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NBC CHAIRMAN HOPPING MAD OVER HOPPER

May 15, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Besides unveiling its comedy-rich schedule of new programming for next season, NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert on Tuesday called for some fundamental changes in the way other companies approach the business. In particular, he took a swipe at Echostar and its corporate cousin DISH network for its introduction of a new DVR called The Hopper […]

A FUNNY JAMES BOND?

April 23, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

This may be the year of the star-inspired revisionist approach to classic characters in the movies. Daniel Craig, the latest James Bond, has told the Washington Post that the next 007 movie, Skyfall, will include — horrors! — comedy. “I’m so camp in this one, I’ve gone quite far,” Craig told the newspaper in an […]

A BEVY OF COMEDY WRITERS ASSEMBLED FOR OSCARCAST

November 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Call it the Academy Awards Comedy Show, because that is what it will apparently amount to, judging from a Los Angeles Times report today (Monday) that describes how co-producer Brett Ratner has brought on board a host of comedy writers for the February telecast — from those working on such TV shows as Saturday Night […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: 50/50

September 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

50/50 are the odds of surviving a rare form of cancer that the main character in the movie with those odds in the title is diagnosed with. It’s loosely based on screenwriter Will Reiser’s personal experiences. Given its premise the odds of its being praised by critics were probably a lot lower than those in […]

TV REVIEWS: WILFRED

June 23, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

It’s not often that a scripted comedy show debuting in the summer on a cable network receives much notice from TV critics, let alone rave reviews, but such is the case with FX’s new comedy series Wilfred, which premieres tonight (Thursday). The show, which stars Elijah Wood as a depressed lawyer and Jason Gann as […]

MORE HEADY RESULTS FOR THE HANGOVER II

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Chalk up another record for The Hangover: Part II: fastest comedy to gross $200 million worldwide. While the final domestic tally came in slightly below studio estimates, the foreign total came in somewhat above. Warner Bros. put the 5-day domestic gross at $135 million and the overseas gross at $70.1 million, adding up to $205.1 […]

OSCAR COMEDY WRITER VILANCH FAULTS FRANCO; FRANCO FAULTS BACK

March 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Bruce Vilanch, who has written jokes for the hosts of countless awards shows for 20 years, has criticized James Franco for not taking his role as host of this year’s Oscars telecast seriously. In an interview with New York magazine’s Vulture blog, Vilanch joked that he suspects Franco took a nap. “I have to call […]