HBO, Vice to reinvent the evening news

There may be something even more intriguing going on in the evening news this year than the question of whatever happens with Brian Williams. Vice and HBO Thursday announced an extension of their programming deal- and in a twist, the deal will include a daily newscast. According to the New York Times: For Vice, which more »

Fin: “Creed” down the road, Kanye in the Holy Land and The Force in Minneapolis

Got a note from our office this morning that parking in the area is restricted on Friday. Why? Because they’re filming the “Rocky” spinoff movie, “Creed.” I suppose that’s one of the drawbacks of working just a few blocks down the road from the Art Museum steps. Two distinct possibilities for Kanye West and Kim more »

Jon Stewart shares his “itch to get back on stage”

In the couple of months since Jon Stewart announced his upcoming retirement from The Daily Show, we haven’t had much of a clue of what he’s planning to do afterwards. Another show? A run for political office? Another stab at directing a movie? All of those seem unlikely, at least in the short term. However, more »

What’s with ESPN and WWE’s sudden cooperation?

WWE and ESPN are both massive media and “sports entertainment” entities, both headquartered in the state of Connecticut, and both came to national prominence in the early days of cable in the early 1980s. Yet, for most of their histories, the two have never had much to do with each other. WWE does its own more »

“Super Troopers 2″ reaches goal; commence the mustache rides

Efforts to get “Super Troopers 2″ made took nearly 15 years. The crowdfunding effort to put up the necessary budget took barely 24 hours. Yes, “Super Troopers 2″ reached its $2 million Indiegogo goal on Wednesday. And not only that ,as of Thursday morning the effort was approaching the $2.5 million mark. What will the more »

Tucker and Buckley: The Carlson boys blow up the Internet

“Whatever happened to Eddie? He was here a minute ago. Joey and Jackie and Bobby and Phil. Bobby and Tommy and Danny and Bill. What happened, *Todd*? And Cody, and Dylan, and Cameron, and Tucker. Hi, Tucker. I’m Todd. “Hi, Todd! I’m Tucker.” Fuck Tucker; Tucker sucks. And fuck Tucker’s friend, Kyle. You know? Yeah. more »

Fin: Ethnic Casting, X-Files in the age of Alex Jones and Ash IS Reagan

I can’t say much more than what’s already been said about Deadline’s “ethnic casting” story debacle. It’s like the “why isn’t there a White History Month” of Hollywood trend pieces (Deadline) As for the Jon Hamm news: It’s good that he got the help that he needs. And if you think this revelation is going more »

Streaming yes, blackouts no: This week in NFL TV news

It may be a lull in the NFL calendar- it’s the offseason, free agency is largely over, and the draft is still a month away. But there’s suddenly lots of news related to the NFL and television. – NFL blackouts are history. For decades, the NFL has had a blackout rule: If a game isn’t more »


The rank stupidity of fictional presidential opinion polls

, did you hear President Obama has a lower approval rating than House of Cards’ Frank Underwood, not to mention those of the fictitious presents from the West Wing, Battlestar Gallactica and 24? Even the corrupt, adulterous president from Scandal has a prior approval rating than the actual president. That’s according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll more »

Taylor Swift fills streaming blank space, brings music to TIDAL

Taylor Swift made a big deal a few month ago about pulling all of her music from Spotify. Now, she’s made another streaming move, bringing her catalog to TIDAL. TIDAL, the hi-fi streaming service, was recently purchased by rapper and music mogul Jay-Z. According to Billboard, the mega-popular singer’s entire catalog (with the exception of more »

All the Sondheim you’ll ever want, coming to DVD

Fans of the great Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim are in for a special treat: A DVD set of stage performances of five of his most beloved musicals, plus the Sondheim birthday concert from 2010. The set, coming next month from RLJ Entertainment, consists of a 1990 performance of “Into the Woods,” a 2011 performance of more »

“Super Troopers 2′ is an Indiegogo away from reality

After years of speculation, we appear to be in the final stages of “Super Troopers 2″ moving forward. All it takes is a literacola- and $2 million in funding from Indiegogo. The members of the Broken Lizard troupe announced that they have gained distribution for the long-in-the-works sequel to the beloved 2000 comedy- but need more »