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Ben Stiller On Making ‘Severance’, Meeting Volodymyr Zelenskyy And Prioritizing Fatherhood

Ben Stiller On Making ‘Severance’, Meeting Volodymyr Zelenskyy And Prioritizing Fatherhood
It’s a little over a month since Ben Stiller returned from Ukraine. It was there, as part of his work representing the Un Refugee Agency, that Stiller was granted an audience with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, currently defending his country from a war of Russian aggression. It isn’t often that Ben Stiller is starstruck, but he marveled at Zelenskyy’s path, from comic actor to unflinching war premier. “I was really taken by the resilience of the people of Ukraine, and of the President,” he says now. “His incredible sense of how he has risen to the moment and offered his people leadership and true resolve to get through this awful situation.”

It would be churlish — insulting, even — to draw a comparison between a man fighting for the survival of his country and one who has just directed several episodes of a popular new television show. But leadership — particularly
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‘Severance’ Emmys FYC panel: Creator Dan Erickson reveals ‘I hated my life so intensely that the idea of the show just came out’

‘Severance’ Emmys FYC panel: Creator Dan Erickson reveals ‘I hated my life so intensely that the idea of the show just came out’
“I wrote the very first version of the pilot while I was working at a door factory,” revealed “Severance” creator Dan Erickson at a special Emmys FYC event on Sunday night. “It was the first job I could find when I first moved to L.A. It was off of a Craigslist post. I started to hate my life so intensely that the idea of the show just came out.”

Feelings of discontent or hating anything seemed to be completely severed at the gathering inside Nobu Malibu, cheekily referred to as a “Lumon Corporate Retreat.” Waves crashed onto the sandy beach below as guests including PGA members, industry insiders, entertainers and select media enjoyed caviar, champagne and Japanese cuisine. The darkly sinister, yet whimsical soundtrack composed by Emmy nominee Theodore Shapiro set the tone.

See Making of ‘Severance’: Lively roundtable panel with Ben Stiller, Adam Scott, Dan Erickson and
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‘This sucks – again’: did anyone need the return of Beavis and Butt-Head?

‘This sucks – again’: did anyone need the return of Beavis and Butt-Head?
Mike Judge’s animated antiheroes are now ridiculing TikTok influencers rather than bands. But this Paramount+ reboot feels like a very strange choice

The tragedy of the Great Intellectual Property Plundering is that they will come for us all at some point. Everyone who has ever even briefly appeared in a Star Wars movie is now doomed to spend their days quivering nervously at home, awaiting the inevitable phone call informing them that their character has been given its own joylessly identikit Disney+ spin-off series. As the streaming era continues to rapaciously cannibalise the past for new content, no IP is safe.

As such, there is a new Beavis and Butt-Head series. Even though its creator, Mike Judge, has proved himself again and again to be astute enough to reinvent himself in brand-new forms whenever the need arises, the commercial demands of the newly launched Paramount+ mean that even he
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‘It’s Harder Than It Looks’: Mike Judge on Bringing Back ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’

‘It’s Harder Than It Looks’: Mike Judge on Bringing Back ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’
Thirty years ago, an obscure Texas filmmaker named Mike Judge created the animated short Frog Baseball, in which two heavy metal-obsessed teenagers named Beavis and Butt-Head brutalize an amphibian with a baseball bat. It didn’t seem like anything especially brilliant at the time, especially since it ends with them viciously attacking a poodle, but it somehow gave birth to one of the most beloved shows in MTV history.

Beavis and Butt-Head, which crammed in seven seasons between 1993 and 1997, held a funhouse mirror up to the MTV audience, as the
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Mike Judge on Returning to ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ and ‘The Whole Thing About White-Male Mediocrity’

Mike Judge on Returning to ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ and ‘The Whole Thing About White-Male Mediocrity’
No American storyteller has scrutinized stupidity like Mike Judge. Ever since “Beavis and Butt-Head” launched on MTV in the Clinton era and lasted seven seasons, Judge’s chuckling, puerile teenagers have remained his most iconic creation, even as he widened his oeuvre to tackle many more targets with the likes of “King of the Hill,” “Office Space,” “Idiocracy,” and “Silicon Valley.”

Among those, only “Beavis and Butt-Head” has continued to make a comeback, first with new episodes produced in 2011, and now with a busy summer that includes both the new feature-length “Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe” and “Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head,” both of which are out now on Paramount+.

In the movie, the two morons travel from the ’90s to the present day; they remain there for the new episodes, as their signature couch commentary now applies to online videos and social media. In a few episodes,
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Why We Have Portugal. The Man To Thank For The Return Of Beavis And Butthead

Why We Have Portugal. The Man To Thank For The Return Of Beavis And Butthead
Since his breakthrough in the early 1990s, Mike Judge has been responsible for some of the most beloved projects in pop culture history. The man has given the world a multitude of gifts, including the films "Office Space," "Idiocracy," and "Extract," in addition to the series "Silicon Valley," and "King of the Hill." However, it's Judge's landmark series "Beavis and Butt-Head" that he is perhaps most synonymous with creating. For eight seasons, 222 episodes, and the feature film "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" the titular teens served as idiotic arbiters of pop culture, and provided a perfectly vulgar satire...

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‘Severance’ poised to be the next awards breakthrough for Apple TV+

‘Severance’ poised to be the next awards breakthrough for Apple TV+
Following universal acclaim and word-of-mouth buzz, Apple TV+ renewed “Severance” for a second season, two days before its explosive Season 1 finale. The buzzy drama series stars Adam Scott as Mark, an office worker who had an operation through his employer to sever his outside memories while at work and his work memories while on the outside. Critics have praised the series for its thought-provoking themes, which range from the banality of office culture to the existential threat of corporations that don’t have your best interest at heart. Such concepts are wrapped in a science fiction-tinged paranoia thriller that has entranced audiences since its February premiere.

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The resonance of “Severance” is hardly a surprise in this day and age, as the show shares DNA with the kinds of American workplace satires from the turn of the century like “Fight Club” and “Office Space.
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Cannes Hot Package: Ken Kwapis’ Indie ‘Thelma’ Adds Stephen Root & Tim Blake Nelson; The Exchange To Launch Sales At Cannes

Cannes Hot Package: Ken Kwapis’ Indie ‘Thelma’ Adds Stephen Root & Tim Blake Nelson; The Exchange To Launch Sales At Cannes
Exclusive: Stephen Root (Barry) and Tim Blake Nelson (Old Henry) have signed on to star alongside Oscar and Emmy winner Kathy Bates, two-time Oscar nominee and Emmy winner John Malkovich and Lewis Pullman in Thelma, an upcoming indie to be directed by two-time Emmy nominee Ken Kwapis. The Exchange will be introducing the title to international buyers at the 2022 Cannes Film Market, with ICM Partners and UTA Independent Film Group handling domestic.

Thelma recounts the true story of the mother of John Kennedy Toole (Pullman), the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Confederacy of Dunces. Toole died by suicide before finding a home for his masterpiece, and his mother Thelma (Bates) made it her life’s mission, through outrageous gamesmanship, to see the book published. She eventually succeeded in getting the manuscript into the hands of writer Walker Percy (Malkovich), who became the novel’s champion. It
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Amazon Prime Video New Releases: May 2022

Amazon Prime Video New Releases: May 2022
May 2022 represents the calm before the storm for Amazon Prime Video. Early June will see the arrival of the much-hyped third season of The Boys. Before all that, however, Prime has some other streaming goodies to tide you over.

This month is highlighted by a handful of intriguing original series. Season two of Amazon’s sleeper hit The Wilds premieres on May 6. This pulpy mystery series about a group of teenage girls marooned on an island is Prime Video’s version of Lost or Yellowjackets so give it a watch if that kind of thing sounds up your alley. Also arriving on May 6 is the true crime docuseries The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith.

Canada’s finest comedy goobers The Kids in the Hall return in a rebooted version of their sketch series on May 13. The week after that J.K. Simmons will try his hand at sci-fi once again
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What’s New on Amazon Prime Video in May 2022

What’s New on Amazon Prime Video in May 2022
An original sci-fi series starring two Oscar winners, the second season of a buzzworthy teen show and the return of a beloved cult comedy series are just some of the new additions to Amazon Prime Video in May.

Below, you can peruse a full list of the movies and TV shows that are being added to Amazon Prime Video in May 2022. The second season of the Prime Video original series “The Wilds” debuts on May 6, telling the story of a group of girls who have been stranded on an island as part of an experiment.

And on May 13, the iconic Canadian sketch comedy troupe “The Kids in the Hall” return for a slew of new episodes, reunited for the first time in years.

If it’s original sci-fi you’re into, J.K. Simmons and Sissy Spacek play a couple who have a portal in their backyard in the new series “Night Sky,
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‘Severance’ Director Ben Stiller And Cast On Taking The Workplace Comedy Genre And “Flipping It On Its Head” — Contenders TV

‘Severance’ Director Ben Stiller And Cast On Taking The Workplace Comedy Genre And “Flipping It On Its Head”  — Contenders TV
Severance creator Ben Stiller joined stars Patricia Arquette and Britt Lower on stage for a panel at Deadline’s Contenders TV, with Adam Scott joining virtually to discuss the Apple TV+ series.

“[The series] explores human emotion and memory and the idea of what we can cut off and we can forgot,” says Stiller. “It has a lot of roots in office-workplace comedies that I love, like The Office and movies like Office Space, and it was taking that genre and kind of flipping it on its head.”

Contenders TV — Deadline’s Complete Coverage

Directed by Ben Stiller and Aoife McArdle and created by Dan Erickson, this sci-fi psychological thriller follows employees at Lumon Industries, a sinister biotech corporation. Mark (Adam Scott) is an employee that went through a controversial “severance” procedure, which separates his work and non-work memories, who starts to unravel conspiracies about Lumon.

“We thought about it in a variety of different ways,
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‘Severance’ renewed for Season 2 by Apple TV+

‘Severance’ renewed for Season 2 by Apple TV+
Just ahead of its first season finale, Apple TV+ has renewed the acclaimed drama “Severance” for a second season.

The news was announced Wednesday. “It’s really exciting to see the response from people who are loving the show — and the level of fan engagement,” executive producer and director Ben Stiller said. “It has been a long road bringing ‘Severance’ to television. I first read Dan [Erickson’s] pilot over five years ago. It has always been a multi-season story, and I’m really happy we get to continue it. I’m grateful to our partners at Apple TV+ who have been behind it the whole way.”

“Thanks to creator Dan Erickson, the brilliant Ben Stiller, and an incomparable cast and crew, ‘Severance’ has imagined an existence that‘s equal parts riveting and enthralling as viewers around the globe can’t get enough of these rich characters,” added Matt Cherniss, head of
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How Severance became our favourite new mystery box TV show

How Severance became our favourite new mystery box TV show
The Ben Stiller-directed Apple series is a compelling thriller that paints office life as hell, something many of us can relate to

In 1994, Ben Stiller codified the generation X ethos into celluloid with Reality Bites, which he directed and co-starred in as the film’s villain. We know he’s the villain because he works in an office and earns a real living, a marked contrast to the film’s four underemployed, holier-than-thou hipster protagonists.

The tragic uncoolness of office life would go on to define the Gen X film-making of the 90s; Fight Club, Office Space, The Matrix, and even Good Will Hunting hinged on its main characters rejecting the yuppie, office-bound lifestyle in favor of a more authentic existence. Stiller has never left his generation far behind, as his 2013 remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty similarly warned of getting stuck in a soul-crushing office job.
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Here’s What’s New on Amazon Prime Video in March 2022

Here’s What’s New on Amazon Prime Video in March 2022
March will see the return of a fan-favorite series, the launch of a spinoff of a fan-favorite series and a handful of noteworthy films added to Amazon Prime Video.

Below, we’ve assembled a complete list of what’s new on Amazon Prime Video in March, and it includes the highly anticipated second season of the sci-fi comedy series “Upload,” which premieres March 11. Additionally, the new series “The Boys Presents: Diabolical” premieres on March 4 and promises eight all-new animated stories set within the R-rated superhero world of “The Boys.”

Also on March 4, the Amy Poehler-directed documentary “Lucy and Desi” premieres, chronicling the relationship between Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

In terms of library titles, March 1 brings the Ryan Reynolds-Sandra Bullock rom-com “The Proposal,” the classic “Dead Poets Society,” the sci-fi “Alien” prequel “Prometheus,” the comedy spoof “Spaceballs” and a number of other films to the streaming service.
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10 Best Antiheroes From 1990s Movies

10 Best Antiheroes From 1990s Movies
After the sappy, sentimental films of the 1980s, the 1990s took a dark turn with twisty psychological thrillers like Primal Fear and Fight Club and cynical pitch-black comedies like Falling Down and Office Space. These refreshingly edgy movies captivated audiences who were sick of the same conventional stories of heroes defeating villains.

Related: 10 Best Antiheroes From 1980s Movies

The subversive cinema of the ‘90s brought such compelling antiheroes as gunslinger William Munny from Unforgiven, mafioso Henry Hill from Goodfellas, comic book femme fatale Catwoman from Batman Returns, and avid bowler “The Dude” from The Big Lebowski.
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Why Office Space Drove Fox Executives Crazy Before It Was Released

Why Office Space Drove Fox Executives Crazy Before It Was Released
Mike Judge's 1999 film "Office Space" was a late bloomer. The workplace comedy is about three frustrated software company employees about to be downsized who hatch a plan to get revenge on their greedy bosses. It offered a biting yet hilarious critique of the modern workplace, but the movie was initially considered a flop, barely covering its $10 million budget at the box office. However, through word of mouth, DVD sales, and rentals, "Office Space" would eventually become a cult classic.

Over the years, it's become clear that audiences feel a deep connection to "Office Space" and its material. From the refusal by...

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Severance Series Premiere Review: You Deserve A Break

Severance Series Premiere Review: You Deserve A Break
Dan Erickson and Ben Stiller have created a dystopia that hits a little too close to home.

Severance Season 1 Episode 1 is so bleak and despairing it sometimes feels masochistic to keep watching.

It’s clear that Severance has many fictional influences -- 1984, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Black Mirror, The Twilight Zone, The Office, and Office Space all spring to mind -- but the most devastating thing about it is how real it feels.

Adam Scott and Ben Stiller are two big names in comedy. Severance is not a comedy but a dramatic, slow-burning thriller. Episode 1 is a meditative, existential buzzkill. Moments of humor exist, but they are quickly quashed.

The show is expertly crafted, mind you. Every shot is deliberate, crisp, and polished. It knows exactly what it wants to be, esthetically.

The fluorescent lights, white walls, forest green, ocean blue, and natural wood palette evoke an artificial
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‘Severance’ Review: Adam Scott’s Corporate Job Literally Splits Him in Two in Eerie Apple TV+ Series

‘Severance’ Review: Adam Scott’s Corporate Job Literally Splits Him in Two in Eerie Apple TV+ Series
While a movie like “Office Space” or a show like “The Office” might be the go-to pop culture reference point when it comes to the monotony and soul-sucking nature of an office workplace — after all, they have “office” in the titles — there is something to be said just going full tilt into the metaphor and depicting the corporate world as Hell. ABC’s short-lived “Better Off Ted” did so in an irreverent way, while never quite backing down from the fact that its Veridian Dynamics was an evil, evil place. USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” had more to say beyond its depiction of E-Corp (aka “Evil Corp”), but what it had to say about corporate culture was on the ball. And Comedy Central’s twistedly pointed “Corporate” explored the drudgery of a multinational corporation called Hampton DeVille with evil embedded in the name.

AppleTV+’s “Severance” falls into the same category,
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Why Satirical Movies Barely Exist Anymore

Why Satirical Movies Barely Exist Anymore
Satirical movies are a polarizing genre. These types of films aren’t made for mainstream audiences in particular. Usually, satires are made based off on true events that happen in real life. The Dictator focused on Hitler and Nazism due to the events of World War II. Jojo Rabbit took another stab at this important event in history but highlighted the importance of love and kindness in the midst of a war-torn country and world. Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a funny political take on the cold war. Office Space is a

Why Satirical Movies Barely Exist Anymore
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The Book Of Boba Fett Just Added A Fantastic Character Actor To The Star Wars Franchise

The Book Of Boba Fett Just Added A Fantastic Character Actor To The Star Wars Franchise
Maybe Boba took his stapler... 

The "Star Wars" television shows have cast loads of great character and voice actors, including Matt Berry, Phil Lamarr, Amy Sedaris, Richard Ayoade, and more. Now "The Book of Boba Fett" has added another incredible character to the galaxy far, far away: Stephen Root! Root, perhaps best known for playing the nebbish Milton in "Office Space," played a water-monger named Lortha Peel, petitioning Fett (Temuera Morrison) at Jabba's former palace. If you were pointing at your TV like Leonardo DiCaprio in "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood," don't worry, you weren't alone. 

Root has a fantastically long and varied...

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