Lucy and Desi, from director Amy Poehler, is a look at the entire life stories of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It tells about their early lives, their marriage, their business empire, and their influence on television and American culture.Continue Reading: Lucy and Desi is a loving tribute to the world famous entertainers
Moxie is an attempt to bring the Riot grrrl feminist scene into the present with more intersectionality, more social media, and a dash of #TimesUp. It doesn’t succeed 100%, but it’s a celebration of women power that is easy to enjoy. It’s streaming on Netflix.Continue Reading: Moxie is a Riot grrrl scene do-over
Wine Country is hilarious and heartfelt. Six old friends go to Napa for a 50th birthday celebration and things happen that set off memories, old resentments, new worries, and cement friendships.Continue Reading: Review: Wine Country
All the superlatives you’ve read about Russian Doll are true. It’s wild, inventive, unique, unexpected, deep, funny, and must see TV.Continue Reading: Review: Russian Doll
Sisters is coming! December 18! Tina Fey. Amy Poehler. Maya Rudolph. Run, don’t walk to your nearest multiplex to watch this film!
You want more funny people? Those three aren’t enough? Cripes. Okay, here they are: John Cena, John Leguizamo, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Kate McKinnon, Madison Davenport, Adrian Martinez, Dianne Wiest, Heather Matarazzo and yet more people running around like idiots.Continue Reading: Watch This: Sisters Featurettes, Trailers and First Looks
Watch a few seconds of trailer for Inside Out coming from Pixar next year. You have to wade past some bragging first.
Inside Out is Pixar’s second film with a female protagonist. Maybe they learned something from Brave after all.
A few of the voices involved in Inside Out include Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, and Kaitlyn Dias. I find this cast list promising. I know these women incite joy and happiness in me – definitely not sadness or anger.
The news is that Amy Poehler received the go ahead for a new comedy on NBC, tentatively called Old Soul. The series will star Orange is the New Black sensation Natasha Lyonne as a young woman working as an aide to a group of old people.
According to this report in Deadline,
“This show, hopefully, will blow up some of the cliches we think about old people,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said.
I don’t want this show to take Natasha Lyonne away from OITNB, because she’s wonderful there and needed there. Please let the scheduling gods be with her on this so that she can do both.
Lyonne’s droll brand of melancholy seems perfect for a story about a younger woman dealing with an opinionated bunch of wise-ass elders.
Anything Amy Poehler touches will be funny – you know that in advance. But the really important thing about this whole project to me is that I think the elders in this series will be treated with respect. I’m hoping it will be like Golden Girls or Hot in Cleveland, where elders are funny but not made fun of. For that reason alone, I’m excited about the potential of Old Soul, or whatever it ends up being called.
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