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I miss hilarious monologues. Comedy of the 21st century is a science of awkward pauses and ratatat dialogue, and thus the great tradition of cinematic monologuing has been largely resigned to dramas. Worse, it's usually only male characters whose rants are lionized; Al Pacino in "Dog Day Afternoon" or Alec Baldwin in "Glengarry Glen Ross" spring immediately to mind when I think of celebrated speechifying. So today I'm toasting the opposite of those dead-serious, dude-driven monologues: These are 10 hilarious monologues by actresses. Enjoy. And then enjoy again. 1. Madeline Kahn, "Paper Moon" Trixie Delight just wants to get in the car and have a little fun, but Addie here is holding out. Using some coaxing and a little bit of frustration, Trixie prevails. It is basically ridiculous that we watch movies without Madeline Kahn in them. 2. Alicia Silverstone, "Clueless" Leave it to Cher Horowitz to perfectly understand violence in the media. »
- Louis Virtel
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Alright, here is a quick rundown of my Top 10 Moments from this Year’s Emmys.
10. Allison Janney’s hot Emmy date.
More on that Viola Davis speech. Here’s a transcript of the first half:
I am going to hang this speech on a wall! That is all. https://t.co/Zrb3FtmEnj
- Morwenna Ferrier in London, Brian Moylan, Lanre Bakare, Ruth Spencer , Ryan Kincaid andAlex Needham in New York
Stan and Warner Bros International Television Distribution have struck an exclusive multi-year licensing agreement that will add hundreds of hours of content to the streaming service.
This will include five first-run TV shows, movies, catalogue titles and 10 seasons of Friends. ..
New shows premiering exclusively on Stan in August include iZombie, the hit drama from the creator of Veronica Mars; Constantine, based on the popular DC Comics character; and Season 3 of psychological thriller The Following, starring Kevin Bacon.
Stan is a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media..
iZombie Season 2 will also be fast-tracked to Stan in October, day and date with Us broadcast.
The deal also includes exclusive Svod rights to all 236 episodes of Friends in remastered HD.
Stan Content and Product Director, Nick Forward, .said: .Our partnership with Warner Bros is the most significant since launch in terms of bringing outstanding, exclusive premiere shows and some of »
- Inside Film Correspondent
It’s not unusual for a show to make tweaks between seasons, but CBS’ summer sci-fi series “Extant” underwent an extreme makeover for Wednesday’s second season premiere.
Only three of last season’s seven full-time regulars are still with the show (leading lady Halle Berry as astronaut Molly Woods, Pierce Gagnon as her robo-son, Ethan, and Grace Gummer as partially robotic scientist Julie Gelineau), while season one’s male lead, Goran Visnjic, has been replaced by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Entire subplots have been dropped, and the show’s perspective is shifting away from the realm of science, to a pulpier, more action-driven, vibe.
There’s no doubt many of these changes are the result of underwhelming ratings — after bowing to 9.6 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo, the first season averaged 6.2 million viewers and a 1.1 in 18-49.
They’re also the vision of new showrunners Elizabeth Kruger »
- Geoff Berkshire
Recently, CBS served up the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "NCIS: New Orleans" season finale episode 23 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "My City," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and drama-filled stuff as Pride leaves no stone unturned when trying to figure out what entered their city, and more! In the new, 23rd episode press release: Pride Suspects A Mole Among The Ranks As NCIS And Local Law Enforcement Continue To Track The Broussard Syndicate After New Intelligence Suggests A Breach At The Ports. Press release number 2: After receiving intelligence that the ports have been breached, placing the Navy and the Gulf Coast in harm's way, Pride and the NCIS team are going to follow every angle to determine what has entered their city and how they can put a stop to the Broussard Syndicate, who seem to always be one step ahead of them. »
- Andre Braddox
Various forms of physical and psychic pain are endured by the talky New Yorkers peopling “Anesthesia,” the fifth feature by actor-director Tim Blake Nelson; as unwittingly promised by the title, however, viewers may not feel them very deeply. Opening with a violent jolt, as a benevolent philosophy professor (Sam Waterston) is brutally assaulted near his Upper West Side apartment, the film gets progressively more anodyne as it files through the problems of those closely and tangentially related to him. That the everyone-is-connected ensemble piece has become such a staple of American independent cinema limits the impact of Nelson’s structural revelations; a poetic throughline isn’t immediately obvious, though the profuse dialogue often is. Despite the presence of names like Kristen Stewart and Glenn Close in the cast, “Anesthesia” is unlikely to rouse much commercial attention.
“Why is the world so base? Why is the world so insensitive?” moans Sophie »
- Guy Lodge
Wes Craven is keeping busy on the small screen front. He's executive producing MTV's Scream TV series (debuting June 30th) and now it's been revealed that Craven has agreed to a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions and has two horror TV series adaptations in the works at Syfy.
According to Variety, Craven is working to adapt both his 1991 film, The People Under the Stairs, and Daryl Gregory's novel, We Are All Completely Fine, as respective TV series for the Syfy network.
Michael Reisz will write and executive produce The People Under the Stairs pilot, which is "described as a contemporary “Downton Abbey” meets “Amityville Horror,” “People Under the Stairs” focuses on centuries-old horrors discovered deep within an estate after a girl goes missing." Craven, Shep Gordon (who also executive produced the 1991 film with Craven) from Alive Productions, as well as Tracey Murray and Sara Bottfeld from Industry Entertainment, will also executive produce the project. »
- Derek Anderson
Tonight, The Roast of Justin Bieber will air on Comedy Central and the masses will get what they’ve long been waiting for: a public shaming of Justin Bieber. Of course, some of the special’s most notable put-downs of the pop star have been publicized, including insults from the likes of Roast master Kevin Hart (“Justin’s Canadian. He’s actually considered American, because no Canadian has ever been this much of an asshole”), Shaquille O’Neal (“Last year you were ranked the fifth most hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t even score that low, and he uses your music to fuckin’ torture people”), and Jeffrey Ross (“You’ve become a cocky little shit. You are the King Joffrey of pop”).
While Bieber’s burns are definitely scorching, he’s hardly the only Roastee to get royally humiliated during their special. As we count down to The Roast of Justin Bieber, »
- Aly Semigran
Host Kevin Hart said it best in the first few minutes of Comedy Central's Justin Bieber Roast: "Tonight we are gonna do what parents and the legal system should have done a long time - give the boy an ass-whuppin' he deserves." And with that, the shellacking of the 21-year-old pop star began, starting with a video montage that included all of Bieber's embarrassing legal woes and continuing with a tidal wave of cracks about the singer's pre-pubescent fanbase, his goofy songs and all those appearances on Ellen. And that was just when Ludacris, comedian Natasha Legerro and Shaquille O'Neal »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
9 items from 2015
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