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Sexually unapologetic women are all over TV these days: From “Outlander” to “Orphan Black" The Starz series, with its “revolutionary” wedding episode, joins a several recent shows "that treat the sexual activities of their leading ladies with refreshing matter-of-factness and genuine interest,” says Maureen Ryan. She adds: "But almost lost amid this welcome expansion of protagonists is a really important fact: In these narratives, sexual women are not shamed by the shows themselves for their desires. The women own their sexuality and the narratives are interested in exploring their desires -- and in judging their mistakes, carnal and otherwise, without stealthily blaming them for being sexual in the first place." Study: Tweeting while watching TV can leave you with fewer brain cells University of Sussex researchers found that "people who used a higher number of media devices concurrently also had smaller grey matter density in the part of the brain »
- Norman Weiss
Four desperate and broke college seniors come with a crazy idea to raise the money needed to pay for tuition. By starting a fake charity, they plan to embezzle money from Christians by promoting a trip to Africa to build wells. But, with no religious background between them will they be able to keep the façade going for long? Will they be caught? Or will what they believe is right and wrong be challenged on this trip of a lifetime?
Religion. It’s a touchy subject. Someone is going to get offended somewhere. Believe Me is a film about exploiting Christian values and beliefs for your own personal gain, however, it also promotes Christian values and beliefs at the same time so »
- Richard Axtell
Jeff Tweedy, frontman for the ultimate dad rock band Wilco, has taken the dad-ness even further with his new project Tweedy. It's a collaboration with his son, Spencer Tweedy, and the duo have dropped their debut album, Sukierae. They've also just released a video for the cut "Low Key," but given the star power involved, there's not much low key about it. Michael Shannon, Nick Offerman, soul singer Mavis Staples, famed music engineer Steve Albini, Chance the Rapper, John Hodgeman, Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter, all pop up in this short film/video that finds Jeff and Spencer going door to door to sell their record after a depressing meeting with "Big Record Label." Yep, it's a music industry spoof, but a pretty light one at that. And if you can call in these kinds of favors, why not? Check it out below. [HitFix] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In a alternate universe, bands sign to labels with overlords who enlist artistic services to line their own pockets. Dystopia! Tyranny! Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer -- who go by the name Tweedy for new album "Sukierae" -- made a decidedly big talent video for their song "Low Key." Comedian and "Parks & Rec" actor Nick Offerman directed stars like John Hodgeman, Michael Shannon, Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter, Tweedy collaborator Mavis Staples, Chicagoans Steve Albini, Chance the Rapper and more. The record company Neverland warps with a muzak version of the Tweedy-penned song, which then gives way to a Wes Andersonian odyssey of selling the vinyl version of "Sukierae" door-to-door in the Tweedy hometown. Some observations: 1. Why can't we all get paid in bags of money. 2. Think the "Get Happy" workshop is pointing out the finer merits of Pharrell's "Happy?" Happiness is in you, Tweedys. 3. Steve Albini probably doesn't »
- Katie Hasty
When last we tuned into Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the titular organization had crumbled, its name disgraced, assets depleted. In the wake of a Hydra-fueled onslaught, Nick Fury (guest star Samuel L. Jackson) resurfaced to appoint Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as Director, so that he might rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D..
To do that, Coulson and his bruised team of agents will need the occasional helping hand — the first of which, as Season 2 opens this Tuesday (ABC, 9/8c), belongs to genre-tv queen Lucy Lawless.
Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop on 42 Returning Favorites, Including S.H.I.E.L.D.
Louis C.K., John Oliver, John Mulaney, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Williams and others are among the performers lined up for the 8th annual Stand Up for Heroes event in New York. Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, the event honors service members, veterans and their families.
Since its debut, Stand Up for Heroes has raised more than $21 million. This year’s edition plays the Theater at Madison Square Garden Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.
Stand Up for Heroes joins a 2014 Nycf slate that also includes perfs by more than 200 comedians including Billy Cosby, Amy Schumer, Bill Maher, Nick Offerman and Tig Notaro. Shows run at venues all over Gotham including Carnegie Hall, the Beacon and Town Hall.
- Shelli Weinstein
Bruce Springsteen and a collection of all-star comedians will headline the eighth annual Stand Up for Heroes event at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5. Louis C.K., John Mulaney, John Oliver, and NBC’s Brian Williams are already confirmed, and several surprise guests are expected. The event, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and New York Comedy Festival, has raised millions for injured military veterans and their families.
“Lee and I are so humbled by the generous contributions of the talent, sponsors, and variety of organizations in honor of our nation’s heroes and their families,” said Bob Woodruff, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year's San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.
Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling The Kings Of Summer. He has also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX's new series "You're the Worst" and is set to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony. His other credits include directing the pilot of "Cocked" for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary Nick Offerman: American Ham. He is represented by UTA, 3 Arts »
- Kellvin Chavez
After announcing Skull Island (a King Kong movie) at this year's Sdcc, fans have been anxious to know more about the upcoming creature feature from Legendary Pictures. Today they're finally giving out some details as they've confirmed a director for the project and also reveal that fan-favorite actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki in the Marvel Universe) will be starring in the film! Come inside to learn more!
From Legendary's Press Release:
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Star Wars minus John Williams; Nick Offerman’s Advice to College Freshmen; St. Peter meets Gaston; Jimmy Fallon goes pool bowling with Hugh Jackman; and see James Franco As Napoleon Dynamite in Pulp Fiction. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!
Star Wars Minus Williams – Throne Room
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- Justin Vactor
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 18, 2014; Digital Release Date: Oct. 18, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The boys and their guns are back in 22 Jump Street.
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshman to real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon opened up his suggestion box to find a query from a fan asking him to challenge someone to a race using a beer cooler scooter -- literally, a motorized scooter built from a cooler. Fallon brought in Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson for the bit, and offered him a beer helmet for protection, though Johnson was eager to get the race over with. "I just can't wait to ... see what's inside the cooler," he told Fallon.
Another suggestion box question from a college freshman sought advice for school, which Fallon said he didn't feel qualified giving. Instead, he called upon "Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman, »
- Katie Roberts
John Oliver and Cookie Monster teamed up for "W-ord Channel 7 News," a local-news spoof that focuses on important questions, like "Why is the word abbreviation so long?" Good point. Also on the Channel 7 team? Al Roker with the Vocab-u-Cast, Nick Offerman with "Sports," and Man on the Street Telly with a starstruck Kate McKinnon. Can the next Anchorman be about this team?Cookie and John really have nice chemistry, don't they? »
- Lindsey Weber
Exclusive: Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Veronica Mars) has joined Disney’s true-disaster picture The Finest Hours. The Craig Gillespie-directed film chronicles the massive rescue mission that’s launched when two oil tankers collided off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. Gallner joins Chris Pine and Casey Affleck in a key role as the rescue-boat’s engineman, who feels like he has a lot to prove on the mission to save the lives of dozens of men clinging to life in the waters of the Atlantic. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson adapted the script from Casey Sherman and Michael J Tougias’ 2010 book. (Update: Production begins this month in Massachusetts, Disney said this morning, with Holliday Grainger also joining the cast.)
- Jen Yamato
Leslie Knope may have a passion for public speaking, but she left Joshua Ritter "speechless" when he found out he'd be spending the day on the set of Parks and Recreation. Ritter and his family flew out to Los Angeles from Illinois thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which organized a day for them to hang out with Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, and other stars of the NBC show. Ritter says the cast and crew made him feel like "family" — so much so that he felt comfortable enough to perform a rap about Poehler he'd written in
- Aaron Couch
22 Jump Street doesn’t arrive on Blu-ray and DVD until November 18th, but about two of the 100 minutes of bonus footage set to come with the Blu-ray edition hit the web early and it’s loaded with wacky and absolutely hilarious outtakes. In fact, I could probably just watch a full feature’s worth of material with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum messing around while filming that bad trip scene. Hit the jump to catch Tatum getting tickled by a smiling football and rainbow, hear Hill’s abundance of bleeps and to see Peter Stormare dancing it up at a Spring Break concert in the 22 Jump Street outtakes. The film also stars Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, Ice Cube and Nick Offerman. You can check out those outtakes via MTV below and click here to catch what directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller told us about the 10-minute “dramatic »
- Perri Nemiroff
Here it is, the best part of your post-Labor Day Tuesday: John Oliver sat at an anchor desk with Cookie Monster, threw to correspondents like Telly Monster, Kate McKinnon, Al Roker, Nick Offerman and (the voice of) Megan Mullally, and was hilarious from beginning to end. Oh, I love this. What could be more lovable? The only thing more lovable than this is Cookie Monster as Alistair Cookie. Was that not adorable? Well, you can double your pleasure with this flawless reel of outtakes. Cookie knows to save his emotional moments for closeups, guys. »
- Louis Virtel
Why Watch? If you want to mine this short film for its most profound nugget, you’ll find a question of what it’s like to live in a completely transparent society, one where your deepest shames and desires aren’t secret. How do you live when your inner world is made public? If you don’t want to look that deep, you can still revel in Nick Offerman playing a trickster god narrator who tries his best to send bullets flying in a stereotypical Western saloon. Marked by poetic voice over, it’s also fantastically funny. Written by Kevin Tenglin and given cinematic life by director Eric Kissack, The Gunfighter twists the plot conceit of Stranger Than Fiction into a commentary on genre tropes, whiskey-slinging and itchy prostitutes. Clever and thorough in its execution, everyone on the production team is game for the absurdity, showing both the love required to truly lampoon something and the wit »
- Scott Beggs
John Oliver and Cookie Monster are a pair of traditional media stars who are both popular on YouTube; now, thanks to Mashable, they have teamed up to lead an ace news team. They are the two stars of the "W-ord Channel 7 News", a new collaboration that teaches kids about words. According to Mashable, the video is part of Sesame Street's Words Are Here, There and Everywhere, a digital resource that focuses on its titular subject. Oliver and Cookie Monster talking about the silent "b" in "crumb", investigate a story about "chair" losing its "c", and explain the actual meaning of the word "literally". In true Sesame Street fashion, there are also guest appearances; Kate McKinnon, Nick Offerman, and Al Roker all show up. The video comes at a time where both Oliver and Cookie Monster are seeing their YouTube stocks go up. Oliver's Last Week Tonight channel is on a roll, »
- Sam Gutelle
YouTube's Tyler Oakley and Popsugar's Becca Frucht have your weekly pop culture fix - are you ready?! This week we're breaking down the biggest viral hits including father catches daughter taking selfies, 2-year-old girl's ice bucket challenge, Google Fiber, Pizza Hut in Japan being run by Cats, the fedora king, What My Grandma Looks For In a Man, Gilbert Gottfried does the speech from Independence Day, Nick Offerman's epic shower thoughts, Billy on the Street at The Emmy Awards, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé at the Video Music Awards and more! So sit back and enjoy as Tyler and Becca guide you through the latest and greatest from the weird, and wonderful web! »
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