16 items from 2011
In what may be one of the most ridiculous lawsuits in history, a woman is suing because she went to see Drive and it wasn't enough like Fast and the Furious for her tastes. She's suing over deceptive marketing and hopes to take it class action. Frankly, I'd be suing if it was like Fast and the Furious.
CBS originally exiled How to Be a Gentleman to Saturday nights, but before it even aired in that wasteland the show ceased production and was canceled.
MTV's O Music Awards will be attempting the record for World's Longest Dance Party, and will provide publicity and methods of donation to benefit Glbt groups like Glsen as part of the livestream.
When I saw an online comic of Steve Jobs at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter checking his name off on an iPad, I thought it was a sweet tribute. But now that »
- Ed Kennedy
8:00 Shark Tank (repeat) 9:00 Karaoke Battle USA (new) 10:00 20/20 (new) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (repeat, with guests Hank Azaria and Jim Sturgess) 11:30 Late Show With David Letterman (repeat, with guest Martin Lawrence) 12:30 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (repeat, with guest Shirley Mason) 8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (repeat) 9:00 Fringe (repeat) 8:00 Friends With Benefits (new) 8:30 Friends With Benefits (new) 9:00 Dateline NBC (new) 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (repeat, with guest Louis C.K.) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guest Justin Timberlake and Rose Byrne) 8:00 Nikita (repeat) 9:00 Supernatural (repeat) More shows to watch when you read more. 9:00 Juno 10:00 The Soup (new) 10:30 Fashion Police (new) 8:00 The Proposal 10:30 Definitely, Maybe 10:00 Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings (new) 10:00 Mr. Deeds 9:45 The Notebook 9:00 The House Bunny 11:00 The Ringer 9:00 Say Yes to the Dress: »
Cher has announced that she's recorded a song written by Lady Gaga and Redone for her new album. Which begs the question: Are people going to now say that Cher is ripping off Madonna?
Speaking of Lady Gaga, her official YouTube channel has been suspended. Evidently, she posted video from a Japanese show she appeared on and they filed a copyright claim. Technically, she was wrong, but it's hard to see who wins from this conflict.
Kate Hudson named her son "Bing." I hope the check from Microsoft keeps her happy for his entire life.
In a move that boggles the mind, the Department of Justice has appealed the injunction halting Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and is demanding the policy be at least temporarily reinstated by this evening.
Charlaine Harris has stated that she is working on the penultimate Sookie Stackhouse novel, meaning she intends to wrap things up at the end of book thirteen. »
- Ed Kennedy
Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal of Commercial Kings (IFC, Fridays, 10/9c) often do this thing where they'll take a block of speech that sounds far from musical (or rhythmic, for that matter) and squeeze it into a song. Maybe the ultimate example of that is below, in which a Harry Potter love vlog from a self-described "fangirl...with a camera...being an amateur" becomes an emotional goodbye ballad (despite mosquitoes that threaten to take down the entire production)...
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- Rich Juzwiak
Tune In Alert for the excellent reality series on IFC, .Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings. Their new episode .Taxidermy. premieres July 15 at 10:00Pm Et/Pt. North Carolina natives Rhett & Link are a comedy duo consisting of best friends Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal who met in first grade. They are best known for their internet videos and have developed an international following through their collection of more than 200 web videos. Their music videos, non-scripted reality videos, and sketches have been viewed more than 90 million times. Their collection of viral videos includes Facebook Song (8.8 million views), T-Shirt Wars (6.5 millions views), and Fast Food Folk Song (4.8 million views.) They also gained the attention »
- April MacIntyre
Tune in alert for IFC's lateest greatest reality series. What's more patriotic than American Presidents and good old-fashioned hot dogs? Nothing! So celebrate our nation's birthday (and the American Dream) with a brand new episode of IFC's Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings this Friday at 10pm featuring local La businesses Presidential Car Wash and Vicious Dogs. Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings American Dream Premieres July 1 at 10Pm Et/Pt Husband and wife Roger and Dipika Tanna own and operate Presidential Car Wash & Detail Center. Only open for a year, they're still building their customer base, have dreams of opening another location and need a local commercial to do so. With the help of the Manager »
- April MacIntyre
Many of TV.s most unforgettable moments and best most awful commercials happened when the TV creative process was commandeered by local businesspeople. These passionate entrepreneurs employ low-budget creativity, and often excessive outrage that sends customers running for their doors. From New York.s fast talking hi-fi king Crazy Eddie and the gravel-voice soft ice cream magnate Tom Carvel to La.s uber-laconic car painting pitchman Earl Scheib, every city in America has its own great local commercials and stars, and they will finally be getting the honor they deserve thanks to IFC.s The LoCos Awards. IFC is launching The LoCos alongside the debut of Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings, an original, ten-part docu-comedy chronicling the offbeat and artsy adventures »
- April MacIntyre
Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings, a new television show premiering tonight on IFC, plots two best friends as they journey across the United States to understand the country--via advertising. Rhett & Link won't be a hyper-intellectual attempt to analyze our highest aspirations and deepest desires as a nation, as most media depictions of glamorous advertising do—from the Hucksters and What Women Want to Mad Men. Quite the opposite. We talk to the men behind the show below. Rhett McLaughlin (left) and Link Neal (right) have one of the most subscribed-to channels on YouTube, where they show their clever commercials, each a viral hit in its own right. Although every ad boasts a different look, the pair deploy the same questionable production values, haphazardly written jingles, »
Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal are the comedy and online video duo Rhett and Link, responsible for sweet stop-motion shorts, music videos about internet culture, and local public-access-style television commercials, advertising the businesses that would otherwise not be advertised. McLaughlin and Neal’s I Love Local Commercials original web series puts the pair in the position of a kind of pro bono Crispin Porter + Bogusky, traveling across the country to visit small local businesses the advertising industry has overlooked and make for them innovative and often times absurd online video marketing materials. They’re great, right? IFC thinks so, too. Tonight, the cable channel debuts the season premiere of Rhett and Link: Commercial Kings. The television program is a 10-episode “docu-comedy” where cameras follow McLaughlin and Neal as they embark on their journeys to make good commercials for local business using local talent. Some of those local business include »
- Joshua Cohen
In the proverbial So-Bad-It's-Good Hall of Fame, a wing must be devoted to the local commercial. Amateurishly shot, oddly cast and often hawking things you never knew you needed (and, even after the commercial has aired, probably still aren't convinced), these things camp up local TV in a distinctly scrappy way (my all-time favorite: Select Dental). A few years ago, YouTube hitmakers Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal hooked up with MicroBilt and began producing commercials for small businesses that would go on to garner millions of views on their YouTube channel. These commercials have all the stiltedness and eccentricity of regular local commercials with an added layer of cleverness (see their Sobering Tattoo Commercial, in which tattoo artists from Austin, Texas' True Blue Tattoo gravely list the repercussions that come from being inked, like, "Elderly women will be afraid of you"). McLaughlin and Neal achieve an impressive balance, teasing out »
- Rich Juzwiak
IFC bagged a great duo for their Friday night lineup: A pair of Southerners, Rhett and Link, who have made hay by filming and producing great local commercials featuring real small business owners. .Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings. is based on their .I Love Local Commercials. series in which they make free ads for small businesses with humor and edge. What you will see in their show is at the end of each episode, the final product of the fruits of their free labor, which is one or two local commercials, and the whole process of how it was made. The two drop in on a business knowing very little to nothing, but then 48 hours »
- April MacIntyre
You won’t fast-forward through the commercials on this show.
“Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings“ premieres this summer. The filmmaking duo of Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal travel the country looking for very small businesses in need of a boost. The team makes them an ad, but always with a twist. Already YouTube sensations, these guys have been doing this for sometime online before deciding to build a show around their work.
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- Stephanie Krikorian
Updated, 6/23 Ready for Breaking Bad to return? Or perhaps True Blood is more your cup of tea? Read on to find about those and other (The Rachel Zoe Project! Jersey Shore!) summer premieres for basic and premium cable TV:
Suits (USA, series premiere)
Wilfred (FX, series premiere
Louie (FX, season premiere)
Burn Notice (USA, season premiere)
Young, Broke & Beautiful (IFC, series premiere)
Carson Nation (Own, series premiere)
Leverage (TNT, season premiere)
True Blood (HBO, season premiere)
Celebrity Rehab (VH1, season premiere)
Bet Awards (Bet)
Weeds (Showtime, »
- Archana Ram
IFC today released a new Local Commercial from YouTube superstars Rhett & Link from their new IFC television series Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings premiering Friday, June 24 at 10pm et/pt. The ten-episode docu-comedy chronicles life-long best friends Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal as they travel the country making memorable local commercials for some of the nation's most deserving local businesses.
The commercial from the second episode, for La-based Presidential Car Wash, features husband and wife owners Roger & Dipika costumed as various famous historical American figures and rapping about the virtues of their car washes. Check out the clip below!
Click to watch Presidential Car Wash Commercial! »
Sarah Palin wanted to stop off in England and visit Lady Thatcher this summer in honor of Lady Thatcher’s friend, President Ronald Reagan. The Lady’s aides have spoken out about the possibility. “Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts.” I love the British.
I don’t watch Gossip Girl like I used to. For one thing, I just can’t take it any more. For another, the day job keeps me out late most Mondays. But last time I looked, Chace Crawford was no more a “Lead Actor” than Eric was. But that’s how he submitted for the Emmy Awards. »
- Ed Kennedy
Updated, 5/24 Ready for Breaking Bad to return? Or perhaps True Blood is more your cup of tea? Read on to find about those and other summer premieres for basic and premium cable TV:
VH1 Storytellers: Death Cab for Cutie (VH1, special)
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (TLC, special)
Platinum Hit (Bravo, series premiere)
Basketball Wives (VH1, season premiere)
Single Ladies (VH1, series premiere)
Man vs. Monster (National Geographic Wild, series premiere)
Million Dollar Decorators (Bravo, series premiere)
Love Handles: Couples in Crisis (Lifetime, series premiere)
Franklin & Bash (TNT, series premiere)
Men of a Certain Age (TNT, »
- Archana Ram
16 items from 2011
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