Entries tagged with: Judd Apatow
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.
The 2015 edition of the NY Comedy Festival happens November 10 - 15 at various venues all over NYC. The main line-up was just announced and includes Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Trainwreck / Knocked Up director Judd Apatow, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Margaret Cho, Norm MacDonald, Bill Maher, Bill Burr, Gabriel Iglesias, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Nathan Fielder (Nathan for You), Kathy Griffin and more. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 17 but there's a NYCF presale starting Tuesday (8/11) morning at 10 AM.
by Bill Pearis
Amy Schumer, whose very funny Comedy Central series is in the midst of its third season, stars in one of this summer's most anticipated comedies, Trainwreck, which she wrote and was directed by Judd Apatow and also stars Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer and Dave Attell. All those funny folks (except for Hader) will be out promoting the film on the Trainwreck Tour which has multiple stops in North America, each one benefitting a different charity. It'll hit NYC at Beacon Theatre on June 15. Tickets, which benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, are on sale now.
Trainwreck, much of which was filmed in Williamsburg (including at the soon-to-close Trash Bar) is out July 17. All Trainwreck Tour dates are listed, along with the film's red-band trailer, below...
by Bill Pearis
Judd Apatow & Pee-wee
Pee-wee Herman's long-discussed return to feature film is finally happening, with a new movie, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, to start filming in March. It will premiere not in theaters but on Netflix. Here's the gist: "a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-Wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny." The film was cowritten by Paul Reubens (Pw's alter-ego) and Paul Rust, and is being produced by Judd Apatow who says:
As a fan of Pee-wee Herman since he first appeared on The Dating Game, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Paul Reubens on this film. It is a dream come true.Directing the film is Wonder Showzen co-creator John Lee who we interviewed last year and who lately has directed episodes of Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer. The idea of the guy behind Wonder Showzen (one of the most twisted things to ever air on commercial television) making the new Pee-wee Herman movie, on paper at least, sounds like a very good thing.
by Bill Pearis
Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in 'Love & Mercy'
The music lineup has been gradually rolling out for SXSW 2015, and now the film festival has announced its features lineup. It includes a few notable music-related titles: unconventional Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy which stars Paul Dano and John Cusack as the Beach Boys leader at different ages and Paul Giamatti as Wilson's psychiatrist/manager Dr. Eugene Landy; Breaking a Monster, the documentary about NYC tweenage metal band Unlocking the Truth (who just played T5 with Marilyn Manson); 808, a documentary about the famed Roland drum machine; All Things Must Pass, Colin Hanks' documentary about Tower Records; Nirvana doc Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck; and Julien Temple's The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson about the legendary Dr. Feelgood guitarist and cancer survivor.
There's also: Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro which follows the comedian on tour playing fans houses and other unconventional spots; Russell Brand documentary BRAND: A Second Coming from DiG! director Ondi Timoner; a "work-in-progress" screening of Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, written and starring Amy Schumer (and mainly filmed in Williamsburg last summer); and Ryan Gosling's supposedly very weird directorial debut, Lost River, which features a score by Chromatics's Johnny Jewel (stream a track below).
Film Festival badges are on sale now. Full list of 2015 SXSW films, below....
Craig Ferguson is in his final month as host of CBS's The Late Late Show. What will he do with his upcoming free time? Well, he hasn't said yet but some touring is probably on the way. A full set of dates hasn't been announced yet, but we do know he'll play three nights at NYC's Town Hall on March 5 - 7. Tickets for those NYC shows go on AmEx presale today (12/3) at noon with the public on-sale starting at noon on Friday (12/5).
What about The Late Late Show? Ferguson's replacement, British actor and comedian James Corden will take over starting March 9, 2015. Until then, CBS will fill the void with a string of guest-hosts, including Judd Apatow, Jim Gaffigan, Wayne Brady, Will Arnett, Thomas Lennon, Kunal Nayyar, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes and, uh, John Mayer. Drew Carey will be the first up, hosting January 5 - 9.
Paul Reubens made a big announcement on Fallon last night. Watch below...
Chris Rock, who recently made surprise appearances at UCB, and with Louis CK (who he definitely thinks is great), and who has been known to show up at Hannibal Buress's weekly Sunday night show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, just talked to Judd Apatow for Vanity Fair. Judd asked him if he thinks comedians are better now? Chris said:
Do I think comedians are better now? Hell fuckin' no. Show me one guy or woman as funny as Rodney Dangerfield or as good as George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, or Joan Rivers. There are a lot of good comics out there, no doubt, but as far as the quality of the comics goes, I think what you have is a bunch of situational comics. What we have now is black comics that work only black crowds, gay comics that do only gay crowds, and southern comics that only work down South, and so on with Asian, Latino, Indian, midgets, etc. The previous generation's comics were better because they had to make everybody laugh. Richard Pryor could do The Ed Sullivan Show and play the Apollo. Seinfeld can work any crowd. Ellen can work any crowd. Lopez can work any crowd. And a few more, but the rest of them are just situational comics.Judd Apatow's new movie "This is 40" is out soon, music and acting by Graham Parker included.
Watch Chris, Louis, Seinfeld, and Ricky Gervais talk about what is funny, below...
by Bill Pearis
Arriving on the mid-'70s London scene as a rough'n'ready product of the pub-rock era -- an R&B- loving Nick Lowe with a sharper, more ambitious pen, as it were -- Parker predated Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, both of whom would second his illustration that the singer/songwriter idiom could be recharged, giving intelligent rock fans an excitable and energetic alternative to (slightly) older guardsmen like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman and Van Morrison. - [Trouser Press]Last year, pub rock survivor Graham Parker reunited with his old band, The Rumour, to make Three Chords Good, their first album together in 31 years. You can stream the album below via Spotify.
Graham and the Rumour are currently touring the record in America and will be playing the previously mentioned NYC show at Concert Hall at the NY Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday (12/1, tickets) with openers The Figgs, and then The Paramount Theatre in Long Island on Sunday (12/2, tickets) which is a co-headling show with Ian Hunter. All tour dates are below.
Parker's had a long career, and had college radio hits with his 1988 album The Mona Lisa's Sister and has kept on going since. He may be about to get another moment in the spotlight as fan Judd Apatow tapped Parker to not only contribute songs to his new film, This Is 40, but also appear in the film. The comedy, a sideways sequel to Knocked Up (about Paul Rudd's character from that film) will be out in theaters December 21. The soundtrack was produced by Jon Brion and also features Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Lindsay Buckingham, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Wilco, Loudon Wainwright and more. Tracklist is below, as is the trailer for the film.
A list of tour dates, album stream, videos, and the This Is 40 trailer and soundtrack tracklist, below...
by Andrew Marinaccio
The Tribeca Film Festival is readying itself for another week-long celebration of cinema next month. Screening from Thursday, April 18-29, the event will continue its customary beats, including a variety of talks ranging from a chronicle of Universal Studios with Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Judd Apatow to modern efforts in Avant-Garde film preservation, a gallery installation at New York Academy featuring winning artwork from the festival's jury competition, and family events including an ESPN-sponsored sports day and street fair. Or, if you're feeling limber, you even can attend a showing of "The Goonies" where you can compete in a no-holds-barred "Truffle Shuffle" dance contest. A full list of events can be found here.
Documenting the 150-year history of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, director Michael Sládek (Con Artist) compiles footage from the landmark venue's illustrious past performers in Bam150, including recent interviews with Laurie Anderson and performing arts authority Robert Wilson. The film turns to art history in articulating BAM's role in legitimzing Brooklyn as a modern "cultural Mecca."
Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey tells the story of 2006 Internet curio Arnel Pineda, a Manila native who rose to postmodern stardom via Youtube videos of his cover band's performances. While exposure launched him to ubiquity, it also brought him closer to the bands he emulated than most music video hit-mongers, landing him a singing gig as the successor to Steve Perry in Journey. The documentary follows Pineda from slum squalor to world-tour escapades, studying how he's dealt with the "demands of his newfound fame."
First Winter, the feature-length directorial debut of NYU film graduate Benjamin Dickinson (who's directed music videos for Q-Tip, LCD Soundsystem, and The Rapture) dares to ask what happens to a group of isolated Brooklyn hipsters during a stark blackout when the "sex, drugs, and acoustic guitars" grow dull and give way to tension that threatens their ability to survive the "apocalyptic" outage. Self-proclaimed hipster context aside, the film seems scant on ironic snark as the clan ernestly attempts to rough it in the frigid sticks.
Brooklyn rapper and producer John Forte, most known for his Grammy-winning record work with The Fugees' on The Score, is followed on his "From Brooklyn to Russia With Love Tour!" the first major undertaking of his multimedia company Le Castle in Russian Winter. Petter Ringbom's documentary captures one of the greater creative shifts of a musician reclaiming momentum after serving an 8-year prison prison sentence in the last decade, immersing himself in the sounds of distant culture as he remains dedicated to continuing the art fate gave him a second chance at publically making.
the PS22 Chorus (photo by Bao Nguyen)
Another Youtube phenomenon, the often-seen-on-BV PS22 Chorus, have their viral stardom explained in Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story. Focusing on their days leading up to their performance at the 2011 Academy Awards, chorus teacher Gregg Breinberg attempts to organize his students amid adolescent insecurities like homesickness, feeling left out, and the intevitable disorientation of instant fame. There will be a Q&A with Breinberg and director Jonathan Kalafer after the screening (which is also the film's world premiere).
Editors's note: Not only in the name of full disclosure, we're also proud to point out that BrooklynVegan contributed to the PS22 documentary in small ways whenever possible, including introducing the director (an old friend who happened to decide to take this project on) to BrooklynVegan photographer Bao Nguyen who you will notice is listed as one of the film's producers and Director of Photography. Go Bao!
The Zen of Bennett documents legendary crooner and all-around class-act Tony Bennett as he recorded his latest Duests compilation with the likes of Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, and Amy Winehouse. Aside from a short monologue on the obscelence found in modern consumer culture that'll leave you "broke" (stating to have come from an era when "everything was made with quality") he riffs on that topic by simply saying that he hopes to bring that old-world standard of quality to his performances, which Bennett believes is ultimately what the public notices. If Zen gives him the chance to wax philsophic, modern cool should probably pay heed to the teachings from the Book of Bennett and learn a thing or two.
What do you want to see? What else is worth noting? What did we miss?
Ticket packages are available now, with single tickets on sale to the general public on April 16 and on sale to AmEx card holders as of today. Check here for a full list of ticket options and single ticket sale dates for downtown residents (and try their Facebook ticketing thing if you're having trouble figuring it all out like we are).
Trailers and other links below...
1. Paul McCartney - Great DayThere was a screening of "Funny People" in NYC yesterday. "Funny People is the new Judd Apatow movie that stars Seth Rogan, Adam Sandler, Leslie Mann, and Raaaaaaaandy. As you can see in the track listing above, the soundtrack features a live Wilco song that was recorded when they were playing shows last year with Andrew Bird who joined them on stage. Some video examples of that below.
2. Coconut Records - Wires
3. Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation - All The King's Horses
4. James Taylor - Carolina On My Mind [live]
5. Warren Zevon - Keep Me In Your Heart
6. Adam Sandler - Real Love [live]
7. Neil Diamond - We [early take]
8. Wilco with Andrew Bird - Jesus, etc. [Live Summer '08]
9. Adam Sandler - George Simmons Soon Will Be Gone
10. Coconut Records - I Am Young
11. Maude Apatow & Larry Goldings - Memory (from Cats)
12. Warren Zevon - Numb As A Statue
13. Ringo Starr - Photograph
14. John Lennon - Watching The Wheels [acoustic]
Wilco came to NYC this week to play a big show at Keyspan Park in Coney Island (7/13). That show also featured many special guests including Leslie Feist who most likely flew in mainly to join Wilco for their appearance on the David Letterman show which aired last night (7/14), but was recorded yesterday afternoon which gave Jeff Tweedy plenty of time to make it over to the movie screening (which he was spotted at). Letterman video below...
Dewey Cox @ Knitting Factory, NYC - Dec 19, 2007 (by Bao)
I thought it was pretty good (the movie, not the live show at Knitting Factory that I didn't go to). I loved all the geeky music references and cameos (like Jack White as Elvis). It made up for it not being as funny as other Judd Apatow movies I've seen. Watch the first ten minutes online. Watch a special Dewey Cox Christmas video below....