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The 10 Best Running ‘Seinfeld’ Gags, Ranked

The 10 Best Running ‘Seinfeld’ Gags, Ranked
A bonafide staple of TV sitcom excellence, “Seinfeld” still lands. Co-created by namesake star Jerry Seinfeld and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” auteur Larry David, NBC’s iconic half-hour comedy received mixed reviews when it aired its pilot on July 5, 1989. The episode, titled “The Seinfeld Chronicles” was funny, no question. But the brilliantly understated beats of a stand-up comedian in New York City and his three closest friends talking about “nothing” ad infinitum wasn’t yet optimized for its raucous comedic potential. Fast-forward that metaphoric VHS a few years and you’ve got one of the most successful eight-handers in the history of the small screen, heralded by a bass line just as recognizable.

Seinfeld appeared as a fictionalized version of himself opposite Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, and Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer for a whopping nine seasons. Over the series’ 180 episodes, the “Seinfeld” gang explored
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‘Stranger Things’ Spinoff Will Be ‘1,000 Different’ Than Netflix Series, Introduce New Characters

‘Stranger Things’ Spinoff Will Be ‘1,000 Different’ Than Netflix Series, Introduce New Characters
Any “Stranger Things” spinoff series will not be following the core tweens in the current franchise starter.

Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer confirmed during the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast that a spinoff show is in the works, but fans should not expect a standalone story for Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven or Joe Keery’s Steve. Instead, the upcoming series will be “1,000 percent different” than the current flagship show.

“I’ve read these rumors that there’s going be an Eleven spinoff, that there’s going be a Steve and Dustin spinoff or that it’s another number,” the Duffer Brothers said. “That’s not interesting to me because we’ve done all that. We’ve spent I don’t know how many hours exploring all of that. So it’s very different.”

The Duffer Brothers added that the spinoff will maintain the same “storytelling sensibility” fans have come to love from “Stranger Things,
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Ryan Reynolds Gave David Harbour ‘Sweet’ Advice After ‘Hellboy’ Flop: ‘Am I Going to Survive This?’

Ryan Reynolds Gave David Harbour ‘Sweet’ Advice After ‘Hellboy’ Flop: ‘Am I Going to Survive This?’
David Harbour didn’t shy away from having a “Strange” conversation with Ryan Reynolds.

The “Stranger Things” star revealed to GQ UK that he reached out to Reynolds following the “flop” of “Hellboy” and asked Reynolds about how his career survived starring in the critically panned comic book installment “Green Lantern.”

Harbour played the titular antihero in the 2019 remake; Reynolds led the DC film “Green Lantern” in 2011 and infamously live-tweeted his first time watching the film a decade later after having “fear” over how bad it was. The “Deadpool” actor has also spoofed his “Green Lantern” appearance multiple times. So, Reynolds was the right person for Harbour to reach out to once Harbour knew “Hellboy” was off to a rocky start.

“I know him a little bit. I called him and I was like, ‘Hey man, I just need to know something. You know ‘Green Lantern?’ Huge flop for you.
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‘Friends’ Creator: It Was a ‘Mistake’ Misgendering Kathleen Turner’s Trans Character, I ‘Feel Stupid’

‘Friends’ Creator: It Was a ‘Mistake’ Misgendering Kathleen Turner’s Trans Character, I ‘Feel Stupid’
Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman opened up about the misstep in referring to Chandler Bing’s transgender parent, played by Kathleen Turner, in the original series as a man.

Kauffman, who created the 1994 to 2004 series with David Crane, admitted that “referring to her as ‘Chandler’s father’, even though Chandler’s father was trans” was a “mistake.”

“Pronouns were not yet something that I understood. So we didn’t refer to that character as ‘she.’ That was a mistake,” Kauffman said during “The Conversation” on the BBC World Service (via The Huffington Post).

Matthew Perry as Chandler endured numerous jokes about his “dad,” played by Turner, on the series. Turner played Chandler’s parent Charles Bing, who performed as Helena Handbasket for her drag stage show Viva Las Gaygas. The series never explicitly addressed whether Charles was trans, but Kauffman confirmed that she was.

Kauffman added that she set out to
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‘Stranger Things’ Might Have a ‘Game of Thrones’ Problem

‘Stranger Things’ Might Have a ‘Game of Thrones’ Problem
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “Stranger Things” Season 4, as well as “Game of Thrones.”]

In the trailer for “Stranger Things 4: Volume 2” it seemed certain someone would die.

And someone did die, but just one someone and not necessarily a someone who seemed in terrible danger before the two supersized episodes hit Netflix July 1 (or who even existed before the first batch of episodes debuted May 27). Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn), newcomer and fans’ Season 4 favorite, went out in a blaze of glory, decimated by otherworldly bats while he bought time to save everyone else. In fact, he died the exact death that almost befell Steve (Joe Keery) in “Volume 1,” but the Duffer brothers wouldn’t dream of killing Steve — or any of its other longtime leads, it seems — with another season left to go.

Quickly disposing of Eddie was never a guarantee, based on the show’s track record. Sadie Sink’s Max joined in
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Michael Mann: Don’t Expect ‘Heat 2’ to Be a ‘Modest Movie’ or ‘Expensive’ Series, No De Niro or Kilmer

Michael Mann: Don’t Expect ‘Heat 2’ to Be a ‘Modest Movie’ or ‘Expensive’ Series, No De Niro or Kilmer
Michael Mann confirmed his storyline for a “Heat” sequel will not be a “very expensive series” like HBO’s “Tokyo Vice.”

The director penned the upcoming novel “Heat 2” as a prequel origin story for Al Pacino and Robert De Niro’s respective characters, police officer Vincent Hanna and criminal Neil McCauley, showcasing the relationship between Hanna (Pacino) and Chris Shiherlis, played by Val Kilmer in the 1995 thriller.

While Pacino could conceivably be back as Hanna (and already has fan-casted Timothée Chalamet to play the younger version of himself) due to a time jump in the sequel installment, Mann confirmed that De Niro and Kilmer will not be reprising their roles.

“I love those guys, but they’d have to be six years younger than they were in ‘Heat,'” Mann told Empire Magazine. “It’s totally planned to be a movie. Is it a modest movie? No. Is it a very expensive series?
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State of the Festival: Treasures from the Jeonju Cinema Project

State of the Festival: Treasures from the Jeonju Cinema Project
A Flower in the Mouth.There is a common thread between two otherwise disparate premieres in the Forum section of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival—Eric Baudelaire’s A Flower in the Mouth, shot in France and the Netherlands, and Dane Komljen’s Afterwater, shot in Germany. Both films benefited from the direct involvement of the Jeonju Cinema Project: an extraordinary funding and development initiative undertaken in partnership with the South Korean city’s local government and the programming team of its annual film festival. Together, these two works mark out something like a gesture of intention for the project. Baudelaire’s film is a rich, single-setting response to the demands of microbudget filmmaking and pandemic strictures both, particularly in its second half, which transposes a 1922 Luigi Pirandello play to an all-night café in Paris. Meanwhile, Komjlen’s film is a more ephemeral vision overall, composed largely
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Why the Horrors of ‘Evil’ Sound Unlike Anything Else on TV

Why the Horrors of ‘Evil’ Sound Unlike Anything Else on TV
Evil” began strong, smuggling complex moral, spiritual, and sociopolitical issues into its procedural format with wit and style, and it has only gotten deeper, more moving, and more frightening over the course of three seasons. By focusing on a team of three investigators — forensic psychologist Dr. Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), newly ordained priest David (Mike Colter), and tech expert Ben (Aasif Mandvi) — who the Catholic Church has hired to look into various unexplainable occurrences, series creators Robert and Michelle King are able to deliver a sophisticated inquiry into the nature of belief and the origins of evil on a weekly basis, in a show that’s often diabolically funny as well as heartbreakingly tragic and poignant.

When it comes to delivering the horror-show goods, the most recent episode, “Demon of the Road,” is a case study in what “Evil” does best. The three leads head out to a long stretch of lonely highway,
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‘Paper Girls’ Trailer: Four Girls Get Caught Up In A Time-Travel War In New Amazon Prime Series This July

‘Paper Girls’ Trailer: Four Girls Get Caught Up In A Time-Travel War In New Amazon Prime Series This July
The last TV adaptation of a Brian K. Vaughn comic book, FX On Hulu‘s “Y: The Last Man,” had been long anticipated by fans. But the show didn’t click with critics or audiences, so FX canceled the show last year after only one season. Maybe the next one will fare better: Amazon Prime‘s take on Vaughn’s award-winning book from the 2010s, “Paper Girls.”

Read More: The 70 Most Anticipated TV Shows & Mini-Series Of 2022

The new show follows four 12-year-old girls caught in a war between time-travelers while delivering papers the morning after Halloween night in 1988.

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An Unexplained Order: João Pedro Rodrígues Discusses "Will-o'-the-Wisp"

An Unexplained Order: João Pedro Rodrígues Discusses
The fogo-fátuo, or will-o'-the-wisp, is a chemical reaction that resembles small phantasmagoric flames. The phenomenonon generally happens in marshy areas or burial grounds, where phosphorus and methane are released from decaying organic matter. After a reaction with the environment, these substances combust in ghostly bursts of light that float on swampy surfaces.This is a deeply accurate title for the new João Pedro Rodrígues film, a spontaneous explosion in the midst of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Thirteen years after Rodrígues’s last appearance on the Croisette with his fatidic melodrama To Die Like a Man (2009), Will-o’-the-Wisp takes a different approach to tragicomedy, a deconstruction of the musical genre embellished with a potpourri of hilarious eccentricities. A 67-minute package of voracious cinematographic twists and turns, Will-o'-the-Wisp recounts the long life of King Alfredo (Joel Branco). On his deathbed in the year 2069, he remembers a fleeting encounter with love and desire,
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‘Stranger Things 4’ Crosses 1 Billion Hours Viewed with Record-Breaking Vol. 2 Week

‘Stranger Things 4’ Crosses 1 Billion Hours Viewed with Record-Breaking Vol. 2 Week
Those aren’t July 4 fireworks; they’re “Stranger Things 4” Fourth of July Weekend ratings.

Buoyed by the highly anticipated release of its final two Season 4 episodes “Stranger Things” just became only the second Netflix series ever to cross 1 billion hours viewed within its first 28 days of availability, according to the streaming service’s internal metrics. Korean-language sensation “Squid Game” Season 1 was the first; it remains the overall record holder with 1.65 billion hours of viewership over its first four weeks. “Squid Game” has been renewed for a second season.

Now with 1.15 billion hours viewed within its first 28 days of availability, “Stranger Things 4” is the first English-language series to top that mind-numbing billion-hour threshold.

Episodes 8 and 9, the supersized final two episodes of Season 4, were released by Netflix on Friday. Those two episodes combined for 235 minutes of runtime and 301.28 million hours viewed in just three days of availability. They were very long (the
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‘Vesper’ Review: Exceptional Worldbuilding Makes This Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Tale Eerily Relatable [Karlovy Vary]

‘Vesper’ Review: Exceptional Worldbuilding Makes This Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Tale Eerily Relatable [Karlovy Vary]
A new Dark Age has come to Earth after man-made viruses destroyed its ecosystems and killed most animals, including humans. Of those who survived, the rich live in comfort and rule from walled-off citadels. The poor work on remote farms trading the blood of children for patented bio-blocked seeds that must be repurchased every harvest. While others known as pilgrims cover their bodies with thick, black cloaks and wordlessly drag rusty, scavenged metals to a tower reaching towards the sky.

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‘She-Hulk’: Tatiana Maslany Says Her Character Is The “Antithesis Of Most Superhero Narratives”

‘She-Hulk’: Tatiana Maslany Says Her Character Is The “Antithesis Of Most Superhero Narratives”
When the trailer for “She-Hulk” was released weeks ago, fans were a bit concerned. The CGI that was clearly in early development for the title character didn’t look right, at all. It was distractingly bad. Well, we are now about a month away from “She-Hulk” hitting Disney+, and you have to assume the VFX will be taken care of. That means star Tatiana Maslany can explain how the actual content of the series will be unlike what you’ve seen before.

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‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Fandom Leads Theaters to Ban Rowdy TikTokers in Suits

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Fandom Leads Theaters to Ban Rowdy TikTokers in Suits
There’s nothing “Despicable” about this adorable theater trend. But disturbing and distracting? Maybe.

Following the box office domination of “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” select theaters have issued bans to audiences wearing formal attire when attending screenings of the children’s animated film. Why? Well, it’s all due to a TikTok trend.

The viral “Minions” fandom has evolved into a squad of “gentleminions,” or people wearing suits to screenings. The Independent reported that some of those fans have cheered, clapped, shouted, and mocked the Minion voices in theaters, disrupting those who wanted to watch the film in peace. Certain cinemas have also had to issue refunds for audience members displeased with their in-person viewing experience after the film premiered in theaters July 1.

A Vue Cinema in Worcester shared they had to issue £1,300 worth of refunds in just one day due to complaints. An Odeon cinema location issued a
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Claire Denis Talks ‘Both Sides Of The Blade,’ Working With Juliette Binoche Again & More [Interview]

Claire Denis Talks ‘Both Sides Of The Blade,’ Working With Juliette Binoche Again & More [Interview]
This interview was conducted in March during Film at Lincoln Center’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema.

The incomparable Claire Denis has come to New York City for Film at Lincoln Center’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema, where her latest feature “Both Sides of the Blade” (formerly known as “Fire“) has been set for its US premiere. The third collaboration between the director and her recent muse Juliette Binoche, the drama finds the mature yet sensual Sara torn between men — her fresh-out-the-clink amour Vincent Lindon and her ex Grégoire Colin — as well as the versions of herself they represent.

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‘Thor: Love & Thunder’ Review: Taika Waititi Brings Mild Amusement To An Otherwise Inconsequential Sequel

‘Thor: Love & Thunder’ Review: Taika Waititi Brings Mild Amusement To An Otherwise Inconsequential Sequel
In our accelerated age of pop culture Adhd, it is remarkable how quickly something that feels fresh, can feel awfully familiar just one solo film later. Director Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017) was a crucial step in the evolution of Marvel’s Asgardian god, transforming the character and franchise from stuffy, airless Shakespearean theatre to comical, immature clown who has so much to learn despite the thousands of years he has lived throughout the galaxy.

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‘The Woman King’ First Look: Viola Davis Transforms Into Agoji Warrior for Historical Epic

‘The Woman King’ First Look: Viola Davis Transforms Into Agoji Warrior for Historical Epic
The real-life Agoji female warriors are now receiving their proper due on the big screen.

The Woman King” stars Viola Davis as General Nanisca, who led the all-women warriors in defense of the West African kingdom Dahomey in present-day Benin during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Lashana Lynch, John Boyega, and Thuso Mbedu also star in the film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and written by Dana Stevens. “The Woman King” premieres in theaters September 16.

“I’ve never had a role like this before. It’s transformative,” lead star and producer Davis told Vanity Fair. “There’s always a vision you have for your career, but there are very few roles as an actress of color. Dark skin with a wide nose and big lips. I’m just going to continue to say it. Those stories are extraordinarily limited…It is hard to be an artist, hard to be a Black artist,
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Everything to Know About Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ Starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling

Everything to Know About Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ Starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling
It’s a Barbie world, and we’re all just living in it.

What seems like a Mattel doll lifetime ago, Margot Robbie confirmed the “Barbie” live-action film adaptation in July 2019, with Greta Gerwig and partner Noah Baumbach co-writing the script. Gerwig was later announced to be directing the film.

The news marked the famed blonde-haired doll’s 60th anniversary. “Barbie” will premiere in theaters on July 21, 2023.

Robbie, who will star as Barbie opposite Ryan Gosling’s Ken, is slated to produce the film through her production company LuckyChap Entertainment. Mattel Films and HeyDay Films will co-produce.

The “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” star admitted that the film “comes with a lot of baggage and a lot of nostalgic connections” to honor the doll’s legacy. “But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it,” Robbie said to British Vogue. “People generally hear ‘Barbie’ and think,
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‘Stranger Things’ Creators Tease “‘Return Of The King’-Ish” Series Finale With “Like Eight Endings”

‘Stranger Things’ Creators Tease “‘Return Of The King’-Ish” Series Finale With “Like Eight Endings”
Even though there was an incredibly long wait between Seasons 3 and 4, “Stranger Things” returned this summer to record-breaking success on Netflix. Now, with Season 4 in the rearview, all the talk surrounds the upcoming fifth season, which is set to be the series’ last. And the Duffer Brothers, the creators of “Stranger Things,” are already teasing a finale that is going to be jam-packed with endings.

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‘The Blue Caftan’ Review: Maryam Touzani’s Film Is A Rich, Vibrant Ode To Complex Relationships [Karlovy Vary]

‘The Blue Caftan’ Review: Maryam Touzani’s Film Is A Rich, Vibrant Ode To Complex Relationships [Karlovy Vary]
The camera pans over folds of lush blue satin fabric. Quickly fingers enter the frame, caressing it with great care. From this tender opening, Maryam Touzani (“Adam”) crafts her latest film, “The Blue Caftan,” with as delicate a hand as its lead, artisan Halim, does in sewing his ceremonial caftans.

Halim is a maalem, or maker of traditional caftans, an art that was passed down from his father.

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