There's nothing particularly original about this animated comedy adventure by Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors). It has the standard fast-paced snarky tone and too-frantic imagery, but the script is smarter than average, dropping deranged lines of hilarious dialogue into every scene. This gives the conversations an improvisational quality that keeps the audience laughing all the way through, unsure what might happen next.
It's set 20 years after the storks decided that there wasn't enough money in delivering babies, so they shifted to delivering parcels instead. The boss Hunter (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) is now planning to become board chairman, so he brings in his protege Junior (Andy Samberg) as the new boss. To prove himself, Junior needs to sack Tulip (Katie Crown), an annoying human who was left behind when the old business closed. Unable to do this, Junior transfers her to a back mailroom where no one will notice her, except that she inadvertently fires up the baby factory by answering a request from Nate (Anton Starkman) to bring a brother to his parents (Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell). So now Junior and Tulip need to deliver this infant before Hunter finds out.
While the plot is fairly predictable, the way it plays out is riotous. The film is a barrage of random asides, unexpected twists and loveably ridiculous characters. A smarmy corporate spy called Pigeon Toady (Stephen Kramer Glickman) is amusingly smarmy, while a pair of bickering arctic wolves (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) add some snarling suspense, even though they're too funny to be scary. Everything is so energetic and colourful that it's difficult to mind that the plot makes very little logical sense. And the loose style of vocal performance gives the whole film a zing of comical anarchy.
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An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from start to finish. Some of the jokes are corny, but everything about this movie has a point to make about fame and the music industry. The songs are jaw-droppingly wacky, as is the constant string of big-name cameos. And it's anchored on a riotously funny performance by Andy Samberg.
He plays Connor, formerly one-third of the boy band Style Boyz, alongside his childhood friends Owen (Jorma Taccone) and Lawrence (Akica Schaffer). When Conner decided to go solo, Owen tagged along with him as his deejay, while Lawrence angrily left to become a farmer. But sales of Connor's new album are wobbling, and with 32 people on his personal payroll, he needs to bring in the cash. After a marketing scheme to upload his music to kitchen appliances backfires, he heads out on his Connquest world tour, supported by unhinged singer Hunter (Chris Redd). But Owen thinks that what Connor really needs is to make up with Lawrence, and bring the Boyz back together again.
Samberg is perfect as the too-cute musician who believes all the hype and doesn't have a clue what's really happening around him. Even in his ignorance, Connor is hugely likeable, because he never means to be cruel. This makes his interaction with the people around him thoroughly engaging, and often laugh-out-loud funny, from Sarah Silverman's PR guru to Tim Meadows' enthusiastic manager to Maya Rudolph's kitchen appliance queen. Joan Cusack has some marvellous moments as his dotty mum, while Imogen Poots gets the film's best sequence as the "official" girlfriend he proposes to complete with an ill-advised pack of wolves and live music by Seal. And then there's Justin Timberlake as Connor's singing chef.
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With the passing of each decade, the music industry is constantly set alight by the most recent saviour of pop and Connor4Real is the latest major record label cash cow but behind every great talent there's a whole host of people working behind the scenes to create the finished Connor4Real package.
HBO has set a new Emmy best with 126 nominations in total - 24 of them going to flagship show 'Game of Thrones'.
It's that time of year again - the nominations for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced, and 'Game of Thrones' has battled its way to the top with a huge haul of 24, including one in the fiercely competitive category of Outstanding Drama Series.
Game On!: Will Peter Dinklage win an Emmy?
The globally popular fantasy series will go up against 'Better Call Saul', 'Downton Abbey', 'Homeland', 'House of Cards', 'Mad Men' and 'Orange is the New Black' for the coveted award. And if doesn't win, well, the show's got 23 other decent chances, including a possible gong for Peter Dinklage - up for Supporting Actor - and either Lena Headey or Emilia Clarke, who are competing against each other in the Supporting Actress arena.
Continue reading: Emmy Nominations: Record Year For HBO, Thanks To 'Game Of Thrones'
Joanna Newsom and Andy Samberg - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which were held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 26th January 2015
Andy Samberg - Photographs of a variety of stars as they attended the 2015 FOX Winter Television Critics Association All-Star Party which was held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 17th January 2015
Best known for their appearences on US comedy variety show Saturday Night Live, the musical trio have released three studio albums featuring scores of celebrity guests and countless hilarious 'video shorts'.
The band will no doubt be getting up to crazy hijinks, but what will the soundtrack be like?
Now the band, consisting of childhood friends Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, are going to star in and produce a film for Universal Studios. Veteren comedy director/producer Judd Apatow will also produce, whilst Taccone and Schaffer will co-direct.
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Returning ‘SNL’ star Andy Samberg gives fans another Lonely Island shot with the hilarious new ‘HUGS’ SNL digital short.
SNL's legendary digital shorts made a grand return when Andy Samberg hosted the weekend entertainment show for the first time. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star made his name as a cast member on Saturday Night Live for seven years and was welcomed back last weekend (17th May) to see the show off on its 39th season finale.
Andy Samberg Made Sure That His Grand 'SNL' Return Was One To Remember.
It just wouldn't be a Samberg SNL special without the musical comedy collective The Lonely Island and Samberg made sure to recruit his buddies Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone for more funny music video madness. The sight of Samberg and co. settling back into making expanding their discography was enough for fans but when Pharrell Williams dropped by to contribute his own ode to hugging, social media went into meltdown.
Andy Samberg - Andy Samberg reunites with Maya Rudolph to film a funny skit for the season finale of Saturday Night Live in downtown Los Angeles. The Brooklyn nine nine star wore a classic Wilt Chamberlain Lakers uniform while co star Maya sports a mexican dress and sold drugs on the street for the skit. Artist Pharrell Williams also joined in for the finale festivities and waved at onlookers while filming. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 8th May 2014
Andy Samberg - Golden Globe-winning actor Andy Samberg on the set of his TV show 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' filming on location in downtown Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 12th February 2014
The 'Twilight' star will appear in the hit BBC Three comedy.
Taylor Lautner has landed a role in the BBC Three comedy Cuckoo, alongside Greg Davies and Helen Baxendale, according to BBC News. The 22 year-old American star, whose best-known role was the werewolf Jacob Black in the Twilight franchise, will replace the outgoing US comedian in the second series of the popular British comedy.
Taylor Lautner Has Landed A Role In The BBC Comedy, 'Cuckoo.'
Controller of BBC Three Zai Bennett said: "'Cuckoo' was one of BBC Three's most stand out comedies, so I'm delighted to welcome it back with the addition of superstar Taylor Lautner joining the critically acclaimed Greg Davies and an outstanding British comedy cast for what will be one of the comedy treats of the year," via Digital Spy.
Continue reading: Taylor Lautner Cast In BBC Comedy 'Cuckoo', Replacing Andy Samberg
'American Hustle' was the night's big winner, with three major wins, but there were surprises elsewhere as even Leonardo DiCaprio won an award!
The 2014 Golden Globes came and went on Sunday, 12 January night as the stars of Hollywood gathered for the first real awards showcase of the year. The event didn't let down, with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler delivering the laughs throughout the event and with individual stars using their time in the spotlight to grand effect, resulting in a night to remember.
American Hustle was the night's big winner
The two top-contested awards, Best Motion Picture for Drama and for Musical or Comedy, were awarded to the early favourites and the two titles looking most likely to sweep up over the course of awards season: 12 Years A Slave and America Hustle.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 dominated the US weekend Box Office, raking in over $34 million.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, despite receiving mixed reviews, has gained over $34 million at the US weekend Box Office. The film was released on Friday (27th September), and received mixed, although generally positive reviews. Some critics described the film as "wildly cute" and "colourful" (Miriam Bale, New York Times), but many felt the film lack originality particularly the "the original film's intelligence" (Sean O'Connell, Washington Post).
Neil Patrick Harris provides the voice for Steve, Flint Lockwood's monkey.
However, such comments do not appear to have discouraged many from seeing the second instalment in the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs franchise, quite the contrary as the film beat off its competition by at least $20 million. The other films in the Box Office are more equally spread, figures wise, with Prisoners (down from No.1 last week) and Rush (up from No.38) each gaining $10 million.
The funnyman and the singer/songwriter tied the knot in a private ceremony in Big Sur, California over the weekend
Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom are officially wedded, with the couple of five-years finally tying the knot in a private ceremony on Saturday, 21 September. The two exchanged vows in front of friends and family at Big Sur, California with E! News officially confirming the news over the weekend.
Samberg and Newsom tied the knot in front of family and friends
The former-Saturday Night Live writer and performer and the acclaimed harpist and singer/songwriter have dated for around five years now and on Saturday they finally made things officially after their engagement was confirmed by Samberg in February this year. With family and friends invited, there were a few famous faces amongst the attendees at the ceremony, with Adam Sandler, Amy Poehler, Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph and her partner Paul Thomas Anderson all reportedly in attendance.
Continue reading: Andy Samberg And Joanna Newsom Get Married!
Good but not great... but has potential
There isn’t much room for error with sitcoms these days. Moments after their air, trigger-happy, sometimes-paid critics have their say, lamenting or eulogising the choices made. Brooklyn Nine-Nine takes a familiar format and blends it up into a comedy, but what are the results?
Andy Samberg is the maverick cop
Before it hit, the press were hailing the cop comedy (copedy?) as one of the most promising shows, not just of Fox’s current slate, but of any network’s. Combining the well-trodden path of procedural cop dramas with the new-age city-dwelling humour of shows like Girls, Brooklyn Nine-Nine seems to have tapped into a rich vein of laughs.
Is Jason Sudeikis about to follow in the footsteps of Tina Fey, Chevy Chase and Mike Myers?
Jason Sudeikis, the most high profile member of the Saturday Night Live cast, has announced he will not be returning to the show in the fall. Sudeikis is following comedians Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers and Kristen Wiig out of the long-running show, leaving NBC bosses with a dilemma on their hands as they seek to keep the show relevant, popular and most of all funny for its 39th season.
Sudeikis, who has worked on the show for 10 years, announced the news during a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman,
"Yeah, I'm going to leave. Yeah, I'm not coming back next fall." he told the veteran host, to a bewildered audience. Letterman had apparently not heard of the departure and began asking the actor questions about life working on the show, with the 37-year-old dropping the bombshell shortly after.
Continue reading: After SNL, Where Does Jason Sudeikis Go Next?
Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg of comedy band The Lonely Island discuss their new album 'The Wack Album' which features celebrity collaborations with Hugh Jackman, Kristen Wiig, Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar.
Fox announces its fall lineup.
Fox has announced a large chunk of the shows that will fill next season’s roster and there is certainly a lot to look forward to. The channel will air comedies, created by big names in the business, such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, brought to you by the producers of The Office Dan Goor and Michael Schur. On top of this, it will star SNL’s own Andy Samberg.
There’s a lot more coming on the comedy front though, such as Dads ¬– a sitcom about a pair of childhood friends (played by Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi), whose dads move in with them. And if it sounds like your typical sitcom fodder at first, take a moment to note that Family Guy creator and recent controversial Oscar host Seth McFarlane will take the wheel on that one, so it has a chance of not being a complete letdown.
Last on the comedy roster Surviving Jack, starring Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s Christopher Meloni as a dad in ‘90s SoCal. It is based on Justin Halpern’s semi-autobiographical book, I Suck at Girls.”
Continue reading: Fox Announces Fall Schedule: Seth McFarlane, Ichabod Crane And Many More
Andy Samberg is engaged to respected harpist Joanna Newsom
Funnyman Andy Samberg is ready to settle down with his musician girlfriend Joanna Newsom, after asking her to marry him. A representative for the comedian confirmed to Us Weekly magazine that Newsom accepted the recent proposal, five years after the couple started dating.
It's an oddball romance at first glance, though Samberg was smitten with the 31-year-old musician even before they met. "He liked her music and would go to her shows," a pal revealed last year. "He had the biggest crush on her." Newsom, an American harpist, pianist, vocalist and songwriters, first gained prominence with her sophomore record 'Ys' - often considered among the greatest albums of the 2000s. Despite this, it reached just No.134 on the Billboard 200 and No.41 on the UK Albums chart.
One of the world's most respected musicians, Newsom is equally enamoured by her beau's musical prowess. "She respects what he does with his songs," the source added, referring to Samberg's quirky tracks with comedy troupe Lonely Island. "She's so proud of everything that he has accomplished."
Continue reading: Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg To Marry Musician Joanna Newsom
What happens when you have a low key wedding, unbeknown to the global press until the week of ceremony? The story runs for weeks and weeks, that’s what. Well, it does when you’re Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, anyway.
The latest morsel to be extracted from their Italian nuptials is the big reveal of Biel’s wedding dress- a custom-made, pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture number. The Los Angeles Times reports a news release, which described it as a "haute couture strapless gown of silk mousseline and silk organza with a light pink floral motif and ruffles" as well as a veil containing Biel's heirloom pearls. Pictures of the gown are plastered all over People magazine, a privilege they were reported to pay $300,000 for. The pair welcomed 100 guests, including close friends Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Timbaland and Biel's 7th Heaven costar Beverley Mitchell, to the Borgo Egnazia resort in southern Italy for a week-long wedding celebration. "It was a lot to ask of them to travel, so we figured we'd give our guests a good party!" says Timberlake.
Justin, given his prodigious talents, decided to serenade his new wife, in what can only be described as a really cheesy sounding wedding. She probably loved it though. "It was an original piece I wrote specifically for the evening and for her," says Timberlake.
In his early teens, the immature and irresponsible Donny Berger struck up a brief romance with his school teacher resulting in her pregnancy. When she is jailed for having a sexual relationship with a minor, Donny is forced to raise the child (who he names Han Solo) until Hans' eighteenth birthday. Twelve years later, Donny owes $43,000 to the IRS which he must pay to avoid three years in jail. He recognises Han Solo in a magazine under the new name of Todd Peterson and reads that he is the one of the youngest hedge fund managers in the financial industry and is engaged to be married. Todd's world is turned upside down when his father (who he had attempted to erase from his life completely) turns up the day before his wedding wanting to spend quality time with his son, while really seeking help with his debt problem. The reunion forces Donny to accept the consequences of his terrible parenting.
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When Ally Darling asks her boyfriend to accompany her to her sister's wedding, he refuses, saying it sounds too serious if her parents will be there. While with her friends on a night out, she discovers that if a woman has had over 20 partners, they're 96% more likely to stay single for the rest of their life.
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Jamie and Dylan are two good friends who both currently find themselves too busy with other commitments to try and find a suitable partner. They decide to try something new, a no strings attached relationship which basically only involves a lot of sex and not much else.
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Like a comically deranged Twilight Zone episode, this colourful animated feature underscores its fantastical story with some intriguingly serious issues. But it never gets preachy, and a stream of warped humour will keep adults chuckling all the way through.
Geeky inventor Flint (voiced by Hader) has finally created something that will make him famous: a machine that makes food from water. When it's inadvertently catapulted into the clouds, it starts raining cheeseburgers, much to everyone's delight. Now famous, he remotely programmes the machine to rain everything from ice cream to spaghetti and meatballs. While Flint's mono-browed dad (Caan) doesn't really get him, the greedy mayor (Campbell) wants a piece of his success. Meanwhile, Flint meets weather reporter Sam (Faris), who might actually understand him.
Filmmakers Lord and Miller somehow manage to keep the film utterly silly, with outrageous visual flourishes and zany comical asides, while maintaining a sharp intelligence beneath the surface. As a result, grown-ups will probably find the film funnier than kids, who will be entranced by the visual antics and miss the sophisticated wit. And they quietly hide the serious subtext as well, including a knowing look at celebrity and pointed comments on how tricky it is for people to truly communicate.
But all of this is mere icing on the cake, as it were, for a film that's raucous, nonstop fun. Images of food falling from the sky are pure dreamlike fantasy, especially when Flint's machine overheats and produces oversized culinary delights that look utterly delicious even as they flatten the houses they land on. Of course, this gives the screenwriters plenty of running gags and punning opportunities, which the talented vocal cast run wild with.
Even side characters like Mr T's supercop and Bratt's Guatemalan cameraman get terrific moments along the way, while Flint's relationship with his dad has a surprising resonance. And along the way, there are some superb sequences that combine goofy humour with awkward emotion plus a hint of unhinged weirdness (such as the Jell-O palace). And as global chaos threatens to erupt, along with Mt Leftovers, the film develops into a hysterical disaster movie satire that's brilliantly animated and, for once, makes full use of 3D to throw everything right into our faces.
Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is a mild-mannered Los Angeles real estate agent, and his girl is Zooey Rice (Rashida Jones). They have been dating for less than a year, but are madly in love. As the movie opens, Peter proposes, and Zooey accepts. Immediately, she calls her friends to celebrate. This makes Peter realize that he has no buddies to call; he doesn't even have anyone to be his best man.
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When an expensive space probe goes missing, a surly Senator (voice of Stanley Tucci) with a key to NASA's funding wants it found. It's decided that, instead of a manned mission, a trio of chimps will be sent to fetch it. They include the macho Titan (Patrick Warburton), the level headed Luna (Cheryl Hines), and in a perfect PR move, the great grandson of the first ape-stronaut ever, Ham III (Andy Samberg). One wormhole later, our hirsute heroes find themselves on a distant alien planet ruled by the evil dictator Zartog (Jeff Daniels). He is using the lost Earth satellite to control his unhappy minions. It's up to the primates to find a way of defeating the villain and getting back home before it's too late.
Continue reading: Space Chimps Review
But the appeal of Hot Rod is simpler than viral internet paradigm shifts: it is a very silly movie with a nature equal parts good and strange. Samberg plays Rod, who we infer from other characters to be a twentysomething, but who based on demeanor, ambition, and Samberg's crooked, sometimes crazed smile may be as young as 12. Rod's goal of becoming a much-loved, professional, stand-alone stuntman is such a deliberate anachronism that it's almost completely original, if not for the faintly memorable existence of Evel Knieval -- an existence that gives Rod a lot of hope (his deceased father's profession is explained as more or less Knieval's understudy).
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