Too Funny to Fail: The Rise and Fall of The Dana Carvey Show

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The Movie: Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

The Pitch: Fresh off a successful run on Saturday Night Live, comedian Dana Carvey was hired by ABC to create a new sketch show. Armed with a writers room that included a Murderer’s Row of up-and-coming talent such as Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Robert Smigel, Charlie Kaufman, and more, the show aimed to fly high on primetime. So how did The Dana Carvey Show crash and burn so spectacularly while still launching the careers of some of today’s most respective comedians? The documentary Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show will tell you everything you need to know.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: There are plenty of examples about miraculous showbiz success in Hollywood. But the more interesting stories often come from colossal failures. The Dana Carvey Show is perhaps the best example of falling upwards, and the chronicle of the show’s promising rise and frustrating fall is full of some of the best showbiz anecdotes I’ve ever heard. We’re talking about a show that premiered on ABC by having Dana Carvery as a breast-feeding Bill Clinton, complete with real-working nipples that actually dripped milk. That’s where the show started on a network that had just been purchased by The Walt Disney Company. Read More »

Memory Police

The past four years have seen the leader of the United States government engage in a sustained attack on the truth, so a story about two people who fight to retain their grasp on the truth as it’s being slowly wiped out of society altogether feels pretty relevant right now.

Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to get when director Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale) teams up with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (I’m Thinking of Ending Things) to make a film adaptation of The Memory Police, a novel from Japanese writer Y?ko Ogawa. Get more details about the story below. Read More »

Charlie Kaufman stopped caring

2015’s Anomalisa sounds like it nearly broke Charlie Kaufman. Well, not the movie itself, but more the reaction to it – or, even more specifically, the lack of reaction to it. The filmmaker, who directed 2008’s Synecdoche, New York, 2015’s Anomalisa, and is back with this year’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things, says he “just stopped caring” about directing after Anomalisa flopped at the box office. Read More »

i'm thinking of ending things review

“I’m thinking of ending things.” So thinks a young woman (Jessie Buckley) as she sets off for a road trip with her boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons) to meet Jake’s parents. The young couple has been dating for about six weeks, and there’s a spark between them – albeit an awkward one. But as the car plods on, the snow drifts down, and the wiper blades hypnotically cut back and forth, the young woman can’t shake that thought, lodged in her brain like song lyrics, or a parasite. “I’m thinking of ending things.” Just what is she thinking of ending? The relationship with Jake? Or something else? And why is Jake suddenly acting so strange?

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i'm thinking of ending things trailer

Charlie Kaufman is back with I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a creepy story of a young woman who takes a trip to meet her boyfriend’s parents. Sounds harmless enough, right? Well…just wait. The film is an adaptation of the haunting Iain Reid novel of the same name, and features Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis. The first trailer for the film just arrived, and you can check it out below.

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i'm thinking of ending things first look

Charlie Kaufman‘s new film I’m Thinking of Ending Things, based on a twisty, creepy novel by Iain Reid, is headed to Netflix in September. The first official look at Kaufman’s film has arrived via some new images, and while they don’t hint at the weirdness to come, Kaufman promises that “loneliness and hopelessness and regret” are all woven into the movie’s fabric. See the I’m Thinking of Ending Things first look below.

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i'm thinking of ending things release date

I’m Thinking of Ending Things, the long-awaited new film from writer-director Charlie Kaufman, now has a release date. The Netflix movie starring Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis, will premiere on Netflix in September. The film is an adaptation of the Iain Reid novel of the same name, but don’t be surprised if Kaufman is changing up the source material.

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Charlie Kaufman novel

Charlie Kaufman wrote a very Charlie Kaufman-sounding novel, and I can’t wait to read it. Kaufman, the scribe behind Being John MalkovichAdaptationEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Anomalisa, and more, will release Antkind, a novel about a neurotic film critic (is there any other kind?) who stumbles upon a three-m0nth-long movie. More on the Charlie Kaufman novel below.

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i'm thinking of ending things cast

I’m Thinking of Ending Things has ended its relationship with Brie Larson, but all is not lost – Toni Collette is coming aboard. Larson was set to star in the new Netflix movie from Charlie Kaufman, but it appears actress Jessie Buckley has taken her place. Joining Buckley are Collette and David Thewlis, with Jesse Plemons still attached to star. The film is an adaptation of the psychological thriller novel by Iain Reid. More on the I’m Thinking of Ending Things cast below.

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I'm thinking of ending things cast

Update: Variety reports that the ever-busy Jesse Plemons, whose credits include Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, Game Night, FX’s Fargo, and the upcoming Vice, has joined the cast of I’m Thinking of Ending Things. He will play the role of Jake, the boyfriend to Brie Larson’s character. Our original article continues below.

Brie Larson is jumping from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Netflix. The Captain Marvel actress has just joined the I’m Thinking of Ending Things cast for director Charlie Kaufman. Based on the creepy novel by Iain Reid, the story concerns a woman (Larson) on a road trip with her boyfriend to meet the boyfriend’s parents.

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