8 items from 2013
Chicago – I’m a huge Mel Brooks fan, one of those critics who bows at the altar of arguably the two best comedies of all time, “Blazing Saddles” & “Young Frankenstein.” I’ve seen them both a dozen times and can’t wait to watch them again. “The Producers,” “A History of the World,” “High Anxiety,”” “Silent Movie,” “To Be or Not To Be,” “The Twelve Chairs,” his work on “Get Smart” & “Your Show of Shows,” “The 2000 Year Old Man” — the first response that most people should have to “American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise,” debuting on PBS tonight and releasing on DVD tomorrow, May 21, 2013, is a simple one — What took so long? “American Masters” premiered in 1986 and he should have been one of the first choices.
Television Rating: 4.5/5.0
To be fair, “Make a Noise” doesn’t do much more than confirm what most of us fans »
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Kristin Chenoweth is the very definition of a multi-hyphenate: She sings, she acts, she dances, she writes, she makes people guess what's in the "mystery Oscar box." She's a big talent in small (4'11"!) package. Today, her newest film, "Family Weekend," is out in theaters and VOD. She plays an overworked mom who is taken hostage by her jump roping prodigy daughter (Olesya Rulin) after missing one too many competitions.
NextMovie sat down with Chenoweth (and her dog Maddie, "named after the actress Madeline Kahn") in New York City prior to the release of "Family Weekend." We learnedher opinions on breastfeeding, getting mistaken for Cameron Diaz, her favorite small spaces to fold herself into and so much more.
You can do everything. What can you not do?
I'm not good at math, I don't balance my checkbook. Um...I don't go outside of my comfort zone a lot with food. »
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"Psych" offered up an absolutely wonderful homage to the movie "Clue" for its 100th episode, complete with a cornucopia of guest stars that star Tim Omundson says was certainly the greatest gathering of guest stars in one episode.
We can hardly choose our favorite "Clue" reference. The singing telegram girl was awesome, the "Clue"-themed "Psych" credits were great and Shawn running around like Wadsworth the butler was definitely amazing.
But really, the best had to be the Madeline Kahn shout-outs. Christopher Lloyd's character name was "Martin Kahn" and Lesley Ann Warren did the "flames ... flames ... on the side of my face" bit, plus the episode was dedicated to her memory. Kahn was tragically taken way too early, when she passed away in 1999 of ovarian cancer at the age of 57.
The "Back to the Future" reference was a lot of fun too ("Great Scott!") and the collection of weapons »
You may have heard by now that "Psych" has a star-studded 100th episode, which pays homage to the 1985 cult classic "Clue." Viewers will be able to vote for the ending depending on who they think "did it."
We've teased for you a couple treats, like a Madeline Kahn shout-out, and a collection of weapons that includes an acetylene torch and a paintball gun. Now check out this exclusive sneak peek clip, where Shawn (James Roday) channels his best Wadsworth the butler. -- plus, we've got more "Psych" Season 7 photos for you to feast your eyes on.
Speaking of Wadsworth -- Tim Curry is not on the guest-star list for "100 Clues," since he has already been in the "Psych"-verse as Nigel St. Nigel, judge on "American Duos." But we're still keeping our fingers crossed for a cameo, a la Ray Wise in the "Twin Peaks" episode "Dual Spires."
Either way, »
"Psych" is celebrating 100 episodes by airing a guest-star-filled spectacular that pays homage to the movie "Clue." Here are some juicy tidbits to tide you over until March 27, "Psych"-Os.
Everyone knows that "Clue" stars Martin Mull, Christopher Lloyd and Lesley Ann Warren are guest-starring. One co-star who could obviously not be there is Madeline Kahn, who sadly passed away in 1999 of ovarian cancer. But there are several nice shout-outs to her "Clue" appearance. Awww.The "Psych" intro gets the "Clue" treatment -- might be our favorite special credits sequence the show has done.Shawn gets invited to this mysterious party by none other than a singing telegram girl (check out the above video). It's nice to see this one doesn't get shot. Steve Valentine guest-stars as Billy Lipps, a former rock star who went to jail for murder. Viewers will be delighted to hear Valentine play some guitar and flex the golden pipes as Lipps. »
New Girl has been many things in its nearly two seasons on the air: a frustrating mess of uneven adorkability, a polished comedic gem, an effective reminder that Natasha Lyonne is still among the living - and your numer-one source for jokes about Rusted Root on network TV.
But on this week's "Quick Hardening Caulk," New Girl went where it has never before dared: guys, this show has gone Full Screwball! Full-on fish-throwing, aquarium-breaking, power-drill-as-a-penis-metaphor screwball, I tell you!
On one hand, it was surprising that the sitcom decided to jettison its veneer of hipster cool and go full-tilt into double entendre penis gags that your parents could laugh at (I mean, not in front of you. I mean, your parents don't know what penises are! I mean, you know what I mean).
Though I found this episode roundly hilarious, I was a little shocked to find a joke or »
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This feels like a selfish addition to the "Best Movie Ever?" cannon since I'm personally obsessed with Paper Moon, but guess what? I'm right to include it. And you're wrong not to watch Paper Moon every year, particularly this one thanks to its 40th anniversary. Repent and get going.
You're also wrong not to spend more time thinking about whether Paper Moon or What's Up, Doc? is Peter Bogdanovich's best movie (because we all understand that The Last Picture Show draaaaags, right?) And you're especially wrong if you think The Sting, another old-timey blockbuster about suave wheeler-dealers released in 1973, deserved Best Picture over Paper Moon. The Sting is a boring carousel of well-costumed movie stars. Paper Moon has a soul. And tomboy flair. And it wasn't even nominated.
If you've ever watched Oscar acceptance speeches on YouTube, you know what a vortex it is. You start innocently with Tilda Swinton, work your way through both of Hilary Swank's, then barrel head-first into Eileen Heckart territory, and before you know it you're face-down, dead-drunk in Ingrid Bergman's ankle-length peasant gown from '74. You can't be saved.
But in preparation for tomorrow's Oscar nominations, I say we go back into the vast netherworld of Oscar speeches for the sake of self-definition. The challenge is this: Pick one Oscar speech and why it fits you. Which Oscar speech is your Spirit Animal, boys? I know precisely who I'm picking, but I'll offer some suggestions for the under-initiated Oscar fans out there.
Perhaps you're Vivien Leigh for Gone With the Wind, because although you're stilted and overly poised, you're intelligent, gracious, and the obvious winner. And also, a stunning-beaut-the-likes-of-which-we'll-never-seen-again-omg-omg-omg. Yes, »
8 items from 2013
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