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April 14, 2015

by Bill Pearis

The gang hangs at The Turkey's Nest Josie's on 'Daredevil'...and that's not 8th Ave!
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Netflix's newest must-binge series, Daredevil, was released on Friday, the first of four Marvel-related superhero shows planned for the streaming service. Like the comic, first published in 1964, the series is about blind NYC attorney Matt Murdock who lost his sight in a childhood accident which hightened his other senses, and he now fights crime by night. Also like the comic, the show is set in Hell's Kitchen...but a lot of it was filmed, like a lot of shows these days, in North Brooklyn and Long Island City. One of the first scenes in the first episode takes place at the supposed corner of 8th Ave & 50th St but is clearly Bedford & N. 7th. And the show's local dive bar, Josie's, is shot in actual Williamsburg dive bar The Turkey's Nest.

If you haven't watched yet, the Daredevil series is actually pretty good, favoring real stunts and practical effects over CGI, with some knockout set-pieces and an engaging (and violent) first season storyline. Matt Murdoch has yet to see a punk band at The Trash Bar, though. Have you checked it out? Trailer for the first season is below.

In other news, Netflix is adding audio description tracks to their shows, like Daredevil, for the visually-impaired. Says Tracy Wright, Netflix's director content operations, "At Netflix, we work hard to continually improve the experience for our members when viewing movies and shows on our service, including providing accessibility across devices. Now we're expanding our accessibility options by adding audio description on select titles, beginning today with our new critically acclaimed series, Marvel's Daredevil."

Continue reading "'Daredevil' series has Williamsburg subbing for Hell's Kitchen; Netflix adding audio descriptions to shows for vision-impaired"

Tom Hanks on Dave's final 'Late Night' show in 1993
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David Letterman's final night as host of The Late Show is May 20 and EW points out the show has announced many of its big final guests, which include a rare performance and interview with Tom Waits on May 14. Elvis Costello, who's about to tour with Steely Dan, will be stopping by at some point too, as will Bill Murray (who was Letterman's first guest on both his NBC and CBS shows), Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Don Rickles, Tina Fey, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Stern, and Tom Hanks who was Dave's guest on the final night of NBC's Late Night With David Letterman. That show also featured a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen doing "Glory Days." Springsteen has not been announced in the list of final performances, but maybe he'll do it again? More still to be announced.

Letterman, who used to do on-the-street interviews all the time in the early days of his NBC shows, recently appeared on Billy on the Street to ask New Yorkers what his next move should be. You can watch that, and a vintage Letterman "Tour of 46th St" bit, below...

Continue reading "David Letterman's last show is May 20; guests for final month include Tom Waits, Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld & lots more"

April 13, 2015

The Trash Bar on 'Forever'
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The Trash Bar is still open on Grand St. in Williamsburg (former home of LUXX), though it was supposed to close in March. It's been in that location since 2004, but it will soon be moving to Bushwick. The venue's calendar goes through the end of April currently. As Free Williamsburg points out, The Trash Bar was recently used as a location and plot point on lighthearted ABC fantasy/mystery series Forever where it too is being closed (in this case, demolished for condos). But the fictionalized version was "around before CBGB" and may have a few skeletons in its closet. Or walls, specifically. (The episode is titled "Punk is Dead.") Also, this Trash Bar is being demolished by Cuba Gooding Jr. There are whiffs of the infamous "punk rock" Quincy episode here, and you can watch a clip (featuring punks Blacklist Royals) from it below.

The Trash Bar will also be seen in upcoming Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow film Trainwreck which is out in July. The location and opening date of the new Bushwick location are still TBA, but the owner is also opening a "family friendly small plates restaurant" called Gitano which is in the old Room 63 space off the Broadway stop on the J/M line.

Continue reading "The Trash Bar was featured in ABC series 'Forever' (watch), officially moving to Bushwick"

April 9, 2015

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One of the big TV hits/obsessions of last year, HBO's True Detective, returns June 21 with an entirely new cast -- Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch -- and crime:

A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life's work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff's detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.
Are you interested in a McConaughey-free True Detective? And what will the soundtrack be like? You can check out the unsurprisingly moody teaser trailer for True Detective Season 2 below.

For those without cable, HBO has finally gotten into the subscription business with HBO Now which is offering a one-month free trial (just in time for this weekend's Game of Thrones season premiere).

Continue reading "'True Detective' Season 2 with Colin Farrell & Vince Vaughn premieres in June (watch the trailer)"

April 8, 2015

by Bill Pearis

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David Lynch announced earlier this week that he was not going to be directing episodes of the new Twin Peaks after budget issues with Showtime could not be worked out. Whether he is really dunzo or it's just a very public negotiation technique, it's pretty clear that for most people Twin Peaks without Lynch's active involvement is something that's not very appealing. That includes the cast of the original series, most of whom participated in an online video titled "Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like...??" Watch Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey), Mädchen Amick (Shelly), Catherine E. Coulson (The Log Lady), Kimmy Robertson (Lucy), Peggy Lipton (Norma) and more fill in that blank, below.

One actor is noticably absent: Kyle MacLachlan, aka Agent Cooper, one of the few announced original cast members to have been announced as coming back for the new episodes. (Also no Lara Flynn Boyle, pictured above, who played Donna.) Let's hope they work it out!

Continue reading "'Twin Peaks' cast make online video asking David Lynch to return to the show"

April 5, 2015

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Pretty much everybody who cared about Twin Peaks was excited that David Lynch and Mark Frost were making new episodes that would air in 2016. Unfortunately, it looks like Lynch has severed ties, saying he won't direct any of the episodes, as he posted on Facebook and Twitter earlier tonight:

Dear Facebook Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks. After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done. This weekend I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing. Twin Peaks may still be very much alive at Showtime. I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently.
The scripts to the nine episodes, written by Lynch & Frost, are apparently completed. Showtime suggested they're still trying to work things out in an official statement:
We were saddened to read David Lynch's statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. SHOWTIME also loves the world of Twin Peaks and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm.
Lynch only directed six episodes of the original series. Let's hope he and Showtime can work something out, it would not be the same without him at the helm. Stay tuned.

April 3, 2015

Fat White Family on Letterman
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Fat White Family were in NYC this week, playing a sold-out late show on Tuesday (3/31) at Mercury Lounge (how was that show?), and then made their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday (4/2). "You don't see that every night!" chuckled Dave after their performance of "Is It Raining in Your Mouth?" which was fairly restrained for the Fat Whites, but probably crazier that what you normally see on Letterman. Check out the video below.

Fat White Family will be touring North America again in about a month, including another NYC show: April 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. That's right before they head to Austin's Levitation Festival. Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...

Continue reading "Fat White Family played Mercury Lounge & performed "Is It Raining in Your Mouth?" on 'Letterman' (watch)"

Brett (right) & Darren Mabee on cable access show 'The Special'
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When Chris Gethard left cable access for cable television (his show will debut in May via on Fusion), the guy who took over his Manhattan Neighborhood Network show was Brett Davis. You may know Davis from New Brunswick basement punk shows, from the many NYC comedy shows he appears at, or more recently from TCGS where he played Smith, a character that inspired a lot of hate mail, or you may remember him from his mid-'00s alter ego MC Steinberg (maybe you remember MC Steinberg from public access show New York Noise).

Chris Gethard & Brett Davis
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Brett's public access show is called The Special: Without Brett Davis and Chris Gethard talked him up to Laughspin:

"I think the Chris Gethard Show fans will love him," Gethard tells Laughspin. "He's innovative and smart and likes to play with things in a way that I think will totally embrace the anarchy of public access and all the different ways you can connect to people while using it. I don't think his show will be like mine at all. I think it will be totally unique and reflect his sensibilities. But I really think we managed to do some innovative stuff on public access and if there's one guy in New York who I think is an innovator right now, it's Brett."

Amongst a community of peers and fans in New York, Davis is known for immersive character work on stage. Brett cites Scharpling & Wurster as a major influence, which shows in his work. The comedian has built somewhat of his own "Newbridge"-style universe in New York. The workhorse comedian runs three regular shows per month, all of which he hosts in the guise of an ever-expanding amount of characters. Usually, carefully plotted narratives play out over the course of each show. You can also expect absurd audience participation bits, choreographed but convincing on-stage violence and a smattering of other surprises. In other words, fans who loved the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the Gethard show are in good hands with Brett Davis.

Each week, Brett plays a different character (hence the "Without" part of the title) as guest host. One of the regular players on the show is Darren Mabee, who was a fixture at NYC shows in the mid-'00s and had the band We Are the Seahorses. You can watch the most recent episode, hosted by "punk guru" Craig Evanhalen, below.

You can catch Brett in action as host of both of the BrooklynVegan-presented Red Bull Sound Select shows with The Menzingers: April 11 at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ with Big Eyes and Cheerbleeders, then April 14 at Baby's All Right with Big Eyes, and Crazy & The Brains. Both shows are $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.

In addition to his cable access show Brett also co-hosts (with Sally Burtnick) the monthly The Macaulay Culkin Show at Shea Stadium. The April edition (4/26) will feature Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Saenz, Unisex, Max Wittert, Brian Fiddyment and Edy Modica.

You can also catch Brett this weekend in NYC. Tonight (4/3) he'll be at BHQFU on Avenue A, for the "Quinceañera de Elisa" with Brian Fiddyment & Edy Modica, Becca Kauffman, Mary Houlihan & Sam Taggart, Colin Burgess and hosts Lorelei Ramirez and Ana Fabrega. On Saturday (4/4) at The Creek, he'll be appearing as part of "Underbelly" with Nick Vatterott, Maria Heinegg, Tony Zaret, Courtney Maginnis, Joseph Klein, Clark Jones, Will Winner, Amber Nelson, and host Nick Naney. He's got a bunch of other appearances lined up and all dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Brett Davis took over Chris Gethard's timeslot, hosts 'Macaulay Culkin Show', hosting BV-presented Menzingers shows & more"

Bob and David

Whether this is directly related to the mysterious Mr. Show writers confab that happened earlier this year or not, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are getting back into the sketch comedy show business with With Bob and David, which will be a Netflix original series available at some point later this year. There will be four half-hour episodes and an hour-long "making-of" special, Deadline reports. The pair describe it thusly:

After being dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEAL, Bob and David are back serving our country the way they do best: making sketch comedy. Four half-hours of brand-new comedy featuring all new characters, all new scenes and, most importantly, all new wigs.
Hopefully they'll also make room for Pit-Pat's return as well. Netflix is also home to the Wet Hot American Summer miniseries that will be available this summer. Bob Odenkirk's Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul wraps up its first season next week.

March 31, 2015

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Startalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman is coming to the Apollo Theatre on May 28. Tickets are currently on StarTalk presale (password = COSMIC), there's an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/1) at noon, an Apollo presale starting Thursday (4/2) at noon and tix go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/3) at noon.

StarTalk will become a weekly late night talk show on the National Geographic Channel starting April 20. That will have a wide variety of guests and each episode will feature a minute-long rant from Bill Nye (a la Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes). The show will be filmed in front of a studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium.

In other news, Eugene Mirman just performed in NYC as part of the "Bob's Burgers Live!" tour that hit Beacon Theatre on Friday (3/27). From Decider:

The lights go down and Benjamin (Bob Belcher) and Mirman (Gene) rise to the occasion to introduce how the night will play out -- every member of the Belcher clan will do their own stand-up routine, followed by a live table reading for an upcoming episode where they'll be joined by Kevin Kline (Mr. Fischoeder), Larry Murphy (Teddy), and showrunner Loren Bouchard. They then introduce Dan Mintz, known for his role as the inimitable Tina Belcher, who meekly took the stage following deafening applause. Needless to say, Mintz can't get through his first joke without the crowd breaking out into uproarious laughter -- Tina comes from that guy? -- and forcing him to start again. One might not expect Mintz, who looks like he enjoys quiet nights in with a good book after browsing Whole Foods and indecisively going home with nothing, to have been a part in creating one of the most fully formed female characters in primetime. Like Tina, however, Mintz gives whole new meaning to "deadpan" by refusing to smile during his entire set before bringing out his "sister," Kristen Schaal, followed by Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, and H. Jon Benjamin, who all brought the house down in their own fashion and comedic style before sitting down for a hilarious table read of an upcoming episode.
Eugene Mirman has a handful of live appearances coming up (including standup, StarTalks, and other things), though nothing in NYC right now, and those are listed below.

Continue reading "'StarTalk' coming to the Apollo & cable TV; Eugene Mirman performed w/ 'Bob's Burgers Live,' has more upcoming dates"

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