the film, working with Adam McKay and his career in both comedy and drama.
Could you explain the housing crisis in a sentence? No more than five words.
[laughs] In a sentence? What this movie is about is various groups of investors who saw a housing bubble and shorted the market. They essentially bet against the economy. The economy failing was their success and a handful of people saw it and made an awful lot of money because of it.
How much of the financial jargon did you have to learn?
I had to learn all of it. I didn’t learn it phonetically – I actually had to have some sort of understanding. Adam likes to improvise so that definitely was »
- Scott J. Davis
Ah, sweet college -- the perfect fusion of freedom and dependence, childhood and adulthood, midterms and hangovers. For many students, it takes escaping high school and heading off to college to find out who they really are and who they really want to be. It's okay to miss it sometimes, or even most of the time.
Fortunately, television will always be here to help you relive your glory days. These college-set series cover the good, the bad, and the hilariously pathetic parts of higher learning. For every randomly selected roommate who became an instant best friend, there was a mind-numbingly boring professor with a two-hour lecture on the origin of language. For every idyllic fall day on campus, there was a boxed macaroni-and-cheese mishap. And for every deep, personal revelation, there was a moment of being too hungover to get out of bed, let along get to class.
When you're »
- Sage Young
The chemistry between Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen in the 2007 screwball comedy “Knocked Up” may have been conceived in the audition room. Their quick banter flows naturally, and the tension becomes cringe-worthy as Heigl inquires, “What’s so funny?” Although Heigl and Rogen are seated throughout the scene, as the setting is inside of a car, their energy only ascends as they argue back and forth. Heigl stands her ground while Rogen remains on the defense—until her exclamation of, “Get out of the car!” They are impeccable partners, which shows throughout Judd Apatow’s film. “Knocked Up” follows Heigl’s character Allison, an up-and-coming journalist who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with Ben (Rogen). The pair has overpowering differences, yet Allison decides to give him a chance. A complicated partnership ensues. The starry cast also includes Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Leslie Mann, and Kristen Wiig. Check out the audition tape below. »
Making a movie about a famous writer is a difficult undertaking for many reasons. But James Ponsoldt somehow managed to avoid most of the pitfalls as such with “The End of the Tour,” last year's winsome, loving ode to David Foster Wallace. Similarly, Bennett Miller erected a commendable testament to Truman Capote back in 2005 with his Philip Seymour Hoffman-starring biopic. There's something to said for films like 2010's noble but erratic “Howl,” which starred James Franco as beat poet Allen Ginsberg, as well as the two big-screen Hunter Thompson adaptations, 1980's "Where the Buffalo Roam" and 1998's "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas," both of which indulge in the author’s penchant for overkill. Read More: James Ponsoldt's 'The End Of The Tour' Starring Jason Segel & Jesse Eisenberg So a movie about Ernest Hemingway is going to spark at least a flash of intrigue in any bibliophile. »
- Nicholas Laskin
When “The Lego Movie” was first announced way back when, we all laughed: the audience, the pundits, the analysts, anyone who covers movies for a living. But grossing some $500 million worldwide, turning into a huge hit, and actually turning out to be rather terrific, Warner Bros. and “The Lego Movie” creators had the last laugh. It’s the chief reason why if there’s an Emojis, or Pez movie announced its shortsighted to scoff or mock the idea with derision. “The Lego Movie” proved that an imaginative take on existing brand that seemingly has no narrative is all that matters. More importantly the film’s success launched an incredibly lucrative franchise that currently looks more hopeful than WB’s Dcu plan. And you can thank Phil Lord and Chris Miller for that, as they really dialed into the fundamental themes of Legos and crafted a wonderful story from it. Read »
- Edward Davis
Freeks and Geeks: The Complete Series
The modern classic, Freaks and Geeks, arrives on Blu-ray at last! Set in 1980 at the fictional McKinley High in Detroit, Freaks and Geeks focused on two groups of outsiders: the stoners, tough kids and bad girls; and the brains, nerds and squares. Although this Emmy award-winning series ran for only one season, it has remained a cult favorite and a benchmark of quality television.
Sure, if you have a Netflix account, you can stream all the episodes of Freaks and Geeks as part of your monthly subscription, thus saving yourself the price of this set, but as its name implies, Shout! Factory’s Freaks and Geeks Complete Series Blu-ray Collector’s Edition is for hardcore fans of the series. »
- Brad Cook
We pick from over 200 episodes of CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother to select the 10 funniest...
When How I Met Your Mother came to a final close almost two years ago, it’s fair to say opinion was divided on the ultimate resolution to Ted Mosby’s nine year, epic romance. Some viewers felt a tad cheated that creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas pulled what was seen as a ‘cop out’ ending. Personally, I didn’t hate the final episode but that doesn't mean it's going to be on this list either.
How I Met Your Mother amassed a total of 208 episodes and this list is devoted to its 10 finest transmissions. Like any show that runs for so long, there were the expected dips in quality over How I Met Your Mother's life span. When whittling down choices, not a single episode of the »
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