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TV on Blu-ray: “The Office: Season Nine/The Farewell Season”

The Office writers and producers dug themselves into a creative hole by the end of their 8th season. The show was adrift as they tried to carry on after Steve Carell left the series. The Office was still pulling in decent ratings, so when the peacock network renewed it this wasn’t too big of a surprise. After all, many a great sitcom has outstayed their welcome. However, the network decided that season 9 would be the end for The Office, and with it’s conclusion approaching, there was an opportunity for redemption. I’d say that The Office almost redeemed itself throughout season 9. While not as consistent as previous seasons, it managed to come up with some funny and endearing moments throughout its 25 episodes. The addition of Jake Lacy as Pete and the always enjoyable Clark Duke as Clark certainty brought a youthful invigoration to the show. At times, these two played like young versions of Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski). The plight of Angela (Angela Kinsey) and her relationship with Oscar (Oscar …

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10 Movies…That Are Spinoffs, Not Sequels, Of Popular Movies (Like Disney’s ‘Planes’)

Spinoffs are the new reboot. Big studio movies are usually part of a franchise at this point, and they are going to become even more assembly lines, what with new, constant Star Wars and Marvel movies every year or so. A spinoff is not a sequel to a movie, merely set in the same universe, and maybe or maybe not a character, major or minor, from the original movie off doing their own thing. It usually works about as well as TV spinoffs work out, which is to say, not very well. Here are 10 movie spinoffs. Get Him to the Greek (from Forgetting Sarah Marshall) In the original, Jason Segel’s character was left by Kristen Bell’s character for a sleazy British rock star, played by Russell Brand in his introduction to America. The spinoff, Get Him to the Greek, marked the beginning of the selling of the Brand brand in earnest. It fleshed out the supporting character nicely, and has some wickedly funny moments. The Scorpion King (from The Mummy) The Rock had slightly …

Popdose Roundtable: Michele Bachmann’s Mesmerizing Newsweek Cover

Jeff Giles: Think someone in the Bachmann campaign is losing their job over this? Or is it an intentionally nutty “any press is good press” move? Chris Holmes: It reminds me of a certain Steve Carell photo. Jeff: I wasn’t even thinking of that, but it’s perfect. Dan Wiencek: “Tyranny and Pain” about sums it up. Dw. Dunphy: You know, it’s an upside-down world. What most people perceive as “bad PR,” her camp probably views as “the Holy Spirit.”

DVD Review: Steve Carell and Tina Fey’s Outrageous “Date Night”

Let’s not beat around the bush: Date Night has a plot we’ve seen before. Two people are mistaken for someone else and they get thrown into a life and death adventure that ultimately causes them to realize that the simple, “boring” life they live is actually what they wanted all along. Basic plot; been done hundreds of times. But sometimes a basic plot is all that’s needed to generate a couple of hours of entertainment because this is one funny, funny movie. It helps that director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) has two of the best comic actors working as his leads. I can’t think a couple more suited to appear on screen as a couple than Steve Carrell and Tina Fey. After just this one film, plus a few awards show appearances, they’re a seasoned comedy team. I hope they do many more films together. In Date Night, Carell and Fey are Phil and Claire, married, suburban parents who have settled into a routine family life. They’re to the point that they can …

DVD Review: “Get Smart”

Get Smart (2008) Starring: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin Director: Peter Segal purchase this DVD (Amazon) In the ’90s, the direct-to-video market was the realm of ex-stars like Corey Feldman, making indirect sequels to forgotten franchises like License to Drive and Meatballs, but the increasing affordability of kickass home-theater systems, and the seemingly infinite possibilities of hi-def formats — not to mention a widening gulf between movie ticket prices and what they actually deliver — have helped level the playing field between the box office and the rumpus room. This year, more than one studio has announced plans to ramp up their direct-to-video output; in the short term, this means you can expect to see sequels to horrible movies like Without a Paddle on the shelves at Best Buy, but in the long run, it just might lead to more stars making moderate-to-big-budget movies for the home market. Which brings us to Get Smart, which was released to theaters over the summer — and did well, grossing over $100 million — but …