Fin: Obama and “The Interview,” Serial non-listeners against Serial and many, many sixth boroughs

I don’t get these people blaming Barack Obama for the “Interview” cancellation. What did you want him to do, force the release to proceed? Any action he could have taken would have exceeded his powers as president- and if he’d done anything, Obama would likely be criticized by all the same people for “overreaching.” (The more »

Will ‘Fargo’ stream on Hulu? You betcha

Yesterday, Hulu announced that it had reached an exclusive agreement with FX Networks to stream several of the FX and FXX channel’s newer shows on Hulu, including The Americans, You’re the Worst, and the upcoming shows starring Billy Crystal, Denis Leary and Zach Galifianakis. Missing from that list was any mention of Fargo, the mini-series more »


NatGeo’s incredible new form of entertainment: Wild Safari Live

There’s firm stratification between the Adventurers of the world and the Normals. The Adventurers are bold, brave, and always have the neatest GoPro videos uploaded onto Facebook on the regular. They make the Normals question our life decisions and seriously consider quitting our jobs, abandoning our families, and traipsing off to Nepal to climb Mount Everest more »

5 movies that mocked active dictators and were released anyway

In light of Sony and the movie exhibitors’ decision to pull the release of its upcoming movie “The Interview,” which depicted an assassination plot against Kim Jong-Il, many have pointed out that Hollywood has a long history of making fun of real-life tyrants, contemporary to the time of the films. And in every one of more »

Fin: In defense of “garbage,” the forgotten “Avatar” and recalling Mr. Hankey

Apparently now it’s a no-no to refer to things as “garbage.” I admit it’s become somewhat overused- I try to only use “garbage” 2 or 3 times a year in reference to movies, and only once or twice in regards to people. But come on, there’s nothing wrong with the word itself (The Atlantic) I more »

GE readies streaming documentary on breakdancing- minus the electric boogaloo

The latest high-profile streaming documentary is coming from an unlikely place, and it’s on an unlikely subject. According to Reuters, General Electric is planning to release an original documentary about breakdancing, called “Shake the Dust.” The doc, executive-produced by rap star Nas, will debut Dec. 24, running on such streaming platforms as Roku and Apple more »

Amazon, contra Netflix, touts offline viewing

When Netflix announced yesterday that it was bringing its app to a cable/satellite cable box for the first time, due to a deal with Dish, one other tidbit was mentioned in several stories: While customers have been requesting the possibility of Netflix adding offline viewing, a Netflix executive recently rejected the idea. According to the more »

FX’s younger shows will stream exclusively on Hulu

Hulu and FX Networks have announced a deal that gives Hulu exclusive subscription video on-demand rights to FX’s original series, the ones produced by FX’s own production arm. The deal covers such series as Tyrant, The Strain, Married, and You’re the Worst, as well as a long list of FX and FXX shows set to debut in 2015 more »

Fin: Barack and Boyhood, Hitler and @dogboner and “Jeopardy” in Jeopardy

“Boyhood” is President Obama’s favorite movie on the year. And come on, it’s obviously because of the scene where that lady gushes over him (Hollywood Reporter) I enjoyed the AV Club’s list of the best movie scenes of the year, and it contains some good ones, but come on: The best movie scene of the more »

Twitter on the “Interview” decision

From a quick look at social media following the decisions by every major movie theater chain to delay or cancel the release of the movie “The Interview,”  it doesn’t appear that anyone agrees with the decision. It may be the most one-sided reaction in the history of Twitter. I’ve seen no “it’s a tough call, more »

Michaela Watkins is Sarah Koenig in the most perfect “Serial” parody

“Serial”‘s first season is over Thursday, so if you’re going to make a definitive parody of the popular true crime podcast, now’s the time. That’s exactly what Funny or Die did, with a very funny sketch sending up just about every aspect of Serial. There’s the music. The Best Buy pay phone stuff. The stammering. more »

Dish puts Netflix on the Hopper

For as long as Netflix’s streaming has existed, subscribers have needed to watch it either through a mobile device, or a Roku/Apple TV/Chromecast device, or a gaming console, but never through their cable box. That’s about to change, with the news that Dish Network has become the first cable or satellite provider to “integrate the more »