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A review of "The Bridge" season 2 premiere coming up just as soon as I defend my Rush t-shirt... In my advance review of the season, I noted my relief that "The Bridge" had moved beyond the silly serial killer plot that consumed so much of season 1, while ultimately feeling like the series hadn't improved significantly overall. Through the five episodes I've seen, there are fewer lows, but also not quite as many highs. The new story arc, and the introduction of so many significant characters keeps things moving at a nice clip, but I found myself missing some of the lingering weirdness that season 1 seemed to have more time for. We do get some of that vintage strangeness at the open and close of "Yankee," though. The episode begins with everyone's favorite business card-wielding drug lawyer Monte P. Flagman showing up at a housing development in the desert that's the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Emmy nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 10 by Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly. The pundits and critics have come to a consensus on the most likely nominees out of the numerous television shows on the air: a showdown between Breaking Bad and True Detective in Best Drama Series, Modern Family accruing a number of nominations at the cost of other comedy series. But what about the long shots? These performers and series would make deserving nominees, but for various reasons, are not expected to hear their names called. Here are five dream nominations in each of the major Comedy categories.
(Note: I only considered a nominee a long shot if it was actually submitted to that category. For example, I could not select Bob’s Burgers as Best Comedy Series, since it was submitted in the Animation categories instead. I also considered nominees only in the category they were submitted; for example, »
- George Morvis
Who's got two thumbs and a whole lot of fans who are still crushing on him? This guy! Thursday marks John Krasinski and Emily Blunt's fourth wedding anniversary, so to celebrate the pair's big day, we're taking a look at why John'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 past, take a look at 44 reasons why Jim Halpert was and always will be your dream guy. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
The film, currently shooting in Ohio, also stars Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”), Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong and Haley Lu Richardson. Rauch plays a foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist who must fight for her local celebrity status when a young athlete’s star rises in town.
Rauch’s television credits include “True Blood” and “The Office.” Buckley is best known as a commercials director and is attached to direct the Lionsgate comedy “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” starring Reese Witherspoon.
- Dave McNary
There are inherent problems with attempting to spoof reality TV: The genre so frequently borders on self-parody it’s difficult to outflank its extremes; plus, those who don’t watch the stuff probably won’t care, and those who avidly do don’t always have a terrific sense of humor about it. With that disclaimer, enter Hulu’s “The Hotwives of Orlando,” an impeccably cast takedown of the “Real Housewives” monster, with its players lustily chewing all the scenery they can swallow. Still, the half-hour episodes feel a bit like a “Saturday Night Live” sketch stretched to its limits — fun for a while, then a trifle repetitive.
Written by Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider, who also co-star in this Hulu original, the series features a half-dozen “hotwives,” each with their own peculiar tics, including the moronic men in their lives. There’s Veronica Von Vandervon (Andrea Savage), for example, who »
- Brian Lowry
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
[For a delightful photographed account of the weekend click on the image above or on the tab at the bottom of the diary.] Every year, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre puts on the Del Close Marathon (Dcm) in honor of its legendary Chicago improv teacher. Now in its 16th year, the festival has grown from 24 hours of shows on a single stage to hundreds of shows on eight stages for nearly 56 hours straight. Every year, performers from the past return to do shows and hang out at this part-festival, part-convention, part-reunion. Last year, we had The Office's Ellie Kemper keep a diary of her Dcm. This year, Vulture asked Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch, who performed at Ucb New York after time spent in Chicago and before his move to L.A. Read about his five shows, partying anxieties, paella dinners, and general fun-having.Day 1: Friday, June 27 9:50 a.m. I »
- Thomas Middleditch
Oscar buzz for the following year nearly always starts with the Cannes Film Festival in May, and Foxcatcher was right in the thick of it after premiering to rave reviews in France. And Channing Tatum is getting the biggest accolades of all. While costar Mark Ruffalo is used to such things and Steve Carell is a Golden Globe winner and nine-time Emmy nominee (as an actor and producer of The Office), the applause for Tatum's seriously intense turn as Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz in the based-on-a-true-story crime drama is a new height for the 22 Jump Street star in the performance-review department. But just watch this new trailer for Foxcatcher, which won Bennett Miller the »
Six years ago, Maria Bamford launched The Maria Bamford Show, a novel web series that stands as one of the best of its era. We've seen a few new web offerings from Bamford since then, and her latest work takes her to Funny or Die, where she is the co-creator and star of a web series called The Program. The Program stars Bamford as Peace, an upbeat woman whose"PhD in Medieval Studies" and her "real problem with working" have landed her $200,000 in debt. To help combat her financial situation, she runs "Debtors Anonymous", a version of Alcoholics Anonymous catered to people who are deep into debt. Debtors Anonymous attracts a few familiar faces, including Oscar Nuñez of The Office fame, former SNLer Jerry Minor, and Melinda Hill, who co-created the show alongside Bamford. Bamford and Hill have a long creative history together; they co-founded L.A. stand-up show What's Up Tiger Lily? »
- Sam Gutelle
When Tina Fey's new show starring The Office's Ellie Kemper was announced, DVRs around the country were set in anticipation of the fall premiere on NBC. Co-written and produced by Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, stars Kemper in the title role as a woman who has recently been rescued from an underground cult after 15 years. With a bit of rescue cash and a whole lot of hope, she is looking to make it in New York City. Here are five things Kemper tells People about the new comedy: 1. The Name of the Show Used to Be TookenAn early version »
- Laura Lane
A few new images and a newly tweeted set pic from 'Jurassic World' director Colin Trevorrow's official Twitter page have been making the rounds. The new assets feature stars Chris Pratt ('Guardians of the Galaxy') and Bryce Dallas Howard ('The Village') as well as the requisite kid performers. And the Tweeted pic features another blood stained park vehicle, namely a mobile veterinary unit, which definitely points to a lot more dino nastiness occuring back on Isla Nublar. Trevorrow directs from a script he co-wrote with Derek Connolly. 'Jurassic World' also stars Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Vincent D'Onofrio ('The Cell'), Katie McGrath ('Dracula'), Lauren Lapkus ('Orange is the New Black'), Judy Greer ('Carrie'), Jake Johnson ('New Girl'), Andy Buckley ('The Office'), Bd Wong and Omar Sy. Check out the new pics below. »
Director Colin Trevorrow has taken to Twitter to share a new behind-the-scenes image from Jurassic World, which seems to indicate that some poor unfortunate soul has had a nasty encounter with one of the park’s inhabitants…
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th 2015, with Trevorrow directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), Dallas Bryce Howard (The Help),Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), Jake Johnson (Drinking Buddies), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man), David Oyelowo (The Butler), Judy Greer (The Descendants), Katie McGrath (Dracula), Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black), Andy Buckley (The Office), James Dumont (Dallas Buyers Club) and the returning Bd Wong.
- Gary Collinson
Although filming on Jurassic World has been underway for several months now, it seems that director Colin Trevorrow isn’t finished with casting on the latest instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that James Dumont (The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club) has joined the hotly-anticipated dino-sequel in an as-yet-unrevealed role.
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th 2015, with Dumont joining a cast that also includes Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), Dallas Bryce Howard (The Help),Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), Jake Johnson (Drinking Buddies), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man), David Oyelowo (The Butler), Judy Greer (The Descendants), Katie McGrath (Dracula), Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black), Andy Buckley (The Office) and the returning Bd Wong.
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- Gary Collinson
Chicago – If there is any genre of film that needs a good blasting, it is the romantic comedy. These silly fantasies practically seem like satires anyway, so when the comic genius of writer/director David Wain ponders them, and casts Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as the “couple,” the funny will fly.
Although making fun of the rom-com is like shooting fish in a barrel, Wain – with co-writer Michael Showalter – use all kind of firing weapons. The film is actually like the “Airplane” of rom-com satires, going so extreme and surreal that you will be as much freaking out as laughing, which is awesome. Rudd, Poehler, Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”), Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper (“The Office”) are all at the top of their comic games, and they deliver the sometimes bizarre material to perfection. If you love or hate rom-coms, this movie is for you. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
While many have been happy unplugging their traditional cable to just stream stuff online, the way things are shaping up, it looks like we'll just be spending that money anyway on a variety of streaming services. With Netflix leading the pack, and Amazon making some big strides, Hulu now wants their own corner for original programming. And they may land a big get with "Love," a new show co-written, produced and possibly even directed by Judd Apatow. He's teamed with writers Lesley Arfin ("Brooklyn Nine-Nne") and actor/writer Paul Rust (who will have a role in this project) for a series that will (shockingly) be "a character-based comedy revolving around relationships, romantic and otherwise, with one (very messed-up) couple in particular at the center." The talented "Community" star Gillian Jacobs has also been approached to star, Brent Forrester ("The Simpsons," "The Office") might be a co-showrunner but nothing »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Let’s take a detour, a very hard left turn to be more precise, from the noisy Summer block busters and head to the independent side streets of cinema. And, as is usually the case, the side street is in New York City. This is another quirky comedy about an off-kilter, free-spirit trying to make a life for herself while rebelling against adulthood as her 20′s come to a close, the same territory treaded by Party Girl and Frances Ha. Oh, and perhaps she can hook up with a good guy along the way. The heroine of this new film faces a complication that sets her journey on a different path than many of those previous “indie” movie icons. That’s because some very tough, very adult decisions are in store for this Obvious Child.
- Jim Batts
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its 2014 invitees to join the Academy, and the list has plenty of familiar faces.
Of the 271 invitees, 20 are actors, 11 are directors, 19 are writers, and 12 are composers. Many were nominees or winners of Oscars this year.
"This year's class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today," said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs in a statement. "Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy."
Some of the actors who will join the fold this year include: Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"); Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Enough Said"); Best Supporting Actor nominees Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave") and Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips"); Josh Hutcherson ("The Hunger Games"); Clark Gregg ("The Avengers"); Best Supporting Actress nominee June Squibb ("Nebraska"); and Jason Statham. »
- Katie Roberts
Welcome to Issue 52 of The Marvelous Da7e!
What is this? This is the home of an internet reporter's super crackpotitude and weaponized geekery. We cover rumors, news and speculation about the things you love because we all love them too. This column is for Superhero Movies! Yay!
This week: Fillion Watch was always Gunn watch on Guardians of the Galaxy. First look at Fox's new Baxter Building and Who Is Rosario Dawson Playing In Daredevil? We don't know, but we want to guess real bad.
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Hi James Gunn!
I just wanted to take a moment here and thank you for being so active on Facebook, Twitter and the internets, from talking about things you’re doing over the weekend to posting awesome fan art for Guardians of the Galaxy. Sometimes directors get too deep into a movie. When Spike Lee was making Oldboy, he didn’t even pay his poster designers, »
Ricky Gervais celebrates his 53rd birthday today (June 25), and to mark the occasion Digital Spy has trawled through the comedy star's film and TV archive to pick out some of his greatest ever guest roles.
1. Spaced (2001)
Mere months before the first episode of The Office aired and Ricky hit the big time, he had a blink and you'll miss it cameo as a slippery estate agent in Spaced. His character 'Dave' incorrectly placed a property ad asking for a couple, which set off a string of events that led Tim (Simon Pegg) and Daisy (Jessica Hynes) to move in to Marsha's flat. The rest is sitcom history.
Ricky is great in this little cameo, managing to make the click of a mouse funny, and the butterfly »
On August 26, Video Services Corp. (Vsc) will release on DVD the complete fourth season of Broadway Video and IFC's hit original comedy series Portlandia. Created, written by and starring Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney vocalist/guitarist), the Emmy-nominated and Peabody award-winning series returns with a new season of character-driven sketches taking place in the affable and absurd land of Portlandia. This 2-disc DVD set contains all 10 episodes and will be available for an Srp of $19.98.
Among the Armisen and Brownstein characters returning for the latest installment of this surreal yet affectionate portrait of Portland, Oregon are Dave and Kath, two of the town's most uptight residents who decide to give relaxing a try; Spyke and his girlfriend, Iris, who struggle through a hard time at a bad Thai restaurant; and Nina and Lance, who recover from the trauma of a deceased pet. »
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