I'll miss you, David Letterman

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I'll miss you, David Letterman
As I begin writing this I'm watching David Letterman, in one of his final appearances as host of "The Late Show," walk out to greet the audience as he's done thousands of times. He's talking about the weather in New York, again, as he's done countless times. After Wednesday, he'll never walk out onto that Ed Sullivan Theater stage and shoot the breeze about the weather again. He'll never again throw it to Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra to kick off the show. The misfits, alas, will have lost their shepherd. Because at his core, that's who Letterman is and has been. He has represented the off-brand sensibilities of an audience allergic to the vanilla stylings of his cool kid contemporaries. He has been the kind of personality who could give us Stupid Pet Tricks and turn throwing a football at a meatball-topped Christmas tree into an annual tradition.
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Criterion Collection: Time Bandits | Blu-ray Review

Terry Gilliam’s second solo directorial effort, Time Bandits, remains an oddly hilarious bridge between his work with the Monty Python gang and his subsequent dystopian solo films like Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and even last year’s The Zero Theorem. Drenched in English dry wit and warped by the cartoonist’s soul that pervades all of Gilliam’s work, the film sees a gang of little people abandoning their posts as the creator’s right hand men to leap through the corridors of time pillaging as many treasures as they can drag with them, while a child gets wrapped up in the mischief along the way. Of its period in more ways that one, it feels a bit like a valiant attempt at emulating Spielberg with Gilliam-Goggles on.

With a stolen map of all time and space in hand, the little gang of burglars, led by Randall (played by a
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Time Bandits

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 9, 2014

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

There's adventure and fantasy afoot in Time Bandits.

The 1981 adventure fantasy Time Bandits is a energetic and engaging voyage through time and space from Terry Gilliam (Brazil).

In the film, a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson, The Four Feathers), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery, The Man Who Would Be King)—but Evil (David Warner, Titanic) is watching their every move.

Featuring a darkly playful script by Gilliam and Monty Python’s Michael Palin (who also appears in the film), Time Bandits is at once a giddy fairy tale, a revisionist history lesson, and a satire on technology gone awry.

The film has been out in
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“The Comeback” Gets Its Comeback, Craig Ferguson Quits the “Late Late Show” and “Game of Thrones” Renders Smug Book Readers Irrelevant


Craig Ferguson announced that he is stepping down from The Late Late Show. His last show will come at the end of the year, which means CBS’ late night will get a complete reboot in 2015. Ferguson will walk away with the longest run as Late Late Show host, having been on the show for ten years, beating Tom Snyder‘s four years and Craig Kilborn‘s five (yes, just five, it only felt like it would never end). At least four late night talk shows (both of CBS’ shows, The Colbert Report and Chelsea Lately) will be different next year. So far we only know who will take over one of those shows.

We’re finally getting more episodes of HBO’s lamented one season wonder The Comeback. E! reports that a six episode “event series” is about to start filming. Series co creator Michael Patrick King will return
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The Top 10 Things We Wouldn't Have Without David Letterman

Over more than 30 years on the air, David Letterman went from the class clown of late night to one of its most respected icons.

In the '80s, Letterman's Midwestern snark and ironic sensibilities were considered groundbreaking in the comparatively staid world of Johnny Carson and Tom Snyder; now they've provided the groundwork for many of today's mainstream comedy trends.

Now that Letterman has officially said farewell to late night, let's look back at the 10 best things Letterman gave us. (Could it have been any other number?)

10. Memories Galore

Leading up to his final broadcast, Letterman, 68, fulfilled a fan's request
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David Letterman Retiring in 2015

David Letterman Retiring in 2015
After more than three decades in late-night television, David Letterman will say his final goodnights next year. He discussed his decision to retire at Thursday's taping of The Late Show and will reportedly issue a statement sometime before the episode airs. Former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who was a guest on Letterman's Thursday show, broke the news via Twitter. CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor confirmed the news.

How David Letterman Reinvented TV

Letterman told the audience during the taping that he had informed CBS CEO Les Moonves of his decision,
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Taylor Kitsch Builds House In Texas In Ongoing Quest To Literally Be Tim Riggins

Some celebrities try to differentiate their real-life personas from the roles they play on tv – just as an offhand recent example, Hector Elizondo will always go on Tom Snyder and be like “People always ask me medical questions and I’m like, this isn’t The Chicago Hope!” Aren’t you sick of that happening? It’s like dude, we know your doctor anecdote, Hector Elizondo! Other celebrities, however, go very far out of their way to literally be that character in real life, which is exactly how we always want to imagine them, it’s just exciting when it actually happens. Today’s example: Taylor Kitsch does a profile in GQ and basically admits to being a real-life Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights: The forthcoming story in the March issue also mentions a decidedly Tim Riggins-y fact about Kitsch: that he is currently building a house in Texas,
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‘Late Late Show’ Director Brian McAloon To Depart After 17 Years

Exclusive: Brian McAloon, the only person to ever direct CBS’ Late Late Show throughout all of its incarnations, is leaving the late-night show and the company that produces it, David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants. Taking over directing duties on Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson is McAloon’s longtime assistant director, Tim Mancinelli. McAloon spent a total of 30 years with Worldwide Pants, starting off on Letterman’s Late Night on NBC and Late Show on CBS and segueing to The Late Late Show at its 1995 launch with Tom Snyder as host. He has directed every episode of the show (more than 3,400 in total) for hosts Snyder, Craig Kilborn and current host Craig Ferguson, all on Late Show‘s current stage. His departure comes as Ferguson is finalizing a new deal that involves the show moving to a bigger studio. Here are internal emails sent out today by the show’s
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Late Night with David Letterman: The NBC Show Debuted 30 Years Ago

Exactly 30 years ago tonight, Late Night with David Letterman debuted on NBC.

Letterman had hosted a morning show on the peacock network back in 1980 and it was such disappointment that it was pulled after 18 weeks. The network still believed in Letterman though, especially when he started being courted for a syndicated show. He was signed to guest host for his idol on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and it became clear what Letterman should be doing.

In November 1981, the creation of Late Night with David Letterman was announced, produced by Carson productions. This meant that Tom Snyder's Tomorrow Coast to Coast would be moved back an hour but Snyder refused and that show was cancelled in mid-December.

To accompany Letterman on his new show, musician Paul Shaffer was hired to lead a group named The World's
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Take a Ride on the Explosion Bus

Another new web series crossed our path today, and while it's more on the humor side of the horror-comedy sub-genre, given that it tackles everyday horrors and allows viewers to approach their most acute fears with laughter, we thought it well worth sharing.

Written and directed by Tom Snyder, creator of Comedy Central’s "Dr. Katz", Explosion Bus stars comedians Jonathan Katz and Tom Leopold. It's the story of two unqualified heroes who take on the cruel host of America’s most popular TV show, a fictional version of "American Idol". In their bus with their "staff", they cross the country making talent audition house calls. The humor is dry, the dialogue is conversational, and the women are beautiful. Just like real life!

As Katie Covett, executive producer of Explosion Bus, explains it: "The horror that pervades Explosion Bus is subtle but very much present. Eb confronts everyday horrors: the
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Don't Worry, Alfred Hitchcock Once Met James Brown (and Someone Filmed It)

Don't Worry, Alfred Hitchcock Once Met James Brown (and Someone Filmed It)
Alfred Hitchcock racked up a few amazing TV appearances during his lifetime, including guest-spots on The Dick Cavett Show and Tom Snyder's Tomorrow, but his weirdest was as a panelist on the old Mike Douglas Show alongside James Brown. Watch the Master of Suspense sit across from The Hardest Working Man in Show Business and field questions about his movie "Homicidal" (err, Mr. Brown meant Psycho).
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Retro Review 1981: Fort Apache, The Bronx

Fort Apache, The Bronx (Original Release Date: 6 February 1981)

Insult and intrigue swap slaps to the viewer's face for much of Fort Apache, The Bronx. It has strong performances and a stronger cast, along with enough real-feeling moments to make the ones that feel less real stand out. I suppose it resonated enough with its original audience for it to be one of the few movies from 1981 you won’t have to go out of your way to find. I found my copy in a four-dollar bargain bin at Walgreens (no hyphen, the Internet tells me).

Finding copies of these movies can be difficult. Next week’s movie comes to us courtesy of a raid on a local seller’s LaserDisc section, and the movie for the week after that is a rare case of NetFlix’s “Watch Instantly” selection aligning with my interests. I’ve had a hard enough time
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The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series DVD Review

There was a sense in 2007 that we were never going to get The Larry Sanders Show in its entirety on DVD. Sony was struggling to get the music rights and so they put out the first season on DVD and then a “best of” that harvested 23 (out of 89) of the show’s greatest episodes, while also getting star Gary Shandling to host some of the most amazing Q&A’s ever produced for DVD. Leave it to The Shout Factory! – those artists of TV box sets – who cleared all the red tape so we can now have the complete six-season, eighty-nine episode run in a gorgeous box set that includes all previous supplements, and adds new content.

Gary Shandling stars as Larry Sanders, a talk show host dealing with the passive aggression of Hollywood, and his support staff – with producer Artie (Rip Torn) and sidekick Hank Kingsley (Jeffery Tambor) his main collaborators.
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Pat O'Brien writes open letter to Lindsay Lohan

Pat O'Brien writes open letter to Lindsay Lohan
Pat O'Brien, a guest columnist in the September 3 print edition of the Hollywood Reporter, wrote this column about Lindsay Lohan, whose movie "Machete" opened the same day. O'Brien recently joined Fox Sports Radio's "Loose Cannons" as co-host alongside Steve Hartman and Vic "The Brick" Jacobs. He is working on an autobiography due out next year.

Dear Lindsay:

Do us all a favor and take a snapshot of your life on this Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. By all accounts, you are reasonably healthy right now.

You are out of jail.

You've completed another rehab. Right now, people are buying tickets to your movie, "Machete," with a formidable Hollywood cast. And you grace the cover of the new Vanity Fair magazine, looking ever the movie star with all the accompanying door prizes and presents: beauty, happiness, confidence, youth and that "have it all" look that the woman you are channeling, Grace Kelly, possessed. This is all good.
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Actor Kevin Pollak Reinvents Himself With Web Video

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In his 30-year career, Kevin Pollak has appeared in more than 60 films and created indelible roles in such modern classics as A Few Good Men and The Usual Suspects. His Internet awakening occurred in 2009, when he started his Streamy Award winning weekly talk show Kevin Pollak Chat Show backed by Jason Calacanis (Mahalo). He ventured into the world of Web video with his acclaimed original Web series Vamped Out (it was his directorial debut and he wrote and starred in it as well). Vamped Out returns for season 2 on Babelgum this fall. In a series of interviews about his projects, Pollak shares the story of his evolution and what he loves about this new entertainment medium.

Fast Company: How did Kevin Pollak Chat Show start?

Kevin Pollak: About a year ago, I was visiting Jason Calacanis at Maholo's offices. He was doing a live streaming thing with his disciples,
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Craig Kilborn on Espn, Women in Late Night, and His Comeback

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Craig Kilborn on Espn, Women in Late Night, and His Comeback
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When Craig Kilborn and I spoke last week, LeBron James hadn't yet told sports fans around the country that he was going to play in Miami. So it's not a surprise that the topic was still on the mind of a guy who came to America's attention as an anchor of Espn's 'SportsCenter' in the mid-'90s.

"I'll tell you what's odd, if he does leave Cleveland, he's going to drag the city through this announcement and then kick them in the gut and say 'I'm leaving,'" he told me.

Kilborn has had an interesting career, to say the least. He left 'The Daily Show' in 1999 to take 'The Late Late Show' over from Tom Snyder; his successor, Jon Stewart, has become a superstar. And five years later, he stepped away from 'Late Late' seemingly into obscurity. Craig Ferguson took over and
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Michael Shannon Interview, The Runaways

Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”) is one of the most gifted actors of his generation. He has worked with many of the industry’s most honored talent and treaded the boards in the world’s most respected theaters. Movies Online sat down with Michael at the Los Angeles press day for his new film, “The Runaways,” the music-fueled coming of age story of the groundbreaking all-girl 1970s rock band.

Michael plays the uber-eccentric rock impresario Kim Fowley who helps form The Runaways and serves as the band’s foul-mouthed manager caught between manufacturing the girls’ “jailbait” image and keeping the teenagers in line and out of trouble long enough to get them to the next gig or cut the next record. Under his Svengali-like influence, the group evolves into an outrageous success and with its tough-chick image and raw talent quickly earns a name for itself – and so do its two leads,
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'Twilight's' Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart so not together at 'Runaways' premiere

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Taylor Lautner showed up to support his "Twilight" co-star Kristen Stewart at "The Runaways" premiere -- and maybe help keep the focus on their new film, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"  -- Thursday (March 11) at the ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood.

Is it a coincidence that the "Eclipse" trailer hit the web this week, with "The Runaways" premiere tonight and the film opening on March 19? Probably not.

But Taylor arrived so late to the premiere that they totally missed each other on the red carpet.

He literally jumped out of a black limo, smiling for cameras, then raced off to sign autographs for fans long after Kristen had worked the press line, giving polite, sincere and thoughtful interviews to TV outlets about this role of a lifetime, playing real-life rocker Joan Jett in "The Runaways."

Anyone who doubts the veracity of Kristen's amazing and insightful performance in the film need only look
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Runaways founder Kim Fowley storms the film's press junket!

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The real Kim Fowley, the man who created the Runaways, the first all girl rock band, wasn't invited to the set of "The Runaways," starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as band members Joan Jett and Cheri Curry.

He wasn't even invited to the film's Sundance Film Festival premiere and the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts concert in Park City, Utah. And yet his character in the film is the most riveting, mesmerizing and fascinating persona in the whole rock and roll scenario

But that didn't stop the indefatiguable Fowley from crashing the Mar. 10 press junket at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset Blvd, and hanging out in the hospitality suite wearing a T-shirt that read "I'm not Kim Fowley."

Not that he needed the shirt. The physical resemblance between Fowley and the actor who portrays him in the film, Michael Shannon, even without the makeup and costumes, was postively remarkable.
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Craig Ferguson Goes Audience-Free For A Night, Wins Wide Acclaim

Craig Ferguson of CBS' Late Late Show isn't shy about experimenting with the late-night format, but the show he did last night was a radical departure even for him. Inspired by Tom Snyder, the first Late Late Show host, Ferguson did a show with no audience, instead talking to Stephen Fry, a terrific guest, for the full hour - and in the process cemented his status as one of TV's most versatile talents.
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