VOTD: 9 Kisses, Video Series That Encompass Acting in 2014

9 Kisses

As the end of the year approaches, critics and awards voters everywhere are scrambling to put together their lists of 2014′s best performances. But the New York Times has outdone them all by actually getting the brightest talents of the year in a room together — and then asking them lock lips with one another.

The 9 Kisses video series pairs off 18 of the year’s best actors, ranging from established A-listers (Reese Witherspoon) to recent breakthroughs (Jenny Slate). Each couple plays out an intimate moment in a public setting at night, though the details within those parameters vary wildly. Some of the kisses are passionate and warm, others are awkward or funny. Watch the 9 Kisses videos after the jump.  Read More »

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Obvious Child trailer

Jenny Slate is about to become a movie star thanks to the Obvious Child trailer. The comedic actress, best known for her TV roles on Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, House of Lies and others, plays her the lead character, Donna, in the Gillian Robespierre film. She’s a stand-up comedian whose life gets turned upside down when a one-night stand with an unlikely man leaves her pregnant. It might sound like a simple, cliché set-up but Slate’s brave performance and Robespierre’s frank, foul screenplay exposes lots of truth and even more laughs.

Obvious Child premiered at Sundance where Peter gave it a rave review. A24 Films picked it up and scheduled it for release June 6. Now, you can watch the first Obvious Child trailer below. Read More »

A24 Films Buys Sundance Hit ‘Obvious Child’

Obvious Child

One of the buzzier comedies in Park City, UT at the Sundance Film Festival this week is Obvious Child, a New York set comedy about a comedian (Jenny Slate) who mistakenly gets pregnant. Read Pete’s positive review here. Co-written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, A24 Films has picked it up for domestic distribution. Read the press release below. Read More »

Obvious Child star Jenny Slate

Obvious Child is a charming romantic dramedy about love and abortion in New York City. The humor feels like a mix of the crudeness and sharp teeth of Sarah Silverman’s comedy and the grounded snappiness of Lena Dunham’s Girls. At center stage is comedian Jenny Slate, with one of the breakthrough performances of this year’s fest.

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Today’s TV Bits comes with the caveat that none of this applies if the world actually ends on 12/21/12. After the jump:

  • Black Dynamite, Catfish, The League, and Psych get renewed
  • Cinemax sets a January premiere date for Alan Ball‘s Banshee
  • Game of Thrones gets more screen time and its own beer
  • Jason Schwartzman and Jenny Slate head to Parks & Rec
  • Rose McGowan is Once Upon a Time‘s young Barbara Hershey
  • Amazon Studios orders pilots from Kristen SchaalGarry Trudeau, and more
  • The premiere episode of NBC’s 1600 Penn hits the web

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The Warner Bros. stable of cartoon characters is about to get another reboot. Looney Tunes: Back in Action hit theaters almost a decade ago, in 2003, and there have been new, “younger” versions of the characters on TV, along with a couple theatrical shorts.

Now Jenny Slate, a former SNL cast member, is writing a new features for Warner Bros. that will likely become another hybrid CG/live-action film featuring the likes of Bugs, Daffy, and more. But, wait, there’s more, after the break. Read More »

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