A report from this morning's Golden Globes nominations announcement, and a full list of the nominees.
Matt writes: The 2017 installment of the Sundance Film Festival, running from January 19th through the 29th in Park City, Utah, is making headlines with its latest slate of enticing titles, and RogerEbert.com is providing in-depth coverage there every day. Take a look at Nick Allen's preview article for an overview of the most anticipated selections, and skim through our site's Sundance section to find an updated list of the most recent articles. For a supremely fascinating flashback, check out Roger Ebert's article about the first Sundance Film Festival, published on July 5th, 1981.
A preview of the 73rd Golden Globes ceremony airing Sunday night, and some predictions.
An article about the Golden Globe presenters scheduled to attend the Jan. 10th telecast.
After spending years in the long comedy shadow of regular collaborator and scene-stealer Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant steps into the awkward spotlight of HBO's new comedy "Hello Ladies."
Netflix's move into television content has been bold and much-hyped. Can they get us beyond the old binary of comedy and drama that has dominated television for so long?
August, 2012, marks the 20th anniversary of the debut of "The Larry Sanders Show," episodes of which are available on Netflix Instant, Amazon Instant, iTunes, and DVD. This is Part 2 of Edward Copeland's extensive tribute to the show, including interviews with many of those involved in creating one of the best-loved comedies in television history. Part 1 (Ten Best Episodes) is here.
"Unethical? Jesus, Larry. Don't start pulling at that thread; our whole world will unravel." -- Artie (Rip Torn)
by Edward Copeland
Unravel those threads did -- and often -- in the world of fictional late night talk show host Larry Sanders. On "The Larry Sanders Show," the brilliant and groundbreaking HBO comedy that paid attention to the men and women behind the curtain of Sanders' fictional show, the ethics of showbiz were hilariously skewered.
The Grand Poobah writes: Unless we find an angel, our television program will go off the air at the end of its current season. There. I've said it. Usually in television, people use evasive language. Not me. We'll be gone. I want to be honest about why this is. We can't afford to finance it any longer.
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While humor is a matter of personal taste, it's also a matter of misdirection (like magic), of absurd juxtapositions that violate expectations... and taboos. Perhaps you remember the image of one state politician's head pasted onto the body of another's baby -- and the latter's preposterous (and disingenuously exploitive) allegation that it was actually making fun of her child, rather than the politico who was portrayed as a baby. No one has been able to explain how ridiculing a baby could have been intended as funny, or as satire -- but, then, you'd have to be awfully thick to honestly believe that was the intent in the first place.
So, here's another strange one: In his new stand-up show, "Science," Ricky Gervais (best-known co-creator and star of BBC's "The Office" one of the great comic achievements of Modern Man) made a joke about regretting drinking and driving. You may or may not think it's funny, but here's the gist, according to Gervais: