Steve Martin and Martin Short are currently touring with their two-man comedy show, but the legendary performers and former Three Amigos co-stars have yet another reunion on the horizon. During the Hulu panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, the streaming service announced that Martin and Short will star in an untitled true crime comedy series. Get the details below. Read More »
Another week, another story about how a box office disaster ended up the way it did. But Dolittle, which is on track to be Universal’s first massive box office bomb of the year, is unique in that these stories are coming right now and not right after release.
By now you’ve probably heard some of the tales of infamy surrounding the $175 million family blockbuster starring Robert Downey Jr. — the nonsensical storyline, the badly CGI’d talking animals, the dragon fart scene. But what you may not know is that most of those problems that Dolittle is currently getting slammed for (with a whopping 19% on Rotten Tomatoes) got added by Universal in a series of costly reshoots and tonal tinkering in an attempt to appeal to a global audience. (Cue dragon fart noise.)
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NECA’s new line of Gremlins action figures has been a blessing for fans who want as many of the little monsters as possible with all the appropriate accessories. This past holiday season brought us two different sets of caroling Gremlins, and a new Ultimate Gremlin before that came with soda, beer, cigarettes, candy, and more. Now NECA is releasing the Ultimate Flasher Gremlin, complete with a trenchcoat and sunglasses, as well as a slew of other accessories from the wild bar scene in the horror comedy. Read More »
Every great romantic comedy is driven by that sexual tension, and Sex Education has that in spades. The Netflix teen sex comedy continues the will-they-won’t-they dynamic between unlicensed junior sex therapist Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) and his bad-girl crush Maeve (Emma Mackey), who may finally be ready to return his feelings. But wait! He’s moved on to the adorable Ola (Patricia Allison). High schoolers have it rough, don’t they? Watch the Sex Education season 2 trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 by Fred Topel
Armando Iannucci is back on HBO, but this time, he’s not making another political comedy. The Veep mastermind created the science fiction comedy Avenue 5. There series follows a deep space passenger flight in the future where something goes wrong and neither the captain (Hugh Laurie) nor the tech mogul (Josh Gad) who funded it are equipped to handle it.
Iannucci revealed some Easter eggs during the panel, including a gag about the fate of Virgin magnate Richard Branson, and the science that leads to the comedy. Avenue 5 premieres Sunday, January 19 on HBO.
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MacGruber is coming back to TV. A MacGruber TV series with original star Will Forte is setting up shop at Peacock, the upcoming NBCUniversal streaming service. A MacGruber series was first mentioned as a possibility last year, with news that the film’s director Jorma Taccone had pitched a potential TV adaptation to potential networks and streamers. Now it looks like it’s official, with Peacock developing the show.
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Kumail Nanjiani needs to stop getting behind the wheel of a car. Because it only ends in violence, and this time, murder. In The Lovebirds, Nanjiani is one half of a happy couple with Issa Rae (Insecure), whose bliss is suddenly interrupted by a murder — which they are framed for. Watch The Lovebirds trialer below.
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In Guns Akimbo, Daniel Radcliffe plays a loser who wakes up with guns physically bolted to his hands (yes, really). Not only that, but his character is tasked with killing an assassin on a live-streamed internet show.
Points for originality must go to writer/director Jason Lei Howden for this deranged-looking movie. If happen to have spent the last few minutes considering if you should take a swig of Red Bull to get a jolt of energy, maybe just watch this new trailer instead – it’ll probably have the desired effect. Read More »
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In the raging seas of Peak TV, when more than 530 scripted comedies and dramas aired last year, the Hulu series Shrill was a pleasant surprise. Saturday Night Live star Aidy Bryant brought a relatable, messy energy to her role as Annie, an overweight writer who embraces her appearance and whose creativity begins to spark when she publishes an essay against her boss’s will. The second season is coming to Hulu in just a few days, and the latest trailer shows how Annie is dealing trying to take control of her life, both personally and professionally. Check it out below. Read More »
Seth MacFarlane has called 20th Century Fox Television and FOX his home for years, but now he’s moving over to NBCUniveral with a new overall deal. The creator of Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show, and The Orville will see his Fuzzy Door Productions banner situated at NBC for five years where he will develop TV shows for the company’s various networks, including NBC and the upcoming streaming service Peacock. Read More »