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Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee has become quite the hit, and distributor Crackle is now offering a new way to consume Seinfeld's conversations with his celebrity guests. It has debuted Single Shots, a series of two-minute supercuts where Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee guests discuss specific subjects. Single Shots draws its material from previously-filmed episodes of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, and each episode centers on a particular theme by featuring footage from multiple guests. For instance, the first episode is titled "Donuts", and it includes three different donut-related conversations from Seinfeld's web series: One with Tina Fey, a second with Brian Regan, and a third with Sarah Silverman. Single Shots, which Seinfeld describes as "a little espresso," is a versatile asset for Crackle. It extends the platform's crown jewel, finds a home for unused footage, and seems to be both inexpensive and easy to put together. »
- Sam Gutelle
Nothing goes better with coffee than donuts, as Jerry Seinfeld says about the disemboweled confections in his first “Single Shot,” a spinoff from his successful web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” While “Cars” features Seinfeld and one other comedian talking about many things, “Single Shot” features several comedians covering one topic. In the premiere episode, that something is donuts, and those discussing them are Tina Fey, Brian Regan, and Sarah Silverman. Also read: ‘Seinfeld’ at 25: What's Changed and What Hasn't Since 1989 (Photos) “If you're a fan of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,’ we have just made a new version. »
- Tim Molloy
We'd love to wish David Spade a big happy birthday, but we don't think it would compare to the well wishes he got last night. The funny guy celebrated his 50th with a small dinner at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles that included Chris Rock, Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman and Steve Martin, according to a source. But the big surprise was presented to Spade before the gathering. He was given a special video to mark the birthday milestone. And what a video it was! While it wasn't shown during the dinner, the source says the video included messages from—get ready for it!—Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Courteney Cox, Jimmy Fallon, Elton John, David Letterman, Jimmy »
Microsoft stormed Hollywood two years ago armed with its Xbox and one of the most powerful executives in the television business. It leaves with nothing to show for it. Microsoft will close its Xbox Entertainment Studios in the coming months, the company said Thursday, laying off some 200 employees. President Nancy Tellem and lieutenant Jordan Levin will hang around to finish off a couple of shows, but producing TV shows is no longer in Microsoft's long-term plan. So ends a fitful two-year experiment with an enterprise that never found its footing. Despite partnerships with Steven Spielberg, Sarah Silverman and Ridley Scott, »
- Lucas Shaw
Xbox Entertainment Studios won’t be posting casting notices anytime soon. Back in April, Microsoft’s aspiring TV studio, which is based in Santa Monica, was reportedly set to produce a comedy sketch show with Sarah Silverman and Michael Cera’s group Jash. But that project and others in its pipeline appear to be on permanent hiatus after the parent company announced it was closing Xes as part of a massive personnel overhaul that could see 18,000 jobs lost. “As part of the planned reduction to our overall workforce announced today and in light of the Xbox vision to focus more on games and gamers, we plan to streamline a handful of portfolio and engineering development efforts across Xbox,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. “One such plan is that we will expect to close XboxEntertainment Studios in the coming months.” Nancy Tellem, the former CBS executive hired to lead »
Chris Lilley says his comedy is meant to challenge stereotypes but in places this show, about to air on HBO, just feels like a misjudged 1970s sitcom
What Sione 'from Tonga' thinks of Jonah from Tonga
I always have to steel myself before watching television at Christmas. The deluge repeats from the late 1960s and 70s means that there will be at least one racial reference of questionable acceptability, and who wants to be the Grinch calling out Porridge from the sofa in the middle of a dip into the box of Roses?
It's easier to forgive a racist slip from the past because it was the Past and people, we are led to believe, at least, didn't know any better. I find it more difficult to get my head around today's creative minds using racial "otherness" as a point of comic relief and building entire characters around our collective differences. »
- Priya Elan
Harmontown is a documentary directed by Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing) and co-produced by Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries, that follows the Community creator and writer/producer Dan Harmon on tour for his eponymous podcast series. It’s just been picked up by The Orchard, an independent music, film and video distribution company, for theatrical and digital rights across North America and the UK.
After being fired from the hit series he created, Harmon takes his writing on the road in Harmontown and performs live podcasts for his cult-like fan base across the country. Known for his wit, cynicism, genius and self-deprecation, the film initially begins documenting Dan’s fandom, and progressively »
- Dan Bullock
Brooks Wheelan, we hardly knew ye… and now we may never get the chance to. The blue-eyed comedian revealed Monday night that he won’t be returning for a second year at Saturday Night Live this fall—and that the decision wasn’t his to make. In a fairly delightful tweet, Wheelan said that he’d been let go. (His exact words: “Fired from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” Which is funny enough to make me wish things hadn’t ended this way.)
Clearly, getting canned from television’s most august comedy institution must be a bit of a bummer. »
- Hillary Busis
The Orchard has acquired North American and UK theatrical and digital rights to Harmontown.
The Orchard plans an autumn release. Harmontown premiered at SXSW. Harmon will embark upon another podcast tour to promote the film’s theatrical expansion.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
“Harmontown,” which debuted at South by Southwest in March, will received a fall theatrical and VOD release. The “Harmontown” club tour for his podcast series began after Harmon was fired from “Community” in the 2012-13 season.
“‘Harmontown’ is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man that would quote himself saying that a movie about him is fascinating,” Harmon said. “It’s more than a documentary. It’s your chance to figure out what’s wrong with me while cutting me in on the profit.”
Harmon is planning to start another podcast tour in concert with the film’s theatrical release.
Variety‘s Dennis Harvey said in his review that »
- Dave McNary
Distributor The Orchard has acquired North American and U.K. rights to Neil Berkeley’s documentary Harmonton, which follows Community creator Dan Harmon on tour for his eponymous podcast series after he was fired from Community in 2012. The film also features appearances by Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale and will be released theatrically and digitally this fall. Harmon, who returned to Community in 2013, will embark upon another podcast tour in concert with the movie’s theatrical expansion. Harmontown, which was co-produced by Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries, premiered as part of the
- Gregg Kilday
Neil Berkeley's hilarious road documentary "Harmontown," which was a hit at SXSW 2014, will get a fall theatrical and VOD release in North America and the U.K. via The Orchard, an indie music, film and video distributor and multi-channel network. The film showcases "Community" creator Dan Harmon on tour with his podcast as well as Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale, among others. Harmon prepped for "Community" by writing for shows such as “The Sarah Silverman Program” and the Jack Black/Ben Stiller pilot “Heat Vision and Jack.” Silverman, Black and Stiller also appear in the film (The Playlist review here). Co-produced by Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries, "Harmontown" follows self-deprecating cynic Harmon after he's fired from the hit series he created and takes his writing on the road, performing live podcasts for his fans around the country. The »
- Anne Thompson
After he was booted from Community, show creator Dan Harmon hit the road taking his Harmontown podcast to fans across the country as filmmaker Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing) documented the tour. The resulting film, Harmontown, world-premiered at SXSW and has now been acquired by McN/distribution co. The Orchard, which is plotting a theatrical and digital release this fall in North America and the U.K. Film features Harmon buddies and former collaborators Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale among other comics and Community stars. Harmon, who returned to Community for Season 5, is an exec […] »
Everything is coming up aces for Dan Harmon. The “Community” creator got his show back last year, just got a second life and sixth season at Greendale from Yahoo, and now, the documentary about his traveling podcast has been acquired by distributor The Orchard. Also read: ‘Community’ to Return for Season 6 on Yahoo Screen Directed by Neil Berkeley (“Beauty is Embarrassing”), the film traces Harmon's shows throughout the country, with guest appearances by “Community” stars and top comedians like Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, and Jason Sudeikis. See video: Joel McHale Wants Nc-17 Rated ‘Community’ Movie With ‘Swordplay’ “‘Harmontown »
- Jordan Zakarin
Mad Men star Jon Hamm is looking to join the remake of the 1964 Don Knotts film, The Incredible Mr. Limpet. Other actors in talks to come on board include Kevin Hart, Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Josh Gad, and comedy duo Key & Peele. If cast they will join Zach Galifianakis.
The movie is being directed by Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, After Midnight) from a script based on the novel by Theodore Pratt. Warner Bros. has been trying to get this movie made for the last 20 years, and it looks like it's finally coming together.
The original story followed "an everyman who is transformed into a fish and goes on to fight Nazis." In this new version, Galifianakis is expected to play Larry Limpet, "a bearded beach bum trying to save the fish population. When he's turned into a fish, Limpet sets out on an adventure to save his town and the sea world, »
- Joey Paur
We sat down with stand up comedian Gabriel Iglesias to discuss his new film The Fluffy Movie and why it's different that what you're used to. Iglesias is a comic for everyone -- young and old, latino and caucasian, parent or single -- and after viewing the film you'll find out why.
There are plenty of stand up comedians in the world with television or DVD comedy specials, but only a select few ever get their own stand up comedy movie that hits theatres. A few of those comedy legends are Eddie Murphy, Sarah Silverman, and now Gabriel Iglesias. Iglesias' movie, The Fluffy Movie, will hit theatres nationwide on July 25th and unlike the previous comedians's films this one is actually a great one for the whole family.
Iglesias's comedy is impressive and rare because it caters to everyone, teenagers and parents, Latino and Indian, overweight and average sized. He »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Kelly McInerney)
Unsurprisingly, HBO leads this year's nominees for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. The network's early days of AIDS telemovie "The Normal Heart" dominated its categories with a full nine nominations amongst the major awards. Their fantasy series "Game of Thrones" scored the most nominations of any program overall - six for the major awards and a further thirteen amongst the technical awards.
Regarding the major awards, FX's "Fargo" was the show in front with eight nominations; "Breaking Bad," "Orange is the New Black," "House of Cards" and "Downton Abbey" were next with seven; "Game of Thrones," "Modern Family" and "American Horror Story: Coven" all scored six; "True Detective" and "Sherlock" got five each; "The Good Wife," "Mad Men" and "Veep" nabbed four apiece; and "Luther," "Masters of Sex," "Silicon Valley," "Scandal" and "Louie" all scored three each.
- Garth Franklin
“Masters of Sex” turned out to be a wonderfully clever act of deception – a period soap opera, set against an organically salacious backdrop. This Showtime drama about the pioneering work of sex researchers Masters & Johnson returns for a second season with all of its charms intact, juggling an assortment of plots built around sexuality, including the inherent lie in how the principals try to characterize their ongoing affair as “research.” In that respect, at least – the idea that sex can’t be clinically divorced from emotion – this handsomely produced series is about as conservative as anything on TV.
Just to recap season one, ob-gyn/sex researcher Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) was finally ousted from his hospital when he presented his sex study, leaving research partner Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) in the lurch, while wearing a scarlet “S” for role in the project. This, despite Masters’ knowledge of the fact his »
- Brian Lowry
It’s still near the crack of dawn on the west coast—but reactions from newly-minted nominees for this year’s 66th Annual Primetime Emmys have already begun to roll in. Here’s a partial list of tweets and statements; we’ll update it constantly throughout the day as more nominees react. (And keep an eye out for EW’s individual nominee interviews as well.)
Martin Freeman, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Fargo) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Sherlock): “Thank you, people of Emmyland. To be nominated in such company is an honour, »
- Hillary Busis
According to The Wrap, Mad Men star Jon Hamm is circling Boyhood director Richard Linklater’s next film, a remake of 1964′s The Incredible Mr. Limpet. The original film followed a man named Henry Limpet, who turns into a talking fish and helps the United States Navy locate and destroy Nazi submarines.
I’m not kidding about that description. Go ahead and read it again. I’ll wait.
Linklater’s remake will utilize a mixture of CGI and live-action, and give the film a more contemporary update.
Zack Galifianakis (The Hangover trilogy) is set to star as Larry Limpet, a bearded beach bum trying to save the fish population. When he finds himself turned into a fish, he sets out to save his town and the sea world, while facing off against Hamm’s character, a shrewd businessman who mines the ocean floor.
- James Garcia
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