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BWW Review: PITCH PERFECT 2 Sings a Beautiful, Hilarious Song of FriendshipBWW Review: PITCH PERFECT 2 Sings a Beautiful, Hilarious Song of Friendship
by Matt Tamanini - May 15, 2015

Making a film sequel is difficult, especially when it doesn't involve a superhero cinematic universe. In the case of following up 2012's surprise musical success PITCH PERFECT, the task was especially daunting; how do you improve upon a low-budget sleeper hit that shattered any and all conceivable expectations? The original film found success by blending what audiences have always wanted from a college comedy (mildly crude humor and young people falling in love) with what they never knew they wanted from a college comedy (a cappella singing and projectile vomit). While there is none of the latter, PITCH PERFECT 2 has the former three in spades; and despite noticeable tonal differences, the sequel is a surprisingly touching, laugh-out-loud musical party that should more than live up to the sky-high expectations of the franchise's legions of fans. (more...)

FX Announces Summer Premiere Dates for New & Returning SeriesFX Announces Summer Premiere Dates for New & Returning Series
by TV News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

FX is turning up the heat this summer with the series premiere of Denis Leary's new comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, the second seasons of the award-winning thriller The Strain (more...)

Solid Sound 2015 Lineup AnnouncedSolid Sound 2015 Lineup Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Chicago rock band Wilco has announced the lineup for this year's Solid Sound Festival (June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA). (more...)

Amazon Original Dramatic Comedy MOZART IN THE JUNGLE Now Available on Prime Instant Video in US, UK & GermanyAmazon Original Dramatic Comedy MOZART IN THE JUNGLE Now Available on Prime Instant Video in US, UK & Germany
by TV News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

Amazon today announced all ten episodes of the highly-anticipated dramatic comedy series Mozart in the Jungle are now available on Prime Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany. (more...)

Bernadette Peters Stars in Amazon's Dramatic Comedy MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, Premiering TodayBernadette Peters Stars in Amazon's Dramatic Comedy MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, Premiering Today
by TV News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

Amazon premieres all ten episodes of the highly-anticipated dramatic comedy series MOZART IN THE JUNGLE today, December 23 on Prime Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany. (more...)

Comedy Central's @MIDNIGHT Moves to New Time Slot, Beg 1/5
by TV News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Bending the very fabric of time and space, on Monday, January 5, Comedy Central's Emmy®-nominated "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" moves to 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, following "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." (more...)

Chuck Jones Exhibition WHAT'S UP, DOC? Enters Final Weeks at Moving ImageChuck Jones Exhibition WHAT'S UP, DOC? Enters Final Weeks at Moving Image
by Movies News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

During the final month of the popular Smithsonian exhibition What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones -- closing Monday, January 19 -- Museum of the Moving Image will be celebrating animation in its galleries, theaters, and classrooms. In conjunction with the Chuck Jones exhibition, this holiday period, the Museum is presenting daily screenings of classic Chuck Jones cartoons and "Stop Motion Shapes," family animation workshops inspired by the legendary animator. In addition, the Museum will present the contemporary animated features Coraline (in 3-D), Ratatouille, Toy Story 2, The Wind Rises, and others. (more...)

VIDEO: Bernadette Peters Talks New Series MOZART IN THE JUNGLE on 'Today'VIDEO: Bernadette Peters Talks New Series MOZART IN THE JUNGLE on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Bernadette Peters stopped by this morning's TODAY to talk about starring in Amazon's new series 'Mozart in the Jungle,' which chronicles the ego-fueled classical music scene in New York City. (more...)

Episode Two of Sara Benincasa's Podcast Now AvailableEpisode Two of Sara Benincasa's Podcast Now Available
by TV News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Veteran radio host, comedian and author Sara Benincasa interviews guests such as John Hodgman, Patton Oswalt and Michael Ian Black (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Bernadette Peters & More in Amazon's MOZART IN THE JUNGLEVIDEO: First Look - Bernadette Peters & More in Amazon's MOZART IN THE JUNGLE
by TV News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Amazon will premiere all ten episodes of the highly-anticipated dramatic comedy series MOZART IN THE JUNGLE on Tuesday, December 23 on Prime Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany. (more...)

Sixteen Animated Films from Miyazaki, Plympton and More Set for 'See It Big!' Series at Moving Image, 11/28-12/28Sixteen Animated Films from Miyazaki, Plympton and More Set for 'See It Big!' Series at Moving Image, 11/28-12/28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

Museum of the Moving Image will present sixteen contemporary animated films in a new edition of its popular See It Big! series, co-programmed with the online film magazine Reverse Shot. The series, which opens November 28 and continues through December 28, 2014, includes works by renowned animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli, Bill Plympton, Henry Selick, John Lasseter, and Satoshi Kon, as well as unique works by directors Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater and others. (more...)

Sixteen Animated Films from Miyazaki, Plympton and More Set for 'See It Big!' Series at Moving Image, 11/28-12/28Sixteen Animated Films from Miyazaki, Plympton and More Set for 'See It Big!' Series at Moving Image, 11/28-12/28
by Movies News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

Museum of the Moving Image will present sixteen contemporary animated films in a new edition of its popular See It Big! series, co-programmed with the online film magazine Reverse Shot. The series, which opens November 28 and continues through December 28, 2014, includes works by renowned animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli, Bill Plympton, Henry Selick, John Lasseter, and Satoshi Kon, as well as unique works by directors Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater and others. (more...)

Bernadette Peters Stars in Amazon's Dramatic Comedy MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, Premiering 12/23Bernadette Peters Stars in Amazon's Dramatic Comedy MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, Premiering 12/23
by TV News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

Amazon today announced it will premiere all ten episodes of the highly-anticipated dramatic comedy series Mozart in the Jungle on Tuesday, December 23 on Prime Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany. (more...)

Hasan Minhaj & Trevor Noah Join Comedy Central's THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWARTHasan Minhaj & Trevor Noah Join Comedy Central's THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
by TV News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

“The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever!” is getting bigger and bester with the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” adding two new members to its roster with Hasan Minhaj beginning in November as a correspondent and Trevor Noah joining as a contributor in December. (more...)

VIDEO: Tweedy Releases New Music VideoVIDEO: Tweedy Releases New Music Video
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

On the heels of the release of Tweedy's debut albumSukierae (dBpm Records), Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son Spencer have teamed up with Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman to present a hilarious commentary on the state of the declining music industry in their new video for the song “Low Key.' Check out the video here! (more...)

Michael Che to Make Debut on Comedy Central's THE DAILY SHOW TonightMichael Che to Make Debut on Comedy Central's THE DAILY SHOW Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jun 4, 2014

Michael Che will make his first appearance tonight at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT reporting on current election news as the newest correspondent on Comedy Central's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” (more...)

Will Ferrell & More Among Winners of AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS; Full List AnnouncedWill Ferrell & More Among Winners of AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS; Full List Announced
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2014

The 'American Comedy Awards' aired last night, Thursday, May 8 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. The awards honor those who have achieved new heights during the past year in both film and television and pay tribute to some of comedy's most enduring personalities. (more...)

Patrick Stewart, Leslie Mann & More Present at AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS TonightPatrick Stewart, Leslie Mann & More Present at AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS Tonight
by TV News Desk - May 8, 2014

NBC and Don Mischer Productions previously announced the presenters for the 'American Comedy Awards,' airing tonight, May 8 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. (more...)

Bill Cosby Among Honorees for NBC's AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDSBill Cosby Among Honorees for NBC's AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS
by TV News Desk - May 1, 2014

The 'American Comedy Awards' will honor those who have achieved new heights during the past year in both film and television and pay tribute to some of comedy's most enduring personalities. (more...)

Patrick Stewart, Leslie Mann & More to Present at AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS, 5/8Patrick Stewart, Leslie Mann & More to Present at AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS, 5/8
by TV News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

NBC and Don Mischer Productions announced today the presenters for the "American Comedy Awards," airing Thursday, May 8 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. (more...)

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