It's Rogen and Apatow vs. movie critic
May 27th, 2014
02:56 PM ET

It's Rogen and Apatow vs. movie critic

You can blame Seth Rogen for many things slacker performances, curly hair, "The Green Hornet." But he won't be happy if you lay a "sexist movie monoculture" one claimed to contribute to last week's California killing spree at his feet.

That's how he and Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday got into a tiff. In an essay published Sunday, Hornaday mentioned Rogen's recent comedy "Neighbors" as symbolic of a type of movie that, in the case of killer Elliot Rodger, gets twisted into an unfulfilled fantasy.

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'Blue Mountain State' aiming for big screen
Ed Marinaro plays Coach Marty Daniels in "Blue Mountain State."
April 8th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

'Blue Mountain State' aiming for big screen

“Blue Mountain State” is trying to hit paydirt.

The TV series, which ran for three seasons on Spike, recently announced a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of mounting (pardon the pun) a theatrical version.

“Our fans have been clamoring for another season, but we’re going to give them a movie,” says actor Ed Marinaro, who plays Coach Marty Daniels on the “wild, crazy, bawdy college comedy,” as he describes it.

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‘The Weight' of our ears: Take a load off … who?
April 20th, 2012
03:32 PM ET

‘The Weight' of our ears: Take a load off … who?

The late Levon Helm, who died Thursday, had a wonderfully distinctive voice, but his drawling delivery didn’t always make it easy to discern the words of The Band’s songs – which only added to the music’s charm.

Nevertheless, with Helm’s passing, an old debate has once again flared up: In “The Weight,” is the lyric “Take a load off, Annie” or “Take a load off, Fanny”? In our obituary of Helm, we went with “Annie,” but the CNN newsroom has divided into factions passionately defending one or the other.

The Internet, the world’s biggest game of Telephone, is little help. Some lyrics sites say the former; others go with the latter. The unofficial Band site goes with “Fanny," and has a terrifically detailed list of reasons why -  including an explanation featuring an old girlfriend and her pregnancy (or was it venereal disease?).

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