It's Christmastime, and if there's anything that can unite a nation, even one that doesn't universally love the holidays, it's a collection of wonderfully weird vintage Christmas videos. And even if you don't like the holidays, you'll probably still enjoy these strange (but fun) attempts at whimsy and festivity.
The video is freakish not for the video itself, but for how freakishly progressive it was when it was made -- in 1913!
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"Kevin has moved from 'defending his house' into sheer malice, in my opinion." And this is before Marv and Harry are even inside the house! An actual doctor looks at the cartoonish violence of 1990's Home Alone
and offers a blow-by-blow diagnosis
. (via The Week
Something we'll never get to look forward to again: a new season of 30 Rock. One of TV's most excellent shows had its last day of shooting yesterday, culminating in what must have been a seriously weepy wrap party. Cast member Kevin "Dot Com" Brown took and shared pictures on Twitter, because he knows how much we wanted to be a part of this glorious farewell.
The series finale (sob) of 30 Rock will air Thursday, January 31 on NBC. And just in time for your to restock your tissue supply, Community will come back! It's the most bittersweet two weeks in sitcom history!
Here is the full cast and crew of 30 Rock, gathering for a group photo. Perhaps the last group photo. Sniff...
Thanks for sharing these, Dot Com! Will we ever have another TV show with a character named Dot Com? Probably not. And if we do, it just won't be the same.
If there was any reason to look forward to this exact time next year (besides the fact that no one will be talking about the Mayans), it's this: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will hit theaters on December 20, 2013. Let the year-long party start NOW. (via Vulture)
(Video link) Usually this time of year, a different Frank Capra movie starring Jimmy Stewart is the topic of conversation. But since filibuster reform is still hiding in the news, here is an alternate ending to Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington -- featuring Jimmy Stewart impersonator and New York-based comedian Matthew Robert Gehring and directed by Zach Goldbaum -- that contains oodles of NSFW language, courtesy of the songwriting talents of Cee Lo Green. Teacher says, "Every time fake-Jimmy Stewart drops the f-bomb, an angel gets its wings!" (via YouTube)
CBS TV Studios wants to hop on the genre TV train! News broke today that the studio has hired Bryan Singer to serve as executive producer for a(nother) new version of The Twilight Zone, though it's still in the very early stages of development. With the success of horror-themed shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story -- not to mention the upcoming prequel series, Hannibal and Bates Motel -- you can't really blame them for trying, but will an anthology series (as opposed to a serial) still attract the audience they want? The most recent attempt (2002) only lasted for one season, and previous one (1985) also struggled to gain traction. But a new Twilight Zone could probably go to much creepier places these days, making it a little more worth our while. Possibly.
In the meantime, you can just tune in to Syfy's annual Twilight Zone marathon on December 31 and January 1. It's a holiday tradition!
Because "nothing says 'the holidays' like slaves and whores," Samuel L. Jackson and Anne Hathaway -- stars, respectively, of Django Unchained and Les Misérables -- have taken part in a joyous and spirited debate about whose movie this Oscar season is more depressing and bleak. (Language NSFW.) (via Funny or Die)
When fashion designer competition show Project Runway
returns to Lifetime for its eleventh season, the designers will be forced to compete in teams
! For the whole season! That's ridiculous, because as we all know, no contestant on any competition show is there to make friends
, and now they totally have to make friends
! This is crazypants, which will probably be one of the challenges, and everyone will be eliminated that week because no one ever
does well in team challenges. Also: Michael Kors is not returning due to scheduling issues and will be replaced by Zac Posen. But I'm going to assume this has something to do with not-making-friendship. (via The Hollywood Reporter
If you're a fan of Wes Anderson movies because you felt you could relate to the characters, then this is the infographic for you! Follow this flow chart (created by Jennifer Lewis at Flavorwire) to find out which Wes Anderson character you are. (For the record, I'm Steve Zissou. I haven't decided how to feel about this yet, but it's Bill Murray, so I'm leaning towards "tickled.") (via Flavorwire)
When New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz found out that Newtown victim Jack Pinto, 6, was a huge fan, he decided to dedicate Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons to the first-grader. Cruz, the father of an eleven-month-old girl, decorated his cleats and gloves with tributes to Jack, calling the boy his "hero." Normally, writing on uniforms or gear would be cause for a fine in the NFL, but Cruz -- and the rest of the Giants and the New York Jets, who had "SHES" written on their helmets (Sandy Hook Elementary School) -- won't be in trouble. (The Giants' playoff chances? Another story.) Jack's family has been in touch with Cruz since the weekend, offering any needed assistance, and he has promised to try and meet with them in person, even if just for a short time. He's also promised to give the Pinto family the cleats as a keepsake. If the final score of that game wasn't enough to make a Giants fan weep (present company included), then this story certainly is. (via TIME)
Photo credit: Victor Cruz on Twitter
Apparently, there are some "rumblings" (a professional show business term) that NBC is looking at Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno
as the host of The Tonight Show
when the latter's contract is up in 2014. Unless, you know, NBC changes their mind and just lets Jay Leno stay on. Again
. (via New York Daily News
We don't see a lot of Gillian Anderson lately, but when she's coming back to genre television, that's pretty noteworthy! After a ten-year absence from American television, the former X-Files star is set to play a recurring role as Hannibal Lecter's therapist on NBC's upcoming Hannibal series. I like this news. I like it bunches. And not just because Anderson will get to wear better blazers onscreen. (via CNN's The Marquee)
(Video link) Robot Chicken has done its fair share of childhood-ruining. Now ADHD -- Animation Domination High Def -- has lampooned the sacred holiday chestnut, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and imagined the Peanuts Gang as grownups. Boring, dissatisfied grownups with several health issues, which just so happens to be one driving force of the FX sitcom Louie! I can't say this mashup is as whimsical as Cthulhu Snoopy, but it does have Homeless Pigpen, who I'm sure has many whimsical thoughts in his head. (via Laughing Squid)
Since 2004, film development executive Franklin Leonard has set up an annual list -- called The Black List
-- of the best screenplays that have been sitting around, collecting dust, waiting for a producer to get the wheels in motion. Former Black Listers include the Oscar-winning Juno
by Diablo Cody and nominee Lars and the Real Girl
by Nancy Oliver. So, who will get lucky this year? Among the scripts listed this year
are Ground Control to Major Tom
by Jason Micallef, Fuck Marry Kill
by Neel Shah and Alex Blagg (to which I say "FINALLY"), and Seuss
by Eyal Podell and Jonathan Stewart, among many other interesting titles. (via Deadline
As part of its first comedy issue -- or as I like to call it, "The Sexiest Humans Alive" issue -- Vanity Fair has featured a photo shoot and (unembeddable) interview with the lads of The Lonely Island, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone. They provide exactly zero information on their future plans and talk about fake cookbooks instead, and I'm okay with that. (via Vanity Fair)