Review: ‘3RD STREET BLACKOUT’ shines through the dark.

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3RD STREET BLACKOUT

Opening TODAY April 29th

Co-created by and co-starring
Negin Farsad 
(“The Muslims Are Coming!,” “Nerdcore Rising,” TED Fellow)
and
Jeremy Redleaf
(Streamy Award Winner “Odd Jobs,” “Sesame Street”)

Also starring
Ed Weeks (“The Mindy Project”),
Phyllis Somerville (“Little Children”),
Janeane Garofalo (“Wet Hot American Summer”)
John Hodgman (“Pitch Perfect 2,” “The Daily Show”)
Jordan Carlos (“The Nightly Show”)
Sasheer Zamata (“Saturday Night Live”)

If you’re in your thirties, you can easily remember a time in your youth when IMing was mind-blowing, chat rooms were presented as a thing of fun and danger, and MySpace was the coolest new awesomeness to ever exist. Nowadays, we live and breathe by texting, messaging, tweeting, instagramming, you name it, but most of it is online and very little exists as person to person interaction. The convenience and commonality of our technological advances has, in a lot of cases, destroyed the way we communicate as human beings. Swiping right (or perhaps left? I’m not sure, I’m married) is the new way to “date”. Now don’t get me wrong, I have four very close friends who are now married because of Match.com, but have we become too reliant on technology to really connect anymore? 3RD STREET BLACKOUT tackles that very question in the funniest way possible.
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Mina, a neuroscientist and TED-talker, and Rudy, an app developer, live life like any typical NYC couple today.  Texting, skyping, Netflixing and chillling their way through a seemingly healthy relationship. What happens when Hurricane Sandy rolls in and knocks out all of the power and signal, forces Mina and Rudy to confront a new conflict in old fashioned ways. Emoticons are no longer an option. Rudy escapes to Brooklyn to cool off while Mina flails in her own Manhattan environment. The two are lost without  the other and it’s not  until they break “social norms” and actually talk to one another does the problem get attention.
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The script is ultra intelligent and incredibly timely. I was genuinely laughing out loud the entire 87 minute run. It felt more like a sit down with my closest friends, drinking and thinking, and less like a formulaic Hollywood rom-com. The dialogue is a super natural and sailor-mouthed delight. The cast is outstanding. Co-writers/Directors/Stars, Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf are fanatstic. With and “every-man” (and woman)  feel in their presence and NY attitude, I was with them from go. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the comedy stylings of Katie Hartman. Hartman plays one of Rudy’s app developer cohorts and could not be funnier. I would watch an entire film about her character, any day. Overall, I was impressed by this charming indie, chock filled with great performances from hilarious cast. I look forward to seeing more from Farsad and Redleaf in the near future.

3RD STREET BLACKOUT opens today in  NYC!
About Negin Farsad
Though this is her first collaboration with Redleaf, Farsad previously produced, directed, and starred in the documentary hit, “The Muslims Are Coming!,”  which also featured Jon Stewart, Lewis Black, Janeane Garofalo and David Cross.  She also recently completed the feature, “Nerdcore Rising” starring “Weird” Al Yankovic and MC Frontalot.   In addition to being selected as a TED Fellow, she was named one of the “50 Funniest Women” by the Huffington Post, and her first book, a memoir/manifesto entitled “How to Make White People Laugh,” will be published this May, as 3RD STREET BLACKOUT expands nationally, by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette. She has also written for and appeared on various shows on Comedy Central, BBC & IFC among others.
About Jeremy Redleaf
Redleaf is an Emmy Award winning actor/writer/director/producer who has created award-winning digital, transmedia, and experiential productions through his Brackets Creative shingle, including “Odd Jobs,” winner of “Best New Web Series” at the Streamy Awards, and “Best Writing” at the International Television Festival.  As a performer, he plays Gonnigan on “Sesame Street,” narrates numerous shows for MTV, and has appeared across television, films, and commercials.

Find out who else is joining ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ in the first official trailer – Hint: they’re mad men

Find out who else is joining ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ in the first official trailer – Hint: MadMenFind out who else is joining ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ in the first official trailer – Hint: they’re mad menunnamedJoin us July 31 for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a limited 8-episode series coming to Netflix.

It’s the first day of camp in this outrageous prequel to the hilarious 2001 cult classic movie. And at Camp Firewood, anything can happen.

An all-star cast delivers big laughs in this irreverent spoof of summer camp and ’80s teenager movies. We’ve seen the last day of summer in the classic original film, now discover the events that shaped these iconic characters on the first day of Camp Firewood’s season.

Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter join together with new characters played by Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery, and more. It’s going to be an unforgettable day of events in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp!

‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’ Welcome to Camp Firewood first clip!

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Welcome to Camp Firewood – Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Camp Firewood is more than just a summer camp. It’s a way of life. Join us July 31 for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a limited 8-episode series coming to Netflix. Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter are among some of the cast joining the series, which tells the story of the first day of Camp Firewood’s famous summer season, now fourteen years after the film’s debut.

Coming to Netflix – Guide to 2015 Premieres of Movies & Series

 

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Netflix has a full slate of movies and series coming out this year. Here’s their official slate, but some don’t have more than just a title.
between_s1_010_hBetween (All territories except Canada)
Release Date: May 21st – Series

Between is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.


JEN_KIRKMAN_NETFLIX_HIGH_RES-6208rJen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)
Release Date: May 22nd – Stand-Up Comedy Special

Jen Kirkman delivers some sharp, hilarious truths about divorce, kids, sex and turning 40, in this Netflix original comedy special.


bob w_key_002_hThe Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir
Release Date: May 22nd – Documentary

The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir chronicles Weir’s journey from Palo Alto youth to global success as a member of one of the world’s most influential and popular bands. With a special emphasis on his brotherhood with Jerry Garcia and ample musical performances and archival footage, The Other One features interviews with bandmates, colleagues, fans, family and Bob Weir himself.


Sense8_NBO_12_02916_R_BSense8 — Available in Ultra HD 4K
Release Date: June 5th – Series

Sense8 is centered around eight characters that live in different cities around the world who experience a violent vision, and soon find themselves mentally connected by this experience. They are suddenly able to see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, and have access to each other’s deepest secrets. Not only must these eight adapt to this new ability and to each other, they must figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them.


orange-is-the-new-blackOrange is the New Black – Season 3
Release Date: June 12th – Series

Created by Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”), a funny, thought-provoking and powerful series about a diverse group of inmates serving time in a women’s prison.


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Release Date: June 26th – Documentary

Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary recording artist, Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy. In this epic documentary, director Liz Garbus interweaves never-before-heard recordings and rare archival footage together with Nina’s most memorable songs, to create an unforgettable portrait of one of the least understood, yet most beloved, artists of our time.


tucke_pds_002_hChris Tucker Live
Release Date: July 10th – Stand-Up Comedy Series

Chris Tucker headlines his first full length stand-up comedy special, Chris Tucker Live, premiering exclusively on Netflix on Friday, July 10.


wet-hot-american-summer1Wet Hot American Summer
Release Date: July 17th – Series

Welcome to Camp Firewood! From the filmmakers that brought the original 2001 cult classic, Wet Hot American Summer – First Day of Camp is the hilarious prequel to the film starring the entire original cast in addition to an all-star lineup of new cast members.


crouc_pds_001_hCrouching Tiger: The Green Destiny — Available in Ultra HD 4K
Release Date: August 28th – Film


bojac_s1_002_hBoJack Horseman – Season 2
Release Date: 2015 – Series

Will Arnett voices BoJack, the failed legendary 90’s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom “Horsin’ Around,” who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback…


Chelsea Handler Docu-Comedy Specials
Release Date: 2015 – Comedy Doc Special

No info yet, stay tuned!


Club de Cuervos
Release Date: 2015 – Series

The 13 episode series from Alazraki Entertainment, which reunites the team from “We Are The Nobles” with Luis Gerardo Méndez (“We Are The Nobles”, “Cantinflas”) in the leading role, centers on a family feud among heirs of a soccer club after the owner’s death.


Dinotrux
Release Date: 2015 – Kids

No info yet, stay tuned.


drago_s1_003_hDragons: Race to the Edge
Release Date: 2015 – Kids

Overview:  In the new Netflix original series, Hiccup and Toothless lead the Dragon Riders as they soar beyond the borders of Berk and discover the mysterious Dragon eye — an ancient artifact filled with secrets that will lead them to new lands filled with undiscovered dragons. But the heroes find themselves pursued by marauding dragonhunters, who will stop at nothing to seize the power of the Dragon Eye.


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Release Date: 2015 – Kids

The sons and daughters of the world’s most famous fairytale characters have come together, at the enchanted high school of Ever After High, to follow in their parents’ fabled footsteps. Divided between the Ever After Royals™, those who want their promised Happily Ever After – and the Ever After Rebels™, those looking to re-write their parents’ storybook endings – Ever After High™ celebrates the idea that the story of your life is not written in permanent ink. You have the power to create your own destiny.


F is for Family
Release Date: 2015 – Series

Created by Bill Burr and EmmyⓇ award-winner Michael Price as a half-hour animated comedy series, F is for Family follows the Murphy family in the 1970’s, a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport.


hmlkg_lgo_002_hHemlock Grove – Season 3
Release Date: 2015 – Series

From executive producer Eli Roth and based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name,Hemlock Grove is a riveting one-hour murder mystery that revolves around the residents of a former Pennsylvania steel town. When 17- year-old Brooke Bluebell is brutally murdered, any of Hemlock’s peculiar inhabitants – or killer creatures – could be suspects. Through the investigation, the town’s seamier side is exposed, revealing nothing is what it seems. Beautiful, terrifying and graphic, Hemlock Grove is unlike anything else in its genre.


Knights of Sidonia – Season 2
Release Date: 2015 – Anime Series

No info yet, stay tuned!


Longmire – Season 4 (US & Canada only)
Release Date: 2015 – Series

Season four of Longmire picks up moments after season three’s exciting finale. Walt Longmire (series star Robert Taylor), having found out who was behind the murder of his wife, succumbs to his darker impulses and takes off in pursuit of the killer with murder on his mind. Meanwhile, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), the deputy who Walt fired for erratic, violent behavior, believes he has already figured out who the real culprit is. But during his confrontation with this suspected killer, a gun goes off. Now the audience will finally learn what happened, and whether Walt can be stopped before he makes a fatal choice.


Marseille
Release Date: 2015 – Series

No info yet, stay tuned!


Narcos — Available in Ultra HD 4K
Release Date: 2015 – Series

Narcos is the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe and attendant efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It details the many, often-conflicting forces – legal, political, police, military and civilian – that clash in the effort to control cocaine, one of the world’s most valuable commodities.


Pompidou
Release Date: 2015 – Series

In a clapped-out old caravan, parked in front of his now crumbling estate, lives Pompidou (Matt Lucas), a tubby, pompous, penniless, eccentric, yet ultimately lovable aristocrat. He is an elderly oddball who has fallen on hard times. Alex MacQueen plays the character of Hove, Pompidou’s long-suffering butler. Each episode sees Pompidou and Hove face a new challenge – from stealing back a priceless bowl they once owned, to extracting a live bird which has flown into Hove’s mouth and is nesting in his stomach.


Popples (All territories except France)
Release Date: 2015 – Kids

No info yet, stay tuned!


Some Assembly RequiredSome Assembly Required (All territories except Canada)
Release Date: 2015 – Kids

When a teenager becomes the new owner of a toy company he hires a bunch of his high school friends to help him design new toys


Super 4
Release Date: 2015 – Kids

No info yet, stay tuned!


trail_pds_003_hTrailer Park Boys – Season 9
Release Date: 2015 – Series

“Trailer Park Boys” is a Canadian comedy television series that stars Robb Wells (“Ricky”), John Paul Tremblay (“Julian”) and Mike Smith (“Bubbles”) as a group of trailer park residents living in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The series follows the boys’ misadventures, mixed with plenty of gunfights, dope, liquor and a healthy dose of foul language. Hailed in their native Canada, the Boys are going global with the premiere of Season 8 only on Netflix. Viewers around the world can now discover these foul-mouthed lovable misfits, their petty antics and dysfunctional relationships in ten all-new 30-minute episodes filled with outlandish scenarios, hilarity, and a whole lot of heart.


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Release Date: 2015 – Series

After being dishonorably discharged from the Navy Seals, Bob and David are back serving our country the way they do best, making sketch comedy. Four half-hours of brand new comedy featuring all new characters, all new scenes, and most importantly, all new wigs.

‘Wet Hot American Summer’ back on Netflix – watch before the series premiere on July 17th

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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp – Series Premiere July 17th

The counselors are confirmed in this teaser for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a limited 8-episode series coming to Netflix just in time for summer. Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon,and Michael Showalter are among some of the cast joining the series, which tells the story of the first day of Camp Firewood’s famous summer season, now fourteen years after the film’s debut. The series is directed by David Wain and co-written by Wain and Michael Showalter.

62 New Movies Hit HBO Go – ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ & More

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Movies of note:

  • Little Miss Sunshine – My favorite indie of 2007. Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear, Toni Colette
  • Mrs Doubtfire – “Dude looks like a lady!”
  • One Fine DayMichelle Pfeiffer & George Clooney in adorableness
  • RecountKevin Spacey & Denis Leary in the HBO movie about that crazy election.
  • The RockNicolas Cage, done.
  • RushRon Howard directs Chris Hemsworth in this racing drama
  • Sleeping With the EnemyJulia Roberts stars in this domestic abuse thriller
  • Staying Alive – Oh, oh, oh, John Travolta
  • The Talented Mr Ripley – Revisit this amazing movie with Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Jude Law, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • TammyMelissa McCarthy is actually pretty tolerable and it features lots of amazing actresses
  • Too Big to Fail – HBO with another political drama that draws praise
  • We’re the Millers – It’s silly, it’s fun and it’s got Jason Sudekis
  • Wet Hot American Summer – Catch the movie before the episodes on Netflix this July
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Camp Counselors Confirmed in the Teaser for ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Netflix Series Coming This Summer

wet hot americcan summerThe counselors are confirmed in this teaser for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a limited 8-episode series coming to Netflix just in time for summer. Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter are among some of the cast joining the series, which tells the story of the first day of Camp Firewood’s famous summer season, now fourteen years after the film’s debut. The series is directed by David Wain and co-written by Wain and Michael Showalter.

I’m so excited for this! Who’s your favorite counselor? Read More →