12 items from 2015
A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I'm running a yogurt stand... "Is Ray hurt? What happened?" -Felicia "Somebody murdered him." -Frank At the end of the first season of "True Detective," Nic Pizzolatto expressed some frustration that his audience had spent so much time fixating on the show's oblique references to the supernatural. "I'm interested in the atmosphere of cosmic horror, but that's about all I have to say about weird fiction," he told me. "I did feel the perception was tilted more towards weird fiction than perhaps it should have been." The viewers who latched onto that part of Rust and Marty's story weren't imagining it. Those references to "The Yellow King" and Cthulu were there in the show, even if they weren't intended to be viewed as the larger point of the piece. Those viewers were disappointed when the solution to the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Music and Sex: Scenes from a life - A novel in progress by Roman AkLeff (first installment can be read here; second here; third here; fourth here; fifth here).
[Warning: the chapter below contains "adult situations." Seriously, this one's not for the faint-hearted.]
Walter’s new home, Carman Hall, was an utterly soulless pile of cinder blocks. No effort at all had been made, during its design and construction two decades earlier, to build in anything conveying the slightest sense of warmth. No carpeting in either the halls or in the suites, no wood anywhere except the doors, no decorative touches, nothing but bare straight lines. One imagined it had been designed so it could be hosed down with minimum effort between school years to as to be literally as well as aesthetically antiseptic. There was not even any accommodation made for cooking; not only were there no kitchen nooks, even hotplates were forbidden (though, given that they were horrific fire hazards, that made sense, »
If you can believe it, it's been nearly a month since David Letterman's final "Late Show." What's he been up to in the early days of retirement? Dave gave an interview to an old buddy at Indianapolis Monthly, talking about how it's been tough to get back to doing things for himself again -- like answering his own phones. (He was serious.) Dave was also asked about the many guests in his long late-night career, specifically whether he prayed before interviewing someone he was particularly anxious about hosting.
Here's Dave's answer:
I wouldn't call it a prayer, but I would sometimes have a conversation with myself in the shower before the show. Warren Zevon was on years ago, and we all knew he was dying. I was at a loss because I couldn't think of an entry point for a conversation with a dying man on a television show that's supposed to be silly. »
- Gina Carbone
Late Show With David Letterman wrapped up Wednesday night with a genius finale and an incredible rapid-fire highlight reel soundtracked by the Foo Fighters' "Everlong." Letterman's 33-year late-night tenure was presented in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it fashion, with many fans overlooking must-see moments while wiping away tears.
Thankfully, one Letterman superfan on Facebook has painstakingly broken down the five-plus minute montage into 537 individual frames, with many of the photos sporting details of when and why each image was spotlighted.
Adam Nedeff is responsible for taking that final greatest hits barrage and »
Foo Fighters, David Letterman's favorite band, appeared on the final episode of the host's Late Show to deliver a fiery, emotional and extended rendition of the band's 1997 single "Everlong." The band once performed the song, by request, after Letterman's open-heart surgery in 2000. And on Wednesday night Dave Grohl and his outfit once again broke out their anthem at the Ed Sullivan Theatre to soundtrack the finale's epic montage, a rapid-fire series of clips featuring hundreds of Late Show highlights. Even as the elongated "Everlong" cruised past the six-minute barrier »
This is the sound of David Letterman retiring.
Over the last few weeks, viewers of the veteran latenight host’s “Late Show” on CBS have been treated to a series of once-in-a-lifetime musical moments: John Mayer crooning Don McLean’s “American Pie”; Tracy Chapman doing a stark rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”; John Fogerty doing a punky mashup of his Creedence Clearwater Revival hits; and an enigmatic Bob Dylan crooning the standard “The Night We Called It A Day,” an appropriate shout-out to a TV figure who will make his last “Late Show” appearance during a late-afternoon taping Wednesday. And, in a nod to Letterman’s stated fondness for acerbic songwriter Warren Zevon, the show has in its final days featured a rendition of “Mutineer” by Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires and a digital-only take on “Desperadoes Under The Eaves” by Dawes.
All the big latenight »
- Brian Steinberg
Over the course of his 33 year career, David Letterman has brought countless memorable moments to late night TV -- but a few stand out among the rest.As we say goodbye to the comedy legend, let's take a look back at the best bits we'll never forget -- in true Letterman fashion ... with a Top 10 list! 10. Frequent guest Warren Zevon's final appearance before dying 9. Dave walks out on Joan Rivers 8. Lady Gaga eats Letterman's »
- TMZ Staff
While David Letterman is known for his comedic skits, hilarious monologues and Top Ten lists, there were also some serious moments on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” However, Letterman always managed to find the right balance between gravity and humor when addressing his audience. Amid audience laughter, Letterman would often get teary-eyed as well. His most famous monologue (and some might say one of the finest moments in the history of TV) was the post-9/11 monologue, in which he commemorated all the firefighters and policemen who lost their lives that day. Other memorable moments include the interview with Warren Zevon, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
For L.A.-based stringed instrument maestro David Lindley, the more obscure the stringed-instrument, the more inspiring. Employing a half-dozen guitar-like instruments (several custom-made Weissenborns, a black top Irish bouzouki with added frets, electric oud) in various open tunings, he effortless finger-picks his way into your head and heart. And his droll between-songs banter is both hilarious and informative. Having been employed by some of the world's most-beloved singer/songwriters, such as Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon, to name just two of my favorites, has definitely served his stage presence and chops quite effectively.
Starting the set with an absolutely brilliant rewrite of his much-beloved cover and FM-staple "Mercury Blues" from his must-own ablum El Rayo-x while morphing lyrics from "Tuna Fish Blues" -- the obvious poisoning of our ocean fish and water -- David had our rapt attention. Two Warren Zevon tunes also cut to the bone. Moreover, »
- Dusty Wright
By the time he opens the program with a monologue, he has spent every waking hour since getting up on Thursday preparing for the show, he said in an interview. He has little choice. Unlike most other talk shows, Maher’s program is live and he must pivot from standup comedy to serious encounters with authors and politicians, and then wrap everything up with the delivery of one of TV’s most barbed commentaries – all without a break.
“Live on tape means ‘not live,’ of course. It was live at some point. The difference with our show is it is ‘live’ live. As I’m saying it, you are seeing it,” he said. “It does add an extra, kind of tightrope element to it, »
- Brian Steinberg
Los Angeles - Last night musicians and comedians gathered at the Ace Hotel to honor the 60th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg's groundbreaking poem "Howl," in the form of a benefit concert thrown by the David Lynch Foundation. The non-profit centers on spreading the word about the benefits of Transcendental Meditation. Sounds like a laugh riot, right? Actually, everyone fared pretty well... "David Lynch... the man who made me afraid of hallways." Musician Kevin Drew, as an introduction "Live abortions! Raise your hand if you've had an abortion... or you can just slap me five when you leave." Amy Poehler "I love rap music but I despise poetry." Chris Parnell, prior to rapping "The Ballad of the Skeletons" with Amy Poehler "This should go for two or three hours. Let's round it up to six... Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. You have to if you wanna see Nic Cage. »
- Katie Hasty
The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 13: “Dark Money”
Written by Keith Eisner
Directed by Jim McKay
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS
After the relative, unexpected disaster that was “The Debate,” in which the Kings bit off way more than they could chew thematically speaking, it makes sense that The Good Wife would return after its brief hiatus with an episode that mostly plays it safe. Accordingly, “Dark Money” is a total comfort-zone hour in theory, replete with the meta-gags the series has grown increasingly in love with, a legendary guest actor playing sharply against (recent) type, and a set of new plots for familiar returning characters. Should be a surefire slam dunk, right?
Not so much. For starters, the principal returning character of the episode – that is, the one we’ve not seen in a while – is Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker), the bourgeois almost-definite-murderer for whom the series »
- Simon Howell
12 items from 2015
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