The cast of The Simpsons dodged a bullet this week when they agreed to a 30% pay cut to keep the show, and their jobs, off the cutting room floor. The cast initially balked at Fox’s original request for a 45% cut which would have brought down their $400,000-a-show yearly income to around $4 million per season—not enough to push anyone out onto the street but not something anyone would be eager to agree to either. Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers and Flanders, offered... [Read more]
Unlikely late night stars Justin Vernon and his band Bon Iver played Colbert and Fallon this week and continue to top best of lists everywhere with their soft-spoken, sophomore effort, the self-titled Bon Iver. Here are Bon Iver playing Calgary on Colbert:
Stephen Colbert continues his conquest of the absurd, this time enlisting former White Stripes singer Jack White to produce a song with him. In Part 1 of Colbert's 2011: A Rock Odyssey, Colbert attempts to persuade White to use the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army to sell Yoplait yogurt.
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In a marketing coup, Woolite successfully differentiated itself from other laundry detergents by enlisting schlock-horror director and heavy metal singer-guitarist Rob Zombie to direct what amounts to quite possibly the only detergent commercial ever to feature implements of torture.
Long before The Office became synonymous with bumbling office manager Michael Scott (played by Steve Carell), Ricky Gervais, star of the British version and the show’s original creator, had perfected Carell’s awkward, graceless antics with his character David Brent. Gervais’ follow-up to The Office was Extras, a sitcom about the embarrassing things that can happen on set and off when the camera’s not rolling. Now Gervais and co-writer/producer Stephen Merchant are set to ... [Read more]
For all those Mad Men fans out there, did you know Jon Hamm does comedy? After four seasons as the impenetrable Don Draper it was a surprise to see Hamm exploring his comic side on episodes of Saturday Night Live and scene-stealing recently in the big screen hit Bridesmaids. Universal execs liked the money they made off Bridesmaids so much that they’ve green-lighted another film by director Paul Feig and producer Judd Aptow who are rumored to be considering Hamm for a role. Check out Ha... [Read more]