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Of all the canards foisted upon and between culture fans in 2013, there was none more dubious than the notion that the supposed “battle” of television vs. film had come to an end, with the former declared the victor. Besides the fact that comparing such disparate mediums is a fool’s errand at best, both are such vast and complicated enterprises that any pitched battle likely only pits narrow conceptions of each against the other. (Strawman vs. strawman, the most popular form of discourse on the Internet.) The simplest way to invalidate the entire argument quickly: where films only have to be taken on their own terms as one complete work, TV series need to be considered in at least three contexts: by episode, by season, and by the overall run of the series.
- Kate Kulzick
Here's a fun Google easter egg for you: When you search for "festivus," i.e. the legendary (made-up) "Seinfeld" holiday for the rest of us held every year on Dec. 23, Google places a graphic of the holiday's symbol -- a simple, unadorned aluminum pole -- on the side of the page.
Festivus was made famous in the 1997 episode of "Seinfeld" called "The Strike," when George's father, Frank (Jerry Stiller) tells Kramer (Michael Richards) how he created his own holiday in response to the commercialization of Christmas. Its components include the Airing of Grievances, in which family members tell each other how they've disappointed them throughout the year, and the Feats of Strength, which involves a wrestling match between the head of the household and a dinner guest of their choice.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was nominated for a Golden Globe last week for her performance in “Enough Said,” but she revealed at TheWrap’s Award Series screening of the critically acclaimed film that she’s hoping the role will bring her more than just gold from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Most famous for her role as Elaine on “Seinfeld” (which earned her a Golden Globe in 1994), and most recently Vice President Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep” — for which she also received a Golden Globe nomination this year — the 52-year-old actress has primarily been given opportunities to showcase her comedic chops. »
- Greg Gilman
The third season of Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee will return to Crackle and YouTube on January 2, 2014. Acura will return as the series’ sponsor, and Seinfeld has helped the car company out by penning a handful of pre-roll ads set to run before his show. The ads satirize classic car commercials
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- Sam Gutelle
Jerry Seinfeld: ad man?
The popular comic doesn’t look anything like Don Draper (or his modern-day heirs) and doesn’t work for an ad agency. Yet over the years, he has become sort of a guiding force on Madison Avenue, showing marketers how to dip their toes into new techniques and test emerging technology.
In an interview with Variety, the comedian said he looked to the history of TV marketing for inspiration for new work with car maker Acura.. “I think that kind of old advertising model has gotten lost a little bit,” he said.
In eight new spots designed to accompany his streaming-video series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Seinfeld lampoons car ads that might have enjoyed a run on the three big broadcast TV networks in the 1950s and 1960s. In one, a family that would not seem out of place on “The Andy Griffith Show »
- Brian Steinberg
As “Enough Said” fades to black, the words “For Jim” appear at the beginning of the end credits.
Just like the film itself, Monday night’s Variety Screening Series Q&A paid homage to the late James Gandolfini. This was Gandolfini’s last performance before his tragic death.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who also stars in the film, said the two shared an immediate chemistry. She wasn’t caught off guard by the connection, but Louis-Dreyfus said she was surprised to learn about the legendary actor’s deep-rooted insecurities.
“I was fascinated to find out fairly quickly that he had a lot of insecurities about playing the part and really questioned whether he was right for the role as we were shooting it,” she told the audience at Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinemas. “He kept saying, ‘If you want to fire me, that’s fine.’ … He was just a very sympathetic person, not at all Tony Soprano-like, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Los Angeles (AP) — The Television Academy is adding six new members to its Hall of Fame, including former "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jay Leno. The academy's Hall of Fame selection committee announced the list of inductees for 2014 on Monday. Louis-Dreyfus is a four-time Emmy Award winner and Leno is known as the host of the "Tonight Show." They'll be joined by media magnate Rupert Murdoch, writer-producer David E. Kelley and network executive Brandon Stoddard. Sound pioneer Ray Dolby will be inducted posthumously. The new Hall of Fame members will be honored at a Beverly Hills ceremony in March. »
- AP Staff
The Television Academy’s 23rd Hall of Fame class includes actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, writer-producer David E. Kelley, late night host Jay Leno, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and iconic ABC Network executive Brandon Stoddard. Additionally, sound pioneer and innovator Ray Dolby will be inducted posthumously.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Beverly Wilshire hotel on March 11, 2014.
The 2014 honorees join more than 130 individuals previously inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1984. Recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the medium, candidates are submitted by the Television Academy’s membership and the industry at large to the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, chaired by Warner Bros. Television Group President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth. In addition to Roth, this year’s committee included Emmy Award-winning producer Marcy Carsey; Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group; Rick Rosen, Board Member and Head of Television at Wme; Fred Silverman, »
- Brian Steinberg
The “Seinfeld” writer who brought Festivus to the world is baffled by Gretchen Carlson’s “outrage” over a Festivus pole going up at the Florida Capitol. “Am I to understand that some humanoid expressed outrage that the baby Jesus was behind a pole made of beer cans?” Dan O’Keefe asked Mother Jones, which reached out to him for comment about the latest salvo in the network’s perceived “War on Christmas.” Also read: Megyn Kelly Says Her ‘White Santa’ Critics Are Race-Baiting The outrage began when an atheist erected a 6-foot Festivus pole made of Pabst beer cans to protest a privately funded. »
- Tim Molloy
Jerry Seinfeld's popular web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is set to return for a third season of six new episodes exclusively on Crackle on January 2. Hosted and executive produced by the "Seinfeld" star, the series featured guests like Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Larry David, among others, talking shop with Seinfeld in the first two seasons. Of Crackle's original series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is the most watched and even received an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Special Class - Short Format Nonfiction Programs category. Rather than show you the guests for its upcoming season, the trailer below teases with audio -- can you identify the voices? »
- Ohad Amram
Jerry Seinfeld's popular web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is set to return for a third season of six new episodes exclusively on Crackle on January 2. Hosted and executive produced by the "Seinfeld" star, the series featured guests like Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Larry David, among others, talking shop with Seinfeld in the first two seasons. Of Crackle's original series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is the most watched and even received an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Special Class - Short Format Nonfiction Programs category. Rather than show you the guests for its upcoming season, the trailer below teases with audio -- can you identify the voices?
- Ohad Amram
Jerry Seinfeld and a cavalcade of classic and high performance automobiles that could possibly make Jay Leno jealous are coming back to an internet connected device near you. Crackle is debuting the third season of Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee on January 2, 2014. Six new episodes of the online original interview series produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Embassy Row, in which the action on screen is exactly what the title implies, will be released exclusively on Crackle and ComediansInCarsGettingCoffee.com. While a full guest list hasn’t yet been released, you can guess some of the faces you’ll see in the program’s junior season based on the voices you can hear (like Howard Stern’s) in the trailer below. Acura is back on board as the the presenting sponsor of the program.
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- Joshua Cohen
Jerry Seinfeld’s popular web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” is set to return with 6 new episodes on streaming-service Crackle and comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com Jan. 2. Early last year Crackle ordered 24 new episodes of the popular web series featuring the former “Seinfeld” star and comedians like Larry David, Ricky Gervais and David Letterman grabbing a beverage. With Season 3′s 6 episodes, 12 episodes from the renewal remain. The short teaser for Season 3 features a shot of Gto muscle a car as conversation between Seinfeld and his guests is overheard. If you can’t make out the voices, the full guest lineup will »
- Tony Maglio
A third season of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will be served up early next year. Six episodes of the web series will arrive beginning on Jan. 2, available to stream on Cars' official site and on Crackle.com, which announced the news on Thursday. The series, which debuted in July 2012, features Seinfeld in casual conversations with notable comedians as they sit for coffee or take a drive in classic cars. Video: Jerry Seinfeld on His Web Series and What the 'Seinfeld' Gang Would Be Doing Now Season two featured Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Don Rickles and
- Erik Hayden
A version of this story first appeared in OscarWrap: Actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the only actress to win Emmys for three different television series (“Seinfeld,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Veep”), but her movie career has always been sporadic – and, except for voice-over work in animated films, nonexistent for the last decade and a half. But Louis-Dreyfus changed that with her sharp, funny turn in Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said,” an affecting comedy in which she plays a divorced mom who finds that she has to hide a pretty big secret to keep her new romance alive. Co-starring with another. »
- Steve Pond
It is a Saturday night in November, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and I are sitting in the lobby bar of The Four Seasons Hotel on East 57th Street, perched high inside the towering … atrium? No one speaks of atriums anymore! Everything about this place is dated, and I mean that in the worst possible way. It’s not old enough to be interesting as a vintage curiosity like, say, The Four Seasons restaurant five blocks south; it’s more like a sad, shopworn precursor to all the Bloombergian “luxury product” rising to the heavens all over midtown. Even the building’s history reads like something retrieved from a time capsule opened too soon: Zeckendorf … I. M. Pei … Japanese financing. The construction of “the tallest hotel in New York” was announced in 1989, which, as it happens, was the year Seinfeld went on the air.Indeed, the experience of having a drink here »
- Jonathan van Meter
In its nearly decade-long run, Seinfeld introduced plenty of hilariously bad movie titles—from the Daylight-inspired Chunnel to actual Larry David screenplay Prognosis Negative—but none so frequently as Rochelle, Rochelle, the fictional film described (repeatedly) as “a young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk.” So you can forgive New Yorkers for getting a little (okay, a lot) excited this week when posters for the movie famously “about life, love, and becoming a woman” showed up outside the real-life United Artists Theatre on the Upper East Side. »
Character actress Kate Williamson, who played Mrs. Rogers on ABC’s Ellen and turned in supporting roles in films including Barry Levinson’s Disclosure, Dahmer, Dream Lover, and Racing with the Moon, died Friday evening at her Encino, CA home. She was 82. Williamson, born Robina Jane Sparks, was the daughter of actress/singer Nydia Westman and producer/writer Salathiel Robert Sparks. In 1954 she married actor and acting teacher Al Ruscio, whose credits include The Godfather, Part III , Life Goes On, and Seinfeld. Ruscio had served on the SAG board of directors and died less than a month ago on November 12. The couple leaves behind four children, three of whom also went into showbiz: Actress and poet Elizabeth Ruscio, director and editor Michael Ruscio, production designer Nina Ruscio and teacher Maria Ruscio. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Actors’ Fund of America, 729 7th Ave., Floor 10, New York, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Actress Kate Williamson, whose extensive credits include a run on the Ellen DeGeneres comedy “Ellen,” died Friday night after a period of failing health. She was 82. Williamson’s death comes mere weeks after the death of her husband, actor Al Ruscio, who died at age 89 on Nov. 12. The actress died surrounded by her four children at her Encino, Calif., home. Also read: ‘Seinfeld’ Actor Al Ruscio Dead at 89 Born Robina Jane Sparks to actress/singer Nydia Westman and producer/writer Salathiel Robert Sparks, Williamson’s decades-long acting career included the 1994 Barry Levinson film “Disclosure,” the 2002 film “Dahmer,” which starred Jeremy Renner. »
- Tim Kenneally
TV Land debuted its new comedy "Kirstie" Wednesday (Dec. 4), a sitcom starring "Cheers" alums Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman plus "Seinfeld" alum Michael Richards. One would think with the sitcom pedigree gracing the small screen for TV Land's new "Kirstie," the comedy would be better.
Unfortunately, the show looks and feels like something made 20 years ago -- except not as funny as the gems of 20 years ago. The laughs, when there are some, are cheap. A Viagra joke? "Suck it, Angelina Jolie," as if she cares about some Broadway actress being put on the cover of People.
As if a Broadway diva would be on the cover of People. Is this set in the 1950s?
It's not devoid of bright spots -- there was a lovely moment when Alley's character Maddie is telling assistant Thelma (Perlman) about giving her son up for adoption. "I'm not a mother," she concludes, »
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