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Shut up Beavis. The teenage dirtbags who were all the rage in the 1990s, Beavis and Butt-Head, may not have reached the end of their pop culture life just yet. But if they do come back, it could be in a different form than fans are used to. In an interview with Radio Times, B&B and Silicon Valley creator Mike Judge explained that the trouble-making metal heads might be portrayed by real flesh-and-blood actors in their next iteration. “Maybe it could be a live-action someday,” Judge told the publication. As for who would play the title roles, Judge wasn’t sure. But he did suggest that Beavis might be “homeless.” Beavis and Butt-Head first aired as a series on MTV in 1993, quickly becoming a sensation. All told, there were nearly 200 episodes of the animated series between 1993-1997 with a brief re-boot in 2011. The devious duo hit the big screen »
- David Eckstein
Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon’s new series “Better Things” follows Sam Fox (played by Adlon), a single, working actor raising three daughters (Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward) in Los Angeles all on her own. Along with her family, Fox also looks after her mother (Celia Imrie) who lives right across the street. Sam struggles to earn a living, raise her daughters, and find some private time along the way, all the while dealing with her complete lack of filter. Watch a promo for the series below featuring Fox shopping for pillows by using a nonstandard criteria.
- Vikram Murthi
When Office Space hit theaters in February of 1999, it took in a paltry $4.2 million in its first weekend, landing in eighth place behind such widely-forgotten turkeys as My Favorite Martian, Blast From The Past, Message in a Bottle and Payback. Writer/director Mike Judge had proven himself in television with Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill, but this seemed like it would end his foray into movies and live-action work before it really began.
Office Space made such a tiny impact when it opened, it's easy to imagine »
Louisa Mellor Jul 11, 2016
We chatted to the creators and star of the terrific Silicon Valley about season 3, cringe comedy and making HBO's lawyers nervous...
Had Mike Judge spent less of his youth playing guitar and more playing videogames, Silicon Valley might never have existed. HBO originally approached the Office Space, Beavis & Butt-Head and King Of The Hill creator about making a comedy based around games designers. No expert in that world, Judge instead mined his own brief experience as a coder in the late eighties to create the story of Richard Hendricks, a chronically anxious genius programmer thrown into the obscene wealth and volatile politics of Silicon Valley.
For three seasons, with a fourth confirmed to arrive next year, Hendricks' story has provided Judge and co. with the scope to satirise not only modern tech giants, but also to write a recognisable workplace comedy about a pack of underdogs attempting »
FX has granted animated comedy Archer a multiple season renewal, meaning it'll run all the way to season 10 in 2019...
Good news: the world won't have to live without a new season of Archer until at least 2019, and even then, who knows?
FX has just renewed Adam Reed's animated spy comedy for three further seasons.
Following its recently concluded seventh season in which the gang moved to La, Archer is confirmed to be returning for eighth, ninth and tenth runs. That's in addition to recent scuttlebutt about the show's creators wishing to make a live-action movie version featuring Mr Jon Hamm in the title role.
If you've yet to have the pleasure, here's our take on why Arthur is well worth your time. »
Twenty years after their Oscar-winning Sling Blade, Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton are pairing on screen again. The country icon is the newest addition to the cast of Goliath, a straight-to-series drama for Amazon Prime with Thornton in one of its lead roles.
Yoakam will play the leader of a huge aerospace company defended by the law firm at the center of Goliath. Thornton and fellow Hollywood legend William Hurt play two of the firm's partners in what's described as "the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. »
In the early 1970s, while in the midst of making his Trilogy of Life, Pier Paolo Pasolini publicly remarked that a kind of “cultural genocide” had overtaken his home country of Italy. Essentially, he pointed his finger at the overwhelming dominance of consumerism that he believed had begun to erase the positive values instilled by the nation’s history of peasantry.
Even decades removed, many will still find this statement heavily contentious, as it seems representational of a debate that’s raged in film culture — that, of course, over “aestheticizing poverty,” or, in some cases, romanticizing it. Among the many figures in contemporary world cinema who can be branded with this label, Pasolini’s countryman of a different generation, Roberto Minervini, certainly embraces the act while still complicating it.
His first three films forming a “Texas trilogy” showcase a deeply religious and increasingly abandoned milieu far from, say, the conservative »
- Ethan Vestby
Sneak Peek some hideously realistic model images of the MTV cartoon characters "Beavis and Butt-Head":
Kirkpatrick is an avid fan of the cartoon duo, that returned to MTV's new "Beavis and Butt-head"series.
With its 'underground comix' sensibility, the show focused on two socially inept rock/metal-loving teenagers 'Beavis' and 'Butt-Head', who live in the town of 'Highland', Texas. They have no adult supervision at home, are woefully undereducated and arguably dim-witted.
They attend high school, where their teachers are often at a loss as to how to deal with them, »
- Michael Stevens
TV Land announced today the second season order of “Lopez” starring and executive produced by stand-up comedian and actor George Lopez. “Lopez” is currently in its first season on TV Land, airing Wednesdays at 10pm and full episodes can be viewed on the TV Land App. The finale airs on Wednesday, June 22nd.
The series revolves around George as he struggles with wanting to give back to the Latino community where he grew up, but also feeling as though he can never satisfy all the demands placed on him by both the celebrity world and his hometown.
“Lopez” is also executive produced and written by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (“Silicon Valley,” “King of the Hill”). Michael Rotenberg (“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”) of 3 Arts Entertainment also served as executive producer alongside Troy Miller, who also directed all episodes of season one and produced the show via Dakota Pictures. »
- Kellvin Chavez
The series focuses on Lopez as he struggles with his desire to give back to the Latino community where he grew up, as well as his feeling that he can never satisfy all the demands placed on him by his celebrity and his hometown.
Season one of the comedy premiered March 30. The season finale is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22.
Lopez serves as executive producer on the series with John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (“Silicon Valley,” “King of the Hill”). Michael Rotenberg (“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”) of 3 Arts Entertainment and Troy Miller also exec produce. Miller directed all episodes of the first season and produced the show via Dakota Pictures.
- Daniel Holloway
HBO has another hitman on its hands: The premium cabler has ordered to series Bill Hader‘s Barry, our sister site Deadline reports.
The Saturday Night Live alum will star in and direct the half-hour comedy, which he’ll co-write and executive-produce with Silicon Valley‘s Alec Berg. The series will follow Hader’s titular character, a lonely former Marine who has become a cheap hitman in the Midwest. When he accepts a kill job that takes him to Los Angeles, he inadvertently finds himself part of »
Shaun Eddleston reviews Doom…
Development hell is tough. Many games have fallen victim to it in years gone by and high percentage of them never get to see the light of day. So it was rather upsetting to see the new installment of one of my favourite games get stuck there for so long. Doom 4 was announced way back in 2007, and thanks to a number of circumstances (mismanagement at id Software, a mediocre “Call of Duty in Hell” product leading it to be scrapped and restarted in 2011), things were looking pretty bleak. Upon the reveal back in 2014 of the now-renamed Doom, my excitement for the game sparked up again, though a little bit dampened by the last example of a beloved 90’s Fps game that found its way out of development hell (2011’s Duke Nukem Forever…*shudders*), and left me wondering how it would fit into the landscape of gaming that it pretty much created. »
- Shaun Eddleston
The critically acclaimed Moto Racer series is set to return later this year with Moto Racer 4, and now there is a confirmed release date for Microids’ racing revival. The game will launch on October 13 and will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC systems.
Now, as well as confirming the release date, Microids have announced some of the new features that will be coming with the new addition to the series.
As of today, these include:
– King Of The Hill: Each rider starts with the same time on the clock. While time runs down for the leader, the other racers get extra turbo. The first player to get their counter down to zero wins the race.
– Last Man Standing: The last player to pass each checkpoint is eliminated.
– Survival: The race starts with very little time on the clock. Players gain time by passing the checkpoints. In single-player mode, »
- Gareth Cartwright
By skewering San Francisco’s bitchiness and jargon, the tech comedy is winning fans across the Bay and beyond. We catch up with the creators about hackathons, Hitler ‘taches – and why they’ll never patronise nerds
The last time we saw Richard Hendricks, the painfully awkward computer programmer at the heart of tech sitcom Silicon Valley, he had just won a lawsuit to keep ownership of his startup company, only to be immediately ousted as CEO. Showrunner Mike Judge, the man behind animation hits King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-Head, admits the moment was inspired by the endless changes at the top of Twitter: “One guy said to me: ‘We have a saying here: it’s never to early to fire the founder.’”
It’s that kind of whip-smart, self-aware joke that has made Silicon Valley the biggest show in San Francisco Bay. It’s the story of »
- Sarah Hughes
The union’s national board made the decision Saturday in a vote by acclamation. Carteris has been serving as acting president since Howard’s death.
She had been re-elected to the post of executive vice president at the union’s bi-annual convention in October, topping Patricia Richardson.
The SAG-aftra Constitution, enacted in 2012 as part of the merger of SAG and AFTRA, provides that the exec VP will succeed the president should the office be vacated with the national board then selecting the president to serve the balance of the unexpired term.
SAG-aftra’s next election will take place in August 2017.
“I am deeply honored to be chosen by the SAG-aftra National Board to serve the union and its members as president,” said Carteris. “Ken was a great union leader, »
- Dave McNary
Deadline is reporting that casting has begun on writer/director Lake Bell’s sophomore effort What’s The Point?, with several actors signing on to the film.
Joining the project are Amber Heard (The Danish Girl), Paul Reiser (Whiplash), Mary Steenburgen (Step Brothers) and Ed Helms (Vacation), who will star opposite Bell in the film which “looks at the concept that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.”
The new effort from Bell is her follow-up to her 2013 comedy hit In A World…, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and earned Bell several award nominations.
- Scott J. Davis
Just to prove there ought to be moratorium on sitcoms in which stars play themselves, two arrive the same week. TV Land’s George Lopez vehicle, “Lopez,” has the better platform, but is actually less interesting (and funny) than “Hoff the Record,” a British import built around David Hasselhoff, which lands on Mark Cuban’s “Do I even get that?” channel, Axs TV. And if that’s not enough, stay tuned, since Showtime’s “Dice,” featuring Andrew Dice Clay, is just around the corner.
Both “Lopez” and the six-episode “Hoff” spoof their respective stars’ image, but the latter is more pointed — at times uncomfortably so — in lampooning Hasselhoff, the premise being that he decamps for the U.K. seeking change and desperate for money, having pretty well exhausted all of his avenues in the U.S. Indignity upon indignity follow over the course of six episodes, with his U.K. »
- Brian Lowry
The union’s national board, which holds four meetings a year, will determine who succeeds Howard for the remaining 17 months rest of his term.
Carteris was re-elected to the post of executive vice president at the union’s bi-annual convention in September. The SAG-AFTRA Constitution, enacted in 2012 as part of the merger of SAG and AFTRA, provides that the exec VP will assist the president in the governance of the union and will succeed the president should the office be vacated.
“In the event the office of President becomes vacant for any reason, the Executive Vice President shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the President set forth in this Constitution until the next meeting of the National Board, which shall elect from eligible members a President to serve the »
- Dave McNary
Back when it premiered in February 2005, animated comedy “American Dad” was widely seen as a “Family Guy” knockoff due to similar styles of animation and comedy and the same creative auspices in “Family Guy” impresario Seth MacFarlane, who created “American Dad” with Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. But they get the last laugh as “American Dad” reaches the 200-episode mark with “The Two Hundred,” airing at 8:30 p.m. March 28 on TBS.
“I think we figured out who we were and it happened fairly early on,” Weitzman says. “We had to separate ourselves from ‘Family Guy.’ In the very beginning we had a few more cutaways and flashbacks and soon figured out that wasn’t going to work, otherwise we’d be a carbon copy. So then we were focusing on stories and characters and realized that was going to be our bread and butter.”
Weitzman says the show’s »
- Rob Owen
Before it arrived, it was hard to figure out who "Silicon Valley" would appeal to. Tech heads? That seemed niche. Fans of "The Office"? A little bit been there, done that. When it was finally seen, the comedy from Mike Judge ("King Of The Hill," "Beavis & Butthead") has it's own uniquely hilarious concoction. Heading into season three, it continues to have it's own distinct flavor. Read More: Watch The First Trailer For 'Silicon Valley' Season 3 Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Suzanne Cryer, and Jimmy O. Yang star in the series about the journey of the unfortunately named tech startup Pied Piper. When we last left them in season two, they were overcome by a hostile takeover that had one founder kicked out of the company he created. Now, he's got to get control back. We'll see how »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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