Movie Review: THE POST

THE POST movie poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Matthew Rhys, Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Alison Brie, Jesse Plemons Writers: Liz Hannah and Josh Singer Director: Steven Spielberg Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 29, 2017 A 1970s-set drama about a newspaper in Washington, D.C. may not sound like the feel-good movie of the year. However, for those who felt 2017 was the epitome of an absurdist political nightmare, THE POST may bring perfect holiday cheer. While Watergate ultimately got the bigger press – think ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (which this […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LEGO MOVIE

THE LEGO MOVIE | © 2014 Warner Bros

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day Writers: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, story by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, based on Lego Construction Toys Directors: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 7, 2014 THE LEGO MOVIE, which takes a host of Lego figures, vehicles, structures and environments and deposits them in a story in 3D animation, has some very good jokes. It also has a message that gets repeated in various forms throughout […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 5 – “Repilot” / “Introduction to Teaching” – Season Premiere

COMMUNITY - Season 5 Key Art | ©2014 NBC

Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong Writers: Dan Harmon & Chris McKenna, Andy Brobrow (“Introduction to Teaching”) Directors: Tristram Shapeero (“Repilot”), Jay Chandrashekhar (“Introduction to Teaching”) Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: January 2, 2014 First of all, let’s all breathe a sigh of relief that COMMUNITY is back and under the helm of creator Dan Harmon. The short story, he was fired at the end of Season 3 and replaced in Season 4. While the cast was still nimble and great at times (and there […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Paul Scheer on THE LEAGUE Season 5

Adam Brody and Paul Scheer in THE LEAGUE - Season 5 - "The Bachelor Draft" | ©2013 FXX/Matthais Clamer

For its first four seasons, THE LEAGUE, the half-hour comedy created by Jackie and Jeff Schaffer, was a staple for FX Network. Now FX is moving THE LEAGUE to its new outlet FXX for the show’s fifth season, which debuted Wednesday September 4 at 10:30 PM, following fellow FX transfer IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, which is now on FXX Wednesdays at 10 PM. Asked about the move, Paul Scheer, who plays THE LEAGUE’s much-bullied Andre, quips, “I was just happy that FXX isn’t a p**n channel. For a little bit, I was confused we’d be there.” Scheer, a native […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 4 – “Conventions of Space and Time”

Donald Glover and Danny Pudi in COMMUNITY - Season 4 - "Conventions of Space and Time" | ©2013 NBC/Vivian Zink

Stars: Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong Writer: Maggie Bandur Director:  Michael Patrick Jann Original Telecast: February 21 2013 Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights I keep coming back to the reconstituted COMMUNITY without creator Dan Harmon at the helm, and the third week in, and I’m still not sold that this is the same show I once loved. COMMUNITY created its own DOCTOR WHO-like show within the show called INSPECTOR SPACETIME which has slowly become a major player in the actual show. Naturally, the new showrunners thought […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 4 – “History 101” – Season Premiere

Donald Glover as Troy, Alison Brie as Annie, Danny Pudi as Abed, Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley, Ken Jeong as Sen?or Chang, Gillian Jacobs as Britta, Joel McHale as Jeff Winger, Chevy Chase as Pierce in COMMUNITY - Season 4 | ©2013 NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

Stars: Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong Writer: Ben Wexler Director: Tristram Shapeero Original Telecast: February 7, 2013 Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights While it’s no secret that COMMUNITY creator Dan Harmon was unceremoniously fired last season just after the show was renewed, the unfortunate part is that with Season 4, it’s clear he was the glue and “voice” of the show that kept it together. His unique point of view and strange sense of humor kept COMMUNITY alive and well. Even when it had an uneven […]Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC talks COMMUNITY Season 5 possibilities, the move to Fridays and the recent showrunner changeover

Joel McHale in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Biology 101" | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

With COMMUNITY  getting new showrunners, only a 13-episode commitment and a new timeslot on Fridays, the question remains – how committed is NBC to the ground-breaking and highly original series? At today’s NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt discussed the COMMUNITY situation and what’s happening with NBC’s comedy slate in general “I think we’re going to transition with our comedy programming trying to broaden the audience and broaden what the network does,” says Greenblatt. “Those Thursday comedies [30 ROCK, PARKS AND RECREATION, THE OFFICE), which the critics love and we love, tend to be a bit […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 3 – “Digital Estate Planning”

Giancarlo Esposito in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Digital Estate Planning" | ©2012 NBC/Trae Patton

Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash Writer: Matt Warburton Director: Adam Davidson Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 17, 2012 COMMUNITY has done its fair share of interesting episodes, including stop-motion Christmas specials and alternate reality exploring board games. This first of the final three episodes for season three, “Digital Estate Planning” takes us to yet another place that COMMUNITY hasn’t been before, the 16-bit frontier. Basically the whole gang is taken to a warehouse by Pierce (Chevy Chase) where they are met by […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 3 – “Introduction To Finality” – Season Finale

Danny Pudi is Evil Abed in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Introduction to Finality" | ©2012 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash Writer: Steve Basilone & Annie Mebane Director: Tristram Shapeero Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 17, 2012 With NBC airing the last three episodes of COMMUNITY in a sort of marathon block, it’s hard to grade the episodes fairly. Each week of COMMUNITY is a treat unto itself – and not knowing what’s coming next or what they’re attempting to parody is part of the fun. Watching them in three big lumps (while cool), takes some of the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COMMUNITY star Yvette Nicole Brown on the finale and Season 4

Yvette Nicole Brown in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Regional Holiday Music" | ©2012 NBC/Jordin Althaus

With COMMUNITY airing a three-episode Season 3 finale marathon tonight, Yvette Nicole Brown who plays the outspoken Shirley Bennett on the series chatted with ASSIGNMENT X about the season and where the show could go in Season 4. Here’s what she had to say … ASSIGNMENT X: Every time you watch the show, you don’t know what you’re going to get – it must be like that for the actors when they get the scripts. YVETTE NICOLE BROWN: It’s an acting exercise every week. Will I be doing a drama? Will I be doing a musical? I love it. Where […]Read On »

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