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Summer's hottest days are still a month or two away, but streaming services are stockpiling material to keep us entertained indoors when it's scorching and sticky outside. May sees an influx of excellent Nineties movies, from the face-melting thrillers (literally) to political satires that seem more pertinent than ever. There'll be plenty of TV series to plow through, too, including the return of Netflix's addictive drama Bloodline and the long-awaited HBO Go debut of the channel's cult favorite Mr. Show. Here are our picks for the 10 best things to stream this month. »
The path from cable-tv comedy to the big screen is anything but smooth: For every “Trainwreck,” there are plenty of also-rans, ranging from the middling (“The Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy,” the “Mr. Show” vehicle “Run Ronnie Run”) to the disastrous (“Strangers with Candy”). The pacing of a comedy sketch, or even a half-hour sitcom, isn’t enough to hold a movie audience’s attention for 90 minutes, so even if the jokes are great, the downtime between them has to engage as well. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” haven’t quite licked the downtime problem. »
- Alonso Duralde
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Are you ready for another ride with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube? In "Ride Along 2," the comedy duo return as partners (and brothers-in-law-to-be) to tackle a new crime in Miami. The movie comes out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on Tuesday, April 26. The DVD and Blu-ray both include deleted scenes, a gag reel, feature commentary, and several featurettes; the Blu-ray also includes five other special features.
This film has a rather labored history to the big screen, but you can see the results for yourself on DVD/Blu-ray April 26. Natalie Portman plays »
- Gina Carbone
You can search the wide world over, but you’ll never find a man like Pee Wee Herman. He’s sweet, innocent, lively, potentially insane, but chock full of heart. It’s difficult to speculate how Herman was able to construct such an inventive, thoroughly wacky playhouse, but one thing is certain: the man-child known as ‘Pee-Wee’ is a genius. Lately, Netflix has been the saviour of many beloved shows and films of olde from Mr. Show to Wet Hot American Summer to the better-than-it-should-be Full House. They bring hope to all that was thought lost, especially those relics so ahead of the game, they only found their audience with the benefit of time and the appreciation of future generations. Pee Wee is absolutely due for such a...
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Ben Stiller's professional onscreen career is officially turning 30 this year — that's roughly 412 in comedian years. In a business where funny people tend to quickly exhaust their limited charm and sink from telling jokes to becoming a punchline, the restless and versatile Stiller has managed to sustain one of the most consistent comic careers this side of Bob Hope. From his days as a bit player to his later emergence as a force of nature in front of the camera and behind the scenes (you have his production company Red »
“The Story of Everest” is one of Mr. Show With Bob and David’s most beloved — and most divisive — sketches. In it, an explorer returns to his parents after climbing Mount Everest and, while trying to recount his adventure, accidentally knocks over some trays of thimbles. Over the course of eight long minutes, we see him tell the story, fall, attempt to tell it again, fall, attempt, fall, attempt, fall, fall again, fall yet again, attempt, and then learn that his story has been made into a movie. However, to his dismay, he learns that the movie is about him falling down. We gathered Jay Johnston (who plays the explorer), David Cross (who plays his brother and co-created the show), and Bob Odenkirk (who plays his father and is the other co-creator of the show) to discuss the origins and execution of this arduous bit.Jay Johnston: We were »
- Abraham Riesman
For much of his career, Charlie Kaufman has been an enigma of introspective storytelling, crafting characters and situations that feel all too real to his audience. With his latest feature, the highly recommended stop-motion animation Anomalisa, it’s afforded an unexpected opportunity to gain unprecedented insight into his career. After many other talks, perhaps the most extensive and fruitful has arrived with Marc Maron.
In the one-hour chat, Kaufman discusses not getting his first gig in entertainment until the age of 32 and failing to get writing work on Simpsons, Seinfeld, Mr. Show. He then jumps into his early collaborations with Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry with Being John Malkovich, Human Nature, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as well as not taking to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
“I didn’t like it. That was a movie in which I was not consulted. I mean, George Clooney changed the script, »
- Leonard Pearce
Actor and comedian David Cross will embark on his first stand-up comedy tour in six years, starting January 26th at the Observatory North Park in San Diego.
The Arrested Development and Mr. Show star announced his plans on The Daily Show Monday before posting his complete tour itinerary to Facebook on Tuesday. Tickets for the expertly dubbed "Making America Great Again!" tour are available to purchase via the trek's website. A complete list of dates is below.
On Facebook, Cross expressed how excited he was to be hitting the road again, »
8 items from 2016
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