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Bob Odenkirk on 'Better Call Saul': "It's a Total Drama, Man"

AMC's Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul premieres on the network in February, and in a recent interview with THR, star Bob Odenkirk cleared up any confusion about where on the series will tilt on the comedy/drama scale. The original concept for Better Call Saul was a half-hour comedy, but Odenkirk says it quickly turned into an hourlong drama: "It's a total drama, man. It's 85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy." Head over to THR to read the rest of the interview, which includes Odenkirk's thoughts on writing for SNL, Get a Life, and the one network note Mr. Show got from HBO during its run [...]

Rainn Wilson Will Star in Fox Crime Drama 'Backstrom'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rainn Wilson is set to star in Backstrom, an upcoming Fox drama series written and executive produced by Bones creator Hart Hanson. Based on a series of books by Swedish criminologist Leif G.W. Persson, the 13-episode crime drama follows Wilson as Everett Backstrom, "an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior." A premiere date has not yet been announced, but the series is set to go into production early this year. This makes Fox's second series order for a pilot developed for another network after they saved the failed NBC pilot Mulaney back in October. [...]

Kristen Wiig to Star in the Drama 'Nasty Baby'

Kristen Wiig is continuing to make surprising movie choices. The Wrap reports that Wiig is in talks to star in Chilean director Sebastián Silva's new drama, Nasty Baby. Silva, who recently directed Michael Cera in the movies Magic Magic and Crystal Fairy, stars in the movie alongside TV on the Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe as a gay couple trying to have a baby with their best friend (Wiig) as their surrogate. Wiig's deal is not finalized, but according to The Wrap, she's expressed interest in the role and wants to do the movie. Wiig can next be seen in supporting roles in Anchorman 2 and Ben Stiller's The [...]

Comedy Duo Tim and Eric Star in the Trailer for 'The Comedy', a Drama about Comedy

Here’s the new trailer for The Comedy, which, despite its title (and the fact that it stars Adult Swim duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim) is a dramatic film. To make things more confusing, it’s a drama about comedy. The movie stars Heidecker as Williamsburg hipster and explores him and his friends’ love for sarcasm and irony and how hollow their lives are as a result of it. Co-written by its director Rick Alverson, The Comedy stars Wareheim, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and Gregg Turkington (a.k.a Neil Hamburger) as Heidecker’s friends. The movie will be released on VOD and iTunes on October 24th and in limited release in theaters on [...]

Eddie Murphy Lines Up Another Dramatic Role in 'Cook'

Eddie Murphy just landed his first dramatic film role since 2007's Dreamgirls. Slash Film reports that Murphy has signed on to star in an upcoming film directed by Driving Miss Daisy's Bruce Beresford and written by Two and a Half Men writer/producer Susan McMartin. Titled Cook, the film follows Murphy's character as a man "hired by a dying man to cook meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he’s gone." Murphy is reportedly replacing Samuel L. Jackson, who dropped out of the film due to scheduling conflicts. "Everyone now wants to do what Matt McConaughey did, so we’re financing these movies when we think they’re put together the [...]

Adam Sandler in Talks to Star in an Indie Drama About a Shoe Cobbler for Director Tom McCarthy

Adam Sandler is getting ready to go dramatic once again. He's in negotiations to star in The Cobbler, a new indie drama from Thomas McCarthy, the writer/director of acclaimed films like The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win, THR reports. Not much is known about the movie, but THR says it's about "a shoe man who has the ability to metaphysically step into the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs." Sandler is expected to film The Cobbler right before filming another serious role, in director Jason Reitman's next movie, Men, Women & Children. Sandler's last serious role was in Judd Apatow's Funny People in [...]

Steve Coogan Will Star in a TV Drama as a Lawyer-Turned-Cop

Steve Coogan is busy filming the Alan Partridge movie in England, but he's just booked a role as the lead in a new show in the States. Deadline reports that Coogan has signed on to star in an ABC drama pilot called Doubt, which would see him playing "a former cop who’s now a cunning but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife."

Doubt comes from David Shore, who also created House and introduced another British comedian, Hugh Laurie, to the US with that dramatic series. Coogan is no stranger [...]

Do Great Sitcoms Need to Do Drama?

A few weeks ago I watched Michael Scott throw his self-bought “World’s Best Boss” mug in the garbage, and as he replaced the mug with his new “World’s Best Boss” Dundee, I thought to myself “Jeez, this is a great show. [Sniffle].”

There are two important things to note here. Firstly, the [sniffle] was not just in my thoughts: I was crying. All Michael Scott ever wanted was to be good at his job, to be a good boss, and to watch him finally, humbly set that trophy on his desk simply broke me down. In that moment Michael Scott was more than just a character completing his arc on [...]

Ben Stiller's Next Two Film Projects Are Super Serious

After taking a big dramatic turn in 2013's Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller is continuing his foray into serious movies with his next two projects. According to A.V. Club, Stiller is in talks to star in Alan Ball's upcoming film I Am Chippendales, which tells the tale of Somen Banerjee's rise to success as the famous male strip club's founder who later hired hit men to kill some of his associates. Stiller will play one of those (alleged) associate victims Nick DeNoia, Banerjee's choreographer and business partner. Aside from Stiller's dramatic acting work, he's also reportedly in talks to direct The Current War, a historical drama about Thomas Edison [...]

Watch the Trailer for Will Forte's Dramatic Debut in Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

Here's the brand new trailer for Nebraska, director Alexander Payne's upcoming movie that stars Will Forte in his dramatic debut. Forte stars as a guy taking a cross-country trip with his father (Bruce Dern) so his dad can claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize. Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk also star. Nebraska debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this summer to mostly-positive reviews, but it comes to theaters for us non-fancy French film festival attendees on November 22nd.

Rainn Wilson's Next Show is a CBS Crime Drama Called 'Backstrom'

Rainn Wilson was planning on starring in a spin-off based around his character Dwight Schrute once The Office ended its nine-season run this May, but since NBC opted not to pick up the show, he's taking things in an unexpected direction. THR reports that Wilson booked the lead role in the CBS pilot Backstrom, a crime drama based on Leif G.W. Persson's Swedish book series of the same name. He'll be starring alongside 24's Dennis Haysbert as Everett Backstrom, an offensive, self-destructive detective who's part of a team of eccentric criminologists. Bones creator Hart Hanson is writing and producing the pilot. While this is an hour-long [...]