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15 items from 2016


Michael Moore films ranked from worst to best

10 June 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Matthew Lee ranks Michael Moore’s films from worst to best…

Where to Invade Next? opens up in UK theatres today [read our review here]. Here at Flickering Myth I thought it’d be worthwhile to look back on the controversial filmmakers work to see if Michael Moore’s sentiment still holds up. Did some of his warnings come to fruition, or was it all sensationalism? Does Moore warrant such backlashes? And how sentimental is he truly? In short, below is the man’s list.

8 – Slacker Uprising

This will be brief entry for his most forgettable to-date film (I also bet some of you have never heard of this film), as I shall highlight why this is also Michael Moore’s worst.

Plot: Michael Moore travels across the country to various college and university campuses to get the slacking youth off of their sofas, and into the voting booths to get George W. Bush out of office. »

- Matthew Lee

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

7 June 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After five nominations for playing Sheila Jackson on “Shameless,” Joan Cusack finally took home the guest actress prize last year. And just in time — she didn’t appear in the show’s most recent season.

That opens the cateogry to a whole new winner, and it might just be someone who will be doubling up on noms this year. Ellen Burstyn [“Mom”] is also a potential nominee for her work on the drama “House of Cards,” as is Carrie Fisher [“Catastrophe”] for “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.” Tovah Feldshuh stole the show with her “Where’s the Bathroom” number in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” but could also score a nod on the drama side for her guest work on ‘The Walking Dead.”

Natasha Lyonne [“Portlandia”] did standout work on “Orange Is the New Black,” where her character is sorely missed. Cynthia Nixon [“Broad City”] and Judy Greer [“Mom”] are other actresses pulling double duty on the comedy and drama sides. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Cheers: Stage Play Coming to Boston in September

27 May 2016 6:27 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Wouldn't you like to get away? Well, if you're going to Boston this September, you can see a stage adaptation of the classic sitcom Cheers, Boston.com reports.

Created by James Burrows, Les Charles, and Glen Charles, the NBC comedy ran from 1982 to 1993. The cast included Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Nicholas Colasanto, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, and Kelsey Grammer.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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2016 Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Curmudgeons’ Review

2 May 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Danny DeVito, David Margulies, Lucy DeVito, Sarah Hayon, Kett Turton | Written by Joshua Conkel | Directed by Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito. The late David Margulies. A senior citizen home. Love. Curmudgeons.

Need I say more? Written by first time writer Joshua Conkel, the short stars DeVito and Margulies as Jackie and Ralphie, respectively, as two aging seniors in a nursing home who happen to fall in love with each other. Also starring DeVito’s daughter Lucy as Ralphie’s granddaughter fresh off a break up, Kett Turton as Jackie’s grandson, and Sarah Hayon as Ralphie’s feisty nurse.

As part of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival’s New York Now shorts, Curmudgeons offers a warm goodbye to DeVito’s best friend Margulies, who knew each other for years and was a family friend after acting not only with [Danny] DeVito but also Lucy. In fact, Margulies began his friendship with DeVito while working on a play, »

- Catherina Gioino

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2016 Tribeca Film Festival: NY Shorts Program

25 April 2016 5:17 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Of the many films the Tribeca Film Festival shows, one of the biggest categories that often gets overlooked is the shorts category. Shorts are most definitely much harder to make considering their limited screen time and the need to fit a whole story within that time. Taking that into consideration, the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival decided to split up its shorts submissions into various categories, including New York Now shorts program.

This array of shorts all contained some form of New York City within them, whether through history, character, story, or anything in between. There were seven shorts in the program, and they are as follows:

Mildred & The Dying Parlor: Directed by Alex Gayner, starring Zosia Mamet, Jane Krakowski, Steve Buscemi, and Evan Jonigkeit; about a family who runs a dying parlor out of their home until an unexpected visitor shows up. Wannabe: Directed by Matthew Manson, starring Malcolm-Jamal Warner, »

- Catherina Gioino

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Jennifer Aniston Tears Up, And 5 More Revelations from NBC's Must-See Friends Tribute

21 February 2016 8:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey and Chandler got back together Sunday night after nearly 12 years to honor the man who gave them life. The cast members of Friends were just some of the stars who turned out to honor legendary sitcom director James Burrows in a tribute that aired on NBC. Stars from Will & Grace, Cheers, The Big Bang Theory and more paid homage to Burrows. For starters ...Jennifer Aniston - who fought back tears during the tribute - revealed she "always loved when we would have the flashbacks. I always loved when we would flashback to Fat Monica and Rachel »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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Heartbreaking, Dramatic Mom Tackles the 'Harsh Reality' of Addiction

18 February 2016 7:42 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Warning: Stop right there if you have yet to watch Thursday’s Mom. This is your one and only warning.

Mom just lost one of its own to a drug overdose.

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Jodi (recurring guest star Emily Osment) died unexpectedly in Thursday’s episode after falling off the wagon with her fellow recovering addict boyfriend. Her untimely death came after numerous warnings from sponsor Christy about not entering a relationship so soon after getting sober.

Though “Diabetic Lesbians and a Blushing Bride” focused mainly on the nuptials of Marjorie and Mr. Perugian, »

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‘Mom’ Takes Another Sobering Turn in Exploring Addiction (Spoilers)

18 February 2016 6:31 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The term “very special episode” has become a rather hoary cliche in sitcoms, historically timed to sweep months like February. Yet CBS’ “Mom” has demonstrated itself to be more organic than most in taking those serious turns, exploring as it does the central characters’ struggles with addiction and financial difficulties, operating in a serialized manner that regularly undertakes pretty striking shifts in tone.

The gambit, notably, hasn’t completely paid off, either in terms of ratings — with “Mom” now being tasked with anchoring the 9 p.m. hour, paired with the return of “2 Broke Girls” — or in prestige and awards, despite a fair amount of critical praise. Nevertheless, Thursday’s episode (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched) offered a strong testimonial to the Chuck Lorre-produced comedy’s willingness to plunge from broad comedy directly into tragedy, swinging from a bawdy bachelorette party to the grief associated with a fatal drug overdose. »

- Brian Lowry

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Chuck Lorre Dissects Dark 'Mom' Twist: "This Is a Life and Death Issue"

18 February 2016 6:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

[This article contains spoilers for Thursday's episode of CBS' Mom, "Diabetic Lesbians and a Blushing Bride."] From the death of Kevin Pollak's Alvin to Marjorie's cancer to Bonnie's relapses to the regular maintenance of addiction recovery, CBS' Mom has consistently tackled dark subject matter with emotional seriousness, while never losing a broad approach to comedy. That balance explains how Thursday's episode could include a wedding, a red velvet penis cake and the introduction of Rhea Perlman as Victor's oddball conservative Russian sister Anya, only to end with the main characters shaken by news that Emily Osment's Jodi, a recovering

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- Daniel Fienberg

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Friends Reunion: First Extended Footage From James Burrows Tribute

15 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Could we be any more excited about NBC’s quasi-Friends reunion? Not likely, especially after viewing this first extended clip of the Central Perk Crew getting their ’90s reminisce on during Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows (airing Feb. 21 at 9/8c).

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The 90-second clip kicks off with David Schwimmer explaining to host Andy Cohen how Burrows took him under his directorial wings during the show’s near-decade run, but it’s Lisa Kudrow who livens things up by sharing how the sitcom vet assigned iconic nicknames to each member of the cast. »

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Jason Bateman, Andy Cohen, Jane Lynch to Appear on NBC's James Burrows Tribute - Joining Friends and Two and a Half Men Stars

1 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The full lineup for NBC's Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows has been released - and it's going to be a star-studded special. Jason Bateman, Andy Cohen, Jane Lynch, Bob Newhart, Bill Nye, Gary Sinise and J.B. Smoove will all make special appearances in the tribute honoring the prolific TV director, People can reveal exclusively. Also scheduled to appear are stars from some of the many sitcoms he worked with, including: Friends: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry. (Perry was in London during the filming, but will introduce the »

- Mariah Haas

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Jason Bateman, Andy Cohen, Jane Lynch to Appear on NBC's James Burrows Tribute - Joining Friends and Two and a Half Men Stars

1 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The full lineup for NBC's Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows has been released - and it's going to be a star-studded special. Jason Bateman, Andy Cohen, Jane Lynch, Bob Newhart, Bill Nye, Gary Sinise and J.B. Smoove will all make special appearances in the tribute honoring the prolific TV director, People can reveal exclusively. Also scheduled to appear are stars from some of the many sitcoms he worked with, including: Friends: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry. (Perry was in London during the filming, but will introduce the »

- Mariah Haas

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The Lineup for A Tribute to James Burrows Is Here, and No, It’s Still Not a Friends Reunion

20 January 2016 11:24 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Friends reunion is here! Just kidding, it is 100 percent not a Friends reunion, so please stop calling it that. Sure, the gang is getting back together, but only five out of six of them, and no one even invited James Michael "Gunther" Tyler or Tom "Eye Doctor Richard" Selleck. Now that that's out of the way, here's what it really is: a tribute to director James Burrows, who is recognized as TV’s most accomplished comedy director. He's done The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Will & Grace, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and Mike & Molly. The special will celebrate his 1,000th episode of TV with his new NBC comedy Crowded.Scheduled to be in attendance will be the casts of the following shows. (Others may also be added.) CheersTed Danson, Shelley Long, Bebe Neuwirth, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt (Kirstie Alley, »

- Emma Barrie

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Friends Reunion (With Chandler Twist) Confirmed as NBC Unveils Complete James Burrows Tribute Guest List

20 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Matthew Perry will be there for James Burrows at next month’s NBC special honoring the prolific sitcom director.

NBC on Wednesday officially confirmed that Friends‘ stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer will reunite at next month’s two-hour event, Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows. Perry, who is currently doing a play in London, will also be on hand, although via a pre-taped segment. (Hey, it’s something!)

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The special, which will tape this weekend and air Sunday, »

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Charlie Sheen, Melissa McCarthy, ‘Friends’ Cast & More Sitcom Stars to Appear on NBC’s James Burrows Tribute

20 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Although the entire “Friends” cast won’t be reuniting, plenty of sitcom stars old and new will be together for NBC’s tribute to comedy veteran James Burrows on the Feb. 21 special, “Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows.”

The TV special marks a huge milestone for Burrows: he has directed 1,000 episodes of television with NBC’s new comedy “Crowded.”

The cast of “Crowded” will be at the special, in addition to cast members from “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “Will & Grace,” “Taxi,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Wings,” “Mike & Molly,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Friends” — though Matthew Perry will appear in a pre-taped segment, as originally planned.

Burrows made his TV sitcom directorial debut in 1974 on an episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and is best known for his work on “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Frasier” and “Will & Grace” for which he directed all four pilots. He also directed the pilots of “Friends, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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