Friday, July 31, 2009
I love this song and I love this video. I'm a big fan of songs set to videos with cute emo couples kissing sweetly. I'm girlie that way. Or pervy. Whatever.
The New Pornographers featuring member Neko Case.
Created and produced by Alan Ball, Six Feet Under aired for five seasons on HBO. It held many profound themes, chief amongst them being the view that death need not only be an end, but can be a indication of a new a beginning. This was immediately established in the premiere episode when the patriarch of the Fisher family met his demise suddenly, violently, shaking mother, brothers and sister to the core. His death opened wounds, stimulated old pains and made each member face their true self - or at least strive to ask questions and experiment with risk and love.
Six Feet Under ended in 2005 with, in my opinion, one of the most stunning, emotional television endings I've ever seen. For viewers who connected with the lives of these characters throughout the years, and even for the casual viewer, it hit a powerful chord.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Here it is:
About three months later, it occurred to me. That's not Marino. That's Leo Allen. The stand up comedian who is half the team of Slovin and Allen. That Leo Allen. The one who co-created the "Time Machine" sketch I love so much from the comedy special he and Eric Slovin starred in on Comedy Central at the beginning of this decade. The guy who read 100 books in one year starting back in 2005 and discussed it on NPR. The Leo Allen who wrote for Saturday Night Live and hosts Whiplash at UCB. I don't know how it got past me, but I did spend last Monday night watching eight innings of Mets/Rockies baseball thinking the game was at Coors Field when they were actually playing in Citifield ("Wow, they sure do have a lot of Mets fans in Colorado!" Says I). So, I'm not always the brightest bulb on the marquis.
Leo Allen came to mind for today's post, because he showed up on Michael and Michael Have Issues last night as Nick Flynn, the new Editor for Sho and Black's pretend yet very real show. There was some thick romantic chemistry between himself and the very uptight Marla, M&M's Associate Producer, played by Jessi Klein, another funny person. Allen was a charmer, especially when he put his foot down about not wanting to date a chick who wanted to pee on him. Wow. Who knew that behind her glasses Marla harbors a fetish. Still, nice to see Leo as part of the Issues guest stars.
Before all that weird stuff came down, Sho and Black played matchmaker:
|Michael & Michael Have Issues||Wed 10:30pm / 9:30c|
Here's some of Leo Allen's collaboration with writing partner Eric Slovin on the aforementioned Comedy Special of 2001, Slavin and Allen.
|Slovin & Allen - Time Machine|
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Through the magic of comedy....
...Pappas, originally played by Gary Busey...
...is now played by Human Giant's Rob Huebel
...and Patrick Swayze who originally played Brohdi...
...is now played by Reno 911's Robert Ben Garant
Film parodies also include funny remakes of Tron with Cheech and Chong, Carrie with Will Arnett, and Dirty Dancing with Charlene Yi (soon to appear in the highly anticipated indie Paper Heart) and Channing Tatum. They are all available at MSN's Cinemash site.
One film reinvented as parody that I favor is Sid and Nancy. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (pictured above) do a bent version of the first couple of punk. See it here.
Cinemash Photos by James Gooding
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I love looking at pictures of people doing fun things at events I never get to attend. To join the fun virtually, I live vicariously through Flickr. Here's The Boosh's Photostream documenting their promotion.
Julian and Noel also received some press coverage at NYTimes.com.
NYTimes Arts/Television: Comic Cult Strives to Export Itself
NYTimes ArtsBeat: The Mighty Boosh Explains How Comedy Is Created
The DVDs came out on July 21st. Check out details in my previous post about The Boosh.
Next stop, the guys are scheduled to appear on Chelsea Lately on E! Monday night.
However, I am filling the void. The Complete series of The State came out on on DVD on July 14th, and I'm wallowing in its super fun-ness. The DVD drought for The State languished, much in the same way as It's Garry Shandling's Show. Like Shandling, episodes of The State, which aired from 1993 thru 1995 on MTV, were locked away from the public, hard to find for home consumption for years, give or take the old VHS and poorly transferred uploads on YouTube. In the case of The State, this was due in part to a tangle of music rights issues. But the gods of TV worked their way around that hurdle and finally got on board by spreading The State love on disk. It's a blast to see David Wain, Ken Marino, Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Kevin Allison, Joe Lo Truglia, Ben Garant, Michael Patrick Jann, Todd Holoubek, Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black back in the day. This is the nucleus group that spawned or appeared in Reno 911, Stella, Party Down, Wet Hot American Summer and many more collaborations. They were so young back then. Hell, we all were.
The State DVD
Available at Amazon.com.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I will be singing the theme song all day now.
The box set is available at Amazon for pre-order and is being offered for $119.99. I know we're in the middle of the second Great Depression, but I say it's worth it.
SubPop has announced that Flight of the Conchords will be releasing a second official US release on October 20th. (Their previous albums were UK/New Zealand releases.) I Told You I Was Freaky will include the songs created for the second season of their HBO comedy, which includes "Carol Brown" and "Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor".
Now, I don't want to be wishing the summer away, and I shutter at the thought of Fall closing in on my pedicured, flip flop wearing feet, but October sounds like it's going to be one cool month to look forward to and October 20th will be one awesome day. I almost can't wait.
Jack McBrayer. What a sweet, funny brilliant comedian. It's thrilling to see how his character on 30 Rock has earned him some props. Can't wait to see him at UCB's FIT show next month (with Paul Scheer) in New York.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Fans are speculating and making wishes for what they'd like to see between Jim and Pam in season six. Personally, I can't wait for that kid to be born. It's my desire to see Baby Halpert projectile vomit in Dwight's face. I'd like to see this in every episode starting from the day this child lands on earth.
Seriously. My wishes: Please make the show funnier. Give us more Jim development. Make me like Pam and Michael again. Tighten up storyline continuity. No more birthing of watermelons on set. No more broad humor, although I will make a concession if you do go with Baby Halpert projectile vomiting in Dwight's face. It's just a personal choice.
ABC-TV ran a cartoon series for children on Saturday mornings from 1965 to 1969 called The Beatles. I have to wonder how Beatle kids of the day could even get through five minutes of it. The voices and Scouse accents were horrid (did any of the creators actually HEAR the real Beatles speak?), the stories were way beyond silly, yet the music, all in its original recorded glory, livened up the embarrassing shit load doled out via television while children ate their Cheerios. The Beatles hated...hated this show. I will say, the likeness of each Beatle is pretty good and a bit warmer than the creepiness of the Beatles images in "Rock Band". (I am dieing to play this).
Since George Harrison was my favorite, and "Taxman" is an awesome song, here is a clip.
If you want to cut to the chase, the song kicks in at 2:40. The storyline build up gets a bit tiring.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
This opening is gut wrenchingly bad. Yet, Lucy looks happy to be back. I can't help myself because it is always good to see Ms. Ball. She reminds me of my mother. Also, I am a major fan of the little co-star who would one day turn into the lead singer of Rilo Kiley and present day solo artist. Look out for her. Yes. That's her.
The following behind-the-scenes video on the making of Mad Men's season 3 poster is not only a glimpse into how they made the cool shot seen above, it's also a fascinating look into how set designers participate in the allegory within a story. Even if it's just for promotion, the symbolism of a show such as Mad Men, is conveyed through water rising, reflections and lighting, metaphorically showing how this character's mysterious past, bad boy ways and the impending 1960's cultural shift is about to drown him. You don't need exposition to give viewers this idea, it's all done with imagery.
See more Mad Men video at AMC.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Pretty cool news, this...
Ben Stiller will be Executive Producing a comedy pilot for Fox Television about about CIA operatives in South America called The Station. David Wain (Wainy Days Stella) will direct. As for the cast, John Goodman (Roseanne, The Big Lebowski) has just signed on to star. Joining him will be comedian Whitney Cummings (who I saw at the Hollywood Improv last month opening for my funny friend Bryan Callen and she killed), Justin Bartha, the missing groom, found sunburned on the roof of Caesar's in The Hangover, Julio Oscar Mechoso, and the awesome Rob Huebel (Human Giant) who should be appearing on Michael and Michael Have Issues in upcoming weeks and currently appearing in the video below.
Here's a funny video short just posted on Tom Lennon's (or Reno 911's Jim Dangle's) MySpace site: Point Break
This may not be directly TV related, but I have a personal affection for Frank McCourt. His book Angela's Ashes and 'Tis, not only moved me, but his tragic childhood in Ireland reminded me of my own father's horrific struggles as a child during World War II, and subsequent young adulthood in New York.
There are teams of adults who passed through the New York City school system who had Mr. McCourt as a teacher, and were lucky to have been educated by a man whose American dream came true. Another life well lived, especially out of the ashes of his past. May he RIP.
Friday, July 17, 2009
The film stirred up some positive buzz at Sundance. Oswalt looks great. It's also nice to see Matt Servitto (Sopranos) in this flick. He's a terrific guy and a supremely talented actor.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The 2009 Emmy Awards were announced today, and there are some massive surprises and kudos to go all around. Yes, the nominees tend to be a bit dumb (Entourage? Shaloub? Again?), but sometimes it hits the mark. Some well deserved newbies are going to be up for the big prize this year, especially in the comedy category. Flight of the Conchords is finally getting some love by being nominated alongside perennial Best Comedy Show favorites such as 30 Rock, The Office, Weeds, Entourage, with Jemaine Clement getting a nom for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Jack McBrayer, the lovably hilarious Kenneth Parcel of 30 Rock joins Tracy Morgan in the Best Supporting Actor Comedy Series category. Some SNL ladies are getting attention with Amy Poehler and Kristin Wiig listed in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category. And Sarah Silverman getting the Best Actress in a Comedy award? Yes! She's tremendously hilarious, and her show is outrageously fun. She might have a tough time alongside the formidable Tina Fey, listed in the same group, but I'm pulling for that Silverman chick.
In the world of television Drama, it's a pleasure to see Elisabeth Moss get nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of Peggy in Mad Men. She's a scene stealer, sublime in content, heart breaking as a whole, yet uplifting in her strength. Mad Men also received a nomination for Best Drama.
Another well deserved nomination is Aaron Paul, whose remarkable work on Breaking Bad demanded he be a shoe in for not just a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, but the full blown winner in the category. He's up against some veterans like William Hurt and William Shattner, so hopefully voters will recognize Paul's subtle and emotionally charged performance.
Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore were also nominated for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Grey Gardens. They were stunning as Big and Little Edie Beale.
Boo. Ed Helms didn't get nominated.
Wow. 30 Rock hit a record with 22 nominations. I love the show, but isn't this Tina Fey and 30 Rock worship a bit too much?
The 61st Annual Emmy Awards will be held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 20th. It will air on CBS with host Neil Patrick Harris.
Here's the List of Nominees:
"Big Love," HBO
"Breaking Bad," AMC
"Mad Men," AMC
"Family Guy," Fox
"How I Met Your Mother," CBS
"Flight of the Conchords," HBO
"The Office," NBC
"30 Rock," NBC
ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist"
Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Sally Field, "Brothers and Sisters"
Mariska Hargitay, "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"
Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES:
Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"
Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine"
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"
Sarah Silverman, "The Sarah Silverman Program"
ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES:
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Jemaine Clement, "Flight of the Conchords"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"
Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men"
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES:
Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"
Kevin Dillon, "Entourage"
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"
Jack McBrayer, "30 Rock"
Tracy Morgan, "30 Rock"
Rainn Wilson, "The Office"
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Christian Clemenson, "Boston Legal"
Michael Emerson, "Lost"
William Hurt, "Damages"
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
William Shatner, "Boston Legal"
John Slattery, "Mad Men"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Rose Byrne, "Damages"
Hope Davis, "In Treatment"
Cherry Jones, "24"
Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy"
Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment"
Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES:
Kristin Chenoweth, "Pushing Daisies"
Amy Poehler, "Saturday Night Live"
Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"
Elizabeth Perkins, "Weeds"
Kristin Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"
Vanessa Williams, "Ugly Betty"
WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES:
James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, "Flight of the Conchords"
Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, "30 Rock"
Robert Carlock, "30 Rock"
Matt Hubbard, "30 Rock"
Ron Weiner, "30 Rock"
Source: LA Times
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
To kick off the whirlwind of promotion, Julian Barratt (aka "Howard Moon") and Noel Fielding (aka "Vince Noir") will be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday, July 22nd and on Chelsea Lately on July 27th. They'll be at Comic-Con 2009 in San Diego (July 23rd - 26th) at the Adult Swim booth on July 24th and the BBC America Booth on the 25th. See the full itinerary below for their Comic Con appearances.
During Comic Con, there will be a limited supply of tee shirts (only about 200) available for purchase at the BBC America booth for $17, so move all your ironic tee's to the side of your closet to make room, because here it is.
The Mighty Boosh Seasons 1 through 3 will each come complete with two discs, packaged with some fun bonus extras. The suggested retail price will be $29.98. Check out the BBC America Shop where they are going for $25.98. Amazon is offering season 1 at $19.99 and seasons 2 and 3 at $24.99.
Season 1 Bonus Features
-Inside the Zooniverse, History of the Boosh, Outtakes, Picture Gallery, Commentary
The Mighty Boosh: Season 2: More epic, mind altering adventures with the fabulous Vince and the jazzy Howard. This is the one with my fave, "The Legend of Old Greg". Pour me a Bailey's.
Season 2 Bonus Features
-The Boosh Tundra, Boosh Publicity, Making Series 2, Outtakes, Interactive Photo Gallery, Deleted Scenes, Sweet, Boosh Music
The Mighty Boosh: Season 3: Vince and Howard are working at the Nabootique, a second hand shop in Dalston. Pink bladder (yes, a talking bladder) Tony Harrison joins the Shamen crew to party large. Personal Fave episode: "Eels".
Season 3 Bonus Features
-Commentary, Making Boosh 3, Boosh Publicity, Deleted Scenes, Mini Royale Promo, Outtakes, Boosh Music
Comic-Con 2009 Mighty Boosh Details:
— July 24/25 SAN DIEGO
COMIC-CON Event Schedule:
Friday July 24:
· 2-3 pm: Signing at Adult Swim booth #3351
· 4:45-5:45 pm Panel (Room 6A)
· 11 pm The Mighty Boosh Bash (A full cast DJ Set)
4th and B (345 B st., between State St and
o Tickets $5 adv/$10 door
o Drink tickets ($8 mixed/$5 beer)
o Tickets available at Ticketmaster and Club Box Office
SATURDAY July 25:
· 4:30-5:30 – Signing at BBC America Booth #3629
Watch this space for possible DVD give aways.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Here's some Michael and Michael reading:
Time Out - Black and Showalter on Their New Show
New York Times - Friends Who Wish Each Other The Worst
And speaking of a Michael...
I spent an mimosa soaked Saturday afternoon brunching in the audience of Radio Happy Hour at Le Poisson Rouge down on Bleeker, basking in the sight of Michael Showalter and a cast of vocal characters.
Radio Happy Hour is a newly minted monthly "old timesy" radio show (performed for podcast) done in the style of Hee Haw and Prairie Home Companion meshed into a comedic goofy mix. Special guests are invited to partake in interviews and scripted tongue in cheek dramas that are dirty, corny and just stupid fun. Norah Jones guested in June, Showalter was the July feature and Andrew WK will participate in August. More future guests should be announced soon. Showalter promoted M&M Have Issues, chatted about how his middle name is "English", discussed his professorial work at NYU's Film School and mentioned the big party blow out at The Bell House in Brooklyn on Wednesday night at 8pm before M&M broadcasts its maiden episode.
You can listen to Radio Happy Hour on their site and on iTunes. As of this writing, Saturday's Showalter show hasn't been uploaded, but if anyone is reading this - keep checking the links.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory) just signed on with Comedy Central to star in his own series, yet to be titled. The network ok'd ten episodes, and if it meets ratings criteria, could up the offer to about 90 shows. First episodes should debut in 2010. The show's producers are Will Farrell and Adam McKay. This should be pretty cool. (Source: NYTimes.com)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Now, we have THIS:
This is Travel Channel's Bridget's Sexiest Beaches where Brigette Marquardt and her boobs search planet Earth for, yes, some sexy beaches. Here you go, fans of sexy beaches.
|Michael & Michael Have Issues||Premieres Wed, July 15, 10:30pm / 9:30c|
|Preview - Greg the Intern|
Thank the marketing gods at HBO for putting up billboards, because as I left a Starbucks on Sunset a few weeks back, I came upon this giant sign touting Vince and the boys for start up on July 12th at 10:30pm. Forget HBO press releases, websites or trade mags. This is how I get my info - taking shots of advertising with my iPhone and a Grande Americano in my hand.
Entourage is about to embark on its sixth season. Mild Apathy has seeped in here. The show has lost some luster in recent years. The Hollywood Reporter kind of agrees. For me, it's too many gorgeous female extras that make me feel like a thin haired, big boned ogre, and Jeremy Piven's Emmy Award winning scenery eating tantrums have tried my patience a tad too often. Seeing Vince's life come undone in season five added some juice; yet due to his gorgeous countenance and lucky star above, he didn't suffer all that much. Retreating to a tropical island and getting fucked between high and low tide gets really old. Snore....
I think what keeps me holding on is the hilarious pairing of Johnny Drama and Turtle. I also care about Vince and where his career will take him. So, I'm in it for the long haul.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
There are familiar faces such as Tracy Ullman, Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman, Russell Brand, Bob Newhart and John Cleese in addition to local British talent whose faces might not ring a bell on this side.
U.S. TV cult comedy fans may know Jimmy Carr, David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding who discuss the highs and lows of their work. French also interviews her husband Lenny Henry and her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders. It's a profound look into the emotional and social issues both men and women in comedy struggle with each day.
Here are excerpts from both series. (Double click on the video and see the rest of the series on YouTube's site.)
Boys Who Do Comedy
Girls Who Do Comedy
Rest in peace, Mrs. Slocombe.