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The Australian screen industry and a bevy of Hollywood and Australian stars turned out in Sydney on Tuesday night for the launch of Netflix.s Australian service.
.Australia is one of the great creative beds in the world for great films, television and documentaries,. Sarandos told a full house at the Museum of Contemporary Art.s Foundation Hall.
Hastings stressed Netflix.s appetite for the best content, whether Danish thrillers, Argentine films or Australian productions. The CEO acknowledged, .I know we took too long to get here. It.s the culmination of so much work..
- Don Groves
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has rapidly become a pop culture comedy phenomenon, which makes sense if you've seen the show - it's goofy and addictive (blame Netflix). While Ellie Kemper is a hilarious lead, she gets some comedic competition from her eccentric roommate, Titus (Tituss Burgess). Determined to make himself a star, Titus stars in not one but two viral videos over the course of the show, both of which are priceless. This is the viral video he wanted to go viral, though: his "music video" for an atrocious song called "Pinot Noir." The lyrics are very dumb, but pretty much every word/name that rhymes with "Pinot Noir" is there, so points for creativity. It's also so funny and extremely catchy - just get ready to have it in your head all day. »
It's Madonna Week on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show and actress Ellie Kemper got the message loud and clear. The 34-year-old Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star made her entrance on the daytime show Thursday wearing a Madonna-themed outfit complete with the singer's iconic cone bra and she even showed us her dancing skills while performing "Vogue." "I am standing way out," said The Office alum as she gestured to her protruding cone bra. Ellen DeGeneres revealed to the actress that Madonna Week is not a themed week where people are supposed to dress like the singer. "That was not communicated to me," said Kemper. "So no one, I'm noticing, is dressed as Madonna," she said »
Ellie Kemper, the star of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is having quite a month. With seemingly effortless aplomb, Kemper has found fast, widespread success by playing an upbeat, happy-go-lucky ingenue, ready to grab life by the horns and vanquish the evils of the world with her unfailing optimism and kindness. People love it, and they love her. Of course, Kemper's rise to the top this year was easier said than done — she's played this part many times before, just in much smaller capacities, and with less recognition. Below, we trace Kemper's many steps to stardom. ***Kemper grew up in a humor-filled, suburban St. Louis household. Her father was the CEO of a bank holding company, and her Princeton-educated mother stayed at home to look after Ellie and her three siblings. From an early age, she and her sister Carrie (now a writer in Hollywood) took »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
What’s joining Netflix in the month of April? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a full list of original programming -- finally, Daredevil is premiering! -- movies, and your favorite TV shows streaming starting April 1.
All Hail King Julien, Season 1 (4/3/15)
Derek, Special (4/3/15)
Marvel’s Daredevil, Season 1 (4/10/15)
Chris De’Elia: Incorrigible (4/17/15)
And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen...
Talk about an earworm! Not only did Netflix's original comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt bring Tina Fey's unmistakable humor back to TV (fine, it's technically streaming), it also bestowed upon the world the utter joy of its autotuned theme song. Chances are high that if you've been binge-watching Kimmy Schmidt, a kooky comedy about a doomsday cult survivor (Ellie Kemper) learning about the world after being imprisoned in a bunker for 15 years (yes, it sounds serious but it's pretty silly), you, too, will be singing along [...] »
I finished "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" season 1 last night. My overall, very positive opinion hasn't changed much from my original review, but I have a few random thoughts on it (with spoilers, of course), coming up just as soon as you troll the respawn, Jeremy... Numbered "Kimmy" thoughts, in no particular order: 1)I need to make the theme song a ringtone so it can stay in my life always, because females are strong as hell, and it's catchy as hell. 2)Ellie Kemper is joy, and Fey, Carlock and company can still sling crazy jokes like they did on "30 Rock." That said, where "30 Rock" could often do great, hilarious things when Liz was largely absent, this show almost always works best when Kimmy is directly involved. As Kimmy's barely-qualified guide to modern life, Titus is a wonderful character; off on his own, he's very hit-or-miss. Ditto Jacqueline and Lillian and the different recurring characters. »
- Alan Sepinwall
There are five words that can torpedo any decent conversation about the zeal, brilliance, and quotability of "30 Rock": "I'm such a Liz Lemon." Is that so? You're a slightly under-appreciated professional who messes up from time to time. I'll be, you relate to the relatable character. That's like congratulating yourself for finding a telemarketer charming. Tina Fey is one of those celebrities like Tim Gunn or Kelly Clarkson who is deemed approachable because she projects a conversational, unpretentious image. Of course Tim Gunn is a Yale-educated sculptor and professor, Kelly Clarkson is a world-class vocalist, and Tina Fey is an intellectual and damning comic writer who sometimes uses her monumental talent to play harried commoners. We should probably value her deadpan joke-telling primarily because it is insightful and hilarious, not because she sometimes acts uncool in a way that's relatable and flattering to us. Unlike the droves of Twitter »
- Louis Virtel
Two years after winning the last of her eight Emmys for writing the series finale of "30 Rock," Tina Fey is back in contention with her new series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Fey and Robert Carlock created this laffer, now streaming on Netflix, that showcases one-time "The Office" supporting player Ellie Kemper. She plays a woman who has escaped from a doomsday cult after 15 years of captivity and is starting life over again in New York City. The show displays the same mixture of wit and absurdity that won Fey and Carlock acclaim for "30 Rock." With a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it's already got the approval of critics. Should audiences follow, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" could be a surefire awards player. -Break- Top 24 User Trevor Cox predicts Emmys: 'Modern Family' for Best Comedy It is a formidable contender for Best Comedy Series. After all, "30 R..."' »
Veteran Broadway stage actor Tituss Burgess — whom you might also recognize as D'Fwan from 30 Rock — plays Ellie Kemper's divo of a roommate, Titus Andromedon, in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He's a bright character who bursts into song when words can't express his emotions. But he's also the kind of guy who answers the door with obscenities and an eye roll, because as a fledgling wannabe actor, Andromedon has had a dark, rocky past, pockmarked by failure and deceit. We talked to Burgess about how his character, a gay black man trying to make it on Broadway, evolves over the course of season one, how race and sexuality are portrayed in the show, and how his character could change in season two. For good measure, we also threw some hypotheticals involving D'Fwan at him.You play Titus with one S — what's the story behind the similar names?I don't know »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
In the series premiere of Netflix's brilliant confection "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," from "30 Rock" veterans Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, four women held captive in an underground bunker for 15 years appear on "The Today Show" to tell their story. ("Thank you, Bryant," one says—to Matt Lauer.) Though it begins with the easily lampooned business of viral videos and morning chatter, however, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" soon deploys the absurd, allusive humor of "30 Rock" toward the hard work of living, every day, without losing hope. The indefatigable Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) decides to stay on in New York rather than return home to Indiana, and her message to her fellow survivors expands on the credo of the series' auto-tuned main theme: "They alive, dammit!" "We're not garbage, we're human beings!" she says. "I have to get my life back. Everybody in Durnsville is always going to look at me like a...
- Matt Brennan
In the series premiere of Netflix's brilliant confection "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," from "30 Rock" veterans Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, four women held captive in an underground bunker for 15 years appear on "The Today Show" to tell their story. ("Thank you, Bryant," one says—to Matt Lauer.) Though it begins with the easily lampooned business of viral videos and morning chatter, however, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" soon deploys the absurd, allusive humor of "30 Rock" toward the hard work of living, every day, without losing hope. The indefatigable Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) decides to stay on in New York rather than return home to Indiana, and her message to her fellow survivors expands on the credo of the series' auto-tuned main theme: "They alive, dammit!" "We're not garbage, we're human beings!" she says. "I have to get my life back. Everybody in Durnsville is always going to look at me like a »
- Matt Brennan
Even with Taylor Schilling potentially heading over to the drama side of things for "Orange is the New Black," this category is remarkably stacked. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is really the only sure thing for "Veep," with an onslaught of newcomers aiming to take out regular nominees Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"). Read More: Review: 'Parks and Recreation' Season 7 Damages One Legacy to Elevate Another Given the Emmys' tendency to resist changing the guard very often, the odds are probably somewhat against the following women all getting in, but surely one or two of them can; Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin ("Grace and Frankie") definitely feel like forces to be reckoned with based on their legendary statuses alone; Ellie Kemper is getting great reviews for the Tina Fey-produced "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"; Gina »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
Even with Taylor Schilling potentially heading over to the drama side of things for "Orange is the New Black," this category is remarkably stacked. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is really the only sure thing for "Veep," with an onslaught of newcomers aiming to take out regular nominees Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"). Read More: Review: 'Parks and Recreation' Season 7 Damages One Legacy to Elevate Another Given the Emmys' tendency to resist changing the guard very often, the odds are probably somewhat against the following women all getting in, but surely one or two of them can; Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin ("Grace and Frankie") definitely feel like forces to be reckoned with based on their legendary statuses alone; Ellie Kemper is getting great reviews for the Tina Fey-produced "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"; Gina...
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
The perky new Netflix show is just as clever as 30 Rock, but brighter and more optimistic
We knew Tina Fey could do no wrong, but for a while her new show looked like it might test our faith. Awkwardly named, ditched by its original network and trailed with a promo that made it look sickly and annoying, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt arrived online last Friday without, in the UK at least, too much hoo-hah.
What a relief, then, to find that it’s just as smart as Fey’s other work, but with new warmth and optimism. It’s a brighter, softer, gayer 30 Rock. Created by Fey with former 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock and starring the wondrous Ellie Kemper (The Office), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt already looks like it can join Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards and Better Call Saul in the handful of shows that make Netflix essential. »
- Jack Seale
We spent the weekend enjoying the hell out of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the new Netflix series from "30 Rock" royalty Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Starring "Office" and "Bridesmaids" vet Ellie Kemper, it chronicles the life of a woman who escapes from an apocalyptic cult and builds a new life in New York City. It is a scream. Here are seven major things to appreciate about it. 1. Veteran TV actresses get tons to do. "30 Rock" provided a wonderful showcase for veteran comic actors, and we can thank the Fey/Carlock mothership for giving Elaine Stritch, Jan Hooks, Anita Gillette, Tim Conway, Alan Alda, and many, many more such fun and weird roles. "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" is off to a great start in this area: Regular cast members Carol Kane and Jane Krakowski rack up some of the biggest laughs every episode as they notch another hit in their incredible TV careers, »
- Louis VIrtel
This past Friday saw the premiere of Netflix’s newest comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Hailing from co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, who previously worked together on the critically acclaimed 30 Rock. The show stars The Office‘s Ellie Kemper as the titular Kimmy, a woman who is freed after 15 years in captivity by a cult leader, and who subsequently relocates to New York City and tries to adjust to modern living in a new place, with supporting characters played by individuals such as Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane, and Tituss Burgess.
The pilot episode began with an interview by the news of a resident who lived near the bunker, an interview that immediately got auto-tuned, and went on to form the theme song of the show as a whole. Now Netflix has released the un-remixed version of the news interview with the character, named Walter Bankston and played by Mike Britt. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
If you spent the weekend binge-watching Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, there's an excellent chance that the theme song has burrowed its way into your brain. For the uninitiated, the theme song is a play on the viral phenomenon that was Antoine Dodson's "Bed Intruder" song - you know, "Hide yo' kids, hide yo' wife." Following the rescue of the Indiana Mole Women (including Ellie Kemper's Kimmy Schmidt) from the underground bunker in which they lived, the reaction of a man named Walter Bankston (Mike Britt) was taped on the local news. "White dudes hold the record for creepy crimes, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Tina Fey’s newest series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, premiered its first season on Netflix Friday, and critics and audiences are already praising the comedy. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper (The Office) stars in this half-hour sitcom, originally developed for NBC before being picked up by Netflix, about a girl rescued from an apocalypse cult who decides […]
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- Olivia Truffaut
New network saves of canceled shows, that manage to still perform well, are making the world of television interesting of late, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt enters a new realm as an online streaming service gives it a new life before it has a chance to get canceled.
“Un-ordered” by NBC, Netflix picked up the show by Tina Fey, and the events had people scratching their heads. The details of the decision are likely rather complex, but the move seems decidedly strange if there is any chance that you have the next 30 Rock on your hands.
Now that the show has been released, you have to hope that someone has some explaining to do, because it’s easily one of the best shows in a decade. Easily.
- Marc Eastman
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