A.P. Bio Season 3 Review

In just two short 13-episode seasons, the NBC comedy series A.P. Bio was already showing promising signs of evolution. The series started out focusing on disgraced Harvard philosophy professor Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton), who missed out on his dream job and was forced to return to his hometown of Toledo, Ohio and work as an advanced placement biology high school teacher. But instead of teaching his gifted, oddball students, he uses them to get revenge on the rival who took his job.

The second season found Jack getting a little more caught up in the small town antics of Whitlock High School. Though he was still focused on schemes that would benefit his career and get him back out of Toledo, he was constantly distracted by getting revenge on those who wronged him, no matter how petty the offense. The show lost a lot of the sociopathic edge of the first season, but it opened the door for some more bizarre comedy from the supporting cast and even Jack himself.

Now the third season of A.P. Bio, coming to NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock next week, takes that approach to the next level. Not only does the new season dig even more into the ensemble of students, teachers and administrators, but it delivers some of the show’s weirdest episodes yet, bringing it to a satisfyingly hilarious, almost 30 Rock-level of absurdity. Read More »

Eddie Murphy Hosting Saturday Night Live

Eddie Murphy is slated to make his triumphant return to stand-up comedy at Netflix sometime in the future, but before that, we’ll see him try his hand at stand-up again for a big charity comedy festival being put together to benefit Feeding America food banks during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Feeding America Comedy Festival is being put together by comedian-turned-media-magnate Byron Allen and his Entertainment Studios banner along with the folks at Funny or Die. The three-hour event will be taking donations while audiences enjoy stand-up sets from some of the biggest names in comedy. Along with Eddie Murphy, the show will include Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Kenan Thompson, Howie Mandel, Marc Maron, and many more. Read More »

Adam Driver Hosted Saturday Night Live

Adam Driver hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time this weekend, and the result was one of the best episodes of the season. Not only did it feature the return of Kylo Ren, but it had some truly weird and hilarious sketches that Adam Driver committed too 100%. He’s one of those dramatic actors who has equally as good comedic timing, and this episode lets him shine.

Check out the best and worst sketches from the Adam Driver hosted Saturday Night Live below.

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Mother's Day Trailer

It’s almost time for another holiday centric comedy from director Garry Marshall. However, this time the cast of Mother’s Day doesn’t seem quite as packed to the gills with celebrities as its predecessors Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve. Instead, it’s Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Britt Robertson, Sarah ChalkeShay MitchellJon LovitzAasif Mandvi, Timothy Olyphant and Margo Martindale starring in the movie, which follows multiple interconnected storylines.

Now a new trailer introduces some characters we haven’t met before, including Mitchell (who debuted the trailer across her social media channels) as Olyphant’s new girlfriend — which doesn’t really sit well with his ex-wife, played by Aniston. Watch the new Mother’s Day trailer with your mom or significant other after the jump. Read More »

BLENDED

Adam Sandler‘s first picture for Netflix is taking shape. Sandler is set to star in Ridiculous 6 with Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, and Terry Crews. Also appearing will be Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, and Dan Aykroyd. More on the Adam Sandler Ridiculous 6 movie after the jump.  Read More »

Simpsons Take The Bowl

Even the creators of The Simpsons know we love the old stuff. Specifically, the first 10 to 12 seasons. That’s the period in which Matt Groening‘s iconic yellow family took the world by storm and became a television institution. Since then many fans have fallen off the show, citing a decline in quality, and maybe that decline is a fact. But The Simpsons endures. This year is the 25th anniversary of the show, making it the longest-running sitcom in U.S. history.

To celebrate the anniversary, The Simpsons took over legendary Los Angeles concert venue The Hollywood Bowl for a three night concert event called The Simpsons Take the Bowl. Hosted by Hank Azaria (the voice of Moe, Ape, Chief Wiggum and many others), the event featured a slew of guest stars performing songs and score from The Simpsons, with a strong focus on the early years. Mainly, songs from the 1997 album Songs in the Key of Springfield, including The Monorail Song, Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart, The Stonecutters Song, Happy Birthday Lisa and others. This being Hollywood, there were some references to The Simpsons Movie, too, and Hans Zimmer live-conducting the score to the Oscar-nominated short, The Longest Daycare.

Basically, if you loved The Simpsons as a child or adult, it was a simply fantastic evening of entertainment. And, if you couldn’t be there, several of the numbers from the evening have been uploaded online. Check them out below. Read More »

Mel Gibson to Star in ‘Sleight of Hand’?

The Beaver may not have been quite the comeback that Mel Gibson wanted, but it was probably the comeback that he deserved. Still, signs point to the fact that the film’s relative under-performance is due less to disdain for the actor and more towards a general sense of disinterest and lack of awareness about the film. For real comeback action Mel Gibson will probably have to work in a genre that has more potential for audience impact. How about some form of buddy comedy — that being the format that defined one stage of his career thanks to the Lethal Weapon films? Indeed, he is now in talks to join the buddy heist comedy Sleight of Hand, which has Kiefer Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu and Thomas Jane set for smaller roles. Read More »

I wonder what’s been happening with Kevin Smith lately. The filmmaker hasn’t been in the news at all. There’s that small instance of deciding to self-distribute his latest film Red State and take it out on the road, there-by reinventing himself as both a filmmaker and a person. Then there are the records the tour has broken and the creation his own online radio station filled with his SModcasts, but beyond that, Smith hardly tweets at all and has been a pretty tough nut to crack.

Due to that prolonged radio silence, we figured it was a good time for a Kevin Smith update. The man best known for writing and directing Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma just announced that a script he wrote a few years back for The Six Million Dollar Man is going to be adapted into a comic book and that his new podcast station, called S.I.R. (SModcast Internet Radio) will feature podcasts on the history of Saturday Night Live with co-host Jon Lovitz as well as the history of Miramax, with co-host producer Jon Gordon. Read more after the break. Read More »

I wasn’t planning to write about Gallery1988’s first annual “Is This Thing On” art show as it really has little connection to movies or television (or so I thought… the above piece featuring Judd Apatow mashed-up with the infamous Star Trek Tribbles episode is a fine example of this). The show, co-sponsored by FunnyOrDie, features over 100 artists, each creating pieces that are portraits of their favorite funny people, both beloved comics of yesteryear and emerging superstars.

The line up of comedians depicted include: Chris Farley, Will Ferrel, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, Paul Reubens,Tim & Eric, Nick Kroll, Demetri Martin, Chris Rock, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, Sam Kinison, Bill Murray, Woody Allen, Colin Quinn, Bill Hicks, Howard Stern, Judd Apatow, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Scott Auckerman, David Spade, Andy Dick, Lenny Bruce, Adam Sandler, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Guest, Mr. Show, Rob Corddry and Children’s Hospital, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Ross, Bill Cosby, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tracy Morgan, Roseanne, Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, David Wain and Wet Hot American Summer, Will Forte, John Candy, Lilly Tomlin, Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Mel Brooks and Young Frankenstein, Chevy Chase, Louis CK, Norm MacDonald, Flight of the Conchords, Jim Carrey, Reggie Watts, Steve Martin, Larry David, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg, Ellen DeGenerous, Margaret Cho, Steven Wright, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, UCB Theater LA, Upright Citizen Brigade (TV show), Human Giant, Sasha Baron Cohen, Gallagher, Dana Carvey, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, Danny McBride, Carrot Top, Greg Giraldo, Donald Glover, Zach Galifiankis, Charlene Yi, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Chris Elliot, Jon Lovitz, Artie Lange, Doug Benson, Redd Foxx, Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Dave Chapelle, Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Murphy, SF Sketchfest, Cheech & Chong, Sarah Silverman, Stella, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Brian Posehn, Charlie Murphy and Kids In The Hall.
The show is ongoing until January 29th 2011 in the Melrose Gallery 1988 location. Hirt the jump to see some of my favorite pieces of art from the exhibition.
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Movie Trailer #2: Kevin Spacey in ‘Casino Jack’

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When we first saw a trailer for Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey as disgraced ‘super lobbyist’ Jack Abramoff, the film was called Bagman and the trailer was miserable. Tonally the clip was all over the place, the voice over was laughable, and it committed a serious sin by trying to pretend that Rolling Stones songs like ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Sympathy For the Devil’ have any life left for use in cinema.

Now there’s a new trailer, and it is certainly cut with a lot more skill and consistency. Check it out after the break. Read More »