On this week's podcast, our special guests The Daily Beast's Jen Yamato and TR contributor Fred Topel return from the South-by-Southwest film festival with tales of John Cena's bare ass, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's Get Hard controversy, Ex Machina's Tinder robot and more! Also: Luke speaks way too soon about Comic-Con hotel rooms, Julia convinces Jen that Minions is a worthwhile franchise, Fred explains why sequels should never stop, and we discuss why that controversial Batgirl cover might be neither about sexism nor censorship.
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The more hardcore fans among us know that there are, in fact, lyrics to the original series' theme tune by Alexander Courage, albeit not written with Courage's consent. Will Ferrell does not seem to know this, yet he has perfected a note-perfect rendition anyway.
And thus does new Late Late Show host James Corden kick off with something viral-worthy. It remains to be seen if that will be the whole of his shtick, like Jimmy Fallon.More >>
Attention metal heads, punkers, New Wavers, hardcore enthusiasts, nihilists, unhappy mutants, and tattooed love boys everywhere! The most important movies of all time are finally - FINALLY - coming to home video.
Usually the sci-fi and genre nerds of the world and the musical theater nerds of the world don't overlap too heartily. But once in a blue moon, there will be an oddball attempt to mash up teh two formats. It's then that we'll get something like Carrie: The Musical, the opera version of The Fly, or, perhaps most notoriously, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
A lot of the videos we're likely to post along similar themes are comedy raps, coming up with witty quips about organic web-shooters, for example, or explaining how the Joker would beat Hitler in a fistfight. This is more serious, but it's a good song. Rapper Jason Chu covers his love of comic-books as a kid, disillusionment that life doesn't work that way, and subsequent re-discovery that the inspiration they provide is what counts. Fresh off the Boat's Hudson Yang plays the younger version of Chu, with a pretty impressive collection.
I guess I'm just all sensitive today. But seriously, check it outMore >>
Obviously it's a rip-off of my a cappella version of "I Want a New Drug," recorded in the shower...
KIDDING! Actually, what I like about this, among other things, is that its melodic take no longer resembles the Huey Lewis song in any real way, while being unmistakably "Ghostbusters." I'm kinda hoping the new movie will affect me similarly.More >>
Yes, I said record, and semantics matter here - on April 18th, "Record Store Day 2015," the band - made up of Matt Dillon and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament - will release a 7" vinyl version of their signature single, "Touch Me I'm Dick," which is of course Mudhoney's "Touch Me I'm Sick" with one word change.
Waiting 23 years to produce an in-joke that probably isn't that exciting to fans any more is an interesting choice, but I guess we're still at the point where anything Pearl Jam-related sells. As for me, on the same day I'll be looking to grab Legacy recordings' other big in-joke release: a double-vinyl edition of The Wrestling Album and Piledriver: The Wrestling Album II, the latter of which has never been available on CD.
That's possibly because it features Vince McMahon's one and only attempt at singing, "Stand Back," which makes William Shatner look like Pavarotti by comparison.
Nowadays, with the music scene as fragmented and diverse as it has become, it's hard to imagine the charts being dominated by a foghorn-sounding white dude with '80s glam-rock hair badly covering soul classics atop the charts. But it happened, and it was terrible. In the years since, however, Michael Bolton has shown such a healthy sense of humor about himself that it's hard to stay mad at the guy. His collaboration with the Lonely Island was amazing, and now Funny or Die has inserted him into Office Space as his namesake character.
It seems like an overly obvious gag at first, but to anyone who remembers the guy's initial wave of fame - and controversy over whitewashing old standards - the last scene's a killer.More >>
As of the writing of this article, "Weird Al" Yankovic is waiting to win his Grammy for Mandatory Fun, his record released in July of 2014. Like most of you, I adore "Weird Al" Yankovic, having been a fan of his since I was, oh, 8 years old. The man's continued popularity, not to mention his canny ability to stay hilarious for decades, only makes me feel warm on the inside.
As of the publication of this article, he has won both the Grammy, and our hearts anew by singing "Yoda" with autistic children. But that's not the point.More >>