Screen Junkies » Ellie Kemper http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:57:52 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 NBC and Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Tossed Over To Netflix Before It Even Premiered http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-and-tina-feys-unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-tossed-over-to-netflix-before-it-even-premiered/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-and-tina-feys-unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-tossed-over-to-netflix-before-it-even-premiered/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:21:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267608 Looks like NBC's loss is Netflix' gain.

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While Netflix has rescued a network show or two in the past, this is a first. The Tina Fey-produced Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was set to roll out on NBC, but was just sent over to Netflix where it got a two-year commitment. Why? Maybe it’s because Netflix doesn’t mind shows with terrible names.

Rather than premiering in March on NBC, the Ellie Kemper-starring series about a woman who defects from a cult to move to NYC will debut on Netflix at the same time.

This sounds like a pretty promising premise from a great team, so let’s hope that a move to Netflix means the show will prove to be a more resilient than the fickle networks and that poor Kimmy Schmidt can find her way in the Big Apple.

That city will eat you alive. I’ve seen it happen a million times.

(Deadline)

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Casting Round-Up: ‘Dark Knight Rises’, ’21 Jump Street’, ‘American Idiot’, And ‘Gatsby’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-dark-knight-rises-21-jump-street-american-idiot-and-gatsby/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-dark-knight-rises-21-jump-street-american-idiot-and-gatsby/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 01:03:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215959 Ellie Kemper to play an undercover high-schooler in Green Day's remake of 'The Great Gatsby. Hmm. That doesn't sound right.

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Today in random casting news, we’ve got three adaptations and a sequel. And they say Hollywood is running out of fresh ideas! To be fair, though, all four do show promise and pedigree. And if you’re the guy in charge of updating imdb.com – you’re welcome.

Jason Clarke has closed on one of the remaining key roles in Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby, signing on to play George Wilson, a cuckold husband with several big scenes. Clarke has a whole or two in his schedule since the cancellation of his police drama “The Chicago Code.”

Notable TV actor (not a slam, I promise) Josh Stewart has signed on for an undisclosed role in The Dark Knight Rises. My sources tell me that it’s unlikely he will play the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, but we will of course let you know as soon as possible should that be the case.

Ellie Kemper continues to parlay both”The Office” and Bridesmaids into more high-profile work, scoring a role in the currently-filming-in-New Orleans 21 Jump Street. She will play a sweet chemistry teacher who is also fooled by the identities of several of her students. Let’s all hope the sweet girl gets a happy ending and isn’t used as a human shield in a hostage situation or something.

Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer and guitarist of Green Day, will be appearing in his band’s American Idiot film adaptation, playing the role of drug dealer St. Jimmy. He played the same role on Broadway last fall, then again when it closed, so this is old hat to him. His sneer will look even more punk in Imax.

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‘Bridesmaids’ Outtakes: Jon Hamm Likes It Kinky http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bridesmaids-outtakes-jon-hamms-into-some-kinky-sht/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bridesmaids-outtakes-jon-hamms-into-some-kinky-sht/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 22:44:12 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=213649 Kristen Wiig, kindly let Mr. Hamm "drive the bus."

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I thought the gags in Bridesmaids, gross-out and otherwise, were hilarious. However, I lost interest during the (endless) 45 minute Kristen Wiig pity party. “Boo hoo, I won’t call the guy I like.” Just keep the joke-em-ups coming, please.

Melissa McCarthy Reveals That She Was Channeling Guy Fieri In 'Bridesmaids'


That’s why I’m excited to share the video above from Funny or Die, which is a compilation of unused takes from the movie. It’s rapid fire improvs/cut lines from Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, plus the eventually underused Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey. I especially lol’d at the Hamm sex bookends, where things get wackier than in the original cut. I like wackier Jon Hamm. The guy has gravitas to spare, so let him make a butt cheeks joke every once in awhile, Mad Men.”

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SXSW Review: ‘Bridesmaids’ Work Print http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-bridesmaids-work-print/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-bridesmaids-work-print/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:47:09 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201446 Follows the same plot as all “outrageous wedding” movies.

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Bridesmaids played well at SXSW, but I wasn’t into it. It’s actually the first movie of the festival I haven’t liked, so it probably feels like a harsher letdown.

It opens funny with Annie (Kristin Wiig) having outrageous sex with Ted (Jon Hamm). Annie speaks in the stream of consciousness rambling that Wiig peppers with humor each time she adds a phrase. Once her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged, it becomes the typical wedding movie.

All the other bridesmaids are contrived one-dimensional types. Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) complains about her obnoxious sons and husband.  Becca (Ellie Kemper) is the lovey dovey newlywed. Megan is a butch type. Helen (Rose Byrne) is just so perfect it drives Annie crazy.

Wiig pretty much stops doing the Kristin Wiig thing in order to serve a generic, clichéd plot. She does a dance when Officer Rhodes pulls her over but stops the random phrases and tones down the physicality, so you don’t get a Kristin Wiig movie after all.

The big problem with the premise is that jealousy is not funny. Helen outshines Annie’s wedding plans and the film follows the same plot as all “outrageous wedding” movies. At the engagement toast, the dress fittings, the bachelorette party and bridal shower, Helen comes up with crazy plans that take over Annie’s sincere ones.

Helen’s manipulative usurping isn’t funny though. She has connections to a fancy dress shop. She wants to take the girls to Las Vegas. She has a fancy mansion with a fondue fountain. The only joke is that Annie is insecure that Helen’s more superficially impressive than she is.

Bridesmaids might coast if it was just generic, but it drags out so long it forces you to work it out. Directo Paul Feig said that “work print” only meant they had color timing and sound issues to polish. He should really consider taking 30 minutes out, because there’s so much plot. At a certain point you realize while Annie’s working out her relationship with Office Rhodes, hey, they still have to have a wedding to wrap this sucker up.

I like Kristin Wiig a lot. I think her physicality is phenomenal and her attitude is sweet. She doesn’t seem to make jokes at anyone’s expense. She just enjoys being silly. Bridesmaids doesn’t feel like her, and she wrote it herself!

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‘The Office’s’ Subtle Sexuality Releases a Bangin’ Music Video http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-offices-subtle-sexuality-releases-a-bangin-music-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-offices-subtle-sexuality-releases-a-bangin-music-video/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Yo, yo, yo. You about to get punched in the face with the hottest new track outta Scranton, PA! The new banger from girl pop band Subtle Sexuality (aka Kelly Kapoor and Erin Hannon) has just dropped and it's what the streets has been crying for. You can bump the jam below and check out more on they official website. Ya heaaaaaaard. 

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Yo, yo, yo. You about to get punched in the face with the hottest new track outta Scranton, PA! The new banger from girl pop band Subtle Sexuality (aka Kelly Kapoor and Erin Hannon) has just dropped and it’s what the streets has been crying for. You can bump the jam below and check out more on they official website. Ya heaaaaaaard. 

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