Day: December 23, 2011

Revisiting “The Office,” 10 years later, with this special edition DVD

No matter your feelings about the American version of The Office on NBC — love it, loathe it, or used to love it but have become disappointed in it over time (which is how I feel this current season) — this is the perfect time to revisit the original UK version that Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant created, wrote and directed for the BBC a decade ago. That’s because the BBC has just released The Office: Special Edition four-DVD set. Watching it now, what strikes me is how much more risque the original UK series was (God bless the...

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The icy flagpole scene from “A Christmas Story,” re-enacted by sausages

Sausage Party! No, not that kind of sausage party. This is a brilliant re-enactment of a classic scene from A Christmas Story, except sausages have replaced the roles of the humans. Thank you, Annie Lederman and Abbey Luck, for this glorious holiday treat. Roll the clip! I triple dog dare you! P.S. Per modern holiday traditions, TBS will begin a 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story, beginning at 8 p.m. Christmas...

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It’s in the Details: Carrie Brownstein’s candid photos from “Portlandia”

In the latest issue of Details magazine, Carrie Brownstein shares 20 behind-the-scenes photos captured during the filming of Portlandia, which begins its second season in January. Here are a couple of my favorites, with captions written by Brownstein. The photo above: “This is our core local cast. We get a lot of great guest stars, but we’re super proud of and really inspired by the local talent in Portland. The woman standing in between me and Fred — Ellen Bloodworth — she’s for real. A real character. We have a fantastic casting director named Simon Max Hill, and he’s...

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