Day: August 24, 2017

Jack Black and Richard Linklater on their unlikely partnership on 2003’s feel-good hit, School of Rock

Scott Rudin needed to persuade both star Jack Black and director Richard Linklater that Linklater was the right choice to direct 2003’s film, School of Rock. As these new interviews for an American Masters documentary on Linklater prove 14 years later. “At first we were like, that doesn’t make sense because this is like a feel-good hit of the summer type of thing, and we both thought of Richard Linklater as more an art-house type of guy,” said Black. Linklater initially declined the offer to direct School of Rock, but producer Rudin wouldn’t take no for an answer, insisting...

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Jeff Caldwell on Conan

Jeff Caldwell returned to Conan again on Wednesday night, but now his grandmother is online, and her political leanings are surprising him anew. She’s a little suspicious, and yet all too ready to make her privacy easy to find. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can find anything and everything you could ever think of and buy it online. Is that a good thing, though? Roll the...

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Netflix celebrating 25th anniversary of Def Comedy Jam with all-star tribute special

The 25th anniversary of Def Comedy Jam is not going unnoticed by Netflix. Sure, Russell Simmons has revived the brand for HBO, where it debuted originally in 1992, with a new season of All Def Comedy hosted by Tony Rock, coming this December. But before that happens, Netflix will celebrate Def Comedy Jam 25, with a special that includes “surprise guests, tributes and performances” — including officially announced appearances by Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Kid Capri, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, JB...

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Review: Lynne Koplitz, “Hormonal Beast” on Netflix

Joan Rivers served as Lynne Koplitz’s comedy godmother over the icon’s final decade. Now Koplitz is ready to become comedy godmother to the rest of us, with the release of her first solo hour of stand-up comedy on Netflix, Hormonal Beast. I spoke to Koplitz just last week to talk about her life and career and the making of her Netflix special for my podcast, Last Things First. So second thing now, here’s an excerpt from my review her special, via Decider: You could see and hear how Koplitz was beyond the dating game in her brief stand-up performance...

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Comedy Central’s South Park marathon 2017 to feature 254 episodes

Are South Park marathons now Olympic events? The long-running satirical animated series livestreamed all of its then-234 episodes back-to-back in 2013 to celebrate the start of its 17th season on Comedy Central. Now Comedy Central is getting into the act for 2017! From the press release: 254 episodes. 127 hours. 4 Boys. 1 Town. The Peabody® and five-time Emmy® Award-winning South Park returns with an unprecedented takeover on Comedy Central leading up to the 21st season premiere. Kicking off on Wednesday, September 6th, the eight-day marathon will feature 254 episodes airing all-day, every day until the season 21 premiere on Wednesday, September 13 at...

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