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As both "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" have proven, females are strong as hell. Now, one enterprising YouTuber has taken that concept to its logical conclusion, and created a mashup of the Netflix series and the action flick.
Featuring the auto-tuned "Kimmy" viral video spliced with footage from "Fury Road," the clip works surprisingly well, singing the virtues of the badass women who escaped the clutches of a sadistic madman who kept them trapped for years (a plotline that can apply to both the show and the movie). Kimmy's (Ellie Kemper) story meshes perfectly with that of Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), who similarly breaks free from Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) to become Unbreakable Imperator Furiosa.
- Katie Roberts
Read More: 'They Alive, Damnit!': How the Unbelievably Catchy 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Theme Song Came To Be It was only a matter of time before the internet got its hands on the unbelievably catchy opening credits to "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." The Netflix comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock stars Ellie Kemper as a just-freed member of an apocalypse cult who starts a new life in New York City. But Kemper's character isn't the only one to whom the show's theme song applies. In "The Unbreakable Furiosa," YouTube creator Albert Lopez mashes up clips from "Mad Mad: Fury Road" with the "Kimmy Schmidt" opening sequence to make it seem as if "Fury Road's" Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and the women she rescues are the females who are strong as hell. The fourth installment in the "Mad Max" franchise — which Indiewire's Eric Kohn called "the best action movie »
- Becca Nadler
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is having their 17th Del Close Marathon, to honor the legendary improv teacher/guru, from June 26 to 28 in New York City. There's a veritable smorgasbord of funny people who will take over nine different stages around New York City, starting with Ucb founders Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh. The roster includes Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City, Ellie Kemper, Adam Pally, Horatio Sanz, Sasheer Zamata, Aidy Bryant, Scott Adsit, Nick Kroll, writers from Key and Peele, The Daily Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and basically anyone else who writes jokes and has been associated with Ucb at some point. (Everybody!) Weekend passes are $35, with tickets for certain premium shows running $10 to $20. For the full schedule, head on over to delclosemarathon.com. »
- E. Alex Jung
Fox has decided not to move forward with “The Mindy Project,” after three seasons, Variety has learned.
However, Hulu is in talks with Universal Television, the studio behind the Mindy Kaling-starrer, to move the Fox comedy over to the streaming service for multiple seasons. The deal would reportedly include two new seasons, and possibly more.
The shift to Hulu would be a smart move, given the already-standing library of past “Mindy” seasons, including all 67 episodes, plus the series’ very loyal — but not very large — fanbase. The series premiered to an audience of about 4.6 million in September 2012 and dipped to just over 2 million viewers with its season-three premiere this past March.
As series’ fates will be decided by next week when broadcast upfront presentations kick off, most cancelled shows will wrap for good, but “The Mindy Project” recalls another fan-favorite comedy resurrected online: “Community,” which, after being axed by NBC, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It’s sweepstakes time in network TV.
Executives at the Big Four and CW are hip deep in the annual ritual that plays out in darkened screening rooms, as groups of staffers, assembled with focus-group precision to reflect target demos (assistants and interns see a momentary spike in clout), evaluate this year’s crop of pilots in the hopes of finding next season’s big sensation. The sizzle of Fox’s “Empire” has restored the industry’s faith that network TV can still field an overnight sensation. Really, it can.
After a few days of screenings, buzz begins to coalesce around the handful of projects out of 80-plus broadcast pilots that will get a series pickup. But buzz is an unpredictable and volatile mistress. There are innumerable examples of sure things that went south at the last minute (“Beverly Hills Cop” with Eddie Murphy and Shawn Ryan? On the air! »
- Cynthia Littleton
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences has selected the lucky winners of the 2015 Webby Awards from a host of nominees. The 19th annual Awards show will recognize individuals and brands, including Ellen DeGeneres and Michelle Phan, for their outstanding work in the digital, web, and online video realms.
This year’s Webby Award winners include a range of well-known names in the online world. Funny or Die took home the award for Best Humor Website, and Jimmy Kimmel was recognized for his “Mean Tweets” video segment. Grumpy Cat won the Best Animal Social category, while GoPro took home the award for Culture & Lifestyle in Social and Best Consumer Electronics Website. Additionally, Always’ #LikeAGirl campaign pulled in a whopping 11 total Webby Awards across various categories such as
In addition to the main awards, more than 500,000 internet users from over 200 countries voted to select the Webby People’s Voice Awards winners. »
- Bree Brouwer
The winners of the 19th annual Webby Awards were announced Monday, with Netflix, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Funny or Die and Vice Media among this year's honorees. Winners will be celebrated at a ceremony hosted by Hannibal Buress at Cipriani Wall Street on May 18. The stars of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess, will receive special achievement Webby awards for best actress and actor, respectively. Chelsea Peretti will be honored with a special achievement outstanding comedic performance Webby for her work on her Netflix special Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats. Netflix also won the people's
- Hilary Lewis
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Netflix does a lot of things right. From cheap DVD’s and blu-ray’s delivered right to your door to a streaming service that is damn-near perfect (thousands of shows and movies for only $9! You seriously can’t beat it.) But the Best thing they do are their Netflix Original Series. I mean, we as a society, are this close to relying on them solely for our television needs, amiright?
They create these amazing shows and give them to us in an entire season at a time to binge watch at our leisure. Almost every month, it seems a Netflix Original Series releases a new season to stream and it has made our lives infinitely better.
Of the dozens of original series and continuations of shows, these are the top five that you should be dedicating your precious time to because seriously, they deserve it.
- Sarah Sommer
It used to be that actors did animated films because that was the only work they were typically hired for. All of that changed once Robin Williams let the proverbial genie out of the bottle with his performance in Disney's classic Aladdin, and nowadays animated films are normally stuffed with heavyweight Hollywood names. In the case of The Secret Life Of Pets, Louis Ck and Kevin Hart are the anchors, and they've got some interesting back up checking off all of the other boxes. Courtesy of a report from The Hollywood Reporter, we learned that the recently rescheduled Universal Studios project is not only another one that sees them teaming up with animation studio Illumination Entertainment, it's also attracted the comedic likes of Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, and Jenny Slate for starters. As if that wasn't impressive enough, fellow laugh makers Lake Bell and Hannibal Buress have roles »
When someone tells you, "I feel like a creamsicle," you know she's wearing a good dress! And that's exactly what Emmy Rossum told Us Weekly when she joined Bella Thorne, Camila Alves, Kate Bosworth, and Ellie Kemper on the red carpet at the Palm Beach-inspired, summer-fabulous Lilly Pulitzer for Target launch in NYC on Wednesday, April 15. The Shameless actress, 28, chose the "Linen Shift Dress - Giraffeeey" dress from the 250-piece collection (ranging in price from $2 to $150, and available April 19). "It's whimsical!" Rossum gushed [...] »
Louis C.K.'s upcoming animated project, which sounds like the Toy Story of dogs, has settled on a no-nonsense name. The A.V. Club reports that The Secret Life of Pets will explore the mischief household animals get into when their owners leave. The film is set for a July 8, 2016, release. Joining C.K., reportedly, are Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress, Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Jenny Slate, and Albert Brooks, among others. Chris Renaud will direct, and hopefully — given the fact Hart plays a stupidly cute bunny — cobble together a real gem. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Kirsty Capes reviews Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt…
Upon first glance, Netflix’s latest comedy original Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, looks like an unemployed twenty-something’s dream. Set in New York, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows the delightful Kimmy, who has recently escaped a fifteen year-long incarceration in an underground bunker, held captive by Don Draper in a weird sex cult before being liberated and having to build her life again in a new world full of things she doesn’t understand like Instagram and fro-yo.
Funny and bitingly critical of the post-noughties bourgeoisie, botoxed to the eyeballs in the City That Never Sleeps, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt offers a glimpse into the mind of Tina Fey, one of the greatest female comedians of the twenty-first century.
Except it doesn’t. I had high expectations for this show, from the moment I saw the Songify This version of the theme tune. That theme tune, by the way, »
- Kirsty Capes
Kevin Hart, Louis C.K. and Eric Stonestreet's upcoming animated project is headed for a summer release. Illumination and Universal Pictures revealed the previously announced project will be called The Secret Life of Pets. It will hit theaters July 8, 2016, moving from its original February 2016 date. The comedy centers on about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. The film also stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Chris Renaud, the director of Despicable Me and its sequel, is helming the project. Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio wrote the script. On its new date, the
- THR staff
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Amy Adams won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Keane, the true 1950s artist of big-eyed waif portraits, with Christoph Waltz playing her husband, Walter, who took all the credit. Tim Burton's drama was released as a digital download on April 3 but it's on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand as of April 14. The DVD and Blu-ray releases include "The Making of Big Eyes," and the Blu-ray also includes Q&A Highlights.
Director David Cronenberg's satire of the Hollywood film industry was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.K. and France last year and Germany in March, but it's finally getting a U.S. release on April 14. Julianne Moore leads the dark comedy's all-star cast, »
- Gina Carbone
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars
The Performer | Vera Farmiga
The Show | Bates Motel
The Episode | “The Deal” (April 6)
The Performance | We’ve long thought that one of the marvels of Farmiga’s gloriously unhinged work as Bates Motel’s Mommie Dearest is that she’s always, always acting on (at least!) two levels. And never was that stunning duality on better display than in this week’s episode.
When Romero tried to convince Norma that she had to give up the incriminating flash drive for which sleazebag Bob Paris seemed more than willing to kill, her »
Mad Men returns on April 5 for its final season, but its stars have long since hung up their polyester and put away their pomade and reentered the 21st century: Mad Men shot both halves of season seven back to back, which means production has been over for nearly a year. What have these former titans of industry been up to since leaving advertising?Jon HammAs America's handsomest comedy nerd, Jon Hamm has spent his Mad Men post-grad months literally hamming it up. He made a surprise cameo in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt alongside his former student Ellie Kemper, playing a charismatic cult leader who was also "Durnsville's worst wedding DJ," and like seemingly every other funny person in Hollywood, he'll appear in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer reboot. Hamm also continued his string of memorable podcast appearances with a spot on "Never Not Funny" in January, and went on @midnight to »
- Nate Jones
Netflix is good at picking up original shows, especially those that traditional networks back away from. Typically they become popular and all the rage like Orange is the New Black. Thus it surprised me when people started hating on Ellie Kemper and Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It revolves around a “mole woman” who came out of a cult that was underground in Indiana. The show sounds simple enough, but many people are not happy with the non-politically correct humor that they added in. No stone is left unturned in terms of mocking, and that doesn’t agree with many sensibilities. Pairing that up with their love of sarcastic touches, it is a nightmare for some and was the exact reason why I decided to try it out. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed it when I didn’t expect to like it. Why wouldn’t I like it? »
- Sarah Peel
Emmy voters adore rewarding irresistibly camp scene-stealers in the comedy categories. This year, the indomitable Tituss Burgess does just that on Netflix’s quirky, zany and loveable “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” With any luck, he should shake up the Comedy Supporting Actor category. -Break- “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” follows 29-year old Kimmy as she adjusts to life in the Big Apple after being plucked out of a rural doomsday cult underground bunker after 15 years in captivity. Creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (“30 Rock”) have turned what sounds (at first blush) like an awfully dark premise for a sitcom into a truly hilarious and enchanting mix of subversive, off-the-wall and politically incorrect. Ellie Kemper (“The Office”) plays Kimmy as an innocent and unwavering optimist. Her IMAX-sized toothy smile is plastered across her face no matter what is being thrown at her, and the cast also includes vetera »
Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"Photo: Netflix Much has been said about the way Netflix is changing television. That may be true in terms of we watch TV, but their actual programming has not been the stuff of water cooler talk. Sure, they have their successes in "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black", but when was the last time you and your friends had a lengthy talk about "Marco Polo" or "Hemlock Grove"c Yeah, me neither. Even the return of "Arrested Development" didn't get people talking for much time. However, on March 5th, they put out a show that has entered the public consciousness, both for how funny it is and, of course, some controversy. That show is "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". I do not watch a lot of television. I keep up with "Game of Thrones", "Community", and "Louie". That's it. I »
- Mike Shutt
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