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Girls Season 6 Episode 5 Review: Gummies

Hannah Horvath is going to be a mom.

But her brief foray into playing mom (to her own mom, no less) on Girls Season 6 Episode 5 didn't go so swimmingly.

After the game-changing reveal that Hannah is pregnant on Girls Season 6 Episode 4, "Gummies" made clear that Hannah's first thought to keep the baby isn't something that she'll just be changing her mind about on a whim. No, the latest installment of Girls made it undeniably obvious that Hannah is diving into this mom thing, head on.

Whether she'll be any good at it... well, that's another thing entirely.

Hannah's portion of "Gummies" centered around her mother Loreen's visit. Loreen, you'll recall, isn't in a great place in her personal life (what with the divorce and her recently-out gay ex-husband and all). But Loreen made big strides throughout Girls Season 5 in what provided a lovely subplot for Hannah's mom.

Unfortunately, hearing that
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Frank Oz on the Legacy of Jim Henson’s Muppets

Frank Oz on the Legacy of Jim Henson’s Muppets
On Sunday morning, Frank Oz — the celebrated puppeteer behind such Jim Henson characters as Miss Piggy, Grover, Fozzie Bear, and Sam the Eagle — premieres his new documentary “Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched” at SXSW. The film is a candid, often bitingly funny conversation between Oz and four of his closest colleagues: Dave Goelz (Gonzo), Bill Barretta (Rowlf the Dog), Fran Brill (Little Bird), and Jerry Nelson (Count von Count), who died in 2012.

Oz, 72, started his career as a puppeteer when he met Jim Henson at 19, and he went on to become a successful director of such comedic hits as “What About Bob?,” “In and Out,” and “Bowfinger.” He got the idea for his latest movie from his wife, Victoria, a business consultant, who thought the close camaraderie he shared with his co-workers is rare — proof that business culture can still be fun.

Oz shot the conversation some years ago,
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25 films all but guaranteed to cheer you up

Joe Richards Mar 24, 2017

Need to find a bit of movie happiness? Here are 25 films that might just do the trick...

Let's face it, we could all probably do with a little bit of cheering up right about now. Times are scary and times are tough, so it's perfectly natural to look for some kind of reassurance that everything will indeed be all right in the end.

Film is perhaps one of the most powerful and effective tools in doing this. It can be a transportative experience, an escape from reality, and, most importantly, it can act as a reminder of all that is good in the world.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 25 movies that are almost-guaranteed to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity...

City Lights

In truth, any of Charlie Chaplin’s films are perfect for those times when you just need to smile.
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Blu-ray Review – Dirty Dancing: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Dirty Dancing, 1987.

Directed by Emile Ardolino.

Starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Wayne Knight, Cynthia Rhodes, Kelly Bishop, Jack Weston, Jane Brucker, and Lonny Price.

Synopsis:

In the summer of 1963, teenager Baby Houseman goes on a family holiday and falls in love with a rebellious dance teacher.

Nostalgia is a powerful thing, and when you’re nostalgic about a film that celebrates nostalgia you know you’re a) overly sentimental and b) getting old. Yes, we’re at that stage now when those classic movies we loved growing up in the 1980s are getting anniversary editions and this year sees, amongst others, Dirty Dancing getting dusted down and re-packaged in a special 30th anniversary collector’s edition Blu-ray.

It is very doubtful that anybody reading this will need a plot rundown but just in case you’re totally oblivious to the charms of romantic musicals it goes like this:
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Muppet Babies: Disney Junior announces reboot

Joseph Baxter Oct 27, 2016

Disney is planning a Muppet Babies reboot, reviving the popular zany, infant-filled quasi-prequel of the 1980’s.

Even though Disney’s last attempt to bring The Muppets back to television resulted in an ABC series cancelled after a single season, plans are in the works for more small screen Muppets mayhem.

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Disney Junior has announced that the one and only Muppet Babies will be getting the reboot treatment on the young children’s cable channel. While the original 1980’s CBS Saturday morning standard featured conventionally drawn animation, the upcoming reboot will instead manifest as a CGI-based series (as seen in the picture above), structuring each episode into a duo of 11-minute stories. Per the Disney Junior branding, the new Muppet Babies will be aimed at children ages 4-7.

Serving as executive
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Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn Will Open October 28

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Texters, beware: The Downtown Brooklyn Alamo Drafthouse officially opens next Friday, October 28. Based in Austin, Texas and beloved by moviegoers, the theater chain is known for its food and alcohol menu, no-phone policy and interactive events. A Yonkers location opened in the summer of 2013, but this new Brooklyn outpost marks the company’s first foray into New York City proper.

Read More: Alamo Drafthouse Comes to Brooklyn: The Long Road Is Almost Over

“Diverse programming has been a cornerstone of our brand since its inception and I’m beyond thrilled to finally share films we love in the city of New York,” said Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse’s CEO and founder. “Blending classics, oddities, blockbusters and new discoveries allows us to further our mission of championing cinema with the widest variety of audiences.” One of the theater’s first programming series is “New in Town,” which will feature films like
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Great Job, Internet!: Miss Piggy gets felt up in this deeply upsetting Fifty Shades Of Grey parody

Muppet fans should prepare to forget what they thought they understood about the balance of power in the relationship between Miss Piggy and Kermit The Frog. The video mashup specialists at Darth Blender have created a profoundly not-right little concoction entitled “Fifty Shades Of Muppets” that is everything its title implies.

Yes, this is a parody of the trailer for the 2015 film version of Fifty Shades Of Grey starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, only with Kermit and Piggy in the lead roles. Clips from various Muppet movies, especially Muppets Most Wanted and The Muppets Take Manhattan, are employed to create the illusion that Kermit is portraying mysterious businessman Christian Grey and that Piggy is naïve college student Anastasia Steele. Here, it is kinky Kermit who indoctrinates prudish Piggy into the world of sadomasochism. This stands as a direct rebuke of decades of films and TV shows that have ...
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'Stranger Things' Season 2: Here's a guide to 1984 in pop culture

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'Stranger Things' Season 2: Here's a guide to 1984 in pop culture
Just in case you've been living in the Upside Down, let me get you up to speed: Stranger Things Season 2 is officially happening. And as revealed by the show's unreasonably-attractive creators the Duffer Brothers, the new episodes will be set a year after the events of the first season, which would place the characters squarely in the latter days of 1984 (Season 1 took place between November and December of 1983). While that's not a whole lot later, it's still enough time for a massive number of pop-culture and consumer products to have been introduced in the interim, from film to TV to music to technology. So what, pray tell, will Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Nancy, Jonathan and Steve (but not Barb, obvs) be using, watching, wearing, reading and listening to in the new season that wouldn't have been available to them in the prior timeline because they didn't exist yet? For those curious
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NYC Weekend Watch: Madonna, ‘In the City of Sylvia,’ ‘Amadeus’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Body of Work” presents Madonna’s more-impressive-than-you-think filmography, including the 25th-anniversary restoration of Truth or Dare. This weekend offers A League of Their Own, Desperately Seeking Susan, Shadows and Fog, and Dick Tracy.

Fantastic Mr. Fox screens on Saturday.

Film Forum

Double-billings continue with Hitchcock-Polanski, Reed-Welles, and Kelly- / Donen-Minelli.

A restoration of Howards End has begun its run.
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Muppets, Smurfs, and more: Check out our Featured Family Favourites for August!

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Muppets, Smurfs, and more: Check out our Featured Family Favourites for August!Muppets, Smurfs, and more: Check out our Featured Family Favourites for August!Jenny Bullough8/3/2016 12:42:00 Pm

Ah, August. The dog days of summer. The season is winding down, and although we still love the heat, the humidity is wearing on us a bit. And let’s face it, the kids are bouncing off the walls, and a part of us is looking forward to the start of the school year! When you’re looking for ways to keep the little ones entertained, look no further than your local Cineplex theatre. Every month there are classic family-friendly features playing on Saturday mornings at 11am. Admission is only $2.99 and a portion of the proceeds goes towards Free the Children. This Saturday, treat the family to an old favourite (and discover a new favourite) on the big screen!

Here's our
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Class of 1986: Somewhere That’s Green: Why Little Shop Of Horrors is Still One of the Greatest Movie Musicals Ever Made

I fell in love with Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors before I even saw a single frame of the film in December 1986. My mom’s boyfriend at the time worked for the Warner Bros. distribution center in Illinois, and sometime in the fall, he brought home an advanced copy of the soundtrack to Oz’s adaptation of the popular off-Broadway show, which of course was originally based on Roger Corman’s 1960 horror movie that featured performances from the likes of Dick Miller and Jack Nicholson.

And as I spent countless hours laying on my bedroom floor, humming along to the different songs (and singing the swear words whenever I thought I could get away with it), Little Shop of Horrors transported me to a place where underdogs could overcome the odds, alien plants could sing and craved human blood, and Steve Martin was a demented motorcycle-riding dentist addicted
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Two Questions Inspired By Ghostbusters

I'm off to a Ghostbusters (2016) screening and these questions and a desire to hear your answers suddenly struck me:

1. Which male heavy movie would you most love to see rethunk with a female heavy cast?

2. If you had a vote for Best Original Song in 1984 which of the hit single nominees would you have gone for? (They were all huge hits)

"Against All Odds" (Against All Odds)

"Footloose" (Footloose)

"Ghostbusters" (Ghostbusters)

"I Just Called To Say I Love You" (The Woman in Red)

"Let's Hear It For the Boy" (Footloose)

...or would you have chucked out the nominees altogether to have "I Can Dream About You" (Streets of Fire) "The Heat is On" (Beverly Hills Cop) "Love Came For Me" (Splash), "Together Again" (The Muppets Take Manhattan), "Almost Paradise" (Footloose), "The Never Ending Story" (The Never Ending Story), "Together in Electric Dreams" (Electric Dreams), or maybe five songs from Purple Rain
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NYC Touts Growth of Biz Employment, Push for Diversity with Film Commission’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

NYC Touts Growth of Biz Employment, Push for Diversity with Film Commission’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
The boom in film and TV lensing during the past 10 years in New York City has been undeniable. Now Mayor Bill de Blasio and film commissioner Julie Menin are honing the focus to ensure that the wealth spreads throughout the city, by promoting what de Blasio called programs “to make this a five-borough industry that reaches every kind of New Yorker.”

De Blasio and Menin, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, unveiled Wednesday an initiative to distribute 1,000 free tickets to Broadway shows and another 1,000 movie tickets to residents of public housing in the city. That effort to increase access to the arts is part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of what was the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting.

To herald New York’s continued push to expand its footprint in media and entertainment, de Blasio and Menin unveiled
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Tearing Muppets Apart – Geek Girl Navigating the World

On August 4, 2015, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy formally announced the end of their relationship. It’s been all over the internet in the days following.

The Muppets were a huge part of my childhood. One of the first movies I really remember going to see was “The Muppets Take Manhattan”, and I grew up watching “Sesame Street”. As an adult, I’ve been to see the new Muppet movie releases and purchased all three seasons of the original “Muppet Show” that have been released (and am waiting for the other two any time now).

When ABC announced they’d be airing a new “Muppet Show” starting in September this fall, I was excited. That’s been tarnished by what feels like a cheap shot at publicity.

Now, I realize that the famous pig and her equally famous frog beau are fictional characters. It’s also very true that bad
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Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix in July

It’s almost July and that means Netflix is about to give their content a refresh. Some of the notable titles leaving include: Super Troopers, Descent, and The Muppets take Manhattan. So if you haven’t seen some of these titles, plan your nights accordingly. We of course can look forward more than a few new titles including the premiere of Bojack Horseman’s second season (voiced by Will Arnett) and one of my favorite movies Alive, pictured above.

We also get the return of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp; the eight-episode series is a prequel to Wain’s 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer. The series will launch July 31.

Available July 1

Alive (1993)

An Honest Liar (2014)

Bad Hair Day (2015)

Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (2009)

Bulworth (1998)

Dave Attell: Road Work (2014)

Death in Paradise: Season Three (2014)

Grandma’s Boy (2006)

Hostage (2005)

Invizimals: The Alliance Files (2014)

La Reina del Sur (2011)

Octonauts:
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Last Call! These Movies Are Leaving Netflix at the End of June

Time to get cracking on that Netflix queue! A whole bunch of titles are about to disappear in July, including movies like Super Troopers, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Cast Away. Even if you're only halfway through June's new movies, it's time to take a break, because this may be your last chance to see She's All That for a while. Check out the full list of movies and shows below! Expiring July 1 Big Fish Big Top Pee-wee Bowling for Columbine Cast Away Cheech and Chong's Next Movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Four Weddings and a Funeral Fried Green Tomatoes Harper's Island: The Complete Series Jack Frost Louis C.K.: Hilarious Melrose Place 2.0 Melrose Place (Seasons 1-7) Moonstruck Natural Born Killers: Director's Cut Patton Racing Stripes Seven Years in Tibet She's All That Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Space Cowboys Stephen King
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What's Leaving Netflix in July 2015

Want to revisit "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" before "Terminator: Genisys" opens? Better do it before July 1, when Netflix says "Hasta la vista" to the 1991 sequel.

If you have a hankering to watch "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Moonstruck," "Cast Away," or "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," get on it, because those are also disappearing in July.

And start marathoning these TV classics before they go poof: "Leave it to Beaver," "Dragnet," "Mission: Impossible," "Hawaii Five-o," "Magnum P.I.," "Miami Vice," "Knight Rider," "Melrose Place" and "Wings." Also bid goodbye to the Stephen King miniseries "The Stand" (1994) and "The Langoliers" (1995).

Below is a complete list of the movies that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in July 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)​

Leaving July 1

"Beauty and the Beast" Seasons 1-
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New 'Muppets' TV Show Coming from 'Big Bang' Co-Creator

New 'Muppets' TV Show Coming from 'Big Bang' Co-Creator
After a successful return to the big screen with 2011's The Muppets and last year's sequel Muppets Most Wanted, The Muppets are returning to the small screen with a new TV series from The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Anger Management writer-producer Bob Kushell. ABC has ordered a comedy pilot presentation for the new Muppets TV series, which Deadline reports will be set behind-the-scenes of a late-night talk show. Both Bill Prady and Bob Kushell will executive produce, with Bob Kushell serving as showrunner, should it get picked up to series.

Disney-owned The Muppets Studios is co-producing with ABC Studios. Disney bought the Muppets character rights back in 2004, but this is the first we've heard of a new Muppets TV series. Of course, the franchise first started on the small screen with several of the characters appearing on Sesame Street when it debuted in 1969, before creator Jim Henson
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Joan Rivers Oscar snub: Melissa Rivers offers official response

Joan Rivers Oscar snub: Melissa Rivers offers official response
Melissa Rivers has responded to outrage over her mother Joan Rivers being left out of an 'In Memoriam' segment at the 87th Academy Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have drawn criticism for leaving Rivers out of a segment honouring deceased celebrities like Robin Williams, Lord Richard Attenborough and Bob Hoskins at Sunday's ceremony.

Outrage over the snub on social media grew so strong that the Academy addressed the matter in a statement: "Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the 'In Memoriam' segment of this year's Oscar show.

"She is, however, included in our 'In Memoriam' gallery on Oscar.com."

Melissa has since offered an official response on her late mother's Facebook account.

"It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season, but [my son] Cooper and I have been overwhelmed with
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The Academy's Excuse For Snubbing Joan Rivers Is Lame

Every year at the Academy Awards, an emotional tribute is held to recognize those lost in the film industry that year. 2015 marked an especially emotional time with big names including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams, Bob Hoskins, and Richard Attenborough on the list. But, among those fallen there were a few very important names left out of the "In Memoriam" segment of the show. And many were especially upset that the iconic comedian Joan Rivers was left out of the video montage. Social media erupted, news outlets were shocked, no one could believe that someone as well-known as Joan Rivers was not honored at the 2015 Oscars. Yes, she was a stand-up comic and TV personality, but she also made appearances in films such as The Muppets Take Manhattan and Spaceballs. So, in response an Academy representative spoke out. They responded to Rivers. omission with a statement (via THR): Joan Rivers
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