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Sources confirm to TVLine that NBC’s long-in-the-works weekly variety show starring Rudolph is on the verge of adding Short as her co-headliner.
PhotosSNL’s 40th Anniversary Special: The Best and Worst Moments
In May 2014, Rudolph hosted an hourlong NBC special — titled The Maya Rudolph Show — that served as a warm-up for a possible weekly series. The project remained in development at NBC (with Rudolph’s »
Throughout TV history, there have been plenty of duos who've had the sort of close-knit, we-can-finish-each-other's-sentences friendships you don't often see in real life: Mary and Rhoda, Chandler and Joey, Abbi and Ilana. Add Difficult People's double act to that list — although the lead characters' Bff bond may be the only good thing they have going for them. Part of Hulu's latest round of original series (the first two episodes start streaming today), the cringe-comic sitcom stars Billy on the Street's Billy Eichner and comedian Julie Klausner as thirtysomething pals who are trying, »
In the world of comedy certain talents stand out as heavyweights, both literally and figuratively. Large of both frame and talent very often these talented performers can seem more like a force of nature running amok in the mundane world, creating comedic chaos for our amusement.
The first that comes to my mind would have to be Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, his name forever tarnished with a scandalous incident that was proved in court never to have happened, Fatty Arbuckle deserves better. He was genuinely talented, a series of dvd releases proves it. He taught Buster Keaton everything he knew. He was also incredibly funny.
- Sam Moffitt
Who you gonna call? First pictures of new Ghostbusters revealed
Everything we know so far about the all-female Ghostbusters
But what happened to the stars of the original movie after it hit big in the '80s? Digital Spy goes then and now with the stars of Ghostbusters to find out their career moves after giving up ghoul-catching.
A familiar face on Us TV screens thanks to Saturday Night Live, Murray transitioned to movie stardom effortlessly in Meatballs, Caddyshack and Stripes before hitting it huge as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters.
Roles in Groundhog Day and Kingpin followed before he was embraced by indie darlings Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson. More recently Murray has kept us entertained with a handful of eccentric public and chatshow appearances, »
Rick Ducommun, an actor best known for his roles in 1989's The 'Burbs and 1993's Groundhog Day, has died. He was 62. Ducommun's wife confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he passed away June 12 at a hospice in Vancouver surrounded by family and friends; per Ducommun's widow, the actor's death was due to a "serious complication from diabetes." Joe Dante, who directed Ducommun in The 'Burbs, tweeted about the star's passing on Wednesday, writing simply, "Rip Rick Ducommun." He also shared a fond memory of his audition for The 'Burbs, tweeting, "Relatively unknown standup comic Rick Ducommon beat out Sctv's Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis for the part of »
Rick Ducommun, the comic character actor best known for playing Tom Hanks’ prankster neighbor Art Weingartner in Joe Dante’s The ’Burbs, died June 12 in a Vancouver hospice surrounded by family. He was 62. Ducommun, who also was memorable in small roles in such films as Die Hard (1988), Groundhog Day (1993) and Scary Movie (2000), died due to a "serious complication from diabetes," his wife, Leslie Ducommun, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Then a relatively unknown stand-up comic, Ducommun beat out Sctv stars Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to land the part of Ray Peterson’s (Hanks) nosy
- Mike Barnes
Every time Amy Schumer comes out with a new sketch, it's impossible not to think about how necessary it is that a female standup comic has the platform on Comedy Central to be as irreverent, truthful, and damning as she wants. It wasn't so long ago that females in sketch comedy were reduced to one-note roles. (Check out "Laugh-In" sometime and note how many times the point of a bit is "Oh, Goldie. Such a space cadet.") We picked ten examples of feminism in sketch comedy dating all the way back to the heyday of Carol Burnett. Comb the hair on your Asian-American doll and enjoy. 1. Carol Burnett is "movie star crazy" One of the enduring treats of "The Carol Burnett Show" is the feminist undertones in many of her sketches. The fact that she's so outlandish and having so much fun is a triumph in itself, but in this sketch, »
- Louis Virtel
Chicago – Finding the adult button and hitting “on” is becoming more of a challenge as the tech generation morphs into their thirtysomething era. Comedian Nick Kroll (“Kroll Show,” “The League”) ponders this situation in the new film “Adult Beginners,” a primer on growing up and moving on.
Kroll portrays Jake, a entrepreneur whose new tech gadget goes bust. Left with no life and no income, he moves back in with his sister (Rose Byrne) and brother-in-law (Bobby Cannavale). There is a twist – Jake’s nephew Teddy needs a daytime caregiver, and Nick is now available. As he takes on his new duties, he begins to understand that life has different angles, especially when it comes to raising children.
Photo credit: Radius-twc
Nick Kroll is a multi-tasker. After graduating from college in 2001, he began his career as a stand-up and in improvisation groups, and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The thought of snapping your fingers to the tunes of your favorite fictional bands in film seems rather unreal. After all these movie music-makers seem like the “reel” deal in terms of their celluloid artistry and sense of colorful on-screen showmanship.
However, some of the fictional bands or musical acts we know very well and consider so fondly actually morph into real-life acts. Also, there are real-life bands that share a “fictionalized existence” on screen as well (for instance one can try and divide the musical phenomenon of The Beatles as treasured pop cultural entities from the mop top maniacs they portrayed on the big screen in A Hard’s Day Night or Help. Some may argue they were the one in the same in front of and away from the rolling cameras).
Whatever your definition of what constitutes a favorable fictional band in film at the present moment just »
- Frank Ochieng
With Saturday Night Live's 40th-anniversary special now a vestige of the past, viewers have had time to let questions and opinions percolate. Some of the loudest revolved around Eddie Murphy's strange, underwhelming appearance. Former cast member Norm Macdonald, who appeared in and wrote sketches for the special, used Twitter to address the mystery and to vent publicly about the wild week he had. In 110 tweets, Macdonald dished about everything from a rejected Murphy role to Bill Murray's penchant for golf to the origins of Celebrity Jeopardy. Here's what we learned:1. Contrary to what you would've thought, SNL 40 was reportedly not a tight ship. 2. Celebrity Jeopardy came from Second City Television. Macdonald claimed to have come up with the idea for SNL, after stealing it from Sctv's Half-Wits: He and Steve Higgins wrote the first Jeopardy sketch decades ago but waited for Martin Short (originally from Sctv »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The business of comedy writing in film is often a criminally under-laurelled one, and in life, multitalented writer-director-actor Harold Ramis only picked up a single screenwriting award (a Bafta for “Groundhog Day”) for a scripting career that spanned from “Animal House” to “Ghostbusters,” “Caddyshack” and “Back to School.”
Now the posthumous recipient of the WGA’s Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, Ramis joins an august group of fellow funnymen including Mel Brooks, Blake Edwards, Paul Mazursky and Norman Krasna, and it’s hard to argue he doesn’t belong in their company.
During his decade-plus heyday, Ramis was the quietest kind of auteur, sculpting a new model for the modern comedy that came so naturally its novelty was easy to miss. Rooted in the frantic, countercultural anarchy of sketch comedy (his pre-film career included stints with National Lampoon and “Sctv”), Ramis’ work easily incorporated the rhythms of classic screwball comedy, »
- Andrew Barker
Since their early days working together on the classic Canadian sketch comedy series "Sctv," Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara have been comedy delights; the only thing better than the two of them working together is when they're joined by some of their frequent collaborators. Today, that includes not just another comedy icon — Chris Elliott — but Levy's own son: The series "Schitt's Creek," about a family who loses everything, was co-created by Levy and his son Daniel. During a quasi-chaotic sit-down at the TCA press tour last month, Indiewire found out the importance of international production to make working in TV feasible and how this show got its quasi-nsfw name. Let's start by talking about the name. I was wondering where it came from, exactly. Eugene Levy: Well, it actually came from some joking around [between] me and my wife and some friends of ours who would go to dinner quite often. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Directed by Douglas Tirola
USA | UK, 2015
The new documentary Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon takes us back to the birth of the ultimate problem child, the National Lampoon magazine. Arrested development and controlled substances aside, the Lampoon crew shepherded comedy from its antiseptic television roots through the youth counterculture and back into the mainstream again. It was unfiltered anarchy; vulgar, subversive, and hilarious. Get ready to laugh, feel ashamed for laughing, and then laugh some more.
The list of alumni from National Lampoon reads like a who’s who of comedy royalty. Belushi, Chase, Ramis, Radner, Guest, Murray… and those are just the performers. That doesn’t include all the writers and illustrators toiling behind the scenes of each fevered edition. Writers like co-founders Doug Kenney and Henry Beard, »
- J.R. Kinnard
It’s been fun coming up with funny women who could or should be in the all-female Ghostbusters sequel/reboot, but now the actual foursome has been announced, and it’s heavy on the Saturday Night Live vets. First up is Melissa McCarthy, never an SNL cast member but one of its favorite hosts of the past few years. We knew she’d be in the movie, even before writer-director Paul Feig acknowledged he’d likely re-team with the actress. She’s the Robert De Niro to his Martin Scorsese. Joining her is fellow Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig and two current ladies of SNL, recent addition Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, who has sort of been the Kristen Wiig substitute (yet still brilliantly hilarious all her own). This is a dream cast for some of us. I’m one of them. It makes sense that Feig would look to the late-night sketch comedy show, as »
- Christopher Campbell
Santa Monica — Michael Keaton is having the time of his life. Cruising along an awards circuit that has brought him plenty of kudos for his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" and probably more opportunities to talk about himself than he'd prefer, he seems consistently high on life and not at all phased by the grind. He's not someone who has really sought out this kind of attention and acclaim, often retreating to his ranch in Montana away from the Hollywood fray, but now that he's feeling the love? Let's just say I doubt anyone's having as much fun with all of this than he is. On the eve of this year's Oscar nominations announcement, I met Keaton for coffee and a light lunch at one of his favorite Santa Monica spots to chew on as much of his career and the awards »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Writers Guild of America West has selected the late Harold Ramis as the recipient of its Laurel Award for screenwriting achievement.
The award will be presented at the WGA Awards ceremony on Feb. 14, with Erica Mann Ramis and family accepting.
“Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy,” said WGA West VP Howard A. Rodman. “His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through ‘Animal House,’ ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Ghostbusters,’ Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways.”
“His unrealized projects – an adaptation of ‘Confederacy of Dunces,’ a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with an anticipation that will never be fulfilled,” Rodman added. “And then there’s ‘Groundhog Day,’ one of modern cinema’s few true masterworks, a film that is impeccably crafted, morally astute, »
- Dave McNary
The Writers Guild of America, West has chosen late screenwriter-director-actor-producer Harold Ramis to receive its Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, awarded to a Writers Guild member who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter. Erica Mann Ramis and family will accept the award on Ramis’ behalf at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 14. Harold Ramis passed away on February 24, 2014 at the age of 69. From today’s announcement:
“Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy. His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters, Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways. His unrealized projects – an adaptation of Confederacy of Dunces, a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with »
- Denise Petski
Elliott, who worked his way into America’s hearts as The Guy Under the Seats on “Late Night With David Letterman,” reflected on Letterman’s impending May retirement during the panel for his upcoming comedy series ‘Schitt’s Creek,” at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Friday.
See photos: David Letterman: 13 Potential ‘Late Show’ Replacements (Photos)
Elliott’s conclusion: Letterman’s exit will be a “huge change” — at least in part because the funnyman won’t have the show to go back »
- Tim Kenneally
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