Zooey Deschanel

How Prince Ended Up on ‘New Girl’

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10 Unforgettable Musical Christmas Moments on Film

Christmas songs are as essential to the upcoming holiday as eggnog, tinsel, and Douglas firs. So are Christmas movies — or even moves that don’t particularly center around the theme. That’s why the combination of the two is such a treat. Sure, it can often be too sweet and saccharine, but the cinematic treatment of Christmas has always been musical in nature. Here’s a rundown of some of the best musical Christmas moments captured on film; some are obvious, and a couple are a bit surprising. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Gifts for 50 Cultural Icons

Everyone knows that the holidays are a time for tradition, so here’s one of Flavorwire‘s long-time favorites: doling out gifts to some of contemporary culture’s biggest and boldest icons. Whether they’re dead or alive, naughty or nice, whether they’ve been a cultural touchstone for five decades or five minutes — everyone deserves presents this time of year, right? So with that in mind, click through to find the perfect gift for the Miley Cyrus, Joss Whedon, or J-Law in your life. You know you’ve got… Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 3, Episode 5 Recap: “The Box”

There’s a prerequisite lightness to the way New Girl handles its comedic adult struggles. We’re supposed to take heart in just how hard it is for these characters to grow up, but wow, everyone on this show is dramatically, shockingly bad at being an adult! Their life choices are becoming so poor as to not be all that laughable anymore, and I spent most of last night shaking my head. The results of this episode were almost exclusively damning, and even the characters that didn’t go through any real change seem to be in a worse place than last week. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 3, Episode 4 Recap: “The Captain”

I hate to say it, but I’m so, so bored with Nick and Jess. They are both great characters, but when they get together, I get why the will-they-or-won’t-they trope is so persistent in sitcom relationships. The further we get into this season, the more the increasingly functional Nick and Jess annoy me. But why is it that audiences are so famously turned off by happy couples? Is it because they’re uninteresting? Is it because we’re jealous? Personally, it’s the lack of compelling challenges that frustrates me. Personal growth usually comes from going to extreme places, and if things feel too comfortable, the plot can get really boring, really fast. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: “Double Date”

Despite its insistent punchiness, despite those twee-as-all-hell opening titles, New Girl is at its best when it’s dark. In a Best of 2012 write-up, The A.V. Club praised showrunner Liz Meriwether’s slightly sadistic plotting: “That she and her writing staff somehow made this great comedy, instead of mournful drama, was the show’s best trick, a laughfest perched on the edge of despair.” Since this season started two weeks ago, I’ve been waiting for the central cast’s overwhelming stupidity to catch up with them, and last night, it did. After a week of nothing really happening, the characters of New Girl are clearly on their way to trouble, and god help me for loving to watch them slip. … Read More

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New Girl Season 3, Episode 2 Recap: “Nerd”

New Girl is at its best when it’s weird. Despite its fluffy exterior, this show’s explorations of adult relationships often go to some pretty uncomfortable places, and it’s riveting to watch how deep everyone can go into their own dramas. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week(end)

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. We normally run this feature on Mondays, but figured it might be more helpful to you, the reader, in advance of the long Labor Day weekend. In the spirit of the holiday, we’ve picked out a few work-related titles, along with great stuff from Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Viggo Mortensen, Zooey Deschanel, Charlize Theron, Mike Birbiglia, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Robert Duvall, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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