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Pitching Inventions to Andrew Dice Clay on 'Raising Hope' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 30th 2011 2:00AM
Andrew Dice Clay, 'Raising Hope' - 'Bro-Gurt'Andrew Dice Clay and Patton Oswalt partnered up to provide a memorable guest appearance on 'Raising Hope' (Tue., 9:30PM ET on FOX). Ultimately, it turns out Clay was little more than the Great and Powerful Oz to Oswalt's Wizard. Yes, it was as weird as that sounds.

The premise was simple enough: The family decided to try to create investments that Clay would endorse and help them take to market. But it turned out the entire thing was a scam, so nobody was getting a fast ticket out of their lives.

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Patton Oswalt Leaving 'Beach Lane' Already?

by Allyssa Lee, posted Apr 16th 2010 4:30PM
Seems as though Patton Oswalt can't get a break anywhere these days.

First, the comedian and actor ('The King of Queens,' 'Ratatouille,' 'Big Fan') had his bid for a Broadway debut shelved after a staged revival of Terrence McNally's 'Lips Together, Teeth Apart' fell apart.

And now, just days after the news that he and Kristen Johnston ('3rd Rock From the Sun') were ushered on board the Matthew Broderick comedy 'Beach Lane,' the Hollywood Reporter is saying Oswalt may be out of that show as well.

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NBC Sitcom Pairs Patton Oswalt, Matthew Broderick

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 13th 2010 12:04PM
Patton Oswalt on 'Caprica'What would a sitcom starring Patton Oswalt look like? We may be about to find out. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oswalt has been cast in a new pilot, co-starring Matthew Broderick, called 'Beach Lane.'

The Reporter says Oswalt will be playing a newly-rich newspaper editor who hires Broderick's character, a "renowned journalist,' to try to revive his paper. Kristen Johnston has also been cast as Oswalt's real estate agent step-sister.

Oswalt is one of the most brutally funny stand-up comedians working today. That's not something you would have gotten from watching him on the popular series 'The King of Queens,' on which he played Spence, a meek supporting character. He was a good character actor on that show, but it wasn't a role that would showcase Oswalt's talent.

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Patton Oswalt, Kristen Johnston Make News at 'Beach Lane'

by Harley W. Lond, posted Apr 12th 2010 9:16PM
Newspapers don't die -- they just get funny. Or at least that's what NBC is hoping for as it rounds out the top cast members for its Matthew Broderick comedy pilot "Beach Lane."

According to a report in Variety, the network has added comedian Patton Oswalt ('Ratatouille') and '3rd Rock From the Sun's' Kristen Johnston to the show, which revolves around a millionaire (Oswalt) who hires a celebrity author (Broderick) to help his struggling newspaper in the Hamptons.

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New 'Firefly' Comic Penned by Patton Oswalt

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 10th 2010 10:00PM
The DVD cover for Fox's The sci-fi series that never said die is rising from the Earth once more.

Comedian Patton Oswalt will write 'Serenity: Float Out,' a comic book that picks up where the film 'Serenity' left off, with the death of the ship's pilot, Wash.

Oswalt said the new chapter of the 'Firefly' saga features the remaining crew christening a new ship, hence the "float out," and recalling stories of Wash in action.

"We're basically seeing what could be the start of a new adventure," Oswalt told MTV.

MTV has also released an image of the comic's new cover art featuring Wash. The comic from Dark Horse Comics will hit stands on June 2.

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'The Late Shift 2': Who Should Play Whom?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 15th 2010 11:06AM
News that New York Times reporter Bill Carter is working on a pseudo-sequel to his groundbreaking book The Late Shift' made a smile creep across my face. I haven't yet read the book, but the buzz it caused and the weird stories that came out of it just by word of mouth gave it an aura of mysterious wonder that made the television industry infinitely more fascinating than it already was.

It also spawned a pretty decent made-for-TV HBO movie. Now I don't know what kind of craziness "Round Two" has to offer, but the players involved are definitely going to have all sorts of wild secrets revealed from Carter's work and when it does, HBO is going to want the movie rights. So here's who should play who in this new tragic merry-go-round of television programming hilarity that shall be called 'The Late Shift 2'.

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TV Squad Ten: Most/Least Sexy Super Bowl Ads of All Time

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 7th 2010 10:31AM
Will Rogers once said, "Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need."

And how do you that? That's easy. Just sprinkle in some sex! It's nature's negotiator.

Of course, it's not as simple as it sounds. These days, people are easier to offend than Catholic nuns and the FCC has made it nearly impossible to advertise products the way God intended (i.e. naked girls with abnormally large boobs writhing and moaning over the awesomeness of Flonase). So an even subtler art of using sex to get your money lies within this deeply layered process. Here are the best of the best and the worst of the worst.

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Dear NBC: Just Let Jay Leno Go

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 12th 2010 6:30PM
Dear NBC,

There's a simple solution to your late-night dilemma, though you're not going to like it: Let Jay Leno go.

He's given you decades of yeoman service, including 14 years of top ratings on 'The Tonight Show.' But his time has passed. It's time to thank him for his invaluable contribution to the network, hand him a gold watch and let him spend the rest of his days puttering in his garage or doing stand-up in Vegas.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Ten shows on DVD

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 14th 2009 11:29AM
House, M.D. Season FiveOn the tenth day of Festivus, TV gave to me... Ten shows on DVD.

There are plenty of great TV collections being released all the time now, bringing back classic TV, shows that had short runs, and current favorites. You know about most of the big shows, so here's a mix of more popular and some maybe less-heralded collections.

House, M.D.: Season Five: This was a breakout season for the show, where the secondary characters really came to life and House broke down and finally had to face his addictions and personal failings. Season five may wind up being a pinnacle for the series as a whole.

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What's Hot on Inside Movies: 'Harry Potter,' 'Brothers' and Best Actor Breakdown

by Jason Newman, posted Dec 1st 2009 3:33PM
If you're not a steady reader of Moviefone's Inside Movies, you're missing out on some good stuff:

The Independent Spirit Awards, the hipster cousin to the Oscars, announced their 2010 nominations.

Speaking of Oscars, Gary Susman breaks down possible nominees for Best Actor at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards next year, ranging from "The Locks" (George Clooney) to "Don't Forget" (Patton Oswalt).

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Review: The Venture Bros. - Self-Medication

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 23rd 2009 1:46PM
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(S04E06) This episode was a rare star-studded treat for Venture Bros. Really honing in on the idea of adult aftermath in the lives of boy adventurer types, Jackson Publick introduced a robot boy, boy detective brothers (Seth Green and John Hodgman), former Wonder Boy (Patton Oswalt) and the return of Action Johnny (Brendon Small). Never before have so many guest voices (okay, four) been crammed into an installment, bringing the entire audience to an immediate nerdgasm.

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Review: Community - Home Economics

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 6th 2009 1:28AM
Danny Pudi(S01E08) Well, that ending was disappointing, wasn't it? Spoiler alert: the gag over the closing credits did not feature Abed and Troy. What were they thinking? Those were some of the funniest moments of the first seven episodes!

It was about time we saw the financial repercussions of Jeff having lost his license to practice law. There's a lifestyle that comes with being a big-shot lawyer, and it's not at all the same lifestyle of your typical college student. That's Abed's life, and we got to see that, as well.

Meanwhile, Annie tries and tries and tries to muster up the courage to talk to Troy about her feelings. The problem is, I think she's expecting him to put two and two together as long as she drops enough hints. But it doesn't look like math is one of Troy's strong suits. Or thinking, for that matter.

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Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! S3ASON THR33 on DVD

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 26th 2009 5:04PM
Tim and Eric Awesome Shwo Great JobSeason four of Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! has been over for months, and "Season Cinco," as season five has been dubbed on the pair's Web site, has not yet started. But fans can bide their time with the Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! S3ASON THR33, which was out earlier this month.

In season three, Tim and Eric took a step up. The shows got funnier and tighter, without losing any of the scattershot, what-the-hell-am-I-looking-at feel. They upped the ante on creepy and uncomfortable with the "Child Showcase" sketch, featuring Patton Oswalt and Rainn Wilson as children singing inappropriate songs while an approving host looks on. It's an immediately unsettling image (though nothing really tops Chippy for that so far), a seamless special effect that puts Oswalt's and Wilson's heads on a kid's body.

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Caprican Patton Oswalt's special My Weakness Is Strong

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 26th 2009 3:01PM
Patton OswaltIf you missed Patton Oswalt's new special, My Weakness Is Strong, Sunday night on Comedy Central, you can already pick it up on DVD and CD. According to Amazon, you can but either the CD for $10.99 or get both the DVD and CD in one package for ... $10.99. Either way, it's worth it to get the DVD.

My Weakness was a good special on Comedy Central, but it's a better special on DVD. There are a few extra bits on the DVD/CD release (the jacket lists it at 64 minutes, and the TV special, deducting times for commercials, was probably about 44 minutes). It also features some amusing bonus features, including a commercial for how you can make money selling products for AVT, a merchandise warehouse operation (with guests Zach Galifianakis and Paul F. Tompkins).

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Patton Oswalt's new comedy special is coming

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 21st 2009 1:04PM
patton oswaltBack in February, Patton Oswalt headed to DC to record his new comedy special, My Weakness Is Strong. It's set to air on Comedy Central on Sunday night (that's the 23rd, you lazy bum), with the CD/DVD coming out two days later. If you can't hang on that long, just hop on iTunes, where his album is already rapidly climbing up the charts, currently sitting at #3 and making the likes of Reba McEntire weep Internet-tears.

I was lucky enough to be in attendance when Oswalt taped his special, and I was not disappointed. Since I returned home that evening so many months ago, I have been thinking about the DVD, quietly praying and hoping that the cameras did not catch me wiping tears from my eyes or awkwardly leaning too close to the person sitting next to me as I laughed. Excuse me, I have a surly image to maintain.

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