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Thursday
Feb262015

Who's Had the Happiest Ending?

If you're like me, you were a big fan of the ABC comedy Happy Endings. Having ended almost two years ago, you may be asking yourself, why the heck is this relevant now? Again, if you're like me, you might have seen that Elisha Cuthbert is starring in a new sitcom on NBC called One Big Happy where she plays Lizzy, a lesbian who is having a child with her male best friend who is newly engaged. As convoluted as that sounds, Happy Endings was pretty complicated when it came out. It was hard keeping track who was related to who, who was in a relationship with who, and who's gay again?

I'm not looking to tackle the inner workings of a defunct sitcom, but now that another Happy Endings alumn is on a sitcom, I want to see who is having the most success post Happy Endings and touch a little bit on their careers before Happy Endings. I'm going to rank them in the order of least successful today down to the most successful. 

 

 

Zachary Knighton

 

 

 

 

 

It shouldn't surprise you that Zachary Knighton has had the least amount of success after Happy Endings. Coming this year on FOX you'll find Knighton in the sitcom Weird Loners. You might have seen Knighton on 5 episodes of Parenthood last year, but since Happy Endings, he has been flying low under the radar. 

Elisha Cuthbert

 

Cuthbert has also been flying low under the radar since the end of Happy Endings. One Big Happy will be her first return to TV since the ending on Endings, unless you count an appearance as herself at a Winter Classic Hockey game. Prior to Happy Endings, Cuthbert was by far the most successful actor of the ensemble. She appeared in movies like The Girl Next Door, Old School and House of Wax, as well as 79 episodes of 24, as Jack Bauer's daughter Kim. She's fallen the farthest since the end of Happy Endings. 

Adam Pally

Adam Pally nearly instantly found work on The Mindy Project after leaving Happy Endings. He's had bit parts in movies since Happy Endings and appeared on several variety shows, but being part of the Mindy Project is what keeps him at 4th most successful post Happy Endings. Recently Pally hosted a closed studio version of The Late Late Show assisted by Ben Schwartz

Eliza Coupe (Didn't realize that was a gif, enjoy)

Eliza Coupe kinda just can't win. And I think she's amazing, but her most recent project after Happy Endings, Benched was cancelled after just one season. What sets her apart from the other cast members listed already is that she was the lead in her new sitcom. It revolved around her soley. OK, so it was on the USA Network, but come on, it was funny. ish. Before Happy Endings, Eliza was part of the last two seasons of the wildly popular Scrubs. I hope only the best for the newly jobless Coupe.

Casey Wilson

Casey Wilson is definitely the gambit of this group. Prior to Happy Endings she spent two seaons on Saturday Night Live, something that outshines most of the other accomplishments of the Happy Endings cast. After Happy Endings, Wilson has been on several variety shows, as well as starring with Ken Marino on NBC's new sitcom Marry Me. Another interesting piece of work since Happy Endings, Wilson starred and wrote the movie Ass Backards with June Diane Raphael

Damon Wayans Jr

New Girl was more than happy to welcome Damon Wayans Jr back after the end of Happy Endings. Again, Wayans is part of an ensemble cast, with New Girl in its forth season, this helps keep Wayans at the top of this list. Starring in movies like Let's Be Cops and voicing Wasabi in the Academy Award Winning Big Hero Six is also what leads to Damon Wayans Jr having the happiest ending.  

 

As a little bonus, I want to include Adam Pally's turn at the Late Late Show Desk. It was incredibly funny, despsite being incredibly unorthodoxed.

 

Saturday
Dec132014

Walker Stalker Con

Today I'm going to the Walker Stalker Con, started by the guys who host the Walker Stalker Podcast. The convention is located at the Meadowlands Convention Center in New Jersey. You know that place where the Giants and Jets play football? It's by there.

If you're not hip to the lingo, Walker Stalker Con is a convention celebrating The Walking Dead and a general affection for zombie lore.

I'll certainly know more once I attend the convention but I'm certainly looking forward to it.

Thursday
Oct092014

Dangerkid at New York Comic Con

Q: What is Dangerkid?
A: Dangerkid is a story about a child who sees the world different than others and when others say or do nothing, he can't.

Q: What makes him special?
A: Dangerkid is the secret identity of Danny Gerkid. His life was saved by an experimental drug that turned his fragile and frail bones and his paper thin skin to unbreakable and impenetrable.

Q: How does Danny deal with being different?
A: New Stories coming soon!!

Wednesday
Aug272014

Those Other People With Buckets Over Their Heads

For the 40 days of Lent Blood: Water Mission encourages people to drink nothing but water out of solidarity for those across the world who have limited access to clean drinking water. They walk miles through adverse conditions to get barely potable water. 

This is a cause I have donated to for years, and have been dedicated to for weeks at a time. I shutter to think what these men, women and children have to say about thousands of people dumping buckets of perfectly good water over their heads to raise awareness for ALS

To think that we can save this water and mail it to Africa is a ludicrous idea, so don't mistake my musings for lunacy, but in a world where water is scarce, can we all agree that dumping it over our heads to raise awareness for another cause could be seen as insensitive.  

I am not trying to implore you to donate to Blood:Water Mission, nor am I trying to get you to stop raising awareness for ALS, I just think that there is a better way. I know that the Ice Bucket Challenge is on the way out, but the next time a cause is trying to raise awareness, perhaps we can do it with a bit more couth.

Sunday
Aug032014

A Bunch of A-Holes (Guardians of the Galaxy)

It's a Sunday morning in New York and a movie that I had been only mostly anticipating has hit theatres. You and I both know that movie is Guardians of the Galaxy starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana along with too many to list. Director James Gunn takes his first crack at a Marvel movie and by all accounts hits it right out of the park. So to cut to the chase, this movie was fantastic, but here are the many reasons why I think so.

I think the comedy of this movie is at the forefront of what made it so enjoyable. The dialogue between all the characters had the whole theatre in hysterics, and at times, just me. The comedy wasn't too subtle as to go over anyone's head (ha), and wasn't broad enough to make my eyes roll. Every character had plenty of funny lines, they weren't all reserved for Pratt, who comes from a comedy background. 

There are some people who object to stars like Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper lending their voices to characters when there are voice-actors who might do better jobs. Honestly, I feel that in this case, these two actors contributed a lot to their performances. One way more than the other, in that Bradley Cooper was very entertaining as Rocket and Vin Diesel didn't have many lines as Groot, but did his best bringing the character to life. 

The action in this movie was spectacular on many fronts. There are both scenes with hand to hand combat that is great, as well as long sweeping action shots that benefit from a great deal of CGI. There is a scene towards the end of the movie that reminds me of the last big action scene of Star Trek Into Darkness. 

I'm not going to say that it was the comedy of this movie that had me the most surprised. I think from the trailers it was apparent that this movie was going to both amaze you and make you laugh. There were two big surprises in this movie. Between the dramatic scenes and the soundtrack, I was both elated and depressed as hell. I guess at the end of the day it's both those aspects intertwined that add to the heart of this movie. I do not care to go into details just yet. You'll see the word spoiler in capital letters and hopefully stop there. 

 

This movie was amazing. It had all the makings of a classic movie, not a classic comic book movie, but a movie that will be revered for years to come. Between the comedy, the action, and the heart of it all, this movie is one of the strongest recommendations I have ever made. Go see it.

SPOILERS

Ok, now that the children have gone to bed, it's time for the real story. This movie made me cry. I mean, cry a few times. At the beginning of the movie Peter Quills watches his mom die, coming to the end of what we can only assume is a long battle with cancer. The kid has no father, the mom has cancer, eh, had cancer and is now left orphaned. I haven't cried at the opening of a movie this bad since seeing Up, another Disney joint. 

This isn't necessarily a spoiler, but the dialogue of this movie wasn't that of a kids movie, and hardly that of a Marvel movie. It was that of a James Gunn movie. Look to his most popular outtings, Super and Dawn of the Dead(2004[ incase there was any confusion]). The dialogue was crisp and witty as all hell. I like how they didn't shy away from swear words, but at the same time only peppered them in. Glenn Close says "prick" after hanging up with someone on a video call. I mean, come on.

Gunn gives a less than subtle nod to Kevin Bacon in a scene where Star-Lord is explaining to Gamora the premise of Footloose. At the end of the movie, after saving the day, Gamora says ,"I feel like Kevin Bacon." Ridiculous. That's not a negative "ridiculous." That's the "absurdly or unbelievably good, bad, crazy" ridiculous. 

To just be the cherry on top of this Marvel, but not really Marvel movie, the end credit scene is Howard the Duck asking The Collector why he let the Russian space dog lick his face. Skip it. You're welcome. 

Bonus Features:

If you haven't seen, Disney is making a movie combining many beloved fairy tales called Into the Woods. Every time I see or hear the name of this movie, it makes me think one thing. Don't Go Into the Woods by Calibretto. It's obscure, but you're welcome.