Earlier this week it was revealed that Hello Kitty is not in fact a cat but a little girl, despite looking exactly like a cat and being named Hello Kitty. To clear up the confusion, last night Jimmy Kimmel invited a representative from Sanrio to come on Jimmy Kimmel Live and explain the announcement further, and he delivered a powerful message about how true friendship transcends all.
"11 p.m.: I sip a mug of kratom tea, which is a legal vitamin that makes music sound better to people. It also makes you very hungry. Under its influence, I wolf an enormous turkey sandwich while listening to Brain Salad Surgery and become one with the glittering cosmos. My mouth glistens with a galaxy of mayonnaise. Turkey is … a dinosaur, I think, disoriented, and fall asleep dreaming of myself flying a pturkeydactyl so close to the sun that it becomes perfectly roasted and embraces me with a pair of enormous brown drumsticks. Food is truly a miracle."
Here's a sneak peek at Monday night's episode of SundanceTV's The Approval Matrix, in which host Neal Brennan wonders what happened to being cool and enlists Eugene Mirman to star in a malt liquor ad that updates the smoothness of '80s Colt 45 commercials with today's idea of coolness — a Game of Thrones fan who gets really mad if you rudely take the "Cold 45" he wanted to give to his friend Xavier.
FXX's 12-day Simpsons marathon has been a huge success for the network, having tripled the channel's typical viewing audience on its premiere night last week and making FXX one of the top five basic cable networks each night since. Vulture reports that FXX has taken a hint from the wild success of the Simpsons event and announced their post-marathon schedule, which will include 24 hours of Simpsons episodes per week. Episodes will air Mondays from 6:00pm through midnight, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00pm through midnight, Fridays from 6:00pm through midnight, and Sundays from 4:00pm through 8:00pm, so if you missed any of your favorite episodes during the marathon, you'll have plenty of chances to catch up again in the near future.
Standup Todd Glass stopped by The Daily Show last night to promote his new book The Todd Glass Situation, and the two covered Glass's decision to come out of the closet back in 2012 (or as he calls it, "bustin' out of the shed"), how it's affected his standup, and a hilarious memory involving his passion for setting tables.
Rivers Cuomo isn't the only star to get the autobiographical sitcom treatment this week. Deadline reports that Johnny Knoxville has signed a two-year first-look deal with ABC Studios to develop new projects under his company Hello Junior! Knoxville has sold one project to ABC under the deal already with an untitled Southern family comedy inspired my his own "unconventional childhood," with Knoxville attached to serve as narrator. Knoxville signed a similar two-year deal with Paramount Pictures back in May, so his upcoming projects will be for both the big and small screens.
Last year it was announced that Community creator Dan Harmon would be touring his live show/podcast Harmontown around the country then turning it into a documentary by director Neil Berkeley, and a new trailer was just released. This sneak peek features stars like Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Hardwick, and John Oliver attempting to explain who exactly Harmon is and includes some special appearances by Chevy Chase (in the form of blog screen caps and footage of the now infamous voicemail message). Harmontown debuts in select theaters as well as VOD on October 3rd.
"Well, he's got that Southern charm. He's genuinely interested. He's engaging. He's a very positive person. He can see the good in everything. I think he'll go to that other character that he plays on that show because that's part of him, too. He'll mix it. But once you're out there and there's a live audience, everyone's playing a different version of themselves. You know? There's a camera in front of you. There's an audience. You automatically are different. I just think people will see this other side to him, because he has this whole bag of tricks people haven't even seen yet."
- Amy Sedaris — current star of Netflix's BoJack Horseman and longtime friend and collaborator of Stephen Colbert — talks about Colbert's upcoming takeover of Late Show in a new interview with The Daily Beast.
While John Oliver was hosting The Daily Show last summer, Jon Stewart was hard at work on his first movie Rosewater based on the book Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari. The first trailer was released today, and the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Kim Bodnia, Nasser Faris, Haluk Bilginer, Jason Jones, and Dimitri Leonidas and is set for a limited release on November 7th.
Amazon has released its next batch of pilots up for consideration on Amazon Instant Video today, including three comedies from Whit Stillman, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Steven Soderberg. Here's a description of each show:
The Cosmopolitans: Written, directed, and produced by Whit Stillman, The Cosmopolitans follows "a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in a foreign city." The pilot stars Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Shaun Evans, and Adriano Giannini.
Really: Written, directed, and starring Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar, Really follows a group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago led by Chandrasekhar as a "happily, messily married neurologist Jed" and Sarah Chalke as "lawyer/mom Lori." Cast also includes Selma Blair, Luka Jones, Travis Schuldt, Lindsay Sloane, Hayes Macarthur, and Collette Wolfe.
Red Oaks: Directed by Pineapple Express and Eastbound and Down's David Gordon Green and produced by Steven Soderbergh, Red Oaks is an '80s-set coming-of-age comedy starring Craig Roberts as a college student who lands a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at a suburban New Jersey country club. Paul Reiser, Richard Kind, Jennifer Grey, and Oliver Cooper also star.
Click through to watch a sizzle reel of the new pilots up for consideration, then head over to Amazon to watch each pilot here, here, and here. READ MORE
It's for cancer awareness, not that you needed a reason. The Daily Dot reports that Chris O'Dowd has teamed up with British charity Male Cancer Awareness Campaign for their new Indiegogo campaign called "Skyballs" to "build, launch and tour the world in a hot-air balloon shaped like a giant pair of testicles." More specifically, the testicles will take on the shape of that of Family Guy's Peter Griffin, and they will tour around the world next year to celebrate MCAC's 10th anniversary and also serve as an obvious reminder to the men down below to "act on the early warning signs of male cancers."
The Indiegogo campaign still has 48 days left, and there are tons of goodies for backers from a "tea-bagger mug" to a "Peter Griffin chinballs t-shirt" to a VIP flight in the "Skyballs" balloon. Click through to watch the campaign video starring O'Dowd. READ MORE
The debut of Saturday Night Live's 40th season is just around the corner, and the show has hired a new writer to its staff with the addition of Alison Rich. Rich got her start at UCB in New York, won the UCB NBC Diversity Showcase in 2012, and recently moved to Los Angeles to perform in the CBS Diversity Showcase as well as on the UCBLA Maude Team Tut. She also won the IFC "Out of the Box" development deal at the New York Television Festival last year for her web series Incognito co-created with current Late Night writer Andrew Law, and she appears in the upcoming Elizabeth Banks-produced web series Resident Advisors as well as Peaked, an MTV web series she co-created and wrote with Nicole Byer. Her credits include writing for Billy on the Street and appearing on Best Week Ever, Bunk, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Click through to check out some of Rich's work. READ MORE
Weezer's frontman Rivers Cuomo might be getting the Fox sitcom treatment. THR reports that the network has given a put-pilot commitment to DeTour, a single-cam comedy from Psych creator Steve Franks that will focus on "a 30-something rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success." The series will be loosely based on Cuomo's life but star a fictional character "and the small band of misfit friends that make it possible." Weezer's new album Everything Will be Alright in the End is set for an October 7th release.
On last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel told guest Jennifer Aniston that he had written some Friends fan fiction and asked if she'd be willing to act it out with him. What resulted was a live reading in an impressive replica of Rachel's kitchen starring Aniston, Courtney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow, with Kimmel starring as Ross in a world where all the other men on Friends have been killed off.
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