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TV’s Golden Age of Sketch Draws Comic Minds Out of Woodwork

17 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Television is turning into a pretty sketchy neighborhood, much to the delight of producers who have been trying to stake out some real estate there for years.

Scott Aukerman (“Comedy Bang! Bang!”) tried for two decades to get someone interested in doing sketch comedy on television. Suddenly, he and other sketch artists find themselves in the middle of a renaissance.

He started his career in the late ’90s on “Mr. Show With Bob and David,” hoping to eventually get his own off the ground.

“Every time I tried to sell one I was told no one buys sketch shows,” Aukerman says. “I grew up with ‘SNL’ and ‘Monty Python’ and I couldn’t believe no one wanted to see sketch. Now, that’s all changed.”

For years NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” was almost the only game in town when it came to sketch comedy. But in today’s multiplatform universe, »

- Susan Young

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For Peabody Jurors, the Message Is the Medium

29 May 2015 12:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On the face of it, it might be surprising to learn than a CW series based on a telenovela would take home a prestigious Peabody Award.

Yet Peabody’s jurors look beyond the surface to honor shows that expand horizons, defend the public interest and encourage empathy with others.

The Peabody Awards began in 1941 as the radio equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes, but have expanded to include all media from television to Web-based programs. This year, winners included such wide-ranging genres as NPR’s podcast “Serial,” Comedy Central’s sketch comedy “Inside Amy Schumer” and CW’s campy telenovela spoof “Jane the Virgin.”

“Jane” follows the unlikely tale of a virgin who accidentally has been artificially inseminated and lives with her single mom and widowed grandmother. She becomes involved in crime syndicates, murder and a relationship triangle — all in good soapy fun. However, “Jane” also takes on religion, feminism and illegal immigration. »

- Susan Young

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Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Amy Schumer Casually Give the Middle Finger to Aging Out of Hollywood

22 April 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Inside Amy Schumer returned for a third season last night, and in addition to its smart send-up of Friday Night Lights and rape culture, there is a sketch in which Schumer randomly stumbles upon a picnic attended by the holy trinity of Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette (as one does). As it turns out, once she joins them, she finds out that they're there to celebrate Julia's "Last Fuckable Day" — or, as they each brilliantly explain to Schumer, that dreaded day when every older actress is told her "vagina is going to turn into a hermit crab." In true bad-bitch behavior, they send Julia's fuckability (and all of Hollywood's antiquated sexism) off with a Viking funeral. At the Tribeca Film Festival, the show's co-creator Dan Powell said this sketch was three years in the making, and boy, was it worth the wait. »

- Dee Lockett

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Comedy Central Renews Inside Amy Schumer For Fourth Season

21 April 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Taking a hint from other cable networks, notably HBO, Comedy Central has renewed Inside Amy Schumer for a fourth season before the third season even begins.

With little more to go on than a lot of buzz surrounding the music video, critical acclaim, and, I suppose, having seen where the third season goes, the show is set to return.

It’s big news for a show like this, and a serious vote of confidence. It also opens a lot of doors for the show’s direction, with a lot of room to play now.

Be sure to tune in tonight, and catch some previews with our look at Inside Amy Schumer Season Three here.

Catch all the info below.

 

Fresh off hosting the MTV Movie Awards, gracing the cover ofEntertainment Weekly, receiving a Peabody® Award for “Inside Amy Schumer,” and being named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, »

- Marc Eastman

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‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Gets Fourth Season On Comedy Central

20 April 2015 9:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central is giving a fourth-season nod to “Inside Amy Schumer,” just as the third season of the much-lauded program gets underway and its creator is getting more publicity for her coming film “Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow.

Schumer disclosed the pick up while making an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS early Tuesday morning Eastern time. “I just found out” before coming out to speak with Letterman, she told the host.

The third season of “Inside Amy Schumer” premieres Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific with the first of ten all-new episodes.

Inside Amy Schumer” has gained noticed not only for its comedy but the ways in which Schumer, her writers and her cast offer telling comment on sex and relationships. The series has been nomimated for an Emmy and has won a Peabody Award. The show is made up of scripted vignettes, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Amy Schumer Discusses Rape Jokes, Butts, and Aging Actresses at Inside Amy Schumer Panel

20 April 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Season three of Inside Amy Schumer airs tomorrow, and, at Sunday night’s Tribeca panel, Schumer and her creative team gave a taste of what’s to come for her Comedy Central show. From Amber Rose rapping about farts that break glasses to a shot-for-shot re-creation of a 12 Angry Men parody where Schumer is on trial for whether or not she’s pretty enough for TV, this season is brimming with beefy guest stars and even beefier content. “We went nuts this season and broke any rules that were set up,” Schumer said.“Last Fuckable Day” with Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus The team had been trying to make this sketch for three years, but a lot of actresses said no. “We were thinking of a Diane Keaton or a Mia Farrow,” said co-creator and executive producer Dan Powell. “Can’t imagine why those two wouldn’t want to work together, »

- Valentina I. Valentini

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Scientology's David Miscavige -- P.I.s Say They Were Hired to 'Dig Up Dirt' on David's Dad (Audio)

10 April 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

David Miscavige and his Church of Scientology are on a mission -- to "dig up dirt" on people who talk crap on them -- so claims the private investigator who says he was hired to keep David's dad in line. The audio is pretty amazing. TMZ obtained police audio in which P.I. Daniel Powell told Wisconsin detectives he and his dad were paid $10k a week from the Church to shadow Ronald Miscavige ... to follow him, »

- TMZ Staff

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David Miscavige -- P.I. Says Scientology Leader Block Medical Help ... If Dad Dies, He Dies

9 April 2015 4:20 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Chilling audio ... the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige appeared to be having a heart attack, and his son ordered his people to stand clear and just let him die ... so claims the P.I. who was tailing David's dad. P.I. Daniel Powell recounted during a police interview in 2013 how he and his dad were following Ronald Miscavige, who left the church, when Ronald suddenly slumped over and appeared to be having a coronary. »

- TMZ Staff

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Scientology's David Miscavige -- P.I. Tells Cops ... Tom Cruise Funds Everything!

9 April 2015 10:45 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Tom Cruise underwrites so much of Scientology, people connected with the Church root for the success of his movies, even when they suck. P.I. Daniel Powell, who claims to have been hired by the Church to tail the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige, joked with cops ... Tom was the biggest moneymaker by far in the Church. In fact, Powell wisecracks that Tom is probably paying the $10k a week salary to keep tabs on and harass Ronald Miscavige. »

- TMZ Staff

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Tff 2015: Tribeca Film Festival Announce Tribeca Talks Series Line-Up

20 March 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced this week that audiences will have an opportunity to hear panel and one-on-one conversations with some of the industry’s most critically and commercially successful filmmakers, artists, and executives during this year’s Tribeca Talks series including Christopher Nolan with Bennett Miller, George Lucas with Stephen Colbert, Cary Fukunaga with James Schamus, Brad Bird with Janeane Garofalo, Harvey Weinstein, Gus Van Sant, Courtney Love, Catherine Martin, and Christiane Amanpour.

Unique programs in the 2015 series include the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures where an acclaimed director participates in an intimate one-on-one conversation, Tribeca Talks: Master Class conversations focusing on a specific sector of the filmmaking process, Tribeca Talks: Script & Screen hosted by Barnes & Noble which explores topics related to screenwriting, as well as the previously announced special Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Conversations which presents conversations relating to sports and competition in film, »

- Sacha Hall

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"Grand Budapest," "Imitation Game," "True Detective' Win Big at 2015 Writers Guild Awards!

16 February 2015 12:42 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won the Original Screenplay honor at the recently concluded Writers Guild Awards while Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" took home the Adapted Screenplay trophy. "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swarts" written by Brian Knappenberger won Documentary Screenplay award. The film is not nominated for an Academy award.

In TV land, HBO's "True Detective" won the Drama Series award and FX's "Louie" received the Comedy Series trophy.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards:

Feature Film

Original Screenplay

Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films

Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight Winner

Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films

Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics

Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper, »

- Manny

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards

14 February 2015 5:28 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.

HBO’s “True Detective” and FX’s “Louie” each took a pair of TV trophies.

“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”

Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.

“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.

“Grand Budapest” won over the scripts for “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards

14 February 2015 5:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.

HBO’s “True Detective” and FX’s “Louie” each took a pair of TV trophies.

“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”

Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.

“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.

“Grand Budapest” won over the scripts for “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher, »

- Dave McNary

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