New to Netflix: December 2014

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Netflix has announced new movies and TV shows that will be making their streaming debut this December. As a way to look forward to lazy days indoors over winter break, or as a way to put off studying for finals a little bit longer, here is a list of all the titles coming to Netflix in the month of December 2014.

Movies

A Knight’s Tale (2001) (Dec. 1)
Inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, this medieval adventure film follows a peasant who is pretending to be a knight to compete in jousting tournaments. Rotten Tomatoes describes this as “Rocky on horseback.” *Dun… dun dun dun. Dun dun dun. Dun dun duuuuuuuun.* 

Almost Famous (2000) (Dec. 1)
Directed and written by Cameron Crowe, this comedy-drama film tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage Rolling Stone journalist following the fictitious 70s band Stillwater.

American Beauty (1999) (Dec. 1)
Suggested to be a satire of the American middle class ideals of beauty and satisfaction, this drama tells the story of office worker Lester Burnham, who falls into a midlife crisis, enamored by his daughter’s teenage friend.

Bewitched (2005) (Dec. 1)

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Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell in Bewitched (2005)

Based on the 1964-72 TV show of the same name, Bewitched stars Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Ferrell plays Jack Wyatt, a struggling actor desperate for a role. Jack agrees to star in a film version of the TV series Bewitched (so meta). Nicole Kidman as Isabel Bigelow is cast as the female lead alongside Jack, playing the witch-turned-housewife Samantha. Nobody knows that Isabel is really a witch (OH BOY).

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Winter [read: George R.R. Martin] is coming to Brown

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If you know me at all then you know my not-so-secret secret: I am obsessed with Game of Thrones. In fact, I was so depressed after the culmination of Season 3 that I read the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series. And for that reason I tell you with great reluctance that the series’ author George R.R. Martin is bringing his mass murderer self to Brown on October 23. He will appear, along with distinguished publisher Tom Doherty, to receive the Library’s inaugural Harris Collection Literary Award. The presentation and subsequent interview will occur in Salomon 101 at 7 p.m.

Why would I be reluctant to tell you this, you might be wondering? Am I not excited? That’s just it. I am so excited that as I write this I hope no one reads it so that no one thinks to get tickets. Then maybe I’ll get quality time with G.R.R.M. so I can ask him all my burning questions. (What does the R.R. stand for? Why do you kill all of my favorite characters? Is there any chance you can give my resume to the producers of Game of Thrones?) Maybe if I tell you guys not to go, then you’ll listen. So here goes nothing…

You should definitely not go to this link on Monday, October 6 at 12 p.m to reserve your spot. It will certainly not be amazing nor will the Q&A be enlightening. Seriously, you really don’t want to go. Don’t get tickets. In fact, forget this post even happened. Please.

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A Misanthrope’s Guide to TV: Fall Premieres

Summer is over and it’s time to put away the bathing suits, flip flops and selfie sticks (not seasonal, just a thing that should be put away indefinitely). Fall is here and while some may be counting down to the return of the pumpkin spice latte and casual trench coat, those of us with far more sporadic vibrant social lives, will be counting down to the return of our most beloved TV shows. Some of you may be thinking, “Breaking Bad is over, Mad Men is ending, and I still miss Friends. TV is dead.” Fear not, imaginary and melodramatic fatalists, this fall may not see the return of Heisenberg, but it will see the premieres of several new and exciting TV shows guaranteed to make your Saturday nights unforgettable. Here are just five 0f the most highly anticipated shows premiering this fall.

1. Marry Me–NBC, Tues. Oct. 14, 9 PM ET

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Happy Endings never got the credit it deserved, through and including its untimely cancellation last spring. Hopefully the same will not be true for creator David Caspe’s new sitcom, Marry Me. Starring Casey Wilson, of Happy Endings and short-lived SNL fame, alongside Ken Marino, of Party Down, Role Models, etc., the show profiles a couple in the wake of a botched proposal, as they attempt a proper engagement. With an impressive supporting cast (Tim Meadows left the South Side for this), Marry Me looks to be a promising premiere. And following the demise of New Girl, the world is ready for another good sitcom.

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Larry Wilmore takes over for The Colbert Report

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This past year has felt like a game of musical chairs in late night television, with hosts bouncing around different networks and time slots ever since Jay Leno announced his retirement, Jimmy Fallon inherited The Tonight Show, Seth Meyers stepped down from the Weekend Update desk at SNL to take over Fallon’s old gig… You get the idea. And that was just NBC. Then in early April, when David Letterman revealed his plans to retire in 2015, yet another late night desk became vacant. Rumors swirled, hopes for more diverse casting arose, and about a week later Stephen Colbert, of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report fame, was tapped by CBS to succeed Letterman. Reactions were positive, although there was some hesitation from some parties over a missed opportunity to introduce fresh faces to the late night circuit. Plus, one concern remained unaddressed: WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE COLBERT REPORT?

In a surprising but absolutely amazing answer to our prayers, Comedy Central revealed last week their plans for the 11:30 p.m. weeknight slot: a new-ish show, produced by Jon Stewart and hosted by Larry Wilmore, titled The Minority Report. Um, yes. If you’ve ever watched The Colbert Report, you know this announcement represents quite the shift from Colbert’s faux-conservative talk show. However, in a statement from Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless, it seems diversity is the network’s top priority: “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore follows in the Comedy Central tradition – bringing new perspectives to the day’s events and breaking ground in the world of late night television.”

You might recognize Wilmore from his short segments as Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show. Because Wilmore is based in LA, his visits have been less frequent in the past couple of years, but every so often he comes on to have some “honest conversations” about race with Stewart. We’ve picked out some of our favorite clips of Wilmore from The Daily Show, for your procrastinating viewing pleasure:

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We sat down with American Politics Professor Wendy Schiller to discuss House of Cards

Recently, we interviewed Wendy Schiller, Professor of Political Science, to discuss the latest season of Politics 101 House of Cards. Her Introduction to the American Political Process and The American Presidency courses are favorites among the student body, and she has numerous years of experience working in Washington D.C. with real Frank Underwoods, Doug Stampers, and Jackie Sharps. She first started watching the show after her students raved about it in her various classes. After some Spring Break bingeing, she was ready for the interview. Her wealth of knowledge made for an enlightening and slightly terrifying interview.

Be forewarned: SPOILERS LIE AHEAD. If you haven’t finished the second season, well, I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your life. But also avoid the following interview if you are as emotionally invested in the show as most of its viewers. Without further ado, BlogDailyHerald presents to you an exclusive interview with the one, the only, Wendy Schiller:

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BlogDH Presents: Brunonia

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We go to a pretty amazing and interesting school, don’t we? Thinking about Brown in the same way Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein think about Portland, BlogDH is producing Brunonia, a webseries that holds a mirror up to College Hill to have a laugh about the place we call home. Check back tomorrow night to see the first episode of Brunonia right here on Blog!