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‘Alone Together’: Paul Mather Tapped As Showrunner For The Lonely Island’s Freeform Series

Canadian writer-producer Paul Mather (Powerless, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life) has been named showrunner for Freeform’s Alone Together, executive produced by The Lonely Islanders Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. The new comedy about L.A. millennials has already been renewed for a second season ahead of its January premiere on Freeform. Alone Together stars stand-up comedians Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo as overlooked millennial misfits from…
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The Best Lonely Island Story You Didn’t Know about Involving Kiefer Sutherland

If you know anything about The Lonely Island you still might not know this story involving Keifer Sutherland. In 2000 the trio that was responsible for The Lonely Island, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, were filming a video for their show, The Lonely Island, which was so named for the low-rent, modest apartment the trio shared. They would often stay up late at night recording music videos and coming up with ideas to pitch to networks while attempting to make their own brand a workable deal. The role that Sutherland played in this group’s rise to fame was

The Best Lonely Island Story You Didn’t Know about Involving Kiefer Sutherland
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Anthony Anderson Sobs Hysterically as His black-ish Daughter Yara Shahidi Heads Off to College in grown-ish First Look

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Anthony Anderson Sobs Hysterically as His black-ish Daughter Yara Shahidi Heads Off to College in grown-ish First Look
Hey black-ish fans, meet your next obsession: grown-ish.

From executive producer Kenya Barris, grown-ish follows Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) from the Emmy-nominated ABC comedy as they embark on a new chapter of their lives: Zoey’s freshman year of college.

People can exclusively reveal the first promo for the upcoming spinoff, which kicks off with a special two-episode premiere Jan. 3 on Freeform — and you’re probably not shocked that the Johnson family patriarch doesn’t take the transition all that well.

“It hurts so bad,” he wails into the phone in the sneak peek above.
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The Lonely Island’s ‘Alone Together’ Gets Season 2 Renewal Ahead Of January Premiere On Freeform

Freeform’s Alone Together doesn’t debut until next year, but the cable net today ordered a second season of the comedy about L.A. millennials. The series exec produced by The Lonely Islanders Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone premieres January 10. Alone Together stars stand-up comedians Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo as overlooked millennial misfits from different backgrounds trying to make their way in the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles…
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'Alone Together' Gets Early Season 2 Renewal at Freeform (Exclusive)

Freeform is showing an early sign of confidence in Alone Together.

The Disney-owned cable network has handed out an early 10-episode season-two renewal for the comedy ahead of its series debut.

In the single-camera comedy — produced by Lonely Island trio Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva SchafferEsther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo star as two overlooked millennial misfits from different backgrounds trying to make their way in the vain and status-obsessed culture of L.A. These two only find salvation in their male/female strictly platonic friendship. The series will premiere its first 10 episodes Jan. 10 at 8:30...
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‘Rick and Morty’ Fans, Check Out the Justin Roiland Series So Subversive, Bill Cosby Took Legal Action

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‘Rick and Morty’ Fans, Check Out the Justin Roiland Series So Subversive, Bill Cosby Took Legal Action
Years before a deluge of women started speaking out about Bill Cosby’s behavior off-screen, the then-beloved comedian revealed that there were some things he didn’t find particularly funny — specifically, the web series “House of Cosbys,” an absurdist animated series created by a young Justin Roiland.

Originally produced in 2005, “House of Cosbys” was one of the first major successes for Channel 101, the screening series/digital platform created by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab. “Channel 101” featured a number of comedy stars, including Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, and The Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone – while also leading to the collaboration between Harmon and Roiland that would eventually give birth to “Rick and Morty.”

It also, however, attracted the ire of Cosby, who for some reason didn’t see the humor in the show. “Cosbys” focused on Mitchell (voiced by Jeff B. Davis, who would
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Electric Guest’s Asa Taccone: 5 Things to Know About the ‘Oh Devil’ Singer

Electric Guest’s Asa Taccone: 5 Things to Know About the ‘Oh Devil’ Singer
You know the feeling: You recognize a band, their music sounds so familiar, but you’re not quite sure where you’ve heard them before. Was it a commercial, a TV show, a late night talk show appearance? Or did you catch them during a summer music festival? Maybe you just came across one of their songs on a Spotify Discover playlist. Whatever the original circumstance, the tune is undeniably catchy and you’re curious for more.

Electric Guest checks off all the above boxes. The Los Angeles-based duo, Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton, released their first album Mondo in 2012. The debut song,
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‘Brigsby Bear’: How Two Childhood Best Friends Sold Their Love Letter to Cinema to Sony Pictures Classics

‘Brigsby Bear’: How Two Childhood Best Friends Sold Their Love Letter to Cinema to Sony Pictures Classics
Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary are well aware that keeping secrets in Hollywood can be a futile endeavor, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying to keep too much information about their comedy “Brigsby Bear” from leaking to potential moviegoers. Armed with a deliberately thin official synopsis and a gleefully weird set of trailers, the filmmakers are eager for audiences to see their film without knowing too much beforehand, instead experiencing the special charms of “Brigsby Bear” with as little prejudice as possible.

It’s a pretty big ask for a movie that debuted over six months ago. It’s also part of the reason why the first-time filmmakers are so high on their distributor, Sony Pictures Classics, which made it clear from their first meeting that they were all-in on the childhood best friends’ big vision — even if it meant keeping mum on some of its most inventive twists.
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New to Streaming: ‘Certain Women,’ ‘A Quiet Passion,’ ‘All These Sleepless Nights,’ ‘After the Storm,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

That emotional profundity most directors try to build to across an entire film? Mike Mills achieves it in every scene of 20th Century Women. There’s such a debilitating warmness to both the vibrant aesthetic and construction of its dynamic characters as Mills quickly soothes one into his story that you’re all the more caught off-guard as the flurry of emotional wallops are presented.
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The Lonely Island on the Creation, Release, and Legacy of ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’

In hindsight, it seems crazy it took this long to get a Lonely Island movie, but Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping was well worth the wait. After making their mark on SNL, helping to usher the show into the digital age, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer entered the feature film world in various combinations with movies like Hot Rod, MacGruber, and The Watch. But it wasn’t until Popstar that the three were granted the opportunity to create a feature film from the ground up, together, and make it whatever they wanted. Producer Judd Apatow helped shepherd the …
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Brigsby Bear Trailer Gets Trippy with Mark Hamill and Kyle Mooney

Brigsby Bear Trailer Gets Trippy with Mark Hamill and Kyle Mooney
Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the first trailer, poster and photos for the indie sensation Brigsby Bear, which the studio quickly picked up after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January. While we don't get to see much from this trailer, it certainly paints an intriguing picture of this world, which is seemingly set in some sort of post-apocalyptic desert landscape, where one family has managed to survive, portrayed by Mark Hamill, Kyle Mooney and Jane Adams. While there is certainly much more to explore than this first trailer has to offer, it certainly presents an intriguing look into this unique world.

Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James (Kyle Mooney). When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, he sets out to finish the story himself and must learn to cope with the realities of a new world that he knows nothing about.
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Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island developing Fyre Festival-like comedy

Hot on the heels of the news of Ja Rule’s shambolic Fyre Festival – which drew comparisons to The Hunger Games and The Lord of the Flies after going completely tits up – Seth Rogen and comedy group The Lonely Island have announced that they are developing a comedy feature about a festival that descends into chaos.

“This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with The Lonely Island is about a music festival that goes Horribly Wrong,” tweeted Rogen, with The Lonely Island adding that: “For real, thinking about suing #FyreFestival for stealing our idea.”

Rogen has previously collaborated with The Lonely Island – a.k.a. Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – on comedies The Watch and Neighbors. As yet, there’s no further details on this new project, but we’ll keep you updated as more news becomes available.
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Fyre Festival the Movie? Seth Rogen and the Lonely Island Say They Planned Film About Music Festival Gone Wrong

Fyre Festival the Movie? Seth Rogen and the Lonely Island Say They Planned Film About Music Festival Gone Wrong
Hey Seth Rogen, feel like picking out some lottery numbers? The actor and The Lonely Island, the musical comedy trio made up of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, may be prophets, as they have revealed on Twitter they had planned to make a movie whose plot sounds like the real-life outcome of the disastrous Fyre Festival. "This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes Horribly Wrong," said Seth, who has starred in and co-written a slew of comedy films about partying, including SuperbadNeighbors 2: Sorority Rising and This Is the End. The latter would be an adequate way to describe what...
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Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island Tease Fyre Festival-Type Comedy

Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island Tease Fyre Festival-Type Comedy
Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island are capitalizing on the failure of the now-infamous Fyre Festival. Following Ja Rule and investor tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland’s ridiculed Bahamian concert series, the comedians announced on Twitter Friday that they are working on a movie with a strikingly similar scenario.

Fyre Festival was touted as a “luxury” music festival with scheduled performances from acts like Blink-182, Migos, Major Lazer, Pusha-t, and Disclosure. However, after headliners Blink-182 canceled last minute Thursday night, concert-goers quickly realized the Exumas event was a disorganized mess.

Disgruntled ticketholders shared images of the disarray on social media, prompting organizers to apologize. Ja Rule admitted to being “heartbroken” by the failed fair, which some disappointed music fans have even been calling a scam.

Rogen and The Lonely IslandAndy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone — jumped on the viral Twitter trend to announce their upcoming comedy.

This seems like
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Seth Rogen, Lonely Island Making Fyre Festival-Like Film

Seth Rogen, Lonely Island Making Fyre Festival-Like Film
Following the Fyre Festival fiasco, Seth Rogen revealed that he and the comedy troupe the Lonely Island were secretly working on a movie that shared a similar plot with the canceled fest.

"This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with [The Lonely Island] about a music festival that goes Horribly Wrong," the actor tweeted (via The Hollywood Reporter).

The Lonely Island – the Popstar crew of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer – confirmed Rogen's tweet, joking that they were considering legal action Fyre co-founders Ja Rule and
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Seth Rogen and the Lonely Island Say They’re Working on a Fyre Festival–Like Movie

Seth Rogen and the Lonely Island Say They’re Working on a Fyre Festival–Like Movie
By now you’ll have read all about Fyre Festival, the misbegotten music fest whose immediate downfall has provided countless people with their weekly schadenfreude fix. Perhaps less amused with the development than the rest of us — how could you do this, Ja!? — are Seth Rogen and the Lonely Island, who seem mildly annoyed that life is imitating art they’ve yet to create: “This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes Horribly Wrong,” Rogen tweeted yesterday.

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The Lonely Island chimed in with further confirmation: “For real, thinking about suing #FyreFestival for stealing our idea.” Said trio — which consists of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone — is responsible for last year’s “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” 2007’s “Hot Rod
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Seth Rogen, The Lonely Island Hint at Movie About Music Festival That Goes "Horribly Wrong"

Seth Rogen, The Lonely Island Hint at Movie About Music Festival That Goes
Amid news of the debacle that was the Fyre Festival — a meant-to-be lavish music festival on a secluded Bahamian island catering to the ultrarich that ended in a Lord of the Flies-esque disaster of unpreparedness and harsh tropical conditions — funnymen Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer) announced on Twitter that they have been working on a film project with a very similar plot.

"This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes Horribly Wrong," Rogen tweeted.

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Reggie Watts and ‘The New Negroes’ Lead Comedy Central’s Attempts to Find the Next ‘Key & Peele’ and Amy Schumer

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Comedy Central’s latest development slate is diverse in more ways than one.

Not only has the cable network put together several new series with performers of color at the center, but the three shows picked up Tuesday by Comedy Central are all very different.

Ordered to series are the stand-up/musical show “The New Negroes,” the comedy game show “Taskmaster” and the scripted comedy “Corporate.” In development are shows from creators including Awkwafina, Neal Brennan, Arturo Castro, Franchesca Ramsey, Noël Wells and Flint Wainess, among others.

“The network when I got here was pretty traditionally targeted toward young white guys, both in terms of who the audience was and who was creating the shows for the audience,” said Comedy Central president Kent Alterman. “We started changing that a few years ago by expanding that into having funny women on the network, with Amy Schumer and Broad City and a lot more since.
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The Lonely Island Production Company Party Over Here Hires Becky Sloviter

The Lonely Island's production company has hired a new executive to oversee its film and television efforts.

Becky Sloviter will join Party Over Here — the shingle founded by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, named after their short-lived Fox late-night show — as the head of production and development. The company has a multiyear deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

Sloviter, who began her career at the Endeavor Agency, most recently served as the senior vice president of The Ink Factory, the outfit behind AMC miniseries The Night Manager. There, she shepherded Drew Pearce's directorial...
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Michael Bolton May Become a Comedy Icon, Thanks to The Guys Who Made Netflix’s ‘Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special’

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Michael Bolton May Become a Comedy Icon, Thanks to The Guys Who Made Netflix’s ‘Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special’
Scott Aukerman admits to making Michael Bolton tackle “silly songs that he would never sing.”

As a matter of fact, here’s what happened when Aukerman told IndieWire how he and “Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special” co-director Akiva Schaffer had fun pushing the iconic crooner into such absurd heights.

That’s how IndieWire’s interview with a few of the men behind the Netflix special began, and things certainly didn’t get any less weird — very befitting, considering the premise of Bolton as a super-sexy troubadour out to change the world.

Read More: ‘Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special’ Review: Netflix Gets Weird With a Legend

The special pushes the singer into newfound crazy territory, a comedy special based on the joke of Bolton being far more than a pop singer with impressive range. Aukerman and Schaffer were quick to offer joke answers to questions about their collaboration,
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