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
One of Flavorwire’s favorite people, Tina Fey, turns 43 years old today, so we’re marking the occasion in the best way we know how — by rounding up some of the funniest witticisms and best advice from the brilliant and funny writer/comedienne. We’ve got one for every year, so click through for her thoughts on working motherhood, celebrity, homophobia, strip clubs, and Mark Wahlberg’s… Read More
If the bad news about Admission, the new Tina Fey-Paul Rudd vehicle from director Paul Weitz, is that it won’t quite fill that already gaping 30 Rock-size hole in your heart, the good news is that it is an altogether smarter and more interesting film than its trailers promise. It is neither a broad comedy nor a dopey rom-com; it’s actually, surprisingly enough, a seriocomic drama in something resembling the Alexander Payne mold, a slightly eccentric examination of flawed people doing their very best. It’s less traditionally comic than Baby Mama and Date Night, Fey’s previous — likable and utterly forgettable — big screen vehicles, and finds her moving slightly but surely out of her Lemon-esque comfort zone. This is a good thing. … Read More
Will Jack Donaghy become “president of the world”? Will Liz and Jack hook up in a dark closet at a crazy party? (Sorry, Kellan Lutz, but we’re with Second Assistant Director Jennifer Truelove — please, not that.) Will “hot alien chicks” beam up Judah Friedlander? These are some of the crazy ideas about how 30 Rock should end floated by the show’s cast and crew in a new video.
But fear not, because 30 Rock creator and star Tine Fey is around to clue us in on what we can really expect: “I certainly think Liz has earned her happy ending. She’s taken so many lumps over the years. She’s had a fair amount of disappointment and worked hard and I think when she becomes the president of Spain in the final episode — oh no! I gave it away! I think we’ll be happy for her.” Thanks for the spoiler, Tina! We think Criss will make an excellent First Dude. … Read More