The New York premiere for upcoming comedy 'Top Five' took place at the Ziegfeld Theater and saw a variety of guests among the usual cast and crew members - which included director and star Chris Rock and co-producer Kanye West.
As the fourth season of 'Louie' continues, the reasons to watch it keep multiplying
As you were then. It may have taken Louis C.K 19 months to come back with the fourth season of ‘Louie’, but not much has changed. It’s still really funny; you can never tell what’s going to happen next and the critics have fallen it love with it all over again.
Louis CK Has Received Critical Acclaim for Season 4 of 'Louie'
The first two episodes saw C.K ease us back into the swing of things; noisy rubbish men, bad backs, troublesome dress-codes and unexpected sex followed by $5000 a month in compensation. “What stuns me still about Louie is the complete unpredictability of it all as all four episodes defy TV comedy’s habit of going from point A to point B by taking viewers on another trip altogether,” said Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com
Louis C.K's critically acclaimed comedy is back for a fourth season
Louis C.K decided to take 19 months off his hit FX comedy, ‘Louie’, which returns for a fourth season on Monday, May 5. For most showrunners, and CK is more than a showrunner, by the way, part of the reason they get paid so well is their ability to produce the goods on time. But FX are constantly being rewarded for handing creative control over to CK.
"Louie" is back for a fourth season
“Yes, the show benefits from superb performances, from series regulars, as well as guest stars like Sarah Silverman and Victor Garber. But it's the writing that puts Louie on the highest possible level of comedy. There simply is no better-written comedy on TV today,” wrote David Wiegand of The San Francisco Chronicle of the show’s apparently triumphant return.
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19 months later, news of season 4 is here
Without fanfare, ballyhoo or pomp, Louis C.K’s “Louie” is coming back for a fourth season in May. The popular comedian, director and actor – amongst other things – needed time to build upon the critical success of the first three seasons, hence the 19-month hiatus.
Louie is coming back to FX on May 5
Fans of the show will know about the unique way in which it is made: C.K writes, directs, stars, edits and hold autonomous control over his show, which is a rarity in and of itself. What’s more, FX receive a DVD each with the episode on and can either put it on the air, or not. Louis is also paid a diminutive budget for the comedy, which he has to pay himself out of.
Continue reading: The Wait Is Nearly Over: "Louie" Coming Back To FX In May With Season 4
Seinfeld is set to launch the new season of his original talk show.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee might sound like the name of a not-very-exciting viral video, but it is in fact Jerry Seinfeld’s own talk show. It is coincidentally a web series, which does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s an hour of Seinfeld and a fellow comedian riding around, drinking coffee and being (hopefully) very entertaining. The format was inspired by an episode of his infamous 90s sitcom. In the episode in question, Jerry’s pal George decided success might await him if he lived his failed life in the opposite manner.
Seinfeld wanted to put a new spin on the classic talk show format.
“That,” recalls Seinfeld in a recent interview, “gave me the idea to create a talk show that was the opposite of the typical show. “With a typical talk show,” he explains via the Sun Times, “you have to go to a studio. You have to tell them in advance what you’re going to talk about. You have to dress up. You have to put on makeup. It’s very, very organized.
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With a riveting performance, Cate Blanchett creates one of Woody Allen's most memorable movie characters in years. And it's also the writer-director's strongest film in recent memory, as it balances comedy and drama in an engaging story that has a kick of resonance as it explores fall-out from the current economical recession.
Blanchett is Jasmine, a New York socialite who has fallen from grace after her husband Hal (Baldwin) lost control of his dodgy financial empire. So Jasmine is forced to move across the country to live with her sister Ginger (Hawkins) in San Francisco. Although she misses her high-society lifestyle, Jasmine gets on with things, finding a job with a local dentist (Stuhlbarg) and a flicker of romance with a rising-star politician (Sarsgaard). But living in Ginger's small apartment with her two kids and her blue-collar boyfriend Chili (Cannavale) takes its toll. And while smoothing the edges with alcohol and Xanax, Jasmine begins to lie to herself and others about her past.
All of the characters here are jaggedly complex, interacting with hilariously observant dialog as their relationships get increasingly messy. But while Jasmine is snobby and prickly, Blanchett also reveals her fragility as she tries to get back on her feet. And Hawkins is just as revelatory as the tenacious and much more generous Ginger. The men around them are just as complicated: Cannavale is hot-tempered but charming, Sarsgaard is kind but a bit slippery, Baldwin is charismatic and over-confident. No one fits into a simple box, which keeps us on our toes and lets the characters worm their way deep under the skin.
Continue reading: Blue Jasmine Review
It's a big reunion for many of the film's stars, but can it prove to be Academy material?
In the first of our Oscars 2014 prediction series, we take a look at American Hustle, David O Russell’s follow up to last year’s highly acclaimed Silver Linings Playbook. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence return to add to an impressive cast, but can O Russell build upon steering his leading lady to a Best Actress win?
The film has a touch of the ‘Argo’ about it – and not the popular British catalogue-based retail chain. No, last year’s winning film – Ben Affleck’s winning film. It chronicles FBI's 1978 ABSCAM sting operation, designed to bring down a series of corrupt public officials.
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Irving Rosenfeld is one of America's most talented con artists but his world of ladies and luxury is hanging in the balance when threatening circumstances force him, along with his temptress business partner and lover Sydney Prosser, to lend his talents to a sting operation set up by the FBI and led by the slightly unbalanced agent Richie DiMaso. Together they set out to uncover the corrupt campaigns behind Carmine Polito, the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey and a powerful political operator. However, Irving's wife Rosalyn Rosenfeld is getting more and more suspicious of her husband's business life and, with his lewd extramarital affairs getting more and more daring, it isn't long before she is driven to extreme lengths to uncover her private issues while in the meantime threatening the stability of the whole operation.
This gangster drama features an all-star cast that will keep you gripped from start to finish. It has been directed by the Oscar nominated David O. Russell ('Silver Linings Playbook', 'I Heart Huckabees', 'Three Kings'), who also co-wrote the screenplay alongside Eric Singer ('The International') in his second feature film. 'American Hustle' will be released in cinemas over in the UK on December 20th 2013.
FX's new channel will be called FXX
FX are to launch a new channel called FXX. It will focus on comedy, with new shows being renewed, but will also re-run classic comedy films, like The Hangover, and, we’re just guessing here, The Hangover Part II.
This will be the third channel in, and the second spinoff of FX, with the FXM station dedicated to movies. The network will launch on September 2 in 74 million homes with four original scripted comedies, including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Back on FX, and some pretty serious drama will be grabbing focus. Guillermo del Toro is writing and directing "The Strain," – another look at the vampire craze, but this not the romantic, bloodsucker version we’ve become tired of. The Strain is a quasi-apocalyptic story of a plague that takes out New York City. "There's a take-down of society and a way we spread the plague that is very poignant," says del Toro. "It's the first time I can take a scientific look at one of the greatest myths of mankind."
Louis C.K has enjoyed total creative freedom on FX
Continue reading: FX Launching Sister Channel, FXX – Focussed On Comedy
We won't know who'll walk away with the top prizes on offer at this year's Screen Actors Guild until Sunday (Jan 27), but there are a few people who might know already as the deadline for the final ballots for this years awards ceremony is today.
At noon (PT) the members of SAG will have their final say in who wins what at the 19th annual awards show at the weekend and it really is anyone's race to take home the top prizes (except for Best Actor, because Daniel Day-Lewis does not lose these awards).
Feel-good Brit-hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the surprise entrant to the Best Picture Category, facing stiff competition from Lincoln, Argo, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook. Meanwhile, Day-Lewis is against Denzel Washington (Flight), Hugh Jackman (Les Mis), Bradley Cooper (SLP) and Oscar-snub John Hawkes (The Sessions), whilst the Actress section looks a little more familiar, with Jessica Chastin (Zero Dark Thirty), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Jennifer Lawrence (SLP), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible) are battling it out for the top acting prize.
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After years of making herself look stupid by accident, Jessica Simpson is set to do it on purpose after it has been revealed that she'll star in a television pilot in development for NBC that is loosely based on her life, Reuters reports.
Following a fairly successful pop career, Simpson became best know for reality TV shows, including MTV's "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," which followed Simpson and her first husband and fellow pop singer Nick Lachey. She also served as a mentor on NBC's Fashion Star. "The show is inspired by her life as she's going through a new phase in her life becoming a mom," said executive producer Ben Silverman, who is the creator of NBC's reality show 'The Biggest Loser.' "It's a combination of 'I Love Lucy' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,'" he added, referring to the classic 1950s Lucille Ball comedy series and the HBO series by "Seinfeld" creator Larry David.
Given that shows like Louie and Curb your Enthusiasm portray the semi-real lives of people that have created respected work - Louis C.K being a successful stand up prior to his show, and Larry David penning America's favourite comedy, Seinfeld - it's difficult to see how Simpson will be able to capitalise on the genre, considering most of her success has come from her sheer stupidity. However, her seemingly vapid existence could merely have been a well-articulated ruse in order to accumulate hard cash; cash which she might now be spending to portray the real her. Somehow we doubt it, but good luck to her.
Primetime Emmy winning comedian Louis C.K. provided a few good laughs with his first time on 'Saturday Night Live' following the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The 'Louie' star was a highly anticipated host for the show and, given his hilarious sketches of the night, it's a wonder why he hasn't appeared on the show before. The most highly rated comedic moment for the star was his portrayal of respected 16th president of the United States Abraham Lincoln - appropriate, given that the show was taking place on the weekend prior to the major presidential election this week. In the skit, he not only parodied Lincoln, but his own sketch show 'Louie' as he copied the opening sequence which made little or no sense to viewers who hadn't seen it.
On the other hand, 'Mountain Pass' was reportedly the worst and most awkward sketch of the 'SNL' episode made so by Louis's reluctance to do the skit. He forgot his lines (either that or he didn't try to remember them) and threw the other cast members off their game; there were also rumours that he refused to have the sketch cut, presumably rather enjoying the awkwardness he cast over his audience.
Louis C.K. is a very busy man. He writes, edits, directs, produces and stars in his very own sitcom entitled 'Louie' and is about to embark on a 22 date stand-up show across the USA. With all these responsibilities, it is perfectly reasonable for Louis to ask for a little time off, which is why the fourth season of the multi-award winning television show wont' air till 2014
Reported in the New York Times, C.K. said “The last three seasons have been this surge of fun and work and stories, and it’s been great to share all this stuff, and I want to keep going... I want the show to keep getting better. That’s my goal, and I don’t want it to be making the doughnuts. I want it to keep being something that comes from somewhere fun and important, and I want it to stay funny. It’s a luxury that I asked for, which is more time to create Season 4.” Although C.K has amassed an enormous portfolio of excellent comedy over the past few years, his dedication is clearly quality over quantity.
Plus, his motivations are not simply to keep the show fresh, but his dedication to his family as well. Quoted on RollingStone.com he said “"I think we have a pretty good thing going, meaning me, my ex-wife and them... But I've got to say goodbye to them every week. It's something that gets routine but never easy."
Continue reading: Louis C.K. Opts For Quality Over Quantity In Extended Hiatus
In an alternate reality in which humanity hasn't developed the ability to lie, Mark (Gervais) is a loser who accidentally discovers dishonesty and quickly realises the power of his words in a world where everyone believes him. Lying his way to fame and wealth is easy, but things start to spiral out of his control when people develop a religion based on his tall tales. And his biggest problem is that he wants Anna (Garner) to fall in love with him. But lying to her would be cheating.
Continue reading: The Invention Of Lying Review
The guy is vicious onstage, marching back and forth as he stares down his crowd. Rock usually grips the microphone like he's afraid someone's going to take it away before he's finished spitting hard truths about relationships, money, and celebrities. Even his television work is solid, from a memorable run on Saturday Night Live to the ongoing sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, which brings nostalgic sentiment to a textbook underdog story.
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The "someone else", in this case, are Elaine May and Warren Beatty, screenwriters of that earlier romantic comedy, which itself was a remake of 1941's Here Comes Mr. Jordan. But Beatty and May crafted a fresh story with a modern update and some sex appeal, while paying homage to the old version. Down to Earth is just a much weaker version of the same movie.
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I cannot remember any other movie without subtitles that creates a language for its characters, but never teaches it to the audience. The main character in Pootie Tang utters phrases like "I'm gonna sine your pitty on the runny kine" and "Sipi-tai!" But what does that mean? Not that it matters -- you won't even try to follow this hopeless, incoherent story. Instead I wondered about the cologne on the man next to me, if that lovely cashier was wearing a wig, and what I needed at the store later that night. Anything to clear my mind from the painful occurrences transpiring on screen.
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