Bill Murray is teaming up with his Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola to create a Christmas TV special.
The Ghostbusters actor will sing classic yuletide carols in the one-off show, which will be directed by Coppola. He tells Variety.com, "It's not going to be live... We're going to do it like a little movie. It won't have a format, but it's going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose... It will have a patina style and wit to it. It will be nice." Many details are yet to be confirmed about the project, but Coppola adds, "We're working on a Christmas special... Not sure when it will air, but my motivation is to hear him singing my song requests." The duo previously worked together on Lost in Translation in 2003.
"It was a mistake to throw the towel in... I think it will come back again, the thing about X Factor is you know what you’re getting... There’s a reason it produces so many stars, unlike the other shows. It doesn't rely on gimmicks: a spinning chair, or a wall going up and down. I genuinely do believe it’s the best format." Simon Cowell is convinced the U.S. version of The X Factor will be back on screens in the future following its cancellation earlier this year (14).
British DJ and TV personality Neil Fox has been released on bail following his arrest on suspicion of sexual assault. The broadcaster, who was a judge on Simon Cowell's TV singing contest Pop Idol in the 2000s, was arrested at the headquarters of U.K. radio station Magic FM in London on Tuesday (30Sep14) and quizzed over four allegations against two women.
Cops also searched two properties in relation to the probe, and Fox, 53, has since been released on bail.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police reads, "Officers from Westminster... arrested a 53-year-old man following four allegations of sexual assault against two women. Three of the allegations are historic, one from earlier this year. The man was arrested at a business address... and taken to a central London police station... The man has now been bailed to return on a date in early December pending further enquiries."
The star, also known as Dr. Fox, has been taken off air from his radio show while the case continues.
A statement from Bauer Media, the company behind Magic FM, reads, "In the circumstances Neil will be off air from tomorrow to enable him to devote his full attention to dealing with these matters. All other aspects of his contract will remain unchanged while matters are resolved."
Fox sat alongside Cowell on the panel of British reality show Pop Idol from 2001 and 2003. The format later became the basis for American Idol and a number of other international spin-offs.
Irish rockers U2 are secretly working with Apple bosses to create a revolutionary new digital music format which they are convinced will bring an end to piracy. The Beautiful Day hitmakers recently teamed up with the tech giant to give all iTunes customers a free download of their new album, Songs of Innocence, but now frontman Bono has revealed there is much more to the band's relationship with Apple.
In a new TIME magazine article, the singer has detailed the group's plans to help combat the illegal downloading of artists' music by creating a new file format which cannot be copied.
The aim of the top secret project is to tempt fans to purchase full albums, not just individual tracks, once more so new material will once again become profitable for artists who aren't big on touring.
Bono explains, "Songwriters aren't touring people. (Late composer/songwriter) Cole Porter wouldn't have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn't coming to a stadium near you."
He continues, "(It's) an audiovisual interactive format for music that can't be pirated and will bring back album artwork in the most powerful way, where you can play with the lyrics and get behind the songs when you're sitting on the subway with your iPad or on these big flat screens. You can see photography like you've never seen it before."
However, Bono admits the project is still in development and is at least "18 months away" from becoming available to the public.
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Actor/comedian Dan Aykroyd wants to expand his business empire by opening a blues club in London.
Aykroyd co-founded a chain of restaurants and clubs called House of Blues in 1992 and there are now 13 branches around the U.S., and he is hoping the 14th will be in the British capital.
The Blues Brothers star tells Britain's Evening Standard newspaper, "I would like to put a House of Blues here. I would like to find a good spot for our format. We need a 1,000-seat showroom, maybe 500 seats, and I would love to bring our Louisiana cuisine and we'd fit the rooms with our rural folk art collection."
Actress Chloe Grace Moretz and America's First Lady Michelle Obama have teamed up to star in a spoof of dystopian film Divergent to promote healthy eating. The Carrie star is featured as the lead role in a trailer for a fake film titled Snackpocalypse for comedy website Funny or Die.
Similar to the blockbuster action film starring Shailene Woodley, Moretz is a student unlike the others at her high school as she chooses to snack on fruits and vegetables instead of junk food.
Teen Wolf hunk Tyler Posey also joins Moretz as they survive on healthy eating while they watch the other students turn into zombies eating unhealthy food.
Obama, who is an advocate for exercise and healthy living, makes an appearance at the end, sitting on a couch with a couple of friends and eating a carrot.
She quips, "Don't you hate when trailers give away the whole movie? Can we just watch Frozen again?"
The First Lady follows in the footsteps of her husband U.S. President Barack Obama, who starred in a popular Funny or Die sketch with Zach Galifianakis earlier this year (14) for his series Between Two Ferns.
The video promoting the politician's health care initiative went viral, and even nabbed an Emmy Award last month (Aug14) for the Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program.
Shutting off news reports of the Iran-Contra affair, turning down the abrasive rock stylings of the Beastie Boys, and peering through the perpetual mist of airborne cocaine particles that was inherent to 1987 California, film and television director Jeff Franklin dreamed of a simpler time. A time riddled with milkmen and paperboys, a time wherein three grown imbeciles could band together to raise a triad of blonde, plucky sisters together without incurring questioning unto their judgmental capabilities. Even in a time as cynical as the late '80s and early '90s, Franklin's creation Full House managed to thrive on the simple, wholesome, drama-free bounties of pleasant West Coast tomfoolery. Back then, the Tanners and co. didn't need postmodern satire, sociopolitical undertones, sudden character deaths, love triangles, or overarching themes of any kind — they relied (and thrived) simply on being pleasant. But today would be a different story.
With John Stamos pushing to revive the highly successful ABC sitcom (via TV Guide) — in the wake of the Disney Channel's creation of Girl Meets World, no less — we are looking at the considerable, albeit presently quite tentative, possibility that such an entity might in time come to be. But we can't help but wonder how a show about three ceaselessly well-meaning kooks and their frighteningly saccharine communal daughters would fare amid today's TV slate: a community of shows where crooked and criminal, if not entirely amoral, heroes and heroine are the norm rather than the exception.
Cynicism is the life blood of today's TV. Even in our comedic fare — think of Community, Arrested Development, How I Met Your Mother, and even The Big Bang Theory — do we see the proclivity to mock and deconstruct, to tear apart the very fabric of shows like Full House (happy family bouncing from one typical sitcom plotline to the next week after week). Our characters aren't looking to reclaim the era of milkmen and paperboys the way Danny Tanner was, they're looking to shoot down the blind-eyed peurility upheld by this allegedly superior past. So far gone into the muck of irony is today's television viewer that Full House couldn't seem earnest no matter how hard it tried... or, better yet, how naturally earnestness came to it.
But even if we can accept the Tanner/Katsopolis/Gladstone/Gibbler tribe as impeccably genuine, what would be our motivation to watch week after week? Full House, so appropriately named after an immobile edifice, was a show that celebrated its static nature. Every time you set foot into that San Francisco dwelling, you were treated to the same consequence-free merriment that you caught episodes and seasons prior. Yes, this was a treat, not a relegation. But today, we yearn for that through-line momentum. We watch, if for no other reason, to find out what happens next in the chaotic and kinetic, oftentimes toxic, forward narratives of Walter White, Carrie Mathison, and Tyrion Lannister. Hell, one of the most popular shows on today is called Scandal. If that's not telling, then I don't know what is.
Without even a central romance into which to sink our teeth — could we really see Danny, Joey, or any of the girls upholding one half of a riveting will-they-won't-they? — we're hardly draw to "find out what happens on the next exciting episode of Full House," at least not with the same verve to which modern TV has fueled our communal addiction.
Lacking that intertwining drama, today's Full House could seem devoid of life force. Without the scathing bite of sarcasm, it could come off lazy and unclever. And with such an adherence to the traditional format — that which today's comedy routinely turns inside out for sport — it could render not nostalgic but wholly outdated. When Full House came to be in 1987, it was then a throwback, a revival of a simpler time. So what would it be now? A throwback to a throwback? A revival of a revival? A tribute to a time simpler than a time that was simpler? See, just trying to identify it feels like a lost cause.
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Rare films made by Andy Warhol will soon be available to the public. Experts at New York's Museum of Modern Art are working to turn the previously-unseen films, made between 1963 and 1972, into a digital format. The artist withdrew most of his films from circulation in the 1970s but some have gradually been restored since his death in 1987.
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Now that they're done sailing on a boat, hugging it and quitting it, and doing the Creep, The Lonely Island boys are finally ready to tackle their biggest project yet: a feature film. The comedy group, made up of Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and Golden Globe-winner Andy Samberg, is set to star in and produce a musical comedy for Universal (via Variety). Shaffer and Taccone will also be stepping behind the camera to co-direct the project, and Judd Apatow has also signed on as a producer. Thus far, no information about the project's plot or title have been released, but based on the three comedy albums and hundreds of Digital Shorts that the team has created over the past decade, it seems likely to contain plenty of celebrity cameos, hip hop influences and people's junk in inappropriate places. In fact, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if the group decided to look to their musical sketches for cinematic inspiration; after all, the trio has produced a great deal of ridiculous and memorable characters and more than enough absurd premises to provide the basis for a full-length film. We decided to take a look back at Lonely Island's 10 best sketches in order to see if we could predict who (and what) is most likely to appear in the upcoming movie. Something's got to work better than Hot Rod, right?
10) “YOLO” Like most of the group's sketches, “YOLO” relies on a one-joke premise: treating the phrase “YOLO” as a cautionary tale rather than a celebration of adventures. But it’s a great example of Lonely Island's ability to build on that one joke, moving slowly from “be careful” to “never leave your house” to a terrifying shot of them smiling gummy smiles after pulling out all of their teeth. It also happens to be an incredibly well-crafted pop song, which shows how far the group has come in terms of musicality. Could It Be a Movie? There might be enough in the premise in order to create a funny side character, but it’s hard to see how much further the guys would be able to take a joke that ends with them cowering toothless in a boarded-up house.
9) “Great Day” “Great Day” is a rapid-fire barrage of jokes, but what’s great about them is that they all build on each other to tell a complete story. From the first moments when the camera pans through Dennis’ dirty apartment, you already know that the actual song won’t be as upbeat and cheery as the background music. The juxtaposition between the Sesame Street nature of Dennis' adventure through the streets and what he’s actually singing makes it even funnier when he finally loses it and starts climbing trees and pretending he’s in the Matrix. Could It Be a Movie? Maybe not a full-length movie, but there’s probably enough tragedy and insanity in Dennis’ life to make an interesting short film.
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8) “3-Way (Golden Rule)” There’s a lot that goes into making “3-Way” such a solid sketch: the idea that these guys would do just about anything to hook up with a girl, the fact that it finally establishes them in a pre-cell phone era, the plethora of multi-colored outfits, the fact that Justin Timerlake’s character met their cutie at a Payless, and then the final reveal that they’re much more interested in each other than in the girl they came to see. It takes the original “D**k in a Box” joke to absurd new heights and throws in a bunch of tiny, subtle jokes to create a sketch that actually gets better the more you watch it. Could This Be a Movie? Are you kidding? We’d watch anything with Timberlake and Samberg’s R&B wannabes in it, and an epic tale about their love and the girl who came between them has great cinematic potential.
7) “Like a Boss” “Like a Boss” is another great example of The Lonely Island’s ability to turn a single joke into a chronicle of one man’s breakdown. However, it owes just as much to Seth Rogen, whose incredulous looks punctuate every unbelievable claim that Samberg makes perfectly. It kind of fall apart towards the end as the Boss’ actions escalate, but it’s that middle bit, where Samberg first starts to hint at how messed up he is and Rogen just starts to get uncomfortable, where this sketch truly shines. Could This Be a Movie? Probably not. The Lonely Island managed to do everything it possibly could with that one joke in two minutes, and any longer would probably ruin things.
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6) “I’m on a Boat” Look, “I’m On a Boat” is a pretty dumb song as a whole, but the lyrics are some of the finest Lonely Island has ever written. They’re generally simple – the chorus is just “I’m on a boat” repeated over and over again – but the verse slowly builds from the standard party rap song to rhyming about nautical-themed pashmina afghans in a way that’s truly clever and inventive. Simplistic enough to stick in your head, but complex enough to make you laugh, it’s no wonder it became one of their biggest hits. After all, when was the last time you managed to resist singing this song anytime you were in the same vicinity of a boat? Could This Be a Movie? Only if it’s about the love story between T-Pain and that mermaid; that’s what we really want to see more of.
5) “Space Olympics” Less a song than a sketch that happened to have been run through auto-tune, “Space Olympics” is a truly ridiculous, truly epic piece of work that’s most remarkable for the sheer world-building it does in the confines of three minutes. Sure, it’s mostly a joke about the dumb events that would make up a future Olympics, but the glimpses of a resource-lacking, poorly-run sporting event and the incompetent bureaucrat put in charge is a clever, well-crafted piece of satire. Could This Be a Movie? Definitely. We’d pay good money to see Samberg’s ridiculous ambassador attempt to rebuild the Space Olympics on his own. It’s true underdog story.
The Lonely Island - Space Olympics from Jeff Wiggles on Vimeo.
4) “Dear Sister” Anyone can parody a soapy teen drama like The O.C., but “Dear Sister” manages to take the single most ridiculous, shark-jumping moment in that show’s history and make it even more absurd and melodramatic. The close-ups, the music, the slow-mo – it all comes together to make a wonderfully surreal sketch that is just the right amount of dumb. Plus it contains what is perhaps the finest performance of Shia LaBeouf’s career. Could This Be a Movie? Unfortunately, no, but it would make for an incredibly dramatic climax.
3) “D**k in A Box” Perhaps the greatest use of a one-joke premise in The Lonely Island’s career, “D**k In a Box” is remarkably clever for a song about a dude gifting his junk for the holidays. But as hysterical as the facial hair and smooth falsettos are, the true highlight of the song is its two breakdowns. The ending where the gifting occasions slowly become more and more inappropriate is one of Lonely Island's best uses of escalation. But it’s the second verse, where the lyrics basically explain the whole joke of the song with slow jam earnestness, that’s the real triumph, as instead of killing the whole premise, it actually just heightens the ridiculousness of the situation. Could This Be a Movie? You mean someone’s not already making a film about these two idiots?
2) “Lazy Sunday” The Digital Sketch that kicked everything off, “Lazy Sunday” has everything that would eventually become The Lonely Island’s hallmarks: a simplistic premise, clever rhymes that tell a story about a slightly unusual character, plenty of pop culture references, a catchy, repetitive chorus, and old-school video effects. The jokes might be somewhat dated now, but the sketch as a whole holds up well. Even all these years later, it's a modern classic. Could This Be a Movie? It would be a relatively uneventful one... but sure, why not? We’d love to see The Lonely Island attempt a full-length character study.
1) “Mother Lover” Like Spider-Man 2 before it, “Mother Lover” proves that sometimes the sequel is, indeed, better than the original. Unlike “D**k in a Box” and “3-Way,” it immediately introduces a conflict into the situation (they need a last-minute Mother’s Day present) and reveal some important character backstory about the characters (they were raised by single moms who are lonely, and happen to like baths with chamomile) before reveling in the absurd solution they come up with. They might think it’s the second best idea that they’ve ever had, but thanks to the goofy lyrics, dramatic delivery and the way Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson ham it up in increasingly dumb situations, it’s definitely the best sketch The Lonely Island has ever written. Could This Be a Movie? We’re ready to buy tickets the second they go on sale. Come on, Timberlake, this could finally make you a movie star. You know you want to make this movie.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea was surprised at a concert when 'Weird Al' Yankovic showed up backstage and asked for permission to release his parody of her.
Azalea's management hadn't been returning Yankovic's calls about using his version of her track Fancy on his latest album Mandatory Fun, so the pop parodist decided to take matters into his own hands.
After checking Azalea's tour schedule, the 54 year old showed up unannounced backstage at Azalea's concert in Denver, Colorado to try and secure permission to use the song before the deadline for the album passed.
Yankovic tells Australia's Herald Sun newspaper, "I decided to fly down to Denver to see if I could 'bump' into her, talk to her and get her permission on the spot. As soon as she got offstage, I introduced myself, told her what I wanted to do and she said it all sounded fine."
"I didn't really preface my conversation with who I am but she was certainly very nice and friendly. Although she did have the deer in the headlights look at first."