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Spoiler warning: The following contains a spoiler for "Parks and Recreation's" 100th episode.
As "Parks and Recreation" approaches its 100th episode, it's time for the family to get back together. In this instance, it's the Saperstein family, who will be reunited as Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) makes his return to the show.
Schwartz spilled the news to Zap2it at a table read for his other show, "House of Lies." "I'm on the 100th episode," he says. "I'm in a scene with my father and I cannot wait for people to see it because Henry Winkler is just a beautiful guy, a wonderful man."
Seeing Jean-Ralphio and his dad together again should be quite a sight to behold. "Parks and Recreations" returns for its 100th episode at 8:30 p.m. Et Jan. 9 on NBC. »
var brightcovevideoid = '2217976046001'; Yes, Rob Lowe leads a celebrity's life, but things can be trying for the Parks and Recreation star. Imagine how difficult it is for him to sort through his collection of headshots and personal photos when his stunning smile framed amongst a sculpted face looks the same age in every picture. Who could possibly tell which shots belong in the 1989 folder and which are from last week's lunch date? This is a burden that the 49-year-old Lowe and his beaming blue eyes accept as fate. We don't know how Lowe does it. Sorcery? Expensive creams? Yearly hibernation? »
- Kelli Bender
Nominations for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced on Wednesday morning, and Breaking Bad led the TV field with four nods, including best ensemble, best actor for Bryan Cranston and best actress for Anna Gunn.
Related | Emmys 2013: The Complete Winners List
Glaring omissions include Orange is the New Black (which entered itself as a drama), The Good Wife, Mad Men, House of Cards‘ ensemble (and Robin Wright for actress), Arrow‘s stunt team, Parks and Recreation leading lady Amy Poehler, »
- Michael Ausiello
The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards announced this year’s nominees Wednesday, Dec. 11, with some upsets and surprises along the way. Oscar favorite 12 Years a Slave leads the pack with four nomination, including Ensemble Cast, followed by The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club and August: Osage County, which each got three nominations of their own. The SAG Awards have been considered a good barometer for the Oscars as actors make up the largest group of Oscar voters.
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— Sasha Alexander (@SashaAlexander1) December 11, 2013
When nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globes are announced Dec. 12 at 8 a.m. Et, we could hear some surprises from the occasionally unpredictable Hollywood Foreign Press. With that in mind, here are the nominees we’d welcome entering — or re-entering — the race.
Best Television Series — Drama: Broadcast TV has been shut out of this category for the last two years, but season 5 of CBS’ The Good Wife is so good, it deserves to break that streak. (Though it will be interesting to see if it can with both Netflix’s House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black in the mix, »
- Mandi Bierly
Short films can go a long way. Especially when they’re showcased at the Sundance Film Festival. The festival’s Shorts program, which was announced today, has a tradition of identifying remarkable filmmakers as well as introducing stories that ultimately make it to the big-screen as features. For example, David O. Russell brought his first film, a short titled Bingo Inferno to Sundance in 1987, while Half Nelson, which earned Ryan Gosling his first Oscar nomination, grew out of Ryan Fleck’s 2004 Sundance short titled, Gowanus, Brooklyn. “If you look back at the directors who got their start by having a short at Sundance, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Rashida Jones nailed it on the head by pointing out the rampant slutification of female pop stars who are licking, twerking, nearly naked and humping everything on stage. The "Parks and Recreation" star took to Twitter and Glamour magazine to rant about the "Pornification" of Pop Culture, and the usual suspects: Miley, Nicki, Rihanna and more came to mind. Jones addressed her October 2013 Twitter rant in which she hash tagged the phrase "stop acting like whores" in reference to recent pop culture events (i.e. Miley Cyrus' 2013 Vma performance). In a new essay for Glamour Magazine, she clarifies her point. "I'm not gonna lie. The fact that I was accused of 'slut-shaming,' being anti-woman, and judging women's sex »
- April Neale
What’s on Amy Poehler’s must-watch list for 2014? (Hint: it’s not season 2 of Swamp Pawn.)
If that title sounds familiar, that’s probably because its creators and stars, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, have already earned a cult following for the web series that inspired it, which featured them riffing on their fabulously awkward lives as twentysomething New Yorkers. (You might also recognize Glazer from the viral video “S–t New Yorkers Say. »
- Melissa Maerz
Year-end lists are the most self-imposed sources of stress this side of entering your medical symptoms onto Web MD. Everyone does these lists. No one likes writing them. Few enjoying reading them. But there's this odd game of chicken where no one wants to be left out of doing them, so the cycle continues each and every year in all forms of pop culture media and criticism.
The fact that The Boob Tube Dude is doing a list at all proves I'm not above this bulls***. But when it came time to rank my favorite shows of the year, I just couldn't do. Moreover, I realized I didn't Have to do it. No one's putting a gun to my head. No one's paying me to list X number of shows out. And on top of that, this year featured so much great TV that reducing it down to a list seems pointless. »
Today, the Sundance Film Festival announced the lineup of its premieres for 2014, a roster of 17 feature films as well as documentary picks. The slate includes new projects from stars like Michael Fassbender and Amy Poehler, and a fair number of oddball comedies among the thrillers and dramas.
15 Must-See Movies From the 2013 Sundance Film Festival
As Variety reports, Fassbender stars with Maggie Gyllenhaal in one of those comedies, Frank, a flick about an avant-garde rock band. Among the other highlights, David Cross writes and directs Hits, which takes on fame and »
It feels like a really long time since Rob Reiner has directed a solid-gold classic, but his back catalogue is as strong as that of most any director you might mention. It could be argued that his best work and therefore his best years are behind him (indeed that could be argued for any number of directors who are currently on cruise control rather than stretching themselves), but he is still working and so might yet “do a Scorsese” and find his way back to former glory after a period in the wilderness.
As the ensuing list ably demonstrates, Reiner has covered a lot of ground, with comedy, romance, thriller and drama all finding space in the upper echelons of his resumé. What is also noteworthy is that a good number of his films are amongst the very finest of their type across the whole of film. There are perhaps »
- Dave Roper
Finally, someone is speaking out about the crimes stars like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj have committed against humanity -- showing off their privates! Rashida Jones addresses what she calls "the pornification of pop stars" in her latest essay with Glamour magazine. The article -- appropriately titled "Why Is Everyone Getting Naked? Rashida Jones on the Pornification of Everything" -- takes an inside look at the overexposure of female popstars, why it's happening and why it needs to stop ... like yesterday. The "Parks and Recreation" star attributes this growing trend (showing as much skin as possible and being disgustingly sexual in pop music) to the marking of a new era -- one vastly different from the boundary pushing tactics of predecessors like Madonna and Janet Jackson. And in Jones' opinion, it's all gone way too far. "Can't I just like a song without having to take an ultrasound tour of some pop star's privates? »
- tooFab Staff
Songbirds, they're not. But Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are already practicing their act, releasing a decidedly off-key tune (watch it here) as they make comic preparations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards, set for Jan. 12. The SNL alumni made last year's show a memorable and bawdy one as hosts, sipping on cocktails from the stage and making fun of TV and film stars, including George Clooney and Taylor Swift, with razor-sharp digs. The 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation stars are returning this year, teasing their appearance in a clip aired during last night's live Sound of Music Live show. »
- Andrea Billups
By Søren Hough
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Television has apexed once again. If the Emmys have proven anything over the past few years, it is that we live in what celebrated filmmaker Steven Soderbergh refers to as “a second golden age of television.” The networks — cable and streaming, more than broadcast — are investing more than ever in smart, original and ambitious shows, and are consequently producing more high-quality material than ever before. So successful have these networks become that major figures in the film industry have begun to make the once-unthinkable jump from the big screen to the small screen. Indeed, everyone from Steven Spielberg to Kevin Spacey seems to be hopping on the bandwagon.
But at what cost? Has this shift in production value brought with it narrative strength? Maybe not.
Along with this resurgence in television has come a recurring and potentially sinister theme: the abrupt excision of the protagonist. Consider the Emmy-winning fantasy series, »
- Søren Hough
Chris Pratt is set to explode next year. I'm sure there's some doubt about that from some, but after seeing the Sdcc teaser for Guardians Of The Galaxy and being a fan of his work on Parks and Recreation, I have a feeling that Pratt will be a household name by the close of 2014. It wasn't always that way as Pratt hasn't always carried the visage of the "strong leading man" standard, but his attitude in approaching the opportunites presented to »
- Paul Shirey
If you felt like you got to third base with a slew of female pop stars this year, you are not alone. Rashida Jones reasons that thanks to Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga and their scantily clad contemporaries, "2013 was the Year of the Very Visible Vagina." The 37-year-old actress expressed her frustrations with the whole "sex sells" mentality—and her hopes for a more-clothed 2014—in a December 2013 Glamour essay. The Parks and Recreation star began by pointing out that "stripper poles, G-strings, boobs, and a lot of tongue action were all now normal accessories for mainstream pop stars." These artists, she reasons, are all trying to convey the same message: "You »
Rashida Jones is answering the critics who accused her on "slut-shaming" after a Twitter rant aimed at female celebrities who she thinks are using sex and their bodies to sell bodies, writing, "This week's celeb news takeaway: she who comes closest to showing the actual inside of her vagina is most popular."
The "Parks and Recreation" star penned an essay for Glamour, where she responds to the tweets she got in return for her thoughts. "I'm not gonna lie. The fact that I was accused of 'slut-shaming,' being anti-woman, and judging women's sex lives crushed me," she writes.
She went on to say that her using the word "whore" in the hashtag "#stopactinglikewhores" wasn't meant to criticize anyone's sex life, but rather to point out that sexual imagery displayed by some female celebrities has become over saturated. "The poles, the pasties, the gyrating: This isn't showing female sexuality; this »
Directed by the co-writer of I Heart Huckabees, Aubrey Plaza (Parks And Recreation) features as living-girl-turned-zombie Beth, girlfriend of Zach (Dane DeHaan – The Place Beyond The Pines), who resurrects after dying. What’s the first thing Zach does after discovering his dearly beloved has now departed? Ties her to his oven of course! Co-starring John C. Reilly (Wreck-it Ralph), Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live) and Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), this is one comedy we don’t want to miss. These stills give us a glimpse into Beth’s new blood-splattered persona, as well as a hint at the romance between Plaza and DeHaan’s characters.
Life After Beth will premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2014 in January.
Source: Sundance Film Festival
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- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Netflix's critical hit "Orange Is the New Black" picked up four nominations for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards -- where it's entered as a comedy series.
The show (and its cast) is entered in the drama field for some other upcoming awards shows, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It's a bit of a tweener show, mixing both comedy and drama, but as there are no "dramedy" awards anywhere, it's a comedy for writing purposes.
The full list of series nominees is below. You can go here to see all the WGA TV and radio nominees, including those for news and children's programming. The awards are scheduled for Feb. 1.
"Mad Men »
Patton Oswalt has popped up on some of your favorite shows this year (Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Justified, Portlandia). And he’ll hop back onto the big screen on Christmas Day in Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. But let us not forget what he does best: Grab a mic and drop comedy truth nuggets.
Oswalt returns to the stage with a new stand-up special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, which debuts on Epix on Jan. 17. (Comedy Central will give it a basic-cable premiere in April.) Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and filmed in San Diego, the »
- Dan Snierson
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