Since not even NBC is crazy enough to stay out of the Tina Fey business for too long, the Peacock has ordered 13 episodes of a sitcom that Fey and her 30 Rock co-executive producer Robert Carlock will write and produce together. Ellie Kemper will star as a woman who “escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City.” On the one hand, it's NYC again. Buuuttt ... Erin from The Office blundering into the big city could be fun! The show will debut next fall, right around the time people are celebrating the eight-month anniversary of Fey's second time nailing the Golden Globes alongside Amy Poehler.
Kris and Bruce Jenner Split Up: The Kardashian klan is kut apart with the news that Kim Kardashian's mom, Kris, and stepdad, Bruce, are over, for good. And here I thought it was just a plotline on the show! Honestly, how can even they tell the difference between their real and scripted lives at this point? Kris klaims "We are happier this way." She gave the exclusive to Us, so don't expect a lot of dirt here. They've been split up for a long time already, as you might have guessed from Bruce living separately in a beach house all summer. "Amid all the Kardashian crises over the past 12 months — Kim's difficult pregnancy, Kourtney's paternity test drama, Khloe's marriage hell — Jenner has hidden one of her own: Her 22-year union to Bruce Jenner ended a year ago." They've been living apart for as long. Kris says "there is no animosity" and that they remain "committed to our family." They are still friends, and Kris says "I will always love him, but we are no longer a couple in that way." Bruce says "We will always love and respect each other and be part of each other's lives." Other sources verify that the split is fairly amicable. They haven't set up plans to divorce, because there is no prenup. According to Kris, "It's a modern-day situation." Watch out, Kylie and Kendall are totally going to Parent Trap you! "Kris discovered her gift for management when, newly divorced and near penniless, she fell head over heels for a down-on-his-luck ex-athlete who stored his 1976 gold medal in a sock drawer." Kris said "I knew we had to tell his story to a world that had forgotten it. We wanted to be champions again." Kris is Kenny Powers? Makes perfect sense. Why bother lying about the split? "Part of the success of the show is that they're this perfect family." Really? I don't know about that. Even friends thought Bruce and Kris's bickering was just part of the show. Kris Jenner "Instagrammed a bikini shot just hours after her 17-year-old did!" Watch out world, here comes Kris Jenner's postmenopausal-life crisis! It's gonna be intense!
You know those accusatory, ticking-time-bomb questions two married people aren't supposed to ask each other? Well, after two previous installments of complicated bliss (in 1995's Before Sunrise and 2004's Before Sunset), Celine (Julie Delpy) is going there on Jesse (Ethan Hawke). "What's the name of the pediatrician?" "Would you notice me on a train now — like, right now?" Tell me you managed not to fuck the girl you met on your book tour!
That last one wasn't a question. None of them truly are. But one of the glories of this movie is the way Celine expertly corners the slick man she's now married, and how Jesse's become an expert at evading capture. Another is the way Delpy, Hawke, and Linklater have managed to build a comedy around the creep of middle age and the way familiarity breeds not only contempt, but also security and insecurity. I've seen this movie three times, and each time I'm struck at the suspense in the film's long, complete conversations, at how you're able to laugh at the truth of what these two are still trying to do after meeting 18 years ago on a train, having an affair, and marrying.
Are you ready for some hard-hitting Hollywood news? Specifically, Hollywood news about the casting of unexpected — but, to be frank, not all that loopy — lead pairings?!! Buckle up, bozos: We're going for a ride.
First up: Kevin Hart and Josh Gad are linking up for an untitled comedy from The Break-Up's Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender. Says The Hollywood Reporter, "The film follows a man named Jimmy (Hart) who provides best man services for men who don't have best friends. Groom Doug (Gad) is a socially awkward guy who finds himself without a best man. He makes up not only a best man, but nine groomsmen, and eventually seeks out Jimmy's help to create his fictional friends." Yeah, I agree, it's kind of weird they're remaking I Love You, Man so soon. But that movie did rule pretty hard — Jobin, am I right? — so let's maybe let it slide.
It seems like only yesterday that we first sat in a movie theater and marveled at all the female shirtlessness they managed to squeeze into that one early montage in Wedding Crashers. It’s actually been seven years, and a lot’s changed since for Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, the movie’s two charmingly reluctant romantics. Mostly, what’s changed is that they haven’t stuck to their bread and butter and made a worthwhile bro-comedy. Vaughn had himself a hit with the lackluster Couples Retreat, and has a possibly enticing Ben Stiller team-up in Neighborhood Watch coming next; Owen Wilson slayed in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, but his raunchy Hall Pass whiffed. But now they’re back, and together, and maybe making a hilarious, big comedy.
“When it comes to comedy, go big or go home,” intones the voiceover towards the end of this first glimpse at The Big Year, a mid-life crisis buddy picture starring unlikely buddies Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black. Except to judge from the trailer director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) has done neither, choosing instead to camp out in the schmaltzy, half-smiling desert between hard-R soft-brow gags (fat man fall down! Old man miss plane!) and fourth-quarter release feel-goodisms (learning, laughing, long-distance phone calls to the eternally patient Rashida Jones). The movie is adapted from a book of the same name that isn’t about budding bromance exactly — it’s about birding. And not Owen Wilson’s usualcatting around either — actual bird-watching, the kind that keeps Jonathan Franzen up at night. We’re guessing 20th Century Fox made the right call that general audiences are more into dudes behaving (semi) badly in an around-the-world adventure than ornithology, but the first impression is decidedly less impressive than, say, an Asian Crested Ibis. We can’t help but peruse the castlist and think that the stellar group of women gathered to roll their eyes and generally support their misbehaving mates — including Jones, the outstanding Rosamund Pike, and the underutilized JoBeth Williams — would have made better travelling companions.