Conan did a great service to its viewers last night by providing live coverage of a CDC patient transportation run-through using their brand new Ebola protocols, which may or may not involve a swingers-only casino riverboat cruise and a chili cook-off.
During his visit to last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, actor and rapper Ice Cube was tasked with reciting some very sweet lines about rainbows, Crate and Barrel gift cards, and apple picking in the toughest, angriest way possible. Watch his interview below: READ MORE
SNL just made an excellent (and long overdue) casting decision by promoting writer and sometimes-performer Leslie Jones. Deadline reports that Jones has officially been added as a featured player, and her first credited episode will be this Saturday's episode hosted by Jim Carrey. Click through to watch the SNL appearances Leslie Jones has made as a writer so far as well as her standup appearance on Late Night last month: READ MORE
Last week, Stephen Colbert took some time during an episode of The Colbert Report to call out Google CEO Larry Page for getting his height wrong, and it looks like Google has finally responded to Colbert and his lawsuit threats by revising his height — but not to the true 5'11 he demanded. A search for Colbert's height now results in "5' 10.5" (1.79m -ish)" with height comparisons to Jon Stewart ("Shorter"), "circus freak" Conan O'Brien, and of course Larry Page, who is still winning the height game over Colbert by that pivotal half inch. The Colbert Report is airing reruns this week, so it looks like Page and Google have won this battle — but will they win the war?
Check out a screen grab of Colbert's Google results below: READ MORE
Eddie Murphy just landed his first dramatic film role since 2007's Dreamgirls. Slash Film reports that Murphy has signed on to star in an upcoming film directed by Driving Miss Daisy's Bruce Beresford and written by Two and a Half Men writer/producer Susan McMartin. Titled Cook, the film follows Murphy's character as a man "hired by a dying man to cook meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he’s gone." Murphy is reportedly replacing Samuel L. Jackson, who dropped out of the film due to scheduling conflicts. "Everyone now wants to do what Matt McConaughey did, so we’re financing these movies when we think they’re put together the right way," producer Mark Canton said. "This will be Eddie Murphy like you’ve never seen him. Of that I can assure you."
Murphy currently has several comedic roles in the works including Beverly Hills Cop 4 and a Twins sequel Triplets, but most of his roles since his Oscar-nominated Dreamgirls performance has been panned by critics and fans alike (Meet Dave, A Thousand Words, Shrek sequels). Production on Cook begins sometime next month.
After a long wait, FX Networks announced today that its comprehensive Simpsons app called "Simpsons World" will finally be made available to fans tomorrow. The app (which requires a cable subscription login) will include clips, trivia, and access to all 552 Simpsons episodes including current episodes made available the day after they air on Fox, not to mention a bunch of other goodies the network revealed at TCA back in July. Said Simpsons showrunner Al Jean: "Hello 'Simpsons World,' goodbye free time! Seriously."
Check out the full list of "Simpsons World" features below: READ MORE
It's a big week for fans of Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp's tiny creation Marcel the Shell. Not only is there a new book called Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been out tomorrow, but today they released a brand new video featuring Marcel as he talks about deodorant, the "idiots of the sea," and his plant allergies while experiencing his very first thunderstorm. Check out the first two Marcel the Shell videos here and here.
2005 cult hit The Comeback is returning for a limited six-episode run next month, and HBO just released the first trailer. The show's return is being treated as a "standalone event series" but might get a full season renewal if the episodes do well, so the true future of The Comeback is up to you.
From a Police Academy reboot to a Substitute Teacher movie to a collaboration with Judd Apatow, Comedy Central stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have been in talks to develop a ton of film projects lately. Deadline reports that they've lined up their first official film with New Line, and it's definitely the weirdest of all the projects in their pipeline. Written by Peele and Key and Peele/Community writer Alex Rubens, Keanu will tell "the story of friends who pose as drug dealers to infiltrate the criminal underworld, all to retrieve a stolen kitty." Here's how Peele summed it up: "The movie should resonate with a large audience as almost everyone has had a house pet stolen by a street gang, right?" No other details on Keanu have been revealed, but Key and Peele director Peter Atencio is in talks to helm the project, which is slated to begin shooting in April 2015.
Not long after director Edgar Wright left Marvel's Ant-Man film in May, Adam McKay was chosen to help rewrite the script for new director Peyton Reed and recently revealed to Collider that he enlisted star Paul Rudd to help out. "Ultimately I didn't want to jump in as director, I had too many other projects going on and it was too tight," McKay said, "but I thought, 'You know what, I can rewrite this, and I can do a lot of good by rewriting it.'" McKay went on to say that Rudd turned out to be "really great with dialogue" and that they "holed up in hotel rooms on the east and west coast" to rework the script for weeks, adding "a giant action sequence" to the film and some more dialogue:
"We just shaped the whole thing, we just tried to streamline it, make it cleaner, make it a little bigger, a little more aggressive, make it funnier in places—we just basically did a rewrite. Edgar had a really good script. But we just had a blast, and Rudd was just so much fun to write with. I walked away saying, 'Hey, you and I gotta write a script together.'"
Here's a clip from last night's Treehouse of Horror Simpsons episode, which ended up including a lot more than just the Tracey Ullman Simpsons — turns out it had Simpsons inspired by everything from Adventure Time, Archer, and South Park to Lego, Despicable Me, and Triplets of Belleville (as seen in a couch gag earlier this year).
After bad ratings and bad reviews, here's some more bad news for Mulaney: THR reports that Fox has wrapped production on the freshman sitcom early and cut its season order down from 16 to 13 episodes, but for now there are no plans to move it from the 9:30pm Sunday night time slot. While Mulaney's ratings fared poorly during its series premiere earlier this month, its second episode saw a 10% increase thanks in part to its Family Guy lead-in — a sign of hope that Fox is counting on. According to THR, Will Forte's midseason sitcom Last Man on Earth will likely take Mulaney's time slot if it doesn't continue to improve; check out the very patriotic trailer for Forte's show here.
During last night's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver and crew created a solution for the longstanding rule against cameras in the Supreme Court by making an impressive 10-minute clip of an all-animal Court without audio. Check out the full clip below, then sync it up with your favorite Supreme Court case audio here. READ MORE
Amy Poehler has another NBC show in the works. Deadline reports that Poehler has teamed up with Parks and Recreation writer/producer Aisha Muharrar for a single-cam workplace comedy for the network that follows "a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church and the crew of strong-willed characters who make up her new community." No word yet on who will star in the untitled show, but in the meantime Poehler and Muharrar are hard at work on the final season of Parks and Rec.