Zooey Deschanel

‘New Girl’ Season 3 Episode 20 Recap: “Mars Landing”

There is so much happening within this half-hour of New Girl that I’m not exactly sure where to begin. There is so much good happening, I should clarify, but there’s also a bit of heartbreak. The first two acts of the episode had me laughing nonstop. It was joke after joke after joke—visual gags, physical comedy, character bits, perfect punchlines—and everything was completely on point. The writing and the acting were all top notch tonight (and, as always with the show, a specific shoutout to the editors) and it was a good reminder of just how far this show has come from its shaky beginnings, how well this cast works together, and how invested we all in Nick and Jess’ relationship. “Mars Landing” took seemingly small bits and blew it up to a stunning conclusion—and it’s one of the best episodes of New Girl to date. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 3 Episode 19 Recap: “Fired Up”

The last three episodes of New Girl have been loads of fun, thanks in part to some great stuff from guest star Linda Cardellini. It was cool to see some shake-up within the loft as a little chaos was introduced into the lives of characters who had finally found some stability. When Abby bailed, she left Schmidt penniless and therefore homeless. He had to resort to moving back into the loft and now everything seems back to normal (even Coach’s presence is starting to feel like he was always around), but how good is this return to normalcy for the show? … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 3 Episode 17 Recap: “Sister II”

Last time we saw New Girl, a long two weeks ago, Jess’ older sister Abby (Linda Cardellini) had temporarily moved into the loft and the show. It was a good move to throw in a person that effortlessly fits in with the rest of the group (both Abby as a character and Cardellini as an actress) but also, simultaneously, is different enough that she’s going to do some serious damage and throw these people for a loop. And that’s exactly what she does in “Sister II.” … Read More

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‘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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