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Stars: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key, Jonathan Lajoie, Tom Mardirosian, Natasha Leggero | Written by Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas | Directed by Luke Greenfield
There are few things as quietly distressing and disappointing to the film fan as seeing people you like and admire feature in movies that are total turd. Such is the case with Let’s Be Cops. I really like Jake Johnson. If you read my Frightfest review of Creep you’ll probably have noticed that I spent about a third of that gushing about Safety Not Guaranteed, the Johnson-starring offbeat dramedy in which he is really good as a louche journalist. He is also really good in New Girl. So good, in fact, that he pretty much carried the show for the first half season it takes to get used to how annoying Zooey Deschanel is in it. »
- Jack Kirby
Director: Luke Greenfield; Screenwriters: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas; Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr, Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, James D'Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key; Running time: 104 mins; Certificate: 15
The arrival of Let's Be Cops, a comedy about two no-hopers who don uniforms, buy a used squad car off eBay and pose as police (hijinks naturally ensue), could not feel more ill-timed considering it comes in the same month as the fatal shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent civil unrest. With blanket media coverage questioning the competency and culpability of police, do we really need to be seeing a film that treats the job as a lark? Does anybody really aspire to be a police offer right now?
Awkward timing, however, doesn't really disguise the fact that Let's Be Cops is an absolute stinker from start to finish. If the Jump Street movies are shining examples of how to successfully »
In a summer that seems to be lacking in truly great, original comedies, Let’s Be Cops certainly has the potential to break the mould and offer something a little different. With a host of great weapons in its arsenal, including two rising stars in Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson, we also see them joined by the talented leading lady Nina Dobrev, and a revered Andy Garcia as the film’s chief antagonist. The premise itself is the stuff of comedy gold – two ne’er-do-wells from Los Angeles dress up like cops and use the power that comes along with the position to do everything from smoking marijuana in public, getting into trendy night clubs, and turn the tables on those who’ve wronged them in the past. But halfway through this film, it simply becomes all too familiar.
Jake Johnson is Ryan, a disgraced former college football star »
- Damen Norton
Chicago – The premise is sound, but the new film “Let’s Be Cops” refuses to do something original with the premise of a couple of regular Joes pretending to be Johnny Law. The same stale jokes and inevitable need for heroic action climax overwhelms the mild amusement of it all.
Jokes about horny boys, marijuana, horny ladies, mistaken identities and obsession with ridiculous minutiae – like having the boys involved in a “case” – limit the enjoyment of the two lead actors. Damon Wayans Jr. handles smart comedy much better than the physical or character variety, and is miscast, and his partner Jake Johnson practically sweats blood to deliver the scenario, going off in directions that quite frankly would have him spend jail time in the real world. Will there be a wacky arrest that the fakers have to do? Yes, and it will be extreme, though bizarrely funny. In essence, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – When the assignment was to find a comedy team to take on impersonating police officers, funny men Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. – of the TV series “New Girl” – fit the uniforms perfectly for the new film, “Let’s Be Cops.” Add in the always hilarious Rob Riggle, and let the games begin.
Riggle is a well known comic character presence on “The Daily Show” and films like “The Hangover,” “21 Jump Street,” “Big Miracle” and the upcoming “Dumb and Dumber To.” Riggle is also famous for having served in the Marines and Marine Reserves for a total of 23 years – retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel – and began his comedy career after his first military stint.
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
“@midnght,” host Chris Hardwick’s popular weeknight panel show that famously mixes the best of what both social media and improv comedy have to offer, has been given a second season order at Comedy Central.
The show became a ratings hit — especially with younger viewers — by maintaining high social engagements through crowdsourcing campaigns like the Twitter-focused #HashtagWars and including edgier comedic guest panelists like Ron Funches and Natasha Leggero.
Hardwick, a comedian and former host of the MTV dating show “Singled Out” who grew in popularity through channels like his Nerdist podcasts before partnering with AMC on postmortem talk shows for their fan-favorited “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad,” said “’@midnight’ has been an absolute dream come true for me — a game show of »
- Whitney Friedlander
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.
Friday, July 25
Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »
San Diego Comic-Con celebrates its 45th year July 23-27 and once again, dozens of networks and TV studios will descend on the city with hundreds of stars and producers to promote their new and returning shows — but will your favorites make the trip? View our constantly updated schedule of Comic-Con’s TV panels and events below, and bookmark this page to check back for updates as Sdcc draws closer. Variety will be on hand at the convention to bring you the latest news and interviews direct from San Diego, so even if you won’t be attending Sdcc, you won’t miss any of the action.
July 23 (Preview Night)
“24″ (Fox, 10 a.m., Ballroom 20) Sneak preview and Q&A with the cast moderated by exec producer Jon Cassar. »
- Shelli Weinstein
Comic-Con 2014 is almost upon us, and the networks have just started announcing which of their shows will be lucky enough to be heading to San Diego this year.
After three wickedly successful seasons, the cast of American Horror Story (Coven and Freak Show) will be making their Comic-Con debut. Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and newcomer Michael Chiklis will be joined by executive producer Tim Minear in Room 6De on Saturday, July 26 from 7-8 Pm for a recap of last season and an exclusive sneak peek at Freak Show.
Showtime has also announced that their new hit series, Penny Dreadful, will be making its first appearance at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 24 in Ballroom 20 for a one-hour session scheduled for 6 Pm. The panel will include stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway, along with creator/writer/executive producer John Logan. In addition, Showtime and Penny Dreadful »
- Lindsay Sperling
Looks like we’re going back Inside Amy Schumer: Comedy Central on Monday announced that the comedienne’s sketch series will return for a third season.
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Also renewed: the cabler’s black comedy Review and anthology of animated shorts TripTank, which both received orders for a second season.
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In addition, the channel issued series orders to the historical drama parody Another Period, starring Natasha Leggero (Burning Love) and Riki Lindhome (Enlightened, Super Fun Night), and Idiot Sitter, »
Amy Schumer can begin sketching out a third season of her series: Comedy Central announced Monday that it had renewed sketch comedy Inside Amy Schumer, along with second season go-aheads for Andy Daly’s Review and the animated series TripTank. All three shows will return with new episodes sometime next year.
The network also gave series orders to a pair of comedies, Another Period and Idiotsitter, which will premiere in 2015. Set at the turn of last century, Another Period stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as two sisters from a fabulously wealthy family in Newport, R.I., who “care only about how they look, »
- Dan Snierson
Comedy Central has picked up to series Another Period, a spoof of a Keeping Up With The Kardashians-like reality show set in Victorian times, and Idiotsitter, a TV version of the digital series. The network also has renewed the well-received original series Inside Amy Schumer for a third season as well as freshmen Review and TripTank for a second season. In addition, Comedy Central has ordered five original digital series: 300 Sunnyside, New Timers, Pie Guys, Roustabout With Kurt Braunohler and Team Tiger Awesome to premiere later this year. Here are details about Comedy Central’s newly picked up and renewed series: Series Orders Another Period - set at the turn of the century, “Another Period” follows the misadventures of the Bellacourts, Newport, Ri’s first family, who have absolutely nothing to offer to the world, but who have so much money it doesn’t matter. The series focuses on »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Comedy Central is beefing up its female-focused content, renewing “Inside Amy Schumer” for a third season and giving series orders to “Another Period” starring Natasha Leggero and Garfunkel and Oates’ Riki Lindhome and “Idiotsitter,” the digital project created by Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian Bell.
“Another Period” is set at the turn of the century and follows the misadventures of a Rhode Island family who — apart from their exceedingly deep pockets — have absolutely nothing to offer the rest of the world. The series is written by, executive produced by and stars Leggero and Lindhome and is executive produced and directed by Jeremy Konner (“Drunk History”) and executive produced by Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein. The pilot also stars Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Beth Dover, Brett Gelman, Tom Lennon, Jason Ritter, Rosa Salazar and Armen Weitzman.
- Whitney Friedlander
I thought the best part of interviewing Andy Daly in Austin over the weekend would be getting a chance to witness the star of Comedy Central's "Review" channeling his fictional alter ego Forrest MacNeil and eating pancakes, as he did in the year's funniest half-hour of television. But though pancakes were, in fact, consumed (in the interests of accuracy, I should say that Daly ordered the short stack — albeit what turned out to be a Texas-sized short stack — and ate much, but not all, of it), the most exciting part of the interview was the news that Comedy Central was days away from announcing that "Review" (which had ended on a brilliant, but seemingly final, note) would return for a second season. (In that same announcement, Comedy Central also renewed "Inside Amy Schumer" and the animated series "TripTank," as well as greenlighting two new series: "Another Period," starring Riki Lindhome »
- Alan Sepinwall
Fear not, Amy Schumer fans; another batch of delightfully tasteful sketch comedy from your favorite funny lady is on its way. Comedy Central has renewed “Inside Amy Schumer” for a third season, the network said Monday. The Andy Daly comedy “Review” and animated series “TripTank” have also been renewed for second seasons. Also read: Larry Wilmore to Replace Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central The network has also given the green light to a pair of new series, “Another Period” and “Idiotsitter.” Starring Natasha Leggero (“Brickleberry”) and Riki Lindhome (“Garfunkel and Oates”), the series, set at the turn of the century, »
- Tim Kenneally
Comedy Central is firming up its lineup, renewing Inside Amy Schumer and two more, while handing out series orders to Another Period and Idiotsitter and five new digital shows. The cable network announced Monday that sketch series Schumer will return for a third season alongside Andy Daly's scripted comedy Review and animated anthology TripTank, which have been renewed for second seasons. TripTank will return for a supersized 20-episode season after its freshman run of eight installments. The three shows will be joined on the schedule by Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome comedy Another Period and Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian
- Lesley Goldberg
The network announced Monday that "Schumer," the wildly popular sketch show fronted by the titular comedienne, will be back for a third season. Comedy Central also ordered new seasons of series "Review," starring Andy Daly, and animated show "TripTank."
In addition to those renewals, the network has also picked up two new shows to series, and both are fronted by women.
The first, called "Another Period," stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as sisters from a wealthy Rhode Island family at the turn of the 20th century. According to the show's official synopsis, the sisters at the heart of "Period" "care only about how they look, what parties they attend and becoming famous, which is a lot harder in 1902." The pilot features celeb cameos from Michael Ian Black, Jason Ritter, Tom Lennon, »
- Katie Roberts
Here’s some news you’ll wanna dip your… well, you know.
For those who didn’t get that reference: The State, a.k.a. the 11 comedians who collaborated on a seminal MTV sketch show in the ’90s, will reunite at this year’s Festival Supreme in Los Angeles. (Granted, this isn’t the first time the gang has gotten back together recently; most of The State stopped by Comedy Central’s @midnight in January.)
The one-day-only event, which invades the La Sports Arena and Exposition Park on Oct. 25, will also include appearances by 39 other star-studded acts, including Jack Black »
- Hillary Busis
Comedy Central has greenlit digital series “This Is Not Happening” for an eight-episode season to air on the linear channel — the cabler’s first promotion of a series developed by its inhouse Cc:Studios unit.
“This Is Not Happening” features host Ari Shaffir jawing with his comedian buddies in front of a live audience at L.A. strip club Cheetahs. Series is exec produced by Shaffir, Eric Abrams, Sam Saifer and Jeff Tomsic, who will direct the season. Show is skedded to premiere on Comedy Central in the fall of 2014.
“The only reason we are picking up ‘This Is Not Happening’ is to prove we can incubate an idea digitally and then have it migrate to the linear channel,” said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming for Comedy Central. “And also, it’s really funny storytelling with fantastic talent.” Added Shaffir: “F— yeah!”
Comedians featured on Cc:Studios’ two »
- Todd Spangler
This is the first pick-up of a series developed by Cc: Studios, Comedy Central’s in-house creative initiative for the development of original digital comedy. The eight-episode season of This Is Not Happening, executive produced by Ari Shaffir, Eric Abrams, Sam Saifer and Jeff Tomsic, will premiere in the fall. Hosted by Shaffir and based on his long-running live show, This Is Not Happening features Shaffir and his comedian friends telling hilarious and true stories in front of a live audience at La’s gentlemen’s club, Cheetahs. Comedians that have appeared on the first two seasons include Kurt Braunohler, Joey Diaz, David Koechner, Bobby Lee, Natasha Leggero, Tj Miller, Trevor Moore, Kumail Nanjiani, Jay Oakerson, Steve Rannazzisi and Joe Rogan. Shaffir is repped by Gersh and Sam Saifer Management. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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