The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Titus Andromedon, as he so often notes, is gay, femme, black, and bald. He’s also worried about aging. This series of qualities marginalize him, leading to difficulties in his ever-burgeoning musical theater career and inspiring him to realize, “I’m not even gonna know what box to check on the hate crime form.” They also lead him to be incredibly strong. Most importantly — unlike most gay best friend characters on TV — he’s one of the show’s two… Read More
There’s a part of this superhero-fatigued moviegoer that wants to just endorse This Is Where I Leave You on general principle and be done with it. This is, on paper, everything I hope for from mainstream, middlebrow cinema these days, the kind of movie tentpole-obsessed studios rarely bother to make anymore: a mid-budget, R-rated, serio-comic drama with a brain, a heart, and a good cast. “Good” is an understatement, really; this is a movie all but bursting with terrific actors. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Debra Monk, Abigail Spencer, Ben Schwartz — even the bit players are terrific. And it speaks volumes about the current shortage of this type of project that so many talented people were willing to attach themselves to a picture as subpar as this one.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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Earlier today, Judy Berman voiced our total delight with last night’s very special wedding-themed episode of 30 Rock. But we just came across a new bit of information that makes what was a momentous, if fictional, occasion that much sweeter. According to a post on The Hollywood Reporter, the adorable little… Read More
If your family is anything like ours, then the most important part of today’s Thanksgiving meal — you know, aside from totally dominating bingo — will be going around the table and having each person say what they’re the most thankful for. It probably goes without saying that we’re very grateful to have such lovely and engaged readers who choose make Flavorwire part of their daily routine. But beyond that, in the spirit of the holiday we’ve decided to share some of Flavorpill staffers’ “cultural thank-yous” with you. Do us a favor, and keep this list going in the comments — we’d love to know what books, films, albums, TV shows, etc, had the biggest personal impact on you this year!
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1. Here’s the new trailer for Admission, a quirky dramedy in which Paul Rudd plays a typical Paul Rudd character and Tina Fey is basically doing a slight variation on Liz Lemon — not that we’re complaining.