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Watch: First Full Episode Of HBO’s 'Silicon Valley' Plus Review Of Mike Judge's Tech World Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 10:08 AM
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Silicon Valley
Over the course of his career, Mike Judge has always been a keen observer of the absurd, mundane minutiae of the work world. Of course, "Office Space" is his crowing achievement, pitch perfectly capturing the soul crushing ennui of working 9 to 5. Judge returned to the well with "Extract," something a bit more screwball, less focused and as a result, less satisfying. And while Strickland Propane of "King Of The Hill" was another opportunity to skewer working life, it was more of an added texture to the All American Hank Hill than a particular point for parody. However, "Silicon Valley" returns Judge full throttle to the arena of clock-punching, management and ambition, with the tech world setting providing a fresh twist, but with results decidedly mixed across the first five episodes sent to press.

Watch: Find Out Why Steve Jobs Was A Poseur In New Trailer For HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 12:31 PM
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Silicon Valley
Earlier today it was revealed that producer Scott Rudin was bringing the nerd battle between Sega and Nintendo to the big screen with "Console Wars," roping in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write and direct. If you want your fill of nerds and technology a little bit quicker, Rudin and HBO have a fix on the way with "Silicon Valley," but the most important name behind it is this one: Mike Judge.

Watch: First Teaser For 'Office Space' Creator Mike Judge's New HBO Comedy Series 'Silicon Valley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2014 12:38 PM
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Silicon Valley
Mike Judge is going back to work. The brains behind one of the best workplace comedies of all time, "Office Space," is once again returning to the well of punching the clock, this time with a modern age twist, with HBO's "Silicon Valley." And yes, as one of our 20 Most Anticipated TV Shows Of 2014, we're very excited for this one.

Watch: Kristen Bell Grows Up At The Swimming Pool In Trailer For 'The Lifeguard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 2:16 PM
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Sometimes life knocks you down, you have to move back in with your parents and get a job as a lifeguard. Okay, so maybe that's not the trajectory most trouble young folks take, but in "The Lifeguard," it's the path that Leigh, played by Kristen Bell, takes in the feature debut from writer/director Liz W. Garcia ("Wonderfalls,""Cold Case").

Are You Happier? Trailer & Poster For 'Save The Date' With Alison Brie, Lizzy Caplan & Martin Starr

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 19, 2012 11:00 AM
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A comedy centered on two very different sisters, featuring a solid cast including Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Mark Webber, Melonie Diaz, Geoffrey Arend and Timothy Busfield, the Sundance rom-com "Save the Date" has been rather quiet since it premiered in Utah earlier this year. But IFC Films, releasing the picture later this fall, is finally bringing their campaign to life. Directed by Michael Mohan ("One Too Many Mornings") the first trailer for the film has arrived and it quotes our review from Sundance where we described it as an "endearing" picture that "other rom-coms should aspire to be." And indeed, it does look charming while still containing some emotional depth and smarts.

5 Things We Learned About 'Freaks & Geeks' From The AV Club's Epic Walkthrough With Paul Feig

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 13, 2012 10:57 AM
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While the show only lasted a season (although ratings were enough that, were it on today, it would be a big hit), so much of what's proved successful in the comedy world in the last decade can be traced back to " Freaks & Geeks." Executive produced by Judd Apatow, who's been behind many of the most successful comedies in recent years, from "Anchorman" to the upcoming "The Five-Year Engagement," and created by Paul Feig, who reunited with Apatow for last year's smash hit "Bridesmaids," it followed a group of nerds and burnouts in a Michigan high school.

Sundance Review: 'Save The Date' Is Light & Endearing Without Being Insubstantial; What Other Rom-Coms Should Aspire To

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 28, 2012 3:12 PM
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With the countless number of romantic comedies focused on how difficult it is for a woman to find a good man, it’s incredibly refreshing to see one where the tables are turned. In “Save The Date,” Lizzy Caplan stars as Sarah, a struggling illustrator who keeps herself afloat by managing a local book store.

Martin Starr Says He Met With Judd Apatow, But Character Didn't Fit Into ‘Knocked-Up’ Spin-Off

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 2, 2011 9:08 AM
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Actor Says He's Still Plugging Away On Original Script With Comedienne Charlene YiPlaylist contrib Todd Gilchrist recently sat down with "Freaks and Geeks” alum Martin Starr to talk his role in this weekend's indie comedy, “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.” When Starr wasn't discussing his dick, the film (he called it a "a sweet story about friends"), the joys of working with friends and the travails of the film industry, the comedic actor known for roles in "Freaks & Geeks," "Knocked Up," "Superbad," "Adventureland" and "Party Down" gave us a small taste of what was on the horizon.

'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy' Actor Martin Starr Talks A Fickle Industry & "Having A Huge Dick"

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 1, 2011 10:53 AM
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Since his breakthrough role as the deadpan “geek” Bill on the acclaimed but woefully ratings-deficient TV show “Freaks and Geeks,” Martin Starr has carved out a successful niche for himself playing characters who fortify themselves against the slings and arrows of the world with deadly, razor-sharp wit. But in his new film “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy,” Starr backs into that persona from a different point of view, playing a cool rock musician who is secretly paralyzed by quandaries as simple as whether or not to wear a hat on the cover of his debut album. When asked how much he could relate to in the new comedy, which was written and directed by Alex Gregory (a “Late Show with David Letterman” alum) and Peter Huyck, Starr confessed he shared more than a few similarities with his character Duquez, down to his physical description in the original script.

'Community' Star Alison Brie & 'Party Down' Star Lizzy Caplan Team For Rom-Com 'Save The Date'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 3, 2011 1:44 AM
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Martin Starr & Geoffrey Arend Co-StarUpdate: Mark Webber, last seen playing Stephen Stills in "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World," has also joined the cast.

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