Zooey Deschanel

‘New Girl’ Season 3 Episode 16 Recap: “Sister”

So far, New Girl has had an uneven third season. There weren’t any bad episodes, but there were a few that felt slightly off and lacking in the consistent laughs and electricity that ran throughout the stellar second season. New Girl threw itself a few curveballs only to get mixed results. First, there was the awful love triangle storyline with Schmidt, a plot that only made him incredibly unlikable. Then there was the return of Coach (and who doesn’t love Damon Wayans, Jr.?), although New Girl didn’t exactly know what to do with him — after all, the show hadn’t quite figured out what to do with Winston, either. In recent episodes, though, New Girl has been building itself back up slowly but surely, and “Sister” proves that the show still hasn’t run out of steam. … Read More

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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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