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ABC has proven itself capable of delivering creatively strong comedies over the years, though almost all of them don’t last long (see: the late, lamented Trophy Wife, underrated gem Suburgatory, gone-too-soon Happy Endings, very funny Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, subversive Better Off Ted and, looking back further, cult classic Pushing Daisies). It’s too early to tell whether Selfie, starring Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame, will join that lineup of strongly written, low-rated comedies, but the pilot episode shows some promise, despite a few missteps.
Centering on Eliza Dooley (Gillan), a self-obsessed sales rep in her early twenties, Selfie takes aim at the general public’s crippling addiction to social media. Eliza is “Insta-famous,” having amassed 263,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Out of those ‘friends,’ though, she can only claim to know a select few. Everything about Eliza is built for public consumption, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The TV spots and trailers for Let’s Be Cops made me extremely excited for this movie. I love both Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as actors, as they both have a tendency to sign on to projects that have a very unique brand of humor. Their performances in other works have always left my sides aching. But this film just falls kind of flat. All of the best jokes were played out in the various marketing materials, and the ones they didn’t spend were overplayed and predictable, which was a bummer since the ads and the casting made me confident there would be some original humor in it.
Johnson plays almost exactly the same character he does on Fox’s New Girl, which is both a positive and a negative, since over the past seasons, Nick has become the reason I watch the show. But I was »
- Jake Smith
You're the Worst on FX is doing markedly worse than its companion show, Married, in the ratings. But it shouldn't be. Even though Married has gotten more press and boasts a more familiar, pedigreed cast - Oscar winner Nat Faxon, Judy Greer, and even Paul Reiser - You're the Worst is the better series. Starring Aya Cash as romance-averse music publicist Gretchen and Chris Geere as her bitter Brit-novelist love interest, it's really the only show of its kind on the air right now. Here are six reasons you need to start watching (besides the fact that I just really want it to get picked up for a second season): 6. It's from the same guy behind Weeds and Orange Is the New Black. Stephen Falk, who is co-executive-producer on Oitnb and previously held down the same job on Weeds, is also at the helm of this FX series. So »
“Let's Be Cops” may be the summer's next R-rated comedy hit — providing ticket buyers completely disregard the critics pumping it full of lead. The 20th Century Fox release starring Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) and Damon Wayans Jr. (“Happy Endings”) as two Los Angeles losers who pretend to be cops after dressing up for a party has been nearly universally panned in reviews summing it up as, simply, not that funny. Also read: ‘Let's Be Cops’ Opens With Strong $5.2 Million at Box Office Director Luke Greenfield‘s comedy he co-wrote with screenwriter Nicholas Thomas has accumulated a 9 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten. »
- Greg Gilman
I don’t think I’ve ever had the privilege of being in a bromance but the time I spent with Adam Pally in the elevator come pretty close — I’m just sure of it!
Whoa! I mean, he’s just the coolest and so nice! I love him in the online series, Game of Bros, and I’m obviously the biggest fan of his role as Peter Prentice on The Mindy Project. So thank goodness I got the chance to also have him question my taste and love for flannel? Haha. Perhaps my “Best of Flannel” shirt was too much for him but luckily my energy wasn’t! Adam was completely down to chat!
In fact, we talk about his life growing up in New Jersey, his thoughts on playing a gynecologist, and even his alcohol-induced online shopping addiction. He once bought a motorcycle and he hasn’t even been on one. »
It would be unfair to cite “Let's Be Cops” for being completely unfunny, but the movie at least deserves a warning for carrying so little actual humor over the course of its running time. A mild chuckle every five minutes or so doesn't justify the predictable slog of this mistaken-identity farce. If nothing else, it's an object example of the importance of writing. The cast is loaded with people who have been hilarious elsewhere — Damon Wayans, Jr. (of the brilliant, gone-too-soon “Happy Endings”), Jake Johnson (“Drinking Buddies”), Rob Riggle (“Ntsf:sd:suv::”), and Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”), to name just »
- Alonso Duralde
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If you’re in love with New Girl‘s dynamic duo, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson, you’re about to love them even more. VH1 recently sat down with the bromantic stars of Let’s Be Cops to learn about hilarious past jobs they’ve had (yes, Jake was in a 2007 tampon commercial), how they work their moves to get the ladies, and what they’d be like as real life roomies (attention ladies: Damon is single And a neat freak!).
The two refer to themselves as “the odd couple” and clearly didn’t need any liquid courage (see video above) in order for their real life chemistry to resonate on screen. Happy Endings alum Damon was open to discussing what it’s like having a stranger’s balls in his face, while Jake didn’t shy away from answering why he always seems to bet getting these “slacker” roles. »
- Taylor Ferber
Chicago – When the assignment was to find a comedy team to take on impersonating police officers, funny men Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. – of the TV series “New Girl” – fit the uniforms perfectly for the new film, “Let’s Be Cops.” Add in the always hilarious Rob Riggle, and let the games begin.
Riggle is a well known comic character presence on “The Daily Show” and films like “The Hangover,” “21 Jump Street,” “Big Miracle” and the upcoming “Dumb and Dumber To.” Riggle is also famous for having served in the Marines and Marine Reserves for a total of 23 years – retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel – and began his comedy career after his first military stint.
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Big news today: We’re excited to announce Amazon Studios’ third pilot season, beginning August 28th and featuring three half hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks, and two hour-long dramatic thrillers Hand of God and Hysteria. For one month, it will be up to you to watch, rate and comment – ultimately helping us decide which of them get the greenlight.
“There is something for everyone in this season,” says Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. The glamorous life of modern day expats in Paris. The hijinks of a summer job at a country club in 1980s New Jersey. The visions of a vigilante judge who appears to be channeling God. The complexities of marriage and friendship among a circle of friends in suburban Chicago. And the mysteries behind a psycho-physiological illness spreading through a small town in Texas.
You can help choose which of these stories should get “picked up” to become shows. »
A new trailer for Believe Me has been released.
Sam becomes successful beyond his wildest dreams, but doubts his methods while falling for an idealistic assistant (Johanna Braddy).
Believe Me opens on September 26 in the Us. A UK release has not yet been set. »
Attention! Enlisted's Angelique Cabral is set guest star on Rainn Wilson's new Fox show Backstrom, E! News has exclusively learned. Cabral, whose made appearances on The Mentalist and Happy Endings, will take on the role of Samantha Orland in Hart Hanson's comedic crime procedural, a Fire Bureau investigator who calls Backstrom (Wilson) and his team to help her stop a serial arsonist who is preying on high-end homes in Portland. Also set to appear in Cabral's episode of Backstrom is Warehouse 13's Eddie McClintock as Lieutenant Sam D'Agostino, a neighborhood bully Backstrom grew up with, who is now a firefighter. Scrubs star Sarah Chalke »
What’s more terrifying than one Jenna? How about two of ‘em? Pretty Little Liars served up a double dose of blind-and-crazy on Tuesday’s episode, as Sydney officially pledged her allegiance to the United States of Jenna.
Related Pretty Little Liars Pilot Revisited: Ezra’s Big Clue and 19 Other Crucial Moments
Spencer bumped into the dastardly duo during her ophthalmology appointment — she was actually sporting a version of “The Jenna” look, herself — and things got real tense. During a post-appointment chat, Sydney told Emily that everything she’s done has been to help Jenna “feel safe” around Alison, then »
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Marry Me" (NBC) The Pitch: "From the guy who would have brought you 'Happy Endings' if you'd watched and a star you'd remember from 'Happy Endings,' if you'd watched, comes a show that's a lot like 'Happy Endings,' not that you know what that means." Quick Response: If you'll recall, "Happy Endings" was a pilot about a gal leaving a guy at the altar and then that was never really what the show was about ever again, even if people sometimes mentioned it. Similarly, "Marry Me" seems like it's a pilot about a couple who have an unfortunate time getting their engagement right, but all signs point to a series that's an ensemble about the couple, but also their friends and families. And "Happy Endings" wasn't -- sorry, I know it's unpopular to say anything mean about "Happy Endings" -- a very good pilot. »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Television Critics Assn. recently wrapped up ts annual two-week-long press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with the nets trotting out their latest and greatest for the jaded press corps. As several key trends emerged for the new season, some networks were clearly at the top of their game, while others might need to polish their spin.
With shows like “Cristela” and “Black-ish,” ABC’s Paul Lee earned praise for his lineup’s ethnic and racial diversity (“It is a mission statement to reflect America,” Lee said), while CBS’ Nina Tassler got hammered for her primetime schedule’s lack thereof. “We don’t look at fall as the defining mark of giving us our diversity quota,” she said, pointing to programming including “Extant,” which stars Halle Berry, and daytime’s multiculti “The Talk.”
HBO (99 total) and FX (45, most for a basic cable net) crowed about their Emmy nomination haul (well, »
- Debra Birnbaum
The action comedy Let’s Be Cops is the ultimate buddy cop movies, except for the fact that they’re not actually cops. When two struggling pals (Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr.) dress as police officers for a costume party, they get tangled up in real-life crime and become neighborhood sensations. While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, actor Damon Wayans Jr. spoke to press at a conference, in which he talked about how much fun the film was to make, that probably 70% of the movie is improvised, how the fact that everything they’re doing is actually illegal sets it apart from other buddy comedies, working with Jake Johnson on this vs. New Girl, going on a scary ride-along for research, how every scene went off the rails but still made it into the film, the great message of the film, and how unlikely it is that »
- Christina Radish
Hulu's seven-episode series "The Hotwives of Orlando" lampoons Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchises in exactly the right ways: The catchphrases, the melodrama, the sham marriages, and the frightening fights are all parodied with very close attention to detail. Creators Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider have a cast of game ladies in their Florida-set series, including Schneider herself (who plays Shauna Maducci, the "bankrupt overspender"), "Happy Endings"/"SNL" vet Casey Wilson as trophy wife Tawny St. John, Tymberlee Hill as Phenomenon "Phe Phe" Reed, Andrea Savage as cougar Veronica Von Vandervon, Angela Kinsey of "The Office" as religious zealot Crystal Simmons, and "30 Rock" vet Kristen Schaal as drug-addled former child star Amanda Simmons. HitFix caught a few minutes to interview Wilson, Hill, Savage, Schneider, and Phirman. Instead of asking them to name their favorite "Housewives" franchise or terrifying dream about Andy Cohen, we asked them to pick their favorite ladies from famous pop culture groups. »
- Louis Virtel
20th Century Fox
Happy endings – who doesn’t love them? After all, we go to see films to be entertained, to escape from the hum drum of daily life where things are far less certain. Let’s face it, life can be a let down a lot of the time and the last thing we need when venturing into the fictional realm of cinema is another reminder that things don’t always work out in the end.
Most movies end happily and most of the time this makes sense. It fits a character arc to reach a satisfying conclusion – we enjoy seeing them grow, learn and develop, overcoming the obstacles put in their path or defeating an evil force that threatens to engulf them. Besides, sad endings leave us feeling as if we’ve been cheated, as if paying to feel miserable is the last thing we expected when buying our tickets. »
- Andrew Dilks
The connection between ABC retro comedies The Goldbergs and The Wonder Years is about to get a little closer. Vulture has learned that Fred Savage, beloved by millions of late-1980s TV fans as Kevin Arnold on the latter ABC comedy, has signed on to direct an early season-two episode of ABC’s more recent hit. Adam F. Goldberg, The Goldbergs’ creator and namesake, says that he didn’t just hire Savage because he’s a fan of The Wonder Years (though he very much is) or because he thought it would be a cool way to link the two comedies (though it very much is). The Artist Formerly Known As Butthead is actually an Emmy- and DGA-nominated TV director who’s helmed multiple episodes of comedies such as Party Down, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Modern Family, and Happy Endings. “Fred is one of the biggest TV directors out there now, »
- Josef Adalian
Kalki Koechlin, who made her debut with the 2009 Anurag Kashyap directed Dev D, has come a long way since then. Known for her rather off beat choice of films, Kalki has carved a niche for herself in the industry. While her last release was the Ranbir Kapoor- Deepika Padukone starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Kalki has four films, Happy Ending, Margarita With a Straw, Jiah O Jiah and Severing Ties in the pipeline. However, the actress will be returning to theatre with an adaptation of Shakespear's Hamlet. Though she has her slate filled with films and theatre shows, we hear that Kalki is planning on turning director soon. Expressing her desire to direct, Kalki firmly puts rumours to rest stating that she is looking at directing plays rather than films. Of late, she has been in the news for her staunch feministic views, while on the film front Kalki »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Ready for Tuesday morning yumminess – then watch the brand new trailer for Big Hero 6
The voicecast includes Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney, with Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit as Baymax.
Big Hero 6 joins the field of other cute, family-friendly animated feature films in 2014 such as The Lego Movie, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Planes: Fire And Rescue and the upcoming The Boxtrolls, The Penguins Of Madagascar, and The Book Of Life films.
Here’s a rundown of Big Hero 6′s characters.
Voiced by Ryan Potter (“Supah Ninjas,” “Senior Project”), robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada has the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring »
- Melissa Thompson
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