NBC just released this extended version of a scene from the most recent episode of Parks and Rec, in which Leslie gives Ben a replica of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones. It's pretty much just three minutes of Amy Poehler and Adam Scott dicking around and improvising with the Throne, and it's a fun watch.
Comedy Central announced today that they've hired comedian Jordan Klepper to be a new correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Klepper will make his first appearance on the show tonight, reporting "live" from the Ukraine.
Klepper has been a regular improv and sketch performer at New York's UCB Theatre for three years. Prior to that, he got his start via Chicago's comedy scene, performing at the Second City and iO theaters. Along with his wife and frequent collaborator Laura Grey, Klepper co-created and co-starred in the UCB Comedy-produced pilot presentation Engaged, which they later turned into a web series. His TV credits include IFC's Bunk and MTV's I Just Want My Pants Back.
Tonight, Klepper becomes the fifth correspondent on The Daily Show's news team, joining Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Aasif Mandvi, and Jessica Williams. Correspondents John Oliver and Al Madrigal recently departed to star on HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and NBC's About a Boy, respectively. Klepper is the first new correspondent in over two years. The last addition was Jessica Williams, who was hired in January of 2012.
Check out a selection of web videos, short films, and web series starring Jordan Klepper below: READ MORE
Last year, after having been fired from his TV show Community, creator Dan Harmon took his live show/podcast Harmontown on a nationwide tour and it was filmed for a documentary by director Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing). Here's the trailer to that very documentary, featuring appearances from Sarah Silverman, John Oliver, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Jack Black, and more. The movie is also called Harmontown, and it premieres at South by Southwest on March 8th.
Girls star/creator Lena Dunham is getting ready to write her first comic book. Publisher Archie Comics announced today that they've hired Dunham to write a four-issue Archie miniseries that's expected to come out next year. There aren't any details on what Dunham's Archie comic will be about, but she said in the press release, "I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity." Archie Comics boss Roberta Aguirre-Sacasa added, "Lena’s take on the Archie gang is funny and real and contemporary. It’s a stunning fit, and I know fans will be excited to read it. I am!”
(via Comics Alliance)
The Bill Clinton library released a bunch of previously-confidential documents from his time in the White House, and Politico detailing a time that then-First Lady Hillary Clinton came close to guest starring on the Tim Allen sitcom Home Improvement in the early/mid-'90s. Here's the internal White House memo about Home Improvement's offer to have Clinton do the show:
I know this may sound like a wild idea, but I think it is an interesting one to discuss. Rick Kaplan [a TV executive friend of the Clintons] brought to my attention that Home Improvement would very much like to have Hillary make a guest appearance on its show. Home Improvement is the most popular television show on the air. They are willing to do a show on women, children and family issues or a show on whatever issues Hillary would like. The outreach would be enormous and it would represent Hillary in a very likable light I believe. Although I have some concerns that it diminishes the role of First Lady by going on a tv sitcom, it is probably worth weighing it against what we believe we might be able to gain from such an appearance. politically and image-wise. You probably know that Rick is 100 percent in favor of Hillary pursuing this project.
Two decades later and Hillary Clinton still has yet to make her sitcom debut, but at least current First Lady Michelle Obama is actually following through on plans to make a sitcom cameo with her recently-announced upcoming Parks and Recreation appearance.
The Muppets sequel Muppets Most Wanted hits theaters March 21st, and this new trailer was just released, which shows the movie's opening musical number, "We're Doing a Sequel." It features all your favorite Muppets and a bunch of winky inside Hollywood terminology.
Fox News anchor Howard Kurtz, who hosts the weekly media criticism show Media Buzz, is really mad at Stephen Colbert, and he seems to be confused about whether Colbert is a real journalist or not.
Basically, Kurtz did a report on whether Hillary Clinton is too old to run for President. The Colbert Report played the clip and Stephen Colbert made fun of him for asking the question and the way he asked it. Kurtz is upset they didn't play his whole segment, claiming his work was taken out of context, but the best part is the baffling Colbert attack Kurtz wrote for Fox News Insider today about how he's going to "take on" the Comedy Central host by criticizing him on his show this Sunday:
It’s about time someone took on Stephen Colbert.
This guy—a fake anchor if ever there was one—has been maligning hard-working journalists for too long.
Journalists like me.
In an effort to get a few cheap laughs, this Comedy Central clown took my work out of context and, worse, engaged in selective editing. It was nothing less than a deliberate attempt to mislead viewers.
I’ll be responding in spades on Sunday's Media Buzz.
Kurtz seems to be unaware that Stephen Colbert isn't a real news anchor, and best of all, he ends his piece with, "Now Colbert was perfectly nice to me when I was once on his show, but it’s now clear he was just trying to disarm me for future attacks. Well, two can play this game, buddy. If I really want to get down in the dirt with him, I might even try to be funny." Tune in to Kurtz's show, Media Buzz, which airs Sunday at 11am and 5pm ET, to watch a Fox News anchor who thinks that Stephen Colbert is a real journalist try to "take on" Stephen Colbert by "trying to be funny." Should be pretty great. READ MORE
Old Soul, the NBC comedy pilot Amy Poehler co-created and is producing, is continuing to add big names to its cast. Deadline reports that Oscar winning actress Ellen Burstyn has joined the cast, which also includes Natasha Lyonne, Nick Thune, Fred Willard, Rita Moreno, and Greta Lee.
The pilot, co-created and produced by Poehler, Josh Bycel, and Jonathan Fener, follows cleaned-up party animal Nadia (Lyonne) who has a business caring for the elderly and identifies more with them than with people her age. Burstyn is playing Nadia's "earthy lesbian" cancer survivor aunt who takes care of her while Nadia takes care of her friends. Standup Nick Thune is playing Nadia's roommate and friend, Greta Lee is playing her type-A friend Alix, and Fred Willard and Rita Moreno are playing ex-Broadway partners who have been married for 50 years. David Wain is directing the pilot.
Writer/director Wes Anderson got ready to make his new movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, in kind of an unconventional way: by making an animated version of it before production began. The Wrap reported the news and that Anderson voiced all the characters in the animated version.
"He had, I think developed from having done Fantastic Mr. Fox, an animated version of the movie," Jeff Goldblum, one of the film's stars, told The Wrap. "It was a beautifully animated version of the whole movie, with all the cuts as they pretty much I think wound up to be. And he voiced all the characters. He called it animatics. I had it on my computer, you could see the whole movie." Goldblum added, "Willem Dafoe even said to Wes, you should release this," he reported. “You may see it on the DVD extras."
Grand Budapest Hotel hits theaters March 7th and you can check out the trailer below: READ MORE
"Groundhog Day is a perfect movie, and in every fractal and crazy looping folding scene you sense his steady hand at the wheel, ushering you along, keeping everything in focus. All of his movies had that calm, the assurance that what he had written, or directed, or both, was good and interesting and built well. That there was no need to strain and mug and beg for laughs like Daffy Duck, heaving at the end of a furious tap dance routine, arms splayed, begging for audience approval. Ramis never tap-danced. He presented his case, joyfully, confidently, a world-class funny Normal Person director and actor and writer: Here, everyone, I made this, I think it’s funny, hope you like it."
-Parks and Recreation/Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Mike Schur's great, touching obituary of Harold Ramis. Read the full thing over at Grantland.
Comedy Central debuted a new web series today, Idiotsitter, which is co-created by and stars Jillian Bell (Workaholics) and Charlotte Newhouse (Comedy Central's Mashup). The six-episode series follows a financially-troubled Harvard grad (Newhouse) who thinks she's going up for a babysitting job for a rich family but is instead being hired as the court-appointed guardian for the family's party animal adult daughter (Bell), who is under house arrest. The first couple episodes feature appearances from T.J. Miller, Stephen Root, and Eastbound & Down's Elizabeth De Razzo, and new episodes debut every Wednesday.
Check out the second episode below: READ MORE
Adam McKay, who directed both Anchorman movies and co-wrote them with Will Ferrell, said in an interview with Empire that the Anchorman series is over. Here's what he said:
"It’s done. I think that’s it. It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that’s it for Ron Burgundy … No, that’s the last sequel we’re gonna do. There’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we’re releasing this alt version, we’re totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3."
When asked if he'd ever consider doing another Anchorman in 10 years, McKay replied, "I’m going to say definitely no. I’ll actually say it in this case."
The "that's the last sequel" part seems to mean there also won't be a sequel to Ferrell and McKay's Step Brothers either. Ferrell said in 2012 that they were about to start writing the movie, but it looks like those plans are called off. Anchorman 2 has grossed over $160 million worldwide thus far, perhaps short of expectations of its massive marketing campaign but it's still a legitimate hit. With an extended, R-rated cut with over 700 new jokes in it hitting theaters tomorrow, Anchorman 2 will probably be making even more money, so it's surprising a sequel isn't in the works. READ MORE
Michelle Obama is set to make her sitcom debut. THR reports that the first lady is set to cameo in Parks and Recreation's one-hour season finale, titled "Moving Up," which was filmed recently and will air Thursday, April 24th. Obama shot her cameo in Miami, where she was working to raise money to fight childhood obesity. Past political figures to land on Parks and Rec include Joe Biden, John McCain, and Barbara Boxer.
Parks's showrunner/co-creator Mike Schur told THR that his dream political guest star is Leslie Knope's idol, Hillary Clinton:
"I always imagined the perfect ending to the series — and I hope it's not for a while — would be a casual piece of B-roll where Leslie is walking through a building in Washington, D.C., and passes Hillary Clinton, and Hillary Clinton says, 'Leslie.' Leslie says, 'Secretary Clinton,' and keeps walking"