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  • TV Picks: 'Party Down,' Funny or Die video selection, 'Manhattan'

    TV Picks: 'Party Down,' Funny or Die video selection, 'Manhattan'
    "Party Down" (Hulu). This comedy about a less than merry band of caterers, which went for two seasons on Starz in 2009 and 2010, was created by "Veronica Mars" mastermind Rob Thomas with "Mars" cohorts Dan Ethridge and John Enhom and actor Paul Rudd, who appeared in the pilot but was a movie star by the time the series came around. Even so the cast reads like some retrospective supergroup whose album you can't believe you've never heard (unless you did): Adam Scott (in for Rudd), recent Rolling Stone cover girl Lizzy Caplan, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch (who left near the end of the first season for "Glee" but returned for what turned out to be the series' finale), Martin Starr, Megan Mullally and Ryan Hansen (now going from the axed "Bad Teacher" to the new "Bad Judge"), but with appearances also from cool kids Ken Jeong, Joey Lauren Adams, Kristen Bell, June Diane Raphael, and various cool kids like Jim Piddock, Paul Scheer, Thomas Lennon, J.K. Simmons and Rachael Harris among others. (My original review is here.) Every episode is set at a different Southern California party or event, bringing in a fresh group of guest stars and a new theme to explore, while the servers work out their own messy business, their antipathies and affinities, as they remind one another and themselves that this is just a job and what they Really Do is act, play music, write. The series, which punches above its weight, has a guerrilla swing to it -- well-finished, but not overtly slick in the way even shoestring productions manage to look now -- and one can sense the actors' delight beneath their characters' dissatisfaction.
  • TIFF 2014: Lonnie Franklin, BASE jumpers among doc world premieres

    TIFF 2014: Lonnie Franklin, BASE jumpers among doc world premieres
    New documentaries about the culture-jamming comedy troupe the Yes Men, the BASE jumping pioneer Carl Boenish and the alleged Los Angeles serial killer Lonnie Franklin will make their world premieres in the documentary section of the upcoming Toronto...

    'Ant-Man' Back on Track as Shoot Kicks Off in Atlanta

    You're up, Peyton. Now that James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy" surprised Hollywood when it opened to more than $94 million at the domestic box office and gave Marvel Studios the start of a new franchise, it's Peyton Reed's turn to do the same with...

    Krysten Ritter to Guest Star in 'The Blacklist' Season Premiere

    Shortly after it was announced at Comic-Con that "Weeds" alum Mary-Louise Parker will join "The Blacklist" season two in a recurring role, it's been revealed that "Breaking Bad" actress Krysten Ritter is also adding her name to the list. Ritter will...

    Will Ferrell to Play Sexploitation Director Russ Meyer in 'Russ and Roger Go Beyond'

    Will Ferrell is in talks to play porn producer Russ Meyer in independent movie project "Russ and Roger Go Beyond." The film centers on the collaboration between Meyer and Roger Ebert on the 1970 film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," which Meyer directed...