16 items from 2015
Playing House is back! While that's totes kewl in and of itself—fans and critics campaigned hard for USA to bring back the comedy from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair—what makes this news even greater is the show hasn't missed a beat. Your girls are back and better than ever. The show picks up a few months after the birth of baby Charlotte and Maggie (Parham) and Emma (St. Clair) are well into the swing of mommyhood. The first two episodes hilariously take on dating as a new mom—with guest stars Darius Rucker, Hgtv's Property Brothers, Mad Men's Rich Sommer and Kyle Bornheimer—and establishes some new status quos for the supporting characters including Lindsay Sloane's »
"Review" was one of the most pleasant TV surprises of 2014, not because we didn't expect fun stuff from star and producer Andy Daly, but because Comedy Central had sat on the show for nearly a year, and then premiered it with minimal fanfare. What seemed like a dump job was instead a delight: a sort of serialized sketch comedy show, held together by Daly as "reviewer of life" Forrest MacNeil, a blandly cheerful doofus willing to experience and then review whatever his audience asked him to. Over the course of the first season, Forrest got addicted to cocaine, ate 15 pancakes in one sitting, had to divorce his wife, then eat 30 pancakes in one sitting, accidentally caused his father-in-law to die in outer space, possibly killed another driver in a road rage incident, and bit by bit watched his entire life burn to the ground for the sake of the show. »
- Alan Sepinwall
With key roles on the cult comedy hit Arrested Development and the FX animated comedy Archer, as well as a leading role on Married, Judy Greer is a familiar figure to television fans. She ahs, however, been very prolific on the big screen as well, appearing in supporting turns in four of the summer’s big movies, the four being Tomorrowland, Entourage, Jurassic World, and last weekend’s box office winner Ant-Man. Greer, however, is soon poised to take centre stage in a movie. Titled Addicted to Fresno, the synopsis is as follows.
Follows the lives two co-dependent sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno.
Orange is the New Black‘s Natasha Lyonne plays the other half of the sisterly duo, with But I’m a Cheerleader director Jamie Babbit taking the reins, and Allison Tolman, Aubrey Plaza, Jessica St. Clair, and Molly Shannon co-starring. At the Outfest Film »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Read More: SXSW: How Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer Escaped the Hollywood Boys Club for 'Fresno' Judy Greer is normally the level-headed sidekick, and Natasha Lyonne the crazy mess, but not this time around. Jamie Babbit's SXSW comedy "Addicted to Fresno" runs far away from typecasting by starring Greer as the sex-addicted wreck, Shannon, and Lyonne as her strangely optimistic sister, Martha. The film follows the two sisters as Shannon comes out of sex rehab and gets a job as a maid at the hotel where her sister works. After Shannon relapses and accidentally kills a hotel guest, her and Martha go on an all-out adventure to cover up the crime. "Addicted to Fresno" marks the second collaboration between Lyonne and Babbit after the 1999 cult hit, "But I'm a Cheerleader." The comedy also stars Aubrey Plaza, Fred Armisen, Jessica St. Clair, Molly Shannon, Michael Hitchcock and Ron Livingston. The »
- Kaeli Van Cott
The girls are back in town! Playing House makes its triumphant return on Tuesday, Aug. 4 on USA Network and Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham are in fine form, even with leaky breasts. Wait, what? In the preview below, St. Clair's Emma and Parham's Maggie are adjusting to life with a new baby and all the joy that comes with it. What would Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda do? Would your best friend dry the breast milk on your blouse? Playing House, one of the best and most lovable comedies in years, returns with all your favorites including Lindsay Sloane as Bird Bones, Keegan-Michael Key as Mark, Zach Woods as Zach, and new faces including Rob Riggle, Kenny Loggins (as himself, celebrate!) and the »
Comedy Central’s beloved sketch-comedy series “Key & Peele” is back with all-new episodes. The Peabody Award-winning and five-time Emmy Award-nominated series featuring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele returned with the first of eleven all-new episodes this week, Wednesday, July 8, airing at 10pm. An array of guest stars will include: Tatyana Ali, Bo Burnham, Kate Burton, Jessica St. Clair, Rob Corddry, Regina Hall, Tricia Helfer, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Pally, Mekhi Phifer, Rob Riggle, Rebecca Romijn, Will Sasso and Nick Searcy in the all new episodes. Viewers can expect new personalities as well as the return of their favorites, like Obama and his anger translator, Luther, along with Meegan and Andre; and then there's Shaboots and T-Ray, who are featured in the new video clip released this morning, embedded below. In it, the pair, in a TEDTalks kind of environment, deliver some hard truths about the female body to their entirely male audience. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Comedy Central’s beloved sketch-comedy series “Key & Peele” is back with all-new episodes. The Peabody Award-winning and five-time Emmy Award-nominated series featuring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele returned with the first of eleven all-new episodes this week, Wednesday, July 8, airing at 10pm. An array of guest stars will include: Tatyana Ali, Bo Burnham, Kate Burton, Jessica St. Clair, Rob Corddry, Regina Hall, Tricia Helfer, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Pally, Mekhi Phifer, Rob Riggle, Rebecca Romijn, Will Sasso and Nick Searcy in the all new episodes. Viewers can expect new personalities as well as the return of their favorites, like Obama and his anger translator, Luther, along »
- Tambay A. Obenson
USA on Wednesday announced that Kenny Loggins — whose 1977 classic inspired Maggie and Emma’s awesomely awkward pilot sing-along — will guest-star in the Season 2 finale.
In fact, if you’ve been following Parham and »
Instead of helping a couple find a fixer-upper and renovate it into their dream home, like they do on "Property Brothers," they'll actually be remaking Maggie's body into the "hottest property on the market," USA revealed. (Lennon plays Maggie)
Photos: Primetime Hunks: The Hottest Guys On Television!
In addition to their skills in real estate and ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
Veep, Season 4, Episode 4: “Tehran”
Directed by Becky Martin
Airs Sundays at 10:30pm (Et) on HBO
Meyer’s run as President to date has been marked with numerous issues, whether it is ones that require minor fixes, such as the White House painting removal, or bigger problems, such as the bereaved parents mailing list. These problems have overshadowed any of the accomplishments she feels she has during her time as the Head of state. This week’s episode sees another one of Meyer’s victories take a backseat to continuing problems in her administration, leading to a major change amongst her staff in another entertaining outing.
Amy and Dan’s camaraderie opens up an interesting potential storyline. Amy’s frustration with the way the campaign is going has been a constant theme this season, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Netflix’s upcoming series The Get Down has cast its four lead roles. The hip hop drama, set in New York in the 70s, has tapped Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Skylan Brooks, and Tremain Brown Jr. to star in the series. Moore, who will soon be seen on the big screen in the Sundance feature Dope, will be playing Shaolin Fantastic, while Smith, who is in this summer’s Paper Towns, will play Ezekiel. Brown Jr. will make his acting debut on the series by playing Boo-Boo, while Brooks, who was one of the two leads in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, will play Ra-Ra.
Netflix describes The Get Down thusly.
The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York — broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are »
- Deepayan Sengupta
USA Network is in the midst of a major brand re-think led by president Chris McCumber. More sports, more WWE, more original dramas and more zeitgeist-y drama within those original series are key items on USA’s agenda for 2015.
McCumber in his team are also donning lab coats to experiment with new ways of making shows available on air and online in an effort to get the biggest bang for all the bucks they’re pouring in to programming. McCumber spoke with Variety in his office at 30 Rock last week about the body-and-fender work underway at USA.
You’ve been very vocal about trying to find a new breed of original USA drama series. What are you looking for?
This is an evolution. The goal now is to evolve our characters to better reflect what’s going on in society now. We’ve gone through a huge demographic shift where »
- Cynthia Littleton
“Justified” will get its final farewell at the Atx Television Festival in Austin, Texas, this summer.
The annual fest has added more programming to the previously announced “Gilmore Girls,” “Queer As Folk,” “Journeyman” and “Dawson’s Creek” reunions, including panels for FX’s “Justified,” Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World,” ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” Fox’s upcoming “Wayward Pines,” USA’s “Playing House,”Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” a premiere screening of Starz’s “Power,” and a discussion with the creator of “Friends.”
“Justified” creator and exec producer Graham Yost will take an in-depth look back on his series, which stars Timothy Olyphant (pictured) and wraps this April. Cast members and additional producers are yet to be announced, though in a statement, Yost expressed his excitement “to mark the end of the series [with] the whole cast of ‘Justified'” at Atx this June.
Yost will also be part of »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Fresno is writer Karey Dornetto and director Jamie Babbit's first film collaboration and hopefully not the last. It is a crime comedy that tells the dysfunctional story of two sisters Shannon (played by Judy Greer) a registered sex offender fresh out of rehab and her bright and shiny yet unintentionally enabling sister Martha (played by Natasha Lyonne). When an accidental death occurs the sisters are stuck trying to figure out how to get rid of it or suffer the consequences. Cinelinx sat down with both Babbit and Dornetto to discuss the film.
Post-rehab, sister Shannon shacks up with Martha and they both work as maids at a nearby hotel. Shannon, not completely over her sex addiction, ends up having sex with a perv in the hotel and accidentally kills him. With a dead body on their hands, the two sisters decide to bring it to the local crematory to get rid of it. »
- email@example.com (Kelly McInerney)
SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
7 Chinese Brothers
Director/Screenwriter: Bob Byington
A man unaccustomed to telling the truth learns to at least describe it. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Tunde Adebimpe, Eleanore Pienta, Olympia Dukakis, Stephen Root. (World Premiere) (film synopsis from sxsw.com)
The film is almost about nothing, just like the title of the film. Most of the time this doesn’t matter because we get to watch Schwartzman do many Schwartzman things, including acting opposite his real-life dog. There is a very sweet and surprisingly authentic death involving a key character. Besides that moment, when the film ends, you’ll quickly forget about it and move on.
Final Score: 6/10
Out of a job after a disastrous product launch, a big-city yuppie retreats to his suburban childhood home, in this heart-warming and hilarious film about crashing hard, »
- Jeff Bayer
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
16 items from 2015
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