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At the 2012 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, the stars of “Bob’s Burgers” gathered for a live table read. It was one of the first such public performances for a cast that includes comics Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, and Dan Mintz. Afterward, H. Jon Benjamin — who voices the burger-mongering patriarch of the show’s title — called creator Loren Bouchard.
“He said that it was really fun and that the audience seemed to really like it,” Bouchard says. “I had never heard him express enthusiasm about anything, so I took that as an incredible sign.”
Live shows have since become a regular supplement to a series that, with its eighth season set to premiere this fall, now ranks among broadcast’s longer-running comedies — in the same league as CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and ABC’s “Modern Family.” The performances, often strung together on national tours, have offered viewers a chance to see stars perform in and »
- Daniel Holloway
Kate McKinnon took the prize last year and could repeat her win, thanks to several memorable “SNL” episodes that saw her reprise Hillary Clinton in the heat of the election, not to mention her touching Leonard Cohen “Hallelujah” tribute. With the exception of Niecy Nash (“Getting On”), all of last year’s nominees are eligible this year: Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”), Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) and Gaby Hoffmann and Judith Light (“Transparent”). And while they missed out on a nod last year, never count out previous nominees Jane Krakowski (who married David Cross on this season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Julie Bowen, who already has a pair of Emmys for her “Modern Family” role. There’s also Bowen’s co-star Sofia Vergara, who has four previous nominations for her role. Among the fresh possibilities are living legend Rita Moreno for her turn on the well-received “One Day at a Time” reboot and Molly Shannon for »
- Variety Staff
Heading into its opening weekend, the Wonder Woman box office tracking was inconsistent, at best. Most box office analysts had predicted an opening weekend debut between $65 million and $80 million, although some predicting a debut as high as $105 million. As it turns out, the latter estimate was more accurate, with Wonder Woman easily taking the top spot with $100.5 million. This tally breaks a box office record held by Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey, as the highest opening weekend for a movie directed by a female director ($85.1 million).
There has been a huge wave of buzz building after the Wonder Woman early reactions started rolling in after the first press screening last month, with the movie scoring an impressive 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Box Office Mojo reports that Wonder Woman opened in 4,165 theaters, pulling in an impressive $24,131 per-screen average. The superhero adventure has also taken in an additional $122.5 million internationally »
Chicago - I’m sure from the title you can glean the level of seriousness to expect, but how funny “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” turns out to be is no laughing matter. The film’s surprising irreverence and respect for the comic book genre makes this the animated hero we’ve needed, and the second best superhero film out this weekend (See: Wonder Woman).
For obvious reasons, most animated films like this one are aimed at children, but only the truly impressive ones incorporate aspects for adults, realizing that they will be the ones who have to sit through the film with their children. The general humor in the film caters to young boys, with enough potty humor to clog a toilet with. Nicholas Stoller adapts David Pilkey’s popular book series enough care to stay faithful to the series’ superhero essence while creating an original story with it. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
There’s no question that – despite the timeless Marvel vs. DC debate (or perhaps because of it?) – superhero cinema is here to stay for a long time. The recent releases of such critically acclaimed efforts as Logan and this week’s Wonder Woman, however, underscore the genre’s need to explore some fresh approaches to comic book storytelling, lest the million think pieces heralding the cinematic fall of superheroes come to fruition. So, while adults looking to satisfy their bloodlust can see Hugh Jackman shredding off limbs in the aforementioned latest X-Men film, children can root for a decidedly less self-serious hero in Dreamworks’ latest release, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
Based on the 12-book series by author Dav Pilkey, the film follows elementary school students George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch), who stumble upon the perfect way to keep their school’s notorious Principal Krupp (Ed Helms »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Directed by David Soren.
Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.
As superhero films shift more in the direction of mature themes (even the PG-13 offerings are starting to push the envelope), a specifically child-friendly hopeful franchise starter such as Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is an appreciated gift. Based on the series of novels by Dav Pilkey, directed by David Soren (Turbo), and notably written by Nicholas Stoller (most known for critically acclaimed R-rated comedic efforts such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, also having successfully proven himself at adapting material for younger ones by writing both The Muppets Movies), the animated feature expectedly embraces lowbrow toilet humor, »
- Robert Kojder
Transformers: The Last Knight, Wonder Woman, Baby Driver and more movies you must see in JuneTransformers: The Last Knight, Wonder Woman, Baby Driver and more movies you must see in JuneAdriana Floridia5/31/2017 10:36:00 Am
Summer is finally here! We couldn't be happier to welcome the warm weather and longer nights - and of course, new summer movies!
With the new season comes a new batch of exciting films--and June has some big ones in store. There's something for everyone this month, from iconic superheroes, to indie dramas, Will Ferrell comedies, and even some minions.
Check out 11 of the films you must see this June below!
Release Date: June 2nd, 2017
See it with: Your best gal pals
See it in: IMAX 3D
- Adriana Floridia
Many times, movies that open in the first weekend of June, following the Memorial Day weekend, take a big hit, since the winner of the Holiday usually repeats in its second weekend. That definitely won't be the case heading into this weekend, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Baywatch both underperforming. Audiences' lack of interest in this sequel and TV show adaptation resulted in the worst Memorial Day box office weekend since 1999. That puts even more pressure on Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman to not only revitalize their Dceu franchise, but also kick start the summer box office as a whole. We're predicting that it should have no trouble beating both Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and fellow newcomer Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie to take the top spot with a projected $94.6 million.
This projection is ultimately higher than most of the Wonder Woman box office projections, »
Streaming service Hulu might not get all the attention that Netflix or HBO does, but it’s turning out some quality shows that rival the big networks and streaming services alike. Here are 10 Hulu original series you should add to your list of binge-worthy titles. 10. “The Hotwives of Orlando” Sending up reality TV shows about real housewives, “The Hotwives of Orlando” is has some great casting, including Kristen Schaal of “Bob’s Burgers” and “Last Man on Earth,” and Angela Kinsey of “The Office.” It constantly gets to the best absurdity of reality TV with some great, ridiculous characters. 9. “Chance” Hugh Laurie. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to “The Little Stranger,” excluding the U.K., France and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé. Academy Award nominee Lenny Abrahamson (“Room”) will direct the film, a chilling ghost story, which will begin production in the U.K. this summer for release in 2018. “The Little Stranger” will star Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Focus’ “The Danish Girl,” has adapted “The Little Stranger” from Sarah Waters’ acclaimed 2009 novel of the same name.
In a remote English village after the close of World War II, a local practitioner, Dr. Faraday (Gleeson), is called to the »
- Graham Winfrey
The first trailer has arrived online for director Will Raee’s upcoming comedy drama Austin Found which stars Linda Cardellini, Kristen Schaal, Craig Robinson, Skeet Ulrich, Ursula Parker, Patrick Warburton, Jon Daly, Chris Parnell, and Matt Jones; check it out below after the official synopsis…
Leanne Miller (Linda Cardellini, “Freaks and Geeks”) is a 36-year-old wife and mother whose hunger for fame and fortune leads her down a dangerous path. A former beauty queen and prom queen, Leanne is fed up with her unglamorously average lifestyle when she decides to take matters into her own hands by plotting a scheme to make her family instant celebrities. Teaming up with her ex-boyfriend, Billy (Skeet Ulrich, “Riverdale”), and his ex-con buddy, Jebidiah (Craig Robinson, “The Office”), Leanne conspires to have her 11-year-old daughter, Patty (Urusula Parker, “Louie”), kidnapped for just for a month or two. All Leanne has to do is keep the local press (Kristen Schaal, »
- Amie Cranswick
The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last month.
Against the advice of his best friend Mark, Adam decides to drive back home to San Francisco to attend the wedding in hopes of convincing himself and everyone else, including her fiancé Aaron, that he is truly happy for her.
After a series of embarrassing, hilarious, and humbling situations, Adam discovers the comedy in romance, the tragedy of letting go and the hard truth about growing up.
Screen Media Films has acquired the North American rights to Ryan Eggold’s new comedy-drama “Literally, Right Before Aaron,” slated for a theatrical release later this year. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival last month, stars Justin Long, Cobie Smulders, Ryan Hansen, John Cho, Kristen Schaal, Peter Gallagher, Dana Delany, Lea Thompson and Luis Guzman.
Tribeca Film Festival 2017 Screenings and Parties (Photos)
The seriocomic “Literally, Right Before Aaron” follows the aftermath of a love affair between Adam (Long) and his ex-girlfriend Allison (Smulders), when Adam gets word of Allison’s upcoming wedding. Realizing that he’s not quite ready to bid farewell to their relationship, Adam decides to attend the wedding in an embarrassing attempt to convince himself, and those around him, that he has moved on.
The movie marks the directorial feature film debut for Eggold (best known for his work as »
- Emily Mae Czachor
Screen Media Films has secured the North American rights to Ryan Eggold directorial debut film Literally, Right Before Aaron, which had its world premiere at last month’s Tribeca Film fest. Starring Justin Long, Cobie Smulders, Ryan Hansen, John Cho, Kristen Schaal, Peter Gallagher, Dana Delany, Lea Thompson, and Luis Guzmán, the film will bow in theaters later this year. The comedy follows Adam (Long) who, not ready to let his engaged ex-girlfriend Allison (Smulders)… »
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented June 9 – 18, with 21 topical and provocative feature documentaries and panel discussions that showcase courageous resilience in challenging times. In an era of global advances by far-right forces into the political mainstream, assaults on the free press, and the rise of “citizen journalism,” festival organizers hope that the films in this year’s program can serve as inspiration and motivation for the audience, from seasoned activists to those searching for a role in local and global movements.
Now in its 28th edition, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center. All screenings will be followed by in-depth discussions with filmmakers, film subjects, Human Rights Watch researchers, and special guests. »
- Kate Erbland
Vulture WatchWhat would you do, if were you the last man on our planet? Has The Last Man on Earth TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on Fox? Telly the television vulture is on the lookout for all TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is a dedicated place to track the status of The Last Man on Earth season four. Bookmark it or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the television network, The Last Man on Earth follows Phil Tandy Miller (Will Forte). In the year 2020, »
Airing on Sunday nights, The Last Man on Earth has never been a hit in the ratings and the numbers keep dropping. Will they keep falling? Will the Fox show be cancelled or is it essentially guaranteed to be renewed for a fourth season so there will be enough episodes for a syndication package? Stay tuned.On The Last Man on Earth, a deadly virus has devastated the planet and Phil Miller (Will Forte) believes he's the last human alive. Phil eventually finds other survivors and he ends up being alternatingly elated and miserable. What will happen next? The rest of the cast includes Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Mary Steenburgen, and Cleopatra Coleman.The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This »
Season three won't be the last for The Last Man on Earth. Recently, Fox announced they've renewed the TV show for a fourth season.A comedy series, The Last Man on Earth follows Phil Miller (Will Forte), a man who believes he is the last human on Earth after a deadly virus has devastated the planet. The Fox cast also includes Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Mary Steenburgen, and Cleopatra Coleman.Read More… »
Will Forte’s “Last Man on Earth” is a half-hour comedy about the life and adventures of the last man on earth, played by the “Saturday Night Live” alum. Forte created the series and serves as executive producer, star and writer.
Along with Forte, other executive producers are Christopher Miller, Phil Lord, Seth Cohen, Andrew Bobrow and Erik Durbin. The cast is rounded out by Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Mary Steenburgen and Cleopatra Coleman. 20th Century Fox Television produces.
This past weekend, before he got the news of the Season 4 renewal, Forte spoke with Variety at a photoshoot and joked that he used to think “SNL” would be his hardest job ever, until he moved onto “Last Man” where he juggles so many roles.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The pickups wrapped up a wild day of pickups and cancellations at the networks. Among the shows still awaiting their fate at Fox: “24: Legacy,” “Apb,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Making History,” “New Girl,” “Prison Break,” “Scream Queens,” “Shots Fired,” and “Son of Zorn.”
“The Last Man on Earth” renewal will cheer fans left hanging by the show’s finale, which opened up a new chapter for the show. As IndieWire TV critic Ben Travers recently wrote: “it set up a future worth rooting for… ‘Last Man’ works best when its cast is forced to readjust, and Forte & Co. has been great at consistently pushing »
- Michael Schneider
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