12 items from 2014
Billy Joel first hit the Top 40 in 1973 with the classic “Piano Man,” and over the next 20 years would rack up 33 top 40 hits, including 13 Top Tens and 3 #1′s (“It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me,” “Tell Her About It,” “We Didn’t Start The Fire”).
Billy’s last pop album was 1993′s River Of Dreams, but he’s still made his presence known over the last two decades, primarily on the concert stage, including a series of “Face-To-Face” tours with Elton John.
Billy’s music has always been a presence in my life, and i’m sure many others. Picking his best songs is difficult, but for his 65th birthday today, I narrowed it down to my top five.
5. Movin’ Out
Album: The Stranger
Chart Peak: #17
The Stranger is the biggest selling studio album of Billy’s career, and earned him music superstardom with such glossy classics as “Just The Way You Are »
You might not think those who can hit, kick or shoot can also slice, dice or saute, but the opening episode of "Chopped Tournament of Stars," a five-part special edition of Food Network's "Chopped," might convince you otherwise.
Premiering Sunday, March 9, it brings together celebrities from different walks of life to compete head to head in cooking challenges. The winners from the first four episodes face off for the championship in the finale on April 6, with a $50,000 grand prize going to the charity of the victor's choice.
The premiere episode "Sports Stars!" pits four ex-athletes -- 1999 World Cup heroine Brandi Chastain, NBA enforcer Charles Oakley, and Olympic gold medalists Greg Louganis and Jackie Joyner-Kersee -- in various challenges.
"Understand that nutrition plays a huge role in athletes' lives, »
Broadway’s New York Yankees love-fest Bronx Bombers, starring Peter Scolari as Yogi Berra, isn’t exactly pulling major-league numbers at the box office. In the first full week since its Feb. 6 opening, the new drama took in a measly $177,559, according to figures released by The Broadway League. That’s less than a quarter of the potential gross at Circle in the Square (one of Broadway’s smallest theaters) — and does not bode well for its future.
The biggest surprise this winter has been the season’s unlikeliest but very palpable hit(s): the Mark Rylance-led productions of »
- Thom Geier
Russia’s Gay Rights Debate Suddenly Lacking Star Quality
NFL Camera Operators Prepare For Challenging Year Of Avoiding Offensive Michael Sam Signs. “The cameramen added that they are also proposing a 15-second delay for all games taking place in the South.” Sometimes the line between The Onion and reality is razor thin.
After Simon & Simon, Hart To Hart and Too Close For Comfort, now Adam Scott brings us a shot by shot remake of the opening to … Bosom Buddies! He plays Peter Scolari to Paul Rudd‘s Tom Hanks, with Mo Collins a formidable Holland Taylor
He’s lucky he didn’t break his coccyx.
Just fell through the trampoline and broke it. Lol. #bigkid pic. »
After premiering Thursday night (Jan. 23) on Adult Swim, the fourth "Greatest Event in TV History" has made it's way online and, as promised, it's pretty great.
Adam Scott and Paul Rudd recreated the intro to "Bosom Buddies," and had the help of the show's original stars, Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, along the way. The intro itself also features Gillian Jacobs, Mo Collins, Aisha Muharrar, Helen Slayton-Hughes and Aidy Bryant.
This was touted as the final "Greatest Event in TV History," but it shouldn't take too long to figure out whether or not that's true. With so many old shows out there, these could go on forever. »
Paul Rudd doesn’t just play a part, he becomes it. The “Role Models” star’s exacting method acting is on full display in the latest edition of “The Greatest Event in Television History.” Past versions have involved meticulous recreations of the opening credits to such television chestnuts as “Hart to Hart” and “Too Close for Comfort,” but this installment ups the ante. Also read: Amy Poehler, Adam Scott Re-Create Opening Credits to ‘Hart to Hart’ (Video) It’s a shot for shot remake of the opening to “Bosom Buddies,” the early ’80s sitcom that featured Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari »
- Brent Lang
Last night, Adult Swim aired the fourth and final installment in Adam Scott's Greatest Event in Television History series, in which he and some of his pals create frame-for-frame reenactments of the opening credits for eighties TV shows (after ten minutes of mockumentary footage about the making of the reenactment). He'd already tackled Simon & Simon, Hart to Hart, and Too Close for Comfort, so last night, he teamed with Paul Rudd to remake the lengthy, exposition-heavy opening to the Tom Hanks–Peter Scolari drag sitcom Bosom Buddies. (Gillian Jacobs takes the Donna Dixon role, Aidy Bryant does the late Wendie Jo Sperber, Parks and Rec writer Aisha Muharrar is Telma Hopkins, and Mo Collins nails Holland Taylor in just one face.) Watch the re-creation and the original side-by-side and marvel at the unicycle and handball skills Adam Scott had to master to pull this off. And how long did it »
- Abraham Riesman
Could it be that this time, after three false starts, Adam Scott has finally presented the honest-to-God Greatest Event in Television History? You’ll have to watch the special to see for yourself, but know this: It features Scott and Paul Rudd wearing history’s least convincing drag getups. And dancing around in towels and shaving cream. And running through the park to a classic Billy Joel tune — which, for a change, is actually sung by the real Billy Joel.
That’s right: Scott’s fourth Greatest Event special revolves around a frame-by-frame recreation of the opening credits sequence from »
- Hillary Busis
Adam Scott had himself a big night of television last night. He directed his first episode of "Parks and Recreation" (which I reviewed here), and at midnight, Adult Swim debuted the fourth and final installment of his pointlessly wonderful "Greatest Event In Television History" series, this time with Scott and Paul Rudd recreating the opening credits to "Bosom Buddies."(*) (*) Insert usual defense of "Bosom Buddies" as a show vastly better than its cross-dressing reputation, thanks to the dynamite chemistry between Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, who were so good the producers were able to pretty much ditch the drag stuff »
- Alan Sepinwall
Did they finally accomplish it? After three failed attempts, was the "Greatest Event in TV History" finally achieved? For the fourth outing of the Adult Swim special, Adam Scott and Paul Rudd remake the intro to "Bosom Buddies," making use of some very special guests along the way.
In the buildup to the intro, both Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari appeared in small roles, along with many of the usual suspects in these, including "Survivor" host Jeff Probst. It was said more than once that this was the final installment, but that can't possibly be true. If it is, what a truly sad occasion.
As with past incarnations, the fictional story leading up to the unveiling was the shining star. In preparing for the role, Rudd immersed himself in his character and the 1980s, even obsessing over old weather reports. At one point he even moves in with Scott's family, »
Is the fourth time the charm? The latest installment in Park and Recreation star Adam Scott's The Greatest Event in Television History series debuted Thursday evening on Adult Swim. This time, "ex-smoker" Scott recruited the newly-minted Ant-Man (aka "bonafide movie star" Paul Rudd) to re-enact the opening credits of 1980s sitcom Bosom Buddies. Video: 'Greatest Event in Television History': Adam Scott Tackles 'Too Close for Comfort' The original comedy starred Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, with Rudd playing Hanks' Kip/Buffy Wilson and Scott taking on Scolari's Henry/Hilde Desmond dual roles in the redo Scene for scene,
- Philiana Ng
If you’ve become disenfranchised with Lena Dunham’s Girls over the course of the HBO series’ past two seasons, this week’s episode (the third of the third season, intriguingly titled “She Said Ok”) just might be the one to get you reinvested in the show. On a surface level, the episode employs some classic television tricks and twists – it introduces a lightning rod new character (Gaby Hoffmann, kicking off a long arc as Adam’s sister Caroline) and it throws the rest of its cast together in a party situation – but the episode also cannily addresses some of its continued criticism in a few nifty (and often just kind of meta) ways and explores new territory for old characters. It’s Hannah’s (Dunham) twenty-fifth birthday, and she’s celebrating with a party at a local Brooklyn bar, as thrown by Marnie (Allison Williams, who goes for the Mvp title in this episode and just »
- Kate Erbland
12 items from 2014
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