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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
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" has been in our lives for a few weeks now, and I've already re-watched favorite episodes a few times. Carol Kane, y'all. Have we discussed yet whether Jane Krakowski will win an Emmy for "Uks" yet? Because it's about that time. Anyway, Ellie Kemper was on "Conan" last night and she discussed a couple of key ways in which she is exactly like Kimmy Schmidt. Her own move to New York was just as weird and hilariously naive as Kimmy's, including her foray into smoking. Cannot wait for season two. »
- Louis Virtel
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 [...] »
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