13 items from 2013
If wishes were horses, Tom Cruise could convince Jack Nicholson to play a creepy ex-prez with a taste for the ladies and the liquor in an upcoming comedy called "El Presidente." That's easier said than done, as Nicholson is busy being "semi-retired" except for the occasional movie and front row awards show appearance. Apparently, director Doug Liman and Cruise went to Nicholson's house to give him the hard sell on the script. It does seem kinda perfect for Nicholson, especially after a few years of limp flicks like "How Do You Know" and "The Bucket List."
Cruise is on board to play the Secret Service agent assigned to the former prez, who was originally the VP until the standing president died on the job. Talk about failing upward! When his life is threatened, the two of them have to make a quick escape and things get funny. Like, ha ha funny, »
- Jenni Miller
Melissa McCarthy may now be an Emmy-winning actress, but the Bridesmaids beauty hasn't always been a big name star. During an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Thursday, Nov. 14 with her Mike & Molly costar Billy Gardell, McCarthy opened up about one of her first jobs in her pre-fame days, sharing an embarrassing story from her past and admitting she once was adorably star-struck while serving her idol Chris Farley coffee at Starbucks. "It was in Santa Monica, so when I first moved here I didn't have a car, so I had jobs I could walk to. So I worked at the [Ymca] and I worked at Starbucks," she recalled. "Chris Farley came in and I was so excited because he loomed pretty »
It is probably safe to say that Amy Poehler is beloved these days, and I can't think of many people who deserve it more. Looking back at her early appearances on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," I'm not sure I could have predicted this sort of career arc for her. She always seemed so feral and loony and it felt like she was either going to deliver a killer punchline or stab somebody. That was what made it so amazing to watch her work. These days, though, she seems to have completely transformed herself, growing into someone both more eccentric and »
- Drew McWeeny
Scarlett Johansson may be regarded as one of the most beautiful stars in the world, but she's also an actress who continues to surprise us.
Johansson has juggled various genres, from teen comedies like "The Perfect Score," to quirky indies like "Ghost World," to superhero blockbusters like "Iron Man 2." But this weekend we get the Jersey-fied Johansson in "Don Jon." Scarjo plays Barbara, the new girlfriend of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's porn-addicted title character.
We've seen Johansson on screen since she was just a kid, but there are still tons of facts that you probably never knew about the blonde bombshell, such as her rejection from Nyu's Tisch school or her near-casting in the upcoming "Gravity." Find out more little-known tidbits about the star below.
1. Even though 1998's "The Horse Whisperer" was Johansson's seventh feature film, she was given an "Introducing" credit in it.
2. She has a twin brother, Hunter Johansson, »
- Erin Whitney
Louis C.K. revealed an interesting tidbit about his past Hollywood connections last night when he made an appearance on Conan. According to the comedian, he once tried to hit on a then-unknown Gwyneth Paltrow at a Christmas party for Conan O'Brien's first show, Late Night With Conan O'Brien (which Louis also wrote for). Apparently things were going fine between Louis and Gwyneth until he drunkenly tried to show off his musical skills. Watch the video for the full story. »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Could Louis C.K. have been Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow? Not a chance. At least according to the funnyman himself, who recalled making the moves on the Oscar winner long before she became a household name. While chatting it up on Thursday's Conan, Louis and Conan O'Brien were reminiscing about the first Late Night With Conan O'Brien Christmas party held back in 1993, at which both Louis and Gwyneth were in attendance. "I got realy drunk and Gwyneth Paltrow was there...and I was hitting on her and I was heavily flirting with her," revealed Louis. "I was saying stuff to her like, 'We should just get married,' and she was just taking it in stride and humoring me. But I remember thinking, »
Twenty years ago tomorrow, the cold open to the very first episode of NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien ended with a sunny, smiling O'Brien stepping on a chair and matter-of-factly slipping a noose around his neck. The literal gallows humor was appropriate: Prior to that first episode, TV-industry insiders had almost universally been predicting that the former writer for The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live would fall flat on his face, joining Chevy Chase and Alan Thicke in the Failed-Talk-Show-Host Hall of Shame. Here's how bad O'Brien's pre-launch buzz was: Entertainment Weekly found a way to trash his version of Late Night before it even premiered. After sneaking a reporter into one of O'Brien's test shows, the magazine published a merciless critique of that outing under the headline "Conan the Unbearable?" that complained, "Uncomfortably shifting from side to side, O'Brien got the dry »
- Josef Adalian
Louis C.K. got one of his first major breaks as a writer for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," and in this interview recently unearthed by the Paley Center for Media, he reveals a penchant for innovativeness that would not be fully formed until nearly two decades later.
O'Brien had to create a show from the ground up when inherited "Late Night" from David Letterman, and he and Robert Smigel, the show's first head writer, were smart enough to hire C.K., who was already known as a killer stand-up comedian. Early on, C.K.'s role was as the head monologue writer for the show, which may seem odd considering the traditional confines of a talk show monologue and C.K.'s reputation for creativity.
- The Huffington Post
The scriptwriter has become 'the silent killer' of a new wave of female-driven Us comedy. She wrote scripts for the acclaimed sitcom Parks and Recreation, and now her film debut, The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as cop buddies, is tipped to be this summer's smash hit
When Katie Dippold was 12, she put on her first standup show at home. The audience wasn't huge: the only spectator was her mother.
"It was so painfully terrible," Dippold says. "Things that are funny in real life, if you transcribe them on to the page, aren't necessarily funny. I tried telling a funny story about a car alarm. My mom was politely smiling. It was just… so painful." Recoiling from the memory, she squirms in her chair. "I never did standup again."
But standup's loss turned out to be scriptwriting's gain. Dippold, who grew up in New Jersey and San Francisco, »
- Elizabeth Day
Clips of the "Parks & Recration" star's early gig as Andy Richter's Conan-obsessed little sister have been making the rounds online after being mentioned in the recently released oral history of The Upright Citizens Brigade. There's even a Tumblr now that matches the oral history's bits of nostalgia with corresponding clips and photos online.
Watch a then-unknown Amy Poehler absolutely kill it in the clip above and click over to the Tumblr for more.
Via Uproxx »
- Katla McGlynn
From the folks who brought you "Parks and Recreation," the trailer for Fox's new fall comedy, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is here. "Men of a Certain Age's" Andre Braugher plays the straight man against one of the more promising comedic casts on the Fall TV grid.
Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live") plays Jake Peralta, and Terry Crews ("The Newsroom," "Are We There Yet?"), Melissa Fumero ("One Life to Live"), Joe Lo Truglio ("Burning Love," "Reno 911") and Chelsea Peretti ("Kroll Show," "Parks and Recreation") round out the talent list.
It appears the premise of the show can be boiled down to a line delivered' by Crews' character, Terry Jefford, to the new police captain at Precinct 99, Capt. Holt (Braugher). "Jacob Peralta is my best detective," says Crews. "The only puzzle he hasn't solved is how to grow up." This is evidenced by Peralta's refusal to wear a tie around his neck, a secret Speedo that becomes not-so-secret, »
The Fox network has already announced some of their new shows for the 2013-14 season. One of the comedies is Brooklyn Nine-Nine and it stars Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg and Last Resort's Andre Braugher.
Here's their description and a photo from the pilot:
Brooklyn Nine-nine From Dan Goor and Michael Schur, the Emmy Award-winning writers/producers of "Parks and Recreation," and starring Emmy Award winners Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-nine is a single-camera ensemble comedy about what happens when a detective who doesn't take anything seriously gets a new "by-the-book" boss who wants him to grow up and respect the badge.
Brooklyn Nine-nine is produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment. The series is created and written by Dan Goor ("Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Parks and Recreation") and Michael Schur ("The Office," "Parks and Recreation"). The series is »
One of Fey's earliest small screen appearances -- if not the first -- was a commercial for Mutual Savings Bank. The ad, which dates back to 1995, features Fey's analysis of the many meanings of "hi"/"high," while she sports a very era-appropriate haircut, dangling earrings and a vest that just defies description.
Mutual Savings Bank - "Hi!" - Featuring Tina Fey from The Purple Onion Archives on Vimeo.
Poehler's early TV resume includes a spot on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and a couple episodes of MTV's short-lived comedy "Apartment 2F," but she also had a small part on a 1998 episode of "Spin City. »
- The Huffington Post
13 items from 2013
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