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Jeff Baena's new zombie comedy horror 'Life After Beth' is all set to arrive in limited theatres across the Us this Summer. A24 who picked up the distribution rights earlier this year have announced that the feature will be released on 15 August 2014 pitting up against the likes of action sequel 'The Expendables 3'. 'Life After Beth' stars Aubrey Plaza ('Safety Not Guaranteed'), Dane DeHaan ('Chronicle'), Anna Kendrick ('Up in the Air'), John C. Reilly, Alia Shawkat ('Arrested Development'), Cheryl Hines ('Curb your Enthusiasm') and Molly Shannon. DirecTV will also be able to screen the movie for 30 days before the theatrical release. »
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.
It is the golden age of comedy now, Mindy Kaling told reporters at NBCU Press Day, because whereas once you used to have to wait 2 1/2 years for Larry David to get around to writing another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, “now there’s always something happening” in comedy on the TV landscape. She was joined by stars of other Universal TV comedies airing on NBC and elsewhere. Related: Mindy Kaling Exits UTA Jenna Elfman is a big fan of single cam comedies, like her new Growing Up Fisher, because “with the Internet … audiences are more savvy, and with a single camera you can home in on nuance more than with multi-cam and capture the smarter side of the story.” Related: NBC Press Day: Bill Lawrence Talks ‘Undateable’ Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg chimed in: “I was on SNL, which was live, but everything I did was pre-taped, so I was already headed in that direction. »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Where can you drink liquid shrimp and sip champagne out of test tubes at a party where a megastar like Kid Rock is the poorest person in the room? The fantasy land that is Silicon Valley, home to the tech industry's beating heart, and the insatiable nerds who flock there in search of millions in start-up money. That's the subjects of Mike Judge's latest show, Silicon Valley, and now HBO has made the first episode available to stream on YouTube following its premiere Sunday night. Indeed, Kid Rock shows »
Steve Coogan spent many years trying to shed his hilariously awful alter ego, radio personality Alan Partridge, which made him a star in the 1990s on British television but made it difficult for him to play different kinds of roles. (His closest equivalent in the U.S. is probably Larry David’s character in Curb Your Enthusiasm.) The series also gave a boost to his writing partners Armando Iannucci (creator of the scathing British comedy series The Thick of It and its U.S. offshoot, Veep) and Peter Baynham (whose credits range from Borat to Arthur Christmas). With the passage of time, they’ve relented, and following a 2012 television special, they have collaborated with Coogan and...
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- Leonard Maltin
Chicago – The story of a Chicago-based woman – who died in 2009 at age 83 – has become the subject of a remarkable new documentary. “Finding Vivian Maier” is a film about revelation, and was created by co-directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, with the support of Executive Producer and comedian Jeff Garlin.
The tale of Vivian Maier seems impossible. It began after her death with an auction of her storage locker, which contained negatives of her street photographer’s life – from the 1950s through the ‘90s. One of the directors of the film, John Maloof, stumbled onto her treasure by purchasing a box of these negatives. He then became her archivist, cataloging her photos, films, audio recordings and even material possessions, to reveal an artist of unique magnitude. “Finding Vivian Maier” is Maloof’s story, Vivian’s journey and the story of an artist’s life that easily could have been lost with her demise. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
There are a lot of definitions of comedy floating around out there. My personal favorite is the theory of "bad to worse." There's something about watching someone go from bad to worse, but still bring cheerful, even upbeat about it, that just cracks me up. It certainly works in Curb Your Enthusiasm, the reigning heavyweight champ. You'll also see it on The Simpsons. Family Guy, ditto. The hell with the three-act, Robert McKee, story-structure hoo-haa. Instead of getting someone up a tree, throwing sticks at him, and getting him back down again, in comedy, for me, it's just about throwing sticks at him. Then trees. Then the whole frickin' Great North Woods. You get the idea.
- Ken Krimstein
Imagine taking Curb Your Enthusiasm and mixing it with the gross out comedy of a movie like The Hangover. To some people this may sound like the worst thing ever, especially the thought of taking Larry David’s work and mixing it with a movie like that, how could they? The answer to this question is a movie called Klown, which in turn is based on a television show from Denmark. While not many people in the UK will have seen the television show, the film is an eye opener to something they just might like.
When Frank (Frank Hvam) finds out his girlfriend is pregnant she lets him know she is not sure that he can actually be a good father. To prove to her that he can, »
- Paul Metcalf
Klown (Denmark: Klovn: The Movie), 2010.
Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard.
In order to prove his fatherhood potential to his pregnant girlfriend, Frank 'kidnaps' her 12-year-old nephew and tags along on his best friend Casper's debauched weekend canoe trip.
The bumbling fool, the blithering idiot, the blissfully ignorant ignoramus. It’s a televisual and cinematic staple. A character who can sometimes be likeably simple, or in other cases likeably unlikeable. Think of David Brent, Alan Partridge, George Costanza (or of course Larry David). Nothing ever goes right but it makes for great entertainment. So with Klown, a Danish film spinoff from a popular TV show from the land of awesome bacon, we get the Scandinavian answer to Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Most outside of Denmark watching Klown: The Movie will be unlikely to have prior knowledge of the TV show. That »
- Gary Collinson
With Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David has acclimated viewers to a perpetual onslaught of embarrassing and cringe-inducing moments: getting caught making out at Schindler's List, having the spray of your urine be mistaken for one of Jesus's tears. When Girls premiered, it was initially read as a generational statement: This is what the Millennial Generation is like. Lena Dunham's series does indeed have much to say about a nation of college grads with ballooning debt and shrinking opportunities, but after three seasons, »
Roseanne Barr Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Russell Peters will help find the "Last Comic Standing" this May. The returning NBC series revealed that the trip will serve as judges on the upcoming season, which will premiere Thursday, May 22 at 9 p.m. Et. The new season will be hosted by "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Jb Smoove. Following the premiere, "Standing" will move to its regular 10 p.m. Thursday timeslot. The season will consist of 13 one-hour episodes. Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz ("Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious"), are exec producing through their Push It Productions, along with Javier Winnik ("The Marriage Ref"). "We are ready to bring back the funny with this relaunch of ‘Last Comic Standing,’ and can’t wait to discover the next great stand-up," said NBC's Paul Telegdy. "With Keenen, Roseanne and Russell set as our new judges, Jb as host and Wanda, Page and Javier at the helm, there »
- Dave Lewis
NBC‘s reality series Last Comic Standing resumes its search for America’s funniest comic on May 22 at 9 Pm with new judges Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Keenen Ivory Wayans (In Living Color) and Russell Peters (Notorious) and Jb Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) tapped as host. The network is promising innovative format changes, surprise celebrity guests and unexpected twists in 13-episode Season 8, which will open with invitation-only auditions. Last Comic Standing features the top 100 comics in America vying for 20 spots. These 20 will then compete in a semifinal round and the best of the best will emerge, with the top 10 moving into the challenge rounds. In this phase, they will compete in different comedy disciplines, such as sketch, improv and stand-up, proving themselves both individually and in teams. The series will air Thursdays at 10 Pm following the premiere. Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz of Push It Prods. executive produce for Universal Television through their deal with the studio, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Under the two-year agreement, Sky and FX Networks will co-fund and co-develop half-hour scripted comedy projects. If any of them are picked up to series, the shows would air on Sky1 HD or Sky Atlantic HD in the UK and Ireland and FX Networks channels in the Us. “This partnership will open doors for us to discover new comedy talent and develop their stories in this unique foreign exchange program,” said FX president of original programming Eric Schrier. Home-grown Sky comedies that have previously been broadcast on U.S. networks include An Idiot Abroad, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Spy, Moone Boy and Doll & Em. Titles set to launch this year include Mr Sloane created by Bob Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and starring Nick Frost which debuts this spring, Charlie Brooker’s A Touch Of Cloth will return for a third chapter this summer and Matthew Perry stars in Jon Ronson’s The Dog Thrower. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
With executive producers/writers Larry Charles, Matt Nix, Ben Wexler, and Billy Crystal, FX‘s new sit-com order for The Comedians should be about the closest thing television has to a slam dunk. Add Josh Gad to the cast, and build it off of something we already know is a pretty solid format, and it looks like FX has the next great show locked up.
Having just announced a 13-episode order based on the Swedish show of the same name, this is one you’re going to hear about a lot in the future, and by the time it rolls around, a lot of people are going to be pretty excited for this one. It’s one thing to build a new version of a show that is, reportedly, already a strong series, but it’s quite another to throw in a mix of Arrested Development, Burn Notice, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. »
- Marc Eastman
As with Sunday night's "Lost" panel, I stepped in to do a little TV duty this week and attended tonight's "Parks and Recreation" panel at the PaleyFest. I'm not sure there's a group of characters that I like spending time with each week as much as the "Parks" group right now. Pawnee has taken its place right alongside Springfield as one of the most fully-realized comedy communities in TV history. Each year, we learn more about the people of Pawnee and we learn more about the main characters and we just plain dig deeper into the roiling cauldron of weird that is headed up by the great Leslie Knope, played by the also-great Amy Poehler. After a very spirited round of interviews on the red carpet, I headed upstairs where they were just starting to screen this Thursday's new episode, "Galentine's Day." After this, there are only six more episodes this year, »
- Drew McWeeny
In an alliance few saw coming, Billy Crystal has seen his new pilot, The Comedians, get a 13 episode order from FX. Production will begin later this year and the series will launch in 2015. This will mark Crystal’s first excursion into the TV universe in over 30 years, as he was last seen on the small screen in the 1977-81 ABC comedy, Soap.
Crystal will be surrounded by a team of comedic all-stars, as rising talent Josh Gad (New Girl, The Internship, Frozen) will play his younger foil, stepping into the role of a more youthful, edgier talent that works with Crystal’s veteran superstar on a late night sketch comedy show.
Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Larry Charles directed the pilot and co-wrote the script with Crystal, Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, and Ben Wexler (best known for his work on The Good Guys and the criminally underrated family sitcom Still Standing »
- Jeff Castilla
Real-life BFFs Emily Mortimer (Newsroom) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary) write and star on Doll & Em (Wednesdays at 10 p.m.), HBO’s latest L.A. meta-comedy about a movie star (Mortimer) who hires her childhood pal (Wells) as an assistant. (Possible alternate title: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ladies!) But once you clear the velvet rope, it’s apparent that Doll and Em is, at its heart, a portrait of female friendship rather than a Hollywood confidential.
The comedy — which is partly improvised, but never reaches laugh-out-loud levels of funny — debuts with back-to-back episodes, and good thing, considering the premiere is a bit anemic. »
- Amy Wilkinson
It’s official — Billy Crystal is returning to television, and he’s bringing funnyman Josh Gad with him.FX announced Wednesday that it has ordered 13 episodes of The Comedians, a single-camera comedy series that takes us behind the scenes of a late-night sketch show. Crystal will star as a famous comedian who is, much to his dismay, paired up with Gad (1600 Penn, Frozen, The Book of Mormon). Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg, and Megan Ferguson will also star.The role marks Crystal’s return to television, as it will be the comedian’s first regular appearance since starring as Jodie Dallas »
- Andrea Towers
FX announced today that they have picked up The Comedians for 13 episodes. Based on a Swedish show of the same name, it stars Billy Crystal as a legendary comic who gets paired with a brash up-and-comer (Josh Gad) for a fictional sketch show. Larry Charles (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn Notice), and Ben Wexler (Community, Arrested Development) are writing and serving as executive producers. The show will shoot this year, with a planned 2015 premiere. Crystal hasn’t had a starring role on a TV series since Soap ended in 1981 (not including SNL, of course). Frankly, it’s been so long since Crystal has been on TV that saying this show sounds “mahvelous” won’t make sense to most. »
- Jesse David Fox
Billy Crystal is coming back to the small screen, and not just via his upcoming HBO special. Crystal's new comedy pilot, "The Comedians," has received a series order from FX, according to Deadline. The premise finds Crystal's veteran comic character teaming up with Josh Gad's young up-and-comer for a sketch show. The pilot was written and directed by Larry Charles ("The Dictator," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), who also serves as the show's executive producer along with Crystal, Matt Nix ("Burn Notice") and Ben Wexler ("Community"). Based off the Swedish series "Ulveson and Herngren," "The Comedians" is a half-hour, single camera comedy that will certainly bring in an older demographic than FX usually attracts with shows like "Archer" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Crystal guest starred on Lisa Kudrow's Showtime show, "Web Therapy" last year. He appeared with the "Friends" star in "Analyze This" and "Analyze That »
- Ben Travers
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