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Throw in John Cusack and you have a hit no matter what the film's premise -- and this one happens to be all about traveling in time via a "Hot Tub Time Machine." lt looks hilarious but then again, 1986 was a good time, remember?
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2009 has been a great year for TV. Everyone’s favorite shows like The Office, Lost, Weeds, and True Blood continued with some killer seasons, new shows like Trauma, Castle, and Lie to Me caught audience’s interests. We’ve got a list for you of our favorite TV shows of this year, including some of the latest and greatest of 2009 as well as some old favorites.
Glee – Fox
Glee has stolen viewer’s hearts this season not just with its love triangles and intense drama, but also the song and dance that the students in William McKinley High School’s glee club perform. The mid-season finale just aired, and it surely made “gleeks” even more anxious for the rest of the season, which will air beginning April 13th.
Not only has Glee swept the nation’s TV sets, but also it’s iTunes playlists. The first soundtrack to the season has already gone gold, »
- Cortney Zamm
New to DVD and Blu-Ray this week is possibly one of the best comedies of the year, and definitely one of the highest grossing one’s of all time. Of course I mean the Todd Phillips’ film The Hangover, starring Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers), Ed Helms (The Office), Zach Galifianakis (Out Cold), and Justin Bartha (National Treasure).
Three groomsmen (Cooper, Helms, and Galifianakis) try to retrace their steps after a drunken and drug-hazed night of debauchery in Las Vegas in order to find best friend Doug (Bartha) so he can walk down the aisle at his wedding in less than 24 hours. The film is a madcap ride full of great cameos with the likes of Matt Walsh (Upright Citizens Brigade) as an ER doctor, Heather Graham (Boogie Nights) as a recently married stripper, and Ken Jeong (Community) as a Chinese mobster out to recover a bag of stolen poker chips from Doug’s pals. »
- Douglas Barnett
Before "The Hangover" became one of the biggest success stories of 2009, it was just a Warner Bros. comedy starring that guy who cheats from "He's Just Not That Into You," the dude from "The Office," and some short, fat guy with a beard.
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis weren't putting all their eggs in one basket, because I'm fairly certain none of them expected "The Hangover" to gross over $459 million in the worldwide box office. In fact, the stars of "The Hangover" have been some of the busiest guys around Hollywood over the past year. Here's a look at what else they've been up to since "The Hangover" hit theaters in June -- beyond, of course, preparing for 2011's "The Hangover 2."
- Terri Schwartz
It was exactly a year ago this week that the news of Jack Black's February 1st cameo on "The Office" broke and the web was abuzz with excitement over it. Well, apparently history is sort of repeating itself.
Sources tell Korbi TV about yet another scheduled Jack Black sitcom appearance, saying the "Tropic Thunder" actor has signed on to guest in a January episode of the Chevy Chase/Joel McHale comedy "Community."
"Community" -- which follows a manipulative, young lawyer (McHale) whose is disbarred and forced to attend a local community college where he befriends a band of misfits -- has been gaining critical praise throughout the season.
It could, however, use a bit of a boost in ratings.
Thank you, Jack Black.
Black is not the only big name lending a hand. We're told another high profile film actor, best known for his comedy hits at the box office, »
I had both the good fortune and the unluckiness to go out for drinks last night (with a group of fellow TV critics and reporters) and am still way behind on catching up on my Thursday night programming. (Which feels a bit like a Sisyphean effort every week with so many fantastic series shoehorned onto Thursday nights.) I did, however, manage to catch last night's fantastic episodes of NBC's Community and Parks and Recreation, which offered a much-needed holiday-themed one-two punch after my night of absinthe-based socializing. I thought that both series were firing on all cylinders last night. Community may have pulled off its best episode to date with "Comparative Religion" (written by Liz Cackowski), juggling plots involving Jeff (Joel McHale) standing up to bully (guest star Anthony Michael Hall), the holidays, the end of the semester, and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) coming to terms that her friends might not share her religious views. »
It was Christmas, err politcally-correct Holiday season on Community and everyone at Greendale was ready to celebrate their religion in their own way. As Jeff pointed out in the usual meta way Community does, religion is a touchy subject and this sitcom handled it in a hilarious and non-offensive way.
Shirley, losing her family to divorce, was looking forward to throwing a Christmas party for her new family at Greendale. However, things didn't go as planned when Shirley found out none of her friends were Christian and all would rather go watch Jeff fight a bully (Anthony Michael Hall) than attend.
Besides all the religious references leading to some great jokes, though mostly at Pierce's crazy cult and Annie taking offense to the word Jew (and who could blame her), it also led to some sweet sentiments. Shirley definitely proved friendship was far more important to her than religion and »
- email@example.com (The Barnacle)
We’ve been bringing you plenty of clips this week from tonight’s Christmas episode of NBC’s Community. This marks a pretty big episode for the freshman series, seeing as its their first Christmas episode, their final episode of 2009, and even special guest Anthony Michael Hall stops by to play “Bully Mike.”
This episode also marks the first time both Anthony Michael Hall and series regular Chevy Chase have been on screen together since National Lampoon’s Vacation back in 1983. The folks over at NBC were thoughtful enough to put together a behind-the-scenes package of tonight’s episode, “Comparative Religion,” and we’ve got that for you today.
In the episode, the gang gets ready for finals, as well as the winter break, while Abed crosses paths with the school’s resident bully (Michael Hall), while Jeff (Joel McHale) decides to get involved to protect his friend. Meanwhile, Shirley »
- Matt Raub
This week, we’ve been bringing you new clips from the upcoming Christmas episode of Community, which also happens to be the last episode of 2009. In the episode, the gang gets ready for the last week of finals and winter break, while guest star Anthony Michael Hall stops by to torment Joel McHale as “Mike the Bully.”
The show has been picked up for a full order of 22 episodes by NBC, and will be taking a several-week hiatus after the holiday. “Comparative Religion” marks the 12th episode of the season, and has been a flagpole for NBC’s new shows this season.
Anthony Michael Hall joins the guest cast, who’s names have ranged from Patton Oswalt to Eric Christian Olsen to even The Guild’s Sandeep Parikh. Check out the all-new clip after the jump in which Anthony Michael Hall disrupts McHale during his Spanish final.
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- Matt Raub
Yesterday, we brought you a brand new clip from this week’s episode of Community entitled “Comparative Religion.” In this week’s episode, the A-story is about Shirley’s (Yvette Nicole Brown) Christmas party, while the B-story is about Mike the Bully (guest star Anthony Michael Hall) tormenting Joel McHale and the gang.
The Breakfast Club alum makes his first guest appearance in what could prove to be a recurring role in the series, as a middle-aged, mustachioed tough-guy who doesn’t seem to like the male members of the study group.
In this clip, Mike sets his sights on Abed (Danny Pudi) after all the Christmas cookies are gone. Jeff (Joel McHale) decides to do the right thing and step in. This episode also marks the first time that Anthony Michael Hall and series regular Chevy Chase have shared a screen since they played father and son in 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation. »
- Matt Raub
When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association throws their Golden Globes Young Hollywood party, all of young Hollywood shows up.
Nobu will also be packed Tuesday with the likes of LiLo, Heroes" Masi Oka , Adam Rodriguez, Alexander Skarsgard, Alison Brie, Anna Kendrick, Ashley Tisdale, Brittany Snow, Chelsea Handler (wait...) Emilie de Ravin, Gabrielle Union, Jenna Fischer, Jessica Capshaw, Jordana Brewster, Julia Jones, Katee Sackhoff, Katerina Graham, Kayla Ewell, Paula Patton, Robin Thicke, Ryan Eggold, Rutina Wesley, Sarah Jane Morris, Shannyn Sossoman, Shenae Grimes, Tyrese Gibson and, whew ....Whitney Cummings
The Dish Rag will be there on the red carpet arrivals line -- if only to find out who half these young stars are -- and we'll go inside the party for the announcement of the 2010 Miss Golden Globes.
It's the holiday season and Greendale is giving us an early Christmas, err Channukah, err generic, politcally correct gift with this week's episode, "Comparative Religion."
The Community cast constantly refers to themselves as the Breakfast Club so it was only fitting they have their first guest star from the iconic 80s film. Anthony Michael Hall, who played the lovable nerd in the movie, will ironically be playing the bully on Community.
We have the following pictures of Anthony Micheal Hall up against Jeff as well at pictures from Shirley's holiday party.
After the jump, we have a video preview in which Jeff stands up for Abed when the bully comes to stop him from taking some holiday cookies. Merry Happy everyone!
Comparative Religion Preview
- firstname.lastname@example.org (The Barnacle)
Religion is sometimes a touchy subject to discuss in social situations, let alone in something as widely viewed as network TV. This is why most comedy programming vows to stay away from the taboo subject, in order to play nice with the millions of potential viewers. Luckily, NBC’s Community doesn’t seem to care about taboo, and they prove it in this week’s episode.
The mid-season break is coming up after this week, which means there’s even more pressure added to the final Community episode of 2009. The episode, entitled “Comparative Religion”, has Greendale College doing a “Christmas” theme for the last week of final exams. Also, special guest Anthony Michael Hall stops by to harass the gang as the stereotypical school bully.
- Matt Raub
While it was easy to have some misgivings about the show’s early growing pains, Community immediately grabbed hold in its pilot episode, with smart humor and a refreshing take on the sitcom, heavily influenced by the touching moments of John Hughes. But over the course of 10 episodes, Dan Harmon’s Community has evolved into a great way to start NBC’s Thursday night comedy lineup, and has arguably been the strongest point of it this year with a hit-and-miss Office season and a slow start for 30 Rock. The week of Halloween, Community’s holiday special “Introduction to Statistics” was hands-down the funniest thing on television. The characters are starting to evolve and turn into more than the caricature stereotypes they started as, and the show has done a great job of moving around to feature each one of them. This has also helped to make super-eccentric characters like Abed »
- Bill Jones
From Splash Page: Back in March, comedian Patton Oswalt had some fantastically expletive-filled words for "Watchmen" haters, those frothing fanboys and armchair critics who began to trash the movie before they'd even seen Zack Snyder's big screen adaptation of the Holy Bible of graphic novel geekery.
As the year in movies comes to a close and awards season ramps up, we caught up with Oswalt on the red carpet at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York. We wanted to know if, almost nine months later, the actor and sometime comic book writer had any more thoughts about one of the biggest comic adaptations of the year.
You better believe he did.
- Eric Ditzian
It was a celeb-fest last Saturday as stars gathered with their families for the 2009 P.S. Arts “Express Yourself” Creative Arts Fair, held in Santa Monica, Calif.
See many more photos below, including pictures of James Marsden, Nicole Sullivan, Jake Weber, Michelle Monaghan, Wolfgang Puck, Melora Hardin, Jason Bateman, Natalie Maines, Adrian Pasdar, Breckin Meyer, Jenna Elfman, Hamish Linklater, Megyn Price, Jennifer Grey, Kyle MacLachlan, Camryn Manheim and kids!
If you hadn't already noticed, Chevy Chase is back. Be it guest starring in TV shows (Chuck, Family Guy) or starring in his own (Community), Chase has reignited his career at age 66. Though he has not yet continued his resurgence on to the big screen, he is coming back to one of his roles that made him a star back in the 1980s. According to Us Magazine, Chase, as well as co-star Beverly D'Angelo, will be bringing back the characters Clark and Ellen Griswold as part of a new ad campaign for HomeAway vacation rentals. The commercials will premiere on Superbowl Sunday next year and will feature the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, though there has been no word as to whether or not any of the old Rustys or Audreys will be back as well. It kind of sucks that their only purpose would be to hock wares, but this »
In case you haven't heard, a little movie called New Moon came out this week. I showed you where you can find them next, and I gave you my review of the movie, quizzed you on the book, as well as an exclusive interview with Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene. Robert Pattinson continues to make non-Twilight waves at the movies: the trailer for his drama Remember Me debuted, and news that Uma Thurman has been cast as his love interest in Bel Ami surfaced. This week was a trailer treasure trove: there was Nicholas Sparks adaptation and Miley Cyrus vehicle The Last Song, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bridge's surefire Oscar bait Crazy Heart, and Edward Norton taking on a dual role in Leaves of Grass. At least you'll save on tissues: Oprah announced that her talk show will go off the air in 2011. I interviewed some of the funniest men »
This week's episode, "Environmental Science," focused on Senor Chang and his past as the A story. We really do appreciate understanding why Chang acts the way he does, but he's just too one dimensional and forced compared to the rest of the cast. Which is strange to say for a show that love announcing its archetypes for its characters.
Luckily, despite a few lows from some of the scenes with Chang, the episode still proved to be one of the better ones. There were moments during the montage that had us cringing from cheesiness, but, heck, we even loved that part. Some great highlights from the episode:
Naming the rat "Fivel" and singing "Somewhere Out There? »
- email@example.com (The Barnacle)
Friends... I've got mixed emotions about this news. On the one hand, the "Vacation" movies are comedy gold. So any chance to see Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo take up their roles as the Griswold family again has me pounding the walls in excitement. On the other hand, this latest reunion is for a HomeAway ad campaign which is set to launch during the Super Bowl on February 7, 2010. Sooooo... yeah, conflicted.
This isn't the first time that Chase and D'Angelo have stepped into their Griswold roles in recent memory. They made a brief cameo in "Family Guy: Blue Harvest," the animated series' loving parody of "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," complete in a flying version of the first "Vacation" movie's Wagon Queen Family Truckster (the big green station wagon thing). A replica of the Truckster will also appear as part of the HomeAway ad campaign, according to a report from Us Weekly. »
- Adam Rosenberg
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