So, how odd is it that a Disney-produced Muppet movie has turned out to be the best cinematic vehicle to date for the considerable talents and charms of one Elizabeth Stamatina Fey? As Nadya, the stern head of a Russian gulag in Muppets Most Wanted, Tina Fey is funny and charming as hell, looks amazing, rocks an amusingly Boris-and-Natasha-esque accent, and shows off a surprisingly lovely singing voice in one of the picture’s best production numbers. That’s the good news for Fey fans; the bad is that she’s also woefully underutilized by the film, where she doesn’t turn up until the 30-minute mark and ends up with far less screen time than Ricky Gervais and even Ty Burrell. But that kind of mixed-bag assessment is typical of Most Wanted, though at least the film owns it, kicking off by lyrically acknowledging, “everyone knows the sequel’s never quite as good.” … Read More
It is increasingly rare, in this day and age, to observe stark, raw, pure sexism in the pages of a major metropolitan newspaper. Oh, it’s there, don’t get me wrong — but writers and editors usually have the good sense to filter it through obfuscating language and rhetorical devices, leaving readers to dig out the subtext themselves. And that’s what’s sort of remarkable about Kyle Smith’s New York Post review of the Golden Globes, which became yesterday’s essential hate-read: this shit is pure as the driven snow. This is uncut. If it were cocaine, it’d be sitting in a mountainous pile on Tony Montana’s desk. … Read More
The Golden Globes are on Sunday night, giving us our yearly chance to drink along (in spirit) with famous people. It’s a night when the bold-faced names in Hollywood get to loosen up and laugh at themselves (albeit not too hard), aided by their friends from Moet & Chandon. Naturally, all of that social lubrication means we get a pretty wacky three-hour awards show (rather than the increasingly stuffy and overwrought Oscars). Here are a few memorable moments of craziness from Golden Globes past. … Read More
Celebrity photographer Matt Hoyle’s wonderful new book Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People (out today from Chronicle Books) gathers over 130 of comedy’s biggest legends for portraits that are funny, clever, and downright gorgeous. Of his desire to create the project, Hoyle told Flavorwire, “I love comedy and decided to do the book to make a sort of photo album of all the times I’ve laughed in my life. So I naively made a wishlist and we spent the last year and a half begging, bugging and shooting as many of those names that said yes.” Some of our favorites from the book are collected after the jump. … Read More
There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Ricky Gervais unveils his new Netflix show and a classic summer series goes off the air for good. … Read More
Folks, our friends at BuzzFeed recently discovered something remarkable: Ricky Gervais, at one point, looked exactly like David Bowie. Can you believe it? Of course we’re well aware that everyone has a doppelgänger or six running around, but Bowie and Gervais? We definitely didn’t see that one coming. Inspired by such an unlikely set of matching faces, we decided to do a bit of digging and unearth even more pairs of odd celebrity doppelgängers. Check ‘em out after the jump, and hit the comments to offer up any other unexpected couples. … Read More
From a photo of George Carlin meeting Groucho Marx to a shot of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David (back when he had hair!), we’ve rounded up 25 pictures of our favorite funny people hanging… Read More
1. Famed writer Gore Vidal — whose prolific output included some 25 novels, two memoirs, and several books of essays, as well as plays and TV screenplays — has died at the age of 86. “Mr. Vidal was, at the end of his life, an Augustan figure who believed himself to be the last of… Read More
Comedy Bang Bang (formerly Comedy Death-Ray) was once a hit radio show broadcast on an indie station in Southern California, and then a podcast produced by Earwolf Studios. Now it’s set to become a television show on IFC, which will feature the likes of Reggie Watts, Paul F. Tompkins, and many more awesome comedy celebrities. IFC has also announced that it will turn comedian Marc Maron’s “WTF Podcast,” one of the most popular comedy shows on the Internet into a one-camera sitcom.
Back when radio was king, this sort of jump from sound to sight was pretty common both in America and the UK, and we bet you’d be surprised to know which of the most celebrated sitcoms and dramas made the transition. We’ll show you some of the most notable examples after the jump, and let you know about some of the more recent television shows that, like Comedy Bang Bang, were once only for your ears. … Read More
As much as we’re all disgusted by the hate-mongering, attention-seeking antics of Fred Phelps and his entire Westboro Baptist Church gang, we have to admit that occasionally we’re very amused by their opinions on popular culture. Seriously, whoever they get to write their press releases and offensive biographies of celebrities can get deliciously catty at times, to the point where if they ever get disowned by the church, they could probably get a very cushy job writing for E!’s Fashion Police.
Don’t think you have to sift through all the repulsive rhetoric on their websites to find these gems of critical insight, however — we’ve rounded up the best ones for you! Normally, we’d ask for suggestions of what we’ve missed in the comments, but really, don’t. We’re already sick of them as it is. … Read More