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Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on "30 Rock"

The 45 Best ’30 Rock’ Insults

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A sincere and heartfelt happy birthday to our hero Tina Fey, who turns 45 years old this week, and continues to be basically amazing all the time. So in celebration of this welcome anniversary of her time on earth, we focus our attention on one of her finest accomplishments: the insults of the dearly departed 30 Rock, which still proves a fine source for cuts and burns you can repurpose for everyday use. Here are a few of our… Read More

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The Greatest Multi-Taskers in Pop Culture

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We live in the age of the multi-hyphenate, when kids dream of becoming musician-magicians, moonlighting as librarians. Steve Jobs himself advised us to keep our goals fluid, even if it meant doing something completely different. And he wasn’t the only one. These nine musicians, actors, and artists don’t just roll with the punches, they punch back with even fresher ideas. While we’d like to ask in person about the secrets to their extreme productivity, none of them have slowed down enough to reply — yet. For now, we’ll satisfy our multi-tasking urge with a Naked Juice. If you can’t eat ’em, drink ’em! Read on for the greatest multi-taskers in pop culture.
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Why Tina Fey’s Racial Humor Is So Controversial

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One of the side effects of Netflix’s full-season release model is that it allows the viewing public, including critics, to evaluate shows at hyper-speed. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the cult-member-to-New-Yorker transition comedy starring Ellie Kemper, has only been on the streaming service for a week, and the dialogue has already shifted from initial impressions, almost entirely favorable, to more considered meditations, many of which are… less favorable. And most of those broader commentaries on the show have focused on a subject that, for better or for worse, has a long history in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s co-creator, co-executive producer, and most recognizable name Tina Fey’s creative output:… Read More

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Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Has All the Promise (and Some of the Problems) of Early ’30 Rock’

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the new show from 30 Rock team Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and its first season appeared today on Netflix. The show sets up its concept in a tight two minutes: Kimmy (Ellie Kemper, best known for The Office and her supporting role in Bridesmaids) was abducted at 14. She has spent the past 15 years of her life in an apocalypse bunker.
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50 of the Greatest Literary Moments on TV

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It’s probably safe to say that media tends to refer to itself, in one way or another — and referring to literature, as opposed to other forms of pop culture, is one way to make just about anything a little more highbrow. Television, notoriously full of references and allusions, might be the worst/best culprit, and the most fun to hunt through for literary moments — after all, nothing’s more fun than seeing books on the boob tube. Here, you’ll find 50 of the greatest and most memorable literary allusions, shout-outs, cameos, and references on television, as well as real-life author appearances and whole episodes, or even whole seasons, based on… Read More

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Why ‘Tootsie’ is One of the Finest (and Most Important) Comedies Ever Made

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In the first-season 30 Rock episode “Fireworks,” Liz Lemon and would-be beau Floyd fall asleep watching Tootsie. In their morning discomfort, Floyd awkwardly announces, “I, uh, I think Tootsie’s a very well-crafted movie.” Liz, equally uncomfortable, replies, “Yeah, they use it as an example in all the screenplay books.” As with the best of that show, it’s a moment that’s funny because it’s true — in this case, it’s literally true, Tootsie is a very well-crafted movie. But praising it solely for craft also shortchanges it a bit. The further we get from Tootsie — which is available for fresh consumption via Criterion’s recent DVD and Blu-ray special edition — the more it seems clear that it may, in fact, be the single finest comedy of all time.
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