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Including films that achieve the correct button-mashing combo to earn fancy kudos and are positively lauded, there are only a select few from the whole bunch that have the significance of “definitive.”
These are films that transcend ownership of marquee space, or their critical importance with film niches, and take on a wide cultural significance. Such happens to a point in which these movies now help outline our exact understanding of an entire year of film itself. These are the films that are created from specific thematic trends from all of our culture, or in some historical cases, became trends themselves.
From the paranormal parody of “A Haunted House” to the controversial “Wolf of Wall Street,” here are 13 films that best define the movie year that was 2013.
1. “A Haunted House”
Hide as one may try from junky horror spoofs that aim to abuse the clever imbalance of low budget filmmaking with multi-million audience appeal, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
DoSomething.org compiled its annual list of the "Top 20 Celebs Gone Good." For the second year in a row, Taylor Swift topped the list. Following behind her were the guys of One Direction, Beyonce, the late Paul Walker, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Sandra Bullock.
Washington landed the No. 7 spot for serving on President Obama's Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities and advocating for arts education. Coming in behind her is Somerhalder at No. 8 for his work with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.
Rounding out the top 20 (in order) are: Ryan Seacrest, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Keys, Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Blake Shelton, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Durant, Kendrick Lamar and Justin Bieber. »
Celebrities gave good tweet this Christmas, sharing everything from parental holiday criticisms to the surprising gifts Santa stashed underneath their trees. Rebel Wilson's Christmas morning came with a not-so-subtle scent suggestion that we hope she doesn't take too personally. Meanwhile, Olivia Munn tried her best to work off those holiday sweets, but instead shared a snap of her hilarious fail. Check out all that and more in our favorite funny tweets from the week! Thanks Santa for the deodorant x — Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) December 25, 2013 We'll take that as a hint that Rebel has been naughty. Came to the gym to workout, but lounging felt so much better. Big shout out to all the other lazy people out there! pic.twitter.com/JvXSm4fGpg — oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) December 26, 2013 Olivia's road to health is paved with good intentions. The Wolf of Wall Street really made me want to try qualudes. — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) December 26, 2013 Just say no, »
- Nick Maslow
This week, Neil Patrick Harris tries to ship his daughter Harper, James Franco feeds a baby tiger(!) and Kim Kardashian busts out of her dress ... again!Also, John Stamos shows off his hot bod during his morning swim, Lindsay Loahn is back in the studio and Taylor Swift does some Christmas celebrating with her Bff Hailee Steinfeld. And, Mindy Kaling dresses up as the "Best Man," Mayim Bialik shares one awesome throwback picture with Christina Applegate and Jack Osbourne's daughter Pearl uses their dog as the cutest chair!Click "Launch Gallery" above to see these stars' personal pics and even more celeb candids in this week's best celebrity TwitPics! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Earlier this week Google released its annual Zeitgeist List, which is basically the top ten Google searches for the entire year. Unsurprisingly, it was mostly the names of dead people. We here at TheBacklot are a little more discerning about our fads and faves, so we’ve carefully cobbled together this list of the biggest trends of the year. We liked some more than others, but each played a big hand in the year in pop culture – so let’s take a moment to remember them all, shall we?
Thanks to Netflix‘s revolutionary decision to release all episodes of its original series on the same date, a new circle of Couch Potato Hell was born. Sure, many of us have secretly been doing this for years thanks to box sets and Instant Queue, but this year the bingewatch came out of the closet – making it one of the »
- Brian Juergens
You've Got Mail, the cinematic ode to AOL that reunited Nora Ephron, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks - a trifecta that previously made rom-com magic in 1993's Sleepless in Seattle - turned 15 this week. In it, Ryan and Hanks played Kathleen and Joe, a pair of Upper West Side business rivals who fall in love over email without knowing each other's true identity. Not only did Mindy Kaling's favorite film celebrate the Web's matchmaking potential years before online dating was socially acceptable, it also spawned endlessly quotable lines ("That caviar is a garnish!") and featured a stellar supporting cast that included Jean Stapleton, »
- Erin Clements
Mindy Kaling‘s show has struggled on Fox, but maybe a little home cooking will help. Bravo has a set a marathon of corporate sibling Universal TV‘s The Mindy Project for New Year’s Eve, running all 11 of the current second season’s episodes in the ordered they aired. The news comes less than a month after Fox said it will bench the sitcom from January 28 to April 1, an announcement made days after Mindy posted a series-low 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. The show is getting a monthlong production hiatus during the holidays as producers to plan for its spring relaunch. Meanwhile, Bravo’s Mindy marathon runs from 8:30 Am-2 Pm Pacific, leaving viewers plenty of time to prep for “Auld Lang Syne.” Related: ‘The Mindy Project’ Kicks Fox Decency Police »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
With two hugely successful female-led comedies (Bridesmaids and The Heat) under his belt and a third (Susan Cooper) on the way, Paul Feig is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand comedy directors. Now, Deadline is reporting that Feig will produce and possibly direct another female-fronted comedy.
Plot details are being kept under lock and key for now, but the film will feature a screenplay from Melissa Stack, who first pitched the idea to 20th Century Fox. Stack previously penned the script for the upcoming Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy The Other Woman. That film, which stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Taylor Kinney, Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj, will focus on a woman who discovers her boyfriend is actually married and plots revenge against him with the help of his wife.
Feig will produce alongside Jessie Henderson under his Feigco banner, which is devoted to making R-rated comedies. »
- Isaac Feldberg
We knew that Mindy Kaling was inspired by the work of Nora Ephron — When Harry Met Sally in particular. But we really had no idea. A fun fan-made video shows the many parallels between the two (some moments even appear to be almost shot-for-shot mirrors of each other), all set to the soundtrack of the National's heartbreaking "I Need My Girl." As the video's creator puts it: "The similarities are uncanny." »
- Lindsey Weber
It was the kind of evening where an animation producer might take a small white cardboard box out of his pocket and offer, “Would you like a duck tongue?” All manner of animal parts were on the menu at Beefsteak 2013 at Vibiana in downtown L.A Dec. 7. The annual dinner that benefits the L.A. Food Bank by filling the bellies of foodies and assorted showbizzers including Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Odenkirk and John C. Reilly — many from the comedy side — with steak, chops, headcheese and Rocky Mountain oysters. “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff was there to support the food bank, even though he’s vegan.
The event’s creators, “Simpsons” producer Matt Selman (he wrote the show’s food blogger episode, of course), TV comedy exec Cort Cass and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric fame, started Beefsteak three years ago as an homage to the century-old New York steak fundraising dinners, »
- Pat Saperstein
As 18.5 million viewers tuned in to watch The Sound of Music Thursday, a handful of funny celebrities chimed in via Twitter on everything from Carrie Underwood's real favorite things to how the NBC program has inspired new projects. Our favorite tweet might just come from Mindy Kaling, who fancies herself the next Audrey Hepburn. In other hilarious celebrity tweets, Lena Dunham inadvertently approached a couple with a naughty proposal and Anna Kendrick showed us why she should start writing Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fan fiction. Check out all that and more in our favorite funny tweets from the week! Mindy Kaling and Rainn Wilson are determined to follow in Carrie Underwood's footsteps. “@rainnwilson: .@NBC Hey, I'm up for doing Pippen!” I told you, we're doing My Fair Lady. You're Henry Higgins, Helms is Colonel Pickering. — Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) December 6, 2013 We can totally picture Brad Pitt singing "Do-Re-Mi" with his troupe. »
- Nick Maslow
Christmas didn't just come early for The Mindy Project this week; we got a gift from Danny (Chris Messina) too. For his Secret Santa present to Mindy (Mindy Kaling), he learned and performed a fierce dance to Aaliyah's "Try Again" (which he explained was the song that Mindy played when they first met and annoyed him). The dance is incredible - from Danny's moves (how long did it take Messina to learn those, anyway?) to the way he and Mindy gaze at each other during and right afterward. Their sexual tension may be a slow burn, but this week, there are sparks aplenty. Watch the dance now! »
- Shannon Vestal
It is Christmas time on The Mindy Project, which means two things: there will not be any new episodes until 2014 and that holiday hilarity is about to ensue. The latest episode entitled, “Christmas Party Trap.” finds Mindy (Mindy Kaling) throwing a Christmas party for all the businesses in the building she works. However, this is [&hellip
The Mindy Project 2.11 Review: “Christmas Party Trap” »
- Tim Gerstenberger
Who doesn't love a Grg? That would be a grand romantic gesture, for those of you not raised on a healthy diet of romantic comedies and unrealistic relationship ideals. Sure, we know they are completely ridiculous and could never happen in real life, but we can't help but swoon over one on the small screen. And tonight, The Mindy Project fans should prepare to see jaded cynical divorcee Danny Castellano's (Chris Messina) version of a romantic gesture for Mindy (Mindy Kaling). We've seen the episode, which also serves as the Fox sitcom's Christmas episode, and we have one tip for you: Gird your loins now. And in honor of Danny's epic move, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite »
If you, like this reporter, are thankful this holiday season for The Mindy Project and the comedy gold it delivers each week, the following is for you. And if for some reason you aren’t tuning into Fox’s rom-com-drenched sitcom, well… for shame (and you should read on as well).
Mindy found its funny footing by the end of its first season, but its sophomore run has taken the laughs to another level — something co-star and writer Ike Barinholtz attributes to good ol’ fashioned timing.
Related | The Mindy Project‘s Midseason Hiatus
“Honestly, I think for all shows, it just take a little time, »
- Megan Masters
Dan Hedaya played Cher's dad in Clueless, Nick's dad on Family Ties, and Monk's dad on Monk. And now Vulture can break the news that the legendary character actor has signed on for another important paternal part: He'll play Danny's dad on an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project. The show telegraphed this development in last week's episode, in which Danny's brother Richie (Max Minghella) popped up to let his sibling know that he'd reconnected with their deadbeat dad (news that caused Danny to do physical harm to an LP of the Miami Vice soundtrack). We don't know much else about Hedaya's appearance, except that (a) his character is named Alan Castellano; (b) he lives in Joshua Tree, California; and (c) Mindy Kaling and Tracy Wigfield wrote the episode, which is scheduled to air in January. That gives you a few weeks to catch up on Hedaya's many other »
- Josef Adalian
Move over, Mistletoe. This Tuesday’s The Mindy Project (9:30/8:30c, Fox) shines a spotlight on a new Christmas aphrodisiac — the Wine Rack Flask Bra.
The set-up: In an effort to circumvent Shulman & Associates’ alcohol-free holiday party — a restriction put in place out of respect to their sauce-addled colleague Peter — Dr. Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) attempts to smuggle in two bottles of vino inside her bra.
Related | 2014 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Cancelled? What’s Returning? What’s on the Bubble?
“My man-catching plan is not going to work without some booze,” she reasons to reluctant co-conspirator Danny.
Well, reluctant at first. »
- Michael Ausiello
You asked, we (mostly) answered! It's time for another edition of Tube Talk's Q&A, and we think this one is the best yet (we're going to say that every week). Continue for more details on the return of Friday Night Dinner, The Bridge, The Mindy Project and more...
When is Friday Night Dinner back?
Good news - Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and, of course, Mark Heap have all been back filming a third series of Channel 4's raucous family comedy for the past few months and the new episodes are expected to air in early 2014.
It's going to be a busy old year for Bird - what with a second Inbetweeners movie also confirmed for August 2014, so good to see that he's still making time to eat a lovely bit of squirrel, drink salt water and generally undergo a string of humiliations for our amusement. »
Attention couples currently planning a wedding! There are two things that guests love: Open bars and photo booths. Tonight's episode of The Mindy Project will prove just that when Mindy (Mindy Kaling) attends the wedding of her former boyfriend Josh (Tommy Dewey) and brings along Peter (Adam Pally) to avoid going alone. Yes, that's right: Josh. Is. Back. The sports attorney, who dated Mindy for several episodes before being revealed as a coke-addicted cheater, has found love and is already putting a ring on it. And while the photo booth scene doesn't make it into the episode, titled "Wedding Crushers," we've got the exclusive pics from Kaling and Pally's time in the booth. Plus, special »
HBO's acclaimed series Girls is returning January 12th, and with that comes a new trailer that features a few snapshots of the third season. If you were expecting revolutionary changes to happen in Brooklyn, you'll be dissapointed. But assuming that Girls fans love to see the self-depracating, self-loathing habits of 20-somethings as they navigate their New York lives, this trailer promises all that and more. There's romance, tears, Adam Driver yelling and naturally, Lena Dunham's Hannah character twerking up against a gravestone. Executive produced by Judd Apatow, the Emmy-nominated »
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