‘Community’ Comes Back Tonight!

I think Community is probably one of the most genius shows ever made. It capitalizes on the intertextuality that so pervades our culture right now and rewards its viewers with sly references and long-running gags. The commentary it makes on pop culture and the state of television today, as well as the historical tradition of the medium, is sharp, witty, and never fails to make me laugh. If you aren’t watching it, you should be. Seriously. To give you a brief sample of its amazingness, here are twelve seconds of delight that make me laugh every time:

This cult hit has a hugely dedicated fan base, a fan base that has been eagerly anticipating the season four premiere, airing tonight, specifically because of a big change. Dan Harmon, the show’s creator and brilliant showrunner for the past three years, has been replaced by veteran sitcom producers David Guarascio and Moses Port (Just Shoot Me!, The IT CrowdAliens in America, Happy Endings). I’m not questioning the ability of these two men, but I do have concerns about how well they will be able to fill the massive shoes left by Harmon, and if their take on the show will ever be able to capture the essence of what Community really is.

So with tonight’s premiere finally upon us, I’d love to know what you think of it. Check out this review, which identifies some of the problems with the episode, but also encourages us to go easy on Guarascio and Port as they undertake this incredibly intimidating project. Let’s just hope they get into their groove and guide us through Six Seasons and a Movie.

‘Community’: The New Regime
Liz Medendorp @ PopMatters

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The new episode, airing 7 February, ends with a general nod to fans’ concerns when Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) announces, “I don’t know why I was so worried about change; this year is gonna be great!” But the episode that precedes, while mostly maintaining the zany antics and genre-bending tendencies so characteristic of the show, seems subdued and ultimately fails to give reason for the dean’s prediction.

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The ‘Django’ Controversy Continues

Pictured above, community activist Najee Ali holds an action figure depicting Calvin Candie, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character from the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, during a news conference Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013 in Los Angeles. He (and others) have called for the “offensive” action figures to be taken off the market.

Apparently now we can’t even have action figures from Django Unchained. As I discussed before, there has been some controversy over the film, and especially its vulgar language (like you could expect anything else from a Tarantino film). Now, even though I think the calls for censorship are completely outrageous, at least we can just say “if you don’t want to hear it, don’t watch the movie.” But now we are also being deprived of even the option to buy frakking action figures. They’re dolls! Seriously! How are they hurting anyone?

I’m so irked by this new development that I don’t even know what to say, so I’ll just refer you to an article that will tell you a bit more, and gladly welcome your comments on the matter.

After many protests, production line is halted for Django Unchained ‘action figures’
Liz Ferguson @ Montréal Gazette

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After complaints from several groups, including one led by Rev. Al Sharpton, groups, the Weinstein Co. has asked the NECA company to stop making “action figures” or dolls, if you prefer, of characters in Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained. The Weinstein Co. produced the film.

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Download 30 Scripts Up For Oscars!

Need I say more? Go to Film Buff Online to get the screenplays of 30 films up for consideration at the Oscars. But do it quick, they won’t stay up for long! Once awards season is over, the studios won’t want them floating around.

Also: Tarantino is the best. Check out the first two pages of his script for Django Unchained above.

Read 30 2012 Oscar Hopeful Screenplays
Rich Drees @ Film Buff Online

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For movie fans who like to read screenplays, it’s one of the perks of awards season that most studios hoping to get some Academy Award consideration post online a sampling of what they consider their best screenplays of the year. This year we have 30 scripts that have been offered up by the studios on their various “For Your Consideration” websites for reading.

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