Doug Hyun/NetflixFive, ten, maybe twenty years from now, when some curious newb cues up Netflix s Lady Dynamite—and, based on the first four episodes alone, people will be watching this smart, happily trippy series for a long while—they ll be seeing a lot of sitcom anomalies: It treats mental illness with delicacy, precision, and an utter lack of lesson-ladling seriousness; it jams together a whole mess of 21st-century comedy styles without having them collapse upon impact; and it s the first binge-era series in which a character turns the phrase cradle the balls and work the shaft into a catchy, easy-to-repeat sing-along I m just guessing on the last point, as I still haven t seen Bosch .Once Maria snaps out of her reverie, though, she s back to her new reality, one in which she s on meds, out of work, and in the office of her kind but feckless manager played with delightful fussiness by A Serious Man s Fred Melamed , to whom she breaks the news that, after her breakdown, she needs to take it easy, career-wise.So while Lady Dynamite sends Maria off on a search for connection and understanding—a search that finds her setting up a community bench for her neighbors on her front lawn, dating a bisexual meth-addict, and joining a support group for white people who worry they may be racist—she s often undermined by both her own screw-ups, and by an industry that constantly wants to sell her out and shut her up.Throughout Lady Dynamite, we jump back and forth between Maria s pre- and post-treatment showbiz career, and the Hollywood it depicts is a beautiful but insufferably shrill hellhole—a city pockmarked by cynical opportunists and calculating frenemies, all slaves to an industry that churns out hours worth of racist, misogynist network sitcoms or big-chain commercials that make everyone rich while shoplifting their souls.In Duluth, we watch as Maria tries to fit in among her parents Mary Kay Place and Ed Begley Jr. , her fellow patients, her cubicle-manacled coworkers, and her cruelly condescending childhood best friend MadTV s Mo Collins ; such flashbacks find her rudderless, unable to perform onstage without wilting.Back in Hollywood, she may still be adrift, but at least she s no less crazy than her peers, which includes Saturday Night Live s Ana Gasteyer as a cravenly phony agent she s the one who belts out that impromptu balls/shaft ditty, for reasons too long and happily silly to divulge here as well as Playing House star and new-comedy economy mainstay Lennon Parham as Maria s lazy, underminey assistant.
The Do-Over TrailerFor a short period of time, Adam Sandler seemed destined for greatness.Thanks to his work on Saturday Night Live and iconic roles in films like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, he was on the verge of becoming the biggest name in comedy hard though that is to believe .Somehow, the man who gave us gems like The Wedding Singer was soon bringing us abominations like Jack and Jill and That s My Boy.Starring Sandler and fellow Saturday Night Live alum David Spade, the film centers on Sandler and Spade s characters faking their own deaths to escape their boring and monotonous lives.— the fake identities they assume soon get them into big trouble with guys who know their way around a pistol.The film isn t going to win any awards, but the rare occasion when Sandler can deliver a trailer that doesn t look horrid is certainly worth drawing attention to.
No compatible source was found for this video.Lonely Island—the crew that made Saturday Night Live a viral video juggernaut with its digital shorts—has a new movie: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.It s incredibly funny, and proves the crew s quick-hit musical humor can elicit LOLs for 86 minutes.In this slightly NSFW clip, the Lonely Islanders—Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone—and producer Judd Apatow discuss how the movie came together.They re mostly goofing around.Think of it as a mini-mockumentary about their feature-length mockumentary.
With Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld s hilarious web series, soon to return, Crackle dropped the season 8 trailer Monday.As usual, the funnyman has a fantastic lineup of guest stars, automobiles, and adventures.Season 8 will bring viewers along on a variety of excursions, with the trailer giving a preview of destinations ranging from restaurants to a comedy club and even a campsite.Along the way, Seinfeld will be joined by Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, comedienne Margaret Cho, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, film writer and producer Judd Apatow, stand-up comic Jim Gaffigan, and actor J.B. Smoove.Naturally, the Emmy-nominated series will be full of humor as Seinfeld and his copilots talk about transgender issues, monkeys, Hitler, shoes, and much more.The trailer only gives snippets of the conversations to come, but knowing the show, they re sure to be endlessly entertaining.
Trends data from the search engine reveal that Americans have some oddball — and decidedly unpolitical — queries about the Democratic candidates.For each candidate, the most popular search query is about which actor plays them on Saturday Night Live.The data show that people want to know what Donald Trump calls her.Beyond the SNL question, people want to know if Sanders is rich and whether he s still running for office.Ouch.The filter between your brain and that little search bar is pretty thin, is the overall point.
In its quest to explore more interactive media formats, Facebook is today introducing a new feature called 360 Photos, which lets people share immersive photos that can be controlled and viewed from different angles by the viewer.Available on the web, Android, and iOS, 360 Photos can be created through capturing a panorama photo on your smartphone, or by snapping a 360 degree photo through a dedicated app or 360 degree camera.You can then share the photo through Facebook, as you would any other piece of media, and the app converts the file into the relevant format for Facebook s News Feed.360 Photos are marked by a little compass icon, and you can maneuver the photo around by tilting your phone, swiping with your finger, or click-and-dragging with a mouse desktop .Those with a Samsung Gear VR-compatible phone may also see a View in VR option, meaning they can slip their Samsung device into their Oculus-powered Gear VR headset and control the viewing by moving their head.Today s news comes nine months after Facebook rolled out support for 360-degree videos, with support from the likes of Discovery, GoPro, Saturday Night Live, and Disney s Star Wars.And, back in April, news emerged that Facebook had built its own 360 degree camera, with Mark Zuckerberg going on to post the company s first self-produced 360 degree video.While 360 degree videos are undoubtedly immersive, they re not quite so easy to create without dedicated cameras — Nokia recently launched the Ozo VR camera which ships for a cool $60,000, though there are much cheaper ones available for amateurs.But with 360 Photos, what Facebook has on its hands is a mass-market anyone can play product it hopes will turn what would have been a 3-second glance at a static photo into a 20-second immersive interaction.The new 360 Photos feature will be landing over the next few days, though you will be able to view 360 photos from today on the web and mobile — Facebook is working with a number of well-known brands including Paul McCartney, the New York Times, and NASA, all of whom will be sharing 360 Photos from today.
Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9HBO s Curb Your Enthusiasm has been in a weird sort of purgatory for years now.Though the show never officially ended — nor was it cancelled — the last time we saw a new episode from Larry David and co. was back in 2011.And of course, with each passing year, many fans of the show began to begrudgingly accept the fact that the show would probably never return to air.DON T MISS: Concept images of 2016 MacBook Pro with OLED touch panel are insaneIt turns out that David s recent stints as Bernie Sanders on Saturday Night Live may have whet his appetite for performing.During an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show this week, J.B. Smoove — who plays the character of Leon Black on the show — said that David is thinking about returning to write and shoot a new and 9th season of the award-winning show.If Larry does not say no, Smoove added, there s a possibility he s going to say yes.
Instead it s offering ad firms a limited opportunity to partner with SNL to create original branded content, according to AdWeek.The hidden ads of the futureWe don t yet know what SNL s new format will look like — a troubling enough thought for fans of the iconic comedy show, which has remained remarkably unaltered in its 40-plus years.But the precedent foreshadows an even more worrisome, broader trend ahead in the murky future of traditional TV.As Deadline reports, content creators like Viacom and Turner have made their own plans to cut back commercial airtime, with Turner s TruTV and TNT committed to eliminate as much as 50 percent of their ad airtime.Incorporating products into TV shows and movies is also far from a modern concept.Sometimes you don t know you re reading an article paid for by someone with skin in the game.
Jerry Seinfeld just released the trailer for season 8 of 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,' his internet talk show.It's available on Crackle, and will premiere Thursday, June 16.Guests for the upcoming six episodes will include "Last Week Tonight' host John Oliver, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, director and screenwriter Judd Apatow, and comedians Margaret Cho, Jim Gaffigan, and J.B. Smoove.And the cars: a Mercedes 300SL gullwing, Pontiac Firebird, Volkswagen Camper, Triumph TR3, Studebaker Avanti, and a Mazda Cosmo.Seinfeld is a noted car enthusiast and collector of Porsches.He claims to pick cars that match the personality of his guests, and so far his choices have been on point.Here's a look at some of the best so far.View As: One PageSlides
Activision Blizzard Studios announced today that its first television show, Skylanders Academy, will debut in the fall of 2016 on Netflix.The show is the latest move by Activision Blizzard to keep a solid grip on the billion-dollar-plus toys-to-life market, which the company pioneered in 2011 with Skylanders: Spyro s Adventure.The market grew quickly, but competition saturated it.Over the last five years, millions of families around the world have welcomed Skylanders characters into their homes.Netflix has signed the show up for two seasons.Produced under the supervision of showrunner Eric Rogers, Skylanders Academy features the voices of Justin Long Ask Me Anything as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale High School Musical as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks Breaking Bad as Eruptor, and Norm MacDonald Saturday Night Live as Glumshanks.Additional voice talent includes The Diamond Minecart, Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jonny Rees, and Harland Williams.Sher and van Dyk are joined by Sander Schwartz, the Emmy award-winning producer of animated hits including The Batman, The Aquabats!Activision Blizzard Studios enviable mission is to work with our extraordinary portfolio of franchise intellectual property and bring it to broader audiences on new platforms, said van Dyk.
Channing Tatum has had a very interesting career, starring in everything from Magic Mike to Step Up to Foxcatcher.As you may have heard, the actor now heads a production outfit called Free Association, and according to Entertainment Weekly, the company is throwing its weight behind Romanian buddy cop comedy Iron Fisting.The show s wonderfully weird premise is as follows: Two mismatched cops try to defend their communist homeland from the evils of capitalism and the West.The series will be shot in faux- 80s Romanian style — complete with bad dubbing into English — and it has already debuted its first poster, which you can check out below.No word yet on who will star in this series, who will broadcast it, when it will be released, or pretty much anything other than what we ve just told you, but color us intrigued.Scribes Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka, who collaborated on Animal Practice, are in charge of scripting the comedy, with Saturday Night Live alum Rhys Thomas set to direct.
Labor laws were loose back then and the boy managed to land a position selling guidebooks to visitors for $0.50 a piece.The young boy set his sights on becoming a comedian.He was rarely on stage for more than five minutes.By high school his material had expanded to include a five minute skit and then a ten minute show.By the mid-1970s, he had worked his way into being a regular guest on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live.45,000 tickets were sold for his 3-day show in New York.
Saturday Night Live alum Dana Carvey has created troves of memorable characters, from the Church Lady s to Garth from Wayne s World.These days, he s voicing Pops in The Secret Life of Pets, but for some reason the Internet still wants to know if he was in Iron Man 2.He wasn t—and we re guessing people who ask that are confusing him with Sam Rockwell, who played Justin Hammer and vaguely looks like Carvey if you cross your eyes.I was not in Iron Man 2, but I take a daily iron supplement, Carvey jokes in his WIRED Google Autocomplete interview.Want answers to more of Google s most-asked questions about Carvey?Need a refresher on whether he was Hans or Franz on SNL?
Feig and the Ghostbusters team have built a strong foundation for a rebooted series that seems more than capable of standing on its own.A depressing amount of that discussion has centered on the decision to go with four very funny, very talented women in the lead roles, but the real question — for sane, rational people, at least — is the one that lingers over any reboot, remake, or sequel these days: Does the movie justify the decision to start over?Fortunately, while Ghostbusters does indeed stumble and occasionally feel more like 1989 s Ghostbusters II than the 1984 original, the final product not only does the franchise proud, but leaves you wanting more adventures with its all-new team.Co-written by Feig and his screenwriter on The Heat, Katie Dippold, Ghostbusters casts Bridesmaids actresses Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy as a brilliant particle physicist and an expert in the paranormal, respectively, who find themselves caught up in an investigation of spectral pests plaguing Manhattan.They re assisted by an eccentric engineer played by Saturday Night Live cast member Kate McKinnon and a former subway station worker played by fellow SNL veteran Leslie Jones.Naturally, the team s investigation leads to the discovery of a far more sinister threat facing the city, and the Ghostbusters soon find themselves in the role of reluctant heroes as they face off against a villain whose diabolical scheme could put an end to the world — or at the very least, New York.
Would you like to cameo as an alien in an upcoming Star Trek movie?Step one: Acquire several billion dollars.Apparently the movie cameo comes free of charge.Director Justin Lin and producer J.J. Abrams confirmed Bezos role on Friday, saying that the very, very, exceedingly wealthy man plays an alien featured in the background of a specific scene.It was like a president was visiting, you know?He had a big entourage!
Twitter has swooped in to tackle its troll problem in the wake of a celeb-endorsed campaign to support Leslie Jones.The Ghostbusters star and Saturday Night Live comedienne tweeted on Monday that she was again being sent racist and misogynist messages.Jones, who clearly sounded distressed, also retweeted some of the posts in question over the course of a series of tweets that saw her urge Twitter to take action.Ghostbusters director Paul Feig picked up on Jones tweets, and shared his own post in support of the star.Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all, said Feig in his tweet.Following Feig s tweet, numerous celebrities shared their own messages of support for Jones, using the same hashtag.
All this cause I did a movie.The Ghostbusters remake has faced criticism since it was first reported that the film would feature an all-female cast, and much of the backlash has centered on the belief that men, not women, should be suiting up to fight ghosts.But trolls have singled out Jones, the only black star in the movie, for particularly pointed and racist harassment.I m tryin to figure out what human means.We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us, but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse, Twitter said in a statement.We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues.
Catch em all... get em outta here!Trumpemon Go is a game that lets you seek out something a whole lot rarer than any Pokemon character: minorities at the Republican National Convention.Michael Che of Saturday Night Live took the app for a spin at the RNC, and you can see what he caught in the clip above.Editor s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
After leaving the platform in the face of racist trolls, Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones has returned to Twitter.On Monday, Jones left the platform after a scores of users bombarded the Saturday Night Live star with hateful, racist messages.Jones fought back, retweeting and sharing those messages with her followers, but ultimately logged off the platform anyway.SEE ALSO: Why did Twitter take so long to finally ban one of its biggest trolls?Twitter responded by permanently banning Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.Yiannopoulos didn't send the most vile messages himself, but he did create fake tweets that made it appear as if Jones herself was tweeting hateful statements.
Today, NBCUniversal signed a multi-year deal to bring some of its top shows — like Saturday Night Live, The Voice, and The Tonight Show — to Snapchat.What the programming looks like remains to be seen, but the deal states the network will work with the platform to create new shows while using some of its most popular programming as a starting point.Speculatively, it seems this could translate into Snapchat clips from The Voice, or shorts from SNL, but at this point we really don t know.After a report in The Wall Street Journal reported NBCU wouldn t simply disseminate repurposed clips to Snapchat, this seems to be the logical choice.After all, it s not as simple as cropping a 16:9 video into a square space and calling it a day.The deal doesn t call for exclusivity, however.