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The holiday season's infamous singing-and-dancing duo is back for another round of Weird Al–style parodies. With the help of Queen Latifah and Eric Nally this time, The Tonight Show crew put festive spins on such hits as Rihanna's "Bbhmm," Silentó's "Watch Me," and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's "Downtown," among many, many others (all lyrics available here). Jones also used her visit to reveal the elusive secret behind successfully pulling off Drake's "Hotline Bling" dance:So you too can crush the holidays with pop-culture flair. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Is it even possible to reminisce about Christmas in the '90s without getting Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" or *Nsync's "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" stuck in your head? How about TLC's "Sleigh Ride"? And I still have a vivid memory of listening to Adam Sandler's hilarious classic "The Chanukah Song" on the radio back before the days of Spotify. If you want to take a trip down holiday season memory lane, listen to our '90s - and early '00s, because it just wouldn't be complete without Britney Spears and Destiny's Child - playlist below! For more holiday tunes, get our romantic Christmas playlist here. "8 Days of Christmas," Destiny's Child "All I Want For Christmas," Mariah Carey "All I Want Is You (This Christmas)," *Nsync "Baby It's Cold Outside," Vanessa Williams and Bobby Caldwell "Carolina Christmas," Squirrel Nut Zippers "The Chanukah Song," Adam Sandler »
- Tara Block
At some point after Nevermind became a hit, the members of Nirvana said that they knew they’d made it after Weird Al recorded a parody of one of their songs. Congratulations, softcore porn: Your moment has arrived. This is the trailer for Fifty Shades of Black, a parody (obviously) of Fifty Shades of Grey starring Marlon Wayans along with Kali Hawk, Mike Epps, Andrew Bachelor, Affion Crockett, Jane Seymour, Fred Willard and Florence Henderson. Also parodied: Magic Mike… »
Bryan Tucker who recently took over the head writer position at Saturday Night Live, just unveiled a new sports comedy website, the Kicker. The site is part of SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels’s Above Average digital network – home to web series like Hudson Valley Ballers and Vanessa Bayer’s Sound Advice – hopes to become the go-to digital destination for fans of sports, comedy, and naturally, sports comedy.
The site is filled with articles including an early draft of Don Mattingly’s new screenplay; videos featuring stars like SNL’s Kenan Thompson in a basketball-themed music video called Hold ’Em Back; and “Weird Al” Yankovic showing what every sports press conference ever looks like. The content is clickable and shareable with plenty of viral potential, buzzwords that should translate »
- Melissa Locker
When I was a kid we used to say you know you made it if Weird Al writes a parody song based on your work, in the film world the analogous seems to be whether The Asylum rips on your movie for a quick VOD profit. In the case of Martian Land, it must mean The Martian with Matt Damon was a hit.
Of course, we love to rip on The Asylum for shit like this and Sharknado, but they have done some decent stuff like bring us the gloriously loony Z Nation on SyFy and Road Wars.
In the distant future, mankind lives on Mars, in cities that resemble those once found on Earth, protected from the alien atmosphere by dome-like force-fields. When a massive sandstorm breaks [Continued ...] »
Weird Al Yankovic is a workhorse. He's been making parody songs (and originals!) since the '70s, and most recently he released a string of delightful hits for his 2014 album, Mandatory Fun. Now, 112 concerts later during his Mandatory World Tour this year, the Yankster has cut together a video for "Tacky" — his parody version of Pharrell's "Happy" — which he kicked off each tour performance with. Stay weird! »
- E. Alex Jung
For seven years, Hanks worked on the documentary that laments and celebrates the Sacramento-based record chain that grew from his hometown into an American retail powerhouse.
After closing all of its domestic locations in 2006, the record store reopened for one night only for “All Things Must Pass” at L.A.’s iconic Tower Records location on Sunset Boulevard.
“I have distinct memories of going into Tower Records and coming to this one because it was so iconic,” recounted Busy Philipps. “You used to have to wait in line at Tower Records because they would »
- Mannie Holmes
Dror Soref, director of the 2009 Paz Vega-Simon Baker film “Not Forgotten,” has been charged with 56 counts of securities fraud for allegedly hatching a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of more than $21 million, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday. Soref, who also directed the “Weird Al” Yankovic video “I Love Rocky Road,” also faces 15 counts of sale of unregistered securities and one count of device, scheme or artifice to defraud a securities transaction. The filmmaker faces up to 75 years in state prison if convicted. Michelle Seward has also been charged in the case. Also. »
- Tim Kenneally
When Rock Band 4 takes the stage again this fall, you’ll be jamming to a few more tunes if you own an Xbox One. Developer Harmonix has announced that gamers in the Americas will enjoy twelve additional tracks for free on launch day if they pre-order the Xbox One version of the game through Xbox Live –specifically Xbox One, and not Xbox 360. These pre-order bonuses join a collection of over 2,000 songs in Rock Band 4, including ones from Heart, Rush, and Fallout Boy.
The twelve tracks for Xbox One are as follows:
• All That Remains – “What If I Was Nothing”
• Babymetal – “Gimme Chocolate!!”
• Earth, Wind & Fire – “September”
• Jefferson Starship – “Jane”
• Marilyn Manson – “The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles”
• Mastodon – “High Road”
• My Morning Jacket – “One Big Holiday”
• “Weird Al” Yankovic »
- Tim Gruver
We saw a trailer during the San Diego Comic-Con International [watch it here], and now DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim have announced that Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship is set to air on midnight on Sunday, October 18th.
The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship surrenders DC Comics’ multitude of Super Heroes and Super-Villains to the demented whims of the award-winning Robot Chicken for a triumphant third time. This time around, Batman and Superman’s bromance takes a competitive turn and the fate of the universe somehow hangs in the balance!
The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship features a cast that includes Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Borstein, Giovanni Ribisi, Jonathan Banks, Mae Whitman, Hugh Davidson, Dee Bradley Baker, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick, plus Adam West and Burt Ward.
- Gary Collinson
Leave it to Weird Al Yankovic to save the day! The singer and parodist was part of a plan to help a young Star Wars fan after she was bullied at school. Eight-year-old Layla Murphy has a deep and passionate love for the sci-fi movies, but gave them up when girls at school began taunting and teasing her for her fandom, saying the films are only for boys. The ridicule got so bad, Layla even stopped wearing her Star Wars gear to school. When the charitable Star Wars costume group The 501st Legion heard about the fellow Jedi's story, they enlisted the help of mega-fans to share their own stories and messages of support to help her feel better. One super-fan in particular happened to be a celebrity: »
With the impending release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the franchise's fandom has never been greater. One of the several prominent Star Wars fan groups, the 501st Legion, put their powers to good use recently, by helping an eight-year-old fan named Layla Murphy overcome some harsh bullying at her school. After 501st Legion member Jason Tuttle met Layla at a fan convention, he lead the charge to give Layla their support. Here's a message from the 501st Legion's Facebook page, which reveals how they helped Layla overcome her bullying, with some assistance from 'Weird Al' Yankovic.
"Layla is yet another young girl who was teased at school for liking Star Wars amongst other "boy" things. As a result of the bullying, Layla began to lose herself. She stopped wanting to wear her R2-D2 jacket and Guardians of the Galaxy shirt out of fear of being ridiculed. »
Last year, they took Orlando by storm. In 2015, they’re off to Sin City. They’re the Hotwives, and as of August 18th, they have returned to Hulu for their second season.
Hotwives, which parodies the Real Housewives TV franchise, began in 2014 with The Hotwives of Orlando, which provided plenty of laughs and ultimately secured multiple nominations for the upcoming Streamy Awards. Season two is titled The Hotwives of Las Vegas, but while it may have a new setting, the show’s cast remains most intact. Casey Wilson, for example, portrays a trashy Southern belle named Jenfer Beudon after playing a “trophy wife” named Tawny St. John in season one. Series creators Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider also show up as two of the seven hotwives.
- Sam Gutelle
Vinyl promises to be an epic series about 70s era Rock and Roll, and it is arriving from the producers of Boardwalk Empire, Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese, who have teamed-up with iconic Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to ensure one of the most authentic experiences ever. HBO has finally released the first trailer for Vinyl. And as expected, it promises to be something quite special.
Many were upset that Boardwalk Empire got a truncated final season. One of the purported reasons that happened was because executive producer Terence Winter was a little too eager to begin work on Vinyl. It would once again have him working with Martin Scorsese, whom he collaborated on not just with Boardwalk Empire, but also the extremely popular tue-life thriller The Wolf of Wall Street. And when Mick Jagger jumped into the mix, that pretty much sealed the fate of Nucky Thompson. As a result, »
“Is this the game that’s mostly math and writing and isn’t anything like the picture on the box?”
Shows like Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and Gravity Falls exist in a grey area when it comes to who, exactly, they’re made for. Ostensibly they’re for kids, but anyone with a Tumblr or who’s been to a con knows there’s more than a sprinkling of adults watching the post-20005 renaissance in kids’ animation. Even reviewing the show is a bit of a tangle when it comes to pitching tone toward children or adults. ‘Dungeons, Dungeons, & More Dungeons’ side-eyes possible reasons adults might feel drawn to the fantastic and the bizarre, but its real agenda is poking good-natured fun at Dungeons & Dragons while telling a loopy, fast-paced story about an interdimensional nerd, the wizard Probabilitor(Al “Weird Al” Yankovic) trying to eat Ford and Dipper’s brains »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
“Wet Hot American Summer” from David Wain and Michael Showalter is destined to be as fun as roasting S’mores and singing campfire songs was when you were a kid. In this week’s What’s the Dead? with Jeff Sneider, TheWrap’s film reporter dishes on Netflix’s prequel to the 2001 cult comedy classic. “All of your favorite sunburned Jews are back, including the fabulous Bradley Cooper who is joined by fellow A-listers Jon Hamm, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and even Weird Al Yankovic,” according to Sneider. “Once again it is the summer of ’81 at Camp Firewood in Maine, »
- Jeff Sneider
Alec Baldwin’s latest series isn’t some 22-episode drama or a quirky comedy meant to last five seasons or more. In “Alec Baldwin’s Love Ride” the actor and frequent “Saturday Night Live” host serves as a relationship expert and offers couples advice while holding forth in the back of a New York City cab — all in minutes-long video snippets.
The show wasn’t put together by Warner Bros. or 21st Century Fox. And you won’t find it on a TV network. Other big names are taking part in similar efforts by the producer of Baldwin’s series, a company known as Above Average.
Lorne Michaels, the creative force behind “Saturday Night Live,” isn’t usually spotted hanging out at Above Average’s headquarters on 45th Street in New York City, but his Broadway Video production outfit is the company’s backer. Above Average could give the latenight »
- Brian Steinberg
Sneak Peek the new trailer from DC Entertainment's "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship", featuring a horde of DC Comics' superheroes and supervillains, premiering Fall 2015 on "Adult Swim":
Cast includes Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Borstein, Giovanni Ribisi, Jonathan Banks, Mae Whitman, Hugh Davidson, Dee Bradley Baker, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick, Adam West and Burt Ward.
- Michael Stevens
It’s a star-studded reprisal of roles in cult favorite “Wet Hot American Summer” for Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, David Hyde Pierce, and so many others for the eight-episode Netflix show “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.” And in case that cast list wasn’t enough, the prequel series will also include appearances from Kristen Wiig, “Mad Men” actors John Slattery and Jon Hamm, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jason Schwartzman, Jordan Peele, Chris Pine, Lake Bell, and Michael Cera. The series premieres July 31. Watch the trailer below and Get Excited. Inspired by this post? Check out our television audition listings! »
Just a week after the second Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp trailer debuted, Netflix has released the third trailer, which features tons of new footage and famous cameos, arriving along with an awesome theatrical-style poster. The video re-introduces us to several stars from the original 2001 movie Wet Hot American Summer, such as Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Christopher Meloni, along with new casting additions Jordan Peele, John Slattery, Michael Cera, Josh Charles, Chris Pine, 'Weird Al' Yankovic and Jon Hamm. Netflix has also issued a few friendly reminders for "new campers" before the series debuts on July 31.
Welcome to Camp Firewood! Just in time for the July 4th holiday weekend, here are some reminders for all new campers: Remember to wear suntan lotion. It's totally normal to cry on the first night of camp. The sign up sheet for archery is posted on the target. »
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