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Even though NBC’s comedy series The Office faltered in the seasons that followed the departure of Steve Carell, one of the most peculiar and entertaining characters to arrive during this time was replacement boss Robert California, played masterfully by James Spader, who went on to become the titular villainous artificially intelligent robot in The Avengers: […]
- Ethan Anderton
To celebrate the release of Cooties, available on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download from 12th October 2015, we’re giving 3 lucky winners the chance to bring home a Blu-ray of this year’s infectious comedy-horror!
The unique writing team of Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and Ian Brennan (Glee) bring together a star-studded cast including Elijah Wood (Wilfred) Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Rainn Wilson (The Office) and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) as they set out to battle a deadly infection of epic proportions.
Substitute teacher Clint Hadson’s (Wood) first day on the job at his new school turns killer… literally…when a virus spawned from a diseased chicken nugget quickly spreads through the school turning all the children into a swarm of savages. Hadson must unite a ragtag bunch of teachers who have to band together in the fight of their lives to escape the school and the rampaging horde.
- Laura Holmes
Former The Office executive producer/showrunner Paul Lieberstein has sold a second broadcast project, the hourlong Negotiations. Set up at ABC through ABC Studios, Negotiations is a comedic drama about life, politics and romance in one of the world’s largest law firms. Lieberstein will write the script and will executive produce alongside 3 Arts’ Howard Klein. This would mark the second consecutive hourlong series for comedy veteran Lieberstein, who recently served as an… »
Sarah Silverman, primarily known for her work in comedy, is one of the latest actors to branch out from lighter fare into the world of drama. This year’s I Smile Back, director Adam Salky‘s story of a troubled woman’s aim at redemption, was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and showcases star Silverman in a much different light than audiences are used to seeing her.
Silverman has ventured into dramatic territory before, with 2011’s Take This Waltz from director Sarah Polley, but was relegated to a supporting role beside stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. With I Smile Back, Silverman takes on the heavy lifting of a serious starring role.
The history of comedic talent spreading their dramatic wings is full of big names and, in certain cases, has led to major Oscar recognition.
At last year’s Academy Awards, »
- Patrick Shanley
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wonderful Wednesday? The Game of Thrones opening theme gets mashed up with tech companies, Aladdin gets an honest trailer and learn how to make your own Kylo Ren costume from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But wait, that's not all! Star Wars gets a unique Disney mashup and one man builds an enormous Lego Batmobile! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Aladdin Honest Trailer
The Screen Junkies Honest Trailer crew turned their attention to Disney's 1992 classic Aladdin this week. This hilarious six-minute video even includes a few of their own parody songs, while skewering this whimsical plot and Robin Williams' impressions.
Life-Sized Lego Batmobile
The Lego brand is bigger than ever these days, »
It's been over two years since The Office ended, but we're still a little sad about it - and so is Phyllis Smith. We caught up with her at a press day for Inside Out's Nov. 3 DVD release, and we couldn't help ourselves: we had to ask about The Office. Smith was very forthcoming about how upset everyone was when Steve Carell exited the show in 2011: "When he left, we cried for a month prior to his leaving. The hair and makeup people were like, 'Don't even start,' because we would start talking about it and we would mess up our makeup. It was really sad when he left." We feel your pain, Phyllis. As heartbroken as the cast must have been when Carell left, it was even worse when the show ended for good: "Depending on Steve Carell's movie schedule, we'd always come back in »
- Maggie Pehanick
Who's got two thumbs and a whole lot of fans who are still crushing on him? This guy! We're revisiting how John Krasinski's character on The Office, Jim Halpert, wins everyone over. Along with his adorable floppy hair evolution, there was also Jim's charm and his swoon-worthy relationship with Pam. For a blast from The Office's past, take a look at 44 reasons why Jim was and always will be your dream guy. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Yahoo added a new family-friendly comedy series to its slate with the support of American automaker Chevrolet. The two companies partnered to create the series Going There with Ana Gasteyer, hosted by the titular actress and former Saturday Night Live member.
Produced by Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros.’ Blue Ribbon Content studio, Going There with Ana Gasteyer debuted its first episode on September 30, 2015 on Yahoo. All nine episodes of the Yahoo series take place in Chevy’s Traverse mid-size SUV model. In each episode, Gasteyer invites various celebrity friends (like former SNL pal Maya Rudolph and The Office’s Jenna Fischer) to run errands with her and discuss the comedic and crazy lives they lead as parents and individuals in the entertainment industry. Gasteyer produces Going There alongside DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman, while Libby Silverman and Blue Ribbon's Zoe Friedman created the series.
“I wanted to »
- Bree Brouwer
From “Condorman” to “Hancock,” from “Blankman” to “My Super Ex-Girlfriend,” the history of the superhero comedy is a less than illustrious one. Sure, the Marvel movies are pretty funny, but it’s surprising given the dominance of the comic book hero at the box office right now, that we haven’t seen more successful comic riffs on the underwear-over-tights genre. But one might have finally arrived. “SuperBob,” from director Jon Drever, hits cinemas in the U.K. in a few weeks, and it’s being billed by some as a sort of superheroic “Shaun Of The Dead.” Co-written by and starring “Derek” breakout Brett Goldstein, with “Doctor Who” and “The Office” star Catherine Tate, “Game Of Thrones” actress Natalia Tena, Laura Haddock from “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” and David Harewood from “Homeland,” among various familiar faces in support, the film focuses on the titular superhero, the only one in the world, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
“Fargo” star Jean Smart has joined the cast of “The Ones Above,” an indie thriller that started filming in Los Angeles on Thursday, TheWrap has learned. Emily Somers (pictured left) stars alongside James Zimbardi (“Watertown”), Skyler Caleb (“Waking”), Andrea Hunt (“Grandfathered”), Robert R. Shafer (“The Office”) and “McFarland, USA” breakout Carlos Pratts. Ben Demaree is directing from a script by Caleb, Zimbardi and Woodrow Hancock, and all three writers are producing along with “Sharknado’s” Anthony C. Ferrante. Also Read: New 'Fargo' Season 2 Trailer Promises 1970s Minnesota Murder Mystery (Video) While struggling to provide for his wife Beth (Somers) and infant daughter, »
- Jeff Sneider
Funnyman James Urbaniak, who stars as a reserved television producer named Grant on Review, shared 25 hilarious facts about himself with Us Weekly. The season finale of Review airs Thursday, Oct. 1, at 10 p.m on Comedy Central. 1. I come off like a Felix Unger (from The Odd Couple) but I’m really a slob like Oscar Madison. 2. I auditioned and was called back for the role of Dwight on The Office. I didn’t get it but I did get to play Dwight’s crazy friend Rolf in [...] »
It's the end of the world, but you'd imagine Sky1 is feeling fine, having partnered with NBC for a new big-budget comedy drama.
You, Me and the Apocalypse brings together the best of UK and Us comic talent - from Britain, there's The Wrong Mans star Mathew Baynton and Peep Show's Paterson Joseph, while Parks and Rec legend Rob Lowe and The Office actress Jenna Fischer are among the American stars.
Strong pedigree - but did the end product live up to the hype? Was it a hellish experience, or a dystopian delight?
Digital Spy wants your thoughts on You, Me and the Apocalypse - here to stay, or (like the Earth, potentially) gone tomorrow?
Vote in our poll - and join the discussion in the comments section:
Watch two new clips from Sky1's all-star comedy You, Me and the Apocalypse
Priyanka Chopra may be the first Bollywood biggie to take center stage on the small screen Stateside, but she’s hardly the only actor of South Asian descent to make a dent in Hollywood. Vulture rounded up some of the brown folks taking to the small screen these days as way more than your geeky sidekick, along with their two cents on being an actor of color in the industry.Sendhil Ramamurthy, Heroes Reborn Ramamurthy made sci-fi fans swoon on the original Heroes, and he’ll no doubt do the same on NBC’s reboot, where he reprises his moody scientist Mohinder Suresh. In the five years since the first series wrapped, Ramamurthy’s split his time on Covert Affairs, The Office, and Beauty & the Beast, typically playing characters that weren’t originally meant to be cast as South Asian. Ramamurthy has said that finding strong, diverse characters is slim pickings. »
- Sona Charaipotra
Fox debuted to new potential comedy hits on Tuesday, as “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder” aired their series premieres. The sitcoms both star ’80s heartthrobs — John Stamos and Rob Lowe respectively — and have already received critical acclaim and positive reviews. Can you make an entire sitcom out of the fact that Stamos looks really, really good for a man in his 50s? As it turns out, yes, especially when “The Office” writer Daniel Chun pens such a witty script. As for the 8:30 p.m. slot, Lowe and “Wonder Years” star Fred Savage are perfectly paired and even more affable together than they are. »
- Debbie Emery
What’s more fun than unscripted television? Scripted “mockumentaries” that mimic docudramas, break the fourth wall, and bring us original characters and great performances. Here are 13 mockumentary television shows that should not be missed! “The Office”The original UK version of “The Office” debuted in 2001 and is largely credited with popularizing the mockumentary form. The BBC show also made a household name of star Ricky Gervais (who was a co-creator and co-writer), and made way for the wildly popular U.S. adaptation that ran for nine seasons on NBC and gave Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling and many others their breakout roles. The show’s single-camera format imitates a real-life documentary about office life, and deadpan on-camera interviews reveal characters’ true motivations, inner thoughts, and occasional shortcomings—with hilarious results. “Modern Family”This beloved ABC sitcom follows three “different, but related” Los Angeles families through the ups »
The original title of Sky/NBC’s new comedy drama was sacrificed to the gods of transatlantic appeal. Apparently Us audiences aren’t familiar enough with English boroughs just off the M4 for Apocalypse Slough to work (Apocalypse Slu-ff? Slo-oo?), hence the change to something more generic.
Thankfully, that seems to have been the only thing flattened in translation, because title aside, You, Me And The Apocalypse is a blast. Pun intended.
Mat Baynton (Horrible Histories, The Wrong Mans) is likeable as ever in the role of Slough bank manager Jamie Winton, the routine-loving straight man to his feckless, hedonistic housemate, Dave (Joel Fry). Yes, it’s a bit in debt to Peep Show, but these two soon have much more to worry about than Mark and Jez ever did. »
Can you make an entire sitcom out of the fact that John Stamos looks really, really good for a man in his 50s? As it turns out, yes. With Daniel Chun (“The Office,” “Hello Ladies” and “Happy Endings”) penning a quick-witted script, “Grandfathered” subverts every hokey cliche that it nearly crashes into by maintaining a savvy self-awareness. Stamos plays Jimmy Martino, a successful Los Angeles restaurateur who’s a fixture in the dining room at Jimmy’s every night, delivering the same flattering line to every female who walks through the door. He’s always found at the center of a glamorous coterie of. »
- Heidi Patalano
Jenna Fischer won a legion of fans for playing shy receptionist Pam Beesly in the Us Office for nine seasons. She will next be seen in another ensemble comedy, except this time it's mostly set in Slough, the home of the original version of the show that launched her career.
Sky 1's You, Me and the Apocalypse features a variety of seemingly unconnected characters as the world literally crumbles around them. Boasting one of the most eclectic casts in years, the UK-us show also stars Rob Lowe, Mathew Baynton, Megan Mullally and Pauline Quirke.
Fischer plays a mum who is sent to prison after taking the heat for her son's naughty computer hacking hobbies, and she has promised viewers that it will have a blockbuster feel to rival some of Hollywood's finest.
One episode was provided prior to broadcast.
There’s a pervading sweetness running throughout Fox’s new sitcom Grandfathered, premiering alongside The Grinder this fall. Although both shows feature a somewhat cliche structure that’s largely the same, in reverse – Rob Lowe returning to his family in The Grinder, John Stamos discovering he even has one in Grandfathered – where this show prevails slightly over Lowe’s sitcom is in two important areas. One: it’s funny. Two: I wouldn’t mind spending a few weeks getting to know these characters more. Both facts run right in the face of the show’s stock playboy-settles-down plot arc, which lets its characters move around and have fun thanks to its simplicity, unlike The Grinder‘s stifling, largely humorless stranglehold over nearly everyone on screen.
The show opens with Jimmy Martino (John Stamos) making the rounds at Jimmy’s, the local fancy restaurant he owns and operates. »
- Mitchel Broussard
If you were planning on putting the zombie film Cooties on your holiday wish list, then you're in luck. Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced a December 1st Blu-ray and DVD debut for Cooties, complete with an alternate ending and more.
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA (September 28, 2015) - School lunches will forever be tainted after the disturbing and hilarious Cooties arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD December 1 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The "funny, gory and brilliant" (dallasmoviescreenings.com) film is currently available On Demand. From the twisted minds of the writer of Insidious and co-creator of "Glee," the film stars a witty ensemble cast including Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Rainn Wilson (TV's "The Office"), Alison Pill (HBO's "The Newsroom"), Jack McBrayer (TV's "30 Rock"), Leigh Whannell (Saw), Nasim Pedrad (TV's "Saturday Night Live"), with Ian Brennan (TV's "Scream Queens") and Jorge Garcia »
- Derek Anderson
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