| Aug 21, 2013
| 2:02 PM
A short glass of 3.2 beer, Joe Swanberg's "Drinking Buddies" has the advantage of a "name" cast that happens also to be talented: Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson as employees of a Chicago microbrewery, at work and play; Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick as...
| Aug 20, 2013
“Drinking Buddies” director Joe Swanberg has been making feature films professionally (eight years) for about twice as long as he has been brewing craft beer at home for fun. Yet to an extent, the Lincoln Square resident follows the same...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:32 PM
FOX recently announced the all-star lineup of guest voices that will be appearing on its Sunday night Animation Domination lineup of shows – The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad. All four series return for their season...
| Jul 4, 2013
You can draw a straight line connecting Andrew Bujalski, director of the low-key 2002 indie "Funny Ha Ha," to Lena Dunham, premium cable provocateur.
Otherwise known as the show that launched a thousand think pieces, Dunham's HBO series "Girls"...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 2:30 PM
| Mar 21, 2013
| 2:18 PM
Before it became a lucrative if critically drubbed exemplar of '80s cinematic cheese, the Tom Cruise vehicle "Cocktail" first sprang to life as a novel by Heywood Gould, who based the book on his experiences bartending throughout New York in the 1970s....
| Mar 20, 2013
| 9:07 PM
Cavemen — they’re just like us! — or so ‘‘The Croods’’ seems to be saying with its familiar mix of generational clashes, coming-of-age milestones and generally relatable laughs. ...
| Mar 14, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
Steve Carell can be hilarious and seems like a very nice guy. However: From “Evan Almighty” to “Dan in Real Life” to “Get Smart” to “Dinner for Schmucks” to “Seeking a Friend for...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 11:14 AM
The last time I spoke with comedian Eddie Pepitone was June, just prior to the world premiere of his movie "The Bitter Buddha" in Chicago, where it screened during the Just For Laughs festival. Nine months and several tour stops later, he and director...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 11:28 AM
In how many ways is "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" a horrible miscalculation? Pretty much all of them. Yes, it has a couple dozen chuckles and maybe a few true laughs, but that's not enough to sustain this written-by-numbers piece of Hollywood...
| Mar 6, 2013
As a server at Blue Fin restaurant in Times Square, Amy Schumer — then an aspiring stand-up comic — said she waited on comedian Patton Oswalt every day for nearly a week, bringing him tea during each visit to help him combat his cold. They...