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Go, Girl! Jennifer Aniston Set to Star as the First Female Potus in Netflix's First Ladies

Go, Girl! Jennifer Aniston Set to Star as the First Female Potus in Netflix's First Ladies
Jennifer Aniston has been elected commander-in-chief . . . in Netflix's new comedy series, First Ladies, that is. The former Friends actress will play Beverly Nicholson alongside Tig Notaro as the first female president of the United States. Notaro (One Mississippi) will play Aniston's wife, and therefore the first lady, Kasey. The series is co-written by Notaro and Stephanie Allynne, and "promises to show that behind every great woman is another great woman," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Aniston, Notaro, and Allynne are also set to co-produce the political comedy along with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jessica Elbaum, and Betsy Koch. Chris Henchy will serve as executive producer. No word yet on when the show will debut, but you can already count us in!
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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock': Natalie Dormer Tells Us Why It Was ‘Delicious’ to ‘Unravel’ in Adaptation

‘Picnic at Hanging Rock': Natalie Dormer Tells Us Why It Was ‘Delicious’ to ‘Unravel’ in Adaptation
Natalie Dormer is mad about her latest gig, “Picnic at Hanging Rock.” Partly because she gets to go mad in the new Amazon limited series based on Joan Lindsay’s iconic Australian novel of the same name.

The former “Game of Thrones” star leads the cast of the adaptation as Mrs. Hester Appleyard, the enigmatic headmistress of Appleyard College, a boarding school that she established for young ladies isolated in Australian bushland. The story centers around the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day in 1900 and the subsequent investigation, covering its impact on students, families and staff at Appleyard College and the nearby town.

“It’s not so much the actual thing of what happened to them, it’s the ripple effect to this community and all these different personalities on what that event does to people. You know, that’s the drama,” Dormer said.
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‘Ibiza’ Director Alex Richenbach on Jumping from Funny or Die to Netflix [Interview]

‘Ibiza’ Director Alex Richenbach on Jumping from Funny or Die to Netflix [Interview]
Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer and Phoebe Robinson headline the new Netflix original movie Ibiza. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions made the film from newcomer director Alex Richenbach. Well, newcomer by name. You’ve probably seen a lot of his work on Funny or Die and other web shorts. Harper (Jacobs) gets sent on […]

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Video: Top 5 Spin-Off Movies

The upcoming release of Solo: A Star Wars Story has reignited the usual disputes over whether you are Team Rogue One or Team Force Awakens and there are many who would argue a spin-off film can be better than the core franchise feature. However, the best spin offs pay homage to their original content whilst marking themselves as a great stand-alone feature. Whether it is adventure or comedy, family-friendly or hard-core action – a sign of a great franchise is the ability to produce a great spin-off. So here are our ‘Top 5 Spin-Off Movies’ that have successfully levelled with their original counterparts…

5. Minions (2015)

The success of Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013) saw a growing obsession with the films’ adorable yellow henchmen. And when endless stuffed toys and fluffy backpacks didn’t seem to be enough to feed our Minion obsession, there was a decision to bring out a film of their very own.
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Here Are the 3 Broadcast TV Shows We’re Still Awaiting Decisions On

Here Are the 3 Broadcast TV Shows We’re Still Awaiting Decisions On
Updated May 24 at 7:31 a.m. Pt with “Code Black” canceled by CBS.

Is “Ghosted” coming back?

That’s a question on viewers’ minds as upfronts week comes to a close, with Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and The CW all having announced their fall programming schedules as of Thursday. ‘Cause some of those slates have holes in them, meaning the statuses of almost half a dozen shows on broadcast television are still up in the air.

Look, we can accept the fact that not every series will be saved like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — not every show should be. But come on, networks — minus ABC and The CW, who have already killed or renewed everything they’re going to — fans need to hear one way or another whether their favorite programs will be returning this fall, especially for ones that have a crazy-devoted fanbase.

Also Read: Limbo Shows: Here's the Status of
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‘Toni Erdmann’: Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner No Longer Writing the Paramount Remake

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‘Toni Erdmann’: Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner No Longer Writing the Paramount Remake
Former “Girls” collaborators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner will not make their studio screenwriting debut with Paramount’s English-language take on “Toni Erdmann.” Last June, the duo was negotiating to adapt Maren Ade’s 2016 dramedy of the same name, which vied for the Palme d’Or and Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (Germany). However, co-producer Adam McKay told IndieWire that “it didn’t work out with them.”

Paramount confirmed that the new writers are Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, Oscar nominees for their “The Kids Are All Right” screenplay. Cholodenko, who directed that film, will also direct “Toni Erdmann.” “We just got our first draft of it,” said McKay.

He added that the project is “on track” and lead producer Jessica Elbaum — who conceptualized Gloria Sanchez Productions as the female-centric counterpart to McKay and Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions — is “really happy” with the initial script, which now requires McKay’s notes.
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I'm in Tears Watching Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon's Hysterical Royal Wedding Coverage

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I'm in Tears Watching Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon's Hysterical Royal Wedding Coverage
If you had high hopes for Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon's live coverage of the royal wedding, don't worry - they delivered. The pair teamed up for HBO's The Royal Wedding Live With Cord and Tish!, which was produced by Funny or Die. As "broadcast legends" Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan, Ferrell and Shannon cracked up viewers with their play-by-play commentary on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day.

Like something straight out of their Saturday Night Live days, the duo spontaneously broke into song as the newlyweds shared their first kiss. And what better song to serenade viewers with than the catchy Kay Jewelers jingle, right? Ferrell and Shannon were truly on a roll, so even if you aren't as obsessed with the royal family as the rest of the world, you definitely need to see the funny clips.

Every kiss begins with..... #RoyalWedding #CordAndTish pic.
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‘Veep’ Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Mark Twain Prize for Humor

Selina Meyer may keep losing, but Julia Louis-Dreyfus just landed a solid win. The “Veep” star is this year’s recipient of the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, it was announced Wednesday.

“Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor,” Deborah F. Rutter, the president of the Kennedy Center, said in a statement. “Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches.”

“Merely to join the list of distinguished recipients of this award would be honor enough, but, as a student of both American history and literature, the fact that Mr. Twain himself will be presenting the award to me in person is particularly gratifying,” Louis-Dreyfus said.

Also Read: Tony Hale Talks the Return of 'Veep' and Julia Louis-Dreyfus'
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Mark Twain Prize

Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Mark Twain Prize
“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Louis-Dreyfus will receive the award at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 21 in a ceremony that will be broadcast nationally.

“Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor,” Kennedy Center president Deborah F. Rutter said. “Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches.”

She is the latest in a long line of distinguished comedians to receive the award, including comedy luminaries such as Lorne Michaels,
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Mark Twain Prize

Julia Louis-Dreyfus will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center this fall.

The Veep star will be the 21st recipient and sixth woman to receive the prize, joining such illustrious past winners as Richard Pryor, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Neil Simon, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Jay Leno, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray and David Letterman. Bill Cosby was a recipient of the prize but the Kennedy Center rescinded his honor earlier this year.

Louis-Dreyfus will be honored at a gala event ...
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Amazon Greenlights New Ferrell/ McKay-Produced, Kal Penn-led Docu-Series

Amazon Prime Video has today announced it has greenlit an untitled docuseries from Academy Award winner Adam McKay (The Big Short), Will Ferrell (Elf) and Adam Davidson (co-founder of NPR’s Planet Money) and hosted by Kal Penn (Designated Survivor). This new documentary series will give Prime members extraordinary insight into the global economy and its comedic eccentricities, all through a sardonic lens unique to McKay.

Penn, former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement, will take viewers around the world to meet the geniuses, madmen and hucksters who make the decisions—and investments—that change our lives. From cryptocurrency and money laundering to death and corruption, the series will explore how money, greed and power affect our hyper-connected world.

“Adam McKay is well known for finding the humour and absurdity in mind-blowing true stories, and we’re excited to bring that to Prime members with this series,” said Heather Schuster,
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TVLine Items: Outlander Adds 5 Actors, Step Up: High Water Renewed and More

TVLine Items: Outlander Adds 5 Actors, Step Up: High Water Renewed and More
Outlander has enlisted a resident of Middle Earth for Season 4: Billy Boyd (aka The Lord of the Rings‘ Pippin) has joined the Starz drama as Gerald Forbes, a wealthy lawyer in Cross Creek who is friends with his prominent client, Jocasta Cameron (Maria Doyle Kennedy), EW.com reports.

Additionally, the show has cast the following actors: Natalie Simpson (the Les Misérables miniseries) as Jocasta’s maid Phaedre, Tim Downie (Paddington) as Governor William Tryon, Simona Brown (Guilt) as Brianna’s best friend/college roommate Gayle and newcomer Caitlin O’Ryan as Lizzie Wemyss, a Scottish woman who goes on a big adventure with Brianna.
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Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Others Join Olivia Wilde’s ‘Booksmart’ (Exclusive)

Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Others Join Olivia Wilde’s ‘Booksmart’ (Exclusive)
Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, and Mike O’Brien have rounded out the cast of Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, “Booksmart.”

The Annapurna Pictures film stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.

Molly Gordon, Billie Lourd, Skyler Gisondo, Noah Galvin, Diana Silvers, Mason Gooding, Victoria Ruesga, Austin Crute, Eduardo Franco, and Nico Hiraga also recently joined the ensemble.

The pic is being produced by Annapurna and Gloria Sanchez, Gary Sanchez Productions’ female-focused production banner. Chelsea Barnard, David Distenfeld, and Megan Ellison are producing for Annapurna, while Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay are producing for Gloria Sanchez.

The story follows Dever and Feldstein’s overachieving characters, who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into a single night.
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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Economic Docuseries Headed to Amazon

Amazon Prime has ordered a finance and economy-themed docuseries from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and NPR business journalist Adam Davidson.

The untitled series, which doesn’t have a premiere date, will be hosted by Kal Penn.

Penn, an actor and former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement, will take viewers around the world to meet the geniuses, madmen and hucksters who make the decisions — and investments — that change our lives. From cryptocurrency and money laundering to death and corruption, the series will explore how money, greed and power affect our hyper-connected world.

Also Read: 'The Expanse': Amazon in Talks to Revive Canceled Syfy Series

“Adam McKay is well known for finding the humor and absurdity in mind-blowing true stories, and we’re excited to bring that to Prime members with this series,” said Heather Schuster, head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “As with all of our unscripted series,
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Kal Penn To Star In Financial Docuseries From Adam McKay & Will Ferrell For Amazon

Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Adam Davidson (co-founder of NPR's Planet Money) and Kal Penn are teaming on a new original docuseries about money for Amazon Prime. According to Amazon, the untitled docuseries “will give Prime members extraordinary insight into the global economy and its comedic eccentricities, all through a sardonic lens unique to McKay.” The docuseries will follow Penn, as he embarks on an…
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Amazon Orders Docuseries from Adam McKay, Will Ferrell Starring Kal Penn

Amazon Orders Docuseries from Adam McKay, Will Ferrell Starring Kal Penn
Kal Penn is going to solve the world economy — maybe.

Penn will star in a new documentary, as yet untitled, about the global economy for Amazon, to be produced by Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Adam Davidson (co-founder of NPR’s “Planet Money”).

The new docuseries will offer insight into the economy and its comedic eccentricities, all through a sardonic lens.

“Look, I’m terrible at math and really good at sophomoric humor, so the idea that we can explore economics around the world by visiting places like a dildo factory in California piqued my interest,” said Penn. “To have
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Kal Penn to Host Financial Docuseries at Amazon From Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

Amazon Studios is ready to explore the global economy with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kal Penn.

The retailer/streamer has handed out a straight-to-series order for an untitled docuseries examining the world's finances. Penn will host the series, which is exec produced by Ferrell and McKay (The Big Short) as well as Adam Davidson (the co-founder of NPR's Planet Money).

Amazon says the docuseries will offer "extraordinary insight into the global economy and its comedic eccentricities, all through a sardonic lens unique to McKay).

"Adam Davidson is one of the more brilliant and funny minds out ...
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‘La To Vegas’ Canceled by Fox After One Season

‘La To Vegas’ Canceled by Fox After One Season
La To Vegas” has been canceled at Fox after one season.

The single-camera comedy set aboard the fictional Jackpot Airlines weekend Los Angeles to Las Vegas flights will not be seeing a return trip for the 2018-19 television season. The first season, which launched in early 2018, drew an average of 2.3 million viewers and a 0.73 rating in the 18-49 demo.

Series star Amir Talai announced the cancellation on his Twitter account Monday night, writing, “I love you so much #LAtoVegas fans. That’s why it breaks my heart to tell you that our show is not coming back. I don’t have an explanation for you,
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‘La to Vegas’ Canceled by Fox After One Season

‘La to Vegas’ Canceled by Fox After One Season
Looks like “La to Vegas” won’t be taking off on Fox’s fall 2018-19 slate after all. The network has officially canceled the Dylan McDermott-led series after just one season.

An individual with knowledge of the decision tells TheWrap that, while the network was “proud of the show,” with the addition of “Thursday Night Football,” as well as new comedies on Fridays and Sundays, and the large amount of returning shows next season, Fox’s schedule couldn’t accommodate a second season of the Will Ferrell and Adam McKay-produced comedy.

Along with McDermott, the cast of “La to Vegas” includes Kim Matula, Ed Weeks, Nathan Lee Graham, Olivia Macklin and Peter Stormare.

Also Read: Here Are the 5 Broadcast TV Shows We're Still Awaiting Decisions On

The decision to cancel the show comes one week after Fox announced its upcoming Fall programming schedule on the morning of its
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‘La To Vegas’ Comedy Series Canceled By Fox After One Season

Fox’s single-camera airplane comedy series La To Vegas has been permanently grounded as the network has opted not to renew it for a second season. As Deadline exclusively reported last week, Fox had been looking to get La to Vegas executive producer Will Ferrell to appear in the Season 2 premiere in order to create buzz around the comedy’s return. I hear Ferrell was open to possibly guest starring in an episode next season but would not commit to doing the Season 2…
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