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Pee-wee’s next big adventure is landing him on The Blacklist.
The NBC drama has tapped Paul Reubens (Pushing Daisies, Dirt) to appear in multiple Season 2 episodes as Mr. Vargas, a dapper, finicky “muscle” who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld, EW.com reports.
Related The Blacklist Season 2 Premiere Photos: Are Liz and Red On the Run?
Executive producer Jon Bokenkamp notes that the role will be “totally different” from Reubens’ well known Pee-wee character.
The Blacklist returns Sept. 22 at 10/9c.
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Billy on the Street’s Eichner—who first tweeted a photo of himself on set with Margo Martindale on Wednesday—will play Leon, the ex-husband of Sean Hayes’ new character Kip, who has had a long-standing crush on Nathan (Will Arnett). To make Leon jealous, Nathan will pose as Kip’s new lover in the season premiere.
- Natalie Abrams
Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
Darby's loser act keeps him and us smiling, but some trimming of his silly storytelling would make this show a winner
Only a comedian would wear jeans like these, so tight they make Rhys Darby look like a court jester. Add a silly walk daft physical comedy is a key part of Darby's shtick and the gig has vertical take-off after moments onstage. This is a confident return by the Flight of the Conchords star, the best synthesis yet of the various strands of his comedy. It would be improved, though, if its 80-minute second half of silly psychedelic storytelling lasted 60 minutes instead.
There's fine material here and structure too, although it takes a while to reveal itself, and there's some meandering to get there. The gig proceeds as a series of not particularly sequential (or consequential) set-pieces, loosely linked by the theme of Darby's adventurousness. »
- Brian Logan
Head of ABC TV comedy Rick Kalowski has commissioned a stand-alone pilot, a prototype he intends to test for further pilots, and he.s developing a sitcom to be filmed in front of a studio audience.
In a further break from the traditional approach to comedy, Kalowski is developing several shows that are each built around an established performer-writer. All that is in addition to eight series which are either in production or post.
The stand-alone pilot deals with an unusual subject- mental illness. Details of that sitcom are under wraps but Kowalski tells If he.s looking for other projects that are suitable material for pilots.
The studio-based comedy could be the ABC.s first since Mother and Son, the Geoffrey Atherden-created classic which ran until 1994. The show is being developed with writer . producer Marieke Hardy and would »
- Don Groves
Still missing Flight Of The Conchords? Well, we have a Friday treat for you. What We Do In The Shadows, a vampire mockumentary that seems to boast equally outlandish levels of silliness, is the handiwork of Clement and Conchords director Taika Waititi, and reunites them with Murray himself, Rhys Darby. Check out the film's new trailer below for a taster. Set in New Zealand, Shadows follows the day-to-day lives of vampires Viago (Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Clement) as they strive heroically to cope with the demands of modern life. There's all the usual complexities of flat sharing (rent-shy flatmates, bills to be paid, chores), complicated by some rather more unusual ones (the constant craving for human blood, the untimely arrival of vampire hunters, vampire hipsters).Runs the synopsis: "Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able »
Here's the official trailer for 'What We Do in the Shadows' directed by and staring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. Also staring are Jonathan Brugh, Ben Fransham, Jackie Van Bee, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer and Rhys Darby.
The film follows the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) - three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life's obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
It has a 12th date June for New Zealand but no word on a official release date anywhere else outside of festivals. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Flicks News)
Given the odd habits of most vampires, such as their nocturnal lifestyle and thirst for blood, it would only seem natural that three of them would be able to live together in the same house, as seen in the upcoming comedy What We Do in the Shadows. Following its critically-acclaimed run at film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, SXSW and the recent Stanley Film Festival, the first trailer has been released for this mockumentary, where a film crew is invited into the abode shared by bloodsuckers Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Vlago (Taika Waititi) and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), as they bicker about household chores and plead with a bouncer to let them into a bar, since they have to literally be invited in. Take a look at the first footage from this upcoming comedy, which does not have a domestic release date set at this time.
Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi »
Had enough of vampires? Getting bored of seeing the same old nonsense about bloodsucking, immortality and love? Think you’ve seen it all before?
Well think again.
Jemaine Clement and his Flight of the Conchords and Eagle vs Shark director Taika Waititi have teamed up once again to show viewers the other, more delicate side of vampires that you perhaps haven’t read about in your gothic horror or teen romance novels.
Here’s the first trailer for their new comedy mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, and it looks hilarious!
What We Do In The Shadows follows the lives of a Vlago (Waititi), Vladisav (Clement) and Deacon (Jonathon Burgh) who live together in a flat in New Zealand as they struggle with their everyday lives being vampires. Clement and Waititi co-wrote the script which also stars fellow Fotc alumni Rhys Darby. It’s currently doing the festival rounds »
- Gavin Logan
One of the funniest films I've seen this year is the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. I saw it at Sundance earlier this year, and it had me busting up laughing from beginning to end. This is a must watch movie for anyone who loves to laugh, and I think most of you will really enjoy it. The first trailer for the movie has been released, and it offers a little taste of the type of comedy that you'll see. Luckily, they don't give away the best parts of the movie.
The story follows a small group of vampires residing in Wellington, New Zealand and how they live their lives. It was written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. This is the team that brought us the films Boy and Eagle Vs. Shark. The cast includes Clement, Waititi, Jonathon Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Rhys Darby, and Stu Rutherford. »
- Joey Paur
New Zealand’s comedic duo Flight of the Conchords has gained a large amount of critical and commercial acclaim, both for their music and for their tv show Flight Of The Conchords. Many fans of the duo have been interested to see what the two members do outside of the group, leading to excitement over the news that Jemaine Clement was working on a feature film outside of the duo. Titled What We Do In The Shadows, Clement shares directing and writing duties with Taika Waititi, and both also star in the film alongside Rhys darby, Jonathan Brugh, and Stuart Rutherford. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
It is fitting that Modern Family’s “Australia” begins with a shot of Luke, upside down, trying to impress his family with a handstand. The shot foreshadows the odd, upside-down adventures that the Dunphy, Pritchett and future Pritchett-Tucker clans will partake in during their Australian excursion. However, coming so soon after another family trip, this season’s triumphant “Las Vegas,” this episode is too rushed and randomly plotted to achieve the manic comedy highs that catapulted that half-hour. This episode takes place in the land down under, but it is the jokes that feel under par for this ace comedy ensemble.
Phil wants to reconnect with his family’s early heritage, in the wake of his mother’s death (at the end of season four). However, since this is a television sitcom and the cast could use a much needed break from the hectic world of show business, Burrell’s co-stars – sorry, »
- Jordan Adler
Similar in tone to the late lamented “Pushing Daisies,” “Deadbeat” promotes Tyler Labine from the sidekick role he’s seemingly played in a half-dozen shows — including the cult favorite “Reaper” — to leading man. However familiar, this Hulu original series is also disarmingly funny, conjuring quirky moments as it channels the comedic side of “Ghost.” In this week’s digital showdown, it also happens to tower above “Short Poppies,” a Netflix acquisition from New Zealand that essentially serves as a showcase for “Flight of the Conchords’ ” Rhys Darby, but feels like another mockumentary rehash from the Chris Lilley school of role-playing shtick.
Labine’s Kevin can see and communicate with the dead, specializing in “finishing unfinished business” — that is, allowing the uneasily departed to conclude some unresolved matter so they can move on into the light.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t quite determined how to cash in on this power, instead sitting »
- Brian Lowry
Netflix and Hulu have been scooping up exclusive streaming rights for international series -- while Hulu's home to Chris O'Dowd's "Moone Boy" and the original Scandinavian version of "The Bridge," Netflix picked up Gillian Anderson's British series "The Fall" and now, according to Variety, "Short Poppies." "Short Poppies" is a current affairs-style spoof created and written by New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby, who played manager Murray Hewitt on "Flight of the Conchords." Journalist David Farrier, playing himself, goes on a quest to find the average Kiwi, and meets seven small town characters, all played by Darby. The eight-episode series will launch exclusively on April 3rd for Netflix subscribers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland. Check out a clip (featuring Stephen Merchant) below:
- Alison Willmore
Netflix and Hulu have been scooping up exclusive streaming rights for international series -- while Hulu's home to Chris O'Dowd's "Moone Boy" and the original Scandinavian version of "The Bridge," Netflix picked up Gillian Anderson's British series "The Fall" and now, according to Variety, "Short Poppies." "Short Poppies" is a current affairs-style spoof created and written by New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby, who played manager Murray Hewitt on "Flight of the Conchords." Journalist David Farrier, playing himself, goes on a quest to find the average Kiwi, and meets seven small town characters, all played by Darby. The eight-episode series will launch exclusively on April 3rd for Netflix subscribers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland. Check out a clip (featuring Stephen Merchant) below: »
- Alison Willmore
It's so simple a comedic concept that many filmmakers would walk past it due to sheer obviousness: a mockumentary about a handful of very old yet very childish vampires who sometimes try to assimilate into the modern world but mostly stay cooped up in their New Zealand estate so they can bicker about each other and bitch about the modern world.
But that's the beauty of an "obvious" idea: all it takes is a small infusion of creativity from a bunch of very funny people, and an obvious idea becomes something that will appeal to a wide array of movie geeks. That's what some pretty hilarious New Zealanders have pulled off with What We Do in the Shadows, a comedy that one could easily describe as a Christopher Guest-style mockumentary mixed with a very clever satire of reality shows like The Real World or Big Brother -- but that'd »
- Scott Weinberg
Earlier today, SXSW announced the final eight additional features to screen at the festival this year, as well as announcing featured conversations with Jason Bateman, Mike Myers, Ralph Steadman, Robert Duvall and Tilda Swinton. Check out the line up below. SXSW Film Festival will open on Friday, March 7, 2014 with the world premiere of Jon Favreau’s Chef, and run through March 15 in Austin, Texas. The complete schedule is here.
May the Best Man Win
Two pranksters compete against each other in a series of increasingly outrageous stunts to win the affections of the girl they’ve both fallen for.
A river’s dreams and memories told from the perspective of the water that runs through it – a visual journey from »
- Kyle Reese
One of the many great movies to premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival was writer-director Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's What We Do in the Shadows. The mockumentary is about a group of a group of vampires who live together in Wellington, New Zealand. Unlike some vampire movies that focus on young love, What We Do in the Shadows has the roommates struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts. Trust me, it's extremely funny and I'm confident someone will purchase domestic rights so hopefully you'll be able to see it sometime this year. The film stars Clement, Waititi, Jonathon Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford and Rhys Darby. The day after the premiere, I landed an exclusive video interview with Clement and Waititi. They talked about how they wanted to premiere the film at »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Finally, a great Sundance comedy that made me laugh my ass off from beginning to end! I've been waiting to see great comedy up at the festival, and What We Do In Shadows delivered a ton of hilarious laughs! Right off the bat, I'm going to tell you that this is a must see film for anyone looking for a good long non-stop laugh.
The movie is a mockumentary film that follows a small group of vampires that reside in Wellington, New Zealand, and how they live their lives. The movie was written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. This is the team that brought us the films Boy and Eagle Vs. Shark. It stars a great cast of fantastically funny actors, including Clement, Waititi, Jonathon Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Rhys Darby, and Stu Rutherford.
These vampires aren't the kind of vampires you would expect to see, though. Over »
- Joey Paur
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