Not ready for prime time: 18 animated series that didn’t make it a full season

For the majority of prime-time network television’s history, animated series rarely made an appearance. With the exception of Hanna-Barbera’s brief ’60s output (The Flintstones, The Jetsons) and the routine holiday specials, prime-time TV was hostile territory for animated programming.

From Fargo to Napoleon Dynamite: Haifaa Al-Mansour picks the 5 films that influenced her the most

Filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female director. Her feature film debut, 2012’s Wadjda, received critical acclaim and became the country’s first official Oscar submission (for Best Foreign Language Film) although it wasn’t nominated. Now al-Mansour’s following up her debut with Mary Shelley, the…

Obvious Child and You’re Next: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

The Napoleon Dynamite duo already sold its new film at Sundance

As reported by Deadline, Lionsgate has asserted itself early at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and picked up Jared Hess’ Don Verdean well ahead of the January 28 premiere. Hess directed the film and wrote the script with his wife, Jerusha Hess, making this the fourth feature they’ve worked on together. Their first…

10 years on, Garden State and Napoleon Dynamite have aged better than their reputations suggest

Zach Braff’s new movie Wish I Was Here is out this week, premiering within spitting distance of a conspicuous anniversary for the actor-turned-filmmaker: It’s been almost 10 years exactly since the theatrical debut of his only other feature as a director, Garden State. Coincidentally, this summer also marks the…

Napoleon Dynamite gets a sitcom with Malcolm's mom

Deadline is reporting that Jon Heder—the actor blessed and cursed to be known best as Napoleon Dynamite—will star in a new sitcom pilot opposite Jane Kaczmarek, best known for her brilliant performance as Lois on Malcolm In The Middle. The show, known for now as Here’s Your Damn Family (how long before that “damn”…