This summer, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve overheard a line like, “Oh, I love Conan, but to be honest, I haven’t been watching [The Tonight Show].” Conan’s ratings, which continue to fall and have been widely scrutinized in the media, reflect this trend. Today, it was announced that The Late Show with David Letterman has bested The Tonight Show for four consecutive weeks, a record dating back to 1995. What I find curious about these aforementioned statements from fans, besides their frequency, is that so often they express guilt. Many 20somethings share a bond with Conan O’Brien incomparable to any late night host, and by not watching, it stings of geek treason. But these lounging confessions also pack a subtle tinge of Nikki Finke-like cutthroat satisfaction, and this is what I find most worrisome in terms of the long haul. Why is this?
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If you were intently watching news, Twitter and Facebook feeds last week as Michael Jackson was passing, you probably also saw an equally tragic piece of ‘news’ pass by: reports said that Jeff Goldblum had fallen to his death while filming a movie in New Zealand. Never mind that cursory searches suggested that he was at work in New York; the reports said New Zealand police confirmed the story as true!
How could we doubt such reportage? Cue up a double feature of The Fly and Buckaroo Banzai! (Just do that, anyway. They’re amazing.) Of course the story wasn’t true, but that didn’t stop Stephen Colbert and guest Jeff Goldblum from crying over it last night. Watch the clip, via Cinematical, after the jump. Read More »
The Dana Carvey Show is now on Hulu. What’s the big deal? Well, when the sketch comedy show premiered on ABC in the mid ’90s—following a family-safe block of programming—millions were in awe at the stuff it got away with. It was too good to be true, giving SNL an irreverent elbow. When Carvey spoofed President Bill Clinton by whipping out countless flabby breasts to proudly nurse babies and puppies, it was the beginning of the end. Ratings were steady but still used as a scapegoat, and it was axed after eight episodes. Parents and middle school teachers exhaled in unison.
Knowing that Robert Smigel‘s “The Ambiguously Gay Duo” debuted right after Jonathan Taylor Thomas’s stupid girl troubles on Home Improvement remains incredibly surreal and relevant in the current climate.
After the jump is a screen-shot that captures the show’s insane roster of writers: Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Charlie Kaufman for starters…
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Gaiman. Colbert. That’s all you need to know. Watch the video after the jump.
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Last year Stephen Colbert predicted the Academy Award winners, and got five for five right. That’s pretty good considering he didn’t see any of the movies. How did he make the predictions? By connecting the dots using DaColbert Code, which is kinda like The DaVinci Code but a lot more entertaining. This year Colbert attempts to do it again, and predict the winners of the 2009 Academy Awards. Check out the video embedded below.
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As you might have heard, Stephen Colbert is running for president of the United States within the Marvel Comics Universe. You may have seen the political advertising in the background of some of your favorite comic books. Well now Marvel has a first look at Colbert’s 8-page crossover story in Amazing Spider-man #573. As much as I love Colbert, I hope to God that this storyline doesn’t get adapted into Spider-Man 4.
Vanity Fair has released the VF 100 – an annual listing of the top 100 leaders of the information age. Below you can find a listing of movie related entries on the list. Check out the full list on VanityFair.com.
4. Steve Jobs – Former Pixar CEO, Member of Disney’s Board of Directors
9. Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt – Actors
14. Steven Spielberg – Director, Producer, Dreamworks co-founder
22. David Geffen – Dremworks Co-founder
23. George Lucas – Writer, Director, Producer, Chairman of LucasFilm
24. Jerry Bruckheimer – Producer
28. John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird – Pixar’s creative team
32. Sumner Redstone – Majority Owner of Paramount Pictures
33. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Actor
34. Tom Hanks – Actor, Producer
35. Robert Iger – Head of the Walt Disney Company
43. Oprah Winfrey – Actress (kinda), Producer
44. Jon Stewart – Comedian, Actor
45. Stephen Colbert – Comedian, Actor
53. Jeffrey Katzenberg – Dreamworks co-founder, CEO of Dreamworks Animation
55. George Clooney – Actor, Producer
58. Judd Apatow – Producer, Writer, Director
59. Robert De Niro – Actor, Producer, Director
66. Brian Grazer/Ron Howard – Producer/Director
85. The Coen Brothers – Writers, Directors, Producers
87. The Weinstein Brothers – The Weinstien Co
93. Jerry Weintraub – Producer
DreamWorks Animation has revealed the voice cast and released a new photo for their 2009 computer animated 3D film Monsters vs. Aliens.
Based on the horror comic Rex Havoc, the film attempts to reinvent the classic 1950′s monster B-movie starring Reese Witherspoon as Susan Murphy, a California girl who, on her wedding day, has the bad luck to be hit by a meteor, which causes her to grow to be 49 feet, 11Â½ inches tall. Captured by the military, she’s renamed Ginormica. The rest of the cast includes:
- Rainn Wilson – the evil alien Gallaxhar
- Hugh Laurie – Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.
- Seth Rogen - the jellylike B.O.B.
- Will Arnett – the half-ape, half-fish Missing Link
- Kiefer Sutherland – General W.R. Monger
- Stephen Colbert – The President
Sounds like an interesting concept, almost like a mainstream version of Grindhouse, but computer animated and in 3D. The voice cast also sounds very appealing. This will be Seth Rogen’s fourth turn as a computer animated character over the a period of just one year (Spiderwick, Horton, Kung Fu Panda).
Monsters vs. Aliens hits theaters on March 27th 2009.
Discuss: Is anyone interested in a computer animated 3D retro monster b-movie?
source: USA Today
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