Screen Junkies » conan o’brien http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:59:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Conan Auditions Wives a la Tom Cruise http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/conan-auditions-wives-a-la-tom-cruise/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/conan-auditions-wives-a-la-tom-cruise/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:12:32 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=250881 Which is creepier, Scientology or red hair?

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There aren’t that many women who can both strap on your fake-butt AND impersonate Ray Romano. If you find one, she’s a keeper.

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9 Talk Shows That Crashed And Burned Faster Than ‘Lopez Tonight’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-talk-shows-that-crashed-and-burned-faster-than-lopez-tonight/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-talk-shows-that-crashed-and-burned-faster-than-lopez-tonight/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:19:33 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224161 Lopez was bad, but not this bad.

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After nearly two years on the air, TBS has canceled George Lopez’s talk show, Lopez Tonight, due to low ratings. After moving the show back by an hour to make way for Conan O’Brein, Lopez’s audience fell off by nearly 40%, and never recovered from the drop. But in all fairness to Conan, the later time slot only exacerbated an existing problem: the fact that the show was about as funny as stapling your scrotum to your thigh. But me bashing George Lopez for not being funny is like Michael Jackson bashing Amy Winehouse for reckless drug use. So instead of poking fun at a man who has achieved more success than most of us could even fathom, I’ll just point out nine other talk-show hosts who crashed and burned even harder than he did. Enjoy.

Also, please note that you will be watching a lot of clips from the 80′s and early 90′s, so prepare yourself for an outrageous amount of saxophone.

The Pat Sajak Show - Jan., 1989 to Apr., 1990

Those of you who aren’t old enough to remember the 80′s are blessed. It was an awful time, as evidenced by this clip. Yes, that’s Pat Sajak, the guy who hosts Wheel of Fortune. There’s no reason to particularly dislike the man, but seeing that sweater in the intro is enough to make people change the channel. However, he was ahead of his time on the whole Betty White craze.

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Conan O’Brien: ‘Barack Obama Can’t Handle His Guinness’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/conan-obrien-barack-obama-cant-handle-his-guinness/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/conan-obrien-barack-obama-cant-handle-his-guinness/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 22:51:24 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=213934 I'm really surprised Fox News hasn't run with this.

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Barack Obama might have some Irish blood on his mother’s side, but as Conan O’Brien points out, it doesn’t look like he picked up the legendary Irish drinking gene. How unfortunate. I’m really surprised Fox News hasn’t run with this.

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New Trailer: ‘Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop’ And So He Didn’t http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-trailer-conan-obrien-cant-stop-and-so-he-didnt/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-trailer-conan-obrien-cant-stop-and-so-he-didnt/#comments Sat, 21 May 2011 00:23:20 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=213152 The new documentary takes us back to a time many one year and a few months ago.

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It feels like “Conan” has been on TBS for forever now. I’m not sure how Conan O’Brien would feel about that statement, but I mean it as a compliment. As far as I’m concerned, we now have Coco in our lives again, and all that Leno stuff is water under the late night bridge. (By that I mean, the Brooklyn Bridge at night.)

So the new documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop takes us back to a time many one year and a few months ago, where O’Brien left “The Tonight Show” and embarked on a 32-state tour of the country called “The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour.” Looks like we’re getting a close-up look at the man behind the red mop… but will we like what we see?

Yeah, probably. Director Rodman Flender takes us into the Cone-Zone Jun 24, 2011 in limited release. You can read out our review of Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop here.

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Conan Talks About How He Can’t Stop http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/conan-talks-about-how-he-cant-stop/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/conan-talks-about-how-he-cant-stop/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:56:04 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204752 The director of his documentary also talks about the no stopping.

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Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, the documentary about O’Brien’s standup comedy tour, premiered at South by Southwest. The film shows that O’Brien put his humor to work in between “The Tonight Show” and his new TBS show. It also shows that he approaches every daily situation with humor, even when he gets angry and lashes out at people.

I got to speak with O’Brien and director Rodman Flender on the red carpet before their South by Southwest premiere screening. Flender left in all the juicy moments of O’Brien ripping on visiting celebrities and joking around with Hollywood tour busses.

Q: I’m not quite clear. Can Conan stop?

Rodman Flender: Well, you’ll have to see the movie and find out.

Q: How personal does it get?

RF: Well, he gave me incredible access, inside of the writer’s room and the whole creative process. I think it gets pretty close, it gets pretty intimate.

Q: What’s one of the most intimate moments you capture?

RF: I think any artist showing the world the creative process is incredibly intimate. What painter will allow someone to see a work in progress or a pencil sketch of something.

Q: Was there anything so raw it was a little uncomfortable to be there?

RF: I think the situation itself was very tense. I think it was a tense situation for everyone involved. Hopefully I captured that.

Q: I know Conan to be very grateful now. Did you see him in an angrier place?

RF: Yeah, I think the movie is a journey but we all have angry moments. I think what I captured was a human being who gets angry, who gets happy, who has moments, is ecstatic, he’s thrilled to be performing, gets short tempered, gets frustrated. That’s what it means to be human. He’s not a robot.

Q: You saw this act 46 times. Did you get numb to the jokes?

RF: Not really because he changed it up. He really kind of tailored the show from city to city. He had writers along with him that made local references and for himself he really kept it fresh from city to city.

O’Brien was generous with his fans in Austin. He stepped out of his car in the middle of the street and greeted fans before the red carpet. You didn’t have to be camped out overnight to have a prime spot with him. For a film that shows him berating the lovable Jack McBrayer and teaching a fan not to say anti-Semitic remarks, O’Brien was in good spirits to debut the movie.

Q: I’m still not quite clear. Can you stop?

Conan O’Brien: No. Look at me. This is my day off and my wife and I are here in Austin. I can’t stop.

Q: Is the lesson here that there is an opportunity wherever you make it for yourself?

CO: It sounds like a fortune cookie but I do think this movie, a lot of it is about taking something everyone thought, “Oh, this is a wipeout.” It looked to a lot of people and it was like a car crash or something, but being able to turn it into something I hope creative and a little bit interesting would be useful to people, and to me. Mostly to me.

Q: And now you’re a movie star.

CO: Well… I’m not really the star of the movie. I think my assistant’s the star of the movie. [She is!]

Q: You come across as very grateful today. Will we see you in a darker, angrier place in the movie?

CO: Yeah, yeah, you’ll see that. I don’t think it’s that big a part of the movie but it’s certainly the most tantalizing to people. You’ll see that side of me, you’ll see me get very hard on myself, I get down on myself, I get panicky sometimes before a show. I’ve had the same people working for me for 18 years and they all just roll their [eyes]. They’re pretty good at giving it back to me but you’ll see that side.

Q: What was the most raw, intimate moment they captured?

CO: I think when I shower.

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SXSW Pic Gallery: ‘Paul’, Conan, And Del Toro http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/sxsw-pic-gallery-paul-conan-and-del-toro/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/sxsw-pic-gallery-paul-conan-and-del-toro/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:57:05 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=201913 The stars walked about Austin like normal human beings.

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While reporting from South by Southwest I’ve stood on a few red carpets to get interviews, and sat in a few screenings where the stars got on stage for a Q&A. At the premiere of Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, O’Brien got out of his car on the street and greeted fans on his way to the photo pit, including Allison Schiman in her pro-jeggings tank top. After the movie, O’Brien answered questions from the audience.

At the red carpet for Paul and Bridesmaids, Kristin Wiig did press for both films. Paul’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost also walked. The whole gang got on stage before and after Paul to geek out with the fanboy crowd.

At the Aint It Cool News secret screening, Harry Knowles teased the film and special guest. It was Guilermo del Toro who revealed the movie would be 1981’s Dragonslayer. After the film, Knowles and del Toro spent a half hour discussing how they felt the film had more balls than today’s kids movies and fantasy movies in general.

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SXSW Review: Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-conan-obrien-cant-stop/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-conan-obrien-cant-stop/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:12:22 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201452 It is an outstanding portrait of an artist that just lets us be in Conan’s world, the one we don’t get to see between late night episodes.

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Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is the documentary following O’Brien’s comedy tour following his ousting from “The Tonight Show.” It is an outstanding portrait of an artist that just lets us be in Conan’s world, the one we don’t get to see between late night episodes.

O’Brien is funniest when he’s just talking about life. He makes observations, decisions, even recaps what’s gone one since his last filmed interview. He can’t help satirizing events. He describes it in that irreverent way. Following a Hollywood tour bus is a brilliant bit of real life meta humor.

Watching the show sell out within an hour of O’Brien announcing it on Twitter is really a magic moment. We start seeing him spitballing bits like the “My Own Show Again” song (sung to the tune of “On the Road Again). His descriptions of his anger are as profound as his humor, although he never quite reveals the details of what he’s describing.

As the real work of writing the show starts, we see a demanding, aggressive side of O’Brien. Directing rehearsals, he is a professional who has to make sure his collaborators do their jobs right. He’s also serious about his food. He demands his assistant, Sona Movsesian, find a restaurant that will cook him fish without soaking it in butter. You can’t tell if he’s really mad at her, although Movsesian comes across as the best assistant ever by the end.

Sometimes O’Brien is a real dick. With the exhausting show underway, O’Brien is roped into schmooze fests with celebrities, which he’s not theoretically opposed to but it’s just too much to demand of someone’s time. He’s really mean to Jack McBrayer and I can’t tell if it was a bit that McBrayer was in on, or if O’Brien was just making redneck jokes at his expense.

O’Brien definitely lashes out but you come to understand he doesn’t blame his guests. There just needs to be a system to give himself rest. Meeting and greeting is more exhausting than performing.

He is good to his fans. It’s no small demand to give everyone an autograph or photo, and we see there are sometimes flaws in the system where people under him turn away fans. When it’s up to O’Brien, he signs and poses. He gets an anti-Leno gift from some fans on the road that’s vicious.

What begins as a document of the creative process turns into a portrait of the emotional sides of an artist. O’Brien is constantly funny, even at his meanest. Can’t Stop is rawer for exposing the slight edges in attitude than if it showed his break down crying.

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Trollgate ’11: Jon Cryer Outs Himself As “Troll” To Conan http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/trollgate-11-jon-cryer-outs-himself-as-troll-to-conan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/trollgate-11-jon-cryer-outs-himself-as-troll-to-conan/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2011 05:04:16 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=201129 If you've seen Jon Cryer under a bridge, it's not cause he's hiding from a crazed Charlie Sheen. Here's Cryer's video confession.

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If you’ve ever watched “Two and a Half Men” and thought you saw some long pink hairs popping out of Jon Cryer‘s head, now you know there was nothing wrong with your TV set. Except for the fact that you were watching “Two and a Half Men.”

Jon Cryer told Conan O’Brien on a new “Conan” that, like Charlie Sheen said/blurted/gibberished, he really is a troll. Of course, in a later interview, Sheen quasi-took back the insult, but now it’s time for Cryer to come clean:

“The truth is that there’s not a lot of tolerance for people like me, especially in Hollywood,” he quipped. “To avoid ignorance and bullying, I’ve had to hide the fact that I’m a troll. You have no idea how much time and money I’ve spent on electrolysis and hair dye and reconstructive surgery so I can look like this [pointing to himself], instead of this,” he said as a image of a Cryer with pink Troll doll hair and eyes flashed on the screen.

So Cryer finally admitted he was gay. Good for him. Oh wait, he said “troll” and it’s all just a talk show goofaround? Nevermind…

You can watch a clip above. For more, there’s a longer version at Hollywood Reporter.

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Snownan O’Brien http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-photos/snownan-obrien/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-photos/snownan-obrien/#comments Thu, 03 Feb 2011 19:53:23 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24905 Do the string dance with no hands and legs, ya crazy bastard.

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Do the string dance with no hands and legs, ya crazy bastard.

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‘Conan’ Is A Hit, Insists Conan’s Agent and Conan’s Mom http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-is-a-hit-insists-conans-agent-and-conans-mom/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-is-a-hit-insists-conans-agent-and-conans-mom/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 06:32:25 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22383 When is a hit show possibly not a hit show? When everyone is DVRing it.

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When is a hit show possibly not a hit show? When everyone is DVRing it.

Some folks are saying Conan O’Brien‘s ratings aren’t very good, because he’s getting beaten regularly by rivals Jay Leno and David Letterman. First, please take a moment to “boo” the name Jay Leno out loud in front of your computer.

Done? Good. Now, here’s the problem: “Conan” on TBS seems to always have less total viewers and often less 18-49 year old viewers than the shows of his older counterparts. However, thanks to newfangled TV gadgets, we now have “plus 7 ratings,” which counts viewers who watch a show on DVR up to 7 days after recording it (and has nothing to do with sneaking way too many of your friends into a party).

If you factor in O’Brien’s plus 7, as his William Morris Endeavor agent Rick Rosen said he does in a recent statement, then Coco is a Hit-O.

“The ratings system needs to catch up to the viewing patterns and the world,” declared Rosen, adding: “To me it’s the most significant challenge to television today.”

Conan‘s audience is younger too. On average, O’Brien’s audience is a Twitter-Trackin’ 34, compared to Leno and Letterman’s Twitter-Fearin’ mid-50s. So maybe “size” isn’t everything. Being young and gangly counts for something too. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Jay Leno To Receive Humor Award. Everything You Know Is Wrong. http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jay-leno-to-receive-humor-award-everything-you-know-is-wrong/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jay-leno-to-receive-humor-award-everything-you-know-is-wrong/#comments Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:53:29 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21835 Members of Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club have bestowed their annual Man of the Year award to walking lowest common denominator Jay Leno.

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Maybe it was the riotous 741st installation of “Jaywalking” that compelled the members of Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club to bestow their annual Man of the Year designation to walking lowest common denominator Jay Leno. Whatever the reason, this is happening. This is real. Movieline carries a quote from the geeky club that professes, “Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe, said The Tonight Show host was selected because he has ‘entertained millions of people over his long and accomplished career in comedy.’”

Entertaining millions of people doesn’t mean you’re funny. It could just mean that you have an army of interns who can clip newspaper headlines, or a passing knowledge of who Octomom is. Strangely, Conan O’Brien has never received the award, despite being a Harvard alum and, you know, funny. Could the Hasty Pudding Club have an ace up its sleeve with this announcement? Will Conan jump out of a cake and bite Jay Leno in the crotch? Could this be the elaborate staging of a humo intervention? Probably not, but this news is something of a shock. I’d like to think that it’s just the result of NBC kicking over a shit ton of money to the club, rather than just a monumental lapse in judgement and reason.

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Take That, NBC! CBS Greenlights Conan Pilot, ‘Vince Uncensored’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/take-that-nbc-cbs-greenlights-conan-pilot-vince-uncensored/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/take-that-nbc-cbs-greenlights-conan-pilot-vince-uncensored/#comments Sat, 22 Jan 2011 01:15:31 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21527 The next facet of Conan O'Briens slow, mafia-like revenge on NBC has gone into effect.

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The next facet of Conan O’Briens slow, mafia-like revenge on NBC has gone into effect. CBS has greenlit a comedy pilot that the pale ginger has executive produced. Hey, it’s not like sticking someone’s head in a vice, but it’s Conan O’Brien we’re talking about. The show, titled Vince Uncensored, focuses on “a man who, after a life-changing experience, decides to take a more honest approach to his life, work and family,” says Deadline. Judging by that painfully vague description, they haven’t thought of an idea for the show yet, just a mediocre title, perhaps inspired by Gary Unmarried.

Conaco, O’Brien’s production company, has forayed into primtetime before with lukewarm results. They produced the NBC drama Outlaw that lasted less than a season. While Conan’s name attached to anything will raise an eyebrow or two, TV pilots are so touch and go that we will probably have to wait until upfronts later this year to get a feel for if this project is for real or just a flirtation with CoCo. Actually, if the show was called A Flirtation with CoCo, I think a lot more people would be talking about it right now.

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Lego Conan http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-photos/lego-conan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-photos/lego-conan/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:28:34 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21006 That's a lot of time to spend on a talk show host.

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That’s a lot of time to spend on a talk show host. Check out more pics here.

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‘Paul’ and Conan Chase ‘Beaver’ to SXSW http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-and-conan-chase-beaver-to-sxsw/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-and-conan-chase-beaver-to-sxsw/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:16:48 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16512 A handful of rather high profile films have been added to the lineup of March's South by Southwest film festival, including Greg Mottola's Paul, Jodie Foster's The Beaver, and a new documentary entitled Conan O'Brien Can't Stop.

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A handful of rather high profile films have been added to the lineup of March’s South by Southwest film festival, including Greg Mottola‘s Paul, Jodie Foster‘s The Beaver, and a new documentary about the most persevering redhead in late night TV, entitled Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop. The O’Brien doc and The Beaver will be enjoying their world premieres at the festival, while Greg Mottola’s Paul will have its North American premiere there.

All three films are highly anticipated, but for vastly different reasons. Paul, a road comedy about two men and an alien(!), is the third film starring and written by the Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz duo, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who spin genre comedy into nerd gold. Foster’s The Beaver is the tale of a seriously disturbed man who connects with his loved ones using a beaver hand puppet, and he’s played by notoriously disturbed man Mel Gibson. The O’Brien doc should excite audiences with a behind the scenes look at the struggles of the talk show host you love to root for.

The fest kicks off March 11th and runs through the 19th. Opening starts with Duncan JonesSource Code, a thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan. (The Playlist)

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Conan Wants You To Stop Chanting “Conan!” http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-wants-you-to-stop-chanting-conan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-wants-you-to-stop-chanting-conan/#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2011 23:08:25 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15824 Conan O’Brien welcomed the Television Critics Association to the set of his new TBS show “Conan.” It may have been the only audience that did not begin the show by chanting, “Co-nan, Co-nan!"

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Conan O’Brien welcomed the Television Critics Association to the set of his new TBS show “Conan.” It’s the first time most of them had spoken to O’Brien since NBC, except for Bill Carter who wrote the books on the talk show wars of two generations. It may have been the only audience that did not begin the show by chanting, “Co-nan, Co-nan!” O’Brien joked that that got old “about three weeks ago.”

But seriously, O’Brien appreciates the love and doesn’t expect it to last forever. It won’t become his “Woof woof.” “We can’t even stop it,” O’Brien said. “I think it’s like anything else. It’s going to play itself out over time. The last year has been a crazy journey of discovery and this show will be the same I think. So we’re going to find out as we go. I think we’re playing it out and like I say, it’s an organic process. So I think this show could become a game show in a year. Who knows? I have no idea. I’m as interested as anybody else to find out what’s going to happen.”

The chanting is only one component of the audience that has reinvigorated O’Brien’s hosting abilities. He feels working off of the audience’s energy has brought out his best. “I mean last night’s crowd, it’s a Tuesday in January and they were unbelievable. It feels like it’s got a little bit of a rock n’ roll energy and people have made things and some of them are in costumes. Sometimes it looks like ‘Let’s Make a Deal in here.’ I didn’t design any of this. I don’t know where it’s going but all of us, everybody in this room is facing the complete transformation of our business and you can resist it and hate it and fight it or you can go with it. I’m saying let’s go with it. I go into the crowd more and I do monologues I’ll see people and I’ll engage with them and I’ll go up into the seats sometimes and bring them into it. Last night I’m playing with some guy in the crowd and we’re just seeing where this goes. If it feels good, we do it.”

It works in the writer’s room too. So many people followed O’Brien from NBC that it’s just a love fest on and off stage now. “What happens is a lot of our people came over from the last gig, really a shockingly high number of people were able to stick with us and rode out this last year and I felt just put together this show. There’s a feeling here with everybody. The crew, the staff, a lot of people in their early 20s who are working on the show, we’ve all been through something in the last year so there’s sort of a spirit. There’s a little pirate ship feeling to this show which I love. Everybody has it because we all went through it. None of us knew what was going to happen, were we going to get other jobs, how are we going to make it through this thing? We stuck together and we did. That creates a strong dynamic here at the show that I think is coming through on television.”

Even David Letterman expressed his feelings for O’Brien in a phone call over the holidays. “He wanted to know what I was wearing,” O’Brien joked. “It was just a quick call. We hadn’t spoken for a long time and he just called to basically say, ‘I haven’t checked in on you, I just wanted to make sure that we were good.’ I said, ‘We’ve always been good.’ I have a lot of respect for that guy. I said he didn’t owe me a phone call but I appreciate it and then we chatted about other silly things and that was it. So it was not a lengthy phone call. He’s not a blabbermouth but it was nice. It was just nice to get the call and I made it quite clear to him he didn’t owe me a call but I was happy to talk to him. So it was nice to get it but I wanted to reassure him that he didn’t owe me any call or anything like that.”

However, O’Brien thinks it is still unlikely he would ever have a sit down with Jay Leno. “I don’t think so. There’s nothing to be figured out. We all know the story and we all know what happened. I think it’s better, just life is short. I’ve got kids and a family. I’ve got life to live and I’m really happy here so I don’t think about it too much. And I’m sure he’s busy.”

“Conan” airs weeknights at 11 on TBS.

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The Worst Moments of the People’s Choice Awards http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-worst-moments-of-the-peoples-choice-awards/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-worst-moments-of-the-peoples-choice-awards/#comments Thu, 06 Jan 2011 19:29:32 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14560 Even in a sea of horrible moments, I managed to find a few islands of pure awfulness that somehow stood out. I give you the worst moments from The People's Choice Awards.

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It’s pretty much common knowledge that the People’s Choice Awards are a joke. Every year, you laugh at the nominees, and then laugh even harder when you read about the winners. But when was the last time you actually sat down and watched the entire ceremony? You probably can’t remember. After all, what kind of asshole would subject themselves to that kind of torture? Well, last night, I was that asshole.

I watched the entire show from start to finish so you didn’t have to, and a more sickening display I cannot recall. I knew it was going to be bad, but I was utterly shocked at just how bad. But even in a sea of horrible moments, I managed to find a few islands of pure awfulness that somehow stood out. I give you the worst moments from The People’s Choice Awards.

Queen Latifah as Host
It’s bad enough to watch a meaningless award show, but it’s a thousand times worse when your host has all the charisma of a drugged-out homeless woman. Listening to Queen Latifah shriek her way through the show was about as fun as watching her shriek her way through a Queen Latifah movie.

Although she was bad throughout, the intro takes the cake. Watching an unenthusiastic crowd forced to wave their right hands in unison while Latifah sang “Dynamite” was like watching some sort of bizarro Nazi rally at Nuremberg, except for the fact that the Nazi’s were better dressers.

Conan O’Brien Wins
Conan winning for Best Talkshow Host was one of the high points of the show. But watching someone with actual talent in a room full of shills was depressing in its own special way.

During his acceptance speech, O’Brien made a crack about the mic stand being too short. “I can’t believe I have to crouch this low.” Neither can I.

Prodding the Audience to Keep Voting
Throughout the show, presenters asked the audience at home to keep voting, as if it could determine the winner. This was insulting on so many different levels. First of all, all of the winners are told ahead of time, so what’s the point? Second, I was watching the show on the West Coast. It had already aired everywhere else. If I sent enough texts, were they going to drive over to Kid Rock’s house and take his award back?

Oh, by the way; Kid Rock won the People’s Voice Award. F*ck me.

Voter Turnout
Early on, the show bragged about receiving over 175 million votes, the highest turnout in its history. That fact is even more impressive, considering that only about 90 million people cast votes in the 2010 election.

Granted, people can vote multiple times for the People’s Choice Awards, but the same can be said for congressional elections, depending on the district.

Adam Sandler/Grown Ups
Adam Sandler took home the award for Best Comedic Actor, while his film, Grown Ups, took home the award for Best Comedy Film. As if to highlight the injustice, Sandler, who was sporting a black eye, told the following “joke” during his acceptance speech.

“I wanted to go see the Black Eyed Peas, and the lady thought I said, ‘Black Eye, Please!’” I’m not even a Sandler hater, but holy sh*t.

No Suspense
As I mentioned earlier, the award winners are notified beforehand, so none of the other nominees want to show up just to lose. I can’t say I blame them. This causes a problem for viewers. Any time you see a celeb, you can be 99% sure they won an award. And whoever was directing this sh*t show had a nasty habit of cutting to a shot or interview of a celeb about ten minutes before their category was announced, which killed what little suspense there might have been.

Elton John Has Gone too Far
I know Elton John is a champion for gay rights, but slowly morphing into a Lesbian woman is taking it too far. Looking like Hillary Clinton isn’t going to win you any friends in the flyover states, Sir Elton.

Viral Video of the Year
And the viral video of the year goes to…”Single Ladies?” WTF? Where is “The Bed Intruder Song?” I’d even settle for “Double Rainbow.”

Movie of the Year: Twilight
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse won for Best Film. Yeah, it’s not surprising, considering kids are probably the only ones who vote for this trash. After all, kids are stupid. But that’s why we don’t let them make decisions.

If your kid rubbed its shit on the wall, you’d clean it up, and tell no one about what happened. On the other hand, the producers of The Peoples Choice Awards would broadcast it for the world to see, and have celebrities pretend to get excited.

Blatant Product Shilling
I have no problem with sponsors on broadcast television. It’s a small price to pay for free entertainment. But Jesus Christ, The People’s Choice Awards would have tattooed an ad for CVS Pharmacy on to Queen Latifah’s tits if the company would have asked.

And Jesus, CVS Pharmacy? I go there to buy toilet paper and condoms. I had no idea it was actually a high-end beauty boutique.

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Links Away: Conan Gets Pretend Beat Up http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-conan-gets-pretend-beat-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-conan-gets-pretend-beat-up/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2010 01:00:42 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=13536 For those unfamiliar with Conan O'Brien's lengthy rundown of supporting characters and sometimes-sidekicks, the agile fellow in the following video is professional stuntman and stand-up comedian Steven Ho.

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For those unfamiliar with Conan O’Brien‘s lengthy rundown of supporting characters and sometimes-sidekicks, the agile fellow in the following video is professional stuntman and stand-up comedian Steven Ho. From time to time he shows up on set and instructs the ginger-headed funnyman in the mysterious art of stunt-doing. If you’ve ever wanted to see Conan jump through a cloud of fire in an effort to rescue a plastic baby, now’s your chance. (Vulture)

These links will push you out of a fourth-floor window:

Kentucky Man Guns Down Suspected Chupacabra (Asylum)

Skier Falls 50 Feet From Chairlift (BarstoolSports)

Rico Rodriguez On Verge of Return (CagePotato)

25 Bizarre Plushies (HolyTaco)

Little Fockers Plot Recreated With Scathing Reviews (FilmDrunk)

Funniest Quotes of the Year (MovieFone)

Were Older Video Games Actually Better? (Unreality)

Fireside Foxes (Maxim)

Veronika London (MadeMan)

The 10 Worst Celebrity Tweets of 2010 (Smosh)

The 10 Greatest Sports Plays of 2010 (TotalProSports)

Fans Attack Ref During Christmas Soccer Match (TuVez)

The Five Best DVDs of 2010 (Pajiba)

2010′s Biggest WTF Moments In Pop Culture (PopEater)

Top 14 Celebrities Caught Getting High On Camera (Ranker)

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Coco For Jeggings http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-photos/coco-for-jeggings/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-photos/coco-for-jeggings/#comments Fri, 03 Dec 2010 18:57:12 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=10892 Conan O'Brien successfully hosted his show in jeggings. Lookin' good, Coco.

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Conan O’Brien successfully hosted his show in jeggings. Lookin’ good, Coco.

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Did You Watch ‘Conan?’ Check Out The Opening Segment. http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/did-you-watch-conan-check-out-the-opening-segment/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/did-you-watch-conan-check-out-the-opening-segment/#comments Tue, 09 Nov 2010 18:14:49 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=7404 Conan O'Brien returned to the airwaves last night to prove that you can banish him to basic cable, but you can't take away what makes him great. And it looks like with 'Conan,' he helped TBS finally earn their "Very Funny" slogan.

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Conan O’Brien returned to the airwaves last night to prove that you can banish him to basic cable, but you can’t take away what makes him great. And it looks like with ‘Conan,’ he helped TBS finally earn their “Very Funny” slogan.

The show opened with a really slick segment that skewered NBC’s bonkers decision to dick him around. It’s not the end-all be-all of comedy by any stretch, but it displays a sly zaniness that you don’t see in late night television. And it’s light years better than watching Jay Leno ring random Los Angelenos’s doorbells. Just once, I’d like to see him knock on the wrong door and end up in hot water. Like, he accidentally films a paranoid militia-man. Or Gary Busey.

Check out the clip and let us know what you thought about Conan’s first show.

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Watch Conan’s Under Five Minutes ‘Show Zero’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/watch-conans-under-five-minutes-show-zero/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/watch-conans-under-five-minutes-show-zero/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Conan O'Brien put on a five-minute trial run of his upcoming TBS show in a conference room. Here's hoping the production value of the actual show exceeds this one. I know it's not NBC, but paint is so affordable these days. I don't want to ruin the guest since he only stays for 30 seconds, so I'll only say that it causes a BIG BANG THEORY. Diet Coke probably gets more air time than anything else. Hey, someone's gotta pay for those spotlight gels. Check out "Show Zero" after the jump... 

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Conan O’Brien put on a five-minute trial run of his upcoming TBS show in a conference room. Here’s hoping the production value of the actual show exceeds this one. I know it’s not NBC, but paint is so affordable these days. I don’t want to ruin the guest since he only stays for 30 seconds, so I’ll only say that it causes a BIG BANG THEORY. Diet Coke probably gets more air time than anything else. Hey, someone’s gotta pay for those spotlight gels.

Check out "Show Zero" after the jump… 

 

(BuzzFeed)

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Watch the Live Coco Cam RIGHT NOW http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/watch-the-live-coco-cam-right-now/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/watch-the-live-coco-cam-right-now/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 To promote his new talk show "Conan" on TBS, Conan O'Brien has set up a live web cam in the Team Coco offices. As you can see from the above screen grab, crazy sh*t is going down. I've been watching it for awhile now and it's oddly fascinating. There has been an 80's aerobics class, a public speaker, and a black man holding up a sign that says "I See White People!!!" I personally just like watching the employees walk by. It makes me feel like I'm part of a nurturing office environment. Not this damp cellar they call SJ Headquarters. The Live Coco Cam is live until tomorrow at 1PM ET/10AM PT. Check it out HERE.

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To promote his new talk show "Conan" on TBS, Conan O’Brien has set up a live web cam in the Team Coco offices. As you can see from the above screen grab, crazy sh*t is going down. I’ve been watching it for awhile now and it’s oddly fascinating. There has been an 80′s aerobics class, a public speaker, and a black man holding up a sign that says "I See White People!!!" I personally just like watching the employees walk by. It makes me feel like I’m part of a nurturing office environment. Not this damp cellar they call SJ Headquarters.

The Live Coco Cam is live until tomorrow at 1PM ET/10AM PT. Check it out HERE.

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New ‘Conan’ Promo Explodes In Your Face http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/new-conan-promo-explodes-in-your-face/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/new-conan-promo-explodes-in-your-face/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "Don't call me Coco!!!" This new promo for Conan O'Brien's TBS show shows a new side of Conan. A side that doesn't take any crap. Here we see him pack a vintage car with plastique, illegal fireworks, and popcorn kernals before personally driving it off a cliff. Only way this could be sweeter is if the car was borrowed from the Leno Collection. Check it out after the jump...

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"Don’t call me Coco!!!"

This new promo for Conan O’Brien‘s TBS show shows a new side of Conan. A side that doesn’t take any crap. Here we see him pack a vintage car with plastique, illegal fireworks, and popcorn kernals before personally driving it off a cliff. Only way this could be sweeter is if the car was borrowed from the Leno Collection.

Check it out after the jump…

 


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Conan O’Brien Gets Wet ‘n Wild in Sexy New TBS Promo http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/conan-obrien-gets-wet-n-wild-in-sexy-new-tbs-promo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/conan-obrien-gets-wet-n-wild-in-sexy-new-tbs-promo/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Conan O'Brien's new TBS show begins on November 8th, and the network is starting to ramp up promotion. In this sexy new ad, Coco prepares for his new gig by washing off his desk. But instead of getting clean, Conan gets down and dirty in a scene reminiscent of Paris Hilton's famously slutty Carl's Jr. ad campaign. While watching Conan get sprayed with a garden hose was pretty hot, I would have rather seen Jay Leno get sprayed with a fire hose, preferably in the face and genitals. But that's just me. (Coming Soon) Watch Conan's sexy new promo after the jump...

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Conan O’Brien’s new TBS show begins on November 8th, and the network is starting to ramp up promotion. In this sexy new ad, Coco prepares for his new gig by washing off his desk. But instead of getting clean, Conan gets down and dirty in a scene reminiscent of Paris Hilton‘s famously slutty Carl’s Jr. ad campaign.

While watching Conan get sprayed with a garden hose was pretty hot, I would have rather seen Jay Leno get sprayed with a fire hose, preferably in the face and genitals. But that’s just me. (Coming Soon)

Watch Conan’s sexy new promo after the jump…

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5 Awesome Max Weinberg PSAs http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/5-awesome-max-weinberg-psas/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/5-awesome-max-weinberg-psas/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Max Weinberg, Conan O'Brien's band leader for the past 17 years, won't be following the red headed host to his new gig on TBS. The split was ammicable and both parties hope they can get together in the future for a staring contest or some other sketch where Max talks about his affinity for hookers. During Max Weinberg's time on "Late Night" he created some inspirational and eye-opening public service announcements for NBC. He took "The More You Know" to a dark and dangerous place. I thought I'd share a few of his best moments now. You might learn a little thing or two. About hookers.

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Max Weinberg, Conan O’Brien‘s band leader for the past 17 years, won’t be following the red headed host to his new gig on TBS. The split was ammicable and both parties hope they can get together in the future for a staring contest or some other sketch where Max talks about his affinity for hookers.

During Max Weinberg’s time on "Late Night" he created some inspirational and eye-opening public service announcements for NBC. He took "The More You Know" to a dark and dangerous place. I thought I’d share a few of his best moments now. You might learn a little thing or two. About hookers.

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Conan The Barbarian http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-the-barbarian/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-the-barbarian/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 To crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And to hear the lamentation of Jay Leno. (LaurenMoran)

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To crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And to hear the lamentation of Jay Leno. (LaurenMoran)

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Conan Announces Name of New TBS Show http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-announces-name-of-new-tbs-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-announces-name-of-new-tbs-show/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Don't be distracted by his off-putting facial hair. Conan O'Brien has a message of utmost importance to share with you. Namely, the name of his new show. Much like his parents did 47 years ago, he's made the regrettable decision of naming it "Conan." This show is going to sooo get its ass kicked during recess. (Vulture) Check out O'Brien making the official announcement after the jump...

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Don’t be distracted by his off-putting facial hair. Conan O’Brien has a message of utmost importance to share with you. Namely, the name of his new show. Much like his parents did 47 years ago, he’s made the regrettable decision of naming it "Conan." This show is going to sooo get its ass kicked during recess. (Vulture)

Check out O’Brien making the official announcement after the jump…

 


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Conan Writers’ Emmy Intro http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-writers-emmy-intro/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-writers-emmy-intro/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 This is the video that played when the writers for the now defunct "Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" were introduced at the Creative Arts Emmys this past Sunday. I would have accepted the job at Red Lobster if it were offered to me. Their cheddar dinner rolls are much better than TBS's. (Vulture) And the Emmy goes to these links. Eli Roth Talks 'The Last Exorcism', Satan, And Why No Gore (Moviefone) NYC Man Lives In Bathroom For 5 Days (Asylum) What Does Your Beer Say About You (Ranker) 25 Wonderful Roller Blading Fails (HolyTaco) James Cameron Shows Off 3D Camera (FilmDrunk) Hollywood's Deadliest Hitmen (Maxim) Guy Saves Kid The Gets Arrested For 5 Year Old DUI (BarStoolSports) 5 New Mtv Reality Show Ideas (EgoTV) Do It For Charlie Day (Pajiba) Now That's What I Call Graffiti (Unreality) Don't Do Drugs, Do Trainers (TotalProSports) 24 Amazing Mailboxes (Smosh) 23 Hottest Rockstar Daughters (BroBible) Miley Cyrus Gets Spanked By Mom On Video (CelebJihad) Meet James Tone's Secret Weapon (CagePotato) Will Arnett Saved 'Arrested Development' Creator Says (PopEater) Make Your Own Playstation Table (MadeMan)

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This is the video that played when the writers for the now defunct "Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien" were introduced at the Creative Arts Emmys this past Sunday. I would have accepted the job at Red Lobster if it were offered to me. Their cheddar dinner rolls are much better than TBS‘s. (Vulture)

And the Emmy goes to these links.

Eli Roth Talks ‘The Last Exorcism‘, Satan, And Why No Gore (Moviefone)

NYC Man Lives In Bathroom For 5 Days (Asylum)

What Does Your Beer Say About You (Ranker)

25 Wonderful Roller Blading Fails (HolyTaco)

James Cameron Shows Off 3D Camera (FilmDrunk)

Hollywood’s Deadliest Hitmen (Maxim)

Guy Saves Kid The Gets Arrested For 5 Year Old DUI (BarStoolSports)

5 New Mtv Reality Show Ideas (EgoTV)

Do It For Charlie Day (Pajiba)

Now That’s What I Call Graffiti (Unreality)

Don’t Do Drugs, Do Trainers (TotalProSports)

24 Amazing Mailboxes (Smosh)

23 Hottest Rockstar Daughters (BroBible)

Miley Cyrus Gets Spanked By Mom On Video (CelebJihad)

Meet James Tone’s Secre Weapon (CagePotato)

Will Arnett Saved’Arrested Development‘ Creator Says (PopEater)

Make Your Own Playstation Table (MadeMan)

 

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Uh-oh Coco: O’Brien’s Writers Unhappy with TBS Pay http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/uh-oh-coco-obriens-writers-unhappy-with-tbs-pay/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/uh-oh-coco-obriens-writers-unhappy-with-tbs-pay/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 There's trouble a brew'n at TBS. Page 6 is reporting that Conan O'Brien's writers aren't happy with the pay being doled out by their new employer. Apparently they are under the impression that the network, which until recently conisisted of nothing but Atlanta Braves' games and old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, is swimming in cash. "This is no surprise," said an insider. "One show was broadcast network; the other is basic cable. It's a different pay scale. It's not just writers; it's everybody." Despite the complaints, no formal agreement has been made. The Writers Guild is still in talks with TBS, so it's possible that the network will find a way to come up with more cash. Perhaps they could stop paying homeless drifters to be in the George Lopez studio audience and just switch to a laugh track. Although in all fairness, the technology to create laughter for that show is probably a few years away.

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There’s trouble a brew’n at TBS. Page 6 is reporting that Conan O’Brien’s writers aren’t happy with the pay being doled out by their new employer. Apparently they are under the impression that the network, which until recently conisisted of nothing but Atlanta Braves’ games and old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, is swimming in cash.

"This is no surprise," said an insider. "One show was broadcast network; the other is basic cable. It’s a different pay scale. It’s not just writers; it’s everybody."

Despite the complaints, no formal agreement has been made. The Writers Guild is still in talks with TBS, so it’s possible that the network will find a way to come up with more cash. Perhaps they could stop paying homeless drifters to be in the George Lopez studio audience and just switch to a laugh track. Although in all fairness, the technology to create laughter for that show is probably a few years away.

 

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Conan O’Brien’s ‘Flying Circus’ Promo for TBS http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/conan-o’briens-flying-circus-promo-for-tbs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/conan-o’briens-flying-circus-promo-for-tbs/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Promos for Conan O'Brien's new show are now airing on TBS, and for hardcore comedy dorks, things are looking up. That's because the ad is very reminiscent of "Monty Python's Flying Circus," specifically, the animated shorts of director Terry Gilliam. Whether or not the style was intentional is irrelevant. The result is the same either way. Monty Python fans are with Coco. Although that was probably true before the ad, as well. (Cinema Blend) Watch O'Brien's Pythonesque ad after the jump...

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Promos for Conan O’Brien’s new show are now airing on TBS, and for hardcore comedy dorks, things are looking up. That’s because the ad is very reminiscent of "Monty Python‘s Flying Circus," specifically, the animated shorts of director Terry Gilliam.

Whether or not the style was intentional is irrelevant. The result is the same either way. Monty Python fans are with Coco. Although that was probably true before the ad, as well. (Cinema Blend)

Watch O’Brien’s Pythonesque ad after the jump…

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Jay Leno Pretends to Laugh Off Emmy Snub http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jay-leno-pretends-to-laugh-off-emmy-snub/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jay-leno-pretends-to-laugh-off-emmy-snub/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 In a scene reminiscent of a sociopath feigning empathy, Jay Leno used self-deprecating humor to mask his seething rage over being snubbed at the Emmy nominations. During his nightly monologue, Leno "playfully" pointed out that while his show received four nominations, he received none. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences instead chose to recognize Conan O'Brien, the man who Leno robbed of "The Tonight Show." Sure, the entertainment news shows and the gossip columnists will claim Leno is a "class act" who is "being gracious in defeat." But watch this video for about 15 seconds, and tell me his fake smile and involuntary hand slaps aren't vain attempts to hide the urge to kill! (Deadline) See Jay Leno trying desperately to suppress his rage after the jump.

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In a scene reminiscent of a sociopath feigning empathy, Jay Leno used self-deprecating humor to mask his seething rage over being snubbed at the Emmy nominations. During his nightly monologue, Leno "playfully" pointed out that while his show received four nominations, he received none. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences instead chose to recognize Conan O’Brien, the man who Leno robbed of "The Tonight Show."

Sure, the entertainment news shows and the gossip columnists will claim Leno is a "class act" who is "being gracious in defeat." But watch this video for about 15 seconds, and tell me his fake smile and involuntary hand slaps aren’t vain attempts to hide the urge to kill! (Deadline)

See Jay Leno trying desperately to suppress his rage after the jump.

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