I'm Dying Up Here

Showtime unveiled a first look at their upcoming series I’m Dying Up Here, a drama about standup comics in the 1970s, during their Television Critics Association session. Footage showed comics interacting with difficult audiences, and ranting about it over late night meals. One scene mentioned Richard Pryor coming in to do a set. Speaking with reporters after his panel, Showtime Networks, Inc. CEO David Nevins said appearances by famous comedians would be minimal.

“There may be some,” Nevins said. “We’re mostly going to avoid it. Johnny Carson is in the clip. Famous people may be backgrounded in the show. I’m Dying Up Here is based on a book of nonfiction and it’s about the early days of the Comedy Store, Mitzi Shore, Robin Williams and David Letterman, that period. We chose, sort of like we did [when I produced] Friday Night Lights, to change the real people’s names. There’s no Robin Williams character, David Letterman character. There may be characters who have aspects of those people but they’re all sort of composite, reconstructed characters. Famous people may be in the background but that’s not really a driving idea on the show.”  Read More »

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Eli Roth

This is a big week for Eli Roth. Just yesterday, the Knock Knock and The Green Inferno director became attached to direct Paramount’s remake of Death Wish, a project that’s had quite a few directors, most notably Joe Carnahan (The Grey), split from the Bruce Willis-led film over the years. Only a day later, news has come out that Roth will direct Jim Carrey in an adaptation of Steve Niles‘ (“3o Days of Night”) comic book “Aleister Arcane,” which was illustrated by Breehn Burns.

Below, learn more about Aleister Arcane.

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The Best Movies Coming to Netflix in February 2016

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Unless Dirty Grandpa tickled you to tears this past weekend, you probably consider this another “dump month” January. While plenty of December releases are still killing it at the box office and there’s still time to catch up on the major Award nominees, it’s more likely that you’ve been stuck with your streaming options these past few weeks. There’s no shortage of quality movies on Netflix, and a few more notable titles are coming to the streaming service soon.

Find out the best movies coming to Netflix in February 2016 after the jump.

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Andy Kaufman David Letterman

If you’ve seen the biopic Man on the Moon starring Jim Carrey, then you know that there’s a rather infamous episode of Late Show with David Letterman where comedian Andy Kaufman appeared with wrestler Jerry Lawler. As we know now, the two staged an on-air tiff that resulted in the groundbreaking comedian getting slapped right out of his chair, causing him to come back and throw coffee at the wrestler, and no one else seemed to be in on the joke.

And now another clip of Kaufman on Letterman’s show has appeared online, and it appears to be the first time this particular clip has been made available on the internet. I’ve tried to soak up as much of Kaufman’s unique brand of comedy as I can, and since clips like this are few and far between, I can’t recommend enough that you view this evidence of a kind of comedy that was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. Read More »

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind visual effects

One of the best films of the new century is undoubtedly Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It’s an innovative, beautiful, mesmerizing, heartbreaking and simultaneously uplifting romance. The Charlie Kaufman scripted, Michel Gondry directed film is one of my five favorites of all time, and I’ve explored and read about every facet of the film.

But there might be some of you out there who haven’t dug as deep. That’s why I wanted to post this featurette that dives into the unique and quaint visual effects of the film. Michel Gondry is known for using some interesting practical production methods, but this featurette looks at the seamless digital visual effects that helped complete the film. There are some effects here that you probably didn’t even notice.

Watch the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind visual effects featurette after the jump. Read More »

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 6 trailer - Stephen Colbert

Just ahead of Seinfeld‘s Hulu premiere, two of the show’s stars are reuniting for a much more modest venture: a quick drive and a cup of coffee. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is dropping by the sixth season of Jerry Seinfeld‘s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, along with Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Steve Harvey, Bill Maher, and Jim Carrey.

Watch the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 6 trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Bad Batch Cast

When talking about A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night last year, I said that director Ana Lily Amirpour is someone we’re excited to watch going forward. And we’re evidently not the only ones with confidence in her work. Her next film, The Bad Batch, is backed by Megan Ellison and Annapurna Productions, which immediately puts Amirpour in great company. The film already had Jason Momoa as a core member of the cast. And now The Bad Batch cast can announced a bunch of new names, including Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves. Read More »

Bill Hader SNL Audition

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably heard about the special Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special that aired this past Sunday night. It was a three and a half hour trip down memory lane, featuring a true dream-team of comedy’s elite.

Among the many highlights came early in the show when a 5-minute video montage was shown of cast members’ first auditions. Not fake auditions, like we’ve seen in the past. The actual, real auditions for stars like Will Ferrell, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon as well as classic cast members like Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner and John Belushi. Here, you can see them in the auditions that would change their lives forever. It’s pretty special.

As a bonus though, there are also auditions from people who didn’t make the cut. They’re people you’ve definitely heard of who auditioned, but didn’t make the show.

Below, check out the Saturday Night Live auditions video as well a few of the other highlights from the special including Celebrity Jeopardy, Wayne’s World and more. Read More »

Early Buzz: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ Is Indeed Dumb

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Twenty years have passed since Lloyd and Harry left us in the original Dumb and Dumber. This weekend, they’re back with Dumb and Dumber To. The press got to see the film Wednesday night ahead of the Friday opening. The buzz is… well, find out after the jump by reading some Dumb and Dumber To reviews. Read More »