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Written by Aireka Muse and directed by Dax Brooks, "Tap Shoes & Violins" is a romantic comedy that sounds like it could be pulled directly from Craigslist's Missed Connections, about "what happens when two people feel like they have met someone special but realize a moment too late." The upcoming short film stars Jessica Williams of "The Daily Show" fame along with Michael McCusker, Shannon Kane and "Dear White People's" Brandon Bell. From the film's website: Both Charlie and Scott often feel out of place but during a brief encounter at their favorite coffee shop they feel as if they might have just met someone special. But neither »
- Jai Tiggett
Jay Z is a former crack dealer, but he is also a lot of other things: a successful businessman, a devoted partner, a skilled Dungeons and Dragons champion who plays as Jamven Wyvernjack, the half-orc druid. So when Sean Hannity repeatedly emphasized Jay's criminal past as a way of scoring points off Andrew Cuomo, The Daily Show took the opportunity to indulge in some good old-fashion Fox-bashing. Well, Jessica Williams did — as an old white man, Jon Stewart mostly tried to see which rap slang he could get away with (the answer is none of it). »
- Nate Jones
The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams gave Wired a humorous sit-down, where she dishes on what’s grinding her gears these days.The magazine with her interview hits newsstands nationwide on December 23rd.Jessica Williams, the Daily Show correspondent and self-confessed media junkie, appears on the cover of the January Wired. In the issue, which looks at the future of media, Williams lays out her own plan for total media domination:“There’s something missing in all this new media craziness,” she writes, “and that is something that uses celebrity news as a way to get into a really serious analysis of our culture.” Williams continues: […] »
- April Neale
The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.
Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »
- Joey Paur
Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »
- Brad Brevet
America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.
Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »
- Brian Welk
A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.
The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.
“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »
- Justin Chang
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.
Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Jessica Williams thrilled us with that "Daily Show" video about catcalling, and now she's here to wince at Detroit's water shutoff problem which affects the city's poor population. But don't worry! Detroit's most decadent golf course and ice hockey stadium are doing just fine. Wonderful! The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive »
- Louis Virtel
On Monday's episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart addressed how Us cities like Dallas and NYC have been handling the Ebola issue. The show's correspondents reported "live" from Texas and New York locations, talking about how cities may or may not be preparing for the Ebola virus. Instead of "Keep Austin Weird," for instance, they joked about Austin's city motto: "Keep Ebola Weird." Watch The Daily Show's Samantha Bee, Aasif Mandvi, Jessica Williams, and Jordan Klepper "report" from cities around the Us, and then check out more must-see viral videos. »
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is adding two new faces to its stable of on-air personalities. Hasan Minhaj will join the team as a correspondent in November while Trevor Noah will sign on as a contributor in December.
Minhaj (pictured left) is a comedian, actor and writer who has made appearances on Netflix’s “Arrested Development” revival, HBO’s “Getting On” and Comedy Central’s “@midnight.” He was also recently featured as a New Face at the 2014 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.
Trevor Noah (pictured right) has previously hosted several television shows in his native South Africa, including kudocasts, the South African Comedy Festival and two seasons of his own latenight talker. Noah made his U.S. debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and went on to appear on “Late Show with David Letterman” and his own comedy special for Showtime, “Trevor Noah: African American.”
- Shelli Weinstein
Jessica Williams may be the next rising star from The Daily Show with her own show in her future. Jon Stewart's senior correspondent of whatever is relevant at any given time took on sexism on last night's episode and promptly destroyed any of the crackpot theories out there which purport that men are the ones who are put upon in today's over-feminized culture and, hey, "boys will be boys." (Lots of clips from Fox News are provided to prove that that point of view is out there.) Williams invited skeptics to join her "fun world" as a gal with a great job, noting that, what for most men would be a "calm, boring commute," is for her a daily beauty pageant. Cue the »
Exciting news: There are people who apparently get paid to go on television and announce that they believe sexism doesn't exist! They like to add that women should lighten up and take every (random, scary, creepy) compliment for what it is: a harmlessly scary compliment! Unless of course the compliment has something to do with defecating on your tits -- then you should Really enjoy it because that's so creative! This is an awesome piece. Jessica Williams kills it again! The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive »
- Louis Virtel
“The Wonder Years’’ long-awaited DVD set: 300 original songs included, 14 omitted Distributor Time Life was able to secure songs like the Joe Cocker intro “With A Little Help From My Friends" for the DVD release, which was held up for years due to song rights. But Time Life has released a list of the 14 songs it couldn’t get, including songs from The Doors, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Neil Young. However, 10 songs from Bob Dylan were secured, and it was thanks to him that other rights-holders came aboard. Plus: A limited edition DVD set autographed and shaped like a miniature school locker will sell for $500. “Gracepoint,” “A to Z” and “Bad Judge” debut to low numbers Meanwhile, “How to Get Away with Murder” hung on to much of its impressive debut audience. David Simon to reunite with “The Wire” cast members at PaleyFest NY Joining him on Oct. 16 will be Wendell Pierce, »
- Norman Weiss
A few days ago, The Daily Show did a pretty funny segment on terrorist groups that seem to be forming overnight and now the show finds itself threatened — no, not by terrorists, but One Direction fans. See, the game of the piece was that new groups were forming — each more dangerous than the next — and they all had funny names. The bit peaked with correspondent Jessica Williams telling Jon Stewart about a "super group" of sorts made up of members of "Isis, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction, and the Zetas drug cartel." Watch below.The problem is One Direction has a Muslim member, Zayn Malik, and One Direction fans believe in their heart of hearts that the Daily Show writer who wrote that joke knows this and is not an adult who spends all his time watching the news and not listening to teenager music. And that »
- Jesse David Fox
Wow. That escalated quickly. On Thursday night, The Daily Show did a segment about terrorist groups in the Middle East (shown in the clip above), and correspondent Jessica Williams made a joke about a new terrorist super group forming that had "one member each from Isis, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction, and the Zetas drug cartel." Most people giggled and chuckled at the satire. Or at the very least they smiled casually. One Direction fans, however, were livid. And now they are basically asking for Jon Stewart's head on a stick. Apparently Jessica mentioning One Direction in a bit about terrorists made the fans jump to the conclusion that she was calling member Zayn Malik, who »
Jon Stewart’s “Senior Pentagon Correspondent” Jessica Williams has discovered a slew of new terror groups, each worse than the other, but is boy band One Direction one of them? Seems so, and fans are upset about it. Stewart and Williams were doing a bit on President Obama’s terrorism speech. The conversation drifted into a hilarious back-and-forth on the rise of new like terror groups like “Al Kill Yall” and “Al Fauq U Up” when Williams interjected. ...Read More »
Variety was inside Hollywood’s Emmy afterparties as TV’s finest celebrated their golden night with plenty of champagne, dancing and trophy gazing.
Here’s our party timeline:
8:12 p.m. With its impressive haul of Emmy loot — including a best comedy win for “Modern Family” — the mood is festive and upbeat at Fox’s Emmy night fete at Vibiana, where the spread includes roasted fingerling potatoes and field green salad.
8:34 p.m. And Espresso cheesecake donuts!
See Also: More Photos from the Emmy After Parties
- Variety Staff
Jon Stewart was worried enough about a possible case of the Ebola virus in New York City to wear a hazmat suit on Tuesday's “Daily Show.” But correspondent Jessica Williams found a way to exploit the panic. The show tried to find grim humor in a disease that has killed more than 800 people in a new West African outbreak. Two Americans who had been doing missionary work are being treated with an experimental serum in Atlanta, and a man is being tested in New York because of possible symptoms of the virus. Also read: Jon Stewart Confesses Biggest Interview Regret. »
- Tim Molloy
Jon Stewart may find the media's constant reporting on Solange and Jay Z's elevator fight a bit ridiculous, but that doesn't mean he doesn't want to get to the bottom of it, too. In an effort to figure out what the heck happened (you could also find out here, Jon), The Daily Show funnyman hired senior Beyoncé correspondent Jessica Williams to share her theories on what happened. Oh wait, did we say theories? "I'm senior Beyonce correspondent, I don't need theories. I know," Williams told Stewart and then explained what she thought was the motive behind the buzzed-about footage. "That so-called security cam footage is nothing but another brilliant Queen B viral marketing »
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