Sock It to Me: A Brief History of Rock & Roll Variety Shows

Sock It to Me: A Brief History of Rock & Roll Variety Shows
When Neil Patrick Harris returns to TV next week, he won't be cracking jokes in another sitcom. Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (debuting on September 15th on NBC) marks the return — overdue or not — of the variety show, that long-dormant format in which kooky skits, musical guests, and frenzied production numbers are jammed into an hour of family-friendly entertainment. "When you think of the variety shows we all grew upon — Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie — those [programs] all said, 'Sit on the couch, be entertained with a little song,
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The Best (And Worst) Of The Grammys’ Best New Artist Category

The Grammys are on Sunday, so let’s investigate its most bizarre category: Best New Artist. Both Christopher Cross and Esparanza Spalding have one. That’s real. And that’s why we’re counting down the ten best winners and the five worst losers. Because maybe we’ll learn something! That’s what I’ll go with.

10. Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee may not have had as gigantic a Billboard career following her Best New Artist win as some of the other stars here, but her debut album is such an assured, unpretentiously poetic, rich listening experience. “Chuck E.’s in Love” and “Young Blood” are whimsical and catchy while “Night Train” and “The Last Chance Texaco” are crackling, despairing portraits. She was also so rad, and that made her bohemian folksiness so much fresher than you’d expect.

9. Sade

If timelessness is a criterion for the music and musicians who win Best New Artist,
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The Anchorman Cast Revives "Afternoon Delight"

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Anchorman: The Legend Continues is so hot right now, and the cast's latest stunt is a true delight. While Ferrell and the crew were hamming it up onstage, Taylor Swift was rubbing shoulders with Prince William, and yet another "Wrecking Ball" parody had us - and lots of others - cracking up. Check out the web's latest hits, and get prepared to laugh. The Cast of Anchorman Sings "Afternoon Delight" Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and the rest of his news crew from Anchorman: The Legend Continues surprised fans during the film's Sydney premiere with a special rendition of "Afternoon Delight." The cast first sang the Starland Vocal Band tune in the original film, and they've just gotten better with age. Taylor Swift's Double High-Five With Prince William Not only did Taylor Swift high-five Prince William during the Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace in London, she sang "Livin' on
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Here's the 'Anchorman 2' Cast Singing 'Afternoon Delight' in Australia (Video)

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The cast of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" proved that they've still got golden pipes this week when they performed an impromptu rendition of "Afternoon Delight," the Starland Vocal Band song the Channel 4 News team famously sang in the first film.

Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner reprised the tune during the Sydney premiere of "Anchorman 2," inviting the crowd to join in. The audience was delighted by the performance, clapping and singing along, and cracked up as Koechner made his signature wacky sound effect toward the end of the chorus.

Indeed, the cast and fans have plenty to be delighted about: Paramount just announced that the flick will open two days earlier than planned to cash in on audience excitement for the long-awaited sequel to 2004's "Anchorman." The legend will now continue on Wednesday, December 18 instead of the 20th.

Here's hoping the singing continues in "Anchorman 2,
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Your Favorite Thing Today: The 'Anchorman 2' Cast Sings 'Afternoon Delight' Inside a Movie Theater

We’re still several weeks away from the long-awaited release of Anchorman 2 – but Will Ferrell and company are burning the midnight (or maybe it’s afternoon) oil to promote the upcoming sequel. The latest bit of prerelease hyping? An acapella rendition of the Starland Vocal Band’s "Afternoon Delight" for a theater filled with appreciative fans at the Sydney premiere. Ferrell was joined by costars Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner to re-create the classic sing-along from the first film – and surprisingly enough, they’re pretty great live. There’s no Auto-Tune happening in this vid and Rudd actually has a decent voice. Sing along with the clip below and then get ready for the return of Anchorman. The sequel will...

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Must Watch: Cast of 'Anchorman' Sings 'Afternoon Delight' in Sydney

We just found out that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is hitting theaters a couple days earlier, but the film is already screening for some audiences around the world. In fact, at a special premiere in Sydney, Australia, the entire Channel 4 News Team was on hand, and Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner treated the audience to something special. While taking the stage in front of the big screen, the quartet performed a rendition of their a cappella version of Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight" from the first film. Hearing them with no editing, they're pretty damn good. Watch! Here's the live "Afternoon Delight" from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (via Vulture): Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is written and directed by Adam McKay, the man behind the original 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and comedies like Step Brothers. With the 70's behind him,
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‘Anchorman 2′: The Legend Continues’ Cast Sings ‘Afternoon Delight’ in Sydney (Video)

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‘Anchorman 2′: The Legend Continues’ Cast Sings ‘Afternoon Delight’ in Sydney (Video)
The news team’s still got it. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner, known on screen as Ron Burgundy, Brick Tamland, Brian Fantana and Champ Kind, respectively, assembled to rock an acapella version “Afternoon Delight” at Sydney’s premiere of “Anchorman 2.” Also read: ‘Anchorman 2′ Moves Up 2 Days to Get a Jump on Crowded Christmas The song, originally sung by Starland Vocal Band in 1976, was reinvigorated by the cast in the original “Anchorman” film. The comedic live rendition at the sequel’s down under opening was truly delightful. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” will now open on Wed.
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Cool Videos: The cast of Anchorman 2 indulge in a little Afternoon Delight

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I believe the best way to start off a fantastic Thanksgiving is with a little Afternoon Delight. During the Sydney premiere for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, director Adam McKay stepped aside to let his four leads sing a wonderful ditty called "Afternoon Delight" from a group called Starland Vocal Band. Many of you will remember that Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner originally expressed their feelings through the majesty of song in the first film....
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'Anchorman 2' Cast Sing 'Afternoon Delight' in Australia

'Anchorman 2' Cast Sing 'Afternoon Delight' in Australia
Have you ever wondered what true love sounds like? During the Sydney premiere of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the film's stars, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and David Koechner offered a possible answer, reprising their wonderful rendition of Starland Vocal Band's 1976 hit "Afternoon Delight" for an ecstatic crowd. The quartet famously sang the not-so-subtle love song a capella during the first Anchorman, and nearly a decade later they sound spry as ever, with Carrell still hitting all the right high notes and Koechner nailing his trademark "whoooops.
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'Anchorman 2' Cast Performs 'Afternoon Delight' Onstage at Sydney Premiere (Video)

'Anchorman 2' Cast Performs 'Afternoon Delight' Onstage at Sydney Premiere (Video)
The cast of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues treated attendees at the movie's Sydney premiere to a live performance of "Afternoon Delight." At Sunday's event, the movie's stars -- Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner -- covered the Starland Vocal Band's 1976 hit, which they also performed in the original film. Photos: From 'Anchorman' to 'Office,' Steve Carell's 10 Best Roles The stop marks the latest in a promotional blitz that has seen Ferrell make several appearances in character as Ron Burgundy, including an appearances on Conan during which he stumped for embattled politician Rob Ford, and

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5 Arrested Development Episodes You Need to Watch Before the New Season

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Arrested Development returns this Sunday when the fourth season of the former Fox show will debut on Netflix. Considering that it's been nearly seven years since the series was on the air, some fans may have forgotten about the show's key episodes and funny moments. Luckily, we've put together a guide of the top five episodes you should revisit before you start streaming the new season. All of the show's episodes are currently on Netflix, so there are no excuses for missing out on these funny moments! "Afternoon Delight" (season two, episode six) Why it's a standout: This is an all-around great episode, but it is perhaps most notable because it gives birth to Gob's "Come on!" recurring joke. George Sr. leaves his collection of designer suits to Gob, who is acting as the president for the Bluth Company, and dressing up in luxury fabrics goes straight to Gob's head.
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Clip joint: the five best unexpected singing moments in film

Five of the best examples of cinema characters unexpectedly bursting into song

You know how it is – you're watching a film, when suddenly, out of nowhere, the characters burst into song. Fine when it's a musical – much more surprising when it's not. Here's some of the best of these moments – but can you think of any others? Share them in the comment thread below..

500 Days of Summer

Joseph Gordon Levitt's adorable Tom finally spends the night with the beautiful and quirky Summer and launches into a cheery, dance-filled rendition of You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates. Almost as elating as losing your virginity, this happy, colourful scene is easily one of the highlights of the film. Sadly the next scene is not nearly so cheerful…

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Taking a break from the hyper-macho guy talk, the Channel 4
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Will Ferrell's Five Most Comedically Genius Moments

Will Ferrell's Five Most Comedically Genius Moments
There is only one man who can accept the MTV Movie Awards' inaugural Comedic Genius Award. But he is a man of many names: Ricky Bobby, Frank the Tank, Alex Trebek and Mugatu, to name just a few. The one he's most often credited as is Will Ferrell, "Saturday Night Live" legend and star of such hits as "Anchorman" and the forthcoming "Anchorman: The Legend Continues."

Boiling down Ferrell's funniest moments to five is a nearly impossible challenge, but it's one we're happy to rise to. Get your jazz flutes ready and join us as we dive into the award winner's five most comedically genius moments.

5. The Tragic Fall of Mustafa: In which he is still alive ... just very, very badly burned.

4. Will's New Job: All kidding aside, if we don't get a Will Ferrell Security Guard movie sometime soon, then there is truly no reason for us to go on as a species.
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What other comedy filmmakers could learn from Anchorman

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In spite of a minimal plot, Anchorman remains one of the finest comedies ever thanks to perfect casting and characterisation, Ryan writes...

By rights, Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy should have been an unqualified failure. Originally conceived as a much more complex movie with a plot that involved a group of organized criminals called The Alarm Clock, Anchorman was radically edited before release, with entire chunks of its story ditched (these excised scenes eventually found their way on the DVD-only Wake Up, Ron Burgundy) in favour of an unconventional tale about male chauvinism in TV journalism, love, redemption and the birth of a panda in a San Diego zoo.

Couple the finished film’s decidedly loose storyline, and a group of characters which, in theory at least, are by turns sexist, small-minded and arrogant, and you have the makings of what could have been a comedy misfire.
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People's Choice Awards 2013: The Wanted win first 'massive award,' sing 'Afternoon Delight'

The Wanted were more surprised than they had a right to be when it was announced the band won the Favorite Breakout Artist award at the 2013 People's Choice Awards. Claiming that they have "never won anything before," the British boy band thanked the fans -- and Ellen DeGeneres.

Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker, Siva Kaneswaran, Max George and Jay McGuiness had promised DeGeneres that, if they won the award, they would sing her a song on stage -- though it probably wasn't the one she was expecting. The Wanted jumped into a rousing, "Anchorman"-style rendition of Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight."

"The one thing I wanted to do is win a massive award," Sykes remembered telling his mother. "Fans, you guys did."
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12 TV episodes of Christmas

Let’s face it Christmas television in recent years has become pretty dire; here is a list of alternative programs and Christmas specials for you to enjoy over the Christmas holidays!

12. Community, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”

Known for it’s endless pop culture references, Community carried on this theme with their Christmas episode. What makes it stand out from the rest of the Community episodes is the bold directional choice to have it filmed in stop motion animation.

Insisting he must find the meaning of Christmas through an animated adventure, his friends (who usually mock his ways) decide to humour their friend and assist. He finds a thoughtful discovery, which moves the episode into an unexpected emotional tone, complete for holiday viewing.

11. The Office, “Christmas Specials

Before Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley showed us the predictabilities of the office life, there was Tim Canterbury and Dawn Tinsely in the original BBC version.
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Grammy predictions for best new artist

The Grammy nominations will be announced on Dec. 5. One of the most hotly contested races is always for best new artist. Some years, the Grammys have gotten it right and picked acts who went on to have long careers. Other years, they’ve made regrettable choices: Starland Vocal Band or A Taste Of Honey anyone? To be eligible, an artist must have released at least one album, but cannot have released more than three. The eligibility period runs Oct. 1-Sept. 30, which means such hot artists as Meek Mill are not eligible since debut album came out after Sept. 30. Artists...
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Chris Brown To Haters: “Hate All U Want Becuz I Got A Grammy Now!”

A lot of us hated on Chris Brown during the Grammys Sunday, mostly because he’s an awful piece of sh*t who beat his girlfriend bloody and has made numerous bumbling homophobic remarks and really had no business performing at the Grammys, but this week, Brown Tweeted this iron-clad response to all the H8erz: “Hate All U Want Becuz I Got A Grammy Now! That’s the ultimate F**K Off!” He’s right! We better drop the argument because he’s got a Grammy, thus completely vindicating him both artistically and personally. For the record, some other artists with Grammys: Milli Vanilli, The Baha Men, Shaggy, Christopher Cross, Mc Hammer, Starland Vocal Band, Nelly, Hootie And The Blowfish, Rob Thomas, Coolio, Zach Braff, and the song “Believe” by Cher, and literally 77 more people every year, so they’re all great too. And few if any of those
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Music in the movies: the finest songs in the comedies of Judd Apatow

As Bridesmaids arrives in UK this week, Glen looks at the finest songs in its producer Judd Apatow's other hit comedies...

Judd Apatow is a dominant force in the world of movie comedies, with his work as producer and director seeing great successes over the course of his career. With the upcoming UK release of Bridesmaids, which is produced by Apatow, I thought now would be an ideal time to look at some of my favourite musical moments from the films he's been involved with.

Step Brothers: Boats ‘N Hoes

Huff 'N Doback /Prestige Worldwide (written by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly)

This isn’t the first time that either Step Brothers or Ferrell and Reilly will be appearing in this list. It’s a film that I have a lot of love for, and one of the few to leave me unable to breathe for laughing
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Glee Recap: Sex and Some Ditties

Glee Recap: Sex and Some Ditties
This week’s Glee used the theme of high-school sex-ed to explore…Will Schuester’s latest love triangle? Don’t worry: It’s not quite as creepy as it sounds. You see, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Holly Holliday was back in the halls of McKinley High School, subbing for the health and wellness teacher, who’d come down with “a mad case of the herp.” As Holly realized that her students, and in particular the members of New Directions, were woefully under-informed about the birds and the bees, we saw Will’s other ladycrush, Emma Pillsbury, struggling in her role as
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