One of Machinima's signature offerings is a series called <em>Christopher Walkenthrough</em>, in which creator Jason Stephens, in character as actor Christopher Walken, navigates his way through popular video games. You kind of have to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnMlh8dHsRY-gGzYnBNI8PrIIa1RT9Us7">see it to understand</a>.
One of the most popular channels on YouTube is aimed toward people who play video games. It's got tons of content — thousands of game reviews, how-to videos of people gaming away enthusiastically, even little homemade movies that people have made using video-game software.
That last format is a user-generated phenomenon called machinima — "little m" machinima. "Big M" Machinima is a company, and it wants to be a new media empire. It's the entity behind that YouTube channel.
A new MDV Entertainment boxed set called <em>Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection</em> features the widow of Ernie Kovacs, in shows from her 1962-64 ABC variety series, which was televised just after her husband's death.
Bryan Cranston (left) stars as chemistry teacher turned meth dealer Walter White, and Aaron Paul plays former student and drug-dealing co-conspirator Jesse Pinkman in AMC's <em>Breaking Bad.</em>
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In 1976 Louise Lasser starred as a fictional housewife from Fernwood, Ohio, in <em>Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.</em>
Here's a short list of some of the most exciting recent TV offerings on DVD. These are sets you can still order and receive in time for the holidays — and regardless, they're perfect to dive into over the vacation period, enjoying an episode or two a night.
Alex Borstein (left) and Niecy Nash star as nurses in the HBO comedy series <em>Getting On, </em>which was modeled after the hit BBC series of the same name.
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Show creators Mark V. Olsen (back left) and Will Scheffer with their cast. In adapting <em>Getting On,</em> the men drew on their experiences with their own mothers, who were in extended-care facilities before they died.
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Laurie Metcalf (left) plays the role of Dr. Jenna James, with Alex Borstein as head nurse Dawn Forchette and Niecy Nash as Didi Ortley, the new nurse on the ward.
When they set out to create the HBO series Getting On, Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer wanted to create a different kind of workplace comedy — one that celebrated the workplace and the employees in it.
You might not expect "Santa's Helper" to be a career-altering gig, but for David Sedaris, it changed everything. The writer and humorist spent a season working at Macy's as a department store elf. He described his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf in "The Santaland Diaries," an essay that he read on Morning Edition in 1992.
Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his tale.
Millions of Americans speak a language other than English at home, and many of them are young children. Picture books are starting to reflect this diversity.
Monica Brown has written more than a dozen children's picture books with text in both English and Spanish. Raised bilingually by a South American mother and North American father, she says her inspiration comes from her own upbringing.