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Within seconds after sitting down to watch "Harmontown," you will notice that the doc is brought to you by "Starburns Industries." For those in the know, the production company is paying homage to one of the bit characters played by Dino Stamatopoulos on the TV show "Community." Those who watch the show will get a lot out of "Harmontown," and there may just be something for everyone else.
Dan Harmon is the comedic genius behind programs like "The Sarah Silverman Show," and the cult pilot one-off "Heat Vision and Jack," but his baby is "Community." The NBC art-sitcom experiment has been a massive underground hit, rewarding endless fanboys and girls with rapid-fire cultural references, endearing nerdy characters and non-stop punchy one-liners. The show is by no means a ratings-getter, and every new season is borne out of a turbulent gestation. Harmon's perfectionist work ethic towards the production and casting of »
- Mark Wigmore
In one of the stranger defenses of Bryan Singer, out actor Matthew Smith, who appeared on Wizards of Waverly Place says he met Singer at 17, hung out alone with him numerous times, and even flew on his private jet, with his mom invited. “He had every chance to rape me and didn’t.”
Meanwhile, Michael Egan, Singer’s accuser, has filed suits against three more Hollywood power players for operating a Hollywood sex ring. Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard have all been named in new lawsuits filed in Hawaii.
In Virginia, The Family Group is calling on its members to fast for 40 days to stop marriage equality, from August 27 to October 5. Well, it might help the obesity problem.
Less than 48 hours »
- Ed Kennedy
Look at the current landscape of American comedy in TV and film, and you will see an institution that has been shaped, molded and influenced by one show more than any other, for 39 years. Saturday Night Live has consistently proven itself to be the training ground for some of the best writers and performers in the business today, and it is preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Created by Lorne Michaels, and developed by Dick Ebersol (previously NBC’s Vice President of late-night programming) in 1975, Saturday Night Live is the late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show that was designed to parody culture and politics with a repertory cast, celebrity guest hosts and a musical guest performance each week. It is one of the longest-running network TV shows in America, with a bulging trophy cabinet that includes 36 prime-time Emmys, 3 Writer’s Guild Association awards and a Peabody. In 2012, it »
- Sarah Myles
How much of that science on Orphan Black is actually real? How long does it take to film a scene with multiple clones? What clones did Tatiana Maslany play in her audition? And which other Ob cast member auditioned for the role of Sarah Manning? In part 2 of our joint conversation leading into the season 2 premiere on April 19, co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett chatted about all this and more from their on-set office in Toronto. (Check out part 1 right here.)
Entertainment Weekly: How much do you guys look at what is happening in the world of science and how much do you incorporate that? »
- Dalton Ross
Universal has released a new TV spot for A Million Ways to Die in the West. The story revolves around a cowardly farmer (MacFarlane) who backs out of a gunfight and subsequently loses his girlfriend. When he later meets the wife of a notorious outlaw who teaches him how to shoot, he gets an opportunity to win his pride back, but must choose between reclaiming an old love or kindling a new one. The plot thickens when the outlaw returns to claim his woman. I'm really looking forward to this movie, especially since this TV spot shows the jokes won't just be foul language and slapstick. There's also a business called the "Moustachery". Hit the jump to check out the TV spot. The film also stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Neil Patrick Harris. A Million Ways to Die in the West opens on May 30th. »
- Matt Goldberg
Universal Pictures has released a new TV spot for A Million Ways to Die in the West, the latest comedy from Family Guy and Ted creator Seth MacFarlane, which sees him starring alongside Charlize Theron (Prometheus), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables), Liam Neeson (Non-Stop), Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph) and Giovanni Ribisi (Dads). Check it out after the official synopsis…
Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in A Million Ways to Die in the West. After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.
- Gary Collinson
After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.
Starring alongside MacFarlane are Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris. MacFarlane reunites many of the filmmakers behind Universal and Mrc’s hit film Ted including Scott Stuber (Bluegrass Films) and Jason Clark who produce, »
- Michelle McCue
There were just too many new trailers that premiered during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards to do a single post for each of them so for these next three I'm going with a compiliation post. First up is a new trailer for Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow (WB; 6/6) starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in a sci-fi version of Groundhog Day. Here's the new trailer followed by the synopsis. sb id="913685" height="281" width="500" Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. But he awakens back at the beginning of the same day and is forced to fight and die again... and again - as physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop. Next is »
- Brad Brevet
Writer-director-star Seth MacFarlane returns to the silver screen next month with A Million Ways to Die in the West, his second feature film following 2012's blockbuster Ted. Universal Pictures has released a new TV spot for this Western comedy during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, which follows a cowardly farmer who finds his courage with the help of a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron), who happens to be the wife of a dangerous outlaw. Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman round out the cast of this summer period comedy, in theaters May 30.
After a cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put »
Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar selfie has nothing on Conan O'Brien's MTV Movie Awards introduction. The giant red headed late night host showed off his giant rolodex (or, iPhone contacts list) in a largely pre-taped opener for his first MTV Movie Awards hosting gig, assembling a list of young and relevant stars to break the record for most celebrity cameos in an opener of that show. See photos: MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet Arrivals: Rihanna, Shailene Woodley, Jessica Alba Sure, it wasn't an official, recognized record, but still, it was quite the achievement. Here's the list: Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogen, »
- Jordan Zakarin
When you’re hosting the MTV Movie Awards and promise viewers “The Biggest One You’ll Ever See,” opening with any old been-there-done-that monologue is no longer an option. Conan O’Brien was acutely aware of that challenge when he opted to attempt the Movie Awards’ boldest coup yet and score 50 celebrity cameos within the first five minutes of the show.
As you’ve now seen, O’Brien managed to pull off the feat. But he didn’t do it alone. Director Troy Miller tells EW how MTV assembled this “whirlwind of a celebrity-fest” (full list at bottom), which included appearances by Taylor Swift, »
- Lanford Beard
Universal Pictures debuted a new TV spot for Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West during the MTV Movie Awards tonight and you can now watch it below! MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in A Million Ways to Die in the West . The comedy co-stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi and Neil Patrick Harris. In the May 30 release, after a cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to »
Actors will soon be competing for roles with Xbox and Yahoo, as both technology companies develop original scripted content. Yahoo is reportedly close to greenlighting four Web series, while Xbox’s television studio has plans for six series. Their moves into scripted programming mirror those of Netflix, which skipped the pilot process and ordered "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black" straight to series. Sony is also getting in on the action with its own original series for PlayStation called "Powers," a one-hour drama based on a graphic novel by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming. These could just be the first of many Web-based productions to come from the companies whose main business is not scripted entertainment. Yahoo, for instance, is willing to invest significant resources, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company is planning 10-episode, half-hour comedies with per-episode budgets of $700,000 to a few million dollars. »
Xbox continues to add big names to its impressive originals lineup. According to a report in Variety, the entertainment console's upcoming slate now includes a series from Michael Cera and Sarah Silverman of Jash as well as one from Seth Green. Cera and Silverman's series will be a sketch show produced through Jash, which now counts more than 50 million views across its eight partner channels. Green's Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is in charge of an animated series akin to his Robot Chicken series, which has aired for six seasons on Adult Swim. The other newly-greenlit series included in the recent report is Humans, a remake of a Swedish sci-fi series about rebellious humanoid robots. Those three shows join eight others already greenlit by Nancy Tellem's original programming team. Other offerings include a documentary series from a pair of Oscar-winning producers, a drama based on the life of rapper Nas, and »
- Sam Gutelle
Amid all the talk of a “Frozen” sequel, Disney is reportedly working on one to another animated success of theirs: “Wreck-It Ralph.”
Composer Henry Jackman, who created the music for the 2012 original, told Collider in an interview about “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” that Disney is in the early stages of development on a “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel. He remained tight lipped beyond that, however, as he believed the film is a sure thing.
“I can’t tell you more, not because I’m being coy, but I believe that it is officially on the cards,” he said. “I don’t know any more other than a story is indeed being written. I’d be very surprised not to. I’m not blowing my own trumpet. Forget about the music. Just the movie itself I thought was a fantastically imaginative and creative piece of work.”
“Wreck-It Ralph” grossed $189 million Stateside and $281 overseas. »
- Alex Stedman
Shortly after Wreck-It Ralph was released, there were hints of optimism about a sequel from both director Rich Moore and star John C. Reilly. Since then, there really hasn’t been much in the way of solid information about Wreck-It Ralph 2, but recently, composer Henry Jackman dished on the project. While he didn’t have too much to say, he did confirm that the story is currently being written.
Collider was speaking with Jackman about his work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier when they found the opportunity to sneak in a couple of questions about Wreck-It Ralph. The composer was able to confirm that writing has begun, but beyond that he either didn’t have any information, or he’s staying tight-lipped on the knowledge he does have.
“I did, to be honest with you. I can’t tell you more, not because I’m being coy, but I »
- Alexander Lowe
A sequel to the animated movie Wreck-It Ralph is in the works at Disney, according to the film's composer.
Henry Jackman, who created the movie's score in 2012, told Collider that a sequel is currently in the early stages of development.
He said: "I can't tell you more, not because I'm being coy, but I believe that it is officially on the cards.
"I don't know any more other than a story is indeed being written. I'd be very surprised not to. I'm not blowing my own trumpet. Forget about the music.
"Just the movie itself I thought was a fantastically imaginative and creative piece of work."
The movie grossed $189 million in North America, and $281 million internationally.
Since the film's debut, the Wreck-It Ralph character has been seen in the Disney Infinity video game. »
Hollywood’s role in promoting enrollment in the Affordable Care Act was on display in the final hours before a deadline for coverage this year, as John Legend, Jared Leto and Kerry Washington were among a wave of figures tweeting a link to Healthcare.gov and a top administration official once again defended President Obama’s turn to pop culture to spread the word.
Monday was the last day of open enrollment, with more website problems reported due to a software bug and to a surge in traffic. Nevertheless, a scramble for signups had been expected, and the site reported record volume.
As the enrollment date approached on Oct. 1, the White House sought to tap into pop culture, drawing on Obama’s base of entertainment industry supporters to send out tweets and other types of social media messaging, for YouTube stars to promote signups, and for administration officials to appear »
- Ted Johnson
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature has first details on multiple projects including Night of the Living Deb, The Broadcast, Dial 9 to Get Out, and House of Forbidden Secrets, a monster themed giveaway from The Hub’s Spooksville, artwork from The Walking Dead Tribute, trailers for Infliction and Damned Love, and much more:
Night of the Living Deb Casting News: “Night of the Living Deb is an indie movie in development from producer Kyle Rankin (Battle of Shaker Heights, Infestation). Attached actors include David Krumholtz (“Numb3rs,” This is the End, Ray), Michael Cassidy (Argo, “Men at Work,” “The Oc”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” “Reaper,” “Mad Men”).
It’s a female-driven action-horror rom-com set in the world of a zombie apocalypse on Christmas.
The crowdfunding campaign is gaining popularity for its unusual approach: rather than the »
- Tamika Jones
Just about a year ago we heard James Roday from "Psych" was directing a horror comedy called Gravy, and that was it... until now. The Sixth Annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival is opening with the world premiere of the film on April 1st. And no, it's not an April Fool's joke.
There are a few other horror projects like Borgman and Witching and Bitching scattered among the films screening during the Fccff's April 1-5 run, as well as a new one from renowned animator Bill Plympton, so if you're in or near NYC, check out the lineup below.
After all, who couldn't use a few laughs these days?
From the Press Release:
The Friars Club has announced that the Sixth Annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival (Fccff), to be held the week of April 1‐5, 2014, will open with the World Premiere of Gravy. The festival is a star‐studded celebration »
- Debi Moore
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