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Best TV episodes of 2013: 'Game of Thrones' Red Wedding, plus 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orphan Black' and more

25 December 2013 12:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

To pick just one episode from the impressive television outing in 2013 is near impossible. From network television to cable stations to newcomer Netflix, there was greatness across the entire TV landscape.

But there still were some episodes that surged above the rest in their quality, resonance and overall effectiveness. Here are my picks for the best television episodes of 2013; you can read other Zap2it picks here, here, here, here and here.

'Game of Thrones' - 'The Rains of Castamere'

"Game of Thrones" was at its best in "The Rains of Castamere," which was the episode showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been building up to since signing on to create this epic fantasy series. More than just providing shock value, "The Rains of Castamere" was a necessary reminder to viewers that this isn't the average television show where the heroes always win. The deaths of Robb »


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Where Did Past Daily Show Correspondents End Up?

27 November 2013 8:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

John Oliver leaving The Daily Show on December 19 for his own HBO show feels like a big deal: He's been on the show for seven years, and his style of righteous frustration gives the show some of its bite. As fill-in host over the summer, he proved he could anchor the show, too, making his absence all the greater. But Oliver is hardly the first person to move on from The Daily Show. Let's look back at every Daily Show contributor and correspondent who appeared on at least ten episodes during Jon Stewart's reign (hence no A. Whitney Brown and Brian Unger) but is no longer with the show. There are a lot of them!Dan Bakkedahl, 2005–07: Bakkedahl's one of those correspondents who seems much more familiar from his non–Tds work than his time on the show. You recognize him now from Veep, Community, and The Heat, »

- Margaret Lyons

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Paul Feig Developing The Heat Spin-Off for Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin

15 November 2013 4:33 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Paul Feig is teaming up again with Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox for a spin-off of his comedy hit The Heat, which focuses on Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin's characters Beth and Gina.

Beth and Gina are members of Detective Mullins' (Melissa McCarthy) extended family in The Heat, who grilled FBI agent Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) about a number of topics in a memorable scene around the dinner table. Tricia McAlpin is writing the script, with Paul Feig and Jessie Henderson producing alongside Chernin Entertainment.

Here's what Paul Feig had to say about the characters in a statement.

"Jamie and Jessica are two of the funniest people on this planet. They took small roles in The Heat and turned them into characters worthy of their own movie. I can't wait to unleash Beth and Gina on the world. Run for your lives."

The actresses both starred in the comedy series Ronna & Beverly, »

- MovieWeb

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Carrie Fisher is 'Legit'

30 October 2013 6:17 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Actress, writer and all around Hollywood favorite Carrie Fisher will appear on Jim Jefferies excellent Fxx series "Legit." Jefferies is in production with the poignant, side splitting comedy that takes Jim on strange and marvelous adventures with brothers Steve (Dan Bakkedahl) and Billy (DJ Qualls). Bonus cast member is Rodney (Nick Daley): Jim will be appearing at the Melrose Improv on Nov. 5. reports that Carrie Fisher will play Angela Greenberg, one of Hollywood’s top comedy-development execs. Greenberg sees one of Jim's sets, and according to TVLine, alter-egos and confusion ensue. Legit‘s second season launches in January 2014 on Fxx. »

- April Neale

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Archer Season 4 and Legit Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD Arrive January 7th

30 October 2013 12:07 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fox Home Entertainment has announced that the latest seasons of Archer and Legit will debut on Blu-ray and DVD January 7. We don't have any pricing details, but take a look at the special features details and cover artwork for both of these sets below.

Swing back into action with Sterling Archer - the world's greatest spy - and the agents of Isis for another hilarious season of cocktails, carousing and animated awesomeness! Follow the team around the globe, from the mysterious Bermuda Triangle all the way to the Vatican, as they bicker, backstab and bumble their way through assassination plots, an ill-advised marriage, an unexpected pregnancy, and a venomous snake bite in a very, very bad place! Packed with terrorist threats, sexual shenanigans, and all things inappropriate, Archer: The Complete Season Four comes fully loaded with outrageous top-secret extras!

Special Features:

Fisherman's Daughter

Archer Live!

This outrageous new comedy »

- MovieWeb

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Exclusive: Director Paul Feig Talks The Heat

23 October 2013 12:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Oscar Winner Sandra Bullock and Oscar Nominee Melissa McCarthy are on fire in the outrageously funny comedy The Heat. Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins couldn't be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected...buddies. The Heat exploded at the box office with over $218 million worldwide, and now its coming home on Blu-ray and DVD, available October 15. To celebrate this release, we caught up with director Paul Feig. Watch our exclusive interview as he talks about his own career as an actor, the differences between the rated and unrated cuts, and how he managed to get Kaitlin Olson in for a cameo despite the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia having just given birth.

Before The Heat, Paul Feig's had big screen success with another female-driven comedy, Bridesmaids, also starring Melissa McCarthy. »

- MovieWeb

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Movie Review - The Heat (2013)

7 August 2013 12:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Heat, 2013.

Directed by Paul Fieg.

Starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Jane Curtin, Spoken Reasons and Dan Bakkedahl.


An uptight FBI Agent and a 'doesn't play by the rules' Boston cop have to team up to bring down a drug lord.

Racist. Sexist. Stereotyping of foreigners and highly offensive to albinos, The Heat is one of the most horrendous films you're ever likely to see. Within the first 30 minutes the film introduces you to a black drug dealer and an Eastern European drug dealer and suggests that a Police Chief has "tiny little girl balls". Which, coming from a female character you'd think the actor might have taken some issue with the fact that a female lead film is being sexist to women. One step at a time I guess. The Heat, frankly, is horrendously offensive and shockingly unfunny.

The story centers around »

- Flickering Myth

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Sandra Bullock: 'The Heat shows that women can do R-rated comedy'

30 July 2013 2:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Paul Feig follows up the critical and financial success of Bridesmaids with The Heat, another female-led comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as chalk-and-cheese law enforcement officers forced to work together.

Bullock plays uptight FBI agent Sarah Ashburn, who butts heads with McCarthy's street-smart Boston cop Sharon Mullins.

Digital Spy sat down with Bullock and Feig to discuss the buddy-cop genre, passing the Bechdel Test, and the difficulty of finding funding for female-centric movies.

The Heat was penned by Parks and Recreation writer and producer Katie Dippold. Demián Bichir, Dan Bakkedahl, Michael Rapaport and Marlon Wayans are among the supporting cast.

The Heat is released in the UK tomorrow (July 31).

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Review: The Heat

29 July 2013 8:34 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

New horror The Conjuring has already out-earned its budget and provoked a green light on a sequel. Even though it’s a largely unoriginal and predictable outing, it’s got enough skill on both sides of the camera to hit the formula marks with aplomb and its success is entirely deserved.

There’s every scene you’d expect. The straight-laced practician mismatched with the loose cannon. The exasperated police chief. The pair getting kicked off the case. A sequence in which they tool up and try to solve the case outside the law. And an outlandish, ridiculously over-the-top climax.

But if you’re going to stick to the formula the way The Heat does, then you’d better make your movie funny. Thankfully, with a skilled comedy helmer like Feig in the director’s chair, an enjoyably askew script from Dippold and a McCarthy performance that confirms she’s probably »

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Bullock Has Hottest Opening Weekend of Her Career. Will That Help Oscar Buzz for Another Movie?

1 July 2013 7:19 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sandra Bullock The Heat: Bullock’s biggest opening weekend at domestic box office? (Photo: Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock in The Heat) Starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig’s buddy comedy The Heat opened with a remarkable — and better than initially expected — $39.11 million at 3,181 Us/Canada locations according to the June 28-30, 2013, weekend box-office figures found at Box Office Mojo. This weekend in North America, The Heat trailed only last weekend’s holdover, Disney / Pixar’s Monsters University, which collected $45.6 million. (See also how White House Down does Channing Tatum no favors.”) A 20th Century Fox release reportedly budgeted at $41 million (not including marketing and distribution expenses, or contractual box-office-gross-sharing obligations), The Heat went above the $35 million I’d predicted on Saturday because that day’s estimates found at were lower than in reality. The Heat was up 5% on Saturday, even though Friday’s box-office take included late Thursday shows. »

- Zac Gille

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Bullock / McCarthy Comedy Opens Much More Strongly Than Bridesmaids

30 June 2013 1:22 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Heat is on: Weekend box office of Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock comedy is solid — but hardly outstanding Paul Feig’s comedy The Heat, starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, is having a solid — though hardly outstanding — debut weekend. (See also: “White House Down: Roland Emmerich’s Worst Opening in Two Decades?“) (Photo: Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock in The Heat.) First things first: the no. 1 slot on the Us/Canada box-office chart this weekend, June 28-30, 2013, belongs to last weekend’s champ, Disney / Pixar’s animated feature Monsters University. Featuring the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Helen Mirren, among others, Monsters University could easily collect $45 million by Sunday evening, after grossing $14.28 million on Friday according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Its domestic cume should then reach close to $170 million. At no. 2, 20th Century Fox’s The Heat will likely reach $35 million from 3,181 locations, »

- Zac Gille

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Whd Ahead of Wwz on Friday? Zombie Movie May Have Taken Deeper Dip Than Initially Expected

29 June 2013 2:45 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

White House Down box office: Ahead of World War Z? (photo: Channing Tatum in White House Down) Roland Emmerich’s $150 million-budgeted actioner White House Down was to have landed in the fourth slot on the domestic box-office chart on Friday, June 28, behind Marc Forster / Brad Pitt’s horror sleeper hit World War Z. The Sandra Bullock / Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat, for its part, was expected to be the no. 1 movie at the North American box office, according to early, rough estimates posted at in the afternoon. Well, what a difference a few hours make. [Addendum: What a difference another few hours make... Studio estimates turned out to be lower than the early unofficial estimates, with The Heat collecting $13.6 million and White House Down earning a dismal $9 million. More details and weekend box-office analysis later this evening.] At 3,222 locations, White House Down should collect an estimated $10.5 million on Friday, including $1.35 million from late Thursday shows, while World War Z has had its Friday box-office gross revised downward to $9.3 million. If these updated, unofficial estimates are on target, that means this Friday White House Down will trail only The Heat and Monsters University. »

- Zac Gille

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Bullock and McCarthy Comedy to Top Us/Canada Chart on Friday?

28 June 2013 6:03 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Heat movie box office: Monsters University offers tough Friday competition (photo: Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock in Paul Feig’s The Heat movie) It’s a dead-heat (sorry) between the Sandra Bullock / Melissa McCarthy movie comedy The Heat and the Disney / Pixar animated feature Monsters University at the North American box office this Friday, June 28. Roland Emmerich’s White House Down is down (sorry again) in fourth place, according to very early, very rough Friday box-office estimates found at (See updated Friday box-office post: “White House Down Ahead of World War Z?“) Directed by BridesmaidsPaul Feig, the 20th Century Fox release The Heat collected $1 million from late Thursday shows. Including that figure, The Heat should reach $13-$16 million from 3,181 locations on Friday — which is about the same expected gross for Monsters University. The Heat, of course, has the advantage not only of the Thursday shows, but »

- Zac Gille

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L.A. Film Fest Interview: 'Four Dogs' Team Talks Comedy, Drama, Honesty & Friendship

28 June 2013 1:48 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One of our favorite films from L.A. Film Fest last week was the lo-fi dramedy “Four Dogs,” about two unlikely friends making it through the Hollywood doldrums. Our review called it, "unflinchingly honest in its portrayal of this little pocket of humanity, it finds both the pathos and humor in the moments of real life that are truly funny and truly sad." We had a chance to catch up with the film’s writer/director Joe Burke, actor/writer Oliver Cooper, and actor Dan Bakkedahl to talk about reality vs. fiction, the most important element in comedy (and drama) and what it’s like to play yourself onscreen. Here are a few highlights from our conversation. Sometimes the best inspiration is right in front of you. Writer/director Burke says about the mix of reality and fiction (Cooper and his aunt Becca play themselves in the film), “I really »

- Katie Walsh

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The Heat Review

28 June 2013 5:43 AM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

Film: "The Heat"; Cast: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bachir, Dan Bakkedahl, Bill Burr, Jane Curtin, Taran Killam, Michael McDonald, Joey McIntyre and Michael Rappaport, Director: Paul Feig; Rating: ** - lukewarm frothy potboiler.

This one is a vodka shot! You gulp it down in one go and you wait to realise that it has hit your funny bone.

Conventionally speaking, the buddy cop movie is the domain of men. The formula here is nothing new. You have seen it many times before, but the pairing of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy is what makes you warm up to "The Heat".

While hedging for a promotion, the prudish. »

- Ketali Mehta

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Solid and funny ‘The Heat’ has a good balance between Bullock and McCarthy

28 June 2013 2:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Heat

Directed by Paul Feig

Written by Katie Dippold

USA, 2013

Melissa McCarthy is at a precipice in her career, at a point where audiences can embrace or reject her for her fierce, intimidating comic presence. Earlier this year, as one of the stars of Identity Thief, a grotesque and toxic Planes, Trains, and Automobiles rip-off, she came off as unpleasant because her character was so cruel and obnoxious that an eventual predictable emotional redemption felt false and unearned. The joy of her Oscar-nominated performance in Bridesmaids was not meanness, but an unexpected, gruff charm, compounded by the fact that she was, in every way, playing a supporting character, not the lead. So her new film The Heat, which she headlines with Sandra Bullock, is a major test. Is she funny and off-kilter as a lead, or best utilized in small doses?

The answer is the former, mostly. Although its first act is fairly spotty, »

- Josh Spiegel

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The Heat – The Review

27 June 2013 10:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

This year moviegoers finally felt the full force of a star that went supernova two years ago…a major comedy star named Melissa McCarthy. She had accumulated small roles in film and TV, but the surprise Summer smash of 2011, Bridesmaids, made everyone take notice, even Oscar (she was a Best Supporting Actress nominee), when she stole almost every scene. Since then Ms. McCarthy’s kept busy doing a CBS sitcom named “Mike and Molly” (and has nabbed an Emmy) and last Winter she had an all too brief cameo in This Is 40 (you have to stick around for the end credits which included several unused takes that are a wonder of improvisation). But now we’re finally getting her in showcase movie lead roles (besides a very funny cameo in the otherwise dreary recent The Hangover III). This past February she co-starred with Jason Bateman in the surprise box »

- Jim Batts

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The Heat Review

27 June 2013 4:38 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s not often that I’m honestly surprised by the quality of a film, but I’m going to start this review off on a positive note and say The Heat was a pleasantly riotous surprise in the form of a raunchier version of a Rizzoli & Isles type show. I’m not sure why I doubted director Paul Feig after scoring with his female version of The Hangover, Bridesmaids, but none of the trailers for this hard-r buddy-cop picture tickled my fancy in the slightest – even the profanity laced Red Band trailer. But none of that matters now, because I still have yet to locate my ass in the theater since I subsequently laughed it completely off.

If you’ve seen any “rough and tumble local police officer is forced to pair up with a straight-edge Federal Agent” comedy, then you’ll know exactly how this story goes. Sandra Bullock »

- Matt Donato

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'The Heat' (2013) Movie Review

27 June 2013 3:47 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's a weird feeling, watching a comedy and everyone around you is laughing much more than you are. Fortunately, The Heat isn't one of those comedies I felt any measure of overwhelming displeasure for, but I'm at a loss as to what was making everyone laugh so hard. When you describe a scene in which Melissa McCarthy stops a drug dealer from running away by hitting him in the back with a watermelon I guess it sounds a little funnier than it seemed while watching it, but is watermelon tossing really that funnyc The Heat serves as the female answer to Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell's The Other Guys, putting a gender twist on the buddy cop formula so familiarly found in the '80s with films such as 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon. The story focuses on FBI Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and Boston detective Shannon Mullins (McCarthy »

- Brad Brevet

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'The Heat' Review: 10 Things to Know About the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy Movie

27 June 2013 9:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Are you ready for "The Heat"? Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy put the pedal to the metal in this action-filled comedy from "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig.

Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is an FBI agent with a great professional track record -- and she won't let anyone forget it. Her boss sends her to Boston to head an investigation of a local drug lord, in conjunction with the local police; if she manages to snag the baddies and not alienate everyone she works with, she could get a big promotion.

Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) is the local detective working with Ashburn. The stakes are especially high for Mullins, because her brother Jason (Michael Rapaport) might be returning to his old drug-dealing ways now that he's out of prison. And guess who put him there? Mullins is one tough cookie. She's got a veritable arsenal in her refrigerator at home, a mouth like a drunken sailor, »

- Jenni Miller

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