'The Big Sick' Is Michael Showalter's Most Serious Comedy Yet

This post was originally published on this site The man behind Search Party and Wet Hot American Summer talks about learning to write comedy without making everything a joke. Michael Showalter has been known to be a little ahead of his time. He and other members of the comedy troupe Stella (Michael Ian Black, David Wain) are responsible for some of the funniest, sharpest, most subversive comedy of the 2000s, but the world wasn’t ready for Stella when it was a short-lived Comedy Central sketch series. Nor was it ready for Wet Hot American Summer, a movie Showalter wrote with Wain (who directed). Eventually, justice was done and Wet Hot now exists in the pantheon of great comedy movies; it has its own Netflix spinoff series, the second volume of which starts shooting soon. Showalter, for his part, is trying something else. He wrote and directed 2015’s Hello, My Name … Read more

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What to Download and Watch on Netflix Every Time You Fly

This post was originally published on this site We seriously did the math. Now that you can download a lot of Netflix‘s back catalog onto your dang PHONE, plane travel has never been less horrifying (though it’s still pretty awful). Netflix has handily provided this little infographic on some titles currently available offline for your journeys near and far: We also did some important, extensive math to make sure you don’t need to spend a single solitary second reading an in-flight magazine where Jerry Seinfeld gives an interview about his favorite $300,000-a-night Portugese villa, or something. If you have 90 minutes (New York City to Boston) Two Episodes of Arrested Development Season FourIt’s really OK! Give it another chance! Two Episodes of Better Call SaulThere’s something about air travel that makes every slow-burn episode of TV slightly more bearable. If you’ve never gotten around to Better Call Saul, now’s the … Read more

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'Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later' Gets a Glorious, Fundamentally Insane New Trailer

This post was originally published on this site Just over a month to go. Wet Hot American Summer, the 2001 commercial and critical flop-turned-ultimate cult movie-turned 2015 Netflix prequel series, has a new chapter. Ten Years Later follows through on a promise suggested by Bradley Cooper’s Ben in the original movie: that the entire gang get back together at Camp Firewood a decade on, in 1991. Well, they’re doing it, and here’s the proof: [embedded content] This is not a trailer for the uninitiated, but to fans of the movie, and the prequel series (which really was tremendous), this is a pure two-minute joy ride. Paul Rudd’s awful, sweet, moron Andy looks to have changed the most physically in the past decade, retaining pretty much every other characteristic that made him so charmingly… charmless. Chris Meloni’s Gene returns with perhaps an illegitimate son in tow. There are also, thank God, … Read more

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The New Director of the Han Solo Star Wars Movie is a Big Surprise

This post was originally published on this site Ron Howard voice: It’s not. Rumors were already abound that Howard was at the front of the pack for the vacant director’s chair(s) the moment Lord and Miller departed, but this is still a surprisingly fast turnaround. You’ve got to wonder if the problems had been brewing for a while, and Howard had been in the wings since before yesterday. As hard as it is to lose Lord and Miller, who are yet to whiff it on a big idea or beloved property (their work on turning 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie into classic movies is nothing short of miraculous), Howard is a bit of a coup for a project that could have been thrown into tumult. He’s an able director of just about any genre (Parenthood remains one of my personal favorite family dramas, and Rush was pretty damn … Read more

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