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Sherman’s Showcase Review (Spoiler-Free)

IFC finds success with Sherman's Showcase, a creative, retro spin on the variety show format.




"Get your black fist and your afro picks ready because it's time for Sherman's Showcase!"

Television has gotten to a place where programming is so daring and ambitious that it's willing to take risks and meta statements on the medium.

There are a number of high concept series that are currently on TV that wouldn't have even made sense decades ago. IFC has delivered a number of comedies that are all predicated on false realities, like Documentary Now! or The Spoils of Babylon. Now Sherman’s Showcase finds its confidence in the fact that it's supposed to have a storied Soul Train-esque reputation to fall back on while the show has fun with its alternate take on a variety show. As much as Sherman’s Showcase prides itself on its heavy concept,
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Wedding Crashers Director Teaming Back up With Will Ferrell for Netflix Movie Eurovision

Last year we reported that Will Ferrell had signed on to star in a movie for Netflix entitled Eurovision.

The story is based on the "wildly popular and long-running international TV music competition The Eurovision Song Contest. It is a contest that began in Switzerland in 1956, when seven West European nations participated. This year 43 countries competed for the prize, won in Lisbon by Netta (Israel) performing the song Toy. Abba (winner in 1974 for Sweden) and Céline Dion (winner in 1988 for Switzerland) are among the former contestants who launched successful worldwide careers after their wins at The Eurovision Song Contest."

We already knew that Ferrell was writing the script alongside Andrew Steele, known for his time as writer and head-writer at SNL and his comedic collaborations with Ferrell in the past, writing the ridiculously hilarious The Spoils of Babylon, The Royal Wedding Live With Cord and Tish!, and the spoof Lifetime movie,
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‘The Last Shot’ Basketball Comedy In The Works With ‘SNL’ Scribe Alum Andrew Steele, Red Crown & Funny Or Die

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‘The Last Shot’ Basketball Comedy In The Works With ‘SNL’ Scribe Alum Andrew Steele, Red Crown & Funny Or Die
Exclusive: Funny or Die creative director and former Saturday Night Live head writer Andrew Steele is penning The Last Shot, a comedy set in the basketball world that is being produced by Red Crown Productions and Funny Or Die. Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins, who has covered the NBA extensively over the last 11 years, will be making contributions to the script.

Pic will be produced by Daniel Crown and Yoni Liebling of Red Crown Productions, and Mike Farah and Joe Farrell of Funny Or Die.

“This is as close as I’ll ever get to my lifelong dream of ever playing in the NBA,” said Steele.

“We are thrilled to announce our involvement with The Last Shot and to have the incredible writing of Andrew Steele and the NBA knowledge and expertise of Lee Jenkins to help bring this story to the screen,” said Crown, Founder of Red Crown Productions.
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Jessica Alba to Play Gabrielle Union's Partner in NBC's Bad Boys Spinoff

Jessica Alba to Play Gabrielle Union's Partner in NBC's Bad Boys Spinoff
Can we start calling this project Bad Girls?

Jessica Alba will team up with Gabrielle Union to star in NBC’s untitled Bad Boys spinoff, TVLine has learned. Alba will play Nancy McKenna, an Army veteran and detective who’s the partner of Union’s lead character Syd Burnett. (Alba will also serve as an executive producer on the series.) After spending much of the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, Nancy is now raising two preteen stepkids with her husband.

Union will reprise the role she played in the big-screen 2003 blockbuster Bad Boys II, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
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Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series Produced by Reese Witherspoon

Apple is taking a bite out of Kristen Wiig.

The former Saturday Night Live star is set to headline a half-hour, Reese Witherspoon-produced comedy series for the company, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A studio is not yet attached.

RELATEDNew J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Drama Series Demimonde Sparks Heated Bidding War Between HBO and Apple

Inspired by You Think It, I’ll Say It — an upcoming collection of short stories by Curtis Sittenfeld, who will serve as a consulting producer — the yet-untitled comedy, which has been ordered for 10 episodes, marks Apple’s first scripted comedy order. It also marks
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Bad Boys TV series adds Jessica Alba

Joseph Baxter Kirsten Howard Mar 4, 2018

That Bad Boys spin-off series will star Jessica Alba, too...

While the Bad Boys buddy cop film franchise – starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence – has been dormant since the 2003 sequel, behind-the-scenes plans have been sporadically surging ever since for a cash cow continuation, with the TV spin-off now off to quite the flying start.

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It's been announced this month that Jessica Alba will be returning to serialised television for the first time since she starred in James Cameron’s Dark Angel. Alba will join Gabrielle Union in NBC's upcoming, as-yet-untitled Bad Boys television spin-off, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Alba will also executive produce the project.
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59 Netflix Titles That Are Disappearing From the Service in August

It's that time again. Netflix has a whole slew of nostalgic classics to keep you occupied in August, but they're also getting rid of some precious gems. Superbad? Super gone. The Lizzie McGuire Movie? Arrivederci! See what other movies and shows got the ax this month. August 1 10 Things I Hate About You Justice League Unlimited, seasons one to two Justice League, season one to two Babe Babe Winkelman's Outdoor Secrets: 2014: Quarter 4 Babe: Pig in the City Beneath the Helmet Black Widow Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry Electric Slide Elizabethtown From the Terrace From Time to Time Goodbye World Horsemen Hunter X Hunter, season one to five Josef Fritzl: Story of a Monster Malibu's Most Wanted Prefontaine Russell Brand: End the Drugs War Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery Teacher's Pet The Delivery Man, season one The Diabolical The Heavy Water War, season one The Hunt, season one The Little Engine That Could
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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of Cable & Streaming TV Shows (S-z)

Here's the status of TV shows like Saints & Sinners, Salem, Samurai Jack, Santa Clarita Diet, Schitt's Creek, School of Rock, Scream, Search Party, Secure and Hold, Sense8, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Shadowhunters, Shameless, The Shannara Chronicles, Sharp Objects, She’s Gotta Have It, Shooter, Shut Eye, Silicon Valley, The Sinner, Single Ladies, Siren, Sisters, Six, Six Days of the Condor, Slasher, Smilf, Sneaker Pawn, Sneaky Pete, Snowfall, The Son, South of Hell, South Park, The Split, The Spoils of Babylon, Spotless, Stan Against Evil, Step Up, Still the King, Stitchers, Stone Quackers, The Strain, Stranger Things, Strike Back, The Strike Series, Stuck in the Middle, Succession, Suits, Sun Records, SuperMansion, Super Monsters, Superstition, Survivor's Remorse, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, Swedish Dicks, Sweet/Vicious, Switched at Birth, Taboo, Tales, Tales from the Crypt, Tarantula, Tatau, Teachers, Teen Wolf, The Terror, That’s So Raven, There's ... Johnny, The Tick, Things You
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Funny Or Die TV Block Coming to IFC as AMC Networks Acquires Stake in the Digital Comedy Powerhouse

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Funny or Die just found a new undertaker. AMC Networks has acquired a minority ownership stake in the comedy brand, with an eye toward bringing more Funny or Die content to its comedy network IFC.

AMC, which announced the deal on Tuesday, said the stake could lead to new arrangements such as “Funny or Die”-branded programming blocks on IFC, as well as additional TV and digital development, and joint advertising sale arrangements.

Funny or Die is behind IFC’s upcoming comedy “Brockmire,” starring Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet, and also produced the miniseries “The Spoils of Babylon” for the channel.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’: David Harbour Auditions For The Role of Eleven in Funny or Die Video

Funny or Die will continue to operate independently and produce for other outlets. The company is behind shows such as TruTV’s “Billy on the Street,” Comedy Central’s “@midnight,” the
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Contest: Win ‘The Spoils Before Dying’ With Michael Kenneth Williams, Maya Rudolph & Kristen Wiig On DVD

For the most part, epic television tends to focus on dramas, with comedies usually delivered in smaller, bite-sized episodes. But IFC changed the game with “The Spoils Of Babylon.” The mini-series riffed on more serious dramas, spreading the parody out across multiple episodes, and getting an all-star cast to take part. And that continued with […]

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Witness The Spoils Before Dying When the IFC Mini-Series is Released on DVD

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Witness The Spoils Before Dying When the IFC Mini-Series is Released on DVD
Viewers can refamiliarize themselves with ‘The Spoils Before Dying’ when Anchor Bay releases the IFC comedy mini-series on June 7 on DVD. The home release was announced after Season 2 of the ‘Spoils’ franchise premiered on the cable television network on July 8, 2015. ‘The Spoils Before Dying’ includes six half-hour episodes, and is the second book based on fictional famous author Eric Jonrosh’s first best-selling epic novel, ‘The Spoils of Babylon.’ The mini-series features an all-star cast, including Michael Kenneth Williams, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment. The second season was produced by Funny Or Die, and Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Nate Young, Andrew Steele and Matt [ Read More ]

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"The Spoils Of Babylon" - Season 1

Take a look @ the new Anchor Bay Entertainment six-part satirical comedy release "The Spoils of Babylon", Season 1 available on Blu-ray and DVD, March 8, 2016 produced by Will Ferrell, written/directed by Matt Piedmont and starring Ferrell, Tim Robbins, Krsiten Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment and Michael Sheen:

"...'The Spoils of Babylon' is an epic tale like no other. Legendary author 'Eric Jonrosh' (Ferrell), the undisputed master of dramatic fiction...

"...introduces audiences to the brilliant adaptation of his best-selling novel...

"...a sweeping chronicle of the provocative and captivating exploits of the 'Morehouse' family.

"Patriarch 'Jonas Morehouse' (Robbins) shepherds his daughter 'Cynthia' (Wiig) and adopted son 'Devon' (Maguire) from meager beginnings...

" the oil fields of Texas to the powerful boardrooms in New York City.

"This is a momentous and sweeping tale of forbidden love, betrayal, corruption and bloodshed also starring Jellybean Howie and Steve Tom.
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Why 2015 Marked a New Direction in Carey Mulligan's Ever-Evolving Career

Why 2015 Marked a New Direction in Carey Mulligan's Ever-Evolving Career
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Suffragette," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.]  Read More: 'Suffragette' Director Sarah Gavron Explains Why She Didn't Cast Women of Color Carey Mulligan took it relatively easy in 2015, starring in just two feature films and an eight-episode comedy series ("The Walker," which aired on Refinery29's online-only platform), during the course of a year, continuing her recent trend of scaling back her work to focus on truly meaty and exceptionally unique roles and projects. (Similarly, in 2014, she only showed up in a National Theater Live project and the TV miniseries "The Spoils of Babylon," while 2013 saw her appearing in big parts in "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "The Great...
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Film Review: Hail, Ceasar!

The Coen brothers are some of Hollywood’s, nay, the world’s most important directors. Since they entered the scene in 1984 with Blood Simple they’ve rightfully found huge success with their brand of offbeat stories and neurotic characters. Like Woody Allen before them, they’ve tried their hand at a variety of genres, yet kept their voice consistent throughout. They also have the rare distinguishment of appealing to the art-house crowds, while also finding commercial success in Hollywood and abroad. Like Allen, every so often they have a “pallet cleanser” project in between some of their “high-brow” fare that just doesn’t congeal the way it ought to. Hail, Caesar! falls into that latter category.

I did my best to go into this with an open mind. It was the Coen Brothers after all, and the trailers did their job well in alerting us to just how many Big
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The Nominations For The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The nominations for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have just been announced and there were even more surprises to be had than usual, starting off with the fact that Trumbo ended up leading the nominations with three. The great biopic was not expected to make a showing at all, and yet it has managed to get nods for Best Cast, Best Actor (Bryan Cranston), and Best Supporting Actress (Helen Mirren).

But that’s not all. There were a number of surprise nominations including Helen Mirren grabbing a second nomination for Woman in Gold and Sarah Silverman for I Smile Back in the Best Actress category, as well as Christian Bale for The Big Short, Michael Shannon for 99 Homes, and young Jacob Tremblay in Room in the Best Supporting Actor category. There’s also the surprise of Spotlight failing to nab a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for either Mark Ruffalo or Michael Keaton,
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Hoff the Record, The Spoils Before Dying

Hoff the Record: Dave, 9pm

Unfortunately, tonight marks the end of the series for David Hasselhoff's mockumentary.

Hoff is invoiced by a charity but due to needing money agrees to co-star with Christopher Biggins in a panto instead. Travelling to meet his new co-star, Hoff is confused to find a child in the car.

Safeword: ITV2, 10pm

New comedy panel gameshow hosted by Rick Edwards. Tonight, he's joined by Joey Essex, David Haye, Andrew Maxwell and Tiff Stevenson.

Each week, celebrity guests get their social media pages scrutinised for embarrassing information, which is then left open for the other celebrities to mock. The only way to make this stop is by using their safeword...

The Spoils Before Dying: Fox UK, 10:30pm

Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele's follow-up to The Spoils of Babylon features an all-star cast including Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment and Maya Rudolph.

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Review: 'The Spoils Before Dying' Is Two Pounds of Fun In a Three-Pound Bag

Review: 'The Spoils Before Dying' Is Two Pounds of Fun In a Three-Pound Bag
Television has become a home for just about any vision in its golden age. With the proliferation of original content creators spanning channels, online entities and various new distribution models and each one looking for a breakout program (if not a brand identity), there has been some really weird stuff on — and off — TV of late. It would be hard to find a stranger addition to the comedy genre than last year's "The Spoils of Babylon," and its sequel doesn't go any more quietly into the night. "The Spoils Before Dying" is oddball entertainment if not at its finest, than at least at its most appealingly weird. Read More: Review: 'Rectify' Season 3 Continues to Adapt in the Most Watchable of Ways Another tale in the fictional series of fictional author Eric Jonrash (Will Ferrell, so figuratively everywhere these days it feels literal), "The Spoils Before Dying" tells the story of
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‘The Spoils Before Dying’ Review: Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig Comedy Full of Stars, Not Laughs

‘The Spoils Before Dying’ Review: Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig Comedy Full of Stars, Not Laughs
If the conventions you skewer are no longer remembered, are you still making a spoof? That’s the question raised by noir satire “The Spoils Before Dying,” a spiritual sequel to IFC’s Funny or Die-produced “The Spoils of Babylon,” which last year parodied over-the-top miniseries about the trials and tribulations of wealthy families. Choosing, in 2015, to take on film noir is a bit like filming an entire TV movie mocking the conventions of Lifetime TV movies–something that “Dying” stars Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig did just last month. Of a generation that grew up when cable was still emerging and the.
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Kristen Wiig Has Been Ignoring the Ghostbusters Hubbub; Plus, Watch Her ‘Lost’ Sex Scene From The Spoils Before Dying

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Kristen Wiig Has Been Ignoring the Ghostbusters Hubbub; Plus, Watch Her ‘Lost’ Sex Scene From The Spoils Before Dying
Lust. Murder. Jazz. Dicks. (The private kind.) IFC’s new mini-series The Spoils Before Dying has a surreal good time making fun of all that, along with pretentious art films, late-career Orson Welles, old-timey cop slang, and a bunch of other madcap targets. (For a sample, check out the exclusive clip below, in which the series' auteur Eric Jonrosh, played by Will Ferrell, unveils a "lost" sex scene between Kristen Wiig's jazz singer Delores O'Dell and Michael K. Williams's pianist-p.I. Rock Banyon.) Premiering on July 8, the six-parter is a follow-up to last year’s similarly cuckoo mock-sweeping epic The Spoils of Babylon, and yet it only just maybe makes it into the top three oddest things Kristen Wiig has done on TV over the last year. In case you somehow forgot, Wiig also got her ya-yas out dancing to Sia’s “Chandelier” with Maddie Ziegler at the Grammys in February,
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: July 6-12

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

TV Worth Watching

"7 Days in Hell" (Saturday on HBO at 10 p.m.)

Bless whoever came up with this random 45-minute mockumentary about an epic seven-day tennis match. Andy Samberg -- looking more "Joe Dirt" David Spade than Andre Agassi -- and Kit Harington (Jon Snow + comedy = win) are the players, with real tennis stars like Serena Williams and John McEnroe giving commentary.

"The Spoils Before Dying" (Wednesday on IFC at 9 p.m.)

Are you ready for this three-night television event? Not possible! But it's coming anyway. "The Spoils Before Dying" is the comedy follow-up to "The Spoils of Babylon" miniseries. This spoof once again stars Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph and more, this time following a 1950s jazz pianist
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