FX Sets ‘Louie’ Season 4 Premiere Date

Louis CK in Louie season 4 premiere date

Briefly: Remember Louie? FX comedy, critically acclaimed, last seen in the fall of 2012? Well, it’s finally coming back. FX announced today that it has set the Louie Season 4 premiere date for 10 PM on Monday, May 5And to reward Louis C.K.‘s patient fans, the network is even throwing in an extra episode. Season 4 will run 14 episodes long instead of the usual 13, with two episodes airing per week through June 16.

By the time Louie returns, it’ll have been off the air for about 19 months. At the time that the hiatus was announced, C.K. told press that he needed “a little breathing room” so that the show could “keep getting better.” In a statement, FX CEO John Landgraf enthused that C.K. had done just that.

“Louis said he needed extra time between seasons three and four of his show because – even though Louie was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America – he needed to make it even better,” he said. “Based on the first three episodes we’ve seen, remarkably, he accomplished his goal.” [TheWrap]

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Louis CK

Louis C.K. is deep into writing and shooting the next season of Louie, but he took a break earlier this week to share some thoughts on Sirius XM’s The Opie and Anthony Show. In addition to talking with Tim’s Vermeer producer Penn Gillette and talking about his first movie Tomorrow Night (which is now online), the comic lambasted two of 2013′s critical successes: Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost.

On the topic of Gravity, C.K. admitted it was the last movie he saw in IMAX 3D and joked about Sandra Bullock’s character being highly unbelievable. As for All Is Lost, C.K. is a ship captain himself so he was equally annoyed at how Robert Redford’s character handled that particular situation. And, as you’d imagine, all the observations are on point and hilarious. He also talks about the new season of Louie, which includes a hurricane and American Hustle. Listen below. Read More »

tomorrownight

Briefly: We gave you the heads-up about this a few weeks ago, but it’s worth a reminder: Tomorrow Night, the debut feature from Louis C.K., is now available online for five bucks. He offers the film up on his website, and explains the backstory in short:

Tomorrow Night is a feature-length film I wrote and directed back in 1998. I was a struggling comedian and TV writer at the time and I pulled together my savings and some of my friends money to make this movie on black and white 16mm film. There are some great people in this movie: Steve Carell, JB Smoove, Wanda Sykes and Conan O’Brien are some that you might have heard of.

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Pets

The folks that created the Minions are preparing to bring you another adventure involving adorable animated critters. Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) have joined the voice cast of an untitled Universal Studios / Illumination Entertainment picture about pets in New York City.

At the helm are Chris Renaud, who co-directed both Despicable Me movies, and Yarrow Cheney, who co-directed the adorable Minion mini-movie “Puppy.” Seriously, if you still haven’t seen that short, do so. It’s the cutest thing I saw all last year. Hit the jump for more details on their new project.

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Galifianakis Hangover

FX has landed some major comedic star power for a bunch of new pilots. Billy Crystal has a show called The Comedian, Tracy Morgan has a show called Death Pact, Denis Leary has a show called Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and that’s not the half of it.

There are 12 new pilots in total and the two most exciting might be a new show created by and starring Zach Galifianakis, which will be co-produced and co-written by Louis C.K. It’s the first show in C.K.’s new deal. Then, Oscar-winning writer Charlie Kaufman‘s new show How and Why has cast John Hawkes and Michael Cera in key roles. Read More »

Louis CK in American Hustle

Louis C.K. doesn’t have a ton to do in David O. Russell‘s American Hustle — he’s not one of the main characters — but his character is at the center of one of the big mysteries left unresolved by the end of the movie. Namely, just what in the hell happened with his brother’s premature attempt at ice fishing?

It’s a running gag throughout the movie that his character Stoddard wants to impart some wisdom to Bradley Cooper‘s Richie DiMaso by way of a personal anecdote, only to be interrupted before completion each time tries to tell it. However, C.K. confirmed in an interview with Jay Leno that there is indeed an ending to the story. Watch him explain what it is after the jump.

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Tomorrow Night Louis CK

Everyone knows Louis C.K. as a brilliant comedian. Fewer people know him as a talented director. C.K. had been in the entertainment industry for decades before finally hitting the mainstream with his amazing stand-up and his FX TV show Louie. He wrote on several popular TV shows and directed short films for a long time, culminating in the 2001 cult film Pootie Tang.

In 1998 C.K. wrote and directed his first film called Tomorrow Night, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It starred then-newcomers Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, JB Smoove, Wanda Sykes and many others, but didn’t get picked up for distribution. This February, C.K. is finally going to release the film on his official website, for $5. Read more and check out the trailer below. Read More »

Blue Jasmine (header)

How many career resurgences has Woody Allen had at this point? I’ve lost track, but we’re square in the middle of one now, kicked off with the career-topping success of his 2011 release Midnight in Paris. His new film, Blue Jasmine, stars Cate Blanchett as “a New York housewife struggling through a life crisis.” That sounds middling to dire until you see what Blanchett is doing with it — she’s entitled and insufferable, but ragged and clearly, if comically, worn down to a nub.

This trailer introduces her character, and the sister (Sally Hawkins) who takes her into her San Francisco home when Jasmine’s husband (Alec Baldwin) turns out to be less than an upstanding dude. Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg also star; you’ll only get a glimpse of Louis C.K. here, but he seems to be playing a suitor for Hawkins.

Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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