Trailer: “Peanuts” by Schultz

20th Century Fox / Blue Sky Animation Studios

20th Century Fox / Blue Sky Animation Studios

Remember way back in October almost two years ago when I mentioned that the Ice Age folks were making a “Peanuts” movie? Well now it has a release date and a trailer!

Blue Sky Animation took Charles Schultz’s iconic Peanuts Gang and used CG animation to bring them to the big screen. This is the first time cute little Charlie and his friends will be in a feature-length 3D movie. Purists can rest assured that it won’t be a mess, so before they start complaining, it’d be good to know that son Craig Schultz’ and grandson Bryan Schultz will be producing. Cornelius Uliano is also on board as a producer and writer, but his past work has been shorts he’s written, directed, and produced.

Enough chatter. See the trailer below! Continue reading

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“Modern Family” Does the Internet

ABC / ABC.go.com

ABC / ABC.go.com

We live in a modern age. ABC knows that, so they’ve incorporated social media and the Internets into Modern Family. Still, it’s a comedy, so there’s no Story Sync a la Breaking Bad and AMC going on here. ABC doesn’t do much on the digital side for the show, other than offer still shots of previous episodes and full episodes for all of 2 days on the website (that’s an exaggeration, but still).

One exception to the pretty dismal digital offerings is the offer scrapbooks that give more detailed looks at the plot lines of different episodes. Continue reading

The Writers of “Modern Family”

ABC / Peter "Hopper" Stone

ABC / Peter “Hopper” Stone

We’ve dissected the creators of the show and the cast of the ABC comedy. We even gave the young ones their own post! Now let’s look at who makes these characters who they are before the actors get all the attention for it. Fans of Modern Family took the time to create a wiki which features profiles on 22  of the writers (but many only have one writing credit on the series)! Let’s take a closer look at a few of these folks: Continue reading

Character Profiles: The Children of Modern Family

ABC / 20th Century Fox Television

ABC / 20th Century Fox Television

Previously, we looked into character profiles of the adults of Modern Family. Now it’s time to give the children a chance! (That turned out more dramatic than I intended it to be.) Let’s not waste time with the intro, they’ll be more posts to come on other aspects of the show. Here’s how the younger half of the Modern Family are all connected: Continue reading

Character Profiles: Modern Familly

ABC

ABC

By now we all know how popular Modern Family is and who does the work on the ABC sitcom behind the scenes, but now let’s get into which characters are played by the actors that won the Screen Actor’s Guild Award last month. Some characters have been mentioned in an earlier post, but as promised,  I’m giving y’all more detail on the adults in the family (although some of their behavior may say otherwise). And yes, I may play favorites based on which characters I enjoy watching most, but we’ll see: Continue reading

Adorable Super Bowl Ad Gets People In Their Feelings

With Super Bowl XLVIII upon us, the best part of it for pop-culture aficionados like me is the commercials! YouTube means we get an early look at a number of the ads that will be the most talked about. Budweiser has become a giant in the Super Bowl ad game, and this year is no different. The ad stars one of the famous Clydesdales and a cute labrador retriever puppy. Like most of these ads, it stars one stubborn animal that just keeps coming back. It’s an improvement from  last years clip. (Yes, the “Brotherhood” one was cute. Gave me chills! But there’s something about puppies.)

Folks got in their feelings. I did too. Christina Pippas said “OMG I AM CRYIN. I AM CRYING”.  And if you’re familiar with the meme, one YouTube commenter said “i cri eri tim”. I won’t lie.I teared up. And I actually got The Fox and the Hound teas from the clip too.

Watch the adorable ad below! Continue reading

Modern Family Wins at 20th SAG Awards

SAG-AFTRA

SAG-AFTRA

Awards season is looking up for Modern Family.

At the Golden Globes, Sofia Vergara was nominated for her work as Gloria, and the series was nominated for Best TV Series – Comedy, but to no avail. Well, the Academy may not have awarded the Family, but their peers at the Screen Actors Guild did! Ty Burrell won for Outstanding Performance By a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (a mouthful), and the entire cast won for Outstanding Performance By an  Ensemble in a Comedy Series (another  mouthful, but worthy win!).

I was so excited to see them win! Ty’s goofy Phil Dunphy can be a little irritating at times, I’ll admit (I’ll get into detail when I do character profiles), but he’s a great comedic actor. What I like in a comedian is when they don’t always have to be “on” or loud and obnoxious to make people laugh (slight shade to Jim Carrey). Deadpan is more my style. Continue reading

‘Ride Along’ Sets Box Office Record

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

It’s a big weekend and a big start to the new year for Kevin Hart.

His buddy-cop comedy Ride Along, co-starring rapper-actor Ice Cube is set to be number one at the box office this weekend, and by estimates will debut with $48 million. That number makes it the biggest debut for a film released during MLK weekend. The movie itself does what it is supposed to do: make you laugh. Ice Cube as a straight man to Kevin Harts quick one-liners is entertaining enough, but there are multiple cameos  that make the comedy even more enjoyable. Continue reading

Cast, Production, and Industry Folk: Modern Family

ABC

ABC

As popular as Modern Family is, it’s always helpful to give background of a show. Plus, how shows developed, who joined in the cast and crew and studio info is always interesting to me, so there’s that.

Since 2009, Modern Family has aired on ABC as part of the Disney-owned network’s comedy block. Show creators Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan come from two popular NBC comedies that aired in the early and late ’90s – Fraiser and Just Shoot Me, respectively.

I never watched those shows. But I do watch Modern Family, so I imagine ABC may have picked up the show in part because of the level of success they had with the past NBC sitcoms. Makes sense. The mockumentary-style show is about three nuclear families that make up one big extended, charismatic, and hilarious family. With so many quirky personalities, humorous situations are central to each episode. Continue reading

TV: My Story

Growing up, TV has always had a real presence in my life. Some of the first television shows I remember watching came from Public Broadcasting. Classics like Sesame Street and (the modernized version of) Zoom, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, modern fare like Barney and Friends, and a bizarre show about Teletubbies filled my days. As I got older, I stuck with PBS, but also watched more Disney and Nick Jr. My twin sister and I would wake up from our naps to watch Blue’s Clues and Little Bear. In the mornings, we’d watch Rolie Polie Olie and Bear In the Big Blue House.

TV wasn’t just entertainment, it taught me things. Shows in my youth taught me basics like counting and critical thinking (how do you think we figured out what Blue was trying to say?), but as I got older different shows gave me clues to social life. Lizzie McGuire taught me how to navigate middle school.

And now, I have a myriad of tastes in TV. Continue reading