Louis C.K. voices the character of Max the dog in Illumination Entertainment's new movie The Secret Life Of Pets. Louis C.K. is seen here on the red carpet at the New York Premiere - New York, United States - Saturday 25th June 2016
From the team behind Despicable Me and Minions, this high-energy adventure makes up for its rather simplistic story by filling the screen with lively characters, silly dialog and colourful animation. There's nothing terribly distinctive about the movie, as most of the gags feel recycled and everything bounces across the surface without generating any resonance either in the humour or emotions. But it's a lot of fun while it lasts.
In a cosy Manhattan apartment, the happy rescue dog Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) lives with his owner Katie (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper). The moment she steps out of the door on the way to work, he's already bored and waiting for her to come home. So he hangs out with the other pets in the neighbourhood, including lovelorn pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) and food-obsessed cat Chloe (Lake Bell). Then Katie brings home another stray, the gigantic brown furball Duke (Eric Stonestreet), who immediately starts challenging Max's alpha-dog status. As war breaks out between them, they find themselves stranded in the city, caught up with a sewer-dwelling gang of abandoned pets led by the adorable but intense bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart). Meanwhile, Gidget and Chloe recruit some help to find them, including a grumpy hawk (Albert Brooks) and an ageing basset hound (Dana Carvey).
The plot basically consists of a series of chaotic chase sequences that build up to a climactic scene straight out of a Die Hard movie. Each character and plot element is over-constructed, which eliminates any sense of honest emotion or loose interaction, but the characters are likeable simply because they're so ridiculous. The animators use a lot of colour and a tactile variety of furry textures. And the actors have a lot of fun with the characters. Hart is, of course, the scene-stealer as the fast-talking kingpin who uses his cuteness as a weapon. And while C.K. and Stonestreet are endearing as the story's protagonists, it's Slate and Bell who win over the audience in the funniest, most complex roles.
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Robert Carlock, Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess , Carol Kane - FYC @ UCB: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a conversation with the cast and executive producers held at UCB Sunset - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 6th June 2016
Kimmy is back with a new job and a new man in her sights.
Everyone’s favourite Doomsday cult survivor Kimmy Schmidt is coming back and facing even more changes in her life. Netflix has just dropped the trailer for season two of the Tina Fey penned comedy and this time Kimmy’s got a new job and a new love interest, but the same old friends.
Ellie Kemper stars in ‘The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ on Netflix.
When we last saw Kimmy at the end of season one, she had travelled back to Indiana to help put her former captor, the Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, behind bars. She’d also lost her job, as wealthy trophy-wife Mrs Voorhees had decided to leave her husband and move back home to South Dakota.
Continue reading: 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Season Two Trailer Is Here!
Ellie Kemper - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at The Shrine Expo Hall, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016
Ellie Kemper - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016
Ellie Kemper - 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft theater - Arrivals at Microsoft Theatre, Primetime Emmy Awards, Emmy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 20th September 2015
One couple fall victim to the perils of the internet age in this hilarious new comedy.
The red band trailer has been released for the hilarious new comedy, Sex Tape, which stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as two characters who, as the title suggests, make a saucy home movie. The Jake Kasdan-directed flick embraces the digital age and its related contemporary concerns whilst exploiting the fear of having your most intimate information unstoppably leaked throughout cyberspace.
'Sex Tape' Sees Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel Explore The Perils Of Trying To Spice Up Their Sex Life In The Internet Age.
Guided by the seasoned comic talents of Bad Teacher's Diaz and How I Met Your Mother's Segel, Sex Tape sees the two unite as a couple named Jay and Annie who, after ten years and two children together, decide to film themselves having sex in order to spice up their sex life. The pair try out numerous positions in an extensive, three-hour home movie and collapse, drained of energy.
Jay and Annie once had a thriving sexual relationship, but now they've been together for ten years and have two children, things are going a little stale. They haven't been properly passionate in months and its starting to take its toll on them both. In a daring move to regain that spark that attracted them to each other in the first place, Annie suggests that she and Jay make a sex tape. The decide to film themselves trying out a variety of different positions in a 3 hour long romp captured on Jay's iPad. Unfortunately, they failed to notice as they were sleeping it off that the video had been uploaded to his Cloud account and thus shared with the entire public. With their professional reputations at risk if their bosses get hold of the film, they make an attempt to steal their iPads while simultaneously trying to find a way to get the tape 'out of the cloud'.
'Sex Tape' is a remarkable comedy about the tragic but true tales of modern technology - and how it frequently betrays us. It has been directed by Golden Globe nominated Jake Kasdan ('Bad Teacher', 'Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story') and written by Kate Angelo ('The Back-up Plan'), and is due to be released in the UK on September 5th 2014.
Fey's name was enough.
It doesn’t have a name yet, the episodes haven’t been written, and there won’t be a pilot episode, but NBC have gone ahead and ordered a 13 episode season. Why? Well, because Tina Fey is involved.
Her, and 30 Rock writer Robert Carlock's involvement in the project were enough for NBC, who made the unusual step of giving the show the go-ahead without testing out a pilot episode.
"Tina and Robert, who cemented their partnership on 30 Rock, have created a new signature comedy for us that is audacious, emotional, and clever,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, according to AUNews.
Continue reading: NBC Greenlight Tina Fey Sitcom... Because It's A Tina Fey Sitcom
The NBC vehicle is a joint effort from Fey, Ellie Kemper and producer Robert Carlock
Tina Fey has been handed a follow-up series to 30 Rock, with NBC handing her a deal to begin working on an all new series alongside her 30 Rock co-producer Robert Carlock. The comedy pairing have been handed a 13-episode straight-to-series order for a whole new premise, one that stars The Office actress Ellie Kemper.
Kemper (L) will star in the upcoming Tina Fey (R) series
The show, which is currently untitled still, follows Kemper as she frees herself a doomsday cult and begins life anew in New York City. The series falls in line with Fey's four year contract with Universal Television (who are producing) and will be co-written and run by Fey and Carlock, with the pair also serving as executive producers. Fey's long-time manager David Miner will also serve as an executive producer, and Little Stranger will be producing the series alongside Universal.
NBC have ordered thirteen episodes of a new comedy series written and produced by '30 Rock' Alumni Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The series, due to air next Autumn, will star Ellie Kemper of 'The Office'.
Ellie Kemper will return to our televisions in a new sitcom. The Office actress will be the star of a new comedy written and produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The 30 Rock alumni will return to NBC next Autumn.
Tina Fey will produce and write the new sitcom.
NBC have ordered thirteen episodes from Fey and Carlock which will centre on Kemper. Few details of the plot have been revealed as yet although, according to reports in Entertainment Weekly, Kemper stars as a woman who "escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City."
Continue reading: NBC Order Sitcom From Tina Fey, Starring Ellie Kemper
Fey teams up with 30 Rock's Robert Carlock to give birth to a new show.
Is there any comedy actress in Hollywood more in demand than Ms. Tina Fey right now? The Mean Girls writer and actress has not only been booked for another two years hosting the Golden Globes with bestie and fellow actress Amy Poehler, but she's also made her triumphant return to hosting SNL and has now seen her newly devised comedy show greenlit by NBC. Not to mention winning an Emmy award along the way.
Tina Fey's New Comedy Is Greenlit.
The new series will apparently star The Office's Ellie Kemper and will be written and produced by Fey as well as 30 Rock's Robert Carlock, reports The Hollywood Reporter. NBC have ordered 13 straight-to-series episodes of the new comedy which is set to air in Autumn 2014. The series will feature a woman, played by Kemper, who "escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City."
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Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko were enemies in high school. Schmidt was a nerd who looked like Eminem in an attempt to be cool. Jenko was a jock who took particular delight in bullying Schmidt. In a twist of fate, the pair end up at the same police academy after graduation.
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Kristen Wiig finally gets her chance to shine in a lead role with this hilarious comedy. The film veers a bit wildly between silly playfulness and extreme rudeness, but it keeps us hooked by maintaining believable characters.
Despite some heavy setbacks, Annie (Wiig) is happy in her life with a casual partner (Hamm) and a low-pressure job. Then her best pal Lillian (Rudolph) gets engaged, and even though Annie's the maid of honour, every wedding decision is a battle with seemingly perfect bridesmaids Helen (Byrne), while other attendants (McCarthy, McLendon-Covey and Kemper) have issues of their own.
Meanwhile, Annie's encounters with a local Milwaukee cop (O'Dowd) are a confusing mixture of attraction and reticence. Then as Helen seizes control of Lillian's wedding, Annie's life seems to fall apart around her.
Every character in this film is a bundle of insecurity, sometimes very well hidden, and watching them all interact is hilariously entertaining. This is due to an unusually smart, lively script and razor-sharp performances. Even the story's annoying characters have some complexity to them, so as the rom-com structure unfurls, we go along with it simply because we are interested in these people and want to see where they end up.
Wiig is terrific at the centre, generating warm camaraderie with Rudolph and spiky rivalry with Byrne. And her chemistry with O'Dowd is enjoyably funny and cute. Meanwhile, scene-stealers like McCarthy, Clayburgh (as Annie's mum) and Lucas (as Annie's flatmate) bubble around the edges. There isn't a scene in the film that doesn't generate a solid laugh, often of the gut-wrenching variety.
And while a few gross-out gags go over the top, they at least stay essentially good-natured.
Even so, the film is far too long for a comedy; at least a half hour could have been trimmed away. It's not that the material isn't entertaining (we're never bored at all), but some tightening would have made the overall plot that much stronger, even if that meant losing some of the rambling improvisational riffs.
They may be hysterically funny, but they dilute the overall impact of the story and would be just as amusing as DVD extras. On the other hand, the mid-credits sequence is priceless.
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