Q&A

Q: Is the guy who played Jason's friend on "The Good Place" the same actor who was in "Kong: Skull Island"? What else can you tell me about him? I thought he was great in both, even though they're very different roles.

"Kong: Skull Island" (2017) is indeed a bit of an outlier on Eugene Cordero's resume. His role as Pillboi on "The Good Place," on the other hand, was right up his alley. Like so many of today's comedy favorites, he came up through the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe. Since then, he's become a main player in TV creator Michael Schur's per...

Q: It seems that Rizzo the Rat isn't in the Muppet cast anymore. What happened? He and Gonzo made a good team.

It depends who you ask. Some say he was dropped as part of the high-profile firing of Muppeteer Steve Whitmire ("CAVE iN"), but if you ask Rizzo himself, he was shouldered out to make room for a new guy. Either way, it ain't pretty. Rizzo the Rat started as a background character but came into his own when he was tasked with co-narrating "The M...

Q: This has been annoying me for a while: How could they make "The Hobbit" into three films when the whole "Lord of the Rings" trilogy of books also only got three films?

Allow me to turn that around on you: How could they contain the whole, complicated story of "The Lord of the Rings" in just three films when it required three films just to tell "The Hobbit" properly? (That's likely director Peter Jackson's position on the matter, as he made "The Lord of the Rings" films between 2001 and 2003 and later returned ...