7 items from 2015
Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel have plenty in common: endless improv chops, an appreciation for terrible cinema (Scheer hosts the podcast "How Did This Get Made?" about lame movies; Huebel hosts the La Upright Citizens Brigade revue "The Shit Show" where guests discuss their worst performances and gigs), and now, the experience of performing together on a giant glass bus. Their new special "Crash Test" sees the comics entertaining an audience on a large party bus as it travels through Los Angeles. On their journey, they meet fellow comics Aziz Ansari, Andy Daly, Rob Corddry, Aubrey Plaza, Natasha Leggero, Jack McBrayer, Thomas Lennon, Ian Karmel, and more. It's a wild ensemble held together by Scheer and Huebel's vaudevillian stamina. We caught up with Scheer and Huebel to discuss friendship in the comedy community, the greatness of bad movies, and what to think of the plagiarism scandal surrounding Twitter star Josh Ostrovsky, »
- Louis Virtel
It was August 11, 2014. The theater was full with an advance screening of The Giver starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. The red carpet event was live-streamed prior to the showing as stars from the film flooded in and entered the New York City party while we, in Knoxville, Tenn., gazed at the screen.
I checked my phone for the time and came across a message on the screen.
“Actor Robin Williams found dead at his home. He was 63.”
A friend put it best when he said that hearing the news of Williams’s passing surprised him with grief.
It did the same for me.
Now, to this point, Robin Williams was just another face (or voice) on the screen to me. An actor who had given life to Genie in Aladdin, the main character of Flubber, and was Mrs. Doubtfire. Nothing of note, but fun most of the time.
- Zach Dennis
Matt Dillon and legendary actress Ann Margret have joined the cast of Zach Braff's upcoming remake of Martin Brest's 1979 comedy"Going in Style" for New Line. Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine star as lifelong friends who decide to rob the bank that bilked them out of their hard-earned pensions.
Dillon will play the FBI agent pursuing the elderly trio, while Margret will play Arkin’s love interest. This will be Margret's first studio comedy since 2009's "Old Dogs". [Source: The Wrap]
Pitt stars as a four-star rock star U.S. general with Grace to play his civilian press adviser. David Michod penned and directs the project which Pitt, Dede Gardner, Ian Bryce and Jeremy Kleiner are producing. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
If you have access to iTunes (or the ability to Google some variation on the phrase “The Voice iTunes rankings”), then you probably had a good idea of which contestants might be at risk going into tonight’s Top 12 results telecast.
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Still, Mark Burnett & Co. managed not to undermine all the suspense for a change this week. Yep, they unexpectedly sent to safety at the start of the hour the three vocalists (Kimberly, Sawyer and Meghan) who cracked the Top 5 of the streaming service’s Top 100 Singles Chart. »
Bella Thorne is the latest actor to join the 20th Century Fox sequel Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip. She joins a cast that already includes returning actor Jason Lee along with Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney. Earlier in the year, it was confirmed that Tony Hale will be playing the villain.
Walt Becker is taking the helm on this live-action/CGI follow-up. He is best known for his live-action comedies National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Old Dogs and Wild Hogs. Bella Thorne is playing a charter named Ashley, but no further details were given. It isn't known if she is appearing live in the flesh, or if she is voicing one of the animated animals.
This time out, Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip revolves around a series of misunderstandings. Chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore believe their manager Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend. »
From Adele Dazeem to ScarJo! John Travolta didn't tone down his bizarre antics at the 2015 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 22. The Old Dogs actor, 61, was photographed awkwardly kissing Scarlett Johansson on the Oscars red carpet at the Dolby Theatre. The Avengers actress, 30, looked slightly taken aback as Travolta wrapped his arms around her waist, tenderly kissing her cheek. Travolta is presenting again this year after making headlines and sparking memes in 2014 for mispronouncing Frozen singer Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars, calling her [...] »
Do you like puns? Then you'll love the new title of Alvin and The Chipmunks 4, now subtitled The Road Chip. In addition to the title being confirmed, the CGI/Live Action comedy adventure has also found it's main villain. Tony Hale, known for his scene-stealing roles in the popular TV series Veep and Arrested Development, will be going up against Alvin, Theodore and Simon.
Walt Becker, the man behind such neo-comedy classics as National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Old Dogs and Wild Hogs, will be directing this time out. Jason Lee is back as the always tormented Dave. Also along for this new adventure are Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney.
No story details have been revealed yet, with the script being as closely guarded as the plot to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Marmen are producing, with a Christmas release date already in place. »
7 items from 2015
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