The 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner was held on Saturday night at the Washington Hilton. On hand to mingle with the White House press corps and the President were the likes of Sofia Vergara, Claire Danes, Psy, Kerry Washington, Gerard Butler and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who finally got in the same room with POTUS!). Of course, Barack Obama’s speech before the assembled journalists, politicians and celebs was the centrepiece of the evening; and it was full of jokes on his alleged socialism, super PACs, and Jay-Z’s Cuban adventure. A tough act to follow, no doubt, but Conan O’Brien did his best, delivering a lengthy address that took aim at the major news networks, as well as the President’s relationship with Congress. And of course, like any proper office party, there were sketches.
In the evening’s intro, Kevin Spacey‘s ruthless House of Cards character Frank Underwood got to test his mettle against real-life politicians like Senator John McCain; then, later on, Steven Spielberg popped in to discuss his (fictional) Lincoln follow-up, Obama, and the only man he could possibly trust to bring the 44th President to life on-screen: Daniel Day-Lewis. Hit the jump to take a gander at speeches and sketches alike.
The first official image from the new season of Arrested Development has been released. Just last week we learned that Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter had joined the growing list of guest stars that will be making appearances in the new episodes, and this official image shows O’Brien and Richter alongside Jason Bateman. The two presumably play versions of themselves, as it appears that the scene in question takes place backstage at Conan.
Additionally, though we had previously known that the new episodes would be available on some undetermined date in spring 2013, The Film Stage reports that they’ll be released all at once on Netflix in April. Hit the jump to check out the image.
Fans are eagerly awaiting the resurrection of Arrested Development when the show returns with new episodes on Netflix early next year, and creator Mitch Hurwitz is making damn sure the wait hasn’t been in vain. In addition to the return of the entire cast, we already have confirmation that series favorites Judy Greer, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio, Mae Whitman, Jeff Garlin, Liza Minnelli, and most recently Carl Weathers (baby you got a stew going!) are returning. Now comes word that a couple of welcome newcomers will pop up in the new batch of episodes: Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter [Edit: I somehow forgot that Richter appeared in the episode "S.O.B.s" during the show's third season].
AD star Will Arnett appeared on Conan last night, and during the segment he revealed that O’Brien and Richter will appear in the new season. No word on whether they’ll be playing themselves or characters, but either way this is very good news. Hit the jump to watch Arnett’s appearance on Conan. The new season of Arrested Development will premiere on Netflix in Spring 2013.
Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns isn’t just a must-read for Batman fans or comic-book fans. It’s a must-read for everyone who wants to understand the current state of superhero books and movies. While its influence has been far-reaching, it wasn’t directly adapted until Warner Premiere took the title and turned it into a two-part animated feature. The first part was released earlier this year, and now The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is due out in 2013. New York Comic-Con 2012 hosted a panel for the film, and Warner Home Video’s Gary Miereanu, voice casting director Andrea Romano, and executive producer Bruce Timm were on hand to show off some clips, talk about the voice cast, what will and won’t get your animated film an R-rating, a surprising cameo, and much more including other films Warner Home Video has on tap for 2013.
Hit the jump for the recap, and click here for all of our 2012 New York Comic-Con coverage.
I genuinely thought this day would never come. After coming thisclose to a greenlight with the original cast and director in tow, Paramount ultimately passed on a sequel to Anchorman, one of the best comedies of the past 25 years. Writer/director Adam McKay revealed that their pitch to the studio was to do an all-out musical, with the entire cast performing for four months on Broadway before going straight into production. Apparently averse to brilliant ideas, Paramount balked at the notion. Now, with great pleasure, I’m happy to say that Anchorman 2 is back on track. Hit the jump for more.
[Update: Backstage video of Ron Burgandy/Will Ferrell's antics has gone online, and we've included it after the jump. Also, McKay confirmed on Twitter that the movie is definitely happening and filming on Anchorman 2 will begin in February 2013. Huzzah!]
The first thing to know about Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is that – though the subject matter is alluded to – Conan never really comes clean about the dirt that happened to him when NBC ousted him from The Tonight Show and brought Jay Leno back. Instead, Rodman Flender’s documentary is about O’Brien creating and performing the “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.” The film lives up to the title – Conan is a ball of energy throughout, going from date to date and engaging with his fans. Our review of the Blu-ray of Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop follows after the jump.
Unless you’re Australian, you’re probably not familiar with Thor leading man Chris Hemsworth. American ignorance about the actor turns out to be a huge boon for Conan O’Brien as he decided to put a slightly effeminate spin on Mr. Hemsworth’s performance.
Hit the jump to see what I mean. Thor opens in 3D on May 6th.
In a bit of an odd development, Conan O’Brien’s documentary chronicling his 32-city music/variety tour last year, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, has been acquired at SXSW by three different distributors for three different types of distribution: AT&T, Abramorama and Magnolia Home Entertainment. AT&T will distribute the film through its AT&T U-Verse subscribers on the same day that Abramorama will distribute the film theatrically. In addition, Magnolia Home Entertainment will deal with VOD and other home entertainment rights.
Directed by Rodman Flender, the documentary follows Conan’s Legally Prohibited from Being on Television Tour that he embarked on last summer to wild success. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Wonder Woman will not die. David E. Kelly is a bizarre choice to run the show, and the networks seemed to realize this when they passed on Wonder Woman in unison. But where there’s a will (and a deeply troubled network), there’s a way: NBC has picked up Kelley’s Wonder Woman reboot. I hope to see a live-action Wonder Woman in my lifetime, but not like this. Not like this at all.
This report comes among a flurry of pilot season news involving such talent as Steven Spielberg, Conan O’Brien, Ethan Hawke, Rob Thomas, Tim Kring, and more. Hit the jump for a recap.
We previously announced that Moon director Duncan Jones’ upcoming film Source Code would be opening the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, and now the list of films that will be featured in Austin has started to trickle out. Jodie Foster’s The Beaver and the documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop will have their world premieres at the festival. In addition, the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost starrer Paul will have its North American premiere at the festival. The Beaver stars Mel Gibson and centers on a man’s journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is a documentary by Rodman Flender that follows behind-the-scenes of Conan’s summer tour. Film Conference and Festival Producer Jane Pierson had this to say:
“As we continue to solidify the lineup for 2011, it’s truly exciting to be able to announce this little taste of the program. Each of these films really showcases an artist stretching their wings in some way, whether it be a late-night talk show host taking his act on the road, an actress/filmmaker carefully and beautifully tackling a heartbreaking subject in her finest work yet, or a successful photographer trying out a new medium in a new landscape.”
Hit the jump to check out the full press release, which includes a list of six films that will be featured at the festival. The 2011 SXSW Film Conference and Festival runs from March 11 – 19th in Austin, Texas.
It’s been a long nine-month wait since Conan O’Brien exited The Tonight Show and the premiere of his new TBS late night talks show Conan, but the flame-haired comedian didn’t disappoint. He was funny, affable, self-deprecating, clever, personably, and basically the Conan O’Brien we’ve all come to know and love.
But what happened in those nine months when Conan was off the air? No, he didn’t go off on some delightful cross-country live-tour. Hit the jump for the real story of what happened “Last Season…on Conan.” [Update: TBS has sent us a press release regarding the ratings for last night's premiere. You can read it after the jump.]
Though Conan O’Brien’s brand new late night talk show doesn’t hit the airwaves until November 8th at 11/10c on TBS, the comedian is giving audiences a sneak peek at Conan with a warm-up episode. Yesterday, TBS announced, via press release, that a special online broadcast of Show Zero will be triple-simulcast at TeamCoco.com, YouTube and Facebook on Monday, November 1st at 11pm EST/8pm PST. The sneak preview of the new show will feature special celebrity guests, The Basic Cable Band and longtime sidekick Andy Richter as they all help get audiences and Conan himself warmed up for the premiere of Conan on November 8th. Hit the jump for a preview:
Though the Conan O’Brien’s rough exit from NBC resulted in all the established characters and comedy bits from his tenure at the network being left behind as the network’s intellectual property, it sounds like the late night host fully intends to do exactly the opposite on Conan. The NY Post reports that an upcoming Rolling Stone interview has O’Brien confidently saying, “”If there’s something we did for a long time that we’ve established as ours, we’ll figure out a way to do it. I won’t be denied my Masturbating Bear!”
The jerk-off gesturing bear is just one of many bits that made Conan’s late night comedy great, and while NBC reserves the right to take O’Brien to court for violating their agreement, it doesn’t sound like he’s scared. In fact it sounds like he’s ready for a hilarious court battle over a bear pleasuring himself, “What I really wanna do is be sued over the bear and then appear in court with the Masturbating Bear. ‘Your Honor, this bear can’t help himself!’” I’d pay to see that case in court. We won’t have to wait too much longer to see what Conan has in store with his new late night talk show on TBS premiering on November 8th at 11/10c.
Ever since the epic Conan O’Brien vs. Jay Leno & NBC battle that captivated the media for so long, viewers have been waiting for Coco to make a triumphant return to the airwaves. Since The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has since seen its ratings slip below the numbers that resulted on Conan O’Brien’s demise, the new late night show at TBS, simply titled Conan, shouldn’t have any problem toppling Leno’s weaksauce talk show with the line-up of guests that the network has just announced for his first week on the air.
- Monday, November 8th – Seth Rogen (who won a viewer poll to decide the first guest on the show) and musical guest Jack White
- Tuesday, November 9th – Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) and musical guest Soundgarden
- Wednesday, November 10th – Jon Hamm, Charlyne Yi (Paper Heart), and musical guest Fisful of Mercy
- Thursday, November 11th – Michael Cera, Julie Bowen (Modern Family) and comedian Jon Dore
So make sure you tune in to TBS starting Monday, November 8th at 11/10c to watch Conan O’Brien return to late night.
Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien and comedian Andy Richter have been working together intermittently since 1993. Though it had always been assumed that wherever Conan landed after leaving NBC in a huff, Richter wouldn’t be far behind. Well today TBS announce (via press release) that the longtime duo will be together again for Conan, the new late night show premiering on November 8th at 11/10c on TBS. Always making with the funny Richter said, “I’m thrilled to be going back to work with Conan, and very excited to start a whole new venture on TBS. However, I am mostly looking forward to getting out of the house again.” Conan followed suit by saying, “This decision was made without my authority. I will get to the bottom of this.” I know I can’t wait for Conan’s return with Andy at his side. How about you?
If you’re already craving some time with Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter, check out a video of them interviewing each other after the jump along with the press release.