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Piers Morgan, the CNN primetime host whose efforts to provide the network with a new type of celebrity-interview show met with ratings headwinds, has officially left the cable news channel after declining a new two-year deal that would have made him the host of a sporadic interview series.
“I was offered a new 2-year deal by CNN boss Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview ‘specials,'” Morgan said via Twitter. “But after considerable thought, I decided not to accept it – and to try pastures new.”
Morgan began anchoring the network’s 9 p.m. slot starting in January of 2011, replacing the durable “Larry King Live” with a celebrity-interview show that did not always hit the target with CNN viewers. The program, in which Morgan could be seen breaking away from conversations with perplexed guests like Gregg Allman to ask if they had inadvertently given him a scoop in their responses, proved »
- Brian Steinberg
If you regularly watch TCM, you already know that Bill Hader is a total cinephile, and he wants to share his love for movies with the world, particularly the younger set. That's why he's been host of Essentials, Jr. on Turner Classic Movies for the past few years, introducing relatively kid-friendly classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, the original Godzilla, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton shorts, and Shane, which he programmed this past weekend. Not enough? Well, aside from putting movie lovers in stitches with his classic-film-star impressions -- including those of Vincent Price, John Barrymore, James Mason, Peter O'Toole and many more seen during his run on Saturday Night Live (he's even mimicked fellow TCM host Ben Mankiewicz) -- he now has a whopping...
- Christopher Campbell
Walt Disney Pictures has released another TV spot from its upcoming animated movie Big Hero 6, which is based upon the little-known Marvel Comics title of the same name. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.
- Gary Collinson
It’s easy to think you know an actor through the characters that they play, or even to assume you know something about an actor by the sheer fact that they’re an actor. Particularly when someone is often type-cast, it can sometimes be hard to swallow when you find out something that changes how you see a big name. For instance, when a huge star like Tom Cruise became an insane scientologist, or when you find out that awesome badass action-star Vin Diesel has been an avid Dungeons and Dragons fan for 20 years, or even the knowledge that Pam and Jim aren’t a couple in real life (weep), can change your perspective on an actor you took for granted as their character(s).
Sometimes our favourite actors’ rise to fame has been shaky, unintended, or even baffling, such as Danny Trejo’s movement from drug counselor to world-class badass. »
- Hannah Spencer
The X Factor averaged more than 9 million viewers on ITV last night (August 30), according to overnight figures.
The latest series of the singing competition - which welcomed the return of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and added Mel B to the judging panel - premiered to 9.03m (40.9%) from 8pm, with a further 465k (2.2%) catching the show on +1.
The numbers are slightly up from the previous year's launch, which managed 8.78m.
Elsewhere on ITV, the new celebrity series of The Chase opened to 4.24m (22.2%) from 7pm, and Keith Lemon's Through the Keyhole attracted 3.69m (18.3%) from 9.25pm.
The National Lottery: Break the Safe managed 2.69m (21.3%) from 8.15pm, and Casualty followed afterwards with 3.91m (18.4%). Football highlights show »
Funnyman Will Forte earned himself accolades for the deft dramatic chops he unveiled in last year’s Nebraska opposite Bruce Dern, but he’ll most likely remain best known for the SNL-skit turned cult spoof of all thing’s ’80s MacGruber. The 2010 comedy directed by SNL alum Jorma Taccone has a passionate following, but despite an underwhelming box office turnout, talk of a sequel persists.
Admittedly, it’s been over two years since we last heard an update on the script for MacGruber 2, which, according to Forte’s comments at the time, ought to be done by now. Still, Forte is probably used to talking about a hypothetical sequel, a subject which invariably comes up while the actor is promoting a different movie.
Case in point, Collider recently talked ...
- Anthony Vieira
Here's a fun fact about Bill Hader you might not know: he's a major film buff. Yep, the "Saturday Night Live" veteran likes his Criterion Collection movies as much as the next cinephile. His knowledge rolls pretty deep, and now he's sharing his love of cinema in a unique way. Inside the book "Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers" by Mike Sacks, Hader provides his list of 200 movies every comedy writer should see. Yes, you'll see the usual staples from folks like Woody Allen, the Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks, and Charlie Chaplin, but there are some nice, not so obvious picks too. Billy Wilder's scathing "Ace In The Hole" notches a spot, as do Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" and Robert Altman's "Nashville." So now the big question: how many have you seen? Here's all 200, let us know in the comments section. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Three-day weekends are an excuse to be lazy, kick back with a glass of wine (or five), and meander around the home in a constant state of bliss. Then again, that’s the life of a Real Housewife everyday of the week.
For the plebes of the world with a few days off from toil, this Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to catch up on the marathon of shows playing on television, that range from gross (Botched) to fecund (19 Kids and Counting) to a marathon that’s finally coming to an end (The Simpsons). EW has compiled a »
- Teresa Jue
We’ve seen quite a lot of promotional material for Disney’s Big Hero 6 this week – including a TV spot, new image, and a range of Funko Pop! vinyl figures – and now we’ve got another promo for the animated movie, which is based upon the little-known Marvel Comics title of the same name; check it out below…
With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group »
- Gary Collinson
Bill Hader has begun to stretch himself as an actor since leaving Saturday Night Live last year. Sure, he has worked steadily in films like Superbad, Adventureland and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs amongst numerous other parts, but he has also begun taking lead roles in movies like The Skeleton Twins. He has begun earning more and more acclaim as an actor rather than the funny guy who did impressions on SNL. In the upcoming book "Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations With Today's Top »
- Alex Maidy
Fans of the comedy MacGruber have been jerked around a bit when it comes to the potential of a sequel. Writer and director Jorma Taccone said that he was developing the script for MacGruber 2 with star Will Forte, but then the latter dashed those dreams and said that it was far from being a real project. However, sometime later, Forte changed his tune completely and said they would do whatever it takes to get it made. And since the "Saturday Night Live" veteran has been busy doing press for his turn in Life of Crime, that means it's time to get an update on the hero making life-saving devices out of household materials. Asked if inquiries about a MacGruber ever get tiring, Forte told Collider, "No, it is very exciting because it means that people liked the first MacGruber. Unless they are saying, 'Are you serious about MacGruber?'" And »
- Ethan Anderton
Beautifully redresses how the realities of women’s lives are too often ignored on film… and does so with startling raw power and humor. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women as real people
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I keep thinking about the anecdote that flew around the Internet this summer from Tina Fey’s book Bossypants, in which she described how, in the writers’ room at Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon got squicked out by Amy Poehler being less than demure and ladylike, told her that it made her less cute and likable, and she rounded on him with “I don’t fucking care if you like it.” You may not like 20something New Yorker and standup comic Donna Stern (Jenny Slate: This Means War), because she is far from demure and far »
- MaryAnn Johanson
As a wise man, and a tedious load of students on their Gap Year application forms, once said, ‘be the change you wish to see in the world’. Via Kickstarter, filmmaker Gillian Robespierre has done just that. Judging modern mainstream romantic comedies with their one-note women and contrived resolutions to be unfit for purpose, she’s made Obvious Child - a very funny, often filthy, genuinely romantic comedy.
There’s nothing pixie-like, or dream girl-ish about Obvious Child’s lead Donna (Saturday Night Live and Parks & Recreation’s Jenny Slate), she’s more raucous imp. A Brooklyn stand-up and book clerk specialising in crude, confessional comedy, we first meet Donna on stage and mid-flow on the subject of vaginal cream cheese, farting and “getting banged out” by her boyfriend. This isn’t a Katherine Heigl movie, »
Actor and writer Bill Hader has employed his love for the craft of filmmaking throughout his career. Frequent references to classic features and film tropes appear in his penned episodes of South Park and the actor even took a stab at portraying There Will Be Blood‘s Daniel Plainview on Saturday Night Live. The first insight into Hader’s love of cinema came with his trip to the […] »
- Zade Constantine
Obvious Child, 2014
Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre
Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best St. Valentine’s Day of her life.
“I won’t say it for little baby ears over there, but it rhymes with smish-schmortion. You should get a smish-schmortion at the smish-schmortion clinic”. In many circles, both in the public eye and in some parts of Hollywood, abortion is like Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter: it who cannot be named. And it is a stigma that Obvious Child, the new dramedy from director Gillian Robspierre, was always going to be stuck with. But forget all that, and simply enjoy what is one of the most enjoyable, and funny, films of the year.
We follow Donna (Jenny Slate), a stand-up comic »
- Luke Owen
Arguably the greatest female comedic actor ever (she has the Emmys to prove it), Julia Louis-Dreyfus hardly needs an introduction.
At only 21 years old, the actress was cast on "Saturday Night Live," a Cinderella-like start for the young New York native. While the show didn't catapult her to fame, it was a stepping-stone that culminated with her landing the role of Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld" (1989 - 1998). Proving there's no "'Seinfeld' curse," Louis-Dreyfus has had plenty of success since the acclaimed NBC sitcom ended, raking in several Emmys along the way. Just this summer, she took home her latest trophy for her work on HBO's "Veep."
From her eyebrow-raising family background to her actress half-sister, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
1. Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus was born January 13, 1961 in New York, New York to Judith LeFever and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus.
2. Her parents divorced when Louis-Dreyfus was still just a baby. »
- Jonny Black
Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new. »
Now you don't have to be a comedy writer to appreciate great comedic filmmaking, but "Saturday Night Live" veteran Bill Hader has an impressive list of 200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See. Thankfully, this is also just a great list of comedies that any cinephile with a penchant for good comedy should check out. The list comes from Mike Sacks' book Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers, which sounds like a great read for anyone with more than a passing interest in the art of comedy. But we know you came here for the movie list, so keep reading for the goods. Read on! Bill Hader's (alphabetical) 200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See from Xo Jane: 1. 9 to 5 (1980) 2. 1941 (1979) 3. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) 4. Ace in the Hole (1951) 5. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) 6. After Hours (1985) 7. Airplane! (1980) 8. Amarcord (1973) 9. American Graffiti (1973) 10. An American in Paris »
- Ethan Anderton
Will Forte has some crazy facial hair! The comedian showed off his very, very bushy beard at the Los Angeles premiere of his new flick "Life of Crime" on Thursday. Videos: "Friends" Reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live Is Everything!The "Saturday Night Live" alum was joined on the red carpet by costar Jennifer Aniston, who sparkled in a silver mini and a black blazer. We were super surprised when Forte showed up with his grey and brown beard -- even Jen couldn't help but gawk at the impressive facial hair on the carpet. Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio & Jared Leto Show Off Extremely Bushy Beards! Will almost looks like a different person, right? What do you think about the actor's new look? Tell toofab in the comment section below and click "Launch Gallery" above to see more stars with and without beards! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Bill Hader is not a comedy giant. He.s not toppling new efforts that are making $100 million, and he.s not the first comedian any of our moms would think of. Among comedy nerds, however, it.s hard to find many more people who would garner more respect than the former Saturday Night Live star. He.s turned in great supporting turns in tons of brilliant comedians, and he.s widely considered a very thoughtful and intelligent observers. When he speaks, people listen, which is why his movie recommendations are worth something. Luckily for comedy fans, Bill Hader just dropped 200 of them as part of his contribution to the book Poking A Dead Frog. He.s interviewed along with other high-end comedy writers, and now, we.re all benefitting thanks to the this late summer movie list of greatness. You can check out the full list below, courtesy of Xo »
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