August 3, 2009 |
It was just about this time last summer when life changed in a big way for Aubrey Plaza, who can currently be seen as Seth Rogen's love interest in the new Judd Apatow film "Funny People." She had come to Los Angeles from New York for a final audition for her role in the Apatow film and in short order also landed a part in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" -- the next film from "Hot Fuzz" director Edgar Wright -- as well as a supporting role as a blase intern on the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation."
July 19, 2009 |
As a director, John "Sully" Sullivan was no stranger to success. His "Ants in Your Plants of 1939" was an enormous comedy hit, and the studio was eager for a follow-up: "Ants in Your Plants of 1940," anyone? Sullivan, however, had different plans for his next effort. He yearned to travel around America, see the real country, and come back with a hard-hitting picture about big issues called "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
August 21, 1988
"Funny People" is on the air and "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" is off. Good grief! Susan Richards, Palos Verdes Peninsula
May 1, 1987 |
Whoopi Goldberg, Sandra Bernhard, Bob Goldthwait and other comedians are scheduled to appear Sunday night at "No Laughing Matter," a $100-a-ticket benefit at the Improv for producer Norman Lear's People for the American Way civil rights watchdog group. The evening was originally scheduled to include the late Dick Shawn, but benefit organizers added a few "surprise guests" after his death last month. The funny people will be concerning themselves (as does Lear's group) with freedom of
July 10, 2011
The comedy queen will be regally remembered Aug. 3 to 7 during the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy in Jamestown, N.Y. The festival coincides with the centennial of her birth there on Aug. 6, 1911. "She's the high-water mark in situation comedy," said Joan Rivers, who will be among the funny people performing during the celebration. Rivers, who worked with Ball on several of her later TV shows, believes Ball broke plenty of ground — and not just for females. "I think funny is funny," she said.
August 20, 2009 |
Over the course of its opening weekend in theaters, the sci-fi thriller "District 9" earned $37 million at the box office, surpassing all commercial expectations and, moreover, hauling in $7 million more than the scrappy quasi-documentary cost to produce. As of Tuesday night, the film had pulled in $10 million more, earning a total $47.1 million domestically en route to its new, unofficial designation: the surprise hit of summer. For anyone who follows Hollywood's behind the scenes machinations closely, though, "District 9" isn't just a surprisingly thoughtful sci-fi stand-out in a season characterized by big, dumb studio tent-pole movies; it's a revelation.