THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES - Abbi Jacobson as “Katie Mitchell”. Cr: ©2021 SPAI. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Netflix If Mike Rianda warms to you, he’ll start laughing at you. His actors mention this, but I learn it for myself on a Zoom call in mid-April, just a few weeks before the 37-year-old’s directorial debut, The Mitchells vs. the Machines , hits Netflix. The animator has what might most easily be described as a chortle, but such a simplification doesn’t even begin to skim the surface of his breathy, high-pitched chuckle. It strikes at random, especially mid-sentence, like when he’s telling me about the likelihood of technology taking over our lives and suddenly emits the loudest, most enthusiastic laugh I’ve heard during the work-from-home era (and possibly beyond). It’s infectious, deeply warm, and maybe even a little chaotic — and it’s just what you’d expect from an artist who has spent the past decade creating some of animation’s most compellingly earnest, … [Read more...] about Director Mike Rianda Wants to Make You Laugh (and Call Your Mom)
Felicity Jones. Photo: Jonathan Wenk/Focus Features The defense concedes that the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex hits its marks with the subtlety of a legal brief. But that’s not fatal. The sexism Ginsburg went up against was amazingly unsubtle, and a brief is at the heart of the film’s most momentous scenes. The Ginsburgs — Ruth and her husband, Martin — probably did talk in civic-minded placards. It’s why we love them. Directed by Mimi Leder from a script by Daniel Stiepleman (Ginsburg’s nephew), On the Basis of Sex opens in a burst of lyricism, with Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) as a bobbing island of blue in a tide of dark-suited young masters pouring into Harvard Law School’s fortress of white male privilege. A heavy-handed image but apt: Ginsburg’s buoyancy — her refusal to be deflated — is a central motif. Male students smirk at her, professors patronize her, and, at a dinner for incoming female students (Harvard Law didn’t admit women until 1950), the … [Read more...] about Plays Like a
Photo: David Buchan/Shutterstock Coming from a man who created the elusive Museum of Human Misery and Pawnee Commons, this seems oddly appropriate. THR reports that Mike Schur’s long-gestating sitcom with Ringer staff writer Shea Serrano has landed at IMDb TV, years after the series, Primo , was being developed at ABC. Inspired by Serrano’s life growing up in Texas, Primo tells the story of a “Mexican American teenager balancing cultural norms, college aspirations, societal expectations, and the hectic home life of being raised by his single mom and five uncles.” When the show was originally announced in 2017, Serrano said that he was “tired of waiting for there to be more Mexicans on TV,” so he pitched the idea to Schur, whose wildly successful carousel of sitcoms include Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place, and the newly-released Rutherford Falls . IMDb TV is backed by Amazon and offers free and ad-supported subscriptions, … [Read more...] about Mike Schur and Shea Serrano’s Family Sitcom Is Going to … IMDb TV?
Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images According to The Hollywood Reporter , Mike Schur, creator of The Good Place , Brooklyn Nine-Nine , Parks and Recreation and two other upcoming comedies will also be developing a pilot with Shea Serrano, staff writer at the Ringer and author of the 2015 New York Times best-seller The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed. ABC already has made a put-pilot commitment for the script, which is based on Serrano’s real life growing up in San Antonio. “Got tired of waiting for there to be more Mexicans on TV so I asked @KenTremendous to help me try & make a family sitcom for ABC about them,” the author announced on Twitter . The unnamed show’s fictionalized family will include “five uncles who all have different perspectives on manhood,” which sounds like it could be like the afterlife, a police precinct, and a close-knit town full of cuddly characters … [Read more...] about Mike Schur Is Developing a Mexican-American Family Sitcom Pilot With Writer Shea Serrano
May 04, 2021 - 10:40 BST Sharnaz Shahid Rachel Riley has shared heartbreaking Countdown news with fans. See the star's Twitter post here... Rachel Riley has taken to Twitter to share some sad news regarding the Countdown family with her fans. The 35-year-old, who fronts the Channel 4 daytime show, revealed that Marcel Stellman - the creator of Countdown - has passed away at the age of 96. READ: Pasha Kovalev shares fears for pregnant wife Rachel Riley over online trolling Loading the player... WATCH: Rachel Riley's daughter makes Countdown debut "Sad news at the loss of the man who brought Countdown to the UK," she tweeted alongside Marcel's family announcement. MORE: Countdown star Susie Dent gives rare insight into family life Exclusive: Rachel Riley talks family life with Pasha Kovalev "Marcel was the most kind-hearted man with stories to tell from decades in the music industry working … [Read more...] about Rachel Riley shares heartbreaking news – Countdown fans and friends react