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'Clear History': HBO movie's 'Curb'-iest moments

Watching an HBO one-off starring Larry David and Jon Hamm was such a no-brainer for me that I think I expected to like it too much. Clear History — which first aired Saturday night and is available now on HBO Go — works better as an extended all-star episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm than as a full-length feature.

But would any Curb fan turn down a feature-length episode? Hell to the no! The film’s complicated backstory and confusing arc (are we really to believe the cantankerous Rolly –  basically Larry David playing himself — is considered the nicest guy on Martha’s Vineyard?) can be overlooked if you decide to just sit back and enjoy the performances from David, Hamm, and co-stars Kate Hudson, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Bill Hader, Michael Keaton, J.B. Smoove, Philip Baker Hall, and an uncredited Liev Schreiber. (Maybe he thought Ray Donovan would put a hit out on him if he figured out he’d jumped from Showtime to HBO to play a long-haired Chechnyan criminal?)

Below, Clear History‘s Curb-iest moments:
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Jeff Garlin talks about his new podcast and the future of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Jeff Garlin is an actor, writer, director, stand-up comedian, and, of course, Larry David’s amoral manager on Curb Your Enthusiasm (not to mention Susie Essman’s “fat f—” of a husband on the same). Beginning this Thursday, the funnyman will add “podcaster” to his resumé when By the Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin debuts on the Earwolf Podcast Network. As its name implies, the show features Garlin yakking it up with a series of notable acquaintances, including Larry David himself, who guests on the first episode.

Below, the jovial Garlin talks about his podcast, the future of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and why it is his patriotic duty to work again with Shakira. READ FULL STORY

'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'Bridesmaids,' 'Modern Family,' '30 Rock,' lead Comedy Awards nominations

The nominations for the second annual Comedy Awards were announced today. Television series Modern Family and 30 Rock and films Bridesmaids and Crazy, Stupid, Love all lead the pack with five nominations apiece, while Louis C.K. also picked up five nods, three of which come from his FX series Louie.

Nominees for the awards were selected by the Comedy Awards Board of Directors, which include high-profile comedians like Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Carol Burnett, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin, according to Deadline. The Comedy Awards will be presented on April 28 in New York City and will air May 6 on Comedy Central. Choice nominees are below. The full list is available on the Awards’ official site. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: When has TV been a good icebreaker for you?

You’ve got to love this story: Renowned legal and political brain Alan Dershowitz recently sent the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode “Palestinian Chicken” to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu along with the suggestion that he invite Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas over to watch it, have a good laugh together, and begin negotiations. “I know that Netanyahu has received the DVD, and he was looking forward to watching it,” Dershowitz told The Current. “So it may be that Larry David will not only win Emmys, but he may even qualify for the Nobel Peace Prize, if his episode could bring together Netanyahu and Abbas, and bring Abbas to the negotiating table.”

Of course, none of us can compete with the potential of that, but I suspect we, the little entertainment-obsessed people, have all used our love of TV to spur conversation in awkward situations. READ FULL STORY

Larry David celebrates treasure bath that is Republican tax cuts

Larry-DavidImage Credit: Armando Gallo/Retna LtdOn Curb Your Enthusiasm, the list of things that annoy Larry David is amusingly endless. Teenaged trick-or-treaters who don’t take Halloween seriously; house tours; bald chefs who are ashamed of their baldness. But there’s one thing that is making the real David smile these days: Republican tax cuts. In an op-ed in today’s New York Times, the Seinfeld funnyman mock-celebrated the government’s decision to extend the Bush tax cuts on the extremely wealthy: “There is a God! It passed! The Bush tax cuts have been extended two years for the upper bracketeers, of which I am a proud member, thank you very much. I’m the last person in the world I’d want to be beside, but I am beside myself! READ FULL STORY

You pick the 2010 Emmys: Best comedy and drama?

Glee-LostImage Credit: Michael Yarish/Fox; Mario Perez/ABCThis is it! The Emmys are so soon. You’ll be back for EW.com’s live blog during the red carpet and NBC’s telecast — we just know it! Right now, it’s time to let us know which shows most deserve to be named outstanding drama and comedy. Pretend you’re a professor of Television Arts and Sciences and vote below.

Huh. Looks like Lost‘s Matthew Fox is not very amused that Glee might win. Different categories, Doc! Get over it!

Related: The EWwy Award results are in! Your winning series: The Big Bang Theory and Fringe.

Read more:
2010 EWwy Award results
EW.com’s 2010 Emmys Awards Central

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Jon Hamm to appear on 'Curb: The Discussion'

Curb: The Discussion just got a whole lot more handsome: According to the Associated Press, Jon Hamm is slated to appear on TV Guide Network’s Curb Your Enthusiasm deconstruction series, in which a celebrity panel discusses ethical issues brought up in each episode of the show. (Like huge vaginas?) Also participating is Jerry Seinfeld, Seth Green, Dave Navarro, and Dr. Drew Pinsky, but I’m kind of digging the Seinfeld-Hamm pairing. (Even if it doesn’t have the same yummy ring to it as Hamm-Buble.)

No doubt The Marriage Ref creator Seinfeld is really into this whole celebrity panel thing, but how many more celebrity panel shows can we expect to see before the comedian returns to scripted comedy?

Jeff Garlin on Jesse James cheating scandal: Straight out of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

bill-maherImage Credit: Janet Van Ham/HBOJeff Garlin’s visit to HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher last night began with, of all things, a discussion of Jesse James’ alleged cheating on Sandra Bullock. “This is straight out of Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Garlin chortled regarding certain sordid gossip-reported tales involving a possible neo-Nazi connection. “The only person I know who could think of this is Larry David!”

True that. Hey, speaking of Curb Your Enthusiasm, any more word on David’s tantalizing revelation that there’s a “pretty good chance” they’ll do an eighth season? Of course not. The subject of Curb didn’t even come up again after that initial LOL, which is probably because right now no one outside of Larry David’s head has any clue what lies in the show’s future. (I knew this, and yet I tuned in anyway hoping for another crumb of Curb information. My fault.)

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm': Larry David says 'pretty good chance' we'll get more. YES!

Here is possibly the best news I can imagine seeing on a rainy Monday morning: At a recent Curb Your Enthusiasm panel, Reuters reports that Larry David said “I think there’s a pretty good chance” he’ll do another season of his HBO series. “Not definite yet, but we’re working on some stuff,” he added. It’s never a sure thing that LD will decide to keep going with Curb — and if he’d wanted to end on the Costanzan high note of last year’s brilliant season 7, I wouldn’t have blamed him. But this is so much better.

Reuters leads with the fact that David has ruled out any further Seinfeld reunions, which seems fairly obvious. The reunion was one of my favorite arcs on any television program ever, but there’s no need to revisit something he’s nailed so well already. (Did he also rule out any further organ-transplant plotlines?) Otherwise, the potential season 8 is wide open. Are Larry and on-screen wife Cheryl actually together again? Who knows! David did say that the great Leon Black (J.B. Smoove) will “probably” be back, which is just wonderful. The more Leon time we get, the happier I’ll be. I wouldn’t even mind if the next season of Curb resembled Leon Black: How We Dos It, the hypothetical Leon-centric spin-off that Smoove pitched in a Vibe.com Q&A last fall.

What would you like to see on the next season of Curb Your Enthusiasm? Bear in mind: Jeff Garlin told the same panel that of all the thousands of plot suggestions strangers have given him, “I’ve never heard one funny one.” Having said that, maybe yours will be the first idea the show takes seriously…

Christian Slater: The stories behind his recent comedic turns (and what he did with those pillows Ellen DeGeneres gave him)

christian-slaterImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos Christian Slater didn’t use to be a morning person, but phoning PopWatch at 6:30 a.m. PT on his way to work Monday — the reason he had to bow out of DirecTV’s Celebrity Beach Bowl last weekend, FYI — you wouldn’t have known it. We chatted about his cameos in last week’s episode of The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s seventh season, and the new Funny or Die video Nine Lives, as well as about 24s Elisha Cuthbert joining the cast of The Forgotten (tonight, ABC, 10 p.m. ET), the viral video he’s just sitting on, and the whereabouts of the belated 40th birthday presents Ellen DeGeneres recently gifted him on her show. (In case you weren’t watching, those were pillows she won on eBay: one with a fully clothed photo of him that read “Don’t wake me I’m dreaming about Christian Slater,” and one with a shirtless shot of him that said “Dream a little dream of me.”) READ FULL STORY

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