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Exclusive Portrait: Patton Oswalt For His Book ‘Silver Screen Fiend’

18 January 2015 9:31 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Raconteur, comedian and Twitter star Patton Oswalt has a new book out, entitled “Silver Screen Fiend.” In it, he chronicles his love for the movies and how it shaped his worldview. He appeared at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., at an event sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop.

Patton Oswalt was born in Virginia, and graduated from the College of William and Mary there. He began his stand-up career in the 1990s, and worked for “MADtv’ shortly thereafter. He has made his mark in film, notably as the voice of Remy in Walt Disney’s “Ratatouille.” On TV, he was a recurring character on “The King of Queens,” “Two and Half Men,” “Reno 911!,” and currently is the narrator voice on “The Goldbergs” and appears on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim series “The Heart, She Holler.”

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NBC Orders 3 Comedy Pilots From ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ ‘Mad TV,’ ‘Office’ Producers

14 January 2015 7:40 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC has ordered three new pilots from Universal Television. From producers behind “Hot in Cleveland,” “Mad TV” and “The Office,” they center on employees of a big box store, empty-nesters and a neighborhood blogger.

From Universal and writers/excecutive producers Steven Cragg (“Mad TV”) and Brian Bradley (“Scrubs”), with executive producer David Janollari (“Six Feet Under”), comes single-cam comedy “How We Live.” It follows an anthropologist blogger who moves to the suburbs with his wife and quickly discovers the fascinating habitat and mating rituals of a new undiscovered species: his suburban friends and neighbors.

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- Jethro Nededog

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Josh Gad Might Play Roger Ebert in Russ & Roger Go Beyond

5 January 2015 7:17 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Last night, millions of viewers got to know the real Roger Ebert through CNN’s TV premiere of the documentary Life Itself. Soon enough, they’ll also get a dramatic portrayal of the late film critic in Russ & Roger Go Beyond. The movie is an extended account of one part of Ebert’s life featured briefly in the doc, his co-writing of the screenplay for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Russ Meyer‘s 1970 cult classic satire/sequel to Valley of the Dolls. Last summer, Will Ferrell was announced for the co-titular role of Russ, and now Josh Gad has been named to play Roger. Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeff Wells scooped the news from producer David Permut at an event over the weekend, but there’s nothing official yet. The Wrap reports this morning that Gad has not signed on, nor has he even read the script, which is by Emmy-winning sitcom and sketch comedy writer Chris Cluess »

- Christopher Campbell

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