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Tom Hanks Does an Impression of Ron Howard Directing Himself (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2011 4:30AM
Tom Hanks, 'Late Show with David Letterman'So you've never been on a movie set with Ron Howard? That doesn't mean you won't enjoy Tom Hanks' take on the experience on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). He and David Letterman were talking about what it was like for Hanks to direct himself on projects, when Letterman brought up Howard.

"How would Ron direct himself in a movie?" Hanks mused aloud, to which Letterman immediately asked to hear it.

Hanks then erupted into a hilarious impression of bubbly and energetic Howard acting like Sméagol and Gollum from 'The Lord of the Rings' if both sides of his fractured personality had been wide-eyed and full of joy and hope.

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Four Ways to Make 'Parenthood' Even Better

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 22nd 2010 5:00PM
The news last week that NBC had renewed 'Parenthood' for a second season was not a big surprise. Yes, the show had a rocky start, considering that it was forced into a midseason premiere because producers had to recast actress Maura Tierney's role while she was battling breast cancer. But since then, it has been well-received and even bested its main competition Tuesdays at 10PM ET, 'The Good Wife,' a few times in the ratings. So there was every reason for NBC to give the Ron Howard/Brian Grazer production a second season. It earned it.

The show has actually been getting better. It's on its way to becoming a hit, and with just a few changes in the season to come, it could succeed. We've narrowed it down to four specifics, our suggestions for how 'Parenthood' could get even better than it is right now. Read our list and then weigh in with your thoughts.

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Imagine's Howard, Grazer Make 'Great Escape' to Reality TV

by Harley W. Lond, posted Apr 19th 2010 11:45PM
More high-profile Hollywood A-listers are jumping on the reality bandwagon. Just last week director Michael Bay announced he was working on a reality series called 'One Way Out,' and now Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are mounting an action-adventure reality show for TNT.

Called 'The Great Escape,' the series will challenge contestants to escape from big-screen-inspired situations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, each week teams of ordinary people will be dropped off, blindfolded, in different extreme environments -- lost in the desert, trapped in the mountains, locked in a prison or marooned on an island -- and they'll have to rely on their everyday skills and experiences to escape and win cash rewards.

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Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. Have a Heart to Heart

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 15th 2010 9:02PM
I've always wondered what it would be like to watch George Bush Sr. and George Bush Jr. have a sit-down. It must the most awkward fly-on-the-wall conversation since King Richard III told Henry Stafford he was going to have to make some "cutbacks."

Now thanks to the people at Funny or Die, now I know. And knowing is half the battle.

The site released some cutting room floor footage from their recent "Presidential Reunion" PSA directed by Ron Howard featuring some funny, improvised dialogue between Dana Carvey and Will Ferrell as the presidential father and son.

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'SNL's' Presidential Reunion Video Hits Funny or Die

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2010 8:45PM
Nearly 30 years of one of American television's most storied and beloved traditions (i.e. portraying our presidents as moronic simpletons whose inability to tie their own shoes could send the country to Defcon 3) came to a glorious fountain of awesomeness at Funnyordie.com.

The website premiered a new public service announcement on federal finance laws directed by Ron Howard in the form of a very funny "Presidential Reunion" sketch that features the likes of Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd and even Chevy Chase reviving their classic impressions of former presidents including (respectively) George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Jimmy Carter and (the most hilarious in my opinion) Gerald Ford who come together to help the beleaguered Barack Obama, played by Fred Armisen. Jim Carrey also stepped in the room to play Ronald Reagan probably because Randy Quaid is nuttier than a Payday bar these days.

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FunnyOrDie Video Features 'SNL' Presidents Reunion

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 3rd 2010 5:30PM
Holy 'Saturday Night Live' presidents reunion, Batman!

FunnyOrDie.com is famous for its riotous celebrity videos, but this one featuring current star Fred Armisen and 'SNL' veterans like Will Ferrell, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Darrell Hammond and Maya Rudolph, as well as an over-the-top performance by Jim Carrey, may take the cake.

In a dream, Armisen's Barack Obama is visited by Hammond as President Clinton, Carvey as President Bush Sr., Aykroyd as President Carter, Chase as President Ford, Ferrell as President Bush Jr and Carey as President Reagan.

Catch the video after the jump.

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'Parenthood' preview just for TV Squad

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 1st 2010 4:03PM
After what has been a long time coming, NBC's new version of 'Parenthood' is finally premiering tomorrow night. And if the anticipation wasn't already high, TV Squad received an unexpected, very nice little invitation to tune in from Opie himself. Or Richie Cunningham if you prefer.

Yes, that's right, Ron Howard, the executive producer of 'Parenthood,' did a handful of shout-outs to the media and we were included. Aren't we special?

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NBC's Relentless 'Parenthood' Promos: So Many, So Not Good

by Gary Susman, posted Feb 23rd 2010 3:00PM
I really want to like 'Parenthood.' Especially since it seems I can't avoid it. NBC is promoting the new series, which premieres March 2, constantly during the Olympics. And unfortunately, those oft-repeated promos make the show look like grim death.

Watching these clips, you wouldn't even necessarily be able to tell what 'Parenthood's' premise is, unless you already knew that the show is an update of the 1989 Ron Howard movie. As it is, the promos just make the show look like it's about a parent who has trouble communicating with her kids, which makes it like, oh, every other family show in the history of television.

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TV Casting: Freddy Rodriguez, David Strathairn Lead New Pilots

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 11th 2010 12:23PM
Freddy Rodriguez'Six Feet Under' alum Freddy Rodriguez will lead the CBS pilot 'Chaos.' Rodriguez will reportedly play a naive agent who wants to make the world a better place in this drama from director Brett Ratner. Meanwhile, Oscar nominee David Strathairn ('Good Night, and Good Luck') is also headed to the small screen in the ABC pilot 'Matadors.' He'll join the recently cast Zach Gilford ('Friday Night Lights') in the series, about dueling legal families in Chicago. [Hollywood Reporter]

More casting news after the jump.

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FOX Files IRS Comedy From Ron Howard

by Audrey Fine, posted Jan 28th 2010 9:45AM
Ron HowardRichie Cunningham's having a great pilot season. Sorry. Got stuck in the '70s for a moment. Correction, Ron Howard continues to rake in the dough. Yeah, that's better.

This March, for the first time since 'Arrested Development' met its untimely demise, Howard's company, Imagine, will lend its touch to TV comedy.

As the Hollywood Reporter details, FOX has committed to a pilot order of Imagine's untitled IRS workplace comedy. The pilot, which was written by 'The Office''s Brent Forrester, is reportedly based on an idea that Howard's had bouncing around in his head (and presumably on paper) for a number of years.

This will mark Imagine's first foray into comedy. (The production company currently has three dramas on the air: '24', 'Friday Night Lights and' 'Lie to Me.') Howard will co-produce the single-camera project, which was originally scheduled to be multi-cam.

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Bryce Dallas Howard on Possibility of Working With Her Father (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 23rd 2009 9:04AM
It seems that actress Bryce Dallas Howard can't rely upon nepotism, because she's never acted in a lead role in any of her father's (Ron Howard's) movies.

On 'The View,' Howard said she hasn't appeared in a movie directed by her father because he simply hasn't hired her yet for work.

Watch the video after the jump.

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NBC Announces 'Parenthood' Premiere Date

by Allyssa Lee, posted Dec 14th 2009 4:00PM
Here's a play date you won't want to miss: NBC has just announced the premiere date for its new midseason drama series 'Parenthood.'

The one-hour dramedy, from the creative dream team of writer/producer Jason Katims ('Friday Night Lights') and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer ('Arrested Development') will debut in a post-'Chuck' slot on Monday, March 1 at 9PM (this is after both the 'Heroes' season finale on Feb. 8 and the Winter Olympics have aired).

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Ron Howard coming back to TV to make the IRS funny

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 17th 2009 7:07PM
Ron HowardThe last time Opie got involved in a television show, we wound up with Arrested Development. Now he's hoping he can bring back the funny, maybe this time with ratings. FOX has picked up a penalty-heavy pilot commitment for Ron Howard's new multi-camera IRS-based sitcom.

Think of it as a classic workplace comedy modeled after the Taxi formula. And we'll have the added fact that the IRS is despised by the American public. And yet, at the heart of the show is a guy who genuinely thinks he's doing something valuable and important. Beyond this character will be the typical ensemble of wacky co-workers you'd expect.

It's oddly refreshing that this will be done in the multi-camera format; making a strong comeback of late. It's being proven that buddy and family sitcoms can still be funny in this format, so why not the workplace comedy? As much as I love The Office and 30 Rock, I could handle something more like Taxi or NewsRadio from time to time.

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Arianna Huffington to Produce ABC Comedy & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 16th 2009 1:00PM
Arianna Huffington ABCArianna Huffington teams with ABC, 'Dancing With the Stars' to pay tribute to the late Patrick Swayze, Ron Howard returns to Fox and more of today's top TV headlines.

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NBC announces four new dramas, two new comedies to fall lineup

by Jason Hughes, posted May 4th 2009 12:22PM
Weekend Update with Seth MeyersThere weren't a lot of surprises at NBC's "In Front" presentation this morning. As already leaked, Parks & Recreation, Heroes, and Southland have been renewed, joining the already announced 30 Rock, The Office, The Celebrity Apprentice, Friday Night Lights, The Biggest Loser and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

There's still no word on Law & Order's bid for a 20th season, nor did they clarify the fate of Chuck, though insiders feel confident both will be back. Back on the bubble is Medium, which was leaked as renewed last night, along with My Name Is Earl. Their fates are a bit more murky, especially Earl considering NBC is giving Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" a prime-time berth, apparently launching NBC's Thursday night.

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