Saturday, March 10, 2012

Whatchu Talkin Bout Willis?: Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss Looks Amazing, Disses Fred Armisen

Photo courtesy of Page Six Magazine
(The Riker Brothers/Headpressphoto)

 "It's so hard to talk about... One of the greatest things I heard someone say about him is, 'He's so great at doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.' To me, that sums it up... And I think that's...that's it. I've never told anyone that. And I don't want to waste any more of my life talking about it." -  Elisabeth Moss commenting on ex-husband and SNL cast member Fred Armisen. They were married for 11 months. (Hat tip: Gothamist)

As Seen on TV: The Robert Glasper Experiment on Letterman

The Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lupe Fiasco and Bilal perform "Always Shine" from the CD, "Black Radio" on The Late Show with David Letterman.
(At the end of the clip when Dave greets each of them by name,"Lupe! Bilal!" it's priceless. The producer that got those names to stick deserves a high five.)

After watching this were you also left wondering, "Who is this big black man playing a goose-bump inducing piano solo on national television?"

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Doc Watch: Magic Johnson's "Announcement" and Murdoch's Folly

How best to tell the story of an icon's most difficult days? 

ESPN has decided to let him do the talking (with assists from talking heads like Arsenio Hall & Chris Rock). The sports net's doc, "The Announcement" commemorates the anniversary of Magic Johnson's 90's-era outing of himself as HIV positive and premieres this Sunday, March 11th, 9-10:30p.m. Eastern. 

Watch the trailer below and read the NY Times' take here:

PBS, on the other hand, will give Rupert Murdoch's  little phone hacking scandal the Frontline treatment on March 27th. This doc is probably the closest Murdoch's ever come to actual journalism.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

What Makes "Mad Men" Better Than the Rest?

Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz makes the case for Mad Men's greatness and nails it. (Above: the less controversial of two Mad Men Season Five posters. Hat Tip: Basket of Kisses.)
This is not Deadwood, with its grubby optimism about society’s and the individual’s potential for change. It’s not The Wire or Treme, with their humanistic empathy for citizens let down by governments and institutions.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

How Do You Make a Cool Car Commercial?

Let Wes Anderson direct it.

You may have seen these already. I'm limping back into regular posting and I'm behind on lots of things I've wanted to blog about (did you hear Whitney Houston died?), but there are two Anderson-helmed spots that aired during the Oscars and this one titled "Modern Life" is my favorite. It's so delightfully Andersonian, eccentricy crammed into every inch of the frame (peep the totally 80s robot in the fridge).


ps: "What kind of bird are you?" May 25th can't come fast enough.

Hat Tip: Isle of Ideas.

Monday, March 05, 2012

"Drive Away!" NeNe Leakes Reacts to Elephants on Safari

The epic saga that was The Real Housewives of Atlanta in South Africa has sadly reached its conclusion.
But the ladies' journey was not without its life lessons.

For example, we learned that one Housewife whose name begins with Cynthia and ends in Bailey saw the trip as an opportunity to dress thematically.  Think "teen model abroad in South Africa circa 1994" complete with Converse and tie-dye wrap around weirdness. The only problem with this of course is that our model is in her forties and it isn't 1994. But The Head Mistress of the Bailey Agency was at her South African Barbie best when she rocked micro braid pigtails.

But by far the most valuable thing we learned in South Africa is what they must not have at the Atlanta zoo:

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Lindsay Lohan Underwhelms on Saturday Night Live

As another LL once said, "Don't call it a comeback."

Judging by today's reax to Lindsay Lohan's appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, there's no danger of that happening.

Lindsay was, to quote a Basketball Wife, "a non muthafuckin' factor" Saturday night as the below sketch with Keenan Thompson demonstrates. The critics certainly noticed:

Kenan Thompson's cinephile ex-con character Lorenzo McIntosh usually works, but Thompson is only as good as his scene partner, and Lohan does little to assist. When she finally gets her long speech toward the end of the scene, the camera pulls in for a tight close-up that makes it especially obvious how ineptly she's reading the cue cards, which feels like a deliberate choice by the director to undermine her. 
More reax after the jump:

Tony & Carmela Forever

For those of us who wished it was possible for our favorite TV couples to exist beyond the writers' room, Vanity Fair's "First Ever Oral History of The Sopranos" serves up tellyphile catnip.

Flavorwire's Caroline Stanley plucks this choice tidbit from the upcoming April issue in which James Gandolfini and Edie Falco get candid about the effect of six seasons of TV marriage:

“I’m still in love with Edie,” says James Gandolfini of Edie Falco, the woman who played his television wife, Carmela, for six seasons on The Sopranos. “Of course, I love my wife, but I’m in love with Edie. I don’t know if I’m in love with Carmela or Edie or both. I’m in love with her.”