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9 items from 2014


‘The Birthday Boys’ season two will include Fabio, Dana Carvey and More

17 October 2014 8:18 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) You may not know The Birthday Boys, but you’ll definitely recognize quite a few of the faces on "The Birthday Boys," the sketch comedy group’s TV show that returns for a second season tonight at 11:30 on IFC. The Birthday BoysJefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell and Chris VanArtsdalen — started as a stage show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, and caught plenty of high-profile attention over the years; notably Bob Odernkirk and Ben Stiller (who have a shared history on sketch comedy with Fox’s short-lived but fondly remembered 1992 series The Ben Stiller Show). Odenkirk and Stiller serve as executive producers on "The Birthday Boys" TV show, with Odenkirk appearing frequently in the show’s first season. This year, though Odenkirk retains a presence on "The Birthday Boys," his schedule (including filming "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better »

- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources

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Andy Dick: Back from the Brink

30 June 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Robert W. Welkos Comedian Andy Dick is hosting his weekly show on the online channel TradioV when he nonchalantly places a plastic cup filled with a little Hennessey cognac in front of his guest, Dinky the dog. Dinky, a white-haired, doe-eyed Peekapoo outfitted in a colorful vest, happens to have more followers on the Internet than Dick, but that’s another story. After mischievously placing the plastic cup of liquor temptingly close to Dinky, the host goes about discussing Dinky’s phenomenal popularity when Dick begins gesticulating rapidly and nervously, allowing his hands to flick a tad inside Dinky’s comfort zone. Dinky snarls. Dinky growls. Dinky yaps. Then things really get out of hand as Dinky repeatedly lunges in staccato-like bursts as the host recoils in his chair while clutching the microphone in a defensive posture. “Don’t (bleep) with Dinky’s Hennessey,” the comedian quips as studio »

- Robert W. Welkos

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Greatest TV Pilots: Newsradio ‘Pilot’

12 March 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Newsradio, “Pilot”

Written by Paul Simms

Directed by James Burrows

Original air date: March. 21, 1995 on NBC

As far as sitcoms go, Newsradio is a diamond in the rough.  Despite a not-so-unique workplace setting, the show successfully combines wit and physical comedy, without ever feeling dull or predictable.  It has the kind of quick, self-sustaining energy that we love about sitcoms, and it all began with the pilot episode.  Of course, every series begins with a pilot, but with Newsradio, the first episode never feels forced or stiff in the way many others have.  Often times, sitcoms struggle with comedic timing in their first few outings.  Featuring a veteran cast, boasting a strong background in comedy (Dave Foley, Kids in the Hall; Phil Hartman, Saturday Night Live; Andy Dick, The Ben Stiller Show), Newsradio hits its stride right from the get-go.

The episode opens with Dave (Dave Foley) arriving at Wnyx, »

- Griffin Bell

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PaleyFest: Judd Apatow Talks Canceled Shows, Working With Lena Dunham

11 March 2014 2:26 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PaleyFest kicked off Monday night when the Paley Center for Media presented writer-director-producer Judd Apatow with the second annual PaleyFest Icon Award. In presenting the award – which recognizes individual creative achievements in television – Paley Center CEO Pat Mitchell highlighted Apatow’s TV works, including The Larry Sanders Show, The Ben Stiller Show, Undeclared, Freaks and Geeks and, most recently, Girls. Roseanne Barr introduced the honoree, reminiscing about the time she hired Apatow to write jokes for her on an HBO comedy special. “I discovered him and I’m proud of it,” she told The Hollywood Reporter before the event. “He’s a great filmmaker, director,

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- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Film Review: ‘Mount Joy’

20 February 2014 5:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s a certain indie-rock authenticity and some real filmmaking chops to “Mount Joy,” though the care and affection expended on this indie drama’s audiovisual packaging are regrettably lacking in the script department. Portraying a rural Pennsylvania band’s crisis when its manager (also the frontman’s g.f.) takes a sudden, inexplicable hike, it has a song lyric’s virtues — a feel for emotion, some vivid imagery, the odd insightful detail. But at the length of a full feature rather than a 45-rpm single, it badly needs the blanks of psychological depth and narrative complexity filled in. Pic should do well amongst smaller North American festivals (and those angled toward music movies), with potential for regional theatrical exposure and home-format sales perhaps fueled by tie-in live performances.

Living in picturesque semi-squalor in their late parents’ farmhouse are siblings George (Timothy Hoobler), Randy (Brandon Lee Harris) and Alex (Katie Hyde), who are bassist, »

- Dennis Harvey

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Judd Apatow to Receive 2014 Paleyfest Icon Award

20 February 2014 1:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Director, writer and producer Judd Apatow will be honored with media institution Paley Center for Media’s second-annual Paleyfest icon award.

“The Paley Center has enjoyed a long and fantastic history with Judd Apatow, who currently reigns as one of the most sought-after innovators in all media,” said Paley Center for Media president and CEO Pat Mitchell.

Apatow, whose TV success includes HBO’s “Girls” and cult hits “Freaks and Geeks,” “The Ben Stiller Show” and “Undeclared,” will be feted on March 10 at the Center’s Beverly Hills location. This will also serve as the kickoff event for this year’s PaleyFest, which is being held March 13-28 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland.

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- Nikara Johns

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Judd Apatow to Receive 2014 Paleyfest Icon Award

20 February 2014 1:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Director, writer and producer Judd Apatow will be honored with media institution Paley Center for Media’s second-annual Paleyfest icon award.

“The Paley Center has enjoyed a long and fantastic history with Judd Apatow, who currently reigns as one of the most sought-after innovators in all media,” said Paley Center for Media president and CEO Pat Mitchell.

Apatow, whose TV success includes HBO’s “Girls” and cult hits “Freaks and Geeks,” “The Ben Stiller Show” and “Undeclared,” will be feted on March 10 at the Center’s Beverly Hills location. This will also serve as the kickoff event for this year’s PaleyFest, which is being held March 13-28 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland.

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- Nikara Johns

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Ten Most Anticipated Comedies of 2014

9 January 2014 4:50 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Magic in the Moonlight

Comedy is one of the longest-running genres in cinema, producing numerous screen legends from The Marx Brothers to Madeline Kahn, as well as numerous classics, from The Gold Rush to Hot Fuzz. Fans of the genre thus look forward every year to the new crop of films, eager to see what they may bring, and this year is no different. Here are ten comedic features we’re looking forward to seeing in 2014, in alphabetical order.

1) Bad Words

Much of Jason Bateman’s career resurrection has centred around his ability to successfully play the comic foil. While his ability to do is deservedly lauded, as shows like Arrested Development would not work without his presence, it often leads to the actor garnering the less colourful roles in any given project, ending up as more of a reactive presence. Bad Words, however, seems poised to put Bateman on the other side, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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'The Simpsons': Judd Apatow on playing 'self-involved' Judd Apatow and the upcoming episode he wrote (two decades ago)

3 January 2014 10:50 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Judd Apatow is one of Hollywood’s biggest comedy voices, and he’s lending his to The Simpsons on Sunday (Fox, 8 p.m.) The writer-director-producer whose credits range from This is 40 to Anchorman to Bridesmaids to Girls plays himself in an episode in which Homer screens illegally downloaded movies in his backyard, only to wind up on trial for piracy. (Will Arnett, Apatow’s wife, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Channing Tatum and Rob Halford also pop up.) This won’t be Apatow’s only contribution to the animated comedy; the producers also plan to turn a script »

- Dan Snierson

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