Could you be the next big thing in comedy writing?
NBC are on the hunt for a new generation of "untapped talent" and have put out a call for "fresh comedic voices" who will be given the chance to pitch their best sitcom ideas to both the channel's top dogs and comedy royalty in a new national campaign. From the 1st May this year, aspiring comedy writers will be asked to submit their ideas to be considered for both digital and network comedy shows.
'Parks And Recreation' Star Aziz Ansari Could Be Judging Your Work!
"Entrants may submit up to two video samples (5-10 minutes each) of their pre-existing work, along with up to two video pitches (2-5 minutes per pitch), each describing a unique, original show idea," according to NBC Comedy Playground.
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Sosie Bacon, Olivia Wilde, Aziz Ansari and Zoe Saldana - 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations Announcement At Beverly Hilton Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 12th December 2013
The 30-year-old comedian's book will be out in 2015.
Aziz Ansari will be channelling his comedic musings via the page now that he’s signed a $3.5m book deal with Penguin, The Parks And Rec star will tell us all about romantic life and technology through the eyes of the 30-year-old.
Aziz Ansari at The New York premiere of Epic.
"You know when you text someone you're romantically interested in and you don't hear anything back and then you see them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram? That's exactly what I want this book to deal with,” Anzari divulged in a statement regarding his new book deal. “These are strange conundrums that no generation has ever faced before and it's a fascinating jumping off point for what I hope will be a very interesting book about modern courtship."
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Rashida Jones will be leaving the show Parks and Recreation, the series' creator Mike Schur confirmed on Wednesday (31st July). She is not the only actor to be bidding Pawnee farewell as her on-screen boyfriend Rob Lowe is also leaving.
Rashida Jones is leaving the show Parks and Recreation during season 6. She will be joined by Rob Lowe, according to an announcement made by creator Mike Schur. The pair will exit by the middle of season 6, definitely before episode 13.
Rashida Jones at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar party, L.A.
In his statement, Schur said the actors were "wonderful, funny" and "committed". He went on to say their absence would be felt strongly by the Parks and Recreation cast and crew.
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Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will be leaving NBC's comedy 'Parks and Recreation', sources have confirmed.
Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will be leaving NBC's comedy Parks and Recreation in the middle of the sixth episode. The serie's creator, Mike Schur, released a statement on Wednesday (31st July) confirming actors would be leaving and that they would be missed.
Rob Lowe at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences hosts a 'Wayne's World' Reunion in L.A.
Parks and Recreation, which airs on NBC, centres on Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) who is the deputy director of the Parks and Recreation department of the fictional town of Pawnee. She is supported by a number of friends and employees, including local nurse Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) and a former state auditor Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe). Parks and Recreation also features Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Audrey Plaza, Paul Schneider and Chris Platt.
Although this adventure's premise will appeal to children, and the child within us, the film itself is far too simplistic to be a classic. But at least the animation looks terrific, with swooping action and an inventive use of nature imagery. The result is relatively engaging, consistently entertaining and never remotely suspenseful.
The story begins as teen Mary Katherine, better known as MK (voiced by Seyfried), returns home to live with her mad-inventor dad (Sudeikis) after her mother dies. Dad's house is on the edge of the forest, where he is obsessed with discovering a miniature world of beings who keep the natural world running. But his focus on work has alienated everyone in his life, and MK is still struggling to break through to him. Then she has a freak encounter with the tiny Queen Tara (Knowles), who shrinks her to two inches tall. Suddenly she's working with the Queen's chief leafman Ronin (Farrell), a rogue soldier Nod (Hutcherson), and a goofy slug and snail duo (Ansari and O'Dowd) to save the forest from the evil Mandrake (Waltz).
The script eliminates all complexity in its depiction of good and evil. Mandrake is bent on destroying the forest for no real reason, trying to bring his creeping grey decay to what is otherwise an idyllic, magical world drenched in colourful flowers, verdant ferns and trickling brooks. In other words, it's so obvious who is going to win this battle that we never for a moment worry about our rag-tag group of heroes, no matter what violence they face. So we sit back and enjoy the animators' work. While the humans look like plastic dolls, the bugs, birds, plants and critters are simply astounding, and some of the action scenes are genuinely exhilarating.
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Aziz Ansari talks about what it was like playing Mub the slug in the animated movie 'Epic' during a red carpet interview at the premiere.
As Blue Sky Studios' new animated movie 'Epic' comes to New York for the premiere, several of the film's stars are snapped on their arrival. The set up for photographs includes several cardboard cut-outs of characters, a grassy carpet and a collection of bracken and tree stumps.
When actor James Franco threw a party for his fellow movie stars including the star-studded cast of 'Knocked Up' and several stars of Seth Rogen's comedies including Seth himself, Jay Baruchel, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, no-one expected it to be anything more than your average drink fuelled Hollywood superparty. However, things take a turn for the worst when they experience a major earthquake; the ground opens up to the hottest depths of the Earth's core swallowing up Rihanna and Jason Segal as mysterious beasts start swarming around outside. What's a comedy cast to do with limited food and no real skills of the like they portray in the movies - especially when golden girl Emma Watson bursts in on them wielding an axe demanding all their resources. This is Hollywood versus the apocalypse, but who would really win?
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Mary Katherine is a regular teenage girl who somehow mysteriously appears in an enchantingly beautiful forest full of talking slugs and miniature soldiers. In this strange new world, a war is waging between the forces of good and those who do everything within their power to try to defend nature, and the forces of evil; those who are responsible for its destruction. Wishing she'd dreamt it all at first, Mary eventually joins a team of weird but friendly characters to help protect this world as well as her own which is also, consequentially, under threat.
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Sid, Manny and Diego are doing a good job so far of surviving the Ice Age but now a new danger is threatening to finish them off - continental drift. The three heroes are now living on a small iceberg in the middle of the ocean and they are determined to find the rest of the herd, while trying to work out how it all happened. Unbeknownst to them, the cause of the problem leads back to Scrat and yet another attempt at rescuing his precious nut.
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