steps netflix

Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite Productions have another yet Netflix title on the way – Steps, an animated musical described as “a spin on the classic Cinderella story.” Unlike traditional Cinderella adaptations, this story focuses on the step-sister characters. But here’s a twist on the familiar formula: this time, it sounds like the stepsister characters are the heroes and won’t be portrayed as wicked and mean as they appear in most tellings of the classic fairy tale that’s been adapted several times before. Poehler will produce the film, which is written by Riki Lindhome and directed by Alyce Tzue. Lindhome and Kate Micucci, also known as Garfunkel and Oates, will create the film’s music.

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Kong: Skull Island Featurette

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the declassified Kong: Skull Island featurette before Godzilla vs. Kong comes along later this month. Plus, listen as director Chloé Zhao digs into her Oscar-nominated film Nomadland. And finally, go behind the scenes of Moxie, the new Netflix movie starring Hadley Robinson and Amy Poehler. Read More »

2021 Golden Globes Video Highlights

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look at some of the highlights from the 78th Golden Globe Awards, which aired on NBC last night. Despite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler doing their best, the virtual ceremony had plenty of hiccups. But there were still some moments worth checking out, especially when it comes to the speeches from the winners. Check out the 2021 Golden Globes video highlights below. Read More »

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Hosting Golden Globes

Maybe it’s for the best that we’re getting an off-the-wall Golden Globes ceremony to match the chaotic energy of last year. The nominations for the 78 annual Golden Globe awards are all over the map, and the first-ever virtual ceremony may just top that. This year’s ceremony will be the first to be hosted from multiple locations, with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler leading the processions from two separate coasts. Here’s how the whole thing is going to work.

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moxie trailer

In Moxie, a shy 16-year-old ends up sparking a feminist revolution in her high school. The film comes from director Amy Poehler, who also appears in the film as the mother of the teen girl, played by Hadley Robinson. Based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Mathieu, Moxie is headed to Netflix next month – but you can watch the film’s trailer right now. Below, in fact.

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They Came Together

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: They Came Together

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: Spoofing seemingly every New York romantic comedy from When Harry Met Sally to You’ve Got Mail, director David Wain, and his frequent comedy cohort Michael Showalter (the guys who brought you Wet Hot American Summer) both make a mockery of and pay tribute to all the tropes of the genre. From the brownstone homes to the holiday gatherings, watch as Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd meet, fall in love, break up, and get back together, all while the comedic style of spoofs like Airplane! and Young Frankenstein keep the laughs coming in fast and fierce.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: They Came Together has the most formulaic and clichéd storyline, but that’s the point. Told in flashbacks, the movie recalls how Molly (Amy Poehler) and Joel (Paul Rudd) came to fall in love, despite the fact that the former owns a little sweet shop that’s about to be put out of business by the latter’s employer, a massive candy conglomerate. Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper listen intently as the couple recount all the details of their complicated relationship, putting the goofiest spin on all the scenes you’ve seen in countless New York romantic comedies before, so much that it’s almost like New York is a character throughout the movie. Read More »

I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy is one of the most revered sitcoms from the first Golden Age of Television. Created by real-life showbiz couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in television who doesn’t hold both the series and the married duo in high esteem. But as time goes on, fewer and fewer people know about the history of these two television trailblazers. Thankfully, comedian Amy Poehler will tell their story in a new documentary simply titled Lucy & Desi. Read More »

A Parks and Recreation Special

No one has been begging for television programming about the coronavirus pandemic because we’re already being inundated with that nonsense every damn day of our lives. But last night, A Parks and Recreation Special managed to make the most delicious lemonade out of some very bitter lemons by remotely reuniting the cast of the hit NBC comedy series for an episode catching up with Pawnee’s finest as they self-quarantine and check on each other during these uncertain times. If you missed it because you don’t have cable or Peacock, don’t worry, because the entire episode is online for free right now. Read More »

A Parks and Recreation Special Clip

Tonight brings the surprise return of Parks and Recreation in the form of a special episode that is set during the current coroanvirus pandemic. The episode was produced remotely with Amy Poehler and the rest of the cast returning with scenes shot from their homes, with a bit of TV magic involved. If you’re wondering how it’s going to play out, you can see a Parks and Recreation Special clip now before the episode premieres. Read More »

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Upright Citizens Brigade Closing

When the coronavirus pandemic started shutting down various entertainment venues, the famed Upright Citizens Brigade improv and sketch comedy theater was quick to shutter their doors. But it also came with unfortunate layoffs for theater employees in Los Angeles and New York in order to save as much money as possible while there weren’t any shows to bring in revenue. However, it appears that wasn’t enough to stay afloat in New York, because UCB has announced the permanent closure of their theater in Hell’s Kitchen and their training center on Eighth Avenue. Read More »