Good call, Universal.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are two of the funniest people on television right now, and their sketch show "Key & Peele" is brutally funny, week after week, bit after bit. Peele seems to be the guy who disappears into his characters, while Key is just plain hilarious, as outrageous and oversized a comic presence as Daffy Duck. As long as these guys are given room to follow their own voice as a team, they represent pretty much unfettered potential.
It was just a matter of time before someone got them to make a movie as a team. So far, I think Keegan-Michael Key has had better opportunities in movies. Whatever you think of the film as a whole, it's pretty hard to deny that he is in amazing form in "Hell Baby," where he plays a character named F'resnell who is basically Bugs Bunny. He's that character who can step in from the edge of the frame, make any joke, do anything, and then skate away with no consequence. It's the sort of role that a comic must love just as an exercise in pure unbridled energy. I liked him a lot when he guested on "The League," too, as a character named Carmenjello. The moment Key starts speaking, in pretty much anything I've seen him in, I'm laughing. He has that sort of energy as a comic performer. He is innately funny, and seems to have an endless appetite for pushing things to strange and hilarious places.
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Good call, Universal.
Andy Kaufman is alive.
Ultimately, it is irrelevant if he actually still occupies a body and is actively participating in things, because it is obvious just from reading reactions to Monday night's amazing events at the annual Andy Kaufman Awards that he is still creating conversation and speculation, which seems to have been his lasting legacy.
I've read anything i could find today about the incident, and I'm still not sure what to think. I do know that I wish I'd been in the room, and I am hoping someone got this on tape so that we can actually see it at some point. For now, here's what we know. Every year, there is a talent competition to help foster new comedy voices, and it comes down to a performance/awards show where they pick the winner. This was the ninth annual event, and as part of the ceremony each year, they have a special guest come to speak.
Even though this has been a fairly boring season of "Top Chef," we do get a mild surprise at the beginning of this week's episode: Nick is sick! I should say Nicholas has strep, but that doesn't rhyme. In any case, he must recover from strep throat in one day or risk being eliminated from the challenge. I didn't think this was humanly possible, so I'm wondering if part of this episode will feature a wonder drug or a maybe some real New Orleans voodoo, which would really spice things up!
"American Horror Story," you so crazy! I say that with love, by the way. So much happened in this episode, much of it entirely batcrap insane, that it took a while to digest it all. It was like going to a Vegas buffet of all-you-can-eat mucho nutso. Still, that's a minor quibble. I am hoping, though, that you can stop with the extreme low angle shots. I don't need to see so many feet, and it's less spooky than annoying. There are so many other ways for you to trigger nausea. But, again, the loopy cinematography just means you're trying as hard as you can to bring the shock and awe. Don't think I don't appreciate it.
We're back for what is sure to be a frenzied Wednesday (November 13) night installment of "The X Factor."
Thanks to last Wednesday's voting SNAFU, we ended up watching 26 performances last week, which was a lot. Only Thursday's voting counts, but once can assume that emotionally, all support or lackthereof was cumulative.
Per FOX, we're expected to open the show with the season's first elimination and then we'll move on to '80s Night performances by the season's Top 12. Does that mean it's really a single elimination episode?
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NBC reviving "Last Comic Standing" with producer Wanda Sykes
The standup comic reality competition will be back this summer with Sykes taking over as executive producer. A new host has yet to be named.
Brooke Shields signs on for "The Michael J. Fox Show"
She'll romance Fox's 19-year-old son as part of a three-episode arc.
Shiri Appleby tonight plays an "SVU" rape victim
Tonight's role, she says, was "emotionally exhausting and rewarding."
"I Love Lucy's" last surviving adult cast member dies
Shirley Mitchell, 94, played Lucy's cackling friend Marion Strong.
New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski to appear in the "Entourage" movie
He'll of course play himself.
Considering the conversation around "Nebraska," it surprised me when Bruce Dern was not at the press day for the new Alexander Payne film. Having said that, the three actors who were there were great interviews, and it's obvious how much the film means to them when you hear them talk about it.
For Will Forte, this is a redefinition, and I'm excited to see what it does for him overall. I feel like I might have phrased something wrong to him when I said that there were a lot of guys up for the role. What I really meant was that the script was a favorite for a lot of actors, and there were a ton of people who wanted to play that part and who pushed to get into the room with Payne. I think Forte's been under-utilized in general, which seems like a weird thing to say about a guy who works as hard as he does.
June Squibb is one of those actors who has been working for decades, but who has never really had that breakthrough role, and she seems to be enjoying the conversation about "Nebraska" enormously. It helped that when I walked in, she was paired with Bob Odenkirk, who I've known for years at this point.
What really strikes me about the ensemble that Payne put together is that he's not really interested in just working with movie stars. Sure, "The Descendants" starred George Clooney, but I honestly think Payne casts based on the role and not just based on some math equation.
"Nebraska" is the sort of film that doesn't have any special effects or giant high concept set pieces, entirely dependent on your investment in the characters, and Payne put together a heck of a cast to make that happen. Here's hoping you enjoy the conversation with them as much as I enjoyed having it.
"Nebraska" opens this Friday.
Lorde’s “Royals” spends its seventh week atop the Billboard Hot 100, making it the hit of the fall. The big question is if Eminem will knock the crown off the song next week.
Eminem’s duet with Rihanna, “The Monster,” climbs 3-2 and is his highest rank on the Billboard Hot 100 since his 2010 duet with Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie,” which spent 8 weeks at No. 1.
Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” switches places with “The Monster,” falling 2-3, while Katy Perry’s former chart topper, “Roar,” holds at No. 4 and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” stays at No. 5. (Perry’s new single, “Unconditionally,” rises 25-21).
Rounding out the Top 10, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, inches 7-6 (after peaking at No. 4), and OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” soars 9-7, according to Billboard.
Lady Gaga’s latest, the gorgeous ballad “Dope,” enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 8, powered by her performance of the song at the YouTube Music Awards and MTV’s EMAs. It is Lady Gaga’s 13th Hot 100 top 10. She also occupies No. 10 with “Artpop’s” first single, “Applause.”
At No. 9 is Imagine Dragons’ “Demons,” which slips 8-9.
Imagine Dragons has certainly had a great year as its mainstream breakthrough continued with tunes like “Radioactive,” “It’s Time,” and “Demons.”
For the jaunty “Top of the World,” the group takes a decidedly lighthearted approach. They take the idea of “Top of the World” literally, as the video reacts the 1969 moon landing, as seen through the eyes of hippies, tin-foil-wearing space-loving children, the astronauts, and even Richard Nixon.
The Matt Eastin and Corey Fox-directed video is one of those clips that you notice new things every time you watch, including the spoof of the Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing and the notion that the moon landing was a staged event and didn’t really happen. Let your conspiracy theories begin now.
There are no fighting puppets as in the “Radioactive” clip, but there is a hyper monkey.
However, for pure heart, Imagine Dragons’ video for “Demons,” which features them with a hardcore teenage fan, Tyler Robinson, who died of cancer remains their most moving and is a testament to the bond between and act and its fans.
Imagine Dragons is on an international tour in support of "Night Visions," and will return stateside for a new U.S. outing starting in February.
You know, searching for gold isn't easy. Doing it in icy water? Even harder. But that's exactly what the brave (and crazy) souls on "Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice" (Fridays at 10:00 p.m. on the Discovery Channel) are up to.
In an exclusive clip from this week's show, The Clark captain Zeke Tenhoff heads under the ice with a member of his diving crew to check out a new piece of equipment that is capable of sucking up more gold. However, with more equipment comes more danger and the chance to get stuck under the ice.