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Peak TV Treasure: HBO's Crashing

Are you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Is life getting in the way of keeping up with the shows you wanna try out? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems in this era of Peak TV.

Crashing

Network | HBO

Created By | Pete Holmes

Number Of Episodes | 8

Episode Length | 30 mins.

Premise | Yes, it’s yet another comedy about a stand-up comedian, written by a stand-up comedian. But Crashing — executive-produced by Judd Apatow, who co-wrote and directed several episodes — wins you over with the polite charms of Holmes,
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Chicken & Egg Pictures Announces Breakthrough Filmmaker Awards for Five Rising Female Documentarians

As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

– Chicken & Egg Pictures, a leader in supporting women nonfiction filmmakers, announced today the recipients of their annual Breakthrough Filmmaker Awards: Natalia Almada (“Todo lo demás,” 2016), Ramona Diaz (“Motherland,” 2017), Laura Nix “(Inventing Tomorrow,” 2018, which will debut at Sundance later this month), Kimi Takesue “(95 and 6 to Go,” 2016), and Nanfu Wang (“I Am Another You,” 2017). This award consists of a $50,000 unrestricted grant and a year-long creative support and mentorship program tailored to each filmmaker’s individual goals.

The Breakthrough Filmmaker Award was designed to “respond to the reality that only a few women nonfiction directors in the U.S. are able to work full-time as independent storytellers. The program recognizes and elevates five experienced women directors with unique voices who are poised to reach new heights and become strong filmmaker- advocates for critical and timely issues.
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How Vocal Coach Liz Caplan Makes Both Hollywood and Broadway Sing

How Vocal Coach Liz Caplan Makes Both Hollywood and Broadway Sing
Ben Platt, the Tony-winning original star of “Dear Evan Hansen,” is leaning backward over a piano and singing scales. His head’s cradled in one hand of his voice teacher, Liz Caplan, and she’s playing piano with the other. It looks awkward and uncomfortable for both actor and teacher, but something about the position opens up Platt’s sound as he vocalizes into a higher register. It’s like a magic trick.

“She has illustrated to me in so many ways how the body can tense, tighten and sabotage itself when the mind isn’t in the right place,” says Platt, who credits Caplan for his ability to sustain his physically and emotionally intense performance in “Dear Evan Hansen.” (He even thanked her in his acceptance speech at the Tony Awards.) “Her ability to pinpoint and correct that is one of the things that makes her a genius.”

Platt is far from the only devotee. If you
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‘Portlandia’: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Love Breakfast a Totally Reasonable Amount — Watch

‘Portlandia’: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Love Breakfast a Totally Reasonable Amount — Watch
Listen, breakfast is great. It’s so good people have invented an extension of breakfast so they can justify eating it later in the day. (“Brunch,” I’m looking right at you.) Obviously, people are fans.

And while we can commiserate with the desire to have the best breakfast as close by as possible, the good people of “Portlandia” — Peter (Fred Armisen) and Nance (Carrie Brownstein) — take “breakfast near me” to a whole new level in the sketch below. Rather than lay around dreaming of a great meal, this married couple crafts the perfect breakfast experience long before the morning sun rises.

Read More:‘Portlandia’: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Create the Next True Crime Podcast Sensation… Maybe

The video is not only a new look at the final season, but the fifth in a series of videos premiering on IndieWire before the Season 8 debut. IFC and IndieWire are
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‘Portlandia’: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Create the Next True Crime Podcast Sensation… Maybe

‘Portlandia’: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Create the Next True Crime Podcast Sensation… Maybe
True crime podcasts are all the rage, but no one gets to see how the secrets are uncovered, cases are chosen, or mistakes are exposed. What matters is the story itself — how it sounds, not how it’s found.

Well, let’s hope it’s not like this.

In an exclusive look at Season 8, “Portlandia” stars and creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein pop into a Portland police station to record a podcast. While they’re welcomed in for an official visit, the two don’t exactly return the professionalism in kind. Their methods are peculiar, motivations less than pure, and end result not what anyone had in mind.

Turns out making a podcast may not be pretty, but it makes for a pretty good sketch. The video below is not only a new look at the final season, but the fourth in a series of videos premiering before the Season 8 debut.
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‘Portlandia’ Season 8: Fred Armisen Lives Out Your Worst Sushi Nightmare in Exclusive Sketch — Watch

‘Portlandia’ Season 8: Fred Armisen Lives Out Your Worst Sushi Nightmare in Exclusive Sketch — Watch
When you see one chili on a sushi menu, you’re safe. Three is clearly very hot stuff, but two? Two could mean anything. Two could be just right — as its middle placement implies — or it could veer wildly into all-too-mild or far-too-spicy territory.

Fred Armisen learns this lesson the hard way in an exclusive sketch from the upcoming season of “Portlandia.” During a casual dinner with his wife (played by Carrie Brownstein), the couple is sent into a panic when learning just how spicy their sushi is labeled on the menu.

You gotta ask, Fred. You gotta ask.

Read More:‘Portlandia’ Season 8: Kath and Dave Highlight the Dos and Don’ts of Escape Rooms — Watch

The video below is not only a new look at the final season, but the third in a series of videos premiering before the Season 8 debut. IFC and IndieWire are partnering to bring
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‘Portlandia’ Season 8: Kath and Dave Highlight the Dos and Don’ts of Escape Rooms — Watch

‘Portlandia’ Season 8: Kath and Dave Highlight the Dos and Don’ts of Escape Rooms — Watch
Kath and Dave are two of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s most intense creations. Whether they’re trying to save the human race (after a local power outage) or going out for tapas (and dancing on the table), this couple doesn’t do anything half-assed.

Add escape rooms to the list.

In IndieWire’s exclusive video below, Kath and Dave team up with two strangers to work an escape room. Needless to say, they’re not the best team players, though one could argue their intensity only helps in the end.

Read More:‘Portlandia’: Carrie Brownstein Tackles Sexism at the Workplace in First Look at the Final Season — Watch

The video below is not only a new look at the final season, but the second in a series of videos premiering before the Season 8 debut. IFC and IndieWire are partnering to bring you exclusive sketches from “Portlandia” Season 8. Over the next six weeks,
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Kendall Jenner Borrows Boyfriend Blake Griffin's Jacket After Attending His Stand-Up Comedy Show

Kendall Jenner Borrows Boyfriend Blake Griffin's Jacket After Attending His Stand-Up Comedy Show
Kendall Jenner cozied up in boyfriend Blake Griffin’s jacket after supporting the Los Angeles Clippers power forward’s stand-up comedy show for his Team Griffin Foundation in Hollywood Thursday night.

The 22-year-old model joined a crew of Griffin’s NBA friends for her boyfriend’s performance and went for a business casual look in a lightweight Tom Ford long sleeve turtleneck, Tom Ford check wide-leg trousers and slouchy Tom Ford over-the-knee boots.

Jenner seemed to get a little chilly by the time she slipped out of the venue with Griffin close behind and threw her boyfriend’s Ermenegildo Zegna
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Blake Griffin Crushes Comedy Show, But All Eyes on Kendall Jenner

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_rxu64bjn"]] Blake Griffin lit it up at his comedy show Thursday night in Hollywood ... but rumored Gf Kendall Jenner kinda stole the show -- even though she never got onstage. Blake -- bad knee and all -- toughed it out to raise funny money at "Comedy by Blake" ... bringing in big-name comics like John Mulaney, Norm Macdonald and Whitney Cummings for the charity event at The Avalon. Griffin once again proved he's got jokes -- the crowd ate it up.
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‘Portlandia’: Carrie Brownstein Tackles Sexism at the Workplace in First Look at the Final Season — Watch

‘Portlandia’: Carrie Brownstein Tackles Sexism at the Workplace in First Look at the Final Season — Watch
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are back for one final season of “Portlandia,” and they’re taking on the big issues before bowing out.

In the video below, Brownstein plays the first female partner at a male-dominated law firm. But before she can be properly welcomed to the family, the men of the room have a few quick questions for her. With sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual assault dominating headlines in multiple industries, it’s encouraging to see the sharply satiric creators of “Portlandia” addressing the issue head-on.

Read More:‘Portlandia’: Carrie Brownstein on Directing, Men’s Rights and Her 5 Favorite Sketches of Season 7

The video below is not only viewers’ first look at the final season, but the first in a series of videos to premiere before the Season 8 debut. IFC and IndieWire are partnering to bring you exclusive sketches from the final season of “Portlandia.” Over the next seven weeks,
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Big Mouth: The Vulgar, Insightful Look at Growing Up That Everyone Should Watch

  • BuzzSugar
Everyone has a humiliating story about the universally horrific period (no pun intended) of life we call puberty. If someone tells you they don't, they're either (1) a liar or (2) part of an alien species, and you should probably never trust them. Netflix's comedy series Big Mouth reminds us just how awkward and disgusting that point in our lives can be in the most profane yet fitting way. I mean, puberty reimagined as a literal hormone monster? It's as hilarious as it is accurate. Created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett, and Mark Levin, the series shows us adolescence through the eyes of three close friends: Nick (Kroll), Andrew (John Mulaney), and Jessi (Jessi Klein). The trio and their schoolmates navigate issues like dating, questioning their sexuality, and porn addiction with an earnestness that's both comical and painfully familiar. We follow them as they try to deal with their confusing
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2018 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations: Call Me by Your Name, Get Out and Lady Bird Lead the Pack

Award season is just around the corner! In West Hollywood Tuesday, Lily Collins and Tessa Thompson announced the nominees for the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards. The 33rd annual event will be at the Santa Monica Pier and be broadcast live March 3 at 5 p.m. Et on IFC. Comics Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will co-host. "The only thing better than having Nick Kroll and John Mulaney host the Spirit Awards is having them host the Spirit Awards twice," Film Independent President Josh Welsh said in a statement. "They did such an amazing job last year and we're thrilled to have them back in 2018." IFC President Jennifer Caserta agreed the duo "knocked it out of the park," adding, "From the minute...
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2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Dominate

2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Dominate
The nominations for the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards are in, and “Get Out,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “Good Time,” and more have dominated this year’s slate.

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions

Over the last several years, the Indie Spirits have become both a champion of underdog indies (see Molly Shannon winning Best Supporting Female last year for “Other People”) and a key indicator in which films and performances could end up with the Oscar (Casey Affleck and “Moonlight” for Best Picture last year). John Mulaney and Nick Kroll will return to host the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3.

The full nominations list is below.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name

The Florida Project

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Rider

Best Director

Jonas Carpignano, “A Ciambra

Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Benny and Josh Safdie,
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Independent Spirit Awards: Watch the Nominations Live

Independent Spirit Awards: Watch the Nominations Live
Film Independent is announcing the nominations for its 2018 Spirit Awards today (Nov. 21).

The nominees, celebrating the best of independent film, are being revealed at a press conference hosted by Lily Collins and Tessa Thompson at the Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood.

Follow along with the below live stream of the event.

The 33rd Spirit Awards will air live on IFC, hosted for the second consecutive year by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, on Sunday, March 3, 2018, at 2 p.m. Pt/5 p.m. Et. As usual, the show will be...
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Watch the 2018 Film Independent Spirits Awards Nominations Live, Hosted by Tessa Thompson and Lily Collins

Watch the 2018 Film Independent Spirits Awards Nominations Live, Hosted by Tessa Thompson and Lily Collins
Awards season is seemingly already at a full sprint, hence this morning’s very exciting — and very live — announcement of the 2018 Film Independent Spirits Awards nominations, hosted by Tessa Thompson and Lily Collins. The live event will kick off at 1:00Pm Et / 10:00Am Pt, live from The Jeremy in West Hollywood.

Nominations will be announced for categories including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Male Lead, and Best Female Lead, along with supporting nods and technical categories like Best Editing and Best Cinematography. The Indie Spirits also honor Best First Feature and Best International Film, and offer a number of speciality awards, including the Robert Altman Award, the John Cassavetes Award, and the Someone to Watch Award.

Read More:Save the Dates: Here’s the 2017-2018 Awards Calendar

Last year’s ceremony saw lots of love doled out for filmmaker Barry Jenkins and the cast and crew of his “Moonlight,
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Al Franken Cut From PBS' Kennedy Center Tribute to David Letterman

Al Franken Cut From PBS' Kennedy Center Tribute to David Letterman
If there was a Top 10 list of reasons to scrub a celebrity’s appearance from an upcoming TV special, a sexual harassment scandal would surely come in at number one.

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has been edited out of PBS’ David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize special (airing Monday, 8/7c), TVLine has confirmed. The decision to cut him from the broadcast comes just days after the Saturday Night Live alum became the latest politician to be accused of sexual harassment. The network on Sunday released the following statement to TVLine:

PBS will air David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize on Monday evening.
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'Night of Too Many Stars': Jon Stewart, Superstar Friends Raise Money for Autism Programs

On Saturday night, a number of actors and comedians gathered at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City to raise money for autism programs as part of Night of Too Many Stars. In support of nonprofit Next for Autism, the event featured stand-up performances, short films and sketches.

The televised event was hosted by Jon Stewart and included appearances by J.J. Abrams, Stephen Colbert, Robert De Niro, Will Forte, Abbi Jacobson, Ellie Kemper, Jordan Klepper, Howie Mandel, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, Michael J. Fox, Michelle Wolf, John Oliver, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller....
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Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More

Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

-The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Timothée Chalamet with the Rising Star Award – Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in “Call Me by Your Name.” The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Tuesday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 4 – 15, 2018. Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Ruth Negga, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning, Terrence Howard, and Adam Beach.

Timothée Chalamet gives a stirring performance as Elio, a 17-year-old on the brink of passion and self-discovery. It’s an intimate and erotic performance that transports the audience to another time and place and stays with us long after we’ve left the theater,” said Festival
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Oh, Hello! Nick Kroll And John Mulaney Returning To Host 2018 Independent Spirit Awards

Looking for some good news? Well, Film Independent wants to make your day. The producers of the Independent Spirit Awards announced today that Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will return to host the 2018 edition of the now venerable independent film industry institution.

In a statement, Film Independent president John Welsh noted, “The only thing better than having Nick Kroll and John Mulaney host the Spirit Awards is having them host the Spirit Awards twice.

Continue reading Oh, Hello! Nick Kroll And John Mulaney Returning To Host 2018 Independent Spirit Awards at The Playlist.
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