Entries tagged with: HBO
by Bill Pearis
Abbi and Ilana of 'Broad City'
Two very popular comedies about struggling 20-somethings in NYC return to TV soon. Lena Dunham's Girls returns for its fourth season this Sunday (1/11) on HBO. Among the plotlines is Hannah (Dunham) leaving Greenpoint for the University of Iowa's prestigious Writer's Workshop. (The real UI denied HBO's request to film on campus, so they filmed around the city instead.) Most of the story still happens in Brooklyn, probably at bars and coffee shops you've been to. You can watch the Girls Season 4 trailer below.
Then on Wednesday (1/14) it's the Season 2 premiere of Comedy Central's wildly popular Broad City. Creators/stars (and UCB alumns) Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer use New York City as a character, maybe the most NYC-specific show since Seinfeld (or Bored to Death): the first episode of Season 1 featured them trying to score tickets to a secret Lil Wayne show at Bowery Ballroom -- as well as a lot of local comedians as regulars, including Chris Gethard and scene-stealer Hannibal Buress. Like the first series, Season 2 promises to have its fair share of guest stars, like Seth Rogen, Kumail Nanjiani, and TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone (as an employee at Main Drag Music). The show also revisits Abbi's obsession with Bed Bath & Beyond, which you can see in a clip below. There's also a couple Season 2 trailers below .
If you have somehow not seen Broad City yet, it's very funny and you can binge-watch Season 1 via DVD/BluRay, and it's streaming for free on Comedy Central's website and mobile app, and you can also watch on Amazon (free if you have Prime), Google Play, etc.
by Bill Pearis
We recently posted about the new HBO series that's going to be about '70s-era music biz in NYC that being made by Terrence Winter (The Sopranos), Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. Turns out it's not the only music-related show on the network's upcoming slate. Deadline reports that David Fincher, who will likely be up for an Oscar this year for Gone Girl, is behind a new series currently titled Livng On Video, set in the world of MTV:
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. In the vein of HBO's Entourage, the series revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry -- directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs -- through the eyes of the newcomer.Fincher has a lot of firsthand knowlege on this subject, having come up through this world, and directed such MTV classics as Madonna's "Express Yourself," Paula Abdul's "Straight Up," Aerosmith's "Janie's Got a Gun" and Billy Idol's "Rock the Cradle of Love." He made his first music video in eight years in 2013 for buddy Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" with Jay Z.
The plot also sounds a little like the underrated 1988 John Cusack / Tim Robbins comedy, Tapeheads, which you can watch the trailer for (along with some of those Fincher-directed videos) below...
An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK © The End of Music, LLC/ courtesy HBO
Not only does Dave Grohl have an HBO series, but his former bandmate Kurt Cobain will now be the subject of a new documentary on HBO called Montage of Heck, coming in 2015. They're calling the film, made by filmmaker Brett Morgen (who also did a Rolling Stones documentary for HBO), the "first authorized documentary" on Kurt Cobain. Of course there are several other films on Nirvana and Kurt, but this was the first made with the cooperation of his family, and was also executive produced by his daughter Frances Bean Cobain. The name comes from a mixtape of the same name Kurt made with a cassette recorder around 1988. Here's more info via press release:
The film is a raw and visceral journey through Cobain's life and provides no-holds-barred access to Kurt Cobain's archives, home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives and songbooks. The film features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances as well as previously unheard Cobain originals.No exact premiere date is set at the moment but stay tuned for more info.
"I started work on this project eight years ago," says Morgen. "Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth. However, once I stepped into Kurt's archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media."
Happy Columbus Day, to those who still believe in and celebrate the fake holiday.... that John Oliver hilariously dissected on his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, as you can watch in the video below.
Meanwhile, Oliver has just announced he'll be performing at Beacon Theatre on January 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/17) at 9 AM with local and Chase cardmember presales starting Wednesday (10/15) at 10 AM.
Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna and other pop superstars will touch down on the Mall on Nov. 11 to perform in honor of American veterans and their families.The Boss plays a related event in NYC on 11/5 too.
Dubbed the Concert for Valor, the Veterans Day celebration is being hosted by Starbucks and HBO, which will open up its signal to cable subscribers nationwide during a live telecast. For those hoping to see it in three dimensions, the concert will be free and open to the public.
Organizers have also promised performances from Dave Grohl, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, as well as appearances by Jamie Foxx, John Oliver, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who is co-producing the event.
Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the grounds between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, the concert is expected to draw a quarter of a million attendees. [Washington Post]
I just wanted an excuse to think about True Detective more as I wait for the 7th episode, so here's a post about the music which includes the show's title sequence theme song "Far From Any Road" by The Handsome Family, and info on the well curated songs in each episode.
Check out what they played in episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, episode 5, and episode 6. Names include a lot of country and folk classics mixed with newer indie rock stars, metal, psych rock and more. The Black Angels were in episode one and their tourmate Roky Erickson appeared via his band The 13th Floor Elevators in episode 2. Father John Misty, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Steve Earle, Melvins, Nick Cave's Grinderman, Sleep (!), Primus, Wu-Tang Clan, Omar Rodríguez-López's Bosnian Rainbows, and the Kinks all made the cut so far too. Who is the Yellow King though?
UPDATE: Check out the music from episode 7.
Listen to the Handsome Family intro song below...
Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)
Well here's an interesting combination. Deadline reports that HBO is developing a comedy series titled Higher that's set in the world of EDM. It's being written by Trainspotting's Irvine Welsh with creative input from indie-dance-guy-turned-mega-DJ Calvin Harris. Adding to this, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Jay Z are producers. No other details -- it's in the early development stages -- but that world could definitely be ripe for laughs. As they say, stay tuned.
One day before author and humorist David Sedaris takes over Carnegie Hall by himself, he'll hook up with 'Girls' creator and star Lena Dunham for "an insightful evening of reading and conversation" on the same stage. Lena and David will be 'Alone Together At Last' at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in NYC on November 19, 2013 (8pm). "An Evening with David Sedaris" is at Carnegie Hall on November 20.
Tickets for an "Evening with David Sedaris" are on sale now.
Tickets for Lena and David will go on sale Friday, September 13, but you can get them starting Tuesday (September 10) via an exclusive BrooklynVegan presale. Just head to the ticket page (which will be live soon) and enter code VEG18042.
As for Girls, which is up for five Emmys this year, the show is currently in production for Season 3 (which will feature Kim Gordon in an episode) which will air in 2014. You can watch an "In Production" teaser below.
In related news, the first-ever movie adaptation of a Sedaris essay is coming to the big screen. 'C.O.G.' premiered at Sundance and hits theaters on September 20. The trailer and more information on the two Carnegie Hall events, below...
As mentioned, Beyonce recently expanded her world tour and the new dates included a second night at Barclays Center (8/4) after selling out the previous night. Now both shows are sold out, but if you weren't able to get tickets, you'll get a third chance to catch Bey in the NYC area on this tour. She hasn't booked a third night at Barclays, but she did announce a show happening on July 31 at Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for the Izod Center show go on sale Friday (2/22) at 10 AM with a Live Nation presale starting Thursday (2/21) at 10 AM. Updated dates are listed below.
Beyonce's self-directed, self-produced documentary, Life Is But a Dream, premiered on HBO over the weekend (2/16) and you can now watch it in its entirety below...
We showed you the teaser of Al Pacino as Phil Spector in David Mamet's upcoming HBO film. Now there's a full trailer for the movie that will premiere on the premium cable channel on March 24. Watch it below.
Helen Mirren & Al Pacino
HBO is releasing a Phil Spector movie on March 24th, starring Al Pacino, as you can tell in the video below...
Punk forums and Twitter went aflutter Sunday night when the Minor Threat song "Minor Threat" was played on HBO's Entourage. Given that big companies have a history of using Dischord stuff without permission, some assumed it went down like the Great Nike Copyright Infringement of 2005, or the Forever 21 T-shirt, or the Fox assholery over unauthorized use of "Salad Days."
But nope, it was nothing like that, says Dischord's Alec Bourgeois. "It's not as juicy as it seems," he says over email. "Minor Threat clears plenty of stuff--some of it never runs, some of it does and no one notices."
The Dischord spokesperson says "HBO actually asks all the time. What is more surprising is that they actually used it." [Washington City Paper]
HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" finale / "Seinfeld" finale redux was the most-viewed "Curb" closer in more than five years.If you missed it, check out the video featuring Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and co-creator Larry David, below...
About 2 million viewers tuned in from two telecasts Sunday evening, putting the total number of viewers 24% higher than last season's finale in 2007.
"Curb" is averaging a gross audience of 5.1 million viewers this season when you combine linear airings, DVR and HBO On Demand, up 36% from last season. [Hollywood Reporter]
Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello @ MSG (BMoreSweet)
U2 closed the second night of the MSG Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shows on October 30th. At the first (10/29), it was Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel (before one big group sing on Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher")...
After "Badlands" much of the drained audience began leaving and then rushed back to their seats when Billy Joel sat down at the piano and launched into "You May Be Right," "Only The Good Die Young" and "New York State Of Mind." (The pair were uniting the kindred spirits of New Jersey and Long Island, Springsteen explained.) "Higher and Higher" wrapped up the night. The official set list had the show ending at 11:36:55 (yes, they thought they had it down to the exact second), but the final notes rang out at 1:31 a.m. Six straight hours of music, and that was just the first of two nights. [Rolling Stone]Bruce was actually there both nights (one of many possibly "filling in" for Eric Clapton, who canceled last minute on the second). Those in attendence on the 30th got to see U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith sing together on "Because the Night." (And U2 + Mick Jagger (another unannounced guest) + Fergie + Will.i.am sing "Gimme Shelter"...). Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and Ozzy Osbourne all performed with Metallica. Many played with Stevie Wonder. Full setlists below.
HBO will be airing four hours of highlights on Thanksgiving weekend.
(November 29th at 8PM ET).
Bruce's current tour wraps up November 22nd in Buffalo. He was at Giants Stadium earlier this fall, playing the last concerts ever there. U2 also played the venue for two nights in September, and will be back in Jersey in 2010 as part of their just-announced tour.
Set lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows are below...
It is official: Spike Lee's party in honor of Michael Jackson's birthday will be held in Brooklyn, but in Prospect Park, not in Fort Greene Park.The much larger park was selected in anticipation of the 10,000 people expected for the event. "The Nethermead is most accessible from the 16th Street and Prospect Park Southwest entrance, the Bartel-Pritchard entrance, the 9th Street entrance..." More directions below.
The party will take place at the Nethermead, a meadow in the center of Prospect Park, according to an e-mail message from a city official on Friday.
The date, Aug. 29, which would have been the singer's 51st birthday, and the time, from noon to 5 p.m., remain unchanged.
Another Michael Jackson birthday tribute show is happening in NYC on August 29th at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square. At that event, Q-Tip (who is DJing) and guests Mark Ronson and DJ Spinna will bring, among other things, "never-before-heard remixes of Michael Jackson hits." Tickets are still on sale.
The biggest show of all scheduled for that date, Michael Jackson's funeral in LA, has been postposted until September 3rd.
And in other Prospect Park West news...
If Carrie Bradshaw and her "Sex and the City" cohorts ever felt lonely in their single-gal lives, at least it was because they actually lived alone. But in Amy Sohn's new chick-lit tome "Prospect Park West," which hits stores Sept. 1, once-glamorous city lasses still feel abandoned. Only now they're isolated in loveless marriages, raising kids they resent.I hope that TV show never happens. Directions to Saturday's free park party are below...
The book has already been optioned by HBO and Sarah Jessica Parker's production company. The story, which focuses on four stroller moms, from Brooklyn's Park Slope, is touted as fodder for "SATC: The Next Generation." [NY Post]
FOTC @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
U.S. cult hit television show "Flight of the Conchords" follows the travails of a marginally talented musical duo from New Zealand trying to make it in New York City, but in reality the pair are far from struggling.Season two of the TV show is airing on HBO now (Sundays at 10PM to be exact).
Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie already have one Grammy, have been nominated for another and the second series of their Emmy-nominated show returned to HBO cable network this month after an absence of more than a year.
James Bobin, co-creator and executive producer, said the second series was delayed by the 14-week writers strike, which ended in February last year, and "the boat to New Zealand," chimed in McKenzie at the show's red carpet launch this week.
McKenzie, 32, and Clement, 35, university friends who formed "Flight of the Conchords" a decade ago to improve their guitar skills, said they set out to make a "funny and musical" TV show and that creating the second series was a little easier.
"When we first started we didn't know what we were doing," said Clement. "We watched lots of sitcoms on video because we had never written one, none of us had written one before." [Reuters]
Tickets go on Ticketmaster presale Monday February 2nd at 10AM for a new North American FOTC tour that includes an April 14th show at the elegant Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
All currently known FOTC dates below...
by Klaus Kinski
HBO has wisely picked up a pilot written and pitched by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. They begin production of said pilot in April or May of this year. According to an MTV Movies Blog the show will be Mr. Show-esque in some ways but will rely heavily on playing on the conventions of your average sitcom. David will star as a dude who was fed up with Hollywood left it for a gated community in the suburbs somewhere. He's roommates with a super right wing guy and a super left wing hippie liberal. Also, according to their newsflash, there will be room for 150 audience members. Mr. Show completely changed how I view televised comedy and I'm nauseaus with anticipation for this next endeavor.