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Not even Conan O'Brien can resist the small-town charm of Stars Hollow! The comedian found himself unexpectedly drawn into the quaint, quirky world of Gilmore Girls recently when he and a few members of his team headed down to Havana, Cuba, to film the March 4 episode of his late-night TBS talk show. The Conan host and his crew spent four days mingling with locals and soaking up the scenery in Cuba, where there's currently an embargo that restricts trade and travel to and from the U.S. [...] »
With all 10 seasons of Friends now on Netflix and our excitement over the service's recent addition of Gilmore Girls, we started thinking about all the beloved past series you can watch on Netflix. Whether you've been meaning to get around to watching (or rewatching) Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, or Arrested Development, we've rounded up the excellent old series that you can stream in their entirety. Say goodbye to your weekend plans and hello to your remote. »
Hollywood’s lack of diversity has been a hot topic in recent weeks after Oscar voters snubbed female directors such as “Selma’s” Ava DuVernay and “Unbroken’s” Angelina Jolie, depriving them of nominations.
Amidst the ongoing debate about how to crack the entertainment industry’s glass ceiling, film and television students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts are planning to gather to celebrate emerging female talent behind the camera and to hear from women who have succeeded in a business that remains male-dominated.
This year marks the thirteenth edition of the Fusion Film Festival, one of the only student-run gatherings providing a platform specifically for women creators in film, TV, and new media. The purpose is to elevate, not exclude, according to students involved in the program.
“It’s not that I’m for having fewer men telling stories, we need everyone’s voices,” said Lucy Ross, »
- Brent Lang
Now in its 13th year, Nyu Tisch School of the Arts' Fusion Film Festival celebrates women in film, television and new media. The upcoming festival, which runs from February 26-28, will feature events with TV legends Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Janet Tamaro ("Rizzoli and Isles"), "American Psycho" director Mary Harron in conversation with Mary Lambert ("Pet Sematary") and cinematographer Reed Morano, Fusion's "Woman of the Year." Among on-the-rise DPs, few are as impressive or as downright tenacious as Reed Moran, the youngest member to ever be admitted to the prestigious Asc. Following her breakout work on the award-winning "Frozen River," she's repeatedly proved her mettle, shooting indies such as "The Skeleton Twins" and "Kill Your Darlings" as well as HBO's critically acclaimed series "Looking." Leading up to this year's Fusion Film Festival, Morano »
- Reed Morano
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I'm the girl who gets killed in a Lifetime movie... Though "Girls" hasn't taken any time off since last week's episode, "Close Up" has the feel of a mid-season premiere, if not the start of a whole new season. Iowa is done, and so is Hannah and Adam's relationship, and now it's time to catch up with everybody and start either introducing new plots or taking big steps forward in other stories. In bouncing from character to character, plot to plot — with only the brunch scene bringing most (but not all) of the regulars together for a few minutes — it didn't have the focus of a "Sit-In," but it's the kind of episode you have to do in an ensemble-ish comedy like this after such a tight one-character piece. What links most of the stories together is the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Hep Alien of Gilmore Girls fame is one of the great onscreen bands of all time, not only because of their talents but because of the work the show put in to chart their evolution from high school students messing around to talented enough they could tour extensively. Even though Zack, Brian, Lane, Dave (the very missed after he was stolen by The Oc Adam Brody) and later Gil, started as a rag tag group of high school students messing around with covers at the local music shop, they eventually became a locally known band making trips down the Eastern Seaboard in a packed and smelly band. It isn’t unbelievable that the only gigs they can get early in their history are children’s birthday parties or Kyle’s illicit kegger. At one point they didn’t even have a name when performing, which rings true to how thrown »
- Whitney McIntosh
Mr. Ed was a horse, and he ended up more reputable than Ed Stevens, the titular character in NBC’s Ed. Created by Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnett, this 2000-2004 series is criminally underrated and deserves more attention than it’s gotten, and is one of the most regretfully forgotten television shows of all time.
Ed‘s premise is a simple one. The lead character is Ed, of course, who travels back to his home town following his divorce from an unfaithful wife. Originally, his plan was only to visit his hometown of Stuckyville, but following a run-in with a girl he loved in high school, Ed decides to move back home permanently. What follows is a wonderful story that may seem somewhat plain by today’s television standards. Ed is a good person and he works as a lawyer in his home town helping people and facing the occasional moral dilemma. »
- Joseph Allen
The Spy Who Cooked Me Dinner and Tucked Me Into Bed.
That could be an alternate title for NBC’s new Russian spy thriller/family drama Allegiance. But did the twisty turns of the covert O’Connor clan capture your loyalties during Thursday’s series premiere?
RelatedAllegiance vs. The Americans: How Is NBC’s Russian Spy Drama Is Different?
Before you weigh in with your thoughts, a recap of the pilot: Alex (Gavin Stenhouse of the UK’s Iconicles) is a newbie CIA analyst who’s only been on the job for 129 days. Yet already, he’s being recruited »
Gotham will be turning Heroes into villains in its final episodes of Season 1. The Fox drama has cast Heroes and Gilmore Girls alum Milo Ventimiglia to recur as a major villain in its first season. Ventimiglia will play Jason Lennon, a serial killer known as the Ogre, in the Batman prequel series and will make his debut in Episode 19 of Gotham‘s first season. Kind of made obvious by the fact that he’s serial killer, Lennon will, of course, find himself going up against Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon, as Gordon’s obsession with catching and taking down Lennon will ultimately lead to a tragic ending for both men. Per TVLine, Lennon is “described as handsome, wealthy and seductive. He has been preying on the young women of Gotham for nearly a decade, luring them into his web and confronting them with a series of ‘tests’ as he searches for his perfect mate. »
- Chris King
Spin-offs are easy. Spin-offs are hard. Spin-offs get to use pre-existing characters from popular shows — or, at a minimum, get to introduce their new characters on a pre-existing show — and therefore have an easier time getting the audience's attention than some wholly original concept. But spin-offs also remove those characters from the context where people first liked them, and they can be unfairly held to the standards of the original show, whereas a brand-new series is only judged for being itself. And it's hard to know exactly what kinds of spin-offs will succeed, creatively or commercially. Frasier Crane worked spectacularly well away from the gang at Cheers, while Joey Tribbiani seemed much less lovable once he was 3,000 miles away from Chandler and the other Central Perk regulars. "The Simpsons" far outstripped the popularity of "The Tracey Ullman Show." Sometimes, audiences instantly take to characters introduced to a pre-existing show for »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Gotham cast warned us that more villains are heading our way...and now, we know exactly who will be causing some major trouble for Det. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie)! E! News has learned that Heroes fan-favorite alum Milo Ventimiglia has been cast as a guest star in a major recurring arc this season on Gotham. So which DC character will the Gilmore Girls vet and star of ABC's upcoming sci-fi drama The Whispers play? Ventimiglia has landed the role of Jason Lennon, a.k.a. the Ogre...but there's a catch. According to both Fox and Warner Bros., while this Ogre shares a nickname with a character from the DC Comics, it is a different character, not from the DC canon. Interesting... Here's »
Such Moving Pictures Clayton picks his top 11 of the year
The Film Doctor and his wife discuss Birdman and crisis of identity
The Backlot does a readers poll of the greatest gay movies but Yikes some of the titles and their rankings. It's also very very American movie centric. No Happy Together on a list of 100 greatest gay movies? That's A Deal Breaker, Ladies.
20 Weeks to Oscar - David Poland wonders if it's wide open due to preferential balloting which he hates (and explains why)
NY Times Colleen McCullough author of the Thorn Birds dies at 77. My mom was obsessed with that miniseries when I was a little kid so I vaguely remember it.
Variety reviews Lila & Eve starring Viola Davis & Jennifer Lopez. Yes, I realize they're billed the other way round but let's be real, okay? I really wanted to see this one but it did not screen during »
- NATHANIEL R
Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell had never met before landing the title roles on “Mike & Molly.” Five years later they’re thick as thieves. Variety’s Geoff Berkshire asked the stars to reflect on their journey together on the occasion of the show’s 100th episode (which McCarthy directed).
On Meeting For The First Time …
Melissa McCarthy: We had a great beginning, I felt like it was meant to be. The second we read (together) I think I audibly went, “Oh!”
Billy Gardell: I did the same thing. I walked out of there thinking, “If I have any shot, it’s because I read with her.”
McCarthy: Even when we did the pilot we felt like we were three years in, in a good way.
Gardell: We just trusted each other, I think that was the key. I don’t know why or how, maybe it’s a Midwest thing, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Though the Bravermans love them some baseball, "Parenthood" never had a regular sports component like producer Jason Katims' previous NBC drama, "Friday Night Lights." Perhaps to make up for this, "Parenthood" fans added a competitive aspect to their viewing: trying to outdo their fellow fans over how much a given episode made them cry. It was really something to witness these past six seasons, as comments and tweets and messages would fill up the internet the night and morning after each new episode aired: fans boasting that, truly, their sobbing at Kristina's cancer, or sniffles over Max's struggles to fit in at school, or their weeping over Amber's weeping, was the most possible of anyone watching. Not even "Fnl" — that beautiful, ruthless tear-jerking machine — ever made its audience quite as intent on announcing the state of their tear ducts. While I never felt that competitive spirit myself, I »
- Alan Sepinwall
Update 4:57 p.m. Pst: The new “Ghostbusters” will be released on July 22, 2016, Feig tweeted.
Original story: Sony Pictures’ all-female reboot of the iconic “Ghostbusters” franchise is coming into focus with four funny female leads.
Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, along with “Saturday Night Live” cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, are in negotiations to join the film, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
- Matt Donnelly
Many stories start at the beginning, but Goners, a new comic book series from Image Comics, begins at the end… the end of a family tragedy that leaves two people dead and two others hunted by supernatural forces ranging from ferocious phantoms to sharp-beaked Ekeks and many more malevolent monsters.
With issue #4 of this ambitious horror story hitting shelves today, I caught up with Goners co-creator/writer Jacob Semahn in a Q&A feature to discuss the wide-ranging influences (including John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Stephen King’s works) of his series, the often overlooked creatures lurking within the panels of Goners, what lies ahead for characters and readers alike, and much more. We also have a set of preview pages from Goners #4, teasing the carnage brought upon the Massachusetts town of King’s Bluff by a Skin-Walker and his furry friends.
I understand the assassination of John F. Kennedy »
- Derek Anderson
Forever a Gilmore Girl! Eight years after Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel appeared together in the series finale of Gilmore Girls, Graham is reflecting on the beloved dramedy. Now starring in the final season of Parenthood, Graham, 47, stopped by Late Night on Tuesday, Jan. 20, and looked back on the ending of her current show in contrast to that of Gilmore Girls. "It's really difficult but also really nice to be able to say goodbye," Graham said of shooting the final episodes of Parenthood. "I've mainly been [...] »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet and "Arrow" star Stephen Amell were on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday night, and they competed in a fun game called "Name That Thing." Spoiler alert! Eric won, but he admitted in one of his individual videos that Stephen probably should've won because the final round was to name a bunch of U.S. Presidents and Stephen is Canadian. Eric said Stephen knows more about the U.S. than Eric does about Canada, so it wasn't quite fair. Eric also talked about pranking his "Modern Family" co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and shared his latest torture, sending him a sex toy in the mail. He's a big football fan, »
- Gina Carbone
Hold the phone, everyone: Netflix is planning to add "The Interview" to their online streaming services beginning on January 24 -- so if you didn't want to pay the VOD fees), now's your lucky chance. Netflix has actually been making a lot of changes lately: In addition to the (very) recently acquired "The Interview," Netflix also gained "Gilmore Girls" and "Friends" -- but lost "You've Got Mail" (and just a few popular BBC programs at the end of January). Well, get ready for another shift -- because Netflix is planning to add almost 40 new movie titles this February. The list is quite eclectic -- it covers every possible type of movie taste, from sports specials ("Dwight Howard: In the Moment"), to original children's content ("Ever After High: Spring Unsprung"), to classics ("Houseboat"), to documentaries ("Gucci: The Director"), to independent films ("White Bird in a Blizzard"… »
- Rosie Narasaki
Is NBC’s upcoming Allegiance just a contemporary, broadcast TV take on The Americans?
Nyet, says the executive producer of the new drama, which centers around a young, idealistic CIA analyst (played by Gavin Stenhouse of the UK’s Iconicles) who is unaware that his parents (Gilmore Girls‘ Scott Cohen and The Newsroom‘s Hope Davis) as well as his sister (Revenge‘s Margarita Levieva) are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated.
“Watch one or two episodes [of Allegiance] and I think it’s pretty clear that we’re going in a different direction,” Ep »
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