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Cloud Atlas under fire for casting white actors in 'yellowface' makeup

26 October 2012 6:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Adaptation of David Mitchell book reflects film industry's racial pecking order, says Asian-American action group

Cloud Atlas, Warner Bros' $100m adaptation of the novel by David Mitchell has been criticised by Asian-Americans after casting white western actors in "yellowface" makeup. Directed by Tom Twyker and Lana and Andy Wachowski, the film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent in a narrative that hops between countries and across the centuries.

"It's an artistically ambitious approach to film-making," said Guy Aoki, founding president of the Media Action Network for Asian–Americans (Manaa). "Unfortunately it reflects the same old racial pecking order that the entertainment industry has been practising for years."

Aoki was particularly concerned by a segment set in a futuristic South Korea, in which the actors Jim Sturgess, James D'Arcy and Hugo Weaving are made up to play Asian characters. "Every major male character in the Korean story is played »

- Xan Brooks

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Demetri Martin is ready to return to the treadmill of TV stand-up

29 September 2012 10:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Demetri Martin returns to Us television on Saturday after five years with a show mostly written while walking – at his desk

It's been five years since Demetri Martin: Person, the first hour-long televised stand-up special for the person Demetri Martin, broadcast in the Us. On Saturday, he returns with a similarly straightforwardly titled special: Demetri Martin. Stand Up Comedian.

Since Person aired in 2007, Martin has left New York – his home for 14 years – for California, appeared in an Ang Lee film and created and starred in two seasons of his own show. The new special is a platform for Martin to take five years of rigorous joke-writing and present a pared-down set, after the multi-instrumental, costumed chartfest that was Person.

"This time I didn't do any of that. It was just me, and I did some drawings," Martin told the Guardian. "No piano, no keyboard, no screen with slides. I »

- Amanda Holpuch

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'The Artist's Michel Hazanavicius to direct comedy 'Will'

30 August 2012 1:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michel Hazanavicius has set his eye on Will. The Artist director is considering helming the comedy following his work on The Search, reports Deadline. The screenplay by Late Night With Conan O'Brien writer Demetri Martin is a high concept piece in which every person in the world has their life dictated by their own personal guardian angel. When the 34-year-old protagonist's angel decides to quit, he suddenly (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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Michel Hazanavicius Frees Will

29 August 2012 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

His immediate follow-up to The Artist is war-torn drama The Search, but director Michel Hazanavicius looks set to lighten up again afterwards. He's currently got his eye on Will, a quirky comedy that's been lying dormant at Paramount for a couple of years.The screenplay, by Late Night With Conan O'Brien writer Demetri Martin, revolves around the high concept that every person in the world has their life written and dictated by their own personal angel. The hook, however, is that Will's angel suddenly up and quits, leaving our hero, at the age of 34, free to do what he wants, any old time. The title has a dual meaning then: Will is the protagonist, but the film's also about free will. Do you see what they did there?This is a project that, a couple of years ago, appeared to be moving ahead at full speed. Little Miss Sunshine's »

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Michel Hazanavicius Eyes Director’s Chair for Demetri Martin Comedy Will

29 August 2012 3:28 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) has shown interest in helming Will, a dormant project scripted by Demetri Martin (Late Night with Conan O'Brien).  When last we reported on this picture, Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis were attached to co-star with Little Miss Sunshine directors Valerie Ferris and Jonathan Dayton on board and producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell signed on as well.  There's no word on how the picture got lot in the shuffle, but it seems like Hazanavicius is interested in reviving it.  Hit the jump for more plot details on Will and to see where it could fit in Hazanavicius' schedule. Deadline reports that The Artist director and Paramount are interested in bringing Will back to life.  Since the picture has sat on the shelf for the last two years or so, it will be interesting to see what types of script changes have been suggested and »

- Dave Trumbore

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'Parks and Recreation': Meet Leslie's City Council nemesis

27 August 2012 4:28 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

New Pawnee City Council member Leslie Knope will find she can't win everyone over on the new season of "Parks and Recreation."

The NBC comedy has cast comedian and "Declocated" creator/star Jon Glaser as a fellow member of the Pawnee council. He's an orthdontist who, in the words of "Parks" co-creator Mike Schur, "basically becomes Leslie's [Amy Poehler] nemesis."

"He doesn't find her interesting or charming at all, and doesn't care about her bright-eyed, bushy-tailed attitude toward making the town better," Schur tells TVLine. "He just doesn't like her."

Glaser will make his first appearance in the season's third episode, which is scheduled for Oct. 4.

Glaser has worked on several Adult Swim shows in addition to "Delocated," among them "Stroker and Hoop" and "Wonder Showzen." He wrote for (and occasionally appeared on) "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" for several years, and like "Parks" star Aziz Ansari was a member of the Human Giant comedy troupe. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Comedian Jon Glaser Joins Parks and Recreation

27 August 2012 6:32 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) will be settling into her new job as a recently elected city councilwoman on the upcoming fifth season of Parks and Recreation — but not all of her new colleagues will welcome her with open arms.

Jon Glaser, a writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien and star of Adult Swim's Delocated!, has been cast on the NBC comedy as a local orthodontist who also serves on the town council and quickly becomes Leslie's "nemesis," TV Line reports.

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- Liz Raftery

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Amy Poehler's 'Parks and Recreation' casts comedian Jon Glaser

26 August 2012 7:44 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jon Glaser has joined the cast of Parks and Recreation. The comedian and former Late Night with Conan O'Brien writer will play a town councilman - also a local orthodontist - in the upcoming fifth season, reports TVLine. The comedy's showrunner Mike Schur told the website that Glaser's character and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) will become foes. "He doesn't find her interesting or charming at all, and doesn't (more) »

- By Kristina Bustos

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What to TiVo: Thursday

11 July 2012 11:59 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

8:00 Duets (new) 9:00 Wipeout (new) 10:00 Rookie Blue (new) 11:35 Nightline (new) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guest Fred Willard) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory (repeat) 8:30 The Big Bang Theory (repeat) 9:00 Big Brother (new) 10:00 Person of Interest (repeat) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guests Anne Hathaway and Moody McCarthy) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (repeat, with guests Kevin McKidd and Kelly Macdonald) 8:00 Take Me Out (new) 9:00 The Choice (new) 8:00 The Office (repeat) 8:30 Parks and Recreation (repeat) 9:00 Saving Hope (new) 10:00 Rock Center With Brian Williams (new) 11:34 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Denis Leary and Olivia Munn) 12:37 Late Night With Conan O'Brien (new, with guests Queen Latifah and Noah Wyle) 8:00 The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 9:00 The Vampire Diaries (repeat) More TV to watch when you read more. »

- Maggie Pehanick

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'Hotel Transylvania' Debuts New Stills and Behind-the-Scenes Images Ahead of Comic-Con

9 July 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Genndy Tartakovsky is no stranger to the types of properties that the Comic-Con crowd eats up. He's been in the animation industry for nearly two decades, but Tartakovsky is perhaps best known for his work on Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars. This year, however, marks the first time the director will be at Comic-Con to promote a feature film; Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania.  Written by Peter Baynham (Borat), and Robert Smigel (Saturday Night Live, Late Night With Conan O'Brien), Hotel Transylvania reimagines Dracula as the owner of a, "five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them." The harmony of his monster-loving lodging is threatened, however, one...

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- Peter Hall

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Ellie Kemper of 'The Office' and 'Bridesmaids' marries writer Michael Koman

7 July 2012 6:23 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Ellie Kemper is a "Bridesmaid" no more.

Kemper, one of the stars of "The Office" and "Bridesmaids," married her long-time boyfriend Michael Koman on Saturday (July 7), People reports. The couple exchanged vows at a ceremony in New York.

Among the guests at the wedding were her "Office" mate Mindy Kaling and "Bridesmaids" star and co-writer Kristen Wiig.

Kemper and Koman, a writer who has worked on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Colbert Report" among other shows, have been together for several years. She announced their engagement during a December episode of O'Brien's current show, "Conan." »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Early Review Of The Dark Knight Manual Book

13 June 2012 1:12 PM, PDT | Legions of Gotham | See recent Legions of Gotham news »

This one is due out July 24th from Insight Editions Books.  Legions of Gotham has your first look at this great new interactive book. 

About the Book: In 2005, filmmaker Christopher Nolan redefined Batman for a new generation with Batman Begins, followed in 2008 by The Dark Knight, and now 2012’s conclusion to the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Here, for the first time, is an in-world exploration of Christopher Nolan’s Batman: The Dark Knight Manual, the definitive guide to his tools, vehicles, and technologies.

Following the destruction of Wayne Manor, Bruce Wayne began to assemble key sketches, diagrams, observations, and other top-secret documents germane to becoming Batman; he then entrusted this manual to his faithful butler, Alfred. Every defining moment is detailed here, charting Wayne’s collaborations with Lucius Fox at Wayne Enterprises on the latest cutting-edge technology.

Featuring removable documents, including the design and capability of the famed utility belt, »

- THE LEGION fan network

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David Koechner, 'Piranha 3Dd' Bad Guy, on Stripper Nudity and Waiting for 'Anchorman 2'

29 May 2012 11:06 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

In "Piranha 3Dd," which hits theaters this Friday, the community of Lake Victoria is besieged by another swarm of prehistoric, man-eating fish. In the first film, it was drunken spring breakers who fell victim to the gory attacks. This time around, it's the partygoers at the Lake's "Adults Only" water park Big Wet (which happens to be watched over by stripper lifeguards and celebrity spokesman David Hasselhoff). The piranha invade thanks to an illegal river pump Ok'd by the park's dirtbag owner, Chet, played by none other than "that guy!" comedic scene-stealer David Koechner. (You might remember him as the sleazy Todd Packer on "The Office" or the sleazy boss from "Waiting..." or the sleazy boss from "Final Destination 5.") Koechner spoke with Moviefone and explained how to convincingly portray a slimeball that unwittingly unleashes a stomach-churning monster massacre -- and how to do it while not being distracted by the constant on-set nudity. »

- Eric Larnick

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Warner Bros. Still Want Tom Cruise For 'El Presidente' & Are Eyeing Robert Downey Jr. To Join Him; Jay Roach To Direct

14 May 2012 2:54 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. About two years ago, reports went around that Warner Bros. were hoping to re-team "A Few Good Men" duo Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson for "El Presidente." It was denied a couple days later, with reps saying that Cruise wasn't officially attached, but clearly the studio were interested...and they still are, as the project is now surfacing again.

Vulture has the latest word that the studio is now toying with the idea of pairing up Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. for the flick, that has "comedy no-brainer" written all over it. Penned by Dan Goor ("Last Call With Carson Daly," "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," "Parks & Recreation") the story follows a Secret Service agent who is assigned to cover the worst former President, and the two are forced to go on the run when the ex-president's life is put in danger. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Video: Nina Dobrev Shows Off 'Scorpion' Yoga Pose, Using Conan O'Brien's Crotch

11 May 2012 1:46 AM, PDT | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Nina Dobrev showed off an unusual yoga pose when visiting "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" recently. The actress used Conan O'Brien's body as wall and did a so-called "scorpion" pose. She removed her blue blazer, flipped her upper body, raised her legs and then hooked her feet at his crotch. "This is awesome," one of the other guests Joel McHale said.

The 23-years-old movie beauty was on the show to promote her TV series "The Vampire Diaries". At first, she was reluctant when asked by Conan to do the yoga, but the host was persistent. "You said that you do a lot of yoga and you actually said that you are going to show me yoga move out here and I will not be denied," he said.

The Bulgarian-born brunette finally gave in to his request and asked for his help, which he granted happily. After she's done showing off her skill, »

- celebrity-mania.com

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Five Things You Don't Know About Scarlett

13 April 2012 2:20 PM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

In the aftermath of her split with Ryan Reynolds she had a rebound romance with Sean Penn. Last year she had to deal with nude pics hacked from her mobile phone hitting the internet. She's a Woody Allen muse and is currently gearing up for her role as Black Widow in next month's highly anticipated The Avengers. Here are five things you may not know about Scarlett Johansson.

1. Born November 22, 1984 in New York City to a Jewish mother and Danish architect father.

2. In 2002, she graduated from the Professional Children's School in Manhattan.

3. In addition to Reynolds and Penn, Scarlett has been linked romantically to Benicio Del Toro, Jared Leto and Josh Hartnett.

4. She has a twin brother named Hunter.

5. Her first exposure to show business was performing in a skit during the first year of Late Night with Conan O'Brien at age eight. She relived this moment during an interview with Conan in 2005. »

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'Anchorman 2' is Moving Forward

29 March 2012 10:16 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Will Ferrell made a special appearance on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in character as Ron Burgundy from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and officially announced Anchorman 2 has finally received the green light. The announcement is accompanied with news Ferrell will be reuniting with previous cast members Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner. There is no word on Christina Applegate, but I would assume she'll also be back and David Krumholtz announced on Twitter that he too has a role. During his appearance on Conan (which you can watch in its entirety below), Ferrell said, "I want to announce this to all of our friends in the Americas, Spain, Turkey and the U.K. -- including England -- that as of 0900 mountain time, Paramount pictures and myself... have come to terms on a sequel to Anchorman. There will be a sequel." Also announced on the official Ron Burgundy Twitter account a post read, »

- Brad Brevet

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Louis Ck on writing for Conan O'Brien: It was so hard, but I loved it

9 January 2012 10:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Louis Ck has credited writing for Late Night with Conan O'Brien with teaching him how to be a comedian. The comic wrote for O'Brien's NBC series in its infancy, teaming with Robert Smigel and Dino Stamatopoulos to pen many of the show's early sketches. Louis Ck revealed in an interview with writer Jonah Weiner that his first major decision was to lighten the tone of Late Night's first-ever opening sketch, which spoofed the pressure Conan O'Brien was under to replace David Letterman. He explained: "[Conan] told me he was going to put a gun in his mouth [at the end of the sketch], and I was the new guy, and I said, 'Are you really going to do that?' and they were like, 'You think that's too dark?' and I said, 'You can't do that, that's vicious, that's really (more) »

- By Justin Harp

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