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Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. The 32nd edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 21st with Park City and Salt Lake City. Two decades back, Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan’s Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern was the Grand Jury Prize winner in the Documentary section while Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse beat out the likes of Nicole Holofcener’s Walking and Talking, Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott’s Big Night, Mary Harron’s I Shot Andy Warhol and Alexander Payne’s Citizen Ruth for the Grand Jury Prize dramatic.
As per our tradition here on the site and as we all get ready for the festival, we like to propose an overview of the films we »
- Eric Lavallee
Wrap. Thanks to the best crew in NY, @maddieziegler @jacobtremblay @jaedenlieberher and the incredible Naomi Watts. pic.twitter.com/GAF2YUWSrq
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) November 21, 2015
Scripted by novelist and comic book writer Gregg Hurwitz, The Book of Henry follows “a precocious little boy, being raised by his single mother and serving as a surrogate father to his younger brother, who develops feelings for the girl next door and, to protect her from ongoing harm at the hands of her father, plots a murder.”
The Book of Henry is set for release next year, with a cast that includes Naomi Watts (Birdman), Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Maddie Ziegler (Dance Moms), Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy), Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad »
- Gary Collinson
Forget Christmas in July. InStyle and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association brought the Golden Globes to pre-Thanksgiving week. A slew of Globes awards hopefuls from both film (Benicio Del Toro, Jason Segal, Bryan Cranston, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sarah Silverman, Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen) and TV (Aziz Ansari, Laura Prepon, T.J. Miller, Aasif Mandvi and “Fargo’s” Jean Smart amongst others) made a celebrity stew in time for the holidays on Tuesday night. Also Read: Jamie Foxx's Daughter Corinne Named Miss Golden Globe 2016 Jason Segel and Laura Prepon Also Read: Denzel Washington to Receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille »
- Mikey Glazer
Read More: Watch: Errol Morris-Approved 'Uncle Nick' Trailer Warns It's Going To Be An Uncomfortable Christmas Brian Posehn's unforgettable facial features and stoic brand of comedy have appeared on such television shows like "The Sarah Silverman Program," "New Girl" and, most recently, Netflix's "W/ Bob and David." In "Uncle Nick," Posehn stars as the titular drunk in what is described as "the anti-christmas movie of the year." The bright, pasty Christmas poster features an animated Posehn in a deceivingly stable image of a jovial Uncle Nick fallen over on his chair, completely spread about over his own destruction. You can take a look at the poster below. "Uncle Nick" also stars Missi Pyle and Paget Brewster. The movie is directed by former "Attack of the Show" head writer Chris Kasick and written by Mike Demski, another "Attack of the Show" veteran. Prolific documentarian Errol Morris serves as. »
- J. Carlos Menjivar
Every reunion is an attempt to recapture the past, but the particular alchemy of sketch comedy makes getting the band back together an especially tricky proposition. The members of Monty Python and The State may have worked together fruitfully on subsequent projects, but they've been smart enough not to go all the way back to the well the way The Kids in the Hall did with the lackluster "Death Comes to Town." "W/ Bob & David" tries to recapture the magic of "Mr. Show With Bob and David," the storied sketch show that ran on HBO from 1995 to 1998. Bob Odenkirk and David Cross return for the Netflix revival, consisting of four half-hour episodes that will be available after midnight tonight, as does much of the original recurring cast: Paul F. Tompkins, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Tom Kenny, Jill Talley, Jay Johnston, John Ennis, Brian Posehn, and Karen Kilgariff. (Absent: Jack Black and Sarah Silverman, »
- Sam Adams
“Hey, everybody! It's Bob and David!”
This Friday, Netflix will release four episodes of W/Bob & David, a new sketch show that reunites the cast of HBO's ground-breaking comedy series Mr. Show With Bob & David. For comedy fans of all stripes, this is unspeakably good news.
Mr. Show ran for 30 episodes (plus two clip show specials) between 1995 and 1998. It didn't set the world alight in terms of audience figures, but its weird and wonderful stylings mark it as a forerunner to shows like The Sarah Silverman Show, Portlandia, Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer and Tim & Eric Awesome Show! Great Job. To many of the alternative comedians currently working and coming up, Mr. Show is nothing short of the American answer to Monty Python's Flying Circus.
That doesn’t look good on you, Jason Aldean. Country singer Aldean was the winner (for lack of a better word) of this year’s unofficial Celebrity Halloween Blackface Sweepstakes this year, thanks to an ill-chosen — or at least poorly executed — costume. Aldean’s disguise of choice? Rapper Lil Wayne. Also Read: Sarah Silverman Regrets Wearing 'Most Racist Blackface' in Comedy Central Sketch (Video) After photos of “Dirt Road Anthem” singer sporting the ensemble surfaced, a representative for Aldean confirmed to TMZ that he had, in fact, gone as Lil Wayne for Halloween. Further awkward-ifying things: Aldean is an artist on Tidal, »
- Tim Kenneally
Even before the days of Peak TV in America, it was impossible for everyone to watch everything on television. We all have pop culture gaps. One of mine is "Mr. Show with Bob and David," the HBO sketch comedy show, created by and starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, that aired from 1995-98, and that employed Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Scott Aukerman and more as actors and/or writers. I was in college when "Mr. Show" debuted, then didn't have an HBO subscription for the next couple of years, and by the time I started hearing comedy nerd friends singing its praises, it was virtually over, and though the series had an afterlife on DVD(*), other shows kept getting in the way. I've seen, and laughed heartily at, a handful of sketches over the years on YouTube, but that's it. (*) Like many of HBO's »
- Alan Sepinwall
John Benjamin Hickey, Christopher Denham and Mamie Gummer have gone from “Manhattan” to Manhattan. The trio of actors from the Wgn America period drama are on stage in New York this fall in high-profile legit projects just as the much-praised series’ second season is unfolding on Wgna.
Hickey is starring as a gay man grappling with fatherhood in Lincoln Center Theater’s “Dada Woof Papa Hot,” which opens tonight and runs through Jan. 3. Denham is starring opposite Al Pacino in David Mamet’s latest two-hander “China Doll,” which runs Nov. 19 through Jan. 31 at Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. Gummer is playing a Afghanistan war veteran and burn victim in Roundabout Theater Co.’s “Ugly Lies the Bone,” which bowed Oct. 13 and runs through Dec. 6.
In between rehearsals and previews, Hickey, Denham and Gummer took a break at the theater district watering hole Joe Allen last month for an oh-so-actorly conversation about flexing »
- Cynthia Littleton
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“I have a new love and respect for drama,” Sarah Silverman tells me as we sit down to record the ninth episode of the ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. The 44-year-old, who is famous for her work as a no-holds-barred comedienne, was reflecting on her experience making Adam Salky‘s dark drama I Smile Back, a $400,000 indie shot in just 20 days, in which she plays a suburban housewife — “a woman who on paper has a perfect life,” as Silverman puts it — who’s secretly waging a battle with depression and addiction.
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- Patrick Shanley
The New York Comedy Festival, according to its website, is “basically Comedy Coachella, without all the flower crowns and dehydration risks.” However, there will be crowds and booze, because that’s what New York City venues like Caroline’s On Broadway usually have. Happening now through Nov. 15, the fest will feature over 200 comics—from household names to unknowns—performing in over 60 shows spread out over 20 locations in the five boroughs. We’ve rounded up some performances, as well as conversations, below! Sarah Silverman, Nov. 13Fresh off her dramatic turn in “I Smile Back,” Silverman is heading back to her tried-and-true comedy skills with this stand-up performance. If it’s anything like her Emmy-winning HBO special “We Are Miracles,” we are excited. Trevor Noah, Nov. 14Now that he’s successfully stepped into the shoes of Jon Stewart, Noah’s staying limber in the stand-up department. Yet before he sat in “The Daily Show” seat, »
The relative benefits and limitations of PC culture seem to come up with some regularity in the media. While promoting her new drama “I Smile Back,” comedian Sarah Silverman weighted in on whether or not the push towards more sensitivity was limiting comedians. Here, we weigh in on the debate from the perspective of both the viewer, and in one case, as a comedian. From there we crown the best of the Bond of the Bond girls, as well as the worst. Finally, we have some amazing things that you may not know about on streaming. Take a look in the video player above or below, and chat with us here or on Twitter: Roth: @RothCornet Eric: @eeisenberg Louis: @LouisVirtel »
- Roth Cornet
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
An ecstatically original work of film-history-philosophy with a digital-cinema palette of acutely crafted compositions. Amour Fou seamlessly blends together the paintings of Vermeer, the acting of Bresson, and the psychological undercurrents of a Dostoevsky novel. It is an intensely thrilling and often slyly comic work that manages to combine a passionately dispassionate love story of the highest order with a larger socio-historical »
- TFS Staff
- Jazz Tangcay
Read More: Watch: 'Academy Originals' Teases 'Hollywood Costume' at Academy Museum It seems everyone has words of wisdom for emerging screenwriters. In this Academy Originals video, an impressive roster of actors, writers, directors and producers -- including Steven Spielberg, Brie Larson, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Danny Boyle and Ridley Scott -- respond to the question, "What advice do you have for screenwriters?" Their responses are informative and occasionally amusing. "Write the goodest you can, and write it for me," jokes Silverman. Sorkin says screenwriters should "read the screenplays of your favorite movies. Watch the movie with the screenplay on your lap, try to reverse-engineer it, figure out what it looked like on the page and how it got there." Rogen has some practical advice: "I would suggest writing something that is inexpensive to produce. Don't write like a $200 million movie and wonder why nobody wants to »
- Sonya Saepoff
"I have a new love and respect for drama," Sarah Silverman tells me as we sit down to record the ninth episode of the 'Awards Chatter' podcast. The 44-year-old, who is famous for her work as a no-holds-barred comedienne, was reflecting on her experience making Adam Salky's dark drama I Smile Back, a $400,000 indie shot in just 20 days, in which she plays a suburban housewife — "a woman who on paper has a perfect life," as Silverman puts it — who's secretly waging a battle with depression and addiction. The performance
- Scott Feinberg
Well, this is a bit unusual, admittedly. Singer Sir Tom Jones is undergoing a DNA test to see if he has any black ancestry. The 75-year-old crooner was often taken for black due to his baritone voice and curly hair. “When I first came to America, people who had heard me sing on the radio would be surprised that I was white when they saw me,” Jones said in a recent interview. “Because of my hair, a lot of black people still tell me I’m just passing as white.” Also Read: Sarah Silverman Regrets Wearing 'Most Racist Blackface' in Comedy Central Sketch (Video) “My. »
- Tony Maglio
Previous | Image 1 of 18 | NextSarah Silverman represented her new film, ‘I Smile Back.’
Chicago – The Red Carpet was well trod during the 51st Chicago International Film Festival. with film stars, directors and other personalities taking their walks in representing their films during the two weeks of the event. Photographer Joe Arce took the Exclusive Portraits, and Patrick McDonald got the soundbites.
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman is the Oscar-nominated screenwriter known for his offbeat view of the world through films like “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” He presented his latest film at the Festival, “Anomalisa.”
HollywoodChicago.com: How would you describe yourself if someone asks you why you write the type of stories that you write?
Charlie Kaufman: I just try to be honest, because I think that’s my job description as a writer. I try to present something that is true, so »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
What's scarier than running out of pinot grigio when you're with Ramona Singer? Well, how about these Real Housewives moments with a horror twist? Andy Cohen and the folks at Watch What Happens Live assembled this reel for Housewives fan Sarah Silverman. It's bloody, full of fake death, middle-aged women dancing at Beautique (or Bootique if you will) and some wigs, of course. Remember when Bethenny Frankel fed that clown an ice cream sandwich? How could you forget? What about Heather Dubrow's leech wounds? They're all there. However, they really dropped the ball by not including the Amsterdam confrontation between Kim Richards and Eileen Davidson. "Beast? How dare you!" And where was »
Sarah Silverman has made a living pushing the envelope comedically for quite a long time — but there’s one gag that the actress wishes she could take back. The Thursday “Watch What Happens Live” guest was asked by a caller what the most regrettable joke she ever delivered was. “I had an episode on ‘The Sarah Silverman Program’ that I love called ‘Face Wars’ where me and the waiter in the restaurant, played by Alex Désert, switch,” Silverman responded. “I say it’s harder to be Jewish and he says it’s harder to be black, and we switch for the day. »
- Tony Maglio
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