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Michael McKean returns for Season 2 of his Cooking Channel show Food: Fact or Fiction tonight. In the premiere, the Better Call Saul star investigates baked goods and the history of how they evolved. And we see him share the “hole” story of everyone’s favorite middle-missing baked goods, including donuts. We find out if the sugary treats had a positive effect on ending Word War I, if the secret to New York bagels really is found in the city’s water, and how bundt cakes went from dessert to life-saving delicacy. Donuts (or doughnuts as they are sometimes referred to) were a key part in cheering...read more »
- April Neale
The comedy world has lost a true original this weekend. Iconic stand-up comedian Kevin Meaney has passed away at the age of 60. A veteran of the touring comedy world, the actor was found unresponsive in his home late Friday. No cause of death has been given.
Kevin Meaney's agent confirmed the death to The Hollywood Reporter, which happened in the comedian's hometown of Forestburgh, N.Y. As of now, an autopsy is pending. The comedy world paid tribute today on social media after the news of Meaney's passing started to spread. Patton Oswalt, Judd Apatow, Roseanne Barr and Michael McKean all had great things to say about the man while mourning his loss. Judd Apatow tweeted the following.
"Kevin Meaney was as funny as they get and the nicest man. He could make you lose your mind laughing."
Kevin Meaney had clocked in more than 25 years of stage material before his untimely death. »
Though Robert Davi is best known for his lengthy acting career, but his recent professional singing career has garnered him much acclaim, especially for his first album “Davi Sings Sinatra — On The Road To Romance,” which placed at #6 on the Billboard Jazz charts. Now, a new comedic and poignant documentary “Davi’s Way” follows Davi on his quest to honor Sinatra on his 100th birthday by meticulously recreating his historic “Main Event” concert at Madison Square Garden. In the vein of “This Is Spinal Tap” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Davi and his assistant must frantically prepare for the night in question. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
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- Vikram Murthi
One day after This Is Spinal Tap star and co-creator Harry Shearer sued Vivendi for accounting misappropriation, fraud and breach of contract over the film and its soundtrack, Spinal Tap actor-director Rob Reiner has thrown his support behind Shearer. In the suit, Shearer alleged that he earned only $81 in merchandising income over a 22-year period and $98 for his contributions to the soundtrack.
"The artists involved in Spinal Tap deserve fair compensation for their work," Reiner says in a statement to Rolling Stone. "It's impossible that Vivendi's income from music sales »
Comedy legend Harry Shearer filed a $125 million lawsuit on Monday alleging that heâ.s been cheated out of royalties earned by This Is Spinal Tap,Â the 1984 classic he co-created with fellow stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and director Rob Reiner.
In the three decades since its release, the film has become part of the fabric of popular culture, introducing numerous catchphrases into the popular lexicon â.Â most notably the extra-loud guitar amplifiers that “go to 11,” an oft-quoted line uttered by bands across the globe. What’s more, it did much to popularize the “mockumentary” film genre. But despite »
- Jordan Runtagh
Harry Shearer, increasingly the sonorous voice of protest in various contract disputes, is suing the entertainment groups Vivendi and StudioCanal for $125 million, over profits he says he was cheated out of for This Is Spinal Tap. Shearer played Derek Smalls, bassist and self-described “lukewarm water,” in the 1984 metal mockumentary, which was based on characters he, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean had originated in 1978. But after several decades of Spinal Tap enjoying a successful run across film, home video, albums, concert tours, and way overused quotes, Shearer says he’s earned a mere $81 in merchandising income, from a contract that may as well read “Shit sandwich.”
In a video posted to his just-launched website Fairness Rocks, Shearer explains that, while “filing a claim like this one is neither fun nor easy … I think it’s important to challenge the status quo, not just for myself but I ...
- Sean O'Neal
In a complaint filed Monday, Shearer, who portrayed Derek Smalls in the 1984 film, says that “Vivendi and its agents including StudioCanal executive Ron Halpern, have engaged in anti-competitive business practices by manipulating accounting between Vivendi film and music subsidiaries and have engaged in fraud to deprive the Spinal Tap creators of a fair return for their work.”
Shearer co-created the fake band Spinal Tap in the ‘70s with Christopher Guest and Michael McKean. The film, directed by Rob Reine, followed the group as they promoted their fictional album “Smell the Glove.” The mockumentary received great reviews and in turn, has become a classic over the years.
- Liz Calvario
Harry Shearer, the actor best known for the nearly two dozen voices he contributes to The Simpsons, has filed a lawsuit against the corporation Vivendi alleging accounting misappropriation, fraud and breach of contract with regard to the movie This Is Spinal Tap and its soundtrack. Shearer played bassist Derek Smalls in the 1984 mockumentary, yet he contends that he's earned only $81 in merchandising income over a 22-year period and only $98 for his contributions to the soundtrack. He's seeking $125 million in compensatory and punitive damages, according to the complaint.
The actor has also launched a website, »
"This Is Spinal Tap" star and co-creator Harry Shearer says he's been getting the short end of the stick for the legendary movie ... to the tune of $125 million. Shearer's production company just filed suit against Vivendi -- which owns Universal Studios -- and handles accounting on all merchandise and music related to the 1984 mockumentary. According to docs, Vivendi claims the movie's 4 creators -- Shearer, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Rob Reiner -- were only owed a whopping $81 for merch, »
- TMZ Staff
Harry Shearer has launched a $125 million fraud and contract-breach lawsuit against Vivendi and StudioCanal over the 1984 rockumentary classic This Is Spinal Tap. The complaint, filed Monday in California federal court, is packed with enough nuggets to instantly make this a must-watch "Hollywood accounting" case. Through the lawsuit, Shearer also reveals he is attempting to claw back rights to the film and its continually popular soundtrack. Shearer, perhaps best known for the 23 characters he voices on The Simpsons, co-created the semi-fake band Spinal Tap in the 1970s with Christopher Guest and Michael McKean. The film,
- Eriq Gardner
Cannes, France — Harry Shearer is suing Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and Studiocanal for $125 million for allegedly fraudulent accounting of the music revenues from Rob Reiner’s 1984 film “This is Spinal Tap.”
Shearer, who co-created and starred in the classic mockumentary, is seeking $125 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
Shearer, who co-wrote the soundtrack to the film, filed suit in the Central District Court of California on Tuesday over the alleged underpayment of music royalties. The lawsuit says that Vivendi reported only $98 in total income from soundtrack music sales between 1989 and 2006. As far as worldwide merchandising income, Vivendi reported only $81 between 1984 and 2006, the lawsuit says.
Vivendi has “failed and refused, and continues to fail and refuse, to provide »
- Elsa Keslassy
Christopher Guest is the best at what he does – unfortunately, with Netflix original Mascots, what he does is getting a little wearisome. Ever since his break alongside Michael McKean and Harry Shearer in 1984’s Spinal Tap, Guest has built an incredibly fruitful directorial career on a series of uniquely hilarious mockumentaries, Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000) and A Mighty Wind (2003). Although the formula was established early on with Guffman, each film managed to provide a refreshing twist on the proceedings, documenting the distinctly American oddballs of diverse cultural industries: small town theatre; dog shows; American folk music. While there’s some fun to be hand in Mascots, it fails to bring anything new to the table, ultimately retreading well-worn territory. Here, Guest enters the banal and bizarre world of sports mascots, bringing along many of his regular cast of actors as well as a wealth of newcomers. The film follows a number of contestants. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Macnamara)
As Spinal Tap lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel – wearer of anatomically correct T-shirts, owner of amplifiers that go to "11," writer of delicate compositions like "Lick My Love Pump" – Christopher Guest, along with director Rob Reiner and his co-writers/bandmates Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, turned 1984's This Is Spinal Tap into a devastatingly funny dissection of rock pomposity. To say that the film's mix of off-the-cuff jokes and straight-faced parody has influenced several generations of filmmakers and funny people would be a vast understatement – everyone from Ricky Gervais to Fred Armisen »
Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) returns with Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn and Michael McKean in Better Call Saul Season 2. The hit AMC prequel series to Breaking Bad debuts its third season in early 2017, and you'll be able to catch all of Season 2 on Blu-ray and DVD beginning November 15th.
Better Call Saul Season 2 took the series one step closer toward transforming Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman, the sheisty personal injury and criminal lawyer that is ultimately a criminal himself. Jimmy's battle with his egotistical-yet-brilliant brother and ongoing dealings with a drug cartel highlight the Season 2 stories that erupt into a potential tease of chicken fingers to come.
The Better Call Saul Season 2 Blu-ray spans three total discs, includes all 10 episodes and a wealth of bonus features as outlined below. Appropriately Jimmy's fantastic commercials seen throughout the season are included as extras.
Commentaries for all 10 Episodes
“Switch” Table Read
Best in Show continues director Christopher Guest’s series of satirical documentaries on the American institutions that attract some of our country’s finest eccentrics (we’re waiting for him to tackle comic con). Guest has built an informal repertory company around some of our best and brightest comedians and the gang’s all here including Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy and Michael McKean. Levy co-wrote this gentle broadside at dog shows and the obsessive behavior of the human participants, leaving only the dogs to retain their dignity.
- TFH Team
It's a new season for the Cooking Channel. Today, the network announced new seasons of Food: Fact or Fiction? and Unwrapped 2.0 are coming in October.Hosted by Michael McKean, Food: Fact or Fiction? "explores age-old adages and uncovers fascinating food mysteries that are baked inside everything we eat." Meanwhile, Unwrapped 2.0 is hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro and takes a behind-the-scenes look at how popular foods are made.Read More… »
For someone always willing to go for broke on screen, Christopher Guest plays it close to the vest in person. The actor/musician/filmmaker best known in front of the camera as brash lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel in “This Is Spinal Tap” and flamboyant theater director Corky St. Clair in “Waiting for Guffman” is, in real life, a soft-spoken man who chooses his words carefully — at least when it comes to interviews.
“I don’t do this often,” he admits. “I’m just not that person; I’m not so good at it. My wife is great at it.”
He’s referring to Jamie Lee Curtis, to whom he’s been married for 32 years, and who is always a kick to read in interviews or watch on TV talk shows. But self-promotion is probably the part of the job Guest likes the least. “Twenty-five years ago, I did 300 interviews in one year, »
- Jenelle Riley
Hasbro launched development of a “Clue” movie in 2008 as part of a six-year partnership with Universal to produce at least four feature films based on branded properties: Clue, Monopoly, Candyland, Ouija, Battleship, Magic: The Gathering and Stretch Armstrong.
“Battleship” was a costly money-loser for the studio in 2012 while “Ouija” grossed $103 million on a $5 million budget and generated a sequel “Ouija: Origin of Evil” that’s due out Oct. 21. At the time that Universal dropped the “Clue” project, “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski was attached to direct and produce, but is no longer part of the project at Fox.
Hasbro’s seen its greatest success in Hollywood with “Ouija, »
- Dave McNary
Way back in 2011, Universal Pictures dropped their long-gestating remake of the 1985 board game adaptation Clue, but we never heard any updates on the project since then. At the time, Gore Verbinski was attached to direct, but the project never found a new home. Until now. 20th Century Fox is joining forces with Hasbro Studios to bring this project back to life!
The Tracking Board reports that Josh Feldman is set to produce through Hasbro Studios, with Ryan Jones overseeing the project for Hasbro and Daria Cercek overseeing the project for 20th Century Fox. When Universal was developing the project, the studio was working from a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Gods of Egypt). It isn't know if the writers or director Gore Verbinski are still involved at this point.
This report reveals that 20th Century Fox is seeking to expand the scope of this movie remake, which seems »
After three seasons of using his fists, scowls, or libido to express his feelings, Liev Schreiber’s Ray Donovan found another way to show his guilt and torment in the third season finale of the eponymous Showtime series: Confessing to a priest about all the crimes he’s seen and done, this brute broke down in tears.
“Those are the scenes that actually feel cathartic,” Schreiber says. “The hardest thing to do with a character is to ramp up tension and not express it, because it’s a very subtle thing to do. It also involves creating an emotional energy inside yourself that you don’t release that’s been sat on and repressed and gets held. I think that’s the stuff that’s bad for you, mentally. That confession scene; I’m really grateful to David [Hollander, the series’ showrunner and episode’s director] and Leland [Orser, who played Father Romero] and the crew for creating the environment for Ray to get something off his chest, both »
- Whitney Friedlander
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