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Talking to Ben Schwartz About Jean-Ralphio, Soapdish, and Driving a Rented Car to the Oscars

Imagine it’s 1991 all over again, and you’ve just been cast as the voice of the soon-to-be-fan-favorite Hans Moleman on The Simpsons, your all-time favorite show. Every episode seems to top the one from the week before, and you’re ecstatic to be playing a beloved, recurring character on something so great. Welcome to Ben Schwartz’s life, minus the Hans Moleman thing.

Schwartz plays scene-stealing Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation, possibly TV’s funniest show. But before he was cast, he was a fan of the show, so every episode is like a dream come to true for him. The last few years have probably felt like a dream, in fact: [...]

Ben Schwartz to Write a Soapdish Remake

Ben Schwartz, better known as Jean-Ralphio from Parks and Rec, has signed on to write a remake of the 1991 comedy Soapdish for Paramount, which was a behind-the-scenes look at a soap opera starring Sally Field, Robert Downey Jr., Teri Hatcher, Kevin Kline, and Whoopi Goldberg. No word on whether or not he'll play a role in it as well.

An Exhaustive Guide to Who's Remaking Your Favorite Comedies

The past few years have seen an uptick in the number of big-screen remakes of Hollywood classics and non-classics, with the bulk of these films revisiting beloved properties from the 1980s. Remakes and reboots of Karate Kid, Clash of the Titans, and Nightmare on Elm Street, amongst others, were released last year, with Footloose and Red Dawn due out in the coming months. This past weekend’s new release Arthur was the first comedy to come out of this recent slew of rehashes, an effort to update the hit 1981 Dudley Moore film by replacing Moore with fellow Brit Russell Brand. Arthur's underperformance at the box office this weekend [...]

Paramount Is Giving Ben Schwartz Lots of Freedom with His Soapdish Remake Script

Here's Ben Schwartz, who has been tapped to write the remake of Soapdish for Paramount, on the amount of freedom he's been given with the script: "I will say that Paramount has been letting me do all these ideas and fun things that I have — which may have made you excited that I was writing it in the first place. They’re allowing me to do that. Which is great, because a lot of times when you have a big entity like that, you know they’re like, 'No, no, we have to do it this way.' But when I made my pitch, Paramount was totally cool, they totally [...]