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On The Rise '12: 10 TV Stars Who Should Break Through To The Big Screen Soon

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2012 12:40 PM
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With cinematic releases at the moment mostly involving the not-particularly inspiring likes of "That's My Boy" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," it's hard not to look to television for a little nourishment. The trouble is that the TV season has wrapped up for the year. While a few shows (namely "Girls") are still wrapping up, and others get underway shortly ("The Newsroom," "Breaking Bad," "Louie"), it's pretty quiet on the box, with cast and creatives focusing on making a hiatus movie, campaigning for Emmy, or just getting some sleep for once.

Tribeca Review: Despite Myriad Celebrity Cameos 'Revenge For Jolly!' Is Excruciating

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 22, 2012 1:18 PM
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Kudos to Brian Petsos, a bit actor who has pulled off an Orson Welles-level achievement in not only nabbing a brilliant cast to star in “Revenge For Jolly!” which he wrote, but also having the clout to save the lead role for himself. Welles did this with his talent, vision and status as a cinematic titan. Petsos, if we’re being charitable, most likely had to resort to blackmail, extortion and/or just plain bribery, as “Revenge For Jolly!” may be the most excruciating 80+ minutes you spend in a theater this year.

Thomas Beatty's Dark Comedy 'Teddy Bears' Adds David Krumholtz, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Gillian Jacobs & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 28, 2012 9:22 AM
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With his father Ned Beatty in tow, you'd be inclined to think Thomas Beatty could have called in a few more favours for his directorial debut, but it looks like the writer-director is keeping things small-scale with the microbudget, dark comedy "Teddy Bears," co-helmed by his wife, photographer Rebecca Fishman.

Discuss: As A Trailer Arrives For The Return Of 'Community,' Why Aren't You Watching The Smartest, Most Ambitious Show On Television?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 8, 2012 9:24 AM
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It's generally agreed that television is as good as it's ever been. Of course, there's a lot of rubbish on, as there always was, but virtually every night, year round, brings more quality comedy and drama than you could possibly hope to watch. The next few weeks alone bring the return of "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones," two of the most acclaimed cable dramas of recent years, while "Justified" and "Luck," muscular, cinematic long-form tales as strong as anything the big screen has seen recently, wrap up their seasons, and other favorites like "Breaking Bad," "Louie" and "Homeland" will be back before the year is out, along, we hope, with a raft of excellent new shows.

Steve Carell & Jim Carrey Get Britta-d As 'Community' Star Gillian Jacobs Joins 'Burt Wonderstone'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2012 11:23 AM
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Whether or not NBC's outstanding "Community" makes it to a fourth season -- and we dearly hope that it does, but given that the show was yanked from the schedule late last year, and is yet to make its way back, things are looking a little grim -- we're going to be seeing a lot more from the cast in the near future. Nominal lead Joel McHale will next be seen in Seth MacFarlane's "Ted"; breakout star Donald Glover is mixing up movie roles like "The To-Do List" with his musical career as Childish Gambino; his on-screen partner Danny Pudi will be seen alongside Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in "My Mother's Curse"; Ken Jeong is everywhere; Alison Brie has a major supporting turn in "The Five-Year Engagement"; and even the show's Dean, Jim Rash, is now an Oscar-nominee thanks to co-writing the script for Alexander Payne's "The Descendants."

Britta For The Win: 'Community''s Gillian Jacobs Joins 'Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 5:26 AM
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Castmate Danny Pudi Will Appear In Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand Comedy 'My Mother's Curse'Picking the MVP on NBC's excellent sitcom "Community" is a near-impossible task -- the tremendous ensemble cast, which includes Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong, turn in top-notch work week on week, and each episode tends to show new strengths for a different character. But if we had to pick a favorite, it would probably be Britta, the politically conscious drop-out played by Gillian Jacobs.

Kristen Wiig & Anna Faris In The Mix For Female Lead In Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2011 12:47 PM
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Gillian Jacobs Also In Contention; Jason Mantzoukas In Negotiations For Sidekick RoleWith Sacha Baron Cohen's next new character comedy "The Dictator" due into theaters a year from now, guess they better get around to casting it right? Well, a trio of very funny ladies are leading the pack to star opposite Cohen in the film.

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