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‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig

‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Mindy Project” series finale, “It Had to Be You.”]

The Mindy Project” came to an end on Tuesday with its series finale, and every major character finds love or fulfillment in some form. Everything comes full circle with Dr. Mindy Lahiri (creator and star Mindy Kaling) fleeing from a wedding on a bicycle while wearing a sequined dress. But what a difference six seasons and countless boyfriends make. In the pilot, Mindy’s bike escape is sparked by going on a drunken rant at her ex’s wedding. In the finale, she’s peddling away from her good friend’s wedding into the arms of the man she loves.

Over the course of five years and two networks, Kaling refined her romantic comedy style, which ranged from irreverent and goofy to idealistic and contemplative. It hasn’t always been the most consistent, though, and season-to-season has ranged wildly in tone and execution. This was partially due to the network switch,
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‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig

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‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Mindy Project” series finale, “It Had to Be You.”]

The Mindy Project” came to an end on Tuesday with its series finale, and every major character finds love or fulfillment in some form. Everything comes full circle with Dr. Mindy Lahiri (creator and star Mindy Kaling) fleeing from a wedding on a bicycle while wearing a sequined dress. But what a difference six seasons and countless boyfriends make. In the pilot, Mindy’s bike escape is sparked by going on a drunken rant at her ex’s wedding. In the finale, she’s peddling away from her good friend’s wedding into the arms of the man she loves.

Over the course of five years and two networks, Kaling refined her romantic comedy style, which ranged from irreverent and goofy to idealistic and contemplative. It hasn’t always been the most consistent, though, and season-to-season has ranged wildly in tone and execution. This was partially due to the network switch,
See full article at Indiewire »

Greenlit: Casting Info on the latest TV and Film Projects You Should Know

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “A Christmas Story: Live”The Fox musical event is gearing up for the holidays. In addition to Maya Rudolph and Matthew Broderick, the broadcast has found its little Ralphie in Andy Walken. The 11-year-old won out over 350 hopeful actors. There are no other names attached to the project, directed by Alex Rudzinski, who also co-directed “Grease Live!” and executive produced “Hairspray Live!” The musical will air Sunday, Dec. 17, so more roles should be cast soon, likely by Telsey + Co, who Rudzinski has worked with on the other live, televised musicals on his resume. “Champions”As “The Mindy Project” wraps up production, Mindy Kaling isn’t slowing down. Her next project, “Champions,” which she hinted
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TVLine Items: Odd Mom Out Cancelled, The Tick Return Date and More

TVLine Items: Odd Mom Out Cancelled, The Tick Return Date and More
Odd Mom Out is really going to be feeling left out now.

Bravo has cancelled the scripted comedy after three seasons, creator and star Jill Kargman announced via Instagram:

RelatedCable/Streaming Scorecard: What’s Renewed? What’s Cancelled?

Odd Mom Out starred Kargman as a fictionalized version of herself, navigating the world of Upper East Side mommies. The cast also included Abby Elliott, Andy Buckley, Joanna Cassidy, Kk Glick and Sean Kleier.

The Sept. 13 season finale will now serve as the show’s series ender.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The second half of The Tick
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‘Champions’: Fortune Feimster Joins Charlie Grandy/Mindy Kaling NBC Comedy Series

‘Champions’: Fortune Feimster Joins Charlie Grandy/Mindy Kaling NBC Comedy Series
Exclusive: The Mindy Project‘s Fortune Feimster is continuing her relationship with the series creator and star Mindy Kaling and executive producer Charlie Grandy. Feimster has joined the cast of their upcoming NBC single-camera comedy Champions as a new series regular Champions centers around Vince (Anders Holm), a charismatic gym owner with no ambition, lives with his younger brother Matthe (Andy Favreau), a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is…
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Mptf Hosts Star-Studded 11th Annual Evening Before Party

Television’s biggest night took place in Century City, CA Saturday, September 16th, where the entertainment industry came together for the 11th annual “Evening Before” party, benefitting Mptf (Motion Picture & Television Fund).

Stars Attend 11th Annual Evening Before Party

Credit/Copyright: Getty Images For Mptf

The television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from Mptf’s charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is “home” to television and film veterans alike.

“The health and social service needs of our community continue to grow, especially during these last few years. The cost of delivering much-needed care can be overwhelming to Mptf’s resources, which makes events like the Evening Before more important now than ever,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg,
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‘The Mindy Project’ Review: Final Season Is Poised to Be Its Most Meaningful Yet, as Everyone Gets An Ending — Happy or Not

‘The Mindy Project’ Review: Final Season Is Poised to Be Its Most Meaningful Yet, as Everyone Gets An Ending — Happy or Not
The Mindy Project” is the type of working title a network assigns a show until a final title has been cleared. It’s supposed to be temporary. But in this case, the name stuck — presaging a pattern of breaking rules and subverting expectations that the show has followed throughout its run.

As it enters its sixth season, “The Mindy Project” title has taken on a new meaning. Heroine Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) has been working on the project that is herself and her romantic notions all along. And now the time has come in the final season for Mindy to finally discover her happy ending, whatever that may be.

Read More:‘The Mindy Project’ Final Season: Chris Messina Returning to Give Danny and Mindy ‘Clarity’

True to its rom-com roots, the show kicks off its final season by doubling down — nay, quadrupling down — on romance, with at least four couples
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘The Mindy Project’ Review: Final Season Is Poised to Be Its Most Meaningful Yet, as Everyone Gets An Ending — Happy or Not

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‘The Mindy Project’ Review: Final Season Is Poised to Be Its Most Meaningful Yet, as Everyone Gets An Ending — Happy or Not
The Mindy Project” is the type of working title a network assigns a show until a final title has been cleared. It’s supposed to be temporary. But in this case, the name stuck — presaging a pattern of breaking rules and subverting expectations that the show has followed throughout its run.

As it enters its sixth season, “The Mindy Project” title has taken on a new meaning. Heroine Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) has been working on the project that is herself and her romantic notions all along. And now the time has come in the final season for Mindy to finally discover her happy ending, whatever that may be.

Read More:‘The Mindy Project’ Final Season: Chris Messina Returning to Give Danny and Mindy ‘Clarity’

True to its rom-com roots, the show kicks off its final season by doubling down — nay, quadrupling down — on romance, with at least four couples
See full article at Indiewire »

Netflix Rounds Out Cast for Ben Stiller-Produced ‘Eggplant Emoji’

Netflix Rounds Out Cast for Ben Stiller-Produced ‘Eggplant Emoji’
Daniel Doheny, Luke Spencer Roberts, Eduardo Franco, and Sadie Calvano have joined the cast of the Netflix comedy “Eggplant Emoji.”

They join Geraldine Viswanathan, who is in negotiations to star.

Netflix landed the spec by Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider following a bidding war earlier this year.

Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock will produce the dark comedy via their Red Hour Films banner. Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck, the creators and stars of the Comedy Central show “Workaholics,” are also on board to produce.

In the vein of “Superbad,” the plot follows a teenager who accidentally cuts off his penis during a camping trip. He and his friends rush to save the appendage before it’s too late.

Doheny just wrapped production on the Netflix pic “Alex Strangelove” while Roberts was most recently seen in “Fear the Walking Dead.” Franco
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Netflix Comedy ‘Eggplant Emoji’ to Star Geraldine Viswanathan (Exclusive)

Netflix Comedy ‘Eggplant Emoji’ to Star Geraldine Viswanathan (Exclusive)
Australian actress Geraldine Viswanathan is in negotiations to star in the Netflix comedy “Eggplant Emoji,” sources tell Variety.

Netflix landed the spec by Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider following a bidding war earlier this year.

Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock will produce the dark comedy via their Red Hour Films banner. Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck, the creators and stars of the Comedy Central show “Workaholics,” are also on board to produce.

In the vein of “Superbad,” the plot follows a teenager who accidentally cuts off his
See full article at Variety - Film News »

The 25 Best TV Comedy Ensembles of the Last 25 Years, Ranked

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The 25 Best TV Comedy Ensembles of the Last 25 Years, Ranked
A great ensemble creates a mysterious bond between a show and its viewers. The chemistry shared on screen brings with it a certain level of comfort.

But to refer to this quality as some kind of supernatural power does a disservice to the men and women who forge it. There is the talent of each individual performer to consider: If any of them falter, the whole dynamic falls apart. It’s a dynamic that requires work, too. Whether it’s bonding in real-life or being a good listener on set, chemistry is a science for these casts; it’s made, not found.

Then there’s the versatility of expanding these connections beyond just one or two cast members, but an entire ensemble of six or so series regulars. The best ensembles work no matter who’s paired up in a scene, and it feels like the TV can barely contain
See full article at Indiewire »

The 25 Best TV Comedy Ensembles of the Last 25 Years, Ranked

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The 25 Best TV Comedy Ensembles of the Last 25 Years, Ranked
A great ensemble creates a mysterious bond between a show and its viewers. The chemistry shared on screen brings with it a certain level of comfort.

But to refer to this quality as some kind of supernatural power does a disservice to the men and women who forge it. There is the talent of each individual performer to consider: If any of them falter, the whole dynamic falls apart. It’s a dynamic that requires work, too. Whether it’s bonding in real-life or being a good listener on set, chemistry is a science for these casts; it’s made, not found.

Then there’s the versatility of expanding these connections beyond just one or two cast members, but an entire ensemble of six or so series regulars. The best ensembles work no matter who’s paired up in a scene, and it feels like the TV can barely contain
See full article at Indiewire Television »

New Trailer for Trippy Los Angeles Film 'Kuso' Directed by Flying Lotus

"I survived, and I can barely believe it." Shudder has debuted a new trailer for the trippy new film made by musician Flying Lotus, making his feature directorial debut. Kuso is about a few events that occur after an earthquake destroys Los Angeles. The story is told through various discarded televisions and a number of quirky characters still left alive. It's described as having hallucinations that are "half-Cronenberg, half-Ren & Stimpy", though even that may not properly sum up the film. I heard nothing but weird things about this, as it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and seems to be an acquired taste, definitely not for everyone. The cast includes Hannibal Buress, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker, as well as funk legend George Clinton, among others. It's a good trailer with all the crazy quotes, but I don't think I'll be seeing this film. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Flying Lotus' film Kuso,
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New Trailer For ‘Kuso’ Directed By Flying Lotus Will Melt Your Brain

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The sobriquet Sundance Movie conjures up some familiar elements: low budgets, a blend of drama and comedy, and usually some kind of predictably mapped out catharsis. However, when electronic musician Flying Lotus landed in Park City this year with “Kuso,” his film was genuinely uncategorizable. Weird, surreal, and gross, the movie prompted lots of raised eyebrows and walkouts, but has sustained as a must-see future midnight classic.

Featuring Hannibal Buress, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker, and funk legend George Clinton, the plot, such as it is, looks at the lives at a bunch of twisted citizens in Los Angeles, but, really, “Kuso” is something you experience.

Continue reading New Trailer For ‘Kuso’ Directed By Flying Lotus Will Melt Your Brain at The Playlist.
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'Eggplant Emoji' Comedy Taps 'Tour de Pharmacy' Director (Exclusive)

Jake Szymanski, who directed HBO's just-aired mockumentary Tour de Pharmacy, will helm The Eggplant Emoji for Netflix.

Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider, the creators of digital animated series Gentlemen Lobsters, wrote the script for the ballsy project, which has Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock producing via their Red Hour Films banner. Ross Dinerstein is also producing.

Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck, the creators and stars of the hit Comedy Central show Workaholics, are also producing the dark comedy.

The plot is throbbing with comedic potential: When a teenager accidentally cuts off his penis during a camping...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Seth Rogen Can't Believe His Mom Tweeted About Her Sex Life: ‘It’s Gnarly’

Seth Rogen Can't Believe His Mom Tweeted About Her Sex Life: ‘It’s Gnarly’
Seth Rogen fans now know where he gets his sense of humor from -- his mother, Sandy Rogen.

On Wednesday, the comedian's mom tweeted a nearly Nsfw message that seemed to personally offend her son. "Falling asleep after sex is like shavasana after yoga!" she wrote.

Seth responded, "Jesus f**king Christ, mom."

Watch: Mila Kunis Brings Mom to Tears After Renovating Her Parents’ Condo

The Neighbors star's sister, Danya, also wasn't thrilled about their mother's tweet, writing: "Seriously. I actually gagged."

"It's gnarly," Seth replied to his sibling.

Mindy Kaling, however, fully supported Sandy's tweet. "I love it," she wrote to Seth, her longtime friend, "And I don't want you to dissuade her." The 35-year-old actor responded, "I don't think I can."

More: Jay-z's Mom, Gloria Carter, Comes Out as Lesbian in New Duet on Rapper's Latest Album

The Mindy Project's Anders Holm also tweeted in response to Seth's mom, writing: "Bestow
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Shudder picks up Sundance horror 'Kuso'

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Shudder picks up Sundance horror 'Kuso'
Brainfeeder Films earthquake story to launch in July.

Shudder has acquired North American and UK rights to Flying Lotus’ psychedelic horror Kuso.

The film will open day-and-date theatrically in Los Angeles and New York on July 21 and run on Shudder’s thriller, suspense and horror video streaming service.

Music producer and rapper Flying Lotus makes his feature directorial debut as Steve Ellison on the film, which depicts the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake in Los Angeles.

Hannibal Buress, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker and funk musician George Clinton are among the cast as Kuso recounts survival stories through a network of television screens in what the filmmakers describe as a hallucination-like effect. Eddie Alcazar served as producer.

Shudder’s previous acquisitions include Alice Lowe’s Prevenge. “Kuso pushes the boundaries of filmmaking and we’re delighted to be working with Steve on this highly unique film, as Shudder continues its commitment to bringing new and innovative programming to its
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Flying Lotus’ Sundance Thriller ‘Kuso’ Lands at Shudder for July Release

Flying Lotus’ Sundance Thriller ‘Kuso’ Lands at Shudder for July Release
AMC Networks’ Shudder has bought North American and UK/Ireland rights to Flying Lotus’ horror thriller “Kuso,” which prompted walkouts when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Kuso” will be available on the Shudder suspense-horror streaming service and play theatrically in New York and Los Angeles from July 21.

Kuso” marks the feature directorial debut from Steve, the filmmaking alter-ego of Steve Ellison, better known as music producer, DJ and rapper Flying Lotus. He’s released five studio albums and received two Grammy nominations including one for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly.”

Kuso” depicts the aftermath of Los Angeles’s worst earthquake nightmare through music, special effects and animation to take a look at the dark history of America. The film is produced by Eddie Alcazar, and features Hannibal Buress, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker and funk musician George Clinton. It includes an original
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Women Leads on TV Decline As Networks Discover White Dudes in Crisis

Women Leads on TV Decline As Networks Discover White Dudes in Crisis
For the broadcast networks this fall, women need not apply. With a few notable exceptions — Kyra Sedgwick (ABC’s “Ten Days in the Valley”), Edie Falco (NBC’s “Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders”), and Anne Heche (NBC’s “The Brave”) — female leads are few and far between.

Networks announced fewer new shows this year, practicing a little restraint rather than buying too many that wind up as late-season castoffs. However, women-led shows were hit hardest: Of approximately 36 new series, just 11 have a first-billed female. Last year there were 41 new shows, of which 20 had a female lead.

Blame might go to a handful of trends on this year’s schedules: More military-themed dramas led by tough guys, a rise in male-dominated sci-fi and comic book shows, and a TV trend that IndieWire has dubbed “Dude-Life Crisis.”

This year, (mostly white) middle-aged guys at a crossroads are a phenomenon. Jason Ritter
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Women Leads on TV Decline As Networks Discover White Dudes in Crisis

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Women Leads on TV Decline As Networks Discover White Dudes in Crisis
For the broadcast networks this fall, women need not apply. With a few notable exceptions — Kyra Sedgwick (ABC’s “Ten Days in the Valley”), Edie Falco (NBC’s “Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders”), and Anne Heche (NBC’s “The Brave”) — female leads are few and far between.

Networks announced fewer new shows this year, practicing a little restraint rather than buying too many that wind up as late-season castoffs. However, women-led shows were hit hardest: Of approximately 36 new series, just 11 have a first-billed female. Last year there were 41 new shows, of which 20 had a female lead.

Blame might go to a handful of trends on this year’s schedules: More military-themed dramas led by tough guys, a rise in male-dominated sci-fi and comic book shows, and a TV trend that IndieWire has dubbed “Dude-Life Crisis.”

This year, (mostly white) middle-aged guys at a crossroads are a phenomenon. Jason Ritter
See full article at Indiewire »
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