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The Best Romantic Comedies on TV, Ranked

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The Best Romantic Comedies on TV, Ranked
This year has been, by all accounts, tumultuous. In the past, viewers might turn to romantic comedies to remind them that everything will be Ok; to distract themselves from the seemingly unending onslaught of disheartening news, and inspire them to believe in the future.

But 2017 has seen a slight shift in the genre’s purpose. This year, more “rom-coms” than ever are taking their stories very, very seriously. From the black comic truths of Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Divorce” to the healing power of love post-trauma in Tig Notaro’s “One Mississippi,” this batch of romantic-minded comedies are addressing issues as honestly as anything else on television.

Sure, there’s still room for flirtatious fun, “will they or won’t they” pairings, and soul-bearing emotional confessions, but the list gathered below speaks to the state of the world: Love can still conquer all, but it’s not a cloaking agent.
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The Best Romantic Comedies on TV, Ranked

The Best Romantic Comedies on TV, Ranked
This year has been, by all accounts, tumultuous. In the past, viewers might turn to romantic comedies to remind them that everything will be Ok; to distract themselves from the seemingly unending onslaught of disheartening news, and inspire them to believe in the future.

But 2017 has seen a slight shift in the genre’s purpose. This year, more “rom-coms” than ever are taking their stories very, very seriously. From the black comic truths of Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Divorce” to the healing power of love post-trauma in Tig Notaro’s “One Mississippi,” this batch of romantic-minded comedies are addressing issues as honestly as anything else on television.

Sure, there’s still room for flirtatious fun, “will they or won’t they” pairings, and soul-bearing emotional confessions, but the list gathered below speaks to the state of the world: Love can still conquer all, but it’s not a cloaking agent.
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Meet Mary James! Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin Welcome a Daughter

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Meet Mary James! Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin Welcome a Daughter
It’s a girl for Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin!

The co-creators of the Netflix series Love welcomed daughter Mary James Rust on Tuesday, Oct. 10, Arfin shared on Instagram alongside a snap of the new baby girl sound asleep.

Mary James Rust 10.10.17,” she captioned the photo of the couple’s first child, who joins the family dog Judy.

Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the People Babies newsletter.

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Happy Death Day Review

Blumhouse’s spunky time-loop thriller Happy Death Day plays like a CW-ized Edge Of Tomorrow rehash with the heart of Scream Queens – except, like, totally without self-awareness. Whether Christopher Landon’s vision takes itself too seriously, not serious enough or just plain skimps on horror, Scott Lobdell’s story is basic with a capital “Blah.” That’s not to say fun isn’t had, it’s just all a collegiate Mean Girls schtick that never matches up to university slaughterers like Sorority Row. For a movie about temporal anomalies and never-ending birthday horrors, there’s something unjustly mundane about a glorified slasher drama without the decency to get wild with kills. Not that its PG-13 rating would dare show such bloodshed anyway…

Jessica Rothe stars as Tree Gelbman, a Kappa sorority girl who wakes up in Carter Davis’ (Israel Broussard) dumpy dorm room after yet another drunken blackout. She scurries
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‘Rick and Morty’: 12 Guest Stars Who Make Season 3 Worth Re-Watching

‘Rick and Morty’: 12 Guest Stars Who Make Season 3 Worth Re-Watching
Rick and Morty” is one of the best-looking animated series on TV. As high-concept as these travels through technicolor dreamlands and psychedelic wormholes can get, “Rick and Morty” wouldn’t be what it is without some talented performers bringing the show’s characters to life.

In Season 3, series co-creator Justin Roiland did more of the heavy lifting than ever before (including anchoring an entire episode by his lonesome). But, as usual, this now-finished season also drew on some incredible voice talent for some one-off delights. Some of these guest stars were such a natural fit for the show that it’s surprising it took this long for the show to utilize their talents. (How did two whole seasons go by before a pair of “Community” folks showed up?)

Read More:Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked

So as part of our multi-faceted farewell to Season 3 (you can read our review
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‘Rick and Morty’: 12 Guest Stars Who Make Season 3 Worth Re-Watching

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‘Rick and Morty’: 12 Guest Stars Who Make Season 3 Worth Re-Watching
Rick and Morty” is one of the best-looking animated series on TV. As high-concept as these travels through technicolor dreamlands and psychedelic wormholes can get, “Rick and Morty” wouldn’t be what it is without some talented performers bringing the show’s characters to life.

In Season 3, series co-creator Justin Roiland did more of the heavy lifting than ever before (including anchoring an entire episode by his lonesome). But, as usual, this now-finished season also drew on some incredible voice talent for some one-off delights. Some of these guest stars were such a natural fit for the show that it’s surprising it took this long for the show to utilize their talents. (How did two whole seasons go by before a pair of “Community” folks showed up?)

Read More:Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked

So as part of our multi-faceted farewell to Season 3 (you can read our review
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DVD Review: Dean (2016): An Adequate, Quirky Dramedy From Demetri Martin

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Dean DVD Review Dean (2016) DVD Review, a movie directed by Demetri Martin, starring Demetri Martin, Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs, Reid Scott, and Mary Steenburgen. Release Date: August 29, 2017 Plot “A comedy about loss, grief, and the redemptive power of love. Dean is a NY illustrator who falls hard for an La woman while trying to prevent his [...]

Continue reading: DVD Review: Dean (2016): An Adequate, Quirky Dramedy From Demetri Martin
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‘HarmonQuest’ Season 2: Dan Harmon On Getting to Be a Narcissist While Spencer Crittenden Does All The Work

‘HarmonQuest’ Season 2: Dan Harmon On Getting to Be a Narcissist While Spencer Crittenden Does All The Work
Spencer Crittenden went into “HarmonQuest” a game master and came out a showrunner. Long the trusted guide of the adventures of Fondue (Dan Harmon), Beor (Erin McGathy), and Bone Weevil (Jeff Davis) on the hybrid animated/live-action series and in other Harmon-led projects, Crittenden has taken a larger role than ever on “HarmonQuest” Season 2. That means not only continuing the ongoing deeds of Fondue and Co., but bringing in a new batch of week-to-week one-off characters to join the fray.

“A big part of role-playing games is that every group is different, every table is different, every player has different values and ideas of what the game is,” Crittenden recently told IndieWire. “They’re all kind of right and kind of wrong, but everyone is still having fun. I think they all highlight the correct way to play and show that you don’t necessarily have to be an expert.
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‘HarmonQuest’ Season 2: Dan Harmon On Getting to Be a Narcissist While Spencer Crittenden Does All The Work

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‘HarmonQuest’ Season 2: Dan Harmon On Getting to Be a Narcissist While Spencer Crittenden Does All The Work
Spencer Crittenden went into “HarmonQuest” a game master and came out a showrunner. Long the trusted guide of the adventures of Fondue (Dan Harmon), Beor (Erin McGathy), and Bone Weevil (Jeff Davis) on the hybrid animated/live-action series and in other Harmon-led projects, Crittenden has taken a larger role than ever on “HarmonQuest” Season 2. That means not only continuing the ongoing deeds of Fondue and Co., but bringing in a new batch of week-to-week one-off characters to join the fray.

“A big part of role-playing games is that every group is different, every table is different, every player has different values and ideas of what the game is,” Crittenden recently told IndieWire. “They’re all kind of right and kind of wrong, but everyone is still having fun. I think they all highlight the correct way to play and show that you don’t necessarily have to be an expert.
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Disney's Aladdin Takes Old Star Wars 9 Release Date

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Disney's Aladdin Takes Old Star Wars 9 Release Date
Disney dropped two major pieces of news today, revealing that J.J. Abrams will take over for Colin Trevorrow at the helm of Star Wars 9, which lead to the second item later today, when the Star Wars 9 release date was delayed from May 24, 2019 to December 20, 2019. That release date shift has lead to the studio shuffling some of its other dates around, most notably, giving the highly-anticipated Aladdin remake the old Star Wars 9 date, setting it for release on May 24, 2019. As of now, the live-action Aladdin movie will face Warner Bros.' Minecraft, with Stx's Uglydolls and TriStar's The Rosie Project dropping May 10, 2019 and Disney/Marvel's Avengers 4 starting the summer movie season on May 3, 2019.

Deadline also reports that, despite Star Wars 9 shifting release dates before filming even begins, the studio is still standing firm with its May 25, 2018 release date for their Han Solo spin-off. After firing Phil Lord and Chris Miller in the middle of production,
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The Best Comedies on Netflix, Ranked

The Best Comedies on Netflix, Ranked
Netflix first made a name for itself with dramas such as “House of Cards,” “Hemlock Grove” and “Orange is the New Black” (which, despite its initial insistence to the contrary, was indeed a drama). But comedy wasn’t far behind. The streaming giant first got into the comedy game in 2013 with the “Arrested Development” revival, and by 2015, premiered signature shows like “Master of None” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Befitting its desire to offer something for everyone, Netflix has quickly cast a wide comedy net — dark comedy, multi-camera shows shot in front of a studio audience and absurdist humor, among other variations. The best original series from the streaming giant evoke more than just a few chuckles, to be sure. They share insights into the world we all share and offer various perspectives from around the globe. They tell exciting, addictive, and yup, sometimes even alarming stories that will surprise.

But the good ones,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

The Best Comedies on Netflix, Ranked

  • Indiewire
The Best Comedies on Netflix, Ranked
Netflix first made a name for itself with dramas such as “House of Cards,” “Hemlock Grove” and “Orange is the New Black” (which, despite its initial insistence to the contrary, was indeed a drama). But comedy wasn’t far behind. The streaming giant first got into the comedy game in 2013 with the “Arrested Development” revival, and by 2015, premiered signature shows like “Master of None” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Befitting its desire to offer something for everyone, Netflix has quickly cast a wide comedy net — dark comedy, multi-camera shows shot in front of a studio audience and absurdist humor, among other variations. The best original series from the streaming giant evoke more than just a few chuckles, to be sure. They share insights into the world we all share and offer various perspectives from around the globe. They tell exciting, addictive, and yup, sometimes even alarming stories that will surprise.

But the good ones,
See full article at Indiewire »

Contest: Win Demetri Martin’s ‘Dean’ On DVD

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It’s been a busy summer, with plenty of big films, and arthouse gems. But one independent picture you might’ve overlooked is “Dean.” Directed, written and starring comedian Demetri Martin, the warm indie dramedy deserves a bit more love, and we have DVDs for some lucky readers, to help them catch up.

Co-starring Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs, Mary Steenburgen, Reid Scott, Rory Scovel, Christine Woods, Ginger Gonzaga, Peter Scolari and Briga Heelan, the story follows an illustrator whose unwillingness to deal with the recent death of his mother means escaping his hometown of New York for an interview with an ad agency in Los Angeles.

Continue reading Contest: Win Demetri Martin’s ‘Dean’ On DVD at The Playlist.
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Augustus Prew Joins Netflix Comedy ‘Ibiza’

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Actor Augustus Prew has been cast in the Alex Richanbach-helmed comedy film Ibiza, from Gary Sanchez Productions for Netflix. The pic stars Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer, and Phoebe Robinson as three ambitious women whose work trip to Ibiza quickly degenerates into a wild vacation of nightclubbing and romance. Prew will play Miles, a handsome, wealthy, club-goer who shares an immediate spark with Leah (Robinson) when they meet on a flight to Ibiza. Lauryn Kahn
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'Lemon' Review: Brett Gelman's Alt-Loser 'Comedy' Lives Up to Its Name

'Lemon' Review: Brett Gelman's Alt-Loser 'Comedy' Lives Up to Its Name
Do you find Brett Gelman hilarious? It's not a rhetorical question: You either consider the comedian's act, located at the intersection of Adult Swim and aggressively annoying, as the epitome of edgy, avant–ha-ha humor or you probably don't consider it at all. When deployed correctly in small doses – see the staggeringly great Amazon Britcom Fleabag – Gelman's subway-frotteur vibe can add the perfect toxic aftertaste. And even if the weaponized uncomfortability of something like his Dinner in America short isn't your bag, you have to admire the sheer commitment of
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Lemon Review

Humans. Such a savage tribe. Complex beings who view heartwarming triumphs and delusional meltdowns with the same excitement. Life deals a bum hand now and again, which we like to see in our movies – something Janicza Bravo’s Lemon understands. A quirky, deadpan descent into emotional abandonment that tears one man apart day by day. Arthouse to the core, but with detrimental and divisive results. You can only endure so many jump-away cuts and vapid characters before dialogue becomes Charlie-Brown-teacher monotone. “Wah wah, wah wah,” cut to thrown cake. “Wah wah,” enter Megan Mullally. A formula always followed by the same question – “Why?”

Brett Gelman stars as Isaac, whose blind wife of 10 years just walked out for good. At the same time, his star theater pupil Alex (Michael Cera) is leaving for a major motion picture filming in Denmark. It doesn’t help that his agent (played by Jeff Garlin
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Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked

Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked
Rick and Morty” does things no other TV shows would dare to do. Even with the infinite possibilities of a portal gun, this is a show that regularly finds a way to reinvent its own rules and subvert expectations of what a comedy can achieve in half-hour increments.

So, in a constant quest to help “Rick and Morty” newbies find the ideal entry point into the series (and to prove to everyone the microverse car battery episode is vastly under-appreciated), we’ve separated out every installment of the show with a little bit of context to explain why each episode deserves its place in the show’s hierarchy.

Read More:The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century

And let’s be honest: 94 percent of the people who clicked on this story have already skipped down to see where “Pickle Rick” is, so let’s skip the pleasantries, say “Shum shum schlippity dop!
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked

  • Indiewire
Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked
Rick and Morty” does things no other TV shows would dare to do. Even with the infinite possibilities of a portal gun, this is a show that regularly finds a way to reinvent its own rules and subvert expectations of what a comedy can achieve in half-hour increments.

So, in a constant quest to help “Rick and Morty” newbies find the ideal entry point into the series (and to prove to everyone the microverse car battery episode is vastly under-appreciated), we’ve separated out every installment of the show with a little bit of context to explain why each episode deserves its place in the show’s hierarchy.

Read More:The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century

And let’s be honest: 94 percent of the people who clicked on this story have already skipped down to see where “Pickle Rick” is, so let’s skip the pleasantries, say “Shum shum schlippity dop!
See full article at Indiewire »

Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 4 Review – ‘Vindicators 3: The Return of the Worldender’

Liam Hoofe reviews the fourth episode of Rick and Morty season three, Vindicators 3: Return of the Worldender…

Ever since Rick and Morty returned to our screens two weeks ago, the show has been very heavy on pop culture parodies. The first episode Rickmancing the Stone was a parody of the Mad Max franchise and the post apocalypse sub-genre in general, while last week’s episode Pickle Rick was a parody of today’s action movies, particularly The Raid and John Wick. This week it was the turn of the superhero genre in Vindicators 3: The Return of the Worldender.

The episode began with a nice throwback to Season One – Morty cashing in his coupon to choose one in every ten adventures for the duo, opting to answer a literal call to adventure from The Vindicators, a group of intergalactic superheroes.

The Vindicators need Rick and Morty’s help to
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Rick and Morty season 3 episode 4 review: Vindicators 3 - The Return Of Worldender

Joe Matar Aug 14, 2017

Rick and Morty's very funny, tightly plotted latest episode feels like a classic from season one. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.4 Vindicators 3 - The Return Of Worldender

Rick And Morty Season 3, wisely and perhaps unavoidably, has been leaning hard into the conceit that Rick can—but doesn’t have to—do anything. Considering this was quickly established in the show’s first season, it’s impressive they’ve continued to wring adventures out of a series with an unstoppable nihilist as a protagonist. A show with less confident writing would be at a loss for conflict, dead in the water, and, admittedly, even Rick And Morty flailed a little in season two.
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