The Anchorman 2 soundtrack is due out December 17th, and here's the first track from it, a cover of Christopher Cross's "Ride Like the Wind" performed by Robin Thicke and Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy. There's also a music video for Burgundy and Thicke's cover of the song in the works, but you'll just have to imagine what they look like singing this together for now.
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
Though he’s best known as the voice behind the raunchy puppet and former Conan regular Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Robert Smigel is responsible for many of SNL’s best sketches and pretaped shorts during his impressive run as writer from 1985-2008. Between the Chicagoan Bill Swerski’s Superfans, TV Funhouse segments like The Ambiguously Gay Duo, and commercial parodies like “Schmitt’s Gay,” Smigel brought a fresh batch of non-topical sketch concepts that helped dig SNL out of its mid-eighties rut. He may be best remembered as a writer, but Smigel also made a handful of guest appearances and spent two seasons as a featured player. READ MORE
Following last week’s announcement of Sundance’s 2014 lineup, yesterday the festival announced its crop of new films set to premiere this year, adding another David Cross project as well as films featuring Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, and more. The comedy selection ranges from dark to romantic to touring one-man show; take a look at some selections from the lineup below:
Hits – Directed and written by David Cross. In a small town in upstate New York, recklessness disturbs the lives of the people who dwell there as they wallow in unrealistic expectations. Cast: Julia Stiles, Michael Cera, Matt Walsh, Wyatt Cenac. READ MORE
Here's the red band trailer for Bad Words, starring Jason Bateman as a 40-year old high school dropout who takes advantage of a National Spelling Bee loophole, and in turn, the innocence and earnest desire to succeed of many children. Bad Words also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Rachael Harris, and Philip Baker Hall and makes Bateman's directorial debut, set to open on March 21.
Last month, veteran standup Dana Gould released his newest standup special and album, I Know It’s Wrong. Debuting at number one on iTunes in comedy, the album is his first since 1998. Gould took this hiatus from extended standup to serve as a writer and producer for The Simpsons for seven years. Now, he’s busier than ever, with his podcast, The Dana Gould Hour, pilot projects, acting, and, of course, standup.
I got the chance to talk with Gould about his special, the podcast audience, and being a “comedian’s comedian.” READ MORE
What's more Portlandia than teasing the season 4 premiere of the show via Instagram? Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and crew posted this clip this morning to announce the show's return to IFC on Thursday, February 27th at 10:00PM. Along with the announcement comes a huge list of new and returning guests including Vanessa Bayer, Kirsten Dunst, k.d. lang, Maya Rudolph, Dan Savage, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Nick Swardson, Gus Van Sant, Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Tweedy, Kumail Nanjiani, and of course Kyle MacLachlan as the mayor.
This week on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, Jeff is joined by the creator of Snood, David Dobson. They talk about how he got into programming and video games, how Snood became so popular and went "viral", and what the poems in Snood were for.
"I applied my limited artistic ability to Snood and people said 'oh this is so retro and cool', and I was like 'this is the same crappy style I was making for my other games' but I think it fit this style of game better. People expected the space games to look really cool, but this artistic style fit the casual game or puzzle game better." – David Dobson on the graphics in Snood.
"I was just looking for something that wasn't a trademarked name of another game, and that sounded kind of goofy. So I just picked it because it was in my head at the time and it seemed like another game for it." – David Dobson on how he picked the name Snood.
"If you were in college at that point, only maybe a quarter of the people had computers, so people would rely on going to a computer lab or borrowing someones computer. So computers were much more communal. So people would see someone else play Snood on their computer, and then go home for break and install it on their home computer. It really spread like that, we had no marketing budget." – David Dobson on how the game spread.
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Last night, Snoop was generous enough to give Conan one of his own Snoop Dogg brand G Pen Herbal Vaporizers, and the two talked shop about their favorite kinds of "oils" and "spices" to enjoy via the device, from the standard cinnamon and eucalyptus to the more adventurous bubble gum and Girl Scout cookies. Nothing unexpected from Snoop here, but it's worth the watch to hear the way Conan asks "What kind of oils do you, uh, enjoy to vaporize?"
Last night on Letterman, Stephen Colbert showed up dressed as a sockless dandy beggar (and undercover rich man, if you watched The Colbert Report) and announced his Where’s Waldo-like appearance in the new Hobbit movie, which comes out in theaters this Friday. Colbert didn't give away his exact role or location in the film, but he did do his pointy ear pop trick again, which never gets old.