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August 19, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Jon Stewart and WWE's Seth Rollins on 'The Daily Show'
Jon Stewart and Seth Rollins

Jon Stewart just retired from hosting The Daily Show and already has a new gig: the celebrity guest host of WWE's annual SummerSlam which happens Sunday (8/23) at Barclays Center (sold out). Some of you may know that Stewart has been somewhat involved in a storyline about WWE's current World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins, and for a little catchup on that you can watch a video below.

Meanwhile, Trevor Noah will take over The Daily Show's anchor chair starting September 28 and you can watch a teaser for that below. In the meantime, Chris Hardwick's comedy game show @Midnight will be on in The Daily Show's usual 11 PM timeslot.

In other Comedy Central news, the very funny faux reality show Another Period, which features a veritable who's who of comedic talent (seriously, pretty much everybody's been on this show), has been unsurprisingly renewed for a second season. If you haven't checked out Another Period yet, the premise is basically a Kardashians style show but set in 1902 when morals, medicine and technology were very different. (The Drunk History folks are involved.) You can check out a few clips below.

Continue reading "Jon Stewart hosting SummerSlam, Another Period renewed, @Midnight on earlier, Trevor Noah in new Daily Show promo"

Flight of Conchords movie 2015

It's been six years since the last new Flight of the Conchords episode on HBO. Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie have played live shows since (like at the McKittrick Hotel two years ago) but there's now hope of new stuff. At a press junket for his new film People Places Things, Clement was asked if we might ever get some new Conchords material, like a movie, and he replied like this:

We have actually started writing one...but who knows if it will ever be made, we've written some notes for some different film ideas. We're not down to the stage where we're going, "The film is going to be like this," it could be this, this, this, this, this.
That's a lot of "this." In other very vague news, Clement has said that he and McKenzie were considering a North American tour soon as well, though nothing has been announced either.

In the meantime, you can see Clement in People Places Things (watch the trailer below), hear him as a talking horse in those DIRECTV commercials, and if you haven't seen the terrific vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows (that he co-wrote and stars in), it's available on various streaming services and DVD. He's also working on a new HBO series with Judd Apatow which he describes as "The Twilight Zone, but comedy." He's also starring in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG that's being written by Melissa Mathison (who wrote E.T. and very little else since). Stay tuned.

McKenzie, you may remember, won an Oscar in 2012 for writing "Man or Muppet" from the 2011 The Muppets movie and wrote songs for 2014's Muppets Most Wanted as well.

Continue reading "Flight of the Conchords movie is definitely kinda being talked about, confirms Jemaine Clement (who is very busy)"

by Bill Pearis

Blue Jean Committee

Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Myers have a new series on IFC called Documentary Now! which parodies various nonfiction films, including Grey Gardens, Nanook of the North, and VICE's HBO series. They got Helen Mirren to intro every episode and he series premieres this Thursday (8/20) at 10 PM EST with "Sandy Passage" (the Grey Gardens parody). You can watch the entire VICE parody, titled "DRONEZ" and featuring Jack Black as a Shane Smith-inspired character, as well as a few other clips below.

Bill Hader was on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday to promote the show, which also featured a live performance by fake '70s soft rock band Blue Jean Committee, who feature in Documentary Now!'s two-part 'Behind the Music' style season finale that includes cameos from HAIM, Darryl Hall, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, and more. You can watch their performance of "Catalina Breeze" (pretty good Loggins & Messina / England Dan & John Ford Coley style yacht rock) You may remember Blue Jean Committee from a 2011 SNL episode. Here, they've gone deep in the shag, recording a bunch of songs which will be released on an EP in November via Drag City (who put out BJC's "Massachusetts Afternoon" last year as a 7"). That's the cover art above and you can stream two tracks from that right now, below...

Continue reading "Bill Hader, Fred Armisen & Seth Meyers parody VICE, 'Behind the Music' and more in 'Documentary Now!' series"

August 17, 2015

photo via @bobbyphobia

Twin Peaks filming at Brooklyn's Grand Prospect hall

As you may know, Showtime's Twin Peaks reboot is set to start filming soon, mostly in Washington State. But there is something happening in Brooklyn right now. Yellow film shoot signs are up all over 5th Ave in Park Slope with "Imperial Woodpecker 'Twin Peaks'" in the project name slot. According to DNA Info, they're shooting at Grand Prospect Hall which is up there with the most David Lynch place in all of NYC ("We make your dreams come true"). Compare an '80s GPH commercial with Twin Peaks, below. Grand Prospect Hall owner Michael Halkias told DNAinfo that "hundreds of people" are at Gph filming, with super-tight security. "We are under total occupation." Whether it's the actual show, or perhaps just a promo/commercial (Imperial Woodpecker is a commercial production company) remains to be seen. Stay tuned.

Main shooting on the new Twin Peaks is scheduled to start in September with an expected air date now pushed back to 2017.

And in other other news, the GPH folks have opened the 17,000 square foot Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten right next door and it's open Tuesday - Sunday. Has anybody gone to that yet?

Continue reading "is 'Twin Peaks' reboot shooting at Brooklyn's Grand Prospect Hall (who have a new biergarten) right now?"

by Bill Pearis

tracy morgan

Saturday Night Live is gearing up for its 41st season and they've just announced the first three hosts: Miley Cyrus will host the season premiere on October 3, then it's Amy Schumer on 10/10 and former SNL castmember Tracy Morgan on 10/17. The latter is especially notable as it will be Morgan's first comedic work since the horrific 2014 car accident that killed his friend James McNair and left Morgan in critical condition. This will only be his second public appearance since the crash, the first being a Today Show interview back in June where he revealed he's still suffering effects from the traumatic brain injury he incurred in the accident. Tracy, glad to have you back and looking forward to a new Brian Fellows sketch.

No word on musical guests yet. Stay tuned.

August 13, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Squeeze Cradle to the Grave

Squeeze are set to release their first album of new material in 17 years this fall. Titled Cradle to the Grave, it's songs Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook recorded for the BBC series of the same name (which is based on Danny Baker's autobiography Going To Sea in a Sieve). That's the cover art above and you can stream "Happy Days," which features those signature Difford & Tilbrook harmonies, below.

As mentioned, Difford & Tilbrook will be going on a North American acoustic tour this winter, hitting the NYC area for three dates: Best Buy Theatre on December 17 & 18 (tickets) and Huntington, NY's The Paramount on December 12 (tickets).

Continue reading "Squeeze releasing 'Cradle to the Grave,' their first LP of new songs in 17 years, share "Happy Days" (listen) "

August 12, 2015

Patti Smith Just Kids ShowtimePatti Smith Just Kids Showtime

Patti Smith's 2010 memoir, Just Kids, about her early, struggling days in New York with Robert Mapplethorpe, will be the basis of a new series for Showtime, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Smith, who was originally trying to adapt her book into a screenplay, will write the "limited series" with showrunner John Logan (who does the same for Showtime's Penny Dreadful and wrote the screenplay to upcoming James Bond film SPECTRE.) Smith said in a press release:

A limited series on Showtime will allow us to explore the characters more deeply, enabling us to develop stories beyond the book and allow a measure of unorthodox presentation. The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book.
Apart from that it's happening, no other details about the series have been released.

In related news, HBO released the first look at Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's Vinyl, the series about the highs and lows (and highs) of the music industry in mid-'70s NYC. The series stars Bobby Cannavale as a record label exec and, from the minute-long teaser (set to The New York Dolls' "Personality Crisis"), looks to be in the Goodfellas/Casino mold. Watch that below.

Patti Smith is also going on a book tour for her new book M Train and playing Horses in full this fall.

Continue reading "Patti Smith adapting 'Just Kids' memoir into Showtime series; HBO offers first 'Vinyl' teaser"

August 7, 2015

Jon Stewart Bruce Springsteen

Last night was Jon Stewart's final night on The Daily Show which was an extended episode with a few special guests. Some you might expect, like former correspondents Stephen Colbert and Mo Rocca, and, as rumored, a big sendoff from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band who played "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "Born to Run" as cast and friends danced. You can watch that and Jon's goodbye below and the whole episode is streaming over at Comedy Central.

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band played Jon Stewart's final episode of 'The Daily Show' (watch)"

July 31, 2015

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Sad news from the world of wrestling -- WWE star "Rowdy" Roddy Piper died in his sleep on Thursday night from cardiac arrest. From ESPN:

"Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world," said WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. "I extend my deepest condolences to his family."

Roddy Piper was added to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. John Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations
Piper, born Roderick Toombs, joined WWE in 1984. He teamed with Paul Orndorff on March 31, 1985, to take on Hulk Hogan and Mr. T at Madison Square Garden in Wrestlemania's first main event.

Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, Piper was well-known for his microphone skills and often hosted the Piper's Pit segment during WWE shows. He is the second Hall of Famer to die this summer following the June death of Dusty Rhodes.

In addition to pro wrestling, Piper also acted, most notably in John Carpenter's great 1988 darkly comic, highly subversive thriller They Live. You can watch Piper's "I came here to chew bubblegum" and famously epic fight scene with Keith David below.

Roddy, you will be missed. Rest in peace.

Continue reading ""Rowdy" Roddy Piper, RIP"

On the Record with Mick Rock

Legendary photographer Mick Rock has shot just about everyone who's anyone in his 40+ year career. Iconic pictures of stars like Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen, Iggy Pop, and Blondie have earned him the title, "The Man Who Shot the Seventies". Times and technology have changed, but Mick is still at it, and now he has a TV show too.

To quote Ovation:

Today, Mick is as in-demand as ever; photographing legends-in-the-making like Snoop Dog, Daft Punk, The Killers, Cee Lo Green, and the Black Keys, among many others, but this summer, he'll come out from behind the camera to host his own show: On the Record with Mick Rock.

Featuring guest stars Josh Groban, Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips and Patti LaBelle, On The Record With Mick Rock goes into each of the artists' hometowns to check out the sights and sounds that inspire them. A unique spin on the musician profile series, the show's stripped-down style and Mick's unapologetic rapport with his guests produces candid conversations and musical performances not usually seen on television.

The series premieres on the Ovation Network on Sunday, August 2 at 8 PM (EST). in the first episode, Mick visits Josh Groban in Los Angeles. Details about each episode are listed below along with a few clips from the show where Mick talks about Bowie, the Beatles, Snoop Dogg and more. Check em out...

Continue reading "music photographer legend Mick Rock now has a TV Show --- 'On the Record with Mick Rock' debuts on Ovation (watch clips)"