Josh Gad and Jenna Elfman play two members of the first family on NBC's 1600 Penn, and the duo stopped by our LA studios recently to talk about their onscreen relationship, as well as their behind-the-scenes bond. The pair also reflected about the unique experience of screening their series for President Barack Obama in the White House recently. We also asked Josh, who cocreated the show with former speechwriters for Obama and Hillary Clinton, if any real-life stories have made their way into the scripts. Check out our chat and catch 1600 Penn tonight on NBC at 9:30 p.m. / 8:30 p.m. Central.
The 2013 Macworld Expo in San Francisco opened today with a word from Steve Jobs — well, sort of. Ashton Kutcher, who transforms into the iconic Apple founder in the upcoming feature film Jobs, took to the Macworld/iWorld main stage to talk about playing one of his heroes.
Ashton, who cofounded digital media company Katalyst in 2000 and venture fund A-Grade Investments in 2011, is no stranger to the tech industry. The actor not-so-subtly established his geek cred with the Macworld/iWorld crowd, mentioning that his first computer was the Apple IIGS (followed, naturally, by loud applause) and that his major in college was biochemical engineering.
Here are some highlights from Macworld's first big event featuring the actor discussing what it was like to become one of the tech industry's most influential figures for the film.
On Playing a Real-Life Character
"Steve is really fresh in the minds of a lot of people. He's a person that we have a daily reminder of in our hands. Playing that guy, that everyone already has a judgment or criticism of, is really, really scary."
A new funny family is moving into the White House — and NBC's coveted Thursday night lineup — on Jan. 10. Midseason series 1600 Penn stars Bill Pullman as the presidential patriarch to a wacky First Family, including dim bulb Skip (Josh Gad) and new trophy wife Emily (Jenna Elfman). NBC is airing a preview of the pilot tonight, and we're letting you know whether we're voting yea or nay on the comedy.
- What it's about: The president's earnest-but-thick-headed son, Skip, moves home to the White House following an embarrassing incident at college, where he's been on the seven-year plan for graduation. His family, including his secretly pregnant sister (Martha MacIsaac) and eager-to-please new stepmother, are generally happy to have him back, but his penchant for moronic accidents puts everyone on edge, especially the secret service.
- Where it works: This ensemble is perfectly cast. I love Pullman as President Gilchrist (and if you've watched him as the commander in chief in Independence Day as many times as I have, you'll probably love him, too), but Gad is the heart of this show. Outlandish but fragile, he's the ideal lovable buffoon. It's also nice to see Elfman back in her comedic wheelhouse.
- Where it doesn't: Even though I liked most of the characters, the show didn't make me laugh out loud as much as I thought it would.
- When it's on: Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC
- You might like this show if: You wish Veep was more family-oriented.
Watch a preview and see all the pictures for 1600 Penn after the jump.
There is this undeniable, crazy-intense talent that I think Rainn Wilson has yet to unleash on us, that goes beyond his hilarious and iconic portrayal of Dwight Schrute on The Office. Thanks to smaller roles that he's had, including his creepy character on Six Feet Under, I've had faith that Wilson is not a one-note actor, and that he possesses the tools to take part in a variety of genres. So, I was looking forward to his first time out as a comedic lead in The Rocker. And while the movie is far from perfect and not the laugh-riot that will launch him into major stardom, it's an excellent start.
What strikes me most about this movie is how good-natured it is underneath its gimmicky concept. If I had some teenagers to entertain this weekend, this is the kind of movie I'd love to watch with them. It's hard not to compare the overall spirit of this funny high school tale with that of other recent Summer comedies, and the biggest difference to me is that it has a warm and fuzzy center (despite the groin pain it causes the main character).
To see what I mean by "groin pain" and why I think The Rocker is a pleasant addition to this Summer's comedies, read more
Finally! I have been looking forward to seeing a trailer for The Rocker for what feels like forever, especially when we get trailers for things that aren't even coming out until December and The Rocker is opening August 1.
Billed as "a comedy for the rocker in all of us," The Rocker stars Rainn Wilson and an assortment of comedic actors, like Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad (21) and Superbad's Emma Stone as a group of kids (and one of their uncles) who aim to rock out as the prom band. After the prom's over, they set off on tour and, I presume, ill-advised antics ensue.
The trailer's pretty funny, and Rainn Wilson is as straight-faced and hilarious as ever, so to check it out, read more