‘Last Man Standing’ Star Tim Allen Takes His Holiday Humor Very Seriously

last-man-standingAiring tonight on ABC, this year’s holiday episode of the very funny sitcom LAST MAN STANDING is titled ‘Putting A Hit On Christmas’ and centers on the foiled efforts of Mike and Vanessa to have a “no-fuss” Christmas without family and frills.a better than average sitcom the show was created by JACK BURDITT and features an ensemble cast that includes TIM ALLEN, NANCY TRAVIS, HECTOR ELIZONDO, AMANDA FULLER, MOLLY EPHRAIM, KAITLYN DEVER and CHRISTOPH SANDERS. A former stand-up comic who rocketed to success as a comic-actor on the TV hit HOME IMPROVEMENT and then as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Disney’s hugely popular TOY STORY franchise, ALLEN takes a lot of pride in the scripts for LAST MAN STANDING. We met up with him (along with co-stars CHRISTOPH SANDER and HECTOR ELIZONDO) on the CBS lot recently and he talked about the age-old sitcom tradition of doing annual episodes with a Christmas theme.

This year’s holiday episode of LAST MAN STANDING airs tonight on ABC-TV

‘Milk’ Director Gus Van Sant Has High Hopes For Liberace Biopic

gus_van_sant_01Filmmaker GUS VAN SANT’s Best Director Academy Award-nomination was just one of eight Oscar nods the illustrious biopic MILK received for telling the story of the life and times of HARVEY MILK, the activist who became America’s first openly gay elected official. Now, five years later, long-time VAN SANT collaborator MATT DAMON has wrapped production on another gay biopic, this one telling the story of LIBERACE, one of America’s most flamboyant and closeted gay entertainers. Directed by STEVEN SODERBERGH from a script by RICHARD LaGRAVENESE, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA stars MICHAEL DOUGLAS as LIBERACE and DAMON as his much younger paramour.
Sitting down with VAN SANT a few days ago to talk about his upcoming drama PROMISED LAND, we asked if he thought the LIBERACE and HARVEY MILK biopics might have anything in common or if that would be like comparing apples and oranges. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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PROMISED LAND opens in limited release 12/28
BEHIND THE CANDELARBRA is slated for release in May of next year

‘Promised Land’ Star Matt Damon Offers A Peek ‘Behind The Candelabra’

cn_image_size_liberace-behind-the-candelabraSoon to be seen in the issue oriented PROMISED LAND as a gas company huckster trying to sell an impoverished rural community on the benefits of fracking, Academy Award-winning actor MATT DAMON is taking a walk on the wild side in his next film, a behind-the-scenes look at the life of iconic entertainer LIBERACE. A chronicle of the flamboyant pianist’s relationship with paid companion Scott Thorson, the film is said to delve into the details of their life together and its aftermath. Directed by STEVEN SODERBERGH, the cast is headed by MICHAEL DOUGLAS as LIBERACE and DAMON as SCOTT THORSON.
We spoke with MATT DAMON a few days ago about his upcoming films and he indicates that BEHIND THE CANDELABRA might be more than just another Hollywood biopic.

PROMISED LAND opens in limited release 12/28
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA is slated to air on HBO in May of next year

ABC Makes Room For ‘Family Tools’ On Mid-Season Schedule

family-tools-abc1As recently reported, ABC is clearing the deck to make room for six new shows coming to prime-time in the Spring. Included in the new programming plans are six new series: HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS (FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE), FAMILY TOOLS, RED WIDOW, ZERO HOUR, THE TASTE and CELEBRITY DIVING. Centering on a hapless loser forced to abandon his dreams and run the family handyman business after his dad has a heart attack, FAMILY TOOLS boasts an impressive comic cast that includes KYLE BORNHEIMER, LEAH REMINI, J.K. SIMMONS and EDI GATHEGI.
We sat down with BORNHEIMER and GATHEGI recently at the Television Critics Association press event to talk about the new show and get some career background info.

FAMILY TOOLS debuts on ABC-TV 5/1/13

Tim Allen Brings The Funny With ‘Last Man Standing’

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Airing Friday night on ABC-TV, LAST MAN STANDING is a better than average family comedy that combines the battle-of-the-sexes with the battle-of-the-generations as a right-wing, “man’s man” type of guy finds himself to be odd-man-out in a household dominated by a wife and three daughters. Created by JACK BURDITT, the ensemble cast includes TIM ALLEN, NANCY TRAVIS, HECTOR ELIZONDO, AMANDA FULLER, MOLLY EPHRAIM, KAITLYN DEVER and CHRISTOPH SANDERS. A former stand-up comic who rocketed to success as a comic-actor and then as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Disney’s hugely popular TOY STORY franchise, ALLEN takes a lot of pride in the scripts for LAST MAN STANDING. We met up with him (along with co-stars CHRISTOPH SANDER and HECTOR ELIZONDO) on the CBS lot a few days ago and he talked about how the writers have found the right vibe for the series.

LAST MAN STANDING airs Friday nights on ABC-TV