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19 items from 2014


Five Burning Business Questions for the New Stephen Colbert

19 December 2014 2:17 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen Colbert looked like he enjoyed his Comedy Central curtain call last night, which is good — because he’s got a hell of an encore in the wings.

Colbert, known for his spoofish portrayal of a bloviating political commentator on his “Colbert Report” for the past nine years, now must tackle an even more demanding performance. He will take the chair on CBS’ “The Late Show,” one of three be-all-to-everyone latenight programs set on the nation’s most-watched broadcast networks.

That move raises some questions. Sure, Colbert has been on other series, like “The Daily Show,” “The Dana Carvey Show,” “Strangers With Candy” and the early Comedy Central sketch-comedy effort “Exit 57,” but these were all in the satirical-comedy vein. “The Late Show” is a broad-skewing production that CBS is counting on to bring in more revenue — it will take ownership of the program, which has been the property of »

- Brian Steinberg

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The 50 Funniest Women of the Past 50 Years: #30-21

15 October 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »

- Louis Virtel, Chris Eggertsen, Donna Dickens

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Guidance’

5 September 2014 4:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are trace elements of “Strangers with Candy,” “Role Models” and the contrastingly serious “Half Nelson” in “Guidance,” but that doesn’t stop Pat Mills’ debut as writer-director-star from being a delight on its own terms. This comedy about a former TV child star turned train wreck who decides to take a high-school guidance counselor job — or rather, pose as someone appropriate for that position — is consistently amusing and surprisingly uncynical in the end. It’s certainly got modest sleeper potential, though outside Canada, the pic may find more of a welcome in home formats than in theaters.

David Gold (Mills) is the 30-ish onetime star of the TV kids’ show “Wacky Street,” which he spends plenty of time watching in reruns. His fortunes have fallen since that early peak, however. We first meet him doing an audio recording of New Age affirmations, a last-resort acting gig he’s promptly »

- Dennis Harvey

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BoJack Horseman – Season One Review

31 August 2014 3:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras reviews the first season of BoJack Horseman

Netflix has created such an interesting paradigm. Binge watching has become everyone’s favorite buzz phrase. Releasing an entire season of a show all at once used to seem daunting (to me anyway). Television had always been a weekly medium. You watch a variety of hours or half-hours, then process the episode over the next week while waiting for the next installment. The concept of instant gratification in entertainment is still relatively new. Like all relics I found myself incredulous to new technologies and was only capable of slowly dipping my toes into the water.

Netflix has released a lot of original shows but it seems that everything that isn’t House of Cards or Orange is the New Black receives little attention in the media. You’ll be hard pressed to find a lot of words dedicated to Lillyhammer, Hemlock Grove, »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert Were Hilarious Together Even 20 Years Ago

28 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Before they were famous, before they were famous to only people in the know, and before they were even "those guys," Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert performed at Chicago's Second City. (The slightly younger Colbert was Carell's understudy.) Here is a clip of the two them with Paul Dinello (current Colbert Report writer and Strangers With Candy co-creator) and David Razowsky singing "The Obvious Song." The clip, which comes from the Second City show Take Me Out to the Balkans, was unearthed by Splitsider, as part of its weekly Second City Archives feature. It's wonderful. If only they were also nauseated by food. »

- Jesse David Fox

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Chef

5 August 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release Date: Sept. 30, 2014

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98

Studio: Universal

Jon Favreau gets behind the grill with his son in Chef.

A disenchanted master chef reclaims his love for cooking and his family during a road trip through some of America’s most mouthwatering food destinations in the comedy Chef, from writer/director/star Jon Favreau (Swingers).

An online feud with an influential food critic (Oliver Platt, Please Give) and a creative disagreement with his investor (Dustin Hoffman, Ishtar) convinces respected chef Carl Casper (Favreau) to hang up his apron at a posh Los Angeles bistro and get his mojo back in Miami’s Cuban-inspired cuisine. When his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara, Machete Kills) helps him get a fresh start with a rundown food truck, Carl and his best friend and sous chef Martin (John Leguizamo, Carlito’s Way) head across the country with Carl’s young son »

- Laurence

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'Chef' Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 30th

31 July 2014 10:48 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A disenchanted master chef reclaims his love for cooking and his family during a rollicking road trip through some of America's most mouthwatering food destinations in Chef, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD with Ultraviolet on September 30, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Writer, director, actor Jon Favreau (director Iron Man, Elf) stars in this heartwarming comedy with something on the menu for everyone. The Chef Blu-ray Combo Pack include uproarious deleted scenes, as well as feature commentary from Favreau and the film's technical advisor and co-producer, food-truck pioneer Roy Choi.

An online feud with an influential food critic (Oliver Platt) and a creative disagreement with his investor (Dustin Hoffman) convince Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) to hang up his apron at a posh Los Angeles bistro and get his mojo back in Miami's Cuban-inspired cuisine. When his ex-wife (Sof&#237a Vergara) helps him get a fresh start with a rundown food truck, »

- MovieWeb

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Chef Coming To Blu-ray, DVD On September 30

31 July 2014 6:43 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A disenchanted master chef reclaims his love for cooking and his family during a rollicking road trip through some of America’s most mouthwatering food destinations in Chef, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ on September 30, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Writer, director, actor Jon Favreau (director Iron ManElf) stars in this heartwarming comedy with something on the menu for everyone. The Chef  Blu-ray™Combo Pack include uproarious deleted scenes, as well as feature commentary from Favreau and the film’s technical advisor and co-producer, food-truck pioneer Roy Choi.

An online feud with an influential food critic (Oliver Platt) and a creative disagreement with his investor (Dustin Hoffman) convince Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) to hang up his apron at a posh Los Angeles bistro and get his mojo back in Miami’s Cuban-inspired cuisine. When his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) helps him get a fresh »

- Michelle McCue

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Breaking Bad and Arrested Development stars line up for new animation BoJack Horseman - video

31 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

See the first trailer for the new Netflix original show BoJack Horseman, which has been exec-produced by and stars Arrested Development's Will Arnett and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul. This dark animated comedy follows the misfortunes of failed 90s sitcom star (and horse) BoJack, who is attempting to stage a comeback. The cast also features Alison Brie (Mad Men/Community), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy) and Paul F Tompkins (Best Week Ever)

All 12 episodes of BoJack Horseman will premiere on Netflix on 22 August

Aaron Paul and Will Arnett on the set of BoJack Horseman in pictures Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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Pilot Episode For AMC’s Halt And Catch Fire Is Currently Available Online

20 May 2014 2:51 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

At the moment, there does not appear to be much buzz surrounding AMC’s upcoming series Halt and Catch Fire, but perhaps there should be. The show has an intriguing cast which includes Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies), Scoot McNairy (Non-Stop), Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment) and Kerry Bishé (Argo). But more intriguing is the premise: a dramatic thriller set in the early 1980s right in the midst of the PC revolution, where the series’ stars attempt to exploit aspects of Ibm’s PC design in order to create their own personal computer. AMC ordered 10 episodes for the first season and this week, the pilot was made available online.

Halt and Catch Fire was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers and the pilot episode was directed by Juan José Campanella, a man who has plenty of television experience under his belt. Campanella has directed multiple episodes of House M.D.Law and Order: Svu, »

- Ken Guidry

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Scott Adsit Joins ‘The Heart, She Holler,’ Funny Press Release Says

20 May 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“30 Rock” star Scott Adsit is joining the third season of Adult Swim's “The Heart, She Holler,” according to one of the funnier press releases we've received in a while. The live-action comedy stars Patton Oswalt (“Young Adult”), Heather Lawless (“Goodbye to All That”) and Amy Sedaris (“Strangers With Candy”). Adsit is replacing Joe Sikora as “Sheriff.” Also read: Adult Swim's New Slate Features Mike Tyson, Jack McBrayer, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (Video) Here's the full release, because it made us laugh, starting with the second paragraph: Production is underway once again in New York City for season three of The Heart, »

- Tim Molloy

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Stephen Colbert Reads First Top 10 List on ‘The Late Show’ (Video)

23 April 2014 7:28 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Stephen Colbert did more than just discuss his future plans for “The Late Show” with current host David Letterman on Tuesday, he read his very own Top 10 list that he dug up from the past. The list, “Top 10 Cocktails for Santa,” was part of a packet Colbert had submitted to the show in 1997 to be considered as a writer. By the time Letterman's team reached out, however, Colbert was working on his Comedy Central series, “Strangers with Candy.” See video: 7 of David Letterman's Most Popular ‘Top Ten’ Lists on YouTube “He doesn't have the job  yet,” Letterman joked when. »

- Greg Gilman

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David Letterman Welcomes 'Boob' Stephen Colbert With Selfie

23 April 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"You look right at home," David Letterman joked as he welcomed his successor Stephen Colbert to Late Show With David Letterman Tuesday night. Colbert's appearance on Letterman marked the first time the two have been seen together publicly since Letterman announced his retirement earlier this month.

Why Stephen Colbert Is a Smart 'Late Show' Pick

In the clip above, Colbert tells the host, "I'm going to do whatever you have done here. It seems to have gone pretty well, Dave."

"It's gone...on," replied Letterman in typical sardonic wit.

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Tribeca: Amy Sedaris on Never Aspiring to Do Film and Why She Couldn't Host Late Night

21 April 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amy Sedaris appears only very briefly in the 2014 Tribeca Film Film Festival drama "Goodbye to All That" as the cat-loving boss to Paul Schneider's lead character. But like anything the actress and author stars in (including her recent appearance as a broker from hell in Comedy Central's hit new comedy show "Broad City"), she walks away with the most memorable performance. Indiewire caught up with Sedaris -- best known still to this day for creating and starring in Comedy Central's beloved comedy series "Strangers with Candy," which she helped adapt into the 2005 feature-length film of the same name -- to discuss her scene-stealing role in "Goodbye to All That" (the directorial debut of "Junebug" screenwriter Angus MacLachlan), her guest stint on "Broad City," and how she thinks her friend Stephen Colbert will fare as David Letterman's "Late Show" replacement. Like many of the indies that you've »

- Nigel M Smith

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Tribeca: Amy Sedaris on Never Aspiring to Do Film and Why She Couldn't Host Late Night

21 April 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Amy Sedaris appears only very briefly in the 2014 Tribeca Film Film Festival drama "Goodbye to All That" as the cat-loving boss to Paul Schneider's lead character. But like anything the actress and author stars in (including her recent appearance as a broker from hell in Comedy Central's hit new comedy show "Broad City"), she walks away with the most memorable performance. Indiewire caught up with Sedaris -- best known still to this day for creating and starring in Comedy Central's beloved comedy series "Strangers with Candy," which she helped adapt into the 2005 feature-length film of the same name -- to discuss her scene-stealing role in "Goodbye to All That" (the directorial debut of "Junebug" screenwriter Angus MacLachlan), her guest stint on "Broad City," and how she thinks her friend Stephen Colbert will fare as David Letterman's "Late Show" replacement. Like many of the indies that you've »

- Nigel M Smith

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Jon Stewart, David Letterman congratulate Stephen Colbert on new 'Late Show' gig

10 April 2014 11:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Colbert on Letterman by poppadiddypuff New York (AP) — With the announcement that Stephen Colbert will be the new host of CBS' "Late Show," his fans likely feel a clash of emotions: — Happiness that their hero has landed a sweet promotion. — Regret that he's leaving his Comedy Central post. — Uncertainty over who the Stephen Colbert hosting "Late Show" will be. For nine years on "The Colbert Report," he has reigned as the founding father of Colbert Nation. He has won four Emmys, two Peabody awards and a stake in the national conversation. He hasn't just satirized politics and culture, he has rolled up his sleeves to organize a "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on Washington's National Mall with his Comedy Central colleague Jon Stewart, and to create a super Pac to draw attention to the tyranny of money on elections. And he has done it all behind a mask — the mask of "Stephen Colbert, »

- Frazier Moore (AP)

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Stephen Colbert’s Rise: From South Carolina to Second City to Pop Culture Player

10 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen Colbert has made a career out of playing a bombastic conservative commentator, first on “The Daily Show” and for nearly 10 years on “The Colbert Report.”

But his next move, succeeding David Letterman on CBS’ “The Late Show,” might be the toughest assignment yet. Colbert’s comedy will no longer be guided by his faux personality, but his real one.

Earlier: Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on ‘Late Show’

“Colbert Report’s” longevity has defied the odds and the skeptics who didn’t think the joke would remain funny week in and week out for an extended run. To the credit of Colbert and his team, they’ve been savvy about keeping it fresh with an eclectic mix of guests, performers, running gags (as elaborate as him running for President) and the occasional out-of-town stand.

The move to “The Late Show” will introduce America to the real Stephen Colbert, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Stephen Colbert Will Replace David Letterman as Host of 'Late Show'

10 April 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Colbert Report, will succeed David Letterman as the host of The Late Show, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.

Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert's premiere date as host of The Late Show will be announced after Mr. Letterman determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015.

Specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Colbert-hosted Late Show, will be determined and announced at a later date.

Here's what CBS president Leslie Moonves had to say about Stephen Colbert in a statement. »

- MovieWeb

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Paul F. Tompkins To Star In ABC’s Brian Gallivan Pilot; Amy Sedaris In ‘Dead Boss’

7 March 2014 5:30 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Actor-comedian Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Bang! Bang!) will star opposite Molly Shannon in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot from creator Brian Gallivan, Sony TV and Olive Bridge Prods. It centers on an overworked father (Tompkins) dreaming of being “on vacation all year” who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to New Hampshire, where they open a group of tourist cottages but rarely, if ever, feel like they’re on vacation. Shannon plays his wife. Also cast in the pilot is Tessa Albertson as the couple’s older daughter. Repped by Innovative/Mksd. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots Strangers With Candy‘s Amy Sedaris will co-star opposite Jane Krakowski in Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from Wbtv and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Krakowski) wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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