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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Peanuts Poll Conclusion

This blog's most recent poll about the best Peanuts holiday special has come to a conclusion. Nine votes were cast for A Charlie Brown Christmas (ninety percent) and only one was cast for the Easter special. That is an overwhelming majority for what is my favorite one, too! I have a pretty good idea as to what's to come for the December poll so look out for that!

Pluto: Planet Again!

In 2006, childhoods were skewed, astronomers were puzzled, and planets were in tears when a mutual friend of all three, Pluto, was removed from the planet syndicate. That's right. Remember that back in 2006? Pluto was stripped from its title as a planet because it was deemed too small. Well, don't worry! The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has re-classified Pluto as a planet and all is right with the world (and the solar system, really) again.

Photo of the Year

People Magazine recently tasked certain celebrities with recreating scenes from classic movies. Naturally, Andy Samberg and Seth Meyers ended up with the magazine's best photo. They recreated E.T.! With Andy as E.T.! How amazing is this picture? I'm pretty sure I'll end up framing it on my wall one day.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The SNL Quest Continues

Hey, everybody! It's an off-week for Saturday Night Live and you know what that means. It's time to pit two more sketches from the two most recent episodes against each other to continue to the search for the fortieth season's best sketch! Are you ready? Vote for one from each episode if you desire!

November 15: Woody Harrelson and Kendrick Lamar

November 22: Cameron Diaz and Bruno Mars with Mark Ronson

Virgin America Airlines Go to the Next Level

This is a completely different kind of commercial. Virgin America Airlines has created a six-hour long commercial that is just following these people (mannequins) on a flight. And it is so boring, but so genius! I skipped around the video and what I saw was just awesome. Boring and genius and just oh so good. I don't know what else to say. It's amazing. You just gotta love this Seinfeld-esque, conversational brilliance.

R.I.P. Jan Hooks

Saturday Night Live icon, Jan Hooks, passed away on October 9 at the age of fifty-seven after a lengthy battle with cancer. To honor her comedic legend, Saturday Night Live showed this moving tribute that was the same one introduced by her when Phil Hartman died. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig introduced it this time. Farewell, Jan Hooks.

Friday, November 28, 2014

NaNoWriMo Champion - 2014!

I am proud to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, I have conquered the writing challenge that is the National Novel Writing Month! This year, I wrote 50,082 words in just twenty-four days. My novel this year was just a conversation between two people on an airplane. Fifty-thousand words for one conversation. I am happy to add that to the sidebar as well. I do so love NaNoWriMo!

Billy Eichner on New Girl

Billy Eichner will be a guest star on New Girl's Christmas episode this season! That's two great things in one! Billy will be playing Barry, an airline representative who hates Christmas and planes and traveling. Not only does this sound like an interesting New Girl episode (gotta love television shows at the airport), but add Christmas and Billy Eichner to the mix and it's a guaranteed success!

Josh Beckett Retired

The former Boston Red Sox ace and 2003 and 2007 World Series champion, Josh Beckett, has announced his retirement from the Major League Baseball. He said he does not see himself recovering from rehab and returning to form to play so after the Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated from the playoffs, his retirement came to a head. He actually threw a no-hitter back on May 25 of this year to add to a lengthy list of accomplishments that includes 2003 World Series MVP and 2007 ALCS MVP. Farewell, Josh Beckett. I'll treat you civilly despite all of that fried food and beer back in 2012.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Have a happy holiday this Thanksgiving! Enjoy the Macy's Parade, the Lions game, whatever it may be. I'm thankful for all of you! Aww...

Rare Photos of Lucille Ball

To celebrate the sixty-third anniversary of I Love Lucy debuting on CBS, Life Magazine posted eighteen photos of Lucille Ball that were never before published by the magazine. It's pretty neat. They herald the gallery as a look at Lucy before she landed the biggest sitcom in history and became a television pioneer. It makes sense because the photos are from 1942. Very cool.

This Week's Entertainment by David

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 63

This is another movie that some widely consider to be the best superhero movie ever made. It certainly was a good one. Doctor Octopus versus Spider-Man...I mean, it writes itself! Plus, this is much better than the second Spider-Man movie that came ten years later, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Because, let's be honest, Tobey Maguire is a vastly superior Peter Parker than Andrew Garfield. Sorry, but it's true.

Superhero drama directed by Sam Raimi and written by Alvin Sargent in 2004.

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, and J.K. Simmons.

Tune in Monday for number sixty-two!

The DC Slate

Before Marvel made their huge announcement about movies up until 2019, DC and Warner Bros. announced their entire slate of DC superhero movies. It's pretty ambitious! Here's a look.

In 2016, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released.
In 2016, Suicide Squad will be released.
In 2017, Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot will be released.
Justice League Part One comes in 2017, as well.
The Flash (with Ezra Miller) will be released in 2018.
Jason Mamoa's Aquaman will be seen in 2018, also.
Shazam shows up in 2019.
Justice League Part Two will be released in 2019.
In 2020, Cyborg and Green Lantern will be released.

Alright, what do you think? It'll be interesting to see how this plan shakes out! The connected universes are so in right now.

Billy v. Burger

Billy Eichner unleashed a Twitter rampage of epic proportions against Burger King because they stole his version of the man on the street schtick. He has every right to be mad and Burger King has every right to be destroyed! I'm definitely Team Eichner and so are Michael Ian Black, Seth Rogen, and another certain fast food company. To read the full article with even more details, go to Entertainment Weekly! Go Billy!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 64

What a quality movie this is. Not to mention the fact that the entire Men in Black trilogy is solid, but the original is just immense quality. The Agent K and Agent J dynamic is unrivaled, the inventions are unparalleled, and the engaging alien story line is one to remember. As a whole, this movie is wonderful because it is definitely more comedy. But it's a little bit of everything. And maybe that's why it holds up so well.

Science-fiction action comedy directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and written by Ed Solomon in 1997.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, and Tony Shalhoub.

Tune in tomorrow for number sixty-three!

Every Simpsons Couch Gag

Madness! Every Simpsons Ever was crazy, but Every Simpsons Couch Gag might get even crazier. Why? Because it shows all of them at the same time. What?! Some end quicker than others, but all of them make for an amazing video of which it is impossible to keep track.

Sarah Silverman's Gap

Sarah Silverman gets it. She created a new video that is so bitingly satirical that it hurts with laughter. Did any of that sentence make sense? Probably not. Anyway, upon learning that because she has a vagina she has to lose almost five hundred thousand dollars per year compared to a man doing the same job, Sarah decides to get a penis transplant. Good statement video.

Monday, November 24, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 65

How could I not include the brainchild movie of Tina Fey? Besides it being the most quotable movie of the last decade, Mean Girls actually has a pretty unique take on the high school "lesson" learned by the end. Plus, while it has its fair share of predictable moments, there is some huge unpredictability in the movie. Back to the quotable part, though, even some of the names have become household. That's powerful.

Teen comedy directed by Mark Waters and written by Tina Fey in 2004.

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lizzy Caplan, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Jonathan Bennett, Daniel Franzese, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Tim Meadows, Rajiv Surendra, Neil Flynn, and Ana Gasteyer.

Tune in tomorrow for number sixty-four!

2014 Has Reached 1000 Posts!

2014 has kept the streak going! In every year (four years) since 2011, this blog has seen over one thousand posts. It's impressive. That's over four thousand posts over the course of four years. 2012 still holds the record with 1,308 which would be tough to get to this year, but hey, anything's possible. I didn't even realize we hit 1,000 posts for 2014 until today, which means this post, in particular, is number 1,011, but that's okay. Here's the actual one thousandth post, if you're interested. How ceremonious! Hope you've enjoyed them all!

This Week's Sports by David

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Friends Is Coming to Netflix

Mid-term elections, ebola, immigration reform, ObamaCare, Pope Francis, this, that, this that, wait wait wait, stop. Friends is coming to Netflix on New Year's Day and yes, it will be all ten seasons! What a time to be alive this is! Sure you can see six a day on TBS, but this is Netflix we're talking about! In the modern age, people like Buzzfeed care about Netflix, not politics. Now, where's Seinfeld?

Return of the Carlton Dance

The best thing to ever come out of Dancing with the Stars has come out of Dancing with the Stars. Alfonso Ribeiro did the Carlton dance as a part of his performance to Tom Jones' It's Not Unusual. I think it's safe to say that we have our lives back in order and Earth has meaning once again? Also, another topic up for debate. Is Alfonso Ribeiro the fresher prince? Discuss.

Night at the Museum 3 Tribute Scenes

Night at the Museum 3 seems to be a movie clouded with death. It's the end of the film series with a conclusion at a trilogy, but it is also the last movie credit for Mickey Rooney and one of the last for Robin Williams, who both died in 2014. The entire cast and crew returned to Vancouver to film some scenes that would serve as tributes to Rooney and Williams. I think it's really cool that they all did that. Makes the movie even more interesting!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Meeting B.J. Novak!

On the second day in October, I visited my sister at Lesley University in Cambridge so we could go to the Brattle Theater and Harvard Book Store. Reading from his new book, The Book with No Pictures, was B.J. Novak, a star and writer on my all-time favorite show The Office. Even better, though, B.J. wrote one of my favorite books that was released back in February, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. Obviously, this event was an incredible opportunity. We just had to go.

The Book with No Pictures is a children's book so when reading from it, B.J. invited some children on stage. As tempting as it was, it would have been frowned upon if I went on stage and sat in front of B.J., eager to learn. Although, my sister asked him a question during his question and answer period. They had a really charming back and forth.

Following this, B.J. sat at a table off the stage to sign copies of The Book with No Pictures and One More Thing. He would only be personalizing the former, though, because he was in Cambridge to promote it, after all. One More Thing would simply receive a signature from B.J. and nothing more.
When my sister approached Mr. Novak, his attendant told her that he was really skilled at making conversation from nothing. This was obvious when the two started talking about area codes in central Massachusetts.

Now, my copy of One More Thing, is filled with comments I wrote on it while interactively reading and also sticky notes to mark my favorite stories. When I walked up to B.J. Novak (how crazy is that sentence?), he greeted me and signed the children's book, making it out to "Dave and Friends."
But when B.J. saw my copy of One More Thing loaded with denotations, he flipped through it checking out all my favorite stories.

"Which one was your absolute, top favorite?" He asked.

"I really loved 'The Impatient Billionaire and the Mirror for Earth,'" I told him.

"I liked that one, too," B.J. said, like Dora the Explorer. He continued, "What do the color of sticky notes mean?"

"The pink ones are my favorite stories and when I gave it to my English teacher to read, she marked some portions with orange," I explained.

"You might need a new teacher because you didn't mark any of the same stories," he told me. I laughed as he spoke again. "This really means so much to me, thank you so much. It means a lot," B.J. Novak said to me before personalizing the book he said he wouldn't.

The walk back to my sister's dorm from the book signing was so amazing. It passed by an instant because all I could think about was one mere statement.

My actions meant a lot to B.J. Novak, a literary and comedic hero of mine. To me, that is so cool.

Twin Peaks Is Returning

I believe it is safe to say that we have entered the era of "Never Say Die" in television. Shows like Community, Arrested Development, and The Comeback have proved that it is never too late to be rescued. However, I think this announcement in particular proves that. Twin Peaks was on ABC in 1990 and 1991 with a movie in 1992. That means it has been twenty-two years since anything new was produced from the show. However, it is coming back for nine episodes on Showtime in 2016. It's crazy beans!

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee's Fifth Season

The fifth season of Jerry Seinfeld's web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, debuted on November 6 and it has some pretty awesome guests lined up for this run. Jimmy Fallon, Fred Armisen, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, and Miranda Sings are all going to appear with Jerry in one of his cars to get some coffee. Definitely worth some more watches!

Friday, November 21, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 66

Many consider The Dark Knight the best superhero movie ever made. Do I? No. But that doesn't mean it wasn't a stellar film. Everything came together perfectly in this movie. Heath Ledger's Joker was amazing and it just seemed to click on every single bat-cylinder for the best installment of Christopher Nolan's trilogy. I still maintain that it deserved that Best Picture nominee, but c'est la vie.

Superhero drama directed by Christopher Nolan and written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan in 2008.

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman.

Tune in Monday for number sixty-five!

Farewell, Johnny Boychuk

The Bruins have unfortunately traded star defenseman, Johnny Boychuk, to the New York Islanders. He has been with Boston since 2008 and in return, the Bruins will receive three draft picks. I will always remember Jack Edwards shouting, "A Johnny Rocket!" after every goal from Boychuk. It was always fun. Additionally, Johnny said he has not ruled out returning to Boston as an unrestricted free agent so maybe there is some hope after all!

Bill Murray Singing in a Lawn Chair

In a new clip from St. Vincent (the movie in which Bill Murray seems to be the good part), Bill Murray is seen singing Bob Dylan's Shelter from the Storm for almost three minutes. While singing, he also waters his plant and smokes a cigarette. This is quite the amazing microcosm of Bill Murray and anything with Bill Murray is worth sharing.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 67

An iconic comedy film. Three Amigos is definitely one for the ages. From start to finish, it's just straight funny. Maaaybe there's some stereotyping, but hey. It doesn't take away from the humor of the movie that is led by three of the funniest people to ever live. And they're still doing the salute to this day.

Comedy directed by John Landis and written by Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Randy Newman in 1986.

Starring: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Joe Mantegna, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, and Patrice Martinez.

Tune in tomorrow for number sixty-six!

This Week's Entertainment by David

James Franco and Seth Rogen: The Next Level

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You can be really good some friends with someone, but it's always a rare occurrence if you spend time in the woods with that person completely naked. Seth Rogen and James Franco are really good friends, but it helps that they're also really weird friends. James posted three photos on Instagram of him and Seth naked together, doing a piece for the show, Naked and Afraid. Not always what you expect to see when scrolling through photos.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 68

Is it a Christmas movie? It's set at Christmas so maybe you can count it. Above all that, though, it's just a really damn good action movie. Catchphrases, bad-ass scenes, compelling villains, interesting plot lines, and the introduction of the amazing John McClane all make for a really stellar movie. A movie you can watch at any time of year. Not just Christmas.

Action drama directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart in 1988.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, and Paul Gleason.

Tune in tomorrow for number sixty-seven!

Yvette Nicole Brown Leaves Community

Unfortunately, it's true. Yvette Nicole Brown will not be returning for the sixth season of Community. Chevy Chase departed because of a whole fiasco, Donald Glover wanted to focus on his rap career, and now, Yvette said she needs the extra time to take care of her terminally-ill father. It's really sad. Obviously, she was awesome on the show and Shirley was a great character. Plus, Yvette is such a big fan and supporter of the show (she even went to CommuniCon after it was announced that she would leave) so it's really sad that she had to leave. But, I think she would be up for a cameo here and there. Hopefully her character is given a proper send-off! Thank you, Yvette.

Jean Schulz Interaction

Well, this is amazing for me. Jean Schulz, wife of the late Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, conducted a Reddit AMA to promote the Peanuts Gift Exchange. And she actually answered my "question!"

I asked, "Snoopy dancing on the piano and then getting embarrassed and slinking away. Amazing, right? Right."

Jean responded, "I know! I think that you have the essence of the comic strip. We know Snoopy, we know that he's sort of - how would we describe his character? Snoopy just goes out, busts out and does what he wants, and "don't jump on the piano!" and then he realizes he shouldn't have done that! But all of it is expressed with out words, and it's because you know his character and you love his drawing. And Sparky would say "it is the drawing that makes this all funny."

Amazing! I can't believe it. So cool and surreal.

To read the entire AMA, click here!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 69

Wayne's World is a very quotable movie and there is no doubt about that. But it's also one of the best movies ever made where the plot developed from a sketch on Saturday Night Live. So, in short, it's one of the best SNL movies. But it really can hold up on its own, as long as you're somewhat familiar with the characters. Speaking of the characters, though, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey really give it their all in this one. Excellent!

Comedy directed by Penelope Spheeris and written by Mike Myers, Bonnie Turner, and Terry Turner in 1992.

Starring: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, Rob Lowe, Lara Flynn Boyle, Brian Doyle-Murray, Robert Patrick, Chris Farley, and Ed O'Neill.

Tune in tomorrow for number sixty-eight!

Best Commercials in Recent Memory?

Karan Soni is the man. He is Charlie, the new guy in the new commercials for AT&T. In these two commercials, Charlie is just amazing. You have to watch them and then I'll talk a little bit more about them.

How awesome is he? "Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?" followed by an excited laugh and then, "My selfie just hit a hundred likes. A HUNDRED!" He's just so pure and innocent and fun and true. I love these ads so much.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader Know

While promoting their new film, The Skeleton Twins, on a Denver-based local news channel anchored by Chris Parente, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader began to make fun of the reporter - but for good reason. During the interview, it became quite apparent that Parente had not seen the film. Hader and Wiig exploit this to great effects. They get it.

Monday, November 17, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 70

Say what you will about The Hangover trilogy, but two of the movies in it are incredibly solid. Not many gave praise to the third in the trilogy, but I think it was such an amazing movie. It had that sentimental nostalgia combined with outlandish and wacky humor. I think it was truly a masterpiece heist film with three characters we came to know so well in a matter of a few years. Fare thee well, Hangover series.

Comedy directed by Todd Phillips and written by Todd Phillips and Craig Mazin in 2013.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, and Heather Graham.

Tune in tomorrow for number sixty-nine!

The Number Two

Derek Jeter's final game was already one to remember thanks to his walk-off insanity at Yankee Stadium that was succeeded by Frank Sinatra serenading the smooth sounds of New York. But then one fan pointed out this pretty cool moment in the second inning. Ignore the incorrect use of the word, "ironic," and note all the twos. Impressive and surreal and almost magical.

This Week's Sports by David

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Jimmy Fallon and Robert Plant!

When Jimmy Fallon formed a two-man doo-wop group with Billy Joel on The Tonight Show, musical magic was created. They sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight together and it was a truly beautiful four minutes. Now, Jimmy has brought out the doo-wop iPad app again to sing with Led Zeppelin frontman, Robert Plant. They sang Duke of Earl by Gene Chandler and it was just so amazing. You have to listen to it if you haven't already. Simply wonderful.

The Wrongful Suspension of Bill Simmons

Stephen A. Smith deserved to be suspended from ESPN. Bill Simmons did not. You might think this is a bias because I hate Stephen A, Smith and love Bill Simmons, but it's not a bias. It's the truth. Simmons was speaking honestly and actually confronting major issues in the NFL. He exploited them and ESPN suspended him because they couldn't lose any goodwill their precious football. He's back with ESPN now, but I think he should go somewhere where he can be free. Free Simmons! Here's what he said:

"I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I'm in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell. Because if one person says that to me, I'm going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner's a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast. … Please, call me and say I'm in trouble. I dare you."

Nick Offerman Plans His Funeral

Nick Offerman described the idea of his funeral to a magazine in an interview recently and it sounds very majestic. The picture above gives you a hint to the person most involved in the plan for Offerman's funeral. Chris Pratt has been tapped to do something amazing. Another hint: it involves some wood-carving. Only Nick Offerman, right? You can read all about his dream funeral at Buzzfeed.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Details for Tomorrowland

Disney's new movie based on one of the lands from their theme parks, Tomorrowland, has been kept relatively scarce on details. Until now. We knew the synopsis, but suddenly Tomorrowland went ahead and released photos (including the concept art and more pictures here at Entertainment Weekly's interview with Brad Bird, an executive on the film) and then a trailer, too! I have to say it looks pretty interesting. I can't wait!

James Franco Made a Documentary About SNL

James Franco's long-gestating documentary about Saturday Night Live has finally seen the light of day thanks to Hulu. He filmed the documentary all the way back in 2008 when John Malkovich hosted on the week of December 6. It was a project for New York University and he later debuted at the TriBeca Film Festival in 2010. Until now, the documentary has not been released publicly. Hulu announced that it was released on their streaming service on September 26! Hooray for Franco!

Showrunner Roundtable: The Simpsons

This is worth the read. Vulture conducted a roundtable of three different co-showrunners from The Simpsons, Al Jean, David Mirkin, and Matt Selman. In it, they talked primarily about the constant following of new fans and the idea that the show has gotten exponentially worse over the years. It's made especially interesting by the fact that they were all involved with The Simpsons at different times. Vulture gets it.

Friday, November 14, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 71

A lot of people say The Simpsons Movie was just a long episode, but really...what else could it have been? It was still entertaining. It helps that it came along at the right time of my life, too. Fortunately, it's one of the better productions of the late-era Simpsons, but it's so astounding when you think about it. A short sketch from The Tracy Ullman Show became this huge cultural phenomenon and money-raking franchise. Impressive, indeed.

Animated comedy directed by David Silverman and written by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean in 2007.

Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Marica Wallace, Russi Taylor, and Albert Brooks.

Tune in Monday for number seventy!

Jason Mraz's Radio City Concert

On September 22, Jason Mraz had a concert at Radio City Music Hall (so you know he's made it to the super duper big time) and The Hollywood Reporter not only reviewed it, but they chatted with Jason himself! The interview can be found here, along with the set list from the concert. Seems like a good show! The Yes! album has been a truly resounding success thus far.

John Krasinski Is Developing!

No, it's not like puberty or anything. John Krasinski is developing two new comedy television shows for NBC! They are single-camera and untitled, but NBC has bought both of them. Unfortunately, John said he's not going to star in either of them, but it's nice to see a good relationship with him and his home network. Plus, can he do wrong? Probably not.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 72

This is probably the most recent film on the list, but it deserves to be here because I definitely loved this movie. It was poignant and emotional, but funny and unpredictable. It was a family comedy turned on its head with moments that connect the characters in almost magical ways. I also can't wait to read the book now.

Comedy drama directed by Shawn Levy and written by Jonathan Tropper in 2014.

Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Abigail Spencer, Dax Shepard, Ben Schwartz, and Jane Fonda.

Tune in tomorrow for number seventy-one!

Tonight Show Family Feud

In one of the most uniquely original aspects of a talk show, Jimmy Fallon tapped guest Steve Harvey to host a game of Tonight Show Family Feud. Questlove, Tariq, and James Poyser were pitted against Jimmy, Steve Higgins, and Jason Segel. Hilarity ensued and you gotta give credit to Harvey. Some off time and he still does his job that goes on during his on time. Fun!

This Week's Entertainment by David

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 73

From the files of Police Squad!, this nonsensical romp is a joy in the comedy film world. There's some slapstick in the movie, but I much prefer the smart wordplay that just fills this movie from beginning to end. Leslie Nielsen is the god of this type of comedy, isn't he? It's all nonsense, but it's all just too good.

Comedy film directed by David Zucker and written by Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Pat Proft.

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson, and Reggie Jackson.

Tune in tomorrow for number seventy-two!

R.I.P Studio Backlot Tour

As more changes come to MGM Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World (presumably making way for Star Wars and, in the future, Marvel), we have to lose a couple beloved rides. The Giant Sorcerer Hat is slated for removal, but that wasn't too big of a deal. What is unfortunate, however, is that the Studio Backlot Tour closed officially back on September 27. It's too bad; I did like that ride, but I guess there wasn't enough demand. The audio was great for it, but I have provided a video of the ride above so you can always relive the ride even though it's gone.

Mindy Kaling on Sesame Street!

What are you enthusiastic about? Mindy Kaling recently stopped by Sesame Street to teach kids all about the word, "enthusiastic." After all, what Mindy does best is words. (And that wasn't even good grammar!) Mindy and Elmo are very enthusiastic about dancing (and chickens), but what chaos will ensue?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jimmy Fallon's Fortieth Birthday Party

For the episode of The Tonight Show that aired on Jimmy Fallon's fortieth birthday, everyone involved billed the episode as featuring James Spader and a Mystery Guest. That mystery guest turned into three! The above video only shows you a preview of Jimmy with a cake so I won't spoil it, but it's pretty surprising and pretty fun. A fun time on the show!

Every Bill Hader Impression

To celebrate Bill Hader's recent return to Saturday Night Live as host, Vulture has posted their old video of every impression Bill Hader has ever done of a celebrity. Vincent Price, Eddie Vedder, Alan Alda. They're all there! And my gosh, it is so masterful. Unfortunately, there is no embed code, but if you would like to watch the video it can be found at this link.

Pineapple Incident Solved!

Remember the second-longest mystery in the history of How I Met Your Mother? It was when Ted woke up with a pineapple on his side table. For years we had no idea where it came from despite episodes dedicated to solving the mystery. Finally, though, a deleted scene was released on the ninth season DVD that shows where the pineapple came from. It's about time.

Monday, November 10, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 74

One of my all-time favorite romantic comedies. How can anyone not love the endearing combination of Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore. They were honestly such a great pairing. Plus, it involves the greatness that is the 2004 World Series run of the Boston Red Sox. A great movie for any time of day, any time of year. (Good thing it wasn't called, For the Love of the Game!)

Romantic comedy directed by Peter Farrelly and Robert Farrelly and written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel in 2005.

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Jason Spevack, Jack Kehler, and Lenny Clarke.

Tune in Wednesday for number seventy-three!

A New Zach Braff Television Show?

Zach Braff has recently announced that he plans to return to television with a comedy that is still in development by him and Bill Lawrence. He said he'd love to do it through either cable or Netflix because he prefers the smaller amount of episodes demanded. Braff has obviously worked with Bill Lawrence before, the former as the star of Scrubs and the latter as its creator. No matter what, I'm sure it will be worth watching!

This Week's Sports by Davids

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Quest for Season Forty's Best Sketch: Part Two

Remember when Saturday Night Live had its first off-week this season and I posted the two best sketches from each episode to that point and you had to vote for your favorite from each episode? Well, it's another off-week so the quest continues! We've got the two best from Jim Carrey's and Chris Rock's upcoming! Please vote for your favorite from each episode. Some good ones featured.

October 25: Jim Carrey/Iggy Azalea

November 1: Chris Rock/Prince

Stiff competition!

Return of Gunther

To celebrate the month-long pop-up Central Perk cafe in New York, James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on Friends, sat down with Buzzfeed to tell them things nobody knew about Friends. Ultimately, Buzzfeed put it together in an article called, 21 Things You Didn't Know About Friends. Pretty enlightening stuff from Gunther himself!

Gillian Jacobs on Netflix

Netflix recently announced that they have ordered a new half-hour comedy of ten episodes to debut in 2016 and a second season of twelve episodes for 2017. The show is called Love and it stars Gillian Jacobs from Community and Paul Rust from Super Fun Night. Additionally, Judd Apatow and Lesley Arfin from Girls and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are the two who are writing the show. The synposis is described as "An unflinching, hilarious, and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships. These two navigate the exhilirations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to navigate." Sounds kind of bland, but you have to trust Gillian, Apatow, and Arfin!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

First New Popeye Footage

A while back, Sony announced that they were making a new animated Popeye film that would have 3D animation. Well, a couple months ago they released the first test footage from this new movie. I'm very interested to see what you have to think. I'm excited for the new Peanuts movie, but I think I'm more skeptical about the Popeye one. Never know, though.

T.I. and Will Arnett v. Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon made a huge mistake. When Will Arnett came on the show, he gave Jimmy a "cheap" bottle of wine and Jimmy "feigned" excitement about it. Then, when interviewing T.I., Jimmy, as a joke, regifted the bottle of wine. At which point, Will came from backstage to confront Jimmy. It's a pretty humorous sequence!

Kristen Wiig and Ellen DeGeneres Sing

We have seen people cover Let It Go from Frozen time and again since last November, but this one is still worth sharing. When Kristen Wiig went on Ellen DeGeneres' show to promote The Skeleton Twins, Ellen handed her a microphone and the two performed a karaoke version of the song. But here's the catch: Kristen had never heard Let It Go before. It's pretty good.

Friday, November 7, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 75

I would definitely have ranked this one higher than it is if it wasn't for the scene with the insects. That one is tough to stomach. But overall it's a very good movie. Not my favorite Indiana Jones movie, but there's so many great scenes of adventures in it. The scenes in the plane, the entire beginning sequence. It is just a really quality movie. A little long, but always watchable.

Adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz in 1984.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri, and Roshan Seth.

Tune in Monday for number seventy-four!

Where Could I Be?

At a recent live show from Jason Alexander, he took the time to perform (live) the answering machine song from George Costanza on Seinfeld. You know, the one that's set to Believe It or Not from The Greatest American Hero? It's just too good. "Where could I be? Believe it or not, I'm not home!!!" Love it. One of my favorite Seinfeld moments.

The Simpsons Hollywood Bowl Concert

The Simpsons Take the Bowl is one of the cooler events that happened this year. Hank Azaria hosted a three-night event of some of the show's most memorable musical moments. Featured there was brand-new and exclusive animation of the Simpsons welcoming the attendees, a tribute to Phil Hartman, and appearances from Conan O'Brien and Weird Al Yankovic. Unfortunately, there are no official clips that I can find, but if I do, I'll be sure to share them with you.