19 items from 2015
We know the Han Solo spin-off is set for May 2018 with film-makers Chris Lord and Phil Miller (the Jump Street flicks) on-board to call the shots. So far, so awesome. What we don’t know is who’ll be playing Solo, but thanks to Kathleen Kennedy we can start crossing certain names, including Chris Pratt, off the list. Because according to the famed producer Solo’s going to be just a pup. Kennedy remarked to Entertainment Weekly:
“He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s”
Harrison Ford was in his mid-30s when he dawned Solo’s smug grin for the first time, so it’s fair to assume this film will commence a whole heap of years before his fateful meeting with Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker. Mid 30s is also the age a lot of fan favourite casting picks reside at. Chris Pratt, even with his eternally youthful disposition, »
- Daniel Kelly
Massively popular game "Minecraft" is getting a dose of sunshine for its big screen debut: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" co-creator and star Rob McElhenney has been tapped to direct a "Minecraft" movie.
Mojang, the company behind the game, announced McElhenney's hiring earlier this week. According to Deadline, studio Warner Bros. snapped up the game in the wake of the warm critical and commercial reception of "The Lego Movie," and the hope is that "Minecraft" will have similar success.
McElhenney may seem like an odd choice, since he's most known for his caustic, foul-mouthed "Always Sunny" character, though Deadline reports that his involvement with that long-running FX/Fxx series is indicative of his ability to transform a vague concept into a winning idea. He famously, along with "Always Sunny" co-creator Glenn Howerton and co-star Charlie Day, shot several episodes of the show before getting a network commitment, then shopped it »
- Katie Roberts
The Minecraft movie has found its director in Rob McElhenney, a somewhat surprise choice to steer one of gaming's biggest ever franchises. So who is he?
McElhenney is best known for his role as Mac on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a show about a group of anti-social pub owners who struggle their way through adulthood. It's gained a cult following, and 10 years and 114 episodes later, is still going strong.
Not only does he star in the sitcom, but he's also its co-creator and co-writer alongside Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day. As well as writing and acting chops, he's been behind the camera directing a few of its episodes, including the show's pilot.
Here's Rob McElhenney and his co-stars discussing Always Sunny (be warned of some cursing in the clip, which is pretty representative of what you'd expect from the show):
As well as directing a pilot for comedy »
“The Gang Takes On A Video Game?”
In an unlikely turn of events, Rob McElhenney, star and co-creator of Fxx’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, is set to direct a Minecraft movie, adapting from the popular Mojang video game.
There has been talk of a Minecraft movie for awhile now, but it seems like an odd choice to have McElhenney, who hasn’t directed anything out of It’s Always Sunny episodes so far, taking over the film. Night at the Museum and Real Steel director Shawn Levy was originally attached to the project for Warner Bros.
McElhenney has been making a slow move to features recently. There was news last year that the actor had sold a pitch to Legendary to write and direct Figment. Allegedly, he showed the producers a four-minute test reel as part of his pitch.
While McElhenney hasn’t showed up in features yet, »
- Zach Dennis
It’s no secret that Warner Bros. has been toiling long and hard to turn world-building video game Minecraft into a feature film, and today brings word that the studio has finally tapped a new director for the high-profile project: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Rob McElhenney.
The multi-talented thesp is one of the driving creative forces behind the long-running FX comedy, serving as the show’s star, creator, developer and executive producer, as well as occasional writer and director. In addition to helming three episodes of It’s Always Sunny, McElhenney also shot a TV movie called Pariah that is still awaiting release.
Shawn Levy, who directed the Night at the Museum film, was previously attached to direct the Minecraft, but he left seven months back over creative differences, taking writers Kieran and Michelle Mulroney with him.
Mojang.com first reported news of McElhenney’s involvement, and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Over the television year, not only do specific shows and specific seasons stand out, but so do specific episodes. Certain episodes rise above the rest of the television landscape in a variety of ways, whether it’s due to excellent direction, strong character exploration, or something else entirely. For the past few years, Sound on Sight TV has highlighted these standout episodes, both at the midpoint of the year and again in December, and thanks to its sheer quantity of fantastic television, 2015 brings our most extensive list yet. Presented below are the best episodes from the first half of the year (January through the end of May), as curated by a panel at Sound on Sight consisting of Editor in Chief Ricky D, TV Editor Kate Kulzick, Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta, and TV contributors Simon Howell, Sean Colletti, Randy Dankievitch, and Whitney McIntosh.
Adventure Time, “Evergreen”
Written by Tom Herpich »
- Kate Kulzick
During our recent webcam chat (watch below), Kaitlin Olson readily admits that her FX hit comedy “It’s Alway’s Sunny in Philadelphia” has “just sort of flown under the radar” when it comes to awards. Indeed, as she recounts, “there was a big Emmy shoot and we all got dressed up for the cover of 'Emmy' magazine and we were like ‘What are we doing here? Why do you want us on the cover of your magazine?’" Perhaps because production has just wrapped on an 11th season of the series centered around three friends (Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton) who run a pub. Olson plays Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds, twin sister to Howerton's Dennis and daughter of Frank (Emmy champ Danny DeVito). -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders As for the staying power of the laffer, which has already been renewed for a 12th seas. »
Now that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is airing their 10th season and locked in for 2 more, fans have wondered why? Nerdist caught up with Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney. They opened up about how the show started out with bad ratings while FX adored it. Their only issue was that the network had no money for PR and needed a big-ish name to join. That is where Danny Devitto stepped in. Here is they had to say about why the show has lasted and why Danny joined.
[John Landgraf] called me in for a meeting and was like, ‘Hey, uh no one’s watching the show, but we love it, we want to keep it on, but we don’t have any money for marketing, and we need to add somebody with some panache that we can hopefully parlay into some public relations story, just so we can get people talking. »
- Sarah Peel
The ratings took a big hit when It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia moved from FX to newbie channel Fxx. However, there's no worry that the show will be cancelled anytime soon since it's already been renewed through season 12. Will the ratings improve this time around? Stay tuned.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia revolves around five underachievers who run Paddy's Pub in South Philadelphia. The sitcom features the talents of Charlie Day, Danny DeVito, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, and Rob McElhenney.
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! I was away at Sundance last week so today’s post includes new releases for 1/27 and 2/3. If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) are in love and by all accounts, happy, but one day she jumps from a bridge in an attempt to kill herself. In the days, weeks and months that follow we spend time with each of them apart. They’re both dealing with a shared grief in separate ways, but will their efforts to work through the pain bring them back together or further apart? Writer/director Ned Benson‘s feature began life as two separate films — Him and Her, both included here on a second Blu-ray — but he works them together into a single entwined narrative that takes an honest look at love, loss »
- Rob Hunter
Relativity and representatives for Langenegger did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Ben Ketai (“Chosen”) is the newest writer on the sequel, which follows a family on the verge of sending their troubled teenage daughter to boarding school as they embark on one last family trip to a mobile home park that their uncle runs. Their ast bonding »
- Jeff Sneider
TCA 2015: “You just have to press on,” says star and executive producer Charlie Day
Members of FX comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” weighed in on recent attacks on free speech and creative expression during Sunday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
But, on a serious note, Day said, “You can’t worry about it. That’s a weird, freak thing that happened.”
See photos: The Scene at TCA: Funny, »
- Jethro Nededog
FX and Louis C.K. are partnering on a new comedy pilot titled “Better Things starring “Louie” alum Pamela Adlon. Additionally, the cable channel will air a standup special from C.K.’s current tour, FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf announced during Sunday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
C.K. and Adlon will executive produce and co-write the pilot with C.K. also set to direct. Blair Breard and Dave Becky are set to executive produce the pilot with 3 Arts Entertainment and FX Productions. »
- Jethro Nededog
FX Networks has an aggressive plan to expand its comedy biz in 2015. This year the cabler will launch two series that aim to follow the lead of critically-hailed game changer “Louie,” and Fox’s flagship cabler will take bigger steps to differentiate the branding between comedies on the mothership channel and its Fxx offspring.
The latter half of that strategy began in earnest this week with the debut of “Man Seeking Woman,” a surrealist look at the dating lives of a group of twentysomethings starring Jay Baruchel (“This Is the End”) and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. The half-hour follows Fxx flagship series “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” a cult favorite that is now entering its tenth season as a remarkably steady ratings performer.
The wacky narcissists on “Sunny” find themselves arrested for arson one week and hooked on crack the next, while when Baruchel says he’s dating »
- Geoff Berkshire
Mindy Kaling is in a relationship...with herself. Via her critically acclaimed Fox comedy The Mindy Project, the 35-year-old actress has romanced Mark Duplass, Bill Hader, Ed Helms, Anders Holm, Glenn Howerton, Chris Messina, Seth Meyers, Timothy Olypant and Seth Rogen, to name a few. In real life, however, Kaling's dating life isn't nearly as exciting as that of her TV alter-ego, Dr. Mindy Lahiri. Of course, that doesn't mean she hasn't fantasized about her dream man. "If I could relive the first three months of courtship over and over for the rest of my life, I would," the series' creator and executive producer says in Good Housekeeping's February 2015 issue. "Especially in winter. Who »
Charlie Day, star and executive producer of the Fxx comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” renewed through its 12th season, has a faint idea of what accounts for his show’s long-term success and popularity. “It’s a 10-year-long study in the effects of alcohol abuse,” joked the actor at the FX network’s joint celebration for the 10th season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and the premiere of “Man Seeking Woman” at the Directors Guild of America theater on Tuesday night.
Both Day and his co-star Glenn Howerton, who also exec produces, acknowledged that staying funny for 10 seasons is no small feat. “It’s tough maintaining a funny bone in this world,” Day said. “And as you get older, it gets continually challenged.” Howerton agreed: “The funny bone goes from [existing] just [for] pure joy to survival. You have to make yourself laugh in order to survive.”
- Marianne Zumberge
Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Frank (Danny DeVito) return to Paddy’s Pub for a 10th season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia beginning Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 10pm Et on Fxx. This season, the Gang will endeavor to beat Wade Boggs’ cross-country flight drinking record, get their old friend Psycho Pete (Dominic Burgess) back to form, compete on a game show and conquer the world of online dating. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 preview: 1/14 “The Gang Beats Boggs” Mac oversees the gang while they compete to break Wade Boggs’ … Continue reading →
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- Ryan Berenz
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10
Created by Rob McElhenney
Premieres January 14th at 10pm (Et) on Fxx
The key art for this season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia depicts the cast as hair metal rockers, complete with giant hair, face paint, and metal studs everywhere. This excess and confidence is well deserved—10 seasons in, Always Sunny is one of television’s most consistent, laugh-out-loud funny series. Surviving to a tenth season is an impressive and rare feat for any show, but with its upcoming episodes, the series does more than survive, it delivers some of its best episodes yet.
The tenth season combines familiar group-hangout setups as well as a few episodes that break from the series’ established patterns and dynamics. The season premiere sees the gang attempt to top the legendary drinking record of third baseman Wade Boggs. Episode four (“Charlie Work”, airing February 4th »
- Kate Kulzick
18 months ago, long before Sony made a video on demand (VOD) splash with The Interview, CollegeHumor released a VOD comedy movie of its own. The comedy website produced Coffee Town, a feature film that will become available in DVD form on February 3rd.
Coffee Town, directed by Arrested Development writer Brad Copeland, follows the denizens of a local coffee shop as they fight to save their favorite java joint from closure. The cast, which includes Glenn Howerton, Ben Schwartz, Adrianne Palicki, and Josh Groban, is a good one, particularly for a VOD release. The film first arrived on iTunes and Amazon in July 2013 before earning a trip to HBO and Cinemax in May 2014.
Now, the film's viewers (who have offered up generally positive reviews) have a chance to own it. The DVD is available on Amazon, where it can be pre-ordered
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- Sam Gutelle
19 items from 2015
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