Was there ever such a reckoning?
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For years, a standing bit on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show was her irritation at the lack of a “Finding Nemo” sequel. The comedian, who voiced the cheerful, amnesiac sidekick Dory in the aquatic 2003 Pixar film, greeted the announcement of other sequels from the animation studio with a dramatic flash of side-eye. Fans protested too, wondering in online comment sections why “Cars 2” and “Toy Story 3” got made, while “Nemo,” which was a global box office hit (making $937 million worldwide), an Oscar winner and the highest-selling DVD of all time, still had no follow-up.
Who really created one of the most famous riffs in all of rock ‘n’ roll?
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Move over, Oprah, John Oliver just stole your thunder.
In 1974, Muhammad Ali appeared on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” with Joe Frazier to talk with Howard Cosell about their upcoming heavyweight rematch. Ali’s frequent taunting prompted Frazier to lunge at him and the boxers wrestled on the floor until being separated by their entourage members.
One of the great pleasures of “Game of Thrones” — and there are many (as well as many frustrations) — is that the show almost exclusively casts actors from across the pond (and beyond) who may be unfamiliar to many American viewers unless you watch British TV and films.
Sugar, spice and everything nice — and an accidental dash of “Chemical X.” These were the ingredients needed to create the beloved 1990s cartoon “The Powerpuff Girls.” Now, more than 15 years after its debut, the Cartoon Network has turned back to that formula for a new “Powerpuff Girls.”
The songs collectively known as the Great American Songbook apparently are like those famous potato chips, in that singers who start sampling them quickly discover you can’t stop at just one.
Two years ago, “Neighbors” writers Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, along with director Nicholas Stoller, reinvented the classic college party movie by pitting the frat guys against the young parents next door. It was a raunchy but sweet rumination on getting older and growing out of party mode, a refreshing take on the college movie formula. With “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” they’ve flipped the script, creating a feminist party classic that’s completely current and doesn’t skimp on any of the wild humor. It’s also even better than its predecessor.
How do you like your Teddy Roosevelt — sliced and diced, or the whole megillah? If big books about America’s larger-than-life 26th president are your thing, there are plenty of door-stopping bios to suit your fancy. But Roosevelt’s multifarious life — he was by turns a politician, writer, hunter, soldier, explorer and amateur scientist — is suitable for a thematic close-up, as displayed in the books under review here.
The upcoming “American Masters” portrait of Janis Joplin, titled “Janis: Little Girl Blue” was produced by Amy Berg, an Oscar nominee who interviews members of Janis Joplin’s first band, Big Brother and the Holding Company; Kris Kristofferson, whose hit “Me and Bobby McGee” was spectacularly covered by Joplin; record mogul Clive Davis; and famed filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, whose “Monterey Pop” from 1968 established Joplin.