Hulu Streaming Sensation ‘Difficult People’ Wraps Season One: Preps For Season Two

dp-huluToday marks the streaming debut on Hulu of the final episode of the first season of DIFFICULT PEOPLE. Arguably one of the funniest and most original sitcoms to air this season on any platform, the series is a scripted half-hour comedy produced by AMY POEHLER and starring JULIE KLAUSNER (who created the show) and BILLY EICHNER (Emmy-nominated for BILLY ON THE STREET) as struggling comics who see everyone else’s success as a personal affront.

As smart as it is irreverent, the series features a dream supporting cast that includes ANDREA MARTIN, GABOUREY SIDIBE, COLE ESCOLA, JAMES URBANIAK and DERRICK BASKIN as well as an amazing number of celebrity cameos.

Fortunately for fans, the announcement has already been made that Hulu has not only given the green light to a second season but upped the order from eight episodes to ten.

Earlier this summer, we had the opportunity to sit down with JULIE KLAUSNER, who talked about her early comic influences.

The entire first season of DIFFICULT PEOPLE is now available to stream on Hulu.

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‘Black Mass’ Explores The “Truth” With Scott Cooper

BLACK MASSJohnny Depp plays Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass, a film which according to director Scott Cooper is inspired by the works of Martin Scorsese (Mean Streets, Goodfellas) and Jean-Pierre Melville (Bob le Flambeur, Le Cercle Rouge). Joel Edgerton co-stars as John Connolly, the FBI who aided Bulger’s rise to power.

In making Black Mass, Cooper understands that film, at its essence, attempts to capture the emotional truth of a person’s life. If viewers want a more fact driven account of Bulger, they can always turn to the documentary Whitey: United States of America v. James Bulger.

“I did not want to make a film strictly about criminals who just happened to be humans,” said Cooper, whose previous directing credits include Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace. “I wanted to make a film about humans who happened to be criminals and this was the story that we were telling.”

As director Brian De Palma often says, “the camera lies 24 frames per second.” While Black Mass is far from being a pack of lies, Cooper was able to craft a visually arresting aesthetic with cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi (the pair previously worked together on Out of the Furnace).

Click on the media bar to hear Cooper talk about the “truth” behind Black Mass:


To check out why Joel Edgerton didn’t meet John Connolly while prepping for Black Mass, go to Deepest Dream. Black Mass opens nationwide Friday, September 18.

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The Art Of The Deal Is Everything In ‘Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles’

mdllaNow in its eighth season and airing tonight on Bravo, the hit real estate reality series MILLION DOLLAR LISTING LOS ANGELES chronicles the business and personal exploits of Beverly Hills agents JOSH FLAGG, JOSH ALTMAN, JAMES HARRIS and DAVID PARNES as they wheel-and-deal while handling some of the most desirable properties in Southern California. And, while the emphasis is on business, the combative nature of the principals and after-hours juggling of girlfriends and boyfriends adds a sizable soap-opera element to the proceedings.

Sitting down with reporters at a recent TCA press event, the stars of the hit Bravo reality series MILLION DOLLAR LISTING LOS ANGELES, JOSH FLAGG and JOSH ALTMAN, talked about the people who have most inspired them in business.

MILLION DOLLAR LISTING LOS ANGELES airs Wednesdays on BRAVO.

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Giancarlo Esposito And Rosa Salazar Join In The Mayhem That Is ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’

maze_runner_the_scorch_trials_ver2Opening in theaters this week, THE SCORCH TRIALS is the second installment in the popular award-winning young-adult MAZE RUNNER series of sci-fi novels by author JAMES DASHNER. Described as ‘a fusion of LORD OF THE FLIES, THE HUNGER GAMES and LOST’, the MAZE RUNNER series has captured the imagination (as well as the loyalty) of millions of readers.

Set in a dystopian future and centered on an elaborate survival game involving a disparate group of teens, THE SCORCH TRIALS is directed by WES BALL and features a cast that includes DYLAN O’BRIEN, KAYA SCODELARIO, THOMAS BRODIE-SANGSTER, NATHALIE EMMANUEL and KI HONG LEE as well as newcomers to the series GIANCARLO ESPOSITO and ROSA SALAZAR.

It’s seldom easy being ‘the new kids in town’ and joining the large cast of an already established film franchise should be no different. At a recent press conference to promote the film, ROSA SALAZAR and GIANCARLO ESPOSITO talked about what a pleasant experience it turned out to actually be. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS opens in theaters September 18.

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Ashley North and Autumn Ajirotutu Break Down ‘WAGS’ Misconceptions

NUP_169781_0001.JPGThe new E! series WAGS centers on the lives of wives and girlfriends of high profile athletes. Though the term “wags” is deemed by some as a pejorative, two of the show’s stars, Ashley North and Autumn Ajirotutu, are examples of women who have been with their partners through the thick and thin.

“I’ve been with my fiance since I was 19 years old,” says North, whose fiance is NFL player Dashon Goldson . “I’ve known him since college and we’ve grown together and we’ve put it in time. It’s not easy – it’s work because they’re gone and difficult sometimes having a long distance relationship. I think it’s the effort that you put into it and the amount of love and respect for the person you’re with.”

“I think it’s something organic and raw when you’re with somebody when you didn’t have anything,” adds Ajirotutu, whose husband is Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu. “We grew up with these guys when they didn’t have anything and sometimes we were supporting them and now the roles have kind of reversed.”

Click on the media bar to hear Ashley North and Autumn Ajirotutu break down a few WAGS misconceptions:



To read about WAGS member Barbie Blank’s experiences on the WWE (she was known as Kelly Kelly), check out the following Deepest Dream post.WAGS airs Tuesday nights on E! (10/9c).

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