Wes Anderson's newest feature film The Grand Budapest Hotel hits theaters today, and it's already drawing generally warm reviews from critics. It currently scores 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and 86 on Metacritic, and a few reviewers have even credited it as the first Anderson work to convert them into true fans. As is the case with most Anderson films, comedy plays a multi-faceted role in Budapest; The Daily Beast described it matter-of-factly as a "screwball comedy," whereas The New York Times delved a little deeper by praising the film's way of conjuring the "highly refined sense of nuances that separate comedy from tragedy." Across the board, critics are unsurprisingly enchanted by the film's signature style, layered storytelling (many reviews borrow the Russian nesting doll metaphor), intricate sets and cinematography, and unique take on nostalgia, lost time, and wartime memories of the near-distant past in the made-up setting of the Republic of Zubrowka. Here's a closer look at what some critics have said about the film: READ MORE
If the history of hip hop isn't your strongest area of expertise, check out this clip from Portlandia in which Carrie is a caring and very patient hip hop history teacher for Fred, who missed out on the genre completely. Will Fred be ready for the one moment he's tested on his newfound knowledge?
Here's the trailer for the second season of Commentary On, an Above Average web series full of mental TMI from Jared Lapidus and James McCarthy of Reverse Cowboys. Click through to check out the trailers for two new series Above Average has also added to its lineup to premiere next week, including one about helping idiots understand smart-people things and another about a cross-dressing chimpanzee. READ MORE
Billy on the Street's third season premieres on Fuse March 12th at 11:00pm, and here's a sneak peek "lightning round" of Eichner doing what he does best — running around New York City with a microphone like an exasperated crazy person and offering strangers a dollar to hide behind trees and shake their fists while yelling "CAROL!" It's tough work but someone's got to do it.
The "Happy Birthday" song celebrated its own birthday this week, turning 90 years old. Stephen Colbert wanted to sing "Happy Birthday" to "Happy Birthday," but due to the tight restrictions by Warner Bros. — which makes millions every year off "Happy Birthday" song royalties — Colbert was left with no choice but to create a new royalty-free national birthday anthem, which is a lot catchier and more patriotic than the old one.
Here's the full appearance from Will Ferrell as Chad Softwick, new host of the positive and inspirational @midnight spin-off @middday, who leads a game of "Cute or Too Cute?" and reminds the contestants and audience that he thinks everyone's a hero "just for getting out of bed and taking the day on." Because it's Will Ferrell, though, you can count on Chad's super happy, easygoing vibes to turn into a trademark Ferrell yelling rage meltdown when Hardwick suggests that his show doesn't have enough edge to it.
Good news for Archer fans. Deadline reports that FX has renewed the animated series for two more 13-episode seasons along with a possibility of going into syndication as well. "Archer is one of the best comedies on television and has played a significant role in the growth of the FX comedy brand," said a rep from FX in a statement. "We're grateful to Adam Reed, Matt Thompson and their team at Floyd County, and also our incredible voice cast, and are looking forward to supporting their work for at least two more seasons." Archer — now called Archer Vice — completely changed its theme and main storyline this year, so it'll be interesting to see how the show decides to approach its next two seasons.
Comedian Bo Burnham was a guest on The Pete Holmes Show last night, and the guys spent much of the interview talking about what it's like to be tall and some of the good and not so good height joke material they've come up with in the past. Click through to watch the conversation evolve from height to puberty, where Holmes and Burnham spend a solid three minutes talking about the days their bodies changed, which always starts with "the itch." READ MORE
Here's a quick tease at tonight's @midnight episode on Comedy Central, which Chris Hardwick is boasting as the show's first spin-off helmed by the even nicer and more positive host (Is that even possible?) than himself named Chad Softwick played by the great Will Ferrell, whose company Funny Or Die produces the show.
It looks like NBC brass have figured out a way to take full advantage of Jimmy Fallon's stellar ratings over on the new Tonight Show, if the following rumor is true. TMZ reports that NBC is allegedly pressuring celebrities who want to be on The Tonight Show against appearing on other networks' late night talk shows and even morning shows as well, the only exception being NBC shows like Dateline, Today, and Late Night: "They put the word out to celebs, agents and publicists … if they want to be on Fallon they can't appear on ANY other network … and not just shows that go head-to-head with Jimmy, but morning shows as well." A source from Good Morning America claimed that they've already gotten fallout from recent Tonight Show guests they attempted to book, so the rumored plan is already in motion. Fallon's ratings have blown Leno's entire era out of the water, and The Tonight Show currently brings in two times the amount of viewers as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but if NBC is really threatening celebrities and their publicists against going on any other show, those numbers might end up inflating even more over the next few months.
Apparently next week at SXSW, former Community star Donald Glover — who attempted to reduce his role as Troy on Community last year — will be participating in a "hackathon" as Childish Gambino. According to Uproxx, Glover tweeted a link to his "The Deep Web Tour" website with more information, and if fans sign up for updates they'll receive an email from Glover with an interesting update at the end: "p.s. I am returning to Community, because the internet." We've reached out to NBC reps to confirm the news and will update when we hear back, but Glover's message makes things sound pretty certain, unless he's joking. Click through to see a screenshot of the email. READ MORE
MTV unveiled their list of Movie Awards nominees this morning, and because MTV is fond of including a bunch of silly categories like "Best Shirtless Performance" and "#WTF Moment," the comedy world had a much bigger presence on the list than the typical awards show. Both This Is the End and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues scored four nominations, including for cameo scenes from the Rihanna and the Backstreet Boys (This Is the End) as well as Anchorman's Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Kanye West. The Best Comedic Performance category has only one lady — Melissa McCarthy for The Heat — paired with Jason Sudeikis (We're the Millers), Johnny Knoxville (Bad Grandpa), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Kevin Hart (Ride Along). Click through for the full list of comedy-related nominees: READ MORE
Near the end of his interview with Seth Meyers, Nick Kroll made the wonderful announcement that his Comedy Central series Kroll Show has been renewed for a third season. Comedy Central may not have been crazy for the whole "cake train" idea, but thankfully they're going to let Kroll and crew spend their budget on bizarre and unexplainable opening sketches for at least one more year.
Fans of Canadians, kitties, rum and coke, weed, Rickyisms, and all things Trailer Park Boys can finally rejoice after the seven-year wait since the last season ended in 2007. According to a Netflix press release out today, the streaming network has acquired the Canadian comedy's new 10-episode season to air sometime later this year, with a ninth season renewal already locked in and in the writing stage. In addition to the two new seasons, Netflix has also added the latest Trailer Park Boys seasons — which originally aired on Canada's Showcase network — to its instant streaming service. Here a quick teaser at what you can expect from Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, and crew in season 8:
It's been several years since the cameras have followed Ricky, Julian and Bubbles around the Sunnyvale Trailer Park and there have been some significant changes: Ricky recently harvested an enormous weed crop which he has successfully hidden in the walls of his trailer, Julian has opened a bar and gym in his trailer and Bubbles is in the process of opening what he calls a Shed and Breakfast business.
Netflix will also debut three standalone specials (Community Service Special, Swearnet Special, Trailer Park Boys Xmas) and make available two feature-length films (Trailer Park Boys 3: Don't Legalize It and Swearnet) after their theatrical release. It doesn't take rocket appliances to conclude that the return of Trailer Park Boys sounds pretty awesome already.