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Louis C.K. on Lorne Michaels' 'Horace and Pete' Advice, How the Show Almost Starred Jack Nicholson

26 April 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Louis C.K.'s promotional tour continued with a stop in Marc Maron's garage, where the two comics recorded the 700th edition of Maron's WTF podcast. In the 90-minute-plus interview, C.K. revealed both the run-up to and the details of the casting and creative process on his self-financed Horace and Pete web series. Among them: the A-list actors initially approached for key roles on the dark comedy, including Joe Pesci and Jack Nicholson. Here are five highlights from the conversation: Lorne Michaels gave C.K. advice — but he didn't take it C.K.

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- Maya Anderman

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IFC Developing Comedy Projects with Bryan Cranston, Steven Weber, Sharon Horgan

21 April 2016 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

IFC is cooking up a new comedy series “Todd Barth Can Help You,” co-created by Bryan Cranston and Steven Weber, with Weber on board to star.

The AMC Networks outlet unveiled that project and seven other development prospects at its luncheon upfront presentation in New York on Thursday. The cabler is also investing more in digital series, some of which will get an on-air showcase in latenight under the “Comedy Crib” brand.

“Todd Barth” revolves around a conservative insurance adjuster who decides to change his life and become a self-help guru. Cranston created the series with Weber and Clay Graham. Graham is writing and exec producing with Cranston, Weber and James Degus of Cranston’s Moonshot Entertainment banner.

This Land is Ours” follows a group of anarchist squatters who take over an abandoned row house in Harlem. The project was created by Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan (HBO’s “Getting On”) and hails from Merman, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Louis Ck Opens Door to ‘Horace and Pete’ Return; ‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Angus T. Jones Is the Key

21 April 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Louis Ck says his web series, “Horace and Pete,” may not be over after all — and that “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones could help continue the story. Ck spoke on Marc Maron‘s “Wtf” podcast Thursday about how he had always intended the show as a ten-act play — and Maron said reports of its cancellation were misleading. (You should listen to the entire podcast, because Maron and Ck covered a lot — including how Ck sought Jack Nicholson for the role that went to Alan Alda — and which Ck also offered to Joe Pesci.) News outlets including. »

- Tim Molloy

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'Big Bang Theory' Lands a Sitcom Legend as Leonard's Dad

17 March 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Big Bang Theory Season 9 has already brought some big surprises. And we've been introduced to some often heard about, but never seen characters such as Sheldon Cooper's great Meemaw, played by June Squibb. Now, we're going to get to meet a member of Leonard's family that has long been absent. His dad!

Yes, apparently Leonard Hofstadter comes from great stock. The character, played by Johnny Galecki, already has a mother played by Emmy-winning actress Christine Baranski. And now he's getting two-time Emmy winner Judd Hirsch as his dad! So who was Dr. Beverly Hofstadter formerly married to?

Judd Hirsch will be playing a scientist in an upcoming episode of the show before The Big Bang Theory brings its latest run to a close. Johnny Galecki recently revealed at the PaleyFest panel that he met Judd Hirsch during the Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows special that aired last month. »

- MovieWeb

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The Big Bang Theory Casts Judd Hirsch as Leonard's Father

16 March 2016 8:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Big Bang Theory‘s Leonard Hofstadter comes from good stock.

In addition to having Emmy-winning actress Christine Baranski for a mom (as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter), it was announced on Wednesday that two-time Emmy winner Judd Hirsch has been cast as the scientist’s father.

RelatedNCIS, Supergirl, The Big Bang Theory and Others Get Finale Dates at CBS

As shared at the hitcom’s PaleyFest panel, Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, met Hirsch at NBC’s recent James Burrows tribute and invited the former Taxi driver to play the role.

Among what has been revealed to date about Leonard’s dad, »

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Listen: William Friedkin Talks ‘French Connection,’ ‘Sorcerer,’ ‘The Exorcist’ & More In Epic 2.5 Hour 'Wtf' Podcast Interview

26 February 2016 1:13 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There is no hashtag called #FriedkinIsAGod, but really, there should be. The director of “The French Connection,” “The Exorcist,” “Sorcerer,” “Cruising,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” “Bug,” and “Killer Joe,” to name just a few, William Friedkin is one of the greats to emerge from the 1970s brat pack director’s scene that included Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, and more. Now 80-years-old, the mythic filmmaker recently sat down with podcaster Marc Maron for an epic two-and-a-half-hour chat on his "Wtf" podcast. Maron describes the director as a “consummate storyteller” and he’s not wrong. The far and wide-reaching conversation spans Friedkin’s career with many, many highlights, not to mention wise words to live by. Read More: William Friedkin Talks Diversity, Says Cinema Is "An Open Playing Field," And "Women Have To Put Themselves Forward" There are great stories about “The French Connection” — “I found by treating. »

- Edward Davis

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Listen to Marc Maron’s 2.5-Hour, Career-Spanning Interview With William Friedkin

25 February 2016 6:19 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

He’s created one of the scariest films of all-time (The Exorcist), did the impossible by proving a remake can work (Sorcerer), put one of the greatest car chases on film (The French Connection), and much more, yet William Friedkin still seems to be under-appreciated in most circles. Although it’s been half-a-decade since his last feature, one can find him highly engaged on Twitter or around the festival circuit giving talks. Today we have perhaps his most extensive conversation yet as he’s sat down with Marc Maron for a 2.5-hour talk.

The two discuss his legendary career, who inspired him, from Orson Welles to the French New Wave, the themes of faith and fate in his features, the making of both his classics and the films that weren’t initially received well. In one of the most interesting sections, they also talk about how he got Gene Hackman »

- Jordan Raup

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Writers Guild Awards: Mad Men, Veep, Mr. Robot and Gh Among Winners

13 February 2016 8:32 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The 2016 Writers Guild Awards were handed out Saturday night in Los Angeles and New York City, and the final salvo of AMC’s Mad Men claimed the top drama prize, while HBO’s Veep beat out the comedy competition.

RelatedNAACP Image Awards: black-ish, Empire, The Wiz Live Lead TV Winners

AMC’s Better Call Saul and HBO’s Silicon Valley earned individual episode accolades. USA Network’s critical darling Mr. Robot walked away with the New Series award.

TV’s major winners are listed below.

Drama Series

The Americans 

Better Call Saul

Game of Thrones

Mad Men — Winner

Mr. Robot »

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Trailer For SXSW Winner ‘Creative Control’ Steps Into the Future

4 February 2016 7:26 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

High-budget Hollywood features aren’t the only films predicting what the future might look like. Benjamin Dickinson‘s Creative Control, which picked up a Special Jury Recognition for Visual Excellence prize at SXSW last year, takes place in the realistic near-future and follows an advertising executive (Dickinson, who also co-wrote the script) who gets technologically involved with the life of his best friend. Also starring Reggie Watts, Dan Gill, Alexia Rasmussen and Nora Zehetner, we now have the first trailer for the film arriving next month.

We said in our review, “Much of the humor is dry and it truly does help to be able to laugh at people that live and work in high rises that struggle with the mundanity of life at times. Yet Creative Control plays it cool and never gets caught trying to have unrelatable high-minded ideas. Instead, it likes to let themes linger. There’s »

- Jordan Raup

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Listen to Charlie Kaufman’s One-Hour, Career-Spanning Talk with Marc Maron

11 January 2016 12:08 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

For much of his career, Charlie Kaufman has been an enigma of introspective storytelling, crafting characters and situations that feel all too real to his audience. With his latest feature, the highly recommended stop-motion animation Anomalisa, it’s afforded an unexpected opportunity to gain unprecedented insight into his career. After many other talks, perhaps the most extensive and fruitful has arrived with Marc Maron.

In the one-hour chat, Kaufman discusses not getting his first gig in entertainment until the age of 32 and failing to get writing work on Simpsons, Seinfeld, Mr. Show. He then jumps into his early collaborations with Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry with Being John Malkovich, Human Nature, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as well as not taking to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

“I didn’t like it. That was a movie in which I was not consulted. I mean, George Clooney changed the script, »

- Leonard Pearce

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Writers Guild Of America awards nominees revealed

6 January 2016 11:55 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.

The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.

Screenplay Nominations

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures

Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures

Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the »

- Paul Heath

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Nominations For The 68th Annual Writers Guild Of America Awards

6 January 2016 10:43 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.

Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths »

- Jeff Beck

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