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TV: The Maya Rudolph Show to Debut in May

16 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

After a long-delayed debut, The Maya Rudolph Show finally has a premiere date: Monday, May 19 at 10 Pm.  Except here's the catch: it's yet unclear whether Rudolph's variety show will be a one-time special or an ongoing series. NBC will presumably base that decision on that first episode's ratings.  Here's what we do know: There will be a ton of guest stars. Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, and Sean Hayes are scheduled to appear, as is musical guest Janelle Monae and bandleader Raphael Saadiq.  Rudolph was last seen guest-starring on Portlandia and will appear in P.T. Anderson's Inherent Vice in December. [h/t Av Club]

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“Blue Mountain State” Hopes Fans Will Crowdfund a Movie and Chelsea Handler Won’t Replace Craig Ferguson

16 April 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Yesterday, Ed told you that This Week with George Stephanopoulos hired anti-gay pundit Laura Ingraham. Salon‘s Alex Pareene says that’s just the latest step in a rightward lurch for the Sunday morning talk show, one that involves hiring conservative pundits who make for terrible television. But, really, if you want to watch a Sunday morning talk show, you should be watching Up with Steve Kornacki. Under Kornacki, Up is a lot more political, and Kornacki has turned out to be incredibly skilled at asking the tough questions that cut to the truth of the matter.

It’s finally happening. EW says that NBC has scheduled The Maya Rudolph Show for May 19. The variety special will feature appearances by Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson and Chris Parnell with a performance by Jannell Monae. The variety show is a genre that has struggled on TV (oh, »

- Lyle Masaki

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Casting: Hayek, Larson, Whitman, Brownstein

10 April 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sausage Party

Salma Hayek has joined the voice cast of the raunchy animated feature "Sausage Party" about a sausage's search to uncover the truth of his existence.

Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton and David Krumholtz also voice characters in the R-rated feature which is aiming for a 2015 release. [Source: Moviehole]

Room

Brie Larson ("Short Term 12") has signed on for Lenny Abrahamson's indie drama "Room". Emma Donoghue adapted the script from her own 2010 bestseller.

Larson plays Ma, a woman kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny room where she lives with her five-year-old son Jack. To the boy, the room is the only world there is. [Source: Deadline]

The Duff

Mae Whitman ("Parenthood") is in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of Kody Keplinger's coming-of-age novel "The Duff" for CBS Films. Ari Sandel was attached to direct »

- Garth Franklin

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From Portlandia to Cincinnati… Sketch Comedy Queen Carrie Brownstein Lands Role on Haynes’ Carol

9 April 2014 8:50 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Eat your heart out Julianne Moore. Less than 24 hours after actor John Magaro was mentioned as a supporting player add-on, we now learn (via THR) that sketch comedy queen in Portlandia’s writer/star Carrie Brownstein will trade in hipster chic for 50′s garb making her feature film debut alongside thesps Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson in Todd HaynesCarol. Brownstein will play Genevieve Cantrell, a woman who has an encounter with Therese (Mara). Several onlookers will be curious in seeing how the actress moves from banal characterizations to certified Haynes-dramatic material.

Gist: Based on Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt”, this chronicles the burgeoning and tempestuous relationship between two very different women in 1950s NYC. Mara will play a 20-something clerk working in a department store and dreaming of a better life who falls for an older, married woman (Blanchett) who is essentially a trapped wife »

- Eric Lavallee

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When Will Aimee Mann Get Credit for her Hilarious Videos?

9 April 2014 5:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Aimee Mann, the Oscar-nominated songstress of "Save Me" from the "Magnolia" soundtrack, brings a specific and cutting humor to everything she does. She's both sarcastic and damning, deadpan and sensitive. And her videos -- which have featured the likes of Jon Hamm, Laura Linney, Morgan Murphy, and now her newest duet partner Ted Leo -- are hilarious in their droll weirdness. It's a wacky but understated humor comparable to the IFC series "Portlandia," which actually once featured Mann in a hysterical cameo role. The 'Til Tuesday vet has always been a fan of comedians; she's had acts like Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins join her in concert, and she often features funny folks in her music videos. In "Aimee Mann's Christmas Carol," she ran into John Krasinski, Michael Cera, and John C. Reilly. Mann's newest video "Milwaukee," the first single off the new album she and Ted Leo »

- Louis Virtel

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Casting Net: Brie Larson to star in Emma Donoghue's 'Room'; Plus, Matt Damon, more

9 April 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Brie Larson (Short Term 12) is set to star as Ma in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s 2010 best-seller Room about a kidnapped woman living in captivity with her 5-year-old son. Donohue wrote the script for director Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Frank). Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the book an A- and wrote: “Though the story’s chilling circumstances reflect the horrors endured by tabloid-famous abductees, Donoghue avoids all sensationalism. Instead, she gracefully distills what it means to be a mother — and what it’s like for a child whose entire world measures just 11 x 11.”  [Deadline]

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'Portlandia's' Carrie Brownstein Joins Cate Blanchett in 'Carol' (Exclusive)

9 April 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Portlandia star and co-creator Carrie Brownstein will make her film debut with Carol, the lesbian drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The film, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's book The Price of Salt, follows Therese (Mara), a department store clerk in 1950s New York who becomes obsessed with another woman (Blanchett) she spots in the store. The film, which is currently shooting, also stars Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson. Exclusive: 'The Office' Actor Joins Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara in 'Carol' Brownstein will play Genevieve Cantrell, a woman who has an encounter with Therese. I'm Not There helmer Todd

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Debbie DeMontreux Joins Embassy Row As Svp Developing & Programming

7 April 2014 12:51 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Former IFC head of original programming Debbie DeMontreux has joined Michael Davies’ Sony TV-owned production company Embassy Row as Svp of Development & Programming. DeMontreux, who is starting this month, will oversee development of new projects as well as all programming currently in production. DeMonreux spent 25 years at AMC Networks, most recently as Svp of Original Programming at IFC for the last 7 years, until resigning at the end of last year. Under her watch, IFC launched its flagship comedy series, Portlandia, as well as Comedy Bang! Bang!, Maron, sketch comedy The Birthday Boys, executive produced by Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller; and Will Ferrell’s miniseries The Spoils of Babylon. DeMontreux was also instrumental in bringing R. Kelly’s hip hop opera, Trapped in the Closet, to IFC. Embassy Row, run by founder/president Davies, is behind Sony TV’s successful Talking after-show franchise, which includes AMC’s Talking Dead and Talking Bad, »

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'Portlandia' interview: 11 fun facts on Jeff Tweedy, Season 4, 'Seth Myers' and more

3 April 2014 7:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Just as the new fourth season of "Portlandia" was gearing up, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen were making the rounds at South By Southwest. Armisen had only recently been named as the house band leader for "Late Night with Seth Myers," reuniting the two "Saturday Night Live" cohorts for another late-night adventure. A different reunion may run across the minds of Sleater-Kinney fans, who saw video of the band back together playing "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World" with Neil Young last fall. After our interview at SXSW, Brownstein didn't indicate if the trio was set to come together again. But that doesn't mean she isn't playing music... As another new ep of "Portlandia" rolls out tonight, here are 10 fun facts that came out of our interview to keep in mind. 1. Apparently, Armisen and Brownstein are incapable of getting sick of each other. Plus, "We don't see each other all the time, »

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Eddie McClintock’s Next Role, Fan Video Fixes “How I Met Your Mother” Ending and “Community” Takes on “G.I. Joe”

3 April 2014 4:34 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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The 2013 Peabody Awards were awarded to 46 programs including  Scandal, Orphan Black, The Bridge, Broadchurch, How to Survive a Plague, Orphan Black and Les Revenants. Additionally, the final season of Breaking Bad got a rare repeat award.

Eddie McClintock will be a part of the season finale of Castle, according to TV Line. Agent Pete is about to meet Captain Mal!

Is the Castle costume designer open to suggestions? We have a few ideas.

EW discussed wigs with TV’s premiere wig-featuring drama, The Americans. It turns out series stars Keri Russel and Matthew Rhys aren’t the only ones who are costumed in a wig. A lot of men who would have had a comb-over in the 80s sport a shaved head nowadays. That seems ironic.

Out Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn says he has 70 ways of saying “Hodor“. Now I want a Hodor monologue so Nairn can »

- Lyle Masaki

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Jeff Goldblum's Reddit Ama is the most Jeff Goldblum thing ever

22 March 2014 10:05 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Jeff Goldblum is a national treasure, and the actor's recent Reddit Ama session is just further proof of that fact.

In support of his new films "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Le Weekend," the frequent "Portlandia" guest star opened the floor to a variety of questions on Thursday (March 20) -- touching on his seminal work in "Jurassic Park," whether he'd return to "The League" and his life's sandwich history.

And yes, every answer was written, uh, exactly as you'd expect Jeff Goldblum to verbalize it. It is, in a word, perfect.

Can you tell us something about yourself that we may find surprising?

Hahaha. Surprising. Hmmmm.

I've never had a cavity or a filling.

See? You're surprised.

What is your favorite dinosaur? I have you pegged for a stegosaurus man.

I'm no expert but since childhood I've had a fondness for the triceratops, because I read a kid's book about »

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New Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. guest star announced

21 March 2014 12:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Louisa Mellor 21 Mar 2014 - 07:30

Patton Oswalt is to play Howling Commando member Agent Eric Koenig in Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Accepting a guest role in Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn't, we'd imagine, a tough decision for Patton Oswalt, an actor/comedian who's made no secret of his comic book love over the years.

Oswalt is to play Agent Eric Koenig in a fothcoming episode, whose first appearance was made in Sgt. Fury And The Howling Commandos issue number 27. It's the actor/comedian's second involvement with a Whedon-led project, after his role as Joel Mynor in a couple of episodes of Dollhouse.

Since the end of long-running sitcom King Of Queens, Oswalt has made guest appearances in a range of cult comedy hits, from Flight Of The Conchords, to Community, The Venture Bros, Portlandia and more. Arguably one of his best performances though, is in Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody's Young Adult, »

- louisamellor

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IFC Unveils a 2015 Programming Slate That Includes New Comedies From Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Rob Huebel

20 March 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

IFC's upfront is tonight, and ahead of the event, the network has unveiled its slate of new and returning programming. Among the new projects are a mockumentary series from Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers, a scripted comedy starring Rob Huebel and the parodic Comedy Music Awards. "Portlandia," the channel's current hit, has already been renewed for a fifth season to air in 2015, while upcoming series "Garfunkel and Oates" premieres this summer. "Maron" and "Comedy Bang! Bang!" kick off new seasons in May. Here's the full slate: New Programming American Documentary (working title) (6x30; premieres in 2015) American Documentary is a curated series of half-hour documentaries and biopics, each about a completely fictitious subject. Featuring a repertory-like ensemble cast, the episodes will explore important political figures, influential artists, titans of industry, and iconic cultural movements, all utterly fictional.  Produced by Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video...

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IFC Unveils a 2015 Programming Slate That Includes New Comedies From Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Rob Huebel

20 March 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

IFC's upfront is tonight, and ahead of the event, the network has unveiled its slate of new and returning programming. Among the new projects are a mockumentary series from Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers, a scripted comedy starring Rob Huebel and the parodic Comedy Music Awards. "Portlandia," the channel's current hit, has already been renewed for a fifth season to air in 2015, while upcoming series "Garfunkel and Oates" premieres this summer. "Maron" and "Comedy Bang! Bang!" kick off new seasons in May. Here's the full slate: New Programming American Documentary (working title) (6x30; premieres in 2015) American Documentary is a curated series of half-hour documentaries and biopics, each about a completely fictitious subject. Featuring a repertory-like ensemble cast, the episodes will explore important political figures, influential artists, titans of industry, and iconic cultural movements, all utterly fictional.  Produced by Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video »

- Alison Willmore

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Carrie Brownstein's Life After Punk

20 March 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"I'm just going to try a bunch of shit on," Carrie Brownstein says. On an icy February afternoon in Manhattan, the co-star of IFC's sketch-comedy series Portlandia has just ducked into a brightly lit Opening Ceremony boutique in search of an outfit for a New York Fashion Week event that night. "I like to go to other cities because I can dress up," she says, eyeing a stylish black blazer with blue and white checks. "I live in a city where fleece is considered an appropriate fabric for any event. »

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The Awesomely Punk Rock Filmography of Jello Biafra

20 March 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jello Biafra first found pop culture prominence as the lead singer of the Dead Kennedys, and while he's also carved out a reputation as a top-notch spoken word artist, he’s continued to write and record new music, most recently fronting a band called the Guantanamo School of Medicine. (Their most recent album, "White People and the Damage Done," hit stores last year.) Every once in awhile, though, Biafra enjoys the opportunity to step away from the microphone and step in front of the camera to show off his acting chops. Indiewire spoke to Biafra about his guest spot on tonight's episode of "Portlandia" and why he needn't have bothered to memorize his lines. Then we took a deeper look into some of the other entries in his decidedly eccentric filmography. So what part do you play on "Portlandia"? Well, the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree, »

- Will Harris

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The Awesomely Punk Rock Filmography of Jello Biafra

20 March 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Jello Biafra first found pop culture prominence as the lead singer of the Dead Kennedys, and while he's also carved out a reputation as a top-notch spoken word artist, he’s continued to write and record new music, most recently fronting a band called the Guantanamo School of Medicine. (Their most recent album, "White People and the Damage Done," hit stores last year.) Every once in awhile, though, Biafra enjoys the opportunity to step away from the microphone and step in front of the camera to show off his acting chops. Indiewire spoke to Biafra about his guest spot on tonight's episode of "Portlandia" and why he needn't have bothered to memorize his lines. Then we took a deeper look into some of the other entries in his decidedly eccentric filmography. So what part do you play on "Portlandia"? Well, the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree, »

- Will Harris

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IFC Expands Comedy Slate With Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Joel McHale Projects

20 March 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

IFC is looking to expand its comedy foothold. Ahead of its upfront Thursday, the AMC Networks channel announced that it's adding a new docu-parody, tentatively titled American Documentary, from Saturday Night Live vets Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Portlandia's Fred Armisen as well as a scripted half-hour effort, American Storage, starring Rob Huebel (Children's Hospital). And, as IFC president Jennifer Caserta hinted in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, IFC is partnering for a first-ever CollegeHumor Comedy Music Awards show to air in 2015. The latter, a bid for event-based water-cooler programming to cut through a

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- Lacey Rose

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IFC Orders Docu Parody Series from Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Bill Hader

20 March 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

IFC is going deeper into business with “Portlandia” star Fred Armisen, ordering a docu-parody series that he created with fellow “Saturday Night Live” alums Seth Meyers and Bill Hader.

As part of its upfront slate announcement, IFC also announced an eight-episode order for scripted comedy starring “Childrens Hospital’s” Rob Huebel and plans for a kudocast satire “Comedy Music Awards” event to be produced with website CollegeHumor.

IFC began the year with significant momentum that continues to accelerate,” said IFC prexy Jennifer Caserta. “We’re delivering more original programming that is resonating with viewers, and key advertisers are seeking us out to reach consumers through the power and authenticity of our alt comedy voice.”

“American Documentary,” set to premiere next year, is described as six half-hour biographical docs on fictitious subjects. It will hail from Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video banner, which is also home to “Portlandia.” Armisen and Hader will »

- Cynthia Littleton

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“Community” Plays Dungeons & Dragons Again, Wendy Williams Apologizes for Transphobic Segment and The “Vampire Diaries” New Gay Character Debuts

20 March 2014 4:43 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Victor Garber will appear on the upcoming 50 Cent-produced Starz drama Power in a recurring role. I guess I should pay attention to it now.

NBC has renewed Grimm, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.. The network also sorta-renewed Parks & Recreation by listing it as a show that was previously renewed, even though that never officially happened.

Something something… excuse to post a picture of David Guintoli and Sasha Roiz.

Maggie Q has joined the cast of the Kevin Williamson-created CBS pilot about a division of the Lapd that focuses on stalkers. She’ll play the division’s captain.

TV Land is looking at turning the web series Teachers into a single-camera comedy, with Community and Mad Men star Alison Brie. The pilot follows six elementary teachers who end up dragging their students into their personal dysfunction.

Wendy Williams has apologized for transphobic remarks made during a panel discussion about transgender athlete Chloie Johnsson, »

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