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17 items from 2014


Comedy Legend Carol Leifer on Writing 'Seinfeld', Life on 'Devious Maids' and Her New Book

22 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Carol Leifer  is a multiple Emmy nominee (Seinfeld, Modern Family, SNL, The Larry Sanders Show), writer of seven Academy Awards telecasts, five of her own comedy specials, and author of the bestseller When You Lie about Your Age, the Terrorists Win. The Hollywood Reporter asked Leifer (pronounced Leff-uhr), about her new, funny-but-serious memoir How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying and Lifetime's Devious Maids (back for a second Season Apr. 20), for which she is co-executive producer. THR: You told this great joke at my magazine's event in 1987: "Petula Clark sang, 'Don't Sleep in the Subway, Darling.' What kind of guys is she dating that

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- Tim Appelo

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': A reference guide

5 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Nine films in, the movies released by Marvel Studios comprise an elaborate narrative tapestry, with connections running between films, the short DVD-extra One-Shots, and the rapidly expanding universe of TV projects. The films are purposefully designed to appeal to newcomers. I’m guessing that the vast majority of people who love Iron Man have never read an Iron Man comic book. (Side note: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man is much cooler than pretty much any comic book version of Iron Man.) But speaking as someone who grew up devouring comic books, part of what makes the Marvel Studios films »

- Darren Franich

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Interview: Jeff Garlin, Co-Directors Are ‘Finding Vivian Maier’

3 April 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The story of a Chicago-based woman – who died in 2009 at age 83 – has become the subject of a remarkable new documentary. “Finding Vivian Maier” is a film about revelation, and was created by co-directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, with the support of Executive Producer and comedian Jeff Garlin.

The tale of Vivian Maier seems impossible. It began after her death with an auction of her storage locker, which contained negatives of her street photographer’s life – from the 1950s through the ‘90s. One of the directors of the film, John Maloof, stumbled onto her treasure by purchasing a box of these negatives. He then became her archivist, cataloging her photos, films, audio recordings and even material possessions, to reveal an artist of unique magnitude. “Finding Vivian Maier” is Maloof’s story, Vivian’s journey and the story of an artist’s life that easily could have been lost with her demise. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'The Comedians': Billy Crystal discusses his return to series TV on FX

19 March 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

After conquering the Oscars, for which he earned four Emmys, and winning a Tony, Billy Crystal is coming back to series television.

He'll tackle his first regular role on a prime-time series since the 1977-81 sitcom "Soap" by teaming with Josh Gad ("Frozen," "The Book of Mormon") in "The Comedians," which FX gave a 13-episode order Wednesday (March 19). (Crystal was also a regular on "Saturday Night Live" for one season in 1984-85.)

"It's based on a Swedish show, of all the places to be funny," Crystal tells Zap2it. "You think of that as the land of [filmmaker] Ingmar Bergman and death. This is the story of the pairing of a veteran comedian and a young comedian, and they're put together by a network to do a sketch variety show. Reluctantly."

Crystal likens the result to Garry Shandling's "The Larry Sanders Show," since it involves "our own show, which is »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Review: HBO's 'Doll & Em' good at satirizing friendship, less at Hollywood

19 March 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the lessons drilled into any young writer is a simple one: "Write what you know." The problem, at least when applying this rule to television, is that what many of the people who work in television know about is television and nothing but, which is why there have been so many shows over the years — most of them failures — about characters who work in the entertainment industry. Inside showbiz stories aren't inherently bad, as seven seasons of "30 Rock," or even a showbiz-adjacent series like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" have amply demonstrated. But watching HBO's new comedy series "Doll & Em," all I could think about was how much I wished the setting was anywhere but Hollywood. The series was created by its stars, Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer (who already has an HBO job on "The Newsroom"), and they play fictionalized versions of themselves. In reality, Wells is a working actress, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Judd Apatow: Everything He’s Done Is Revenge for Canceling ‘Freaks and Geeks’

11 March 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

All those who have spent the past few years complaining about Judd Apatow movies — about the length or the plotlines or that they’re all about shlubby guys getting attractive girls or that they’re nothing but pot jokes — all those people can take it up with the circa 2000 NBC executives who pulled the plug on “Freaks and Geeks,” the beloved, yet low-rated, teen angst dramedy he executive produced with creator Paul Feig that helped launch the careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and many others.

“Even to this day, I think I didn’t want to admit that ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was cancelled,” Apatow said March 10 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. “Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ It’s really demented, but it’s just like ‘you were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Judd Apatow: Everything He’s Done Is Revenge for Canceling ‘Freaks and Geeks’

11 March 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

All those who have spent the past few years complaining about Judd Apatow movies — about the length or the plotlines or that they’re all about shlubby guys getting attractive girls or that they’re nothing but pot jokes — all those people can take it up with the circa 2000 NBC executives who pulled the plug on “Freaks and Geeks,” the beloved, yet low-rated, teen angst dramedy he executive produced with creator Paul Feig that helped launch the careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and many others.

“Even to this day, I think I didn’t want to admit that ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was cancelled,” Apatow said March 10 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. “Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ It’s really demented, but it’s just like ‘you were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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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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Indie Spotlight: For ‘The Cleanists’, Tidying Up Is Serious Business

31 January 2014 3:11 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

The Aussies are cooking up some quality web content, and the latest hit from Down Under is The Cleanists, a web series about a mismatched group of professional cleaners. The Cleanists is written and directed by Tristam Baumber, who, despite his country of origin, seems most inspired by American sitcoms. In an interview with Splitsider, Baumber references Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Larry Sanders Show and Seinfeld. The series that The Cleanists most resembles, however, is The Office. The four leads are basically Dwight, Michael, Jim, and Pam in yellow t-shirts, and the show derives its humor from the power struggles between them. The series also employs the same documentary-style camerawork, which is pulled off exceptionally well, resulting in a comedy that looks and sounds great. By the second episode, multiple plots twist out of each house visit, with ten installments representing the series' complete run

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- Sam Gutelle

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Steve Coogan is Taken Hostage in First Us Trailer for 'Alan Partridge'

27 January 2014 9:39 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

We've already seen a teaser trailer and theatrical trailer for Alan Partridge from when the film arrived in the United Kingdom last year under the title Alpha Papa. Now the film is finally hitting the United States, and it might get a better audience after people saw Steve Coogan in the Oscar contending film Philomena. Of course, Alan Partridge is an entirely different kind of film as it's based on a British TV series which focused on a fictional chat show host similar to that of "The Larry Sanders Show" here in the states. Anyway, the first trailer for the release over here has arrived, and it might be a fun intro to the character. Watch it! Here's the first Us trailer for Declan Lowney's Alan Partridge from YouTube: Alan Partridge is directed by TV helmer Declan Lowney, who has worked with Steve Coogan many times before, and worked »

- Ethan Anderton

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NBC orders Rob Lowe comedy pilot

23 January 2014 4:54 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

NBC is hoping that Rob Lowe can serve up more laughs on its air even after leaving Parks and Recreation.

The network has ordered a pilot for the single-camera comedy The Pro, which is set at a country club and stars Lowe as an ex-tennis doubles champion who reunites with his former partner after a public feud that resulted in both of them bottoming out. Lowe also will serve as executive producer along with Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory (The Larry Sanders Show), who will write the pilot, and Todd Holland (Malcolm in the Middle), who will direct.

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- Dan Snierson

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Sundance 2014: Infinitely Polar Bear reaction

19 January 2014 2:24 PM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

More than any other festival, Sundance has acted as the launchpad for some of the most interesting, cool and uniquely voiced directors of modern cinema. This year, it could just be writer and first time director Maya Forbes who kickstarts her major movie career, thanks to the sweet, warm, funny and nowhere-near-as-annoying-as-the-title-may-suggest dramedy, Infinitely Polar Bear. Having already written 2009's under-appreciated Monsters vs Aliens, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3, and a host of episodes of The Larry Sanders Show, she's certainly no...

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- Matt Risley

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’

18 January 2014 6:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Intimate yet expansive, clear-eyed yet deeply personal, “Infinitely Polar Bear” marks an irresistible feature debut for writer-director Maya Forbes. Drawing on a tough but rewarding chapter of her own childhood, during which she and her sister were raised by their bipolar father while their mother went to grad school, Forbes brings a marvelous warmth and specificity to this story of a mixed-race family struggling to survive, aided considerably by one of Mark Ruffalo’s richest, most appealing performances. Retaining a hand-crafted feel even as it develops into a unique snapshot of evolving family dynamics and social expectations in late-’70s America, this assured crowdpleaser looks like an early candidate for Sundance-breakout status.

While Forbes divides the story among all four members of the unconventional Stuart clan, it’s perhaps her most empathetic gesture that she places the viewer’s primary point of identification with the family’s most problematic individual. »

- Justin Chang

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'The Affair' with Joshua Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman's 'Happyish' coming to Showtime

16 January 2014 10:31 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Showtime has picked up a pair of new series -- a drama called "The Affair" starring Dominic West and Joshua Jackson and a comedy called "Happyish" with Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Both shows have 10-episode orders and will premiere sometime in the next year, with specific dates still to be determined.

Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins says "The Affair" is a counterweight to the trend of cable dramas continuously expanding their size and scope. He describes it as an intimate, close-up exploration of two marriages and the affair that disrupts them.

West and Maura Tierney play a married couple who go on vacation in the Hamptons with their kids. He then begins an affair with a waitress (Ruth Wilson of "Luther"), who's married to Cole (Jackson), who's struggling to keep his family's ranch afloat. The show, created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi ("In Treatment"), will be told from all four characters' perspectives. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Review: HBO's 'Looking' a sharp look at three gay friends

15 January 2014 12:10 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HBO is celebrated more for its trailblazing dramas, but many of its half-hour series have also been responsible for pushing the limits of what's acceptable in TV comedy, or even what we consider comedy at all, from "The Larry Sanders Show" to "Sex and the City" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to more recent entries like "Girls" and "Enlightened." And what's most striking about HBO's newest comedy, "Looking" (Sunday at 10:30 p.m.) is how non-radical it seems. It's a series about three gay male friends in San Francisco, and incredibly frank about sex (though its explicitness tends to be more verbal than »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Solution Entertainment Group Picks Up International Rights To Infinitely Polar Bear Starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana,

14 January 2014 12:43 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Solution Entertainment Group will handle international rights to Emmy-Award nominated writer Maya Forbes’ directorial debut Infinitely Polar Bear starring Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are Alright) and Zoe Saldana (Star Trek), it was announced today by The Solution Entertainment Group’s (“The Solution”) founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.

The film will make its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic section. ICM Partners will be handling Us rights.

The film is produced by Emmy-winning Wally Wolodarsky along with Paper Street FilmsBenji Kohn and Bingo Gubelmann (Happythankyoumoreplease) and Park PicturesSam Bisbee and Galt Niederhoffer (Robot & Frank).

The film is executive produced by Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, Paper Street FilmsAustin Stark, Soaring Flight ProductionsRuth Mutch and Park PicturesJackie Kelman Bisbee.

The year is 1978, and the Stuart family is struggling to hold it together. »

- Michelle McCue

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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Golden Age: Part 3

8 January 2014 6:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It said something about HBO’s elevating stature as a programmer that the company strategy was no longer catch-as-catch-can. HBO now found itself in the enviable position of being able to afford to turn shows down based on its view the project was – in the phrase I was coming to hear more and more often – “an HBO show.” Like the old joke about art, nobody could define what that meant, but they knew it when they saw it.

Case in point:

In 1996, HBO rolled out Arli$$ (1996-2002). Like The Larry Sanders Show, Arli$$ came from the off-kilter imagination of a stand-up comic, in this case Robert Wuhl, who also starred. In synopsis – and no doubt why HBO was interested – Arli$$ sounded like a sports version of The Larry Sanders Show. Wuhl played Arliss Michaels, a top-flight sports agent with the integrity of a hired killer moving through the circles of »

- Bill Mesce

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