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Fox Orders Therapy Dog Animated Presentation From Sharon Horgan, Clea Duvall, Jennifer Crittenden, Gabrielle Allan & Kapital

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Exclusive: In a competitive situation, Fox has landed Therapy Dog, an animated comedy with a script plus presentation commitment. It hails from writer-producer-actress Sharon Horgan, actress Clea DuVall, writer-producers Jennifer Crittenden & Gabrielle Allan and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.

Written by DuVall, Crittenden and Allan, Therapy Dog is about a dog named Honey who runs group therapy sessions to help neighborhood animals manage the neuroses brought on by their owners and each other.

DuVall, Crittenden and Allan executive produce alongside Horgan and Clelia Mountford via their Merman production company and Kaplan and Dana Honor via Kapital, which serves as the studio. It is unclear yet whether DuvVall or Horgan would provide any voices for the project.

The idea for the show originated from DuVall who has been recurring on Veep since Season 5. In a conversation on the set of the HBO comedy,
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Sharon Horgan Developing Amazon Drama ‘Dirty’ With ‘Peaky Blinders’ Producer Caryn Mandabach & Danny Brocklehurst

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Sharon Horgan Developing Amazon Drama ‘Dirty’ With ‘Peaky Blinders’ Producer Caryn Mandabach & Danny Brocklehurst
Sharon Horgan is teaming with Peaky Blinders producer Caryn Mandabach Productions on a morally complex drama for Amazon.

Horgan’s Merman, Mandabach’s indie and Kapital Entertainment are developing Dirty, written by Danny Brocklehurst, creator of Netflix’s Safe.

The drama is a brutally honest look at modern lives; the story of a principled woman who takes her first steps into a world of moral complexity. She discovers that everyone has their secrets, and that everyone, to some extent, is dirty.

Mandabach, Jamie Glazebrook, Horgan, Merman co-founder Clelia Mountford, Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment and Brocklehurst will exec produce.

Dirty is the latest project for Amazon since Catastrophe co-creator Horgan inked an overall deal with the Svod service; she is currently working with Meet The Parents’ John Hamburg and Ian Helfer on a comedy about a socially awkward broke single woman that will star herself and Game Night’s Billy Magnussen.
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Comedy Series Starring Sharon Horgan and Billy Magnussen in the Works at Amazon

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Comedy Series Starring Sharon Horgan and Billy Magnussen in the Works at Amazon
Amazon has given a script-to-series commitment for a comedy series starring Sharon Horgan and Billy Magnussen.

The series will follow Horgan as a socially awkward and broke single woman who decides to start a self-help company. She recruits a former male gymnast, played by Magnussen, to be the face of her new brand.

Horgan (“Catastrophe”) co-writes the series with John Hamburg and Ian Helfer, with Hamburg directing. The series is produced by Amazon Studios, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Clelia Mountford’s UK-based Merman and Horgan, who will executive produce with Mountford, Hamburg, Kaplan and Dana Honor for Kapital Entertainment.

Also Read: Emmy Quickie: 'Catastrophe' Star Sharon Horgan on Body Odor and the 'A-hole Pass' (Exclusive Video)

Horgan signed a first-look deal with Amazon in January of this year. She earned an Emmy nomination with co-writer Rob Delaney for the comedy series “Catastrophe” in 2016. She is repped by Wme,
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Sharon Horgan Comedy Series In Works At Amazon From John Hamburg, Ian Helfer & Kapital; Billy Magnussen To Co-Star

  • Deadline
Sharon Horgan Comedy Series In Works At Amazon From John Hamburg, Ian Helfer & Kapital; Billy Magnussen To Co-Star
Exclusive: Catastrophe co-creator and star Sharon Horgan is eying another potential starring vehicle at Amazon. The streaming network has given a script-to-series commitment to a comedy series to star Horgan and Billy Magnussoen (Game Night). It hails from Horgan, John Hamburg (Meet the Parents) and his frequent collaborator Ian Helfer. Amazon Studios produces with Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Horgan and and Clelia Mountford’s UK-based Merman.

Co-written by Horgan, Hamburg and Helfer and to be directed by Hamburg, the untitled comedy centers on a socially awkward, broke, single woman (Horgan) who launches a self-help company and recruits a handsome former male gymnast (Magnussen) to be the face of it.

Horgan and Mountford executive produce alongside Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment, Hamburg and Helfer.

The project stems from the overall deal Horgan and Merman inked with Amazon Studios earlier this year. The pact called for Horgan’s longtime TV collaborator,
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Exclusive Deleted Scene Clip From Why Him? Showing Bryan Cranston Against A Flying Drone

Conversations can’t be private anymore.

Out on Blu-ray and DVD today, Bryan Cranston stars in the hilarious comedy Why Him?, in which he plays a very overprotective father.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Bryan Cranston and James Franco fight the ultimate battle of wits and wills in this outrageous, no-holds-barred comedy from filmmaker John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Zoolander). Ned (Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad, and his family visit his daughter at college, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (Franco). A rivalry develops, and Ned’s panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

The film also stars Megan Mullally, Keegan-Michael Key, Zoey Deutch and Cedric the Entertainer.

There are plenty of extra features on the Blu-ray and DVD.
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‘Why Him?’ Review

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Stars: Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Megan Mullally, Tangie Ambrose, Cedric the Entertainer, Griffin Gluck, Keegan-Michael Key, Jacob Kemp | Written by John Hamburg, Ian Helfer | Directed by John Hamburg

In a change to their usual Christmas tradition, Ned (Bryan Cranston), the boss of a struggling printing company and overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). As per comedy tropes, a rivalry develops between Ned and Laird when the former finds himself lost in the high-tech world of the latter and learns that Laird is about to pop the question…

Writer/director John Hamburg has an interesting career to say the least. The writer behind Meet the Parents and I Love You, Man (a film I revist at least once a month); Hamburg can writetruly hilarious – and touching – comedies,
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Review: ‘Why Him?’ is a Good-Natured, Scattershot Comedy

It’s not often that Bryan Cranston and Megan Mullally are the comedic saviors of a movie, but that’s 2016 for you. Their years of practice improving sitcoms (Malcolm in the Middle and Will & Grace) enable them to rescue Why Him? from abject mediocrity, as the parents of a young woman who has taken up with James Franco (this is not a horror film).

Cranston and Mullally play Ned and Barb Fleming, wholesome Middle Americans whose 22-year-old Stanford-attending daughter, Stephanie (Zoey Deutch), announces she’s dating 33-year-old dopey-grinned tech millionaire Laird Mayhew (Franco, in his wheelhouse). The Flemings, including 15-year-old Scotty (Griffin Gluck), spend Christmas week at Laird’s tacky Palo Alto mansion, getting to know the man who wants to become part of the family, as well as Gustav (Keegan-Michael Key), his enigmatic manservant.

Laird is said to have “no filter,” a screenwriting hack that allows a character to
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Why Him? – Review

The big day, Christmas, is less than 50 hours away. Too late to ship that gift, but it’s not too late for the studios to unleash another big, boisterous family comedy. Hmm, about the family part…well…this flick’s rated “R” for an onslaught of “f-bombs” and naughty references. So, that distinguishes it from last month’s much tamer, comparatively genteel Almost Christmas. But the holiday is not enough for this new release, it wants to make things even more awkward by combining the season with the first meeting of a young woman’s boyfriend with her family. Of course that family, especially Daddy, is pretty buttoned-down and reserved. Alright, uptight would be the more appropriate description. Uh, this sounds more than a bit like the box office smash from 2000 (really? that far back?) Meet The Parents. It just so happens that this new film is directed by one
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The Lrm Interview with Why Him? Director John Hamburg

For many years, John Hamburg was known as the guy who wrote Meet the Parents and its sequels, but in 2009, he directed a comedy that would become a popular favorite, I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. It also helped solidify the terms “bromance” and “man-cave” in the public vernacular.

Hamburg returns this week with Why Him? a comedy that pits Bryan Cranston against James Franco in the high concept of a father having to adjust to his daughter’s new boyfriend. In the case of Franco, he’s playing an eccentric billionaire named Laird Mayhew, while Cranston plays the straight-ahead Ned Fleming, Midwest father of Zoey Deutch’s Stephanie, who has been seeing Laird without her family knowing. To make up for it, Laird invites Ned, his wife (Megan Mullally) and Stephanie’s younger brother Scotty (Griffin Gluck) out to his Silicon Valley mansion over the holidays to impress them.
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Review: ‘Why Him?’ Is No Christmas Classic, But At Least James Franco Packs a Sack Full of Laughs

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Review: ‘Why Him?’ Is No Christmas Classic, But At Least James Franco Packs a Sack Full of Laughs
I believe it was the great Anton Chekhov who said that “If you show in the first act a glass cube encasing a dead moose that’s been entombed in its own urine, in the third act it simply must explode all over James Franco, with the stuffed creature’s testicles landing in the mouth of a hapless supporting character.” An insightful and unusually prescient guy, that Chekhov, even if he never wrote anything quite as pungent as John Hamburg’s “Why Him?”

A dumb, gross, and sometimes hilarious holiday movie that exists at the nexus between the cringe comedies of Ben Stiller and the bromantic opuses of Judd Apatow, “Why Him?” painlessly marries the formulaic body horror of “Meet the Parents” to the improv-driven, reference-heavy sweetness of “Knocked Up.” It’s not as memorable as the former nor as smart (or sincere) as the latter, but — and this is
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Why Him? Red Band Trailer #2: Bryan Cranston Vs. James Franco

Why Him? Red Band Trailer #2: Bryan Cranston Vs. James Franco
Why Him?, starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco, has debuted the second Red Band Trailer. Over-protective Ned (Bryan Cranston) thinks Laird (James Franco), who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. See them go head-to-head when Why Him? hits theaters everywhere December 23, 2016!

Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). A rivalry develops, and Ned's panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

Why Him? dares answer the question: Of All the guys his daughter could have chosen, why this giant scumbag? The movie is directed by John Hamburg. He made his directorial debut way back in 1998 with
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New Red Band Trailer Released For Why Him?

20th Century Fox has debuted the second red-band trailer for Why Him? starring James Franco, Bryan Cranston. Film is directed by John Hamburg from a screenplay he co-wrote with Ian Helfer.

Check out the new trailer below.

The film is set over the holidays where Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, and he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry-and Ned's panic level-escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question. 

Why Him? will hit theaters December 23, 2016.

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James Franco And Bryan Cranston Star In New Trailer For Why Him?

James Franco goes breaking dad on Bryan Cranston in the first trailer for Why Him?.

Check out the Red Band & Green Band trailers and new poster for Why Him?.

Red Band trailer – Nsfw!

Green Band trailer

Directed by John Hamburg and produced by Shawn Levy, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Dan Levine, the screenplay is by John Hamburg & Ian Helfer with the story by Jonah Hill and John Hamburg & Ian Helfer.

Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry-and Ned’s panic level-escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.
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James Franco Is Bryan Cranston’s Worst Nightmare In ‘Why Him?’ Trailer — Watch

James Franco Is Bryan Cranston’s Worst Nightmare In ‘Why Him?’ Trailer — Watch
Meeting your daughter’s boyfriend can always be stressful, it can be even more stressful when he’s a tattooed, filterless, foul guy — who also happened to be an “Internet zillionaire.”

In the red-band trailer for “Why Him?,” Bryan Cranston stars as Ned, an overprotective but loving father who meets his daughter’s (Zoey Deutch) boyfriend for the first time and asks himself that very question, why him?

Read More: James Franco Stars In Nsfw School Shooting Short Film ‘Obituaries’ — Watch It For Free Now

While the family visits Steph at Stanford they finally meet her socially awkward, wildly inappropriate, billionaire boyfriend Laird (James Franco). Ned instantly loathes him and thinks he is no match for his precious daughter. To make matters worse, Laird is ready to propose to his girlfriend and can’t wait to join the family.

The trailer is filled with hilarious scenes of Franco inappropriately cursing at all times,
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James Franco Battles Bryan Cranston in Red-Band Why Him? Trailer

James Franco Battles Bryan Cranston in Red-Band Why Him? Trailer
Of all the guys his daughter could have chosen...Why Him? That's the question the poster for this upcoming comedy asks, which arrives along with the first hilarious trailer for the Holiday release. James Franco goes breaking dad on Bryan Cranston in this first look preview, and apparently, it's not going to go well for either one of them.

Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry, and Ned's panic level, escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

Not only do we get
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Bryan Cranston And James Franco Comedy Flick Why Him Casts Griffin Gluck

Fox comedy Why Him? has cast of its central characters today in Griffin Gluck, the up-and-comer best known for his roles across Back in the Game and teen musical dramedy Red Band Society.

Word comes by way of Deadline, who report that Gluck has joined a cast that already boasts both James Franco and Trumbo star Bryan Cranston in key roles. In essence, the John Hamburg-directed film centers on the bitter rivalry that spawns between the two leads when, after travelling across country to visit his daughter at college, Cranston’s mild-mannered patriarch is left competing for his daughter’s attention with Franco’s obnoxious and brash billionaire.

So far, so perfect casting. Cranston may have spent five seasons as the apex predator of Albuquerque, but the Emmy award-winning actor has honed his talents portraying the underdog dad in Malcom in the Middle, and Why Him? looks set to
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Bryan Cranston joins James Franco in Why Him?

Variety is reporting that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is set to join James Franco in the upcoming comedy Why Him?, which is being directed by John Hamburg (Meet the Parents, I Love You, Man) from a script by Ian Helfer (Meet the Parents, Zoolander).

According to EW, Why Him? follows “a Midwestern dad and his family as they travel to see their daughter at college over the holidays. When they arrive, the family learns their little girl has a new wealthy tech industry boyfriend, who the father must now compete with for her affection.”

Why Him? is set to start production in February and is expected to arrive some time next year.
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Bryan Cranston joins James Franco in comedy Why Him?

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Bryan Cranston and James Franco recently worked together on the upcoming drama In Dubious Battle (which was also directed by The Interview star), and Variety is reporting that Cranston and Franco are set to reteam for a comedy titled Why Him? John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) will direct from a script he's co-writing with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy (21 Laps) and Ben Stiller (Red Hour Films) are... Read More...
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James Franco is a Tech Billionaire in Why Him Comedy

20th Century Fox has announced that Bryan Cranston and James Franco will star in the "Why Him" comedy, which will be directed by John Hamburg (I Love You Man) from a script co-written by Ian Helfer (The Oranges). The film takes place over the holidays as a Midwestern dad (Cranston) travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a bitter rivalry for her affections with her new, brash tech billionaire boyfriend (Franco). Production is set to begin in Los Angeles in February.
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'Why Him?' Teams Bryan Cranston with James Franco

'Why Him?' Teams Bryan Cranston with James Franco
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has signed on to join James Franco in the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him? We first reported on the project back in February, when James Franco signed on to star for producers Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller. Production is scheduled to begin this coming February in Los Angeles.

The story centers on a father (Bryan Cranston) from the Midwest who decides to travel with his family to visit their daughter at college over the holiday season. The dad gets quite a surprise when he meets her new tech billionaire boyfriend (James Franco). A bitter rivalry ensues between the father and his daughter's boyfriend that quickly spirals out of control.

John Hamburg (I Love You, Man) is directing Why Him? from a script he co-wrote with Ian Helfer (The Oranges). John Hamburg's other directorial credits include Safe Men and Along Came Polly. He
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