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Aziz Ansari Gets Buried

by Ethan Alter October 28, 2013 8:00 am
Aziz Ansari Gets Buried

One year after Dangerously Delicious, Aziz Ansari returns to satiate his fanbase's appetite for great stand-up comedy with his second special, Buried Alive, shot in Philadelphia during his cross-country tour last spring. While the comedian and Parks and Recreation co-star made Delicious available through a $5 download, he's dropping Buried via Netflix, with the special debuting on the streaming service on Friday. Ansari got on the horn with press to talk about working with Netflix, wooing Tatiana Maslany on Parks and whether he'll go from frequent podcast guest to podcast host.

New York Comic Con 2013: Pete Holmes After Hours

by Ethan Alter October 14, 2013 5:52 pm
New York Comic Con 2013: Pete Holmes After Hours

Conan O'Brien has been TBS's main man in late night for three years now, but he's still searching for the Colbert/Ferguson to follow his Stewart/Letterman. And it looks like he may have found him in the super-tall form of comedian and podcaster, Pete Holmes. The Pete Holmes Show, a 30-minute chaser following the hour-long Conan, hits the airwaves on October 28 at midnight. Holmes stopped by the New York Comic Con recently to discuss adapting his popular podcast to the airwaves and to play a very special round of F/M/K.

New York Comic Con 2013: Mob City Brings L.A. Noir to Your Living Room

Film noir ain't just for the big screen anymore. The Frank Darabont-created, TNT-backed L.A. gangster tale, Mob City is setting itself up to be one of the holiday's season's big-ticket items, airing its six-part first season in two weekly installments over three weeks, starting December 4. Three of the show's impressive ensemble cast -- Milo Ventimiglia, Robert Knepper and Ed Burns -- came to NYCC with guns blazing to talk up this cross between L.A. Confidential and The Godfather.

New York Comic Con 2013: Beauty and the Beast and Reign Stars Talk Love and History

The ridiculously attractive stars and the creators of The CW's Beauty and the Beast and Reign met the press at this past weekend's New York Comic Con and here's some of what they had to say:

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash Go Way, Way Back

by Ethan Alter July 1, 2013 3:35 pm
Nat Faxon and Jim Rash Go Way, Way Back

What a difference winning an Oscar makes. Friends and collaborators Nat Faxon and Jim Rash started writing the film that became The Way, Way Back (due in theaters on Friday) eight years ago, and continued to refine it and search for backers even as they became recognizable faces on the big and small screen as actors in shows like Community and films like Beerfest. But it was their roles as the co-writers of the 2011 much-lauded George Clooney drama The Descendants, for which they each received a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar alongside co-writer/director Alexander Payne, that finally helped them bring their own script to cinematic life as first-time directors. Set over the course of a typically hot East Coast summer in a beachside town, the movie depicts the turbulent coming of age of quiet teenager Duncan (Liam James), his mother Pam (Toni Collette) and her new boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell), an alpha male who experiences a severe personality clash with the more reserved Duncan. During a recent press tour swing with New York, Faxon and Rash spoke with us about turning the erstwhile Michael Scott into a villain, how they adjusted to being behind the camera as well as in front of it and their turbulent seasons on television.

Five Questions for the Directors of V/H/S 2

by Ethan Alter April 23, 2013 4:40 pm
Five Questions for the Directors of V/H/S 2

Fans of the first V/H/S (myself included) will be happy to hear that the second installment in the horror anthology series continues to employ the found footage style in fun (and frightening) ways. Following its Sundance premiere in January, V/H/S 2 is playing as part of this year's Tribeca Film Festival, prior to its VOD and theatrical release later this summer. Four of the directors -- Simon Barrett, who helmed the framing segments; Adam Wingard, whose movie follows a guy with a new implanted cyborg eye that allows him to see dead people; Jason Eisner, who choreographs the alien invasion of a kids' slumber party; and Eduardo Sánchez, who directed a hilarious first-person zombie short (and who, fun fact, helped launch the age of found footage horror with the 1999 smash hit, The Blair Witch Project) -- made the trip to New York and spoke with us about continuing the V/H/S legacy.

Five Questions for Upstream Color Director Shane Carruth

In 2004, Shane Carruth took adventurous moviegoers on a mindbending trip through time and space with Primer, his absurdly low-budget debut feature about a group of engineers who create a time travel device that, inevitably, causes all manner of trouble. Frequently included on lists of the all-time great time travel movies (as well as lists of cult movies you have to see), Primer made its fans eager to see what Carruth was going to do next. Almost a decade later, the writer/director has returned with his follow-up, Upstream Color, another intricately made sci-fi tinged feature that's had people buzzing since it premiered at Sundance in January. Instead of waiting around for a distributor, Carruth is releasing the movie himself. On Friday, April 5, Upstream Color will open in limited release followed quickly by a VOD and DVD release. Carruth spoke with us about returning from his long absence and why he wants his films to be more than just "a book that you can watch."

Walton Goggins Talks Justified, Venus Van Dam and Veronica Mars

Season 4 of Justified has been a textbook example of a crime drama done right -- there's a perfect mix of violence, sex, puns and plot twists in every single episode, to the point that we're constantly asking ourselves if that was the season finale. March 19's "Decoy" is no different, especially considering that it revolves around Raylan and the gang trying to get Drew Thompson out of Harlan alive. To pump up the episode and discuss his take on the series, Walton Goggins, Harlan's own Boyd Crowder, took a press call, where he was both ridiculously charming and dead-serious about his work. Sound familiar? Below are the highlights.

Five Questions for Admission Director Paul Weitz

by Ethan Alter March 18, 2013 6:00 am
Five Questions for Admission Director Paul Weitz

Tina Fey's post-30 Rock career begins in earnest with Admission, a romantic comedy set in the high-stakes world of college admissions. Don't think that qualifies as a "high-stakes" world? Then you clearly haven't had to apply to college recently. Fey plays career-minded Princeton admissions officer Portia Nathan, who enjoys a meet cute with the personable principal of a progressive New England high school (Paul Rudd). Admission's director Paul Weitz, whose previous films include American Pie, About a Boy and last year's Being Flynn, spoke with us about collaborating with Fey and his own experience with higher education.

Oz the Great and Powerful: Zach Braff Describes His On-Set Monkeyshines

Zach Braff changes in his doctor's scrubs for a pair of wings in Oz the Great and Powerful, the Sam Raimi-directed Wizard of Oz prequel that opens in theaters on Friday. The former Scrubs star actually pulls double duty in the film, starting out as the human friend and accomplice of carnival-huckster-turned-(fake) wizard Oscar Diggs and then transforming into a flying monkey (don't worry, he's the friendly kind) when the action shifts to the merry old land of Oz. Braff spoke with us about his simian alter ego, working with the director of Spider-Man and the connection between the Oz franchise and a short film from his distant past.

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