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HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
At its annual "upfront" presentation to advertisers on Wednesday, streaming service Hulu unveiled its secret weapon, aimed at capturing the hearts and subscription dollars of millions of millennials: Jerry Seinfeld.
Yep, the cornerstone of the strategy behind what Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins calls "the year Hulu will break out" is the site's acquisition of "Seinfeld" reruns. Hulu will have exclusive streaming rights to all 180 episodes of the landmark sitcom.
Now, granted, that's a pretty big deal, especially since Hulu paid an estimated $700,000 to $1 million per episode, for a total expenditure of $126 to $180 million. That's a lotta yada yada.
But, c'mon... "Seinfeld" reruns?
Yes, "Seinfeld" is a great show, maybe the greatest sitcom ever. Most of the episodes hold up surprisingly well, considering that the show went off the air 17 years ago. But are two-decade-old reruns the way to grab the primarily young viewers that Hulu and its advertisers want?
- Gary Susman
Amongst Americans such as myself, there is a certain stereotype about our neighbors to the north. There’s a belief that Canadians are, for lack of a better word, nice. That during a visit to Canada, an American would be more likely to ride a moose around like a horse than hear the F-word. That hockey players are the only remotely dangerous people you could possibly meet in Canada, and even then, that they would only pummel you under the watchful eye of a referee whom they will later respectfully follow to the penalty box. This stereotype is perhaps best summed up by this scene in Michael Moore’s lone fiction film, Canadian Bacon, where Dan Aykroyd politely upbraids an invading group of American revolutionaries for not printing their anti-Canada graffiti in both English and French.
As stereotypes go, it’s a fairly positive one. But making stereotypes, even positive ones, »
- Mark Young
Hulu has secured an exclusive output deal with AMC Networks that will include all episodes of an upcoming series being spun off from TV’s top-rated hit, “The Walking Dead,” the company revealed at its NewFront presentation Wednesday.
The pact is the second major move Hulu made on the licensing front that unveiled this week. Leaking shortly before the Newfront event was news that Hulu has exclusively landed the entire run of “Seinfeld” from Sony Pictures Television in a mega-deal that could cost as much as $180 million. The episodes premiere in June.
“FX and AMC are the most important contributors to the new golden age of television,” said Hulu programming chief Craig Erwich, citing a previously announced deal with FX Networks. “Our competitors have some of their libraries, but we will have all of their future.”
- Andrew Wallenstein
These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.
But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
For many people, April 20 is just another blank square on the calendar. For others, it’s a day designed to stop being so square — and start feeling blank.
PhotosApril Fools’ Day: 25 Twisted Plot Tricks from Alias, Arrow, Buffy, Pll & More
We’re referring, of course, to 4/20, the official high holiday of stoners all over the world — and it’s safe to say that several TV favorites will be getting in on the festivities.
From South Park‘s Towelie to the titular trio from Workaholics, TVLine has compiled a list of the characters most likely to be raising a glass — or »
HBO launched its new standalone streaming platform, HBO Now, earlier this week and is currently offering a 30-day free trial of the service. While there's plenty to be said about HBO Now and what it could mean for the future of traditional pay TV, I'm bringing it up today for one purpose: to let you know that it can be used to watch director Alex Gibney's fantastic documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief for free, right now. Pay $14.99/month to use it faithfully for years to come or burn through the 30-day free trial and promptly kiss it goodbye. It makes no difference to me either way as long as you take advantage of it long enough to watch Going Clear. Premiering at Sundance earlier this year (read Matt's review), Gibney's film is an emotional, disconcerting look at the Church of Scientology from its conception by »
- Jason Barr
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1925…
Borag Thungg, Earthlets! The format of these reviews is getting an overhaul. Rather than reviewing each 2000Ad issue and picking a ‘scrotnig’ (terran translation: best) story each week, all five strips will henceforth be ranked. Because people love arbitrary countdowns. All Hail Buzzfeed.
5. Orlock: Agent of East-Meg One
After an intriguing end to last week’s issue – a band of Australian mutants materialising in an art exhibition – Orlock quickly falls back into its pedestrian pace. The protagonist appears disintersted and Jake Lynch’s black and white artwork is difficult to follow. The two episodes so far, along with the entire last run, feel like filler. There is one moment of ingenuity, however – a mutant composed almost entirely of knuckle tissue. He’s wonderfully named Outbrick Shithouse.
4. Grey Area
This week’s Grey Area is an exposition episode detailing how, exactly, our heroes got from blowing »
- Oli Davis
Gray, whose latest movie, the Marion Cotillard starrer “The Immigrant,” opened in competition at Cannes, will serve as executive producer and will supervise all creative aspects of the series, including the writing.
Inspired by New York-born author Jerome Charyn’s “Isaac Sidel” novels, the series opens in the 1970s and charts the rise of New York City’s premier law enforcer, detective Isaac Sidel, as he covers three decades of crime and political corruption.
“Hard Apple” brings together an A-list creative team, leading with Israeli illustrators Tomer and Asaf Hanuka, who have worked for the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, as well as Ari Folman’s film “Waltz With Bashir.” The pair will create the animation designs such as the decor and characters. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Below, you'll find a list of recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows on Comedy Central, DirecTV, FX, Fxx, Hallmark, and Hulu. To see a series' ratings (if they're available), click the links in the middle column.
Shows include Billy & Billie, Brickleberry, Broad City, Drunk History, Key & Peele, South Park, Triptank, Workaholics, Call Me Fitz, Kingdom, Rake, Rogue, American Crime Story, American Horror Story, The Americans, Anger Management, Archer, Braddock & Jackson, The Bridge, Chozen, Difficult People, Fargo, Justified, Louie, Saint George, Sons Of Anarchy, The Strain, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, Legit, Wilfred, Cedar Cove, Chesapeake Shores, The Good Witch, When Calls The Heart, 11/22/63, The Awesomes, Casual, Deadbeat, Difficult People, East Los High, Quick Draw, The Way, The Wrong Mans »
Deadline reports that FX is teaming up with Sean “Diddy” Combs and his production company Revolt to produce the animated comedy Brightmoor. Written by Detroit comedian Cp and former King of the Hill writer Chip Hall, the show is described as a "black South Park" that takes place in inner-city Detroit and focuses on the young African-American students of Brightmoor Elementary. FX is looking for its next animated hit after Archer, and if the success of TeRio is any indication, inner-city elementary-school children might be the way to go. »
- Marcus Jones
Updated with additional details: I’ve learned that FX has put in development Brightmoor, an animated comedy executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Created and written by King Of The Hill alum Chip Hall and rising Detroit comedian Chris Powell aka Comedian Cp, Brightmoor is described as South Park set in inner-city Detroit. It revolves around the African American pupils at Brightmoor Elementary. Combs will executive produce through his Revolt Films banner with Sarah… »
Even though video essayist Tony Zhou criticizes his own work in his latest video essay (a bit of self criticism is never a bad thing), he remains one of the more fascinating video essayists working right now and this latest not only calls to attention a great documentary -- Orson Welles' F for Fake -- but delves into how to structure video essays to keep 'em moving with a bit of snap, crackle and pop. With commentary from John Sturges (The Great Escape) quoting Alfred Hitchcock's story structure utilizing the narrative trick "Meanwhile, back at the ranch" to keep the action moving in parallel with other portions of the story. Items such as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, F for Fake, "South Park" and even a little Dude, Where's My Carc Everything Zhou is talking about here, however, is actually far more complex than he makes it sound, »
- Brad Brevet
The catalogue of assumed and denied facts about Scientology grows with every expose, portrait and rebuttal by the church: despite its status as a hot-button topic and the high-profile nature of some of its members and practices, it’s hard to sort out fact from fiction. Especially if you like South Park.
Films like Going Clear, and sensational biographies of the founder L Ron Hubbard offer shocking condemnations of the religion, while there seems an entrenched suspicion of it. But despite the accusations of torture, past associations with black magic and blackmail, is it possible to find good in the church’s teachings of self-repair and enlightenment? Or are all of the fears well-placed?
Pinning down what is concretely known about Scientology and its founder is like trying to ride a goldfish down Main Street: slippery, difficult and unbelievable to anyone without absolute proof. Part of that »
- Simon Gallagher
It always seems documentary filmmakers have a hard time walking the line between commentator and story teller. Separating themselves from the subject and allowing the nature of the story they are telling to tell itself rather than manipulating it for their own means. This is a problem I've always had with Michael Moore's documentaries as he seems only interested in preaching to the choir rather than exploring both sides of the debate. When it comes to Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, I genuinely feel he has done his absolute best to stand back and observe rather than inject himself or his opinions. He details an organization that, rather than respond to accusations, chooses to attack when confronted, and this has been going on even before the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2015 and continues to this very day. »
- Brad Brevet
Entertainment Weekly has a fascinating new oral history that rehashes the humble beginnings of Matt Stone and Trey Parker's South Park. Parker, along with TV producer Brian Graden and former Comedy Central president Doug Herzog, recounts in detail how he and Stone morphed from two University of Colorado graduates with a viral-video Christmas card into the wielders of one of the longest-running subversive cartoons on TV today. Whether or not you're familiar with the "Jesus vs. Frosty" story, we've gone through and picked half a dozen highlights that are sure to catch your eye (it's available here in its entirety).1) The South Park kids' voices were born from film-school boredom. Parker: When you’re in the film school, you’re working on someone’s film every weekend, so you’re spending your weekends on set. Matt and I would always end up either running cameras or running sound or something. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The titular burg will probably not be throwing a parade for “Fresno,” a mean-spirited farce whose strenuous bad taste seldom translates into actual laughs. A cast of familiar faces and funny people — though they’ve all had much, much better material — will make this a viable ancillary item, though it’s unlikely to accrue the modest cult following attached to helmer Jamie Babbit’s 1999 debut feature, “But I’m a Cheerleader.”
Babbit and her scenarist Karey Dornetto have each worked on a number of good TV comedy shows; between them, they include “Girls,” “Arrested Development,” “Community,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Portlandia,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” and “South Park.” But the feature format is apparently not their friend, together or separately. “Cheerleader” was awfully broad, 2007’s “Itty Bitty Titty Committee” painfully so; for its part, “Fresno” provides pain and lots of broads (this is a lady-free zone), and is pretty awful. »
- Dennis Harvey
Alison Dilaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) is a pretty little prisoner. The character whose disappearance, "death" and resurrection grounded the show for five seasons was wrongfully convicted of murdering Mona (Janel Parrish) on Tuesday night's episode of Pretty Little Liars. And, at the end, her gal pals joined her in orange jumpsuits, arrested as accessories to the crime she didn't really commit. With just one week left until the spring finale - and the big "A" reveal - here's what went down in Rosewood: Related: Pll Star Sasha Pieterse: The Big 'A' Reveal Is 'Dark' and 'Twisted' Biggest Moments • The prosecution »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
Alison Dilaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) is a pretty little prisoner. The character whose disappearance, "death" and resurrection grounded the show for five seasons was wrongfully convicted of murdering Mona (Janel Parrish) on Tuesday night's episode of Pretty Little Liars. And at the end, her gal pals joined her in orange jumpsuits, arrested as accessories to the crime she didn't really commit. With just one week left until the spring finale - and the big A reveal - here's what went down in Rosewood: Related: Pll Star Sasha Pieterse: The Big 'A' Reveal Is 'Dark' and 'Twisted' Biggest Moments • The prosecution »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
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