"Carrie Underwood is the Julie Andrews of country music," said no one ever.
Yet, NBC is building an entire live concert special around that idea. Sound of Music, Live! (yes, the exclamation point is a part of the official title) will air — live — on Dec. 5 at 8PM ET. The bizarre casting choices continue, as Stephen Moyer of True Blood steps into Captain Von Trapp's uniform. The three-hour event is brought to us by the producers of Smash, the network's last big-budget musical disaster. And it's only got to live up to a classic, beloved movie musical that's a part of family traditions all over the world. So, trainwreck conditions are looking pretty good.
Camp levels will be high, so Sound of Music, Live! is prime for a good old fashioned hate-watch. If you're planning on taking one for the team, here are some steps for getting the most out of it.
Step 1: Call Your Snarkiest Friend(s)The more (and the more sarcastic) the merrier. Also, double-check your WiFi connection so you can live-tweet with all your social media buddies.
Step 2: Pick Your PoisonWhiskey, vodka, red wine, eggnog. ("These are a few of my favorite things...") Pick one and define the rules of your drinking game. We'll get you started: drink anytime Underwood belts the crap out of a song that isn't meant to be belted. Christopher Plummer claims to have gotten blisteringly drunk every night of filming the original, so think of this as a tribute.
Step 3: Silently Hope the Captain Takes His Shirt Off in This VersionBecause otherwise, why?
Step 4: Spend Commercial Breaks YouTube-ing the Supporting Cast's Broadway Greatest HitsAsk your showtune nerd friends for tips if you must. But Laura Benanti, Christian Borle, and Audra McDonald are all treasures and deserve better than this.
Step 5: Take Bets on the Next Holiday Classic to Be ButcheredJustin Bieber as Hermey in a live-action remake of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer? We know his hair can do the thing.
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What is it about British talk shows that brings out the goofy in A-list stars?
When the best late-night moments have a viral life beyond the night they air, regular old interviews just won't do anymore. Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, and Jimmy Kimmel are the most creative hosts on this side of the pond; they spend their airtime getting Betty White to play beer pong and pranking Taylor Swift rather than keeping it all on the couch. But can they compete with Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross who seem to have the secret formula? Here are a few of our favorite times where celebrities cut loose on their shows.
Will Smith Brings Back The Fresh Prince
In a skit designed to be shared and shared again by the internet's army of '90s nostalgists, Smith performed a medley of musical moments from his old sitcom. Alfonso Ribero even joined him for Will and Carlton's famous "Apache" dance.
Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock Get Musical
Not that these two aren't always delightful, but throw in a Big-style giant piano and their charm hits the next level. Also, we're incredibly impressed that Sandy could pull that off in her Louboutins.
Benedict Cumberbatch Does His Best Chewie
And Harrison Ford's reaction is everything.
Drunk Golf with Justin Timberlake
The one surefire strategy for getting the most out of one's celebrity guest is simply to load him or her up with booze. Jonathan Ross challenges JT to a mini-golf game sponsored by some tequila shots and shenanigans ensue.
Ewan McGregor and Chris O'Dowd Have a Lightsaber Fight
Norton supplied his guests with professional-grade Jedi weapons and the studio turned into a Lucasfilm soundstage for a few minutes.
We didn't think it was really possible that we'd ever see Joey, Chris, Lance, J.C., and Justin singing and dancing together again. Then the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards happened and the whirlwind of excitement was too much for a classic boy band fan to handle. Sure, the moment was short, sweet, and overshadowed by some lady with a foam finger. But then there were the possibilities. Were they talking about more collaboration? Why did their management snag the @NSYNC Twitter handle? Maybe that 90 second, hastily rehearsed mash-up was just the beginning.
So, there hasn't been a tour announcement. No new albums are on the horizon. But last week, Chris Kirkpatrick got married with all of his bandmates by his side. And maybe — just maybe — that's enough for all of us.
It's not 1999 anymore, and the "Space Cowboy" mechanical bull choreography probably looks a lot different when a 42-year-old man tries it on for size. But the worst implication of the band's hiatus — we refuse to call it a break-up — was that the guys weren't friends anymore. Boy band fans may get a bad rap for being shallow, and yes, we do appreciate and honor the cute. But it was the camraderie that drove the obsession, and imagining some feud or resentment was just too sad. Now that we know that Justin Timberlake put on a Men's Wearhouse suit and walked Chris's great aunt to her seat, those fears are assuaged.
Dear *N Sync:
We can live without the official reunion, just as long as you guys still hang out every once in a while. And maybe have someone from People there to take pictures.
We suppose it would stunt the show's creativity to demand that Amy Poehler be required to play Drunk Leslie Knope in every single episode, but wouldn't it also be worth it? Loaded Leslie is one of the great joys of Parks and Recreation, and though her appearances are rare, they are memorable. To say the least. While we wait somewhat patiently for the show's fall hiatus to end, let's crack open a cold one and reflect on some of her finest and tipsiest moments.
Leslie vs. Ron's Mom
In season four episode "Ron and Tammys," Leslie takes one Team Ron. When his ex (Tammy 1) and mother (Tammy 0) face off over him with a bottle of homemade mash, Leslie enters the contest to save Ron from both of them. She wasn't able to hang, but did gift us with our new favorite party mantra: "Everybody pants now."
Take it easy on the Snake Juice
Leslie wasn't the only one stumbling around the Snakehole Lounge at the launch of Tom's new lifestyle liquor. But while everyone else was dancing in tiny hats and making dated Howard Stern references, Leslie and Ann were having their first real BFF fight. Luckily, they're both feeling embarrassed and chastened enough in the next day's hangover haze to make up quickly.
In one of the best episodes of the series' early days, Leslie is so nervous to be going on a date with Officer Dave (Louis C.K.) that she enlists Ann to take her out on a dress rehearsal. Too drunk and way too confident, she shows up at Dave's door a day early to tell him what that chair in the bathroom is called. If you have the DVDs, watch the gag reel of this episode to see how often Amy made Louis break when they improv-ed this scene.
"Blah blah blah, Poker Face...."
Leslie becomes queen of the Pawnee gay community and thereby guest of honor at club "The Bulge" when she holds a marriage ceremony for the zoo's same-sex penguin couple. "You know why tonight is so much fun? Because everyone is so gay."
"If I see that link on my Facebook feed one more time," single people collectively thought as one hive mind this week, "I'm repossessing every wedding gift I've ever given."
Blogger Seth Adam Smith wrote a piece on marriage that went viral when it appeared on the Huffington Post. Titled, "Marriage Isn't For You," the op-ed details Smith's struggle with the convention and his epiphany that he wasn't walking down the aisle to please himself, but rather to make his girlfriend happy. Because we know that always works out well. He describes his revelation as a rejection of the "Walmart philosophy, which is if it doesn't make you happy, you can take it back and get a new one." No word on how his new wife feels about being compared to a swivel chair from aisle 17.
Somehow, this dubious philosphy struck a chord with married pople all over social media. And frankly, it's putting the rest of us off the whole subject. If marriage is such a trial, why did I have to take a bus and three trains out to your ceremony in East Whatever, USA? Am I now supposed to congratulate you on Facebook for enduring the sacrifice and hardship of spending every waking moment with the love of your life?
Because the film version with Gerard Butler as a lovable rake who forces himself to settle for Amanda Seyfried is inevitable, we want to know what you think of Smith's piece. Is it spot-on or misguided? Are you as sick of it as we are? Discuss in the comments!
If you prefer your comics telling you the generalized differences between men and women, then Eddie Izzard probably isn't your bag. The actor/comedian/marathon-runner and otherwise Renaissance man prefers to mine less traditional material for his jokes. Try the formation of the Church of England or beekeepers or Charles Darwin instead.
After another world tour, the man who coined and claimed the term "executive transvestite" is about to release a new DVD special. In this first clip of Force Majeure, Izzard ruminates on the physical fitness of the entire animal kingdom. Watch out for some NSFW language and get the full show on Nov. 18.
Who would have guessed that a gross and darkly funny series created by and starring a group of unknowns would become one of the most reliable long-running comedies on TV? It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been chugging along for nine seasons, as it seems that there is no shortage of disastrous situations for the despicably lovable Gang to get into. While it's critically-acclaimed and beloved by the internet, Sunny isn't exactly Emmy-bait. The Sunny crew skewered the self-congratulatory and unimaginative process of awarding the same glossy and formulaic shows over and over again this season with "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award," an episode in which the Paddy's Gang tries to clean up to win a Best Bar in Philadelphia trophy.
But, as unfair as it is, there's just no chance that the Academy is going to give an episode like "Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender" or "Who Pooped the Bed?" a nod for Comedy Writing. And unfortunately, the snubs extend to the cast as well.
Would that there were justice in this world, as Charlie Day would have a closet full of awards for playing Charlie Kelly. Here are just a few of the reasons why.
Charlie may be cleaning toilets and controlling the Paddy's rat population on a daily basis, but that doesn't mean he's without an inner entrepreneurial spirit.
Rock Flag and Eagle
Every Sunny episode needs a moment where Charlie gets overly excited or angry so that Day can make his voice do the thing. And then it doesn't even matter what he's saying or singing.
Charlie bases most of his knowledge of the world on what he's seen on TV. So why can't he be a lawyer? So what if he can't read?
In "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award," Day sang a Cheers-style theme song to win over the judging committee. Every take was partially improvised and so good that FX put the unused footage online.
And he can do drama.
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Fresh off the most devastating episode of television ever, Richard Madden is back on our television screens. And this time, he's got an American accent and a hankering for the shiny stuff.
The Game of Thrones star plays prospector Bill Haskell, who finds gold, danger, and Abbie Cornish out in the Yukon in this Discovery miniseries. If this one-minute trailer truly represents the rest of the series, we are in for plenty of brooding looks, quick-draws and some very sexy old-timey PDA. Though the best part is obviously when Haskell dons a very King-in-the-North-style fur coat. Are you excited for Klondike? Let us know in the comments!
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Just like Call the Midwife, Sherlock and all the other hugely entertaining British imports before it, action-comedy series The Wrong Mans will be all the rage. Stay ahead of that inevitable cocktail party conversation when everyone shows off their knowledge of the BBC's latest cultural contribution by catching it when it premieres on Hulu this month.
Co-created by Mathew Baynton (Peep Show), James Corden (Gavin & Stacey), and director/producer Jim Field Smith (Butter), The Wrong Mans stars Baynton and Corden as two aimless government workers who are caught in a web of intrigue and danger when they answer the wrong phone call. A screening of the first two episodes closed the 2013 New York Television Festival. Baynton and Field Smith were in attendance for a post-show Q&A, while recent Tony-winner Corden was stuck filming Rob Marshall's Into the Woods. The audience responded positively to the unique tenor of the show, with pyrotechnics and laughs coming at almost the same frequency. Baynton and Corden started dreaming up the show when they were working together on Gavin & Stacey, before teaming up with their third collaborator to put pen to paper. We asked what their writing process was like. "90% unproductive, talking about stuff that's nothing to do with the show; 5% going for lunch...," Field Smith said. "And 5% working on an actual TV program," Baynton finished. But they agree that even their goofing off had a positive impact on what's on screen. "I think having the two writers also be the stars of the show means there's some sort of in-built chemistry there," Field Smith said.
Check out the trailer for The Wrong Mans below and catch the series on Hulu on Nov. 11.
R.L. Stine is still the most prolific children's horror writer in the business. Though the kids are reading his books on iPads these days, not under the covers with a flashlight. His Goosebumps series ruled the Book Fair circuit, and it seemed like every time your parents took you to the mall, there would be six new stories to buy. Part of the creepy charm of the Goosebumps books were their grossly fun evocative titles and illustrated jackets, which gave your imagination just a taste of what Camp Run-For-Your-Life looked like. Here are our favorite Goosebumps titles and their Amazon descriptions. How many do you remember reading?
1. Say Cheese and Die!
"Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he found. The photos keep turning out . . . different.When Greg takes a picture of his father's brand-new car, it's wrecked in the photo. And then his dad crashes the car.It's like the camera can tell the future — or worse. Maybe it makes the future!"
2. My Best Friend is Invisible
"Sammy Jacobs is into ghosts and science fiction. Not exactly the smartest hobby -- at least not if you ask Sammy's parents. They're research scientists and they only believe in "real" science.But now Sammy's met someone who's totally UN-real. He's hanging out in Sammy's room. And eating his cereal at breakfast. Sammy's got to find a way to get rid of his new 'friend.' Only problem is...Sammy's new friend is invisible!"
3. The Horror at Camp Jellyjam
"Camp Jellyjam is no ordinary sports camp. The counselors seem a little TOO happy. And why are they so obsessed with winning? It might have something to do with the hideous, slimy discovery lurking in the darkness..."
4. How I Got My Shrunken Head
"What has two eyes, a mouth, and wrinkly green skin? Mark's shrunken head! It's a present from his Aunt Benna. A gift from the jungle island of Baladora.And Mark can't wait to show the kids at school!But late one night the head starts to glow. Because it's actually no ordinary head. It gives Mark a strange power. A magical power. A dangerous power..."
5. The Blob That Ate Everyone
"A famous horror writer. That's what Zackie Beauchamp wants to be. He's writing a story about a giant blob monster. A pink slimy creature who eats up an entire town!Then Zackie finds the typewriter. In a burned-down antiques store. He takes it home and starts typing.But there's something really odd about that typewriter. Something really dangerous. Because now every word Zackie writes is starting to come true..."
6. The Girl Who Cried Monster
"When Lucy observes the summer librarian eating flies and turning into a grotesque creature, she is certain that he is a real, live monster."
7. Piano Lessons Can Be Murder
"Convinced that there is something creepy about his new piano teacher, Jerry soon hears terrifying stories about Dr. Shreek's music school and students who never completed their lesson alive."
8. The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena
"Becoming sick of the endless hot weather in their Pasadena home, siblings Jordan and Nicole Blake wish for a real winter and are delighted with an Alaskan family vacation, until they come face-to-face with the Abominable Snowman."
9. The Cuckoo Clock of Doom
"When his father brings home an antique cuckoo clock, Michael is cautioned not to touch it, but he turns back the hands and suddenly he is getting younger by the minute — a year younger to be exact."
10. Don't Go to Sleep!
"Matt hates his tiny bedroom. It's so small it's practically a closet! Still, Matt's mom refuses to let him sleep in the guest room. After all, they might have guests. Some day. Or year."