Day: March 12, 2013

The long, short, big and tall of it all: ABC’s “Splash” asks Louie Anderson, Kareem & more to take a dive

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the pool… ABC, which used to bring us Superstars on Saturday mornings a generation ago, is broadening the definition of athlete and celebrity while also narrowing the pool of athletic competitions to the diving pool with the debut next week of Splash. Which is how we get to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hall of Fame basketball player and noted comedic actor/watcher of both past (Airplane!) and present (Girls), climb the ladder for the 10-meter platform dive. And also how we’re treated to the sight of comedian Louie Anderson and...

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“He’s Way More Famous Than You,” by Michael Urie, to open 2013 Friars Club Comedy Film Festival

File under April Fool’s Day real news: The Friars Club Comedy Film FestivalĀ is springing forward to springtime for its fifth annual celebration of comedy on film, opening in 2013 with Michael Urie’s film, He’s Way More Famous Than You. In Urie’s first feature as a director, written by Halley Feiffer and Ryan Spahn, He’s Way More Famous Than You takes a hard look at Hollywood and fictional versions of celebrities and themselves in the process. Feiffer stars as herself (sort of), as a woman who seemingly loses her boyfriend, agent and career, and in a bit of alcoholic desperation,...

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