Second-generation Chromecast appears on the way from Google 

I suppose it would make sense for Google to bring out another version of the Chromecast. There’s only ever been one, it was introduced in the summer of 2013, and while it’s added numerous channels in the time since, there’s been no hardware upgrade at all. Now, it sounds like one is on the way- more »

Key and Peele’s first joint film feature will be ‘Keanu’

The popular Comedy Central duo Key and Peele have worked separately on movie projects, but haven’t put their talents together in a feature yet. Deadline reports that they’ll team in the New Line Cinema offering “Keanu.” The pair will pretend to be drug dealers to rescue a pet cat who has been kidnapped by a more »

CBS to launch streaming service similar to HBO’s

Just one day after HBO said it will allow streaming service to people without a cable subscription, old-school big-three network CBS announced a new digital subscription video service, which for $5.99 a month will allow anyone with a computer to watch current and “classic” shows – but not NFL football. Business Insider reports: CBS says more »

The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ will get an animated series on Disney XD

As it was told in July of 2013, Marvel’s hit movie Guardians of the Galaxy will get its own animated series on Disney XD’s already bangin’ (and monetized) Marvel Universe block of programming. What differentiates Disney XD from the Disney Channel and Disney Junior is ads; while Disney and Disney Junior programming have underwriters, Disney more »

Fin: Parenthood’s hippie-punching, circling jerks at NRO and the stupidity of 

I love how NBC’s Parenthood, on top of all of its other virtues, takes occasional shots at, for lack of a better term, California hippie bullshit. That “spirituality retreat” in Big Sur on this week’s episode had the added benefit of dressing the characters in white and having them take a vow of silence, so more »

Mara Brock Akil wants to do a ‘Girlfriends’ movie

In an interview with Essence, Mara Brock Akil talks about ending The Game after nine seasons. But of course the conversation eventually turned to Girlfriends. Contrary to previous reports, she has not confirmed a movie is happening. It’s something she wants to do, but nothing is moving on the project at this point. Akil did more »

GoT flashbacks? ‘Game of Thrones’ will flash back in season 5 

Flashbacks are certainly not verboten on prestige cable dramas, by any means. Just think about all the long glimpses we’ve gotten over the years of the formative boyhoods of Tony Soprano, Don Draper and Nucky Thompson. One Sunday night show that’s never partaken of that particular device is Game of Thrones, even though its drawn more »

The Apple CEO Gotham deserves right now: Conan goes long on Bale, Jobs and Batman

Here’s a comedy bit that goes solidly in the “so easy and so stupid it’s funny anyway” category: Conan O’Brien’s show Thursday night made a whole segment out of the news that Christian Bale is (probably) playing Steve Jobs in the Danny Boyle-directed biopic, and produced a “trailer” for this not-yet-in-production movie. Yes, it’s merely more »

DVD Review: Dynasty: The Final Season

There’s always something bittersweet about the final season of anything, no matter how good or bad the show itself was. Even a bad show enjoys a certain note of finality from the “final season,” and it’s good to be able to have it all in one place. But “Dynasty: The Final Season”–a copy of which more »

The Care Bears are coming…to Netflix

They were an ’80s boyfriend’s best friend, a go-to gift for that special someone (on one of the multitude of “Nth” month anniversaries we adolescents seemed to celebrate). Created by American Greeting in 1981, it was Kenner who commercialized these huggable critters, turning them into fluffy stuffed toys (and, as a result, a teen boy’s more »

Ebola TV miniseries eyed by shameless, heartless jerks

Because fears about the spread of ebola aren’t on TV enough already, there’s a project in the works to exploit those fears even further. As people continue to die by the thousands in Africa, a pair of Americans are fighting for their lives, and everybody else is shared out of their minds, a couple of major more »

Fin: “Fight Club” and the ’90s, the Dane Cook comeback no one wants and Godspeed, Ronan

The 15th anniversary of “Fight Club”- and especially Bill Gibron’s essay- made me think about something: I’ve long looked back on the ’90s, especially the latter half, as a relatively happy time, when we weren’t at war, the economy was pretty good, the future looked generally bright, and instead of the Soviet Union or al-Qaeda more »