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10 Best Comedy Actors Of The Last 25 Years

17 December 2014 9:37 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Everybody has their favourite actors, whether it be those who consistently gain Oscar acclaim, action heroes or romantic comedy stars. The most subjective types are comedy actors though. Films lovers have an extremely varying taste in leading funnymen, with some preferring more subtle comedic performers and others opting for a slapstick actor who cracks jokes in every second of the movie.

This list looks at the cream of the Hollywood comedy crop over the last 25 years, assessing how prolific these actors have been and how versatile they are.

It’s worth stressing that this relates strictly to films –  someone like Ricky Gervais has created television comedy genius with The Office, but been pretty forgettable on the big screen, for example – and will only include people who have been in their prime since 1990. The likes of Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Bill Murray and Leslie Nielsen have all still been working in the last 25 years, »

- Henry Jackson

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Larry Wilmore bothers restaurant diners in 'The Nightly Show' teaser

16 December 2014 11:49 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Once The Colbert Report goes off the air and host Stephen Colbert moves on from Comedy Central to replace David Letterman on The Late ShowJon Stewart's The Daily Show will get a new late-night companion: Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show, which released its first teaser Tuesday. Created by Stewart, The Nightly Show will focus on people and topics less represented in the media. “It’s a show about underdogs," Wilmore told the New York Times in November, "and that happens in a lot of different forms, whether it’s race, gender, or whatever.”" Wilmore currently holds the »

- Ariana Bacle

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A.I. Goes Rogue in First Trailer for Mark Webber's Uncanny!

16 December 2014 9:43 AM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

In another Quiet Earth premier, we've got the first trailer for Uncanny, a new science fiction thriller starring Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim), Lucy Griffiths (Winter's Tale, Robin Hood) and even The Office's Rainn Wilson.

Uncanny is directed by Matthew Leutwyler, an executive producer on Super and the man who's writing the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's Creepshow.


The world's first "perfect" Artificial Intelligence begins to exhibit startling and unnerving emergent behavior when a reporter begins a relationship with the scientist who created it.

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Prank Jimmy Kimmel (Video)

16 December 2014 4:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's no War of the Roses, but it's close. Jimmy Kimmel and his wife Molly have what the Jimmy Kimmel Live! YouTube channel refers to as a "beloved holiday tradition" with their neighbors, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski: They prank each other. This year, things escalated. Kimmel went to his car after wrapping the show, only to find that his entire SUV - tires and all - had been gift-wrapped and tagged with a note that read, "From your secret Santa." When he went to open the door, he found that the car had been filled to the brim with ornaments. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Prank Jimmy Kimmel (Video)

16 December 2014 4:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's no War of the Roses, but it's close. Jimmy Kimmel and his wife Molly have what the Jimmy Kimmel Live! YouTube channel refers to as a "beloved holiday tradition" with their neighbors, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski: They prank each other. This year, things escalated. Kimmel went to his car after wrapping the show, only to find that his entire SUV - tires and all - had been gift-wrapped and tagged with a note that read, "From your secret Santa." When he went to open the door, he found that the car had been filled to the brim with ornaments. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Ricky Gervais Ready to Heckle Tina Fey, Amy Poehler at Golden Globes

15 December 2014 6:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ricky Gervais — a newly minted Golden Globe nominee for his work in the Netflix comedy series “Derek” — is ready to return to the Beverly Hilton and face the playful jabs from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ceremony’s hosts. He knows he will be a target and already has planned a strategy to deflect their zingers.

“I’m going to heckle back,” Gervais told Variety at the world premiere of his film “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” in New York on Dec. 11. “I’m taking on a microphone to have control of the big speaker system so that it’s a fair fight.”

The comedian is no stranger to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual award show. He won a Golden Globe in 2004 for his starring role in the original British version of “The Office” and hosted the show three times. Many felt that he »

- Paul Chi

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Watch 'Saturday Night Live's' Amazing 'Hobbit'/'Office' Mash-Up

15 December 2014 5:50 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend's "Saturday Night Live," hosted by "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" star Martin Freeman and featuring musical guest Charli Xcx (who scored a major hit this past summer with her song from "Fault in Our Stars") was widely regarded as one of the best of the season. "Saturday Night Live" always flourishes in times of turmoil, and certainly... recent events have given them plenty of material.

But one of the funniest bits of the night was also one of the sweetest (and, in retrospect, most obvious): a charming mash-up of "The Hobbit" (where Freeman plays Bilbo) and the BBC version of "The Office" (where a young Freeman co-starred as Tim). Imagine Gandalf as the Ricky Gervais character, etc. Why are you even still reading this? Just watch it. It's great. Seriously.


- Drew Taylor

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‘The Hobbit’ meets ‘The Office’ in inspired ‘SNL’ sketch

14 December 2014 7:16 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Saturday Night Live may have out done themselves on the nerdy quotient this weekend. Martin Freeman hosted SNL Saturday to promote the final chapter of The Hobbit, and in the spirit of the season, Freeman portrayed Bilbo Baggins in a mashup with the BBC version of The Office. Freeman initially portrayed Tim on the Ricky Gervais led show, and in this hilarious, inspired sketch, we get to see Bilbo selling paper over the phone after becoming a hero in his quest against the dragon Smaug. Watch the sketch below, and you tell me which is better: Bobby Moynihan’s cheeky David Brent/Gandalf hybrid or Taran Killam going full-on Gollum?

The post ‘The Hobbit’ meets ‘The Office’ in inspired ‘SNL’ sketch appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

- Brian Welk

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‘The Newsroom’ Finale Might Look Better In Hindsight (Spoilers)

14 December 2014 7:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

So Aaron Sorkin? As Claude Rains said at the end of “Casablanca,” “As I suspected, you’re a rank sentimentalist.” Then again, anyone who has stuck with “The Newsroom” through its three interesting, exhausting, at times aggravating seasons — or for that matter, “The West Wing” in its heyday — won’t find that to be a major surprise, or always a bad thing.

Yes, the writer rails against the failings of the modern media, but that’s because of his faith in the nobler aspects of the calling. Yet in romanticizing the news, his fictionalized work didn’t just preach, capitalizing on the benefit of hindsight to illustrate where journalists have fallen short, but too often rang hollow.

Those excesses, for good and ill, were evident throughout this finishing six-episode arc and Sunday’s series finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), which followed the sudden death of news »

- Brian Lowry

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Saturday Night Live, Episode 40.09: “Martin Freeman/Charli Xcx” brings unmemorable sketches, shoddy music

14 December 2014 4:42 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Saturday Night Live, Season 40, Episode 9, “Martin Freeman/Charli Xcx

Aired December 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)

Not every episode of SNL is going to make an impression on the viewer of the culture. It’s in these so-so episodes that we really find what interests the cast and the writers, because they are at the talents’ base level of ability. “Martin Freeman/Charli Xcx” has the cast engaging in almost entirely original sketches that have much of the cast riffing off central concept of the sketches, with middling results.  At least this episode has the welcome treat of…

The Host: This is Martin Freeman’s first time hosting the show, but you wouldn’t know it after watching the episode. Freeman is the ultimate straight man of a generation, and fully immerses himself into the worlds of his characters. Throughout the episode, Freeman »

- Jj Perkins

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Martin Freeman Brings Bilbo to 'The Office' on 'SNL'

14 December 2014 1:36 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies star Martin Freeman hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live last night, where he reprised his role as Bilbo Baggins in a parody sketch dubbed The Office Middle Earth. After saving Middle-earth, Bilbo (Martin Freeman, Gandalf (Bobby Moynihan), Gollum (Taran Killam), Legolas (Kyle Mooney) and Tauriel (Kate McKinnon) take up office jobs. This is not only a parody of The Hobbit trilogy, but also of the original U.K. series The Office, which Martin Freeman starred in.

In the sketch, Bilbo reveals his hatred for Gollum, as he pulls a few office pranks on his co-worker. Unfortunately, original The Office creator and star Ricky Gervais didn't stop by to put in an appearance, but it's still a humorous take on both The Hobbit trilogy and The Office. This was the last Saturday Night Live episode of 2014, although it isn't known yet who will host the first 2015 episode, »

- MovieWeb

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'SNL' Mashes Up 'The Hobbit' and 'The Office' with Martin Freeman

14 December 2014 10:50 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"The brave hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, now works at a paper company." Last night, the star of The Hobbit trilogy, Martin Freeman hosted "Saturday Night Live," and some kind of parody of Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth epic was inevitable. However, we didn't think it would also crossover with a spoof of Freeman's work on the original British version of "The Office." Complete with an awesome opening title sequence of the show that airs on the Jrr network (get it?), this was one of the funniest sketches in an episode where Freeman felt like he belonged amongst the cast of live sketch comedians. Watch below now! Here's the awesome "Saturday Night Live" mash-up of The Hobbit and "The Office" (via Hulu): Also, be sure to check out Stephen Colbert's interview with Smaug from last week right here. In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit... J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, »

- Ethan Anderton

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SNL Full Rewind with Martin Freeman, Charli Xcx Videos

14 December 2014 10:44 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Last night brought first time host Martin Freeman to Saturday Night Live, with musical guest Charli Xcx.Check out all the highlights below, including Martin’s monologue, Sump’n Claus (the “naughty” alternative to Santa Claus, Bilbo’s adventures in The Office: Middle Earth, St. Joseph’s Christmas Mass Spectacular, and more!Also, make sure to catch Charli Xcx’s performances of “Boom Clap” and “Break the Rules” below. The full episode will be available on nbc.com/snl and the NBC App later this morning.Enjoy your Sunday, and get ready for next week’s episode with host Amy Adams and musical guest One Direction!Saturday Night LIVECharlie Rose Cold OpenCharlie […] »

- April Neale

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Martin Freeman fronts a pitch-perfect mash-up of 'The Office' and Tolkien on 'Saturday Night Live'

13 December 2014 9:25 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When you've got Martin Freeman hosting "Saturday Night Live," it's a safe bet they're going to figure out a way to do a "Hobbit" themed sketch. Bonus points, then, to the show for doing a parody of both the Engish version of "The Office" and Freeman's Peter Jackson trilogy. "The Office: Middle-Earth" is about as easy a joke as they could make, but the execution actually pays off thanks to an attention to detail. Ultimately, the best parody is done by people who love what they're making fun of, because that's when the jokes are going to be the sharpest. The original "Office" has inspired an entire aesthetic that's become very recognizable, but they made sure to get it right with everything here from the "Jrr" logo done a la BBC to the way they reproduce specific jokes from the Ricky Gervais show. Bobby Moynihan's Gandalf/David Brent hybrid is pretty spot on. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Martin Freeman and Charli Xcx

13 December 2014 8:11 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Martin Freeman seemed like a solid but unusual choice to host “Saturday Night Live” when he was first announced. Had you asked me twenty possible hosts for the show’s December run, I’m not sure I would have put him anywhere near that list. (I’d have gone with Ian McKellan returning to host over Freeman making his debut.) Quite frankly, I’m surprised the star of “The Hobbit”/”Fargo”/”Sherlock” even had the time or energy to host at all. We’ve seen his comedic chops in all of those programs, as well as in the original version of “The Office,” so we know he has the bonafides to host. But how will he integrate with the show’s current cast? That’s what we’ll find out tonight. As always, I’ll be liveblogging as the episode progresses, assessing grades to each segment. As always, you the »

- Ryan McGee

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Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Miranda: Digital Spy's 12 TV picks of Christmas

13 December 2014 7:35 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's a helluva good year for Christmas telly.

With so much on the box, you might even struggle to find time for opening gifts or munching down a Turkey dinner.

So in the spirit of giving, Digital Spy presents a handy guide to the top TV shows this festive period - these are the 12 picks you absolutely can't miss.

1. Black Mirror: White Christmas

Tuesday, December 16 at 9pm on Channel 4

Get your Christmas off to a decidedly un-cheery start with the return of Charlie Brooker's brilliantly bleak Black Mirror. Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin star in three interlinked stories exploring the dark side of Yuletide.

2. The Wrong Mans

Monday, December 22 at 9pm on BBC Two

Sam and Phil are back in two hour-long specials, with the second airing same time, same channel on December 23. Hiding out in Texas, the bumbling pair quickly find themselves back in »

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Spider-Man for Avengers? Cumberbatch cast as Doctor Strange! – Watch Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm!

12 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Such a handsome Holmes…

“Say Hello To My Little Friend.” That’s a clue for who Marvel have contacted to add to their ever-expanding roster – find out who in this week’s Movie Newsgasm.

Speaking of Marvel (which we do a lot of at the moment), they’ve only gone and cast Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, The Imitation Game) as Doctor Strange. “Doctor Who?” you ask. That’s an entirely different show.

And finally, we’re chatting the movie version of Wikileaks – the hacking of Sony Pictures’ internal emails. Presumably by the Kingpin or some other mistreated fomer-Marvel property. Find out a few more of their bonkers ideas (Aunt May solo movie, anyone?) right here.

Fmtv will be back very soon with our Jurassic World trailer video review and again on Friday for the Movie Newsgasm. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are live and »

- Oli Davis

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NBC’s Crisis of Comedic Identity In The Post-Parks and Recreation Age

12 December 2014 6:05 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

The last ten years have been rough for NBC’s once-famous comedy line-up: although 30 Rock, The Office, and early seasons of Scrubs were able to help soften the blow of Friends and Frasier‘s departure in 2004, recent years have only seen failure after failure make it to air. Even shows with passionate fan bases like Community and My Name is Earl struggled to keep their shows on the air – and more importantly, never enjoyed enough mainstream success to keep NBC heavily invested in them. Parks and Recreation has an interesting history within NBC’s larger post-Golden Age story: nearly cancelled after its first season, Parks and Recreation has enjoyed just enough success to keep it on air for seven seasons. In the process, Amy Poehler became one of America’s sweethearts, Chris Pratt became a legit movie star, Nick Offerman became a cultural landstone, and Aubrey Plaza and Rashida Jones »

- Randy Dankievitch

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‘The Interview': Seth Rogen Thanks Sony Boss At Controversial Comedy’s Premiere

11 December 2014 8:07 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Updated: “We want to thank Amy Pascal for having the balls to make this movie,” said Seth Rogen Thursday night at the subdued world premiere of The Interview, the Sony Pictures comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The film is the one most closely associated with the company’s hack attack, so consider it a small victory that in a week of extreme tumult for Sony, the December 25 comedy played well as storm clouds gathered ominously outside.

There were obvious signs of beefed-up security tonight: A dozen uniformed Lapd officers stood watch outside downtown’s Ace Hotel theater, and seven private security guards stood shoulder to shoulder at the box office. The very controlled atmosphere outside the venue featured only a small photographers’ corral, and a restricted-access red carpet and pre-screening reception was held inside (no big studio after party tonight). And it went off without a hitch. »

- David Robb and Jen Yamato

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Video: Is Fox's Backstrom a Rat-Faced Podiatrist, or a Lesbian Terrorist?

11 December 2014 2:02 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom is good at catching bad guys because of how he puts himself inside their head, as explained in the promo below for Fox’s upcoming crime drama.

Premiering Thursday, Jan. 22 at 9/8c and adapted from the Leif G.W. Persson novels by BonesHart Hanson, Backstrom stars Rainn Wilson (The Office) as the titular detective, who has recently been appointed head of the Portland police department’s Scu.

Rounding out the cast are Genevieve Angelson (House of Lies), Dennis Haysbert (24), Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected), Beatrice Rosen (The Dark Knight) and Page Kennedy (Weeds). Will you be checking it out? »

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