The Spoils Before The Spoils Before Dying

Jul 07, 2015 by Alex Castle

If the name of legendary author/screenwriter/director/producer/fabulist Eric Jonrosh isn’t immediately familiar, it may be because he’s not actually a real person.

Will Ferrell plays the role of Jonrosh, the “author” of The Spoils Before Dying, a six-part comedy miniseries starring Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire), Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph premiering Wednesday night on IFC. Those are all trusted names, but it still doesn’t answer the obvious question about The Spoils Before Dying: what the hell is it?

We haven’t seen much of it other than the trailer, so we went back to the previous project by the same creative team, The Spoils of Babylon, for a little more insight, and immediately fell in love.

Ferrell’s Eric Jonrosh introduces each episode in heavy makeup pretty... Read More

Jack Black and Tim Robbins Together Again in The Brink

Jun 11, 2015 by Alex Castle

The new HBO comedy The Brink follows three seperate but intertwined story threads, as the Secretary of State (Tim Robbins), a low-level diplomat (Jack Black) and a fighter pilot (Pablo Schrieber) all try to prevent World War III in the wake of a military coup in Pakistan.

This is not the first time the show’s two biggest names, Jack Black and Tim Robbins (who also carry producer credits on the show, while Robbins directed the second episode) have worked together: both are members of the Actors’ Gang, an experimental theater troupe founded in 1981 by Robbins that has included Jack Black, John Cusack, Helen Hunt, Jeremy Piven, Jon Favreau, and many others, with a charter to “produce plays that contribute to the ongoing dialogue about our society and culture,... Read More

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