BROOKLYN NINE NINE Recap: Season 2 Premiere “Undercover”

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back and, aside from the fact that it’s now on Sunday nights, it hasn’t really missed a step.  The amazing cast of supporting players keep the show in the “must see” zone while Andy Samberg’s Jake Peralta still drags things down a bit with his ham-handedness.  Don’t get me wrong, Samberg’s a big talent and is quite capable in the role, it’s just that his part is routinely written to be dumber and slightly less functional than his colleagues.  Granted, this is an imbalance that has improved vastly since the first few episodes of Season 1, but it still remains (albeit at a much more tenable level).

The Lonely Island Movie Set Up at Universal; Judd Apatow to Produce

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The time has come for The Lonely Island movie.  Universal has acquired an untitled comedy project from the Lonely Island trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, with Schaffer and Taccone onboard to co-direct.  THR reports that the three will also star in the movie, which takes place in the music world.  Additionally, Judd Apatow will produce the film alongside Samberg, Schaffer, and Taccone.  Further details are unknown at this time (like whether they’ll be playing wholly original characters or versions of their Lonely Island selves), but the prospect of seeing a music-centric film from the brains behind “Dick in a Box”, “Lazy Sunday”, and “Jizz in My Pants” is wonderfully exciting.  More after the jump.

Andy Samberg, Kit Harington, Lena Dunham, and More to Lead HBO Sports Mockumentary 7 DAYS IN HELL

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HBO is putting together a sports mockumentary project, and the network has pulled together a rather promising comedic ensemble.  Girls writer/co-executive producer Murray Miller is teaming up with Andy Samberg to create 7 Days in Hell, which is described as a mockumentary send-up of professional tennis.  Per THR, the one-off HBO Comedy Event will star Samberg as a superstar tennis “bad boy” who becomes embroiled in a seven-day tennis match at Wimbeldon with an Andy Murray-type prodigy and certified truck driver, played by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington.  The current roster also includes Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Will Forte, Karen Gillan, Howie Mandel, Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, June Squibb, and Soledad O’Brien, who will play herself.

This sounds like the kind of delightfully goofy project that’s perfect for Samberg, and I’m very curious to see how Harington’s comedic skills stack up.  No word on when the project may air, but one assumes Samberg will have to fit the filming schedule into his hiatus from Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Charlize Theron and Andy Samberg to Host Final SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Episodes of the Season

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The hosts for the last few episodes of Saturday Night Live’s current season have been announced.  Charlize Theron will take up hosting duties on May 10th with musical guest Black Keys, while Andy Samberg will return to SNL to host the season finale on May 17th with musical guest St. Vincent.  Theron’s second stint at hosting comes at an opportune time, as she stars in Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, which opens in theaters on May 30th.  Prior to Theron and Samberg, Andrew Garfield will lead the show on May 2nd for the first time to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with musical guest Coldplay.

Akiva Schaffer to Direct BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Finale

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Fox has one of the season’s best surprises in their line-up with the Golden Globe-winning comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  If you haven’t been watching, the cop comedy series takes place in the title precinct and stars Andy Samberg as the slovenly and sarcastic Detective Jake Peralta.  Samberg is obviously a comedy veteran, but the strength of the show comes in its supporting cast, which features Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Stephanie Beatriz and Andre Braugher.  For the show’s first season finale, Samberg’s “The Lonely Island” partner Akiva Schaffer will come on board to direct.  Hit the jump for more.

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Blu-ray Review

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It’s a shame that some still feel like animated films are primarily made for children.  The advent of Pixar and films like Shrek and The Fantastic Mr. Fox have more than proved otherwise, and in 2009 directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller delivered a wonderfully goofy animated take on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs that appeals to adults and kids alike.  That film reveled in its offbeat sense of humor, and while Lord and Miller stepped back into executive producer roles for the sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a worthy follow-up that delivers a hefty dose of adorable buoyed by colorfully inspired designs and a heartfelt theme of friendship.  Read my review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray after the jump.

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY to Debut May 5th; Fox Announces Premiere Dates for SURVIVING JACK, GANG RELATED, and COSMOS Plus Super Bowl Details

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Today is 20th Century Fox’s turn at the TCA’s, and the network has a slew of announcements and updates for its programming in the coming months.  Briefly:

  • The limited event series 24: Live Another Day will have a two-hour premiere on Monday, May 5th.  The miniseries sees the return of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer for one last string of episodes, with Yvonne Strahovski co-starring.
  • The new family comedy series Surviving Jack, starring Christopher Meloni, will debut on Thursday, March 27th, and the new action drama series Gang Related will launch on Tuesday, March 20th.
  • The Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted revival series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey will premiere on March 9th on Fox and on March 10th on the National Geographic Channel.  The 13-episode series is executive produced by Seth MacFarlane and serves as a successor to Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos series.
  • Fox’s post-Super Bowl episodes of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will feature guest stars galore, including an appearance by Prince on the former.
  • Fox has signed a multi-year deal with The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone) to develop new alternative comedy shows.

Hit the jump for all the details from the individual press releases.

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Review

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I adore Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsPhil Lord and Christopher Miller’s adaptation of the classic children’s book is one of the most unexpected and successful book adaptations of the past several years.  Most movies based on children books are belabored, tiresome affairs, and Cloudy turned the simple idea of food falling from the sky into a weird, adorable, and hilarious animated comedy.  It set an incredibly high bar for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, but new directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn have come close to giving us a movie as wonderful as the original.  Everything that made the first Cloudy a success is still in place, even though there’s more reliance on some cheap gags.  The sequel has cemented the identity of the series even though the story leaves some residual guiltiness about being a carnivore.

Andy Samberg and Terry Crews Talk CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, Voice Recording, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, THE EXPENDABLES 3, and More

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Andy Samberg and Terry Crews’ animated characters in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 couldn’t be more different. The brilliantly sardonic, not to mention rail-thin, Samberg goes against type as the dense, rotund ‘Baby’ Brent. Crews, on the other hand, co-stars as the hyper-masculine super cop Earl Devereaux. The militant character seems like a natural extension of Crews’ live action persona: a potent mixture of badass masculinity with an often-times-played-for-laughs vulnerability. However it’s Crews who is the newbie to the Cloudy franchise. While Samberg reprises his role from the first film, Crews takes over a part previously played by Mr. T. It’s an interesting duality: Samberg re-playing a character so far removed from himself and Crews stepping into a role seemingly tailor-made for him.

In the following interview with Samberg & Crews, the twosome discuss the vocal performance process on Cloudy 2, whether or not Crews could take Mr. T in a fight and working together on the TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  In addition, Terry Crews talks about working opposite Wesley Snipes on The Expendables 3.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Review: Andy Samberg Comedy Could Be A Winner

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The success of comedy pilots is ruled by chaos.  Individual appeal means very little; whether a show sticks to tropes or knocks them all down, has recognizable stars or comes in fresh, or whether it’s even funny matters less than the question of which network it’s on.  Fox, for instance, is a network that keeps its shows on a very short leash.  They either perform like a ball of fire out of the gate, or they will be exterminated.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine has one fairly recognizable face in Andy Samberg, the show’s star, and good writers behind the scenes.  But will that be enough to make the show a success?  Hit the jump for more.

Watch 5 Clips from CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Sony Pictures Animation has released five clips from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  In the follow-up, Swallow Falls is under attack by mutant foods known as “foodimals”, so Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Earl (Terry Crews), and Steve (Neil Patrick Harris) must contain the creatures before they overrun the planet.  I’m going radio silent on the movie since I love the first one, and I like everything I’ve seen from the trailers, so I don’t need more to sell me on this flick.  However, if you still need some convincing, these clips are for your viewing please.  Also, if you live in Atlanta, you still have a time to enter for a chance to win passes to an early screening.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.

First Clip from CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Sony Pictures has released the first clip from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  In the upcoming sequel, Swallow Falls is under attack by mutant foods known as “foodimals”, so Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Earl (Terry Crews), and Steve (Neil Patrick Harris), must contain the creatures before they overrun the planet.  The clip is part of the footage we saw at Comic-Con, and it shows that the movie isn’t just the food puns we’ve seen in the trailers.  The same zany humor is back in full force, and this looks like it will be an incredibly fun ride.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.

Andy Samberg and Co-Creator Michael Schur Talk BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, the Line Between Comedy and Parody, and Improv on Set

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From Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Michael Schur and Dan Goor (Parks and Recreation), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (premiering on Fox on September 17th) is a new single-camera ensemble comedy about what happens when a talented, but carefree detective gets a new captain with a lot to prove.  Detective Jake Peralta (SNL‘s Andy Samberg) is a good enough cop that he has never had to work that hard or follow the rules too closely, until Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) comes to the precinct and reminds the hotshot cop to respect the badge.

During the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, actor Andy Samberg and co-creator Michael Schur talked about the line between comedy and parody, how much improv they’re doing on the show, what attracted Samberg to this project, and whether familiar faces will show up, in the future.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

International Trailer for CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Following on the heels of yesterday’s new domestic trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, an international trailer has now been released online.  The plot revolves around Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) returning to Swallow Falls to clean up the mess created by the FLDSMDFR, only to find that food is now taking on the form of mutant beasts.  The film is one of my most-anticipated movies of the next three months, and while this trailer does retread a good portion of what we saw in the first trailer with regards to the food puns, we’re also getting more of Steve (Neil Patrick Harris).  I’m curious to see if the talking monkey will have a larger role in the sequel, or if he’s just being played up in the marketing due to his popularity and ability to get quick laughs.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Andy Samberg, Will Forte, and Terry CrewsCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.

New Trailer for CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Sony Pictures Animation has released a new trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  The plot revolves around Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) returning to Swallow Falls to clean up the mess created by the FLDSMDFR, only to find that food is now taking on the form of mutant beasts.  It looks to be every bit as zany as the first one and then some, so if you’re worried about directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn handling the follow-up, this trailer should put you at ease.  If nothing else, enjoy the moments with Steve the scene-stealing simian (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris).

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Will Forte, and Terry CrewsCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens on September 27th.

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