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It's not every day one gets a call about being in TV's longest-running drama, Law and Order: Svu, but when that call comes, you answer. Especially when that means you'll be shouting things you'd never imagine saying at Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross and Curb Your Enthusiasm Mvp Susie Essman in the freezing cold outside a luxurious New York City townhouse. I answered the call and mounted my first "public performance" since elementary school, playing the far-reaching role of "Reporter No. 1." To be honest, I rehearsed my two lines for basically a week. I have never related to The Comeback and this scene more in my entire life. I practiced hitting words differently, saying »
Marcia Cross is back on TV and of course there's a twist. It is Law & Order: Svu, after all. The Emmy nominee is making her big comeback with her first role since Desperate Housewives ended in 2012 starring opposite the original Man From U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn and Curb Your Enthusiasm Mvp Susie Essman in an episode ripped from the headlines. That's right, Svu is taking on the Casey Kasem case that gripped the public. "Yeah, I've been sort of home with the kids. I felt like…It was time to get out of the house, I heard it was a great show. I don't watch much television, so it wasn't something I knew about. I love Mariska. We're sort of around the same age, so I've watched her »
FX has released a new trailer for their upcoming comedy series The Comedians, which reveals that series stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad are essentially playing fictionalized versions of themselves. When the show was first announced back in March, it wasn't explicitly stated that both actors would be taking on various aspects of their personal lives, but that point is made clear in this trailer, when Josh Gad answers his cell phone with the greeting "Go for Gad." The footage also describes the show as "An FX Original Comedy about an FX Original Comedy."
In The Comedians, Billy Crystal plays a comedy legend who is reluctantly paired with Josh Gad, an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at a fictional late night sketch comedy show where egos and generations collide. Stephnie Weir stars as "Kristen Laybourne," the anxiety-ridden producer behind The Billy & Josh Show who frequently finds herself »
The first trailer for the upcoming FX comedy “The Comedians” is as meta as the show itself.
The “FX original comedy about an FX original comedy” stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad as versions of themselves. The show follows the veteran and amateur comedian, respectively, as they fumble their way to starring in an FX sketch show.
“Comedy is like heart surgery,” Gad tells the camera. “It gets botched all the time.” This is right after he pulls a ringing cell phone from his oversized diaper while filming a scene for the show within a show.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied firebombing of Dresden, a massive attack in the final months of the war that leveled the German city and produced tens of thousands of casualties. Vonnegut endured the Dresden bombing while being held by the Germans as a prisoner of war, having been captured after fighting in the Battle of the Bulge as an Army private. The experience of being held prisoner in an underground meat locker inspired Vonnegut’s landmark 1969 novel “Slaughterhouse-Five.”
Earlier this week Weide launched a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to finally finish the documentary “Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time,” on which he’s been working for nearly 30 years.
- Cynthia Littleton
Two decades after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ endearingly dense pairing spun slapstick comedy into box office gold in Dumb and Dumber, the long-awaited sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack and On Demand on February 17, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber; There’s Something about Mary; Me, Myself and Irene) the Dumb and Dumber To Blu-ray Combo Pack offers hilarious extra belly laughs including an alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes, and a multi-part feature that takes viewers behind the scenes of the no-holds-barred comedy.
The side-splitting sequel also stars Rob Riggle (The Hangover, 21 Jump Street), Kathleen Turner (Marley & Me, Romancing the Stone), Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead,” Silent Hill), Rachel Melvin (My Funny Valentine, “Days of Our Lives”), and Steve Tom(“Major Crimes,” Seven Pounds).
- Movie Geeks
Don Argott’s interests are eclectic, to say the least. Just in the past five years the Philly-based documentarian has followed the downward spiraling of rock stars, explored a nuclear-reactor community and, most recently, launched a Kickstarter campaign for his latest project Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time. The in-production doc is co-directed by Curb Your Enthusiasm co-creator Bob Weide and is about his decades-long attempt to make his own film about the iconic author, who in the process became a close friend. Argott spoke with Filmmaker about meeting Weide at an overseas film festival, going the indie financing route, and how […] »
- Lauren Wissot
Two decades after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels' endearingly dense pairing spun slapstick comedy into box office gold in Dumb and Dumber, the long-awaited sequel, Dumb and Dumber To on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack and On Demand on February 17, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber; There's Something About Mary; Me, Myself & Irene) the Dumb and Dumber To Blu-ray Combo Pack offers hilarious extra belly laughs including an alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes, and a multi-part feature that takes viewers behind the scenes of the no-holds-barred comedy. We have a giveaway lined up where fans can take home this sequel on Blu-ray.
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film's directors, »
Back in 1982, 22-year-old novice documentary filmmaker Robert Weide wrote a fan letter to his idol, novelist Kurt Vonnegut, asking if he'd be interested in a documentary about his work and life. Vonnegut agreed, although he couldn't imagine anyone would be interested in a film about a writer. "He said, 'I don't know how you make a film about me, but you're welcome to try," Weide told Indiewire. Fast forward 33 years. Weide has since directed four acclaimed, award-winning documentaries on comedians, including W.C. Fields, Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen. He was also the principal director and an executive producer of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" for the show's first five years. Vonnegut died in 2007 and now Weide and documentary filmmaker Don Argott have turned to Kickstarter to raise $250,000 to bring "Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time" to life. "It's always been a question of either not having the money or not having the time -- but. »
- Paula Bernstein
In 1982, the 23-year-old documentary filmmaker Robert Weide wrote his idol, Kurt Vonnegut, a fan letter with an ulterior motive: He wanted the Slaughterhouse Five author and perennial fanboy favorite to be his next subject. To his surprise, Vonnegut wrote back. He had seen Weide’s first doc, about the Marx Brothers, and he consented. They met to discuss Weide’s plan, which was to lock in financing quickly and finish the movie within a year.By 2014, Weide’s subject was seven years dead and the director had several more movies to his name (along with the 27 episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm that he directed), as well as dozens of hours of Vonnegut footage — but no documentary. Then he saw the news that Griffin Dunne had launched a Kickstarter page for a documentary about his aunt Joan Didion. “When [Dunne] got $80,000 in a single day I thought, Okay, now’s the »
- Boris Kachka
One of the most important American writers of the 20th century, Kurt Vonnegut's novels were full of intelligence and dry humour. Perhaps his most famous work, the semi-autobiographical novel Slaughterhouse-Five, was both a horrifying account of the firebombing of Dresden and a dark time travel comedy.
Such books as Cat's Cradle, Player Piano and Breakfast Of Champions offered up amusing and often worryingly accurate portraits of human nature at its lowest, where lives are ruined or existences snuffed out through naivety or plain madness. In short, Vonnegut was one of the sharpest sci-fi writers of all time.
In 1982, filmmaker Robert Weide wrote to Vonnegut in the hope that the author would let him make a documentary about his life. To Weide's surprise, Vonnegut agreed. Between 1988 and 2007, Weide met with Vonnegut many times, »
The most frequent question Curb Your Enthusiasm co-creator Robert B. Weide gets asked is apparently, “When are you going to finish your Kurt Vonnegut documentary?”. Weide started filming the author in 1988, having secured Vonnegut's blessing for a film project as early as 1982. And 33 years on, Weide is finally getting round to using the footage, co-directing Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck In Time with documentarist Don Argott (As The Palaces Burn, The Art Of The Steal). A Kickstarter campaign has just launched, which comes with a trailer."It's going to be amazing," Argott tells Empire. "Bob Weide did the Woody Allen documentary a couple of years ago: a Lenny Bruce documentary, a Marx Brothers documentary... he's been a filmmaker for years. I met him in Kiev and we hung out and hit it off and had known and liked each other's work, and he called me to ask if I'd be interested in »
The lovable Harry and Lloyd are back in the sequel “Dumb and Dumber To.”
The film is currently available as a digital download today and on Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack on Tuesday, February 17.
It reunites Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as the best dumb buddies since the original film two decades ago. The story follows the duo on another road trip to help find Harry’s daughter who he never knew.
Main bonus features included in the Blu-ray are an alternative opening, deleted and extended scenes and gag real.
Other bonus features include:
That’s Awesome! – The Story Of Dumb And Dumber To
- Gig Patta
Arclight Films represents all rights outside of North America, while CAA and Wme Global are co-representing North America.
The story follows the love affair between a Las Vegas chef and a promising fashion designer that is badly derailed when the woman’s past and present demons resurface.
The film, which is now in post-production, was produced by Parts & Labor, the Supply Company and Lola Pictures. Preferred Content and Killer Films are executive producers. The film was fully financed and produced in association with Great Point Media, »
- Patrick Frater
Broad City, Season 2, Episode 4, “Knockoffs”
Directed by Lucia Aniello
Airs Wednesdays at 10:30pm on Comedy Central
There’s something beautiful happening with Abbi on this season of Broad City. In season one, Abbi was the straight woman to Ilana’s antics, being dragged along on her escapades and exposed to things she’d never seen before. By the end of the season, some of that had changed, but there’s something altogether different happening now. Four episodes into the second season, Abbi is now experiencing sex acts that Ilana has only dreamed of. Now that’s character development.
There was a time when Ilana was telling Abbi that everything she does in bed, she’s already been through. Turns out that she hasn’t gone through pegging before, and she is ecstatic at Abbi’s opportunity with Jeremy. Pegging, for the uninitiated, »
- Jake Pitre
Marcia Cross soon will make her TV return as a desperate possibly depraved housewife.
The Desperate Housewives alum has been cast as a suspect on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Svu, E! Online reports.
Related Svu Nabs Paul Adelstein for Guest Gig
Cross’ first role since Desperate‘s Bree will be Charmaine Briggs, the latest in a long string of novelist Walter Briggs’ wives. Walter’s daughters think Charmaine is sexually abusing their dad — hence the involvement of Benson & Co. (If the case reminds you of of Casey Kasem’s family drama, that’s no accident.)
Walter will be »
Marcia Cross is returning to TV and she'll be tangling with the Law & Order: Svu detectives. Cross, who spent eight seasons as Bree Van De Kamp on Desperate Housewives, will guest star opposite Robert Vaughn, Curb Your Enthusiasm's Susie Essman and Mercedes Ruehl in "December Solstice," in the Feb. 25 episode of Svu. This is Cross' first TV role since Desperate Housewives ended in 2012. She was attached to the pilot, Fatrick, but it didn't get a series order. "We are lucky to have Robert Vaughn as a proud lion in late winter, and Marcia Cross as his sixth and most beautiful wife," executive producer Warren Leight said in a statement. "They make a terrific Svu couple...with »
“Blunt Talk,” from exec producer Seth MacFarlane and starring Patrick Stewart, began production this week in Los Angeles on the first 10-episode season. Starz released the first photos from the scripted comedy Wednesday.
The half-hour comedy from Media Rights Capital (Mrc) and series creator Jonathan Ames who is exec producing with MacFarlane, Tristram Shapeero and Stephanie Davis was given a 20-episode, two season commitment.
“It was a great first day on the set of ‘Blunt Talk,'” said Ames. “Patrick Stewart was noble, loony, and heroic. And that was before the first shot. Later, in character as Walter Blunt, he was all those things and more.”
The original series, set in L.A., follows Walter Blunt (Stewart), a Brit who’s intent on taking over American cable news, and the fallout from his unintentional, yet misguided decision making both on air and off. Besieged by his network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
We’re back with another horror news round-up. This time around we have two new photos from Tremors 5, a recently released poster for the all-female directed horror anthology film, Xx, as well as a look at the upcoming Zombie Strike Doominator Nerf gun.
The Graboids are back to snack on unlucky surface dwellers once again in Tremors 5, but standing in their way as always is the indomitable Burt Gummer (Michael Gross), along with his new pal, Travis (Jamie Kennedy). Two photos from Tremors 5 were recently revealed, giving us a fresh look at Gross and Kennedy in the fifth installment of the horror/sci-fi franchise that’s due out later this year.
“With even more deadly creatures on the loose, Tremors 5 continues the films’ hallmark combination of adrenaline-laced suspense, »
- Derek Anderson
It was the final big American film and TV awards ceremony before the Oscars, and the one most likely to indicate who will be going home with Academy awards in a month’s time. Find out if Hollywood’s most celebrated actors perfect their speeches ... or losers’ faces
Screen Actors Guild awards 2015: the winners in pictures
A quick-fire night then with a couple of surprises thrown in, mostly in TV.
Costner is back and… well… that’s it.
- Alex Needham and Lanre Bakare in New York
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