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TV-to-movie dream teams

Article: TV-to-movie dream teams

This weekend, take a break from the “much anticipated” superhero trailers and try to catch THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, a movie about a bunch of retirees moving to a hotel in India. Doesn’t sound too exciting? FALSE – Maggie Smith is in it, who is the baddest b*tch on the block. EXTRA FALSE–Penelope Wilton is also in it, which means we get to see our favorite ladies on Downton Abbey pair up in something where they’ll probably wear turquoise instead of boring period piece outfits. This got us thinking about how we’d like to see some of our favorite TV stars pair up in other movies, too. Here are the best we could come up with:

1. Jon Hamm and John Slattery star in: A Heist Movie

FILM – looking back at BYE BYE BIRDIE

Article: FILM – looking back at BYE BYE BIRDIE

With Tina Fey’s new book “Bossypants” and Tad Friend’s profile of Anna Faris in The New Yorker, there’s been a lot of talk about women in showbiz – at least a lot more talk than usual. Whether you’re a fan of these two comediennes or not, all the buzz they’re generating got me in the mood for a good old-fashioned, feel-good chick flick. Luckily, BYE BYE BIRDIE was on TV (I said old-fashioned). It may be a musical comedy, but it still counts. In fact, of some of the funniest gags are the songs themselves. Paul Lynde is hilarious is his earnest ode to Ed Sullivan, and the heartfelt teenage proclamations of love are ingeniously insipid, like when Kim coos to her beau, “Huuugo, I will go wherever youuu go.”

THE INVENTION OF LYING

Article: THE INVENTION OF LYING

In Mark’s (Ricky Gervais) world, people are genetically incapable of lying, and since no one lies, no one is suspicious or questions anything. If you told these people you were freezing when you just meant you were cold they would take you literally. Same thing goes for Santa and the Tooth Fairy. Basically everyone operates…

Was 30 Rock inspired by The Muppet Show?

Article: Was 30 Rock inspired by The Muppet Show?

In a surprisingly convincing analysis, blogger Brian Lynch points out a number of major structural parallels between 30 Rock and The Muppet Show. The similarities are so great that they almost seem like they were intentional–however unlikely that might be. Liz Lemon is Kermit, Jenna Maroney is Miss Piggy, Kenneth is Scooter, and so forth.…

The Palin Effect

Article: The Palin Effect

Something felt familiar to me about the roller-coaster of emotions I felt toward Sarah Palin’s appearance on Saturday Night Live [www.nbc.com] last night. After hearing her stump speeches during the past few weeks, there was no way she would be able to pull off a guest appearance on the show without making a complete fool…

Eleven Ways McCain Could Win the Election

Article: Eleven Ways McCain Could Win the Election

1. Tina Fey replaces Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket 2. The Weather Underground bombs the NRA headquarters 3. Whoever it is we’re fighting in Iraq surrenders in the next two-and-a-half weeks 4. One of Obama’s daughters gets pregnant 5. The Viet Cong attacks the United States 6. An Obama sex tape is discovered 7.…

Behind Closed Doors

Article: Behind Closed Doors

She can see Russia from her home state, she says, and that is why she considers herself qualified in foreign policy. Perhaps that explains why Vice-Presidential hopefully, Sarah Palin, kicked the press out of her day of fast-food diplomacy in New York City. It’s likely that the charismatic, energetic headliner of the McCain-Palin tour feared…

When the Funny Runs Out

Article: When the Funny Runs Out

I am addicted to the Couric-Palin interviews. It’s an itch that I am ashamed to scratch, but I do anyway, and more than once daily. And the worst part is that I know I am not watching for the right reasons. I do not repeatedly press play at cbsnews.com out of journalistic inquiry or because…