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Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Adrian Grenier, and Werner Herzog are among the more than 80 actors, directors, and academic and civic leaders who are collaborating on the digital series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan will produce the series of informative and entertaining films that tackle serious economic issues.
“At its core, the vision of this project is to fuse artistry and storytelling with economic expertise to engage the public in a truly informed dialogue about the U.S. economy,” says Carole Tomko, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Jeff Tweedy, frontman for the ultimate dad rock band Wilco, has taken the dad-ness even further with his new project Tweedy. It's a collaboration with his son, Spencer Tweedy, and the duo have dropped their debut album, Sukierae. They've also just released a video for the cut "Low Key," but given the star power involved, there's not much low key about it. Michael Shannon, Nick Offerman, soul singer Mavis Staples, famed music engineer Steve Albini, Chance the Rapper, John Hodgeman, Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter, all pop up in this short film/video that finds Jeff and Spencer going door to door to sell their record after a depressing meeting with "Big Record Label." Yep, it's a music industry spoof, but a pretty light one at that. And if you can call in these kinds of favors, why not? Check it out below. [HitFix] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In a alternate universe, bands sign to labels with overlords who enlist artistic services to line their own pockets. Dystopia! Tyranny! Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer -- who go by the name Tweedy for new album "Sukierae" -- made a decidedly big talent video for their song "Low Key." Comedian and "Parks & Rec" actor Nick Offerman directed stars like John Hodgeman, Michael Shannon, Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter, Tweedy collaborator Mavis Staples, Chicagoans Steve Albini, Chance the Rapper and more. The record company Neverland warps with a muzak version of the Tweedy-penned song, which then gives way to a Wes Andersonian odyssey of selling the vinyl version of "Sukierae" door-to-door in the Tweedy hometown. Some observations: 1. Why can't we all get paid in bags of money. 2. Think the "Get Happy" workshop is pointing out the finer merits of Pharrell's "Happy?" Happiness is in you, Tweedys. 3. Steve Albini probably doesn't »
- Katie Hasty
Justin Theroux stopped by Conan last night and host Conan O'Brien got straight to the important question about the star's HBO drama The Leftovers: What is up with his floppy package in the now-legendary jogging scenes? O'Brien said a lot of women on his staff pressured the host to ask him about his package. "I guess it's a thing that women are talking about," O'Brien said. "You must address the flopping schlong!" Andy Richter demanded. O'Brien pressured Theroux into revealing details. Was there enhancement? A clock? What is the deal with those scenes?! "I'm trying to figure out what the class way to answer this question is," Theroux »
When Conan O’Brien paid tribute to Robin Williams on his show Monday night, the talk show host had just learned that the famed comedian had passed away and was likely the first to break the news to some of his studio audience. For Tuesday’s show, O’Brien took some time to give Williams a proper tribute.
With co-host Andy Richter, O’Brien showed a selection of clips from the times he’d interviewed Williams—and shared a story about a ridiculous Irish-themed bicycle the actor had bought him to cheer him up after O’Brien lost The Tonight Show »
- Joshua Rivera
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Even though the late night talk shows air (appropriately enough) late at night, some of the Monday shows were already taped by the time the news of Robin Williams' death came out, so a few hosts chose the Tuesday, August 12 show to pay tribute. (David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel are on a break and didn't have new shows last night.) Here are tributes from Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and (again) Conan O'Brien. Conan was really the only one to address Robin's death on Monday night, but he and Andy Richter also sat down Tuesday to share Robin memories. Conan said Robin was "the best talk show guest in the world, »
- Gina Carbone
When news of Robin Williams's death broke on Monday, Conan O'Brien was filming his show, Conan and was tasked with breaking the news of his passing to the studio audience. Conan stopped in the middle of an interview with Will Arnett and said, "This is unusual, and upsetting, but we got some news while we were taping the show that Robin Williams has passed away." He added, "We tape these shows a few hours early, and by the time, you see this now on TV, I'm sure that you'll know. I'm sorry to anybody in our studio audience that I'm breaking this news [to]. This is absolutely shocking and horrifying and so upsetting on every level." Conan, Will, and Andy Richter all appeared visibly shaken by the upsetting news, with Will adding, "As funny as he was - he's truly one of the all-time greats - he was even better as a person. »
Conan O'Brien had the unfortunate responsibility of announcing Robin Williams' death to his studio audience Monday. As guest Will Arnett and sidekick Andy Richter sat nearby, the Conan host told the crowd, "We tape these shows a few hours early, and by the time you see this now on TV, I'm sure that you'll know. This is unusual and upsetting, but we got some news during the show that Robin Williams has passed away," he said. As the gallery gasped, he said, "I'm sorry to anyone in our studio audience that I'm breaking this news. This is absolutely shocking and horrifying, and so upsetting on every level." "We're at the end of the show and it felt like we just needed to acknowledge »
Because most late-night shows are taped in the afternoon or early evening, sometimes breaking news has to be addressed. In Conan O'Brien's case, that news was Robin Williams's death, and he handled the shock of it admirably. O'Brien is visibly shaken, but composes himself well as he, co-host Andy Richter and guest Will Arnett speak about Williams. "He was an amazingly kind and generous person," Richter said. "As funny as he was - he's truly one of the all-time greats - he was even better as a person," Arnett adds. "He was even more fantastic … one of the »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
An emotional Conan O’Brien paid tribute to Robin Williams after learning of the comedian’s death during Monday’s taping of his TBS latenight show. The audience, seemingly unaware of Williams’ death, can be heard gasping in shock after the latenight host reported the news.
O’Brien, visibly shaken in the clip, admitted to being “absolutely stunned” to learn Williams had passed away as he shared memories of the comedy giant with “Conan” sidekick Andy Richter and guest Will Arnett.
- Variety Staff
Conan O'Brien had the "unusual" and "upsetting" task of breaking the news of Robin Williams' death to a studio full of fans.The host found out about the beloved comedian's passing while filming Monday night's episode of the TBS talk show -- and broke from his usual format to address the audience and share some kind words with Will Arnett and Andy Richter.It was an emotional, raw moment, as a "stunned" Conan closed the show by saying "We are thinking of Robin's family, we're thinking about everybody he touched around the world throughout his life. We're thinking about Robin tonight."For more tributes to the late actor, follow the links below.Robin's Daughter, Zelda, Tweets Emotional Message After Father's DeathBen Affleck: He Made Matt and My Dreams Come TrueRufio Actor from "Hook" Pens Heartfelt Message to Robin Williams"Mrs. Doubtfire" Stars Remember Their Movie Father Hollywood Reacts to »
- tooFab Staff
Monday’s episode of Conan ended on an unusually somber note. The cause: During the course of taping that evening’s show, Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, and their guest Will Arnett got word of Robin Williams’ unexpected death.
“We tape these shows a few hours early, and by the time you see this now on TV, I’m sure that you’ll know. I’m sorry to anybody in our studio audience that I’m breaking this news—this is absolutely shocking and horrifying, and so upsetting on every level,” a visibly shaken O’Brien explained at the end of the show. »
- Hillary Busis
Now that's surprising! Larry King stopped by Thursday's "Conan" where he opened up about getting high (from second-hand smoke) with Snoop Lion. O'Brien thought it would be a great idea to get high for real on the late night show, and shared some "pot brownies" with the guys. The whole interview's pretty hilarious, and King even broke out in giggles almost immediately after ingesting the marijuana-filled treat. Video: Dave Franco and Conan O'Brien Look For Ladies on Tinder! Check out the ridiculous video above! But that wasn't the first time Larry's engaged in some marijuana use. Aside from inhaling second-hand smoke with Snoop, King admitted he's tried it a couple other times. "I smoked it a few times with my doctor," the 80-year-old revealed. "It was very enjoyable, I liked it, but I used to smoke a lot of cigarettes and I had a heart attack in 1987."Video: Kris Jenner »
- tooFab Staff
Conan O’Brien has some late night fun, Kourtney Kardashian strips down in a throwback picture, Daniel Radcliffe shares his dating advice, Dianna Agron is rumored to be joining Peter Pan Live and more pop culture news you missed while you were sleeping.
Conan O’Brien, Larry King and Andy Richter get the giggles after sharing a pot brownie on TV. Legal? [Us Magazine] Daniel Radcliffe offers up his best love advice. No, he doesn’t use Harry Potter pick up lines. [Cosmopolitan] Kourtney Kardashian poses pregnant and nude and is a spitting image of her mom, Kris Jenner. [E!]
[Photo Credit: @kourtneykardash]
Sarah Paulson admits she took a shot of tequila before shooting an American Horror Story: Coven scene. [Gay Star News] Sofia Vergara doesn’t look like her usual Gloria self on the set of Modern Family. [Et] Is Dianna Agron joining the cast of Peter Pan Live? [Newsloop] You may recognize a few faces in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel trailer. »
- Taylor Ferber
Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private are back in DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar spin-off Penguins of Madagascar. Watch the all-new trailer, as this covert team reassembles to go on a new mission to stop the evil Dr. Octavius Brine! In theaters this Thanksgiving, Penguins of Madagascar boasts a stellar voice cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Nicole Sullivan, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter and may even include a surprise or two with returning Madagascar characters played by Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Chris Rock! Get ready for the Penguins' biggest adventure yet, as they hit theatres everywhere on November 26th, 2014...
Super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome »
Even celebrities aren't safe from a Sharknado. Sharknado 2: The Second One swept into homes across the country on Wednesday, July 30, when it made its highly anticipated debut on the Syfy channel. The over-the-top natural disaster film created a firestorm on social media, with fans and stars alike adding their reactions on Twitter. Below, 13 funny tweets from stars on the inimitable Sharknado 2: The Second One. Andy Richter rewrote the title to make it more accurate, tweeting: "Sharknado 2: The Death of All Shame." Judah Friedlander, who made [...] »
While San Diego Comic-Con marches on, we'll share a few newly released posters from the following films: Horns - Director Alexandre Aja’s supernatural thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe as a man who grows a pair of horns from his head after his girlfriend's mysterious death opens on October 31st. Penguins of Madagascar - Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith direct Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Andy Richter, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, and Peter Stormare in the spin-off film that opens November 26th. The Book of Life - Writer-director Jorge R. Gutierrez's animated journey featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Hector Elizondo, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube, and Placido Domingo opens in 3D on October 17th. Hit the jump to take a look at the full-size posters along with the films' synopses. Horns (via IGN) Blamed for the death of his longtime »
- Dave Trumbore
We've already pointed out the many splendor thing about Kelly Hogan and Neko Case's very silly and strong feministing song "These Aren't The Droids." I giggle every time at the "sexbot with only holes" line. But the music video to the comedy track may also be a fun primer for some of you leading up to San Diego Comic-Con, first, for some great cosplay ideas. Secondly: tips on dining table etiquette and what to do with your tasers. Third, it's a reiteration of how people shouldn't treat girls (geeky or not) like second-rate space citizens. We may get you pregnant by pointing at you. Ellie Kemper also co-stars, so you've got that. "These Aren't The Droids" is a track off of the benefit album "2776," which boasts contributions from other music and comedy acts including Patton Oswalt, Reggie Watts, Aimee Mann, Ed Helms, Will Forte and more. As a matter of fact, »
Andy Serkis stopped by Conan to help promote 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' last night. In the film Serkis plays Caesar, leader of the local chapter of the Ape uprising. And while the late night segment starts off dealing with the the vocalization issues of playing a genetically enhanced chimpanzee, it quickly derails into a phone conversation between Caesar and Gollum from 'Lord of the Rings.' Skip to 1:50 mark if you want to miss out on Serkis giving Conan and Andy Richter lessons on how to sound like an ape. I'll only judge you a lot. »
- Donna Dickens
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