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A Thousand Words – Just Seen It Review

Jack is a fast talking agent with a beautiful family and great career. But when a tree in his yard loses a leaf for every word he speaks, he is convinced that when the tree is bare, he will die. Jack tries to navigate his world without speaking while trying to save his own life.

Starring Eddie Murphy, Cliff Curtis and Kerry Washington.
Directed by Brian Robbins.
Written by Steve Koren.
Produced By Nicolas Cage, Alain Chabat, Stephanie Danan and Norman Golightly.
Genre: Broad Comedy.

21 Jump Street – Just Seen It Review


Schmidt and Jenko are friends and rookie cops who mess up their first arrest. So they are transferred to a special division that sends them back to high school to bust a drug ring. But trying to fit in as students while tracking down the drug source proves more difficult than they imagined.

Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube.
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Written by Michael Bacall.
Produced by Stephen J. Cannell and Neal H. Moritz.
Genre: Action Comedy.

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Project X – Just Seen It Movie Review


Three underachieving high school seniors decide to throw a party to make a name for themselves. But as word of the event spreads, its starts to get out of control. The three try to salvage their lives while creating a legend.
Starring Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Daniel Brown.
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh.
Written by Matt Drake and Michael Bacall.
Produced by Todd Phillips.
Genre: Teen Action Comedy Drama.


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Wanderlust – Just Seen It Movie Review

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After he loses his job, George and his wife Linda must moves from NYC to live with his brother in Atlanta. But on their drive south, they discover a commune right out of the 1960s. Deciding to leave the rat race behind, George and Linda give the commune life a try in WANDERLUST.

Starring Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Alan Alda and Malin Akerman.
Directed by David Wain.
Written by David Wain and Ken Marino.
Produced by Judd Apatow, Ken Marino and David Wain.
Genre: Comedy.

2012 DGA Awards

The Directors Guild of America honored directors from both the film and television industry on January 28, 2012. Some of the top directors competing for the titles of Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film, Comedy Series, Musical Variety, Dramatic Series, and Mini-Series, gathered their casts and crews at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

Some of the big names that were vying for awards this year were 30 Rock, Modern Family and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In addition to honorees, stars filled the event as well: Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys and Fred Savage to name a few.

Though Michael Hazanavicius took the coveted award for Feature Film, this year’s comedy series category proved to be one of the most competitive:

30 Rock  (NBC)
30 Rock is a television comedy that was created by Tina Fey. The whole series is based on her experiences as the head writer for Saturday Night Live. A show with-in a show, the series takes place behind the scenes based of a fictional comedy sketch show. 30 Rock actually refers to the building where the program is produced, the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Modern Family (ABC)
Modern Family is centered on the lives of three branches of the same family. This comedy does a beautiful job of comically portraying the things that plague most of our families. There are running bits about old grudges, broken stairs and the odd quirks every family tries to hide. The show is shot as if it were a documentary, so there is plenty of footage of the characters doing normal activities such as eating breakfast, running the washing machine or playing ball. This series does a beautiful job of balancing outrageously funny moments with touching scenes that showcase the good in families.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
This series is focused on Larry David’s life as a producer and writer in New York City. It revolves around his many personalities and problems with social conventions and their expectations of him. He is easily annoyed by the way other people behave and has a hard time letting go of anything. The whole show is filmed without a script, so it can often take a hilarious turn that even the producers didn’t originally see coming.

 

All three shows are ratings-toppers and fan favorites, but only one could take home the prize. With his second DGA, director Robert Weide’s directorial team took home the prize for Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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NBC Grants Full Seasons to New Comedies

NBC has picked up the new comedies Up All Night and Whitney for the remainder of the 2011-12 season, while the cancellation axe fell upon “The Playboy Club”.  Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment made the pick-up announcement today stating, “We made comedy an important goal for us this season and I’m very pleased to be making full-season commitments to both  ‘Whitney’  and  ‘Up All Night’.   We’re thrilled with the creative direction of both shows as well as the potential for them to continue to build loyal audiences over the coming months. We’re proud of all of the producers, writers, actors, and directors who have worked so hard to bring these shows to life.”

Up All Night,” created by Emmy Award nominee Emily Spivey (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and “Saturday Night Live”) and executive-produced by multi-Emmy winner Lorne Michaels (NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock”), is an irreverent look at modern parenthood.  Christina Applegate stars as Reagan Brinkley: loving wife, successful career woman, life of the party and, most recently, mom. Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the clichés of motherhood, Reagan adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband, Chris (played by Will Arnett).

NBC’s new multi-camera comedy “Whitney” is a hilarious look at modern-day love, which centers around Whitney (Whitney Cummings, “Chelsea Lately”) and Alex (Chris D’Elia, “Glory Daze”), a happily unmarried couple. Together for three years, the duo is in no rush to get hitched, which seems to get a mixed response from their friends.  At the end of the day, Whitney and Alex try to have a relationship on their own terms – in a world that expects a more traditional approach.

ADDENDUM:  My apologies.  Rather than stating it as a fact that “The Playboy Club” has been canceled, the phrasing should have been that “the cancellation axe appears ready to fall on The Playboy Club”.  As of today, there has not been any definite decision.

 

Preview: New Comedy NEW GIRL

In FOX’s new comedy NEW GIRL, Zooey Deschanel is reason enough to watch even if she weren’t absolutely adorable, endearing and hilarious.  It is premiering Tuesdays at 9:00 pm and facing some difficult competition being up against  Biggest Loser,  NCIS,  and the  Dancing With the Stars  results show.  But at least NEW GIRL offers viewers a chance to get away from reality shows and procedurals, therefore I certainly hope it can grab a good chunk of audience.

Zooey plays Jess Day, a young woman who, after discovering her long-term boyfriend is cheating on her, moves into a loft apartment with three male roommates —  Nick [Jake Johnson], the prickly bartender who is still pining after his ex; Schmidt [Max Greenfield], the womanizer who works in an office full of ladies; and Coach [Damon Wayans, Jr.], an intense personal trainer. The guys try to help Jess get back on her feet and back into the dating world.  Overall, I found NEW GIRL to be delightful, fresh, funny, and yes, adorable.

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Grab a FREE Issue of The Devastator Today

Today only, from 10am to 10pm PST, you can download the third issue of The Devastator absolutely free. The Devastator is a quarterly comedy magazine featuring a mix of funny writing and original comics, with each issue tied to a theme.  It features new works by more than 25 renowned and upcoming writers and artists from Conan, The Simpsons, Marvel and DC Comics, Adult Swim, Onion News Network, McSweeney’s and more!  This generous gift (full color, 54 pages, valued at $8) is in part a celebration of August birthdays of the Editors as well as a great marketing tool since there is no better way to advertise your product than to give away a free sample.

This third issue covers the world of cats with takeoffs of Garfield, LOLcats, Hello Kitty and so much more.  Contributions are included from Jeffrey Brown (Incredible Change-Bots), Mike Sacks (Here’s the Kicker), Becky + Frank (Tiny Kitten Teeth), R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), Todd Alcott (Antz, DC’s Bizarro World), Pierre Bernard Jr. (“Conan”) and more.  You and all your friends can get your free download in a pdf file here:  http://devastator.storenvy.com/  After visiting the site, click on the free PDF, and follow the checkout instructions to receive the download link via email.  This includes your full name and address, although savvy internet users who would have preferred a simple download have ways around this little annoyance to maintain their privacy.  Of course, if you enjoy this free issue, you can become a subscriber to keep the laughs coming on a quarterly basis.  Visit the magazine’s site here: http://www.devastatorquarterly.com/

New Comedy “The Paul Reiser Show” on NBC

Paul Reiser will make his return to a TV comedy series on Thursday, April 14, 2011.  And as the promos state, it is airing  8:30 pm before Will Ferrell’s debut on ‘The Office’.  But Reiser, the accomplished actor, writer and stand-up comedian, doesn’t really need to ride on any coattails.  Something that can be attested to by all those who best remember him for the long-running (seven years) and critically acclaimed comedy series which he co-created and starred in along with Helen Hunt in the ‘90s titled “Mad About You.”  This time around, in an odd fantasy-imitates-reality set-up, the new comedy series features Reiser who stars as – Paul Reiser – who ponders his next career move after the conclusion of his hit TV series.  In the pilot episode Paul auditions for a game show produced by Mark Burnett and learns he is competing with Larry David for the job.  Meanwhile, Paul’s pals go overboard while helping their kids with school projects.

The full press release follows the jump and includes stills released by NBC from the pilot episode titled “The Father’s Occupation.”   The show can be followed:

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/PaulReiserShow

TWITTER: thttp://twitter.com/paulreisershow

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Preview: FOX’s New Comedy “Breaking In”

Attendees at WonderCon had the unique opportunity to screen the Pilot episode of FOX’s new comedy series “Breaking In” right before the panel discussion.  The series will be premiering Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 9:30pm immediately following ratings behemoth American Idol.

FOX’s description of the series is as follows:  BREAKING IN is an offbeat half-hour workplace comedy about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme – and often questionable – measures to sell their protection services. Created by Adam F. Goldberg and Seth Gordon, the series centers on a team of uniquely skilled oddball geniuses hand-picked to work for a manipulative mastermind.

Contra Security, corporate America’s answer to “The A-Team,” gives clients a sense of security by first ripping it away. The firm is led by OZ (Christian Slater), a larger-than-life head honcho who is a man of mystery and master of manipulation. The members of the odd squad include alluring bad girl MELANIE (Odette Annable), who is in charge of lock-picking, safe-cracking and heart-breaking; and CASH (Alphonso McAuley), a fanboy who specializes in strategy, logistics and office pranks only a mad genius could think up.  Oz’s newest recruit, plucked right out of college, is lovable and charming computer hacker CAMERON PRICE (Bret Harrison). Unfortunately for Cameron, cracking into state-of-the-art security systems is a lot easier than dealing with his co-workers. Between Melanie’s sex appeal and Cash’s hazing, Cameron has more than a few obstacles to overcome if he wants to cement his status as part of the team and become Oz’s go-to guy.

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