| Aug 29, 2014
| 1:45 PM
"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.
| Aug 27, 2014
| 8:57 AM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to Starz's cult comedy "Party Down," it was announced Wednesday.
From Friday, August 29, every episode of "Party Down" will be made available on Hulu Plus, while the first five...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 4:48 PM
The 2014 Teen Choice Awards, celebrating the year’s achievements in film, TV, music, fashion and sports on the millennial generation’s list, are just around the corner.
Movie-wise, the hottest things include action comedy “22 Jump...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 6:30 PM
This story is epic: many of the stars from the TV series and subsequent film "Veronica Mars" will be reprising their roles in the CW Seed web series "Play It Again, Dick," which focuses on actor Ryan Hansen and his Dick Casablancas character.
Each of the...
| May 4, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Veronica Mars: The Movie
Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $29.98
Available on VOD beginning Tuesday
Even by the standards of a small TV network like UPN (and later the CW), the teen detective series "Veronica Mars" didn't have a big audience and was...