Things to Gush About: August 19-25

Some fun stuff this week!
Brittany Runs a Marathon poster

“Brittany Runs a Marathon”: Starring Jillian Bell, whose character Brittany goes to the doctor and asks for adderall but instead gets told to lose 50 pounds. You know, your typical doctor visit. This is one of the few trailers for a comedy that I found truly funny (I mean, with so many trailers how can you call something a comedy and not find one single laugh out of two hours of film you edit down?). Jillian Bell looks like an absolute breakout star and the great cast also includes Michael Watkins, who got fired from Saturday Night Live but has had the last laugh with one great role after another (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”, “Casual”, “Catastrophe”, and a new show this fall called “The Unicorn”), plus Micah Stock who we saw on Broadway in “It’s Only a Play” with Nathan Lane.

“Downton Abbey Live”: In anticipation of the film version of “DA”, PBS stations across the country are running a live program (in front of a studio audience!) from New York with cast members including Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), Phyllis Logan(Mrs. Hughes), Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore), Kevin Doyle (Molesley), Harry Hadden-Paton (Bertie), and Michael C. FOX (Andrew Parker). There will also be new taped interviews with Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley) and creator Julian Fellowes. The film will open on September 13th in the U.K. and a week later in the U.S.

Ra Ra Riot “Superbloom”: This band from upstate New York fits right in with other favorite bands of ours such as Friendly Fires and Two Door Cinema Club, with fun pop music that doesn’t sound like it was created from algorithms. We first saw them at Radio City Music Hall opening for Young the Giant and found them to be one of the very few opening acts that impressed. Since buying their vinyl album at that show, I’ve been a fan and am happy they’ve come back.

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