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Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:08AM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Source: The Washington Post
"When Mark Twain first emailed me about the Mark Twain prize, I have to admit I totally misunderstood," the Veep and Seinfeld star, the sixth woman to receive the Mark Twain prize, said after a night devoted to her at the Kennedy Center. "I thought I was being asked to honor someone else. What a hassle. I have to go all the way to Washington, D.C., and make up flattering things to say about how funny someone else is. And then I realized. It’s me. I get the prize, and my attitude about the whole thing changed. It really did. This is a great night, a great honor. Anybody would be lucky to be part of a night like this honoring someone like me.” Throughout the night, which will be broadcast on PBS on Nov. 19, Louis-Dreyfus was feted and roasted by comedies biggest names, from former co-star Jerry Seinfeld to Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Kumail Nanjiani, Stephen Colbert, Lisa Kudrow, Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Larry David, who worked with Louis-Dreyfus on SNL and tapped her for Seinfeld, joked about her recent cancer battle via video. "I want to congratulate Julia for this unbelievably prestigious award," the David said. "But I gotta say, the lengths that she went through to get it, frankly I was a little surprised... that whole cancer thing? Cancer? Honestly, I gotta take my hat off to her. What a scam." Jerry Seinfeld, meanwhile, credited Louis-Dreyfus for making his career. “I could not get enough of her,” Seinfeld said of their partnership on screen. “That whole time, nine years, I was not acting. I couldn’t.”
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 2:31PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus updates Jimmy Kimmel on her cancer recovery: "I'm good, I'm here"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I feel really good. I'm not just saying that. I'm good, I'm here," the Veep star said on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! episode from Brooklyn. "I know we have to get this cancer sh*t out of the way, so bring on the questions." ALSO: Louis-Dreyfus picks her favorite Veep scene.
Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 5:51PM EDT
Did U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly rip off Veep's Jonah Ryan wood-chopping campaign ad?
The Indiana Democrat, who is running for a second term, recently released a 30-second ad that looks very familiar to fans of the HBO comedy.
Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 1:36PM EDT
Veep's Kevin Dunn to play Elisabeth Shue's boss on TNT's Constance
Dunn will play the city manager at City Hall opposite Shue's city government bureaucrat character on the TNT drama pilot. Dunn will film the Constance while simultaneously working on the final season of Veep.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus established a new kind of sitcom actress on a new kind of sitcom
Source: The Washington Post
The Veep star gets the Washington Post profile treatment ahead of Sunday's ceremony honoring her with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The Post's Geoff Edgars writes that Louis-Dreyfus’ success is unprecedented, from Seinfeld to The New Adventures of Old Christine to Veep. She has paved the way, he explains, by serving "as a model for the wave of talented women who emerged over the past decade-plus, including Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Amy Poehler." And while she didn't create Seinfeld, he adds, "her nine seasons on the hit established a new kind of sitcom actress on a new kind of sitcom. Post-Lucille Ball, prime time was packed with airheaded babes (Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeanie or Suzanne Somers on Three’s Company) or matronly voices-of-reason (Marion Ross on Happy Days). Roseanne Barr brought a lunch-pail weariness to television, and Mary Tyler Moore managed to be both independent and sharp. But Elaine and Selina were nothing like Mary. They could be as shallow, nasty and dysfunctional as the guys sitting around Jerry’s apartment, as profane and blue as the potty-mouthed male politicians making backroom deals." ALSO: Louis-Dreyfus said she never considered leaving Veep despite her cancer diagnosis.
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
Veep teases "Jonah for President"
Showrunner David Mandel tweeted an #imwithhim image of Timothy Simons' Jonah Ryan as a presidential candidate on the final season of the HBO comedy.
Posted Sunday 10/07/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Patton Oswalt: My 2015 groping Veep character is "very problematic to watch now"
Oswalt said at The New Yorker Festival his role as the vice president's chief of staff who would constantly grope Jonah Ryan was clearly referencing somebody like Kevin Spacey years before the #MeToo movement.
Posted Thursday 10/04/18 at 5:24PM EDT
Veep transforms a part of L.A.'s San Fernando Valley into the Iowa State Fair
Source: The New York Times
Showrunner David Mandel said it wasn’t hard to make Los Angeles look like Iowa, “as long as you don’t see palm trees or the mountains.”
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus speaks about "a corrupt, self-obsessed, inept moron" in a get-out-the-vote PSA
“A corrupt, self-obsessed, inept moron who somehow becomes president of the United States? That’s the character that I play on HBO’s Veep,” she says in the PSA. “But when I’m off of TV, I’m not a politician, I’m not an expert, I’m a citizen. And I know that the midterm election on Nov. 6 is beyond important. It is vital.”
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Veep's final season will consist of just seven episodes
The last five seasons of the Julia Louis-Dreyfus HBO series have each run ten episodes (Season 1 had eight). But the seventh and final season will be its shortest, with seven episodes.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she's "back to my old tricks" on Veep
“I feel good. I feel strong," she tells the Associated Press. "I’ve got energy and, yeah, back to my old tricks. It feels like I never left.”
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 10:30PM EDT
President Trump's speakerphone struggles gets the Veep closing credits treatment
A Twitter user put Trump's speakerphone fail with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto to the Veep closing credits, and called it an "experiment." To which Julia Louis-Dreyfus responded: "This experiment is a success."
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 6:30PM EDT
Hugh Laurie reunites with Veep creator to play an HBO space captain
Armando Iannucci is returning to HBO with the space comedy pilot Avenue 5, and he's bringing Veep veteran Laurie with him. Laurie will play Ryan Clark, “the charming and in-control American Captain of Avenue 5" on the drama that HBO describes as “a comedy, set in the future, mostly in space.” Laurie's connection with Iannucci goes beyond playing Vice President Frank on Veep. Laurie is also starring in the Iannucci-directed movie The Personal History of David Copperfield, which will be released next year. Laurie has been spending this year filming Hulu's George Clooney-directed limited series Catch-22.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus thanks her Veep cast and crew before shooting her first take of the final season
Source: Page Six
“I really appreciate everyone coming back and working it out to come back,” the actress said in an Instagram video. “I’m very grateful. Thank you very much. Love you guys Season seven!”
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 7:12PM EDT
Veep's Selina Meyers is getting a Funko Doll
Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced that the limited edition dolls are now available for pre-order.