5 items from 2015
We’re in the heart of summer, and while blockbuster season is keeping us occupied for the time being (not to mention Comic-Con next week), a part of me looks forward to the fall when new TV shows start to hit the air. One of those shows will be The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and […]
- Ethan Anderton
Residents of Monroe, Michigan (population: 20,733) got a surprise on Monday night when Stephen Colbert guest hosted “Only In Monroe” on Monroe Public Access Cable Television (Mpact). “Welcome to another edition of ‘Only In Monroe,'” said Colbert as he watered fake plants on set. “I’m Stephen Colbert filling in for your usual hosts Michelle Bowman and Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Wilson. I’m not sure how many people that is, but none of them could be here tonight.” Colbert, who succeeds David Letterman as host of CBS’ “The Late Show” in September, went on to thank the tiny Michigan public access station. »
- Itay Hod
While Stephen Colbert’s tenure as the new Late Show host doesn’t officially begin until September, he’s started testing the waters with a few online-only videos in recent weeks. The first came on June 3rd, when Colbert shared a video in which he finally shaved off “The Colbeard,” and subsequent videos have seen him testing out material that he and his writers have been working on. But the latest video is the most ambitious yet, as Colbert flew to Michigan and took over a public access show called Only in Monroe. He didn’t just pop in and tell some jokes—he hosted the entire, 40-minute show, complete with segments and interviews. And for the cherry on top, Colbert brought on Eminem (yes the real Eminem) and interviewed him live. This is pretty great, and it also serves as a way of somewhat teasing what Colbert’s Late Show will look like. »
- Adam Chitwood
Sundance. Berlin. Tribeca. Cannes. Venice. Toronto. New York. Once saved for occasional weeks out of any given year, “film festival season” has now become a year-long event. Be it the aforementioned biggest of the big, or the ever growing slate of must-attend smaller festivals like Hot Docs, True/False, Stanley or Telluride, film festivals are cropping up across the globe.
But very few of them are set against a beautiful landscape quite as glorious as the Mammoth Lakes region of California.
Marking their debut this year, the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival will launch their inaugural lineup this week, with a hotly discussed documentary from Alex Gibney leading the way.
Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine will open the festival this Wednesday. “We are blessed to have gotten such a strong lineup this year,” says Shira Dubrovner, founder of the festival. She, along with veteran programmer Paul Sbrizzi »
- Joshua Brunsting
VH1 is spinning off its scripted show “Hindsight” with a new web series, “Planet Sebastian.” The new show will feature the cast and characters from the original program.
Conceived and written by the creators of “Hindsight,” the new online series revolves around Sebastian – the video store manager – as he interviews people for his Public Access style talk show.
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Like its predecessor, “Planet Sebastian” is all about 90s nostalgia. All 10 episodes are filmed inside the video store after-hours. The show is shot on beta to give it a vintage-90s tape feel. »
- Itay Hod
5 items from 2015
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