News

Smart Girls Launches ‘The Sims’-Themed Building Series To Encourage Young Girls To Dream

Smart Girls at the Party has debuted yet another female-empowering web series. The Legendary-owned digital network, co-founded by Amy Poehler and Meredith Walker, launched the new video game-themed branded entertainment series Smart Girls Build with The Sims 4 on December 9, 2015.

Created in conjunction with Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), Smart Girls Build with The Sims 4 is described in a release as a show which demonstrates “girls can be and do anything they can dream up, by exploring their unique passions and talents in The Sims 4.” Each episode finds one young woman partnering with an EA producer who creates a personalized Sim character based on the girl’s traits, personality, and life goals. The young woman can then realize her talents and dreams in The Sims 4 video game. The first episode of Smart Girls Build with The Sims 4 features 13-year-old Celeste teaming with The Sims 4 associate producer Azure Bowie to build a Sim who loves to dance,
See full article at Tubefilter News »

‘Smart Girls’, Aspca Team For Pet Adoption Series ‘Heavy Petting’

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party has a new series full of cute creatures to delight viewers. To celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, the digital network teamed with the Aspca animal shelters to launch the pet-centric series Heavy Petting on October 14, 2015.

As the potentially risqué name suggests, Heavy Petting fittingly combines the idea of adopting or fostering a pet with finding the next love of your life. Each episode will take the form of a Tinder-style dating profile of one cat or dog from an Aspca shelter around the U.S. For added comedic effect, well-known Hollywood names will lend their voices to the animals. The first episode features comedian John Mulaney as the voice of Bart the mixed breed puppy. Future pets will be voiced by acting talent like Ike Barinholtz, Aziz Ansari, Paul Scheer, Nick Offerman, and Aubrey Plaza (who’s no stranger to giving
See full article at Tubefilter News »

Amy Poehler’s ‘Smart Girls’ Gets Literary In New Series ‘Book Report With Aisha Muharrar’

Smart Girls at the Party will attract plenty of bibliophiles with its newest project. The digital network, co-founded by Amy Poehler and owned by Legendary Entertainment, has launched a literary-themed web series called Book Report with Aisha Muharrar, hosted by the titular comedy writer.

In the first episode of Book Report, Muharrar discusses the Divergent book series with comedian and writer Joe Mande. Muharrar unsuccessfully tries to summarize the trilogy’s plot in under 30 seconds, and then surprises Mande with the fact that there are more public libraries in America than McDonald’s. Future episodes of Book Report will find Muharrar discussing books like Harry Potter and authors like Judy Bloom with a variety of guest stars, including Mo Collins and Gillian Jacobs.

Muharrar brings years of writing and production experience (and a love of books) to Book Report. The series’ host has written for The Huffington Post and the animated sitcom Sit Down,
See full article at Tubefilter News »

James Ponsoldt’s New Short Play Highlights Latest ‘Unscreened’ Series (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
Haven Entertainment and Firefly Theater & Films has chosen the writers for their fifth annual “Unscreened” series, with James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”), Jonathan Caren (“Melrose Place”), Aisha Muharrar (“Parks and Recreation”) and Liza Powel O’Brien selected to premiere four original short plays, TheWrap has learned. Muharrar will direct her piece, while Caren’s will be directed by Larry Biederman. Liza Powel O’Brien’s will be directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, and Ponsoldt’s will be directed by Pedro Kos (“Waste Land”). Cast includes Jerrika Hinton (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Ashlyn Pearce (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Helen Hong (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Stephen Ellis (“Hail,
See full article at The Wrap »

How Parks and Recreation served up prime-time feminism amid the laughs

Pawnee’s Parks and Recreation department is finally closing its doors on Tuesday when the show ends after seven seasons. We speak to two of the show’s writing team Aisha Muharrar and Megan Amram about what makes Pawnee tick

Parks and Recreation is an outlier on the television landscape. A small, originally unloved spin-off of The Office, over seven seasons it has become a cult hit that will leave a hole in NBC’s programming – and Us television – when it finishes tonight.

Led by Amy Poehler, the show was shamelessly idiosyncratic, focusing on the ennui of small-town politics and managing to find the funnies in planning regulations, while giving the world stars such as Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones and Nick Offerman.

Continue reading...
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

NAACP Image Awards: black-ish, Trip to Bountiful, Murder and Scandal Win Big

NAACP Image Awards: black-ish, Trip to Bountiful, Murder and Scandal Win Big
ABC’s black-ish was TV’s big winner Friday evening at the NAACP Image Awards — which celebrate the achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those who promote social justice through creative endeavors — by topping five comedy categories, including collecting acting kudos for leads Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

RelatedSAG Awards 2015: Oitnb, Downton, Viola Davis, William H. Macy Win Big

On the drama side, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder picked up a pair of wins each, while Lifetime’s The Trip to Bountiful TV-movie amassed four wins, including for
See full article at TVLine.com »

Your Full 46th NAACP Image Awards Nominees!

Nominations for the 46th NAACP Image Awards have been revealed and "Belle," "Beyond the Lights," "Dear White People," "Get On Up," and "Selma" are duking it out for the Outstanding Motion Picture Award.

Winners will be announced on Friday, February 6, 2015 in a two-hour televised event on TV One.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Here's the complete list of nominees for the 46th NAACP Image Awards:

Television

Outstanding Comedy Series

. "black-ish" (ABC)

. "House of Lies" (Showtime)

. "Key & Peele" (Comedy Central)

. "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix)

. "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

. Andre Braugher - "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox)

. Anthony Anderson - "'black-ish" (ABC)

. Don Cheadle - "House of Lies" (Showtime)

. Keegan-Michael Key - "Key & Peele" (Comedy Central)

. Kevin Hart
See full article at Manny the Movie Guy »

Chris Rock, Beyoncé, 'Selma' and more pick up NAACP Image Awards nominations

  • Hitfix
Nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today across categories in film, television, music and the literary world. In the film arena, top nominees were Amma Asante's "Belle," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," Justin Simien's "Dear White People," Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 6. And remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit! Film Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) "Beyond The Lights" (Relativity Media) "Dear White People" (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) "Get On Up" (Universal Pictures) "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Amma Asante, "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) Antoine Fuqua, "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures) Ava DuVernay, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) John Ridley, "Jimi: All Is By My Side" (XLrator Media) Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond The Lights
See full article at Hitfix »

46th NAACP Image Awards Announces Nominees

Gearing up for another year of excitement, the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards just unveiled the first round of hopefuls and there are plenty of worthy contenders.

In the television categories, Shonda Rhimes’ series “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” are among the most nominated, though “Black-ish” is also up there. Meanwhile, “Selma” and “Get on Up” are the top two movies on the docket, ahead of the big event on Friday, February 6th, 2015. Per the official website, “The NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors.”

And the nominees are:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

“black-ish” (ABC)

House of Lies” (Showtime)

Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

Real Husbands of Hollywood” (Bet)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)

Anthony Anderson
See full article at GossipCenter »

‘Selma’ & ‘Get On Up’ Lead NAACP Image Awards Nominations

Paramount’s Selma, Universal’s Get On Up and Lionsgate’s Dear White People are among the Outstanding Motion Picture nominees for the NAACP’s Image Awards, which will be bestowed live on TVOne on February 6. On the TV side, Shonda Rhimes’ ABC trifecta of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder are all up for best drama. Here is the full list:

Film

Outstanding Motion Picture

Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Denzel Washington – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)

Idris Elba – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)

Nate Parker – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Quvenzhané Wallis
See full article at Deadline Movie News »

Scandal, black-ish and Oitnb Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations

Scandal, black-ish and Oitnb Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations
With a half-dozen nods apiece, ABC’s Scandal and black-ish, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and the Lifetime TV-movie The Trip to Bountiful lead the TV nominees for the 46th NAACP Image Awards, which will be held Feb. 6, 2015 and broadcast on TV One.

ABC meanwhile led all networks, with a total of 26 nominations.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film. Here are some of this year’s major TV categories; the complete list is here. (Coming later this week: SAG Award and Golden Globe nominations.
See full article at TVLine.com »

‘Get On Up,’ ‘Selma,’ ‘Dear White People’ Score NAACP Image Award Nominations (Full List)

‘Get On Up,’ ‘Selma,’ ‘Dear White People’ Score NAACP Image Award Nominations (Full List)
Belle,” “Beyond the Lights,” “Dear White People,” “Get On Up” and “Selma” have grabbed top film nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards.

The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.

Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” are among the actors who were cited.

Boseman, Oyelowo and Mbatha-Raw are all portraying real-life people.

In the TV heat, ABC freshman “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Bet’s “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” were among the top nominees. ABC did well, earning three of the five drama-series nominations. Also notable was Lifetime’s scoring seven of the 10 nominations in the two lead acting categories for telefilm/miniseries/dramatic special.

(Pictured: “Dear White People
See full article at Variety - TV News »

‘Get On Up,’ ‘Selma,’ ‘Dear White People’ Score NAACP Image Award Nominations (Full List)

‘Get On Up,’ ‘Selma,’ ‘Dear White People’ Score NAACP Image Award Nominations (Full List)
Belle,” “Beyond the Lights,” “Dear White People,” “Get On Up” and “Selma” have grabbed top film nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards.

Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” also earned top acting noms. The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.

In the TV heat, ABC freshman “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Bet’s “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” were among the top nominees.

(Pictured: “Dear White People”)

Here is a full list of Image Award nominees:

Motion Picture

Outstanding Motion Picture “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media) “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures) “Selma” (Paramount Pictures
See full article at Variety - Film News »

'Selma,' 'Scandal,' 'black-ish' Lead 2015 NAACP Image Awards Nominees

  • Moviefone
The nominees for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday, lauding the year's best films and television shows -- among other artforms -- featuring people of color.

"Selma" led the pack with eight nominations, including nods for best picture, best actor (David Oyelowo), three supporting actor nods (André Holland, Common, and Wendell Pierce), and two supporting actress nods (Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey). Director Ava DuVernay was also nominated for her work behind the camera.

On the television front, "Scandal" and "Orange Is the New Black" tied with six nominations apiece, while fellow freshman series "black-ish" and "How to Get Away with Murder" each received five nods.

A partial list of nominees in television and movies is below. For the full list -- including nominees in the music and literature categories -- click here.

The NAACP Image Awards, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,
See full article at Moviefone »

Writers Guild of America Nominees

The winners of the Writers Guild of America awards will be announced in simultaneous ceremonies Saturday in Los Angeles and New York. The nominees:

Screen Nominees

Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros. Winner

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Pictures Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures Winner

Lone Survivor, Written by
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Writers Guild of America Nominees

The winners of the Writers Guild of America awards will be announced in simultaneous ceremonies Saturday in Los Angeles and New York. The nominees:

Screen Nominees

Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros. Winner

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Pictures Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures Winner

Lone Survivor, Written by
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Watch 'The Greatest Event in TV History 4': 'Bosom Buddies'

After premiering Thursday night (Jan. 23) on Adult Swim, the fourth "Greatest Event in TV History" has made it's way online and, as promised, it's pretty great.

Adam Scott and Paul Rudd recreated the intro to "Bosom Buddies," and had the help of the show's original stars, Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, along the way. The intro itself also features Gillian Jacobs, Mo Collins, Aisha Muharrar, Helen Slayton-Hughes and Aidy Bryant.

This was touted as the final "Greatest Event in TV History," but it shouldn't take too long to figure out whether or not that's true. With so many old shows out there, these could go on forever.
See full article at Zap2It - From Inside the Box »

Watch Adam Scott and Paul Rudd's Bosom Buddies Reenactment Side by Side With the Original

  • Vulture
Last night, Adult Swim aired the fourth and final installment in Adam Scott's Greatest Event in Television History series, in which he and some of his pals create frame-for-frame reenactments of the opening credits for eighties TV shows (after ten minutes of mockumentary footage about the making of the reenactment). He'd already tackled Simon & Simon, Hart to Hart, and Too Close for Comfort, so last night, he teamed with Paul Rudd to remake the lengthy, exposition-heavy opening to the Tom HanksPeter Scolari drag sitcom Bosom Buddies. (Gillian Jacobs takes the Donna Dixon role, Aidy Bryant does the late Wendie Jo Sperber, Parks and Rec writer Aisha Muharrar is Telma Hopkins, and Mo Collins nails Holland Taylor in just one face.) Watch the re-creation and the original side-by-side and marvel at the unicycle and handball skills Adam Scott had to master to pull this off. And how long did it
See full article at Vulture »

'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards' scribes earn Writer's Guild noms

'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards' scribes earn Writer's Guild noms
Writers for Breaking Bad and House of Cards were among those singled out for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards, which will be held on Feb. 1 in Los Angeles and New York.

The nominees are:

Drama Series:

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

The Good Wife, Written by Meredith Averill, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Jacqueline Hoyt, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, J.C. Nolan, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julie Wolfe; CBS

Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, William E. Bromell, Alexander Cary,
See full article at EW.com - Inside TV »

Animated Comedy From Ed Helms & Graham Wagner Gets NBC Presentation Order

Exclusive: NBC is renewing its efforts to bring animation back to its comedy lineup. The network has given a presentation order to Mystery Island, an animated comedy voiced and co-written by The Office alum Ed Helms. Helms has teamed on the project with former Office writer-producer Graham Wagner. The duo, who met on the long-running NBC workplace comedy, are co-writing Mystery Island — set on an island where holidaymakers get marooned after their cruise ship malfunctions — for Universal TV where Helms’ newly launched company Pacific Electric Picture Co. has a first-look deal. The two executive produce with Pacific Electric Picture Evp Michael Falbo. This marks the second sale for both Wagner and Pacific Electric Picture. Wagner also is co-writing/exec producing NBC’s live-action The Younger Man, a starring vehicle for Justin Long, who is co-writing with his brother Christian, with Jason Winer exec producing. Pacific Electric Picture also has a
See full article at Deadline TV »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With | External Sites