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Reese Witherspoon’s wide-eyed energy as a cop assigned to protect a mob wife helps to lift this flagging comedy
Reese Witherspoon plays Cooper, a nervy, by-the-book Texas police officer assigned to protect the wife (Sofia Vergara) of a mob accountant en route to witness protection. As they’re chased by cartel gunmen and corrupt cops, this female buddy comedy barely rises above the title’s two-word pitch (they’re being pursued, see, and they’re hot). Both leads offer a diminished shtick, Witherspoon flustered and prim, Vergara flogging her zany Latina firecat routine from Modern Family. Semi-redeeming features: a cute opening montage about Cooper’s upbringing as a cop’s daughter, and Witherspoon’s energetic, wide-eyed incredulity, which was made for screwball comedy. Her energy never flags, even when the movie itself flatlines.
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- Jonathan Romney
Director: Anne Fletcher; Screenwriter: David Feeney, John Quaintance; Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley, Robert Kazinsky; Running time: 87 mins; Certificate: 12A
Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are on the lam in Hot Pursuit, an oestrogen-fuelled odd couple comedy that runs out of steam very early on. Director Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, The Guilt Trip) drags it out with one or two jokes that revolve around the height difference and the fact that both women talk kinda funny. That's a shame because the chemistry between the two is fairly good, and perhaps could have caught fire with better material.
Witherspoon gamely offers herself as the unsexy one, a neurotic by-the-book cop in sensible shoes who is tasked with hauling state's witness, Daniella Riva (played in typical hypersexual style by Vergara) across Texas - along with her trunkful of designer heels. Riva is set to testify against a Colombian »
David Faustino has gotten “Married… With Children” fans hopes up once again, teasing a spinoff of the sitcom, but is the project really in development?
Faustino, who starred as Bud in the series, teased a “spinoff” at the premiere of “Vacation” this week. “Sony has it. They’re excited about it,” Faustino told E! “They’re working out some legal issues that we hope they work out.”
A source within Sony, however, denied that any such reunion is in development.
Faustino went on to say that the original cast, including Christina Applegate, was game to return. “The whole cast, including Christina, is down to do little bits in it,” he said. “The idea would be a pilot for a spinoff. That’s all I can say right now. It involves me and few other people.”
After “Married… With Children” ended in 1997, the cast stayed busy. Applegate stars in the “Vacation” reboot, »
- Alex Stedman
This is a reprint of our review from the Independent Film Festival Boston.
The American Dream hinges on a set process, a progression that each and every individual pursuing it is bound to follow. Society dictates that if you work hard, seek academic and spiritual education, push past every barrier and consistently look to the future, success – and the personal sense of fulfillment that success will bring – can eventually be yours. But what happens when you finally triumph, seizing your dreams and securing the life you’ve always wanted – only to find that the happiness that was promised is nowhere to be found, and you still feel as deplorably vacant inside as before?
That existential emptiness is what appears to haunt author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) in every moment of James Ponsoldt’s sublimely elegiac The End of the Tour, which centers on a days-long interview between Wallace and »
- Isaac Feldberg
After three seasons of waiting, we’ll finally be meeting Mindy’s parents in Season 4 of The Mindy Project, and now we know who will be playing the much anticipated mother and father of Dr. Lahiri. As first reported by E! Online earlier today, House of Cards star Sakina Jaffrey and Royal Pains‘ Ajay Mehta have landed the roles of Mindy’s parents. In addition to House of Cards, Jaffrey’s other TV credits include Sleepy Hollow, Third Watch, Madam Secretary, and Girls. Meanwhile, Mehta has had roles on many major sitcoms, including Modern Family, Anger Management, New Girl, and has also been in several big name dramas, such as 24, Rectify, and Law and Order: Svu. While it’s not yet known when Jaffrey and Mehta will first appear as Mrs. and Mr. Lahiri, it will more than likely be sometime during the first or second episode of Season »
- Chris King
The show, which began its run in 2012, is now in its fifth season. The final episode of the series will air sometime in September.
Keegan-Michael Key, co-creator and star of the show, confirmed the news while speaking to The Wrap. Key said, “This is our final season – and it’s not because of Comedy Central, it’s us. It was just time for us to explore other things, together and apart. I compare it to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. We might make a movie and then do our own thing for three years and then come back and do another movie.”
- Justin Cook
Produced by Charlie Siskel Productions
Aired on Comedy Central for 1 season (23 episodes, 1 unaired) from July 5, 2004 – August 27, 2004
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
“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.
- Jean Pierre Diez
Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by two of the 2015 nominees for Best Comedy Supporting Actor. Andre Braugher is entering the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" episode titled "The Mole." Ty Burrell from "Modern Family" chooses the episode called "Crying Out Loud." -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions This year marks the ninth career Emmy nomination for Braugher and the second straight in this category. He is a past two-time winner for "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1998) and "Thief" (2006). He plays Captain Ray Holt on the Fox comedy, and in this fifth episode of the second season, "Captain Holt and Jake try to find a mole in their precinct before Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch hears about it. Elsewhere, Terry and Rosa visit a silent disco to look for leads for their drug task force." Burrell has won this »
Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by two of the 2015 nominees for Best Comedy Supporting Actress. Julie Bowen is entering the "Modern Family" episode titled "Valentine's Day 4: Twisted Sister." Jane Krakowski selects the "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" episode called "Kimmy Gets a Job." -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Bowen now has her sixth straight nomination for playing frenzied mom Claire Dunphy on the ABC comedy. She has already won this Emmy category in 2011 and 2012. Her selection is the 14th episode of the sixth season in which "the Dunphys hatch another amorous adventure as Clive and Juliana for Valentine's Day, but Claire is afraid that Phil might be a little too into her alter ego. Meanwhile, a visit from Gloria's sister, Sonia, could spoil Jay's plans for a romantic evening; and Mitchell and Cameron ge. »
Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello will carve a special memory this Thanksgiving season: the start of their marriage! Sources reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly that the couple of one year will wed Nov. 22 at Florida’s Breakers Palm Beach resort. The 140-acre oceanfront property can accommodate up to 800 guests (at $325 a head!). That’s perfect for the Colombia native’s large brood. “They want all their family and friends there celebrating,” says a source. “It’ll be the most fun wedding ever!” Until then, the Modern Family star, 43, [...] »
Several weeks ago I proposed a theory suggesting that a performer's placement in the alphabet affected their chances of being nominated at the Emmys. The more options there are in a category, the sooner the slate will fill up with names from the start of the ballot. Depending on the number of contenders, those with names starting between A and F have a strong advantage while those in the second half of the alphabet are at a disadvantage. While this does not dictate every nominee, it explains who might be ahead in a tight race. -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders With half of all the nominees this year showing up in the first third of the ballot, there were a lot of shocks, including: A Alan Alda ("The Blacklist") Pamela Adlon ("Louie") Khandi Alexander ("Scandal") Anthony Anderson ("Black-ish") B Elizabeth Banks ("Modern Family") Rachel Brosnahan (...' »
Fox’s The X-Files revival is continuing to add big names to its cast. The Flash‘s Robbie Amell and Six Feet Under‘s Lauren Ambrose have both signed on to appear in the continuation of the iconic sci-fi series. As other outlets have reported, Amell will be “smart and smooth” Agent Miller, while Ambrose will play the “equally sharp and confident” Agent Einstein. Both actors will guest star in one of The X-Files revival’s six episodes. As mentioned above, Amell currently recurs on The CW’s The Flash, but his past TV credits include The Tomorrow People, Modern Family, and 1600 Penn. Meanwhile, Ambrose was a series regular on Six Feet Under and more recently has had roles in USA Network’s Dig and Law & Order: Svu. Amell and Ambrose join Community‘s Joel McHale as new additions to The X-Files cast. McHale is set to play Tad O’Malley, »
- Chris King
Most prospective TV shows need a full-length pilot episode to be considered for air. With Bill Prady and Bob Kushell's new take on "The Muppets," all ABC needed to see was this 10-minute proof-of-concept video, directed by Randall Einhorn, that takes Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy and friends out of their usual variety show format (though they still work out of the Muppet Theater) and instead puts them in the context of the faux documentary format popularized by "The Office," "Modern Family," "Parks and Rec," et al. A full debut episode will be produced to air in the fall, but in the meantime, ABC has posted the full presentation video (which also screened at Comic-Con) online. What does everybody think? Too adult, or still safe to watch with the kids? And do the jokes about the format feel played out (especially since "Community" has covered this territory several times), or »
- Alan Sepinwall
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office gave us so much, not least its intermittently excellent Us remake and the many other sitcoms it inspired. Its hand-held single camera style and wryly observed mundanity became so seminal that for a period in 2009, it was technically illegal to launch a new Us sitcom that didn’t emulate them.
Thus arrived Modern Family and Parks And Recreation, two shows filmed in the mockumentary style for no discernible reason besides a love of The Office and its Us remake. (Parks And Rec grew out of NBC originally »
Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announced the 2015 Emmy nominations this morning. Spoiler alert: they were both nominated, along with Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Taraji P. Henson for Empire, Amy Schumer for Inside Amy Schumer, and Anthony Anderson for Black-ish. There are a few double nominees and a ton of first-timers, making this year's race already one of the most exciting in a while - not to mention the fact that Game of Thrones has a whopping 24 nominations. Take a look at the full list below! Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men Orange Is the New Black Outstanding Comedy Series Louie Modern Family Parks and Recreation Silicon Valley Transparent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, »
Jane Krakowski received four Emmy nominations for her role in “30 Rock,” and now she has a fifth to add to the list. Her turn as the pill-popping housewife Jacqueline Voorhes in the Netflix series “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” earned Krakowski a Supporting Actress in a Comedy nomination on Wednesday alongside seven other actresses, including last year’s winner Allison Janney of “Mom,” and Julie Bowen of “Modern Family,” Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory,” Niecy Nash of “Getting On,” Kate McKinnon of “Saturday Night Live,” Gaby Hoffmann of “Transparent” and “Veep’s” Anna Chlumsky. “It’s an incredible group of ladies, »
- Reid Nakamura
Once again, Downton Abbey received the most nominations of any British drama, continuing the series’ long-running awards success in the Us. The fourth series saw nominations for Jim Carter for best supporting actor and Joanne Froggatt for best supporting actress.
The ITV show, which has earned the most Emmy nominations of any non-us show in history, will again compete against glossy American dramas such as House of Cards, Game of Thrones and Mad Men for the accolade of outstanding drama series.
The biggest surprise at the announcement of the 2015 Emmy »
- Lanre Bakare and Brian Moylan in New York
The "SNL" player, well-known for her hilarious impressions of Justin Bieber and Hillary Clinton, has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on NBC's sketch comedy. She joins an impressive list of actresses in the category including "Getting On's" Niecy Nash, "Modern Family's" Julie Bowen, "Mom's" Allison Janney, "Big Bang Theory's" Mayim ...
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This morning, Orange is the New Black‘s Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley came together to announce the nominations for the 67th annual Emmy Awards. And now that the dust has settled on the lucky shows, actors, directors and writers, it’s clear that Emmy voters are starting to adjust to the times but still have a while to go before they’re as on the money as the competing Critics’ Choice Awards.
Game of Thrones had the strongest showing of any series, pulling in a stunning 24 nominations including for Outstanding Drama Series, even after a controversial season that caused some viewers and critics to revolt against what was once a near-universally acclaimed show.
- Isaac Feldberg
In this new Golden Age of TV, where great shows are available in abundance, only no one has time to watch them all — least of all the people who actually work in television, and thus vote for the Emmys — the only way to look at each year's Emmy nominations is to treat them like the theme song from "The Facts of Life." You take the good, you take the bad, you take 'em both, and there you have this year's Emmy nominees list. So there were pleasant surprises, like Tatiana Maslany finally getting into the lead drama actress field, and "Parks and Recreation" making its way back into the comedy series category for its triumphant final season after only being nominated there once before. But there was also the usual rubber stamping of past nominees(*), like "Downton Abbey," "Homeland" and "House of Cards" taking up three of the seven drama »
- Alan Sepinwall
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