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A gay man reflects on his own reaction to the Alan Carr PETA fairy advertisement. “This is how I could have justified my instinctive flinch. When gay people appear on TV, it is invariably as one-dimensional, caricatured camp clowns, a kind of gay minstrel show. But Carr has never claimed to be emblematic of gay men. Of course we should see a wider spectrum of gay men – including, say, the beer-swilling, football-obsessed lad alongside the body-pumping Kylie-loving scene queen – but why does that mean discriminating against a funny comedian because he’s outrageously camp? What fuelled the backlash was a sense that the likes of Carr invite homophobia with their loud-and-proud campness, and all gay men suffer as a result. It is complicity with oppression, »
- Ed Kennedy
Look at the current landscape of American comedy in TV and film, and you will see an institution that has been shaped, molded and influenced by one show more than any other, for 39 years. Saturday Night Live has consistently proven itself to be the training ground for some of the best writers and performers in the business today, and it is preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Created by Lorne Michaels, and developed by Dick Ebersol (previously NBC’s Vice President of late-night programming) in 1975, Saturday Night Live is the late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show that was designed to parody culture and politics with a repertory cast, celebrity guest hosts and a musical guest performance each week. It is one of the longest-running network TV shows in America, with a bulging trophy cabinet that includes 36 prime-time Emmys, 3 Writer’s Guild Association awards and a Peabody. In 2012, it »
- Sarah Myles
Openly gay comics are plentiful, but not many of them break through to the mainstream. Even fewer go on national television and do an entire routine about coming out. Rob Gleeson did just that on Conan this week.
He covers the entire gamut, from an ill-fated attempt at sex with a girl at 15 to hitting up the gay bars as an adult, and hitting up the stalls in the bathroom at said gay clubs. It’s a routine you might expect to hear in a comedy club on an Atlantis cruise, but on a late night show like Conan? It’s very bold, both of him and of Conan for giving him the showcase.
- Ed Kennedy
Tracy Morgan was a guest on Conan O'Brien's TBS show on Thursday, but fortunately his alter ego Chico Devine was not. "I had to leave Chico alone because I've got a daughter," he revealed. "Chico Devine got me thrown out of Prince's house! Prince is a freak, but I'm a big old freak." Even telling the singer that his father loved "When Doves Cry" didn't stop the 30 Rock star from getting kicked out, he said. Later in the show, actress Judy Greer revealed how people have trouble nailing down why they recognize her. "I call it fan-profiling,"
- Debbie Emery
Conan O'Brien mocked former president George W. Bush on Wednesday night, not for his politics or intelligence -- but his artistic skills when he critiqued Bush's art work, which recently went on display. Video: Christina Hendricks Reveals What Sparked 'Game of Thrones' Rumors With Bush having painted political figures like Vladimir Putin, O'Brien jokingly sparked a "presidential competition" by displaying Bill Clinton's fake creations, which were far more risque -- and included Clinton as majestic half-man, half-horse. "This is how President Clinton sees himself," joked the Conan host. O'Brien's guest, Marlon Wayans, revealed that he has a serious crush on female Ufc
- Debbie Emery
The film hits theaters on May 23.
In case you missed it, watch the “Opening Battle” clip that aired during the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-men: Days Of Future Past.
The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
For more updates on the movie, follow at:
- Michelle McCue
About 2.8 million people tuned in to Sunday’s Conan O’Brien-hosted MTV Movie Awards, a million fewer viewers (-27%) than last year’s show. The 2013 trophy show clocked 3.8 million total viewers — up compared to previous year’s 3.2 million even though big winner Jennifer Lawrence didn’t show up, and Parks And Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza got thrown out. Those who watched Sunday’s fan-voted awards saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire cop movie of the year, Mila Kunis hide her baby bump, Zac Efron lose his shirt and Mark Wahlberg score the MTV Generation Award — or, as he called it, the You’re Too Old To Come Back Award — and Eminem and Rihanna doing the TV debut of their hit “The Monster.” Related: Oscar, Schmoscar: MTV Votes ‘Catching Fire’ Best Movie Sunday’s show also was down by double digits in the network’s core 12-34 demographic, pulling a 2.6 compared »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Wolverine fans, the trailer for you has arrived. A Wolverine-heavy third and final trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past debuted on TBS' Conan Tuesday -- and it gives a closer look at the film bringing together two generations of mutants. Conan O'Brien also had a hand in unveiling the opening scene for the upcoming film, which aired during Sunday's MTV Movie Awards. X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Peter Dinklage, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Shawn Ashmore. The Fox film opens
- Aaron Couch
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find the scene Spielberg doesn’t want you to see; how Frozen should have ended; Disney versions of Firefly, Breaking Bad, and Star Wars; Mark Wahlberg doing cool things; and Conan O’Brien’s American Hustle hair prep. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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Nurse Jackie Season 6 Premiere
Jackie’s using again, but she’s doing it differently: going to 12-step meetings, finding a sponsor and getting her drugs from a girl at the gym. Watch new episodes of Nurse Jackie Sundays at 9pm Et/Pt.
Californication Season 7 Premiere
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- Justin Vactor
During this year’s Super Bowl telecast, Stephen Colbert held forth in a glitzy commercial, and proved himself to be quite the pistachio salesman. Soon, he’ll have a bigger nut to crack.
At some point in 2015, Colbert will inherit the desk at CBS’ “Late Show” from David Letterman — and take on the burden of helping the Eye poke its rivals in the latenight wars.
He’s getting a delayed start in the race against his primary competition on NBC and ABC, but he enters with two key advantages: a strong following among young men, and a track record of weaving successful (and funny) brand integrations into his show.
Colbert’s segue to CBS completes the youth movement in latenight sparked in early 2013 by ABC’s decision to move “Jimmy Kimmel Live” up to the big leagues of the 11:35 slot in early 2013. NBC countered by installing Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” in February. »
- Brian Steinberg
Oscar-nominated actress Sharon Stone is set to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in Lionsgate's action-comedy “American Ultra,” TheWrap has learned. Stone takes over the role that Uma Thurman had been rumored for in the film, which Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”) is directing from a script by Max Landis (“Chronicle”). Also read: Sharon Stone Re-Creates ‘Basic Instinct’ Leg Cross on ‘Conan’ (Video) Eisenberg stars as Mike, a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent in a government program created. »
- Jeff Sneider
Yesterday, we featured the opening to the MTV Movie Awards, not because we care about who the golden popcorn goes to, but because it showcased host Conan O'Brien fitting no less than 50 celebrity cameos into the beginning of the show. Now that the show is over, Conan is back to his normal hosting duties on his own late night talk show on TBS. But he had some time to reminisce about his weekend hosting gig, and even took the time to reveal some of his preparation behind the scenes, mostly his hair styling inspired by the remarkable comb-over donned by Christian Bale in last year's Best Picture nominee American Hustle. Here's Conan O'Brien preparing for the MTV Movie Awards from Team Coco: American Hustle is directed by David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook), working from a script he co-wrote with The International writer Eric Singer. »
- Ethan Anderton
If you subscribe to the notion that TBS is Conan O’Brien’s Isle of Elba, then David Letterman’s pending retirement may have seemed like the perfect opportunity for Coco to rise again on network television, righting the wrongs done to him back in 2010 when NBC took The Tonight Show away from him.
It would have been the perfect story: the people’s champion, rising then falling and rising again to glory. The trouble is, Stephen Colbert quickly snatched up the Late Show job and O’Brien never ...
- Jason Tabrys
It ain't easy being an MTV Movie Awards host. Conan O'Brien learned that firsthand with his awesome tenure hosting the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. From almost being lit on fire to being made very aware of his age, the host had a bunch to share on his own show, "Conan," afterwards about the experience. Here are seven takeaways from Conan's Movie Awards memories. "Nothing Makes You Feel Old Like" The MTV Movie Awards "I didn't ...
By Craig Flaster »
What would the Party Planning Committee say?
The reason? She’s not a fan of birthdays in the office. Besides concern over how long it takes to actually sing “Happy Birthday,” Kaling also shared that she doesn’t give out gifts, because she has already given her employees the best gift of all: Their jobs. Sounds like someone has been taking management tips from Michael Scott.
- Erin Strecker
var brightcovevideoid = '3470460067001'; Mindy Kaling hates birthday parties during work. Or, at least, she thinks they could be more efficient. During her visit to Conan Monday night, Kaling told Conan O'Brien that her "strict" managerial habits have caused some consternation among her staff. "Everyone was like, 'You're a dictator! Go back to North Korea! We wanna have mirth at our workplace!' " She added: "My big thing is, you have to sing 'Happy Birthday' faster." Kaling continued her tongue-in-cheek comments by saying she doesn't buy her writers birthday presents because she's already given them the ultimate gift: Their job. »
- Alex Heigl
Actor/writer Marlon Wayans is best known for his frequent collaborations with his older brothers Keenan, Damon, and Shawn in successful comedies such as Scary Movie, White Chicks (where he dressed as a Caucasian female), and Little Man (as a baby with Marlon Wayan’s head) and The Wayans Bros TV show. Marlon has had the opportunity to flex his acting chops in roles for more acclaimed directors such as Darren Aranofsky in Requiem For A Dream and the Cohen Brothers in The Lady Killers. He’s even tried his hand at action stardom with GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. Last year Wayans wrote, produced, and starred in the spoof A Haunted House which cost just 2 ½ million dollars and grossed over 40 million. A Haunted House 2 opens nationwide this Friday, April 18th. Wayans was in St. Louis promoting the sequel and hosted a screening here on March 16th. I »
- Tom Stockman
Conan O'Brien didn't take anything seriously when he hosted the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, and his recap of the big night on Monday's episode of TBS' Conan was just as spectacular. "I almost wasn't ready for the show. I made it, but it was really close," revealed the talk show host, who had landed cameos from 50 stars -- from Russell Crowe and Demi Moore to Anthony Hopkins and Martin Scorsese -- for the awards the night before. Photos: MTV Movie Awards 2014 Red Carpet The camera then flipped to Conan's dressing room, showing him sticking an American
- Debbie Emery
“That’s the thing about the story — it’s a cancer book, a cancer movie, that’s not about cancer,” Woodley told Variety. “It’s about love and it’s about universal messages. It’s a celebration of life.”
The film, adapted from John Green’s novel, is a story about two teens that fall in love after meeting at a cancer support group.
Green said he was truly inspired from the actors’ dedication.
“With characters like that you have to be really authentic and real, and I wanted to bring a sense of authenticity and truth to them,” said Woodley.
Photos: Great Moments from the MTV Movie Awards
Nat Wolff was so dedicated to playing his blind character Isaac that he filmed his parts »
- Nikara Johns
This year's MTV Movie Awards had us busting a gut, from host Conan O'Brien's historic opening montage to a very unexpected game of tonsil hockey that, surprisingly, did not win an award. Here are 11 of the funniest moments from the show. Record-Breaking Opening Montage It started off with a bang. We got to see Conan nuzzle Elijah Wood in bed, walk in on Adam Sandler on the toilet, catch Danny McBride strapping dynamite to ...
By Jessica Marshall »
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