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November 17, 2015


This past weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live featured host Elizabeth Banks with musical guest Disclosure and special guests Lorde and Sam Smith:

Sam Smith and Disclosure

Matthew McConaughey and Adele are on this coming Saturday (11/21).

Amy Poehler is also starring in a Netflix holiday special with Bill Murray.

November 11, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Jonah Ray expressing his MST3K nerddom
Mystery Science Theater 3000

Beloved cult series Mystery Science Theater 3000, about a guy who's forced to watch bad movies and then riffs on them with his robot pals, looks to be coming back. Creator Joel Hodgson launched a "Bring Back MST3K" kickstarter campaign on Tuesday (11/10) with a goal of $2 million to complete three episodes of the show to shop around to networks. One day into the campaign and Hodgson is over halfway towards his goal. The ultimate goal is to raise $5.5 million for an entire 12-episode season.

Hodgson talked with Entertainment Weekly about the reboot and one bit of surprising info is that he wants to cast new actors as host, mad scientists and voices of Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo:

Basically, I'm trying to blend the old with the new," says Hodgson. "Mystery Science Theater has already refreshed itself once with a completely new cast, so I think it deserves to do that again. The original cast is going to be invited back to write, produce, and do cameos as their mad science characters, and then there's a new cast with new talent.
UPDATE: Hodgson revealed that comedian Jonah Ray, of Comedy Central's The Meltdown With Jonah And Kumail and the Nerdist podcast, will be the new host. Says Hodgson:
I guess I also just felt like [Ray's] heart was in the right place, and I could see how much he loved and understood MST3K. I think that's when I started thinking about inviting him to be the next host on MST3K, if we ever got to come back. About a year after that, I asked him what he thought about it. He said "yes" right away, without a second of hesitancy, and we've been talking about it ever since ...

I can't really tell you what kind of host Jonah is going to be, but I hope you'll give him a chance to show you. And even if you're familiar with Jonah's career, remember: that doesn't mean he'll bring the same exact approach to MST3K. I think a lot of you may be surprised. Plus, like the previous members of our cast, I think Jonah has great instincts and a lot of range. He's funny, he's wicked smart, and like I said, his heart's in the right place. He loves MST3K, he seems to understand what makes it so special, and most important, I know he takes the role seriously.

Jonah Ray, meanwhile, says, "I want everybody to know that this show means the world to me and I will do my best for MSTies, because I am one. " He's serious, as you can see from the pic above where Ray is dressed as Manos: The Hands of Fate.

MST3K got it's start in 1988 on Minneapolis station KTMA, then went national via the Comedy Channel (which became Comedy Central). Hodgson left in 1993 and head writer Mike Nelson took over as host. The show moved to Sci Fi Channel in 1997 with more cast changes (most notably the loss of Trace Beaulieu, who played both Dr. Clayton Forrester and the voice of Crow) where it ran till 1999. Mike Nelson and some of the other MST3K writers/performers formed Rifftrax, a downloadable movie companion that riffs on current blockbusters; while Hodgson, Beaulieu and others started the similarly riffy Cinematic Titanic. The original MST3K cast recently got back together as part of Tenacious D's 2015 edition of Festival Supreme.

While we wait to see what comes of this, watch classic MST3K short "Mr. B Natural" below...

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November 10, 2015

The Bedford Stop

Alex and Sarah talk dating in NYC over brunch.
Olena gets a Tinder headshot.
Melissa finds lingerie in a thrift store.
Though the pilot episode was released to YouTube a couple months ago, the Internet discovered The Bedford Stop yesterday. From Free Williamsburg to PAPER to Gawker to Gothamist to Noisey to Brokelyn, the unintentionally funny reality show set in modern day Williamsburg is making the snarky rounds and giving us something to tweet about. For those bemoaning the death of Williamsburg, this is yet another large nail in the coffin. Bedford and Bowery published a bit of the show's backstory this morning, and you can watch five clips released so far BUT NOT THE PILOT BECAUSE THEY REMOVED IT FROM YOUTUBE SOME TIME LAST NIGHT OR THIS MORNING.... UPDATE: The pilot, which was allegedly removed because of a copyright claim related to one of the songs in it, is back and now on Vimeo and also..., below....

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November 9, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Aziz and date hanging at Baby's All Right in Master of None
Master of None

Aziz Ansari's new Netflix series, Master of None, debuted on Friday and if you were like me you powered through the whole thing over the course of a couple days. It's very funny, sweet, often insightful and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Music plays a big part in the show -- the third episode centers around a secret Father John Misty show at Baby's All Right and the main love interest is a music publicist -- which also becomes apparent through its very well done music supervision. Where the current trend for shows is to feature mostly new artists, Master of None is not shy about reaching back, aiming for on-point, often surprising choices throughout.

The music supervision (done by Zach Cowie with lots of input by Ansari) caught my attention almost from the start, when the opening credits to the first episode featured Jacques Dutronc's "Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille" -- one of a few '60s French pop songs used in the show (Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin's "Je Taime [Moi Non Plus]" and Claudine Longet's "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" are both used to great effect in later episodes). The second episode, "Parents," probably the best of Season 1, opens with Pete Rock & CL Smooth's "They Reminisce Over You" and closes with "Son of My Father" by '70s UK glitter band Chicory Tip, both of which are pretty perfect. There are lots of musical moments like that in the series, that also makes room for Brian Eno, Arthur Russell, Sparks, William Onyeabor, Aphex Twin, The Durutti Column, cool soundtrack scores, new and classic hip hop, etc etc.

Ansari and Cowie also talked about their music choices with Pitchfork, and they've also put together a Spotify playlist which has pretty much every song used on Master of None's first season and you can stream that below.

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November 6, 2015

by Bill Pearis

"Where's the basement?" Ozzy & Jack at The Alamo (photo via @austinzettner)
Ozzy Alamo

Of the many legends synonymous with Ozzy Osbourne is that of being banned in San Antonio, TX after he peed on the Alamo in 1982 during a photo shoot for Melody Maker. He was allowed back in the city ten years later after he donated to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, but returned this past week to officially apologize, and to tour the historical site for the first time since he couldn't hold it anymore. It was all part of a new History Channel series Ozbourne is doing with his son, Jack, where they'll roam around the country visiting famous historical sites. (No Drunk History jokes please.) About the show, Ozzy says:

Jack and I are doing a thing for the History Channel, like a father and son spoof on history. We went to Stonehenge and met a guy who thinks he's the fucking reincarnation of King Arthur. And we went to Bletchley Park to see the machine [Alan Turing] used to break the [German] kind. We're going to Mount Rushmore, to the abandoned silos where America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It's educational for me, actually -- history with an Osbourne slant.
No word on when Ozzy's History Channel show will debut but there's news report video of Ozzy and Jack's visit to The Alamo below.

As you may know, Ozzy and Black Sabbath are still on their "final" tour which includes two shows at Madison Square Garden in February and three more NYC-area shows next summer.

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November 3, 2015

jon stewart hbo deal

Jon Stewart has followed his former Daily Show colleague John Oliver over to HBO's green pastures, signing "an exclusive four-year production pact" with the cable network where he'll produce "short form digital content" for HBO Now, HBO Go, and something called "other platforms." It also includes a "first-look option for other film and TV ventures." You can read the full press release below.

Speaking of pastures, earlier this year Stewart and his wife bought a farm in New Jersey that they're turning into a sanctuary for neglected animals. It's affiliated with the Farm Sanctuary organization that operates three shelters in New York and California that provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals (and which are great places to visit).

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October 30, 2015


Adele will play her first US show since 2011 at NYC's historic Radio City Music Hall on November 17, which is being recorded for the hour-long NBC special, Adele Live in New York. It's billed as U.S. one-off, as USA Today points out. And it happens thee days before her new album 25 comes out. To get tickets, you have to sign up at Adele's site. The special will air on December 14.

Watch the video for "Hello" off her new album, below...

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October 26, 2015


David Duchovny is having a busy year, what with a return of The X Files to FOX in 2016 for a six-episode miniseries that features most of the original's talent from both in front of and behind the camera. That new miniseries debuts January 24. (Maybe you saw that first episode at NY Comic Con?) Watch the trailer, below.

If you need a Duchovny fix before that, the actor recently released his first music album, Hell or Highwater, which finds him in acoustic-y Americana rock territory. You can watch the video for the album's title track and stream the whole record via Spotify, if that's something you want to do, below. (No, he does not cover Bree Sharp.) You can also, if you want, go see David Duchovny play music live in NYC on Tuesday (10/27) at Webster Hall's Marlin Room. Tickets are still available. He plays DC's Howard Theatre tonight (10/26).

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With Bob and David

We're just a couple weeks away from Netflix dropping Bob Odenkirk and David Cross' new With Bob & David sketch series (November 13 to be specific) which is, in everything but actual name, new Mr. Show. To get you excited they've shared one of the sketches, titled "Resolutions," which has Bob, David, and fellow Mr. Show alums John Ennis, Paul F Tompkins, and Jay Johnston playing cards and talking about finally sticking to New Year's resolutions, for real this time. You can watch it below.

Meanwhile, David Cross is guest-hosting Night Train at Littlefield tonight (10/26) with guests Marcella Arguello, Crystian Ramirez, Bryan Cook, Eric Neumann, and Roy Wood Jr. Tickets ($5) are still available. Regular host Wyatt Cenac will be back for the November 2 edition which is Night Train's third anniversary with Aparna Nancherla, Joyelle Johnson, Mike Lawrence, Janelle James, and free pie! Tickets are on sale.

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October 25, 2015

Public Enemy on 'Kimmel'

Jimmy Kimmel Live wrapped up its week in Brooklyn on Friday (10/23) with a tribute to Spike Lee's classic 1989 film Do the Right Thing. The Park Slope Two Boots they transformed into Sal's Pizza was for a short called Do the White Thing that poked fun at Brooklyn's current rep for being home to kale-eating beardos and features, among other, Billy Crudup, Zooey Deschanel, Jay Duplass, Rosie Perez (reprising her original role), and Mr. Robot's Rami Malek as an updated Radio Raheem who now has a vinyl boombox and spins Neutral Milk Hotel. Watch that below.

Public Enemy were the musical guests that night -- Kimmel introduced them from a miniature version of Di Fara Pizza that was part of the stage set -- and performed a medley including Do the Right Thing's theme song, "Fight the Power," and "911 is a Joke." Flava Flav also makes an appearance in the film parody. PE video below, too...

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