Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tom Brady also delivered a nostalgic statement in which he also request Wilfork go easy on him when the Patriots meet the Texans. But it was Big Vince's statement that was the most poignant and it was tweeted as the photograph above. Fare thee well, old friend.
Monday, March 30, 2015
In a recent interview, Kelly Clarkson joked that nobody ever wants to sing duets with her. When she stopped by The Tonight Show in early month, Jimmy Fallon naturally took it upon himself to sing a marathon of eleven different duets with Clarkson. The result? An amazing medley of quality singing that is right up there with Justin Timberlake's History of Rap collaborations with Jimmy. Enjoy.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
DuckTales is back, bitches! The original cartoon began in 1987 and wrapped up in 1990. But now, we've been given a second chance at the glory of it. Disney XD has gone good and changed the entire game. DuckTales is being rebooted and it is returning to television for 2017. No other details have yet to be released, but right now, my mind is in a duck blur. We're going back to Duckburg.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
I use so many from this sketch so frequently. But the one line that made me think of and pick this one is Jimmy's biggest line, which he delivers while breaking. "Quit being so selfish, Gene!" I use that so often whenever someone is being selfish in the slightest. Of course, More Cowbell is also an iconic sketch that delivered so many other great lines which have also become part of my vocabulary. "The cock of the walk, baby!," "I've got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell," and "Don't blow this for us, Gene!" are all used so regularly by me. What a great five minutes and thirty-two seconds this is.
This is pretty exciting. A new movie titled Lazer Team is going to be released by the formerly-Interned-based production company, Rooster Teeth. The movie is essentially about a battle between four "idiots" and an alien race. The hook for me? Gavin Free, my personal hero, is starring in it. He is the absolute best! Entertainment Weekly has the full scoop and trailer here.
Friday, March 27, 2015
- A comedy series is defined as a show with episodes that run thirty minutes or less.
- Both the drama and comedy series categories will feature another nominee each, bringing the total amount of candidates in both to seven.
- The miniseries category is now referred to as the limited series category. Limited series have two or more episodes with at least one hundred fifty minutes of media in one season that tell a complete and non-recurring story.
- Guest actors may no longer be part of more than fifty percent of a show's running time.
- The variety series category has split into two factions: talk variety and variety sketch.
- Membership in the deciding academy has also expanded.
- Any show that feels misrepresented can file an appeal. (Obviously, Psych would win its appeal, for example.)
This is ultimately for the best. Finally, Orange Is the New Black and Shameless can stop lying to themselves. I really think this is great because the comedy category will be funny and the drama category will be dramatic. I also like the variety series splitting up because now we have the chance of Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show winning! It's good all around!
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
100. Miss Congeniality
99. Here Comes the Boom
98. Fantastic Mr. Fox
97. Raging Bull
96. Singin' in the Rain
95. Annie Hall
94. Breakfast at Tiffany's
93. The Truman Show
92. Sixteen Candles
90. Mary Poppins
87. Rear Window
82. The Lion King
81. 21 Jump Street
80. Back to the Future
79. Toy Story 2
78. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
77. The Five-Year Engagement
75. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
74. Fever Pitch
73. The Naked Gun
72. This Is Where I Leave You
71. The Simpsons Movie
70. The Hangover Part III
69. Wayne's World
68. Die Hard
67. Three Amigos
66. The Dark Knight
65. Mean Girls
64. Men in Black
63. Spider-Man 2
62. Winnie the Pooh
61. The Wizard of Oz
60. Love Actually
59. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
58. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
57. Happy Gilmore
56. The Muppet Movie
55. Forrest Gump
54. Grown Ups
53. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
52. The Blues Brothers
51. New Year's Eve
50. The Way Way Back
49. The Hangover
48. The Empire Strikes Back
46. A Christmas Story
44. Harold and Maude
43. Happy Feet
42. Drinking Buddies
41. Cinderella Man
40. Moonrise Kingdom
39. Trading Places
38. 12 Angry Men
37. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
34. Guardians of the Galaxy
33. Finding Nemo
32. Christmas Vacation
31. Lilo and Stitch
30. Toy Story
29. The Shawshank Redemption
27. The Muppets
26. To Kill a Mockingbird
25. Monsters Inc.
24. Jeff Who Lives at Home
23. Our Idiot Brother
21. The Princess Bride
20. Saving Mr. Banks
18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
17. Ocean's Eleven
16. This Is the End
15. Tower Heist
14. The Emperor's New Groove
13. Home Alone
12. Dead Poets Society
11. The Grand Budapest Hotel
10. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
9. 50 First Dates
7. The Breakfast Club
6. Jurassic Park
5. Toy Story 3
4. The Avengers
2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
1. It's a Wonderful Life
And I'd watch them all again!
What else could it have really been? I mean, yes there are so many good ones throughout Saturday Night Live's digital history. White Like Me, The Ambiguously Gay Duo, Dick in a Box, The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders. But in the end, I'm always gonna come back to one digital short. The one digital short that's gonna make it all worth it. The one that changed the game. The one that launched a new era of Saturday Night Live. Lazy. Sunday.
MR. PIBB AND RED VINES EQUALS CRAZY DELICIOUS!
In fitting Good Neighbor fashion, the video Kyle Mooney created to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Saturday Night Live was cut from the special on February 15th. In it, he takes to the streets of New York to ask people how they feel about the fortieth anniversary of SNL and he yields hilarious results. Kyle is a comedy genius. I'm glad they decided to release this anyway.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Name a single weak link in that cast. Some may argue that Finesse would be that weak link, but the fact of the matter he was a consistent player who simply had a short stint on the show. Forgettable? Maybe. Weak? Not quite. The cast right there is a comedy dream team that seems impossible to assemble now. Armisen's got Portlandia, Wiig is the biggest comedy actress in the world right now, Poehler just wrapped Parks and Rec, Samberg won two Golden Globes, Meyers has Late Night. I can go on and on and on. But it's not enough to assemble such a cast. They have to deliver. And boy did they ever. Tina and Amy crushed it on Weekend Update, Lazy Sunday made its polarizing drop, Jimmy Fallon made a cameo, Digital Shorts and Saturday TV Funhouse combined and changed the world, there was a Seinfeld reunion. Season 31 had it all. (You can't forget about the writing staff either. Pell, Spivey, Schaffer, Taccone, Smigel, Higgins, Lutz, Baze, Jost, Steele. Tina and Seth were the head writers.) From 2005 to 2006, SNL had one of those rare golden years that was bookended by Steve Carell and Kevin Spacey. But the season also trotted out a plethora of five-timers. Drew Barrymore, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin. Just solid all around!
The final season of Mad Men is coming to us this April and this teaser trailer rocketed the hype train far away from the station. It's going to be sad to see the last round of Don Draper and his period cohorts, but there's no doubting that Matthew Weiner has an exciting final ride in store for the fans of Mad Men. This trailer just emphasized that is all.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Fantasy comedy-drama directed by Frank Capra and written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and Frank Capra in 1946.
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Henry Travers, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H.B. Warner, Todd Karns, Samuel S. Hinds, Lillian Randolph, Frank Albertson, Virginia Patton, Bobby Anderson, Sheldon Leonard, and Karolyn Grimes.
Tune in tomorrow for a full recap of my 100 Favorite Movies!
Sunday, March 22, 2015
tournament to determine who or what the best second banana throughout all of history was. George barreled through Marty Jannetty, Art Garfunkel, Mustard, Luigi, Scottie Pippen, and Canada en route to becoming the greatest second-best of all-time. Personally, I felt either Joe Piscopo or Ron Weasley deserved it, but hey, George is a good choice, too! It was fun to vote and follow along.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Jason Mraz. Coldplay. Men at Work. Billy Joel. Hozier. Paul McCartney. They've all been musical guests on Saturday Night Live. But there's something special about when Paul Simon stops by. Something so special about the man who's hosted four times before and performed as the musical guest eight times. Whether he's singing Still Crazy After All These Years, Cecilia, or The Boxer after 9/11, as posted above, Paul Simon kills it. When he's the musical guest, it's a magical episode.
Harper Lee would be releasing a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird fifty years later. A manuscript of a Dr. Seuss book that was never realized resurfaced recently and Random House decided to publish it on July 28th of this year! Dr. Seuss died in 1991, but his legacy is so huge that when manuscripts and sketches pop up, they demand to be published. But the thing is, Seuss was a genius so they're actually good and not just forced! It's been twenty-five years since the last Seuss book. This July, it'll be time for us to answer the question everyone wants to know. What pet should I get?
Friday, March 20, 2015
In between the third and fourth seasons of Billy on the Street, Funny or Die has provided us with a clip spun from solid gold. Elena and Billy reunited to play a very important game titled, "Ariana Grande or Eating a Carrot?" But they weren't the only ones who played some of Billy's kay-razzy games. First Lady Michelle Obama and Big Bird from Sesame Street joined them, as well. Life is good to us.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Comedy directed by John Hughes and written by John Hughes in 1986.
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Lyman Ward, Cindy Pickett, Charlie Sheen, and Ben Stein.
Tune in Monday for number one! (Ah!)
Dana Carvey whipped out Derek Stevens, Kristen Wiig whipped out the Target Lady, Will Ferrell whipped out the cookout dad. There are so many great auditions in the storied history of Saturday Night Live. I've seen Jimmy's time and again (the Adam Sandler impression never gets old) and I've never been given the pleasure of seeing Andy Samberg's full audition (though, The Out of Breath Jogger from 1982 is quite possibly the greatest thing I've ever seen) and the same goes for Gilda Radner. But one audition tape I keep returning to is that of Phil Hartman. He seems so calm, comfortable, and collected. He seems so prepared and ready and he just has great flow and a wonderful demeanor that would mark his time in Studio 8H.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Comedy directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker and written by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker in 1980.
Starring: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Lorna Patterson, Stephen Stucker, Frank Ashmore, Jonathan Banks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Otto as Himself.
Tune in tomorrow for number two!
Judd Apatow's highly-anticipated upcoming comedy has finally been given a trailer. Trainwreck, which stars amazing talent like Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Daniel Radcliffe, Brie Larson, and...LeBron James?, premiered as a work in progress at South by Southwest and it received the same type of reviews that Bridesmaids (another Apatow flick) got all those many years ago. I'm looking forward to this movie a lot. You just know it'll be great.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Superhero action directed by Joss Whedon and written by Joss Whedon in 2012.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, and Stan Lee.
Tune in tomorrow for number three!
"So it's official? I'm the President now? This is gonna be fun..." From that moment, you just knew Will Ferrell's take on George W. Bush was the best Presidential impression ever done on the show. It's not based on vocal accuracy (that would go to Jay Pharoah's Barack Obama) or legacy implications (Dana Carvey's George H.W. Bush) or precedent groundwork (Chevy Chase's Gerald Ford). This is totally based on the perfect caricature created by Ferrell. He has a solid impression down and then he spins it into something greater. The word, "strategery," is what made me choose Bush over Darrell Hammond's Bill Clinton. Chimichangas.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Animated comedy directed by Lee Unkrich and written by Michael Arndt in 2010.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, John Morris, Don Rickles, Blake Clark, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Michael Keaton, Jodi Benson, R. Lee Ermey, Emily Hahn, Jeff Pidgeon, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Tune in tomorrow for number four!
This video boasts many impressions and while I adore Andy Samberg's Nic Cage and I find Jimmy Fallon's Adam Sandler and Kristen Wiig's Drew Barrymore and Will Ferrell's Robert Goulet extremely underrated and there are always classic SNL impressions like Alec Baldwin's Tony Bennett and Dana Carvey's Johnny Carson, there is one impression that stands out above the rest in this video. It is perfect. It is flawless. It might be the greatest impression ever done on the show. Ever. Bill Hader plays Alan Alda.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
(This post is dedicated to Jebidiah Atkinson.)
And now it's time to bid farewell to a television show for the first time in 2015. Parks and Recreation concluded its seven-season run on NBC (which means that a show can be in its seventh season if it debuted in 2009...good lord...) on February 24th and I finally feel ready to talk about it. This is one of the most bittersweet traditions on the blog. Recapping the series finale of a show and talking about how much it means to me and beginning the whole post with the title of the show and its theme song. And Parks and Rec truly had a great theme song. It exemplified an amazing cast, the same cast that Seth Meyers said, "I would fight anyone who says this isn't the best cast on television," about. He's absolutely right.
I'm going to recap Parks and Recreation's series finale, One Last Ride, the same way the episode moved through it. By character.
*MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
Donna's farewell look into the future probably had the least impact on me. But that's not to say it wasn't emotional as hell. As we flashed forward, we saw Donna living happily with Joe in Seattle. She became a successful real estate agent who used her high commissions to fund a non-profit with Joe called "Teach Yo'Self." I dig it. In one of the scenes, we saw April giving advice to Donna and she just happened to have a baby bump.
April Ludgate and Andy Dwyer
But the baby bump did not come with initial unanimity. April was reluctant to take the next step in her relationship with Andy, who was very eager, especially after handing out candy to kids on Halloween. (One of the kids just happened to be dressed as Chris Pratt's character from Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord.) After having dinner with Leslie and Ben and an inspirational speech from Leslie, April decided she wanted to have a child with Andy. And she would have that child...on Halloween...while listening to Monster Mash. Oh, and they named him Bert Snakehole Ludgate Karate Dracula Macklin Demon Jack-O-Lantern Dwyer. Or Jack for short. One of the best television couples came to an end.
And with Craig, we were introduced to a new couple. Continuing to work at Tom's Bistro, Craig met Typhoon, the hairdresser, there one night. Over the course of time, he married Typhoon (the latter's best man was Ron Swanson so yeah it's pretty great) and lived a long and happy life with him. (I smell a spin-off!) While on an airplane with their old age, Craig and Typhoon drank from a bottle of wine that bore the name, Jean-Ralphio.
We were taken into Jean-Ralphio's future at a very blunt point. A tombstone. Jean-Ralphio's funeral. And I was weirdly not upset by the death of my favorite recurring character (sorry, Perdverts). But it was revealed that Jean-Ralphio was merely faking his death with his sister Mona Lisa for insurance money. He also revealed to Leslie that he loves her. She Han Solo-d him with the response, "I know."
Jean-Ralphio's best friend had a bit of a different go at life. Due to the success of Tom's Bistro, Tom decided to expand the restaurant into a chain. Unfortunately, it failed. But it was while lamenting his failure that Tom came up with his next, globally-celebrated idea. He became a motivational speaker en route to writing two self-help books that featured personality quizzes. One of my favorite lines of the episode came from Ron when he said, "Tom, I took your quiz. I am a Ron." So good. Ben also took the quiz and got Tom as his result, which forced Tom to re-calibrate the test.
Speaking of Ron, he received my favorite goodbye of the night. Following the enormous success of the Very Good Building Company, Ron resigned as CEO, citing his disillusionment with working in an office as his issue. After this, he visited Leslie and told her that he was at a personal crossroads and he wanted her advice after making the mistake of not being honest with her in the past. I love the relationship between Ron and Leslie so much and that's why the episode from earlier in season seven appealed to me so much. You know, when it was just them resolving their differences after they realized they were both in the wrong. It ended with a classic, "Why would anyone ever eat anything besides breakfast food?" "Because people are idiots." I will forever treasure that episode. And I will also forever treasure the fact that Ron went to Leslie when he needed help. And she gave it to him. She gave him the job of taking care of the park she spent so much of the show working to build and protect. From scratch. Now, Ron walks around it all day and gets paid for it. Laugh with me, buddy. (When this song played, I damn near cried.)
Another ending for a lovable guy came to Garry/Larry/Terry/Jerry Gergich or whatever the hell his name is. His perfect life (besides work) continuing to become even more perfect as he served ten consecutive terms as mayor of Pawnee, Indiana. We then flashed ahead to his one hundredth birthday where he thanked everyone who made his life so wonderful. Gayle didn't age a bit. He died that night and Leslie and Ben attended his funeral all the way in 2048. At which point, Secret Service agents approached the two and told them they should depart the funeral.
Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt
Two of the all-time great characters were left with an open-ended question as to their future. WHICH ONE WAS PRESIDENT?! Mike Schur never revealed that to us. (It was Leslie...we all know it was Leslie.) But we were still given a great story of their future. They kept their children total at three while pursuing further political careers. Ben won the election to the Senate and in 2025 at the Biden household, Leslie was approached by the DNC to run for governor of Indiana. She won the election and begrudgingly received a library named after her. During this time, she delivered two speeches to her friends about how much they all meant to her. The best one came when Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger returned to the parks department and the whole gang was back together. We were treated to some amazing lines like, "Chip Traeger, you brilliant bastard!" and "Ann, it's happening. Our kids are falling in love." The best of all of these came between Chris and Leslie.
Leslie: "What's that on your wrist?"
Chris: "Watch." *scans his face.*
Watch: "You are one hundred percent healthy!"
Chris: "I do it literally fifty times a day!"
Leslie: "Aren't you worried about getting cancer?"
Chris: "Well, now I am..."
It was so literally amazing to have Ann and Chris back in Pawnee. They also revealed that they'd be moving back! But when it was time for Ben and Leslie to flip a coin to see who would run for governor of Indiana, Ben looked at his beautiful, tropical wife and declared that she'd be the one running. Relationship goals. Those two make my heart melt.
And then we flashed back to the past and celebrated as the parks department finished repairing the swing as one last public service to Pawnee with a lackluster expression of gratitude from the civilian. Jerry then asked for a group photo and everyone delivered one last line of gold as Leslie looked to the sky and responded (with the last line of the show), "Yes. I'm ready," to Ben's query.
Then this played:
A dedication slide to Harris Wittels flashed across the screen and that was it. Parks and Recreation was over. I mean, we got the amazing after-show on Late Night with Seth Meyers where Chris Pratt revealed he wanted Andy to die because he was locked in a hot car and Jim O'Heir made out with Aubrey Plaza who deadpanned, "I'm not very good at talking" which warranted an Amy Poehler cackle.
But as for Parks and Recreation, I am so sad that I had to say goodbye. I love this show so much and it was such a privilege to embark on this remarkable journey with remarkable people and characters over the course of seven years. From bowling alleys to Snorkjuice, I have loved every moment of this magnificent journey. Parks and Rec means so much to me and I will never not be able to resist tuning into FXX to watch whatever marathon they're airing that day. At its heart, Parks and Rec was about one person, Leslie Knope, and the effect she had on the people around her. And that's why her touch meant so much. That undying optimism that people still matter and can still have an impact on friendship and life in general. That friendship matters. That we can be a Leslie by being driven and caring or a Ben, intelligent and passionate, a Tom, creative and always true to yourself, a Donna, tolerant and fun, a Jerry, happy and cooperative, an April, open and closed at the beautifully same time, an Andy, purely kind and generous, a Ron, loyal and giddy and stoic, a Chris, optimistic and hopeful, or an Ann, supportive and lovely. We can be any one of these people or we can be a blend. Which is what Pawnee was. I love you all. I love you, I love you, and I like you.
Bye bye...Li'l Sebastian...
Saturday, March 14, 2015
here and watch the first two episodes of the sixth season on Yahoo Screen this Tuesday at 8:00 P.M. #SIXSEASONSANDAMOVIE!
Friday, March 13, 2015
Adventure directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Michael Crichton and David Koepp in 1993.
Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Wayne Knight, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Tune in Monday for number five!
Inspired by Harper Lee's recent announcement that her classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was receiving a sequel titled Go Set a Watchman, The New Yorker set about creating their own literary sequel titles to classic books. By clicking on this word (rainforest), you can read synopses of some books coming in 2015, including The Greater Gatsby, The Old Man and the Motorboat, and Of Mouse and Man. They're solid!
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Coming-of-age comedy drama directed by John Hughes and written by John Hughes in 1985.
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Paul Gleason, and John Kapelos.
Tune in tomorrow for number six!