Tina Fey's scoring strong reviews for her new sitcom
Tina Fey’s new Netflix comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is here – and it’s fantastic. Originally created by Fey and Robert Carlock for NBC, the show follows Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) who moves to New York to start her life over after escaping from a doomsday cult.
Ellie Kemper heads up the cast in Tina Fey's new show
“Right there in the title, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt tells you its central character is stronger than what's been done to her, and she will survive it. Plus, it's funny” said Liz Shannon Miller of Indiewire.
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Ellie Kemper - A host of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards which were held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 11th January 2015
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's comedy series 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' has been taken over by Netflix. The show was initially intended to be broadcast on NBC.
Tina Fey has created Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
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Keira Knightley continues to open up as an actress with this sparky comedy. As in Begin Again and The Imitation Game, she taps into her own lively personality to create a punchy character who's loose, likeable and prickly. And while the film has a warm, engaging tone that's often both honest and funny, it also feels somewhat contrived as it pushes Knightley's character into corner after corner. As with films like Humpday and Your Sister's Sister, director Lynn Shelton takes a spirited idea and ends up playing it oddly safe.
It's set in Seattle, where Megan (Knightley) is in her late-20s, horrified to see her close circle of friends settling down into predictable lives involving marriage and children. So when her longtime boyfriend Anthony (Mark Webber) proposes, just as she discovers that her dad (Jeff Garlin) has cheated on her mom, Megan makes a run for it. At a convenience shop, a group of teens asks her to buy some alcohol, and suddenly she has a new best friend in Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz). As they bond, Annika invites Megan to stay at her house. So Megan invents a story about attending a self-help conference and lays low, hanging out with her new teen gang like it's the good old days. But Annika's single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell) begins to challenge Megan to realise that perhaps there are benefits to growing up.
Yes, it's obvious from the moment Megan and Craig start bickering where this is headed. And these predictable plot turns feed into the standard rom-com structure of the screenplay, right up to climactic scenes at both an airport and the prom. There isn't a single surprise along the way, but Knightley's breezy performance is more than enough to carry the audience with her on this odyssey. Effortlessly charming even when she's being a jerk, she develops a wonderful improv-like chemistry with both Moretz and Rockwell, while the bit players add plenty of texture to each episodic sequence.
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How do you spoof a genre that's already a joke? Filmmakers David Wain and Michael Showalter clearly think the answer is to go for broke with a nonstop barrage of silliness, because some of the jokes are bound to stick. They did the same thing for teen summer-camp comedies more than a decade ago with Wet Hot American Summer, which stars many of the same actors. And while this movie is just as hilarious, it never quite transcends its own jokiness. Because as a rom-com it's never very engaging.
The story plays out as Joel and Molly (Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler) meet up with their friends (Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper) and regale them with the story of their romance. Everything about their courtship is just like in the movies, from the meet-cute to the fact that New York is another character in their story. Molly runs an adorable candy shop, while Joel is a "not too handsome or too Jewish" corporate raider sent to shut her down, but they hit it off, engage in a wildly energetic first sexual encounter, then go through the usual montage sequences on their way to the usual rough patches ("Your dreams don't pay the rent!"), breakups and mad-dash reunions.
Since it's told in flashbacks, the film feels almost like a collection of comedy sketches, most of which are ridiculously funny. The jokes are clever and pointed, with riotous side characters including sassy best friends, inappropriate relatives, idiotic coworkers and clingy ex-lovers. So every scene is a zany mixture of goofy slapstick, surreal visual gags and hysterically overstated emotion. Thankfully, the cast is more than adept at wringing every moment for laughter. Rudd and Poehler have impeccable timing, and they're supported by a terrific cast of seasoned comical actors, including amusing cameos from the likes of Adam Scott, Michael Shannon and Norah Jones.
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Although it presents itself as a rude sex comedy, this movie is actually a prudish exercise in simplistic moralising. A glut of sweary dialog and leery innuendo is certainly no replacement for properly adult-oriented humour. At least Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel are relatively reliable as actors who can keep their characters likeable, but even they struggle with the trite material. And as a cowriter, Segel only has himself to blame.
Diaz and Segel play Annie and Jay, a couple whose courtship consisted mainly of having lots of sex in as many unusual places as they could think of. So it's hardly surprising that marriage and parenthood feel like a disappointment. They never have time for sex now, so when Annie's blog improbably wins a lucrative publishing deal, they celebrate by leaving the kids with the grandparents for a sexy night on their own. To get things going, they decide to film themselves on their iPad, oblivious to the fact that the video is synchronised to all of the iPads they've given to their family, friends and clients over the last few months. So now they're in a mad dash to find them all and delete their sex tape.
Honestly, does anyone actually give iPads to everyone they know? This is such a naggingly stupid premise that it leaves everything that happens feeling utterly inane, especially their contrived ignorance about how the Cloud works. Diaz and Segel bring enough charm to the film to keep the audience watching, playing even the lamest jokes as if they're hilarious. And as they race between their friends and family members, each side actor gets their cameo-style moment in which they can try to steal the show. Although even here director Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) hedges away from the genuine gross-out comedy, which leaves first-rate comical performers like Corddry, Lowe and Black looking a bit lost.
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If you have plans to see Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal in 'Sex Tape' this weekend, you may want to think twice after reading five of the worst reviews from critics.
Sex Tape has been universally panned by critics, which is hardly surprising considering its unimaginative title or what it deals with.
Cameron Diaz stars in Sex Tape.
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Megan (Keira Knightley) is 28-years-old and she still hasn't got any sort of long term plan for her future. She earns a living as a sign flipper at her dad's business and is still dating her boyfriend Anthony (Mark Webber) from high school. After attending a school reunion, the realisation that her life appears to be at a standstill grows in intensity when he tries to propose marriage. After escaping the party, she bumps into Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz); a 16-year-old girl trying to find someone whose willing to buy them alcohol. She decides to stick around with her and moves in with her for a week to clear her head after lying to her boyfriend about business trip. Annika's father Craig (Sam Rockwell) makes his reservations about a woman in her late twenties hanging out with his teenage daughter known, but soon warms to her as a spark ignites between them.
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One couple fall victim to the perils of the internet age in this hilarious new comedy.
The red band trailer has been released for the hilarious new comedy, Sex Tape, which stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as two characters who, as the title suggests, make a saucy home movie. The Jake Kasdan-directed flick embraces the digital age and its related contemporary concerns whilst exploiting the fear of having your most intimate information unstoppably leaked throughout cyberspace.
'Sex Tape' Sees Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel Explore The Perils Of Trying To Spice Up Their Sex Life In The Internet Age.
Guided by the seasoned comic talents of Bad Teacher's Diaz and How I Met Your Mother's Segel, Sex Tape sees the two unite as a couple named Jay and Annie who, after ten years and two children together, decide to film themselves having sex in order to spice up their sex life. The pair try out numerous positions in an extensive, three-hour home movie and collapse, drained of energy.
Jay and Annie once had a thriving sexual relationship, but now they've been together for ten years and have two children, things are going a little stale. They haven't been properly passionate in months and its starting to take its toll on them both. In a daring move to regain that spark that attracted them to each other in the first place, Annie suggests that she and Jay make a sex tape. The decide to film themselves trying out a variety of different positions in a 3 hour long romp captured on Jay's iPad. Unfortunately, they failed to notice as they were sleeping it off that the video had been uploaded to his Cloud account and thus shared with the entire public. With their professional reputations at risk if their bosses get hold of the film, they make an attempt to steal their iPads while simultaneously trying to find a way to get the tape 'out of the cloud'.
'Sex Tape' is a remarkable comedy about the tragic but true tales of modern technology - and how it frequently betrays us. It has been directed by Golden Globe nominated Jake Kasdan ('Bad Teacher', 'Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story') and written by Kate Angelo ('The Back-up Plan'), and is due to be released in the UK on September 5th 2014.
Fey's name was enough.
It doesn’t have a name yet, the episodes haven’t been written, and there won’t be a pilot episode, but NBC have gone ahead and ordered a 13 episode season. Why? Well, because Tina Fey is involved.
Her, and 30 Rock writer Robert Carlock's involvement in the project were enough for NBC, who made the unusual step of giving the show the go-ahead without testing out a pilot episode.
"Tina and Robert, who cemented their partnership on 30 Rock, have created a new signature comedy for us that is audacious, emotional, and clever,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, according to AUNews.
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