Though they may look like natural sketch comedians, character actors give us peculiar episodes of SNL.
At least once per season in recent years comes an episode hosted by a thespian known less for his red-carpet appeal than for his eclectic body of work: Steve Buscemi, Ed Norton, and now, Michael Keaton. That seems like an ideal situation — fewer flavor-of-the-week celebrities, more actors with real talent — but more often than not, the combination of these artists' creative independence and SNL's hand-holding formula results in a bit of a disconnect. Norton was fun to watch in that epic Wes Anderson parody, and Buscemi was enjoyable as a creepy-looking football coach. But aside from those highlights, their episodes left [...]
This week we're of course talking about a movie that isn't coming out for two years, doesn't even have an official title, and very little information has been released about: Batman vs. Superman. Also this week we discuss Tim's upcoming train vacation and go over five entries into the new Tim and Tom Solve Your Problems song contest, almost half of which are disqualified immediately. We also solve a listener email about whether he should try to date his best friend's sister long distance.
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Every month, The Sequel Machine recruits 25 writers to write the sequels for film's biggest franchises one page at a time. The catch is, the writers only get to read the page before theirs in a round-robin, exquisite corpse style. The end result is a hilarious, twisted, and as coherent as any misquided Hollywood sequel.This month: Dark Knight 4.
Performed by: Adam Bozarth, Dan Chamberlain, Matt Little, Anna Rubanova, Jeremy Bent, Michael Hartney, Kevin Hines, Jim Santangeli, and Brett White
Haha, classic. Who would've thought all you needed to do is take Batman, who is by all accounts smart, and make him stupid and you'd be guaranteed hilarity over and over again? What dumb thing can he do next time? Confuse the Batmobile for a bat mobile, you know like those things that hang over babies' cribs. "Lucius! LUCIUS! I'm sleepies. Where is that bat mobile you promised me?"
So, I hope you weren't planning on seeing The Dark Knight Rises because this is actually exactly how it ends. A stumped Christopher Nolan brought Paulilu (Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello) in to write the trilogies conclusion for him. In return they got to use the above clip from the movie as the first episode in their new sketch series for Above Average, the Broadway Video backed YouTube Channel. Because it's the web series Gotham deserves, and the one it needs right now.
The Lego Movie is getting a spin-off all about Will Arnett's Batman. THR reports that Warner Bros. is fast-tracking the sequel, which will be directed by Lego Movie animation supervisor Chris McKay and written by Seth Grahame-Smith, with original Lego Movie team Phil Lord and Chris Miller signed on as producers. The spin-off is currently slated for a 2017 release after the next Lego film Ninjago in September 2016 and the Lego Movie sequel, which is expected to debut sometime after 2017.
On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.
Gavin Speiller (Death By Roo Roo) brings over an episode of the early nineties cartoon Batman: The Animated Series. Gavin and Craig discuss crying during Halloween while dressed as batman characters, talk about why The Penguin is too fat to escape by helicopter-umbrellas, and converse about the time Johnny Cash was almost murdered by an ostrich.
Left Handed Radio presents The Sequel Machine, a monthly live show where 25 writers collaborate on a sequel to one of film's biggest franchises. The catch is that the writers of all stripes (The Onion, Fast Company, McSweeney's) pen one page at a time, and only get to see the page before their own. The results are hilariously twisted and virtually no different than a real sequel.
This month is Dark Knight 4! Batman faces off against his old nemesis: plot holes.
Thursday, September 6th at 7:30 PM, UCB East Theatre, 3rd Street and Avenue A, NYC. Tickets are $5. Make reservations now!
This week, we discuss the ins and outs of upcoming art film The Dark Knight Rises. Tom defends his Batman obsession to a skeptical Tim, and gushes over the new movie even though he hasn't seen it. We also go through some internet theories about the movie and discuss the possibility of making one's own utility belt. In addition, we talk about a street fair Tim recently went to and speculate about the private lives of dunk tank clowns and sausage vendors.
How much do you want to see a full episode of this? With Christopher Nolan wrapping up his Batman saga this summer, this seems like the logical direction for the next trilogy. George Clooney once again is a good fit, considering his ability to grow a white moustache. Now, he just needs to beat out Burt Reynolds.
Pete Holmes's version of Batman has always been less slick than most interpretations of the character, but there's one superhero he can definitely get the better of. Superman may have superhuman strength and X-ray vision, but he's no match for Batman's quick wit.
This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show my guest is Dr. Robin Rosenberg, a praticing psychologist who also diagnoses superheroes. In this episode we discuss the psychological underpinnings of such characters as including Magneto, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Joker, and of course, Batman.
If you're still not completely convinced that this is something you would want to hear, then maybe these quotes will help you get there:
"Really good fiction writers capture something essential about human nature, and they translate what they see in a way that feels alive and sort of psychologically true for many of us. What I try to do is talk about [...]
This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show my guest is Dr. Will Brooker, a man who wrote his PHd thesis on Batman. We discussed exactly what that means and how you do it last time Will was on the show, so this episode we really dug into The Dark Knight Rises. Find out what Will thinks is Batman's true weakness, what the film says about Occupy Wall Street, and what Mad Men actor should play Batman next (hint: not the guy that played Bert Cooper).
Usually Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Shows premiere on Tuesday but I actually posted this one earlier since it was a topic I knew [...]
The Dark Knight Rises seems like one of those serious movies, in which serious people talk gruffly about dire matters. Well, apparently there will be at least one scene of slight comic relief. Thomas Lennon plays a very smart alecky doctor who very sarcastically breaks news to his patients. I know Gotham is a cynical place with crime and inscensant gloom, but when a man has no cartilage in his knees, maybe pretend to be slightly saddened for him, even if he is super rich. He might be the doctor Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. (Yep, that is the second reference to that [...]
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