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The actor and writer is best remembered for his role in 1971 movie ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’
Tributes have poured in for actor and writer Gene Wilder who has died aged 83. Wilder’s death was announced by his family on Monday, who revealed he had been secretly battling Alzheimer’s for three years. After news of his passing broke, friends, colleagues and fellow comedians paid tribute on social media, with many referencing his most famous role as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Gene Wilder (pictured with Mel Brooks) has died aged 83
Mel Brooks, who directed Wilder in comedies Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, lead the tributes on Twitter, saying the actor and writer had ‘ blessed’ him with his friendship. “One of the truly great talents of our time,” Brooks wrote. “He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.”
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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.
Continue reading: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Review
The comedian and actress suffered from "epiglottitis", a rare throat condition that blocks the flow of air to the lungs, and spent most of last week in hospital in L.A.
American comedian Sarah Silverman has revealed that she came close to death after falling ill with a “freak” health condition affecting her throat, which led her to spend five days in the ICU last week.
The 45 year old actress and TV star, a ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum and the star of her own Comedy Central show from 2007 to 2010, shared with her fans in a Facebook post that she’s “lucky to be alive” after being hospitalised with a case of epiglottitis, a swelling that affects the cartilage that covers the windpipe, blocking the flow of air into the lungs.
Sarah Silverman with her boyfriend Michael Sheen in 2016
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.
The Emmy-winning comedienne took to Twitter to shoot down reports that claim she and Sheen will soon become engaged.
Despite recent media reports, Sarah Silverman has no desire to become engaged to her Welsh actor boyfriend Michael Sheen, according to the comedienne, who adamantly states that she "will never get married."
Silverman shot down reports that claim she and Sheen are going to become engaged
Silverman was forced to address a recent Star magazine story, titled 'Sarah Wants A Ring,' which claimed she had been suggesting to Sheen that she is ready for marriage by leaving "pictures of engagement rings all over the place."
Chris Pratt has been announced as the host for the premier episode of Saturday Night Live's new season.
There is just no stopping Chris Pratt. Funny, attractive, and the kind of guy everyone wants as a best friend, he's gone from supporting cast member in 'Parks and Recreation' to global superstar thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy, and it seems there's no end in sight to Pratt's word domination. Next up he'll be taking on the mantel of 'Saturday Night Live' host as the hit US variety sketch show gears up for its fortieth season.
Chris Pratt with on-screen wife Aubrey Plaza
The three hour gala special will air on September 27th and undoubtedly will feature a lot of guest appearences from 'Saturday Night Live' alumni. Ariana Grande will be the musical guest. The show has kick-started the careers of actors including Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Kristen Wiig, and Pratt's 'Parks and Recreation' co-star, Amy Poehler.
Continue reading: Chris Pratt To Host Saturday Night Live Season Premiere
The Emmy Awards was one of the most glitzy yet.
In an Emmy Awards that most agree was a stone-cold classic, AMC's meth-drama 'Breaking Bad' was the big winner, taking home most of the night's major TV awards including the big one: outstanding drama series. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn all took home acting gongs, leaving a couple of big, big players - Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Woody Harrelson - going home with nothing.
Bryan Cranston kissed Julia Louis-Dreyfus on stage [Getty/Kevin Winter]
Cranston probably deserved his Emmy for meth dealer Walter White in Breaking Bad's final season, though some raised eyebrows at the snubbing of McConaughey given his faultless performance as Rust Cohle in HBO's 'True Detective'. The current recipient of the Oscar for best actor was nevertheless in high spirits and was the butt of several jokes given his status as one of the world's best. "You don't belong here," said Jimmy Kimmel at one point, "And take Julia Roberts with you."
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Comedienne Sarah Silverman is 42, and with several successful standups, TV shows and webseries under her belt, she is now releasing her first ever HBO standup comedy special, We Are Miracles. Obviously, the lady is doing something right, succeeding in a male dominated field and all that. Even so, one critic, writing for Variety, seems to disagree, hinting that the comedienne, whose performances are often very explicit, should tone it down a bit.
Career-wise, Silverman is in peak form at the moment.
We’ll try not to use the word “sexist” too early, but according to Brian Lowry, Silverman has “limited herself by appearing determined to prove she can be as dirty and distasteful as the boys” in her new special, set to premiere on November 23. Because, you know, women can’t naturally have a raunchy sense of humor or anything.
2014 is set to bring some very interesting films, including Seth McFarlane's sophomore directorial effort, A Million Ways To Die In The West.
As the anticipation for his sophomore film effort builds, Seth McFarlane reunites with Universal to co-write, direct, produce and star in A Million Ways to Die in the West. The studio has just recently come aboard to finance and distribute the western, but it isn’t exactly a risky bid for them, after McFarlane’s big screen debut Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg opposite an animated potty-mouthed teddy bear, became an international smash success and grossed $549 million worldwide. Obviously Hollywood is impressed with McFarlane’s work on Ted, as well as the animated series Family Guy and American Dad! because the writer managed to score some extremely coveted actors to fill the cast of Ways to Die. The list includes Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman and Giovanni Ribisi.
According to Reuters, via Yahoo News, the film will tell the story of a sheep farmer named Albert. And no, the exact premise isn’t known yet, but we mostly have faith in McFarlane’s ability to make this vastly unappealing premise somehow interesting. Plus, a lot of the creators of Ted – notably, producers Scott Stuber and Jason Clark and co-writers Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin – have been drafted in to work on this, so, barring some inevitable for this team crude jokes and cheap laughs, A Million Ways To Die In The West sounds like a pretty promising production. The film is due to be released on May 30, 2014 across American theatres. And for those of you eagerly awaiting Ted 2, do not fret – that’s almost inevitable in the future too, as Universal has bought the rights to both films.
McFarlane is gearing up to prove that his first big screen success wasn't just a fluke.
Seth MacFarlane is looking to add Sarah Silverman to the already impressive cast in his new movie, A Million Ways To Die In The West.
Seth Macfarlane is currently working on a new project, the comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West, and has moved another step closer towards getting filming started by adding yet another star to it's already impressive cast. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Silverman is in talks to be added to the project that also features Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Giovanni Ribis, as well as MacFarlane in the staring role.
Seth MacFarlane is keen to follow-up the success of Ted.
Sarah Silverman has teamed up with Michael Cera for new comedy network 'Jash'
Comedienne Sarah Silverman and actor Michael Cera launched the new YouTube comedy network 'Jash' with sketch duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and rap-comic Reggie Watts at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday (March 10, 2013). The high profile foursome jumped at the chance to start-up the network after being approached by Google to produce comedy material for a new online source.
"We each have pages within Jash and we each can curate those pages," Silverman told the Hollywood Reporter at the Texan festival, "This is what we think is funny. It may not be your cup of tea, but there's no testing involved, there's no second-guessing of what a 14-year-old boy would like. It's just a place to do stuff and fail or not fail." The group is already hard at work on material to fill Jash's pages, with Silverman preparing a "French film noir trailer" while Cera - fresh from working on Netflix's Arrested Development revival - is creating a 25 minute short film.
With the talent in place, Jash has called in the heavyweights to pull the levers backstage. Douglas De Lucas - a co-executive producer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! - and Daniel Kellison, the creator of Crank, Yankers and The Man Show, will oversee things.
Continue reading: Sarah Silverman And Michael Cera Launch 'Jash' Comedy At SXSW
Big name comedians say new comedy channel aims for 'quality over quantity'
Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, SXSW, YouTube, Google… is this the hippest thing the comedy world has ever seen? If it isn’t, it’s got to be a close second, surely. The Hollywood Reporter have spoken to comedian Sarah Silverman about the new Google-funded YouTube comedy channel that she and comic actor Michael Cera have launched, named Jash.
Sarah Silverman has launched a new online comedy channel named Jash
“We each have pages within Jash and we each can curate those pages," Silverman told The Hollywood Reporter. "This is what we think is funny. It may not be your cup of tea, but there’s no testing involved, there’s no second-guessing of what a 14-year-old boy would like. It’s just a place to do stuff and fail or not fail.” The Pair are joined by Tim Heidecker, Reggie Watts and Eric Wareheim in their new venture, which launched at the annual South By South West arts and technology festival in Austin, Texas.
Continue reading: Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera Launch YouTube Comedy ‘Jash’ At SXSW
Sarah Silverman’s sister was amongst a group of women detained in Jerusalem, for praying at a Jewish holy site, dressed in garb normally reserved for men. Susan Silverman, along with Anat Hoffman and others, are members of a liberal group named Women of the Wall, who go to the Western Wall once a month to pray and, according to Associated Press, “conduct certain rituals, such as wearing prayer shawls and skullcaps and singing out loud;” all practises normally reserved for men, under the rules of strict Orthodox Jewish groups.
Sarah Silverman was outspoken in her praise for her sister, saying she was “SO proud” of her sister’s civil disobedience. Sarah Silverman being Sarah Silverman, though, her full message was a little more colourful than that, saying “SO proud of my amazing sister @rabbisusan & niece @purplelettuce95 for their ballsout civil disobedience. Ur the tits! #womenofthewall.” Hoffman, who is the group’s chairwoman, said of the arrest “this is just attrition, they want the group to become frightened.”
The detentions took place on Monday, when 300 people gathered at the Western Wall during a prayer service, to protest the Orthodox control of the site. There were around 10 male supporters present, including veterans from the paratroopers’ battalion. Hoffman confirmed that none of those arrested had been charged with any formal crime.
Rebel Wilson, the comedy actress currently starring in Pitch Perfect, will host the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, the network announced in a first look trailer on Thursday (December 20, 2012). Set to air on April 14, Wilson will become the first woman to host the event since Sarah Silverman emceed in 2007.
Female comedians are taking over next year's awards' ceremonies, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey tasked with hosting the Golden Globes. The MTV Awards sometimes get it right with their hosts (Russell Brand, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Will Smith), though often get it very, very, wrong. Lindsay Lohan hosted in 2004, while Jessica Alba didn't exactly set the show alight in 2006. Anyway, Wilson - as the comedy actress of the moment - seems a pretty solid choice. The Australian played Brynn in the smash-hit Bridesmaids and went on to star in A Few Best Men, What To Expect When You're Expecting, and Pitch Perfect. She's currently writing a comedy named Super Fun for the ABC Network, and stars alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in the action-comedy Pain & Gain.
The 2012 MTV Movie Awards was held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in June. It was dominated by The Hunger Games, Twilight and Bridesmaids.
Continue reading: Pitch Perfect Star Rebel Wilson To Host MTV Movie Awards 2013
Wreck-it Ralph, the new computer-animated comedy from Disney, has received storming reviews ahead of its release this week. The movie, featuring the voices of John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, tells the story of an arcade game villain who rebels against his role as a 'baddie' and dreams of becoming a hero.
Noted critic Roger Ebert suggested Disney has got it right yet again, writing, "The art design and color palette of "Wreck-It Ralph" permit unlimited sets, costumes and rules, giving the movie tireless originality and different behavior in every different cyber word." Variety's Peter Debruge also showered the film with praise, writing, "There are a staggering number of rules governing the gameplay in Wreck-It Ralph, and one of the toon's greatest pleasures comes in how intuitively audiences discover those parameters as the story unfolds." As is often perfectly judged by Disney, family movies need to provide as much for adults as they do for children, (see Toy Story) and Justin Lowe of the Hollywood Reporter spoke of Wreck-It Ralph's ability to carry this off with aplomb. "With a mix of retro eye-candy for grown-ups and a thrilling, approachable storyline for the tykes, the film casts a wide and beguiling net," he wrote.
As has been widely reported, Disney completed its takeover of LucasFilm this week, signalling its intention to release several new Star Wars movies.
Continue reading: Wreck-It Ralph Appears To Be Disney's Latest Success Story
When Margot and Daniel meet on a plane, they have an immediate connection; their chemistry is intense and they can't shake off the feeling that they've met before. This movies isn't your ten a penny love story though as Margot is happily married to Lou, a cookbook writer. However when it turns out that rickshaw driver Daniel lives on the same street as the happy couple and begins to regularly pop up in Margot's daily routine when back home, their intensity blossoms and throws the certainty of Margot and Lou's domestic life into question. Call it destiny, whimsy or coincidence; the two begin to lust for one another more and more after their aeronautical meeting and this love triangle becomes an extremely passionate affair.
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She then opted to write her own ticket, returning to stand-up, making occasional film appearances, and honing Jesus is Magic, the one-woman mostly-stand-up show, now available as a feature film. The film version combines her standup act with a handful of cutaways to songs and skits. A few of her comic buddies make appearances, but as Silverman informs us during the opening number, the film is really about her, and only her.
Continue reading: Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic Review
Tracing its origins to vaudeville, this "comic's joke" is tantamount to a secret handshake among comedians and their friends. Although versions vary widely, it basically goes like this: A man seeking show biz representation walks into a talent agent's office and describes his family's act, which consists of various illegal and unspeakable activities including incest, bestiality, necrophilia, and an explosion of bodily fluids. After the man finishes, the appalled agent asks what this horrible act is called, to which the man responds, "The Aristocrats!"
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Jack Black isn't an actor, he's a clown -- and a one-schitck clown at that.
Compare any two-minute clip of his new comedy "School of Rock" to any of his scenes from "Orange County," "Shallow Hal" or "Saving Silverman," and you'll see the exact same tongue-wagging and eye-bugging mugging, the exact same frenzied, finger-knotting gestures and roly-poly, off-balance dancing, the exact same eyebrow-stitching failed attempts at momentary sincerity, and the exact same set-devouring dialogue delivery.
"Read between the lines, baby! Read between the lines!" he whispers then screams, whispers then screams while giving a three-fingered flip-off to the musicians who have just kicked the embarrassing stage-hog out of their band in this movie's establishing scene.
Continue reading: School Of Rock Review
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