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T.J. Miller’s ‘Ready Player One’ Character Is Basically Boba Fett

T.J. Miller’s ‘Ready Player One’ Character Is Basically Boba Fett
Steven Spielberg is a T.J. Miller fan, as he should be. Ever since Miller starred in one season of the short-lived DreamWorks show, Carpoolers, he’s been friendly with the legendary filmmaker, who wanted to cast him in Office Christmas Party. After that comedy, Spielberg decided to bring Miller into the Oasis for Ready Player One. In the virtual reality-centric science fiction […]

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The Russo Brothers Line Up New Sci-Fi Movie With The Daniels

In a plot twist worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster, Marvel filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo have signed on to join forces with the Daniels – the creative duo behind 2016’s Swiss Army Man. Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan will deliver a science fiction movie, which represents the first major film deal for the Russo Brothers and their fledgling production company.

The film currently remains untitled, but will be written, directed, and co-produced by the Daniels. As such, it is expected to feature their very specific, now legendary brand of comedy and drama. Swiss Army Man was their first feature length theatrical film, and quickly stirred up interest on the film festival circuit, with its unusual tale of a man’s bond with a flatulent corpse. The story of loneliness, obsession and connection was striking enough to attract the talents of Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead to the cast
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Crossballs: The Debate Show (2004)

Crossballs: The Debate Show

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Created by Matt Besser, Charlie Siskel

Produced by Charlie Siskel Productions

Aired on Comedy Central for 1 season (23 episodes, 1 unaired) from July 5, 2004 – August 27, 2004

Cast

Chris Tallman as Host/Moderator

Matt Besser as Various characters

Mary Birdsong as Various characters

Andrew Daly as Various characters

Jerry Minor as Various characters

Show Premise

“Out of the Crossfire, beyond Hardball, this is Crossballs!”

A parody of political debate shows, Crossballs has comedians pose as experts in their field to discuss the issue of the day and pits them against real life experts who are not aware of the farce debate they are participating in. The comedians argue both sides of an issue, be it ridiculous or not, and mine comedy from taking the issue to absurd lengths and goading reactions from the real experts.

Each episode is moderated by Chris Tallman (as a Chris Matthews type), who introduces
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Confirmed: 'Captain America: Civil War' Directors Will Take Over the 'Avengers' From Joss Whedon

Update: Marvel has officially confirmed that Joe and Anthony Russo will indeed direct the two-part Avengers: Infinity War movie, due out in 2018 and 2019. Even just five years ago, Anthony and Joe Russo were carving out a pretty healthy career as directors on doomed TV shows like Carpoolers, Running Wilde, and Animal Practice, about a veterinarian whose best friend is a monkey. Of course, they did also work on good shows like Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and Community, but the point is they were just small screen guys doing simple sitcoms with small casts and zero special effects. So, naturally, they're the guys who will be directing both parts of another series that has small casts and zero special effects, The Avengers: Infinity War - Parts 1 and 2. Badass...

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ABC Orders Family Comedy Pilot From Mandeville, Fred Goss

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ABC Orders Family Comedy Pilot From Mandeville, Fred Goss
Mandeville has sold a comedy pilot called “Funhouse” to ABC, with penalty. “Carpoolers” actor Fred Goss will write and executive produce the pilot, which is being produced through ABC Studios. Based on a true story, “Funhouse” follows Jack Babbit as he kidnaps his estranged father from a nursing home along with his 24-hour male nurse and brings them to his home. Bringing his dad home upsets the already chaotic existence between Jack, his wife, three kids and extended family but ultimately works as a catalyst of self-discovery, and what they all mean to each other. Also read: Robin Schwartz Named President of.
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Carpoolers (2007)

Carpoolers

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Created by Bruce McCulloch

Produced by ABC Studios, Dreamworks Television and 3 Arts Entertainment

Aired on ABC October 2, 2007- March 4, 2008

Series ran 13 episodes over one season

Cast

Fred Goss as Gracen Brooker

Jerry Minor as Aubrey Williber

Tim Pepper as Dougie

Jerry O’Connell as Laird Holcomb

Faith Ford as Leila Brooker

Allison Munn as Cyndie

Tj Miller as Marmaduke Brooker

Show Premise

The show centers on four suburban male carpooling friends whose interactions on their commute to and from work often set off the characters into interesting and comedic situations.

The Carpoolers are: Gracen, a mediator by profession, an insecurely uptight husband to a sensible real estate agent, and the father of an immature man child who has misdirected ambitions; Aubrey, an extremely stressed-out family man with a dispassionate wife and parade of children; Laird, an egotistical dentist who is recuperating from a fresh divorce; and Dougie,
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Molly Shannon To Topline, Produce Mother- Daughter Comedy For Fox

Exclusive: Fox has put in development a single-camera comedy to star Saturday Night Live alumna Molly Shannon. The project, written by Bruce McCulloch, centers on Fiona (Shannon) who, at the top of her professional career, clashes with her stay-at-home pregnant daughter. Shannon and McCulloch previously worked together when he directed her in the 1999 movie Superstar, about Shannon’s popular SNL character. The two recently reunited and sold the comedy pitch to Fox. The project was then laid off at 20th Century Fox TV, which will produce with 3 Arts Entertainment. McCullogh serves as showrunner and is executive producing with 3 Arts’ David Miner and Greg Walter, while Shannon serves as producer. Shannon, repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment, received an Emmy nomination this year for her recurring role on Mike White’s HBO series Enlightened. She is currently in business with Fox and 20th TV, doing an arc on comedy Raising Hope
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The Russo brothers to direct Captain America 2 for Marvel Studios

As Marvel gear up for 'Phase Two' of their Cinematic Universe, the studio has decided to freshen things up behind the camera with new directors for its latest round of solo superhero sequels. We already know that Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) has replaced Jon Favreau on the currently-in-production Iron Man 3, with Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) also taking over from Kenneth Branagh when cameras roll on Thor 2 later in the year, and now comes word from Showblitz that Joe Johnston will be succeeded on Captain America 2 by the directing duo of Anthony and Joe Russo, who are said to be in final negotiations with Marvel Studios.

Best known for their work on the acclaimed television comedy series Community, the Russo brothers' feature film CV is limited to just three features - their independent 1997 debut Pieces, and the subsequent comedies Welcome to Collinwood (2002) and You, Me
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John Stamos Circling Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Little Brother’

Exclusive: John Stamos is in preliminary talks to star in the Fox comedy pilot Little Brother. I hear Stamos’ decision hinges largely on a rewrite, which is now being done by the project’s scribe, Everybody Loves Raymond alum Mike Royce. The project was originally ordered as an off-cycle pilot in September. It cast actor-comedian T.J. Miller (ABC’s Carpoolers) as one of the two leads in November but had been having difficulties finding the right actor for the other lead. The single-camera comedy, from 20th TV, 21 Laps/Adelstein Prods. and Hat Trick, is about a man, the role Stamos is eyed for, who finds out that he has a half-brother (Miller) he never knew about who also happens to be an ex-con. The project has a long history. It was originally written by British scribe Fintan Ryan and rolled by Fox for the past 2 seasons until Royce was brought
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Tj Miller joins Fox pilot 'Little Brother'

Tj Miller joins Fox pilot 'Little Brother'
Tj Miller has landed the lead role in Fox's pilot Little Brother. The comedy focuses on a man who discovers that he has a half-brother, Deadline reports. However, the man's new family member turns out to be a former prisoner. Miller previously starred in Carpoolers and recently had a guest role in Happy Endings. His movie credits include Get Him To The Greek, She's (more)
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T.J. Miller Lands Lead In Fox’s Comedy Pilot ‘Little Brother’, Lifts Project’s Contingency

Exclusive: Actor-comedian T.J. Miller (ABC’s Carpoolers) has landed the lead in Fox’s comedy pilot Little Brother, lifting the contingency on the project written by Mike Royce, which will now proceed with production. Little Brother, a multi-camera comedy from 20th TV, 21 Laps/Adelstein Prods. and Hat Trick, is about a man who finds out that he has a half-brother (Miller) he never knew about who also happens to be an ex-con. The project was originally written by British scribe Fintan Ryan and rolled by Fox for the past 2 seasons until Everybody Loves Raymond alum Royce was brought in in September to write a new script, which netted a cast-contingent pilot order. Royce is executive producing with Adelstein, Michael Thorn, Becky Clements and Jimmy Mulville, while Ryan is co-executive producing. Miller, whose feature credits include Cloverfield, Our Idiot Brother and Yogi Bear, recently released comedy hip-hop album The Extended Play E.
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Exclusive: Community Casts Deadwood Actor 12 Years Chevy Chase's Junior as Pierce's Dad

Exclusive: Community Casts Deadwood Actor 12 Years Chevy Chase's Junior as Pierce's Dad
NBC’s Community has cast an actor to play the presumed-dead dad of Chevy Chase’s Pierce — and he’s definitely not who anyone would expect to see as the patriarch.

Community Scoop: Jeff and [Spoiler] Romance Gets ‘Pumped Up’ In Season 3

TVLine has learned exclusively that character actor Larry Cedar — who is arguably “best known” as opium addict/crook/card sharp Leon from HBO’s Deadwood, and happens to be 12 years younger than Chase – will portray Cornelius, the eldest Hawthorne, in an early Season 3 episode.

“We’re taking the Estelle Getty approach,” exec producer Dan Harmon jokes, referring of course to Golden Girls,
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Will Someone Please Give T.J. Miller His Own Movie Already?

If you're not yet familiar with T.J. Miller, don't worry. You will be after seeing "Our Idiot Brother,"  because the actor/comedian doesn't just steal every scene that he's in -- he hijacks them (while wearing a fisherman's hat!), and even manages to out-idiot Paul Rudd's titular dummy.

Which brings us to this question: Will someone please give this man his own movie already?

First, a little background on the next curly-haired comic actor to take Hollywood by storm a la Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill (that's right, we're calling it now).

The 30-year-old Denver native got his start in comedy at George Washington University where he performed with the school's improv group receSs. After college, Miller logged some serious stand-up hours, eventually getting invited to perform on "Conan" and "Chelsea Lately." From there, he scored a regular role on the short-lived ABC comedy "Carpoolers" in 2007.

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Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Lynn Rajskub join CBS comedy pilots

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Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Lynn Rajskub join CBS comedy pilots
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gossip Girl" star Michelle Trachtenberg and "24" co-star Mary Lynn Rajskub have both lined up comedy pilots at CBS, according to Deadline.com. Trachtenberg will star in an untitled comedy pilot from Peter Knight ("Sweet Valley High"). The Happy Madison-produced show looks at the young employees at a successful venture capital firm. The male lead has not yet been cast. Also set for the pilot is Tim Peper ("Carpoolers"). Meanwhile, Rajskub is joining CBS' comedy pilot "How to Be a Gentleman," based on the book of the same title. Writer David Hornsby ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia")...
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Heather Locklear to be Given Assistants on CBS Pilot

Heather Locklear to be Given Assistants on CBS Pilot
Television favorite Heather Locklear has been cast in the new CBS pilot ‘The Assistants,’ www.tvline.com is reporting. The show, whose pilot was penned by ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’s writer Tucker Cawley, will follow four assistants who serve a celebrity couple’s every need. Locklear will portray Ali, an insecure actress and the wife of the couple. While the husband has yet been cast, the assistants will be portrayed by Emily Rutherfurd (from ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’); David Henrie (of ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’); T.J. Miller (from ‘Carpoolers’) and Lamorne Morris (from ‘Brain Rush’). Locklear is known for starting her career by acting in such series as ‘Dynasty,’ where she played Sammy Jo [...]
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Pilot News: Heather Locklear Gets Assistants

The Assistants will answer to no less than Heather Locklear, now that the six-time Golden Globe nominee has signed on to star in the CBS pilot of that name.

Penned by Tucker Cawley (Everybody Loves Raymond), who will exec-produce with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men), the ensemble project revolves around the four assistants who are at the beck and call of a celebrity couple. Locklear will play Ali, an insecure actress and the female half of the demanding bosses. (The husband is yet to be cast.)

The aforementioned assistants, meanwhile, will be played by Emily Rutherfurd
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Pilots: Rajskub, Trachtenberg Go for Laughs

Pilots: Rajskub, Trachtenberg Go for Laughs
Two actresses best known for their drama series turns, former 24 star Mary Lynn Rajskub and Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Gossip Girl alum Michelle Trachtenberg, have joined comedy pilots, both at CBS.

Rajskub has joined How to Be a Gentleman, penned by David Hornsby and based on the book of the same name. The project is a buddy comedy about Alan (played by Hornsby), an uptight guy who is learning to live his life with the help of an old high school classmate (Entourage‘s Kevin Dillon). Rajskub will play Alan’s sister Janet, an aggressive, absolutely no-bs lawyer who runs
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Michelle Trachtenberg And Mary Lynn Rajskub Tapped For CBS Comedy Pilots

Two actresses best known for their drama series turns, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gossip Girl alumna Michelle Trachtenberg and former 24 co-star Mary Lynn Rajskub, have joined comedy pilots, both at CBS. Trachtenberg has been cast as the female lead in CBS' untitled Peter Knight comedy pilot. The project, from Sony and Happy Madison, is a workplace ensemble revolving around the young-adult employees at a high-powered venture capital firm. It centers on Danny, who is shocked when his crush, competitor and fellow trainee Gracie (Trachtenberg) is promoted out of the mailroom and into a junior associate position at the firm. Also cast in the pilot is Tim Peper (Carpoolers) as Danny's obnoxiously lovable best friend. Trachtenberg, repped by UTA and Framework, also starred on the NBC drama Mercy. Rajskub has joined CBS' comedy pilot How to Be a Gentleman. The CBS Studios/Mrc project, which David Hornsby wrote based on
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Zombieland Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick Make Directorial Debut with Doc And Howie

Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) will make their directorial debut with Doc and Howie. Steve Leff (Carpoolers) wrote the script — originally titled Doc and Howie Kill a Granny, it landed at number eleven on the 2009 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays.

The tone is said to be similar to Harold & Kumar, a comedy of errors wherein the titular characters romance the granddaughters of the elderly woman they… accidentally killed. More after the jump:

Here’s the synopsis:

“Two men, Doc and Howie, inadvertently kill an elderly woman when they neglect to help her carry groceries up stairs. The incident puts them in position to get closer to the woman’s attractive granddaughters, and they struggle with deciding whether to tell the women the truth about the circumstances under which they met.” [Script Shadow]

Yeah… I don’t know that this one is for me. But there was certainly
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Comedy Central Reveals 22 Projects in Development for 2010-2011 Development Slate Including a Broken Lizard Sitcom, a Waiting… Adaptation, and a Jesus Christ Cartoon

Comedy Central has unveiled its entire development slate and, as to be expected, there are plenty of funny concepts in the bunch. The standouts include Highdeas, which explores such stoner-friendly hypotheticals as “white chocolate milk” and “hamster-sized rhinos”, Jc, the animated New York City adventures of one Jesus Christ, and The Fuzz, a police procedural in a corrupt city where humans and puppets co-exist.

Also in development are potential series from the likes of Jon Benjamin (Archer), Broken Lizard (Super Troopers), and Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show), plus a Wating… adaptation from Rob McKittrick, the writer/director of the feature film that starred Ryan Reynolds. Note that this in addition to already announced projects from Will Ferrell, Nick Swardson, and The Onion. For a complete rundown, hit the jump.

Series In Production

Futurama” – premieres Thursday, June 24

The Emmy® Award-winning “Futurama” is back! Everybody’s favorite zany group from the future has returned with 12 brand-new episodes,
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