Pitch Perfect and Mindy Project actress Anna Camp will star in ABC's upcoming sitcom pilot Damaged Goods from Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich. Camp will play successful attorney Nicole, who is forced to chose between a promotion at work and her co-worker boyfriend, played by Revenge's Justin Hartley, who threatens to leave if she takes it. We're laughing already, though it is a sort of hysterical, sad, exhausted laughter.
As a great space jam once asked, "Ya'll ready for this?" Just as Matthew McConaughey's guttural hype-up song was a delightful, unexpected addition to The Wolf of Wall Street, its NSFW remix will be a great addition to your struggle to stay awake on Wednesday morning. Think of it as a searing indictment of the ostentatious excess of remix culture. Or not. It's good either way.
Olivia Wilde will co-star as the female lead in an as-yet untitled HBO drama starring Bobby Cannavale as record producer Richie Finestra, according to Deadline. Finestra's dabbling in the sex, drugs and rock and roll underbelly of 1970s New York leads his wife Devon to return to her bohemian lifestyle. Martin Scorsese has signed on to direct the pilot, which he co-created with Mick Jagger and Terence Winter. Needless to say we're intrigued by the idea of a totally unhinged Olivia Wilde character. It'll be an exciting change from more traditional roles like "stoically lovely doctor," "stoically lovely girlfriend" and "stoically lovely algorithm in a malevolent virtual reality universe."
SNL has one more web exclusive gem for you Lena Dunham fans out there, as well as you Beyoncé fans, you Vanessa Bayer fans and those of you who attend or would like to attend Equinox hip hop dance classes. So, pretty much everyone. Oh, and apparently Adam dies next season. Good to know!
If it's Sex Box you wanted, it's Sex Box you'll get. WE TV has ordered a pilot from Relativity Media, who bought rights to the U.K. show back in January. If you recall, the premise of the original Sex Box involves a couple having sex in a box and then chatting candidly to a panel of sex experts immediately afterwards. How Relativity Media will adapt the series for WE TV is to be determined, but we advise they keep the title ... And the box sex.
In response to a Twitter comment calling her new songs “rubbish”: "what you’ve heard so far yes. All I can do is do my best, the labels and the radio stations won’t play the better stuff.” Good news: There is better stuff! Bad news: That still won’t get “Air Balloon” out of your head.
When we last left Don Draper on Mad Men, he … how did Roger put it in the season six finale? He “shit the bed.” After the ugly truths of his past surfaced during a Hershey’s pitch, Don went on a forced leave of absence from SC&P, and Megan walked out on him (all, perhaps, temporary situations). Where does he go from here? At the end of last season, Mad Men creator-executive producer Matthew Weiner spoke with Vulture at length about how tumultuous a year 1968 was for Don and the other characters, and today, he talks about bringing those stories to a close. As they did with Breaking Bad, AMC is splitting up the goods, premiering the first seven episodes on April 13, and the rest in spring 2015. (Weiner is writing all 14 remaining episodes now.) He tells us all about where Don is now, and why this will definitively be the end.
Last night, news broke that President Obama would appear on an episode of the web sketch show "Between Two Ferns." It was hard to believe. Then the episode was released this morning and it was even harder to believe: Obama didn't just do "Between Two Ferns," he did "Between Two Ferns." He took host Zach Galifianakis's harsh burns and hit back with even harsher ones — "If I ran a third time, it’d be sort of like doing a third Hangover movie. Didn’t really work out very well, did it?" — all in the name of promoting the Affordable Care Act. To find out exactly how it happened and what it was like to work with the Commander-in-Chief, we spoke with Scott Aukerman, host of IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! (the third season premieres on IFC on May 8) and executive producer and director of "Between Two Ferns." He talks about how the White House let them get away with basically everything, how the president was easier to work with than some celebrities, and what it was like to give notes to the most powerful man on earth.
Amazon posted ten pilots at the beginning of February: five kids shows, three comedies, and two dramas. Some of them were okay. Some of them were … less okay. And one was really good! Today, after a month of voting, four of the non-kiddie shows received pickups, according to Variety: Mozart in the Jungle, a comedy set within the party scene of classical music; Chris Carter's The After, a drama about a ragtag group facing down the apocalypse; Bosch, a cop drama starring Titus Welliver; and Transparent, a dark comedy about adult siblings. No word yet on which kids shows got picked up, but the important thing is that Transparent did.
In additional excerpts from Vanity Fair's April cover story, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss reveal that their plans for wrapping up the series have been heavily influenced by the ending of Breaking Bad. “Looking at Breaking Bad, which is probably the most consistently great show in history, and I think the fact that they decided relatively early, it's going to be five seasons and that's it, I think that was an incredibly smart choice,” says Benioff.
When I was a kid, I learned from TV all the time. I learned Spanish phrases from Sesame Street; about the Fibonacci sequence from Square One; and that I did not have to take anyone's word for it from Reading Rainbow. As an adult, I certainly learned about food science from Good Eats and America's Test Kitchen, and maybe some enthusiasm for art from The Joy of Painting. But my main TV education is coming from reality shows that are in no way designed to teach their viewers things. I can't help it, though. I really did learn how to pose more flatteringly in photos from watching Top Model.
According to Judd Apatow, his illustrious film career is nothing more than a long-running personal vendetta against certain NBC execs. “Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled Freaks and Geeks," Apatow told a Beverly Hills audience last night. "It’s really demented.” Moral of the story: Don't mess with Judd Apatow. That guy really knows how to monetize a grudge.
Vulture TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz is a busy man. In addition to writing for this site on a regular basis, he is also editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com and author of The Wes Anderson Collection. He likes to produce video essays. And he loves Deadwood. Like, loves-loves it. So it's fitting that he has marked its tenth anniversary (the show premiered on March 21, 2004) with this 25-minute video essay, narrated by Deadwood actor Jim Beaver. Enjoy it, cocksuckers.
The second season of Kroll Show on Comedy Central features a bunch of familiar faces. There’s its star Nick Kroll, of course, re-creating favorites like the nebbish Gil Faison and lost Jersey Shore cast member Bobby Bottleservice. Regulars like Jon Daly and Jenny Slate are back, too, appearing alongside Kroll in sketches with a long shelf life. But comedy fans are seeing a lot more of their favorites: The season opened with Zach Galifianakis throwing cakes from a train all over Chelsea Peretti, and the guest-star list grows from there. We spoke to Kroll about working with his friends, romantic partners, and sometimes people he doesn’t think are all that funny.
Last Sunday morning, The English Patient was on TV. I had your typical cable movie reaction: I alerted co-workers on Twitter; I canceled plans; I forced everyone in my home to put down their phones and not speak during the good parts (anything in the desert, and especially the wind scene). A million years ago, Seinfeld made it fashionable to dislike The English Patient, but, being a female human who enjoys love stories, I'm still devoted to it, which means that I feel a particular affection for Ralph Fiennes. With the help of End of the Affair and The Constant Gardener, he came to represent a certain 2000s archetype for me: upper-crust, handsome, annoyingly (but effectively) silent, and bound to disappear at any moment. So maybe I should not have been surprised when he did — hiding behind Voldemort's mashed-in nose for the better part of a decade.
Kevin Hart is setting the record right now for most projects per square inch. There is [takes a deep breath]: his Romany Malco–starring ABC pilot; Think Like a Man Too; Ride Along 2; Ballers with Lebron James; Get Hard with Will Ferrell; The Wedding Ringer with Josh Gad; Nick Cannon's School Dance; a buddy-cop movie with Seth Rogen; Real Husbands of Hollywood; and an eventual new stand-up special. Now Variety reports he has signed on to co-star with Jamie Foxx in Black Phantom. Directed by Hart's frequent collaborator Tim Story, the movie tells the story of a double-crossed hit man who teams up with the Black Phantom, the hit man who was originally sent to kill him. Wonder how they'll work short jokes into it — "They should call you a hard-to-hit man, because you're such a small target."
Following Wes Anderson's debut feature, Bottle Rocket, the production design on his films kicked into overdrive. From Rushmore to The Royal Tenenbaums to The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou to The Darjeeling Limited to Fantastic Mr. Fox to Moonrise Kingdom, each film has been more and more crammed with costumes, sets, and props of specific colors, patterns, and designs. Upon the release of his latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, we pulled some of his memorable props out of their natural habitats to see if you can guess in which Wes Anderson film they originally appeared. Take our quiz and prove your fandom.
Hate those Jimmy Kimmel prank videos? Well, too bad, because he loves them. And he's going to keep making them as long as you keep falling for them. "I’m not trying to embarrass anybody, or improve the process, or make commentary on the news media, or journalism ... I just do get a kick out of fooling people," he told Re/code in an interview about the videos. And while, yes, he's seeing what Jimmy Fallon is doing on The Tonight Show (sillier, celeb-based videos), he's sticking by his way because it works — especially considering the way the internet is today (we're all on speed!!!): "As long as people want to be the first one to post something, to get people to click through, it will be easy." Ah! Look what we've created. The only caveat? Although it seems that Kimmel does truly get the internet's hoax economy, he also gets how the internet's actual economy works, too: " ... The amount of money we make from selling commercials on television, is 100 times as much from what we make from people watching our YouTube videos." Okay, so leave us alone, please.
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