20 items from 2015
[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA – February 26, 2015 – “As if!!!!” Universal Music Enterprises marks the 20th anniversary of writer/director Amy Heckerling’s classic 1995 teen comedy Clueless with the release of the movie’s soundtrack on vinyl out at national retailers on April 7. Loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma, a 19th century tale of manners about matchmaking and romantic misunderstandings updated to ‘90s Beverly Hills High School, the film starred Silverstone, Stacey Dash as her best friend Dionne, the late Brittany Murphy as Tai Frasier, the ugly duckling transformed into a beautiful swan and Paul Rudd as Cher’s disapproving ex-stepbrother. The soundtrack featured The Muffs’ cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America,” along with Radiohead’s acoustic version of “Fake »
- Pietro Filipponi
Sometimes, the Oscars have a tendency of giving out awards to actors who are seen to have paid their dues, perhaps not for the best performance of that year or even for the particular actor's own best performance, but to recognise past work. Michael Keaton is not the most likely of these, but this could be why some speculated that he was an early favourite for this year's Best Actor award, for his performance in Birdman.
The later frontrunner Eddie Redmayne rightfully and very graciously wound up taking it home for his work as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, though Birdman went on to take home the main prize for Best Picture and a number of other major awards.
It would hardly have been a major upset if »
“The Half of It,” from writer and exec producer Mike Gibbons — who is also head writer and co-exec producer of CBS’ upcoming “Late Late Show with James Corden” — follows a newly divorced dad who revels in the fact that he now gets to keep half of his stuff, which is more than he ever had when he was married.
Christine Ko is set to star in the multicam CBS TV Studios sitcom as Suzi, a fun-loving twentysomething hipster and whiz kid.
The project marks Burrows’ third pilot this season, and the second with CBS. He’s set to direct the Eye’s “Joe Time, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The latest version of "The Odd Couple" will premiere tonight at 8:30 on CBS, a few weeks shy of the 50th anniversary of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison's Broadway debut. In the five decades since, Neil Simon's play has proved remarkably flexible, capable of working as a movie and a sitcom, as well as a play, with different actors as compulsive cleaner Felix and unrepentant slob Oscar, even at times change the characters' race or gender. But the CBS version is the first to suggest the concept has lost its elasticity. It feels like nothing so much as a sock that won't stay up on its own, but which you can't throw out because you've had it around forever. This time around, Matthew Perry is Oscar and Thomas Lennon is Felix. Producer Bob Daily ("Frasier," "Desperate Housewives") has made a few nods to the changing era — Oscar is now »
- Alan Sepinwall
February is known as a sweeps month of major events, with the Super Bowl, Grammys and Oscars annually making life difficult for the competition on their respective Sundays. This year, NBC filled out the month’s other Sunday very nicely, as its “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” delivered near-Grammy numbers itself and almost single-handedly carried the network to a weekly victory in young adults.
The Peacock was running fourth in the 18-49 demo until Sunday night’s special but ended up winning with a 2.1 rating, followed by ABC (1.7), CBS and Fox (both 1.5) Univision and TNT (both 1.0), according to Nielsen estimates for the Feb. 9-15 frame. CBS rolled in total viewers, this time by about 1.5 million over runner-up NBC (9.3 million vs. 7.8 million).
The first full week of the February sweep, meanwhile, saw some strong performances in syndication (see below), with “Wendy Williams” and “Dish Nation” setting series highs and several entertainment magazines hit season bests. »
- Rick Kissell
With “Two and a Half Men” signing off, CBS will try to fill the void by shrinking the formula to two admittedly very familiar men, named Felix and Oscar. Matthew Perry completes his potentially dubious post-“Friends” hat trick — having starred in comedies for NBC and ABC as well — with this reboot of “The Odd Couple,” a beloved series that still derives some kick from Neil Simon’s blueprint, but also feels especially dated in this day and age, what with Felix as the nonsexual spouse, essentially, to Oscar’s slovenly husband. Good casting provides some hope, but this still feels oh-so-20th century.
Only a few lines from Simon’s original make it into the pilot, but they provide a spiritual link to the source. In addition, Garry Marshall, who adapted the show to TV, serves as a consultant, with Bob Daily, an alum of “Frasier” and “Desperate Housewives, »
- Brian Lowry
A successful TV series often spawns a spin-off, but it doesn’t always work…
Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, a comedy-drama covering the earlier career of Walter White’s crooked lawyer Saul Goodman (the brilliant Bob Odenkirk), makes its much-anticipated Us debut tonight and lands on Netflix in the UK tomorrow. A scroll through small-screen history tells us that TV spin-offs can go either way…
The most successful TV spin-off ever, this gong-garlanded 90s sitcom saw Kelsey Grammer’s pompous psychiatrist Dr Frasier Crane, a regular at the bar in Cheers, relocate to Seattle following the breakdown of his marriage back in Boston, move in with his cranky retired cop father and start his own radio phone-in show. “Tossed salads and scrambled eggs…” Hit!
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- Michael Hogan
That "Saved by the Bell" reunion on "The Tonight Show" got us thinking: We could use a blast of nostalgic goodness this weekend. Here are five '90s gems available on Netflix to drink in over Saturday and Sunday. "The Wonder Years" Somehow it goes underreported that "The Wonder Years" never had a bad season. Kevin Arnold's development in the last year may not have been as sweet or innocent as in show's legendary first season, but that's why I loved it: He was often bitter and unlikable, and his blowout with Paul at that poker night was one of the most heartbreakingly real moments I've ever seen in a TV friendship. Sometimes your dork best friend from middle school is an awkward fit in your high school social circle. "Dinosaurs" I'm not saying I was the most discerning eight-year-old back when "Dinosaurs" was popular, but I remember vividly thinking this show was hilarious. »
- Louis Virtel
Finding Neverland is one step closer to making its Broadway debut. The musical, based on the 2004 movie of the same name starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, began rehearsals Monday in New York City. Director Diane Paulus, who previously directed Broadway's Pippin and Hair, brought the new cast and creative team - which includes choreographer Mia Michaels and producer Harvey Weinstein - together on Feb. 2 to do a read-through for the first time. “The first day of rehearsal is always a thrilling day," Tony winner Paulus tells People. "To bring everyone together, including our extraordinary cast, led by Matthew [Morrison] and »
- Dana Rose Falcone, @DanaRoseFalcone
Although this news was all but confirmed, Netflix finally revealed through a Wet Hot American Summer teaser yesterday that the film’s original counselors will be back for the new series, which is set to debut on the streaming site this summer. Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer series will be an eight-episode continuation of the original 2001 film, taking place 14 years later at Camp Firewood. Returning for the Netflix revival will be Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games films), Michael Ian Black (The State), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Janeane Garofalo (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Jo Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Ken Marino (Marry Me), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Svu), Marguerite Moreau (Grey’s Anatomy), Zak Orth (Revolution), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Paul Rudd (Knocked Up), Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live) and Michael Showalter (The State). Additionally, joining the original Wet Hot American Summer gang will be… »
- Chris King
Even though news surfaced that the entire cast of Wet Hot American Summer was set to return for Netflix’s original TV series, it wasn’t officially confirmed by the streaming network until it released a 50-second teaser touting most of the original stars’ names.
The returning cast includes: Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter.
While the teaser didn’t offer much outside of the cast names and an official synopsis, which states it will take place on the first day of Camp Firewood’s most famous summer, it did remind us of the star-studded power that will soon be reuniting for eight episodes.
In the years since, the film has churned out Oscar nominees, SNL alumni »
Netflix released Camp Firewood’s official roll call Tuesday, a list so hot it’ll melt the marshmallow right outta your s’mores.
The first teaser for the streaming video site’s Wet Hot American Summer confirms that the movie’s counselors will be back when the flick continues as an eight-episode Web series.
The returnees include: Elizabeth Banks (the Hunger Games movies), Michael Ian Black (The State), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Janeane Garofalo (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Jo Lo Truglio (Brooklyn 99), Ken Marino (Marry Me), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Svu), Marguerite Moreau (Grey’s Anatomy), Zak Orth »
As someone who is a huge admirer of Bollywood cinema, I also happen to be a big fan of Us sitcoms. I have seen many great shows from beginning to end that include Friends, Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond and of course How I Met Your Mother. Although the classic TV show ended last year, I only recently finished watching the final season where the male lead Ted Mosby (played by Josh Radnor) ultimately ends up with the love of his life Robin Scherbatsky (played bv Cobie Smulders). As someone who happens to be a fan of both Bollywood and Us sitcoms, I cannot help but notice that How I Met Your Mother is ultimately a tribute to all the love stories that are told in the world of Bollywood. It is something which I have rarely seen in a Us television show before, but How I Met Your Mother has »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
Featuring narration from The Craft's Fairuza Balk (and with clips of Robin Tunney, Devon Sawa and co), it made us feel a sudden pang of nostalgia and sent us on our own trip down memory lane to find out where they - and the rest of the '90s teen movie crew - are now.
So, here are 11 stars from some of our favourite '90s teen movies, and what they've gone on to do since:
He went on to play teenage prophet of doom Alex Browning in Final Destination (2000), and appeared as similarly unstable Stan in Eminem's controversial music »
The pair took turns gabbing as one another, with Fallon's lips first making Aniston talk like Sling Blade-era Billy Bob Thornton and the most amped, obnoxious Bonnaroo attendee. Aniston took a simpler route, turning Fallon into a sweet Southern belle: "I'm just pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty little thing, y'all," she said. "I think I'm gonna flip a house!" Her impression was cut short, »
Arriving fashionably late to the party is the speciality of these female TV characters. They’re not the Cousin Olivers or the Scrappy Doos of the television world, but the regulars and recurring roles who enter a show once it’s established and help it on its way to greatness. Their respective shows may not have known they needed them right at the start, but they soon proved themselves indispensable and much-loved parts of their TV universes.
From Paige Matthews to Winifred Burkle, Ro Laren and more then, let’s celebrate the women whose appearance in our favourite shows were better late than never...
Kitty Winter – Elementary
When she arrived: season three episode one, Enough Nemesis To Go Around.
Now that the initial overcrowding issue has »
Many actors and actresses, whether they are already famous or trying to make it to the top, are always trying to improve their craft by taking on roles that are out of their comfort zone; but once they make it on a TV show portraying the character that they have been assigned, we as the audience will come to identify him or her as the character they have portrayed on the show over time, which can set them back in terms of getting better roles in other television shows. This is known as typecasting. There have been instances in which an actor or actress has been so strongly identified with a role that made them who they are today makes it that much difficult for him or her to find work playing other characters. The actors and actresses who, in my opinion, are being typecast, are Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, »
Matthew Perry poked fun at his post-“Friends” career slump during a panel for his upcoming revival of the classic series “The Odd Couple” at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Monday.
“I’m doing ‘The Odd Couple’ because my attempt at being a movie star failed,” Perry, who serves as executive producer on the series as well as playing sloppy sports journalist Oscar Madison, cracked.
Also Read: The Scene at TCA: Funny, Frank and Flippant Quotes From the 2015 TV Press Tour (Photos)
With the new series, Perry is attempting to revamp one of the more iconic series in television history. »
- Tim Kenneally
A month from now, are you even going to remember who won the Golden Globes? And should you? After all, it's not like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the little group of entertainment journalists who give out the prizes, have loads of credibility, either as Oscar and Emmy prognosticators or as discerning film and TV critics.
But they do put on a heck of an awards show. This year's gala, the HFPA's 72nd, boasts a pair of popular and funny emcees, a glamorous gathering of TV and movie stars, a tribute to a certain Hollywood royal, and the possibility that the event's free-flowing alcohol and relaxed vibes will lead to something spontaneous and memorable happening. Oh yeah, and Sunday's proceedings will also offer a small hint at what could win at the Oscars in February. Here, then, are some things likely to catch your eye at the 2015 Golden Globes ceremony. »
- Gary Susman
Edward Herrmann was a master of character, one of those actors who could be counted on to deliver no matter what else was happening on the screen or stage.
Herrmann, who died Wednesday at the age of 71, was famously adept at playing historical figures, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt (many times, most recently as the voiceover in Ken Burns’ “The Rooosevelts: An Intimate History”) to Lou Gehrig, William Randolph Hearst (in Peter Bogdanovich’s “The Cat’s Meow”), Raymond Massey (in biopic “James Dean”), Joseph Breen (enforcer of Hollywood’s Production code from the 1930s-50s), Nelson Rockefeller, Alger Hiss, Fred Friendly and George Bernard Shaw.
Herrmann also had a face that was born to play priests, cops, dads and nondescript world leaders. Reviewing the 1999 NBC miniseries “Atomic Train,” Variety declared that Herrmann’s turn as the U.S. commander-in-chief was just about the only redeeming quality of the limp thriller »
- Cynthia Littleton
20 items from 2015
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