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May 22, 2015
Did you know that Coldplay were working on a Game of Thrones musical? Spoiler alert: they're not, really, but that's the premise of a 12-minute mockumentary short that was made for yesterday's Red Nose Day comedy fundraising marathon. Narrated by Liam Neeson, starring a lot of the GoT cast singing a lot bad songs and featuring a Chris Martin that just calls Kit Harrington Jon Snow the whole time, you can watch it below.
Actual spoiler alert: this is loaded with spoilers if you're not caught up.
May 15, 2015
May 14, 2015
Simpsons fans may have to get used to not seeing Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and Principal Skinner anymore... or at least maybe hearing them with slightly different voices. Harry Shearer, who voices those characters (and many more) tweeted last night that he will not be returning to the show, the news being delivered by the lawyer of The Simpsons' producer James L Brooks:
Like what's happening with David Lynch and the new Twin Peaks, this may be just very public negotiation, but Variety reports that the show -- the longest running in television history -- has already begun production of its 27th season without Shearer, who you may also know as Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap (and lots of other stuff.) It's looking pretty certain, as showrunner Al Jean told CNN, "We do not plan to 'kill off' his characters, but replace them with the most talented members of the voice over community." How do you feel about having someone else voice Mr. Burns? Do you still watch the show? The 26th season finale of The Simpsons airs this Sunday (5/17) on FOX.
May 13, 2015
Tom's publicist points out that, "On May 14th, Tom Waits will make his 10th and final appearance on Late Show with David Letterman with an unreleased song. Tom first appeared with Letterman on December 21, 1983, when Dave had Late Night on NBC. After Thursday night, Waits said, "I don't know when I will see Dave again. I guess from now on we'll have to settle for bumping into each other at pilates." "
May 20th is the last episode of Letterman ever. As previously mentioned, the Tom Waits appearance will also include an interview.
Meanwhile, watch fellow musical legend Adam Sandler perform an ode to Dave (from last night's episode), below
May 4, 2015
New York Magazine's pop culture blog, Vulture, is bringing back Vulture Fest for a second year of screenings, talks and live performances, happening May 30 & 31 mostly at Milk Studios in Chelsea. A few of the events (such as a talk with Jerry Seinfeld, and a screening of Amy Poehler, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner's new show Difficult People) are sold out but tickets for most are still available, including: a talk with Lisa Kudrow about her HBO series The Comeback; a talk with Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson: a screening of Tig Notaro's short film Clown Service; a roundtable discussion with screenwriters David Goyer (The Dark Knight), Michael Weber (500 Days of Summer, The Fault in our Stars, and more), and Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer); a live taping of Kevin Smith's SModcast; and a Q&A with House of Cards creator Beau Williamson.
There's also a concert with Banks and St. Lucia on May 30 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (5/6) at noon.
All Vulture Fest events are listed below...
April 27, 2015
Blur's new album, The Magic Whip, is out this week and the band will be here in NYC to play The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night (4/30). That will mark the band's first US appearance since Coachella 2013 and their last NYC appearance in much, much longer. (Their last tour here was 2003.) Seems a long way to travel for just one or two songs on TV...might there be a show while in New York?
Meanwhile, Blur just appeared on UK show Later With Jools Holland, playing "Go Out" and "My Terracotta Heart" from The Magic Whip. You can watch both those performances below.
April 21, 2015
Jon Stewart announced last night that his last day as host of The Daily Show will be the August 6 episode, adding "I will be wearing a suit. I will more than likely be showered." If you'd like to attend the taping of Jon's final show, you can enter the contest he's running, which benefits autism charities.
No word on when Trevor Noah will take over -- after Labor Day perhaps? You can watch Jon Stewart announce his departure date, below...
April 14, 2015
by Bill Pearis
The gang hangs at
The Turkey's Nest Josie's on 'Daredevil'...and that's not 8th Ave!
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."
Tom Hanks on Dave's final 'Late Night' show in 1993
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...
April 13, 2015
The Trash Bar on 'Forever'
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.