19 items from 2015
We’re back with another round-up of news, this time focusing on the return of David Lynch’s seminal series, Twin Peaks, the upcoming Game of Thrones IMAX screenings, and when you can expect to see The Babadook haunt home media.
With Twin Peaks returning to television in nine all-new episodes in 2016 (25 years after it last aired), fans have been wondering which actors will come back. Series co-writer/director David Lynch and Showtime answered one big question by revealing that Kyle MacLachlan will once again step into the shoes of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. Lynch even tweeted a new photo of MacLachlan as Agent Cooper holding a “damn fine” cup of coffee. Here’s the official press release (via Collider) and photo (via David Lynch):
Press Release – “Golden Globe winner and Emmy® Award nominee Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper when the critically-acclaimed, »
- Derek Anderson
In case you haven't heard, seminal riot grrl group Sleater-Kinney have returned with their first album in a decade with No Cities To Love. You might know guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein from her current gig yukking it up with Fred Armisen in "Portlandia," but before she was on the hit IFC comedy, she was ripping riffs and shouting it out hard in the seminal band, and the trio has called in a few favors to help get the word out. Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Gerard Way, Connie Britton, Miranda July, J Mascis, Vanessa Bayer, Norman Reedus, Ellen Page, Natasha Lyonne and Armisen all feature in the album's title track video. And there's a clever twist with everyone involved singing along to the song on headphones, so you only hear their vocal renditions of the track until the actual tune gets pumped up toward the end. Check it out below. [Pitchfork] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's not news that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the superstar creators/stars of IFC's Portlandia, are extremely talented musicians. Both of them were playing and touring for years before they even met, much less started doing comedy together. And it's also not news that one of Fred's deadliest musical weapons is the drum kit. So when the two of them blew into town last week, we jumped at the chance to take them to one of New York's greatest drum shops, Steve Maxwell Vintage and Custom Drums. Once we were there, we let Fred and Carrie loose. What ensued was a session of jamming (did you know Carrie, too, is a wonderful drummer?), joshing, and journeying into the past. In fact, Fred revealed the origin of the word drum as well as the previously untold story of his birth! Both stories were definitely absolutely a million percent true, probably. »
- Abraham Riesman
Period, fantasy, and contemporary films each received their own category for the Art Directors Guild awards! Take a look at the full nomination list below. Winners of the Adg Awards will be revealed on Saturday, January 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Production Designer: David Crank
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen
Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic
Production Designer: John Paul Kelly
Production Designer: Jon Hutman
Production Designer: Peter Wenham
Production Designer: James Chinlund
Production Designer: Charles Wood
Production Designer: Nathan Crowley
Production Designer: Dennis Gassner
Production Designer: Kevin Thompson
Production Designer: Jess Gonchor
Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt »
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Read the full release from Film Independent:
Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced today that Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell will co-host the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nonprofit, which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, will hold the 30th annual awards ceremony as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, »
- Matt Donnelly
Film Independent has tapped Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell to cohost the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards, a raucous afternoon that goes down on the Santa Monica beach the day before the Oscars, Saturday, February 21. The show will air for the first time live on IFC at 2:00pm Pt/5:00 pm Et. Armisen and Bell seem a match made in comedy heaven for this off-the-cuff affair that celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Armisen can currently be seen on IFC's own sketch comedy series "Portlandia," while Bell stars in the Showtime series "House of Lies" and is best known for "Veronica Mars" and for voicing "Frozen." Read More: Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Led By "Birdman," "Boyhood" Announced earlier, Joel Gallen will executive produce the awards show and producer Shawn Davis returns for his 13th show. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
This may be the wrong way to wake up, but in the video below you can watch tarantulas crawl all over Jimmy Fallon.
On Monday night, Jimmy had a visit from Jeff Musial's animal kingdom, including an adorable Siberian lynx, a red kangaroo, and a couple of Mexican white and red-kneed tarantulas. Jimmy looked uncomfortable through the whole thing, even before Jeff randomly put a tarantula on his shoulder. Jimmy kept repeating, "I don't like spiders," but apparently Jeff got the Ok from someone because he kept adding tarantulas onto his head, face and hand. Poor Jimmy looked traumatized. It didn't help that Jeff kept shouting "Don't move! »
- Gina Carbone
Portlandia creators and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are both musically inclined: Armisen's currently the bandleader on Late Night with Seth Meyers, while Brownstein's a founding member of Sleater-Kinney. So it only makes sense that the two would bring some instruments into the mix to preview the latest season of their IFC show. In the clip, Brownstein plays a woodblock while Armisen sticks to the ukulele. The two also describe the season with a spoken-word performance featuring talk of Toni and Candace, hypochondria, and—what else?— taxidermy. You know, standard Portlandia stuff. »
- Ariana Bacle
Portlandia has, since its beginning, been a slice-of-life show: Each episode focuses on a few different pairings (all played by creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein), and each episode revolves around these different pairings in the present day without much acknowledgement of their pasts. But that changes in the season 5 premiere, a chunk of television that spotlights Women and Women First owners Candace and Toni by giving us a funny, heartfelt, and surprisingly dramatic rundown of how their relationship came to be. Although this change in format could be jolting, it happens seamlessly partly because the show's past format inspired »
- Ariana Bacle
"These hazelnuts … they are local?" You already may be able to quote the best lines ("Put a bird on it!") from Portlandia, the hilarious sketch comedy show that pokes fun at the gluten-free, locally sourced world of Portland and its residents - and if you're a fan, you won't want to miss the premiere of the new season Thursday night. (Spoiler: They'll show you how Candace and Toni, from the Women and Women First bookstore, first met many years ago.) The show's creators, writers and stars, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, stopped by People to tell us how they come up with their absurdist characters, »
- Gillian Telling, @gilliantelling
Before Candace and Toni were owners of the Women and Women First bookstore, they were rivals battling it out on the dance floor—and there's a clip from the upcoming fifth season of Portlandia to prove it. Portlandia creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein star as Candace and Toni in the recurring Feminist Bookstore sketch, which takes center-stage in the season premiere: Up to this point, viewers have only seen Candace and Toni in the current day, but this episode will trace back their relationship to its apparently hostile beginnings. »
- Ariana Bacle
The Art Directors Guild today announced nominations in 11 categories of Production Design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos competing in the Art Directors Guild’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. The nominations were announced by Adg Council Chair Marcia Hinds and Awards co-producers Dave Blass and James Pearse Connelly.
The black-tie ceremony revealing winners will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills with comedian Owen Benjamin serving as host.
Production Designer Jim Bissell, Senior Illustrator Camille Abbott, Senior Set Designer John P. Bruce and Scenic Artist Will Ferrell will be awarded the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. Hall of Fame inductees are John Gabriel Beckman, Charles Lisanby and Walter Tyler. »
- Michelle McCue
Before they owned a feminist bookstore together, Candace and Toni were ’90s nightclub dance floor rivals.
The two shoulder-padded “Portlandia” residents, played by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, respectively, will go at it battle-style on a Thursday flashback, when the quirky IFC comedy returns for its fifth season. Peter Giles guest stars on the opener. In a way, so does German music group Snap!, via its “The Power” anthem.
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Like any good dance floor cat fight, this one starts with mutually inaudible passive-aggressive insults, »
- Tony Maglio
TV Picks: See the full story of Toni and Candace in the season premiere episode of Portlandia season 5 airing this Thursday, January 8 at 10:00Pm Et/Pt on IFC.Before they battled the assaults of patriarchy, Toni (Carrie Brownstein) and Candace (Fred Armisen) fought one another in a ’90s-tastic dance off!No one can hold them back once Snap’s “The Power” starts booming. Breaking out their shoulder pads and stellar dance moves, Toni and Candace try to one up each other in their ultimate battle for the ‘power.’ Also, check out IFC.com’s Portlandia Everywhere site to see where you might be able […] »
- April Neale
The Art Directors Guild has announced nominees for the group's 19th annual awards, and films that have come on strong as of late like "American Sniper" and "Nightcrawler" were in the mix along notable extravagant displays in the period and fantasy categories. However, there were a few missing pieces. In the fantasy arena, both "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" and "Maleficent" came up short, while "Exodus: Gods and Kings" missed in the period department. The most shocking snub might be "Mr. Turner's" in that field, however. (And it would have been great to see "Snowpiercer" get some love here, but, alas.) As a reminder, the Guild implemented a new rule this season. Period films must now have the majority of sets and locations designed to portray a time period at least 20 years prior to the present awards year. Contemporary films, therefore, must have the majority of »
- Kristopher Tapley
The winners will be announced Jan. 31 at the 19th annual ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Already announced honorary awards include Christopher Nolan for the Cinematic Imagery Award. Production Designer Jim Bissell, Senior Illustrator Camille Abbott, Senior Set Designer John P. Bruce and Scenic Artist Will Ferrell will be awarded the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. Hall of Fame inductees are John Gabriel Beckman, Charles Lisanby and Walter Tyler.
The nominations list:
Nominees For Excellence In Production Design For A Feature Film In 2014:
Production Designer: David Crank
The Grand Budapest Hotel »
- Dave McNary
The lavish, ornate designs of “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the druggy 70s’ SoCal beach-city look of “Inherent Vice” and the fairy-tale landscape of “Into the Woods” are among the work nominated by the members of the Art Directors Guild for the Adg’s 19th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.
In nominations announced on Monday, the Adg singled out 15 feature films and a number of television programs for its awards, which will be handed out on Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Because the Adg separates its feature-film nominations into separate categories for period films, fantasy films and contemporary films, »
- Steve Pond
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
If you're curious about all the awards season fuss over Richard Linklater's epic project, here's your chance to catch it on Blu-ray. Filmed over the course of 12 years, "Boyhood" charts the life of a young Texas boy as he grows up -- it doesn't sound too exciting, but watching young Ellar Coltrane grow into adulthood is pretty trippy for everyone involved. Lorelei Linklater co-stars as his sister, alongside Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as their estranged parents. Maybe next up we could get "Motherhood"? Get a taste of the award-worthy movie with an exclusive clip below.
- Jenni Miller
Don't get us wrong: we love "Saturday Night Live." But let's not forget these other brilliant comedy shows. From "Portlandia" to "Key & Peele" to "Jimmy Fallon" to "Inside Amy Schumer," 2014 was a great year for sketch comedy - and with "SNL" on hiatus this weekend, we thought we'd shine a spotlight on 14 spoofs outside the Studio 8H sphere that rocked and rolled us over the last 12 months. Partial to the Saturday night stalwart? No problem - you can check out Ryan McGee's list of the Top 10 "SNL" sketches of Fall 2014 here. Otherwise, continue on to the gallery below for our picks of the best 2014 sketches that Lorne Michaels had (mostly) nothing to do with. Anything you think we missed? Let us know in the comments. »
- Chris Eggertsen
19 items from 2015
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