Yes, that really was Paul Thomas Anderson on tonight’s Documentary Now!

Documentary Now!’s attention to detail produces a lot of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it visual gags, the type that reward a quick finger on the “pause” button. And while that’s also true of tonight’s episode, “Final Transmission,” the show’s most recent film-nerd Easter egg also rewards a pair of sharp ears. Or a few spins…

“How did I get here?”: Documentary Now!’s little Talking Heads tribute that could

There’s an oft-repeated Lorne Michaels adage about Saturday Night Live: “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready. It goes on because it’s 11:30.” A similar sentiment was in the air on a Thursday night this past July, as another Michaels production was about to take the stage at the Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel,…

Idiocracy is returning to theaters just in time for the live version

When Idiocracy was released in 2006, it didn’t make much of an impact upon the world. In fact, most people didn’t even know it existed. 20th Century Fox had a contractual obligation to release Mike Judge’s follow-up to Office Space, but they pretty much just tucked it away. After being sat on for more than a year, it…

Let’s just enjoy two talented women singing a song and slapping butter tubs

It’s been another rough week for the world, and sometimes it feels like there’s no other kind anymore. But then other times, you come across a video of two talented women singing a pretty song while they turn little butter tubs into musical instruments, and it seems like humanity can still turn out okay. For me, this…

Tina Fey drops by Maya Rudolph’s variety show for an homage to variety shows

Maya Rudolph and Martin Short have had long and varied careers in show business, which means they have any number of famous friends to rope into appearing on their new variety show, Maya And Marty. They’ve already featured Tom Hanks, Larry David, and Miley Cyrus, as well as Saturday Night Live company members old and…

Hear Jack White’s theme for Maya Rudolph and Martin Short’s variety show

Tonight marks the debut of Maya And Marty, NBC’s latest attempt to drag the rotting corpse of the televised variety show back onto this mortal coil for some singing-and-shambling fun. Starring Saturday Night Live alums Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, the series is a spiritual sequel to Rudolph’s variety special from…

Win IFC’s The Spoils Before Dying on DVD

If you appreciate the finer (read: funnier) things in life, then you likely spent part of last summer watching IFC’s miniseries, The Spoils Before Dying. The six-episode comedy was “adapted” from reclusive “author” Eric Jonrosh’s (Will Ferrell) “acclaimed novel” about a 1950s musician who gets caught up in a dangerous…

Because there’s no better time for it, an Idiocracy tour is in the works

Americans have worried about the extent to which life has imitated the art of Mike Judge’s Idiocracy pretty much since the satire premiered in 2006, which was three years after Jackass’ Steve-O stapled his scrotum to his leg onstage. But with sentient Simpsons gag Donald Trump out there confusing convenience with…

Greta Gerwig falls in and out of love with Ethan Hawke in Maggie’s Plan trailer

Falling in love sure is fun, what with the meet-cutes, the spirited conversations in Washington Square Park, and the passionate nightgown removals. Unfortunately, though, the person you fall in love with sometimes turns out to be a bit of a stuffy, self-absorbed jackass played by Ethan Hawke. That’s what happens to…