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Movie Review: This Is Where I Leave You

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This is Where I Leave You hit theatres this week and having witnessed some of the director’s past transgressions such as Cheaper by the Dozen and Night at the Museum I had my hesitations. The film features an all-star cast so at least I had that to look forward to.

The film, adapted from the novel by Jonathan Topper, tells the story of a dysfunctional family brought together by the death of their not so religious father whose last request was that the family sit Shiva, the seven day Jewish mourning period. As you can expect hilarity ensues as the family struggles to cope with being around each other while also dealing with their own personal issues.

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Tina Fey Gets Witchy For Disney

In: Donovan, Movies
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Rumors of Tina Fey developing a Hocus Pocus sequel have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, Hocus Pocus 2 isn’t even currently in the works by anyone for Disney. However, Fey has teamed up with the Mouse House for a bewitching movie of her own.

Deadline.com uncovered that Fey has teamed up with Cinderella producer Allison Shearmur for a supernatural-themed feature film in the vein of Ghostbusters. Tentatively, it’s being referred to as Untitled Witch Project. Fey will not only produce the film but will also star in it. If Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler or Kathy Najimy somehow get involved, expect those Hocus Pocus rumors to resurface once again.

What do you think of this new project from Tina Fey? Witches are certainly hot these days. Tina can certainly give them a hilarious spin. Bummed that Hocus Pocus 2 isn’t in the works? Sound off below.

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Based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Tropper, the story follows four siblings who come together for a week of sitting Shiva to bond/mourn the death of their father. Tropper himself adapted his novel for the script. Playing the colorful combative siblings are Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll. Taking the role of the matriarch is Jane Fonda complete with ‘bionic breasts.’

This Is Where I Leave You is full of hilarious awkward moments typically found in a family-oriented dramedy. Rounding out the cast are Connie Britton, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Timothy Olyphant, Abigail Spencer and Dax Shepard. The Shawn Levy-directed film hits theaters on September 12. Check out the amusing trailer below.

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Highlights From Jimmy Fallon’s First Tonight Show

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Whether Jimmy Fallon lasts as long Jay Leno or Johnny Carson’s tenure, one thing I’m certain of is he’ll definitely outlast Conan O’Brien’s stint. He’s made a serious of savvy moves including moving the show to New York City. I love the new vibe of the late night staple in the Big Apple. Don’t you agree?

Like Jay Leno’s classy good-bye, Fallon’s debut featured a slew of celebrities making surprise appearances. During a bit, Jimmy called out a friend who never thought he’d become the host of The Tonight Show. After putting his ‘buddy’ to task Robert De Niro popped out from backstage and slapped a $100 bill on his desk. The Raging Bull actor was immediately followed by Tina Fey and a parade of stars including Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Rudy Guiliani, Kim Kardashian, Tracy Morgan, Joe Namath, Seth Rogen, Lindsay Lohan, Joan Rivers, Mike Tyson, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Stephen Colbert. The latter dumped 1,000 pennies on Fallon and said, “Welcome to 11:30, BITCH!!!” Well said.

Another highlight from Fallon’s premiere featured his first official guest, Will Smith, perform the evolution of hip-hop dancing. The segment even showcased the famous Carlton dance from Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Check out both clips below.

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Golden Globes Hit 10-Year Ratings High

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Bringing back Tina Fey and Amy Poehler proved a wise decision for NBC. The lethal comedic combo delivered a 10-year high in viewers, with 20.9 million, up from 19.7 million last year. With regards to the coveted 18-49 demo, it scored a 6.5 rating, up a tenth of a point from 2013 and its best mark since 2007.

Admittedly, I was a little worried Fey and Poehler wouldn’t be able to capture lightning in a bottle again, but they eased my concerns immediately with their hilarious opening monologue. That George Clooney Gravity dig was my favorite of the night. Speaking of digs, after Poehler won, Tina commented that there was a special place in hell for her co-host. Clearly that was directed at Taylor Swift. The country-pop singer took offense to a joke at last year’s Globes and took aim at Tina and Amy in a Vanity Fair interview.

Other memorable moments (good or bad) include Jacqueline Bisset’s slow-moving walk to the stage and following babbling speech, Poehler as Mr. Golden Globe, Emma Thompson barefoot and drinking on stage, all the Julia Louis-Dreyfus audience moments, and speeches by Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Matthew McConaughey. Rewatch the hilarious opening monologue and all the winners below.

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FOX Picks Up Tina Fey-Produced Comedy

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Fall 2014 is shaping up to be a very busy one for Tina Fey. The former 30 Rock actress doesn’t just have one new comedy on deck, but two. A few weeks ago, NBC ordered a straight-to-series new sitcom currently titled Brenda Forever starring The Office‘s Ellie Kemper. Now comes word FOX has greenlit another Fey-produced comedy.

I’m curious to know the logistics of how all this went down. Exactly how did Tina decide which network got what program. Imagine if FOX’s new sitcom becomes a gigantic hit while the NBC one bombs bigger than The Michael J. Fox show. Considering the peacock network is practically home for Tina, that would suck majorly. Talk about AWKWARD!!!

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During last night’s The Sound of Music Live!, NBC debuted the first promo for the 2014 Golden Globes. Unlike Carrie Underwood’s wooden acting, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of my favorite things. The comedic BFFs return for their second time hosting the funnest awards show of the year. Earlier this year, the duo signed on for two more hosting stints after their well-reviewed debut as Globes hosts.

In the clip, Amy is on piano duties while Tina attempts to give a preview of their opening number. Unfortunately, they’re off-key and can’t harmonize. While musically they never hit the right note, I have no doubt they will hit all the perfect comedic notes come Golden Globes night. The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC on January 12, 2014. This year’s Miss Golden Globe is Sosie Bacon- daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. Watch the promo below.

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NBC Picks Up Tina Fey Comedy

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30 Rock is long gone but NBC still wants to stay in business with Tina Fey. Who can blame them? The peacock network ordered a straight-to-series new comedy airing next Fall. Given Fey’s clout and track record, I completely understand their decision, but hopefully approving it without seeing a pilot will fare better than the Michael J. Fox Show. That also was a straight-to-series decision and look how that’s turning out.

“Tina and Robert … have created a new signature comedy for us that is audacious, emotional and clever,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt says. “While tapping into very relatable themes, there isn’t anything like this anywhere else on television. NBC has been their home for many years and we’re so happy that they’ve found another way to push the comedy envelope for us.”

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