We’ve got quite the prize pack to giveaway to two lucky readers. One contest winner will nab a copy of the 22-DVD set The Carol Burnett Show: The Ultimate Collection signed by Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence and Tim Conway, while the runner-up will receive the full DVD set without the autographs. The gorgeous box set includes 50 episodes of The Carol Burnett Show hand-picked by Burnett herself, with special features galore that feature interviews with Betty White, Carl Reiner, Jerry Lewis, Jane Lynch, Amy Pohler and many more. The collection also includes a replica curtain from the show and an exclusive 24-page memory book.
Hit the jump to find out how you can win.
Opening tomorrow in America is Studio Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arrietty. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, the film is an adaptation of Mary Norton‘s children’s novels The Borrowers, which focuses on miniscule people who attempt to hide their existence and “borrow” items from human beings in order to survive. I recently saw the film and it’s fantastic. It’s also great for both kids and adults. Absolutely recommended.
Recently, I got to speak with Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett (they voice two of the characters). We talked about how the movie shows our world but from a different perspective, do they have a favorite Studio Ghibli movie, is there anything in comedy that’s off limits, karaoke, Dunkin Donuts, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Disney has released the trailer and poster for Studio Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arrietty. The film is an adaptation of Mary Norton‘s children’s novels The Borrowers, which focuses on miniscule people who attempt to hide their existence and steal (or borrow without intent to return) items from human beings in order to survive. The trailer makes the movie look delightful and something kids and their parents would really enjoy. Click here to read David Corbin’s positive review of the Japanese-language version.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The English-dubbed version features the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Moises Arias. The Secret World of Arrietty opens February 17, 2012.
Steve Carell and comedian David Steinberg will be teaming up to produce a documentary about the history of modern comedy. According to Deadline, the documentary will “chronicle the evolution of comedy over the past sixty years through the eyes of several generations of comedians.” Carell and Steinberg are already working on the currently untitled documentary, which will include interviews with such comedians as Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Lily Tomlin, Don Rickles, Carol Burnett, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Judd Apatow, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Jane Lynch, and Tina Fey. The amount of talent involved with the film is definitely impressive and Carell seems to agree by saying, “We’re honored that so many legendary comedic performers have chosen to be part of this.”
The duo plan to target the film for a TV distribution deal and I’m sure that more than one channel will be happy to air the documentary when it’s finished. This would also mark Carell’s second venture into producing a work for television after yesterday’s announcement that NBC has picked up a comedy series based on Carrell’s early days working as a mail carrier in Littleton, Massachusetts.
In what may be the greatest piece of guest star casting this coming fall, EW’s The Ausiello Files reports that the legendary comedienne Carol Burnett will play the Nazi-hungry force that is Sue Sylvester’s (Jane Lynch) mother on this coming season of Glee. Previously, the mouthy gym teacher has only referenced her parents once or twice, and details on Burnett’s character are being kept tight under wraps. The only thing known at this point is that Sue’s father will not be joining her, so that leaves some stunt casting open for Glee down the road. Honestly, Jane Lynch is one of the few comediennes working today who even comes close to the charisma and personality of Carol Burnett, even if she seems a bit more vulgar and abrasive in her comedic style. All I know is I need to hurry up and finish the first season of Glee so I can get on board this train when season two leaves the station on September 21st.
By this time next year, you’ll be seeing Disney’s take on the old German fairy tale Rapunzel in theaters, but for now you can analyze this new image from the film. Walt Disney Animation studios promises that with Rapunzel, “you will be transported to a world complete with iconic tower, an evil witch, a gallant hero and, of course, the mysterious girl with the long golden tresses”. Like so many animated features these days, Rapunzel has a stellar voice cast including Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Matthew Gray Gubler, David Schwimmer, John Goodman, David Cross, Jason Alexander, and Carol Burnett. Hit the jump for more:
It seems a little unfair to rip into a movie like “Post Grad”. I don’t mind doing it with a movie like “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” because it comes from strong source material, has solid actors, and cost a $150 million to make so a failure is not only a disappointment but a little offensive. But “Post Grad” is so insipid, so in love with its empty characters, barely able to understand its own premise, and comes to such sickening conclusions, I can’t let it pass. When the only way to survive it is to wonder how the next scene will be worse than the one that came before, I feel justified in ripping the film apart since it ripped apart my soul for what felt like an eternity. I can’t understand why Fox Searchlight didn’t dump this straight to DVD and now it’s gonna be taking up 1,958 screens this weekend and wasting the time of those foolish enough to pay a ticket because they thought the movie looked kind of cute judging from the standee in the lobby.