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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Eugene Levy & Catherine O’Hara On Scorsese’s ‘Sctv’ Doc, & How ‘We Don’t Consider Ourselves Comedians’

In the pantheon of male and female comedy duos, one can feasibly rank Sctv alums Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara up there with such greats as George and Gracie Burns and Gilda Radner and Gene Wilder. Broadcasting out of the Great White North, the two established a reputation for respectively playing nerdy and brassy alter-egos, quite often together. Yet underneath their characters' quirks was a humanity, emphasized during their pairing in the Christopher Guest
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‘Atlanta’ Director and ‘Girlfriend Experience’ Co-Creator Amy Seimetz Signs Overall Deal at FX

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‘Atlanta’ Director and ‘Girlfriend Experience’ Co-Creator Amy Seimetz Signs Overall Deal at FX
Amy Seimetz, a director on Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” and the co-creator of the Starz series “The Girlfriend Experience,” has signed an overall production deal with FX Productions, Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions announced Tuesday.

Under the pact, Seimetz will develop new television projects exclusively for FX.

“Amy is an extremely talented multi-hyphenate artist and we are proud to have her join the family of outstanding writers, producers and directors working at FX productions,” said Schrier. “Her passion for storytelling is evident in all of her work, and we look forward to developing new series that showcase her talent.”

Also Read: 'Atlanta' Renewed for Season 3 at FX

Seimetz directed two episodes of “Atlanta”s second season — aka “Robbin’ Season” — “Helen” and “Champagne Papi.”

She is the co-creator and executive producer on “The Girlfriend Experience,” a Golden Globe-nominated series
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‘Halloween’: Jake Gyllenhaal Helped Convince Jamie Lee Curtis to Bring Laurie Strode Back

‘Halloween’: Jake Gyllenhaal Helped Convince Jamie Lee Curtis to Bring Laurie Strode Back
Jamie Lee Curtis is taking on the role of Laurie Strode for a fifth time on the big screen in David Gordon Green’s upcoming “Halloween” sequel, but she might not have taken the gig had it not been for Jake Gyllenhaal. In an interview with Variety, Curtis revealed Green personally sent Gyllenhaal on a mission to track her down while she was vacationing in the mountains with her husband, Christopher Guest. Gyllenhaal’s mission was to convince Curtis to hear the director’s pitch for a new “Halloween” film. Gyllenhaal is Curtis’ “unofficial godson.”

The reason Gyllenhaal could vouch for Green is because the actor had just worked with the director on the Boston Marathon bombing drama “Stronger.” Gyllenhaal starred opposite Tatiana Maslany in the movie, which earned Green some of the best reviews of his career and put Gyllenhaal in the Oscar race for best actor. Gyllenhaal missed out on landing a nomination,
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‘Halloween’: Jamie Lee Curtis, Jason Blum Dish on Michael Myers’ Return

‘Halloween’: Jamie Lee Curtis, Jason Blum Dish on Michael Myers’ Return
“Halloween” fans are eagerly anticipating Jamie Lee Curtis’ return to the role of Laurie Strode, cinema’s most iconic avenging babysitter.

It turns out, they have Jake Gyllenhaal to thank for it. The actor is a family friend — Curtis refers to him as her “unofficial godson” — and he tracked her down while she was on vacation in the mountains with her husband, actor Christopher Guest, to put in a plug for David Gordon Green, the reboot’s director. Gyllenhaal urged Curtis to take Green’s call. The two had worked together on 2017’s “Stronger,” which Gyllenhaal told Curtis was the greatest experience of his professional career.

Curtis and Green hit it off immediately. Green, best known for comedies like “Pineapple Express” and dramas such as “Undertow,” reminded Curtis of John Carpenter, the director of the original 1978 “Halloween.”

“They’re both laid back and don’t take themselves too seriously,” Curtis
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You're Not Crazy - This Legendary Actor Has Been on The Bachelor Before!

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If you watched the latest episode of The Bachelorette, you may have spotted a familiar face. During the Bachelorette Dodgeball Tournament, Chris Harrison was joined by none other than Fred Willard, an entertainment industry veteran. While you may not have been able to place him, his résumé definitely holds a few titles that you'll recognize.

Prior to his engagement as dodgeball commentator extraordinaire for The Bachelorette, Willard actually played a role in Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season in episode three, when the contestants put on a show with The Dynamo Dogs. He and host Chris Harrison commentated once again on the contestants' performances with the dogs, adding their own spin on things with a smattering of comedy.

Apart from his time on the romantic ABC franchise, Willard is a four-time Emmy-nominated performer. His credits on the small and big screens stretch all the way back to the 1960s!
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You're Not Crazy - This Legendary Actor Has Been on The Bachelor Before!

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If you watched the latest episode of The Bachelorette, you may have spotted a familiar face. During the Bachelorette Dodgeball Tournament, Chris Harrison was joined by none other than Fred Willard, an entertainment industry veteran. While you may not have been able to place him, his résumé definitely holds a few titles that you'll recognize.

Prior to his engagement as dodgeball commentator extraordinaire for The Bachelorette, Willard actually played a role in Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season in episode three, when the contestants put on a show with The Dynamo Dogs. He and host Chris Harrison commentated once again on the contestants' performances with the dogs, adding their own spin on things with a smattering of comedy.

Apart from his time on the romantic ABC franchise, Willard is a four-time Emmy-nominated performer. His credits on the small and big screens stretch all the way back to the 1960s!
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Did Tom Wolfe Really Write Chris Farley’s Last Movie ‘Almost Heroes’?

Did Tom Wolfe Really Write Chris Farley’s Last Movie ‘Almost Heroes’?
Film fans might have been puzzled scanning IMDb on Tuesday after the death of Tom Wolfe, the beloved author of nonfiction and fiction best-sellers like “The Right Stuff” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities” that were adapted into memorable Hollywood movies.

The movie site listed Wolfe, who died Monday at age 87, as the co-screenwriter of the 1998 Chris Farley-Matthew Perry comedy “Almost Heroes” along with David Nutter and “Fuller House” co-executive producer Boyd Hale.

But no, the famed paragon of New Journalism is not the same Tom Wolfe who co-wrote Farley’s last movie, which has an abysmal 8 percent on RottenTomatoes despite a starry ’90s cast and director Christopher Guest.

“My co-writer was a different Tom Wolfe, of course,” Nutter told TheWrap via email.

The period adventure comedy about rivals of explorers Lewis and Clark
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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Movies

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Movies
As the Tribeca Film Festival wraps up its latest edition, many of the movies screening across the two-weekend festival have yet to find distribution. This is common at many festivals, and there’s no question that buyers have paid close attention to the hype around some of the festival’s more promising titles. Still, it’s a competitive marketplace out there, so we’re always eager to weigh in. Here are the best 2018 Tribeca movies that still deserve U.S. distribution.

“Diane”

An intimate story about a woman staring death in the face and struggling to see its reflection in her own life, “Diane” is as depressing as it sounds. On the other hand, Kent Jones’ jury-winning narrative debut is told with such lucid sadness that it eventually achieves a kind of hallucinatory calm. Mary Kay Place delivers the best performance of her career in the title role, a retired
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Film Review: ‘Supercon’

Film Review: ‘Supercon’
One of those comedies so incessantly and aggressively unfunny that you begin to wonder whether that’s the joke, documentary director Zak Knutson’s first narrative feature “Supercon” is a poor stab at Christopher Guest-style ensemble antics combined with a rote heist plot. The Comic Con-esque setting ought to be a rich target for satire, but life is full of missed opportunities, and this turns out to be one of them. Not to be confused with the concurrent “Supertroopers 2” — though one suspects theater owners would love it if you did — this film will no doubt pass quickly through hardtops, doing somewhat better in a home-formats launch that also commences April 27.

A former child star on an ’80s TV show, Keith Mahar (Russell Peters) is now a disillusioned adult, and makes a bare living reluctantly attending fan conventions. (Why he hasn’t tried finding another career is a question never raised here.
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If You're Googling This Lost in Space Actor, I'm Sorry, but We Can't Be Friends

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Netflix's reboot of the 1960s sci-fi series Lost in Space has a shocking amount of people wondering A) why Dr. Smith is so creepy, and B) why she looks so familiar. The thrilling series, which has been giving me heart palpitations all afternoon, was released early Friday morning. The criminal character of Dr. Smith is played by Parker Posey, an actress who's not a stranger to bingeable movies and television.

Posey has been acting for decades; she broke out in the '90s thanks to roles in quirky films like Party Girl, The House of Yes, and Clockwatchers. She's also appeared in popular films like Dazed and Confused, Scream 3, You've Got Mail, and The Sweetest Thing.

She has become a beloved character actor, known for taking standout roles in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries. To date, she's appeared in five of the director's films: Waiting For Guffman,
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Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls Tells Us About the Band’s Future and That Zucchini Incident

Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls Tells Us About the Band’s Future and That Zucchini Incident
Just like his fellow living Spinal Tap bandmates, Derek Smalls prefers to keep a profile befitting of his name. Though he’s been far from the public eye since Spinal Tap’s last tour in 2009, Smalls is finally on the cusp of doing something he has never done before: releasing his own solo album.

The record, titled “Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing),” is a concept album where Smalls ruminates about nearing the end of the road both artistically and, for all practical purposes, as a person as he nears his 77th birthday. (Of course, Smalls is played by Harry Shearer — who conducted his interview with TheWrap in character.)

It took a trip to a land far away from Spinal Tap’s core audience for Smalls to realize he didn’t want to be another white-haired rock footnote.

“I went over to Albania — a friend of mine was there in a near-death metal band called Chainsaw Vermin — and his bassist is an abuser of every known substance, so I’ve been sitting in with them from time-to-time,” he said in his British drawl. “I thought to myself, ‘Derek, is this where it leads, to sitting in Albania as a substitute bass player? It’s not your journey’s end if you have the choice. It’s not time to put Derek out to pasture just yet.”

Also Read: 'Spinal Tap' Stars Blasted for 'Absurdly' Filed $400 Million Lawsuit

Calling on a wide range of guest musicians, including Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Dweezil Zappa, Rick Wakeman, Joe Satriani, Paul Shaffer, Steve Vai, Jane Lynch and even The Hungarian Studio Orchestra, the record is just what you’d expect from an aging rocker. Retaining the same bone-crunching bass lines, Smalls proves that his music can exist outside of his famed band — and tackles aging exactly how you’d expect from a Spinal Tap veteran.

Solo endeavor aside, Smalls isn’t too optimistic about Spinal Tap reuniting for one final go. Smalls said he communicates with fellow members David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel frequently.

“Nig is out in the countryside in Hertfordshire — I think he’s renting it,” he explained. “He got deeply involved in animal husbandry and breeding miniature goats. He’s got his hands full — at least with baby goats. David, I hear from him, but I don’t use the internet because I suffer from addiction– so I use the post — and I will get something from him every once in a while with anticipation, mixed with fear, since he sends it using Chinese pictograms. I don’t know if he’s saying ‘how’s it going mate?’ or ‘congrats on the new record’ or ‘let’s get the band back together again’ or ‘I’ll have the duck and dim sum for three.’ I have no idea if it’s him or Janine [St. Hubbins’ significant other].”

Also Read: 'Spinal Tap' Fraud Suit Balloons to $400 Million Claim; Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean Sign On

Since Marty Dibergi’s 1984 “This Is Spinal Tap” documentary, Spinal Tap has broken up and gotten back together more times than people have fingers, and, of course, they have lost just as many drummers in the process. But Smalls said he’s not a fan of “This Is Spinal Tap” — in particular the moment in the film where he’s stuck in a pod during an otherwise rousing version of “Rock N Roll Creation.”

“I can’t speak for Nigel or David, but I regard [the film] as a hatchet job,” Smalls told TheWrap. “About 99.9940 percent we found our way to the stage right away, you didn’t see that in the film, did you? No, because he had an agenda. He said he was our biggest fan and wanted to cover our tour. Instead of being fair and helping us get big, he turned us into laughingstocks. It sounds perverse, but I think that’s what it’s about.”

Also Read: Donald Trump With 'Spinal Tap' Audio Goes Up to 11 (Video)

Mainly, Smalls is concerned about a number of incidents that appear in the movie’s final cut that portrayed him in what he deems a negative light. As for the stuck-in-a-pod footage (“It only happened three bloody times on that tour”), he blames Dibergi.

But, it’s the infamous incident at the Milwaukee airport that continues to haunt Smalls the most:

“I got out of the zucchini packing business well in time,” he said. “I’ve never had a problem — with what we call in the business — my power stance. Those were our biggest shows and I thought stagefright and nervousness could have an effect, shall we say. This was nothing more than an insurance policy.”

Even though the band’s salad days came in the late ’70s and early ’80s — when the rock star lifestyle allowed men to behave badly without fear of retribution, Smalls said that Spinal Tap doesn’t have to worry about any lurking scandal.

“I think the #MeToo thing is about power,” he said. “We never achieved any power.”

Smalls said there aren’t immediate plans for a new Tap album or a re-release of their classic albums (“That’s all tied up in legal stuff”). So if you’re looking to get busy to “Sex Farm,” you’re just going to have to dust off that elusive “Smell the Glove” vinyl. That said, don’t expect to see Spinal Tap added to the growing tally of musicians hitting the road for a farewell tour.

“Tap never breaks up,” the bassist told us. “It’s like you’re standing at the beach and you’re looking at the water and all of a sudden the fog comes in, and the sand and the water are gone. The fog, in this case, is reality and the water is Tap. It’s just not there anymore.”

Derek Smalls’ “Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)” drops on Friday via Twanky Records/BMG.

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Westminster Dog Owners Don’t Want You to Think They’re Like ‘Best in Show’ Movie Characters

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Westminster Dog Owners Don’t Want You to Think They’re Like ‘Best in Show’ Movie Characters
The humans competing at the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show really want you to know that they’re not like the crazies Christopher Guest depicted in his classic 2000 feature film “Best in Show.” And yes, they can laugh at the movie — kind of. “Well, it’s a satire… it’s funny,” Rémy Smith-Lewis — whose Portuguese Water Dog, Manly, is among the mid-February event’s frontrunners — cautiously told TheWrap. “It does its job.” Ok, so that is not exactly a ringing endorsement, but it’s something. Anybody else? Also Read: 'Puppy Bowl Xiv': 7 Things Seen, Heard (and Petted) Behind the Scenes Fellow contestant...
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'Spinal Tap' Co-Creators Urge Judge to Keep Fraud Claim Against Vivendi

Does the profits lawsuit against Vivendi over This Is Spinal Tap amount to no more than an alleged failure to properly account for royalties? Or has Vivendi and its subsidiaries perpetrated a fraud? The difference, especially as it implicates potential damages, is quite meaningful, and so on Thursday, Spinal Tap co-creators Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest opposed a motion to throw out a fraud claim.

In the ongoing $400 million case, Vivendi wishes to limit the stakes to what the four co-creators are owed for the exploitation of a 1984 movie that generated less than $5 million in theaters when it...
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Sundance 2018 Wrap Up: Nathan and Ty’s Hot Takes of the Films to Watch

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Author: Nathan McVay

Sundance can be the greatest experience for film lovers. It also can be an internal struggle and mind draining ten days. What will be the next big hit? What is the can’t miss revolutionary film? What is the worst film here? Between our Sundance contributors Ty Cooper and Nathan McVay, the two saw nearly 30 films. While we have published some of their full length reviews the two wanted to let everyone know their brief takes on all the films they caught. Below is their very brief one sentence reviews and star ratings of all the films of Sundance. Hearts Beat Loud Ty- The annual obligatory Sundance musical that features songs that were obviously not written for their leading lady. 2/5 Stars Nathan- Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons are fantastic but this film is too heavy and pretentious for its own good. 3/5 Stars Blindspotting Ty- A jarring and
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Sundance Review: A Futile And Stupid Gesture Hilariously Tells The Story of National Lampoon

The National Lampoon magazine was a little before my time. My introduction to the National Lampoon brand was the classic Chevy Chase comedy Vacation. That was one of the funniest damn films I had ever seen! After that, I got around to seeing Animal House and Caddyshack, which were so great! To this day I still enjoy watching these films because they never fail at making me laugh.

Director David Wain’s (Wet Hot American Summer) new film A Futile and Stupid Gesture gives us a fantastically funny and meta look at the early days of National Lampoon and tells the story of how it was all started by Doug Kenny, who is fantastically played by Will Forte and Henry Beard, was wonderfully played by Domhnall Gleeson. It also highlights the insane experiences they had while building this comedy empire.

The movie is based on Josh Karp’s book of
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Eugene Levy Looks Back on His Early Days With ‘Second City Television’

Eugene Levy Looks Back on His Early Days With ‘Second City Television’
Eugene Levy played the clueless dad in all eight “American Pie” movies and has been a staple of Christopher Guest films including “A Mighty Wind,” “Best in Show” and “Waiting for Guffman.” Still, he credits his acting education to the small screen, where he was a charter member of the original cast of Canadian sketch-comedy show “Second City Television,” aka “Sctv,” working alongside John Candy, Martin Short, Harold Ramis, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara and Rick Moranis. He returned to TV in 2015 to create the Pop comedy “Schitt’s Creek” with his son, Dan. The sitcom, about a rich family that goes broke, is set to launch its fourth season, and Levy calls it the project he’s most proud of. His first gig in the business was in film alongside Martin in Ivan Reitman’s dark comedy “Cannibal Girls,” which led to his first mention in Variety on Aug. 11, 1971.

What do you
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Film Review: ‘Bucky and the Squirrels’

Film Review: ‘Bucky and the Squirrels’
Allan Katz’s daffy, low-budget, family-friendly mockumentary “Bucky and the Squirrels” is so self-effacing in its slight, sweet silliness, that it practically seems to ask, “Who, me?” It’s as though, just seconds before the opening credits rolled, it was backstage whistling, mop in hand, before being hustled, blinking, into the spotlight as a last-minute replacement for the real act. But in the best wish-fulfilling tradition of Hollywood, this understudy steps up to the mic and, against considerable odds, delivers: If “Bucky and the Squirrels” is far too modest to truly bring the house down, the goodwill it generates out of a “plot” so rote it doesn’t really deserve the name, is at least enough to keep the audience in their seats. Everyone just seems so nice.

The prologue is a pretty good acid test for the kind of loopy, victimless humor that Katz’s script abounds in. Mike Farrell, a TV star
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VOD Vault #9 – Sasq-Watch / Gun Shy

Another week, another installment of VOD Vault – taking a look at some on-demand releases that have hit various VOD platforms recently. It’s been more than a few months since our last installment, so what say we kick off this debut edition for 2018 with two films that share something in common… Comedy!

Sasq-Watch

Stars: Paul Brittain, Adam Herschman, Christine Bently, Neil Flynn, Tim Meadows, Dean J. West, Sherri Eakin, John McConnell, Chip Carriere | Written by James Weldon | Directed by Drew Hall

The legend of Bigfoot has been mined in genre movies for decades – from the cheesy exploitation films of the 70s to more recent fare such as Sightings or Bigfoot Country. However aside from That popular 80s family film, Bigfoot hasn’t really been the focus of cinematic comedy… Until now. Originally titled Nigel and Oscar vs. Bigfoot, Sasq-Watch gathers together a bunch of familiar faces from TV (including shows
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17 Netflix Original Movies Coming in 2018

Netflix announced late last year that they have no less than 80 new projects in the pipeline for release this year, and a huge amount of those will be original movies. It's hard enough keeping up with everything at the multiplex, but now it's getting even harder to discover which, of the many movies, we need to watch on Netflix streaming. Don't worry. We have you covered.

Love Netflix? Hate Netflix? You can't argue that they are an entertainment juggernaut. It would be enough if they were simply the company who made streaming viable. However, what they have become as a production/distribution powerhouse just about thwarts all of that. Making this even more impressive is the litany of content that Netflix continues to produce. Whether it is the animal conscious Okja, or the Training Day meets Alienation mash-up Bright, or the litany of documentary or TV shows (Orange Is the New Black,
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The Hospital

A story of murders in the ER becomes, courtesy of writer Paddy Chayefsky, either a preview of social breakdown or an impassioned examination of why we invest our lives and souls in imperfect institutions. George C. Scott is the doctor coming apart at the seams, who meets his match in a New Age hippie from a New Mexico commune. My instinct is that such a person would not look like Diana Rigg, but everybody needs a dream girl.

The Hospital

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Twilight Time

1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date December 19, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Barnard Hughes, Richard A. Dysart, Stephen Elliott, Donald Harron, Andrew Duncan, Nancy Marchand, Jordan Charney, Roberts Blossom, Lenny Baker, Richard Hamilton, Katherine Helmond, David Hooks, Frances Sternhagen, Robert Walden, Jacqueline Brooks, Stockard Channing, Dennis Dugan, Julie Garfield, Christopher Guest, Janet Paul, Sab Shimono, Tracey Walter.

Cinematography: Victor J. Kemper
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