Random Guy Interviewed by BBC turns out to be Henry Winkler | NY Mag
Watch This Career-Defining Mila Kunis Interview | Vulture
No but seriously, watch it. Also, potential ‘Oz’ SPOILERS within. Also also, give Chris Stark his own show stat.
Alex Rabinowitz has his mind on pop culture and pop culture on his mind.
His highly lauded blog, Pop Culture Brain, is like TV Guide for the Tumblr generation, offering a steady stream of network news and creative musings that covers everything from Jersey Shore trivia to Honey Boo Boo. In just four years, it’s racked up more than 81,000 followers.
“Popular entertainment as a reflection of our consciousness and as a great unifier is something that is of immense interest to me,” said Rabinowitz, who credits his parents’ “voracious” eclecticism for his early immersion in pop culture. “I love the escapism of the media that I cover and want to take it apart and examine how it all works as best I can.”
Thanks again to the Daily Dot. And sorry everyone else for the shameless self promotion and horn tootage.
Dan Harmon Gives Candid Interview With Marc Maron on G4 | EW
"If 20 people call you a horse’s ass, you buy a saddle,” Harmon told G4 interviewer Marc Maron. “I feel like I’m a good person and a professional, [a] very able leader of men. I also feel like I’m 25. Maybe I am just a jerk. To people who work above me I am a liability that isn’t worth the benefit. It’s a low-rated show that’s not generating much revenue."
On Nielsen ratings: “We’re not trying to accurately measure how many people are watching television, we’re trying to accurately sell a certain amount of product to an advertiser”)
And on his future: “My [next] idea is to have less ideas, because I want to be successful in television. I turned off 90 percent of my brain … for the first season of Community.”
That next show, Harmon says, could be a multi-camera comedy — like Big Bang Theory — “just to prove that it’s not cancer, it doesn’t have to be. TV in all of its ugliness can be a beautiful thing.”
Love that last quote.
Watch NPH on Colbert
Denise Martin really asked the tough questions. Like “you said there wouldn’t be guest stars and tribute episodes in season 3,” and “do you think you’re only good at beginnings?” Murphy reveals that he understands the hot and cold fan reactions and that there likely won’t ever be another Glee tour with the original cast members.
I know you’ve caught things about the new documentary Marley in the New Yorker and Slate and other cool places. They’re mostly brief, albeit well-written and thoughtful, reviews—just reviews (which is fine!). I tried to write a deeper dive that incorporates a long talk I had with director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) as well. I love the documentary and am very proud of this piece. Hope you read and have fun and also see the movie. The article is over at Fast Company’s Co.Create.
(PS: This is Cool Thing One for today. Cool Thing Two is coming in a sec. It’s different and even more awesomer.)
Anthony Bourdian, to Zach Dionne for Fast Company
The next episode of Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here’s the Thing will feature Lorne Michaels.
Above is an audio preview courtesy of NPR. How mad do you think Marc Maron is?
Underrated in 2011: I listen to a lot of podcasts (all of which I would immediately sing the praises of) and while I added many subscriptions this year, The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show deserves a very specific shout out. Rubin has a dedication to pursuing unique and thoroughly intriguing guests. From Kirk Fogg to The Daily What’s Nitzan, you are going to learn something fascinating in every episode. Sure Marc Maron can get inside the head of the comedian, but Jeff Rubin is diving into things you never knew you wanted to know about.
“I remember being really tiny and the actual stick - the pole on the head of the monkey that you had to stick through to hit the button - was super long. And you had all these tiny kids who would try to grab the head of the monkey and the pole would be too long when you were grabbing it from the top.”
- Legends of the Hidden Temple winner Anthony explaining why the Silver Monkey was so difficult on this week’s Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show.
In this episode you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about Nickelodeon gameshow Legends of the Hidden Temple, and probably a great deal more. We cover both sides of the game with host Kirk Fogg and victorious contestant Anthony.
As always, two versions of the show -
The enhanced version on iTunes - This comes with pictures that pop up at pre-determined times to illustrate what we’re talking about, but it only works on Apple devices and in iTunes itself. The pictures appear where the album art usually would.
The regular version at JeffRubinJeffRubinShow.com - This is a vanilla MP3 that works on everything from Android to Zune.
If you listen to one thing today, it should be this.
This is phenomenal journalism.
From Mickey Rapkin’s EW interview with her on the set of Pitch Perfect.
Which fans are more intense: A cappella fans or Hunger Games fans?
I would bet there’s a ton of crossover.
Would Effie Trinkett have been in an a cappella group?
Sure. There might be a cappella groups in the Capitol. That’s probably allowed. I think the Capitol wouldn’t find that too threatening.
But not in District 12, right?
They probably do a little barbershop in District 12. They need something to keep their spirits up.
(As far as that crossover goes, I’m pretty sure it’s just me.)