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‘Staten Island Summer’ Trailer: SNL Cameos Abound in This Coming of Age Comedy

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by Britt Hayes July 1, 2015 @ 5:16 PM
When Lorne Michaels is producing a movie, it’s probably pretty easy to get a bunch of former and current SNL cast members to show up for cameo appearances. Michaels produced the upcoming indie comedy Staten Island Summer, which the trailer sells as a solid coming of age tale even without all those SNL cameos — though they probably won’t hurt.

Jon Snow Lives to Take On Andy Samberg in HBO’s ‘7 Days in Hell’ Trailer

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick June 22, 2015 @ 1:41 PM
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HBO has served a few volleys of upcoming tennis mockumentary 7 Days in Hell, following its SXSW debut last year, but with a July 11 premiere fast on the rise, so too is promotion heating up. Watch Jon Snow and Andy Samberg go at it in the full star-studded trailer for HBO’s 7 Days in Hell!

SXSW Review: ‘7 Days in Hell’

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by Matt Singer March 14, 2015 @ 7:00 PM
If comedy filmmakers weren’t already jealous of their television brethren, they will be after they watch HBO’s 7 Days in Hell, which uses the cable network’s permissive attitude toward adult material to tell envelope-pushing jokes that no mainstream movie could ever hope to get past the MPAA. 7 Days in Hell is funny enough to play in a multiplex (even if, at 50 minutes, it’s not quite feature length), but its hilariously vulgar jokes would definitely saddle it with a box-office poisoning NC-17 rating. On HBO, though, anything goes, and thank goodness because director Jake Syzmanski and writer Murray Miller were able to produce a mockumentary that giddilypulses with a sense of absolute freedom — freedom from content restrictions and freedom to experiment with weird strains of comedy that would never fly in a mainstream Hollywood film.

SNL 40 Resurrects ‘The Californians’ and Recruits Bradley Cooper, Taylor Swift and Betty White For the Cast

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by Jacob Hall February 15, 2015 @ 9:10 PM
A few key members of the SNL cast and crew must love “The Californians” because the much-derided sketch was brought back to life for the show’s star-studded 40th anniversary special. For those of us who have always enjoyed this bizarre sketch (and there are about three of us), it’s a welcome return and we will greedily drink up the angry tears of everyone else.

IFC’s ‘Portlandia’ Renewed for Seasons 6 and 7

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick February 10, 2015 @ 10:53 AM
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We’re gonna need a lot more bird stickers. Where previously it was thought that IFC cult hit ‘Portlandia’ might close up its organic fair-trade shop after five seasons, series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein won’t call it quits anytime soon. Midway through its fifth year, ‘Portlandia’ seasons 6 and 7 have officially been greenlit.

SXSW 2015 Film Lineup Includes New Films From Will Ferrell, Amy Schumer, Melissa McCarthy and More

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by Matt Singer February 3, 2015 @ 12:26 PM
‘Raiders!’ / Courtesy SXSW
The dust has barely settled from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and already we’ve got a look at the lineup for the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival. After an initial announcement that included opening night film ‘Brand,’ about comedian Russell Brand,’ things have filled out really nicely with a ton of promising-sounding selections.

‘SNL’ 40th Anniversary Special Confirms More Stars Than Possibly Fit in Headline [Updated]

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick February 1, 2015 @ 11:16 PM
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Merciful Zeus, if you thought Eddie Murphy returning to ‘SNL’ after 31 years for the 40th anniversary special on February 15 was big enough, wait until you get a load of the full roster. Rivaling turnout for the Emmys and Oscars combined, the upcoming ‘SNL’ reunion will feature everyone from legendary alumni like Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Chevy Chase, to favorite hosts like Alec Baldwin, and even Taylor Swift, why not!

‘Portlandia’ Stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Reveal the Feminist Bookstore Backstory

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by Kate Erbland January 8, 2015 @ 10:39 AM
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Flashback! No, just flashing lights. Wait, wait, no, it's both! 'Portlandia' stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein hit 'The Tonight Show' last night to talk a little bit about their show's newest season (which starts tonight), which will apparently be heavy on the flashbacks and backstory. How did all of your favorite 'Portlandia' characters meet? This season just might pack a very special punch for you.

‘Portlandia’ Season 5 Gets an “Epic” Star-Studded Trailer

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick November 20, 2014 @ 10:15 AM
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The always-welcome weirdness of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s IFC ‘Portlandia’ will return in 2015 for its fifth season (might it be the last?) on January 8, and this season might be the biggest yet. The first full trailer for ‘Portlandia’ season 5 has eco-biked its way down the hill, bringing an “epic” tone and more guest stars than we can rightly shake an organic celery stalk at.

'Elf' Animated Christmas Musical Coming to NBC, Jim Parsons to Voice

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick October 29, 2014 @ 11:31 AM
New Line
Will Ferrell's 'Elf' has long become a Christmas classic in its own right, but while NBC busies itself with live-action musicals of 'Peter Pan,' Buddy will have his own song to sing with a brand-new animated musical special 'Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas.' 'The Big Bang Theory''s Jim Parsons will lend his voice to the title role, but who else will be heard when NBC sings loud for all the world to hear?