Larry David Is the Most Larry David as a ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Writer — Watch

Imagine Larry David — arguably the most successful comedy writer alive today — sits down at your pitch meeting. That’s exactly what happened to the “Late Night With Seth Meyers” writers, including a very exasperated Meyers, when David dropped by the show for a hilarious sketch. The “Seinfeld” co-creator was there to promote the ninth season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which makes its triumphant return to HBO on October 1st. The lovable misanthrope plays an exaggerated version of himself on “Curb,” and he trotted out the same character for the hilarious sketch.

When Meyers suggests introducing David to his fellow writers by having them each state their names, David interrupts with “Eh,” accompanied by a signature shrug. “Not necessary, I’m good,” he says. When Meyers shows surprise, David says what we all we wish we could in situations like that: “I’ll learn it gradually, I’m not gonna remember it anyway.”

Once he gets comfortable in his chair and suggests changing the order of the pitches, he pitches the most Larry David sketch idea ever: “It’s a segment called ‘I don’t wanna do that.’ Basically someone asks you out to dinner, and you go, ‘I don’t wanna do that, why would I do that? It’s late, I wanna go home.’ Or somebody asks you to the movies, and you go, ‘I don’t wanna do that. Are you out of your mind, go to the movies with you? I don’t even like you!'”

Watch the master at work:

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season Trailer: Burnham Brawls With Humans, Klingons, and Even a Vulcan

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Episode 2 of “Star Trek: Discovery.”]

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) isn’t going to have an easy time of it going forward. When last we left her in the premiere two-parter, the Lt. Commander had just been found guilty of mutiny and assaulting a fellow officer, which earned her a sentence of life imprisonment. Even worse, her actions in jaunting off on her own and engaging the Klingons may have caused the deaths of an entire Federation ship’s crew. At the very least, she’ll be eaten away inside with grief for the death of her superior officer, Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), who was very much a mother figure to her.

In the full season sneak peek below, Burnham is on her way to prison, but discovers that her reputation precedes her. As the first person Starfleet has ever convicted of mutiny, she holds a special, unenviable notoriety. Take a look:

A few observations:

—Starfleet prison jumpsuits are still pretty snazzy.

—Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) seems to play by his own rules also. He and Burnham should get along

—Burnham is in a chamber surrounded by sparkly particles. Could this be a special kind of pollen? Alien dander? Dust from a dead space vampire?

—The water moisture suddenly condensing into free-floating droplets on the ship is intriguing, but wouldn’t that wreak havoc with the water content in their bodies also?

—Burnham doesn’t seem to play well with others. It’s going to be fun to see a lot of fight choreography this season.

—Oh man, Saru (Doug Jones) will never let Burnham live it down. Very curious to learn more about the Kelpiens. He at least has a backhanded compliment for her.

—Burnham in hand-to-hand combat with a Klingon seems like a very bad idea.

—A frightening creature that kind of looks like a space armadillo-triceratops running through the corridors is giving off “Alien” vibes.

—The characterization of Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson) depicts him as incredibly chatty but also hiding a hidden anger. “We’re sick and tired of getting caught up in your crossfire,” he says. He could make a formidable foe.

—Wait! Why is Burnham fighting a Vulcan? She may have learned Vulcan martial arts in her past, but this doesn’t look like a flashback sequence since she’s wearing a Starfleet uniform. And what is with all of these combative Vulcans?

—A Klingon is fingering what looks to be Starfleet badge, possibly the one belonging to Georgiou. Later, a hand is seen holding a worn badge that has been inscribed with Georgiou’s name and Starfleet number. It’s possible the two badges are one and the same, which raises the question of under what circumstances the badge was retrieved.

New episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery” will be released at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sundays on CBS All Access.

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Angelina Jolie’s Secret Weapon: ‘First They Killed My Father’ Producer Rithy Panh Let a Hollywood A-Lister Tell Cambodia’s Story

Angelina Jolie may be a global celebrity, but she’s also a Cambodian citizen, and that balance was essential when she directed “First They Killed My Father,” Netflix’s drama about the experiences of a young girl whose family was torn apart by the Khmer Rouge. While Jolie’s citizenship helped the movie become Cambodia’s Oscar submission this fall, the film was aided by another key figure whose work thrives far from Hollywood — producer Rithy Panh.

Cinephiles have celebrated Panh’s work for decades. The filmmaker, who lost much of his family in the Khmer Rouge genocide, has chronicled modern Cambodian life with a range projects that blur the line between fiction and documentary. His 2013 film “The Missing Picture” combined personal recollections of his family with stop-motion animation to create a thoroughly modern meditation on the reverberations of the past in the present. “She didn’t come to make the film about us,” he said in a phone interview, “but to make a film with us.”

In early financing stages, Panh said there was some discussion about making the film in English in the hopes of securing more funding. Jolie was opposed to it — and that, Panh said, convinced him of her credentials to tell this story. “Angelina would not have done the film in English,” he said. “We live in this global time where, if you want to make a big film, you have to put a Chinese or American actor in it. She made the film in our language, with our people.”

Unfortunately, that decision led to a whole new challenge when Jolie discussed a widely criticized child casting process in Vanity Fair, in which casting directors placed money on a table and coached the actors to snatch it away. Speaking of Srey Moch, who eventually nabbed the lead role, Jolie said, “When she was forced to give [the money] back, she became overwhelmed with emotion.” Later, Jolie criticized the magazine for mischaracterizing what she called “a pretend exercise in improvisation.” (Vanity Fair stood by its story.) Asked about the backlash to that story, Panh took Jolie’s side. “I was there, and I would not harm a child for any film,” he said. “Not for Angelina Jolie, not for anyone. I think this was a misunderstanding. I was there every day, even during the casting. We asked for permission even when we took their pictures. We always explained during the acting that this was fiction, not reality. It’s not like we were hiding the camera.”

"First They Killed My Father"

“First They Killed My Father”

Panh has been fighting for the health of the Cambodian film industry since he first returned to Cambodia after his film school education in Paris in the early ’90s. “Cambodia is not only a country of war, but also a country of culture,” he said. “It’s in our DNA. When the Khmer Rouge pushed us out, most of the writers, directors and actors were dead. We have fewer artists who survived. We worked very hard to rebuild. Now you have a new generation.” He cited younger Cambodian directors such as Davy Chou as evidence that the country’s filmmaking legacy has a future beyond his own output, and noted that 70 percent of the Cambodian population was under the age of 30.

“Everything is multimedia now,” he said. “If you are not capable of making images and sound, you just disappear. Image and sound is very important to us.” This brought him back to the value of “First They Killed My Father” being made in its country’s language, and released on the Netflix platform around the world. “Everything is global now, but we cannot accept that culture,” he said. “It must be diverse. It’s better to live a world where you can hear different languages and sensibilities.”

While he continues to support “First They Killed My Father” as it enters awards season, Panh continues to develop new projects — including an opera, “Bangsokol: Requiem for Cambodia,” which will premiere at BAM December 15. “It’s a little bit scary, because people who come to BAM know art,” he said. “I’ve never done this before.” He talks to Jolie on a regular basis. “We’re friends,” he said. “I talk to her about anything I do, but it’s not necessary. If we can work together again, great.”

For the time being, he’s focused on the same kind of stories he has told since he started his career. “The most beautiful thing in Cambodia isn’t the country,” he said. “It’s the Cambodian people.”

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‘Annihilation’ First Trailer: ‘Ex Machina’ Director Alex Garland Returns With a Major Science-Fiction Vision

Alex Garland first made a name for himself in Hollywood as the screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine,” “Never Let Me Go,” and “Dredd,” but it wasn’t until he decided to step into the director’s chair with “Ex Machina” that he became a household name for cinephiles. His 2014 directorial breakthrough was a thrilling and cerebral slice of science fiction that earned massive critical acclaim and an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. IndieWire even named it one of the greatest sci-fi movies of the 21st century.

Garland is finally returning early next year with “Annihilation,” an even bigger science-fiction movie based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel of the same name. The film stars Natalie Portman as the head of a group of female scientists who venture into an environmental disaster zone in order to save her husband, played by Oscar Isaac. The actor was one of the main players in “Ex Machina,” and he’s joined by the likes of Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson for Garland’s latest.

“I found the atmosphere incredibly strong and I liked the kind of dream state that it created and put me in,” the director told Entertainment Weekly about reading the novel for the first time. “It had all sorts of qualities that I found really interesting. I thought immediately, Yes, I’d like to try this.”

“Annihilation” opens in theaters February 23, 2018 via Paramount Pictures. Watch the first trailer below.

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‘Cowboy Bebop’ Director Shinichirō Watanabe Has Made the Most Stunning ‘Blade Runner’ Anime Film — Watch

Denis Villeneuve has been celebrating the upcoming release of “Blade Runner 2049” all month long with the release of short film prequels that help bridge the thirty-year gap between Ridley Scott’s original and his highly-anticipated sequel. Ridley’s son, Luke Scott, directed the first two short films, the Jared Leto-centric “2036: Nexus Dawn” and the David Bautista-starring “2048: Nowhere to Run,” but Villeneuve has recruited Japanese anime master Shinichirō Watanabe to helm the final prequel, “Blade Runner Blackout 2022.”

Watanabe is famous for directing the successful anime series “Cowboy Bepop” and “Samurai Champloo,” and he’s joined by experimental musician Flying Lotus who handles the score. The short film also features additional music by Gerald Trottman, Kuedo and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. The story depicts the lead up to a blackout that led to the prohibition of Replicant production. The short is streaming in its entirety right here.

“Blade Runner 2049” opens in theaters next weekend, and critics are already raving about the sequel. First reactions have called Villeneuve’s movie “breathtaking,” “mind-blowing,” and “better than the original.” Audiences will get to see what the fuss is about when “Blade Runner 2049” is released on October 6.

You can watch the entire anime by heading over to the Crunchyroll website right now. Check out a behind-the-scenes preview below.

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‘This Is Us’ Creator Explains Everything You Need To Know About Jack’s Death and What’s Next For Season 2

[Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the Season 2 premiere of “This Is Us.”]

“This Is Us” fans finally know how Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) dies. Well, sort of. They discovered in the show’s Season 2 opener that there was a fire, and that the Pearson family patriarch passed away in 1997 — when the kids were 17.

Jack’s death is connected to the fire — but the “how” and “why” of it all is still a mystery. “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman told IndieWire on Tuesday night that it will become clear by the end of this season what truly happened to Jack and how it impacted Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and “big 3” kids Kate (Chrissy Metz), Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin (Justin Hartley).

“All the answers about how Jack died, it’s all going to happen this season but through the course of the season,” he said. “It was part of our pitch from inception that we were going to do this ‘Breaking Bad’ thing in the beginning. You saw the image in this moment and in the course of the season you’re going to see how we got there. And we’re going to actually get there and see what transpired. So there’s still more to find out; hopefully now it allows people to focus on other things but keeps the intrigue.”

Here’s a roundup of what you need to know for Season 2.

Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore and Dan FogelmanNBC 'This Is Us' TV show panel, TCA Summer Press Tour, Los Angeles, USA - 03 Aug 2017

Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Dan Fogelman, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz


The season premiere’s final two minutes is filled with clues.

As seen in 1997, on the day of Jack’s death, Kate is holding a dog, Randall has a redheaded girlfriend, Kevin has a broken leg and Rebecca is wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey.

“I think our closest fans can watch every moment of the last two minutes, like the Zapruder film. Nothing has been done accidentally,” Fogelman said. “Whether it be Kate feeling responsible for her father’s death, things we’re going to reveal about Kevin, or things we’re seen in the final ending of the show in the last two minutes. We’re not doing this willy-nilly. Everything has a point and a reason. Every little detail, and it will match up.”

That ending was only shot less than two weeks ago, in order to keep it a secret.

Fogelman and his team are so eager to prevent spoilers that they built the burnt-out home, as seen at the end of the episode, in a hush-hush location five hours away from Los Angeles. They used fake signs and code words to keep the set under wraps. And even NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke had to visit the “This Is Us” edit bays to get a sneak peek.

“It took six months of planning,” said Fogelman, who admitted it was a lot of work for what amounted to 30 seconds of filming.

“I wanted those who watch the show in real time or quickly on DVR without things being spoiled to have that experience,” he said. “It’s meant to be one of those television moments that hopefully provides an answer and takes your legs out and is a cliffhanger and an answer all at once. I wanted our fans to have that experience and if it slowly starts leaking online, it becomes a different thing.”

The idea to link Jack’s death to a house fire was part of the plan from the very beginning.

“There was never another idea,” Fogelman said. “Day One, I said I had this image in my head of what had happened to him. I told it when I delivered my script to NBC. I said, ‘You have to know what happens in Seasons 1, 2,, 3 and 4; you have to know what happened to Jack; and you have to know when we’re going to show it and how we’re going to show it.’

“I pitched what we’re seeing right now, and I told the cast so they knew how to execute their characters,” Fogelman said. “They’ve known all along too. There was no other ending. We have these characters in our minds’ eye and this is what happened to them.”

THIS IS US -- "A Father's Advice" Episode 201 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

Milo Ventimiglia in “This Is Us”

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Yes, that means the Jack really did die because of a fire; no surprise twist is coming.

“We’re not misdirecting, he didn’t die four years later,” Fogelman said.

Fogelman is just as surprised as you about the timing of this week’s Kardashian joke.

In this week’s episode, Kevin joked about how the Kardashians are multiplying — just as Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner have been revealed to be pregnant.

“We’re a fan of the Kardashians in my household,” Fogelman said. “It’s a line said with love because she wants to come out and visit the Kardashians to see where they go. We watch it. It’s our guilty pleasure at home. I have friends who work on the show. But I had no idea they would be having another child right as the show released. There’s a lot of them on TV.”

Keep your tissues handy: This is going to be an emotional season.

“It’s going to be a heavy ride, filled with equal parts comedy and sadness. And some really heavy, devastating stuff,” Fogelman said. “By the end of the season, I think we will all have gone through something together and come out on the other side. In this day and age and this show, our goal is to never just brutalize people and leave them brutalized. It may happen in an episode from week to week, but it’s not our long-term plan. Our belief is even in tragedy, despair, loss, there’s a way to come through it. That’s what we’ll be exploring throughout the season.”

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