Friends : The Reunion

Friends: The Reunion is a 2021 reunion special of the American television sitcom Friends. The special is hosted by James Corden and executive produced by the show’s co-creators, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, Kevin S. Bright, the show’s main cast, and Ben Winston (who also directed the special). The special sees the main cast revisit the sets of the original show (such as the Friends’ apartments, the Central Perk coffee shop, and the signature water fountain), meet with guests who appeared on the show as well as celebrity guests, do table reads and re-enactments of Friends episodes, and share behind-the-scenes footage.

The special was executive produced by the show’s co-creators, Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, and the show’s main cast, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. Ben Winston directed and executive produced through Fulwell 73. The special was filmed in Los Angeles, California, at Stage 24, also known as “The Friends Stage” at Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, where Friends had been filmed since its second season. The filming of the reunion began in April 2021. Filming of the special was delayed twice, first in March 2020, and second in August 2020, both due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Captain James T Kirk In The Captain’s Chair Funko Pop

This Star Trek: The Original Series Captain Kirk in Chair Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure measures approximately 3 3/4-inches tall. Comes package in a window display box. Your collection of Star Trek: Original Series isn’t complete without Pop! Captain Kirk seated in the captain’s chair. Enlist Pop! Captain Kirk and the rest of the crew to serve in your Star Trek collection. I have ordered mine on 4th Jan and just received it today. I will do the unboxing later.

The Star Trek collection can’t explore the final frontier and discover new civilizations without its captain and crew! Funko is here to help you recruit your Starfleet personnel as Pop! vinyl figures for your Star Trek: The Original Series collection. There’s Pop! Captain Kirk in Chair, Pop! Khan, Pop! Kirk (Mirror Mirror Outfit), Pop! Spock (Mirror Mirror Outfit), Pop! Sulu (Mirror Mirror Outfit), and Pop! Uhura (Mirror Mirror Outfit). Capture and commemorate some of the most iconic moments of the original series for your set today! The Funko exclusive in this collection is Pop! Spock with cat. Pop! Gorn with weapon is a Target exclusive.

RIP Bob Saget

Bob Saget, the comedian, television host and actor arguably known best by audiences as wholesome patriarch Danny Tanner on the sitcom Full House, has died, his family confirmed in a statement to CNN. He was 65. Saget was found dead in a hotel room on Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, according to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner, the Sheriff’s office added. Saget was in Florida as part of his comedy tour.

Born in Philadelphia to a Jewish family, he briefly lived in Los Angels before his family moved back to Philly. Saget originally intended to become a doctor, but his Honors English teacher, Elaine Zimmerman, saw his creative potential and urged him to seek a career in films. Saget attended Temple University’s film school, where he created Through Adam’s Eyes, a black-and-white film about a boy who received reconstructive facial surgery, and was honored with an award of merit in the Student Academy Awards. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1978.

Saget, though known on the stage and among his friends for his raunchy humor, first became known to audiences on family-friendly programming. He starred as the widowed father of three girls on ABC’s “Full House” and then as host of the network’s America’s Funniest Home Videos clip show. As Saget recalled to Jake Tapper in a July 2021 interview, the track of his career was unexpected. The sitcom, which starred Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in one role, ran for eight seasons. It lived on in syndication with strong enough nostalgia surrounding it that Netflix picked up a spin-off in 2016, “Fuller House,” starring Bure but featuring frequent appearances from original stars, including Saget, Dave Coulier and John Stamos. It ran for five seasons, concluding in 2020. Saget was also known for his adult-oriented stand-up comedy, and his 2014 album That’s What I’m Talkin’ About was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

Saget directed the 1996 ABC television movie For Hope, which was inspired by the life story of his sister, Gay Saget, who had died from scleroderma three years earlier. In 1998, he directed his first feature film, Dirty Work, starring Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange. Released one year after he left his long-running role as host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, the film received broadly negative reviews from critics and earned low box office returns. However, it has since become a cult favorite, due partially to Artie Lange’s later popularity on The Howard Stern Show where the film is sometimes mentioned, often in unflattering terms. In 1998, Saget made a cameo appearance as a cocaine addict in the stoner comedy Half Baked.

Following his first round of sitcom fame, Saget worked steadily in film and television roles but became known to a new generation of sitcom fans on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, acting as narrator and the voice of future Ted Mosby. That show ran until 2014. Throughout the years, Saget remained a fixture in stand-up comedy, releasing multiple specials over the years and taking his show on the road. According to tour dates pinned to his Twitter account, he performed Saturday night at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Saget was in the midst of a tour at the time of his death that was set to take him to locations in New York, Canada and several other locations in the coming months.

RIP The First Lady of Television Betty White

Tv & Movie actress & comedian Betty White, most known for her role in The Golden Girls, dies aged 99. The actor’s career spanned more than 80 years – but it was her role as Rose Nylund in the 1980s sitcom that cemented her status. White, the actor best known for roles in sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, died at her home on Friday morning, just two weeks before she would have turned 100. White enjoyed an illustrious career of more than eight decades, receiving eight Emmys, one Grammy and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Considered a television pioneer, she pushed doors open not only for herself, but for many other women who dreamed of entering the broadcast industry.

Born in Oakland, Illinois, in 1922, White began her career in 1939 singing an abridged version of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow on an experimental television transmission. After the second world war, during which she worked with the American Women’s Voluntary Service, White found work appearing on radio shows such as The Great Gildersleeve, and provided voiceovers for radio commercials. She was among the first women to exert control in front of and behind the camera and the first woman to produce a sitcom (Life with Elizabeth), which contributed to her being named honorary Mayor of Hollywood in 1955.

After making the transition to television from radio, White became a staple panelist of American game shows, including PasswordMatch GameTattletalesTo Tell the TruthThe Hollywood Squares, and The $25,000 Pyramid; dubbed “the first lady of game shows”, White became the first woman to receive the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for the show Just Men! in 1983. She was also known for her appearances on The Bold and the BeautifulBoston Legal, The Carol Burnett Show, and Saturday Night Live. Her most notable roles include Sue Ann Nivens on the CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–1977), Rose Nylund on the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls (1985–1992), and Elka Ostrovsky on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland (2010–2015).

In 1999 she co-starred in Lake Placid as a widow who has been feeding cows to a large crocodile and in 2009, White starred in the romantic comedy The Proposal alongside Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. White worked longer in television than anyone else in that medium, earning her a Guinness World Record in 2018. While volunteering with the American Women’s Voluntary Services, White met her first husband Dick Barker, a United States Army Air Forces aircraft pilot. In 1947, she married Lane Allen, a Hollywood talent agent. On June 14, 1963, White married television host and personality Allen Ludden, whom she had met on his game show Password as a celebrity guest in 1961, and her legal name was changed to Betty White Ludden. She was for gay rights and a pet enthusiast and animal welfare advocate.

Friends New Year Episodes


Season 1, Episode 10 “The One With The Monkey” : The first Friends New Year’s episode, “The One with the Monkey,” aired in December 1994, during the show’s very first season. The episode rang in 1995 for the New York City clan. The pals decide to host a New Year’s party, but no one is allowed to bring any dates. It goes exactly how you think it does. And it turns out Ross is the one with the monkey — his new pet monkey named Marcel, and naturally, hijinks ensue.

Season 5, Episode 11 “ The One With All The Resolutions” : The next time that Friends celebrates New Year’s is 1999. In the episode, the group is winding down after partying like it’s, well, 1999. They think about how they want to spend the last year before the new millennium. Rachel resolves to quit gossiping, Monica takes up photography as a hobby, and Ross wants to undertake new daily experiences. The episode ends with the revelation that Monica and Chandler are secretly dating.

Season 6, Episode 10 “The One With The Routine” : Finally, Friends rings in the year 2000 with all the silliness, low-rise jeans, and one-liner quips that can fit into 30 minutes. In “The One with the Routine,” the group is invited to a taping of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which devolves into hilarious dance routines. Monica and Ross slay the dance floor, but the joke’s on them when it’s aired on the blooper reel.

Season 5 Episode 10 “The One With The Inappropriate Sister” : Bringing a little incest in the festive mood, this Friends New year episode could be called an incentive..lol. Sorry..!! But that is the main plot of the episode, as Danny, Rachel’s boyfriend has a ‘unique sibling bond’ with his sister Krista…Ahem ahemm… But you know, what we laugh the hardest, it was Joey’s delayed realization about knowing they are siblings, but again he is also the one who patches up Ross and Chandler with a play, “Could I be any more sorry?” ( I love that idiotic guy..!!) In the New year’s festive spirit, Phoebe decides to volunteer for Salvation Army by collecting donations, even though if it includes shouting at old ladies..!! Trust me; nothing is ever predictable with Phoebe.

Netflix Slashes It’s Prices Across Plans In India

Streaming giant Netflix has reduced its prices in India across all plans. Prices now start from Rs 149, instead of Rs 199. This price cut comes amid stiff competition from other streaming platforms that offer their plans for a significantly lower amount than Netflix. The 25 per cent price cut across its four plans in India is the second time the streaming giant has slashed prices in the country. Netflix launched its cheapest plan for India at Rs 199 per month in July 2019, which industry experts said led to attracting subscribers on the streaming platform.

The cheapest plan Netflix was for mobile-and-tablet-only viewing for Rs 199, which has been slashed to Rs 149. The basic plan, which can be viewed across mobile phone, tablet, computer and TV, has been slashed to Rs 199 per month from the earlier Rs 499. The standard plan that can be watched across all the four kinds of devices but has better video quality and 1080p resolution is now available for Rs 499 instead of the earlier Rs 649 per month. The top tier plan or the premium which is also available across the four kinds of devices but has the best video quality with 4K + HDR video quality is now available for Rs 649 per month instead of Rs 799.

The price cut also comes as the American streaming giant has been announcing a host of new titles, international and Indian, such as Red Notice, The Harder They Fall, and The Princess Switch, etc. Meanwhile, competition like Disney+ Hotstar offers their premium plan at Rs 1,499 annually. Amazon Prime Video membership is priced at Rs 1,499 annually. The price cut comes even as arch rival Amazon Prime has increased its annual plan from Rs 999 to Rs 1,499. The gap is narrowing as the most basic Netflix mobile-only plan now works out to about Rs 1,800 a year. But Amazon Prime offers other add-on features such as free delivery and a music service.

Research firm Media Partners Asia in January this year, said Netflix is estimated to have 5 million subscribers in India with rival Amazon Prime Video commanding 17 million paid users. As per another report by the research firm, Netflix commands 14% of India’s total online video revenue market while Amazon takes up 7%.

My Top 5 Thanksgiving Episodes From FRIENDS

Since the American Thanksgiving holiday is just 10 days away (as always on the fourth Thursday of the month), it brings me visions of warm cozy dinners with a huge turkey on the table as seen in tv shows and movies. Being a non-American (and non-Canadian, as they celebrated their Thanksgiving in October) I have never been able to partake in such a feast but it has always been a big desire of mine. I can almost taste the turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and warm pumpkin pie with cream.

Friends is the show that I always think of when it comes to Thanksgiving as the American show has had a Thanksgiving episode in 9 of their 10 seasons (I think). Here are my top 5 Thanksgiving episodes from the famous sitcom, in no particular order.

Season 5, Episode 8: “The One With All the Thanksgiving Flashbacks:

The gang looks back on all their terrible Thanksgivings through the years. Chandler (Matthew Perry) remembers his parents telling him they’re getting divorced over dinner. Joey (Matt LeBlanc) recalls getting his head stuck in Monica’s (Courtney Cox) turkey. Classic. Monica relives the horror of meeting Chandler for the first time when he called her fat and the following year when she accidentally cut off his toe. Monica puts a turkey on her head to cheer Chandler up and he ends up accidentally telling her he loves her.

Season 7, Episode : “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs”
Rachel’s incredibly cute assistant-slash-boyfriend, Tag, is featured heavily in this episode, and while their romance may not hold up in the #MeToo era, the chemistry between them is undeniable. This is also the episode where we learned the 50 States Game.Oh and Chandler hates dogs as well as Thanksgiving, apparently. Dogs rule and Clunkers is so cute.

Season 8, Episode 9: “The One With the Rumor”

This episode higher is ranked very high among fans due solely to the fact that Brad Pitt appears in it, but (1) his eventual split with Jennifer Aniston leads the viewer to experience kind of a bummer vibe upon rewatching and (2) this half hour of television is considered transphobic now (like a lot of things). Yes, the word transphobic was barely even used in the mainstream culture back then, but the episode in which Ross & Brad Pitts character reveaed that the they started a rumour about Rachel having both male & female genitalia was very funny.

Season 9, Episode 8: “The One With Rachel’s Other Sister”

Two words: Christina Applegate. While Reese Witherspoon shone brightly as Rachel’s spoiled, self-involved sister, Applegate came on the scene and stole the crown as Rachel’s other, even more spoiled and self-involved sister, who sort of (sort of) learns a lesson at the end. Honestly, Rachel and Applegate’s character, Amy, trash-talking Witherspoon’s Jill in her absence is as naturalistic a depiction of sisterly bonding as I’ve ever seen onscreen. While I find people like her character annoying in real life, Christina was a lot of fun.

Season 3, Episode 9: “The One With the Football”

This episode has everything: touch American football, sibling rivalry, roommate conflict over a cute girl (from the Netherlands), a Troll doll (remember those?) of inexplicable import, and, most importantly, Phoebe Buffay in a ridiculously cute That Girl T-shirt. Joey has no idea that there is a country called the Netherlands! Pure hilarity!

RIP Dean Stockwell

American actor Dean Stockwell, who had a career that spanned more than 70 years, died on Sunday. He was 85. Sources representing the actor say that he died peacefully, in his sleep at home. Among his best credits were a leading role in the sci-fi series “Quantum Leap,”  “Air Force One” and David Lynch films “Dune” and “Blue Velvet.” Born as Robert Dean Stockwell in March 1936, Stockwell began his career as a child actor under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His first know film appearance was in “Valley of Decision” in 1945. Other early titles included “Anchors Aweigh” and “The Green Years.”

Arguably, Stockwell’s biggest role was as Admiral ‘Al’ Calavicci in NBC sci-series Quantum Leap which ran for five seasons between 1989 and 1993. The womanizing, larger than life character was the foil for Scott Bakula’s role as Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who engaged in space time experiments. The role earned Stockwell multiple nominations for the Primetime Emmys and for the Golden Globes, with a Golden Globe win in 1990 for “best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for television.” Stockwell received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Feb. 29, 1992.

Stockwell earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for 1988 film Married to the Mob. Before that he was twice named best actor at the Cannes film festival in 1959 and 1962. The first of these was for “Compulsion,” in which Stockwell reprised a role he had earlier played on Broadway.  His other major scifi series role was as numerous Brother Cavil in the Sci Fi Channel revival of Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009). Following his roles on Quantum Leap and Battlestar Galactica, Stockwell appeared at numerous science fiction conventions.

Stockwell famously dropped in and out of his acting career. In the 1960s, he joined the Topanga Canyon hippie group did drugs and participated in love-ins. In the early 1980s, after becoming depressed about his restarted acting career, Stockwell obtained a real estate license and moved out of Hollywood. He was apparently persuaded by Harry Dean Stanton to return and try again. It was reported in January 2017 by his ex-wife Joy, that he had suffered and recovered from a stroke in 2015 and was retired from acting.

RIP James Michael Tyler AKA Gunter From FRIENDS

James Michael Tyler, the actor best known for his role as Gunther, the general manager of the Central Perk coffee shop on “Friends,” died Sunday of cancer, his manager said. He was 59. Tyler, who was diagnosed with an advanced form of prostate cancer in September 2018, became an advocate for others with the disease, his manager, Toni Benson, said in a statement. Tyler’s “Friends” costars paid tribute to the actor late Sunday on social media.

Tyler was initially intended to play an extra on “Friends,” but his “unique spirit” got him promoted to a named character, the hit show’s co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane said in a tribute on Sunday to the “genuinely kind, sweet man.” In “Friends,” Tyler played Gunther, who makes the gang coffee every day while nursing an unrequited crush on Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston.  This led to a ten-year career with appearances in 148 of Friends‘ 236 episodes; he is the show’s most-frequently-appearing recurring character actor. He also appeared in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and other TV movies and shows.

The actor appeared in the highly-anticipated “Friends” reunion in May 2021 via video link. He chose not to attend in person because he “didn’t want to bring a downer on it,” but had enjoyed the opportunity to “make his appearance light-hearted” and connect with the cast and crew again, who were supportive of his diagnosis, he told NBC’s Craig Melvin in June. While he was undergoing treatment, Tyler starred in two short films, “The Gesture and the Word” and “Processing,” Benson said. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Carno, whom Benson called, “the love of his life, ever united in good times, in sickness, and for eternity.”

Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Zack Snyder’s Justice League, often referred to as the “Snyder Cut”, is the 2021 director’s cut of the 2017 American superhero film Justice League. It presents Justice League—the fifth film of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and the sequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)—as director Zack Snyder intended it before he left the production. Like the theatrical release, Zack Snyder’s Justice League follows DC Comics’ Justice League—Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and the Flash (Ezra Miller)—as they attempt to save the world from the catastrophic threat of Darkseid (Ray Porter), Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), and their army of Parademons.

Justice League, released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2017, suffered a difficult production. Its script underwent major changes before and during production between 2016 and 2017. In May 2017, Snyder stepped down during post-production following the death of his daughter, and Joss Whedon was hired to finish the film, completing it as an uncredited director. Whedon oversaw reshoots and other changes that incorporated a brighter tone and more humor, and reduced the runtime significantly in accordance with a mandate from Warner Bros. The theatrical version of Justice League received mixed reviews and was a box office disappointment, leading Warner Bros. to re-evaluate the DCEU’s future, and to focus on developing films around individual characters with less regard for a shared narrative.

Many fans expressed interest in an alternate cut more faithful to Snyder’s vision, which they and members of the cast and crew nicknamed the “Snyder Cut”.  Warner Bros. decided to move ahead with it in February 2020; in May, Snyder announced that the original cut would be released as Zack Snyder’s Justice League via the streaming service HBO Max. It cost around $70 million to complete the visual effects, score, and editing, with new material filmed in October 2020. The release was originally planned as both a six-episode miniseries and a four-hour film, but the miniseries concept was scrapped in January 2021. The film is dedicated to the memory of Snyder’s daughter, Autumn.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League was released on HBO Max in the United States on March 18, 2021. It became the fourth-most-streamed film debut on the platform that year. Most critics considered it to be superior to the 2017 theatrical version, with praise for Snyder’s direction and improved characterization, but criticism for the film’s length.

RIP Willie Garson

Willie Garson, the actor best known for playing talent agent Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City, has died at the age of 57, his son says. In the hit HBO series, he played the role of close friend and confidante of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw. Most recently, he had been working on the spin-off series And Just Like That. Garson was also known as conman Mozzie in the TV series White Collar. He also had a memorable turn as Marty Lloyd the alien in 3 episode of Stargate SG-1. The cause of his death has not been disclosed.

Born William Garson Paszamant in New Jersey in 1964, Garson studied theatre and received a masters of fine arts from Yale School of Drama. He then took on small roles in several popular television series in the 1980s, including Cheers, Family Ties and LA Law. He also appeared in some hit programmes of the 1990s such as The X-Files, Boy Meets World and Friends. His film credits include Groundhog Day, There’s Something About Mary, and Fever Pitch.

Most recently, Garson lent his voice to Big Mouth and had a recurring role on Supergirl from 2019 to 2020. Garson’s upcoming projects included And Just Like That and the series Duke of the Valley. Although he kept it quiet, he had been battling cancer. Garson was also a strong advocate for adoption, having served twice as a spokesperson for National Adoption Day and, in 2009, adopted his son Nathen, who shared a tribute on Instagram.

RIP Norm MacDonald

Norm Macdonald, the Canadian deadpan comedian, actor, writer and “Saturday Night Live” star, has died after a private battle with cancer. He was 61. Macdonald’s cancer diagnosis was kept secret from the public, but he battled it for nine years. Dozens of comedians, like Seth Rogen, Jon Stewart, Ron Funches and Jim Gaffigan, paid tribute to Macdonald, “one of the greatest comedians to have ever lived,” on social media.

Macdonald was born and raised in Quebec City to parents who were both teachers. The comedian got his start in showbiz as a writer on “Roseanne” in 1992 after making rounds at comedy clubs in Canada. He joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 1993, and the next year he began his memorable stint as Weekend Update anchor until early 1998, when he was replaced by Colin Quinn. Macdonald was known for his dry humor, non-sequiturs and impressions of Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Larry King, Quentin Tarantino and many more during his five-year run on the show. After being removed from the role, Macdonald went on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman and Howard Stern’s syndicated radio show.

Soon after leaving Saturday Night Live, Macdonald co-wrote and starred in the “revenge comedy” Dirty Work (1998), directed by Bob Saget, co-starring Artie Lange, and featuring Chris Farley in his last movie; the film was dedicated to his memory. Later that year, Macdonald voiced the character of Lucky the Dog in the Eddie Murphy adaptation of Dr. Dolittle. He reprised the role in both Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) and Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006). In 1999, Macdonald starred in the sitcom The Norm Show (later renamed Norm), co-starring Laurie Metcalf, Artie Lange, and Ian Gomez. It ran for three seasons on ABC.

Earlier in 1999, he made a cameo appearance in the Andy Kaufman biographical drama Man on the Moon, directed by Milos Forman. When Michael Richards refused to portray himself in the scene reenacting the famous Fridays incident in which Kaufman threw water in his face, Macdonald stepped in to play Richards, although he was not referred to by name. Macdonald had also appeared in Forman’s previous film, The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), as a reporter summoned to Flynt’s mansion regarding secret tapes involving automaker John DeLorean. In 2000, Macdonald played the starring role for the second time in a motion picture alongside Dave Chappelle, Screwed, which fared poorly at the box office.

In 2006, Macdonald again performed as a voice actor, this time in a series of commercials for the Canadian mobile-services provider Bell Mobility, as the voice of Frank the Beaver. In 2013, Macdonald premiered his new podcast, called Norm Macdonald Live, co-hosted by Adam Eget, streaming live weekly on Video Podcast Network, and posted later on YouTube. In March 2018, Netflix announced it had ordered 10 episodes of a new talk show entitled Norm Macdonald Has a Show, to be hosted by Macdonald. The series premiered on September 14, 2018. He has has a recurring voice role as Yaphit in The Orville. In 1988, Macdonald married Connie Vaillancourt, with whom he had a son, Dylan, born 1993. The couple separated in April 1999.