20 items from 2015
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
It's really difficult to not brag when you've had the same kind of conversation I recently did with John Landis, the same human who directed Animal House, The Kentucky Fried Movie, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, ¡Three Amigos!, Trading Places, Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and dozens of other great moving pictures you and I adore. So, for this article, you are going to need to bear with a few of my gloats, please. I'm a nice guy who loves cats and grandmothers, so you can manage for a few paragraphs of crowing. (Or, just skip what I have to say and listen, I'll never know unless you comment that you skipped, which is just mean.) Landis was in Dallas over the weekend...
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The thought of snapping your fingers to the tunes of your favorite fictional bands in film seems rather unreal. After all these movie music-makers seem like the “reel” deal in terms of their celluloid artistry and sense of colorful on-screen showmanship.
However, some of the fictional bands or musical acts we know very well and consider so fondly actually morph into real-life acts. Also, there are real-life bands that share a “fictionalized existence” on screen as well (for instance one can try and divide the musical phenomenon of The Beatles as treasured pop cultural entities from the mop top maniacs they portrayed on the big screen in A Hard’s Day Night or Help. Some may argue they were the one in the same in front of and away from the rolling cameras).
Whatever your definition of what constitutes a favorable fictional band in film at the present moment just »
- Frank Ochieng
Shout! Factory TV, now in its second month, has added three more properties to their growing library of streaming content. These include Gerry Anderson’s Stingray, the Supermarionation series from the mid-1960s, the animated Goode Family, and the 1970s comedy Kentucky Fried Movie.
Shout! Factory TV is a premiere digital entertainment streaming service that brings timeless and contemporary cult favorites to pop culture fans. With a uniquely curated entertainment library, the channel offers an unrivaled blend of cult TV shows, movies, comedy, original specials and more – presenting an exciting entertainment alternative to other services.
Shout! Factory TV is available through any browser and has a Roku app.
The Goode Family (All 13 episodes)
The Goode Family, from executive producers Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-head, Office Space) and John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky (King of the Hill, Blades of Glory), comes to Shout! Factory TV this March.
- ComicMix Staff
We just love original artwork, and every week there's always some kind of cool creation paying tribute to our favorite movies that's worth highlighting. This week is no exception, and there's actually a whole gallery to look forward to thanks to Hero Complex. Over in Los Angeles they have a new show called Quotes, Lines & Lyrics with art pieces inspired by just that, quotes from movies, lines from TV shows and lyrics from songs. Obviously, we're more interested in the movie quote inspired pieces, and there are plenty of those, ranging from Star Wars to Jurassic Park to The Blues Brothers and Forrest Gump. Look! Here's just some of the pieces from Quotes, Lines & Lyrics (via SlashFilm & Facebook): The show opens up on February 27th with an opening reception from 7pm - 10pm local time at the Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles CA. If you can't make it to the gallery, »
- Ethan Anderton
Ah, the sweet sound of success! Even more relevant in this movie article is the sweet movement of success. Thus, Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies will highlight some of the top-notch dance steps where moving your feet to the music is essential. Now this does not have to necessary be exclusive to musical-oriented films or dance-related flicks but hey…it could not hurt either, right?
Nevertheless folks, how about we take a free-wheeling look at some of the selections that were memorable (some more than others) spotlighted here in Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies were your finger-snapping, feet-stomping urges overcome you. Perhaps you have your brand of acceptable dance moments not included in this group? Well, let your thoughts be known if you feel compelled to do so. In the meantime, sit back and check out some of »
- Frank Ochieng
And we have forty years to look at. As you might have seen, SNL is turning forty this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than to get the whole gang back together and make it a night that will go down in the history books? Anyone who’s anyone is going to the reunion (well, that is anyone besides Eddie Murphy of course) and it’s sure to bring back everything that made the show what it is today.
So here we look at some of the best sketches that has ever graced our eyes thanks to Lorne Michael’s marvelous show filler for Johnny Carson. (That’s right- the whole reason the show exists is because Carson wanted »
- Catherina Gioino
One thing was made crystal clear during NBC.s reunion special Saturday Night Live 40: the weekly sketch comedy show has launched an insane amount of massive movie stars. Many of them turned up as hosts, from Tom Hanks to Alec Baldwin. But others got their start as repertory players in the show.s cast, and used that exposure to kick start incredibly successful movie careers. Usually, an SNL cast member tests the waters in an SNL movie. The Blues Brothers, Coneheads and Wayne.s World stand out as feature films that got their start on Saturday night. Not every SNL player who made the leap to the big screen managed to stay there. And some folks found movie success on their own, away from Saturday Night Live, even after logging a few years in front of or behind the camera on the incredibly well-received and long-running program. Which explains why, »
NBC aired the three and a half hour 40th Anniversary special for their beloved late night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live last night, and it was surely an affair to remember, with memorable appearances by comedians who got their start on the show, such as Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake kicked off the show with a memorable cold open, which is just one of many video highlights you can watch below, in case you missed the special or just want to relive it all over again.
Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special was watched by 23.1 million viewers last night, making it the network's most-watched primetime program in over 10 years, excluding post-Super Bowl programs. The ratings were the highest since the 2004 series finale of ER, which was watched by 23.9 million viewers. Also, excluding the Super Bowl and major awards ceremonies, »
Taylor Swift, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi), and Prince were among the stars who rocked on at an after-party for Sunday’s “SNL 40: Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary” special at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Fallon, serving at the party's emcee, jammed with McCartney, Swift and The Blue Brothers and also introduced Prince, who performed with Maya Rudolph as she impersonated Beyonce. Watch the videos here. »
- Michael Lewittes
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Despite never having been a Saturday Night Live cast member, Steve Martin is synonymous with the sketch show. The comedian has appeared on the show a whopping 27 times since the mid-’70s and we can guarantee you he’ll be back for more. It’s undeniable: he’s a fan favorite.
Of course, after hosting 15 times, he was bound to be the reason for some of the most memorable moments in the show’s history. Case in point: the fact that VH1 Classic is dedicating a whole block of their “SNL Rewind: 2015- 1975 Mega Marathon” to him today.
“Coneheads: IRS” (Season 2, Episode 14)
Being a great comedian isn’t always about being the funniest guy in the room. »
- Tara Aquino
On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »
- Alan Sepinwall
It is hard to believe that creator Lorne Michaels’s legendary late night variety show Saturday Night Live has been kicking around the American airways for four decades and still remarkably standing on its hind legs even until this very day. No doubt that SNL has shaped the pop cultural minds of its avid viewers for forty-plus years on the small screen. Importantly, SNL gave birth to the careers of some of Hollywood’s major top stars in the realm of film, television and stage.
Sure, SNL is an immense institution in television. In fact, NBC-tv will acknowledge the iconic late night program when it broadcasts the 40th anniversary highlighting Saturday Night Live’s on-air staying power with many of the show’s luminaries returning and paying retrospect to the classic sketch comedy that became one of America’s most enduring and long-lasting laughfests.
Unfortunately, SNL has never had the »
- Frank Ochieng
"A good attitude and a cup of coffee will get you through just about anything." That's great advice, but it means double coming from Charlie Musselwhite. The 71-year-old harmonica and guitarist is a true living legend of the blues (he was reportedly the model for Dan Aykroyd's character in The Blues Brothers and has played with everyone from The Blind Boys of Alabama to Bonnie Raitt), and one whose life is marked by the kinds of twists and tragedies that you'd expect from, well, a blues song. Musselwhite is up for what - should he win - will be »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
He was in fine fettle, charmingly cagy about things he didn’t want to disclose, but very forthcoming for the most part. He was eloquent on the importance of sound in film (“50 percent of the film’s meaning”) and other matters painterly and cinematic. In closing, I asked him the Ingmar Bergman question, prompted by Friday’s reports out of London that two documentarians found Bergman’s cache of DVDs. Among the discs were the usual suspects, like 'Sunset Boulevard.' But there were many unusual suspects — you might call them guilty pleasures — such as "Ghostbusters," "The Blues Brothers" and the Goldie Hawn film "Foul Play." I asked Lynch what surprises we might find in his DVD collection. 45 seconds of silence, followed by “That might take all night.” In a panic, I reached for the most preposterous possibility: “Any Esther Williams films?” And Lynch smiled. He told an anecdote about »
- Carrie Rickey
Our favorite late-night show, Saturday Night Live, has a very big birthday coming up. VH1 Classic will celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary with mega-marathon SNL Rewind: 2015 – 1975, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 28. Because 433 hours of SNL is never enough.
[Cue the cheers and food delivery speed dial.] For 19 days, VH1 Classic will play back-to-back episodes of SNL. More details on your new favorite marathon are in the press release below.
New York (January 14, 2015) – VH1 Classic celebrates the 40th anniversary of the longest-running sketch comedy show in history by bringing fans 40 years of “SNL” in one place: “The SNL Rewind: 2015 – 1975 Mega-Marathon” beginning Wednesday, January 28th and wrapping on Sunday, February 15th.
Fans can relive the best moments (or binge on all the ones you missed) of “SNL” history with 19 days of back-to-back SNL episodes in this 433-hour “SNL” marathon — the longest ever mounted for a single series on television ever.
Starting with season 39 and working back to season 1 from 1975, VH1 Classic »
- Taylor Ferber
VH1 Classic will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the longest-running sketch comedy show in history with "The SNL Rewind," a nineteen day, 433 hour marathon of many of the 760 episodes of "Saturday Night Live" that have run over the years.
Unlike most marathons though, this one will go backwards - starting with last season and working its way back to the show's first season in 1975 with the last episode to be SNL's first episode ever hosted by George Carlin.
There will also be themed blocks throughout the nineteen day schedule including Justin Timberlake's episodes, episodes hosted by former cast members, Chris Farley and Eddie Murphy's best episodes, and Steve Martin's early hosting stints.
Full details about the »
- Garth Franklin
VH1 Classic will run a selection of episodes of “Saturday Night Live” in reverse seasonal order over the course of 19 days in January and February in an effort to hitch on to interest in that program’s 40th anniversary celebration, slated to air during a three-hour special on NBC February 15.
The Viacom-owned cable outlet said it would work its way from the show’s 39th season straight through to the first episode of “Saturday Night Live,’ which was broadcast October 11th, 1975 and featured George Carlin as host. VH1 Classic will air that episode on Sunday, February 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern, leading up to the NBC special, which is slated for 8 p.m. that night.
The network won’t be able to broadcast every episode of the series, explained Ben Zurier, executive vice president of programming strategy for VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia, in an interview. Some »
- Brian Steinberg
Here at We Got This Covered, we’re suckers for the classics, and that’s why we’re thrilled to be able to bring you a toe-tapping giveaway in honor of today’s Blu-Ray release of Get On Up, a biopic about none other than James Brown, the Godfather of Soul and one of the most iconic musicians of all time.
Thanks to Universal and Way To Blue, we’re mounting one of our biggest contests yet. Check out all the goodies up for grabs here:
5 Blu-ray combo pack copies of Get On Up along with 5 Blu-ray copies of the classic, The Blues Brothers (which features both James Brown and Dan Aykroyd) 5 aviator sunglasses 5 copies of the film’s soundtrack
What do you have to do for a chance at all of this sensational swag? Simply like We Got This Covered on Facebook and retweet our contest message (below). It’s that simple. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The presentation of the union’s highest accolade will be the centerpiece of the annual ceremony which will be simulcast live on Sunday, Jan. 25 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. Et/ 5 p.m. Pt, the show’s executive producer Kathy Connell announced Tuesday.
SAG-aftra is honoring Debbie Reynolds for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments.
Also Read: SAG Awards 2015: The Nominees (Photos)
Fisher has been an actor, novelist, screenwriter and performance artist during her career. She »
- Todd Cunningham
20 items from 2015
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