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October 26, 2011 | By Alexa Vaughn
A former speechwriter for the real president of the United States, Barack Obama, is now writing for a fictional president central to a sitcom pilot called "1600 Penn," which NBC committed to developing this week. The show will focus on the comedic pitfalls of a dysfunctional family at the White House, but writer Jon Lovett has not revealed where he will get inspiration for his cast of characters. Since leaving the administration in early summer to pursue a career in Hollywood, Lovett teamed up with ABC's "Modern Family" director Jason Winer and Broadway hit "Book of Mormon" star Josh Gad to produce the show centered around a dysfunctional family.
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January 5, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Josh Gad found religion - along with huge laughs, rave reviews and an adoring fan base - as part of the original cast of "The Book of Mormon," the smash stage musical from the creators of "South Park. " The rotund actor was center stage as the overeager Mormon Elder Cunningham, dancing and singing his way to a Tony nomination for best leading actor in a musical. Gad has now traded Broadway for the Beltway. He stars in NBC's new comedy "1600 Penn," playing Skip Gilchrist, the bumbling member of a dysfunctional (and fictional)
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July 10, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Lincoln Lawyer Lionsgate, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99 Anyone who tries to adapt the work of bestselling mystery novelist Michael Connelly in the future should take a long look at this, which gets the author exactly right. Matthew McConaughey plays clever, in-demand attorney Mickey Haller, who works out of his car and never misses an angle; Ryan Phillippe is his latest client, a rich kid accused of a violent crime. The case is nothing that hasn't been seen in hundreds of other legal thrillers, but McConaughey delivers his most charismatic performance in more than a decade, and director Brad Furman (with screenwriter John Romano)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Josh Gad, who was nominated for a Tony for "The Book of Mormon," is the co-creator and effectively the star of "1600 Penn," a new single-camera sitcom from NBC about the first family. It gets a preview Monday night to draft off "The Voice" before taking up a Thursday post in January. As in Comedy Central's "That's My Bush!" more than two election cycles back, the big idea is to stock the White House with characters familiar from a thousand years of situation comedy. We get a gruff and grumpy dad, the president (Bill Pullman)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Josh Gad found religion - along with huge laughs, rave reviews and an adoring fan base - as part of the original cast of "The Book of Mormon," the smash stage musical from the creators of "South Park. " The rotund actor was center stage as the overeager Mormon Elder Cunningham, dancing and singing his way to a Tony nomination for best leading actor in a musical. Gad has now traded Broadway for the Beltway. He stars in NBC's new comedy "1600 Penn," playing Skip Gilchrist, the bumbling member of a dysfunctional (and fictional)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Josh Gad, who was nominated for a Tony for "The Book of Mormon," is the co-creator and effectively the star of "1600 Penn," a new single-camera sitcom from NBC about the first family. It gets a preview Monday night to draft off "The Voice" before taking up a Thursday post in January. As in Comedy Central's "That's My Bush!" more than two election cycles back, the big idea is to stock the White House with characters familiar from a thousand years of situation comedy. We get a gruff and grumpy dad, the president (Bill Pullman)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2011 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
No doubt it looked good on paper. Remake the Oscar-winning comedy "Arthur. " Sub in Britain's hot comic flasher Russell Brand as the drunken billionaire playboy that Dudley Moore made so effortlessly appealing in the '80s Cinderella story. Instead of John Gielgud's bitingly brilliant butler, have the bad boy be tended by Britain's reigning queen, Helen Mirren. The cherry on top: a current cover of "Arthur's Theme" -- you know, "When you get caught between the moon and New York City....
HOME & GARDEN
November 9, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Jason Winer, an executive producer and director of the ABC comedy "Modern Family," has listed his three-level Hollywood-area town house for $599,000. Part of a complex built in 1926 by Paramount to house its writers, the two-bedroom, 1 1/2 -bathroom bungalow has 1,330 square feet of loft-like living space, a private patio and a detached garage. The open-plan living room has an 18-foot ceiling, full-height windows and an adobe fireplace. There are refinished hardwood floors, a remodeled kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and updated bathrooms.
NEWS
September 23, 2012 | By Lisa Rosen
 A lot of friends and colleagues are up against each other in the acting categories at the 2012 Emmy Awards. “Modern Family” has Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara in the supporting comedy actress category, and Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ed O'Neill battling it out. (Max Greenfield and Bill Hader fill out the supporting comedy actor ticket.) Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will fight the good fight in the variety series category. Good friends Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have faced off on “SNL” as Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin; now they're up against each other as lead actresses on their own shows.
NEWS
July 7, 1999
Wait a minute. We thought acoustic pop songstress Lisa Loeb (1) was supposed to be providing the musical entertainment at a recent fund-raising gala hosted by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, founder of the nonprofit Best Buddies organization. Apparently, William H. Macy (2) was also up to the task--he picked up a ukulele and hit the stage for an impromptu performance of "Over the Rainbow."
NEWS
October 26, 2011 | By Alexa Vaughn
A former speechwriter for the real president of the United States, Barack Obama, is now writing for a fictional president central to a sitcom pilot called "1600 Penn," which NBC committed to developing this week. The show will focus on the comedic pitfalls of a dysfunctional family at the White House, but writer Jon Lovett has not revealed where he will get inspiration for his cast of characters. Since leaving the administration in early summer to pursue a career in Hollywood, Lovett teamed up with ABC's "Modern Family" director Jason Winer and Broadway hit "Book of Mormon" star Josh Gad to produce the show centered around a dysfunctional family.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Lincoln Lawyer Lionsgate, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99 Anyone who tries to adapt the work of bestselling mystery novelist Michael Connelly in the future should take a long look at this, which gets the author exactly right. Matthew McConaughey plays clever, in-demand attorney Mickey Haller, who works out of his car and never misses an angle; Ryan Phillippe is his latest client, a rich kid accused of a violent crime. The case is nothing that hasn't been seen in hundreds of other legal thrillers, but McConaughey delivers his most charismatic performance in more than a decade, and director Brad Furman (with screenwriter John Romano)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2011 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
No doubt it looked good on paper. Remake the Oscar-winning comedy "Arthur. " Sub in Britain's hot comic flasher Russell Brand as the drunken billionaire playboy that Dudley Moore made so effortlessly appealing in the '80s Cinderella story. Instead of John Gielgud's bitingly brilliant butler, have the bad boy be tended by Britain's reigning queen, Helen Mirren. The cherry on top: a current cover of "Arthur's Theme" -- you know, "When you get caught between the moon and New York City....
HOME & GARDEN
November 9, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Jason Winer, an executive producer and director of the ABC comedy "Modern Family," has listed his three-level Hollywood-area town house for $599,000. Part of a complex built in 1926 by Paramount to house its writers, the two-bedroom, 1 1/2 -bathroom bungalow has 1,330 square feet of loft-like living space, a private patio and a detached garage. The open-plan living room has an 18-foot ceiling, full-height windows and an adobe fireplace. There are refinished hardwood floors, a remodeled kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and updated bathrooms.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2010 | By Susan King
The Directors Guild of America on Saturday night named Kathryn Bigelow best director of 2009 for "The Hurt Locker." Not only is it the first guild win for the 58-year-old filmmaker, it is the first time a woman has won the award. "This is the most incredible moment of my life," Bigelow said. "This is amazing. I'm so deeply stunned, honored and awed." Bigelow already has received the majority of critics' awards this year for her work on the harrowing Iraq war drama, including those from the Los Angeles Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, who have both played iconic TV characters, are joining forces for the new CBS comedy "The Crazy Ones. " Their roles are worlds away from their previous tours as "Mork" the alien from "Mork & Mindy" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer. " But when Williams is involved, having a title like "The Crazy Ones" doesn't seem too far-fetched. Williams plays a renowned advertising genius whose unorthodox methods would get him fired if he weren't the boss.
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