Day: October 9, 2013

“The Heat” and “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig on editing the improvised scenes in a movie

New York magazine’s Vulture section recently started a series, “How To Make A Movie,” with plenty of noteworthy, well, how-to information for you filmmaking fans. On Tuesday, director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) offered five lessons to live by if you decide to include a lot of ad-libbing and improvisation that goes off the original shooting script. They are: Every Joke Must Serve the Story Test It With Real People Know When to Pull Back Play Detective Sometimes It’s Better to Be Less Funny Wait. What’s that last lesson, again? Be less funny? As Feig explains: “When it gets...

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SNL behind the scenes: Hair and makeup making Beck Bennett up as Philip Seymour Hoffman

Feel like you’re not seeing enough yet of new Saturday Night Live cast member Beck Bennett? Sure, you could just wait for another commercial break on TV and hope that it’s one of his AT&T ads at the little kids table. Or you could watch this behind-the-scenes montage of SNL’s hair and makeup people making Bennett up to look like award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Notice they have photos of Hoffman in front of the mirror to look at while they work their TV magic on Bennett. Also nice to know they didn’t have to rush for time as...

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Watch the pilot for “Super Clyde” that could have made Rupert Grint and Stephen Fry part of the CBS network

Watching the new fall season of network TV, it’s easy to forget that none of these shows exists in a vacuum. You may love or hate an individual sitcom or show, but its placement on the primetime schedule has as much to do with the politics of what else is on the air — competing for half-hours of your attention on all of the channels — as it does with the quality of that particular 21-22 minutes of original programming. So it was that Super Clyde, a charming piece of single-camera comedy written and created by Greg Garcia —...

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