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It's a little startling to realize that Friends went off the air 17 years ago. It was must-see TV for millions of people in their 20's and 30's from 1994 to 2004. The show has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, thanks to nostalgia from original fans, as well as the introduction of a new generation of young adults who also relate to these six characters trying to establish themselves in the world. No doubt, many people distracted themselves during the pandemic by watching reruns, and now fans have a chance to see all six actors reunite in a long-awaited... Read more →

 

 

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There are of course many reasons to dislike the year 2020. The coronavirus pandemic claimed millions of lives and forever altered millions more. We also lost many notable public figures. One of those that personally stings is the late actor Chadwick Boseman, who died from colon cancer at the young age of 43. Boseman's passing was a shock, because no one even seemed to know that he was sick in the first place. To give the performances that he did while fighting that deadly disease makes his career all the more inspiring. The man was spellbinding in every role he... Read more →

 

 

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Singer Britney Spears has captured the public's attention for close to 30 years. First she joined the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club in 1993 (a group which also included Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling.) Fast-forward six years to when she released her debut album, ...Baby One More Time and became global teen idol. She was in rarefied air when things began falling apart. Everyone wanted a piece of Spears for their own financial gain, and no one seemed to be looking out for her best interests. She was eventually placed into a court-ordered conservatorship in 2008, with... Read more →

 

 

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My first exposure to John Belushi came from renting old Saturday Night Live video tapes back in the mid-1980's. It was clear, even to a kid, that there was an enticing mixture of danger and sweetness to the late comedian's work. His charisma poured off the screen, even when he was doing something as silly as a bee skit. Belushi's impression of singer Joe Cocker remains one of the most fascinating acts of physical comedy I've ever seen. After the tapes, I devoured Bob Woodward's biography of actor, which was later criticized by some in the Belushi camp for being... Read more →

 

 

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Welcome to Day 4000 of quarantine. It's too cold and windy to be out in the garden (this is May, right?), so we thought we'd check out Jerry Seinfeld's new Netflix special, 23 Hours to Kill. While we were fans of the legendary sitcom, Seinfeld has come across as increasingly unlikable in recent years. (The second an older wealthy white guy starts whining about "political correctness" is when we start tuning them out.) However, the special is only an hour long, and there wasn't anything else to watch at that moment, so why not? Maybe the stand-up comedian could provide... Read more →

 

 

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Longtime readers know we are diehard David Tennant fans around here. The former Doctor Who star can do no wrong as far as our staff is concerned, so of course we had to check out his guest role in the new Netflix show: Criminal: UK. Tennant plays Doctor Edgar Fallon, a man accused of sexually assaulting and murdering his 14 year-old stepdaughter. While Tennant continues his streak of terrific performances, the program's structure left us indifferent to the series. The episode begins in a cramped interrogation room, as two investigators are running out of time to get Doctor Fallon to... Read more →

 

 

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Full Disclosure: We had no intention of writing a review for My Next Guest Needs No Introduction: Zach Galifianakis. The staff was looking for something funny to watch on Netflix, we came across this bonus episode of David Letterman's series, and it seemed like a good choice. You've got two funny men and two fantastic beards. That's all we needed. No notes were taken, and we settled in for a nice casual viewing, but then plans had to be changed. The first 20-something minutes of the show is awkward. Galifianakis is clearly a little nervous to be with Letterman, and... Read more →

 

 

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As a general rule, we're inclined to dread the impending arrival of Armageddon. It just does not sound like a fun time at all. However, given that it provides an opportunity for David Tennant and Michael Sheen to team up, we're willing to keep an open mind. It turns out that's a good call, because the two stars of the new Amazon Prime Video series, Good Omens, are a perfect match as a demon and angel trying to prevent the end of the world. It's up to an angel and a demon to save everyone. (pic via imdb.com) Based on... Read more →

 

 

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If you need a quick break from the raging dumpster fire that is the country these days, the Lonely Island guys have just the thing for you. No idea what inspired this, but they've released a new Netflix special called, "The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience." The premise is simple: What would it look and sound like if the infamous "Bash Brothers," also known as Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, released a rap album in 1988? The answer is a messed up, pretentious, and tremendous 30 minutes that you'll love. Andy Samberg is Canseco, and Akiva Schaffer is McGwire. The two... Read more →

 

 

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One of the biggest stories of the 2018 election cycle was the unusual number of political outsiders who took on Democratic incumbents and other establishment figures in primary challenges. This group of progressive candidates took on powerful political machines and scored several high profile wins in the process (like Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, for example.) It was a loud statement: It's no longer good enough to proclaim you represent everyone when your actions say different, regardless of your party affiliation. A slice of this movement is chronicled in the new Netflix documentary, Knock Down The House. (out now)... Read more →

 

 

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