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Who snuck sour grapes into Chris Harrison‘s lunchbox? In a new interview, the Bachelor host tears into UnREAL — Lifetime’s fictional behind-the-scenes look at a reality dating show — with some choice words for the drama.
“The main difference that I’ve seen is that people watch The Bachelor,” Harrison tells our sister publication Variety. “It’s complete fiction. As much as they would love to jump on our coattails — they were begging for us to talk about it and for people to write about it »
Longtime Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell has teamed with frequent collaborator Michelle Lawler for a half-hour comedy, which has been set up at HBO. Written by Pell and Lawler and executive produced by Sue Naegle, the untitled comedy centers on a fallen Olympic figure skater who returns home to Massachusetts to confront her former bullish coach and narcissistic mother who have cashed in on her success. Pell also executive produces, while Lawler serves as… »
Monday’s “Bachelorette” finale closed with Kaitlyn Bristowe’s happy ending, but host Chris Harrison doesn’t see a fairytale in Lifetime’s “UnReal,” the scripted series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at a reality TV show modeled after “The Bachelor” franchise.
“Really, the main difference that I’ve seen is that people watch ‘The Bachelor,'” Harrison told Variety when asked what he thinks about “UnReal” at “The Bachelorette: Men Tell All” taping earlier this month. “It’s complete fiction. As much as they would love to jump on our coattails — they were begging for us to talk about it and for people to write about it — at the end of the day, no one is watching. I mean, absolutely nobody is watching that show. Why? It is terrible. It is really terrible.”
Lifetime renewed “UnReal” for Season 2 in early July, after a series-high 0.35 rating in adults 18- »
- Seth Kelley
Across an expanding digital network, The Onion has parodied everything from SportsCenter to Ted talks to BuzzFeed. Now, as it looks to build up a new destination called Onion Studios, it will dish out Edge, a parody of Vice’s singular, rule-breaking brand of journalism.
In Edge, young correspondents will travel to distant countries in order to uncover thrilling, under-reported stories. However, if the show’s teaser is any indication, the Edge reporters seem more interested in messing around with locals, dishing out profanity, and scoring drugs.
Vice Media is one of the fastest-growing properties on the web. As it has pulled in hundreds of millions of dollars of capital, it has pursued a number of exciting ventures, including its own TV channel. As Vice’s star has grown, it has found itself to be a ripe target for parody, with Twitter accounts and former SNL cast members among those taking aim. »
- Sam Gutelle
Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by two of the 2015 nominees for Best Comedy Supporting Actress. Gaby Hoffmann is entering the "Transparent" episode titled "Rollin'." Kate McKinnon selects the "Saturday Night Live" episode hosted by Taraji P. Henson. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Hoffmann has her first career Emmy nomination this year and is also contending as Best Comedy Guest Actress for "Girls." On the Amazon show, she plays Ali Pfefferman, the perpetually unemployed youngest daughter of a California family. She is submitting the third episode of the debut season in which, "Maura moves out of the family house and into a lively new apartment complex, just as Sarah needs a new home after dismantling her perfect life. Josh has to reconsider his sudden vision of starting a family, while Ali finds some new »
In an interview with Variety, Harrison didn't mince words when asked for his thoughts on the drama, which revolves around the behind-the-scenes action on a fictional dating reality show that resembles "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette." Despite the show's critical acclaim, Harrison isn't a fan.
"Really, the main difference that I've seen is that people watch 'The Bachelor,'" Harrison told the trade during an interview at "The Bachelorette: Men Tell All" taping, which took place earlier this month. "It's complete fiction. As much as they would love to jump on our coattails - they were begging for us to talk about it and for people to write about it - at the end of the day, no one is watching. »
- Katie Roberts
No stranger to spoofing presidential candidates, “Saturday Night Live” alum Tina Fey weighed in on Donald Trump’s presidential bid at a panel for her Netflix comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday morning.
“It’s great for comedy,” she quipped of Trump’s increasingly controversial campaign. “I’m sure ‘Saturday Night Live’ wished they were on the air right now … I do feel like next year at this time hopefully you’ll be doing a panel with just Darrell Hammond being given a lifetime achievement award for whatever sketches come away.” Sadly, Fey admitted she had “no fully formed jokes” for Trump’s run yet.
The “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” co-creator also discussed the appeals of the Netflix model now that the producers are creating a season specifically for the streaming site (while season one was originally intended to air on NBC). While »
- Variety Staff
“It’s great for comedy!” former Saturday Night Live head writer Tina Fey enthused of Donald Trump’s frontrunner status among Gop contenders for the White House. Fey, appearing at TCA’s Summer TV Press Tour 2015 to tout her Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, speculated her former SNL colleagues are champing at the bit to get back into original episodes. Asked by journalists to perform some Trump jokes, Fey responded, in the nicest possible way, that she had “no… »
It's hard to believe it's been more than 20 years since we first met the Griswolds in National Lampoon's "Vacation." The 1983 original followed Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an overly enthusiastic dad who just wants to have a fun family trip to Wally World, a California amusement park. Unfortunately, it all goes to hell as they encounter a series of misadventures along the journey. The film sparked a number of sequels, including "European Vacation," "Christmas Vacation" and "Vegas Vacation." Fast forward to 2015, as the latest installment in the hilarious franchise, "Vacation," his theaters today. The new film focuses on a fully-grown (and once again recast) Rusty Griswold, as he takes his own family on a disastrous getaway. Ed Helms is taking over the lead role, Christina Applegate plays his wife and Leslie Mann fills the role of sister Audrey. Before we welcome the Griswolds back to the big screen, we're taking »
- tooFab Staff
Aziz Ansari’s untitled Netflix series finally has a name — and a premiere date.
The 10-episode comedy — titled Master of None — will be released Friday, Nov. 6, the streaming giant announced Tuesday.
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The New York-based project, which Ansari created with Parks and Rec co-star/Ep Alan Yang, follows the personal and professional lives of Ansari’s Dev, a 30-year-old actor who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less the pathway for the rest of his life. Dev’s story takes him through subjects »
Like any movie in the Marvel canon, Paul Rudd.s Ant-Man has a ton of Easter eggs, whether it.s the presence of Casey Lang, who grows up to be Giant-Woman, or a cameo by Garrett Morris, who donned the Ant-Man suit for an SNL skit in 1979. But of all the hidden gems Marvel could.ve placed within their latest superhero flick, this one seems like a missed opportunity. There.s a moment, even a slight moment at that, where Ant-Man can easily crossover with Zoolander. A hat tip to Reddit user westmontblvd for making this comparison, and also be wary of minor spoilers from the film. There.s a scene towards the beginning of Ant-Man in which Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is invited back for a special presentation at his company by his former protege, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). Cross is now running Pym Industries, and he wanted the »
I have written previously in this space about my unabashed adoration of Howard Stern, but even casual fans know that the King of All Media's skillful long-form interviewing style is one of his most enduring qualities. He conducts hard-hitting interrogations that feel like casual conversations, leading normally guarded celebrities to offer revelations and opinions they would probably never utter in another forum. This year alone, he has helped draw out newsworthy bites from a number of big stars, and with 2015 more than half over, I thought I'd recap the wildest, most revealing quotes that have come out of Studio 69 in the past six months and change (with attendant clips). Here we go... 1. Jason Alexander tells the real story behind Susan's "Seinfeld" demise Date: June 3 Behind-the-scenes dish on famous TV shows never gets old, and Alexander's tidbit about actress Heidi Swedberg (who played George's ill-fated fiancee Susan) was particularly juicy. After »
- Chris Eggertsen
If Kristen Wiig's appearance in that Lifetime melodrama "A Deadly Adoption" is any indication, she'll be weirding us out for years to come. Fortunately, we think we can single out her weirdest moment on film so far. It's coming to Netflix in August. "Welcome to Me" (August 6) In the short time since Kristen Wiig left "SNL" in 2012, she's starred in a host of movies. Some are quaint indies (like "The Skeleton Twins") and some were heartfelt farces ("Bridesmaids"), but "Welcome to Me" is perhaps her most provocative and strange feature. Wiig plays a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who uses a financial windfall to pay for her own talk show. Is it her finest hour? No, but it sees her costarring with the formidable Linda Cardellini, which is a treat. "Two Days, One Night" (August 11) The surprise Best Actress nomination of 2014 that devastated the Jennifer Aniston fan community. Yes to Marion Cotillard! »
- Louis VIrtel
Graham Phillips stars in Staten Island Summer, a movie penned by Colin Jost, playing a version of the Saturday Night Live head writer. Graham Phillips On Playing Colin Jost Phillips plays Danny Campbell in Staten Island Summer, a character created by Jost in his own image. For Phillips, who’s best known for playing Zach Florrick […]
- Chelsea Regan
Is it game over for Adam Sandler? His new comedy, “Pixels,” opened over the weekend to a mediocre $24 million, a disappointing result for the $88 million project. Sandler’s latest box office lemon comes on the heels of “The Cobbler” (Sandler’s lowest-grossing title ever, which opened to just $24,000 from 20 theaters in March), 2014’s “Blended” (the Drew Barrymore reteaming that mustered $46 million), “That’s My Boy” (a pairing with Andy Samberg that eked out $37 million) and “Jack and Jill” (the cross-dressing comedy that landed some of the worst reviews of his career). His only recent hits have been the 2013 sequel to “Grown Ups” (which netted $133 million) and “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated film that didn’t require him to be onscreen.
Here’s how Sandler’s box office career went from $4 billion in ticket sales to ice cold.
1. He aged out of his material
Sandler, 48, spent the ’90s playing the eternal teenage »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Featuring ad-libbing star guests, surreal jokes and a rural idyll, this web show from two Saturday Night Live writers is becoming a cult favourite
“It’s just a such strange little show,” said Paula Pell, fondly. It’s an apt description for Hudson Valley Ballers, the web series that Pell, a writer for Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, created with fellow SNL writer James Anderson and cinematographer and writer Michelle Lawler.
The show stars Pell and Anderson as comedy writers who leave their high-stress jobs for a more low-key life in the country as bed-and-breakfast owners. What happens is anything but laid-back, with a stream of strange guests (think an intense Natasha Lyonne demanding wine), stranger love interests (Paul Rudd as a muralist for Olive Garden who does voiceovers for porn), and household horrors (did that doll just move?) interrupting their country idyll.
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- Melissa Locker
Celebrity impersonations are undeniably one of the staples of "Saturday Night Live." Week after week for 40 seasons, hosts and cast members alike have been portraying either the buzziest stars of the moment or some random famous person they happen to have a knack for copying. There have been hits and misses, but when the parodies are good, they become some of the most memorable sketches in history. We salute "SNL" for giving us master mimics like Dana Carvey, Jimmy Fallon, and Maya Rudolph and more throughout the years. Here's a look at 25 cast members and their best impressions ever.
- Alana Altmann
The death of television veteran George Coe earlier this month was felt keenly, as the performer amassed a body of work that included appearances on Saturday Night Live, Hill Street Blues, Max Headroom, and L.A. Law. At the time of his death, however, Coe was not retired, but was a key part of the FX animated spy comedy Archer, providing the voice for the lead character’s butler Woodhouse, a secondary but nonetheless crucial character over the course of the show’s six seasons.
Following the performer’s demise, Archer has now released a tribute video highlighting the character and the actor’s work on the series as a thank you to Coe for his work on the show. The video can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Meryl Streep is once again proving her acting range by playing an aging rock star in a drama from director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Diablo Cody, but Streep is far from the first movie star to pick up a guitar. Listen to 13 fake bands that rocked the big screen before Ricki and the Flash. The Blues Brothers in The Blues Brothers (1980) This classic comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi was inspired by a Saturday Night Live sketch, as well as the great rhythm and...
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Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip (Rihanna), who is on a quest of her own, in this DreamWorks Animation family film. If you bring "Home" into your home, it'll bring a ton of extras with it. The DVD and Blu-ray editions both include long lists of special features, with the Blu-ray offering a cute new animated short created for the home entertainment release called "This is Being Boov."
Here's an exclusive look at "This Is Being Boov": "The Water Diviner"
Russell Crowe both stars and makes his directorial debut in this drama about an Australian farmer who goes in search of this three missing sons, »
- Gina Carbone
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