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(Video link) In an attempt to post some lighter, fun stuff today in the midst of horrible events, here are the male cast members of Downton Abbey performing a parody of Breaking Bad on last night's episode of The Colbert Report. Earl blue is the hot tea on the street, yo. Language NSFW. (via The Wrap)
FX has announced that the animated characters of Archer are turning into real people and invading four cities for live readings with the cast and creator of the show! Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Jessica Walter, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates will all perform some of the more memorable scenes from the show under the direction of show creator Adam Reed and executive producer Matt Thompson. Here are the show dates and locations:
January 3: The Echoplex, Los Angeles
January 4: The Fillmore, San Francisco
January 11: The Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia
January 12: Irving Plaza, New York
The show dates lead up to Archer's fourth season premiere on Thursday, January 17 at 10:00 PM (Eastern). In case you needed a reminder that January can actually be exciting! If you aren't already familiar with the show, please allow our publisher Jason Weisberger to introduce you to it. (via A.V. Club)
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that TLC will air a pilot for Best Funeral Ever, a new unscripted show that follows a typical day at Dallas' Golden Gate Funeral Home and all of the wacktastic death parties it hosts. I, for one, think this is one of the smartest ideas for a TV show because unlike all these dippy-ass wedding shows, death truly is forever and worth all the money for one last party. If there is only one thing we all have in common, fellow humans, it's our mortality. It's okay to have smoke machines and BBQ sauce fountains before we peace out for good. Best Funeral Ever will air Wednesday, December 26 at 8:00 PM (Eastern) on TLC. (via Videogum) — Jamie
"Ace: It's bad enough when people name a boy Ace. Ace the boy has long bangs and the world's most punchable face. Ace the girl is stuck with a name that screams out to the world, 'Daddy wanted a boy, and he wanted that boy to be a fighter pilot.'" Drew Magary at Gawker has compiled some of BabyCenter's extra-specifically weird names that actual people gave their actual babies in the Year of Our Lord 2012. Hint when naming a baby: Don't use the wrong part of your brain to name a child. I'm talking to you, parents of Kaixin and Pawk. (via Gawker)
Every year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces its nominees for the Golden Globe Awards, the junior prom that takes place in the high school gym to the Academy Awards' senior prom that takes place in a fancy banquet hall. And every year, there is something to be annoyed or confused about. This year is no exception, especially in the television categories, unless you think Best Comedy or Musical nominee Smash is a better show than Community or Veep, and Best Drama nominee The Newsroom was better than Mad Men. (Even though both Mad Men and The Walking Dead were pretty inconsistent last season, despite some truly golden moments. Cheers, non-nominee Jared Harris.) At least the movie categories were a little easier to stomach. Top nominees this year: Lincoln, Django Unchained, and Argo. Read the full list of nominees at the official site of the Golden Globes, which will air Sunday, January 13 at 8:00 PM (Eastern) on NBC. (via The Golden Globes)
(Video link) So, it did happen, and it rocked! At last night's 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, Sir Paul McCartney performed with Nirvana last night, backed up by Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear. It was just as excellent as you'd hope it would be. Here is their new song, "Cut Me Some Slack." The show might be over, but you can still donate to the Robin Hood Foundation at the concert's site. (via Slate)
It was reported yesterday that Adele's James Bond theme song, "Skyfall," would be eligible for the Best Original Song award at the upcoming Oscar ceremonies, despite including elements of the well-established (and, at this point, not original) Bond theme. But what's also news is that unlike last year, when 37 out of 39 possible songs were disqualified for the same award, there are now 75 contenders and different standards. The Academy is shooting for a total of five nominees, up from last year's confounding two. So, what happened, and what did they fix this time around? And who can beat Adele? (In my opinion? Nobody.)
This is not a confirmed fact, but there are some rumblings that Sir Paul McCartney might perform with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic (two of Nirvana's surviving members) tonight at the gigantic 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden. Wow. So, does this mean that in another dimension, Kurt Cobain is planning a surprise performance with John Lennon and George Harrison? Or a sign that the world really going to end this month? I will offer the caveat that this story is coming from The Sun, but still. If it had to, the world probably could go ahead and end after bearing witness to such a brilliant collaboration. (via The Huffington Post)
Apparently, the interview in which Sir Ian McKellen stated he has had prostate cancer for several years is outdated. The actor's rep clarified, saying he does not have cancer. You now have permission to feel less bad about not liking The Hobbit. (via Vulture) — Jamie
(Video link) In this preview of IFC's Portlandia holiday special, Candace and Toni, the persons who run feminist bookstore Women & Women First (Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein), have been surprised with a last-minute babysitting request from Candace's son, played by Bobby Moynihan, who can no longer be bribed with free vagina pillows. Alas, another victim of the patriarchy. "Winter in Portlandia" will air Friday, December 14 at 10:30 PM EST on IFC. In addition to Moynihan, Jim Gaffigan and Matt Lucas will be stopping by! (via IFC)
Paramount just released the first official still from Star Trek Into Darkness with a caption that seems to identify Benedict Cumberbatch's mystery villain as John Harrison. But -- and it's a pretty big "but" -- the name "John Harrison" is actually part of Star Trek backstage lore, and not really the name of any Trek villain. Besides the Starfleet technician Harrison played by Ron Veto, the name was used for several random, unnamed onscreen characters (including redshirts) in several episodes -- a placeholder. So, are we being messed with? Is it a case of Trekkie misdirection? Or is this a brand new Star Trek villain? Tor has a few theories that will interest and enlighten. (via Tor)
UPDATE: Movieline's Jen Yamato attended a press event for Star Trek Into Darkness yesterday and has some news on the "John Harrison" character. In case you really don't want to know, I'll leave the information at the link, which also contains some really interesting (and spoilery) theories about some original Star Trek source material that are well worth a read.
Ian McKellen in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," 2002. Photo: New Line Cinema
In an interview with The Mirror, Sir Ian McKellen revealed that he's been living with prostate cancer for several years. While it's upsetting news, he says that his form is "contained," and that he and his doctors are staying on top of it.
"Many, many men die from it but it’s one of the cancers that is totally treatable so I have 'waitful watching.' I am examined regularly and it’s just contained, it’s not spreading. I’ve not had any treatment."
"You do gulp when you hear the news. It’s like when you go for an HIV test, you go ‘arghhh is this the end of the road?’ They come and say you have cancer of the prostate and then they say you can have it zapped, you can have it snipped but you are not a candidate for that. You are waitful watching."
McKellen goes on to say that he remains diligent and hopeful for his chances at a full and lengthy life, which makes those of us who are fans very, very happy to hear.
Samuel L. Jackson seriously wants to be in the new Star Wars movies. He doesn't care how it happens, he doesn't care how many arms he has or how dead he is, or if he has to somehow do this as Nick Fury instead of Mace Windu. But he's "geeked out" by the idea, and just wants his motherf***ing self in this movie if it's at all possible.
"It's like, okay, Obi-Wan was dead when Episode IV started, so maybe everyone thinks I'm dead and we'll find out what happened to Mace Windu. I can come back as one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that's still around that didn't actually die."
While you still won't be able to buy that Slayer Christmas sweater you've been wanting ever since you knew it existed, there is another equally hardcore option if you're still in need of something ugly and holiday-themed: the Home Alone sweater. Complete with prancing reindeer on the wearer's biceps and a healthy portion of snowflakes, no one will dare mess with a person wearing an ugly Christmas sweater that says, "Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal" on it. Especially if that person has been drinking all of the buttered rum. So, if you find yourself wearing this masterpiece of a garment at a gathering and someone tells you, "You know, that quote isn't technically from Home Alone -- it's from Angels With Filthy Souls," feel free to go Black Bart on them and treat them to a holiday mashup.
I'm kidding. Please do not start a fight in this sweater. Wear it in good health, and in the name of peace on Earth, good will towards men. It's available on the appropriately-named site, UglyChristmasSweater.com for $49.99. God bless us, everyone! (via I Heart Chaos)