CBS is turning the action comedy ‘Rush Hour’ franchise into an hour long drama

It’s hard to fathom how popular the ‘Rush Hour’ film franchise is. The original pairing of the motor-mouthed Chris Tucker and the physics defying martial artistry of Jackie Chan yielded a respectable $244 million worldwide. Parts 2 and 3 went on to bank $347 million and $258 million respectively. All told, that’s over three quarters more »

Delaney in the USA: ‘Catastrophe’ headed to Amazon

Have you been reading comedian Rob Delaney’s hilarious Twitter, seeing him frequently mention his British comedy series Catastrophe, and wondering when it might arrive stateside? Wonder no more. Amazon has reached a deal to bring the series to the U.S., Variety reported Thursday: Set in London, “Catastrophe” is about an Irish woman (Horgan) and American more »

TruTV taps Shaq for workplace sitcom

I’m Dwight Schrute, assistant Shaquille O’ Neal. Ahem, that’s assistant TO Shaquille O’ Neal. TruTV thinks the star of such hits as “Steel” and “Ka-Zaam” just hasn’t found the right format for his acting talents. It’s betting that will be a workplace comedy tentatively titled Shaq Inc. Deadline reports it has ordered a pilot starring more »

Fin: Tweets make strange bedfellows- and stolen jokes; Gene Hackman is still alive

Kind of a funny social media moment Tuesday night: After the news broke about Michelle Obama appearing in Saudi Arabia sans headscarf, I made a joke on Facebook about how it’s “not bad for the wife of a secret Muslim.” My old friend Karol, a relatively well-known writer who leans about as far right as I more »

WWE Network gains 1 million subscribers, drops Wrestlemania numbering

In what has been a very interesting week for WWE, the company announced it has hit 1 million subscribers for its WWE Network streaming venture. It cites a free November promotion, the successful UK launch and Royal Rumble pay-per-view as big reasons for finally hitting the financial break even point. WWE’s stock price increased 22 more »


Get ready for Dan Savage: The Sitcom

Dan Savage has been a pioneering sex advice columnist for over 20 years. He’s been an influential commentator in support of gay rights and sexual freedom, he founded the It Gets Better project, and he forever ruined the last name of Rick Santorum, as well as any and all future Santorums. Now, Savage may add more »

Banned Super Bowl commercial watch: Still nothing banned, but GoDaddy doggie ad pulled

I’ve been writing lately about the phenomenon of “banned Super Bowl commercials,” wherein controversial brands (usually related to guns, pornography or dating websites) produce “commercials,” with no intention of ever purchasing Super Bowl ad time, but then milk attention and free advertising by calling them “banned.” There haven’t been any for this year’s game, although more »

DVD Review: Paddington Bear: Collector’s Edition

With the Paddington Bear movie currently in theaters, our friends at Mill Creek Entertainment likely figured it a good idea to remind you where the oddly-dressed bear came from. To that end, they’ve sent out a copy of the “Paddington Bear: Collector’s Edition” set for us to review. “” comes with two separate breeds of more »

Everything’s coming up Duplass: “Togetherness” renewed

It’s a good week to be a Duplass. Mark and Jay Duplass’ HBO series, Togetherness, debuted to decent reviews and has now been renewed for a second season. The news follows, by a couple of days, word that the Duplass brothers had reached a deal with Netflix to host the brothers’ next four films. Meanwhile, more »

Nearly half of streaming customers share passwords

Do you share your Netflix, Hulu and WatchESPN logins? You’re far from alone. According to a Consumer Reports National Research Center survey published Wednesday, 46 percent of streaming account holders have shared their log-in credentials with those outside their home, while 51 percent of American households subscribe to at least one out of Amazon Prime more »


The Church of Scientology is fighting “Going Clear” movie

What, you were expecting the disciples of a guy named Ron to take this lying down? Just be nice and put a billboard up across the street? A pro-Scientology Twitter account bought a series of “promoted tweets” that appeared online Monday slamming a new HBO documentary about the church, comparing the film to Rolling Stone’s more »

Fin: Interview with a troll, the trouble with “awesome” and a tale of two Sundance posters

Lindy West tracked down and interviewed her own troll. Absolutely riveting (This American Life) “Awesome” is problematic  (Washington Post) In the late ’90s, two columnists- Mike Barnicle and Patricia Smith- were both fired from the Boston Globe for plagiarism/fabrication. Barnicle in the years since has his continued his career as though nothing happened, in ever- more »