On ‘Trial & Error,’ Kristin Chenoweth Takes John Lithgow’s Role — With His Blessing

NBC’s comedy Trial & Error spends its entire season focused on a single criminal investigation and trial — kind of an over-the-top Law & Order. During the show’s first season, John Lithgow played the defendant; in the show’s second season, it’s Kristin Chenoweth in that role. She told us that, after watching Lithgow’s performance on the show and then talking to him about it, she knew she had to take the part!

 

 

 

Two episodes of Trial & Error: Lady, Killer air Thursday nights starting at 9/8c on NBC.

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Mel Gibson Flexes Comedic Chops Once Again With ‘Daddy’s Home 2’

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Mel Gibson hasn’t been in a pure comedy for years (dating back to 2000’s What Women Want), so it’s great to see him join Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in Daddy’s Home 2. Gibson stars as Kurt, the tough nosed father of Dusty with John Lithgow starring as Brad’s (Ferrell) over affectionate father.

Mark and Will when they get going – I’m in this scene with these two guys and they’re just riffing and ad-libbing,” said Gibson directed last year’s acclaimed war drama Hacksaw Ridge. “I cannot keep up with these cats. They’ve got this shorthand going on and I’m like the ballboy at a tennis match trying to jump in on my bit. It’s hilarious to watch them. Most of the time you end up laughing forgetting you’re on screen. So they have to do it again because you crack up.”

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Daddy’s Home 2 opens nationwide November 10.

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‘This Is Forty’ Star Leslie Mann Doesn’t Confuse ‘Reel’ Life With ‘Real’ Life

this_is_forty_ver2Opening in theaters today, JUDD APATOW’s latest comedy, THIS IS 40, revisits the characters of Pete and Debbie from his hit KNOCKED UP and paints a genuine (and genuinely entertaining) portrait of a married couple with a family facing middle aged crazy. Written and directed by APATOW, the cast includes his real-life wife, LESLIE MANN, as well as daughters IRIS and MAUDE. Joining in are PAUL RUDD, MELISSA McCARTHY, MEGAN FOX, JASON SEGEL, JOHN LITHGOW, CHRIS O’DOWD, LENA DUNHAM and ALBERT BROOKS.  Facing entertainment reporters recently in Manhattan, MANN talked about being married to a comic genius who draws much of his material from their actual life together. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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‘This Is 40’ Star Leslie Mann Sez ‘This Is Fabulous’ To Audience Reactions

FFN_IMAGE_50969842|FFN_SET_60058072Arriving in theaters later this week, THIS IS 40 revisits some of the characters from the hit JUDD APATOW comedy KNOCKED UP and paints a genuine (and genuinely entertaining) portrait of a working family doing whatever necessary to keep from pulling apart at the seams. Written and directed by APATOW, the cast includes his real-life wife, LESLIE MANN, daughters IRIS and MAUDE and such funny folk as PAUL RUDD, MELISSA McCARTHY, MEGAN FOX, JASON SEGEL, JOHN LITHGOW, CHRIS O’DOWD, LENA DUNHAM and ALBERT BROOKS. Talking to entertainment press last week in New York City to promote the film, LESLIE MANN admitted she was stoked by all the advance positive response the film has been getting from early press and word-of-mouth screenings. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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Judd Apatow Brings Family-Style Laughs To The Big Screen With ‘This Is 40’

this_is_fortyWhile not exactly suitable for a “family” audience, JUDD APATOW’s latest comedy, THIS IS 40, is every inch a family comedy. Revisiting the characters of Pete and Debbie from his hit KNOCKED UP, the film paints a genuine (and genuinely entertaining) portrait of a working family doing whatever necessary to keep from pulling apart at the seams. Written and directed by APATOW, the cast includes his real-life wife, LESLIE MANN, as well as daughters IRIS and MAUDE. Joining in are PAUL RUDD, MELISSA McCARTHY, MEGAN FOX, JASON SEGEL, JOHN LITHGOW, CHRIS O’DOWD, LENA DUNHAM and ALBERT BROOKS.
Facing entertainment reporters yesterday in Manhattan, APATOW talked about what he had in mind when writing the script. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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