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‘Supernatural’ Alum Rob Benedict Joins ‘Masters of Sex’ for Recurring Role

‘Supernatural’ Alum Rob Benedict Joins ‘Masters of Sex’ for Recurring Role
Supernatural” alum Rob Benedict has joined Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” in a recurring role for season three, Variety has learned exclusively.

Benedict (who moderated “Supernatural’s” recent Comic-Con panel with fellow fan favorite Richard Speight Jr.) will appear in a multi-episode arc as Jonathan Lerner, the new office ultrasound technician working alongside Barton Scully (Beau Bridges) at the Masters and Johnson clinic.

The role reunites Benedict with Lizzy Caplan, who starred alongside Benedict in his superhero short film “The Sidekick,” which received a digital release on iTunes, Amazon and VOD earlier this year. The short, written by Benedict and directed by Michael J. Weithorn (“The King of Queens”), made its world premiere at Comic-Con in 2013.

Benedict and Speight are also collaborating on single-camera comedy “The Kings of Con,” which was funded through an Indiegogo campaign, raising almost three times the project’s initial $100,000 goal. The show is based on
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Weird Loners Episode 1 Recap: “Weird Pilot”

Think of them as Friends who are losers … In fact, at first, you might think Fox’s new Tuesday night comedy should be called Weird Losers rather than Weird Loners. In any case, it’s actually a likable foursome of New Yorkers at the core of this new sitcom from creator and executive producer Michael J. Weithorn. Episode 1 spends its first few minutes with a “cold opening” that introduces us to each of the four main characters, flashing back to fourth-grade classroom photos with the narrator explaining how, as they grew into adulthood, none of them had been paired off. … Continue reading →

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TV Review: ‘Weird Loners’

TV Review: ‘Weird Loners’
If only “Weird Loners” were anywhere near as interesting as its title. Instead, this latest Fox comedy falls into that middle realm of nothing special, featuring a quartet of quirky characters, all in their mid-30s, each of whom remains single for his or her own reasons. Still, delaying marriage isn’t as shocking as it once was, just as these kinds of self-absorbed characters don’t exactly break fresh ground. Fox has enjoyed some recent successes — generating sampling of “The Last Man on Earth” — but there’s nothing here that can’t be seen executed significantly better (and every bit as timely) in any random “Seinfeld” rerun.

Indeed, after three episodes of the series, it’s still something of a struggle to come up with a clear description of it, other than to note that by the end of episode one, all four characters are living adjacent to each other in a Queens townhouse.
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Watch: Meet a ‘Weird Loner’ for Valentine’s Day

Watch: Meet a ‘Weird Loner’ for Valentine’s Day
If you haven’t found the love of your life in time for Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone — Fox has four “Weird Loners” who are in the same boat.

The quirky new comedy stars Becki Newton (“Ugly Betty”), Zachary Knighton (“Happy Endings”), Nate Torrence (“Hello Ladies”) and newcomer Meera Rohit Kumbhani as four relationship-challenged thirtysomethings who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives, forming unlikely bonds in a Queens, N.Y., townhouse.

Ahead of the show’s March 31 premiere, Variety has a sneak peek at Fox’s enlightening dating profiles for the romantically inept foursome, which, if nothing else, should put even your most disastrous dates in perspective.

Meet Caryn:

Meet Eric:

Meet Zara:

Meet Stosh:

Feel better?

Weird Loners” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created and written by Michael J. Weithorn (“The King of Queens”). Weithorn, Jake Kasdan (“New Girl”) and
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‘The Sidekick’ Gets February 3 Digital Release On iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo

Digital releases seem to be the way to go for a few different video projects these days, and now Rob Benedict is following suit. The actor from the CW’s Supernatural series is releasing his short film The Sidekick on iTunes, Amazon, and Vimeo On Demand on February 3, 2015.

Written by Benedict and directed by Michael J. Weithorn (of The King of Queens), The Sidekick stars Benedict as Max McCabe, a 40-year-old, obsolete superhero sidekick who is fired by his boss Captain Wonder (played by Ron Livingston) in favor of a younger associate named Kid Loco (Jason Ritter). Max makes a new friend (Lizzy Caplan) and must learn to forge a new path for his life. The Sidekick co-stars Martin Starr, Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, and Key and Peele’s Jordan Peele.

The Sidekick originally debuted at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 before Benedict and Wiethorn took it on a festival tour. The
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Rob Benedict, Lizzy Caplan Superhero Short ‘The Sidekick’ Gets Digital Release

Rob Benedict, Lizzy Caplan Superhero Short ‘The Sidekick’ Gets Digital Release
Superhero tales are the genre du jour, but a new short film offers a very different perspective on the caped trend. Star-studded short “The Sidekick” will debut on iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo-On-Demand beginning February 3, Variety has learned exclusively. The comedy will also make its streaming debut on Hulu in March.

The project, which stars Rob Benedict and Lizzy Caplan, centers around 40-year-old professional sidekick Max McCabe (Benedict), now past his prime and forced out of the fast-paced superhero world. When he is abruptly fired by his boss, the epic Captain Wonder (Ron Livingston), and replaced by a younger, quicker right-hand man, Kid Loco (Jason Ritter), Max has no choice but to somehow find a place for himself in the civilian world. With the help of his newfound friend (Caplan), Max finds the courage to re-evaluate his life and find a new purpose. Jordan Peele, Martin Starr, Sam McMurray, Ike Barinholtz,
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‘Weird Loners’ First Look: Meet Fox’s Newest Weirdos

‘Weird Loners’ First Look: Meet Fox’s Newest Weirdos
Fox’s “Weird Loners” brings together a group of self-proclaimed weirdos — four single thirtysomethings who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a Queens, NY, townhouse. Variety has a first look at the new group shot of the cast ahead of the comedy’s March 31 debut.

Becki Newton’s Caryn is a cute, but high-strung dental hygienist whose romantic life, unfortunately, is dictated by the love-crazed, ultra-romantic 13-year-old barricaded inside the control room of her brain. Each time a handsome new man crosses her field of vision, infatuation and extreme over-eagerness take over, and she inevitably winds up back at square one — single and not getting any younger.

Zachary Knighton’s Stosh is handsome, charming and whip-smart. He’s a serial seducer who has never been able to maintain an intimate relationship with a woman for very long — a couple of hours, usually.
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HollyShorts Fest Jumpstarts With ‘Sidekick’

HollyShorts Fest Jumpstarts With ‘Sidekick’
Short films starring Lizzy Caplan, Ron Livingston, Michael Cera and Will Forte will unspool the ninth annual HollyShorts Film Festival at the Tcl Chinese Theater, organizers announced Friday.

The sprocket opera will take place from Aug. 15-22, showcasing some 350 shorts from 26 countries in competition.

The Aug. 15 opener will feature former “King of Queens” exec producer Michael J. Weithorn’s superhero pic “The Sidekick,” which stars Caplan, Livingston and Rob Benedict. Pic centers on a sidekick who has to find his place among mere mortals when his superhero partner kicks him to the curb.

Helmer Josh Levy will also screen “The Immigrant,” a comedy starring Cera and Forte, along with Scott Thompson, Dave Foley, Deborah Theaker, Deadlee and Margaret Cho. “The Immigrant” tells the story of a washed-up comedian who, after being deported back to his native Canada, tries to be smuggled across the Mexico-u.S. border to make his comeback.
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Comic-Con 2013: ‘The Sidekick’ Interviews with Rob Benedict, Lizzy Caplan, Richard Speight Jr., Josh Meyers, Jordan Peele and Michael J. Weithorn

It’s not about the superheroes. It’s all about their sidekicks.

San Diego Comic-Con International 2013 premiered “The Sidekick,” a short film about an aging sidekick who seeks a new purpose in life.

Latino-Review participated in a roundtable discussion with the cast of the short film before their presentation to the attendees of the convention.

The participants included actors Rob Benedict, Lizzy Caplan, Richard Speight Jr., Josh Meyers, Jordan Peele and director Michael J. Weithorn.

The discussion topics range from how they were approached for this project; hopes for a full TV show or expanded series; the costumes and even stunt work (or lack of it).

Check out the interviews below.

Here is the “The Sidekick” trailer:
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Indie Spotlight Comic-Con Edition: The Sidekick Starring Rob Benedict, Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Josh Meyers, Jason Ritter & Martin Starr

This special Comic-Con edition of Indie Spotlight features The Sidekick, a project from writer-star Rob Benedict (Felicity).  In a world of superheroic features, The Sidekick centers on the oft-overlooked partners of costumed crimefighters.  When career sidekick Max McCabe (Benedict) gets sidelined in favor of a new model, he goes on a quest to find his new purpose.  Also starring Ron LivingstonLizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Martin Starr, Jason Ritter, Ike Barinholtz and Josh MeyersThe Sidekick  was screened for a Comic-Con audience with hopes of generating interest in a TV or web series.  Judging from the audience's reaction, Benedict just might have something here. Hit the jump for a recap of The Sidekick panel and a look at the trailer for this hilariously original short. Here's the trailer for The Sidekick: Taking the stage were Emmy-nominated director Michael J. Weithorn (King of Queens) along with Benedict, Caplan, Starr, Meyers,
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Rob Benedict’s The Sidekick Heads to Comic Con, Hopes for a Sidekick-y Future

Supernatural’s” Rob Benedict stars and co-wrote “The Sidekick”, about a 40-year old superhero, well, sidekick who gets fired from his position for, one assumes, incompetence (and just generally being too old and slow, I guess) and now has to find a real job in the real world. Or something to that effect. Luckily for him, Lizzy Caplan is there to lend a helping hand. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, of course, but it looks somewhat funny. Check out the trailer for the film below and judge for yourself. The Sidekick centers on a 40-year-old career sidekick, Max McCabe (Benedict), now past his prime in the fast-paced world of superhero-dom. When he is unceremoniously fired by his boss, Captain Wonder (Livingston), Max has no choice but to somehow find a place for himself in the regular world. “The Sidekick” will be making its premiere over at Comic Con this year,
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Film Review: Jenna Fischer Falls Victim to Weak Screenwriting in ‘A Little Help’

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Chicago – Despite the best efforts by Jenna Fischer (“The Office”) playing against type as a smoking, drinking newly-single mother, “A Little Help” is a mess. This dramedy consists of the kind of characters one only sees in a movie theater and usually only in an indie flick that thinks it’s much smarter and has much more to say about the human condition than it actually does.

I can’t stress enough how few of the problems with this deeply-flawed film can be traced back to the lovely Fischer, an actress who never got the credit she deserved for the perfect comic timing she’s displayed on “The Office.” She borders on great here. It’s everything But her with which I have a problem – the two-dimensional supporting characters, the clichéd writing, the non-ending, the leaden direction. Fischer is the one who could have used a little help.

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Director Michael Weithorn Talks A Little Help

A television writer nominated for five Emmy Awards, Michael J. Weithorn has had a successful career dating back to the early 1980s — mostly in sitcoms, from “Family Ties”, “The Wonder Years” and “True Colors” up through “Ned and Stacey” and “The King of Queens”. For his feature film debut as both a writer and director, however, Weithorn toned down the overt laughs, and instead took aim at something a bit more melancholic, and laced with a quieter humor. Set in suburban Long Island in the summer following the September 11 attacks, “A Little Help” centers on a dental hygienist and mother, Laura (Jenna Fischer), whose marriage has become tense...
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A Little Help Review. Jenna Fischer makes a successful leap from The Office with heartfelt, indie drama

Review of A Little Help Jenna Fischer brings an intimate, women-on-the-verge tale alive in A Little Help. There are two chancy leaps comic actress Jenna Fischer makes at the start of writer/director Michael J. Weithorn’s sly, 2002-set drama A Little Help. There’s the leap from Fischer’s popular TV sitcom The Office, where she plays office receptionist Pam Beesley opposite series star Steve Carell and an impressive ensemble cast including Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Ed Helms and Mindy Kaling. Being one of many supporting players on The Office brings up the biggest leap Fischer takes with A Little Help. Weithorn puts Fischer front and center throughout the indie drama and her lead performance determines just how enjoyable and sentimental A Little Help turns out to be. After all, it’s one thing to be a woman behind an office reception desk who delivers a key joke or two in a thirty-minute sitcom.
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A Little Help Review. Jenna Fischer makes a successful leap from The Office with heartfelt, indie drama

Review of A Little Help Jenna Fischer brings an intimate, women-on-the-verge tale alive in A Little Help. There are two chancy leaps comic actress Jenna Fischer makes at the start of writer/director Michael J. Weithorn’s sly, 2002-set drama A Little Help. There’s the leap from Fischer’s popular TV sitcom The Office, where she plays office receptionist Pam Beesley opposite series star Steve Carell and an impressive ensemble cast including Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Ed Helms and Mindy Kaling. Being one of many supporting players on The Office brings up the biggest leap Fischer takes with A Little Help. Weithorn puts Fischer front and center throughout the indie drama and her lead performance determines just how enjoyable and sentimental A Little Help turns out to be. After all, it’s one thing to be a woman behind an office reception desk who delivers a key joke or two in a thirty-minute sitcom.
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A Little Help Review. Jenna Fischer makes a successful leap from The Office with heartfelt, indie drama

Review of A Little Help Jenna Fischer brings an intimate, women-on-the-verge tale alive in A Little Help. There are two chancy leaps comic actress Jenna Fischer makes at the start of writer/director Michael J. Weithorn’s sly, 2002-set drama A Little Help. There’s the leap from Fischer’s popular TV sitcom The Office, where she plays office receptionist Pam Beesley opposite series star Steve Carell and an impressive ensemble cast including Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Ed Helms and Mindy Kaling. Being one of many supporting players on The Office brings up the biggest leap Fischer takes with A Little Help. Weithorn puts Fischer front and center throughout the indie drama and her lead performance determines just how enjoyable and sentimental A Little Help turns out to be. After all, it’s one thing to be a woman behind an office reception desk who delivers a key joke or two in a thirty-minute sitcom.
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A Little Help Review

A Little Help Directed by: Michael J. Weithorn Written by: Michael J. Weithorn Starring: Jenna Fischer, Rob Benedict, Brooke Smith, Lesley Ann Warren, Daniel Yelsky, Chris O'Donnell and Kim Coates Jenna Fischer stars in this dramedy about an unhappily wed woman who suddenly finds her entire world turned upside down, and has to navigate the choppy waters of her new life. Fischer plays Laura, a Dental Hygienist with a louse of a husband, a resentful son and the family from hell. She copes by smoking and pounding beers every chance she gets. You really can’t blame her. She lives a miserable existence, and serves as a surrogate punching bag for her acerbic mother (Lesley Ann Warren) and sister (Brooke Smith). They are truly awful. Suddenly finding herself a single mom, Laura must contend with lawsuits, her controlling family, and her grieving son who tells his schoolmates that his father
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A Little Help movie clips

Clips from A Little Help starring Jenna Fischer! The Freestyle Releasing drama opens on July 22nd and also stars Chris O’Donnell and Rob Benedict. Also in the cast of the Michael J. Weithorn-directed and written film are Daniel Yelsky, Kim Coates, Brooke Smith, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Leibman, Zach Page, Arden Myrin, Aida Turturro, Jim Florentine and Dion Dimucci. Set in suburban Long Island in the post-9/11 summer of 2002, A Little Help examines a period of chaotic and rather bizarre upheaval in the life of dental hygienist Laura Pehlke (Jenna Fischer). Up to now Laura has had the wind at her back in life by virtue of her good looks and effortless charisma. But lately things have begun to take some dark and difficult turns. Her marriage to real estate agent Bob Pehlke (Chris O’Donnell) has become tense and loveless – Laura even has suspicions that he’s
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A Little Help movie clips

Clips from A Little Help starring Jenna Fischer! The Freestyle Releasing drama opens on July 22nd and also stars Chris O’Donnell and Rob Benedict. Also in the cast of the Michael J. Weithorn-directed and written film are Daniel Yelsky, Kim Coates, Brooke Smith, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Leibman, Zach Page, Arden Myrin, Aida Turturro, Jim Florentine and Dion Dimucci. Set in suburban Long Island in the post-9/11 summer of 2002, A Little Help examines a period of chaotic and rather bizarre upheaval in the life of dental hygienist Laura Pehlke (Jenna Fischer). Up to now Laura has had the wind at her back in life by virtue of her good looks and effortless charisma. But lately things have begun to take some dark and difficult turns. Her marriage to real estate agent Bob Pehlke (Chris O’Donnell) has become tense and loveless – Laura even has suspicions that he’s
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A Little Help movie clips

Clips from A Little Help starring Jenna Fischer! The Freestyle Releasing drama opens on July 22nd and also stars Chris O’Donnell and Rob Benedict. Also in the cast of the Michael J. Weithorn-directed and written film are Daniel Yelsky, Kim Coates, Brooke Smith, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Leibman, Zach Page, Arden Myrin, Aida Turturro, Jim Florentine and Dion Dimucci. Set in suburban Long Island in the post-9/11 summer of 2002, A Little Help examines a period of chaotic and rather bizarre upheaval in the life of dental hygienist Laura Pehlke (Jenna Fischer). Up to now Laura has had the wind at her back in life by virtue of her good looks and effortless charisma. But lately things have begun to take some dark and difficult turns. Her marriage to real estate agent Bob Pehlke (Chris O’Donnell) has become tense and loveless – Laura even has suspicions that he’s
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