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Season 2 of „Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“, the hilarious sitcom created by Tina Fey and her „30 Rock“ show runner Robert Carlock, is at least as strong as its premiere season. I especially enjoyed the addition of Tina Fey’s role as Andrea Bayden, „an alcoholic therapist who is separated by work Andrea at day and drunk Andrea at night“ (Wikipedia). On RottenTomatoes.com, the series still has the same approval rate by critics as in season 1: 95 %. In short: „Not letting up in season two, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is still odd in the best of ways, wonderfully building on its unique comedy stylings and brilliantly funny cast.“
Here is a selection of my favorite quotes:
S02E02: Kimmy Goes on a Playdate! (Recap by Entertainment Weekly)
Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper): I did it for your own good, Xan. Someday you’ll thank me.
Xanthippe Voorhees: Yeah, when pigs fly. – Oh, my God. I sound so lame now! And stupid.
Kimmy: Pigs fly all the time, Xan, or did you think prize pigs walk to international pig competitions?
Kimmy Schmidt: What do I call you now? Mrs. Voorhers?
Jacqueline White (Jane Krakowski): Ms. White. That’s my Sioux family name. It was given to us in the 1920s by a sarcastic census taker.
Jacqueline White: Kimmy, I need your help.
Kimmy Schmidt: Help? That’s what we elves are born to do.
Jacqueline: Oh, you are dressed like an elf. I just assumed it was the trucker pills.
Jacqueline White: Oh, Kimmy, I also need you to call my hotel. My suite is so big, I keep getting lost. Have them send up a guide monkey.
Deirdre Robespierre (Anna Camp, to Jacqueline): I have a 150 IQ, but I spent all morning picking out dog stationery. Maybe I’m just tormenting you just to feel alive, but also there is a chance this is real empathy.
Diesen Bericht schrieb ich für den Deutschen Journalisten-Verband (DJV), für den ich das Festival besuchte:
Mit 259 Veranstaltungen in zehn Sälen, 549 Referenten aus 34 Ländern, rund 200 freiwilligen Helfern und zigtausenden Besuchern dürfte das 10. International Journalism Festival, das Anfang April in der prächtigen Altstadt von Perugia/Umbrien stattfand, nicht nur das Top-Medien-Event Italiens, sondern auch eines der größten Europas sein. Was zudem bemerkenswert ist: Sämtliche Programmpunkte des Festivals sind kostenlos.
Die Konferenz ist auch für ausländische Besucher attraktiv, da zahlreiche Diskussionen (immerhin rund ein Drittel der 259 Events) simultan übersetzt werden oder komplett auf Englisch stattfinden. Der Themenmix reicht von Nutzwertigem für Einsteiger über Präsentationen neuer Medienprojekte bis hin zu politischen Diskussionen. In Zeiten von Daesh/IS und u. a. dadurch verursachten Krisen mit weltweiten Auswirkungen fanden Podien über Themen wie Flüchtlingsbewegungen und Bürgerkriegsgebiete besonders große Aufmerksamkeit.
Die elfte Ausgabe des Festivals läuft von Mittwoch, 5. April, bis Sonntag, 9. April 2017. Der Twitter-Hashtag lautet dann #IJF17.
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Season 4 of „House of Cards“ which premiered on Friday (March 4, 2016) was a little slow to get into, but it picked up steam in the second half – starting with episode 7.
My favorite quotes
Episode 1 (chapter 40)
Francis Underwood: Claire is the First Lady of the United States, and you still think she made the wrong choice.
Elizabeth Hale (Claire’s mother): Reduced to tabloid gossip? She might as well be living in that trailer park you come from.
Francis: Well, it was a peach farm. But you’re right, I am still white trash. I just happen to be white trash that lives in the White House.
For those who (like me) missed it before: Check out the brilliant 50-minute Donald Trump parody „The Art of the Deal“ featuring Johnny Depp and guest stars like Ron Howard, Patton Oswalt, Henry Winkler, Alfred Molina, Christopher Lloyd, Stephen Merchant, Tim Robbins, Jack McBrayer and ALF („Donald stole my hair.“). The theme song is performed by Kenny Loggins, in nostalgic ’80s style.
The New York Post comments:
Doing a hilarious Donald Trump impression, Depp scores more laughs in his secret new online video, “Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie,” than in his last several comedies.
I was saddened to read the following news earlier tonight:
Maurice White always was particularly close to my heart because he was both a musician’s musician and managed to achieve pop hits. I think I hated „Boogie Wonderland“ when it first came out, but it grew on me. Especially after reading the great story behind it which songwriter Allee Willis made me aware of on Facebook (check the comments section). ;-)
I started to compile a Spotify playlist with my favorite Maurice White songs right after hearing the bad news. So far, it contains 4 hours 28 minutes of great funk, soul and jazz (use it in shuffle mode). Artists include (in alphabetical order) Barbra Streisand, Billy Stewart, Brian Culbertson, Deniece Williams, Earth Wind & Fire, El DeBarge, The Emotions, Fontella Bass, James Ingram, Ramsey Lewis, Ramsey Lewis Trio, The Salty Peppers, The Tubes:
I configured the playlist to be a collaborative effort. Feel free to add your personal favorites on Spotify. If you don’t have a Spotify account, post your music links (YouTube & Co.) in the comments section of this blog entry. And please retweet/repost this tribute in your social media circles!
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