‘The House’ With Will Ferrell And Amy Poehler Hits Blu-Ray In October


The House, a suburban comedy starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, hits Blu-ray and DVD October 10 via Warner Bros. Entertainment.

When their Kate (Poehler) and Scott (Ferrell) can’t afford their daughter’s (Ryan Simpkins) college education, they decide to open an illegal casino in their residence. Scene stealer Jason Mantzoukas (Dirty Grandpa) is the neighbor who helps the couple in their misguided venture. Andrew Jay Cohen, who penned Neighbors and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, makes his directing debut.

Click on the media bar to hear Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler talk about getting to work together once again on The House:

The House special features include deleted scenes, two featurettes (“The House: Playing With a Loaded Deck” and “If You Build The House They Will Come), extended and alternate scenes, line-o-ramas, and a gag reel. The DVD version only comes with the gag reel.

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Takes Box Office Throne With $56 Million Debut


War for the Planet of the Apes was the resounding winner at the box office as it made $56.5 million in its debut weekend. Spider-Man: Homecoming was second with. Here’s the top 10:

1. War for the Planet of the Apes – $56.5 million

2. Spider-Man: Homecoming – $45.2 million

3. Despicable Me 3 – $18.9 million

4. Baby Driver – It’s director Edgar Wright’s biggest hit, and this weekend it took in $8.75 million

5. The Big Sick – Romantic drama starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan is doing solid business with a $7.6 million showing.

6. Wonder Woman – $6.88 million

7. Wish Upon – Thriller has a weak debut with just $5.5 million

8. Cars 3 – $3.16 million

9. Transformers: The Last Knight – $2.7 million

10. The HouseWill Ferrell and Amy Poehler comedy has made just $23 million domestically. This weekend, it takes in $1.7 million.

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Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler Finally Get It Together With ‘The House’


It’s an assumption that comedic greats like Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler would have worked together a plethora of times by now, but their comedic team ups have been sparse (Blades of Glory). Now they’re the leads of The House, a comedy which has them playing parents who open up an underground casino to finance their daughter’s (Ryan Simpkins) college education. The picture was written and directed by Andrew Jay Cohen, the scribe behind Neighbors, Neighbors 2 and Mike and Dave Need College Dates.

Andrew, having written the script, had a very good game plan going on how he wanted to shoot it and how he wanted to conceive the whole project in terms of shot selection and set design” said Ferrell. “I think he did wonderfully well for a first time director.”

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The House opens June 30, 2017.

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in TV

dietSpike TV has renewed Lip Sync Battle for a fourth season. TV Line reports the upcoming season will feature 18 half-hour episodes with celebrities battling it out for lip-sync dominance, with hosts LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen returning. The third season starts April 20, with season four expected in January 2018.

The freshman dark comedy Santa Clarita Diet has been renewed for a second season. The show stars Drew Barrymore and Tim Olyphant as a discontent couple who get their marriage back on the right track after a drastic change leading to death and destruction.

Hulu housed Mindy Lahiri for a couple of seasons, but The Mindy Project will return for one final season beginning this fall. Mindy Kaling added, “We started this series when she was single, and now she’s married and has a kid and she has a stepdaughter, and it kind of just felt like [a few] more episodes was all we needed to wind this down.”

Time has run out at ABC. The network has pulled the freshman drama Time After Time from its schedule. The show centered on H.G. Wells following Jack the Ripper into modern day via his time machine and attempting to thwart the serial killer running amok. Match Game will run in its Sunday 9PM ET/PT time slot for the time being.

There’s no “glee” coming to Seattle’s Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. According to TV Line, former Glee star Matthew Morrison is in line to join long-running ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy in a pivotal role. Morrison is set to play Dr. Paul Stadler on the series and though details about his character’s arrival have yet to be revealed, there is speculation that he may be playing the oft-referenced scary former husband of Jo (Camilla Luddington). Morrison will debut at the end of this season and likely return to start next season.

Comedian Billy Eichner has reportedly joined the cast of the seventh season of Ryan Murphy‘s American Horror Story. Details on Eichner’s role are being kept under wraps, though he is expected to play a confidant of returning cast member Sarah Paulson on the new season. Deadline reports that shooting for the new season starts in May.

The CW can’t get enough of Katie Cassidy. While her character Laurel Lance suffered a tragic fate during Season 4 of Arrow, Cassidy will return to the show as Laurel’s doppelganger Black Siren later this season. After a pair of episodes this season, she’ll be made a full series regular during Season 6.

Could there be a third season of HBO’s True Detective? After a widely praised freshman year and almost equally derided second season, the network didn’t bring it back in 2016. But EW is reporting that creator Nic Pizzolatto has penned at least two episodes for a potential third season and that Deadwood producer David Milch is working with Pizzolatto as well. However, the network has yet to agree to a third season.

President Trump is a frequent topic on many Comedy Central shows these days, so it makes sense that the network has started teasing The President Show. While there were no details about the proposed show other than a tweet, it could fill the void left when Comedy Central canceled Larry Wilmore‘s Nightly Show.

You can add Sarah Silverman to the list of comedians hosting her own show. TV Line reports that he former SNL comedian has been given a 10 episode order to host I Love You, America, a politically-themed series for Hulu.

The Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki will executive produce a new series for the Science Channel called SciJenks. According to Deadline, the show is a prank show which utilizing cutting edge science as the foundation for its stunts and practical jokes.

Parks and Recreation may be over, but Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are back working together. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former co-stars are backing a new reality competition for NBC titled The Handmade Project, in which artists and inventors compete to make things by hand. Poehler and Offerman will also co-host the series.

Miles Teller is reportedly teaming up with creator’s Nicolas Winding Refn and Ed Brubaker for a new Amazon drama series titled Too Old to Die Young. According to Deadline, Teller will play Martin, a police officer entangled in a world of assassins.

Ken Burns has found his next documentary subject — late boxer Muhammad Ali. Burns will produce and direct a four-hour two-part documentary on Ali that’s expected to air on PBS in 2021.

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has signed on for a new drama series for Amazon. According to Screen Crush, Jenkins will write and direct the drama The Underground Railroad based on Colin Whitehead‘s 2016 novel. The story centers on a slave named Cora who escapes her plantation and finds the railroad as she attempts to flee undiscovered.

Andrea Riseborough, Rory Culkin, Shea Wigham and Paul Sparks have all been cast in the upcoming six-part miniseries Waco that will air on Paramount Network (aka Spike) in 2018. The series stars Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch and tells the story of The Branch Davidian cult 51-day standoff with the FBI and ATF back in 1993.

Amy Poehler On The Sisterhood Behind New Comedy ‘Sisters’


Whether it’s behind the news desk on Saturday Night Live or anchoring NBC’s comedic late nights with 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation (as well as their 2008 film Baby Mama), Tina Fey and Amy Poehler continue to be at the top of the creative game. The pair headline and serve as producers on the new comedy Sisters, which is penned by fellow Saturday Night Live scribe Paula Pell, and it’s about siblings (Fey, Poehler) who throw one last party before their parents sell their childhood home.

Along with their years together on SNL, an early foundation with improvisation has helped hone their efficiency towards their craft.

“There’s a bit of a shared vocabulary and I would even go farther than SNL and say in the improv community there is a sense of – it’s like a well run emergency room,” said Poehler. “There’s not a lot of freaking out because you don’t take up a lot of time talking about how something’s not going to work or (what) you can’t do. You just kind of do the best you can in the moment and you wish for the best. “

In the audio clip below, Poehler and co-star Maya Rudolph talk about the real sisters behind Sisters.

Co-starring Maya Rudolph, Sisters opens December 18.

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