DuckTales Sneak Peek

Two days ago, DuckTales returned with an all new style and cast on Disney XD. Season one of the 2-D animated series is 21 half-hour episodes and two hour-long specials. Before the show even premiered, Disney ordered a season two. They’re clearly confident in the reboot. If they weren’t, then maybe they wouldn’t have released the first episode of the revival online.

Below, watch the hour-long DuckTales pilot.

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David Blaine

Welcome to The Water Cooler, a new weekly feature where the /Film staff is free to go off-topic and talk about everything except the movies and TV shows they normally write about. In our first edition: a David Blaine live performance, producer Brian Grazer’s book, the latest album from The New Pornographers, Ben Schwartz’s improv show, a wonderful Korean television series, and the joys of recording a movie podcast.

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agent carter season three

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Hayley Atwell teases what season 3 of Agent Carter would have been about
  • Tia and Tamera Mowry are working on a Sister Sister reboot
  • Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail talks about season 3
  • Watch the Ballers season 3 trailer
  • Ben Schwartz is still hoping for a Stranger Things cameo
  • And more!

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DuckTales voice cast

I’ve been very curious about Disney XD’s upcoming revival of DuckTales for close to a year now, ever since they revealed the show’s terrific art style and teased imagery that suggests an adventurous tone. While I enjoyed the original cartoon as a youngster, it’s Carl Banks’ original Donald Duck comics that shine brightly for me these days – if the new show can capture the spirit of those stories, it may count me among its fans.

We still don’t know what this series will truly feel like, but we now know who will be providing the voices of the core cast and it’s a whole bunch of very funny, very talented people.

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BB-8 Voice Featurette - Ben Schwartz Recording

By now all Star Wars fans have heard that development for the voice of the beloved ball droid BB-8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens started by using comedians Ben Schwartz and Bill Hader to record dialogue that would later be replaced by sound effects. However, this process has only been explained to us by those two actors, both in a Reddit AMA video and in a separate interview. Now a clip from one of the featurettes you’ll find on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D collector’s edition Blu-ray shows Ben Schwartz recording dialogue for BB-8, and it’s thoroughly entertaining.

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Stranger Things Steve Jean-Ralphio video

Stranger Things has given way to a great many conspiracy theories, but perhaps none more convincing than “Steve is really the father of Jean-Ralphio from Parks & Recreation.” The evidence is incontrovertible: the two guys kind of look alike, and both characters hail from Indiana, and… actually, that’s about it. Okay, so maybe it’s not all that airtight after all. But Ben Schwartz (a.k.a. Jean-Ralphio) and Joe Keery (a.k.a. Steve) are more than happy to run with it, and that’s what matters.

Earlier this week we oohed and ahhed over a bunch of snapshots of father and son being reunited thanks to The Late Late Show With James Corden, and now there’s video footage of their special encounter — including the moment they realized that, yes, they are related after all.  Read More »

Stranger Things and Parks and Recreation - Ben Schwartz Meets Joe Keery

Fans of Stranger Things who also happen to be fans of the comedy series Parks and Recreation have noticed that Joe Keery (who plays Steve on Netflix’s sci-fi show) looks an awful lot like Ben Schwartz, who played Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on the NBC comedy series. Fans hypothesized that since Stranger Things is set in the fictional Indiana town of Hawkins in the 1980s, it only made sense that he would turn out to be the father of Jean-Ralphio in Parks and Recreation‘s fictional Indiana town of Pawnee.

Thankfully, Ben Schwartz took the time to confirm this theory on The Late Late Show with James Corden back in August, and now we get to see father and son reunited in a series of photos posted to social media by the two actors.

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Stranger Things Jean-Ralphio Theory

Netflix’s Stranger Things is exactly the kind of topsy-turvy sci-fi mystery that gives rise to endless fan theories big and small. In any corner of the internet where people are discussing Stranger Things — which seems to be every corner of the internet these days — you can find viewers arguing about what really happened to certain characters, how other characters are really related, or where all of this is really taking place.

But my favorite theory by far is “Jean-Ralphio Saperstein from Parks & Recreation is really the son of Steve Harrington from Stranger Things,” based on the remarkably astute observation that hey, these two idiots kind of look alike. And now we have definitive proof. Ben Schwartz, who played Jean-Ralphio, has “confirmed” that the two characters are in fact father and son, and even shared his thoughts on what Jean-Ralphio’s childhood might have been like. Some spoilers ahead for season 1.  Read More »

The Intervention Trailer

Several titles that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year are making their way to limited releases and VOD this summer. One of the more charming offerings is The Intervention, a relationship dramedy fueled by an incredible cast, some sharp writing, and one intervention that turns into multiple cries for help among a group of four couples on a weekend getaway.

Watch The Intervention trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Jean-Ralphio as BB-8

Just before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, we learned that Bill Hader helped bring BB-8 to life by providing real dialogue for the droid that eventually was just turned into various bleeps and bloops that the little ball droid made. Hader was credited as a vocal consultant along with Parks and Recreation‘s Ben Schwartz, who opened up about the process with a little more details in a Reddit AMA video back in February. And with that knowledge, one fan decided to have some fun with footage of BB-8 from The Force Awakens.

For those who may not know, Ben Schwartz played a hilarious character on Parks and Recreation named Jean-Ralphio. And friend of the site Jesse Carp has taken some of his dialogue and given it to BB-8 in the scene when Rey saves the droid from being turned into scarps by the scavenger Teedo. Believe it or not, it makes BB-8 even better. Read More »