Set several years after the events of director Jim Mickle’s 2010 movie Stake Land, the film finds Connor Paolo reprising the role of Martin who, following the destruction of his home, wanders alone through the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor, the legendary vampire hunter Mister (Nick Damici), to guide him. Peterson, Bonnie Dennison, Kristina Hughes, and Steven Williams. At least, that is one of the main lessons to be learned by watching a new clip from the horror sequel Stake Land II. Watch the trailer for Stake Land II below and, exclusively, that new clip, above. Then you’re going to love the vampire apocalypse. Like eating canned dog food? 7. Directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, with Mickle serving as executive producer, Stakeland II costars Laura Abramsen, A.C. Once reunited, Mister and Martin prepare to confront the ravenous Brotherhood…and its monstrous overlord! Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin searches for the one man who can help him exact revenge. Stake Land II will be released on Blu-ray and DVD later in the month. Show Full Article Stake Land II is available to watch on VOD and via digital platforms, Feb.
Show Full Article A for effort! ET on CBS. Being a hero isn’t always the easiest job, but Melissa McCarthy is willing to put in a valiant effort in order to save the planet in Kia’s new Super Bowl commercial. As the actress is driving her Kia Niro, she receives a call imploring her to help the whales, which she’s totally on board with even after one sends her flying into the side of a ship. Watch the commercial above, and don’t miss the chance to enjoy some football great advertisement action when the Super Bowl airs Sunday February 5 at at 6:30 p.m. In the ad, McCarthy (Ghostbusters) is called on to help the save the whales, trees, ice caps, and even rhinos with hilarious and disastrously painful results. But that doesn’t dampen her hero spirit: She rallies despite being chopped down mid-tree hug, falling into an icy ocean, and being trampled by stampeding rhinos.
— Chris Gethard (@ChrisGethard) February 1, 2017
Gethard got his start at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, where comedy heavyweights including Amy Poehler and Kate McKinnon also made their name. Career Suicide features Gethard talking about his depression, his relationship with his wacky-but-well-intentioned therapist, and the times he considered killing himself. Show Full Article Get tickets for the Career Suicide tapings here. THANK YOU to all who supported me + made this happen. Chris Gethard’s powerful one-man show Career Suicide is heading to HBO, the comedian announced on Twitter Wednesday. Laughs, feels, intense oversharing. “Laughs, feels, intense oversharing,” he said in his tweet announcing the news. He went on to host the public access show The Chris Gethard Show and the Beautiful/Anonymous podcast, and he’s appeared in series including The Office and Broad City. 11 to film the special. The show recently wrapped up a three-month run at New York’s Lynn Redgrave Theater, and he’ll return to the city Feb. “THANK YOU to all who supported me + made this happen.”
WORLD: Career Suicide's coming to @HBO this May!
Latest updates and Mrs. Carter wrote, captioning a diva-esque baby-bump photo of Queen Bey. Beyoncé is pregnant again, and this time it’s twins, she and Jay Z announced Wednesday on Instagram. “We would like to share our love and happiness,” Mr. “We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.” So get ready, Blue Ivy: You’re about to get some competition in the cuteness department.
12 at 10 p.m. The original stage production, which debuted in 1959, won five Tony Awards, and it was later adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Julie Andrews that premiered in 1965. ET on Bravo. Zosia Mamet!”
“You guys,” Mamet joked, “I saved that for right now.”
Crouse wrote the book for The Sound of Music along with frequent collaborator Howard Lindsay. Girls star Zosia Mamet revealed some big news when she and the rest of the HBO half-hour’s main cast appeared on an upcoming episode of Inside the Actor’s Studio: Her maternal grandfather, Russel Crouse, wrote The Sound of Music. “I did not know that,” Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke said in an exclusive clip from the episode, while Allison Williams responded with a motherly scolding: “What? Her father, David Mamet, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and her mother, Lindsay Crouse, is an Oscar-nominated actress. Show Full Article This bit of news isn’t totally surprising, though, given Mamet’s family. ET on HBO. 9 at 8 p.m. Watch the exclusive clip from Inside the Actor’s Studio above, and see the episode when it airs Thursday, Feb. Girls returns Feb.
— judgmental gay (@judgmentalgay) February 1, 2017
Congrats B! A Queen. — Ryan Beatty (@TheRyanBeatty) February 1, 2017
BEYONCÉ IS HAVING TWINS. We have been blessed two times over. — Kelly Andersen (@kellyamedia) February 1, 2017
can you believe beyonce invented twins
— aidan alexander (@aidan) February 1, 2017
Wow, Beyoncé just announced her pregnancy and I can already feel my skin clearing and my glow coming through. – The Carters,” she captioned the photo. this just cured my depression thank you @beyonce pic.twitter.com/LUmTTN6ZHW
— king crissle (@crissles) February 1, 2017
when beyonce is pregnant i am pregnant
— Tré Melvin (@TreMelvin) February 1, 2017
beyoncé is pregnant with twins. A monster. A beast. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. They're just people. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. See some of the funniest reactions below. — Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) February 1, 2017
Drake & Nicki are back at it again & Beyoncé announces she's pregnant with twins ?!! “We would like to share our love and happiness. https://t.co/2R35zed4Qu
— Todrick Hall (@todrick) February 1, 2017
beyonce is pregnant with twins and I'm happy to announce that I am one of them! AHHHHHHH can't wait to meet Red and Yellow Ivy! #Beyonce pic.twitter.com/FnKfH8HaCl
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) February 1, 2017
We having twins! RED IVY IS COMING pic.twitter.com/EnYAzvXN9u
— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) February 1, 2017
the world: *is going to hell*
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) February 1, 2017
The world is burning and Beyonce's response is: MAKE TWO MORE BEYONCES
— KOBE BUFFALOMEAT (@edsbs) February 1, 2017
i can't believe beyoncé invented black history month
— Hannah Giorgis (@ethiopienne) February 1, 2017
I feel like I'm more excited for Beyoncé to be pregnant than I will be for my own child. Period." pic.twitter.com/DCCwyDdK7z
— Laura Bradley (@lpbradley) February 1, 2017
BEYONCÉ IS PREGNANT!!!! #BlackHistoryMonth is already lit AF 😩 pic.twitter.com/5NHwKet1rz
— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) February 1, 2017
Me: I dunno why y'all care so much about these celebrities' lives. – The Carters
A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Feb 1, 2017 at 10:39am PST
Naturally, social media went into an uproar in response to the news. Beyoncé is a woman of and for the people. i hope i'm the baby. pic.twitter.com/JzE4tKhZEY
— Kingsley (@kingsleyyy) February 1, 2017
*50 years from now*
Child: Dad what was 2017 like
Me: Well we almost had a nuclear holocaust but then Beyoncé had twins and saved us all
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) February 1, 2017
Beyoncé sensed that we were all in need of good news, and so Beyoncé got pregnant with twins. THERES GONNA BE TWO BEYONCES COMING OUT OF THE SAME BEYONCÉ AT THE SAME TIME THERES GONNA BE THREE BLUE IVYS HELP pic.twitter.com/rUTClH9K7V
— Richey Collazo 🇵🇷 (@RicheyCollazo) February 1, 2017
Beyonce doing anything effects my emotions thus directly affecting my life
— burbie (@boredbarbara) February 1, 2017
Beyoncé is about to end your lives at Coachella with TWO muthafuckers in her stomach. -Black America pic.twitter.com/pvFq5vPWQe
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) February 1, 2017
Show Full Article A legend. We have been blessed two times over. Beyoncé stopped the world once again on Wednesday when she revealed to her fans via Instagram that she and husband Jay Z are welcoming, not one, but two babies later in 2017. We would like to share our love and happiness. "Beyoncé is having twins!!!"
Also me: pic.twitter.com/4Xa0Q3i3yN
— Skye Townsend (@SkyeTownsend) February 1, 2017
Queen came through to give us new life in these dismal ass times. — celeste (@araslanian_) February 1, 2017
i'd like to think that the day after election day Beyoncé was like "jay we gotta do this"
— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) February 1, 2017
Me sneaking into Beyoncé's baby shower pic.twitter.com/y6LVggAZ2X
— X (@hoodopulence) February 1, 2017
"Beyonce is not having twins.
Since 2011, Levine has also been a judge on NBC’s reality show “The Voice.” Fellow “Voice” judge Blake Shelton and rock musician Sammy Hagar will also speak at the ceremony and help unveil the star. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times) Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has definitely got the moves like Jagger. The singer, musician and songwriter will receive the 2,601st star in the Recording category on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a Feb. 10 ceremony. Fans from around the world have been constantly checking with us saying when, when… Now is the time, and we invite all of Adam’s fans to join us and enjoy Levine’s ‘moves like Jagger!’ and hear his voice,” Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez said in a statement. Levine fans can live stream the ceremony next week at www.walkoffame.com. Bolstered by hits such as “This Love,” “Moves Like Jagger” and “One More Night,” Maroon 5 has been a consistent force in pop music, winning multiple Grammy Awards. Adam Levine, lead singer for the band Maroon 5, at his home in Encino. “Adam Levine fans have been patiently waiting for this day. Latest updates
“Face your past. The film’s soundtrack is available now. T2 Trainspotting arrives in theaters March 17. Show Full Article But the two-fingered message being delivered by Robert Carlyle’s maniacal character, Begbie, is arguably more direct — and certainly more offensive. Boyle’s sequel to 1996’s Trainspotting costars Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, and Jonny Lee Miller, who join Carlyle in reprising their roles from the original tale of sex, violence, addiction, and betrayal. Watch the trailer for T2 Trainspotting below and see that new poster, premiering exclusively here, above. Choose your future.”
That’s the declaration on the new poster for director Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting.
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Show Full Article Then, take our poll to let us know which spoof you thought was funnier. Perhaps you’re one of the few overlapping Fifty Shades/hockey fans out there and thought Johnson’s Mad Libs joke about feeling like a “Zamboni driver at a funeral” perfectly summed up your feelings toward your significant other in a way that was too perfect not to laugh. Now, in a steamy Shades spoof showdown, EW wants to know: Which half of the loved-up on-screen duo did you think was funnier? Watch the two videos below and decide for yourself. On the other hand, the sight of DeGeneres in an oversized Staples shirt and fake cleavage Scotch taping Dornan to a bed (Staples doesn’t sell handcuffs, OK?) definitely brought the laughs, too. This week, both Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, stars of the upcoming Fifty Shades Darker, have swapped the sexy for the silly in hilarious spoofs of their film during their respective appearances on talk shows. Johnson dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to play a PG-13 version of playground favorite Mad Libs, while Dornan learned what Christian Grey would be in for had Anastasia Steele been a Staples employee on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Or maybe it was Johnson and Fallon’s ‘Hairless Sausage’ celebratory dance that had you sold on the gigglefest.
It was Stewart’s first appearance on the show since the eve of the 2016 election, when he participated in an elaborate musical number to get out the vote. Trump, am exhausting is because every instinct and fiber of my pathological self-regard calls me to abuse of power,” he said. And if we do not allow Donald Trump to exhaust our fight, and somehow come through this presidency calamity-less and constitutionally partially intact, then I, Donald J. All action will be necessary. “We have never faced this before. the Great Wall C.O.D. and tricking Mexico into signing for it, and a second order introducing an official, if offensive, language for the country. Trump’s presidency.” “No one action will be adequate. Trump, will have demonstrated the greatness of America, just not the way I thought I was gonna.” Watch all of Stewart’s impassioned and amusing antics below. “The reason I, Donald J. How hard can it be, they’re already flying?” “It is going to take relentless stamina, vigilance and every institutional check and balance this great country can muster to keep me, Donald J. Purposeful, vindictive chaos,” Stewart said pointedly. Trump, from going full Palpatine with the lightning coming out of the fingertips,” Stewart said, referencing the villainous emperor from the “Star Wars” movies. Stewart couldn’t help but deliver an aside to his old friend Colbert. “I want — no, deserve — not just your respect, but your adoration. Eleven [expletive] days. “But perhaps therein lies the saving grace of I, Donald J. Parades with the tanks and the synchronized dancing, and why can’t they train 10,000 doves to spell out ‘Trump’ in the clouds? (Michele Crowe / CBS) Jon Stewart returned to “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” Tuesday night to share inside information about President Trump’s upcoming executive orders. Stewart shared upcoming executive orders with Colbert: a scheme that involved China shipping the U.S. Latest updates “It has been 11 days, Stephen. The presidency is supposed to age the president, not the public,” said Stewart. For Tuesday’s show, Stewart appeared in attire inspired by the inauguration, with a red tie so long it dragged the floor, and a dead animal strapped to his head. Stewart then returned to his presidential character, reading one final executive order. Jon Stewart returned to “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday night.
2 at 8:30 p.m. It’s sweet: Arthur (Judd Hirsch at his Judd Hirsch-iest) and eager young Franco (an energetic Jermaine Fowler) have a warm, odd-couple rapport that doesn’t come off as overly cloying or sentimental, but simply honest. The lead characters — gruff shop owner Arthur and his new assistant Franco — differ in generation and skin color, and Arthur spends a good amount of stage time delivering nostalgic monologues that look back on his younger years. Yet, it’s also a little too fluffy. What it really needs, like a lot of fresh sitcoms these days, is some additional time in the oven. There are plenty of obvious quips about a certain venti-size coffee chain, and just as many slightly stale ones about offensive modern-day café inventions. Turns out the small-screen take, directed by James Burrows of Cheers fame, shares enough traits with its titular pastry that it ultimately cooks up something formulaic enough to fit on the Eye Network. The original play by Tracy Letts revolves around a doughnut shop in Chicago contending with gentrification and ripped-from-the-headlines issues over race and police violence. Show Full Article Arthur’s regular patrons — including Katey Sagal and Darien Sills-Evans as police officers, David Koechner as a trouble-prone local, Maz Jobrani as an acerbic businessman, and Anna Baryshnikov as a loyal millennial — flit in and out of scenes with familiarity and ease. (Are cronuts really still a thing?) When the show does tackle hot-button issues, it lacks nuance — one riff on race and gun control could have used a little more thought — and instead opts for throwaway lines that don’t service the characters involved. B
Superior Donuts premieres Thursday, Feb. ET on CBS. On paper, Superior Donuts sounds like an unusual choice off the sitcom menu for CBS. Just based off its pilot, Superior Donuts has the right ingredients to make a consistently funny show that, more importantly, feels of its time, focusing less on nostalgia and more on change.
From sketching to sculpting, they realize the design. He’s a captivating storyteller who tells these entertaining stories in the makeup room. Producer Mia Kerz promises that the film’s release will include theatrical engagements and that a coffee table book detailing Kurtzman’s transformation of Englund will also be available. “Sadly, those sessions were never documented on film. Directed by Mike Kerz, the film finds Englund recalling his years playing Elm Street villain Freddy Krueger and paying tribute to filmmaker Wes Craven while makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman transforms the actor into the feared dream-stalker. Robert Englund is fascinating as he shares insightful stories about the Elm Street films and Freddy with the audience. Show Full Article “I always look forward to working with Robert Englund. And during this film he tells these great stories about the Nightmare films and playing Freddy while I’m applying the Krueger makeup.”
“I was inspired by the vintage photos of the legendary artist Jack Pierce applying the Frankenstein makeup to Boris Karloff,” says director Kerz. And it is amazing to watch Robert Kurtzman apply the various stages of makeup to transform Robert Englund into Freddy Krueger.”
Nightmares in the Makeup Chair will premiere at a yet-to-be-announced film festival later this year. This documentary not only captures their talent, but I think it might inspire a new generation of practical effects artists. More information about Nightmares in the Makeup Chair is available at the film’s official site. And then, the application process where I sit in the makeup chair and I become their living canvas as they glue me in and paint the appliances. Watch a teaser trailer for Nightmares in the Makeup Chair, above. “Nightmares in the Makeup Chair is my love letter to the Nightmare on Elm Street series and to practical makeup,” says Englund in a statement. “I’ve always been in awe of the multi-talented makeup effects artists. I was happy to become Freddy once again to share the makeup process with the fans.”
“Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger is one of the greatest horror characters of all time, and it was exciting for me to create my own version of Freddy,” says Kurtzman. Nightmare on Elm Street star and horror icon Robert Englund will be the focus of a new documentary, Nightmares in the Makeup Chair, EW can reveal exclusively. The film will also track Englund as he meets fans and Freddy and is interviewed in full makeup by horror host Svengoolie. Then to the fine precision of the molding and the manufacturing of the makeup appliances which are nearly paper thin. That is why we created our documentary — fans will see two modern horror legends at work.
In addition to starring alongside Donald Glover on Atlanta as rapper Alfred Miles, Henry originated the role of The General in The Book of Mormon. Show Full Article ET on ABC. Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry has landed a guest-starring role on How to Get Away with Murder, EW has learned exclusively. How to Get Away with Murder airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. 9 episode. Per usual in the world of Shondaland, details on Henry’s role are being kept under wraps, but the actor will appear in the Feb. His TV credits also include Boardwalk Empire and The Good Wife.
In August, Ben Queen (A to Z) left as showrunner, which postponed production, and the new team (helmed by EPs Michael Patrick Jann and Patrick Schumaker) stepped in to produce a pilot that barely resembles the one that screened at San Diego’s Comic-Con Internationl over the summer. (Micucci is nowhere to be found in the new version.)
Sure, it’s just a pilot, but the changes have watered down much of the darker (and sometimes naughtier) humor that gave Powerless an edge in its comic-book-ensconced world. The nonheroes at the center of Powerless, DC Comics’ first comedy, have seen superheroics so often, they no longer find them enthralling — and as employees at a company that must keep civilians safe, clocking in overtime sucks when those in capes and cowls get to have all the fun. B-
Powerless premieres Thursday, Feb. But what’s keeping Powerless from flying up, up, and away isn’t the performances; its unevenness is more likely caused by the hoops the series has had to jump through since getting a pilot order from the Peacock. The current version treats its setting as something viewers have to be reminded of, not something it can skewer, with too much emphasis on the quirky nature of Emily and her team’s work (they invent tools that protect bystanders like themselves from becoming collateral damage), and too many distracting references to heroes both iconic (Batman!) and less so (Crimson Fox?) in every other line just to keep that corporate connection to DC’s comics world intact. Her introduction involves not only a record-scratch-freeze-frame flashback to her younger days spent gazing up at the heroes soaring overhead in her (heh) flyover state, but also involves taking an earnest selfie after being rescued by a costumed hero while heading to her new job. Yet, despite all the superheroes and villains, the presence of superbeings is the only, well, super thing about Powerless. Hudgens is fine as the plucky new hire looking to make an impression, Alan Tudyk’s Van Wayne — Bruce’s cousin — delivers some laughs as her cocksure boss, and Danny Pudi, Christina Kirke, and Ron Funches bring an appropriate level of bemused exasperation as her burned-out colleagues. 2, at 8:30 p.m. The original cut of Powerless — some of which can be seen in this trailer — was much more enticing than this new version. ET on NBC. For now, the series comes off like this new Van Wayne, saddled with a superiority complex that makes him eager to join the ranks of the superbeings, but unable to cross the line. As the series’ inventive opening credits illustrate, they’re mostly ducking for cover when showdowns begin and scuttling away from flashy fights. Emily is the Leslie Knope of this NBC comedy: She’s bright, she’s eager, and she’s idealistic about her odds as a bystander. As it turns out, Powerless wants to be more than a typical workplace comedy, but its own shaky premise (superhero fatigue is hilarious, but you still like superheroes even if the main characters here aren’t superheroes, right?) is its kryptonite. In it, Emily was an existing insurance employee who snaps out of her office drone reverie when she stands up to one of the superheroes, Pudi’s Teddy was her best friend, Tudyk’s Van was a bagel-station-ruining villain as their new boss, Kirk’s Jackie lusted after characters like Aquaman, and Kate Micucci drew laughs as a character who suspects one of her coworkers is Green Lantern. Maybe this is just the hastily constructed origin story of a much better comedy that’ll finally don its metaphorical mask come episode 4. It’s no surprise, then, that Vanessa Hudgens’ sunny and superhero-loving Emily Locke, the new director of research and development at Wayne Security (yes, of that Wayne), finds herself at odds with her new staff. Show Full Article Maybe that will all change once the show finds a balance between idolizing the superhero genre and actively working against it. In a world of superheroes, supervillains, and pretty much super-everything, what’s it like being the little guy?
Show Full Article MTV also released an official description of season 2: “A year after the events of last season, The Four Lands is in chaos. After reuniting with Eretria, Wil and Mareth seek out Allanon, only to learn that the Druid’s former protégé, Bandon, is on a mission to resurrect a creature of darkest evil: The Warlock Lord. The re-emergence of magic has the populace terrified, and an organization called The Crimson is hunting down magic users, using fear and intimidation to sow discord among the races. Desmond Chiam (Bones, Con Man) rounds out the crew of new additions as General Riga, leader of the extremist soldier group The Crimson, dedicated to wiping out all magic in the Four Lands. But when a mysterious woman named Mareth saves Wil from a Crimson attack, he is forced to rejoin the fight. Caaroline Chikezie (Everly) will play Queen Tamlin of Leah, the only human kingdom in the Four Lands. Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter) takes on Lyria, a beautiful young woman romantically linked to Eretria (Ivana Baquero). The Shannara Chronicles is back! Gentry White (UnReal) will play Garet, the wise-cracking Weapons Master of the Four Lands. Together, our heroes must band together to take down The Crimson and prevent Bandon from unleashing an even greater threat upon the Four Lands, before it’s too late.”
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Season 2 of The Shannara Chronicles is set to premiere on MTV later this year. The hit MTV fantasy series has officially started production on season 2 in New Zealand, and this time, there’s quite a few new cast members along for the ride. Malese Jow (The Flash) will play Mareth, a powerful young woman with magical powers who helps Wil (Austin Butler) find his way back to his companions and escape The Crimson. Wil, scarred by the loss of Amberle and his separation from Eretria, has turned his back on his magical destiny to become a healer.
Just in time for the end of football season, bettors will have a new game to bet on — Game of Thrones. Been There Done That, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington). Coming out on top with over 14 percent was Mr. Other season 7 topics covered in the poll and by betting odds include the method of the first onscreen death (White Walker, +150), Arya’s first kill of the season (Thoros of Myr, +210), and religion of the final ruler of the Seven Kingdoms (Valyrian, +250). If you’re trying to make some gold, then the oddsmakers recommend selecting Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), or Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk). Show Full Article Placing in a distant second with 8 percent was Melisandre (Carice van Houten), followed by Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen). HBO
While Theon might be who the fans think is next to die, it doesn’t mean that he’s actually the best actual bet. Appearing to be safe, at least in the minds of those polled, are Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and Mr. Hasn’t He Suffered Enough, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen). With several months to go before the HBO hit returns for its long-awaited seventh season, the folks at Sports Betting Experts polled 10,000 fans of the show to get their opinions on some of the hottest topics, most notably who will be the next character to die.
Fowler went on to co-create and star on truTV’s Friends of the People in 2014 and took center stage in his own 2015 Showtime special, Give ‘Em Hell, Kid — both splashy performances that didn’t go unnoticed — and soon enough, CBS came to him with a script deal. ET), a Chicago-set comedy based on the Tracy Letts play centered on an old-school doughnut shop owner (Judd Hirsch) and his employee (Fowler), who pushes his boss to modernize the business. “They were ‘offensive.’”
Judges’ opinions aside, Fowler’s passion persisted, as did a desire for creative control. In 10th grade, he obsessed over Dave Chappelle: Killin Them Softly, and lied about having lost it to the friend he borrowed it from. “I did my first set at a talent show and I couldn’t finish because the judges didn’t like my jokes,” the 28-year-old recalls of being kicked off stage. Why You Might Know Him: He has performed in stand-up tours with CollegeHumor and Comedy Central, and co-created and starred on the truTV sketch series Friends of the People. ET), and down the line, he’d like to do, well, basically everything: write, produce, act, work as a showrunner, and direct his own projects, and more. After graduating high school, he moved to New York and began posting his sketches to YouTube — he’d been interested in doing the like since his grandmother gave him a video camera when he was 16-years-old — while waiting for audition callbacks. In 5th and 6th grade, he’d study The Simpsons and take his Ralph Wiggum impression to class, even if it led to a call home from school. Moreover, he feels that between the diversity in the cast and writers’ room, the show has a good balance. Katey Sagal, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sills-Evans, and Rell Battle also appear as some of the eclectic regulars. Now he’s the star and EP of Superior Donuts (debuts Feb. Between doughnut holes, Fowler will recur on Judd Apatow’s Crashing on HBO (Feb. But stand-up will always be close to his heart: “I see myself touring internationally — everywhere, every theater, every arena — and putting out stand-up comedy specials until I can’t even stand no more. 2, 8:30 p.m. Jermaine Fowler has long had an interest in comedy. Even then, I’ll probably do my comedy special in a hospital bed.”
Show Full Article It’s part of what we’re going through right now. The show we’re making is just a reflection of the world we’re living in right now.” He adds that considering the differences between his character and Hirsch’s, it’d be “weird” if the show didn’t address the aforementioned subjects. Why You Will Know Him: He’s the star and executive producer of CBS’ Superior Donuts. Those videos went viral, inspiring him to continue producing content across the board: “I wanted to keep the ball rolling.”
That he did, and he hasn’t really stopped. Fowler finds this primetime piece of pastry especially relevant today: “We talk about gentrification, politics, and racial issues, and those are all real life, and comedy comes from real life….It could come off offensive, but to me, it’s part of our lives. A version of this story appears in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now, or available here — and subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. He ultimately found his “calling” as a stand-up comedian in 12th grade after watching Eddie Murphy Raw, but his initial attempt in the spotlight was less than stellar. 19, 10:30 p.m.
Any rough edge is sanded down so far that the character is as gritty as a spoonful of Jell-O. Plus, the racial tension built into both the Los Angeles and the black-white divide between the leads means that the show’s eventual creators could commission a rubber stamp reading “Important!” and mark every script page. As the number of scripted dramas on TV continues to grow, networks are looking for more and more intellectual property to mine for series. The cop, however, still has his weapon, but declares, “I’m taking you in,” before tossing it to the ground and engaging in a fist fight. Bill Paxton, inheriting the “bad cop” role from Washington, plays Detective Frank Rourke, a collection of “tough guy” network TV tropes. Unfortunately, all potential was thwarted by three letters: C, B, and S. It’s easy enough to see why the crime movie that earned Denzel Washington an Oscar and taught eighth graders everywhere what “getting wet” means would get the adaptation treatment. He also seems to have the moral fiber of an average human being. This show ain’t got s— on King Kong. And a dumb bore at that. Justin Cornwell’s rookie character follows a similarly pernicious trope — conflating a backstory with personality. I can’t think of a more perfect encapsulation of everything wrong with Training Day. I’m about to describe a moment near the end of the pilot, and I have no qualms about doing so because 1) you should not watch Training Day and 2) because if there’s any lingering curiosity about the show, this may convince you otherwise. He drinks, refers to his ex-wives, and steals money from drug dealers. Don’t let what has happened to Training Day, once regarded as the title of something good, happen to your precious assets. He also lacks an ounce of actual menace. Beyond that, we don’t know much, but it’s not that Kyle is a mystery. This has led to a string of feature film-to-TV adaptations with mixed-to-mostly bad results. Training Day, the CBS series, is a toothless gruel of police-procedural clichés and focus-grouped mediocrity that squanders a huge amount of potential. After chasing the cartel-hired mercenary responsible for his former partner’s death, Kyle finally corners the killer, who has lost his gun in the preceding shootout. The cop format is eternally repeatable. Unlike some of the other film-to-TV transplants, Training Day really could have worked. Right off the bat, we learn that Kyle Craig is a veteran, he has a wife, and that his dad died in the line of duty. Rights holders, protect your films. C-
Show Full Article He’s just a bore.
According to a press release, producer Brian Reed will host the new story that stems from an Alabama man asking for “a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who had allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. Brian agreed to look into it. All episodes will be released in March of this year. But then someone else ended up dead, and another story began to unfold – about a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure and the mysteries of one man’s life.”
S-Town will be the first podcast developed under the newly announced production company Serial Productions. Sarah Koenig, who hosted Serial, is re-teaming with executive producer Julie Snyder, editorial advisor Ira Glass, and the team from This American Life for S-Town, one of three new podcast stories in development. “I remember thinking, ‘If this thing with Serial works – telling one big story over several chapters – then I definitely want to try it with Brian’s story next.’”
Glass teased S-Town‘s “unexpected turns,” explaining, “The story has this feeling and mood that’s different from anything else we’ve done. “Brian and I began working on the S-Town story three years ago, before we’d even launched Serial, and immediately I knew it was special,” Snyder said in a statement. I don’t think people have heard a show like this.”
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Stephenson next hopes to make the horror-comedy, Destroy All Vampires. Watch the trailer for Girlfriend’s Day below and an exclusive clip featuring Bob Odenkirk and Amber Tamblyn, above. “I came across an interview with Bob on The AV Club and he brought up Best Worst Movie,” he says. 14), Bob Odenkirk plays a divorced romance card writer who finds himself mixed up in some very Raymond Chandler-esque trouble. He later switched to directing and detailed his Troll 2 experience in 2009’s much-loved Best Worst Movie, which led to 2012’s The American Scream, another nonfiction work about homemade haunted houses. “I owe a lot to that crazy thing,” he admits. Show Full Article In the black comedy Girlfriend’s Day (out on Netflix, Feb. Written by Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly, the film concerns a would-be vampire hunter who leaves a trail of staked corpses across Bavaria, fully unaware that he’s murdering innocent old men. premiere of The American Scream at Cinefamily. 14. “It’s a story about a has-been greeting card writer named Ray Wentworth, who ends up in the darker underbelly of the greeting card industry,” laughs the film’s director Michael Paul Stephenson. “We took reality and we tried to heighten it just a little bit,” says Stephenson. As a child actor, Stephenson starred in 1990’s hilariously terrible horror movie, the entirely troll-free Troll 2. “That’s where my head and my heart is at the moment, getting to Hungary, and Bavaria, and Romania, and shooting that movie,” he says. Maybe Stephenson will finally find some actual trolls while he’s over there. “I thought, Oh, this is kind of crazy. Long story short, I wound up getting in touch with Bob and invited him and his family to the L.A. Together with Stephenson, the actors contrive to create an absurdist world in which card writers have their own bar and competition within the industry can turn homicidal. So, how did Stephenson make the leap to narrative filmmaking with Girlfriend’s Day? That night, he said, ‘Hey, have you ever thought about doing something in the narrative world?’ It evolved from there.”
For Stephenson, Troll 2 really does seem to be the gift that keeps on giving. Girlfriend’s Day debuts on Netflix, Feb. “I would like to think there is some bar where greeting card writers get together, and hang out, and it’s their exclusive place — but the film is absurd in so many ways.”
The same could be said of the strange twists and turns in the filmmaker’s own professional history. “He gets caught in a web of murder and deceit — and he struggles to write a perfect greeting card.”
Girlfriend’s Day was cowritten by Odenkirk and boasts an impressive cast which also includes Amber Tamblyn, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Begley Jr., Stacy Keach, Larry Fessenden, June Diane Raphael, Andy Richter, and Toby Huss.