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No matter how popular the characters are, it's hard to take a two-minute sketch and stretch it into a two-hour feature film. Saturday Night Live specializes in putting strange characters on stage and letting them loose for a minute or tw...
No matter how popular the characters are, it's hard to take a two-minute sketch and stretch it into a two-hour feature film. Saturday Night Live specializes in putting strange characters on stage and letting them loose for a minute or two with ridiculous dialogue, and bringing those characters back for more. However, movie demand action, which means changing the familiar setting. Sometimes it works and produces a wonderful movie. But for every Blues Brothers or Wayne's World, there is also a movie like It's Pat, The Coneheads, or A Night at the Roxbury. The successes lead writers and producers to want to repeat the process, while the failures make everyone skittish. Some sketches get as far as a script, but many were shot down even earlier. Often it was because of other recent SNL movie failures, but the movie that scuttled the planned 1993 Hans & Franz film was Arnold Schwarzenegger's. The Governator was supposed to co-produce the project. Kevin Nealon said,“Yes, we wrote a musical! Hans & Franz: The Girly Man Dilemma. I wrote it with Conan O'Brien, Robert Smigel, and Dana Carvey. Arnold Schwarzenegger was co-producing with us, and he was going to star in it. We got it written, sold it to Sony. But I think Arnold got cold feet.”In a 2010 interview with the A.V. Club, Smigel said that the problem really came down to the box office bomb that was Last Action Hero, saying “That movie came out and it was a failure and I was told by his agent that Arnold decided [adopts Schwarzenegger voice], ‘I will never be myself in a movie again! It can’t be done, this is the proof. I can’t play myself in a movie, automatic failure.’”Hans & Franz was far from the only rejected movie idea. Read about the others at mental_floss. What was your favorite movie that came from a Saturday Night Live sketch? And which ones have you seen that are just horrible?
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Adventure Time (Cartoon Network, 7 p.m.) — Is this the next Breaking Bad?Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers Tiebreaker (TBS, 8 p.m.) — Is this the next Breaking Bad?How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8 p.m.) — Is this the next Breaking Bad?Monday...
Adventure Time (Cartoon Network, 7 p.m.) — Is this the next Breaking Bad?Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers Tiebreaker (TBS, 8 p.m.) — Is this the next Breaking Bad?How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8 p.m.) — Is this the next Breaking Bad?Monday Night Football: Dolphins at Saints (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.) — Is this the next Breaking Bad?We Are Men (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) — Is this the next Breaking Bad?Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 9 p.m.) — Is this the next Breaking Bad?Mom (CBS, 9:30 p.m.) — Is this the next Breaking Bad? We’ll find you yet, mythical “next Breaking Bad” show.LATE NIGHT GUESTS: Sean Hayes and Sting on Letterman; Magic Johnson on Leno; Danny DeVito, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and the Lumineers on Kimmel; Simon Helberg and the Naked and Famous on Ferguson; Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Olsen, and the Avett Brothers on Fallon; Demi Lovato, J.B. Smoove, and Moby on Conan; Bill O’Reilly on Stewart; and is Vince Gilligan on Colbert the next Breaking Bad? Yes.
6 days ago
When you learned about farm animal cruelty, “What Did You Do?” That’s the question Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm animal rescue and protection organization in the U.S., is asking millions of people around the world through a provocativ...
When you learned about farm animal cruelty, “What Did You Do?” That’s the question Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm animal rescue and protection organization in the U.S., is asking millions of people around the world through a provocative new campaign that boldly asserts that future generations will ask us the same questions about factory farming cruelty that have been asked of past generations about slavery and the oppression of women. The campaign, running now through “World Day for Farmed Animals” on October 2nd, has garnered support from celebrities including Mayim Bialik, Russell Simmons, Leona Lewis, Emily Deschanel, Kevin Nealon, Shannon Elizabeth, Fred Willard, Joan Jett, and many more. WATCH VIDEOS of celebs telling “what I did,” a celeb PSA, and a video breakdown of how the campaign works at wdyd.farmsanctuary.org. http://wdyd.farmsanctuary.org
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Little did you know, Tom Ricketts and Kevin Nealon (Mr. Subliminal from Saturday Night Live fame) are buds. For some reason, an email intended for Tom from Kevin accidently made it to my email account. See below for details. Hey Ke...
Little did you know, Tom Ricketts and Kevin Nealon (Mr. Subliminal from Saturday Night Live fame) are buds. For some reason, an email intended for Tom from Kevin accidently made it to my email account. See below for details. Hey Kevin, I am having some trouble writing my letter to season ticket holders, Take a look at some of my ideas for the accomplishments section and please reply parenthetically with your thoughts. Thanks – Tom Tom – My comments are below in parenthesis per your request (boy your team still sucks) Kevin ************************************************************************************ Dear Valued Season Ticket Holder (if they are valued, why don't you address them by their name) …….Let’s look at this season’s accomplishments: “I brought a championship team to Wrigley this summer” (are you talking about the Blackhawks or the SF Giants? Hey, while you are at it, why don’t you say that you had Ryno manage a MLB game at Wrigley as well) “We had 2.6 million fans buy tickets for 2013” (but are you forgetting about the million fans that were so hungry and ate their ticket before making it to Wrigley?) “We partnered with the city and are moving forward with a $500 million renovation of Wrigley (I have those compromising pictures of Tunney and Murphy that you were interested in, cost $500 million) “Demand for tickets to enter Wrigley reached its peak in the Ricketts era” (Tom, that was for the Pearl Jam concert. Though you could say that the cost of tickets bought on Stubhub increased by over 30X compared to the same time last year – from $0.19 to $6.00) “We have the most loyal fans and the largest waitlist for season tickets in the MLB (if your season ticket waitlist system wasn’t’ using MS-DOS you would have worked through the entire 116k waitlist this past winter….) We have some of the coolest promotions of any MLB team with our exclusive partnership with Topps. (Tom, wise choice not planning a Carlos Marmol bobblehead day in September. Why don’t you act on Harry’s promotion suggestion and have a Marla Collins Boobie-head promotion where she sheds her top faster than you shed the team payroll in July.) (Tom, how could you forget about: - Claiming the BP Cup, - How the virtual waiting room disappear this year - Having the urinal troughs obtaining landmark status - Announcing the finalists for the 2014 slogan: o “Seriously, wait til next year” o “Plenty of good seats still available for today’s game” o “100 years old and counting without a World Series banner raising celebration” o “We are not raising prices, but we are raising a Jumbotron”
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The season six premier of Breaking Bad ended with an Albuquerque standoff between Walt and Hank, giving us a performance from Bryan Cranston and Dean Norris that TV dreams are made of. Episode two slowed things down. Maybe a bit too much...
The season six premier of Breaking Bad ended with an Albuquerque standoff between Walt and Hank, giving us a performance from Bryan Cranston and Dean Norris that TV dreams are made of. Episode two slowed things down. Maybe a bit too much. "Buried" pushed Skyler White to the fore, not an especially happy decision in an entry that otherwise had Walt digging holes and Jesse in a walking coma, "Buried" did feature some great Lydia moments, a character that I wish we had met earlier and who had played a more central role in the show. Skyler, on the other hand, has always been more of an obstruction than a fully realized person, a problem to be solved. Although William Brennan calls her "the show's best character," his argument turns on the idea that she provides us, the audience, with a "moral grounding." This sounds more like the basis of a parental lecture than a motivation for dramatis personae. In fact, her character's trajectory raises questions about the problematic role of women in what some critics see as TV's latest and greatest "golden age."Vince Gilligan once remarked that the whole point of Breaking Bad was to tell the story of "Mr. Chips becoming Scarface." Ever since James Gandolfini completely embodied the boss of north jersey, we've been gorging ourselves on these tales of subverted normalcy, the suburban dad who's the mob boss, the metrosexual male swathed in his IKEA comfort nest but who's really a serial killer and, of course, the chemistry teacher that's a crime lord.Brett Martin, in his excellent book Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes at the Creative Revolution believes the current "golden age" of TV began in 1999 when Tony Soprano sat across from Dr. Melfi and began talking about his panic attacks. Soon we had The Shield and The Wire. Down the road came Dexter, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. As Martin explains it, these series populated our collective dream life with "characters whom, conventional wisdom had it, Americans would never allow in their living rooms: unhappy, morally compromised, complicated, deeply human."That said, the high, almost Shakespearean, seriousness of the best golden age TV shows can be a bit much. Chris Rock once shocked the Video Music Awards by openly mocking Coldplay for their "white boy angst." Rock's bit has something to say about our current fascination with white boys breaking bad. The dangerous and angst-ridden adventures of the Walter Whites and Don Drapers and Dexter Morgans are the very stuff of TV's golden age. But these have not just been stories about white people going off the rails. They are specifically the stories of white men, the anatomies of their disasters lovingly and delicately explored. The white male ego facing personal Armageddon has borne the dramatic burden of the narratives we love. It's Hamlet, Macbeth and Lear, over and over and over again.Or maybe we've simply missed the way women have broke bad in the same era. Martin's book, for example, gives only the briefest nod to Weeds and Nurse Jackie. But there's a deeper problem. The main outlets for the last decade's most creative TV have only given women limited opportunities to subvert their own normalcy.Edgy stories about women on the margins of the respectable are generally given 30 minute formats (true of Nurse Jackie, Weeds and Orange is the New Black). Weeds, meanwhile, took on a tone of jokey absurdity, Nancy Botwin's life of crime at times becoming a fabulist send-up in the talented hands of Kevin Nealon and Justin Kirk. Compare the highly sentimental (and deeply unsatisfying) final scene of Weeds to the last moments of The Sopranos for a sense of the kinds of experiences women on TV are allowed to have.That said, we shouldn't ignore the ways female characters have been integral to the TV revolution's tales of suburban apocalypse. James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano dominated most every scene in David Chase's Mafioso opera, and yet it's hard to imagine the series without multi-Emmy award winning Edie Falco an
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The next four weeks in Denver will see a tsunami of comedy events. There are four killer standups at Comedy Works (Craig Ferguson, Mike Birbiglia, Marc Maron, Kevin Nealon), two comedy festival...
The next four weeks in Denver will see a tsunami of comedy events. There are four killer standups at Comedy Works (Craig Ferguson, Mike Birbiglia, Marc Maron, Kevin Nealon), two comedy festival...
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They see me golfing, they hatin'. The good people over at Next Impulse Sports came across an image of President Barack Obama the Internet simply needed to see. Folks, the president: While trying to determine whether to use best or ...
They see me golfing, they hatin'. The good people over at Next Impulse Sports came across an image of President Barack Obama the Internet simply needed to see. Folks, the president: While trying to determine whether to use best or greatest to describe this picture, let's consider the scant backstory available. The image was taken by Nancy Lane of The Boston Herald and posted over at The Martha's Vineyard Times' Facebook page. The Associated Press also has a video of the president golfing for those who like to start the week watching a world leader two-putt. In fact, President Obama seemed to show more emotion in one brief moment than PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner showed all weekend. The Martha's Vineyard Times has a bit more information on the spirited round of golf: On a perfect ‪#‎marthasvineyard‬ Sunday, ‪#‎PresidentObama‬ golfed at Farm Neck in Oak Bluffs. According to White House Pool reports, the golfer in chief missed a couple putts on the first hole, but appeared to be having a great time anyway. His foursome was rounded out by assistant Marvin Nicholson, White House chef Sam Kass and friend Robert Wolf. While many of you are already busy crafting a brilliant Photoshop entry, I'm busy trying to figure out how one makes such a pose. I've come to one of two options. Either the president missed a putt, lost his mind and decided to walk around as The Wiz: Or he was trying to show off his own "silly walk": Alas, it seems this is just what happens when the ball fails to go into the hole. The Washington Post quotes a pool report on the round of golf and this particular image: His first putt was a miss, which Obama reacted to by leaning back and kicking his knee up, as if trying to coax the ball into breaking right. He let out a little, "Ooooh," as it happened. Next one missed, too. Last one he just dragged in the hole. It sounds like the president just needed a little pep talk from Kevin Nealon to get that little golf ball to go home. Either way, it looks like even the Commander in Chief can get just as frustrated as the rest of us on the golf course. It's a great game and the best way to ruin a good walk or, as it seems, the perfect way to invent a hilarious one. Hit me up on Twitter: Follow @gabezal
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Skip Matheny met with Kevin Nealon recently at backstage at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, Tenn.
Skip Matheny met with Kevin Nealon recently at backstage at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, Tenn.
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Art"Summer Show"This group exhibit at Eli Ridgway Gallery reads like a "Best Of" showcase. Look for work by local stars Mauricio Ancalmo, Chris Duncan, Sean McFarland, castaneda/reiman, Matthew Palladino, and Rebecca Goldfarb. Take note ...
Art"Summer Show"This group exhibit at Eli Ridgway Gallery reads like a "Best Of" showcase. Look for work by local stars Mauricio Ancalmo, Chris Duncan, Sean McFarland, castaneda/reiman, Matthew Palladino, and Rebecca Goldfarb. Take note of the summer's hallway project by Mark Benson—potted flowers squeezed onto too-close-to-the-ceiling shelves that bring up questions of constraint—and the Salt Water Battery experiment in the gallery's project space by Andrew McClintock.When: Through Sat. 8/17Where: Eli Ridgway Gallery, 172 Minna St.ClassStrawberries and Summer HerbsFigure out the ins and outs of unique flavor combinations at CUESA's strawberry jam workshop. You'll start by making INNA Jams' classic Seascape Strawberry, and then you'll experiment on small batches with summer herbs like thyme and basil. Smell (and taste) the sweet success.When: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Tues. 7/23Where: Ferry Bldg. South Arcade (CUESA Outdoor Teaching Kitchen), 1 Ferry PlazaNightlifeThe Science of BrewingLearn the art and science of beer making at this week's nightlife with both talks and tastings. Jesse Friedman of Almanac Beer and Kim Sturdavant of Social Kitchen & Brewery will expound upon the benefits of local production, and Anchor Brewing Company head brewmaster Mark Carpenter will enlighten you about Anchor's long history in the Bay Area. But the night wouldn't be complete without a beer hall in the museum's African Hall, with samples from the likes of 21st Amendment, Pacific Brewing Company, Lagunitas, Drake's, Speakeasy, and more. We'll drink to that!When: 6 - 10 p.m., Thurs. 7/25 Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr.GamesBacon, Babes, and BingoThis is one of those only-in-SF experiences. Where else would you find bingo lovers, music buffs, and burlesque aficionados in one place, with free bacon and grilled cheese sandwiches? You'll have to see it to believe it.When: 7 p.m., Thurs. 7/25Where: Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St.ComedyDana Carvey, Dennis Miller, and Kevin Nealon This comedic trifecta of Emmy Award-winning laugh masters and SNL alum will be a veritable force at the Mountain Winery this Friday night. Start your weekend with side-splitting jokes of epic proportions. When: 7:30 p.m., Fri. 7/26Where: Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd., SaratogaMusicJay Z and J.T.Both highly anticipated Postal Services performances have been sold-out since they went on sale, but if you can't find an extra ticket on Craigslist, don't fret. Jay Z and JT are taking over Candlestick Park with a performance of Beyonce-like status. When: 7:30 p.m., Fri. 7/26Where: Candlestick Park, 490 Jamestown Ave.ShoppingRenegade Craft FairGet your local fix at the summer edition of this beloved craft fair. And if you're really on top of it, you can get some of your holiday shopping out of the way ahead of time. When: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. 7/27–Sun. 7/28Where: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.MusicFitz & The Tantrums The LA-based sextet have been making a splash since the release of their sophomore album More Than Just a Dream this May. Rolling Stone plastered them all over their Hot Issue, and The New York Times has called them "vivacious, bursting, and danceable." They're a little 60s, a splash 80s, and a whole lot of now. When: 8 p.m., Sun. 7/28Where: The Warfield, 982 Market St.
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These are zoo snippets from our visit today. The baby monkey was adorable. So agile, so able, so busy at his young age.This Red Panda was A-dorable. He looked like a stuffed animal sleeping in that tree. Such sweet creatures. They ar...
These are zoo snippets from our visit today. The baby monkey was adorable. So agile, so able, so busy at his young age.This Red Panda was A-dorable. He looked like a stuffed animal sleeping in that tree. Such sweet creatures. They are hand fed by the staff This is Kevin Nealon from SNL fame. He was having bagels in a great bagel stop. I slipped him a note thanking him for making us laugh in a tough world. It is so fun to spot a celebrity isnt it?? We met him on the way to the zoo!Lastly there were two elephants at the zoo. I know how social they are; I was glad there were at least two. They had ample shade but preferred the scorching sun. Have you been to the zoo lately? Have you spotted any celebrities.
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