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Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo developing "Ronna and Beverly" for Showtime

Mar 9, 2015

Kohan grows new Showtime series 

'Weeds' creator to co-write 'Ronna and Beverly'

Jenji Kohan, creator and exec producer of Weeds, is exec producing and co-writing a comedy project for Showtime and Lionsgate TV with hyphenates Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo. Ronna and Beverly is based on a comedy sketch that Chaffin and Denbo have honed for the past few years at clubs and other venues.  Ronna and Beverly revolves around two middle-aged women in Boston who decide to self-publish and aggressively promote a dating guide for Jewish singles, You'll Do a Little Better Next Time. Paul Feig (The Office) is attached to direct the project, skedded to shoot in early February. Chaffin and Denbo, who will play the title characters, co-wrote the pilot script with Kohan. Showtime has ordered a presentation reel.

The project came together quickly after Kohan saw Chaffin and Denbo in action in the sketch.

"They've created two of the most fully realized characters I've ever seen," Kohan said of Chaffin and Denbo. "It came together so easily when we all sat down to write the script."

Chaffin has worked as a writer on the Amy Poehler-produced Nickelodeon toon The Mighty B and had a semi-regular thesp role on Nickelodeon's live-actioner Zoey 101. She's also logged guest stints on Entourage and Weeds. Denbo's thesp credits include Comedy Central's Reno 911, Fox's short-lived laffer Happy Hour and Jim Carrey's latest pic Yes Man.
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"Bride Wars," co-written by Casey Wilson & June Raphael, scores A- CinemaScore review from audiences

Mar 9, 2015

'Gran Torino' drives away with a weekend box office win 

Newcomer Bride Wars was a solid No. 2, with $21.5 mil, a totally expected take that's on par with the first-weekend figures for costar Kate Hudson's Fool's Gold ($21.6 mil) and You, Me & Dupree ($21.5 mil), as well as costar Anne Hathaway's The Princess Diaries ($22.9 mil) and The Princess Diaries 2 ($23 mil). Being the only film of its genre at the multiplex these days, and with an A- CinemaScore review from audiences, Bride Wars should also be hanging around for some time.

In addition to co-writing Bride Wars, Casey Wilson and June Raphael are also prominently featured in the film, as are fellow UCBTLA performers Jon Daly and Paul Scheer
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UCBT's Aubrey Plaza Featured In New York Magazine

Mar 9, 2015


New Funny Girl: Aubrey Plaza


"The Internet is pretty much how I got where I am," says 24-year-old Aubrey Plaza, who's currently filming Judd Apatow's latest, Funny People, due out this summer. Plaza, a member of New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, came to Apatow's attention while starring in a web comedy series, The Jeannie Tate Show, directed by Maggie Carey, wife of SNL's Bill Hader. "Judd likes to cast people unconventionally," says Plaza, who taught herself how to do stand-up comedy to win the part of Seth Rogen's love interest. The movie follows a group of up-and-coming comedians: "I play a kind of a young Janeane Garofalo. The great thing about the part is that she's the girlfriend, but she's really funny too. And Judd lets me say crazy things." Plaza, whose next project is Amy Poehler's as-yet-untitled sitcom, is happy to report that working on an Apatow film is just as fun as it appears to be. "They're all so laid-back and normal. They remind me of my friends at UCB. They all act like it's no big deal, like, 'Oh, we're just hanging out.'"
NY General

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