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Second Opinion – Brigsby Bear (2017)

Brigsby Bear. 2017.

Directed by Dave McCary.

Starring Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Beck Bennett, Claire Danes, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Greg Kinnear, Kate Lyn Sheil, Ryan Simpkins, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, and Andy Samberg.

Synopsis:

Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.

If you only saw the opening ten minutes of Brigsby Bear, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was some kind of bizarre, post-apocalyptic survival drama. There’s an underground bunker with equations scrawled on the walls, gas masks, and animatronic animals scattered beyond the confines of the dugout. However, though the film is certainly bizarre, a post-apocalyptic drama it is not. Rather, it is a heart-warming comedy about a man-child trying to make his way in a world that he knows nothing about.
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Movie Review – Brigsby Bear (2017)

Brigsby Bear, 2017.

Directed by Dave McCary.

Starring Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Beck Bennett, Claire Danes, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Greg Kinnear, Kate Lyn Sheil, Ryan Simpkins, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, and Andy Samberg.

Synopsis:

James (Kyle Mooney) adores the TV show Brigsby Bear, a ramshackle slice of 80s children’s entertainment about which he has created online forums upon which to discuss his shelves and shelves of archived VHS tapes. He lives a quiet life with his father (Mark Hamill) and mother (Jane Adams), until one day his world is irreparably changed by a revelation that forces him to view the world in a completely different way.

Reviewing Dave McCary’s ode to friendship and filmmaking is a tricky ordeal, because the less you know about this wonderful little oddity, the better.

It’s tough in today’s cinematic landscape to eek out anything approaching original, but Brigsby Bear
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‘Easy’ Season 2 Review: Grading Every Episode of Joe Swanberg’s Intimate and Exciting Netflix Series

‘Easy’ Season 2 Review: Grading Every Episode of Joe Swanberg’s Intimate and Exciting Netflix Series
Joe Swanberg's "Easy" is back! After a fairly under-the-radar Season 1 release in September 2016, Season 2 got the similar low-key marketing treatment before dropping the first day of December.

But don’t take the lack of buzz as a lack of import. Season 1 asked a lot of valuable questions while delivering a beautiful and unique realization of modern Chicago. The anthology approach, with each episode functioning as a standalone short, helped cover a lot of cultural ground, and Season 2 continues that pattern in interesting ways.

While the episodes can certainly stand on their own, many bring back characters from Season 1. Context from earlier episodes isn’t prescient, but it does help, and just like last year, some stories are better than others.
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‘Easy’ Season 2 Review: Grading Every Episode of Joe Swanberg’s Intimate and Exciting Netflix Series

‘Easy’ Season 2 Review: Grading Every Episode of Joe Swanberg’s Intimate and Exciting Netflix Series
Joe Swanberg is back! After a fairly under-the-radar Season 1 release in September 2016, Season 2 got the similar low-key marketing treatment before dropping the first day of December.

But don’t take the lack of buzz as a lack of import. Season 1 asked a lot of valuable questions while delivering a beautiful and unique realization of modern Chicago. The anthology approach, with each episode functioning as a standalone short, helped cover a lot of cultural ground, and Season 2 continues that pattern in interesting ways.

Read More:7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in December, and The Best Episodes of Each

While the episodes can certainly stand on their own, many bring back characters from Season 1. Context from earlier episodes isn’t prescient, but it does help, and just like last year, some stories are better than others.

To that end, IndieWire has reviewed each episode individually below and ranked them by their assigned grades.
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Easy: Is the Netflix TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

Vulture Watch Are we going to do this the hard way or the easy way? Is the Easy TV show cancelled or renewed for a third season on Netflix? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Easy, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?    What's This TV Show About? A Netflix comedy anthology, Easy season two stars Kate Micucci, Jane Adams, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Evan Jonigkeit, Elizabeth Reaser, Jacqueline Toboni, Dave Franco, Aya Cash, Marc Maron, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer, and Danielle Macdonald. Easy follows diverse Chicagoans on their quest for sex and love. The modern, urban, scripted series also explores
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Easy

Network: Netflix. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: September 22, 2016 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski, Michael Chernus, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Aya Cash, Jane Adams, Elizabeth Reaser, Evan Jonigkeit, Kiersey Clemons, Jacqueline Toboni, Aislinn Derbez, Raul Castillo, Zazie Beetz, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer, and Danielle Macdonald. TV show description: From creator, writer, and director Joe Swanberg, the Easy TV show is a modern, urban, scripted comedy anthology. Easy follows diverse Chicagoans on their quest for sex and love. The series also explores what impact technology and the larger culture have upon
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Jillian Bell To Star In ‘Brittany Runs A Marathon’; Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar & Lil Rel Howery Also Cast

Jillian Bell To Star In ‘Brittany Runs A Marathon’; Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar & Lil Rel Howery Also Cast
Exclusive: Jillian Bell is attached to star as the titular character in Brittany Runs a Marathon, with Michaela Watkins (Casual), Utkarsh Ambudkar (White Famous), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Micah Stock and Alice Lee rounding out the cast. The indie film marks the debut for director Paul Downs Colaizzo, who came up with the original idea the film based on. Material Pictures’ principals Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe are producing the project with Picture Films' Margot…
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TVLine Items: HBO's Gunpowder Trailer, Grace and Frankie Return Date and More

TVLine Items: HBO's Gunpowder Trailer, Grace and Frankie Return Date and More
Game of ThronesKit Harington is ready to topple the monarchy in the first trailer for the upcoming HBO miniseries Gunpowder.

The Guy Fawkes-inspired thriller, which first premiered on BBC One in October, chronicles the attempt made by Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics (led by Harington’s Robert Catesby) to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I, all in an effort to help restore a Catholic to the crown. Peter Mullan (Quarry), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and Liv Tyler (The Leftovers) co-star.

RelatedGame of Thrones: 2019 Premiere for Final Season Seems Even More
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‘Easy’ Season 2 Trailer: Joe Swanberg’s Netflix Series Returns With Aubrey Plaza and More Sex

‘Easy’ Season 2 Trailer: Joe Swanberg’s Netflix Series Returns With Aubrey Plaza and More Sex
Season 2 of “Easy,” the Netflix anthology comedy series created by Joe Swanberg, is one step closer, now that the streaming giant has dropped the trailer for the show’s upcoming season.

The show will continue to explore, as it did with Season 1 last year, a set of diverse characters in the Chicago urban space as they blunder “through the modern maze of love, sex, technology, and culture,” according to Netflix.

Related:How ‘Easy’ Creator Joe Swanberg Talked Himself Into Making TV for Netflix

Easy’ will follow the same individually anthologized episode structure, with some new stars joining the show, including Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer, and Danielle Macdonald.

Returning cast includes Dave Franco, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Micucci, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Evan Jonigkeit, Jacqueline Toboni, and Aya Cash. Whether they will play their Season 1 characters is still unknown.

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‘Easy’ Season 2 Trailer: Joe Swanberg’s Netflix Series Returns With Aubrey Plaza and More Sex

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‘Easy’ Season 2 Trailer: Joe Swanberg’s Netflix Series Returns With Aubrey Plaza and More Sex
Season 2 of “Easy,” the Netflix anthology comedy series created by Joe Swanberg, is one step closer, now that the streaming giant has dropped the trailer for the show’s upcoming season.

The show will continue to explore, as it did with Season 1 last year, a set of diverse characters in the Chicago urban space as they blunder “through the modern maze of love, sex, technology, and culture,” according to Netflix.

Related:How ‘Easy’ Creator Joe Swanberg Talked Himself Into Making TV for Netflix

Easy’ will follow the same individually anthologized episode structure, with some new stars joining the show, including Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer, and Danielle Macdonald.

Returning cast includes Dave Franco, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Micucci, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Evan Jonigkeit, Jacqueline Toboni, and Aya Cash. Whether they will play their Season 1 characters is still unknown.

IndieWire’s TV
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Rob Huebel on His ‘Comedy Mafia’ and Making Justin Long Strip Naked at a Malibu Beach — Turn It On Podcast

Rob Huebel on His ‘Comedy Mafia’ and Making Justin Long Strip Naked at a Malibu Beach — Turn It On Podcast
For his new YouTube Red series, Rob Huebel couldn’t find a nude beach to shoot a scene. So he forced a nude Justin Long on unsuspecting families at a beach in Malibu.

“We’re naked, and families are out there, children are crying, and other people are out there filming us with their phones,” Huebel told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. “The producers had to go up to people and say, ‘hey man, please don’t post that naked photo of Justin Long on the Internet or sell it to TMZ!”

Long is one of the guests on Huebel’s new irreverent YouTube Red series “Do You Want to See A Dead Body?” The comedy features Huebel and celebrity friends as they search for a dead body that Huebel has found.

“It’s such an absurd premise,” Huebel admitted. “Sometimes we find the body, sometimes we don’t find the body,
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Rob Huebel on His ‘Comedy Mafia’ and Making Justin Long Strip Naked at a Malibu Beach — Turn It On Podcast

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Rob Huebel on His ‘Comedy Mafia’ and Making Justin Long Strip Naked at a Malibu Beach — Turn It On Podcast
For his new YouTube Red series, Rob Huebel couldn’t find a nude beach to shoot a scene. So he forced a nude Justin Long on unsuspecting families at a beach in Malibu.

“We’re naked, and families are out there, children are crying, and other people are out there filming us with their phones,” Huebel told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. “The producers had to go up to people and say, ‘hey man, please don’t post that naked photo of Justin Long on the Internet or sell it to TMZ!”

Long is one of the guests on Huebel’s new irreverent YouTube Red series “Do You Want to See A Dead Body?” The comedy features Huebel and celebrity friends as they search for a dead body that Huebel has found.

“It’s such an absurd premise,” Huebel admitted. “Sometimes we find the body, sometimes we don’t find the body,
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No Activity

Network: CBS All Access. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: November 12, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Patrick Brammall and Tim Meadows, with guest stars Mark Berry, Arturo Castro, Mackenzie Davis, Bridget Everett, Will Ferrell, Darren Gilshenan, Travis Guba, Jake Johnson, Sunita Mani, Jason Mantzoukas, Adrian Martinez, Jesse Plemons, Fred Pohl, Alex Rodriguez, Amy Sedaris, J.K. Simmons, Courtenay Taylor, Michaela Watkins, and Daniel Zolghadri. TV show description: Based on the Australian series of the same name from creators Trent O'Donnell and Patrick Brammall, the No Activity TV show comes from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Funny Or Die. The sitcom centers police officers on a stakeout, their dispatchers, and the criminals who
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‘No Activity’ Review: Will Ferrell’s Funny, No-Frills Buddy Comedy Should Inspire Creatives to Create

‘No Activity’ Review: Will Ferrell’s Funny, No-Frills Buddy Comedy Should Inspire Creatives to Create
The premise of “No Activity” is so simple it’s dangerous. The police are stuck in an extended waiting game with a drug cartel. With the bad guys’ plan stalled, the cops have nothing to do but sit in their unmarked cruiser and keep an eye on their hideout. The two partners can only talk to each other to pass the time, and the same is true for the criminals on the inside and the dispatchers back at the station.

In other words, nothing happens. There’s literally no activity (barring the final moments of the first two episodes), and the entire comedy relies on banter between various partners to carry the show.

Improbably, it works. Buoyed by strong comedic performances from likable personalities, both new and familiar, and the sharp dialogue courtesy of series creator Trent O’Donnell and star Patrick Brammall, “No Activity” is a low-key pleasure. It goes down easy,
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‘No Activity’ Review: Will Ferrell’s Funny, No-Frills Buddy Comedy Should Inspire Creatives to Create

‘No Activity’ Review: Will Ferrell’s Funny, No-Frills Buddy Comedy Should Inspire Creatives to Create
The premise of “No Activity” is so simple it’s dangerous. The police are stuck in an extended waiting game with a drug cartel. With the bad guys’ plan stalled, the cops have nothing to do but sit in their unmarked cruiser and keep an eye on their hideout. The two partners can only talk to each other to pass the time, and the same is true for the criminals on the inside and the dispatchers back at the station.

In other words, nothing happens. There’s literally no activity (barring the final moments of the first two episodes), and the entire comedy relies on banter between various partners to carry the show.

Improbably, it works. Buoyed by strong comedic performances from likable personalities, both new and familiar, and the sharp dialogue courtesy of series creator Trent O’Donnell and star Patrick Brammall, “No Activity” is a low-key pleasure. It goes down easy,
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‘The House’ Review

Stars: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Jeremy Renner, Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, Jessie Ennis, Rob Huebel, Christina Offley, Rory Scovel, Lennon Parham, Cedric Yarbrough, Kyle Kinane, Andrea Savage | Written by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien | Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen

When Scott and Kate Johansen’s daughter gets into the college of her dreams it’s cause for celebration. That is, until Scott and Kate (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) learn that the scholarship they were counting on didn’t come through, and they’re now on the hook for tuition they can’t begin to afford. With the help of their friend and neighbour Frank (Jason Mantzoukas) – also in need of a major payday — they decide to open an illegal casino in Frank’s house, risking everything together on a Vegas-style bacchanal where money flows, inhibitions are checked at the door, and all bets are off…
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November TV Premieres: 11 New Shows To Look Out For This Month

November TV Premieres: 11 New Shows To Look Out For This Month
Another turn of the calendar means another flood of new things to be aware of. Sure, Netflix has an entire slate of fresh programming all to themselves, but even that’s just the tip of the TV iceberg. The fall TV season might be winding down before a massive Thanksgiving reboot, but there are plenty of premieres still left before we get too deep into the end of the year chatter. So warm up your (probably already overheated, actually) DVRs, fill out your mental calendars, and skim through some of the best new shows the month has to offer. Read More:Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017

(Wondering if you’re all caught up with the big shows from the past few months? Our August, September, and October previews are here to help guide you.)

Smilf” (November 5, Showtime)

The ongoing adventures of Bridgette, navigating single motherhood and life in Southie,
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November TV Premieres: 11 New Shows To Look Out For This Month

November TV Premieres: 11 New Shows To Look Out For This Month
Another turn of the calendar means another flood of new things to be aware of. Sure, Netflix has an entire slate of fresh programming all to themselves, but even that’s just the tip of the TV iceberg. The fall TV season might be winding down before a massive Thanksgiving reboot, but there are plenty of premieres still left before we get too deep into the end of the year chatter. So warm up your (probably already overheated, actually) DVRs, fill out your mental calendars, and skim through some of the best new shows the month has to offer. Read More:Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017

(Wondering if you’re all caught up with the big shows from the past few months? Our August, September, and October previews are here to help guide you.)

Smilf” (November 5, Showtime)

The ongoing adventures of Bridgette, navigating single motherhood and life in Southie,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Brigsby Bear’ In-home Release Will Include Awesome Special Features

Dave McCary’s directorial debut Brigsby Bear is making its way to in-home release. The film has had been critically acclaimed by our very own Pete Towe, calling it a likely contender for “film of the year.” You can read his raving review here. The film stars Kyle Mooney (SNL) as James who has grown up with the kids’ show Brigsby Bear and the program has grown with him as well. But to say James’ intensely protective parents have kept their son a bit sheltered is an understatement. One dramatic night, James’ insular world is upended. Upon learning the series has been cancelled, he adopts the old adage that the show must go on. By becoming Brigsby Bear’s new creator, James finally builds meaningful connections his life has lacked. Here are all the details about the in-home release including the Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases which will be available
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‘Casual,’ An Important Stepping Stone In Hulu History, Will End After Its Fourth Season

Hulu has set an end date for its Casual relationship. The streaming service has picked up a fourth and final season of Zander Lehmann's dramedy.

Casual tells the story of Valerie (Michaela Watkins), who moves in with her brother Alex (Tommy Dewey) after going through a divorce. All three seasons of the show have received mostly positive reviews from critics, though the decision to cancel the program after its fourth go-around is likely due a relative lack of interest from Hulu subscribers.

Even if it ultimately leaves a minimal impression on viewers, Casual will still go down as a relevant part of its distributor's history. The show's nomination at the 2015 Golden Globes, where it was up for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical, represented the most significant piece of award show recognition Hulu had received up to that point. Two years later, the streaming service would notch a
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