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Spike TV is about to get a little more musical. The network is partnering with Jimmy Fallon and his Eight Million Plus Prods. banner, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and Matador to create a “Lip Sync Battle” series. Fallon made the announcement Thursday night on “The Tonight Show” during his interview with Merchant.
“Lip Sync Battle” will run 10 half-hour episodes, featuring celebrities going head to head lip synching the song of their choice. The prize? Bragging rights.
Fallon, Krasinski and Merchant will appear and perform on the show, in addition to serving as exec producers. “Lip Sync Battle” will tape in January in New York for an April 2 premiere. It’s notable that a concept stemming from Fallon’s NBC series would find extended life on a cabler owned by Viacom.
“Lip Sync Battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now and already has a huge »
- Shelli Weinstein
It’s almost time for Raylan Givens’ last shootout, with the final season of “Justified” set to premiere Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. on FX. The cabler and sister network Fxx also announced premiere dates for “The Americans” — Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. — and a number of other series Friday.
Animated comedy “Archer,” which previously announced it will drop the name of its fictional spy agency Isis in its upcoming sixth season, will premiere at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, on FX. FX will also return “American Horror Story: Freak Show” for its final three episodes of the season beginning Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 10 p.m., with the season finale set to air Jan. 21.
Fxx is bringing back “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” for its tenth season at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, followed immediately by the premiere of its newest comedy, “Man Seeking Woman,” at 10:30 p.m. The series, »
- Kevin Noonan
Back in August 2013, Spike Lee launched plans for his newest movie on Kickstarter, causing a big hullabaloo in the process. People questioned whether an established director like him was taking money away from other independent filmmakers and projects, even though he clarified that more people came to Kickstarter who had never heard of the service. He added that this was the new order, the new way indie filmmakers like himself got the word out.
Lee did end up earning the funding for his film, just over $1.4 million from over 6,000 backers, and now that film has finally arrived. The movie is Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, a reimagining of a cult horror classic from 1973 Ganja & Hess. Indiewire has details that the film will be released in theaters and VOD, presumably with many perks for Kickstarter backers, on February 13, 2015. This follows its premiere at the American Black Film Festival back in June, »
- Brian Welk
The Simpsons is finally putting a face to one of Springfield’s most notorious names this Sunday (Fox, 8/7c) and TVLine has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the big reveal.
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Former SNL-er Will Forte is lending his voice to King Toot, the never-before-seen owner of the music store next to Moe’s Tavern, and as you’ll witness in the video below, he doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with his neighbor.
And if executive producer Matt Selman has his way, this won’t be the last we see of Forte’s Toot! »
Maria Bamford appeared last week at Nerdmelt in Los Angeles as part of a special Picture This! comedy event which features comics performing while illustrators and artists animate to their routines on a screen live. Picture This! was created Brandie Posey and Sam Varelaby. This edition spotlighted the Comedy Central show Brickleberry and had comedy voice talents John Dimaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time) who plays Duke and Jerry Minor (SNL, Anchorman) who plays Denzel, put their skills on display along with animators from the show. Bamford is a renowned stand-up comedian and has appeared on Comedy Central specials and shows like Arrested Development as well as being featured as a voice [ Read More ]
The post Interview with Comedian Maria Bamford appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Laura Gaddy
Earlier this week, it was revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live that Thor star Chris Hemsworth earned the title of People's 2014 Sexiest Man Alive, and whether you agree with the choice -- or think that someone else from a long list of sexy men should have been given the title -- it's clear that the cast of Horrible Bosses 2 were voting for one of their own.
The night Kimmel announced Hemsworth would be gracing the cover of People's iconic issue, Horrible Bosses 2 star Jason Bateman was Kimmel's guest as well, and he wasn't thrilled that it his face wasn't gracing the cover of the magazine.
Photos: Here's Some Men Just as Sexy as Chris Hemsworth!
"We're all pissed. What was I doing spending nine straight days online, voting and then Thor walks away with it!" Sudeikis told Et »
Tweet well, and thou may be rewarded with a visit from "God" and with a "sexy lil kizz" from the hot star of Fight Club...Ok, the other hot star of Fight Club. Saturday Night Live actress Aidy Bryant and several other cast members appear in an unaired SNL sketch that was posted on the NBC show's YouTube page on Wednesday and was cut for time. In the skit, she plays a woman named Rebecca who posts her 10,000th tweet—which, naturally, inspires a huge musical number, with appearances by President Barack Obama, played by Jay Pharoah, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, played by Kate McKinnon, and even »
Jason Sudeikis stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote his latest film, Horrible Bosses 2, in an interview airing Thursday. The actor and former Saturday Night Live star also took time to share adorable photos of his 7-month-old son, Otis; Jason and his fiancée, Olivia Wilde, welcomed their baby boy in April, and as you can see in the above video, he is just as cute to look at as his famous parents. Jason revealed that Olivia picked out their son's name, telling Ellen, "She's been a fan of Otis Redding since she was a little girl. So she's been cool forever, obviously," and lit up as the audience reacted to a snap of Otis taking the train in NYC, saying, "Little subway baby - we don't care what diseases he gets." Jason and Ellen also had a hilarious conversation about the giant photo of her hanging above his bed, »
NBC has announced the next three hosts of Saturday Night Live for the month of December, and they’re mighty promising. James Franco will kick things off on December 6th with his third appearance as host, accompanied by musical guest Nicki Minaj. Franco is well-versed in SNL lore having directed the incredibly fascinating documentary Saturday Night, which provided a first-ever behind-the-scenes look at the weeklong process of making an episode. The actor will of course be promoting his upcoming comedy The Interview in which he stars opposite Seth Rogen, so a Rogen cameo on the episode seems likely. More after the jump. After Franco’s SNL appearance, Martin Freeman will make his hosting debut on December 13th in anticipation of the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and accompanied by musical guest Charli Xcx. Closing out the month just before the holidays, Amy Adams will host »
- Adam Chitwood
Saturday Night Live today announced the three hosts who will take us to the end of 2014. On December 6, James Franco will host, with Nicki Minaj as the musical guest; on December 13, it's Martin Freeman and Charli Xcx; and on December 20, we get Amy Adams and One Direction. So: troll week, British week, adorable week. Freeman is the only first-time host of the trio — Franco has hosted twice before, while Adams has done it once — but he already has plenty of experience looking nervously into a camera. »
- Nate Jones
Saturday Night Live, which will be hosted by Cameron Diaz this weekend, has announced the hosts for its remaining 2014 episodes. After this weekend’s show, Saturday Night Live will not return until Dec. 6 and will air three total episodes in December for its final installments of the year. When SNL resumes on Dec. 6, James Franco will take on hosting duties for his third time before his new film The Interview, which also stars Seth Rogen and Lizzy Caplan, arrives in theaters later that month on Christmas Day. Nicki Minaj will perform as the night’s musical guest, marking her second SNL appearance. The following week, on Dec. 13, only a few days before the final film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit series, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters, Emmy-winning actor Martin Freeman (Sherlock, Fargo) will host Saturday Night Live for the first time with Charli Xcx »
- Chris King
James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams will be the final three Saturday Night Live hosts of the year, NBC announced Thursday. Franco will host the Dec. 6 show with Nicki Minaj as musical guest. The following week, Hobbit and Sherlock star Freeman will be accompanied by Charli Xcx. Adams will host the final show before Christmas Dec. 20 with musical guest One Direction, so look out for screaming teens around 30 Rock that week. »
- Esther Zuckerman
NBC’s Saturday Night Live has announced its final hosts for 2014, The Hobbit himself included.
Following this weekend’s Cameron Diaz-fronted outing, Season 40 of the long-running sketch series will resume on Dec. 6 with James Franco delivering his third turn as lord of Studio 8H. Nicki Minaj will serve as musical guest, her second time doing so.
On Dec. 13 — just days before The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters — Emmy winner Martin Freeman (Sherlock) will make his SNL hosting debut, alongside first-time musical guest Charli Xcx.
Then on Dec. 20, multiple Academy Award nominee Amy Adams will return »
"Saturday Night Live" is gearing up for the holiday season, and its gift to you is three star-studded episodes to close out 2014. Kicking things off is the December 6 episode, which will be hosted by "The Interview" star James Franco, who recently directed a behind-the-scenes" look at "SNL." How much do you wanna bet that Seth Rogen crashes the monologue? Franco will be joined by musical guest Nicki Minaj, who will be making her second "SNL" appearance. The following week brings first-time host Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit," "Sherlock") to Studio 8H, where the musical entertainment will be provided by fellow first-timer Charli Xcx. Finally, Oscar nominee Amy Adams, who will soon be seen in Tim Burton's “Big Eyes," will host the episode on December 20. In a curious match of talent, teen heartthrobs One Direction will serve as the musical guest, marking their third time in just over two years. »
- Dave Lewis
After finding success with a documentary series chronicling the 1960s, CNN is preparing a new one for 2015 that will examine the decade that followed.
The Time Warner outlet said it would produce an eight part documentary with Playtone and Herzog & Co. in association with HBO. The non-scripted series, “The Seventies,” will be executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman as well as Mark Herzog of Herzog & Company, as an original series for CNN’s U.S. network.
The new series is expected to debut in the summer of 2015, CNN said.
The network said “The Seventies” would launch with a one-hour episode examining the era’s television programming and how it reflected new social currents. The episode will also chronicle the establishment of two big TV franchises: ABC’s “Monday Night Football”(now on Espn) and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Subsequent one-hour episodes will delve into everything from the Vietnam War to Watergate. »
- Brian Steinberg
Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.
Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »
- Gary Susman
If you’ve ever wondered what Women & Women First looked like long before it opened its doors, Portlandia‘s fifth season — bowing in January — is for you.
Expect the episodes to go deep with your favorite characters, such as feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace, who’ll reveal how they came to open Portland’s lady-championing storefront.
Michael Phelps’ alleged girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler revealed that she was born a man on her Facebook account and described their “amazing sex life” in an interview. [Daily Mail] People‘s editorial director says Chris Hemsworth was the publication’s first pick for Sexiest Man Alive, despite reports that Ryan Gosling turned it down this year. [E!] Bradley Cooper’s ex-wife Jennifer Esposito got hitched. [Life & Style] TV Land is the next network to pull a Bill Cosby show following rape allegations. [Vulture] Jennifer Lawrence buys Jessica Simpson‘s former Beverly Hills pad for $7 million. [Lonny] SNL star Cecily Strong will be hosting the 2015 White House Correspondents’ dinner on April 25. [THR] Jimmy Fallon proves if NYC has true Hunger Games fans. Keke Palmer shows off her nipple »
- Taylor Ferber
"Saturday Night Live" has announced its last three hosts of 2014, and the list includes two faces familiar to Studio 8H, and one first-time emcee.
James Franco -- who'll be promoting his new comedy with Seth Rogen, "The Interview" -- will kick things off on December 6, returning to host "SNL" for a third time. Nicki Minaj will serve as the musical guest, marking her second appearance on the program.
On December 13, Martin Freeman, who stars in the final installment of the "Hobbit" trilogy, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," will make his "SNL" hosting debut. The Emmy-winning "Sherlock" star will be joined by musical guest Charlie Xcx, who is also making her first appearance on the show.
Finally, "SNL" will close out 2014 with Amy Adams, who's marking her second stint as host on December 20. The Oscar nominee will be supported by British boybanders (and recent "Sesame Street" guest stars) One Direction, »
- Katie Roberts
Fox has acquired an untitled comedy-adventure film focusing on Tinker Bell, the fairy sidekick of Peter Pan, and have cast Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Tammy) in the role. Shawn Levy, who directed by Night at the Museum films and Real Steel, is on board to helm the project.
Deadline describes the film as a “fresh take” on the iconic character, which was originally pitched by Levy himself and will be fleshed out by McCarthy. Sex Tape, The Muppets, and Get Him To The Greek scribe Nicholas Stoller is on board to write the script.
Levy, who’s latest movie Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb hits theaters next month, has yet to pick his next project, but has a few options at his disposal. He was recently attached to a modern retelling of the Arabian Nights story 40 Thieves for Fox, and Warner Brothers’ Minecraft adaptation. Deadline »
- James Garcia
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