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WWE Star John Cena To Turn Heel In Universal Comedy ‘The Nest’

By | Tuesday July 1, 2014 @ 3:19pm PDT

WWE Star John Cena To Turn Heel In Universal Comedy ‘The Nest’EXCLUSIVE: Wrestling superstar John Cena is dropkicking his way into The Nest, Universal’s Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy about two sisters who throw one last party in their parents’ soon-to-be-sold house. Character details are under wraps but I hear the Cenation Leader is playing what could mark his first villain role after spending over a dozen years as the WWE’s All-American hero.

Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore is directing from a screenplay by Paula Pell, with Fey producing for her Little Stranger, Inc. banner alongside Jay Roach and his Everyman Pictures and John Lyons. Poehler is exec producing with Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell. Fey and Poehler anchor the cast which also includes James Brolin, Ike Barinholtz, Maya Rudolph and John Leguizamo. Read More »

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EMMYS: Contenders Gain Exposure At Non-Traditional Campaign Stops

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 2:49pm PDT

EMMYS: Contenders Gain Exposure At Non-Traditional Campaign StopsWhen it comes to the thought of tubthumbing himself to his peers during Emmy season, Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Michael Schur personally exclaims, “I don’t want to get involved with vote solicitation.”  Shur’s philosophy isn’t uncommon among the denizens of actors, actresses and show creators during Emmy season: Nobody wants to be seen schilling for a vote.

However, in the last few months, a prospective nominee might have had the opportunity to make a couple of appearances outside the litter of TV Academy screenings; events that by their nature aren’t considered traditional Emmy campaign stops, but in hindsight, were potentially the best exposure for a contender in the conversation:  The American Comedy Awards and The White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Read More »

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James Brolin To Play Dad To Tina Fey & Amy Poehler In Universal’s ‘The Nest’

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 4:21pm PDT

James Brolin the NestEXCLUSIVE: Golden Globe winner James Brolin is joining Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Universal’s comedy The Nest, about two sisters who throw one last rager before their parents’ house is sold. Brolin will play Fey and Poehler’s father in a cast that also includes Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project, Eastbound & Down). Tony-nominated Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) is directing The Nest from an original script by Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell. Fey will produce for her Little Stranger Inc. banner alongside Jay Roach for Everyman Pictures and John Lyons. Poehler is exec producer alongside Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell. Universal’s Erik Baiers and Chloe Yellin will oversee for the studio. Pic will get a Christmas-timed release on December 18, 2015. Read More »

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‘Parks & Recreation’s Upcoming Seventh Season To Be Its Last

By | Sunday May 11, 2014 @ 9:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Parks and Recreation final seasonNBC confirmed the critically praised comedy will be coming to an end as part of its 2014-15 scheduling announcement. There is no slot for the veteran comedy yet, with the 13-episode final cycle of Parks and Recreation slated for midseason. Star Amy Poehler also has comedy pilot Old Soul at NBC, which remains in contention.

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Amy Poehler Producing USA Comedy Presentation From ‘Billy On The Street’ Duo

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 1:51pm PDT
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eichnerklausnerHeading into its upfront next week, USA Network has ordered comedy presentation Difficult People, executive produced by Amy Poehler. It will be toplined by Billy On The Street star Billy Eichner and head writer/co-executive producer Julie Klausner. Klausner wrote the autobiographical project, which will have Eichner and Klausner play versions of themselves, comedian friends living in New York. Andrew Fleming is directing the pilot for Universal Cable Prods. Poehler is exec producing with 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and Michele Armour of Marobru (Chappelle’s Show). USA ordered its first original comedy series in 15 years, Sirens and Playing House, at its upfront last year. Sirens just finished its run, with no word yet on its future, while Playing House – also featuring two comedians playing versions of themselves, Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair – just premiered.

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Hot Trailer: Amy Poehler & Paul Rudd In ‘They Came Together’

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 1:29pm PDT

Here’s the downright wacky trailer for the spoofy romantic comedy from Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler star in They Came Together, about a couple whose “story really is like a corny movie”, to quote the pic. Indeed it is, as the film has its way with rom-com cliches. Our heroes meet cute — his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie candy shop — and it goes from there. Even the voice-over is in on the gag: “If you love love stories and if you love falling in love, then you will love this love story”. Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Max Greenfield, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Jason Mantzoukas, Melanie Lynskey and Ed Helms co-star in the Lionsgate pic written by Wain and Michael Showalter. It premiered at Sundance and bows June 27 in select theaters and VOD. Have a look:

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Universal Dates Tina Fey-Amy Poehler Comedy ‘The Nest’ For December 2015

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT

Universal-Pictures-logo-2013__140130232555__140321183123-275x141The comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will hit theaters on December 18, 2015. Pitch Perfect helmer Jason Moore directs The Nest, about two disconnected sisters cleaning out their parents’ family home who throw one last high school rager for their now-grown former classmates. Universal hopes it’ll serve as a counterprogramming option to Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode VII, which also opens that weekend along with Sony’s thriller Inferno. Jay Roach is producing The Nest alongside Fey, with Poehler exec producing. SNL and 30 Rock scribe Paula Pell penned the script.

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Amy Poehler Joins Tina Fey As Partying Sisters In Universal’s ‘The Nest’

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 6:57pm PDT

Amy PoehlerThe once and future Golden Globes hosts are teaming up again, this time for the big screen. Amy Poehler is in final negotiations to star alongside Tina Fey in Universal’s comedy The Nest. They’ll play sisters who come home to find their parents’ house has been put up for sale. They spend a last wild weekend together, bonding and feuding and finally growing up. Fey is producing through her Little Stranger banner along with Jay Roach and his Everyman Pictures. Poehler also will executive produce. Pitch Perfect helmer Jason Moore will direct The Nest from a screenplay by Paula Pell. SVP Production Erik Baiers and creative executive Chloe Yellin are overseeing for the studio.

Related: ‘Pitch Perfect’ Helmer Jason Moore In Tune With Tina Fey For Uni Comedy ‘The Nest’

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MIPTV: Amy Poehler & ‘Broad City’ Team Talk Moving From Web To TV (Video)

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 1:30pm PDT

Amy Poehler Broad City MIPTVYesterday, I moderated a Mip-tv panel that brought together the folks behind Comedy Central‘s web-to-TV transfer Broad City. The comedy, created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, is exec produced by Amy Poehler (this was the trio’s first time in Cannes and they were giddy with excitement). Broad City began as a web series, and was ordered by Comedy Central in March 2013. The first season recently concluded, and has a second-season order. Also on the panel were Comedy Central President of Content Development & Original Programming Kent Alterman, and Caroline Beaton, SVP International Program Sales for Viacom Intenational Media Networks. We talked about how the girls got together in the first place, Poehler’s involvement, and the impact of the switch to television. Alterman addressed the web’s usefulness as an incubator, and Beaton spoke to why comedy does translate abroad. Poehler, who had a lot of Parks & Recreation fans in the audience, waxed on the importance of diversity and authenticity, and how you can’t pull the wool over the eyes of today’s youth. She also got in a good Sharon Stone/Basic Instinct joke at my expense, for which I thank her — I was pretty nervous and she put me right at ease. Here’s the video of our chat:

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MIPTV: Greg & Amy Poehler’s ‘Welcome To Sweden’ Gets Second Season Order At TV4

welcome-to-swedenNBC acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to comedy Welcome To Sweden last October and will debut it on July 10. The series, created by Greg Poehler, recently started airing on TV4 in the titular territory. After two weeks there, it’s been recommissioned for a second season. The network has ordered a further 10 episodes of the fish-out-of-water tale that was its first-ever English-speaking series. Siblings Greg and Amy Poehler executive produce the comedy which is based on Greg’s own true life experiences. In the two weeks it’s aired on TV4, it is the channel’s No. 2 rated show and is No. 1 across younger demographics. The story revolves around New York accountant, Bruce, played by Poehler in his acting debut, who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) and follows his heart to Sweden. Lena Olin co-stars as Emma’s mother Viveka, and Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy play Bruce’s parents. Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza and Gene Simmons have cameos in the first season. “It’s an amazing feeling to create a show to which people are responding so favorably. We intend to make season two even better,” says Greg Poehler. Welcome To Sweden is produced by Entertainment One Television, TV4 and Syskon. Fredrik Arefalk exec produces for TV4 and Carrie Stein for Entertainment One which is handling worldwide rights in all media.

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PaleyFest: ‘Parks And Recreation’ Gives No. 1 Fan A Standing O

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 11:19pm PDT

The cast of comedy The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring "Parks And Recreation"Parks And Recreation got upstaged tonight at PaleyFest by one of those rabid fans NBC is always telling advertisers about.

“Oh my gosh! WOW! Oh, my gosh! Okay, So Hi! I’m Daniel!” the young man began. “Oh sh*t! Oh my god! So, um, to be fair to the show, you guys all seem so natural on the show, even when — you guys seem so chill, and I want to know, are you guys always like that, off-camera?!” he emoted while hopping about. “Oh my gosh! I’m right here! Oh my gosh!” Daniel said, beginning to foam over as he discovered his image was being projected on a giant screen over the cast, so that the show’s many fans in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood could see him as he asked his question. “And, um, like, I want to know, you guys seem to embody the characters, and become your characters. Retta, are you always, ‘Oh, damn! Bitch!?” concluded Daniel, who was just another super-fan attending PaleyFest in the theater, but would likely have been Tasered had he come within three feet of the cast members outside the theater on Hollywood Blvd. Unless, of course, he’s an actor punking PaleyFest for JKL which has its studio just down the road.

YIuOU2H - Imgur“I don’t know what you’re talking about! I’m not like that OK? Shit! Fuck!” joked Retta, who plays Donna Meagle, the office manager at the Pawnee Indiana Parks and Recreation Department on the NBC comedy.

“All I’m asking is,  Are you guys always like that?! Are you always like a klutz?!” Daniel continued – that question apparently was directed at Jim O’Heir, who fell out of his chair on cue.

“Yeah! So, that’s like my question. OK?!” Daniel concluded.

The cast, and show co-creator Mike Schur, stood and gave Daniel a standing ovation. Daniel began to hyperventilate and record the moment on his camera.
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Jay Leno Reminds Bill Maher Of Israel As He’s Inducted Into TV Academy Hall Of Fame With Rupert Murdoch, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David E Kelley, Ray Dolby & Brandon Stoddard: Video

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Jay Leno, being inducted into the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday night, said he’s glad he left NBC’s Tonight Show when he did The Television Academy's 23rd Hall Of Fame Induction Galabecause he was the oldest person on the show. Everyone else was 20 to 40 years younger than him and, while you may think you’re holding your own with them, “they’re really just laughing at you,” he explained. “You can’t be hip past a certain age. You have old guy gestures.” And when you make references to The Dick Van Dyke Show they think it’ s “a lesbian joke or something” —  and they don’t understand what you’re talking about when you say the time is “Half past 2.”

Leno told the Beverly Wilshire Hotel gathering his favorite book is Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol —  a searing indictment of 19th century industrial capitalism — and his favorite character in that classic work of literature, Mr. Fezziwig, who treated a young Ebenezer Scrooge like a son. Leno mentioned this by way of saying how proud he was that his Tonight Show was a place where people came to work hard during the day and, at 6, they went home to be with their family.

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Emmyslogo_newEven though he’s now “jobless and penniless” Leno still is a “fantastic stand-up,” said Bill Maher, who inducted Leno into the Hall, and the fact people are wondering what he will do next proves he’s still relevant, the HBO show host said. He described Leno’s more than two decades hosting Tonight as a drive down a highway in “some giant gleaming pristine luxury car with the competition far in the rearview mirror — except one time when NBC,” driving some beat-up clunker, “blindsided him and beat the sh*t out of his beautiful car.” Maher blamed TV critics for rewriting history to make Leno’s predecessor, Johnny Carson, out to be some guy who did a “rebellious, edgy, film noir version” of Tonight Show that by comparison made Jay look like a milquetoast. “That’s all bullsh*t — and I say that as a fan of Carson,” Maher said. Leno is the victim of “some bad publicity over the years” that he did not deserve — most famously how America got it into its head that “Jay Leno stole Conan O’Brien’s dream,” Maher complained, calling it,  “the most hysterical thought I’ve ever heard, in a business known for bullsh*t.”

“Jay reminds me a little of Israel,” Maher continued. “He isn’t perfect but he’s held to standard I don’t think anybody in the world is expected to live up to but him,” he said, calling Leno “the most Machiavellian and also the most morally upright person I know in show business. He will hide in a closet but never needs a confessional booth.” Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Arrow Takes UK On ‘God’s Pocket’; Channel 4 Warms To ‘Fargo’; Noah Taylor, Charlotte Riley Join ‘Peaky Blinders’; Amy Poehler At Mip; More

gods pocketArrow Films has acquired UK rights to God’s Pocket starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Sold by Electric Entertainment, the film is the feature directorial debut of Mad Men’s John Slattery. Electric acquired it at Sundance. IFC has U.S. distribution and Arrow will release later this year in Britain. Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro and Caleb Landry Jones also star in the film written by Slattery and Alex Metcalf. Based on the Pete Dexter novel, the movie follows a man who tries to cover up the accidental death of his stepson in a blue collar neighborhood in South Philadelphia. Arrow’s recent titles include Love Is All You Need, The Hunt and A Hijacking. Read More »

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Amy Poehler-Produced ‘Broad City’ Gets Season 2 Pickup At Comedy Central

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 6:22pm PST

Broad CityThe odd-couple comedy adapted from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s digital series is coming back for more. Broad City, about two NYC friends navigating their way through the life’s minutiae, launched last month on Comedy Central and is averaging 1.2M viewers at 10:30 PM Wednesdays. Jacobson and Glazer star as broke, flawed twentysomethings who constantly meet the challenges the Big City throws at them, no matter how bad it gets. Hannibal Buress, Arturo Castro, Paul Downs, John Gemberling, Chris Gethard and Stephen Schneider co-star. Jacobson and Glazer executive produce along with Amy Poehler, Dave Becky, Sam Saifer and Tony Hernandez.

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Next Golden Globes Set For January 11, 2015 On NBC

goldenglobeThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association and dick clark productions said they will air the 72nd Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 11, 2015, and confirmed that hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return for a third year in a row. NBC will air the ceremony live on both coasts (5 PM PT/8 PM ET) from the Beverly Hilton.

In Tina Fey Amy Poehler GlobesOctober, Fey and Poehler inked a two-year deal to host the 2014 and 2015 Globes after their first turn in January 2013 drew strong critical praise and more importantly 19.7 million viewers, a 17% bump over the year before. Last month, Fey and Poehler returned and the broadcast did even better, drawing 20.9 million viewers (the biggest audience since 2004) and a 6.5 rating (a seven-year high).

The 2015 date was set without mention of the pending lawsuit between the HFPA and dcp. Both sides are awaiting a ruling on the appeal of aspects of the press group’s unsuccessful 2012 suit over who owns the lucrative TV rights to the ceremony. Once that’s ruling comes down, a new phase of the case will begin that challenges digital rights, pre-show rights and dcp’s accounting methods.

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TCA: Seth Meyers Lines Up Amy Poehler As First ‘Late Night’ Guest, Sets ‘Weekend Update’ Exit

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 5:51pm PST

Seth Meyers Late Night key art“I’m one of the few SNL cast members who managed to parlay my acting ability into being a writer,” quipped Seth Meyers Sunday afternoon at TCA, where the ex-SNL head scribe announced that his first Late Night guest will be fellow SNL alum Amy Poehler. Late Night With Seth Meyers premieres Monday, February 24, and Meyers will sign off from Weekend Update on Feb. 1, he said, calling the departure “heartbreaking”. Meyers and producer Mike Shoemaker are still hammering out details of the show’s lineup. But Meyers, who ran the Weekend Update desk during his tenure at SNL, said he aims to include a similar news-oriented segment and interview fictional people in addition to real-life celebrities from showbiz figures to authors, athletes, and politicians. Keeping in late-night tradition the new show will run a long monologue, two or three comedy bits, musical guests and talent interviews, and stand-up acts. Read More »

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Amy Poehler Gets Overall Deal, Pilot Order At NBC For Comedy Starring Natasha Lyonne

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 9:41am PST
Nellie Andreeva

amypoehlerParks & Recreation star and Golden Globes co-host Amy Poehler has inked a three-year overall deal with NBC and Universal TV, the studio behind the praised comedy. The first project under the pact  is a comedy co-created by Poehler, which has received a pilot green light from NBC. Tentatively titled Old Soul, it stars Natasha Lyonne as a young woman who’s trying to find herself, but in the meantime she’s working as the aide to a group of opinionated elderly people. “This show, hopefully, will blow up some of the cliches we think about old people,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said.It’s been a while since The Golden Girls gave us a funny and insightful ensemble of seniors, and I hope this show will do that too.” Greenblatt later noted that he wants seniors represented on TV.
“There’s great actors available to play roles like this.We spend a lot of time looking for 20‑ and 30‑somethings and not that much time looking for 60‑somethings.So we just thought it was a different way to go with a comedy landscape that starts to feel very familiar and homogeneous.”Poehler co-created the project with Jonathan Fener and Josh Bycel, who also have an overall deal at Uni TV. The script was written on spec and was only delivered a couple of days ago. The three executive produce with 3 Arts’ Dave … Read More »

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PHOTOS: 2014 Golden Globes – The Winners

Golden Globes Winners 2014

Co-host Amy Poehler found herself celebrating at Sunday’s Golden Globes when she won a statuette herself between emcee duties; Bryan Cranston wound up double-fisting Breaking Bad‘s two Globes on the night, one for his star turn as the conflicted Walter White. See all of the night’s victors take the winners’ circle backstage, including Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and the makers of American Hustle; Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor – Comedy/Musical, The Wolf of Wall Street), Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor – Drama, Dallas Buyers Club), Cate Blanchett (Best Actress – Drama, Blue Jasmine), Michael Douglas (Best Actor, Miniseries/Made for TV movie Behind the Candelabra), and more: Read More »

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Golden Globes Ceremony: The Good, The Bad, And The Creepy

By | Sunday January 12, 2014 @ 10:12pm PST

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Tina Fey and Amy Poehler once again made it look easy to rain down snark on the entertainment industry and get them to like it. “Welcome to the annual Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Lee Daniels The Butler’s Golden Globe Awards,” Fey opened — a nod to Warner Bros mockable battle with The Weinstein Company over the right to name a movie The Butler, in which WB insisted it had the right to the title dating back to its 1916 silent comedy short of same name.

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Hosts Tina Fey & Amy PoehlerLike Ricky Gervais, the guy they replaced, Fey and Poehler seemed to suffer from Second-Year Slump, though sartorially things went much better his year for the First Women of Comedy. They’ll “keep doing it until everybody hates it,” they promised — they’ve already been signed for next year.

Related: Golden Globes TV: Rookie ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Surprises With Two Wins, Departed ‘Breaking Bad’ Gets Its Due

Hollywood males got a special skewering this year:

“Matt Damon is here for being in Behind The Candelabra. Any other night in any other room you’d be a big deal. Tonight you’re basically a garbage person.”

Best film nominee Gravity is about “how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die rather than spend another minute with a woman his own age,” Fey said moments later.

“And now, like a supermodel’s vagina, let’s give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio,” Fey snarked as the Wolf Of Wall Street star came out to present an award.

Matthew McConaughey did amazing work this year. He lost 40 pounds for his role in Dallas Buyers Club – or what actresses call Being In A Movie.”

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