Fin: “Birth of a Nation” is problematic, “Aliens” for kids and when Spock met Data

Take every movie and every other work of art that’s ever been called “problematic.” Then add all that problematic-ness together, and it still would be less problematic than “Birth of a Nation.” D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film is a watershed in cinematic history, a groundbreaking achievement of filmmaking achievement.. which also happens to be a full-on more »

HBO Now? Streaming service said to cost $15 a month

There’s finally some news about HBO’s standalone streaming service. According to the International Business Times, the service is called HBO Now, it will debut in April- in time for the new Game of Thrones season- and Apple may be a partner. And the price is $15 per month. The other twist is that Apple may more »

NBC making comedy easier for cord-cutters

NBC is planning to offer a new service to consumers who don’t want to pay for cable, do want to watch The Tonight Show, Late Night and Saturday Night Live as they air, and really don’t want to wait for the clips to come online the following day. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that more »

AMC, EPIX arrive on Sling TV

Sling TV announced last month that AMC’s and EPIX’s networks were coming to the nascent streaming services. Now, they’re here. According to a Sling announcement, AMC and IFC have been added to the main Best of Live TV package, while EPIX’s channels (including EPIX, EPIX 2, EPIX 3, EPIX Drive-In and Sundance TV) are part more »

Jon Stewart’s successor? Your guess is as good as mine

Jon Stewart announced his impending retirement from The Daily Show about three weeks ago, on Feb. 10. Does anyone find it strange that we have no better of an idea who his successor will be now than we did then? Since the announcement, we’ve learned that the replacement won’t be John Oliver, or Jason Jones, more »

Fin: Goodbye Garfunkel and Oates, in defense of TV, and President Cuban

Sorry to hear that the Garfunkel and Oates” TV series is done after one year. I really enjoyed it and was hoping we’d have more. I guess Broad City is sort of doing the same thing- minus the music- only doing it better. But between this and The Birthday Boys, it seems like IFC is more »

‘Community’s first Yahoo trailer is a blockbuster

‘Community”s long-awaited sixth season will finally debut on Yahoo Screen, following a 10-month layoff, on March 17. Now, we have the first full trailer, which is structured an awful lot like a Marvel or other Blockbuster trailer: What do we know? There’s no sign of Donald Glover or Yvette Nicole Brown or Chevy Chase, all more »

Israel’s Netanyahu invokes ‘Game of Thrones’

In his controversial speech Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoked many things. The biblical story of Purim. The Holocaust. The works of Robert Frost and Elie Wiesel. Oh, and ‘Game of Thrones.’ Say what? Yes, about halfway through the speech, the prime minister was discussing what he calls more »

9 million more using connected TVs

As of the end of last year, 22 million TVs in the U.S. were connected TV, a sharp increase from 13 million at the same time the year before. And that figure is expected to rise to 47 million by 2017. That’s according to statistics released Monday by NPD Group, which added that connected TVs more »

Fox may send “Empire” on a concert tour

Empire has already taken some moves from the Glee playbook, releasing new iTunes singles weekly. Its season soundtrack drops March 10. Now Entertainment Weekly reports Fox is considering concert tours. Dana Walden, co-CEO of Fox Television Group, told the magazine it learned some lessons with Glee. The quality of the show is the most important more »

Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time” to become movie

The wild, trippy ride that is Adventure Time  was bound to get turned into a full-length movie. Deadline reports that Chris McKay and Roy Lee, the team that produced “The Lego Movie” will work their magic on a this movie. Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward will be involved too. The cartoon picks up after a more »

Fin: I’m sorry Greg Proops, Jesus lifts CNN and skipping Spock’s funeral

On Saturday night I went to see Greg Proops perform at the Helium Comedy Club here in Philadelphia, and it was a great set, as consistently hilarious as I’ve ever seen from a name comic here in Philly. However, I must say I owe an apology to Mr. Proops, because during the show, the following more »