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WGA Winners: Tina Fey, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Flint,” and More

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Offred’s story is still striking a chord. The 70th annual Writers Guild of America Awards took place over the weekend, and Emmy, Golden Globe, and DGA winner “The Handmaid’s Tale” took home two trophies: Drama Series and Best New Series. Women penned five of 10 episodes in the dystopian series’ debut season.

Tracy Poust and Jon Kinnally received the award for Episodic Comedy thanks to “Will & Grace” episode “Rosario’s Quinceanera,” and Kate Purdy’s writing for “BoJack Horseman” ep “Time’s Arrow” was honored in the Animation category.

Other women-penned winners include May Chan’s “An American Girl Story — Ivy and Julie 1976: A Happy Balance” (Children’s Episodic and Specials), about a Chinese-American girl negotiating her cultural identities, and Barbara Sepansky’s Flint water crisis drama, “Flint” (Long Form Original).

Tina Fey and her “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” co-creator and frequent
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds Online Comedy Duo BriTANicK To Its Writing Staff

Ahead of its season premiere on Oct. 1, storied comedy staple Saturday Night Live has reportedly hired seven new writers -- two of whom rose to prominence within the online video community. BriTANicK, a comedy duo comprising Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney -- whose videos have racked up millions of views on YouTube, CollegeHumor, and Cracked -- will serve as writers on SNL’s 42nd season, Splitsider reports.

The duo, who have been making videos since 2008 and who created a TV pilot for a Comedy Central in 2014, are also regular live performers and have appeared in How I Met Your Mother as well as served as writers for It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Kocher and McElhaney both hail from Atlanta and began performing together during college at Nyu.

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Watch HitRecord on TV’s Sidekicks featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway

A few years on from their brush with the Caped Crusader, The Dark Knight Rises stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway have teamed up again as part of Gordon-Levitt’s Hit Record on TV for the parody short Sidekicks.

The second episode of the new sketch show, which features Gordon-Levitt and Hathaway alongside the BriTANick crew of Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney, is a send-up of the superhero fad that is sweeping through all of Hollywood at present, and timely released with Comic-Con just finishing up in San Diego.

You can watch the very funny short with the player below! Hit Record on TV airs on Pivot every Friday at 10pm, as well as being available on iTunes and Amazon.
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Watch: Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Have a Comic Book-Style Smackdown

Watch: Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Have a Comic Book-Style Smackdown
Zap! Kapow! Boom!

Anne Hathaway gets the comic book treatment in an exclusive preview of her guest-starring stint on Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Hit Record on TV.

In the delightfully goofy sneak peek, Hathaway, 32, plays the knife-handed villain Vivica Virus, who faces off against chiseled hero Brock Blaster, who is portrayed by her former Dark Knight Rises costar Gordon-Levitt, 34.

Reporter Brenda Bright's (Chrissy Regler) life hangs in the balance as Brock Blaster attempts to save the day. Meanwhile, Vivica Virus' sidekick (Nick Kocher) and Brock Blaster's right-hand man (Brian McElhaney) yearn to be the superheroes.

Later on in the episode, titled "The Number Two,
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The L.A. Film Fest to Screen The Final Girls

After making quite an impression at the Stanley Film Festival, Todd Strauss-Schulson's meta horror hit, The Final Girls, will screen at the L.A. Film Fest next month, along with an advance look at MTV's Scream TV series and many more onscreen scares.

The 21st L.A. Film Fest takes place June 10th-18th in downtown Los Angeles. The festival will feature screenings of 74 feature films, 60 short films, and more, including the following genre offerings:

"Gala Screenings:

The Final Girls – USA (Director Todd Strauss-Schulson Writer Producer Cast Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev) – An unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Los Angeles Premiere

Scream – USA (Showrunners Jill Blotevogel, Jaime Paglia Writers Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin Executive Producers Harvey Weinstein,
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Tff 2014: ‘Intramural’ Interviews

Can there be anything funnier than seeing Clint Howard make fun of your “yutes” word choice? Well save of course for the obvious My Cousin Vinny judge, I think not.

But that’s not why I gathered you here today. Bradley Jackson’s brilliantly bored mind is why we’re here.

Intramural is a sports comedy written by Jackson in his sophomore year of college about a boy named Caleb (played by Jake Lacey) who is a fifth year college senior in denial about life after school. In his efforts to relive his college career as freshman intramural football champion, he tries to reunite the team, even after his friend Grant Rosenfalis (Nick Kocher) became paralyzed since the last time they played.

Andrew Disney directs this comedy, which stars Lacey and Kocher in addition to Nikki Reed, Nick Rutherford, Gabriel Luna, Brian McElhaney and SNL members Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett and Jay Pharoah.
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Photo of Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion Locked in Lightsaber Duel!

I know we don't need anymore confirmation of how awesomely geeky Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion are, but here's a photo that drives the point home. It features the two talents locked in a lightsaber duel! The pic was posted on Facebook by Brian McElhaney, and it came with the following caption:

"I’m currently watching Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion have a lightsaber battle. I felt it important this photo be shared."

I freakin' love that this photo exists! I'm sure every geek in the world would want to get in on some lightsaber battle action with Whedon and Fillion. We need to get the epic event set in motion!

Via: Geeks Are Sexy
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Comedy Central Orders Pilot From Sketch Comedy Channel BriTANick

Comedy Central is searching for the next great TV series it can adapt from the web, and that search has brought it to BriTANick. The Viacom-owned cable network has ordered a pilot from Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney, who will attempt to adapt their sketch comedy personae for TV. Kocher and McElhaney began making videos in 2008, and their BriTANick channel has since racked up millions of views across YouTube, CollegeHumor, and Cracked. While the BriTANick channel has been quiet over the past year, Kocher and McElhaney have kept their comedy bromance alive. They're regular live performers and were recently nominated for an American Comedy Award. In their TV pilot, Kocher and McElhaney will play a pair of friends who go on madcap adventures together. The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the deal, also provided a plot summary of the pilot: "Nick fakes his own death to get out of a
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‘Intramural’, with Kate McKinnon and DC Pierson, releases its first trailer

Over the course of cinematic history, sports movies have developed into their own genre, with films such as Hoosiers and Bull Durham standing out from the field. However, there have been few parodies of the genre, with most of the comedy in such films coming from the situation that the characters find themselves in. This is the area that a new comedy, titled Intramural, aims for. Directed by Andrew Disney, working from a screenplay by Bradley Jackson, the film stars Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah, Beck Bennett, D.C. Pierson, Nick Kocher, Brian McElhaney, and Nikki Reed, and the first trailer has now been released. The trailer can be seen below.

(Source: Nerdist)

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How I Met Your Mother: Ted Becomes The Man He Needs To Be In “Sunrise”

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A long time ago, Ted began telling the story not only of how he met the mother of his children, but of how he became the man he had to be in order to meet her. Most of this nine-year journey we’ve been on has been more about Ted’s emotional journey than about the inevitable meet up with the Mother. Today, as “Sunrise” played, I felt like we had finally gotten to the conclusion of that plotline. Ted has finally become the man who is ready to meet the true love of his life and now we can start moving toward that long awaited moment

There’s something incredibly noble in Ted’s character. For all his flaws, he is a true romantic and, despite what some may say about him, he’s not crazy. He’s just a man in love and he would do anything to
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"About Alex," "Intramural" Score Directors

Jesse Zwick will make his directorial debut on the ensemble drama "About Alex" at his father's Bedford Falls production company.

The story follows seven college friends who reunite for one long weekend after one of their own attempts suicide. Jason Ritter, Max Greenfield, Nate Parker, Maggie Grace, Max Minghella and Jane Levy star.

Meanwhile, "Searching for Sonny" helmer Andrew Disney is set to direct the Austin, Texas shot college comedy "Intramural".

The story follows a fifth-year senior who assembles a team of misfits for one last epic run in intramural football before moving on to marriage, graduation and the real world.

Jake Lacy, Nikki Reed, Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah, Nick Kocher, Brian McElhaney, and D.C. Pierson star.

Source: Deadline
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Intramural shoots kicks off

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Ralph Smyth Entertainment has commenced production on the comedy in Austin, Texas.

Russell Wayne Groves, Andrew Lee, David Ward, Red Sanders and Tucker Moore are producing the story of a college senior who assembles a team of misfits for one last epic run in an intramural American football league before moving on to the real world.

Andrew Disney will direct a screenplay by Bradley Jackson. Jake Lacy, Nikki Reed, Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah, Nick Kocher, Brian McElhaney, D C Pierson, Michael Hogan, Sam Eidson, Beck Bennett and Nick Rutherford are among the cast.

“With Intramural, we’re setting out to make an epic sports movie for the guys who don’t deserve one,” said Disney. “We’ve got a hilarious script, a terrific ensemble cast, and one hell of a production team. I can’t wait to start shooting in Austin.”
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'Twilight' Star Nikki Reed Leads Cast of Football Comedy 'Intramural'

'Twilight' Star Nikki Reed Leads Cast of Football Comedy 'Intramural'
"Twilight" star Nikki Reed and "Saturday Night Live" players Kate McKinnon and Jay Pharaoh are set to star in the indie comedy "Intramural." Cast also includes Jake Lacy ("The Office"), "Much Ado About Nothing" stars Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney, Michael Hogan ("Battlestar Galactica"), Sam Edison ("Zero Charisma"), D.C. Pierson ("Mystery Team") and Good Neighbor sketch comedy members Nick Rutherford and Beck Bennett, the latter of whom is best known for starring in At&T's "It's Not Complicated" ad campaign. Story follows a fifth-year college senior who assembles a team of misfits for
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Andrew Disney to Direct Intramural

Ralph Smyth Entertainment and producers Russell Wayne Groves, Andrew Lee, David Ward, Red Sanders, and Tucker Moore have announced the start of production for Intramural , a comedy about a fifth-year college senior who assembles a team of misfits for one last epic run in intramural football before moving on to marriage, graduation and the real world. Andrew Disney ( Searching for Sonny ) will direct a script written by Bradley Jackson and a cast that includes Jake Lacy ("The Office"), Nikki Reed ('The Twilight Saga'), Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live"), Jay Pharoah ("Saturday Night Live"), Nick Kocher ( Much Ado About Nothing ), Brian McElhaney ( Much Ado About Nothing ), D.C. Pierson ( Mystery Team ), Michael Hogan ("Battlestar...
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'Much Ado About Nothing': How a YouTube comedy duo joined the Whedonverse

'Much Ado About Nothing': How a YouTube comedy duo joined the Whedonverse
Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing garnered the attention of many Whedonverse fans with its cast of frequent Joss collaborators, including Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg and Amy Acker. But there are also a few less familiar faces in the cast of the Shakespeare play adaptation, including Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher of New York-based comedy duo BriTANicK. The two first-time entrants to the Whedonverse talked to EW about getting cast, their experience making and promoting the film, and catching Whedon’s attention with their YouTube videos.

In Much Ado, in theaters now, Kocher and McElhaney play First Watchman and Second Watchman,
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WonderCon: Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing Panel Recap Featuring Behind-the-Scenes Commentary from the Director, Cast and Crew

Joss Whedon brought his version of Shakespeare's classic comedy Much Ado about Nothing to WonderCon in a special presentation.  Much of the cast of the impromptu production joined Whedon on stage in order to screen the recently-released trailer and two exclusive clips from the film.  The panel also shared behind-the-scenes anecdotes about how Whedon recruited them for the film, the experience of contemporizing Shakespeare and just how many of them were drunk during filming (off-screen...of course). Much Ado about Nothing stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Jillian MorgeseClark GreggTom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, Reed Diamond, Riki Lindhome, Sean Maher and Nathan Fillion and opens in limited release on June 7th.  Hit the jump for our panel recap. Whedon took the stage to thunderous applause...which was quickly replaced by a room full of disappointed groans once he announced that Fillion would be unable to join the panel.
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WonderCon: Joss Whedon and the Cast of Much Ado About Nothing

WonderCon 2013 began its final day this morning with a panel celebrating Joss Whedon's indie Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing , which is set to hit theaters June 7 from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Joining Whedon himself on the stage were stars Riki Lindhome, Tom Lenk, Spencer Treat Clark, Sean Maher, Nick Kocher, Clark Gregg, Jillian Morgese, Romy Rosemont and Brian McElhaney, along with cinematographer Jay Hunter. Two key scenes from the production were shown, beginning with the play's Act II, Scene III in Leonato's (Clark Gregg) orchard. The characters are discussing Beatrice's (Amy Acker) wedding plans, but noting that she's secretly in love with Benedick (Alexis Denisof). Benedick, meanwhile, is hiding in the bushes just outside the window and listening in...
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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' bus is why Vine exists

Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' bus is why Vine exists
It begins. God help us. #waytooearly-joss twitter.com/MuchAdoFilm/st…

— MuchAdoFilm (@MuchAdoFilm) March 7, 2013

The Much Ado About Nothing bus trip to SXSW (which has affectionately been named “Bus Ado About Nothing”) has taught us a whole new way to live vicariously through social media. Since Joss Whedon tweeted “it begins” late last afternoon, we’ve been inundated with photos upon photos from the Maan cast. We’ve squealed with glee and cowered with terror, but mainly we’ve just been really really jealous.

Some of the best social media to emerge from this trip is the Vine videos mainly “produced
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Searching For Sonny (2011)

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Directed by: Andrew Disney

Written by: Andrew Disney

Featuring: Jason Dohring, Minka Kelly, Masi Oka, Nick Kocher, Brian McElhaney, Michael Kagan, Michael Hogan, Clarke Peters

Been to your high school reunion lately? I haven't. I was there for my fifth but, for the tenth and the fifteenth, I politely declined. It wasn't that I intensely disliked anyone from that period of my life (anymore…) or was worried about my status. I just decided that I didn't have any unfinished business, and if I did, well, I just hate the parking situation in that area, okay?

Elliot Knight (Jason Dohring, Moonlight and Veronica Mars), the protagonist of writer/director Andrew Disney's feature-length debut, Searching For Sonny, has plenty of unfinished business. When he gets a postcard about his tenth reunion, seemingly containing a message from his former high school pal Sonny Bosco (Masi Oka, Heroes and Hawaii Five-0), he decides to head home,
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Scoop: Much Ado About Nothing could be released early summer 2013

Shadowlocked had the awesome, geeky privilege of talking to actor Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, Cabin in the Woods, Much Ado About Nothing) today, and among other things, he said that:

“I think Much Ado is coming out sometime early summer 2013.”

Of course, he didn’t say it as any kind of definite thing, and plans can always change, but this gives us some idea of whenabouts the release date should be. Given that a year ago, we didn’t even know that the film existed, waiting another 7 or 8 months seems acceptable. Especially since it was seven years between Joss Whedon’s feature directorial debut Serenity and his sophomore effort The Avengers, and now it seems it’ll only be about a year between his second and third films as director. Not to mention that Cabin in the Woods came out earlier in the year, and is now out on DVD. Though
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