Friends Co-Creator Reveals the Two Episodes She Regrets

John Lamparski, Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival
John Lamparski, Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival

September 22 marks the 25th anniversary of the beloved TV series Friends, which has given the show's creators and actors a variety of opportunities to reminisce about their time spent on the big orange couch.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Friends co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, along with producer Kevin Bright, spoke in front of a full theater after the viewing of two fan-favorite episodes, “The One With the Embryos” and “The One Where Everybody Finds Out,” this week at the Tribeca TV Festival.

At one point, Kauffman, Crane, and Bright were asked if they had any regrets about the show. Kauffman admitted there were two episodes that she wishes were slightly different, and both involve the character of Phoebe, played by Lisa Kudrow.

Kauffman stated that she was unhappy with the Season 3 episode “The One With The Jam,” in which Phoebe starts dating her twin sister Ursula's stalker, played by David Arquette, the then-husband of Courteney Cox. The co-creator explained, “We did a lot of rewriting on that to make it work.”

The second episode was from Season 2, titled “The One With The Chicken Pox.” In the episode, Phoebe and her then-love interest, played by Charlie Sheen, endure a chickenpox outbreak during their romantic weekend together.

Kauffman might not be pleased with the episodes now, but she is likely in the minority. Many diehard Friends fans would agree that Phoebe and Ryan scratching each other with oven mitts is an iconic scene from the series.

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar


Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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What Movie Do You Want to Watch? This Website Analyzes Film Critic Reviews to Help You Choose

She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
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Much like sommeliers can detect subtle notes of who-knows-what in a sip of wine, film critics are fantastic at identifying influences and drawing parallels between movies. Cinetrii is a handy website that crowdsources all that movie knowledge to help you find your next favorite film.

Basically, you enter the name of a movie you enjoyed in the search bar, and the site will show you a node graph with film recommendations splintering off the search query. Click on one, and you’ll see a quote from a critic (or critics) who referenced the films together. This way, you get a list of recommendations based on different aspects of the movie, and you get to decide for yourself what you’d like to see more of.

If, for example, you were blown away by the special effects in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, you might like Doctor Strange; according to Variety, it boasts “a staggering visual effects innovation, in which the building-bending seen in Christopher Nolan’s Inception is taken to an extreme that would blow even M.C. Escher’s mind.” If what the Chicago Tribune calls an “elegant brain-bender” quality appealed to you more, The Matrix might be a perfect fit.

Films above your search query were released before the movie you typed in, while films below came out after it. The shorter the line, the more closely the films are related, as calculated by the website’s algorithm. And, as Lifehacker points out, that algorithm doesn’t give any special treatment to massive Hollywood blockbusters, so Cinetrii is an especially great way to find hidden gems. Because it shows you the critics' actual quotes, you’re not left to wonder why a certain film landed on the recommendations list—which can’t always be said for “Watch next” lists on streaming services.

You can explore Cinetrii here.

[h/t Lifehacker]