Miranda Sings Makes Her Netflix (Not Broadway) Debut in ‘Haters Back Off’
“If you asked me 10 years ago, I would have said, ‘Yes, of course.’ That was my dream, to be on Broadway. But now I don’t think I would,” Colleen Ballinger (rhymes with Jolene) told IndieWire in a recent interview. “I love what I’m doing so much.”
What she’s doing is playing Miranda Sings, a character she created for her wildly popular YouTube channel, the first of its kind to make the jump to Netflix with “Haters Back Off,” which explores Miranda’s home life. It follows Miranda on her quest for Internet stardom, shrieking out “Defying Gravity” and uploading it with the title “My Fist Video,” (typo included). The only problem is, she can’t sing (though Ballinger can, and well.) She howls and mewls flatly and loudly, sporting her signature shade of glossy red lipstick far beyond the contours of her lips. The effect is a clownish one, »
- Jude Dry
The Return of ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and a ’30 Rock’ 10th Anniversary Podcast
’30 Rock’ Turns 10 and We Want To Go To There This week at the water cooler, we’re blurghing our way into the 10th anniversary of NBC’s classic showbiz sitcom 30 Rock. »
- Clarence Moye
‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’: A Guide to How Everything Is Connected in BBC America’s Sci-Fi Mystery
BBC America already has one wacky British time traveler on its schedule, but with all of time and space at your disposal, there’s surely room for one more. Enter “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” a completely bonkers series based on the novels by Douglas Adams.
Created by Max Landis, the series is a sci-fi mystery with comedic sensibility and a helluva lot of storylines. Like the 2012 TV adaptation before it, “Dirk Gently” dispenses with the book’s plot — which some have proclaimed unfilmable — in favor of an original mystery. Landis’ version also dispenses with all of the book’s characters save for the titular detective himself.
Read More: Time Travel on TV Today, Ranked From Least to Most Tricky
“Certainly I think it was always a challenge in adapting »
- Hanh Nguyen
Here’s Why Your Favorite Video Game Actors Are On Strike
Today marked the beginning of a SAG-aftra strike against 11 video game companies. For the first time in the history of the video game actors’ union, which now numbers 165,000, its members have been instructed to withhold their services, effective immediately.
The issues have been simmering since February 2015, when the existing labor agreement between SAG-aftra members and the video game companies expired. Four more meetings over 19 months failed to find a compromise, and SAG-aftra announced the strike effective just after midnight October 21.
IndieWire attended a roundtable at SAG-aftra headquarters Friday afternoon, where members of the Interactive Contract Negotiating Committee elaborated on their decision to strike. Here’s the primary issues, in a convenient Faq format.
What’s the main sticking point?
That depends on which side you’re listening to. Video game companies maintain it’s a financial issue. »
- Steve Greene
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