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NBA Movies: Where Amazing Rarely Happens (photo)

NBA Movies: Where Amazing Rarely Happens

The New Jersey Nets finished the 2009-2010 NBA season with a record of 12 wins and 70 losses, good enough — well, bad enough — to rank them amongst the worst teams in league history. The New Jersey Nets of the new film “Just Wright,” on the other hand, are playoff contenders, thanks to the […]

Why it’s a good thing “Anchorman 2” isn’t happening. (photo)

Why it’s a good thing “Anchorman 2” isn’t happening.

The Playlist reports that “Anchorman 2” is no longer happening (at least in its major studio form). They write that “we haven’t been this bummed since the man punted Baxter,” but I have to say the fact that this might not happen anytime soon is time for gladness all over the globe. Sorry, but — […]

Drama: A superior form of comedy? (photo)

Drama: A superior form of comedy?

A couple of weeks ago, a friend told me I didn’t like comedians; after a little thought, I had concede this is basically true. We were talking about Jane Lynch and Will Ferrell and the day’s other leading comic luminaries, all of whom basically grate on me; while they’re performing, they give off this air […]

Pee-Wee Herman, father of modern comedy. (photo)

Pee-Wee Herman, father of modern comedy.

In a way, Conan O’Brien’s unceremonious ejection from NBC was the best thing that has happened to Pee-Wee Herman in a while. With ratings through the roof and the nation watching, Pee-Wee — who’d already been on earlier in the show’s run — returned for the penultimate show, explaining O’Brien’s dilemma with a couple of […]

The Five Worst Films Based on Comedy Sketches (photo)

The Five Worst Films Based on Comedy Sketches

When it comes to the family of films based on comedy sketches, “Saturday Night Live” is Don Corleone, though in terms of quality, a more apt analogy might be Fredo, as the venerable late-night staple is responsible for some of the most inept cinematic yukfests of the past two decades. In the ’90s alone, a […]

The Five Best Films Based on Comedy Sketches (photo)

The Five Best Films Based on Comedy Sketches

Stretching a brief comedy sketch into an 80-plus minute feature is not a task for the timid, as the process of fleshing out quick, self-contained bits is rife with inherent risks — the two main ones being that such an endeavor usually makes little sense and can spoil the original joke. Yet despite these pitfalls, […]

MTV Movie Awards: highlights & crack ups (photo)

MTV Movie Awards: highlights & crack ups

It’s been clear for a long time that teenage girls cast the deciding votes on most of MTV’s programming, and certainly the winners at their awards. This could not be more evident this year with “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” (it hurts just typing that) cleaning up in the wake of “Twilight” sweeping nearly […]

On the Road With Mariah, Maya Rudolph and Zach Galifianakis  (photo)

On the Road With Mariah, Maya Rudolph and Zach Galifianakis

If you’re a fan of road movies, then you better call in sick with a case of swine flu, as this weeks sees a lot of them arriving in theaters. For everyone else, there are docs on art and music, some European sunshine and a little smattering of domestic darkness. Download this in audio form […]

The Rise of the Bromantic Comedy (photo)

The Rise of the Bromantic Comedy

“I Love You, Man” may be the most overt film to tell the story of a male friendship using the trappings of a traditional romantic comedy, but it’s far from the only one. From the oeuvre of Will Ferrell to the output of Team Apatow, comedies have lately also been all about soft-centered celebrations of […]

Conan’s Finale (and Where Were Meg’s Drums?) (photo)

Conan’s Finale (and Where Were Meg’s Drums?)

For those that didn’t see Conan O’Brien’s Late Night finale on Friday night (or I guess Saturday morning), it was everything a finale can be (can’t think of anything he really left out).