How do you follow up a pop culture phenomenon like The Sopranos? Well, if you're David Chase, you take a healthy chunk of time off and then return with a small, intimate and semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story about a '60s New Jersey teenager (John Magaro) who is inspired by the British Invasion to start his own rock outfit. Unfortunately, fame and fortune prove elusive as he contends with inter-band tension (especially with the jealous lead singer, played by Jack Huston), as well as an angry father (James Gandolfini). On the other hand, he does win the heart of his high school crush (Bella Heathcote), so a career in music does come with some benefits. As strong as Chase's script and the performances by the young actors are, the real star of Not Fade Away has to be its incredible soundtrack (assembled with the aid of Chase's old Sopranos colleague Steven Van Zandt), which is packed with familiar '60s songs and a few deep cuts. On a recent press tour through New York, Not Fade Away's cast and crew discussed the process of bringing that era to life.
In another TV/movie switcheroo, Sopranos genius David Chase has inked a deal with Paramount to begin work on his first feature-length movie. No word yet on the film's subject matter, but Chase's camp is quick to say that the plot will not explore the same ground as The Sopranos did, i.e. no wise guy narrative. And not to worry, this movie will have no bearing on any future plans to take the Sopranos to the big screen. Phew.
Sorry to post this, like, two weeks after the issue came out, but I just read the interview with Chevy Chase in New York Magazine, and...man, that dude is a dick. Forgets the interviewer's name; is pointedly apathetic about the strike and the current season of SNL; won't watch the Brothers & Sisters episodes he filmed except "to see what they cut"; talks about how the applause he got for his appearance on "Weekend Update" "took attention away from Seth and Amy," so he's not going to do the show again for a while; complains about how he took time off to raise his kids, and now it's hard to get work, like every actress with children, or other actor over 60, doesn't face the same issues, even if they're extremely talented, which, I love European Vacation but a thespian Chase ain't; and bags on the women on The View: "It's not that difficult to speak like a human being without a writer. Aren't these women reasonably intelligent?"
Remind me...how'd your talk show do, Chevy? Oh, that's right -- it bombed, because even with a writer, you were visibly uncomfortable and unable to connect with your guests. It was so bad, in fact, that people still talk about how bad it was, and it was on for maybe 5 episodes. Like 15 years ago. So, you kind of don't get to talk shit about The View when your own attempt at that gig was a suckball.
People in the TWoP bullpen are talking today about how bad your B&S appearance was, and how the editing seemed weird...almost like you didn't give them enough usable takes. So if you're wondering "what they cut," I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it's "most of what you filmed," because apparently you think you're above making an effort. The entire character seemed phoned in and flat, and whatever you had done to your face, I hope you kept the receipt.
It doesn't seem that arrogant and unprofessional, written out this way, but go read the interview; he's so fucking full of himself that he's seriously this close to popping. I ripped him a new one in the TWoP book, and I've wondered from time to time if I was too harsh, but...nope. The guy's an ass and a half. I mean, don't put me in the position of defending The View, a show I think is asinine.
It was yet another nostalgic outing for Saturday Night Live this weekend, as Justin Timberlake gained membership into the "Five Timers Club" for quintuple hosting gigs and the writers celebrated by raiding the show's back catalogue for (vaguely) fresh material. Some of these reunions with old friends were welcome, while others were... well, really kind of cringe-inducing. Here were the best and worst callbacks from an overall uneven episode.
The set of Community is getting pretty tense for a sitcom that has a monkey named after a character's breasts.
For a show always in danger of cancellation from low ratings, Community sure does make a lot of headlines.
In a world where Justified already exists, do we really need another ripped-from-a-crime-novel TV show about a rural lawman solving cases and dispensing justice all with a tip of his trademark cowboy hat? Based on the new Wyoming-set drama Longmire, the answer is no, not really. This shrug of a series (adapted from a mystery franchise by Craig Johnson) premiered last night on A&E and left little to no impression on us, despite the fact that it features Katee Sackoff in one of her most significant roles since Battlestar Galactica. And while we'll always carry a torch for Starbuck, her performance in Longmire is a lot like the show itself: completely forgettable.
You mean we're stuck with this twerp for another season?
'Tis the season for meeting TV dads, apparently.
The 2010-11 NBC upfront presentation was so long that we're not sure who'd be more bored by a detailed recap of the event, you or us. Suffice it to say that the presentation began with a clip of Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy making jokes about his brief, ill-advised marriage to Nikki Finke, getting in a dig about President Obama's citizenship and then talking about how the "more colorful" slogan might sound like a "no-mess painting kit for pre-school girls" but is really more than that. Then there was some random talk about how the network would act like a dangerous Eastern European woman in order to gain advertisers. That was the highlight... it got less interesting from there, unless you are really, really, really into football announcers, in which case it picked up somewhere in the middle, and then it just slowly spiraled downward until it finally ended and I got to see Jerry Seinfeld on the esclalor. Oh, and did I mention that aside from an awkward appearance from Jimmy Fallon and his guitar, and the football announcers, there was a dearth of talent on stage? Guess they saved them for all of the swanky after-parties. But anyway, NBC previewed a bunch of new shows for both the fall and midseason to help us get an early start on deciding what we'll want to watch - or avoid.
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