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‘Keanu’ Review: Key & Peele Shine in Meow-kay Comedy

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‘Keanu’ Review: Key & Peele Shine in Meow-kay Comedy
The path from cable-tv comedy to the big screen is anything but smooth: For every “Trainwreck,” there are plenty of also-rans, ranging from the middling (“The Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy,” the “Mr. Show” vehicle “Run Ronnie Run”) to the disastrous (“Strangers with Candy”). The pacing of a comedy sketch, or even a half-hour sitcom, isn’t enough to hold a movie audience’s attention for 90 minutes, so even if the jokes are great, the downtime between them has to engage as well. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” haven’t quite licked the downtime problem.
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Garry Shandling, Star of 'The Larry Sanders Show,' Dead at 66

Garry Shandling, Star of 'The Larry Sanders Show,' Dead at 66
Garry Shandling, star of The Larry Sanders Show and It's Garry Shandling's Show, has died. TMZ reports that he was not suffering from a specific illness but was in a hospital at the time of his death. Police confirmed the actor's death to The Associated Press. He was 66.

Related: Garry Shandling: True Lies

The comic originally made a name for himself in the late Seventies and early Eighties for his dry, ironic wit and humorously pained grimace. Between comedy stages, television programs and Hollywood films in the decades since then,
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Looking back at Mr. Show With Bob & David

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As Bob Odenkirk and David Cross reunite for Netflix's W/Bob & David, we revisit the pair's original comedy series, Mr. Show...

“Hey, everybody! It's Bob and David!”

This Friday, Netflix will release four episodes of W/Bob & David, a new sketch show that reunites the cast of HBO's ground-breaking comedy series Mr. Show With Bob & David. For comedy fans of all stripes, this is unspeakably good news.

Mr. Show ran for 30 episodes (plus two clip show specials) between 1995 and 1998. It didn't set the world alight in terms of audience figures, but its weird and wonderful stylings mark it as a forerunner to shows like The Sarah Silverman Show, Portlandia, Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer and Tim & Eric Awesome Show! Great Job. To many of the alternative comedians currently working and coming up, Mr. Show is nothing short of the American answer to Monty Python's Flying Circus.

In
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Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

Sound On Sight Podcast, #400: Final Episode featuring ‘Inherent Vice’ and the Top 10 Movies of 2014 with guests Adam Nayman and Kate Rennebohm

This is it, folks. After 400(!) episodes, Ricky and Simon decided to wrap up the Sound on Sight podcast. To send it off in style, they take a look back at the very best films of 2014, with some help from a variety of former guest- and co-hosts. Smack dab in the middle, with the help of special guests Kate Rennebohm and Adam Nayman, they go deep on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, the biggest missing piece in their 2014 moviegoing. It’s a nearly three-hour blowout, because it didn’t seem right to go out small. Cheers!

P.T. Anderson Week Spotlight Red States and Blue States: Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love and an Ode to Godard The Case against Paul Thomas AndersonInherent Vice’ a narcotic vision that demands
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Directed by Bob Odenkirk

In addition to being a modern comedy giant, Bob Odenkirk seems like a really nice guy. He’s like the Dave Grohl of comedy, minus the backlash. The movies have not treated him all that well, however, particularly in the case of the Mr. Show-derived Run Ronnie Run, which became a heavily-compromised affair. Still, Odenkirk has to date managed to produce three features as a director, and they remain largely under the radar as far as mainstream audiences are concerned. With his star having risen via Breaking Bad, and now Better Call Saul, Odenkirk seems poised for greater popular recognition. Here’s hoping the extra clout can him back behind the camera making features because, as good as the first three are, it feels like the best is still ahead of him.

Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)

Mr. Show fans could not have expected Odenkirk’s debut feature to be
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Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Friday, July 25th

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Friday, July 25th
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

Friday, July 25

10:00am - 11:00am - Cartoon Network: Uncle Grandpa & Clarence

Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from
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Best of Fest: Sundance 2014′s Top 20 New Voices (20-11)

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Commonly known as a lieu that breeds new filmmaking talents, Caitlin Coder, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell and I had the pleasure of uncovering/discovering a new batch of filmmaker talents (here is last year’s list). Here are our Top 20 New Voices countdown:

#20. Tessa Louise-Salome (Mr. Leos Carax)

Described as a work in progress, documentarian Tessa Louise-Salome continues her fascination with Leos Carax in this debut. A look at the mysterious and alluring director, we are guided through his scant but magnificent filmography with snippets and clips, while she interviews several cast members of his works, including Denis Lavant and Kylie Minogue, as well as Harmony Korine, who had cast Carax in his 2007 film, Mister Lonely. While we never quite get to learn anything more about the man known as Leos Carax, it’s a welcome substitute for the aficionados and fans that wish he would work more frequently.
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11 Pop-Culture Books to Entertain You This Fall

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11 Pop-Culture Books to Entertain You This Fall
Fall won't officially descend upon us until September 22, but — thanks to the many, many, many excellent book recommendations offered up by New York Magazine — savvy book-reading squirrels (i.e., people) are already storing up tasty acorns (i.e., books) to consume as the weather turns nastier. We've spotted ten other upcoming new titles and a notable reissue that entertainment junkies might also want to gather up this autumn.Hollywood Said No! Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings From the Creators of Mr. Show, by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross with Brian PosehnA comedic compilation of rejected thought droppings (Bob and David Make a Movie? No, not again ... ) from Mr. Show creators Odenkirk and Cross that will remind readers of the tough truths of Hollywood, and also that it's time to revisit Run Ronnie Run! (Available now, Grand Central Publishing, $16) Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy
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Ology Interview: Scott Aukerman (Aka Hot Saucerman, Hot Soccermom)

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I have been listening to Comedy Bang Bang for years. The essential podcast, originally titled after the comedy show Comedy Death Ray, is run by host Scott Aukerman. Over the years, Aukerman has gotten scores of the best comedians around to come on his show, both as themselves and as characters. The result? Aural pleasure that will have you laughing out loud on the subway like a crazy person.

I was thrilled with the announcement that IFC had picked up the podcast to turn into a television show. Aukerman, along with "band leader" Reggie Watts, bring their own dose of surrealism, irreverence and fresh comedy to the show along with many of your favorite actors and comedians. I'll post the review of that soon (Spoiler Alert: It's Great).

I had to really calm myself before I interviewed Aukerman, due to the fact that I might accidentally propose marriage or offer
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Retro Active: Run Ronnie Run (2002)

by Nick Schager

[This week's "Retro Active" pick is inspired by the TV sketch-comedy-goes-full-feature (sorta) Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.]

The perils of transporting cult TV comedy to the big screen has few case studies more glaring than Run Ronnie Run, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross' sole, failed attempt to cross their '90s sketch-comedy sensation Mr. Show over to theaters. Plagued by studio interference and conflict with director Troy Miller, Odenkirk and Cross' film—a satire about fame and the burgeoning reality-tv craze focused on redneck idiot Ronnie Dobbs (Cross)—met an ignominious fate, with its release shuttled altogether in favor of a direct-to-dvd fate that, it turned out, was a deserving outcome for a work that even its makers eventually admitted wasn't very good. That subversive small-screen comedians floundered in transposing free-flowing comedic insanity to a more structured three-act movie isn't a particularly unique development (see also: The Kids in the Hall's Brain Candy). Yet more frustrating about Run Ronnie Run isn't that
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The Sundance Review Revue: Tim And Eric’S Billion Dollar Movie

The Sundance Film Festival is known as a haven for indie filmmakers, but over its history it's also been a very welcoming venue for indie-minded TV-makers as well. A surprising number of films spun off from television shows have premiered in Park City over the years, from Wet Hot American Summer (from the creators of The State) to Run Ronnie Run (from the creators of Mr. Show) to Strangers With Candy (from the creators of either Temptation Island or Strangers With Candy, I forget.). To that great tradition, we now add Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, written and directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, and made in the style of their beloved cult Adult Swim series, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! If you're not familiar with Tim and Eric, I'm not inserting superlatives into the title; that's the name of the show. And if you're not
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David Cross: 'There won't be a Mr. Show reunion'

David Cross: 'There won't be a Mr. Show reunion'
David Cross has dismissed the possibility of a Mr. Show reunion. The actor was recently questioned by Collider on if he would reteam with his Mr. Show co-star Bob Odenkirk for a live tour in the future. "No, I think the time has passed for that, unfortunately," Cross replied. Cross and Odenkirk starred in the sketch comedy series for four seasons on HBO from 1995 to 1998. They later revived Mr. Show character Ronnie Dobbs for the spinoff movie Run Ronnie Run, but Cross and Odenkirk have both admitted their dissatisfaction with the finished film. (more)
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Bob Odenkirk Prepping New Comedy Featuring ‘Mr. Show’ Co-Star David Cross

Bob Odenkirk Prepping New Comedy Featuring ‘Mr. Show’ Co-Star David Cross
Long before HBO was known for shows about organized crime, polygamy, cougars and Hollywood, it was known for cutting edge comedy. At the center of that was the cult sketch comedy show Mr. Show, co-created by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. During its three-year run, the show excelled in irreverent, offensive but hilarious sketches. However, since it ended in 1998, with the exception of the Mr. Show spin-off movie Run Ronnie Run, the comedy duo have mostly walked their own paths. According to this latest news, those paths might cross again soon. Odenkirk, who has been working as a director [1], is prepping a new film called Annie Jenkins: A Not Very Romantic Comedy and though he's still acquiring financing, he has verbal commitments from Krysten Ritter [2], Rainn Wilson, Dennis Farina and, yes, David Cross, to appear. Read more after the jump. Odenkirk exclusively broke the news of this project to The
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Happiness Comes In Small Doses, Folks | 12 Actors We Can Tolerate In Cameos or Bit Parts

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There are certain stars that seem to burn brightly when given brief exposure, and yet may fade or twinkle less when overexposed. Sometimes, with just a cameo or a secondary, even tertiary role, an actor's presence is like a welcome fresh breeze. It's like tapas, a perfect sampling of their talent and verve that never overstays its welcome.

The following 12 actors are pretty awesome when nibbled as amuse bouche. I'm recognizing the greatness of these actors in ensemble pieces, roles with less screen time, or even just bit parts. That's not to say all of them should never have leading roles. That's not to say that there haven't been better cameo performances. It's just that when shining in brief glimpses, these actors and actresses tend to be at the top of their game.

Kevin Spacey: Moon, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Glengarry Glen Ross

Jack Black: Anchorman, Run Ronnie Run,
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Mystery Team (2009) Movie Review

There are extremely few motion pictures produced by sketch comedy troupes that are actually worth the time and effort it takes to track them down. “Run Ronnie Run”, for example, was completely disowned by “Mr. Show” masterminds David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, guys I consider to be comedic geniuses. “Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy” may not be completely unbearable, but it never rises to the level of brilliance found in the first few seasons of their wildly hilarious television series. The Whitest Kids U Know, meanwhile, might be funny in bite-sized pieces, but endearing these goofballs in a feature-length movie is akin to snorting baking soda off the decaying backside of a dead squirrel. The less said about the unwatchable abomination known as “Miss March”, the better. Derrick Comedy’s surprisingly solid 2009 endeavor “Mystery Team” is the sort of film that reminds me why, precisely, I waste so much
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Movies That Deserve a Second Life: Comedy Edition

Welcome to another edition of Movies That Deserve a Second Life. If you need a refresher on what I’m referring to by “second life,” check out the Action/Adventure Edition. If you’re caught up, read on to see what funny flics I felt were unfairly ignored/disliked upon its release or have been forgotten in the years since its release.

Comedy is almost certainly the most subjective of all genres. What makes one person laugh is guaranteed to make another yawn or wrinkle his/her brow. Some find juvenilia in poor taste while others bust a gut. Everyone claims to have a sense of humor, but almost no one enjoys every type of humor there is, from dry wit and pungent satire to bodily fluid gags and intentionally groan-worthy puns. Therefore, I think it’s safe to say that no one (besides myself) will be satisfied with every choice.
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Cinematical Seven: Good Sundance Films That Never Played Theatrically

Of the 120 or so feature films that play at the Sundance Film Festival every year, only about half wind up being released in U.S. theaters. Another couple dozen premiere on cable, and a few more go straight to DVD -- though of course no one ever hears about them, since they were under-the-radar indies that didn't play theatrically. Such is life.

There's often a certain fairness to this, as it's often the mediocre or bad films that get swept into oblivion. But sometimes good movies get this treatment, too, worthy flicks that just couldn't attract a theatrical distributor but did manage to make it to DVD. I've been keeping track of these titles over the years, and here are seven of them. They never played on the silver screen outside of film festivals, but you can find them all on small silver discs through Amazon and Netflix.

Run Ronnie Run!
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