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They’re all out there. Those actors who you see multiple times over but just never know their names? I would say the most recognizable actress out there whose name virtually no one knows has got to be Gillian Vigman. And yes, I just found out here name today. So who is she? She is most recognizable for her role as “Jack’s Wife” in many Jack in the Box commercials. However she’s also notable for her membership in the recurring cast of comedians on sketch comedy series MADtv. She also starred in the ABC comedy Sons & Daughters. But what about other stuff? Oh you know like being in commercials for like…everything? Try Chase, Swiffer, DirectTV, Esurance, California Milk, McCormick, Hanes, Splenda and about a gazillion more. Vigman’s in her 40s so she’s been doing this a while. I feel like she should get a break and be the main character… »
- Nat Berman
Most of the key players in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad have been established, but little bits of mystery still linger around individual cast members. One such is comedian Ike Barinholtz, who currently occupies an unspecified role.
Barinholtz, known chiefly for his work on The Mindy Project, had the following to say about his character:
“I can tell you my character in that movie is someone you would not want at your house for dinner. He’s a very troubled human being.”
Given the movie’s about a group of demented, criminal renegades that’s not a massive clue, but it does suggest Barinholtz probably isn’t a good guy. But then, who are the good guys in this thing?
- Daniel Kelly
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Chicago – One of Chicago’s most popular pop culture gatherings is the Wizard World Comic Con, and the 2015 edition is building anticipation for the weekend of Thursday, August 20th through Sunday the 23rd. Besides the fan costumes, vendor booths and comic book legends, Wizard World has appearances from TV and movie celebrities, highlighted by Burt Reynolds (“Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit”) and Jeremy Renner (The Avengers film series).
To gear up for this year’s Wizard World Comic Con, HollywoodChicago.com is publishing – for the first time – a series of Exclusive Portraits from the Wizard World Fan Fest in March of 2015. The Fan Fest was a special show that thanked the fans of Chicago for their loyalty to the main event, which starts tomorrow. Photographer Joe Arce was there, and shot an even dozen of the TV and »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele announced Saturday that their acclaimed sketch comedy series Key & Peele will end after its fifth season, which is currently airing on Comedy Central. Peele broke the news to fans by simply linking to a story on The Wrap regarding the series' fate after these final eight episodes.
"This is our final season – and it's not because of Comedy Central, it's us," Key said. "It was just time for us to explore other things, together and apart. I compare it to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. »
Fans of Key and Peele might need an anger translator after today’s news: Comedy Central’s Peabody-Award winning, Emmy-nominated sketch series will end a five-season run with its final episodes in September. “Don’t miss the last 8 episodes!,” tweeted Jordan Peele Saturday. The comics, who first worked together on Fox’s MadTV before creating their self-titled program for Comedy Central in 2012, are among Comedy Central’s buzziest non-talk-show stars, second perhaps only to A… »
The show, which began its run in 2012, is now in its fifth season. The final episode of the series will air sometime in September.
Keegan-Michael Key, co-creator and star of the show, confirmed the news while speaking to The Wrap. Key said, “This is our final season – and it’s not because of Comedy Central, it’s us. It was just time for us to explore other things, together and apart. I compare it to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. We might make a movie and then do our own thing for three years and then come back and do another movie.”
- Justin Cook
A few months back, Cinema Blend accompanied hordes of other journalists to infiltrate the set of the new James Bond movie, Spectre. But even then the secrets of the plot and new characters were locked up tight within MI6. With a new trailer dropping tomorrow, however, new details have emerged to shed some light on the (count 'em) four Bond girls playing opposite Daniel Craig. Lea Seydoux of Blue Is the Warmest Color, Italian actress Monica Belluci, Mexican starlet Stephanie Sigman, and Skyfall's Naomie Harris are the women of Spectre. We've only known their character names for the past few months, but USA Today has uncovered some secrets hiding behind their mysterious eyes. First up is Seydoux's Madeleine Swann, not to be confused with the Mad TV character with a similarly spelled name. She's described as "the doctor daughter of an assassin," and her first abrupt encounter with 007 takes »
Bart Williams, a veteran character actor who was active in Actors Equity, died from cancer at his home in Bullhead City, Arizona, on June 28. He was 65.
Born in Los Angeles, he appeared in Equity productions nationwide over many decades, often reprising roles for which he became celebrated such as Franklin D. Roosevelt in “Annie,” Cap’n Andy in “Show Boat,” Major General Stanley in “The Pirates of Penzance” and the Wizard in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Film credits included “The Doomsday Clock,” “Short Circuit 2,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “An Enemy of the People,” while highlights of his career in television include “Mad TV,” “Weird Science,” “Abbott & Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld,” “Totally Hidden Video” and “General Hospital.”
He was also a successful writer, director and producer, recently garnering numerous festival awards for his feature documentary “The Last First Comic,” about Irv Benson, the only surviving burlesque comedy headliner.
For Actors Equity Association, »
- Variety Staff
On Wednesday night's season premiere of Key & Peele, Luther, President Obama's anger translator, met his match in the form of Hillary Clinton's own anger translator, played by Stephnie Weir, an old colleague of the duo from their days on MADtv. While on that show, Weir created outlandish characters like Dot Goddard, Leona Campbell, and Vera Magnus; more recently, she just wrapped a season of FX's The Comedians. A few days before the premiere, Vulture spoke to Weir over the phone to discuss her role in bringing Angry Hillary to life.You go back with Key and Peele a long way.I knew those guys from Chicago, at Second City. Keegan [Key] I met at Second City, and Jordan [Peele] was at Io in Chicago. I knew Jordan a little bit more, but I was a big fan of both of them. I'd heard how fantastic Keegan was. He was on »
- Nate Jones
Disney Xd has given a pilot green light to Epic Offenders, a single-camera comedy that combines unscripted hidden camera pranks with live-action scripted comedy. Adam Small (Mad TV, Jamie Kennedy Experiment) and Trevor Moore (Whitest Kids U Know) penned the pilot and Tom Gianas (Tenacious D) is directing. Newcomer Cody Veith stars as Chance, the charismatic leader of a team of four young pranksters, known as “The Epic Offenders,” who host a fictitious popular online… »
If one were to say that 1995’s Toy Story is an important, groundbreaking movie that essentially launched an entire genre of storytelling, that's hardly a controversial statement. Yet, leave it to folks at Screen Junkies’ "Honest Trailers" to find an angle to level a killer critique. Check out the latest edition as it skewers a seminal masterpiece, and also features a hilarious MADtv throwback with Will Sasso reprising his role as Randy Newman. Interestingly enough, their rather morbid Toy Story synopsis, despite skipping some of the sunnier points in the film’s plot, does contain a certain validity in its critique of its bleak themes. Compared with traditional children’s films, which center on a protagonist who attempts to achieve something, whether it be reuniting with one’s family or winning the heart of a prince/princess, the primary motivation »
Following Bela Bajaria‘s promotion to president of Universal Television, the studio has named Mike Clements as its new exec vice president of comedy development and Jim Donnelly as senior vice president of comedy development.
Clements most recently comes from animation studio Bento Box where he was head of creative development and original programming. Donnelly was previously vice president of comedy development at CBS Studios.
Clements joins Universal TV as former exec VP of comedy development for the studio, Tracey Pakosta, has shifted to NBC as exec VP of comedy programming. Clements and Pakosta previously worked together at the WB.
“Mike Clements is an extremely well-regarded comedy executive,” said Bajaria. “In addition to being very supportive and collaborative with writers, he is excited about helping us launch great comedies. We are pleased to bring him on board to head comedy at the studio where we remain committed to producing innovative and smart break-out comedies. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
One of 4 TV sales that super-producer Will Packer made after launching his own production company, and inking a first-look deal with NBC/Universal - although this one is going to ABC - is the comedy pilot "Uncle Buck," which stars Mike Epps in the title role, and Nia Long as his wife. A small-screen adaptation of the 1989 John Hughes/John Candy movie of the same name, "Uncle Buck" the TV series will be penned by "MADtv" vets Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, and is described as a family comedy about a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way. James Lesure, Aalyrah »
- Tambay A. Obenson
One of 4 TV sales that super-producer Will Packer made after launching his own production company, and inking a first-look deal with NBC/Universal - although this one is going to ABC - is the comedy pilot "Uncle Buck," which stars Mike Epps in the title role, and Nia Long as his wife. A small-screen adaptation of the 1989 John Hughes/John Candy movie of the same name, "Uncle Buck" the TV series will be penned by "MADtv" vets Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, and is described as a family comedy about a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way. James Lesure, Aalyrah Caldwell, Sayeed Shahidi and Iman Benson round out the key cast. ABC has picked up "Uncle Buck" to series. Will Packer will exec-produce alongside Cragg and Bradley. ABC hasn't dated the series yet, but »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Kristen Wiig continues to flex her dramatic chops in her latest starring vehicle Welcome to Me, in which she plays Alice, a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery and becomes a multi-millionaire overnight. With the means and opportunity to finally break from her carefully regimented lifestyle, consisting of medication, therapy and endless episodes of Oprah, Alice funnels her winnings into transforming into the next big talk show host.
Photo by Suzanne Hanover, courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society.
The film’s director, Shira Piven, was on hand at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival to discuss the dramedy’s themes and the process of making it. Originally conceived as a pilot by writer Eliot Laurence, the initial script piqued Piven’s interest so much that she implored him to re-work it as a screenplay. The result is a light-hearted film that balances a touchy subject with fine-tuned performances. »
- Misa Shikuma
One of 4 TV sales that super-producer Will Packer made after launching his own production company, and inking a first-look deal with NBC/Universal - although this one is going to ABC - is the comedy pilot "Uncle Buck," which will star Mike Epps in the title role, and Nia Long as his "strong-willed and smart wife." James Lesure, Aalyrah Caldwell, Sayeed Shahidi and Iman Benson round out the key cast. After last night's onslaught of announcements of new series pickups, renewals and cancellations, ABC has also now picked up "Uncle Buck" to series. A small-screen adaptation of the 1989 John Hughes/John Candy movie of the same name, "Uncle Buck" the TV series will be penned by "MADtv" vets Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, and is described as a family comedy about a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Over the course of its four-season run, the Comedy Central show Key & Peele has grown an audience with a combination of humour and satire, with leads Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele, both of whom previously worked together on the sketch comedy show MADtv, proving their versatility. The show has, over the course of its run, done everything from explore the dark side of Family Matters‘ Steve Urkel to poke fun at the Super Bowl and college football, with their “Substitute Teacher” sketch poised to become a feature length film.
The duo, and the series, have often released full sketches outside of the series, whether it involves their cinephile valet characters meeting their idol “Liam Neesons”, or two humans finding a previously unseen way to determine real humans from alien lookalikes. Ahead of Key & Peele‘s imminent season five premiere, the show has released a new sketch, titled “Negrotown »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Machinima's debut at the Digital Content Newfronts was nothing short of "heroic" as they unveiled a programming slate designed to elevate and celebrate a global community of gamer, comic and hero fans. Partnerships with Blue Ribbon Content and DC Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Clive Barker, Roberto Orci and Bunim/Murray Productions, along with some of Machinima's leading creator talent, showcase Machinima's commitment to developing content across all genres, formats and platforms. Here's what Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein had to say in a statement.
"Fandom and gaming engenders so much passion and engagement; it's a cultural shift uniquely connecting with the most valuable millennials. It's this deep connection to our audience that has made Machinima the ninth largest video entertainment platform in the United States, and the second most watched programmer on YouTube. With our new slate, we are reminding our fans and our clients of one very important fact: Machinima is back! »
All due respect to "Mad TV" and "Dirty Work" fans, but for this writer Artie Lange's greatest performance will always be his eight-year run on "The Howard Stern Show." From 2001 to 2009, the gravelly-voiced comedian worked as the King of All Media's brash, no-nonsense, fan-beloved sidekick, a role that brought him his greatest career success ("It was the closest I ever felt to being a rock star") but also brought his personal demons to the fore. His stint on the show came to an abrupt and chilling end in January 2010, when Lange, at that time addicted to heroin, was hospitalized for eight months following a suicide attempt (an episode he has discussed publicly and wrote about in his 2013 memoir "Crash and Burn"). Five years on from his terrifying downward spiral, Lange has rebounded and continues to work, performing standup gigs and making guest appearances on TV shows including "Louie" and Californication. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Truth be told, it’s hard to judge FX’s The Comedians after one episode. Then again, it’s not exactly encouraging that the pilot’s closing punchline is the reveal of a transgendered director as portrayed by perpetual guest star Steven Weber.
The series finds Crystal coerced into starring alongside Gad on a sketch show he initially conceived as a one-man vehicle. The City Slickers star isn’t excited about working with a modern-day comic who considers »
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