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Wet Hot American prequel worthy of a beloved cult flop

Netflix lures back Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper and a superstar cast for a prequel series that’s even more ridiculous than the original

How we’ll remember ‘Parks and Recreation’

From feminism to sitcom-subversion, here’s why we should appreciate Parks and Recreation as its series finale airs tonight

How the Golden Globes became cool

To get noticed these days, you’ve got to have a host.

Amy Poehler’s radical message: ‘Be nice. Work hard.’

Behind Amy Poehler’s impossibly cheery persona is a multimedia empire built almost by stealth

TIFF 2013 Diary, Day Four … from doubles to marital troubles

Highlights from the fourth day of the festival, including Jesse Eisenberg’s double and Bruce McDonald’s martial trouble.

TIFF 2013 Diary, Day Three … from space cadets to cannibals

Our daily dose of the TIFF scene, from Sandra Bullock’s space cadet to Eli Roth’s hungry fans


Review: We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy

Some questions are inherently annoying: are we there yet? Is that seat taken? Are women funny? But is it better to ignore or engage with the children/moviegoers/magazine columnists who ask them? Marie Claire’s Kohen could not resist the urge to take on that last one, infamously explored by Christopher Hitchens in a 2007 Vanity Fair essay. Or rather, Kohen lets the women (and their male colleagues) answer.

Amy Poehler’s new gig: teen angel

TV’s funny gal gets serious about adolescent angst in the online series Ask Amy

Newsmakers of the week

Glenn Beck’s new shill, a star turn for a senator’s spouse, and an MP stands up for shark fin soup


Jim Arnett and Will Arnett: corporate dad, comic son

How a Harvard grad parented a rebellious dropout who wanted to act


Kristen Wiig is seriously annoying

Can’t the new female star of ‘Saturday Night Live’ come up with a likeable character or two?


Mid-life moms, misconceived babies and stoner misfits: ‘Baby Mama,’ ‘Then She Found Me,’ ‘Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.’

This weekend offers three comedy options, each occupying a different spot on the sliding scale between credible and preposterous. At the silly end of spectrum, there’s Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, starring multi-culturalism’s answer to Cheech and Chong. It’s a stoner movie/homeland security satire designed for adolescent boys of all ages. The other two pictures are both romantic comedies from the viewpoint of smart, single, thirtysomething women who are rapidly losing their patience. Then She Found Me is the more mature of the two, and it’s really more of a dramedy, reflecting the angst and edge of its star and progenitor, Helen Hunt, who’s making her directorial debut. Baby Mama, hatched from the ever-percolating talent pool of Saturday Night Live, is a high-concept piece—a test-tube comedy that has its share of laugh-out-loud moments but never escapes the limitations of its sketch-comedy roots. In fact, none of these movies, live up to the talents of the actors involved.