HitFix

HitFix, or HitFix.com, is an entertainment news website that launched in December 2008 specializing in breaking entertainment news, insider information, and reviews and critiques of film, music, and television.[2] In mid-2010 HitFix crossed the 1,000,000 unique users per month milestone.[3] As of June 2017, HitFix was ranked 37th among all entertainment news websites by web traffic analyser Alexa Internet.[4] HitFix has been cited as a source by such publications as Time, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, E! Online, and The Daily Herald. In April 2016, it became a brand of Woven Digital.[5][6][7][8][9]

HitFix, Inc.
Logo of HitFix
Type of businessWholly owned brand of Woven Digital
Type of site
Entertainment news
Available inEnglish
Headquarters,
United States
Area servedWorldwide
Websitewww.hitfix.com
Alexa rankDecrease 423,782 (June 2017)[1]
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedDecember 2008
Current statusOnline

Founders

HitFix was founded by ex-Reed Business Information Development executive Jen Sargent and former L.A. Times and MSN.com film editor Gregory Ellwood. Sargent and Ellwood's goal was to create a site that fit into the gap between trade publications and gossip- or celebrity-scandal-driven sites, such as TMZ, and to target an audience slightly skewed towards males – a unique approach in a female-driven industry[10] – while catering to 18- to 34-year-olds.[11]

Angel investment

HitFix received its first funding from Golden Seeds, the fourth largest angel investment group in the United States, in 2009. Since then, HitFix has twice benefited from investment from the Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest angel investment networks in Southern California.[12] The first such investment came in February 2009 in the amount of $850,000. In June 2010, the Angels added to their commitment investing an additional $1,600,000.[13] In addition to Golden Seeds and Tech Coast Angels, HitFix investors include HBS Angels, Liquid Capital, and Gordon Crawford.

Contributors

Gregory Ellwood

In addition to being one of its co-founders, Ellwood reports on movies and awards for HitFix.[10]

Drew McWeeny

Formerly known as “Moriarty”, McWeeny previously wrote for Ain't It Cool News. In addition to being a screenwriter and movie critic, McWeeny now covers the movie industry for HitFix. McWeeny announced his move to HitFix in 2008 in a review of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.[14]

On September 20, 2016, McWeeny announced via Twitter that he would no longer be working for Hitfix.[15]

Alan Sepinwall

After 14 years at the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Sepinwall—also known for his blog, "What's Alan Watching"—moved to HitFix full-time in April 2010. Last spring, NBC executives went so far as to credit Sepinwall by name for his role in earning a renewal for Chuck.[16] Slate Magazine credited Sepinwall with having "changed the nature of television criticism".[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Hitfix.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  2. ^ "Hitfix.com - HitFix - Entertainment News, Events, Exclusives & Reviews for Movies, Film, Television, Music". Site Info Tool. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Jones, Deborah (June 28, 2010). "Tech Coast Angels Joins $1.6m Investment in Hitfix, Unique Content-Driven Entertainment Website". Tech Coast Angels. Archived from the original on July 23, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Top Sites by Category: Arts/Entertainment/News and Media". Alexa Internet. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  5. ^ Carbone, Nick (August 14, 2011). "Groovy, Baby! Mike Myers Will Return for 'Austin Powers 4′". TIME. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Boucher, Geoff (December 13, 2009). "'Avatar' weekend roundup and fearless predictions". Lost Angeles Times. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "'Austin Powers 4': Mike Myers Signs For New Sequel". The Huffington Post. August 13, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  8. ^ Malkin, Marc (July 14, 2010). "The Hulk: Is Mark Ruffalo Replacing Ed Norton?". E!. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  9. ^ "Contestants? It's TV talent judges basking in fame, cash". The Daily Herald. May 17, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  10. ^ a b Article on Variety.com Archived November 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ socaltech.com Archived May 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Venture Capital Totals $603.2M In Southern California In Q3". socaltech.com. October 18, 2011.
  13. ^ Tech Coast Angels Joins $1.6M Investment in HitFix, Unique Content Driven Entertainment Website Archived 2013-07-23 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ McWeeny, Drew (7 December 2008). "Moriarty Has Seen The Curious Case of Benjamin Button!!". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  15. ^ DrewMcWeeny [@DrewMcWeeny] (20 September 2016). "I appreciate every one of you who reads my work. I'm not sure where you'll read it next, but it is no longer at HitFix" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Georgian, Laura (April 26, 2010). "The Star-Ledger's Alan Sepinwall Moves to HitFix.Com". Business Wire. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  17. ^ Levin, Josh (February 14, 2011). "The TV Guide". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 15 February 2011.

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A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year is a 2014 American crime drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain with Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and Catalina Sandino Moreno. The protagonist is Abel Morales (Isaac), the owner of a small heating-oil company who is stressed by the competitiveness in the oil trade and his having to secure costly loans to expand his business. When his truck drivers start getting hijacked, there is increased pressure for his drivers to arm themselves.

The film premiered as the opening film of AFI Fest on November 6, 2014, and it was released theatrically on December 31, 2014. It garnered positive reviews, and J. C. Chandor, Neal Dodson, and Anna Gerb won the National Board of Review Award for Best Film.

Alan Sepinwall

Alan Sepinwall is an American television reviewer and writer. He spent 14 years as a columnist with The Star-Ledger in Newark until leaving the newspaper in 2010 to work for the entertainment news website HitFix. He then wrote for Uproxx, where he worked for two years. He now writes for Rolling Stone.

Sepinwall began writing about television with reviews of NYPD Blue while attending the University of Pennsylvania, which led to his job at The Star-Ledger. In 2007, immediately after The Sopranos ended, series creator David Chase granted his sole interview to Sepinwall. In 2009, Sepinwall openly urged NBC to renew the action-comedy series Chuck, and NBC Entertainment co-president Ben Silverman sarcastically credited Sepinwall for the show's revival.

Slate.com said Sepinwall "changed the nature of television criticism" and called him the "acknowledged king of the form" with regard to weekly episode recaps and reviews. Sepinwall and television critic Dan Fienberg hosted a podcast at HitFix called Firewall & Iceberg, in which they discussed and reviewed television until October 2015. During his time at Uproxx, Sepinwall hosted a podcast called TV Avalanche with fellow television critic Brian Grubb.

Chris Traeger

Christopher "Chris" Traeger is a fictional character played by Rob Lowe on the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation. He began on the show as an Indiana State Auditor who visits the fictional city of Pawnee to help solve their crippling budget problems, and eventually becomes Pawnee's acting City Manager. Chris is an extremely positive person who is constantly upbeat and energetic. Extremely health-conscious, he exercises constantly and eats only healthy foods, hoping to be the first human to reach the age of 150.

Chris first appeared in the second season episode "The Master Plan". Originally expected to appear in eight episodes as a guest star, Lowe eventually signed on to remain on the show as a permanent cast member. Chris was a romantic interest for Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) throughout the show's run. Chris imposes a strict policy against workplace dating at city hall, but series protagonist Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) begin secretly dating anyway, which Chris eventually accepts.

The idea of Chris as a State Auditor was inspired by real-life reports of government shutdowns amid the global financial crisis. The character has received highly positive reviews from critics, and has been described as "one of the great comedic creations of the past couple years" and "one of the funniest performances of Rob Lowe's career".

Garage Sale (The Office)

"Garage Sale" is the nineteenth episode of the seventh season of the American comedy television series The Office and the show's 145th episode overall. It originally aired on NBC in the United States on March 24, 2011. The episode was written by Jon Vitti and directed by series cast member, Steve Carell. The episode marks his third director's credit for the series and the final physical appearance of Amy Ryan, having appeared as a regular since "Classy Christmas".

In the episode, Michael (Steve Carell) decides to propose to Holly (Amy Ryan), and runs into trouble thinking of how to do it well with his expensive diamond ring. He consults several coworkers on advice and for ideas on how to propose. Meanwhile, Dunder Mifflin Scranton's warehouse and crew hosts a public garage sale.

"Garage Sale" was met with critical acclaim by both television reviewers as well as fans. Furthermore, HitFix reviewer Alan Sepinwall wrote that the episode could have served as Carell's last episode. It is considered one of the best episodes of The Office. According to Nielsen Media Research, the episode was viewed by more than 7 million viewers and received a 3.4 rating/10% share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49 which marked a slight rise in the ratings from the previous episode, "Todd Packer".

Goodbye, Michael

"Goodbye, Michael" is the twenty-second episode of the seventh season of the American comedy series The Office and the show's 148th episode overall. It originally aired on NBC in the United States on April 28, 2011. In the episode, Michael prepares to leave for Colorado with Holly and spends his last day in the office saying goodbye to everyone individually, wanting no drama to ensue. Meanwhile, new manager Deangelo and Andy try to keep Michael's biggest clients.

The episode was written by series developer and executive producer Greg Daniels and was directed by Paul Feig. It marks the final appearance of Steve Carell as a series regular having announced he was leaving the series near the end of the sixth season. The episode aired in an extended 50-minute timeslot, having originally been meant to be a two-parter combined with the previous episode, "Michael's Last Dundies". The episode featured guest appearances from Will Ferrell and Amy Ryan, and Andy Buckley appeared in a deleted scene.

"Goodbye, Michael" was met with critical acclaim from critics and fans and is considered one of the best episodes of The Office. The later seasons that followed this airing received criticism for a decline in quality, and multiple critics believed that the episode could have served as a potential series finale. In a poll conducted by fansite OfficeTally, the episode was named the best episode of the seventh season. The episode was viewed by 8.416 million viewers and received a 4.2 rating/11% share in the 18–49 demographic, making it the third-highest-rated episode of the season among adults between ages 18 and 49. It later received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Carell and Daniels' work on the episode.

How I Met Your Mother (season 9)

The ninth and final season of How I Met Your Mother, an American sitcom created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, premiered on CBS on September 23, 2013, with two episodes, and concluded on March 31, 2014. The show was renewed for the final season on December 21, 2012, after cast member Jason Segel changed his decision to leave the show after Season 8. Cristin Milioti, who was revealed as "The Mother" in the Season 8 finale, was promoted to a series regular, the only time How I Met Your Mother added a new regular cast member. Season 9 consists of 24 episodes, each running approximately 22 minutes in length.

Taking place immediately after where the previous season left off, Season 9 covers the events of a single weekend that lead up to Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin's (Cobie Smulders) wedding. During the course of the weekend, "The Mother" (Milioti) is separately introduced to Robin, Barney, Lily (Alyson Hannigan), and Marshall (Jason Segel), before finally meeting Ted (Josh Radnor). The season also features frequent flashbacks and flashforwards in order to fully integrate The Mother's character with the rest of the cast. Thomas said in an interview that Season 9 is like "the Wild West – anything can happen".In February 2013, Bays and Thomas teased that Season 9 is "going to be a new way to tell the story". The initial reaction to the new storytelling structure of Season 9 was mixed. Ethan Anderton from Screen Rant was concerned about how "24 episodes of television are going to be crafted from just three days of time", and Alan Sepinwall of HitFix was exasperated that after eight seasons, "They are really going to stretch Robin and Barney's wedding weekend out over the entire final season", though he expressed more optimism after the San Diego Comic-Con panel for the final season.

Inherent Vice (film)

Inherent Vice is a 2014 American neo-noir film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon. The cast includes Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Eric Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Jeannie Berlin, Maya Rudolph, Michael K. Williams and Martin Short. The film follows Larry "Doc" Sportello, a stoner hippie and private investigator in 1970, who is embroiled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld while investigating three cases interrelated by the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend and her wealthy boyfriend.

Anderson's adaptation of Inherent Vice had been in development since 2010; it is the first Pynchon novel to be adapted for the screen. It is Anderson's second collaboration with Phoenix, following The Master, and involves a number of his other recurring collaborators, including producers Daniel Lupi and JoAnne Sellar, cinematographer Robert Elswit, editor Leslie Jones, and composer Jonny Greenwood.

Inherent Vice premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 4, 2014, and began a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 12, 2014. Critical reception was divided; while some argued the film had a convoluted plot and lacked coherence, others praised the cast, particularly Brolin, Phoenix and Waterston. The film was nominated for a number of awards, including two Academy Awards and a Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Phoenix. The National Board of Review named it one of the ten best films of the year. Some critics have said that Inherent Vice has the makings of a cult film. In 2016, it was voted the 75th best film since 2000 in an international critics' poll.

List of accolades received by 12 Years a Slave (film)

12 Years a Slave is a 2013 historical drama film directed and produced by Steve McQueen. It is an adaptation of the 1853 autobiographical slave narrative memoir of the same name by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free negro who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as the protagonist, Northup. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt (also a producer of the film), and Alfre Woodard feature in supporting roles. The screenplay based on the aforementioned memoir was written by John Ridley.Following successful screenings at the Telluride Film Festival and New York Film Festival, the film held its public premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People's Choice Award. Fox Searchlight Pictures initially gave the film a limited release at nineteen theaters on October 18, aimed primarily towards art house and African American patrons. The film was later given a wide release at over 1,100 theaters in the United States and Canada on November 8. 12 Years a Slave has grossed a worldwide total of over $187 million on a production budget of $20 million. As of 2017, it is McQueen's highest grossing film. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, surveyed 320 reviews and judged 96% to be positive.12 Years a Slave garnered awards and nominations in a variety of categories with particular praise for its direction, screenplay and the acting of its cast. At the 86th Academy Awards, the film received nine nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for McQueen and went on to win three awards: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Ridley, and Best Supporting Actress for Nyong'o. McQueen was the first black director to direct a Best Picture winning film as well as the first black producer to win Best Picture. The film earned seven nominations at the 71st Golden Globe Awards, winning for Best Motion Picture – Drama. At the 67th British Academy Film Awards, the film garnered ten nominations and went on to win two awards: Best Film and Best Actor for Ejiofor.At the Producers Guild of America Awards, 12 Years a Slave, tied with Gravity for Best Theatrical Motion Picture. The film received four nominations at the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards, with Nyong'o winning the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. McQueen was also nominated at the Directors Guild of America Awards. Both the American Film Institute and National Board of Review included the film in their list of top ten films of 2013.

List of accolades received by American Hustle

American Hustle is a 2013 American crime comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell. The screenplay, written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, is based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was filmed in Boston, Worcester, and New York City. It stars an ensemble cast of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence.

Columbia Pictures initially provided a limited release to American Hustle at six theaters on December 13, 2013. It was later given a wide release at over 2,500 theaters in the United States and Canada on December 20. The film has grossed a worldwide total of over $251 million on a budget of $40 million. As of 2014, it is also Russell's highest-grossing film to date. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, surveyed 265 reviews and judged 93% to be positive.At the 86th Academy Awards, American Hustle joint-led the nominations with Gravity, both earning ten nominations each. It was also the fifteenth film in Oscar history to be nominated in all four acting categories. However, the film did not win any awards at the ceremony. At the 71st Golden Globe Awards, the film garnered seven nominations, going on to win Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Adams, and Best Supporting Actress for Lawrence. American Hustle was nominated for ten British Academy Film Awards and went on to win Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Lawrence, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Makeup and Hair. At the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards, the film won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. It was also nominated at the Directors Guild Awards, Producers Guild Awards, and Writers Guild Awards. The American Film Institute included the film in their list of Top Ten Films of 2013.

List of accolades received by Frozen (2013 film)

Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the latter of whom also wrote the screenplay, and was produced by Peter Del Vecho. The film focuses on Anna, a princess who sets off on a journey to find her estranged sister, Elsa, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped their kingdom in eternal winter.The film premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, on November 19, 2013, before going into wide release on November 27 in over 3,700 theatres in the United States and Canada. It debuted in second place, earning more than $67 million. The film grossed a worldwide total of over $1.27 billion on a production budget of $150 million. As of September 2016, Frozen is the highest-grossing animated film of all time, and was the highest-grossing film of 2013. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, surveyed 227 reviews, and judged 89 percent to be positive.Frozen garnered a variety of awards and nominations, many of them in the Best Original Song (for "Let It Go") and Best Animated Feature categories. At the 71st Golden Globe Awards, the film earned two nominations, winning for Best Animated Feature Film. At the 41st Annie Awards, Frozen joint-led the nominations with Monsters University, both earning ten nominations. The film went on to win five Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature. At the 86th Academy Awards, Frozen became the first film by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and won the Best Original Song award for "Let It Go". Frozen also won the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for both Best Animated Feature and Best Song. At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, the Frozen soundtrack won the award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and "Let It Go" won the award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. The film's visual effects were acclaimed by the Visual Effects Society, which gave the film awards in all four of its animated film categories.

List of accolades received by Gravity (film)

Gravity is a 2013 science-fiction thriller film directed, co-produced, co-written, and co-edited by Alfonso Cuarón. The film's musical score was composed by Steven Price, with the cinematography provided by Cuarón's longtime collaborator, Emmanuel Lubezki. The film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts involved in the mid-orbit destruction of a space shuttle and their attempt to return to Earth.

Gravity premiered at the 70th Venice International Film Festival on August 28, 2013 where it won the Future Film Festival Digital Award. The film then received a wide release at over 3,500 theaters in the United States and Canada on October 4, 2013 by Warner Bros. On its opening weekend, it grossed over $55 million which broke the North American opening weekend record for the month of October. Gravity grossed a worldwide total of over $723 million on a budget of $100 million. As of 2017, it is Clooney's highest-grossing film to date. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, surveyed 318 reviews and judged 96 percent to be positive.Gravity garnered awards and nominations in a variety of categories with particular praise for its direction, cinematography, score, and visual effects. The film received ten nominations at the 86th Academy Awards, the most nominations of 2014's ceremony tied with American Hustle. It went on to earn the most awards at the ceremony, winning seven including Best Director for Cuarón, Best Cinematography for Lubezki, Best Original Score for Price, and Best Visual Effects. The film received four nominations at the 71st Golden Globe Awards, with Cuarón winning for Best Director. Gravity led the nominations at the 67th British Academy Film Awards with eleven nominations. The film won six awards, the most at the ceremony, including Outstanding British Film, Best Director for Cuarón, Best Cinematography for Lubezki, Best Original Music for Price, and Best Visual Effects.At the Producers Guild Awards, Gravity tied for Best Theatrical Motion Picture with 12 Years a Slave. Cuarón received the Best Director award from the Directors Guild of America and Bullock was also nominated for Best Actress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. At the 40th Saturn Awards, Gravity joint-led the nominations with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, both films receiving eight nominations. The film went on to win five Saturn Awards including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director for Cuarón and Best Actress for Bullock. The film's visual effects were acclaimed by the Visual Effects Society, which gave the film six awards including their top award for Outstanding Visual Effects in an Effects Driven Film. Both the American Film Institute and National Board of Review included the film in their list of top ten films of 2013.

List of accolades received by Her (film)

Her is a 2013 American comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The film's musical score was composed by Arcade Fire, with the cinematography provided by Hoyte van Hoytema. It marks Jonze's solo screenwriting debut. The film follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who develops a relationship with Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), a female voice produced by an intelligent computer operating system. The film also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde.The film premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 12, 2013. Warner Bros. Pictures initially provided a limited release for Her at six theaters on December 18. It was later given a wide release at over 1,700 theaters in the United States and Canada on January 10, 2014. The film grossed a worldwide total of over $47 million on a production budget of $23 million. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, surveyed 248 reviews and judged 94 percent to be positive.Her has earned various awards and nominations with particular praise for Jonze's screenplay. The film was also widely praised for its direction, acting (particularly Phoenix and Johansson), cinematography, score, production merits and poignant material. At the 86th Academy Awards, the film was nominated in five categories, including Best Picture, with Jonze winning for Best Original Screenplay. At the 71st Golden Globe Awards, the film garnered three nominations, going on to win Best Screenplay for Jonze. Jonze was also awarded the Best Original Screenplay Award from the Writers' Guild of America. Her also won Best Film and Best Director for Jonze at the National Board of Review Awards. The American Film Institute included the film in their list of the top ten films of 2013.

List of accolades received by Whiplash

Whiplash is a 2014 American drama film directed by Damien Chazelle. The screenplay, also written by Chazelle, was partly based on his experiences in the Princeton High School Studio Band. The film stars Miles Teller as an ambitious jazz drummer selected to join a school studio band taught by a cruel music instructor played by J. K. Simmons. Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, and Austin Stowell feature in supporting roles.The film premiered at the opening night of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 16, 2014, where it went on to win the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Dramatic Feature. Sony Picture Classics provided a limited release in United States and Canada on October 10, 2014. The film grossed more than $48 million at the worldwide box office on a production budget of $3.3 million. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, surveyed 270 reviews and judged 94% to be positive.Whiplash garnered awards and nominations in a variety of categories with particular praise for Chazelle's screenplay and direction, Simmons' performance, and Tom Cross' editing. At the 87th Academy Awards, the film received five nominations with Simmons winning for Best Supporting Actor, Cross for Best Film Editing, and the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing. Whiplash garnered five nominations at the British Academy Film Awards with Simmons winning for Best Supporting Actor, Cross for Best Editing, and the BAFTA Award for Best Sound. Simmons also received awards in the "Best Supporting Actor" category at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the 20th Critics' Choice Awards. The American Film Institute included the film in their list of top ten films of the year.

Malcolm in the Middle

Malcolm in the Middle is an American television sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series was first broadcast on January 9, 2000, and ended its six-year run on May 14, 2006, after seven seasons and 151 episodes. The series received critical acclaim and won a Peabody Award, seven Emmy Awards, one Grammy Award, and seven Golden Globe nominations.

The series follows a dysfunctional working-class family and stars Frankie Muniz in the lead role of Malcolm, a somewhat normal boy who tests at genius level. While he enjoys his intelligence, he despises having to take classes for gifted children, who are mocked by the other students who call them "Krelboynes". Jane Kaczmarek is Malcolm's overbearing, authoritarian mother, Lois, and Bryan Cranston plays his immature but loving father, Hal. Christopher Kennedy Masterson plays eldest brother Francis, a former rebel who, in earlier episodes, was in military school, but eventually marries and settles into a steady job. Justin Berfield is Malcolm's dimwitted older brother Reese, a cruel bully who tortures Malcolm at home, even while he defends him at school. Younger brother Dewey, bitter about his ruined childhood, smart, and musically talented, is portrayed by Erik Per Sullivan. In earlier episodes the show's focus was on Malcolm, but as the series progressed, it began to explore all six members of the family. A fifth son, Jamie, was introduced as a baby at the end of Season 4.

Malcolm in the Middle was produced by Satin City and Regency Television in association with Fox Television Studios (syndicated by Fox corporate sibling 20th Television). The show has been syndicated worldwide.

The show received widespead praise from critics and proved an extremely popular draw for the network. It was placed No. 88 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list, and was named by Alan Sepinwall of HitFix as one of the 10 best shows in Fox network history.

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation is an American political satire television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. The series aired on NBC from April 9, 2009 to February 24, 2015, for 125 episodes, over seven seasons. The series stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks Department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. The ensemble and supporting cast features Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins, Paul Schneider as Mark Brendanawicz, Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford, Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate, Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer, Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt, Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger, Jim O'Heir as Jerry Gergich, Retta as Donna Meagle, and Billy Eichner as Craig Middlebrooks.

The writers researched local California politics for the series, and consulted with urban planners and elected officials. Poehler's character, Leslie Knope, underwent major changes after the first season, in response to audience feedback that she seemed unintelligent and "ditzy". The writing staff incorporated current events into the episodes, such as a government shutdown in Pawnee inspired by the real-life global financial crisis of 2007–2008. Several guest stars, such as Jason Mantzoukas, Kathryn Hahn, Sam Elliott, Bill Murray, Megan Mullally, Louis C.K., Paul Rudd, Henry Winkler, Christie Brinkley, and Jon Hamm, have been featured in the series, and their characters often appear in multiple episodes. In addition, real-life politicians have cameos in later episodes such as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, US Senators Olympia Snowe, Barbara Boxer, Cory Booker, Orrin Hatch, and John McCain, then-Vice President Joe Biden, and then-First Lady Michelle Obama.

Parks and Recreation was part of NBC's "Comedy Night Done Right" programming during its Thursday night prime-time block. The series received mixed reviews during its first season, but, after a re-approach to its tone and format, the second and subsequent seasons were widely acclaimed. Throughout its run, Parks and Recreation received several awards and nominations, fourteen Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including two for Outstanding Comedy Series, a Golden Globe Award win for Poehler's performance, and a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. In TIME's 2012 year-end lists issue, Parks and Recreation was named the number one television series of that year. In 2013, after receiving four consecutive nominations in the category, Parks and Recreation won the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.

Parks and Recreation (season 3)

The third season of Parks and Recreation originally aired in the United States on the NBC television network between January 20 and May 19, 2011. Like the previous seasons, it focuses on Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her staff at the parks and recreation department of the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. The season featured 16 episodes, most of which were approximately 22 minutes long each and aired at 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

All of the members of the original cast returned for the third season except Paul Schneider, who previously played city planner Mark Brendanawicz. Rob Lowe and Adam Scott, who appeared as guest stars in the second season, began season three as regular cast members playing Chris Traeger and Ben Wyatt, respectively. The season also featured guest appearances by Megan Mullally, Will Forte and Parker Posey, among others.

To accommodate Amy Poehler's pregnancy, the first six episodes of the third season were filmed immediately after season two wrapped so they could be saved for a projected September 2010 air date. However, after the episodes were finished, NBC postponed the season premiere until January to accommodate their new series, Outsourced. The third season consisted of several major story arcs, including a complete shutdown of the Pawnee government for budgetary reasons, inspired by the real-life global financial crisis. Other storylines included the parks department's organization of a harvest festival, a romance between Leslie and Ben, and the dating and eventual marriage of Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) and April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza).

As in the previous season, Parks and Recreation was critically acclaimed during its third season, and was declared by several reviewers to be one of the best comedies on television. Entertainment Weekly featured it on its cover in February 2011 and declared it "the smartest comedy on TV". The episodes "Harvest Festival" and "Li'l Sebastian" received particularly positive reviews, as did Nick Offerman in his role as parks director Ron Swanson. Parks and Recreation received its first nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for its third season, and Poehler received her second nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Nevertheless, Parks and Recreation continued to struggle in the Nielsen ratings and averaged about 4.75 million household viewers per week.

Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2009–2010

The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced between September 26, 2009, and May 15, 2010, the thirty-fifth season of SNL.

Transparent (TV series)

Transparent is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jill Soloway for Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014. The story revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that the person they knew as their father Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) is a trans woman. Transparent's first season premiered in full on September 26, 2014, the second season on December 11, 2015, third season on September 23, 2016, and the fourth season on September 21, 2017.Amazon picked up the series for a fourth season ahead of the premiere of the third. The fourth season premiered on September 22, 2017. Shortly before the premiere, Amazon renewed the series for a fifth and final season.At the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, the show won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, while Jeffrey Tambor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. This is the first show produced by Amazon Studios to win a major award and the first show produced by a streaming media service to win a Golden Globe for Best Series.The series began airing on Sundance TV starting August 9, 2017.On November 19, 2017, Tambor hinted that he was leaving the show, announcing "I don't see how I can return to Transparent", after two sexual harassment allegations were made against him. He was officially fired from Transparent on February 15, 2018.

Uproxx Media Group

Uproxx Media Group Inc. (formerly Woven Digital) is an American video-focused media company and digital publisher. It was founded in 2010 by Scott Grimes and Michael Laur. The company is headquartered in Culver City, California, with offices and production facilities in New York and Chicago. As of 2018, its main brands are Uproxx, HitFix, Dime, Real Talk, and With Spandex, which are all aimed at a millennial male audience.

On August 2, 2018, Warner Music Group announced that it had acquired Uproxx.

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