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I came very close to shutting off Selfie in the first few minutes. The new sitcom, which debuts on ABC at the end of September, is currently previewing its pilot episode on Hulu, and that could be a mistake. Watching TV on the Internet allows viewers to judge something super quick, and I foresee a lot of others being turned off by the opening scene, which introduces one of the most obnoxious characters ever to hit the small screen — and that includes a lot of awful reality TV stars. But anyone able to get through the first few minutes without closing their browser and throwing their computer out the window will find something genuinely charming and maybe even a little socially important. One episode in, Selfie is far from being a good show, but it has a cultural relevance that’s not unlike The Newsroom. Similar to Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama, the »
- Christopher Campbell
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Manhattan Love Story" (ABC) The Pitch: "Wouldn't you love to know what young men and women were thinking as they begin to fall in love?" "Good God no." "Oh. Ummm..." Quick Response: About half-way through my viewing of "Manhattan Love Story," my notes read, "Free Analeigh Tipton." And that's not because this allegedly romantic alleged comedy is airing on ABC and therefore offers all of America the chance to enjoy the "America's Next Top Model" veteran for no cost. And it wasn't that I wanted Tipton's doe-eyed naif Dana to be transplanted to a better show, because Dana's basically Dreama Walker's character from "Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23" and every other callow transplant in the big city ever depicted on any screen. And what have those characters all been thinking about? Purses! I have no way of knowing if this is true, but it passes for »
- Daniel Fienberg
Although the events in Ferguson, Missouri have created a social media firestorm over the last week, much of the media cycle was dominated by the death of Robin Williams on Monday. Tributes have been pouring in, including this one and this one from Sound on Sight, and there has been some absolutely beautiful writing to go along with it.
It was first revealed that Williams died in a suicide after battling severe depression. Even more tragic news came when Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said he was just recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” she said in a statement.
But when someone iconic as Williams passes away, that’s never the end of the story, »
- Brian Welk
It's that time again: New embarrassing words are being added to the Oxford Online Dictionary, and you get to mutter, "Smh" at all of them -- including "Smh." No, the Ood is not the same thing as the slimmer, more prestigious Oxford English Dictionary, but they're cousins. One could very well lead to the other. The flashiest addition this time around is "Yolo," which we can still thank Drake for, but a bunch of new entires are equally Yolo-licious. Among the other August additions to the online dictionary: “Smh,” “cray” (for which you can thank Kanye West and Jay Z), “neckbeard,” “binge-watch,” “hate-watch,” “side-boob,” “adorbs,” “listicle,” “mansplain,” “hot mess,” and “acquihire.” Other revelations: “side boob” is apparently 10 times more common in the United Kingdom than it is in the States, but we are significantly fonder of using “adorbs.” Those are the highlights, but I also found "vape," "douchebaggery," "live-tweet," "throwing shade, »
- Louis VIrtel
The Leftovers won’t get left behind by HBO: The network has just renewed the Damon Lindelof–Tom Perrotta drama for a second season. The pickup isn’t a surprise, since ratings for the show have been solid throughout its season-one run, and, more important, they've been consistent: Most of the people who watched the premiere are sticking with the show. Leftovers, averaging a same-day audience of between 1.6 million and 1.8 million viewers so far, is also doing a better job of holding onto the True Blood audience than Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom did when it aired behind TB last summer. While some critics have been vocal in their displeasure with The Leftovers’ creative direction (or lack thereof, as some have charged), another segment has been impressed with what Lindelof and Perrotta have done. (Our own Matt Zoller Seitz reviewed the show here; we’ve recapped each episode here.) All »
- Josef Adalian
The late Aaron Spelling was modest and courtly to a fault. So when asked about his storied career at the TV Critics Assn. tour years ago, he gave most of the credit to the actors, writers and artisans with whom he’d worked.
When a rather naive reporter wondered what he contributed if that were true, Spelling spoke at length about approving and overseeing every aspect of production down to the smallest details, then added, “Other than that, I don’t do anything.”
Despite the 56,000-sq.-ft., 123-room mansion producing helped him furnish, Spelling was never referred to as a “showrunner” — since by all accounts the term didn’t exist through most of his career. Indeed, it’s not precisely clear when the designation began to be widely used, with most pegging its coining to the late 1980s or early ’90s, as writers exerted greater influence over the medium.
- Brian Lowry
So as we anticipate what Brent has been up to since the end of the BBC hit comedy, here's what the cast have done since:
Ricky Gervais played the lead role as David Brent - the embarrassing, toe-curling and cringeworthy boss of company Wernham Hogg, devoid of self-awareness but poised with an unwavering love for the paper merchants he manages.
Gervais went on to create comedy Extras with Stephen Merchant, which was co-produced by the BBC and HBO and aired between 2005 and 2007. Gervais played ambitious actor Andy Millman, afflicted with a useless agent played by Merchant. Guest stars have included Patrick Stewart, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet.
In 2009, Gervais starred in, wrote and directed his feature comedy debut The Invention of Lying. »
The woman who co-founded Jimmy Choo just scored a legal victory against her famous interior designer, claiming he charged her around $2 Million for work that "would not be acceptable in a college frat house."Tamara Mellon's designer lawsuit against Martyn Lawrence Bullard -- who appeared on Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorators" -- will Not be dismissed ... so ruled an L.A. judge on Wednesday. Mellon claims Bullard is a media whore who flaunts his A-list clientele -- including Christina Aguilera, »
- TMZ Staff
Chicago – Rob Reiner has lived two distinct show business lives. He played a major role in one of the most famous television shows in history, “All in the Family,” and broke out afterward as a classic American film director, with hits such as “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Princess Bride.” His latest film is “And So it Goes.”
The film stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, as an older couple discovering a connection that on the surface seems highly unlikely. This is Rob Reiner’s 15th feature film as director, after such classics as “The Sure Thing,” “Stand By Me,” “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Misery,” “A Few Good Men,” “The American President” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Michael Douglas last worked with Reiner when he portrayed the title character in “The American President.” Reiner himself performs a small supporting role in “And So it Goes.”
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I’ve found that HBO’s The Newsroom has been a show the critics have wanted to berate but instead have found themselves taken in by the brilliance of the characters. Aaron Sorkin’s tremendous fictional ‘Television Newsroom’ spectacle has portrayed the day-to-day news in the way that most people would want to see it done and now returns this Fall for its final season.
There’s insurmountable coverage these days by supposed news journalism that usually ends up being nothing more than extended gossip, alongside unconsidered guess work. If you care about the world we live in, and keep up-to-date with your current affairs then The Newsroom brought back those hopes that such organisations once led with honesty and then -somehow – it might come back one day in Western society.
Of course, Sorkin had the advantage of reinventing old news coverage – by the series being set in the past »
- Dan Bullock
David Fincher's Gone Girl, his adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling thriller about a husband suspected of murdering his missing wife, will kick off the 52nd New York Film Festival. The film, starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, is scheduled make its world premiere as the festival's opening-night selection on September 26th.
In 2001, a frail Sid Caesar walked with assistance to the stage to accept his Television Critics Assn. Career Achievement Award, looking out at a ballroom filled with critics and Hollywood bizzers from Aaron Sorkin to Bryan Cranston.
The crowd grew a little nervous as Caesar paused silently for almost too long at the podium. Then the magic happened. Everyone there knew they had just witnessed something spectacular, intimate and exclusive — with no camera crews to catch it and no YouTube replays.
“He turned into Sid Caesar, a comic marvel of fake accents, jokes and genius,” says Robert Bianco, TV critic for USA Today. “These awards are not about bringing attention to us. They are an affair to honor the best done in television and that’s the sole purpose.”
The TCA Awards show, which is not televised and only open to the approximately 200 TCA members and invited guests, celebrates 30 years »
- Susan Young
Girls, “Two Plane Rides”
Written by Lena Dunham
Directed by Lena Dunham
Aired March 23rd, 2014
Do you remember how last season’s Girls run ended? Well this season things culminated in an entirely different tone. This time, there were no grand gestures or fireworks. Season three isn’t quite as dark as season two, but man is the finale rough. If the season two finale frustrated fans because it suggested that Hannah might be too dependent on the man in her life, the season three finale seems intent on underlining that Hannah’s ready to move on, with or without Adam. And she isn’t the only one moving on, but she seems to be the only one moving in the right direction: Hannah gets into the country’s best grad school, Adam gives a truly “bad” performance in his Broadway debut, Marnie finds herself in another destructive relationship, Shosh »
- Kate Kulzick
On July 8, 2009, Reno 911! aired its season six finale, an episode titled “Wiegel’s Couple Therapy.” It concluded with Jones and Dangle telling a classroom of young children (in song!) that it’s okay to have gay parents; a fitting season finale, but not necessarily a fitting conclusion to the entire series.
After killing off series regulars Wendy McLendon-Covey, Carlos Alazraqui, and Mary Birdsong at the end of season five—a decision that some fans disagreed with—season six was the show’s most heavily debated. Still, that didn’t make it less shocking Comedy Central decided to pull the plug on Reno altogether that August. »
- Samantha Highfill
Netflix has set out to stage an Aaron Sorkin reunion of sorts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Newsroom’s Sam Waterston has been cast in an upcoming comedy for the streaming giant, alongside Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), Lily Tomlin (The West Wing), and Martin Sheen (do I have to say what show Martin Sheen was on? Okay fine, The West Wing).
The show, titled Grace and Frankie, follows two rivals—Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin)—who make amends after they discover that their husbands—Sheen and Waterston, respectively—have been keeping up an affair with each other since 1994 and now plan to legally marry. »
- Jackson McHenry
If a supernatural force takes over a European city, who are you gonna call? Well, the Ghostbusters are still stuck in development limbo, so for action thriller Spectral Legendary has decided to instead summon a team that includes James Badge Dale. And assuming she makes a deal, Emily Mortimer will be joining him.Based on a treatment by Ian Fried, which George Nolfi and John Gatins have since expanded into a full script, Spectral finds otherworldly creatures infesting somewhere in Europe – a switch from the American location mentioned when Dale was cast – and a special-ops team called in, Black Hawk Down-style, to sort out the problem. Dale is playing a researcher who specialises in strange happenings, whereas Mortimer is in line to be a CIA mission leader who takes charge.Nic Mathieu, who cut his teeth directing ads and music videos, is set to make the jump to films with this one, »
Olivia Munn is the full package: she's funny, beautiful, talented, and down-to-earth.
Since getting her break on G4 TV in 2006, Munn has continually showcased her versatility and scored big roles on TV and the big screen. Recently, the actress proved she could hold her own against heavy-hitters like Jeff Daniels in Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" and Channing Tatum in the surprise hit "Magic Mike". This summer, Munn stars opposite Eric Bana and Edgar Ramirez in the supernatural thriller "Deliver Us From Evil".
From a list of her favorite things to her international upbringing, here are 29 things you probably don't know about Olivia Munn.
2. Although her mother is of Chinese descent, she was born and raised in Vietnam. Schmid fled to Oklahoma after the Vietnam War came to a close in »
- Jonny Black
Only in the '90s! Rob Lowe isn't just the narrator of National Geographic's The '90s: The Last Great Decade? special—he's also one of its interviewees. Entertainment Weekly shared a clip from the upcoming miniseries on Tuesday, July 1, in which the Parks and Recreation actor recounts a truly original 1990s moment—meeting Monica Lewinsky on a plane as he was getting ready to star in Aaron Sorkin's White House drama The West Wing. The West Wing, about a fictional U.S. President (Martin Sheen) and his senior staff, premiered [...] »
This weekend, Aaron Sorkin was honored with the Nantucket Film Festival's Screenwriters Tribute award for his work in film and TV. Indiewire covered it thoroughly here. At the event held in his honor, the prolific writer behind "The West Wing," "The Social Network, "A Few Good Men" and "The Newsroom" was interviewed by MSNBC's Chris Matthews. Here are some of his most piquant and witty remarks (thanks to BuzzFeed's Alison Willmore for her Twitter sharing.) "I was absolutely tickled that we don't have a king in this country. We have a person with a temp job." (referring to "The American President")"I was falling in love with my own voice.""Best $410 I ever spent." (referring to his tuition money for bar tending school)"I write nothing of any visual interest whatsoever. I essentially write radio plays." (referring to the 'walk and talk' of "The West »
- Jacob Combs
Channing Tatum may join Hail Caesar!; Aaron Sorkin nabs a new writing gig; Ridley Scott may film The Martian this fall; Sam Raimi may direct The Outpost; Doug Liman may helm the Victory remake; and James DuMont joins Jurassic World.
The 22 Jump Street star is in early negotiations to join the growing cast, which currently includes Coen regulars Josh Brolin and George Clooney. There’s currently no word on who Tatum may play in the film.
Hail Caesar! follows a 1950s Hollywood fixer (Clooney) who works to preserve the images of big studio stars. Like Brolin, ...
- Anthony Taormina
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