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Bob Odenkirk Isn’t Done Directing, But Isn’t Eager to Endure More ‘Rough’ Experiences Behind the Camera

Bob Odenkirk Isn’t Done Directing, But Isn’t Eager to Endure More ‘Rough’ Experiences Behind the Camera
No one would accuse of Bob Odenkirk of being a slacker, but his feature-film directing career has never quite taken off. His projects include TV series, comedy specials, short films, and the odd music video, but movie success eludes him — even when he’s directing longtime pals like Will Arnett, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, and Jenna Fischer. Of his three films, only his debut, festival hit “Melvin Goes to Dinner,” earned mostly positive reviews, and none were box-office hits.

And while he’d like another shot (“I look forward to doing it one day”), Odenkirk puts any blame for failure squarely on himself.

“I think my experiences were pretty rough, and one of the reasons was I didn’t really fully embrace the stories I was telling,” he said. “I sort of learned that that’s your first job as director, to love every aspect of the story and really,
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The Hazy Romanticism of ‘I’m Not There’

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

A kaleidoscopic portrait / exploration / celebration / etc. of Bob Dylan’s many contradictions and personas, I’m Not There isn’t the first pseudo-biopic from director Todd Haynes. His debut film, Superstar, unravels the life of singer Karen Carpenter and her eventual,
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Reconsidering ‘Arrested Development’: Why Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross Could Ruin the Show — Opinion

During a Nov. 15 appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Arrested Development” star Alia Shawkat revealed that Season 5 of the cult sitcom had just wrapped filming. Unfortunately, that announcement was sandwiched between two dark media scandals featuring members of the show’s ensemble cast.

The first was a series of tweets from comedian Charlyne Yi on Oct. 15, who accused David Cross (who plays eccentric Tobias Fünke) of making racist comments toward her. Cross’ apology was cynical, blaming the incident on playing a “southern redneck character” that she didn’t understand, and lashing out against social media followers who called him out on the incident. Then came two allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested’s” cruel patriarch George Bluth Sr.), one from a former assistant and the other from a fellow “Transparent” actress.

Arrested Development” has always been a gonzo comedic sandbox — even though it’s packaged like a semi-traditional sitcom,
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Will Arnett on the 'Pitfalls' of Dating & His New Sketch Comedy Series Hot Date

  • PEOPLE.com
Hoping to snag a Hot Date? Look no further.

Pop TV’s Hot Date is the latest web series to successfully make the leap to cable television. Executive-produced by Will Arnett, the sketch comedy — based on the CollegeHumor series of the same name — chronicles the hilarious idiosyncrasies of dating, sex and marriage in 10 episodes premiering Wednesday. (Check out an exclusive sneak peek above.)

The series stars real-life husband-and-wife duo Emily Axford and Brian K. Murphy as heightened versions of themselves, just like on the web series, which has garnered more than 100 million views.

Axford and Murphy will also play multiple other couples,
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SNL Creator Lorne Michaels Wants To Bring Back Kids In The Hall

SNL's Lorne Michaels knows comedy and if he has his way one of comedies greatest comedy troupes may be coming back. It’s been 23 years since The Kids in the Hall TV series went off the air, now one member of the troupe, Kevin McDonald told the Florida News Press at a stand-up show at the at Laugh In Comedy Cafe in Fort Meyers that the SNL creator reached out to all five of them about taking a page from Mr. Show and putting together six episodes of sketches for “something like Netflix.”

“It’s so at the beginning, we’re not able to even get conference calls together. There’s always one or two of us that are kind of busy. And because we are who we are, there’s always one of us against it.

“But I think, right now, there’s no one against it. … And
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‘The Kids in the Hall’ Might Return, Says Kevin McDonald: ‘There’s No One Against It’

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‘The Kids in the Hall’ Might Return, Says Kevin McDonald: ‘There’s No One Against It’
Ours is truly an age of reboots and returns, so it’s pleasantly unsurprising to learn that “Kids in the Hall” may come back next. That’s according to troupe member Kevin McDonald, who says that Canada’s finest sketch-comedy group has been discussing a return with Lorne Michaels, who was responsible for bringing them to TV in the first place.

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“You’re the first guy to know this,” McDonald said during an interview with Florida’s News Press. “Last night, before I got on the plane, we got a ‘Kids in the Hall’ group message to all of us. Lorne Michaels wants us to do what ‘Mr. Show’ did, and do like six episodes of sketches for something like Netflix.” Six episodes might not be enough for all of the show’s best characters — the Eradicator,
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The Kids in the Hall’s Kevin McDonald Says Group is in Talks for New Miniseries

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The Kids in the Hall’s Kevin McDonald Says Group is in Talks for New Miniseries
Brace yourselves, Buddy Cole fans. The Kids in the Hall cofounder Kevin McDonald says the Canadian sketch comedy troupe may be making a return to television for the first time in nearly a decade. “You’re the first guy to know this,” McDonald told News-Press.com. “Last night, before I got on the plane, we got a Kids in the Hall group message to all of us. Lorne Michaels wants us to do what ‘Mr. Show’ did, and do like six episodes of sketches for something like Netflix.” McDonald was referring to “W/ Bob & David” a 2015 Netflix sketch comedy miniseries created.
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‘Kids in the Hall’ and Lorne Michaels Are Developing a Netflix-Like Limited Run Show

‘Kids in the Hall’ and Lorne Michaels Are Developing a Netflix-Like Limited Run Show
Lorne Michaels and the “Kids in the Hall” gang are shopping a limited-run return, with the hopes of landing at Netflix. or another streaming site. Kevin McDonald, original member of the beloved Canadian sketch group, revealed that Michaels had approached the group about a revival via a group message. “We got a ‘Kids in the Hall’ group message to all of us. Lorne Michaels wants us to do what ‘Mr. Show’ did, and do like six episodes of sketches for something like Netflix,” McDonald told News-Press.

Formed in 1984, “Kids in the Hall” consists of consisting of comedians Dave Foley, McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. It ran from 1989 to 1995 on CBC in Canada, and CBS, HBO, and Comedy Central in the United States. The group were influenced by Monty Python, and known for zany, non-topical sketches. Because they stayed away from current events, the show had a long
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Flashback: 'The Ben Stiller Show' Turns 25! Why the Actor Laughed at Winning an Emmy for the Series

Flashback: 'The Ben Stiller Show' Turns 25! Why the Actor Laughed at Winning an Emmy for the Series
On Sept. 27, 1992, The Ben Stiller Show premiered on Fox, showcasing the titular star’s now well-known talent for emulating celebrities and crafting original characters. The sketch comedy series was abruptly canceled before its first season finished airing, but almost a year after it debuted, the show won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.

“We had no idea,” Stiller told Et backstage at the 45th Primetime Emmy Awards. Apparently, none of the show’s writers had attended the ceremony with the notion they might beat out comedy institutions such as Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman. At some point leading up to the night, Stiller thought maybe he should put together a few words, just in case. “And then at the last minute, I thought, You know, I'm not gonna prepare a speech, because I'll feel like such a jerk when I don't win.”

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DC’s Batman-Doomsday Hybrid Is Simply Savage

While the mainline series that is Dark Nights: Metal is allowing for Scott Snyder to display his vast knowledge of the DC Universe, we can’t help but love how the various tie-ins that’ll hit stands this fall have an Elseworlds kind of flavor to them. Well, there’s that and the fact that each of them spotlight various evil versions of Batman.

To date, we’ve been offered closer looks at a sinister-looking Flash-Batman amalgam, The Red Death, a sweet mashup with Green Lantern, The Dawnbreaker, and a twisted Batman-Joker hybrid known as The Batman Who Laughs, the latter of which may ultimately prove to get the most attention. Regardless, each of these threats emanating from the Dark Multiverse are bound to turn more than a few heads – if the subject of today’s discussion doesn’t crush them first, that is.

We are, of course,
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They'll make a movie out of anything now case file #1138: Duck Duck Goose

  • JoBlo
So it seems we're living in a real-life Mr. Show sketch. I swear to God, I feel like any moment that we're going to be hearing Sony announcing Coupon: The Movie. I mean, I'm not saying making movies out of stupid shit has just started now (let's not forget we had a movie about aliens who loved McDonald's and Coke), but it seems to be getting worse by the year. I... Read More...
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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast Episode 9: Bob Odenkirk

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s biggest awards races! Brought to you by HBO. Breaking: It would be Bad if you miss this installment of Backstage’s podcast, and Better if you tune in right away! Bob Odenkirk, the renowned writer, producer, and actor, and star of AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan’s sequel to “Breaking Bad,” joined us to shed light on his many successes. A 12-time Emmy nominee and one-time winner (MTV’s “The Ben Stiller Show” for variety show writing in 1992), the Illinois native went from beloved sketch comedy creator-performer (“Mr. Show with Bob and David” alongside David Cross, plus its recent Netflix follow up “W/ Bob & David”) to admired dramatic actor with his memorable introduction in the “Breaking Bad” universe.
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‘Better Call Saul’: Bob Odenkirk On How ‘Accidentally Being The Right Guy’ Brought Him From Comedy to Drama

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‘Better Call Saul’: Bob Odenkirk On How ‘Accidentally Being The Right Guy’ Brought Him From Comedy to Drama
Bob Odenkirk still thinks that Vince Gilligan may have “accidentally got the wrong guy.”

“I mean, maybe he accidentally got the right guy, is the way to put it,” he told IndieWire. “I got this invitation to play the part, and I was like, ‘But why? I’m very thankful for the opportunity, but what have I done to deserve it?'”

After all, Odenkirk was best known as a comedy guy with very little dramatic experience when he first got the call from the “Breaking Bad” creator to play Saul Goodman, a shifty lawyer hired to get one of Walter White’s associates out of jail.

Read More ‘Better Call Saul’: Bob Odenkirk Pitches Himself as an Emmy Campaign Guru to Fellow Nominees — Watch

Odenkirk’s comedy credits, including the iconic HBO series “Mr. Show,” were bonafide, but when it came to that first appearance on “Breaking Bad,
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Full Cast Revealed for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Papers’

A few months ago we thought the next Steven Spielberg film we’ll see will be his March-bound Ready Player One, but as the director is known to do, while he’s in post-production on his sci-fi tentpole, he’ll also be shooting a new drama. Once going by The Post, his Pentagon Papers film — now titled The Papers — starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep has begun production and now the full cast has been unveiled.

Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Pat Healy, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, and Zach Woods have all joined the the film, according to Variety. Along with being a Mr. Show reunion, it’s quite the varied, impressive supporting ensemble, and we’re already imagining the newsroom banter.

The drama will follow the true story of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and
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Bob Odenkirk Recalls His First Emmy Win

Bob Odenkirk Recalls His First Emmy Win
These days Bob Odenkirk is best known for his Emmy nominated work as the star of the acclaimed “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul.” But Odenkirk’s first brush with Emmy came thanks to his career in comedy writing. In his second season on staff at “Saturday Night Live,” Odenkirk was part of a crew including Conan O’Brien, Mike Myers and Al Franken who went home with Emmy gold.

What do you remember about your first Emmy experience?

We were all so young. I rented a tuxedo because I didn’t own one. I didn’t see why I would ever need to own a tuxedo in my life. Now I have four. I don’t think I need four, but whatever I have them. It was comical to all of us. It was a weird mix of an honor, and a joke. We just felt like such interlopers in the actual business. We
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Newswire: R.I.P. Brad Grey, legendary manager and producer and ex-Paramount CEO

Brad Grey, the celebrated manager and producer turned film executive who recently ended a 12-year tenure as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, has died. Grey, who retired from Paramount mere months ago, died of cancer at home in Holmby Hills, California, according to Deadline. He was 59.

Born in the Bronx in December 1957, Grey began his career while he was a student at the University of Buffalo. He worked as an assistant to Harvey Weinstein during the latter’s early days as a concert promoter, before breaking out on his own as a manager of young New York-based stand-up comics. (Bob Saget was his first client.) In 1984, Grey convinced fellow talent manager Bernie Brillstein to make him a partner in his company; re-dubbed Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, the company went on to produce shows like Mr. Show, NewsRadio, Real Time With Bill Maher, and The Sopranos as well as ...
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Albert Einstein, Comedy Icon? 9 Examples of How Film and TV Depict His Lighter Side

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Albert Einstein, Comedy Icon? 9 Examples of How Film and TV Depict His Lighter Side
The legacy of Albert Einstein cannot be overstated — even when we take the scientist’s accomplishments for granted, he’s one of our planet’s most famous pop culture figures, recognizable across generations. The way he’s been depicted on screen has ranged from well-researched takes on the man’s life, such as Nat Geo Channel’s new anthology series “Genius,” premiering today, to, shall we say, somewhat more out-there fare.

Read More: ‘Genius’: Albert Einstein Undergoes a Heated Interrogation in Exclusive Sneak Peek — Watch

Below are some of the most notable examples we found featuring the great scientist depicted in a less-than-serious state. What’s interesting about looking at all of these examples together is how on the one hand, Einstein as an icon has been utilized for the sake of comedy for decades now. But when film or TV choose to engage with the reality of the man himself,
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The Last Word: Bob Odenkirk on Catholic Guilt, the Replacements and Late-Breaking Fame

The Last Word: Bob Odenkirk on Catholic Guilt, the Replacements and Late-Breaking Fame
Bob Odenkirk's 30-plus-year career has included a stint as an SNL writer, a groundbreaking sketch series (Mr. Show), stand-up comedy, and, most recently, Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad prequel in which he gives a brilliant performance as "morally flexible" lawyer Jimmy McGill. And how has the 54-year-old actor's outlook changed over that three-decade span? "As a young man I was the fuckin' expert on comedy, on who was funny and who wasn't funny and who's a douchebag," he says. "I still feel those things but I don't think I'm so right.
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SXSW: What TV Shows Are Heading to the Austin Festival?

SXSW: What TV Shows Are Heading to the Austin Festival?
Now in its 30th year, SXSW is heading back to Austin for more than a week filled of music, screenings, BBQ and tacos — and this year, television has a major presence at the Texas fest. Historically a celebration of film, music and interactive events, SXSW started introducing TV to its lineup with panel, screenings and stunts over the past few years, as part of the “episodic” programming.

Stay up-to-date with times and locations as studios and networks release event info with Variety’s handy master list. We’ll be updating frequently, so don’t forget to bookmark this page for all the details…

Saturday, March 11

American Gods” — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Vimeo Theater in the Convention Center

After the world premiere screening of Starz’s television adaptation of author Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods,” Bryan Fuller and Michael Green will join cast members Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning
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