Pawnee said farewell to the aggressively healthy Chris Traeger and tropical fish Ann Perkins. Here’s to the Parks and Recreation couple America loved to dismiss.
The departure of aggressively healthy Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) and tropical fish Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) from NBC’s Parks and Recreation Thursday was heartbreaking— kind of. Neither super critical to the plot, their exits won’t leave a gaping hole in the Emmy award-winning sitcom. What they will do: usher in the welcome demise of popular pastime, Ann Perkins-shaming.
Attacked with a plethora of hate pieces— and at least a few courageous defenses—Perkins became the Skylar White of Parks as early as season two. But much like the vitriol spewed at Anna Gun, the arguments against Perkins have had little more substance than “she's annoying.” (Which, to be fair, isn’t completely off base.)
Its Golden Globe win may have been shocking. But after tens of millions tune in to watch its post-Super Bowl episode Sunday, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is poised to be one of TV’s most popular comedies.
When Andy Samberg won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Comedy earlier this month for his work on the freshman Fox police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, two words went through a lot of viewers’ minds. As it turns out, the same two words went through Samberg’s head, too.
Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg, L) handcuffs himself to Capt. Ray Holt (Andre Braugher, R) in the all-new "Christmas" episode of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE airing Tuesday, Dec. 3 (Eddy Chen/FOX)
“I was like, ‘Oh fuck,’” he says.
Here’s something that will make you feel old: Green Day’s masterpiece was released 20 years ago. Why it was a lot more influential than you think.
What’s the most influential rock album of the 1990s? Easy: Nevermind by Nirvana. It kickstarted the grunge movement, obliterated the 1980s, and created an entire generation of grown-ups who still don’t know how to spell the phrase “never mind.”
Punk rock trio Green Day (L-R) bassist Mike Dirnt, vocalist & guitarist Billie Joe (Armstrong) & drummer Tre Cool sauntering streets of NYC. (Ken Schles//Time Life Pictures/Getty )
But here’s a more challenging (and more interesting) question: What’s the second most influential rock album of the 1990s? Some might say Radiohead’s OK Computer. Others might nominate Beck’s Odelay. A few emo types might even mention Weezer’s Pinkerton.
A right-wing sugar daddy, two groups of evangelical filmmakers, a famous composer, an Oscar nod, and an Academy backlash: the strange story of a Christian movie’s 15 minutes of fame.
On Wednesday, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences took a near-unprecedented step when they rescinded the Best Original Song Oscar nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” the theme song from an unknown independent movie of same name.
Lydia (Jenn Gotzon) hides to of the children after their village was attacked by Native Americans. (Enthuse Entertainment)
The Academy decided that Bruce Broughton, the song’s composer, had run afoul of the organization’s rules by emailing fellow members of the Academy’s music branch about his submission. Broughton, who composed the soundtracks for films like Tombstone and The Rescuers Down Under, was the governor of the music branch from 2003-2012, and is currently an executive committee member. Academy rules require that the voting process to be “fair and ethical,” and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs declared that Broughton’s use of his influence inside the organization had created “the appearance of an unfair advantage.”
A Super Bowl commercial for SodaStream has put an end to the actress’s work for the humanitarian group. How an Israeli factory’s location led to the star’s charity breakup.
After a fruitful eight-year relationship, Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam International have called it quits.
The rift began when the A-list actress signed on to star in SodaStream’s upcoming Super Bowl commercial and serve as the carbonated-beverage company’s first brand ambassador in mid-January. The partnership prompted anger from Palestinian advocates: an Oxfam ambassador would be representing an Israeli company that operates in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
After a flood of cancellations, the critics crowed the daytime soap was finished. In fact, the surviving quartet have just been renewed and are enjoying increased audiences. Who’s watching, and why?
In a world of tremulous crescendos and lip-quivering fadeouts, every day is stressful and confusing (in the best possible ways) for fans of The Young and The Restless, the number one daytime soap opera. Why does Sharon’s dead daughter Cassie keep appearing from nowhere to counsel her to reunite with her ex, Nick, and encouraging her mother to conceal that she pushed her rival Phyllis down some stairs and into a coma? Is Cassie an apparition produced by Sharon’s mental instability, or a cloned Cassie? Clones and doubles are a dime a dozen in daytime. YnR (as it's known) fans will recall that in 2010, Sarah, the sister of uber-villainess Sheila, had significant plastic surgery to look like Sheila’s nemesis Lauren, and kept her in a cage for weeks. It ended, magnificently, in a shoot-out between the women in a fairground hall of mirrors.
Today, another shattering climax will erupt on YnR: after months of agonizing wait, we will finally find out if and how good-flawed Billy will take revenge on reformed-devil-incarnate Adam for killing Billy’s daughter Delia months ago. The two men have been rumbling at each other all week, leading to today’s big finale and the controversial departure of both actors, Michael Muhney (Adam) and Billy Miller (Billy), from the show. This has left fans unsurprisingly furious, as, despite its title, the only characters you care about are the older and the restless; they are by leagues the better actors, too.
The London stage’s latest sell-out is an all-singing, all-dancing comedy about a sexually deviant, serial killer. Still, a trip to Broadway may be in limbo. Don’t tell Patrick Bateman.
Not since Mel Brooks’s fictional show in The Producers, has anyone come up with a more inappropriate conceit for a musical; the latest sell-out on the London stage is an all-singing, all-dancing comedy about a sexually deviant, serial killer.
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American Psycho: The Musical never quite reaches the glorious obscenity of the legendary Springtime For Hitler dance routine, but the pulsating 1980s soundtrack forms an intense backdrop for seduction and murder. Phil Collins will never sound the same to those who’ve watched Patrick Bateman circle his latest victim accompanied by the words “can you feel it coming in the air tonight?” She didn’t—until it was too late.
Despite The Beatles ruling the pop charts, the general posture of the adult world, in early 1964, was a kind of dismissive indulgence. Boy, were they wrong.
In this third excerpt from Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles and America, Then and Now, Michael Tomasky talks Ed Sullivan and charts and the amazingly condescending highbrow reaction to the group.
Beatles - drinking tea, 1960's. British pop group The Beatles drinking tea: (L-R) George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lenno (Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis)
It's a black and white movie about a guy who gets sexual gratification from sitting in a bowl of ice cream. Don't say you weren't warned about Louis C.K.’s passion project.
Atlanta’s most famous anonymous rapper has a music video that illuminates the whitest parts of the Internet. Meet 2014’s first viral star.
“White People Crazy” may be the first viral song of 2014. In only two weeks on the Internet, the music video has received over 200,000 views. Jamilah Lemieux at Ebony has called it the record of the year. Marisa Kabas at HyperVocal, Forrest Wickman at Slate, and Akoto Ofori-Atta at The Root have all sung its praises. Even YouTube commenters, otherwise known for their unflinching and vocal hatred of everything, have praised the song, albeit in their uniquely malignant way.
In a rare email interview, the anonymous Atlanta-based rapper Rawcus tells me that he “had the idea in my head for a long time to make a song called ‘white people crazy.’” Apart from the beat-maker, whom he does not know personally, Rawcus was the only person involved in production. He mixed the song using YouTube tutorials. “White People Crazy” is available for sale online at iTunes and the Google Play store along with the four other songs that make up his first EP, Fake It Till You Make It.
Vin dropped another gem on YouTube this week—of course he’s a Beyoncé fan. It’s beyond argument now: Vin’s greatest achievement is not ‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise, but these performance art masterpieces.
As a bald man with an array of secret talents and passions, Vin Diesel literally wears many hats. While Vin achieved his fame through blockbuster roles in serious action flicks, he isn’t your average macho meathead. A quick YouTube search reveals that Vin Diesel truly contains multitudes. From choreographed popping and locking to heartfelt karaoke, these minutes-long masterpieces are arguably more compelling than the entire The Fast and the Furious franchise.
Dancing to Beyoncé
And Madonna will appear on Miley Cyrus's 'Unplugged'.
A popular petition begs the White House to deport Justin Bieber. The petition, which calls for the immediate deportation of the Canadian crooner, has already garnered the number of signatures required for a White House response. Fans should start praying that Sasha and Malia contract Bieber fever. Hollywood Reporter
NBC moves the Emmy Awards to a Monday. The 2014 Emmy Awards will air August 25, marking the first Monday night Emmy's since 1976. NY Post
Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, and the cast and crew of the Sundance hit ‘They Came Together’ talk about their new parody of romantic comedies, Bradley Cooper—and The Daily Beast.
Does Bradley Cooper haunt the makers of Wet Hot American Summer? You know, two-time Oscar nominee, ex-sexiest man alive Bradley Cooper, who made his film debut having gay sex in a shed in his tube socks.
“A lot of times I’m sleeping and I hear a noise,” says that cult classic’s director David Wain, whose new movie, a parody of romantic comedies called They Came Together, premiered at Sundance. “And I look out and I see something. And then I’m pretty sure it was Bradley Cooper in a ghost costume. And he’s scattering away. The only reason I know it’s him is because when he gets into a limo and the license plate says Cooper.”
Now we know that George Clooney is indeed one smooth badass, as he took to Reddit’s AMA chat to charm the pants off readers.
It finally happened: George Clooney appeared on Reddit yesterday to have an AMA chat to promote his latest film, Monuments Men. Considering that some of the users’ comments were, “Son of a bitch. Did I just fall in love with George Clooney?” and “That was a lot deeper than I was expecting,” it’s safe to say that Clooney succeeded in charming the Reddit crowd with his thoughtfulness and humor. Here are the best bits from Clooney’s revelations, including Brad Pitt’s prank on him, the nipples on the batsuit, and his “lonely eyes.”
On how he ended up starring in From Dusk Til Dawn:
Quentin [Tarantino] directed an episode of ER and Rob [Rodriguez] and he were working on this project at the time and Quentin came over and said ‘You wanna come in and meet on this project?’ Yeah, are you kidding? I’d get to work with Juliette Lewis and Harvey Keitel and Rob and Salma [Hayek] and Quentin. I was playing a pediatrician on a hospital show and all of a sudden I get to murder people? I thought that was pretty great. I got to spend 8 weeks or so in the Titty Twister, what was the downside?
Horrible reviews. Even worse ratings. Is this really the show that we all couldn’t wait to see? What went wrong with NBC's ‘Sean Saves the World.’
Update: NBC officially cancelled Sean Saves the World, shutting down production immediately, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A total of 18 episodes of the series were ordered, of which 14 have been produced and 12 have aired. The remaining two episodes will likely air after the Olympics, and the four unproduced episodes will not filmed.
It’s so easy to love Sean Hayes. Few actors embody the word “happy” the way he does. That’s why Sean Saves the World is so sad.
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