Here's a web pilot called Critical Hit!, a D&D-themed series written and directed by UCB performer Kirk Damato starring Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Sue Galloway, and more that Damato began working on in 2006 but didn't finish until late 2013. In a Tumblr post, Damato was pretty honest about sitting on the project for multiple-year intervals: "It took a long time, but it's done. The weight is off my shoulders, I hope you enjoy it, and I hope in the future I don't let procrastination get the best of me." Better late than never.
Ellie Kemper is circling a new project that could end up being her next job once The Office goes off the air in May. Deadline reports that Kemper has had informal talks with NBC about starring in a new pilot called Brenda Forever and that she's interested in the lead role. Kemper has become an in-demand actress in both TV and film, having recently played supporting roles in Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street and guest starred in The Mindy Project and NTSF:SD:SUV. Locking the busy actress down to the lead role in a new show would be a major coup for NBC. Written by Andrew Leeds and [...]
When the episode “Special Project” ended, I was excited about the future of The Office for the first time all season. It felt like things were actually going to start happening, rather than the show's spending nearly half the season trying to convince us that new regional manager Andy Bernard needed to win over his co-workers. (He didn’t have to; they already liked him – I don’t want to think about the painful “Gettysburg” ever again.) To refresh your memory: in “Special Project,” which aired February 9, Andy tells Dwight that he needs to pick a team to go down to Tallahassee, Florida with him, to help launch [...]
Let's go ahead and declare this afternoon a high school comedy trailer double feature! Act One was Project X; Act Two is 21 Jump Street. The latter stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ellie Kemper, which we knew about, but there's also Nick Offerman and Rob Riggle. And Ice Cube, and Dave Franco. And a party! Duh, because parties are an essential staple of the high school comedy. As are drugs and pooping oneself. And those aren't even the best part of the trailer. (The best part of the trailer is when Ice Cube says "Twittersphere.")
Harper's Bridesmaids photos are almost painfully cute, but the real delight is their Bridesmaids behind-the-scenes video, which begs the question: what have we been doing without Maya Rudolph in our lives on a regular basis? "I did that once, and I actually had one of my children with me," Rudolph announces, fondly recalling an accident drunk shopping spree. The cast also riffs on weddings, girl-on-girl, and the incredibly fun working environment they fostered on set. "I just want to lock everyone in a room for two weeks," Melissa McCarthy admits. They are all so are so charming, you almost forget that the video is egregiously titled "The [...]