After directing the most successful movie of the year – not to mention the third most successful movie of all time – where does one go next?
In Joss Whedon's case, it's not Walt Disney World, but San Diego Comic-Con, where he was ubiquitous this year. Whedon hit up the parties (social media lit up with tales about his dancing prowess) and spoke on several panels.
Whedon was a perennial presence at the mega-convention, hyping TV’s "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly," among others, for many years prior to his box office success.
Twenty-five years ago this week, the dream comedy team of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short (in his big screen debut) was first unleashed upon the public in "Three Amigos!"
Unfortunately for them, the trio couldn't compete with the star power of Eddie Murphy that particular weekend at the box office in 1986, and lost out to "The Golden Child." (The critics weren't kind, either.)
However, "Three Amigos!" became one of the many beneficiaries of the advent of home video in the 1980s. Between that, and the movie becoming a mainstay in syndication, it soon joined the pantheon of endlessly-quoted '80s comedy classics, like "Caddyshack," "Airplane!" and "The Blues Brothers" (also directed by "Amigos'" John Landis).
Thursday night's episode of "The Big Bang Theory" gave us a couple of big revelations, primarily the fact that Penny used to be a bully in high school (and now, of course, she is friends with the bullied).
We also met Leonard's No. 1 tormentor from high school, Jimmy. But after an unimpressive pitch for an invention, he ended up having to turn to Leonard for help, admitting that he was now the loser, and Leonard the winner.
Sheldon, of course, didn't trust Jimmy one iota (even suggesting killing him in his sleep – theoretically, of course).
"Community," we like liking you.
Thursday night's episode was a bittersweet occasion, with the knowledge that we have no idea when the next episode will air. Even so, it was the second best episode of the season, just behind the alternate timelines.
When Cory Radison (who goes by "Rad," of course, described as "equal parts Hanson and Manson"), who heads up the glee club, approached the study group to fill in during the Christmas pageant – what with the glee club having a "collective nervous breakdown" – of course their response was "Pass!"
Leave it to Phil Dunphy to come up with "Express Christmas." (TM!)
Wednesday night's episode (for the second episode in a row) saw the entire clan pitching in to pull off a big family holiday, since none of them were going to be together for Christmas after that day.
They all went out in (somewhat unlikely) pairs, and it's quite a testament to the strength of this ensemble that any combination of characters works.
Tuesday night's season finale of "Covert Affairs" was definitely one of the better episodes this season.
The idea of a spy mission going horribly wrong with an innocent family member along for the ride is certainly an intriguing one, and series creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord wisely chose this plot for the finale.
The way some of these scenes were shot – with Annie and her sister Danielle struggling to escape an assassin while vacationing in Sweden – certainly increased the suspense by putting you in their shoes.
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