Futurama: “The Honking”/ “The Cryonic Woman”

“The Deep South,” but at least there she got some good straight lines.) Once Michelle decides that she wants to jump into the future, all nuance is gone. She nags and prods Fry in the most predictable ways possible, and it’s not particularly funny or entertaining to watch. The concept of a demanding girlfriend/wife is a cliche that needs more creative effort to redeem it than simple regurgitation. While it’s amusing to see Michelle insist Fry prove his worth to a group of thuggish grade schoolers, it’s not amusing enough to make her compelling, or someone who’d be worth spending a whole episode on.

Putting Michelle aside, we’re left with… not a whole lot. “The Cryonic Woman” does bring back the career chips from the pilot, so kudos to whomever yelled at me in the comments when I said the chips would never be back. (I assume there was someone? If not, too late now.) After Fry, Bender, and Leela get fired, Leela mixes up the career chips, and Fry and Bender end up working at her old job. (She gets stuck as a pizza delivery woman.) So it’s nice to see that place hasn’t been completely forgotten. Oh, and Pauly Shore shows up, and the joke is that he’s an intense intellectual, which contrasts wildly with his public persona as an idiot. Shore handles the dialogue well enough.

There’s something disheartening about the show bringing someone from Fry’s time to the future—a development which feels at once desperate and half-assed—and doing nothing much with her at all. We leave this episode with roughly the same impression we had of Michelle at the start, and that’s not just weak writing, it’s a waste of everyone’s time.

Stray observations:

  • Opening caption: “Not A Substitute For Human Interaction”
  • Zoidberg, after Bender, Fry, and Leela are fired: “Now Zoidberg is the popular one!”
  • Zoidberg, after visiting the fantasy planet where your dreams come true: “For one beautiful night, I knew what it was to be a grandmother.”
  • Weird Al is in one of the cryo-tubes, or at least someone who looks a lot like him.
  • Bender has sex with the Probulator.
  • “Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue and lament it.” -Fry, having second thoughts
  • In the end, Fry begs Farnsworth for his old job back, and Farnsworth dumps him out of the ship. That’s it. The only resolution to him getting fired is knowing that next week, he’ll be back at the job without any explanation. It’s a gag I’ve seen on a few different shows, mostly animated; sometimes, the writers just assume the audience realizes that things are never going to change that much, and let us put the pieces together ourselves.

Article source: http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/futurama-honking-cryonic-woman-216788

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Adam Sandler’s ‘Pixels’ Looks Truly Terrible

Video game movies. I just can’t understand why they’re so rarely any good.

You’d think that cobbling two great mediums together would result in something spectacular. Such is hardly ever the case.

Pixels, Sony’s new alien invasion movie starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James, looks like no exception.

The premise is basically pulled from Futurama episode “Anthology of Interest II.”

Basically aliens misinterpret the games we send out into space in the 80′s and send back giant alien video game monsters to destroy the earth. For some reason Kevin James and Adam Sandler and friends are the only ones who can stop them.

Not everything looks bad here, as cheesy and ridiculous as the movie undoubtedly will be.

Still of Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan and Josh Gad in Pixels (2015) Credit: 2014 – Columbia Pictures

PAC-MAN is a bad guy, and the heroes bring his creator Tōru Iwatani (played by Denis Akiyama) to stop him. The results are pretty funny.

And Peter Dinklage should always, always wear a mullet. It’s so epic. I want Tyrion Lannister to sport a mullet from now on. Hell, I want Cersei Lannister to sport a mullet. Mullets all around.

I’m much less excited about another Adam Sandler movie than I am about Peter Dinklage’s mullet, it turns out. Oh well.

Here’s the trailer:

Pixels will join a legion of other bad video game movies this summer.

Not all video game movies are terrible, of course. My personal favorite—by a long mile—is Wreck It Ralph.

What’s yours?

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Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2015/03/18/adam-sandlers-pixels-looks-truly-terrible/

Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series launches with ‘Futurama’

The 23rd annual Women Playwrights Series at the Centenary Stage Company will launch on April 8, with ‘Futurama,’ by Playwright Samantha Charlip, presented at 7:30 p.m., in the Lackland Center. (courtesy photo)  

The 23rd annual Women Playwrights Series at the Centenary Stage Company will launch on April 8, with “Futurama,” by Samantha Charlip, presented at 7:30 p.m., in the Lackland Center.

In this charmingly funny and perceptive play, a 1950s-era amusement park in southern Florida claims to see into the future, which has in fact turned out quite differently from the original vision. When the self-help guru Brian Gold brings his “Greatness Weekend” to the park, the young employees April and Otis, who have been adrift in their lives and their jobs, begin to have revelations about their own futures. The presentation will be directed by Tara Downs, a Brooklyn-based artist and member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab program.

Playwright Samantha Charlip is a New York-based playwright and writer/producer for television networks including AE, Turner and Viacom. Her plays include: “Futurama,” which was a finalist in the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, won the Award of Excellence in Playwriting at the Tennessee Repertory NewWorks Lab, and was nominated for the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Comedy Award; “Below,” “Love in the Time of Gonorrhea,” “Youtube Superstars,” and “One Universal You” (Know Theatre, The Piney Fork Theatre). Charlip’s television original pilots were selected as semi-finalists in Storyboard TV’s 2011 and 2012 pilot competition and were cited at the Austin Film Festival.

She is recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch Dramatic Writing MFA program where she studied playwriting under Pulitzer Prize winner, Annie Baker, Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks, Eduardo Machado and Oskar Eustis, artistic director of The Public Theater. Charlip was awarded the Tisch School of the Arts Full Tuition Departmental Fellowship.

Now in its 23rd year, the Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series ( WPS) presents three-four new plays each year in rehearsed staged readings throughout the month of April. Led by Program Director Catherine Rust, the Women Playwrights Series is dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theater today. The series offers emerging playwrights a chance to work with professional directors and actors in a short rehearsal period, followed by a staged reading of the work in front of a live audience, with audience feedback and discussion. Each presentation is followed by lively “talk-backs” with the playwright and cast following the performance. The Series features the finalists in the Susan Glaspell contest, which offers the winner further development support worth $45,000 in a full production in the Centenary Stage Company professional Equity main-stage season, as well as a cash award to the author.

Centenary Stage Company is an affiliate member of the National New Play Network (based in Washington, D.C.), and participates in the “Extended Life” and “Rolling World Premiere” programs, designed to give playwrights larger exposure and sustained life throughout the country in their first year of production.

Admission to the “Futurama” is by donation and reservations are requested. For reservations and information contact the Centenary Stage Company Box Office at 908-979-0900, or visit online at www.centenarystageco.org

Also featured in this year’s Women Playwrights Series will be “Start Down” by Eleanor Burgess, on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.; “True Love ” by Tracy Thorne on Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series is made possible in part through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation , the Puffin Foundation, Zonta International organization for empowering women, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, Heath Village Retirement Community, and the many Centenary Stage Company members and sponsors.

Article source: http://www.nj.com/warrenreporter/index.ssf/2015/03/centenary_stage_companys_women.html

Remembering Leonard Nimoy

On Friday 27th February, The New York Times announced the extremely sad news that Star Trek actor and director, Leonard Nimoy, passed away at the age of 83. Nimoy announced in January that he was suffering from lung disease, which his wife attributed to his smoking habit that lasted 30 years before quitting in the 1970s.

Daniel Arrhakis

For many people, Nimoy will be remembered as the iconic Mr. Spock from the sci-fi TV series and films, a role he won when the producers put out a casting call asking for a “tall, thin guy to play an alien”. He also directed two of the motion pictures (The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home), and starred as Spock Prime in the J.J. Abrams remakes. He was also known for parts in the films Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1978), and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011). He starred in the Mission: Impossible TV series, and had guest roles on The Simpsons, Futurama, The Big Bang Theory, and Star trek: The Next Generation.

He will be sorely missed throughout the world as one of the most iconic figures of 20th century television and cinema. His final tweet read: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory, LLAP.”  Nimoy fulfilled the demand of his Vulcan aphorism, for he lived long and prospered.

Article source: http://www.galleonnews.com/2015/03/remembering-leonard-nimoy/

St. Patrick’s Day TV 2015: 6 Irish-Themed Episodes And Specials Currently …

Though they may not be as common as Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving episodes, St. Patrick’s Day episodes make up some of the better specials on television over the years – it’s not hard to see why a holiday associated with heavy drinking might lead to some entertaining antics! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day this year, we’ve put together a list of the best shamrock-themed episodes of TV currently on Netflix. So drink that celebratory pint at home this year, kick back on the couch, and enjoy!

Here are the best St. Patrick’s Day TV episodes streaming on Netflix:

  • “The Office” – “St. Patrick’s Day” (Season 6, episode 19) – On her last day in the Scranton office, Dunder Mifflin CEO Jo Bennett (guest star Kathy Bates) throws off everyone’s St. Patrick’s Day plans by forcing the office to stay at work late.
  • “How I Met Your Mother” – “No Tomorrow” (Season 3, episode 12) – Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) – in his ridiculous green suit – convinces Ted (Josh Radnor) to go out with him on the holiday to celebrate “like there’s no tomorrow.”
  • “30 Rock” – “St Patrick’s Day” (Season 6, episode 12) – Liz (Tina Fey) tries to avoid St. Patrick’s Day by hiding out in her apartment all day. Meanwhile, Jenna (Jane Krakowski) and Tracy (Tracy Morgan) host the parade in New York City.
  • “Futurama” – “Luck of the Fryish” (Season 3, episode 10) – Fry (Billy West) sets off with Leela (Katey Sagal) and Bender (John DiMaggio) to find his lucky seven-leaf clover.
  • “Cheers” – “Bar Wars VII: The Naked Prey” (Season 11, episode 19) – Cheers takes on Gary’s Olde Towne Tavern in the annual St. Patrick’s Day sales battle.
  • Grounded for Life” ­– “It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City” (Season 4, episode 22) – Sean (Donal Logue) and Eddie (Kevin Corrigan) hope St. Patrick’s Day will help the Red Boot Pub finally turn a profit.

What will you be watching on St. Patrick’s Day? Tweet your thoughts to @Ja9GarofaloTV

Article source: http://www.ibtimes.com/st-patricks-day-tv-2015-6-irish-themed-episodes-specials-currently-streaming-netflix-1849496

Wednesday, March 18

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Are French police dramas the new black? Or at least the new Scandi noir? Witnesses draws deep from The Killing well, with moody northern France standing in as Copenhagen and detective Sandra Winckler (Marie Dompnier) as Sarah Lund sans ponytail. As bodies keep turning up in display homes, Winckler starts to question the involvement of detective-out-of-retirement Paul Maisonneuve. Why is the main suspect, escaped killer and rapist Kaz Grabier, taunting him? And, most bafflingly, why is a wolf involved in any of this? Like French men themselves, Witnesses is moody and good-looking but doesn’t yet have the chokehold The Killing held over its audience each episode.

The Simpsons, Eleven, 8.30pm

Matt Groening’s two animated worlds collide tonight as Futurama meets The Simpsons for Simpsonsorama, as Bender (‘‘A robot with a catchphrase!’’) lands in Springfield on a mission to kill Homer. But, as Lisa reasons, ‘‘Why must you kill my dad, when cheeseburgers are doing the work for you already?’’  While the jokes are more smile-worthy than laugh-out-loud funny these days, they still have a strike rate that most shows could only dream of. 
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Washington’s Spies, Showcase, 7.30pm

The massacre of the Redcoats at the end of the first episode has got the British smelling a rat. And it’s their slightly terrifying mercenary guerilla captain Robert Rogers (Angus Macfadyen) who heads to Long Island to sniff out the rodent. This would seem to be bad news for reluctant rebel spy Abe (Jamie Bell) and his ex, Anna (Heather Lind). Meanwhile, captured Redcoat captain John Simcoe (Samuel Roukin) is expecting torture at the hands of rebel spies Tallmadge and Brewster (Seth Numrich and Daniel Henshaw) but remains snottily supercilious. Enjoyable popcorn-munching fare.

Detroit Unleashed, Animal Planet, 8.30pm

It’s standard doggie-rescue action as rapper Dan Carlisle – stage name Hush – scoops up lost and abandoned mutts on the mean streets of Detroit. Carlisle and his offsiders identify with the dogs because they too have been in bad situations in life and needed a second chance. Detroit’s blighted streetscapes  look like something out of The Walking Dead but Carlisle is convinced that the city is on the verge of a renaissance.   

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Sex is Comedy (2002), World Movies (pay TV), 9.30pm

In 2001, Catherine Breillat (see An Old Mistress, Tuesday) made one of her greatest films, A Ma Soeur. It tells of two teenage sisters: the hauntingly beautiful Elena (Roxanne Mesquida) and the younger, plump and sullen Anais (Anais Reboux). Given Breillat has a well-known sister (Marie-Helene), many saw A Ma Soeur as a bitter roman a clef. And it is certainly an extremely blunt look at sibling rivalry, and at the desire to be loved and embraced, but never objectified. It is cinema feminine at its purest. A year later, perhaps feeling unfinished with her subject, Breillat did a postmodern revisiting, Sex is Comedy, about a director (Anne Parillaud) making A Ma Soeur, with one of the same lead actors, Roxanne Mesquida. Unlike Francois Truffaut’s Day for Night, which is a light-hearted, funny and charming look at the insanity of making movies, this is sombre and disturbing, with a highly cerebral filmmaker critiquing one of her earlier works and the difficulties she had in directing its most controversial scene, where Anais watches Elena have intercourse with a young man (Libero De Rienzo) in their shared bedroom. The boyfriend is now played by Gregoire Colin, but the audience’s rapt attention will be more on the ice-cool way Breillat dissects the filmmaking process, exposing the manipulative games and childish tantrums of actors and directors, and providing some delightfully arcane detail (such as a selection of fake penises). Sex is Comedy is not the masterpiece A Ma Soeur is, and it could never be, but it is a fascinating look at the deceits and joys of the filmmaking process.

Hope Springs (2012), Nine, 9.45pm

In 2012’s Hope Springs, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play a 30-year-married couple, Kay and Arnold, who have passed from lovers to best friends to totally exhausted. And when sniping at each other is simply the best you can hope for, why not a week’s intense therapy in a cute village on the New England coast, where Dr Feld (Steve Carell, playing it straight) will try to extricate you from a state of relationship death? Feld: ‘‘What about oral sex?’’ Kay: ‘‘I wasn’t … I wasn’t comfortable with that.’’ Feld: ‘‘Giving or receiving?’’ Kay: ‘‘Huh?’’ Now, if you think it’s ridiculous that a fiftysomething woman could be that naive and prudish, go online and read how Kay and Arnold’s fellow citizens have raged at the inappropriateness of that conversation. David Frankel’s beautifully acted and funny film is way more therapeutic and crucial than one would have ever thought necessary.
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25 Futurama Quotes To Use In Everyday Life

1. “Good News, Everyone!” – Professor

Episode: Loads of them!Perhaps the best-known line from the whole show, Professor Farnsworth churns this one out whenever the his news is good (for him, mostly).When to use it: Before absolutely everything you ever say.

2. “Bite My Shiny Metal Ass!” – Bender

Episode: Plenty of ‘em.Bender’s go-to catchphrase. A PG-13 equivalent of the F-bomb.When to use it: When some ignorant fool is having a go at you. Or as an invitation to something a little kinky.

3. “Just Shut Up And Take My Money!” – Fry

Episode: Attack Of The Killer App (6×03)When the flashy new product, ‘EyePhone’ is introduced, Fry queues up and is willing to pay just about anything to own one.When to use it: During about 99% of adverts you see. Mostly fast food.

4. “This Is The Worst Kind Of Discrimination. The Kind Against Me!” – Bender

Episode: War Is The H-Word (2×17)Bender and Fry are told that the military discount in the store is for military personnel only which leaves Bender beyond outraged.When to use it: When you get thrown out of the pub for throwing bar stools around and trying to start fights.

5. “Fry, Please Try To Understand. You’re A Man. I’m A Woman. We’re Just Too Different.” – Leela

Episode: Time Keeps On Slippin’ (3×14)Fry tries his luck complimenting Leela and proceeds to casually ask her out, but she lets him down with this honest number.When to use it: When you want to let that special person know they’re not that special after all, in the nicest way possible.

6. “I Don’t Want To Live On This Planet Anymore.” – Professor

Episode: A Clockwork Origin (6×09)When Farnsworth’s latest scientific discovery (a homosapien from the dawn of time) is made a mockery out of, he expresses distaste for his fellow man.When to use it: When you see your little cousin wearing a Nirvana t-shirt, thinking it to be a brand name.

7. “You Win Again Gravity.” – Zapp Brannigan

Episode: Amazon Women In The Mood (3×05)The restaurant that the crew finds themselves in starts spinning out of control when Zapp decides to press some buttons.When to use it: When you lean back that little bit too far on your chair and become acquainted with the floor.

8. “Woop Woop Woop!” – Zoidberg

Episode: Dozens!It’s pretty hard to predict just when Zoidy is going to bring out the can of woop woop, but when he does, it’s always great.When to use it: There is no wrong way to use this classic. To celebrate. As an exit strategy. You name it.

9. “Oh Wait, You’re Serious. Let Me Laugh Even Harder.” – Bender

Episode: Love And Rocket (4×03)Bender is more than happy to date other robots on the side as well as his current girlfriend and when Leela calls him out on it, he laughs at her right in the face.When to use it: When your friend tells you all about how they are actually going to go to every lecture this semester and get their act together.

10. “Kif, I Have Made It With A Woman. Inform The Men.” – Zapp Brannigan

Episode: Love’s Labours Lost In Space (1×04)Zapp hooks up with Leela and like any self-respecting man, he wants all other males to know about it.When to use it: When after, a long, long time waiting, you finally hooked up with someone. Even if they were disappointed by your performance.

11. “I’m So Embarrassed, I Wish Everybody Else Was Dead!” – Bender

Episode: Bend Her (4×13)At the Olympics, Bender is disappointed that he couldn’t win a medal. Not even for bending.When to use it: When you are reminded of how you vomited all over that poor cute girl the night before.

12. “At The Risk Of Sounding Negative, No.” – Leela

Episode: The Birdbot Of Ice-Catraz (3×05)The Professor wants the crew to do a mission that would put penguins on Pluto at risk and Leela tells him where she stands on it.When to use it: When you just feel like being a bit of a ass, really.

13. “Hooray! A Happy Ending For The Rich People.” – Zoidberg

Episode: The Mutants Are Revolting (6×12)Mutants are granted freedom and receive some good news, and Zoidberg is all about congratulating them.When to use it: When the lives of the rich and famous remind you of how crap your own life is by comparison.

14. “It’s Like A Party In My Mouth And Everybody’s Throwing Up!” – Fry

Episode: Parasites Lost (3×02)Fry buys a disgusting sandwich from a gas station vending machine and, well, it clearly tastes as good as it looks.When to use it: When munching on brussel sprouts at Christmas dinner to keep your Mother happy.

15. “With A Warning Label This Big, You Know They Gotta’ Be Fun!” – Hermes

Episode: Three Hundred Big Boys (5×11)When the kids and Fathers essentially reverse roles, Hermes buys this dangerous toy to try and entice Dwight, who’s not having any of it.When to use it: When your friend buys some illegal fireworks off some dodgy Asian website and you can’t wait to set them off.

16. “That Young Man Fills Me With Hope. Plus Some Other Emotions Which Are Weird And Deeply Confusing.” – Zapp Brannigan

Episode: War Is The H-Word (2×17)Leela dresses up like a man to get into the army and Zapp can’t help but check her out, much to his confusion.When to use it: When you see that first real crush. Or first crush that made you genuinely consider swinging the other way.

17. “Everyone, I Have A Very Dramatic Announcement. So Anyone With A Weak Heart Should Leave Now. Goodbye.” – Professor

Episode: A Clone Of My Own (2×15)The Professor has big news about naming a successor and delivers this hilarious line before turning to leave the room.When to use it: When you have the least dramatic news ever.

18. “They’re Like Sex, Except I’m Having Them!” – Fry

Episode: The Problem With Popplers (2×19)After tasting the new fast food craze, Popplers for the first time, Fry can’t manage to contain his excitement.When to use it: When those pancakes taste so damn good, you just gotta’ let the whole world know.

19. “Valentine’s Day Is Coming? Aw Crap, I Forgot To Get A Girlfriend Again!” – Fry

Episode: Put Your Head On My Shoulder (2×10)Yet another Valentine’s Day zinger here from Fry. This one speaks for itself.When to use it: When the importance of Valentine’s Day is once again minimal to you this year and your plans for it consist of playing Minecraft in your underwear.

20. “Now, My Usual Fee Is 500 Bucks. But Seeing As How It’s You, I’m Gonna’ Need It In Advance.” – Bender

Episode: Put Your Head On My Shoulder (2×10)With Valentine’s Day coming up, Fry, desperate for a date comes to Bender for help and he explains how business will go down.When to use it: When your mate, who never ever pays anyone back asks you to buy him a pint with no intention of getting the next round.

21. “Now, Now, There Will Be Plenty Of Time To Discuss Your Objections When And If You Return.” – Professor

Episode: A Big Piece Of Garbage (1×08)A giant ball of garbage threatens Earth and the Professor creates a bomb for planet express to save the day. After he tells them that they only have 25 minutes to get away after planting it, Leela protests and the Professor tells her this reassuring line.When to use it: When you send your younger sibling off to the shop to pick up some bread and milk.

22. “This Concept Of ‘Wuv’ Confused And Infuriates Us!” – Lrrr

Episode: Love And Rocket (4×04)Valentine’s love is in the air and when Lrrr gets a load of some candy hearts with the word “Wuv” printed on them, he shares his distaste.When to use it: When everyone you know is part of a cutsie couple and you’re not buying into any of it.

23. “Well, Thanks To The Internet, I’m Now Bored With Sex.” – Fry

Episode: A Bicyclops Built for Two (2×13)The crew spend the day browsing the physical internet and Fry, who becomes bored, decides to seek out something to satisfy his violence lust instead.When to use it: When the 50 Shades of Grey movie is the only damn thing in your Twitter timeline.

24. “You Can’t Keep Boogieing Like This. You’ll Come Down With A Fever Of Some Sort.” – Leela

Episode: Jurassic Bark (5×02)Fry is protesting on behalf of his dead dog and, after performing the people’s native dance for too long, Leela becomes concerned for his health.When to use it: When your drunk friend is dancing so hard and you just know they’re gonna’ pass out if they keep it up.

25. “If, For Any Reason You’re Not Satisfied, I Hate You.” – Sales Clerk

Episode: War Is The H-Word (2×17)Fry and Bender are in a convenient store and demand a military discount on their chewing gum, but this rude clerk sends them packing.When to use it: When encounter the rudest of rude customers. You know the one.

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