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Bww Interview: Donna Vivino Talks New Album Beautiful Dreamer, Off-Broadway's Stars Of David and More!

Donna Vivino, who starred for two years as 'Elphaba' in the First National Tour of Wicked and also in the role on Broadway, just released a jazzy new album called 'Beautiful Dreamer' via Ghostlight Records. This is Donna's first album, which came about in a spur-of-the-moment collaboration with her father, Jerry Vivino, who is part of Conan's Basic Cable Band -- the house band for O'Brien's late night show on TBS. Donna recently spoke with Bww about working with her father, her current project off-Broadway, and the upcoming third season of 'Submissions Only'.
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‘Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop’

Reviewed by Jay Antani

(June 2011)

Directed by: Rodman Flender

Starring: Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino, Mike Merritt, James Wormworth, Jerry Vivino, Mark “Love Man” Pender and Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg

Rodman Flender captures the exhaustion and exhilaration of life on the road in “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop,” a documentary chronicling the grueling two-month, 30-city tour that O’Brien embarked on after he severed ties with his longtime employer, NBC. The network’s 2010 decision to reinstate Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show” resulted in a PR fiasco for NBC and stirred up a media dust cloud of outrage against both Leno and NBC. For his part, O’Brien’s ouster from the show left him feeling angry, abandoned, humiliated. To add salt to those wounds, NBC stipulated that O’Brien could not appear on TV, radio or the Internet for six months after his departure.
See full article at Moving Pictures Magazine »

‘Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop’

Reviewed by Jay Antani

(June 2011)

Directed by: Rodman Flender

Starring: Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino, Mike Merritt, James Wormworth, Jerry Vivino, Mark “Love Man” Pender and Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg

Rodman Flender captures the exhaustion and exhilaration of life on the road in “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop,” a documentary chronicling the grueling two-month, 30-city tour that O’Brien embarked on after he severed ties with his longtime employer, NBC. The network’s 2010 decision to reinstate Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show” resulted in a PR fiasco for NBC and stirred up a media dust cloud of outrage against both Leno and NBC. For his part, O’Brien’s ouster from the show left him feeling angry, abandoned, humiliated. To add salt to those wounds, NBC stipulated that O’Brien could not appear on TV, radio or the Internet for six months after his departure.
See full article at Moving Pictures Network »

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop Trailer

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop Trailer
There will be two Conan's vying for your attention at the Cineplex this summer. One is a Cimmerian warrior, the other is an ousted late night host who took to the road for a traveling music and comedy tour after losing his job. We have the first trailer for the second movie: Conan O'Brien Can't Stop. This hilarious party documentary recounts the finite moments after Conan O'Brien left his post and NBC. Check it out in the clip below.

Click to watch Conan O'Brien Can't Stop Trailer!

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop comes to theaters June 24th, 2011 and stars Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino, Scott Healy, Mike Merritt, James Wormworth, Jerry Vivino, Mark 'Love Man' Pender. The film is directed by Rodman Flender.
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Conan O’Brien to Weinberg: ‘Stop by and find my monologue funny’

HollywoodNews.com: Conan O’Brien spoke about Max Weinberg’s departure as bandleader from his TBS late night talk show in November by praising the musician as “incredible.”

“Max has been a huge part of my life for the past 17 years,” said O’Brien in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, “I hope he can find time to stop by the new show, sit in with the band, and pretend to find my monologue funny.”

Weinberg will be replaced by Jimmy Vivino, a longtime guitarist and keyboard player, in Conan’s band.

Weinberg, who also plays drums in Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street band, exclaimed, “17 years — a lifetime on TV. Conan and I met on a New York City street corner in the Spring of 1993 and my association with Conan, his staff, and crew has been a deeply rewarding experience for me. And, making music with Jimmy Vivino, Mark Pender, La Bamba,
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Max Weinberg Officially Parts Ways with Conan O’Brien

Sadly, one of the great host-bandleader unions of all time has come to an end. Max Weinberg will not be a part of Conan O’Brien’s new TBS late night show, Conan. Both Weinberg and O’Brien issued statements cordially wishing the other well and saying that Weinberg may drop by the show in the future.

Weinberg probably sealed his fate when swam into the bad blood between O’Brien and Jay Leno and tried to replace Kevin Eubanks on The Tonight Show this past April. Movieline also reported that Weinberg would “send interns to do gardening work at his house” and “involve staffers in his pay disputes with the network.” He was also notably absent during Conan’s Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour. Still, the guy was hilarious and his deadpan face was amazing. He’ll be missed. Hit the jump for the press release.
See full article at Collider.com »

Conan Loses Max Weinberg

Max Weinberg leaves Conan By mutual agreement, Conan O'Brien's longtime bandleader, Max Weinberg will not be returning to lead the late night band he created in 1993 as Conan moves to his new home at TBS on November 8th.&#8232&#8232

Beginning on September 13th of 1993 "The Max Weinberg 7" and later " The Max Weinberg 7 and The Tonight Band" were favorites among both fans and critics. With an uncanny ability to combine high quality music and unmatched comedic timing Max played a pivotal role in Conan O'Brien's nightly shows. &#8232&#8232

Conan O'Brien stated, "Max has been a huge part of my life for the past 17 years and he is an incredible band leader and musician. I hope he can find time to stop by the new show, sit in with the band, and pretend to find my monologue funny."

Added Weinberg, "17 years--a lifetime on TV. Conan and I met on a
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Conan O'Brien reacts to Max Weinberg leaving

Conan O'Brien reacts to Max Weinberg leaving
Conan O'Brien confirmed Monday that his longtime band leader, Max Weinberg, would not join him on his TBS show "Conan" this November.

"Max has been a huge part of my life for the past 17 years and he is an incredible band leader and musician.  I hope he can find time to stop by the new show, sit in with the band, and pretend to find my monologue funny," O'Brien said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

A rep for O'Brien says it was a mutual decision for Weinberg to leave.

Said Weinberg, "17 years -- a lifetime on TV.  Conan and I met on a New York City street corner in the Spring of 1993 and my association with Conan, his staff, and crew has been a deeply rewarding experience for me.  And, making music with Jimmy Vivino, Mark Pender, La Bamba, Jerry Vivino, Scott Healey, Mike Merritt, and percussionist James
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Conan O'Brien Bandleader Max Weinberg Won't Be On New Show

'I hope he can find time to stop by the new show, sit in with the band and pretend to find my monologue funny,' O'Brien says in a statement.

By Kara Warner

Conan O'Brien

Photo: Noel Vasquez/ Getty

With a little more than a month to go until Conan O'Brien's new talk show launches on TBS, the host and his new network have started to unveil a few details. Early this month, we received news of the show's name, "Conan," then over the weekend, word got out that the host's longtime bandleader and frequent skit guest star Max Weinberg will not be following O'Brien to TBS.

That news was confirmed Monday (September 27) via a joint statement released by O'Brien and Weinberg's reps.

"By mutual agreement, Conan O'Brien's longtime bandleader, Max Weinberg, will not be returning to lead the late night band he created in 1993 as Conan moves
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