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Smurfs: The Lost Village (a J!-ENT 4K Ultra HD Review)

July 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

For those who enjoy the Smurfs and videophile/audiophile parents looking for an animated film that looks great in 4K Ultra HD, who also want to entertain their children or the entire family, you can’t go wrong with “Smurfs: The Lost Village”. Recommended for the entire family!

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TITLE: Smurfs: Lost Village

DATE OF FILM RELEASE: 2017

DURATION: 90 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 2160p Ultra High Definition (1:85:1 aspect ratio), English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Compatible), English – Audio Description Track, Catalan, Cantonese, Mandarin, Danish, Dutch (Netherlands), finnish, French, German, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Vietnamese 5.1 Dolby Digital, SUBTITLES: English, English SDH, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian/Bahasa, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese

COMPANY: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: PG (Some Mild Action and Rude Humor)

RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2017


Based on the Characters by Peyo

Directed by Kelly Asbury

Written by Stacey Harman, Pamela Ribbon

Producer: Mary Ellen Bauder, Jordan Kerner

Co-Producer: Veronique Culliford, Mandy Tankenson

Executive Producer: Raja Gosnell, Ben Waisbren

Co-Executive Producer: Ben Haber

Music by Christopher Lennertz

Edited by Bret Marnell

Casting by Mary Hidalgo

Production Design by Noelle Triaureau

Art Direction by Dean Gordon, Marcel Vignali


Starring:

Demi Lovato as Smurfette

Rainn Wilson as Gargamel

Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf

Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf

Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf

Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf

Dee Bradley Baker as Monty

Frank Welker as Azrael

Michelle Rodriguez as SmurfStorm

Ellie Kemper as SmurfBlossom

Julia Roberts as SmurfWillow

Ariel Winter as SmurfLily

Meghan Trainor as SmurfMelody

Bret Marnell as Snappy Bug

Brandon Jeffords as Cauldron

Kelly Asbury as Nosey Smurf

Jake Johnson as Grouchy Smurf

Gabrielle Iglesias as Jokey Smurf

Tituss Burgess as Vanity Smurf


In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a roller coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of THE biggest secret in Smurf history!


Back in the late ’50s, Belgian cartoonist Peyo created the comic strips featuring small blue fictional characters known as the Smurfs. A big success in France, the Smurfs would receive various adaptations.

The first were in Belgium via TV animated shorts that were created in 1961-1967, a few of the shorts would be featured in the 1965 in the black-and-white animation “Les Adventures des Schtroumpfs” and then followed by a 1976 animation titled “La Flûte à six schtroumpfs” (The Smurfs and the Magic Flute) which would receive an English version that would inspire more full-length Smurf animated films.

But in America, where the Smurfs gained its popularity is through the 1981 animated TV series which was nominated many times for a Daytime Emmy Award and won the “Outstanding Children’s Entertainment Series” for 1982-1983. The animated series would broadcast on television through 1989.

In 1997, producer Jordan Kerner has been trying to get a “Smurfs” film created but it wasn’t until 2002 when Peyo’s heirs accepted Kerner’s offer and people were able to get their first look at the film via leaked footage on the Internet in 2008.

And in 2011, the first live-action/CG Smurf film of a planned trilogy was released in theaters in 2011. The film which was budgeted for $110 million received lackadaisical reviews from film critics but the film was popular among the younger viewers and earned over $559 million in the box office ensuring the film as a success for Columbia Pictures which would ensure a sequel.

In 2013, “Smurfs 2” would go on to earn over $374 million in the box office, making it another success.

But wanting to create a full 3D CG animated film, the film series was rebooted (now no longer featuring the live action portion), this film (unrelated to the previous two films) is directed by Kelly Asbury (“Shrek 2”, “Gnomeo & Juliet”) and co-written by Stacey Harman (“The Goldbergs”) and Pamela Ribon (“Moana”, “Samantha Who?”, “Bears”) and the film would go on to make $194.7 million in the box office.

And now “Smurfs: The Lost Village” will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD in July 2017.  The version I am reviewing is the 4K Ultra HD version which comes with the Blu-ray and an UltraViolet Digital Code.

In this latest film, we are introduced to the story of Smurfette, the only girl in the Smurf Village and how she was created by the wicked wizard Gargamel from a lump of clay.  Despite being created for the purpose of evil (as he in search of the Smurf village to steal all of their essences to become the most powerful wizard in the world), she was given a chance by Papa Smurf and became part of the village.

One day, Brainy Smurf is creating an invention that can determine one’s energy.  As Hefty Smurf was tested, the invention showed that his energy was strength and Brainy was able to extract that into a liquid.  But when tested on Smurfette, because she isn’t a true Smurf, she drew in energy and so the invention didn’t work on her.

As Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy Smurf go out for some playtime, while flying out with a leaf, a gust of wind carries her to the Forbidden Forest where she crashes.  Smurfette sees a smurf watching her and it runs off past the wall leading to the Forbidden Forest.

But when Smurfette tells the three of what she saw, she is grabbed by Gargamel’s vulture, Monty back to his lair.

This leads Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy to go on a rescue mission to save Smurfette and when they get her out to go to the village, they want to tell Papa Smurf about her discovery.  But when Papa Smurf forbids them and punishes them for going out there, the four sneak out to search if there is a “LostVillage”of Smurfs aside from theirs.


VIDEO:

“Smurfs: Lost Village” receives its first 4K Ultra HD release and this latest animation is fantastic.  Presented in 2160p (1:85:1 aspect ratio), it’s a different style compared to the previous two films which tries to add skin texturing but for the most part, the animation is done very well with great hair physics and for the most part, it’s an animation style that is respectful to Peyo’s original work and also for those who remember the animated series.   Meanwhile, environments are well-rendered with amazing detail.  The picture quality of this film is fantastic!

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: To watch 4K Ultra HD, you will need a 4K UHD TV with HDR and an Ultra HD Blu-ray Player + a high-speed HDMI 2.0A Cable.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

Audio quality is equally impressive. Presented in English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Compatible), English – Audio Description Track, Catalan, Cantonese, Mandarin, Danish, Dutch (Netherlands), Finnish, French, German, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Vietnamese 5.1 Dolby Digital.

Considering that this animated film has a good number of action sequences, the lossless audio utilizes the surround channels.  Dialogue and music are crystal clear, while action sequences sound magnificent through the surround channels.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian/Bahasa, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Smurfs: The Lost village” on 4K Ultra HD comes with the following special features:

  • Emoji Sneak Peak – (2:04) A sneak peek for the upcoming “Emoji” film.
  • Filmmaker Commentary– Featuring audio commentary by director Kelly Asbury and Allan Hawkins (Animation Supervisor) and Brandon Jeffords (Head of Story).
  • Deleted Scenes – (7:35) Featuring four deleted scenes.
  • Kids at Heart! The Making of Smurfs: The Lost Village – (9:09) The making of “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and behind-the-scenes at Sony Pictures Animation.
  • The Lost Auditions – (4:07) Voice talents auditioning for other Smurf roles.
  • Demi Lovato Meets Smurfette – (:58) Smurfette interviews Demi Lovato.
  • Lost Village Dance Song  – (3:10) Featuring children dancing to the “Lost Village Dance Song”.
  • Smurfify Your Nails – (2:18) A featurette on how to smurfify nails.
  • Baker Smurf’s Mini Kitchen – (4:05)  A featurette featuring Baker Smurf narrating one preparing a baked dish.
  • Meghan Trainor “I’m a Lady Music Video”
  • Making the Song “You Will Always find Me In Your Heart” – (3:00) Christopher Lennertz discuss making the music for a certain scene.
  • The Sound of The Smurfs – (3:42) Kelly Asbury and Christopher Lennertz discuss the music for Smurfs: The Lost Village”.
  • Draw Your Favorite Smurfs – (7:40) How to draw various Smurf characters.
  • See More Smurfs! – (5:48) “Smurf” film trailers

EXTRAS:

“Smurfs: The Lost Village” comes with a slipcover, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray disc and an UltraViolet Digital HD code.


Having grown up with watching “Smurfs” on television and reading the comics, and since 2011, it was cool to watch the films alongside my young son who pretty much grew up not with the animated films but the two previous films.

And he were are now in 2017, we have an animated film which will no doubt entertain families but I feel it’s a film that is much easier for me, as an adult to watch, versus watching Smurf and human collaborations onscreen.

Part of the entertaining factor of the original series is the adventures that the Smurfs are involved in and the various characters to work with.  While “Smurfs: The Lost Village” features primarily Smurfette, Brainy Smurf, Hefty Smurf and Clumsy Smurf, the film does a great job of incorporating other Smurfs but most importantly answers a question of what if there is a village of other Smurfs out there?

What if Smurfette wasn’t the only female Smurf around?

And sure enough, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is quite fun to watch because we see another village but instead of all male, it’s all female.  And similar to Papa Smurf and his village of male smurfs, we see Mama Smurf and her village of female smurfs.  And needless to say, it makes for a fun, entertaining story.

As always, Gargamel is the primary antagonist.  Still trying to search for Smurfs to capture their essence in order to make him a powerful wizard.  Sure there is quite a bit of peril and rude humor (thanks to Gargamel) that raises the rating to PG but parents watching alongside their children need not worry at all.  It’s a great animated film that the entire family can enjoy!

As for the 4K Ultra HD presentation, animation is fantastic.  While much different compared to the previous two films, this time around, the animated film is much truer to Peyo’s work.  Especially for those who grew up watching the animated series.  Movements and hair physics to the way the characters move were well-animated and the detail of environments are full of detail.  In fact, this film looks absolutely vibrant in HD.

The lossless soundtrack is just as impressive.  Featuring crystal clear dialogue and music but also great use of the surround channels during the action sequences.  And last, there are a good number of special features included as well.

Overall, for those who enjoy the Smurfs and videophile/audiophile parents looking for an animated film that looks great in 4K Ultra HD, who also want to entertain their children or the entire family, you can’t go wrong with “Smurfs: The Lost Village”.  Recommended for the entire family!

 

THE “BRIDESMAIDS” CAST – ROSE BYRNE, ELLIE KEMPER, MELISSA MCCARTHY, WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY, MAYA RUDOLPH AND KRISTEN WIIG – TO PRESENT AT 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS®

January 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Beverly Hills, CA – Six actresses – Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig – from the hit comedy “Bridesmaids” will be presenters at the 84th Academy Awards, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today.  McCarthy received her first Oscar® nomination this year for her supporting role in the film, and Wiig also became a first-time nominee for the film’s original screenplay.   All six will be making their first Oscar show appearances.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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Bridesmaids: Unrated (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Saturday Night Live have generated many female stars who have transitioned successfully from television to film and you have to add Kristen Wiig to that list as her film “Bridesmaids” is hilarious, fun and a fantastic comedy!   Definitely recommended!

Images courtesy of © 2011 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: Bridesmaids: Unrated

DURATION: (Theatrical Edition) 2 hrs., 5 minutes, (Unrated Edition) 2 hrs, 11 minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 2:40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English, Spanish and Francais Dolby Digital 5.1, English DVS Dolby Digital 2.0, Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol

COMPANY: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: R (Some Strong Sexuality and Language Throughout)/NOT RATED (This Unrated Version Contains Material Different from the Original R Rated Version)

RELEASE DATE: May 31, 2011

Directed by Paul Feig

Written by Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumulo

Produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend

Co-Produced by: Annie Mumulo, Kristen Wiig

Executive Producer: Paul Feig

Associate Producer: Lisa Yadavaia

Music by Michael Andrews

Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman

Edited by William Kerr

Production Design by Jefferson Sage

Art Direction by Keith P. Cunningham

Set Decoration by Douglas A. Mowat

Costume Design by Leesa Evans

Starring:

Kristen Wiig as Annie

Maya Rudolph as Lillian

Rose Byrne as Helen

Chris O’Dowd as Officer Nathan Rhodes

Wendi McLendon-Covey as Rita

Ellie Kemper as Becca

Jessica St. Clair as Whitney

Melissa McCarthy as Megan

Jill Clayburgh as Annie’s Mom

Michael Hitchcock as Don Cholodecki

Terry Crews as Boot Camp Instructor

“Gut-bustingly funny!”(Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly) From the producer of Superbad, Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin comes the breakout comedy critics are calling “brazenly hysterical!” (Alynda Wheat, People). Thirty-something Annie (Kristen Wiig) has hit a rough patch but finds her life turned completely upside down when she takes on the Maid of Honor role in her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) wedding. In way over her head but determined to succeed, Annie leads a hilarious hodgepodge of bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to the big event.

Saturday Night Live have generated many female stars who have transitioned successfully from television to film and you have to add Kristen Wiig to that list as her film “Bridesmaids” is hilarious, fun and a fantastic comedy!   Definitely recommended! 

It’s time for another Apatow produced comedy but this time, it’s not about the guys but all about the ladies in “Bridesmaids”, a film written by Saturday Night Live star/comedienne Kristen Wiig and actress Annie Mumolo and directed by Paul Feig (“The Office”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Weeds”).

The comedy was released in May 2011 by Universal Pictures and was met with critical acclaim and surpassing “Knocked Up” as the top-grossing Judd Apatow film to date (the film was budgeted at $32.5 million and earned over $281 million in the box office) and now, the Blu-ray and DVD release which contain the theatrical and unrated edition is set for a Sept. 20th release.

“Bridesmaids” is a film that revolves around Annie (played by Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”, “MacGruber”, “Extract”), a single woman in her mid-30’s who lost her bakery due to an economy, lost her boyfriend right after her business closed down and lost all of her savings.

She now works at a jewelry store, a job which her mother (played by Jill Clayburgh, “Dirty Sexy Money”, “Leap of Faith”, “Ally McBeal”) had gotten her.

Annie is not so happy with life at the moment as she has become a recluse and bitter about life and love.  She is trying to live with what she makes from the jewelery store job, she has a sexual relationship with a self-absorbed man named Ted (played by Jon Hamm) who has no plans to get serious with her and she lives in an apartment with a British man and his intrusive sister who is freeloading at her home and continually touches Annie’s things.

And to top it all off, her childhood friend Lillian (played by Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”, “Kath & Kim”, “50 First Dates”) has found happiness in her life and is engaged.

With Lillian having an engagement party, Annie sees a side of life that Lillian has lived, a life that she knows nothing about and gets quite jealous.

Annie meets Lillian’s best friend Helen (played by Rose Byrne, “X-Men: First class”, “Sunshine”, “Damages”), a beautiful and wealthy woman who wants to decide everything in relation to Lillian’s wedding; Lillian’s future sister-in-law, the blunt and straightforward Megan (played by Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”, “Samantha Who?”, “Gilmore Girls”); the happily married Becca (played by Ellie Kemper, “The Office”) who has only dated and been with one man; and the wealthy but disenchanted wife/mother Rita (played by Wendi McLendon-Covey, “Reno 911!”, “Rules of Engagement”).

For Annie, she is unaware that her true childhood best friend Lillian has a new best friend that she hangs out with and suddenly Annie begins to feel hatred/rivalry towards Helen.  The rivalry becomes heated as both Annie and Helen want to be involved in the planning of Annie’s wedding.

On the day of the wedding gown fitting, Annie takes the women to a Brazilian BBQ restaurant before the fitting but unfortunately, all the women excluding Helen (who refused to eat the food) develop food poisoning and end up barfing or having diarrhea during their fitting for the wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses.

Needless to say, it is the first strike against Annie.

Depressed about how things are going thus far with the planning of Lillian’s wedding and her personal life, Annie develops a close friendship with a police officer Nathan Rhodes (played by Chris O’Dowd, “Faq About Time Travel”, “The IT Crowd”, “Pirate Radio”) who had pulled her over and next thing you know, Nathan falls for her and treats her well.  But because Annie is so disenchanted with life and love, she ends up sabotaging anything good between her and Nathan.

And to make things worse, her jealousy towards Helen may end up ruining plans for Lillian’s birthday and end up costing her the only friend she really has.

Will Annie ever rise from her depression to recognize the people in her life that truly care for her or will she end up losing them all?

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Bridesmaids: Unrated” is presented in 2:40:1 anamorphic widescreen.  Picture quality for the DVD is very good as a lot of the scenes are shot outdoors BUT if you are wanting the best quality version of this film, the Blu-ray version is the way to go, because this film is quite vibrant and looks much better in High Definition.

The Audio is presented in English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and English DVS Dolby Digital 2.0.   On DVD, the audio is clear coming through the front and center channels, good use of ambiance from the crowd and music coming from the surround channels but if you want better audio quality, once again, you will want to go for the Blu-ray version which should have a much more immersive soundtrack ala lossless.

Subtitles are in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Bridesmaids: Unrated” comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary – Featuring an enjoyable, upbeat and hilarious audio commentary (for the unrated edition) with director Paul Feig, co-writer Annie Mumolo and cast members Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McClendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper.
  • Gag Reel – (3:47) Outtakes from “Bridesmaids”.
  • Line-O-Rama – (12:10) Featuring the multiple improvised scenes from ‘Bridesmaids”.
  • Deleted Scenes– (7:52) Featuring three deleted scenes: Blind Date with Dave, Bonjour and Last chance.
  • Additional Extended & Alternate Scenes – (8:40) Featuring five extended and alternate scenes: Meet Gil & Brynn, Judy on Barb, Ham Slacks, Becca Pukes Again, Split the Rent: Breasts
  • Cholodecki’s Commercial – (1:05) Check out what’s new with Cholodecki’s when you watch the never-beforeseen “commercial” from Annie’s jewelry employer!

EXTRAS:

“Bridesmaids: Unrated” comes with a slipcover case.

Finally, we get to see Kristen Wiig show us her true talent as a writer and as an actress in “Bridesmaids”.

Yes, she has appeared in “MacGruber” and “Extract” and of course, we see much more of her comedienne talents on “Saturday Night Live”, but “Bridesmaids” is the film that allowed her to show her creative side as a writer but also as the lead actress.

And what I loved about the movie is that while it does contain the hilarious, gut-busting gross out scenes that we are typically used to seeing on a Judd Apatow film, what “Bridesmaids” does much better than other Apatow films is that it manages to keep things real, in the fact that the situation Annie is in, happens to many people during this survival era during this economy.

Depression from losing a business, depression from not making much income, depression of working a job that you don’t enjoy, depression of things not working right in your life and things tend to compound itself one after the other with Annie that she is unable to deal with it.  She becomes reclusive, doesn’t have many friends and the one true friend that she does have, she finds out that she has this other life with friends and also has a best friend, while Annie had always thought that she was Lilian’s (Maya Rudolph) “best friend”.

Fortunately, “Bridesmaids” is a comedy thus the film doesn’t explore the psyche, dark depression that Annie is in but instead showcases her ability to sabotage things in her life.  Her jealousy towards Helen (Rose Byrne) ignites this inner jealousy of trying to one-up her, but she is unable to and it just causes problems.

Maya Rudolph’s role as Lillian is possibly her best role to date.  While she does partake in some of the hilarious moments in the film, it’s not forceful like other Apatow films where everyone has to be hilarious (or borderline-stupid).  She cares about her friend and trying to keep things balanced between her childhood friend Annie and her best friend Helen.

And Rose Byrne does a fantastic job in playing the somewhat devious best friend that clamors for attention and always trying to remain positive despite not having any close relationships with anyone else around her but Lillian.  Similar to Rita, her stepkids are just as mean to her.  But Byrne looks absolutely ravishing in this role and also partakes in some of the fun moments of the film.

But then you have the other female characters and once again, I’m sure people can relate to these type of women…Becca (Ellie Kemper) as the woman who has been with only one man and has never experienced other men, so she never really had the chance to explore and the other friend Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is a woman who may have married wealthy, but she is bitter about how life has changed after marriage and having children.  Having a husband who doesn’t look at her the same when she was younger and having children who are young but yet are quite profane towards her.  So, Rita acts as the negative person towards Becca of how life will not always be happy and cheerful because of marriage.

And then of course, you have the odd-ball Megan.  Melissa McCarthy’s character is so off-the-wall, you just don’t know what is going to come out of her mouth.  Surprising, hilarious and once again, the Apatow style of filmmaking of where improvisation really brings out the craziness of the character.  And just as off the wall are Annie’s British roommates, you just don’t know what will come out of their mouths as well, especially the visual of the female roommate (played by Rebel Wilson).

And the film also has the one of the final appearances of the late Jill Clayburgh and also features the musical reunion of Wilson Phillips.

The DVD contains both the regular theatrical edition and the director’s cut. The main difference from what I have found is a scene in which Annie’s British roommates are bathing with each other and when Annie goes on a blind date with a single father. There is nothing extra raunchy about the unrated version, but it was good choice for Paul Feig to eliminate those scenes from the theatrical edition.

There are a good number of special features included and but if you have a Blu-ray player, I would definitely choose the Blu-ray edition over the DVD edition because their are many outdoor, colorful scenes and I have no doubt in my mind that those scenes would look much more vibrant in HD.

Overall, “Bridesmaids” is a fantastic comedy.  Guys who are used to Apatow films can easily get into this film and see how an-all female cast can be equally funny (and gross) but I have to admit, of the many Apatow films I have seen so far, “Bridesmaids” is well-written and well-cast and strikes a fine balance between the crazy and hilarious moments of an Apatow film but yet managing to incorporate a screenplay that is fun, entertaining and worth watching.

“Bridesmaids: Unrated” is definitely recommended!

 

UPCOMING GUESTS ON “THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON” ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK (Oct. 21-Nov. 8)

October 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

(Monday through Friday, 12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT,

Following Broadcasts of the “Late Show with David Letterman”

*Denotes changes and/or additions to previous schedule, (n) Denotes new)

Thursday, Oct. 21                   Comedian Don Rickles; actress Ellie Kemper

Friday, Oct. 22                       The cast of the CBS comedy series “The Big Bang Theory”

Monday, Oct. 25                     Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann (n)

Tuesday, Oct. 26                     Actor Danny DeVito; actress Brie Larson; comedian Henry Cho (n)

Wednesday, Oct. 27                Actress Marg Helgenberger from the CBS drama series “CSI”; talk and performance with Donald Glover (n)

Thursday, Oct. 28                   Actor Michael Caine (n)

Friday, Oct. 29                        Actor Jason Segel from the CBS comedy series “How I Met Your Mother”; actress Alison Brie; comedian Adam Hills (n)

Monday, Nov. 1                      Actor Tyler Perry; actress Sophia Bush (n)

Tuesday, Nov. 2                      Comedian Lewis Black; singer Bettye LaVette (n)

Wednesday, Nov. 3                 Actor Stephen Fry; music by Dr. Dog (n)

Thursday, Nov. 4                    Actress Cheryl Hines; philosopher/author Cornel West (n)

*Friday, Nov. 5                      Actress Kerry Washington

*Monday, Nov. 8                   Actress Rosie Perez

On the Web: www.cbs.com/latenight/latelate/

RATING:  TV-14-D (Rating may change on day of broadcast due to specific subject matter.)

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