Saturday Night Live Head Writers

Earlier this week, Saturday Night Live made some personnel changes by confirming that six-year cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam would not be returning to fulfill the last year of their standard seven-year contract. In addition, featured player Jon Rudnitsky, who just joined last season, was also not being asked to return. Now there’s another change in the ranks at SNL this time regarding the position of head writer.

Find out who will be the new Saturday Night Live head writers will be after the jump. Read More »

Other People

In terms of an acting career, Jesse Plemons is without a doubt one of the most successful Friday Night Lights alums of all time. He’s had major roles in Breaking Bad and Fargo, and popped up in films by the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson and Steven Spielberg. But he’s never really gotten to be a leading man until now.

Other People was one of the first films to play at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and, by our estimation, one of the best. The feature directorial debut of veteran Saturday Night Live scribe Chris Kelly, it stars Plemons as a gay comedy writer who returns home from New York to Sacramento to care for his dying mother (played by Molly Shannon in an exceptional performance). It’s funny and sad in equal measure, and above all feels authentic — no wonder considering Kelly based the film on his own experiences. Watch the Other People trailer below.  Read More »

Other People

On paper, Other People sounds like the most stereotypical of Sundance movies: it’s a semi-autobiographical indie dramedy (check) about a gay New York writer (check, check, check) who returns to his hometown (check) to care for his dying mother (bingo!). But in practice, every element is so well executed that the film itself feels like something special.

Said gay New York writer is David, played by Jesse Plemons in his first feature lead role, and the film makes a strong case for giving him more such parts. His performance isn’t especially showy, but he’s got an unassuming everyman charisma that makes him effortlessly watchable.  Read More »

sundance 2016 line-up

Yes, its that time of year again. The Sundance Institute has revealed the 65 feature films which will make up the U.S. & World Cinema Competition as well as the out-of-competition NEXT slate of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Hit the jump to see the Sundance 2016 line-up and get excited about next year’s independent films today!

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Too Many Cooks

It’s amazing to see something as bizarre as Too Many Cooks take the internet by storm. This short played on Adult Swim for a few nights in late October and hit YouTube this week, but it seems like Too Many Cooks has always been with us. It has that effect. This piece of television warps space and time. It’ll turn your head inside out, return you to the womb then shoot you into imaginary media space like Mike Teavee from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory if he was the Star Child from 2001.

What is Too Many Cooks? I can’t tell you. You either already know — you’ve always known — or you’re about to find out. Watch below. Read More »